Could it be possible that you have a yeast infection? Are you trying to find out what the symptoms are and what it looks like?
In this article, we talk you through the ins and outs of yeast infections, which are incredibly common, particularly vaginal thrush.
Around three-quarters of women are predicted to experience thrush at some point in their lives. Meanwhile, one in 20 women gets thrush on a regular basis.1
People get yeast infections, which are also referred to as candidiasis, when the yeast that’s naturally present on their skin and within their digestive system (Candida Albicans) grows out of control.
As a result, this causes an infection, which is most commonly called a yeast infection.2
It’s possible for yeast infections to develop on all different parts of your body, such as your armpits, groin area, in your mouth and in between your fingers; all areas that are moist and warm and ideal for the yeast to multiply and grow.
Women can also get yeast infections in their vaginal, and men, on their penis.
In these instances, it tends to be called thrush, which isn’t a Sexually Transmitted Infection, but can be extremely uncomfortable, as well as embarrassing. It can keep coming back too.3
Several things can lead to you altering the natural balance of candida in your body.
The most common triggers for yeast infections are:
Yeast infections can look different, depending on where they are on your body and how long you’ve had them for.
When it comes to thrush, some people don’t experience any symptoms at all.6
However, you know your body best.
So if something looks or feels a little different than usual, it’s best you get it checked out by your GP or another medical professional because if it is a yeast infection, it can easily get worse.
Yeast infections also develop and look different from person-to-person.
Here are some pictures, so you can see what a yeast infection can sometimes look like:
Meanwhile, these NHS images show you what thrush can look like on the penis, in the vagina and generally on an area of skin.
Yeast infections look different, depending on where they are on your body.
The most common symptoms7 are listed below.
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Thrush can easily be mistaken for other types of infections, mainly due to the fact that the main symptoms (listed above) are very similar to the symptoms for other conditions.8
These other conditions are:
Can a yeast infection go away on its own?
Yes, but this isn’t always the case. In some instances, mild infections can go away on their own.
However, the general consensus is they can usually get progressively worse if they aren’t treated.9
Therefore, if you suspect you may have a yeast infection, it’s best you speak to your GP so that they can diagnose it and provide you with treatment, sooner rather than later.
More importantly, it’s always better to get yeast infections professionally diagnosed and treated because they can keep coming back if they aren’t properly tackled in the first instance.
Most yeast infections tend to clear up, with the right treatment, after a week.
The quickest way to clear up a yeast infection is to get it diagnosed ASAP. That way, if you do have one, you can take the appropriate course of action.
The most common way of treating these infections is by using anti-yeast and anti-fungal creams.10
In addition to applying topical treatments to the skin, you can also:
There is something called the Candida Diet, which is specifically designed to tackle candida overgrowth.
It involves starving the yeast that’s present in your body by no longer consuming or cutting down your intake of:
In the meantime, eating fresh garlic and oregano and cooking with coconut oil, are just three natural methods for helping tackle candida overgrowth.
For more on the reasons why, read this article, ‘Candida infections: Causes, symptoms and treatments.’
While they can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, yeast infections are something you shouldn’t ignore.
Not only can they easily be confused with other health conditions, such as STIs, but they are also an infection that can keep returning if they aren’t diagnosed and treated properly from the outset.
The good news is that they do clear up relatively quickly, providing the correct treatment is used, and they are straightforward to treat.
The most important thing is that you seek medical advice as soon as you suspect you may have a yeast infection.
Hopefully, the yeast infection pictures and symptoms featured in this article will help you determine if you have a yeast infection and encourage you to speak to your GP if you think you might have one.
The advice in this article is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP or healthcare professional before trying any supplements, treatments or remedies. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
Last updated: 22 February 2022
Joined Holland & Barrett: Apr 2019
Masters Degree in Toxicology and BSc Hons in Medical Biochemistry
Bhupesh started his career as a Clinical Toxicologist for Public Health England, advising healthcare professionals all around the country on how to manage clinical cases of adverse exposure to supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and agricultural products.
After 7 years in this role and a further year working as a drug safety officer in the pharmaceutical industry, Bhupesh joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.