Difference between Yeast Infection and Trichomoniasis

Women are the most susceptible to getting yeast infections and trichomoniasis. However, men can also contract either of these diseases if they have sex with a woman who has them. Some common symptoms that you may notice include pain while urinating, pain while having sex, frequent urination, vaginal bleeding, vaginal burning, and itching. Because the symptoms are so similar between a yeast infection and trichomoniasis, people are often misdiagnosed and have no idea what their actual condition is. The only way to tell the difference is to closely examine each one and point out the differences.

Yeast Infection

Candida is an organism that most commonly causes a yeast infection. You can get this infection from a lot more ways than just having sex. In fact, we all have this yeast in our bodies already. It feeds on simple sugars, dairy, wheat and glutinous grains that we eat. Normally, our immune system helps keep this yeast under control and prevents it from overgrowing. But if someone is suffering from a weak immune system or some other condition like diabetes, they can develop a yeast infection because the Candida organisms are multiplying from the sugars in the blood.

Although a yeast infection can technically occur anywhere on the body, it most often happens in the vaginal area for women and in the penis area for men. The reason for this is that hormonal changes like stress and/or pregnancy can cause the Candida organisms to disrupt the bacterial balance in this region of the body. As a result, the person will experience itchiness, swelling, redness, pain during sex, burning while urinating, and a urine discharge that looks like thick white cottage cheese. This “cottage cheese” symptom is one thing that separates it from trichomoniasis.

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Trichomonas vaginalis is an organism which causes a sexually transmitted disease known as trichomoniasis. This disease is highly contagious and will be contracted if you have unprotected sex with someone else who has it. About 70% of people who contract this disease will experience only mild symptoms. The most common symptom amongst men and women is bubbly urine. It may also burn a little bit when discharging the urine too.

The Difference

These trichomoniasis symptoms are like those of a yeast infection, but there is one symptom that is different. The urine of someone infected with trichomoniasis will have a foul smell to it. That is the main way you will be able to tell the difference. The good news is that trichomoniasis will not cause any long-term problems for your health. You will just need to go to the doctor to get antibiotics to clear up the disease. But just be careful because you can still get infected with it again if you continue to have unprotected sex.

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Treatments and Solutions

If you are looking for some treatments that do not involve going to the doctor and getting a prescription for antibiotics, then try purchasing an antifungal cream over-the-counter at your local drug store. There are also antifungal suppositories if you want to try those too. As for home remedies, eating more yogurt has been said to help considerably. The theory is that the probiotics in yogurt will consume the bad organisms which are causing the yeast infection. This may work but make sure you consume high-quality yogurt and not ones with a lot of artificial sugars and ingredients.

Overall, you will still need to go to a doctor to get an accurate diagnosis of your condition, so you know which one you have. Otherwise, you may make the mistake of trying to treat a condition which you really do not have.

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