Genital Herpes and Yeast Infection: What’s the Difference?

When you have itching, burning, and vaginal discharge, are these symptoms due to genital herpes virus? Or yeast infection? Both conditions have almost the same symptoms for most women, making it hard to differentiate between the two. However, the causes and relief methods are totally different.
In this article, you will learn the difference between genital herpes and yeast infection in detail.

Yeast Infection

The vagina has a small quantity of yeast that is controlled by the bacteria living in the body. However, when there is an imbalance, yeast can grow and cause yeast infection. This might happen when using antibiotics or contraception, and this infection is common in women who have diabetes, weak immunity, and are overweight. Not the yeast infection is more spread in hot or humid environments.

Symptoms of Yeast Infection

The Symptoms of yeast infection include the following:

  • Burning.
  • Itching.
  • Thick, white, and sometimes lumpy discharge.

Yeast infection is treated with antifungal medications. Some of these medications do not require a prescription and some do. However, we do not advise you to take them unless the doctor confirmed the infection. Wherein they might weaken the membranes, which would make you more prone to pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Genital Herpes (HSV-2)

Genital herpes virus transmits through vaginal, anal, or oral sexual contact with an infected person. The condom may reduce the potential risks of this virus, but it is not enough, for it may transmit merely by touching the skin.

Symptoms of Genital Herpes

HSV-2 symptoms include the following:

  • Itching, stinging, or burning in the vagina or anus area.
  • Vaginal discharge changes.
  • Flu-like symptoms.
  • Aches.
  • Glands swelling.
  • Sores on or around the genitals.

HSV-2 symptoms are treated with antiviral medications, which would reduce the duration, severity, and frequency of herpes outbreaks. Moreover, Hekma Center provides an efficient relief for genital herpes and its symptoms, unlike medications that only affect the symptoms.

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