What's a UTI? What's Not a UTI?
How can I tell if I have a UTI or a yeast infection?
It is common for women to experience urinary tract infections and/or yeast infections
at some point in their lives. Since the symptoms can be kind of scary, it’s good to
know what to expect. I think it’s great that you are seeking information about these
common health issues - knowledge is power. Luckily, UTIs and yeast infections are
fairly easy to differentiate between.
Symptoms of a UTI:
- Frequent urge to urinate, but not much urine comes out when you do.
- A dull pain in the lower right portion of your back.
- If you start feeling this pain, it is extremely important to get to a doctor as soon as possible, because this can develop into a kidney infection. The doctor will prescribe a short course of antibiotics.
Symptoms of a yeast infection:
- Itchy, painful feeling around the vagina and labia.
- Thick, clumpy vaginal discharge.
- Yeast infections are easier and faster to treat via a visit to the drugstore and picking up Monistat or it’s equivalent. Sometimes yeast infections clear up on their own within a week. If this is your first time experiencing these symptoms, it may be a good idea to visit a doctor.