Yeast Infection Discharge, What Does It Look Like, Meaning, Causes, Treatment

Yeast infection discharge is easy to identify since they are either thick white or light yellow and look like cottage cheese. Vaginal discharge is a very important fluid in the vagina since it cleanses the vagina and keeps it healthy. It washes away bad bacteria and any form of dirt in the vagina. It is always odorless and switches color between white and clear depending on the stage of a menstrual cycle a woman is in. Below are causes, how discharge caused by yeast infection looks like, how to get rid of this discharge using home remedies and treatment.

It only gets odour and odd colors when infected by a fungi or bacteria. This article focuses mainly on yeast infection discharge. Yeast exists naturally in the vagina. A yeast infection only occurs when there is an overgrowth of yeast called Candida albicans.

How does yeast infection discharge look like?

Below are some characteristics of yeast infection discharge and how to identify them.

Milky white discharge

Milky white vaginal discharge that is odourless is a normal vaginal discharge. It is common after right after menstruation. It is usually stretchy when you approach ovulation phase. Do not worry about milky white discharge unless it produces a foul smell. In that case you need to visit your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment.

Yeast infection discharge
Yeast infection discharge

Thick white discharge with odour

Thick white discharge with an odour is a sign and symptom of yeast infection. It is very irritating and uncomfortable to have a bad smell coming out from down there. It can interfere with a woman’s sex life because they will shy away from it in order to avoid the embarrassment.

The worst mistake you can do is to apply a fragrance down there in order to counter this smell. The chemicals found on sprays will interfere with the pH level of your vagina and cause more harm than good.

White vaginal discharge that look like cottage cheese

Vaginal discharge can be white before menstruation occurs. But it is important to observe your discharge for any signs of abnormalities. Yeast infection discharge appears as a white vaginal discharge that look like cottage cheese which may not be smelly .According to NHS, “If your discharge is thick and white like cottage cheese, not smelly and occurs with itchiness and soreness around your vagina, you may have thrush.” Ensure you seek treatment if you notice such a vaginal discharge on your panty liner.

Yellow discharge yeast infection

Most yeast infection discharge is white and thick but the discharge can also be light yellow if you have yeast infection. It can be yellow and look like cottage-cheese. Just ensure you visit a doctor when the vaginal discharge looks abnormal.

Yeast infection mucus /egg white discharge

Towards ovulation the amount of mucus in vaginal discharge increases and makes the discharge look watery or egg white. If you get yeast infection around this time then you have watery and cloudy discharge. You should visit a doctor when your discharge changes colour from egg white to cloudy or milky during ovulation.

Yeast infection on vulva/rash/red/symptoms

Yeast infection discharge is not smelly in most cases. It is important to know other symptoms that come with yeast infection apart from the type of discharge. Seek treatment if you experience the following symptoms along an abnormal discharge;

  1. Itchy and burning sensation in the vagina
  2. Red bumps or red rash on the outer skin of the vagina
  3. Inconsistent menstrual cycle
  4. Pain during sexual intercourse
  5. Pain while urinating or menstruating
  6. Spotting

Yeast infection brown sticky

Yeast infection discharge is usually thick white and look like cottage cheese. However, if you get a yeast infection right after your period the discharge is brown and sticky instead of white and sticky. The brown ness can be caused by a tinge of blood that mixes with the vaginal discharge.

Sometimes some little drops of blood remain in the cervix and come out after you thought your periods are gone. You will also experiences other symptoms like foul smell, itchy feeling in the vagina and burning sensation while urinating or having sex.

Causes and meaning of white vaginal discharge

Vaginal discharge is either egg white or white in colour depending on the stage of your menstrual cycle. Egg white discharge occurs a day before ovulation. After ovulation the discharge turns into either milky white or thick white discharge.

Milky white vaginal discharge is normal discharge and it is produced naturally by the vagina as a lubricant. It should be odorless and not itchy .It also helps sperm swim into the ovary in case a woman engages in unprotected sex.

Thick white vaginal discharge is also normal if it has got no odor, however, if it stinks or look like cottage-cheese then it is a yeast infection discharge.

Thick white vaginal discharge can have the several meaning and causes as follows;

  1. A sign of pregnancy. Pregnancy hormones cause the production of thick white discharge which blocks off pathogens from getting into the cervix hence protects the uterus. It keeps the vagina healthy as well.
  2. When a woman is sexually aroused, the cervix produces thick white vaginal discharge that acts as a lubricant during sexual intercourse. It should not have an odor unless it is a yeast infection discharge.
  3. The semen of a male is also thick and white. In case a man ejaculated during sexual intercourse, the excess semen will flow out of the vagina immediately after sex. You got no reason to worry about it. Just take a shower and wash it off.

Causes and meaning of yellow vaginal discharge

Yellow vaginal discharge is an abnormal type of discharge because a normal discharge should be clear or white and sticky with mucus. Yellow vaginal discharge is caused by vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis or sexually transmitted infection like trichomoniasis.

Common causes of vaginal discharge

Vaginal discharge is produced from glands found in the uterus and the cervix. It is usually produced in small amount and its main purpose is to cleanse the vagina and keep it healthy.

The colour, consistency and amount of vaginal discharge are influenced by other factors like hormonal imbalance during pregnancy or infections. Yeast infection discharge usually comes out in more volumes as compared to the normal discharge.

Pregnant women get even much more discharge to a point that they have to wear pant liners to avoid soaking their panties. Vaginal discharge is also produced during sexually intercourse in order to aid in sexual activities.

According to Mayo Clinic, “Vaginal discharge is a combination of fluid and cells continuously shed through your vagina. Normal vaginal discharge helps keep vaginal tissues healthy, provide lubrication and protect against infection and irritation. The amount, color and consistency of normal vaginal discharge varies — from whitish and sticky to clear and watery — depending on the stage of your reproductive (menstrual) cycle.”

Yeast infection without discharge

Abnormal Vaginal discharge is one of the symptoms of yeast infection but it does not occur in all cases. Some women experience yeast infection in the vagina without having yeast infection discharge. It is important to check out for other symptoms discussed above.

Home remedies for yeast infection

Women are very prone to vaginal yeast infection. It occurs often in a woman’s lifetime. Since it is a common problem there are several home remedies that have tested and prevent to help cure this kind of infection. These remedies are not only for the discharge but also deals with other symptoms of yeast infection like red rash and bumps on the vagina.

1. Natural Yogurt

Natural plain yoghurt is very health and women should drink yoghurt regularly in order to increase the number of good bacteria in their system. Plain yoghurt contains good bacteria known as Lactobacillus acidophilus that maintain the acidic pH level of the vagina. Do not use yoghurt if you are allergic to dairy.

Requirement

  1. Natural yoghurt
  2. Honey
  3. Cotton ball
  4. Tampon
  5. Clean water
  6. Clean piece of cloth

How to get rid of white discharge using yogurt

  1. Soak a cotton ball in natural yoghurt
  2. Apply the yoghurt directly to your vagina using the soaked cotton ball by squeezing it so that the yoghurt spreads in the vagina
  3. Let the yoghurt stay in the vagina for an hour
  4. Wash it off using clean water
  5. You can also deep a tampon in the plain yoghurt and then insert in in your vagina and leave it in there for 2 hours
  6. The yoghurt should also be applied on the red rash caused by yeast infection
  7. Wash off the yoghurt after an hour
  8. Pat the region around the vagina dry with a clean piece of cloth
  9. Repeat any of the options thrice a day
  10. Introduce yoghurt into your system by drinking it as well
  11. Mix a cup of natural yoghurt with 3 table spoons of honey to sweeten and drink it every day.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is acidic hence it balances the natural pH balance of the vagina hence making the vagina conducive for the growth of good bacteria that prevent infection. Apple cider vinegar also helps in getting rid of any foul smell that may be emanating from the vagina due yeast infection.

What you need

  1. Apple cider vinegar
  2. Clean water
  3. Cotton ball

What to do

  1. Mix apple cider vinegar and water in the ration of 1:10 and fill your bathtub with it
  2. Soak your body in this water
  3. If you don’t have a bathtub then use water to rinse your vagina then wash it off after 20 minutes
  4. Use mixture to wash your vagina twice a day for 3 days to get rid of the smelly yeast infection discharge.
  5. Alternatively, mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with drinking water and consume it once a day.
  6. If you have red rashes then apply diluted apple cider vinegar on the bumps

3. Garlic

Garlic that is used at home to cook food is medicinal. It contains an antiseptic and antifungal agent called allicin which is capable of fighting yeast infection in the vagina.

Requirements

  1. Garlic cloves
  2. A Pestle & a mortar
  3. A Knife
  4. Clean water
  5. A clean piece of cloth

Direction

  1. Peel off the back cover of garlic cloves
  2. Dice them into cubes using a knife
  3. Place them in the mortar
  4. Pound with a pestle to form a paste
  5. Add olive oil to the paste
  6. Apply the paste on the yeast infection rash
  7. Let it settle for 20 minutes then wash it off and dry your vagina.
  8. Before you go to bed
  9. Take another clove of garlic and peel off the back cover
  10. Cut the garlic into half and put the garlic in your vagina
  11. Let it stay there overnight
  12. Do this for 3 nights

4. Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice is an antifungal agent. It fights Candida albicans that causes yeast infection in the vagina. Cranberry juice will generally boost your immune system.

What to do

  1. 1 liters of water
  2. 4 cups fresh cranberries
  3. 1-1/2 cups sugar
  4. 1/2 cup lemon juice
  5. 1/2 cup orange juice
  6. Sieve

Instruction on use

  1. Add 4 cups of cranberries to a liter of water
  2. Boil the cranberries in the water
  3. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes until the cranberries pop
  4. Sieve the juice using a fine strainer
  5. Let it cool or chill it in the refrigerator
  6. Drink the unsweetened cranberry juice daily for a week

5. Boric Acid

Boric acid is not a natural home remedy. It is a chemical substance used as a cleaning agent, pest control or as a remedy for infections. It has got antibacterial and antifungal properties are able to treat yeast infection rash and soothe the bumps. However, it is not recommended for pregnant women.

Requirements

  1. Medicinal grade Boric acid
  2. Distilled water
  3. A clean piece of cloth
  4. A cotton ball

What to do

  1. Mix a pinch of boric acid in 1 glass of distilled water
  2. Soak a cotton ball with the boric acid  solution
  3. Apply the solution on the red rash caused by yeast infection
  4. Let it settle on the skin and dry up
  5. Rinse off the acid using plenty of clean water
  6. Pat dry the skin using a clean piece of cloth. Dampness encourages the overgrowth of yeast
  7. Repeat this process once a day for 2 weeks

6. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an antifungal agent that is capable of fighting fungus that cause yeast infection discharge. Mix tea tree oil with water or other essential oils like olive oil to dilute its harshness on your skin. Pregnant women should not use tea tree oil because it is harmful to their baby.

Requirements

  1. Tea tree oil
  2. Olive Oil
  3. A Cotton Ball
  4. Tampon
  5. Clean water
  6. A clean piece of cloth

What to do

  1. Ensure that your vagina and the skin surrounding it is clean and dry
  2. Dilute tea tree oil with water in the ration of 1:1
  3. Dip a tampon in the diluted tea tree oil
  4. Insert the tampon in your vagina
  5. Let it stay in their for 2 hours
  6. Remove and dispose the tampon
  7. For the rashes
  8. Pour a little amount of tea tree oil in a cup and mix it with olive oil to reduce its harshness on your skin.
  9. Soak a cotton ball with the mixture of tea tree oil and olive oil.
  10. Gently apply the oil mixture using the cotton ball on the bumps caused by yeast infection
  11. Let the oil mixture settle overnight
  12. Wash it off in the morning

7. Oregano Oil

Oregano oil is an antifungal agent that is capable of fighting free radicals in your body that cause infections hence boosting your immune system. It is also advisable to dilute Oregon oil with olive oil or coconut oil before applying it on your skin because it can be harsh on the delicate skin that covers the vagina.

Requirements

  1. Oregano Oil
  2. Olive Oil
  3. A Cotton Ball
  4. Clean water
  5. A clean piece of cloth

Procedure

  1. Ensure that your vagina is clean and dry
  2. Pour a little amount of oregano oil in a cup and mix it with coconut oil to reduce its harshness on your skin.
  3. Soak a cotton ball with the mixture of oregano oil and coconut oil
  4. Gently apply the oil mixture using the cotton ball on the red rash caused by yeast infection.
  5. Let the oil mixture settle overnight
  6. Wash it off in the morning and pat dry your skin using a clean piece of cloth. Remember that yeast infection thrives in damp environment.
  7. Repeat this process every night before you go to sleep.

9. Calendula Flowers

Calendula is a natural herb that is both an antifungal and anti-inflammatory agent. It fights vaginal yeast infection and reduces the inflammation caused by yeast infection bumps .However, Calendula flowers remedy is not recommended for pregnant women.

Requirements

  1. Calendula flowers
  2. A Pestle & a mortar
  3. A knife
  4. A clean piece of cloth

What to do

  1. Wash the calendula flowers
  2. Cut them into big chunks with a knife
  3. Place them in the mortar
  4. Pound with a pestle to form a paste
  5. Ensure that the affected is clean and dry
  6. Smear the paste on the rash caused by yeast infection
  7. Let it settle for 20 minutes and dry
  8. Rinse it off with warm water
  9. Dry your skin with a clean piece of cloth to avoid dampness
  10. Repeat this procedure 3 times a day until you notice a significant change

10. Olive Oil

Olive oil is has got anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, therefore it is ideal in fighting yeast infections. It will destroy the excess yeast causing the infection. Olive oil is also a moisturizer and it will soothe the red rash that is caused by yeast infection.

Requirements

  1. Olive oil
  2. A Cotton Ball
  3. A clean piece of cloth
  4. Clean water

What to do

  1. Wash your vagina with plenty of water
  2. Dry your skin
  3. Soak a cotton ball with olive oil
  4. Apply olive oil directly on the bumps or rash caused by yeast infection. Let the oil stay on your skin over night
  5. Wash it off when you wake up in the morning.
  6. Repeat this process every night until you see a significant change
    Insert a tampon in coconut oil and use it to clean the vagina
    Insert a tampon in coconut oil and use it to clean the vagina

11. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is an essential oil that acts as an effective antifungal agent that is capable of fighting Candida albicans which is the fungi that is responsible for yeast infection discharge. Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer and it will soothe your skin.

Requirements

  1. Coconut oil
  2. A Cotton Ball
  3. A clean towel

 

What to do

  1. Take a shower before you go to bed
  2. Wash your vagina with plenty of water
  3. Dry your skin with a clean towel
  4. Soak a cotton ball with coconut oil
  5. Apply coconut oil on area affected by the yeast infection rash using the cotton ball
  6. Let it stay overnight on your skin.
  7. Repeat this process every night until you see a change

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Treatment

Yeast infection discharge is a symptom of yeast infection. Antifungal treatments will get rid of the infection and all its symptoms.

Antifungal medicine is available in the form of creams, ointments, and tablets that can be taken orally or inserted in the vagina. Your doctor will advise you on what to use.

If you have had yeast infection in the past or your infection is mild then you can just purchase these medicines over the counter and follow instructions given by the pharmacist. Some of these medicines are Miconazole, Clotrimazole ,Tioconazole and Butoconazole.

If the symptoms persist seek medical advice.

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