Yeast infections can affect women in many different ways and can come about for many different reasons. Some women experience burning, itching and unpleasant odor, while other women have thick discharge and severe irritation. Taking antibiotics can bring about a yeast infection, as can clothing that’s too tight, diet and hormones. Most women who have experienced a yeast infection will tell you that getting rid of the infection is the best feeling in the world. There are a few different ways to tell whether you have successfully rid yourself of the infection.
Use a vaginal infection test kit to find out for sure whether or not you have a yeast infection. This is the easiest, quickest, most accurate way to figure out if the infection is gone. However, if you are not able to purchase a test kit, or would rather not purchase the kit, you can always look for a few signs that signal the end of the infection.
Keep doing any treatment you are currently using to combat the infection. If you have seen your doctor and he or she has given you either medication or a cream, continue using either or both, to ensure that you rid yourself of the infection and that it does not recur.
Be aware of whether or not there is any odor and thick, cottage cheese-like discharge. Both of these symptoms are common when a woman has a yeast infection. Sometimes the discharge will be a little off-color as well, and can appear to have a gray or green tinge to it. If there is no odor or discharge, your infection may be gone.
Be aware of itching and burning. If these symptoms gradually become less bothersome and then seem to disappear, then it’s possible that the yeast infection has gone away as well. Itching and burning are common symptoms of having a yeast infection and sometimes are the first signs that something is wrong.
Inspect the irritated area for any external redness or swelling. If either are present and you have not yet seen a doctor, make an appointment and see one immediately. What you think may be a yeast infection may actually be some other sort of infection, especially if these signs are present.