What is the difference between UTI and Yeast infection?

The human body is vulnerable to enormous diseases and disorders. It can be even more alarming if you notice something is not right in your sensitive private parts areas.

There could be many reasons for abnormal pain, itching, or discomfort in the genital area. But the most common reasons for such troubles are Sexually Transmitted Diseases, UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) or Yeast Infections.

About the Disease.

Urinary Tract Infection

A urinary tract infection is caused when bacteria (commonly E. coli) enters the body through the urethra. From the urethra, the bacteria can travel up the urinary system to the urinary bladder, where it uses the urine to multiply and then it turns into a full-blown infection. If left untreated, the infection can find its way up to the kidneys, and cause more serious kidney infections.

Yeast Infection

Candida albicans is a type of yeast that normally resides in small within the vagina. However, if that small number grows to a larger number, a female may suffer a yeast infection, also known as candidiasis or candida infection

Candida or yeast infections are pretty common among women. About 75 percent of females suffer a yeast infection at some point in their lives. Although, they are generally not very serious.

Causes

Urinary Tract Infection

E. coli are the main cause of UTI and is responsible for about 90% of the cases. E. coli is commonly found in the colon and around the anus of humans and animals.

Women are more likely to get this infection. Women suffer from urinary tract infections more commonly than men due to their anatomy. In women, the anus is closer to the urethra, which makes it much easier for the bacteria to enter the urinary system. This commonly happens when the female wipes from back to front after using toilet. As the women have a shorter urethra, it is easier for the bacteria to reach the urinary bladder. This is how the bacteria causes this infection. Sex can also cause the bacteria to get to the urinary system, in both males and females.

Also Read: What can be the possible reasons behind UTI?

Yeast Infections

However, certain changes in body functioning can also change the balance of the natural bacteria inside the body, giving rise to infections. The imbalance can be due to:

  • Antibiotics
  • Hormone therapy
  • Pregnancy
  • An increase in estrogen levels
  • Diabetes
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Immunosuppressant health issues
  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep

Also Read: Causes and Risk Factors Related to Vaginal Yeast Infection

Symptoms

Urinary Tract Infections

UTIs come with varying symptoms including:

  • Painful or burning urination
  • Dark or cloudy urine which may appear red or pink in color 
  • Frequent urge to urinate all the time
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • Fatigue
  • Pain in the pelvis, back, or abdomen

Yeast Infections

Common symptoms of Yeast infections include:

  • Itching
  • Soreness or redness around the vagina
  • A white discharge which may be thick 
  • Pain while urination 
  • Painful sexual intercourse 

Also Read: Effective Ways to Treat Vaginal Yeast Infections

Reach out to Us. 

In case you have doubts or are confused about the symptoms you are having, wait no more. Waiting will only complicate and worsen the condition. Get an appointment with our gynecologist and get relief from the painful, discomforting condition. 

Also Read: 10 Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Urinary Tract Infections

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