Yeast Infections vs. Urinary Tract Infections

A yeast infection and a urinary tract infection (UTI) are 2 different types of infections.

A yeast infection is a vaginal infection, caused by candida, which is not a type bacteria, but is a fungus. Candida occur naturally in the vagina, but their numbers are kept in check by beneficial lactobacillus bacteria, which release lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide, keeping the bacteria acidic. This acidic environment keeps the candida under control.

A UTI is a bacterial infection occurring within the urinary tract, not in the vagina.

New research shows that, while different, these 2 infections are linked. First, taking antibiotics for a UTI can create an imbalance in vaginal flora. This imbalance can lead to bacterial vaginosis (BV), or can lead to a yeast infection. Here’s where things get cyclical. Recent research has shown that imbalances in the vaginal microbiome can lead to an increased vulnerability to recurrent UTIs.

It is not uncommon for women to experience cyclical infections after receiving treatment for a UTI. Unfortunately, this means this is not a simple fix. To break the cycle, a UTI needs to be fully treated, and balance to the vaginal microbiome needs to be restored. This is why recent research has demonstrated that vaginal probiotics can help reduce the risk of recurrent UTIs.

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What’s the difference between a UTI and a yeast infection?

There are a few key differences between UTIs and yeast infections. For starters, urinary tract infections occur in the urinary tract (usually the bladder or urethra) and yeast infections occur in your vagina.

The causes of UTIs and Yeast infections differ as well. A UTI is caused by bacteria getting in the urinary tract and causing an infection. A yeast infection occurs when there is an overgrowth of a fungus that naturally exists in your vagina, called Candida.

Treatment options differ as well. The only way to cure a UTI is with antibiotics, and yeast infections are normally cleared up with a suppository or an over-the-counter fungal cream.  

Do antibiotics for UTI cause yeast infection?

Sometimes you just can’t catch a break! Do antibiotics for UTI cause infections? Sadly, it is possible. When you take antibiotics to kill off the bacteria that’s causing a UTI, it also wipes out the beneficial bacteria in your system. Yeast infections occur when there is an overgrowth of a fungus called Candida, in your vagina. Candida exists naturally in your vagina, however, when antibiotics destroy good bacteria, this opportunistic fungus is able to grow.

A suppository or an over-the-counter antifungal cream will clear up your yeast infection. If you want to restore the good bacteria in your system, a probiotic with Lactobacillus will help keep yeast infections away.

Can jock itch cause a UTI?

If you’re wondering, “Can jock itch cause a UTI?”, we’ve got answers. Jock itch, tinea cruris, is a fungal infection on the skin. It develops in moist and warm areas such as the inner thighs and groins. While fungal infections of the urinary tract are a thing, this normally happens from having a urinary catheter. If you experience burning, redness, and persistent itching, do not scratch the area, as it can exacerbate inflammation. This can also move bacteria around to your urinary tract, and indirectly cause a UTI.

Jock itch happens when the affected area is kept moist and warm. Take precautions to wear loose clothing, change clothes and underwear daily, and apply an anti-fungal cream. Keep in mind that UTIs can also be caused by tight clothes with restricted ventilation.

Can monistat cause UTI?

If you’re dealing with a yeast infection and urinary tract infection simultaneously, we salute you. If you’re treating a yeast infection, can Monistat cause a uti? In most cases, no. Monistat is an over the counter anti-fungal cream that fights off yeast infections. It’s unlikely that this cream will cause a UTI. If you’re using Monistat, be sure to clean your hands and vulvar region before applying the cream. It’s important keep your vulvar area clean (with mild soap or water) in order to prevent bacteria from being introduced to your urinary tract. Bacteria from UTIs can also flourish in warm, moist areas. So, if you’re taking measures to keep yeast infections in check, this lessens your risk of getting a UTI.

How to tell the difference between a UTI and yeast infection

It’s easy to mix up  how to tell the difference between UTIs vs yeast infections symptoms. Both are often associated with a burning sensation in the vulvar region, however, there are differences that can put you on the best road to recovery.

To begin, a UTI occurs when your urethra or bladder experiences an overgrowth of bacteria. Your UTI symptoms could include a burning sensation when you urinate, as well as a  strong and frequent urge to urinate. If you have to urinate frequently, and only a small dribble comes out each time, it’s possible that you have a UTI.

If you have a yeast infection, you might feel an irritation and itching in the vulva and vagina. It’s also possible to have a thick, white discharge that’s of cottage cheese consistency. Redness and swelling in the vulvar region has aldo been reported.

What are UTI vs yeast infection symptoms? We got you.

UTI symptoms:

  • A burning sensation when you urinate
  • A strong and frequent urge to go to the bathroom
  • Fever or chills (a signal that the UTI has spread to your kidneys)
  • Pain in your abdomen and lower back

Yeast infection symptoms:

  • Painful intercourse
  • Vaginal redness and swelling, as well as  irritation in the vulvar region.
  • Discharge that is of a cottage cheese consistency

Given the major warning signs, it can be easy to mistake a UTI as a yeast infection and vice versa. The best way to understand your body is to speak with your healthcare provider so you can discuss a remedy best suited to you.

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