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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can any doc tell me what's the difference between normal discharge and the discharge from a yeast infection?

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Dr. Lynn Cornelius do
Specializes in Family Medicine
Itching, Pain, swell: Usual vaginal discharge varies from woman to woman but is not usual painful. Discharge from a yeast infection is usually white and thick and associated with intense itching, pain and swelling of the labia. The only way to be certain is to see your doctor.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about normal discharge or yeast infection?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yeast: Yeast can present with clumpy, white vaginal discharge to a watery, white discharge. Sometimes a discharge is not apparent. There is no odor. It can cause swelling and redness of vulva along with itching and burning pain. It may lead to pain with urination or intercourse. Leukorrhea is normal vaginal discharge (D/C). D/C is composed of cellular debris, vaginal secretions & bacteria & is stimulated
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
by ^ vaginal blood flow & ^ estrogen. D/C ^ is seen w ovulation (Clear & like uncooked egg whites), Clear/watery or white d/c both occur during menstrual cycle.& pregnancy (white/ milky). It can be thin or thick & white to yellowish. Leukorrhea usually doesn't cause an odor. If you have a discharge which causes redness, itching, burning, swelling or foul odor – please have it checked.
Nov 18, 2014
A 48-year-old member asked:

What are the signs of a yeast infection vs normal discharge?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Different: Yeast infections often produce a cheesy white exudate and it is often accompanied by itching and sometimes a rash which may spread to the area around the anus and onto the thighs. There is also a different odor to the discharge (which is difficult for me to describe).
A member asked:

How would I be able to recognise a yeast infection if there's no difference in discharge?

1 doctor answer11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
A few clues: Vaginal yeast infections usually doesn't cause discharge, or only a little. The main symptoms are irritation, itching and redness. Odor can be a clue -- strong or fishy odor suggests bacterial vaginosis or trichomonas. Color (yellow etc) usually means infection. But it can be very difficult to tell the cause of increased vaginal discharge; profoessional examination is necessary. Good luck with it.
Last updated Jan 24, 2021

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