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Understanding the difference: yeast infection vs. UTI.

Feeling uncomfortable down there? It can be tough to figure out whether it's a yeast infection or a urinary tract infection (UTI). Both are common, but they have different symptoms and treatments.

Let's break down how to tell the difference and what to do if you think you have one.

How do you know if it's a UTI or yeast infection?

Here’s a quick guide to help you identify whether you might have a yeast infection or UTI:

Symptoms of a yeast infection:

  • Itching and irritation. Severe itching in the vaginal area.
  • Thick, white discharge. A discharge that looks like cottage cheese, usually without a strong odor.
  • Redness and swelling. Redness and swelling of the vulva.
  • Burning sensation. A burning feeling, especially during sex or when going to the bathroom.

Symptoms of a UTI:

  • Frequent urination. You feel the need to go a lot, often passing only small amounts.
  • Burning sensation. It burns when you urinate.
  • Cloudy or foul-smelling urine. Your urine looks cloudy or has a strong odor.
  • Pelvic pain. Pain or pressure in your lower abdomen, around the bladder.
  • Fever. In more severe cases, you might have a fever and back pain, which can indicate the infection has reached your kidneys.

By closely observing your symptoms, you can better understand whether you’re dealing with a yeast infection or UTI.


Will a yeast infection go away on its own?

It depends. Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida. While mild yeast infections might clear up on their own, it's generally not a good idea to wait it out.

Here’s why:

  • Prolonged discomfort: Yeast infections cause significant itching and discomfort, which can persist if left untreated.
  • Possible Complications: If not treated properly, a yeast infection can lead to more severe infections or keep coming back.


Treatment options.

  • Over-the-counter antifungals. You can find effective treatments without a prescription, including creams, ointments and suppositories.
  • Prescription medications. If your symptoms are severe or keep coming back, a healthcare provider might prescribe stronger antifungal medications.

At CityMD, our healthcare providers can help diagnose and treat yeast infections effectively, ensuring you get relief quickly.


STI treatment at CityMD.

While yeast infections and UTIs are common, it's also essential to rule out sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as some symptoms can overlap.

CityMD offers comprehensive STI testing and treatment:

  • Confidential testing. Our healthcare providers offer confidential testing for a range of STIs.
  • Accurate diagnosis. We make sure you get the right diagnosis, which is crucial for effective treatment.
  • Appropriate treatment. Based on your diagnosis, we’ll provide the necessary medications and advice to treat the infection and prevent future issues.

Understanding the difference between a yeast infection and a UTI can help you get the proper treatment quickly. If you’re experiencing symptoms and aren’t sure what's going on, just walk into your nearest CityMD urgent care.

Our healthcare team is here to give you a timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment to help you feel better fast.

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