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Candida symptoms can include itching, burning, and irritation of the vagina and vulva. An abnormal, cottage cheese-like vaginal discharge is one of the most common symptoms. The symptoms can range from being mild to uncomfortable; furthermore, some men can have symptoms of Candida after having sex without a condom.
Candida symptoms in women may be mild or very uncomfortable. Possible symptoms include:
- Itching, burning, and irritation of the vagina
- Itching, redness, and irritation of the vulva
- Painful urination and/or intercourse
- Abnormal vaginal discharge.
If the abnormal discharge occurs, it is usually described as looking like cottage cheese. But the discharge may vary in amount and appearance. It does not have a bad odor.
Symptoms of Candida can be similar to symptoms of other kinds of vaginal infections, such as bacterial vaginosis.
Most male partners of women with yeast infections do not have any Candida symptoms. Some men, however, have reported symptoms after sexual intercourse if condoms were not used. These Candida symptoms can include temporary rashes and a burning sensation on the penis.
(Click Candida Albicans for more information about Candida infections.)