Know Your Symptoms: Vaginal Herpes Vs. Yeast Infection

June 14th, 2011  |  Published in Genital Herpes Fast Facts, Genital Herpes Symptoms

Did you know that the symptoms for vaginal herpes and yeast infections are often similar? Both can be unpleasant and both are treatable; however, they require very different medications. Read on to better understand your symptoms.

Vaginal Herpes

This STD affects 16.2 percent of Americans between ages 14 and 49, according to the CDC. Vaginal herpes symptoms present like this:

  • Itching and swelling, usually in one or two areas of the vulva;
  • Vaginal discharge, often yellowish and with an odor;
  • Blisters that heal within a few days; and
  • Flu-like symptoms in the days preceding an outbreak.

Some women don’t have any symptoms when they have vaginal herpes. The only way to know for sure whether you’re infected is to get an STD test.

Yeast Infections

Some women are more susceptible to yeast infections than others. Symptoms include:

  • Itching and swelling throughout the vulva; and
  • White, odorless vaginal discharge.

It’s rare for a yeast infection to cause blisters or flu-like symptoms, but a quick herpes test can clear up any doubts you have about whether you’ve been infected.

Risk Factors: Vaginal Herpes & Yeast Infections

Vaginal herpes can be spread through sex (oral, anal or vaginal), especially if it’s unprotected. Further, a person without symptoms or an active outbreak can pass the virus to a partner.

Yeast infections can be triggered by taking certain antibiotics, wearing wet swimwear too long, experiencing elevated stress levels and more.



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