Difference Between Yeast Infection, Kidney Infection, Bladder Infection & UTI

Yeast Infection or Kidney InfectionCommonly confused for one another, yeast infections, bladder infections, kidney infections and UTIs are similar and different in some key ways. To avoid serious complications, it’s important to understand these differences, so you can get treatment when necessary. Here’s is what you should know about protecting the health of your urinary tract.
Yeast Infections
Caused by a common type of yeast called candida, yeast infections result in vaginal irritation, itching and burning during sex or urination. They may also cause an odorless, white discharge, along with swelling and redness of the vulva.
Topical antifungal medications are typically effective at eliminating common yeast infections. If you don’t see an improvement after using an over-the-counter medication, you should make an appointment to see your doctor.

UTIs and Bladder Infections

Commonly called bladder infections, urinary tract infections occur when bacteria enter the body through the urethra. While these infections often occur in the bladder, they can also affect the urethra, ureters and kidneys. UTIs can cause several unpleasant symptoms, including:
• A persistent urge to urinate
• Burning when urinating
• Frequently passing small amounts of urine
• Cloudy, red, bright pink or cola-colored urine
• Foul smelling urine
• Pelvic pain in women
Treated with antibiotic medications, UTIs can lead to serious complications when they spread to the kidneys. This is why it’s important to seek treatment if you show any troubling symptoms.
Kidney Infections
A kidney infection results when bacteria migrate from the bladder to the kidneys. In addition to common UTI symptoms, a person may experience fever, chills, back or flank pain, nausea or confusion. Without prompt medical attention, these infections can lead to permanent kidney damage. The infecting bacteria can also spread to the bloodstream and cause a life-threatening infection. If you show any signs of a kidney infection, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. You should also visit your doctor if you are being treated for a UTI but have shown no signs of improvement.

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