Can You Smell a Yeast Infection Through Clothes?
Yeast infections are uncomfortable and frustrating, but can you actually smell one through your clothing? Yeast infections, also known as candidiasis, occur when an excessive amount of yeast resides and grows in the vagina, leading to an inflammation of the vulva and discomfort in the area.
Types of Yeast Infection
Yeast infections come in two main types:
- Thrush: Thrush is a form of candidiasis that occurs in the mouth, throat and other areas of the upper digestive system. It can produce a distinctive white coating and itchiness, and is common among those with weak immune systems.
- Vaginal Candidiasis: Vaginal candidiasis is the most common form, and is usually caused by the Candida Albicans species of yeast. Symptoms can include burning, itching and a thick white vaginal discharge.
Can You Smell a Yeast Infection?
Yeast infections can cause an unpleasant smell, similar to beer, bread or yeast that is not fresh. While you may be able to detect a slight smell through your clothing, the smell is unlikely to be strong enough to be noticeable in public.
The smell is most likely to be noticed in small, enclosed spaces where the smell is concentrated, such as in the bathroom after a shower or in the bedroom. Even in these spaces, however, the smell should not be overly strong.
Yeast infections can cause an unpleasant smell, but it is unlikely to be strong enough to be noticed when wearing clothes. If you are concerned that you may have a yeast infection, speak to your doctor who can provide advice and treatment.