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Difference Between UTI and Yeast Infection

bladder_kidneyUTI vs Yeast Infection

UTI or Urinary Tract Infection is a bacterial contagion that can affect just any portion of the urinary tract. One of the prime agents that are responsible for this infection is the Escherichia coli. Urine is an organic solution of various kinds of fluids, slats and waste products. But bacteria are essentially not present in urine. In case bacteria manage to get into the kidney or bladder and thereon continue to multiply, the result is a urinary tract infection or UTI. Candidiasis on the other hand, which is more commonly known as yeast infection is a typical mycosis or fungal infection which can either be superficial like vaginitis or oral thrush or grow into a serious life threatening disease. It has a number of other technical names including moniliasis, oidiomycosis and candidosis.

Some of the most frequent kinds of Urinary Tract Infection or UTI are.

  • A bladder infection termed as cystitis
  • A kidney infection called pyelonephritis

The most common infection of the Candida species is the Candida albicans. Candidemia is another yeast infection category which is by and large restricted to rigorously ill and immuno-compromised people who are suffering from AIDS, cancer or transplant.

Some of the common symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection are,

In case of bladder infection:

  • Frequent urination with a continuous feeling to urinate even if the bladder has not much urine to pass
  • Pain near and around the urethral meatus accompanied with a burning sensation all over the urethra and urination
  • Cloudy urine with a very foul and stringent smell
  • Pus discharge with urine or from the Urethra
  • Pain in the suprapubic midline area

In case of kidney infection:

  • Severe pain in the groin and abdomen region
  • Night sweats, extreme thirst with excessive fatigue
  • High fever with chills
  • Nausea and emesis

On the other hand the symptoms of an yeast infection include,

  • Severe itching and burning in the vagina
  • White discharge
  • Irritation and soreness in the vulva
  • Red patchy sores near the head of the penis for men
  • Severe itching with a burning sensation as well

Most of the urinary tract infections can be successfully treated with oral antibiotics including, cephalosporins, nitrofurantoin, trimethoprim, or a fluoroquinolone (e.g., ciprofloxacin or levofloxacin). On the other hand, Candidiasis is commonly treated with antimycotics which are antifungal drugs. Some of the common drugs used are topical clotrimazole, topical nystatin, fluconazole, and topical ketoconazole.

Summary:
1.UTI or Urinary Tract Infection is a bacterial contagion that can affect just any portion of the urinary tract. Candidiasis on the other hand, which is more commonly known as yeast infection is a typical mycosis or fungal infection which can either be superficial like vaginitis or oral thrush or grow into a serious life threatening disease.
2. Some of the most frequent kinds of Urinary Tract Infection or UTI are cystitis and pyelonephritis. The most common infection of the Candida species is the Candida albicans is the most common. Candidemia is another yeast infection category which is by and large restricted to rigorously ill and immuno-compromised people who are suffering from AIDS, cancer or transplant.


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5 Comments

  1. My yeast infection problems almost always resulted in a bladder infection and digestive problems. It seemed inevitable, season after season. I would start to feel really tired and have abominable cramps. Then I would go to the doctor and have an examination. The yeast infection would be the first on the list and the other symptoms would be treated separately – prescription for antibiotics for the bladder infection and antacids for the pain in my stomach and gas.

    I now know why I was getting the UTI infections – the yeast kept the opening to the bladder swollen and slightly open for bacteria to enter. After I learned to keep the yeast under control, I have not had the UTIs.

  2. Thanks for ur article. The symptoms of yeast infection are many and they can mirror many other illnesses. Thus, you should confirm with your doctor to make sure that your problem is really it.

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