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Candida [yeast] is the primary cause of vaginal yeast infections. It can cause: (1) a thick, white, cottage cheese like discharge, (2) vulvar itching, burning, redness, or swelling, and/or (3) a lack of odor. There are several risk factors which include, but are not limited to, recent antibiotic use, uncontrolled Diabetes, a weakened immune system due to chemotherapy, HIV, or chronic steroid use. 

 

Vaginitis is any condition with symptoms including abnormal vaginal discharge, odor, irritation, itching, or burning. Both, vaginal yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis, represent a type of vaginitis. Bacterial vaginosis tends to have a watery, thin discharge with a fishy odor and no itching. 

 

 

Yeast infections can be treated with over-the-counter medications or prescription only medications.  The duration of treatment varies depending on the medication; it can be 1,3, or 7 days. Complicated yeast infections (4 or more episodes in a year or a single infection that has failed multiple therapies) usually require a culture to determine the specific strain of yeast that is present and the appropriate treatment. 

 

What causes a Vaginal Yeast Infection?

How do I tell the difference between a Vaginal Yeast Infection and Bacterial Vaginosis?

How do you treat a Vaginal Yeast Infection?

Please contact your physician to discuss treatment if you:

  • are under the age of 18

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