Your doctor may diagnose a vaginal yeast infection based on your description of symptoms and possibly a vaginal exam. During the exam, your doctor may take a vaginal wet smear to look for the yeast under a microscope.
How Are Vaginal Yeast Infections Treated?
If you have had a vaginal yeast infection previously and you're confident that's what you have, you may choose to treat it with an over-the-counter cream or suppository (a medication that dissolves in the vagina). These treatments may cause burning or irritation.
Due to the potential for complications, certain women who think they have a vaginal yeast infection should see their doctor and not try to treat it themselves. These women may need longer treatment. They include: