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    Vaginal Yeast Infections - When To Call a Doctor

    Use the following guidelines for seeking medical care when you have vaginal symptoms.

    Call your doctor immediately if you:

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    Call your doctor for an appointment within 1 week if you:

    • Have an unusual vaginal discharge, and this is the first time you have had an infection that might be a vaginal yeast infection.
    • Have unusual vaginal itching.
    • Have pain during sex or urination.
    • Have any other symptoms that may point to a vaginal infection.
    • Continue to have symptoms despite home treatment with a nonprescription medicine.
    • Have symptoms return within 2 months, and you have not been taking antibiotics.

    Watchful waiting

    If you are sure your symptoms are caused by a vaginal yeast infection, waiting several days to see if the symptoms clear up on their own is not harmful, especially if you expect your menstrual period within that time. Sometimes a menstrual period will relieve the symptoms of a mild yeast infection. If your symptoms continue, you can use nonprescription medicine. If symptoms continue after treatment, see your doctor.

    Who to see

    Health professionals who can diagnose and treat a vaginal yeast infection include:

    To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 17, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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