Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood on August 30, 2012

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Laura Corio, MD. Ob-Gyn, NYU Medical Center

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: Can I diagnose my own yeast infection?

Laura Corio, MD: Women should not be diagnosing their own vaginal infections. They should be calling their gynecologist. They should be speaking with the gynecologist about their symptoms. If there's any questions, they should go into their gynecologist, and let the gynecologist look at the discharge, look under the microscope, possibly even do a culture, and decide whether they need to have treatment or not, because it is not healthy to keep using these over the counter treatments. I've had patients come to me, and constantly are treating themselves for yeast, and they don't even have yeast.

: What's the role of antibiotics in yeast infections?

Laura Corio, MD: It is clearly shown that if you take an antibiotic, you're going to decrease the normal flora in your vagina, and the yeast can overgrow and cause itching and burning and discharge.