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When should you call your doctor about treating vaginal yeast infections?

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Make the call if your symptoms don't disappear after you finish taking all your medicine as prescribed. See your doctor if you have four or more vaginal yeast infections in one year. Your doctor may call this “recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis.” It’s not common, but if you have it, you may need to take an antifungal medication for up to six months. Frequent, repeated yeast infections can also be a sign of a resistant strain or more serious condition, including untreated diabetes. Also call your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about your prescription and how to take your medicine.

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Vaginitis: Causes and Treatments."

National Library of Medicine: "Vaginal Yeast Infection" and "Vaginal Itching."

National Women's Health Information Center: "Vaginal Yeast Infections."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Vaginal Yeast Infections."

CDC: "Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Treatment Guidelines 2010: Vulvovaginal Candidiasis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Vaginal Yeast Infections."

RxList.com: "Yeast Vaginitis."

UpToDate: “Treatment of uncomplicated vaginal candidiasis” and “Treatment of complicated vaginal candidiasis.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 10, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Vaginitis: Causes and Treatments."

National Library of Medicine: "Vaginal Yeast Infection" and "Vaginal Itching."

National Women's Health Information Center: "Vaginal Yeast Infections."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Vaginal Yeast Infections."

CDC: "Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Treatment Guidelines 2010: Vulvovaginal Candidiasis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Vaginal Yeast Infections."

RxList.com: "Yeast Vaginitis."

UpToDate: “Treatment of uncomplicated vaginal candidiasis” and “Treatment of complicated vaginal candidiasis.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 10, 2018

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