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When should you see a doctor about a yeast infection?

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See a doctor if:

  • It's your first yeast infection. She can make sure it isn't a more serious problem, like a urinary tract infection or STI.
  • You're pregnant. Your doctor should approve any medications, including over-the-counter vaginal creams.
  • You often get yeast infections. If you have four or more a year, that's called recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis. You’ll need an antifungal treatment for up to 6 months. Frequent yeast infections can also be a sign of diabetes or another medical condition.
  • You're worried about symptoms or they're different from past yeast infections.
  • You want prescription-strength vaginal cream to ease the itching and burning more quickly.

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."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 31, 2019

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."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 31, 2019

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