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How do I know if I need to use a vaginal anti-fungal medication?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

If you’ve had a yeast infection in the past, you probably already know the oh-so-fun symptoms: vaginal discharge, sometimes thin, white, and watery, other times chunky and cottage cheese-like; pain when you urinate; pain during sex; itching or burning in and around the vagina or lips of the vagina.  If you’ve never had yeast infection and you are having the above symptoms or other ones that you don’t know how to explain, call your doc before taking anything over-the-counter. If you do in fact have a yeast infection, then a vaginal anti-fungal medication will be needed to fend off that yeast and stop the infection in its tracks.

If you’ve never had yeast infection and you are having the above symptoms or other ones that you don’t know how to explain, call your doc before taking anything over-the-counter. If you do in fact have a yeast infection, then a vaginal anti-fungal medication will be needed to fend off that yeast and stop the infection in its tracks.

Vaginal anti-fungal medicines treat vaginal yeast infections. The symptoms of a yeast infection include vaginal itching and burning. The vagina may also feel sore or irritated. Some women report feeling pain while urinating or pain during sex, when they have yeast infections. If you have a yeast infection, you may have more vaginal discharge than normal. Sometimes this discharge can look like cottage cheese. It may be thicker than normal. If you are unsure whether you need vaginal anti-fungal treatment, call your doctor.

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