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Should I call my doctor if I think I have a yeast infection?

If you think you have a vaginal yeast infection you should see your doctor. This is because other conditions may mimic a yeast infection and need to be investigated. If a yeast infection is confirmed, your doctor may recommend an over-the-counter medicine or provide prescription therapies.

Yes, you need to see your doctor to find out for sure if you have a yeast infection. The signs of a yeast infection are much like those of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like Chlamydia (KLUH-mid-ee-uh) and gonorrhea (gahn-uh-REE-uh). So, it's hard to be sure you have a yeast infection and not something more serious.

If you've had vaginal yeast infections before, talk to your doctor about using over-the-counter medicines.

This answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.

Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
I tell my patients that if they have the classic signs of a yeast infection, which are thick cottage cheese discharge and significant vagina itching, they should consider trying an over-the-counter medication.  I always insist that they use a 3-night preparation to see the best results from their treatment.  If in fact the 3-night course does not work, they should call their doctor and probably be seen because there is a possibility that they could have another type of infection other than a yeast infection.  Diflucan is another treatment for a vaginal yeast infection, but this requires a doctors perscription.

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