How can I tell if I have a yeast infection?

Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
The most common signs of a yeast infection are itching and a thick white discharge.  There is an over the counter test for infections that is fairly reliable.  I recommend that a patient use a three night over the counter cream and if this does not work then she should seek medical attention.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You know you have a yeast infection because the fungus comes along with its four best friends - redness, discharge (usually white and cottage cheesy), itching, and irritation. Though yeast infections are uncomfortable, they're not considered a serious health threat. Anti-fungal medications can help; topical medication can be messy, so talk to your doctor about oral treatments for use if pregnant.

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