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What Infection Could Be Mistaken For A Yeast Infection?

Published: July 17, 2013
Dear What Infection Could Be Mistaken For A Yeast Infection?,

What is the infection that is closely related to a yeast infection? I hear if you think you have a yeast infection you should go to the doctor because you may have something worse that is closely related to a yeast infection. What is this other infection, and how common is it that women get it? Thanks again, you guys are great!


Dear What Infection Could Be Mistaken For A Yeast Infection?,

What is a yeast infection?

According to the Mayo Clinic:

A vaginal yeast infection is a type of vaginitis — inflammation of the vagina — characterized by vaginal irritation, intense itchiness and vaginal discharge. A vaginal yeast infection affects your vagina and the tissues at the opening to your vagina (vulva).

Yeast infection symptoms can range from mild to moderate and include:

  • Itching and irritation in the vagina and at the entrance to the vagina (vulva)
  • A burning sensation, especially during intercourse or while urinating
  • Redness and swelling of the vulva
  • Vaginal pain and soreness
  • Thick, white, odor-free vaginal discharge with a cottage cheese appearance

An estimated 75% of women get at least one vaginal yeast infection during their lifetime. 

When should I see a doctor?

According to the Mayo Clinic:

Make an appointment with your doctor if:

  • This is the first time you've experienced yeast infection symptoms
  • You're not sure whether you have a yeast infection
  • Your symptoms don't go away after self-treating with over-the-counter antifungal vaginal creams or suppositories
  • You develop other symptoms

Could my symptoms be something other than a yeast infection?

Vaginal itching, burning and occasional vaginal discharge can be symptoms of a yeast infection, but they can also be symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease or other types of vaginal infections. Other causes of these symptoms can include bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, STDs such as herpes and gonorrhea, an infection in the cervix, pinworms, or a tampon or IUD that has been left in the vagina too long.

Because there are other medical issues that can cause similar symptoms as a yeast infection, doctors recommend an office visit for testing, especially for a first-time yeast infection. That way the doctor can rule out that something more serious is not going on.

 

If you have any symptoms that are associated with a yeast infection, schedule an appointment with your primary care physician, gynecologist, or adolescent medicine specialist. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

For more information on yeast infections, go to the Center for Young Women’s Health article on Vaginal Yeast Infections.

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