Yeast Vaginitis (cont.)

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When should I see a health care professional if I think I have a yeast infection?

It is recommended that women see a health care professional if they have symptoms of a first-time yeast infection or if you are unsure that a yeast infection is the cause of your symptoms. You should also seek medical advice if the symptoms do not go away after the use of over-the-counter products, or if symptoms worsen for any reason. Pregnant women should see a health care professional if they develop symptoms of a yeast infection. At any time, if you have severe or troubling symptoms, seeking medical care is always warranted.

Can I pass a yeast infection to my sexual partner (male or female)?

Itching and irritation of the penis in men after sexual contact with an infected woman has been described. While it is theoretically possible to spread yeast among male or female sexual partners, most experts do not consider yeast infections to be sexually-transmitted diseases. Whether or not it is necessary to treat sex partners of a woman with a yeast infection has been a source of controversy, but most experts agree that it is only necessary to treat those sex partners who may develop symptoms.

How are vaginal yeast infections and vulvitis diagnosed?

Vaginal yeast infection is suggested when a cheesy white discharge is noted over the walls of the vagina, but the symptoms of vaginal yeast infection are nonspecific and may be a result of other conditions. To firmly establish the diagnosis and to rule out any other causes of the symptoms, your doctor may take a specimen scraped from the affected area for microscopic analysis or for culture in the laboratory. Identification of yeast under a microscope, when possible, is the least expensive and most rapid and accurate way to establish the diagnosis.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/22/2014

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