Yeast Vaginitis (cont.)

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What about recurrent yeast infections?

In up to 5% of women, yeast vulvovaginitis may cause a recurrent problem. A recurrent yeast infection occurs when a woman has four or more infections in one year that are not related to antibiotic use. Recurrent yeast infections may be related to an underlying medical condition such as impaired immunity and may require more aggressive treatment.

What other vaginal infections have similar symptoms as a yeast infection?

Infections other than yeast can cause similar symptoms of a yeast infection and may be confused with a yeast infection. These include bacterial vaginosis, Chlamydia, Trichomonas, and gonorrhea. If symptoms of a yeast infection are not eliminated by over-the-counter products, women should see their doctor for evaluation. Likewise, if a woman is not sure that her symptoms are in fact due to a yeast infection, she should seek medical advice.

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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/4/2013

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