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Vulvovaginal Candidiasis


Vulvovaginal candidiasis, or yeast infection, is a common vaginal infection.


Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have fever and chills.
  • You are bleeding from your vagina and it is not your monthly period.
  • You develop abdominal or pelvic pain.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your signs and symptoms get worse, even after treatment.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


  • Antifungal medicine helps kill the fungus that is causing your vulvovaginal candidiasis. This medicine may be a pill. It may also be a topical cream or a suppository that you insert into your vagina. These medicines can be bought without a doctor's order.
  • Topical steroid medicine decreases the itching, swelling, and redness that you may have around the outside of your vagina. Apply only to your vulva and areas outside of your vagina.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Manage your symptoms:

  • Wear cotton underwear.
  • Keep the vaginal area clean and dry.
  • Do not have sex until your symptoms are gone.
  • Do not douche.
  • Do not use feminine hygiene sprays, powders, or bubble bath.

Prevent another infection:

  • Take showers instead of baths.
  • Eat yogurt.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink'
  • Control your blood sugar if you are diabetic.
  • Limit your time in hot tubs.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.