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Vulvovaginal Candidiasis


Vulvovaginal candidiasis,

or yeast infection, is a common vaginal infection. Vulvovaginal candidiasis is caused by a fungus, or yeast-like germ. Fungi are normally found in your vagina. When there are too many fungi, it can cause an infection.

Seek care immediately 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.

Signs and symptoms:

  • Thick, white, cheese-like discharge from your vagina
  • Itching, swelling, or redness in your vagina
  • Burning when you urinate

Treatment for vulvovaginal candidiasis

includes medicines to treat the fungal infection and decrease inflammation. The medicine may be a pill, topical cream, or vaginal suppository.

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.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

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

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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.