Vaginal Yeast Infections
When To Call a Doctor
Use the following guidelines for seeking medical care when you have vaginal symptoms.
Call your doctor immediately if you:
- Have lower abdominal pain and a fever higher than 101°F (38.3°C) along with a vaginal discharge. This may point to Reference pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) Opens New Window.
- Are pregnant and have symptoms of a vaginal infection or a Reference urinary tract infection (UTI) Opens New Window.
Call your doctor for an appointment within 1 week if you:
- Have an unusual vaginal discharge, and this is the first time you have had an infection that might be a vaginal yeast infection.
- Have unusual vaginal itching.
- Have pain during sex or urination.
- Have any other symptoms that may point to a vaginal infection.
- Continue to have symptoms despite home treatment with a nonprescription medicine.
- Have symptoms return within 2 months, and you have not been taking antibiotics.
If you are sure your symptoms are caused by a vaginal yeast infection, waiting several days to see if the symptoms clear up on their own is not harmful, especially if you expect your menstrual period within that time. Sometimes a menstrual period will relieve the symptoms of a mild yeast infection. If your symptoms continue, you can use nonprescription medicine. If symptoms continue after treatment, see your doctor.
Who to see
Health professionals who can diagnose and treat a vaginal yeast infection include:
- Reference Physician assistants Opens New Window.
- Reference Nurse practitioners Opens New Window.
- Reference Family medicine doctors Opens New Window.
- Reference Internists Opens New Window.
- Reference Gynecologists Opens New Window.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Reference Making the Most of Your Appointment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 5, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology