Understanding Vaginal Yeast Infection Medications (cont.)
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Vaginal Yeast Infections Risks
Many women often mistakenly think they have a yeast infection and treat themselves, when they actually have a similar vaginal infection that will not respond to self-treatment with over-the-counter yeast-fighting medications. A study by the American Social Health Association found that most women self-treated vaginal infections before calling a healthcare provider. Most often, they mistook a bacterial infection (bacterial vaginosis) for a yeast infection. Other problems that can cause similar symptoms might be just a local mechanical irritation (from sex or tampons), an allergic reaction, or a chemical irritation from soap, perfumes, deodorants, or powders.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/31/2014
Mary L Windle, PharmD
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