Understanding Vaginal Yeast Infection Medications (cont.)
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Vaginal Yeast Infection Medical Treatment
Although vaginal infections may cause unpleasant itching, they should not cause pain. If pain is felt in this area, a healthcare provider should be seen.
Women should see a healthcare provider the first time vaginal yeast infection symptoms occur or if they are unsure if they have a yeast infection. If certain, the condition can be treated with over-the-counter medications. However, if symptoms do not respond to one course of over-the-counter medications, yeast infection may not be the problem. Pregnant women or those with weakened immune systems should contact a doctor before beginning any over-the-counter self-treatment. Women who experience recurrent vaginal yeast infections, or yeast infections that do not clear up with treatment, should immediately contact a healthcare provider for professional diagnosis and treatment. It is called recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) if a woman has 4 or more proven episodes per year.
Mary L Windle, PharmD
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