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Vaginal Yeast Infections (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Typically, a vaginal yeast infection is not a life-threatening condition. However, a woman with symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection should see her doctor to rule out other, more serious infections or diseases that may cause or be mistaken for a yeast infection. Anyone with a weakened immune system should contact a doctor upon experiencing any new symptoms. Vaginal yeast infections may cause unpleasant itching, but they should not cause pain. Women experiencing pain should contact their doctor. In addition, a woman with symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection should contact her doctor if she notices the following:

  • foul-smelling or yellow vaginal discharge;
  • vaginal discharge that lasts for more than a week;
  • bloody discharge;
  • increased urination;
  • stomach or back pain that accompanies vaginal discharge;
  • vomiting;
  • fever;
  • if symptoms diminish but return within two months; or
  • if symptoms are not fully relieved with therapy.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/19/2013

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