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How To Tell If You Have A Yeast Infection

There is only one true way to tell if you have a yeast infection, and that is with a visit to your doctor. Many women though, would rather self diagnose themselves to save the embarrassment of the examination in the doctor’s surgery.

Yeast infection symptoms

It’s easy to tell if you’re suffering from a vaginal, bacterial or fungal infection just from the symptoms you can have. These include…

  • Rash on outer lips of the vagina
  • Vaginal itching and soreness
  • Painful urination
  • White vaginal discharge that has a yeast aroma
  • Pain when having sexual intercourse

Although these symptoms may make it obvious that you’re suffering from a yeast infection you need to visit your doctor in case you’re suffering from another vaginal infection. Any other infection that is not treated correctly and in time can cause permanent damage to your reproductive organs and/or your kidneys.

Your doctor will use a swab to test the culture that is infecting your vagina so you get an accurate diagnosis. Once you have that diagnosis you’ll be able to successfully cure your infection.

Monistat test

There is a test that a lot of women try that is with an OTC yeast infection treatment. The problem with this test is the OTC treatment can relieve symptoms of other vaginal infections as well as a yeast infection. So although the symptoms will be going, the real infection will still be getting worse, and will start to infect your fallopian tubes or kidneys if left too long.

Your health is very important to you. You can save yourself a lot of trouble in the future with a 10 minute visit to your doctor. It can be an embarrassing experience for a lot of women but that far outweighs the heartache of something bad happening like never being able to have more children, or suffering permanent kidney damage.

Posted December 31st, 2011 in yeast infections.

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