Itching Down There Isn’t Always a Yeast Infection
You shouldn’t assume that itching is automatically a yeast infection. Our Ob/Gyn explains six other possible causes.
The symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are familiar to many women: itching, irritation, and usually a thick white discharge. It’s easy to simply reach for the anti-fungal treatments at the first sign of irritation — and usually this does do the trick.
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But if these symptoms come back often (or don’t respond to the usual treatments), it’s time to visit a doctor for a firm diagnosis. That’s because other conditions can mimic yeast, explains Ob/Gyn Salena Zanotti, MD.
Trying to treat another non-yeast-related condition with antifungals will not only be ineffective. It can give you the illusion that you’re treating it while another problem continues to develop.
Six possible causes of symptoms that may masquerade as yeast infections include:
“If you aren’t getting relief from the usual measures, or you aren’t quite sure of the diagnosis, it’s worth a trip to the office to get checked out,” says Dr. Zanotti. Call your doctor to be sure you’re addressing any problems with appropriate treatment.