Yeast Infection (Candida Vaginal Infection)
You have a Candida vaginal infection. This is also known as a yeast infection. It's most often caused by a type of yeast (fungus) called Candida. Candida are normally found in the vagina. But if they increase in number, this can lead to infection and cause symptoms.
Symptoms of a yeast infection can include:
Certain factors can make a yeast infection more likely. These can include:
A yeast infection is most often treated with antifungal medicine. This may be given as a vaginal cream or pills you take by mouth. Treatment may last for about 1 to 7 days. Women with severe or recurrent infections may need longer courses of treatment.
If you’re prescribed medicine, be sure to use it as directed. Finish all of the medicine, even if your symptoms go away. Don’t try to treat yourself using over-the-counter products without talking with your provider first. They will let you know if this is a good option for you.
Ask your provider what steps you can take to help reduce your risk of having a yeast infection in the future.
Follow up with your healthcare provider, or as directed.
When to seek medical advice
Call your healthcare provider right away if:
You have a fever of 100.4ºF (38ºC) or higher, or as directed by your provider.
Your symptoms worsen, or they don’t go away within a few days of starting treatment.
You have new pain in the lower belly or pelvic region.
You have side effects that bother you or a reaction to the cream or pills you’re prescribed.
You or any partners you have sex with have new symptoms, such as a rash, joint pain, or sores.
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