A yeast infection, also called vaginal candidiasis, is a common infection that affects people with vaginas. Most commonly caused by candida albicans, a type of fungus, a yeast infection can cause uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms. Most yeast infections are mild. Though very common in people of reproductive age, they are rare in children before puberty and in menopausal and post-menopausal people.
If it’s your first time having symptoms of a yeast infection, it’s best to speak with a medical provider. Also seek medical care if you’ve tried an OTC yeast infection treatment but still have symptoms. Urgent care centers are an excellent option for yeast infection treatment.
Should I Go to Urgent Care for a Yeast Infection?
You can go to an urgent care center for a yeast infection, especially if you’re having trouble contacting your primary care provider. Urgent care centers routinely treat yeast infections and are well-equipped to offer testing, diagnosis, and treatment for this type of infection.
Symptoms of a Yeast Infection
Symptoms of a yeast infection include:
- Vaginal itching or soreness
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Pain or discomfort when urinating
- Abnormal vaginal discharge (that doesn’t typically have an odor)
- Redness, swelling, and cracks in the wall of the vagina (in severe cases)
Causes of a Yeast Infection
Yeast infections are generally caused by fungi. The most common type of fungus that causes yeast infections is called candida albicans. Wearing tight-fitting or wet clothing, hormonal imbalances, an impaired immune system, stress, antibiotics, pregnancy, and uncontrolled diabetes can all increase the likelihood of developing a yeast infection.
Yeast Infection Treatments
Most yeast infections are mild and can be easily treated with prescription or OTC antifungal medications. Some antifungal medications are taken orally, while others are applied topically inside the vagina. Regardless of which type of medication you’re using, follow the instructions exactly as directed.
Most oral medications for yeast infections require a prescription. The most common type of oral medication used to treat yeast infections is called fluconazole (Diflucan). This single-dose pill is not recommended for pregnant women.
Topical medications such as creams and ointments are applied inside the vagina. Suppositories are inserted inside the vagina to apply the medication. These medications may be taken over one, three, or seven days depending on the strength of the medication.
When to See a Medical Provider
Some yeast infections can be treated at home with OTC medications. But if it’s your first time experiencing symptoms, contact a medical provider for care. They can rule out other possible infections and determine the right course of treatment for your yeast infection. It’s also a good idea to speak with a medical provider if you have a new sexual partner, if you’ve tried OTC medication but are still experiencing symptoms, or if you develop new symptoms.
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