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Yeast Infection

Vaginal or hormonal changes, such as menopause, can cause vaginal yeast infections (sometimes called thrush).

This out-of-the-ordinary growth of the Candida yeast often leads to itching around or in the vagina and discharge.

Yeast infection: what you should know

  • There’s no need to feel embarrassed about a yeast infection. Most women have at least one yeast infection during their lifetimes; men can get yeast infections, too, but it’s pretty rare.
  • If you have genital itching, burning or discharge resembling cottage cheese, you may have a yeast infection. These are the classic yeast infection symptoms
  • Are you pregnant? Do you have diabetes? These conditions can often be at the root of the problem, as can medications such as antibiotics and corticosteroids. Menopause can also cause hormonal changes that lead to yeast infections.
  • By keeping your genital area dry (no lingering in wet bathing suits) and wearing cotton underwear, you can help prevent yeast infections. Eating yogurt or probiotics may also help.
  • Recurrent yeast infections can be a sign of a weakened immune system, which could signal another health condition.

How can I get help for a yeast infection?

Call your primary care doctor or OB-GYN if any of the following occur:

  • You’ve never had the symptoms of a yeast infection before
  • You aren’t quite sure it’s a yeast infection
  • Over-the-counter medicines don’t help
  • Symptoms get worse
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Care for yeast infections at Rush

To diagnose a vaginal yeast infection, your doctor will perform a pelvic exam and test a sample of vaginal discharge. If you need treatment, your doctor will probably prescribe over-the-counter medicines.

In most cases, your primary care doctor can successfully treat yeast infections with over-the-counter medicines. If you have recurrent infections or treatments fail, another condition — such as diabetes — may be the cause. If your doctor recommends further attention, he or she will connect you with specialists at Rush who can help.

Why choose Rush for yeast infection care

  • Primary care doctors, including OB-GYNs, at Rush diagnose and treat yeast infections. These doctors are closely connected to specialists at Rush who can help address the root of problematic yeast infections.
  • Is diabetes the root of your recurrent yeast infections? The Rush University Diabetes Center can help you manage your diabetes through education.

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