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Gynecology

Yeast infection

09/04/2008

Question:

I have itching, swelling and white discharge that looks like the same type of stuff that comes out of a teenage pimple. It started the day after me period ended this month. I never had this before. Could this be a yeast infection? It does not bothering me that much if it is a yeast infection can I let go without any treatment and see if it clears up by itself?

Answer:

I assume the discharge is coming from the vagina. It could be a yeast infection. The discharge is usually thick, white and cottage cheese like. It usually is associated with intense itching and burning. Since you don't have many symptoms, you could have a vaginal or cervical infection causing this discharge. This should be evaluated by taking a sample for culture to see if you need antibiotics. You should be seen soon as delay in treatment could cause more serious complications.

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Response by:

Thomas  A deHoop, MD Thomas A deHoop, MD
Formerly Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, Medical Student Education
No longer associated