Infection Self Diagnosis:
Says When It Comes to Self Diagnosis for Yeast Infections, You're
Once Again Trying to Get You Back in Their Office for Common Yeast
-- Most women who think they have a vaginal yeast infection are wrong
and may be doing more harm than good in treating their problem, says
a Saint Louis University researcher who presented her findings recently.
that itches isnt a yeast infection, said Susan Hoffstetter,
Ph.D., assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and womens
health at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and a SLUCare
womens health nurse practitioner.
keep treating themselves. They buy over-the-counter medicines for
yeast infections or they call the doctor to get a prescription for
medicine over and over again.
three times out of four, theyre treating themselves or calling
a doctor for a medicine to treat a problem they dont have, said
Hoffstetter, who co-directs the SLUCare Vulvar and Vaginal Disease
Clinic, which specializes in treating women who have chronic pain,
unhealthy discharges or skin problems in their vaginal area.
you treat yourself and it never goes away, you shouldnt continue
to treat yourself, Hoffstetter said. Youre making
a situation worse and you can get into cyclic episodes where you think
you have a yeast infection all of the time.
yeast infections are common; three out of four women have had one
at some point during their lives. Symptoms include pain or discomfort
during sex; burning, redness and swelling of the vaginal area; a thick,
white cottage cheese-like discharge that doesnt smell bad; and
pain during urination.
analyzed the records of more than 150 new patients of the SLUCare
Vulvar and Vaginal Disease Clinic, a specialty practice that sees
women with recurrent vaginitis problems. These women thought they
had yeast infections, however only 26 percent actually did.
symptoms didnt correlate with the clinical evidence of a yeast
infection, she said.
reported itching and a vaginal discharge, which also could indicate
an inflammation, dry skin tissues or a sexually transmitted infection.
These problems require a different treatment than the anti-fungal
medicine given for a yeast infection.
to women who think they have a yeast infection is to call their doctor
or womens health nurse practitioner for an appointment. The
physician or nurse practitioner will do a pelvic exam to detect swelling
and unhealthy discharge. The health professional also may take a swab
to get a specimen for a lab test or to be examined under the microscope
to see if yeast is the true culprit.
shouldnt just run to the drugstore if they think they have a
yeast infection. The optimal thing would be to be evaluated,
discussed her findings recently at an education session presented
by the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease.
She was inducted as a Fellow in that prestigious gynecological society.
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without doctors, expensive and invasive office procedures, or over
the counter drugs.
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