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Common misdiagnosis: most women believe they have a yeast infection when they don't
Date:9/10/2007

dicate 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.

Her advice 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.

Women shouldnt just run to the drugstore if they think they have a yeast infection. The optimal thing would be to be evaluated, Hoffstetter says.


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Saint Louis University
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