When to see a doctor
Schedule a doctor's visit if you have:
- Greenish, yellowish, thick or cheesy vaginal discharge
- Strong vaginal odor
- Redness, itching, burning or irritation of your vagina or the area of skin that surrounds the vagina and urethra (vulva)
- Bleeding or spotting unrelated to your period
For self-care at home:
- Try an over-the-counter antifungal cream for a suspected yeast infection.
- Use a cold compress, such as a washcloth or ice pack, to relieve itching, swelling or discomfort of the vulva.
- Have your partner use a condom for a week after beginning treatment, or wait a week before having sex.
- See your doctor if your symptoms don't go away after a week or so.