03-12-2008, 11:03 AM
That said, this could be a yeast infection, which is quite common. Yeast is present in our stool and other places just "lurking" to take over a spot. This does not mean that you are not being clean enough - can happen to anybody. Yeast and other fungi love warm, dark moist places - athletes' foot is another form of fungi and think about where it grows - between toes where it is dark, warm and not much air circulation.
Well, the vagina and surrounding tissue is also warm, dark and moist. So you may wish to try an over the counter cream - console is the generic name; Monistat is one of the brand names. The generic or store brand is a lot cheaper and works just the same. There is the cream you can apply around the vagina with your hands, plus there are types of this product that you release into the vagina, with a sort of tampon-like device.
If you try this cream and it works, continue using it for a few days after the symptoms disappear. You should without doubt mention it to your doctor (gynecologist or family practitioner if he/she takes care of your women's health as well) on your next visit. Better yet, if it works, put a call in to your doc or his/her nurse and apprise them of they symptoms you had, the treatment you used, and see if they think you still need to come in and be seen.
Also, if the cream does not work, make an appointment as soon as possible. If the console does not work, then it is another condition which is probably easily treated by your doctor.
One other caution - do not use any anti fungal product other than one specifically for vaginal use. The types used for things like athletes' foot are extremely harsh on those sensitive areas. Also, your husband can get a yeast infection in the groin area (mine did once - we are both diabetics and therefore more susceptible to yeast) - so make sure you ask your hubby if he is having redness/itching, etc. He can use the console cream, too.
Good luck, and don't forget to back up my anecdotal advice with real medical advice.