When to see a doctorBy Mayo Clinic staff
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
- Abstain from intercourse or have your partner use a condom for a week after beginning treatment.
- See your doctor if your symptoms don't go away after a week or so.
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