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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is candida vulvovaginitis?

This is a fungal infection by Candida that affects the vaginal area. Candida normally exists on skin and vaginal linings with no issues. An infection occurs when the skin or vaginal lining changes in character such that it promotes an overgrowth of Candida. People with weakened immune systems or who are on birth control pills may be at increased risk.

Symptoms of candida vulvovaginitis

  • Increase in vaginal discharge

  • Thick white vaginal discharge

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge e.g. in color, smell, or quantity

  • Itching around the genital area

  • Increased vaginal discharge that is smelly

  • Pain around the vulva or vagina

Questions your doctor may ask to check for candida vulvovaginitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose candida vulvovaginitis

  • Have you experienced increased vaginal discharge recently?

  • Do you have a thick white vaginal discharge like cottage cheese or yogurt?

  • Do you have any concerns regarding change in your vaginal discharge (color, volume or odor)?

  • Do you have any itch in and around your vagina?

  • Does the vaginal discharge smell worse recently?

Treatment for candida vulvovaginitis

This is usually treated with antifungal drugs. This can be given through a vaginal cream, or through an oral antifungal medicine.

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