Yeast Infections & Vaginitis

A change in the balance of the yeast and bacteria that normally live in the vagina can result in vaginitis. This causes the lining of the vagina to become inflamed. About one-third of women have symptoms sometime during their lives.

The most common symptoms of a yeast infection are itching and burning of the area outside the vagina. The vulva may be red and swollen. The vaginal discharge usually is white, lumpy, and odorless. Some women with yeast infections notice an increase or change in discharge.

Many women think that they have a yeast infection when they actually have another problem. In these cases, an over-the-counter medication for a yeast infection will not work and may delay proper diagnosis and treatment of the actual problem. If this is your first experience with these symptoms, or if you have treated yourself but symptoms persist, please call for an appointment.


Bacterial Vaginosis: A type of vaginal infection caused by the overgrowth of a number of organisms that are normally found in the vagina.
Candidiasis: Also called yeast infection or moniliasis, a type of vaginitis caused by the overgrowth of Candida (a fungus normally found in the vagina).
Clindamycin: An antibiotic used to treat, among other kinds of infections, certain types of vaginitis.
Metronidazole: An antibiotic used to treat some vaginal and abdominal infections.
Trichomoniasis: A type of vaginal infection caused by a one-celled organism that is usually transmitted through sex.