Vaginal yeast infection: Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs

Abnormal vaginal discharge

  • Ranges from a slightly watery, white discharge to a thick, white, chunky discharge (like cottage cheese)

Pain with intercourse
Painful urination
Redness and swelling of the vulva
Vaginal and labial itching, burning

Diagnosis & Tests

A pelvic examination will be done. It may show swelling (inflammation) of the skin of the vulva, in the vagina, and on the cervix. The health care provider may find dry, white plaques on the vaginal wall.
A small amount of the vaginal discharge is examined using a microscope (called a wet mount and KOH test). It will show Candida.
Sometimes, a culture is taken when the infection does not improve with treatment or comes back many times.
Your doctor may also choose to do tests to find other causes of your symptoms.
Candida, flourescent stain


Review Date : 11/1/2009
Reviewed By : Linda Vorvick, MD, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Redmond, WA; Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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