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Hi,

I've been having some pretty intense intchyness just in the entrance to my vagina for a few days now (about in the first centimeter and around the opening) + a white sort of lumpy discharge. I'm wondering if this might be a yeast infection, but I've never had one before so i don't really know. I'm not sure if there is any relation at all, but I just got out of the hospital a week ago where I got my appendix out (they had me on morphine, saline, gravol, tylenol and antibiotis). Maybe one of these medications messed with my body?

I don't have a family doctor or gynecologist here, but I called a women's health centre and left a message this morning. I have no idea how long it will be before they can get me an appointment though.

I know you can't diagnose it online, but I guess what I want to know is is it safe for me to get an over the counter yeast infection medication even if I'm not sure if that's what I have? (I will for sure go see a doctor as soon as I am able, but this is really uncomfortable)?

(and also, if yes, can you recommend one?

Thanks

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Oh yeah, I forgot to say I only have sex with one person and we always use condoms.
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That does sound like a yeast infection, but it could also be another kind of infection. The best bet is really to see the doctor if you don't know what it is. Can you look for an urgent care? I'm not sure if they have those in Canada, but it is like a regular doctor but you can go in with no appointment for urgent matters.

There are some over the counter medicines that can help with itching that should be safe for you to use.

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Yeah we have walk in clinics, but the wait is long (often 3hrs ish) so I was hoping I could just avoid going...
I'll get up bright and early tomorrow and try to beat the crowd.

Is it possible for a yeast infection to go away on its own though? Its been a lot less itchy today and with less discharge too... (I'll still go tomorrow, just wondering)

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Sometimes yeast infections do go away on their own: like with some cases of BV, when the infection is mild, a menstrual period can help rebalance things.

But if DIY treatment hasn't knocked it out, and it's been very itchy, your best bet is to see a healthcare provider. I know how much the walk-in wait can suck, but especially with the holidays around the bend, you'll probably be a lot more unhappy if you don't go and then can't for days on end if the infection sticks around.

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thanks! I went this morning, got a pill for it, should clear up in 48hrs.

AND I only waited one hour, not too bad! [Smile]

thanks for the advice

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