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i was diagnosed (sp?) with a yeast infection a couple, or maybe more than, months ago. i think i might have one again. sometimes it itches down there when there is discharge in my underware and it smells kind of bad too. I also think that my doctor said that if i have symptoms again that i should go out and buy over-the-counter medicine/cream,like i did last time. So should i just buy some? would it be bad if i did i use it and i didnt have a yest infection? but im kind of sure that i do have one since i know what they're like.
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If you're sure this is a yeast infection then you should go ahead and buy some of the over the counter treatments and treat it that way. There are pills and creams and ovules and treatments that go anywhere from 1-7 days ... You can call your doctors office and speak to the doctor/nurse and ask what they suggest, or speak to your pharmacist.

If you're not sure this is a yeast infection i would strongly advise that you actually see your doctor for an exam before self-treating. If you don't have an infection at all, or have a bacterial infection, the OTC yeast infection treatments aren't going to help and can actually throw your normal vaginal flora right out of whack and put you at risk for developing an infection.

So (i seem to be really long winded tonight!), in short, if you're sure - go ahead and buy the OTC stuff and treat it. If you're not sure - see your doctor.

Good luck.

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