When to see a doctor

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Schedule a doctor's visit if you have:

  • Greenish, yellowish, thick or cheesy vaginal discharge
  • Strong vaginal odor
  • Redness, itching, burning or irritation of your vagina or the area of skin that surrounds the vagina and urethra (vulva).
  • Bleeding or spotting unrelated to your period

For self-care at home:

  • Try an over-the-counter antifungal cream for a suspected yeast infection.
  • Use a cold compress, such as a washcloth or ice pack, to relieve itching, swelling or discomfort of the vulva
  • Abstain from intercourse or have your partner use a condom for a week after beginning treatment.
  • See your doctor if your symptoms don't go away after a week or so.
Mar. 22, 2013