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Why does my yeast infection have an odor? Is this normal?

Why does my yeast infection have an odor? Is this normal?

If malodorous: it might not be a yeast infection. Yeast usually has no odor (or occasionally a mild odor). ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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I thought i had a yeast infection but my only symptom is the odor. Is that possible?

Doubtful: yeast infections are usually odorless. You should be checked for trichomonas, bacterial vaginosis (BV) and if sexually active, STDs. ...Read more

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I went to the health department today and they told me I have a yeast infection but I have a foul fishy odor. Why?

Might also have BV: Sometimes disturbances to the natural bacteria in your vagina (douching, irregular bleeding, unprotected sex, etc) can allow abnl bacteria like Gardnerella to overgrow and cause a fishy odor. It's not sexually transmitted, but can be treated w/ Metronidazole(Flagyl)/Clindamycin/Boric Acid. See your GYN for a prescription and be examined for other potential causes. Nothing urgent/dangerous though. ...Read more

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I just finished 7 days of yeast infection medicine. I have no insurance yet i'm still itchy and dry and have a foul odor. What do I do? Again, i have

Sorry, but you need: Medical evaluation. Yeast infections do not cause a foul vaginal odor. You most likely have an infection other than yeast. ...Read more

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Does a yeast infection have a fishy odor?

Normally yeast: Infections don't cause an odor. That is more likely with bacterial vaginosis. Please see your physician to accurately diagnose your condition & treat it properly. Take care. ...Read more

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When you get a yeast infection does a odor suppose to go along with it?

Not usually: Typically, yeast infections do not cause any odor. If you detect odor, you may want to see your doctor to find out what is causing it. ...Read more

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I have a chunky white discharge with no itch or odor. Could it be a yeast infection?

Could be: The description of the discharge sounds like yeast, but yeast if very itchy. It is best to see a health care provider and have a pelvic exam to determine the cause of the discharge. Only then can appropriate treatment be given. If you have pelvic pain, fever or are at risk for STI then it is important to be seen as soon as possible ...Read more

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I have white clumpy discharge. There is no odor or irritation and I have already treated for a yeast infection. What could this be?

I have white clumpy discharge. There is no odor or irritation and I have already treated for a yeast infection. What could this be?

White discharge: If you treated yourself without consulting your doctor i would suggest you should see your doctor. Sometimes minor odorless white discharge is normal. ...Read more

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Had yeast infection 3 wks ago, discharge is still slightly green and has a strong odor but is not foul. Itchy every so often. Could it still be Y.I?

Had yeast infection 3 wks ago, discharge is still slightly green and has a strong odor but is not foul. Itchy every so often. Could it still be Y.I?

BV? STD?: Yeast infections usually cause only a little discharge, or none; yeast discharge usually is white, not colored; and yeast discharges don't have strong odor. So this is something else. Bacterial vaginosis (an overgrown of bacteria) is possible, but so are STDs like trichomonas, gonorrhea, or chlamydia. See a doctor very soon for testing and treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a yeast infection without discharge or odor?

Is it possible to have a yeast infection without discharge or odor?

No odor with v D/C: Symptoms of a yeast infection may include: burning, redness & itching of the vulva; burning with urination & vaginal intercourse & a clumpy, white, vaginal discharge with no odor. Sometimes the discharge isn’t apparent. So in short: yes. ...Read more

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My discharge is a white color and little bit of an odor is that a yeast infection?

Yeast infection: Hi, it could be although yeast infection usually doesn't have any odor, therefore I suggest that you see your PMD or family doctor for evaluation and proper treatment, ...Read more

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Dr gave me duflican for yeast infection took duflican 4 days ago, still have some discharge and a slight fishy odor is Odor normal? It's not to strong

BV? Trichomonas?: The main vaginal yeast symptoms are irritation and itching, scant discharge, without odor. Fishy odor suggests bacterial vaginosis or trichomonas. Maybe it wasn't yeast, or you had yeast plus BV or trich. It can be difficult to diagnose vaginal infections, so probably not your doc's fault. Return to be rechecked; request the newer, more accurate DNA test for trich if not yet done. Also STD tests. ...Read more

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I've had a yeast infection once before and now it seems as if I have one again, but does it cause a bad vaginal odor?

No: Yeast infections cause a whitish discharge with itching and burning. Bacterial vaginosis causes a discolored discharge with burning and and odor. Bv is usually treated with prescription medication, so a visit to your doctor to diagnose would be a great idea. ...Read more

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Lately, my urine has a smelly odor. I don't have symptoms of a yeast infection (irritation, discharge) . What is it?

Urine Odor: it could be from foods that are ingested. Some foods like asparagus are notorious for this. You also could have s bladder infection. You may want to see you doctor and have a urinalysis to make sure there is nothing wrong. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take the probiotics once a day pills if i think i may have a yeast infection? Will they help with the odor from it?

Is it safe to take the probiotics once a day pills if i think i may have a yeast infection? Will they help with the odor from it?

Yes: Probiotics can help restore the normal bacteria but they won't clear the yeast infection. For that you need and antifungal cream that you can buy over the counter or a pill that requires a prescription. ...Read more

Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable ...Read more


Candida (Definition)

Is a type of fungus which normally lives in small amounts on mucus membranes. An overgrowth of candida in the mouth produces a condition called 'thrush'. This is often triggered ...Read more