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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. Krishna Kumar
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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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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