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Untreated Yeast Infection Complications
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
Treatment is simple: If you are referring to vaginal yeast infection, you should get treated with at least using over the counter medication. There are multiple anti- fungal creams at the drug store and they are not expensive. Ask the pharmacist for help. You may also have a different type of infection, like bacterial vaginosis. Seek medical care with a gynecologist or a family physician.
Medical eval: 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. Local symptoms from a herpes simplex 2 infection are usually is seen 2 to 12 days after exposure ; consists of a cluster of lesions that look like blisters. The lesions can appear.
Medical eval: Yeast can present with clumpy, white vaginal discharge to a watery, white discharge. Sometimes a discharge is not apparent. There is no odor. It can cause swelling and redness of vulva along with itching and burning pain. It may lead to pain with urination or intercourse. Herpes simplex - The lesions may be preceded several days by itching &/or pain. They start as red bumps which then develop
Unlikely: When you say yeast infection are you referring to vaginitis? If so, it is very unlikely indeed that it will spread or involve other parts of the body. Antibiotics, Steroids, Diabetes, these are risk factors. Even severe cases are usually cured by treatment with fluconazole tablets up to two weeks in the most severe cases.
It persists: Yeast infection usually persist if left untreated and can predispose to other infections, such as bacterial infection.
Your own discomfort: A yeast infection commonly causes itching and redness, so that is the worst. However sometimes women think they have a yeast infection but actually have something else, so if it doesn't go away on its own it is wise to get checked. Yeast infections can be treated with over the counter meds. If you don't want to take a med stop all sugar, carbs, fruit, alcohol. Can try yeast arrest.
Possibly: Candida (yeast) infections can present as red bumps or pustules that might resemble a herpetic sore or ulcer in their later stages. Herpes sores are usually very distinctive in that they start out as blisters in clusters, are usually painful and last 5-15 days and resolve, often to reccur again in the same spot. As a rule candia infections do not behave in this fashion.
Probably nothing: Vaginal yeast infections have few complications; probably nothing serious would happen, just continuing discomfort. OTOH, some apparent yeast infections have other causes, and some yeast is the result of another health problem, especially diabetes. Best to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
Anything: If a yeast infection is treated with antibiotics it may get worse. You need treatment specific for yeast.
Urban myth: "Systemic yeast" (or systemic candidiasis) is an urban myth. There is no such thing. Vaginal yeast infections are easily treated, and if you think you have one, see your doctor -- or maybe try one of the many over-the-counter treatments. But for some reason you don't get treated, you won't have any health problems excpet for the genital itching, irritation, etc.
Day 7 of amoxicillin for Strep got yeast infection. Stopped the amoxicillin. Should I be worried for complications from strep stopping it 3 days early?
Be very worried!: You must take all 10 days of the antibiotic to prevent the risk of rheumatic fever and of developing drug-resistant bacteria. Continue it and treat the yeast infection. Call your doc, to see if a a different antibiotic can be used. Or use otc yeast meds and take amoxicillin with 8 oz of water.See 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Any infection or inflammation can cause the lymph nodes to become larger. Not sure why you wouldn't treat the infection?
Yeast infection: May not go away if untreated.Get a more detailed answer ›
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