Accurate Diagnosis With a Yeast Infection Test

Most doctors can diagnose a yeast infection in otherwise healthy patients, without performing a yeast infection test, though if it is a first infection a test may be performed for accuracy. After a course of treatment is tried, if the infection does not go away then tests may be done.

The yeast infection is the result of an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans and is very common in the vagina. But there are other vaginal infections that have similar symptoms and so usually vaginal secretions can be examined under a microscope to be certain. In most cases a yeast infection is not a serious condition, as long as it is diagnosed and treated properly.

The definitive way to diagnose a vaginal yeast infection is by undergoing a full gynecological exam and lab tests being conducted. An instrument called a speculum is used to hold the vagina open and it can be a little uncomfortable due to the pressure. A swab is then taken of the vaginal discharge and cultures may be taken to check for other diseases. The yeast infection test involves the swab being mixed with a drop of potassium hydroxide. If a certain branching pattern can be seen under the microscope it indicates the presence of yeast.

The exam may then lead to the doctor inserting two fingers into the vagina to check for tenderness or problems with the ovaries, uterus or surrounding areas. Blood and urine samples may also be taken. An accurate diagnosis can be made difficult if a woman has sex or douches one to two days before an exam, so avoid both.

When testing toddlers their skin is scraped and then looked at under a microscope. Toddlers typically get yeast infections because they thrive in areas such as a warm, wet diaper. If it seems a toddler has a diaper rash but it has not cleared up after a couple of days then visit your child’s doctor to get it examined. Untreated yeast infections in toddlers can cause great discomfort, so if you want to help your kid you’ll need an accurate diagnosis.

Symptoms vary from one person to another so the best way to be sure you have a yeast infection is to have a doctor diagnose it. Half of people who self diagnose themselves with a yeast infection actually have something else, so whatever symptoms you are exhibiting, get some professional advice.

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