Yeast infections happen- as do urinary tract infections, bladder infections, and various other vaginal issues that we commonly just deal with ourselves and have the condition fade after a few days. However, you need to listen to your body and get to the doctor when your condition just doesn’t improve. Here are signs you need to get to a doctor pronto for your vaginal issues when you’ve been treating them yourself.
If your urine has blood in it, it may be a bladder infection gone bad. Likewise, if you don’t see blood in your urine but you smell a very strong, almost “meat-like” smell to your urine when you urinate, it is a sign that your urine may be seriously infected, and you need antibiotics to treat the condition. All the cranberry juice in the world won’t help you now. If you don’t want a kidney infection, get to your doc pronto.
Likewise, if your lymph nodes in your groin are swollen (they get large like marbles, just like the ones in your neck), or if you experience back pain in or under your ribs on one or both sides, this could be a sign of infection as well, and possible kidney infection. Getting to your doctor is your best bet.
If you’ve been treating a yeast infection and you now have a rash in your buttocks and around your vagina, even if you don’t feel pain or burning when you urinate, your infection may be spreading. You an actually spread it to your armpits if you scratch at your vagina and then scratch your pits. Being on antibiotics for something else can actually make a yeast infection more prominent, and it happened to me once. I was on antibiotics for a bladder infection, got a yeast infection (just a rash) scratched like hell, and got the same rash somehow in my armpits. Back to the doctor I went to fix my new condition. Also, antibiotics can cause a yeast infection up to a month after taking them, so if you get a mysterious rash or discharge with painful urination out of nowhere, your antibiotics may be to blame.
If you’ve been using creams or drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry pills for 24 hours and your condition has not improved at all, get to a doctor. Your condition should at least improve slightly within this time frame, so if it doesn’t, what you are doing may not be treating a possibly serious problem.
If you have strange sores on your vagina, or painful urination followed by a rash, or very bad pain in your abdominal area that just keeps getting worse, get to your doctor to rule out STDs. Likewise, if a cream you have been using is making your condition worse (like Vagasil etc) or you get fevered, nauseous, headaches, or just don’t feel “right”, it may be something more serious than just a yeast infection and you need to see a doctor right away. I let a simple UTI go toxic and had to be hospitalized because I ignored signs until I was basically peeing what looked like tomato soup and my whole body was in agony. Listen to your body! It tells you when something is wrong.
If you have never had “female issues” before. My kidney infection that had turned toxic on me was ignored because I had never before EVER had any “female issues” and ignored the pain in my back and my crampy stomach and slight fever. If your body doesn’t feel right “down there” go to the doctor. Don’t just start chugging cranberry juice and slathering on the creams, because you have no clue what may really be wrong with you, and you need doctor’s advice for your own health.
Dr. Ellen Judd, MD (my personal doctor)