Vaginal Infections and Discharge FAQs
Frederick R. Jelovsek MD
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Clear, white vaginal discharge
I am noticing a discharge that is unusual. It is clear or white in color, but it has the consistency of (for lack of a better word) snot. There is a slight odor to it, however I am not experiencing any pain, or itching.
I have no idea what this is, but I would like to clear it up very soon. I am thinking of getting an over-the-counter yeast infection medication because I can't get in to see my doctor for another month. Do you have any ideas as to what this may be, or if the yeast infection medication will help?
This doesn't sound like a yeast infection because you don't describe vulvar itching and burning or a whitish thick discharge usually characteristic of yeast. Therefore I don't think using yeast medication will help.
Itching and dry skin - is it yeast?
I think I have early signs of a yeast infection. I felt itchy and noticed that I had some dry flaky skin. The skin is red but I assume it's a result of scratching. The itching is not severe and it's once in a while but enough for me to notice and check it out.
I actually noticed the itching in the midst of my period. There's no bleeding or broken skin in the area where it has dry skin. I guess I'm a little concerned and was wondering if anyone has experienced something like this. I've had yeast infections before but I don't recall getting dry skin.
Itching is often a sign of a contact allergy. The fact that it is happening during your menses would prompt me to ask if you are wearing any type of pads or liners (as opposed to a tampon). Could you be sensitive to a certain brand?
Yeast usually produces burning rather than itching but not always. Sometimes there are other fungal infections such as tinea species that can produce itching on the "dry" skin. If this persists or worsens it should be checked out.