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13 year old with yeast infection?

It sounds like my daughter has a yeast infection. She's 13 and not sexually active. She's afraid and embarassed to go to the doctor. Can she be checked for it with a urine sample? Is it safe to buy her an over the counter yeast infection treatment, or should I take her to the doctor because she's never had one before? Her symptoms are a white discharge and really itchy.
Thank you in advance for your help.

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 2:56 PM on Jun. 23, 2009 in Teens (13-17)

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Answers (9)
  • Put a call in to your doc if this is the first one. If she has been on an anti-biotic lately, tell them that too, and they may call in Diflucan for her. It is a one time pill to kill yeast infections. Anti-biotics kill the germs they are supposed to kill as well as the "good" germs in her vagina. It is very common. Have her eat plenty of yogurt too, it can help keep them at bay. If she swims, and is in a wet suit or wet shorts most of the day or on a regular basis this can give them to her as well. You can get over the counter meds without a script, it will have an external cream to help with the itching. Good luck.
    salexander

    Answer by salexander at 11:50 AM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • They have tests now that are like pregnancy tests to see if you have a yeast infection or something more serious - you can get them at the drug store. A home test may feel less invasive than going to the doctor for something like that.
    Mrs.Soule

    Answer by Mrs.Soule at 2:59 PM on Jun. 23, 2009

  • Has she been on an anti-biotic recently? Sometimes they can kill the good bacteria causing a yeast infection, even in women who are not sexually active. If it were my daughter I'd probably take her to the Doc just to be sure everything was healthy. Explain that it's okay and it's better to be healthy. Reward her with some ice cream or something fun so it takes the edge off the embarrassment. Good luck!
    ACL2007

    Answer by ACL2007 at 3:01 PM on Jun. 23, 2009

  • yes, they do have yeast infection detectors similar to a pregnancy test. however, she should still go to the doctor to give her a pill to cure. not only that, it's too make sure nothing else is wrong.
    i had one a while ago and they gave me one pill and said that's all i needed to take=]
    ashleyanderic

    Answer by ashleyanderic at 3:01 PM on Jun. 23, 2009

  • Since it is the first time, she needs to go to the doctor. I hope that she feels better soon.
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 3:20 PM on Jun. 23, 2009

  • Girls usually get yeast infections from wearing their wet bathing suits. Good luck.......
    Cheeseymelt

    Answer by Cheeseymelt at 3:54 PM on Jun. 23, 2009

  • or they also could get it from sitting on the hot cement sidewalkor sitting for a long time in the bath tub but take her to get some medicine from her doctor iam sorry i hope she feels better

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:55 PM on Jun. 23, 2009

  • Even young children can get yeast infections. I would really suggest taking her to the doctor to make sure. OTC stuff is made for women who can diagnose a yeast infection from experience.
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 5:30 PM on Jun. 23, 2009

  • You can treat most vaginal infections at home. As long as you're 100% POSITIVE that this is not an STD (you can be sure by telling her that it could forever ruin her fertility if she is not properly treated for an STD... which is true), you can give her pro-biotics (a good all around probiotic can be found at your healthfood store) a garlic suppliment, a reduced yeast diet and tell her to go commando for a few days. If that doesn't show improvement in 3-5 days, then she should probably see a doctor. If it's bacterial vaginosis, antibiotics have not been shown to be particularly effective, and the recurrence rate is crazy high, so just stick with homeopathic treatment for that. If it's yeast and it comes back after a few weeks, reduce her sugar and yeast intake and make sure she is wearing clean underwear (sometimes teens neglect their hygene)

    I hope she feels better soon!
    Ati_13

    Answer by Ati_13 at 1:52 AM on Jun. 24, 2009

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