What Is Yeast Supposed to Look Like?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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What does yeast vaginitis look like?

Doctor's response

Yeast vaginitis just looks like a discharge from the vagina.  There is nothing special about the appearance of the discharge itself that can make it clear that the discharge is due to yeast.  The diagnosis is often made more clear by doing a special stain, called a KOH stain, on the discharge and looking at it under the microscope.  If you suspect you may have a yeast vaginitis, maybe your doctor is equipped to do such a stain and let you see it in the office.

Author: Carolyn Janet Crandall, M.D.
Editor: William Shiel, MD, FACP, FACR

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018