Vulvovaginal disorders affect almost all women at sometime during their lifetime. While so called "yeast infections" are perhaps the most common, other vaginal infections are also problematic.
Yeast infections classically cause the patient to have intense itching, redness and a white discharge. However, one needs to remember that not everything that "itches" or causes irritation in the female genital area is a yeast infection. We often see patients who have been previously inappropriately treated multiple times for yeast infections without an examination and/or cultures to establish the diagnosis and proper treatment.
Several other diseases may cause similar findings and symptoms and need to be evaluated to determine the appropriate treatment.