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Misdiagnosis of Vaginal candidiasis

Misdiagnosis of Vaginal candidiasis

A diagnosis of vaginal candidiasis begins with taking a thorough health history, including symptoms, and performing a physical exam and pelvic exam. A diagnosis of vaginal candidiasis may be overlooked or delayed because some women may have no symptoms in the early stages, or symptoms may be mild in some women.

Symptoms may also be attributed to benign causes, such as a minor vaginal irritation, sexual intercourse, or wearing too tight jeans. In addition, symptoms of vaginal candidiasis are similar to other diseases, including some sexually transmitted diseases, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, vaginosis, and gonorrhea.

Some people with vaginal candidiasis may also delay treatment because they fear diagnosis of serious underlying causes, such as diabetes or HIVAIDS....more about Vaginal candidiasis »

Alternative diagnoses list for Vaginal candidiasis:

For a diagnosis of Vaginal candidiasis, the following list of conditions have been mentioned in sources as possible alternative diagnoses to consider during the diagnostic process for Vaginal candidiasis:

Diseases for which Vaginal candidiasis may be an alternative diagnosis

The other diseases for which Vaginal candidiasis is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Vaginal candidiasis: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?

Causes of Vaginal candidiasis may include these medical conditions:

Vaginal candidiasis: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Vaginal candidiasis: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Vaginal candidiasis:

Genital Candidiasis: DBMD (Excerpt)

Over-the-counter treatments for VVC are becoming more available. As a result more women are diagnosing themselves with VVC and using one of a family of drugs called "azoles" for therapy. However, misdiagnosis is common, and studies have shown that as many as two-thirds of all OTC drugs sold to treat VVC were used by women without the disease. Using these drugs when they are not needed may lead to a resistant infection. Resistant infections are very difficult to treat with the currently available medications for VVC. (Source: excerpt from Genital Candidiasis: DBMD)

Genital Candidiasis: DBMD (Excerpt)

Because VVC and urinary tract infections share similar symptoms, such as a burning sensation when urinating, it is important to see a doctor and obtain laboratory testing to determine the cause of the symptoms and to treat effectively. (Source: excerpt from Genital Candidiasis: DBMD)

Common Misdiagnoses and Vaginal candidiasis

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Vaginal candidiasis: Rare Types

Rare types of medical disorders and diseases in related medical areas:

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

When checking for a misdiagnosis of Vaginal candidiasis or confirming a diagnosis of Vaginal candidiasis, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Vaginal candidiasis may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Vaginal candidiasis. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.

 

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