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Can I Go To Urgent Care For A Yeast Infection?

Mira Research Team25 Feb 2021

Quick Digest

  • A vaginal yeast infection is a fungal infection that causes irritation, discharge, and intense itchiness of the vagina and the vulva — the tissues at the vaginal opening.
  • Medications can effectively treat vaginal yeast infections. If you have recurrent yeast infections — four or more within a year — you may need a longer treatment course and a maintenance plan.
  • If you are experiencing non-emergency symptoms of a yeast infection and would like to be seen by a healthcare provider, visiting an urgent care center may be the best choice for you.

Can I go to urgent care for a yeast infection?

Yes, if you are not experiencing an emergency situation, urgent care would be a great place to go to be seen by a physician. You can also visit your primary care doctor if you're able to get an appointment. 

The following urgent care centers offer treatment for yeast infections:

  • CityMD
  • ProHealth Circle Urgent Care
  • GoHealth Urgent Care
  • MinuteClinic
  • MedExpress
  • PhysicianOne Urgent Care
  • RapidMed Urgent Care
  • MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care
  • Physicians Immediate Care

If you're unsure if your urgent care center can treat a yeast infection, you can call prior to going in. 

How much does it cost to treat yeast infections at urgent care?

It will likely cost between $80- $280 to treat a yeast infection at urgent care without insurance.

When seeking treatment for a yeast infection, your total out-of-pocket cost will depend on several factors listed below.

  • Insurance Status
  • Location of the urgent care center
  • Type of Insurance
  • Additional Tests and Lab Work
  • Prescription Medication / Drugs
  • Office Visit + Administrative Fees

While concrete prices vary by urgent care clinics, the cost of an urgent care visit can vary between $80-$280 since it’s most likely a Level I visit. 

Urgent care centers such as CityMD charge $200 for an office visit (this would include treatment for a yeast infection) and may charge additional fees if other services are added such as lab testing.

With Mira, you can treat your yeast infection at one of our in-network urgent care clinics with low co-pays and 80% off prescriptions. 

What causes yeast infections?

The fungus candida Albicans is responsible for most vaginal yeast infections.

The vagina naturally contains a balanced mix of yeast, including candida, and bacteria. Certain bacteria (lactobacillus) act to prevent an overgrowth of yeast.

When that balance is disrupted, it's possible for an overgrowth of candida or penetration of the fungus into deeper vaginal cell layers to cause the signs and symptoms of a yeast infection.

Overgrowth of the yeast may result from:

  • Antibiotic use, which causes an imbalance in natural vaginal flora
  • Pregnancy
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • An impaired immune system
  • Taking oral contraceptives or hormone therapy that increase estrogen levels

How to tell if I have a yeast infection?

You may have a yeast infection if you’re experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Itching and irritation in the vagina and vulva
  • A burning sensation, especially during intercourse or while urinating
  • Redness and swelling of the vulva
  • Vaginal pain and soreness
  • Vaginal rash
  • Thick, white, odor-free vaginal discharge with a cottage cheese appearance
  • Watery vaginal discharge
  • Complicated yeast infection

You might have a complicated yeast infection if:

  • You have severe signs and symptoms, such as extensive redness, swelling, and itching that leads to tears, cracks, or sores
  • You have four or more yeast infections in a year
  • Your infection is caused by a less typical type of fungus
  • You're pregnant
  • You have uncontrolled diabetes
  • Your immune system is weakened because of certain medications or conditions such as HIV infection
  • When to see a doctor

Make an appointment with your doctor or visit an urgent care center if:

  • This is the first time you've had yeast infection symptoms
  • You're not sure whether you have a yeast infection
  • Your symptoms aren't relieved after treating with over-the-counter antifungal vaginal creams or suppositories
  • You develop other symptoms

How are yeast infections diagnosed?

If a vaginal yeast infection is suspected, your health care provider will perform a pelvic exam and take a sample of the discharge from your vagina.

A laboratory can also test urine samples for certain bacteria to diagnose the condition. 

A yeast infection will be diagnosed after taking a swab of the affected area. A laboratory will test the swab for the Candida fungus. Please note that laboratory testing may induce additional charges when visiting urgent care or your doctor.

How are yeast infections treated?

Over-the-counter antifungal creams, ointments, or suppositories (with miconazole or clotrimazole) are the most common ways to treat yeast infections. 

These treatments can take from 1 to 7 days. Your doctor may also prescribe a single-dose pill with fluconazole (an antifungal medicine) for you to take. 

If you’re pregnant, it’s safe to use creams or suppositories, but avoid the fluconazole you take by mouth- please advise your doctor.

It’s important for you to know that some yeast infection medications weaken condoms or diaphragms. This could make it easier for you to get pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted disease. Please read instructions and warnings before using the medication.

If you have diabetes or a weakened immune system, you may experience reoccurring yeast infections. 

This is a condition called recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (RVVC). If you get yeast infections at least four times a year, your doctor may recommend that you take a weekly fluconazole pill for 6 months to fight them.

Can I treat a yeast infection at home?

If you have a yeast infection for the first time, it's best to visit your healthcare provider to ensure you do have a yeast infection and not something else.

** Do not ever insert foreign objects or food in your vagina. Consult with your doctor before trying home remedies.

Combined with your doctor's protocol, you may want to try these other remedies at home:

  • Greek yogurt- Eating yogurt helps increase the gut microbiome and can reduce yeast in the body.
  • Boric acid- Topical boric acid is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source as a treatment for vaginal infections.
  • Essential oil of oregano- Mix 3-5 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. Then, apply it to the skin in and massage.
  • Probiotic suppositories and supplements- You can try a regimen of oral probiotics that contain strains of the Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria, it can bring your digestive tract and vaginal flora back into alignment.

What can I do to avoid high costs when seeking treatment for a yeast infection at urgent care?

Seeking help from urgent care can be expensive and non-transparent. There are several options that can help you reduce your out-of-pocket cost —  especially if you do not have insurance or your insurance has high deductibles. 

With Mira, your $99 co-pay will cover your entire urgent care visit. 

Understanding what might appear on your bill and advocating for yourself during the billing process is essential to saving money. Outlined below are several questions you can ask the team at the urgent care clinic that might help you save money.

  • How much is the total out-of-pocket cost?
  • How much will an imaging test cost?
  • What will my treatment be and how much will it cost?
  • Are there administrative fees or fees for seeing a provider?
  • Is one type of medicine cheaper than another?
  • What are my alternatives to this course of treatment?

Sources

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/yeast-infection/symptoms-causes/syc-20378999

https://medlineplus.gov/lab-tests/yeast-infection-tests/#:~:text=If%20a%20vaginal%20yeast%20infection,to%20examine%20under%20the%20microscope.

https://www.healthline.com/health/womens-health/yeast-infection-home-remedy#probiotics

https://www.webmd.com/women/guide/understanding-vaginal-yeast-infection-basics#2

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