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Vulvovaginal Candidiasis—What We Do and Do Not Know

Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(3):390-392. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-101-3-390
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Most women who see a physician for gynecologic problems present with vaginal symptoms (1). Candidal vaginitis is the second commonest form of vaginal infection currently seen in the United States, occurring slightly less frequently than nonspecific vaginitis (1).

Many women go through life without suffering any episodes of candidal vaginitis. Most, however, have infrequent isolated attacks and respond readily to various topical, intravaginal antifungal agents. A third subpopulation suffers repeated bouts of incapacitating vulvovaginal candidiasis, presenting with attacks almost every month or with chronic intractable symptoms. We do not know the exact size of this last group, but virtually every


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