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A few days after sexual intercourse, I had a UTI and took nitrofurantoin two times a day for seven days. The UTI symptoms disappeared within a day and I finished out the medication.
A day or so later, I had a yeast infection that I assumed was caused by the antibiotic. I took 150 mg of fluconazole to clear up the infection and it began to take effect immediately. I was told to take a second dose of 150 mg in 72 hours. The symptoms cleared up within the 72 hour timeframe and I did not take the 2nd dose. One week after the symptoms cleared up, I got another yeast infection, this one much more severe. I took 150 mg of fluconazole and 72 hours later, it has yet to clear up. I do not have discharge, but my labia is red and tender to the touch. It's painful to urinate. I think the itching has subsided and now my labia simply feels raw and severely tender.
I am awaiting test results for trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. I had the tests done after my first yeast infection, as well as a gynecological exam to check for herpes, abrasions, etc.. Because I hadn't heard back in 10+ days, I assumed the results were negative. (They said they only called with positive results). However, when I called the office for my own peace of mind, I learned the office had lost my labs.
I know this is all a moot point and I should simply wait for my STI results or to be tested again. These STIs are all treatable and if I have one, I simply want to be on medication and treated because this has been an extremely uncomfortable few weeks.
My question is in regards to fluconazole and its timeframe. I'm wondering about the efficacy of fluconazole for a recurring yeast infection (particularly one that flared up again after only a week). Is it possible this IS a yeast infection and I actually do just need the two doses of 150 mg as originally prescribed? I've had a yeast infection in the past and I was relatively certain that these symptoms were the same, but I know yeast infections are frequently misdiagnosed when self-diagnosed.
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