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Shivah neki’im with yeast infection

16 November, 2015

Question:

I have a bad yeast infection that is causing a lot of internal itching and irritation. I am in the middle of my 7 clean days and today I noticed a reddish stain on my white underwear. The stain is bigger than a gris. Does this mean that I need to start my count all over again? Right before I saw the stain I had applied some cream to the area of the irritation, so I think the redness may be coming from that. I have also been told that I need to do additional treatment of the yeast infection and the treatment itself can cause irritation, so I am worried I will have additional spotting and what that will mean.


Answer:

You may attribute the stain found on your underwear to a vaginal irritation since this is common when experiencing a painful yeast infection. Your clean days were not interrupted. While you should change your white underwear more frequently to prevent any staining from accumulating to a gris, any stains on your underwear (even if larger than a gris) may be attributed to the irritation as long as your situation does not improve.

However, while external stains may be attributed to trauma, it is more complicated to attribute stains found on bedikot. Therefore, we recommend omitting bedikot until day 7, and then very carefully and gently performing a bedikah on that day. It may be a shallower than usual bedikah if necessary, as long as your finger enters until the first knuckle.

Please feel free to get back to us with any further questions.

Refuah Shleimah!


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