Yeast Infection Medication
How to Treat a Vaginal Yeast Infection
Yeast infections are known by several other names, including Monilial vaginitis, Vaginal candidiasis, and yeast infection of the vagina. No matter what it is called, it can be extremely uncomfortable.
There are many different medications that can be purchased as treatments for vaginal yeast infections. They typically come in two forms, the first being a cream and the second being a suppository. These particular medications can usually be purchased without getting a prescription.
You can choose to treat a yeast infection without seeing a doctor if:
1. You are experiencing only minor symptoms and do not have a fever or pain in the pelvic area.
2. You have had other yeast infections in the past that have been diagnosed by a doctor, but you have not had an over-abundance of them.
3. You are not currently pregnant.
4. You are certain that you have a yeast infection and not another sexually transmitted disease.
If, after you finish taking the medication, you still have symptoms or they have become worse, you need to talk to your doctor. You should also make an appointment with your doctor if your symptoms disappear only to come back right away.
There are several medications you can purchase over the counter. These include butoconaole, clotrimazole, and miconazole. It is important that you follow the instructions that are included with each kind of medication. You should finish the medication even if your symptoms go away after the first few applications. There are 3-day treatments and 7-day treatments available. The length of treatment is dependent upon which medication is chosen.
Another medication you can try is fluconazole, which must have a prescription. This is one pill that is taken orally and will treat the infection.
For people who have more severe vaginal yeast infections, or recurring yeast infections, a longer course of treatment of two weeks might be required.
Certain females who keep getting infections may be required to use a clotrimazole suppository or take a single fluconazole pill once a week to keep infections from returning.
There are steps that can be taken to prevent yeast infections from occurring. These include:
1. Vaginal hygiene. Wash and thoroughly dry the vaginal area. Do not use soap. Rinsing with water is sufficient. You can take a warm bath to alleviate symptoms.
2. Do not douche. Even though you might think you are clean after you douche, it actually increases the likelihood of getting an infection because douching gets rid of the good bacteria that are needed to keep yeast from growing out of control.
3. Consume lived-cultured yogurt or use a Lactobacillus acidophilus supplement if you get an infection.
4. Have your partner wear a condom to keep you both safe from getting or giving the other a sexually transmitted disease.
5. Do not use any feminine product with a fragrance in or around your vaginal region.
6. Do not wear clothing that is too tight because it can irritate the area.
7. Only wear cotton underwear. Do not wear underwear made of synthetic materials because it will trap the air instead of allowing it to flow freely and keep the area dry.
8. Do not use tampons when on your period. Use pads only.
9. If you suffer from diabetes, make sure to monitor your blood sugar levels.
If proper treatment is received, the symptoms typically disappear.
If you refrain from seeking treatment, you could end up getting repeat infections. You could also continue to get infections if you have another medical condition.
It is also possible to develop a secondary infection, which occurs if you scratch the area too much and the vulva gets irritated and eventually infected.
Speak to a Doctor
It is important to consult a physician in the event that this is your first experience with the symptoms of a yeast infection, you do not know for sure that you have a yeast infection, your symptoms persist even after a course of over-the-counter treatment, or you get more symptoms.