Yeast infection treatment encompasses methods that range from standard medical practice to the truly bizarre. Here, we'll take a look at the more useful ways of how to treat yeast infection.
First step - ensure that you do in fact have a yeast infection.
Not every vaginal infection is yeast.
I can't stress that strongly enough. More women actually have bacterial vaginosis than yeast infection so don't assume that just because something is wrong "down there" that it is yeast infection.
If this is your first encounter with a vaginal infection then hop along to your health professional and get it checked out. They have diagnostic tests available to them that you don't.
Having a vaginal discharge does NOT mean you have yeast infection. If you do, they will probably suggest something such as Diflucan or one of the azole vaginal creams or suppositories (pessaries) such as Monistat or Gyne-Lotrimin. These two vaginal antifungals are both over the counter creams for treating yeast infections in the US.
If you're in two minds as to whether a yeast infection pill or a topical cream will suit you best, check out how fast does diflucan work. Creams usually give relief quicker than an oral dose but popping a pill is easier and the final cure rate is similar. That's something for you and your doctor to work through.
And if you have chronic yeast infections then follow this link for a different course of yeast infection treatment.
Keep in mind that yeast infection has a real tendency to return.
These treatments are all suggested by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. To see which of these options are preferred by other Health Authorities, see this link on yeast infection medicine.
Butoconazole 2% cream 5 g intravaginally for 3 days (available over the counter)
Butoconazole 2% cream 5 g (Butaconazole1-sustained release), single intravaginal application
Clotrimazole 1% cream 5 g intravaginally for 7-14 days (available over the counter)
Clotrimazole 100 mg vaginal tablet for 7 days
Clotrimazole 100 mg vaginal tablet, two tablets for 3 days
Miconazole2% cream 5 g intravaginally for 7 days (available over the counter)
Miconazole 100 mg vaginal suppository, one suppository for 7 days (available over the counter)
Miconazole 200 mg vaginal suppository, one suppository for 3 days (available over the counter)
Miconazole 1,200 mg vaginal suppository, one suppository for 1 day (available over the counter)
Nystatin 100,000-unit vaginal tablet, one tablet for 14 days
Tioconazole 6.5% ointment 5 g intravaginally in a single application (available over the counter)
Terconazole 0.4% cream 5 g intravaginally for 7 days
Terconazole 0.8% cream 5 g intravaginally for 3 days
Terconazole 80 mg vaginal suppository, one suppository for 3 days
CDC recommend Fluconazole 150 mg oral tablet, one tablet to be taken by mouth as a single dose. Diflucan is the usual one prescribed to treat yeast infection. Check out Diflucan side effects if you have any worries. This pill needs a prescription although it can be got on line. However, your best choice is to get it though your doctor.
US brand names for vaginal yeast infection treatment include FemCare, Femizol-M, Femstat 3 Gyne-Lotrimin, Gyne-Lotrimin Combination Pack, Gyne-Lotrimin3, Miconazole-7, Monistat 1, Monistat 3, Monistat 5 Tampon, Monistat 7, Mycelex-7, Mycelex-G, Mycelex Twin Pack, Terazol 3, Terazol 7 and Vagistat-1.
Canadian brand names for vaginal yeast infection treatment include Canesten Combi-Pak 1-Day Therapy, Canesten Combi-Pak 3-Day Therapy, Canesten 1-Day Cream Combi-Pak, Canesten 1-Day Therapy (also 3-Day and 6-Day), Clotrimaderm, Ecostatin Vaginal Ovules, GyneCure Ovules, GyneCure Vaginal Ointment Tandempak, GyneCure Vaginal Ovules Tandempak, Micozole, Monazole 7, Monistat 3 Dual-Pak , Monistat 3 Vaginal Ovules, Monistat 7, Monistat 7 Dual-Pak, Monistat 7 Vaginal Suppositories, Myclo-Gyne, Novo-Miconazole Vaginal Ovules, Terazol 3, Terazol 3 Dual Pak, Terazol 3 Vaginal Ovules, and Terazol 7.
Even doctors misdiagnose yeast infections it isn't really surprising that we women guess wrong too.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, TWO THIRDS of the over-the-counter drugs sold to treat vulvovaginal infections are used by women WHO DO NOT HAVE the infection they're treating!
And according to David Soper MD, in his 2004 article Yeast Infections: The danger of self-diagnosis, "recurrent use of over-the-counter creams and/or the wrong treatment over a period of time has the risk of leading to a hypersensitivity to yeast or a general vulvar sensitivity and vulvodynia, a burning and irritation of the vulva."
The David Soper article is one of the best I've read on treating yeast infections so if you want to do both yourself and your vagina a favour here is the link (which, for your convenience, will open in a new window so that you can return when you finished reading it) at the Alexander Foundation for Women's Health.
Remember that immediately after your yeast infection treatment, even though you appear to have been cured, your vagina will be an empty space just waiting for roomies. Make sure you attract the right sort! If you don't fill it up with good bacteria, then the yeast will return and you're back with the neighbour from hell.
Lactobacillus reuteri RC 14 and Lactobacillusrhamnosus GR 1 are two probiotics found in products like Fem Dophilus and they are what you need.
Here is a link if you want to buy Fem-Dophilus on line.
They create an environment where the good bacteria that are supposed to protect your vagina can get reestablished. And it doesn't matter which of the vaginal infections you had, this pair will help. They have been tested against them all.
So get yourself some nice neighbours down there and you can forget about yeast infection treatment forever!
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention