How to treat the yeast infection?

Yeast infection treatment depends on whether you have an uncomplicated or a complicated infection.

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Uncomplicated yeast infection

For mild to moderate symptoms and infrequent episodes of yeast infections, your doctor might recommend:

  • Short-course vaginal therapy. Antifungal medications are available as creams, ointments, tablets and suppositories. An antifungal regimen that lasts one, three or seven days will usually clear a yeast infection. A number of medications have been shown to be effective, including butoconazole (Gynazole-1), clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin), miconazole (Monistat 3), and terconazole (Terazol 3). Some of these are available by prescription only, while others are available over-the-counter. Side effects might include slight burning or irritation during application. You may need to use an alternative form of birth control. Because the suppositories and creams are oil-based, they could potentially weaken latex condoms and diaphragms.
  • Single-dose oral medication. Your doctor might prescribe a one-time, single oral dose of the antifungal medication fluconazole (Diflucan). Or, you may take two single doses three days apart to manage severe symptoms.
  • Over-the-counter treatment. Over-the-counter antifungal vaginal suppositories and creams are effective for many women, and these are a safe choice during pregnancy. Treatment usually lasts from three to seven days.

Make a follow-up appointment with your doctor if symptoms don’t resolve after treatment, or if they return within two months of treatment.

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Complicated yeast infection

Treatment for a complicated yeast infection might include:

  • Long-course vaginal therapy. A treatment regimen of azole medications for seven to 14 days can successfully clear a yeast infection. Medication is usually vaginal cream, ointment, tablet or suppository.
  • Multidose oral medication. Your doctor might prescribe two or three doses of fluconazole to be taken by mouth instead of vaginal therapy. However, this therapy isn’t recommended for pregnant women.
  • Maintenance plan. For recurrent yeast infections, your doctor might recommend a medication routine to prevent yeast overgrowth and future infections. Maintenance therapy starts after a yeast infection is cleared with treatment. You may need a longer treatment of up to 14 days to clear the yeast infection before beginning maintenance therapy. Therapies may include a regimen of oral fluconazole tablets once a week for six months. Some doctors prescribe clotrimazole as a vaginal suppository used once a week instead of an oral medication.

Your sex partner probably won’t need to be treated for a yeast infection. If you have recurrent yeast infections, your doctor might recommend treating your partner if your partner has symptoms of a genital yeast infection (balanitis) or using condoms during intercourse.

 

What natural and alternative treatments are available?

You can try to treat vaginal yeast infections with natural remedies if you’d like to avoid taking prescription medication, but these aren’t as effective or reliable as the indicated medications. Some popular natural remedies include:

  • Coconut oil
  • Tea tree oil cream
  • Garlic
  • Boric acid vaginal suppositories
  • Plain yogurt taken orally or inserted into the vagina
  • Always make sure your hands are clean before applying creams or oils to your vagina.

You may also want to talk to a doctor before trying natural remedies. This is important because:

If your symptoms are due to something other than a simple yeast infection, your doctor can help diagnose your condition.
Some herbs can interact with medications you may be taking or can cause other unintended side effects.

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Prevention

Whether you’ve had a yeast infection before or not, here are some ways to prevent or avoid having one in the future.

Wear cotton underwear

Tight-fitting clothing, especially clothing that’s made out of manufactured materials — like nylon and polyester — can hold in moisture. Yeast likes to grow in dark, moist places.

Experts recommend that women wear cotton underwear or at least underwear with cotton lining in the crotch. Cotton allows more air to flow through the genital area.

Use unscented products

Products such as scented tampons or pads, certain soaps, and detergents can irritate your vagina, causing an imbalance in the natural bacteria. Use unscented items and gentle cleansers. Avoid using powders and fragrant sprays in the genital area.

Practice healthy hygiene

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) advises women against douching. This is because it can kill good bacteria in the vagina that prevent infections. Instead, you should clean only the outside areas of your vulva and vagina with gentle soap and water.

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