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What Are the Different Types of Yeast Infection Treatments?

Treatment for a yeast infection can include eating yogurt.
Thrush, a yeast infection in the mouth, can be treated with an antifungal mouthwash.
Prescription medication may be required to treat yeast infections.
Common symptoms of vaginal yeast infections include itching and burning sensations.
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There are a variety of treatment options for yeast infections, including creams, vaginal tables, and oral medication. "Yeast" is the common term for the fungus candida, and is most often found in moist areas of the body. Yeast infections typically occur in the vaginal area of females, but can also occur in the mouth.

While yeast infections traditionally occur in the vaginal area of females, they also occur in the mouth. This type of yeast infection is referred to as thrush. Thrush is a painful condition and can lead to a difficulty in eating and swallowing.

Yeast infection treatments for thrush include several options. Treatment options include eating yogurt, using an antifungal mouthwash, or sucking on lozenges that contain clotrimazole. These remedies will typically help clear the yeast infection in five to ten days.

Symptoms of vaginal yeast infections vary from person to person. Burning, itching, soreness, and painful intercourse are all symptoms of vaginal yeast infections. A cottage cheese textured vaginal discharge may also be present.

One of the most common types of vaginal yeast infection treatments include various creams, either prescription and over-the-counter. Antifungal creams, including those with active ingredients butoconazole, miconazole and clotrimazole, can be effective yeast infection treatments. The creams are applied directly to the affected area when used to treat vaginal yeast infections.

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Vaginal tablets with the same active ingredients as the popular creams are also effective yeast infection treatments. These tablets are inserted into the vagina and don’t have any known side effects. If the symptoms aren’t resolved with either the creams or vaginal tablets, further treatment may be necessary.

Oral antifungal medication can be used to treat yeast infections. The active ingredient in oral medication for yeast infections is fluconazole. Physicians usually reserve oral antifungals for more severe cases or when creams and vaginal tablets aren’t working. This is due to possible side effects, such as headaches, stomach pain, and nausea. Pregnant women should avoid oral antifungal medication.

Further treatment may be recommended for certain women. Those who experience recurrent yeast infections may be placed on a six month regimen of antifungal medication to help prevent recurrences. Women with yeast infections should speak with their doctor for treatment recommendations. Yeast infection symptoms mimic symptoms of other diseases, including gonorrhea and chlamydia.

Preventing yeast infections will help reduce the need for yeast infection treatments. Preventative measures include avoiding scented products, wearing cotton underwear, and avoiding hot tubs. Other preventative measures include not using douches and changing out of wet clothing as soon as possible.

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burcidi
Post 3

@donasmrs-- Many of us are dealing with chronic yeast infections and unfortunately, creams and medications don't work after a while. The fungibecome resistant to it.

I don't mind trying home remedies, sometimes they're the most effective with the least side effects. Strengthening the immune system is the most important part of beating a chronic yeast infection. How long can someone avoid bread and sugar?

I've been taking probiotic supplements, garlic extract and bee propolis supplements for the past six months. My yeast infection has not returned. I think preventative treatments like supplements are the best yeast infection treatment.

donasmrs
Post 2

@simrin-- Why do you want to try that remedy? Have you tried OTC yeast infection treatments like creams and douche products? Have you tried prescription medications?

I personally took a one time tablet medication prescribed by my doctor and it cleared up my yeast infection. I think OTC creams work for most people also.

I know some home remedies can be great, but when there are proven medications to treat a problem, I'd rather try those first. My mother used vinegar and water for yeast infections during her time, but we have other options now.

SteamLouis
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Has anyone tried the yogurt remedy as a vaginal yeast infection home treatment? I'm not talking about eating yogurt, but rather applying it directly.

It sounds kind of bizarre, but I've read that it has worked for many women. Do you think it's a good idea?

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