Yeast Infection Treatment - How to Cure, Treat Yeast Infections?
 

Yeast infection treatment

Often symptoms of a yeast infection overlap with other causes of vaginitis, including bacterial vaginosis and trichomonaisis; so getting a correct diagnosis and treatment is essential to eliminate symptoms. Medications to treat vaginal yeast infections come in a variety of forms, including oral medications, vaginal suppositories, and creams. Creams can be applied onto the vulvar tissue.

Women who experience increased irritation and pain should immediately discontinue the medication. If your symptoms last for more than one week after treatment you should consult a provider to treat a severe infection or do other tests so that another infection or cause can be ruled out.

There are many treatment choices for yeast infections. You may use antifungal creams or suppositories that are placed within the vagina and placed on the vulvar region. Oral antifungal medications are also helpful. When you are using a cream or suppository for the yeast infection, be sure to use a back up method of contraception as the oil in some of the medications can weaken latex condoms and diaphragms. The following chart from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC - www.cdc.org)  shows accepted recommendations (options) for the treatment of vaginal yeast infections:

Drug NameDrug StrengthDosage InfoLength of Treament

Butoconazole Cream

2%

5g - intravaginally

3 days

Or, Clotrimazole Cream

1%

5g - intravaginally

7 - 14 days

Or, Clotrimazole Cream

2%

5g - intravaginally

3 days

Or, Miconazole Cream

2%

5g - intravaginally

7 days

Or, Miconazole Cream

4%

5g - intravaginally

3 days

Or, Miconazole Suppository

-

100mg - vaginally

7 days

Or, Miconazole Suppository

-

250mg - vaginally 

3 days

Or, Miconazole Suppository

-

1,200 - vaginally

1 day

Or, Tioconazole Ointment

6.5%

5g - intravaginally

1 day

Or, Butoconazole Cream

2%

5g - intravaginally

1 day

Or, Nystatin

100,000 unit

1 vaginal tablet

14 days

Or, Terconazole Cream

0.4%

5g - intravaginally

7 days

Or, Terconazole Cream

0.8%

5g - intravaginally

3 days

Or, Terconazole Suppository

-

80mg - vaginally

3 days

Or, Fluconazole Tablet

-

150 mg - orally

1 day

If you have more than four yeast infections per year, you may qualify for suppression due to chronic yeast infections. Good vaginal and vulvar hygiene is essential to help minimize the likihood of a candidial infection. Read more about feminine hygiene.

MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. www.cdc.gov/mmwr. Recommendations and Reports.  December 17, 2010 Vol 52.  Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2010..

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