Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Fungus in Vagina Treatment

Treatment for yeast vaginitis may include vaginal creams and vaginal suppositories, as well as oral medications. Sitz baths and anti-itch medications may help to provide some relief from the symptoms.

Initial therapy usually includes one of the following options:

  • Treatment with antifungal cream or ointment applied for one to three days. Some of these medications are also available as a vaginal suppository.
  • A single oral dose of the antifungal medication fluconazole (Diflucan)

A longer course of therapy (may include both topical and oral medications) may be necessary when:

Medicated creams and suppositories for yeast vaginitis include:

Oral medications for yeast vaginitis include:

For more information:

Fungus in Vagina Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of yeast vaginitis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Am I contagious?
    • For how long?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?
  • How do I avoid passing the infection to others?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having yeast vaginitis again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?

Fungus in Vagina Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat yeast vaginitis:

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Last Updated: Jun 9, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Fungus in Vagina References
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