Vaginal Fungal Infection 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:
- Your symptoms become severe:
- Vaginal sores
- Vaginal fissures
- Your infection keeps coming back
- You have an infection that is caused by a fungus other than Candida
- You are pregnant
- You are diabetic
- You have a poorly functioning immune system, such as AIDS
Medicated creams and suppositories for yeast vaginitis include:
- Butoconazole (Femstat, Gynazole 1)
- Clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin, Mycelex-7, and FemCare)
- Miconazole (Monistat 7)
- Nystatin (Mycostatin)
- Tioconazole (Vagistat)
- Terconazole (Terazol 7, Terazol 3)
- Ketoconazole (Kuric 2%, Xolegel 2%)
Oral medications for yeast vaginitis include:
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Vaginal Fungal Infection 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?
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