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What can i use to treat a vaginal yeast infection?

8 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Anti fungal: You can use an otc medicine like monistat. If that doesn't work, see your doctor for a prescription anti fungal medicine.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Tx options: vaginal cream, ointment or suppository for sev. days (7 to 14 days sometimes). OTC meds include monistat (miconzole), Vagistat-1 (tioconazole), Femstat (buoconazole), Gyne-Lotrimin or Mycelex( clotrimazole). If OTC meds don’t work see your Dr. S/he may order Diflucan (oral antifungal) that is taken once (occasionally needs multiple doses for complicated cases). Some require maintenance tx.
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
OTC meds: You can start first with the otc creams and suppositories. There will be a section at the drug store for this. However, if you've never had a yeast infection before, i'd recommend getting checked out by a doctor first just to confirm. Symptoms of yeast infections can also look like any number of other vaginal infections that could be more serious.
Dr. William Hamilton
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Medication options.: There are several options of therapy for treating vaginal yeast infections. Some are available without a prescription. If symptoms do not resolve with therapy be sure to see a doctor to evaluate additional options and treatments.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yeast is a beast: 1. Wear underwear that is cotton vice synthetic 2. Avoid wearing underpants when you go to bed at night. 3. Don’t wear tight fitting panties & pantyhose. 4. Use natural tampon/ feminine pads (avoid those which are scented). 5. Avoid douches as well as use of harsh, drying soap on genitalia. 6. Rinse genitalia very well after soaping up.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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7. Try wearing pants that fit loosely, not ones that hug the crotch. 8. Change out of wet swim suits or dampened exercise clothes promptly. 9. Avoid hot tubs & hot soaking baths (opt for showers instead). 10. Always wipe anterior to posterior (urination or defecation). 11. Insure there is adequate lubrication for sexual intercourse. 12. Supplement with probiotics while on antibiotics & for at least 4 weeks afterwards. 13. Reduce junk sugar in your diet. 14. Consider eating yogurt with live cultures or Kefir. 15. Yogurt with live cultures can be placed in the vagina (some say it helps but there is not clear research to back claims currently). 16. Discuss use of Vitamin E with your physician (topical, oral or vaginal) 17. Discuss options like garlic or tea tree oil with your physician before trying. If you have consistent yeast infections or 4 or more infections per year – you should be evaluated by your doctor. If you are pregnant – don’t try any alternative treatments without discussing with your obstetrician. If you have diabetes, HIV or other causes of poor immunity – it is important that you discuss your yeast infections with your physician. If your yeast infection does not improve with over the counter medications or home remedies- it is time to see your physician.
Apr 27, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
If you try over the counter meds & they don’t work see your physician. Your physician could prescribe Diflucan which is an oral antifungal medication that is taken once (occasionally needs multiple doses for complicated cases). Another option is a vaginal cream, ointment, suppository for several days (7 to 14 days sometimes). Some people require maintenance tx.
Apr 27, 2013
Dr. Bruce Pierce
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
Call your Doctor: It may not be a yeast infection. Other types of infections have similar symptoms.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yeast: If it’s your 1st possible yeast infection or you aren’t sure if it’s yeast – see your dr. Some tx options include vaginal cream, ointment or suppository for sev. Days (7 to 14 days sometimes). Otc meds include Monistat (miconzole), vagistat-1 (tioconazole), femstat (buoconazole), Gyne-Lotrimin or mycelex( clotrimazole). Otc meds don’t work ? See your dr. S/he may order Diflucan (fluconazole) (oral antifungal).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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that is taken once (occasionally needs multiple doses for complicated cases). Some require maintenance tx.
Jan 29, 2014
Dr. Susan Mueller
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
Yeast: There are several over the counter preparations that are highly effective, and your local pharmacist can direct you to these

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A 18-year-old member asked:

What can be used to treat vaginal yeast infection?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
OTC yeast creams: Vaginal yeast infections are treated with over the counter yeast creams, such as monistat. See your doctor, however, if there is no improvement or worsening after treatment as there could be other infections occurring that mimic a yeast infection.
Dr. Walter Kobasa
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
You can also be given Rx medication like Terazol which inserted into the vagina or Diflucan which is an oral pill
Feb 19, 2012
Dr. Robert Lutz
Dr. Robert Lutz commented
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Monitor how often you have yeast infections as this can be a sign of other problems and you need to see your doctor
Feb 25, 2012
Lawndale, CA
A 19-year-old female asked:

Is it necessary to treat a vaginal yeast infection?

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Rx for moderate case: If the symptoms are mild, it may resolve without treatment.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Vaginal yeast infection. What do you recommend I should do?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Get treated: You can obtain otc creams, or go to your family doctor and get a prescription.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What to do about vaginal yeast infection?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yeast: If it’s your 1st possible yeast infection or you aren’t sure if it’s yeast – see your dr. Some tx options include vaginal cream, ointment or suppository for sev. Days (7 to 14 days sometimes). Otc meds include Monistat (miconzole), vagistat-1 (tioconazole), femstat (buoconazole), Gyne-Lotrimin or mycelex( clotrimazole). Otc meds don’t work ? See your dr. S/he may order Diflucan (fluconazole) (oral antifungal).
A 28-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection?

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Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Irritation: Vaginal irritation, tenderness, and external vaginal burning when urinating are the most common symptoms of vaginal yeast infection.

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