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Doctor insights on: Can You Use Antifungal Cream For A Yeast Infection

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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If I have anal yeast infection do I need to apply the antifungal cream internally or just apply it to the skin outside?

Immunocompromised?: Fungal Proctitis occurs in Immunocompromised patients, Fungi like Candida albicans are normal inhabitants of the colonic and anorectal mucosa so most of the time they do not attack the rectal mucosa!
I immunocompromised patients they may invade it in which case best to treat them with oral antifungal agents like Fluconazole tablets!
If the infection is on the outside topical lotrimin cream is ok ...Read more

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Is it okay to treat a severe vaginal yeast infection with only antifungal cream or should it be treated with both oral and cream?

Is it okay to treat a severe vaginal yeast infection with only antifungal cream or should it be treated with both oral and cream?

Yes: It is my bias that yeast vulvo/vaginitis is a local infection and is best treated and responds best to local therapy, i.e. vaginal creams/suppositories. So yes, ok to treat only with cream. ...Read more

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How do you insert cream for a yeast infection? Do u rub it around all the way in there? What are the steps?

Applicator: Often times creams for yeast infections come with applicators similar to a tampon applicator that allows you to apply the medication into the vagina as needed. ...Read more

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Last night I started terconazole 0.8% vaginal cream for a yeast infection & woke up with horrible gas pain that has lasted all day! Related?

Last night I started terconazole 0.8% vaginal cream for a yeast infection & woke up with horrible gas pain that has lasted all day! Related?

HighlyDoubtfulBut...: You didn't eat it,did you?Good (believe me,it's happened).But even if you did,I don't think you'd get horrible gas pains."Abdominal pain"is listed as a side effect for about 3% of users but not severe & anyways, that's a small %-which I kind of doubt as a causal relationship.Try and think of other things that may have caused your pain.Also,if you are brave,try it one more time and see what happens ...Read more

Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable ...Read more


Candida (Definition)

Is a type of fungus which normally lives in small amounts on mucus membranes. An overgrowth of candida in the mouth produces a condition called 'thrush'. This is often triggered ...Read more