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Is it dangerous to use an OTC yeast infection medication without a diagnosis?

Is it dangerous to use an OTC yeast infection medication without a diagnosis?

No, but...: Vaginal itching and a cottage cheese-like discharge could be signs of a yeast infection. A woman with these symptoms can safely try using over the counter yeast infection medication. If the symptoms do not go away, you might consider seeing a doctor to evaluate the problem since it could mean a different diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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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Is there an over-the-counter substitute for amoxicillin? It will be used to treat a throat infection.

Is there an over-the-counter substitute for amoxicillin?  It will be used to treat a throat infection.

Don't treat: throat infection with antibiotics unless it is bacterial. The types of antibiotics used are prescription medications. ...Read more

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Wat is a good way to get rid of a yeast infection not responding to over-the-counter treatments or diflucan (fluconazole)?

Wat is a good way to get rid of a yeast infection not responding to over-the-counter treatments or diflucan (fluconazole)?

May not be yeast: Vaginal infections that don't respond to the over-the-counter creams and Fluconazole may not be yeast infections. Bacterial vaginosis and other vaginal infections may cause similar symptoms. You should have a pelvic exam to look for those things. If it is yeast, you may need a longer course of medicine. You may also need to help "good bacteria" grow by taking probiotics or cultured yogurt. ...Read more

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Is there a oral medication that I can buy over-the-counter for a yeast infection?

Not that I am aware : I think you are referring to diflucan, (fluconazole) an oral anti-fungal medicine. Candidiasis or yeast infection can be treated orally or vaginally with anti-fungal creams. Currently, Diflucan (fluconazole) is available by rx only. ...Read more

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Can you recommend an OTC medication for a candida infection?

Any drug store: Any of the OTC meds available at most drug stores like Monistat. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a yeast infection to lead to an itchy anus?

Unlikely: That would be very unusual. The most common causes of anal itching are over-washing, overuse of soap or chemicals, over-wiping, and over-scratching. The best solution is to leave it alone. ...Read more

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Is zovirax (acyclovir) an over-the-counter medication or does it have to be prescribed by a doctor?

Is zovirax (acyclovir) an over-the-counter medication or does it have to be prescribed by a doctor?

Acyclovir Rx only: There have been many failed tries to get Acyclovir to be an over the counter medication but in the us, it requires a prescription. Primary adverse events with the agent are CNS side effects and rarely crystallization int he kidneys and therefore it needs to be monitored. ...Read more

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Male with possible yeast infection. Not std. If i treat it with otc cream and its NOT a yeast infection will that give me one by imbalancing bacteria?

Male with possible yeast infection. Not std. If i treat it with otc cream and its NOT a yeast infection will that give me one by imbalancing bacteria?

No: If it fails to resolve and you are at risk, be seen and have other cultures. Yeast lives in our bodies and occasionally will overgrow or come out on a surface. You will not upset your normal flora by using a cream for yeast. All the best. ...Read more

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Would it be healthy for me to use rephreash after treating a yeast infection?

Would it be healthy for me to use rephreash after treating a yeast infection?

No douching: American college of obstetricians and gynecologists suggests women avoid douching completely, regardless of what ingredients are used in the douche itself. More women that douche experience genital problems than those who do not. Although we don't know whether the women in former group just have more gyn problems and therefore douche or if douching causes additional problems. Best not to douche. ...Read more

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Does mycolog II cream cure a yeast infection or is it just used for temporary relief? And if so how long will it take to cure a yeast infection?

Does mycolog II cream cure a yeast infection or is it just used for temporary relief? And if so how long will it take to cure a yeast infection?

Yeast "infection": Technically, vaginal yeast "infection" is an overgrowth problem because the natural balance between lactobacilli & yeast has been upset; common causes are antibiotics (kill the lactobacilli), diabetes (more food for the yeast), frequent douching, etc. Mycolog helps decrease the amount of yeast to restore the balance. Many variables determine how long to restore this balance/"cure the infection". ...Read more

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What is the best medication no prescription needed for a vaginal yeast infection?

Miconazole: Miconazole (Monistat) cream. Identify the cause and have a good idea of the precise diagnosis. Recent antibiotic? Pregnant? Diabetic? ...Read more

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I have a bad ringworm infection and the only thing that seems to work is an anti fungal coupled with a steroid. Safe to use while breast feeding?

I have a bad ringworm infection and the only thing that seems to work is an anti fungal coupled with a steroid. Safe to use while breast feeding?

Talk to Doctor: Many antifungal medications and steroids are safe to take during pregnancy. To be absolutely sure you should consult your doctor who can cross reference a recent database of medications and the breastfeeding safety classification; ringworm on the scalp or tinea capitis generally does not improve with topical antifungals alone; an oral medication is the best shot at complete resolution. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on which antibiotic is often used for an infection?

Any suggestions on which antibiotic is often used for an infection?

Too many to list: There are many different antibiotics that are used today to treat infections. It is important for a doctor to identify what is causing an infection, which can help the doctor choose the best antibiotic for the condition. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to use an OTC yeast infection medication without a diagnosis?

No, but...: Vaginal itching and a cottage cheese-like discharge could be signs of a yeast infection. A woman with these symptoms can safely try using over the counter yeast infection medication. If the symptoms do not go away, you might consider seeing a doctor to evaluate the problem since it could mean a different diagnosis. ...Read more

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Besides azo, what otc oral medications can i take for a yeast infection caused by antibiotic use?

Besides azo, what otc oral medications can i take for a yeast infection caused by antibiotic use?

Azo won't prevent: a yeast infection, altho oral probiotics MAY lessen the chance of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Bacteria from the digestive tract are the most common cause of UTI's. If diarrhea facilitates the introduction of bacteria into the urinary tract, preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea could theoretically help prevent UTIs. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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What to do if I have a bad yeast infection and i don't want to use pills or OTC drugs. Please help?

What to do if I have a bad yeast infection and i don't want to use pills or OTC drugs. Please help?

To treat yeast: Without yeast medication. Yeast grow on sugar so avoid sweets, fruit juice, limit fruit to 2 servings per day, avoid alcohol, avoid simple carbs and limit complex carbs. Avoid unneeded antibiotics. Boric acid capsules can treat yeast. You can make your own or use yeast arrest vaginal suppositories. If this doesn't work use over the counter yeast cream - yeast infections can be uncomfortable. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC yeast infection medication? If I know it's yeast for sure, is taking OTC just as good as getting an prescription from my doctor?

Preference.: The otc ones are all about the same. The otc creams and tablets can some times cause local irritation and burning (but they also can relieve symptoms about a day or so sooner than the prescription tablet diflucan). Diflucan (fluconazole) is more convenient to take, but can cause GI symptoms like stomach upset - and doesn't work any significantly better than the otc meds. ...Read more

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What else can I use to treat a yeast infection besides prescribed medication?

Yogurt with lactobac: Yougurt with lactobacilus, probiotics like lactobacilus rhamnosusgr1, and lactobacilus fermentumrc-14. Boric acid suppositories may be used vaginaly tea tree oil diluted andapplied lacally in vagina. ...Read more

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What type of OTC medication can i take to cure a yeast infection?

Monistat/Vagisil/Azo: You may try any of the OTC remedies such as Vagisil, Monistat or Azo. You may consult this site for more information on this topic. http://www.webmd.com/women/tc/vaginal-yeast-infections-home-treatment For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Please respond! If i have yeast infection possibly (not std) and i use topical yeast medication and it's not yeast infection, will that cause one?

Please respond! If i have yeast infection possibly (not std) and i use topical yeast medication and it's not yeast infection, will that cause one?

No: A topical yeast medication, when used on a skin rash that is actually not a yeast skin rash, will not cause a yeast skin infection... because the topical yeast medication blocks yeast growth. ...Read more

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Might a medication to cure a skin yeast infection cause pimples after use?

Might a medication to cure a skin yeast infection cause pimples after use?

Unlikely: Pimples come from lack of sleep, hormones, stress, and sun. If you had a yeast infection you were probably physiologically stressed to get the infection to begin with. ...Read more

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Hi! Pretty sure I have a yeast infection. No health insurance to get prescription medication. Will OTC medicines do the trick/which one? Pill > Cream

Hi! Pretty sure I have a yeast infection. No health insurance to get prescription medication. Will OTC medicines do the trick/which one? Pill > Cream

Any "azole" product: If you have had yeast infections before, the symptoms are similar, and if not at risk for STDs, self treatment is safe. Any "azole" vaginal cream or insert will work (miconazole, terconozole, clotrimazole, several others). Or single dose fluconazole (Diflucan) by mouth. All are equally effective, so select the cheapest and/or most convenient for you. Find a way to see doctor if it doesn't work. ...Read more

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If I think I might have a yeast infection is it safe fir me to use one of the over-the-counter non-prescription yeast infection medications? Thanks!

Yes: It is safe to try an otc treatment first but if it does not clear you should see your physician. There are also kits you can buy otc that can decide if you have a yeast infection but they can be a bit pricey. ...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