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What is the best way to treat a vaginal yeast infection/ itching/burning?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
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In brief: Antifungal medicines

There are several products available otc such as vagisil and monistat which can be quite helpful.
Gentle cleansing with mild soap/warm water and use of above products. They only work for fungal/yeast infections and nothing else, thus make sure it is the right diagnosis. So, if your symptoms don't get better with such treatment, consult doc for an evaluation..Good luck.

In brief: Antifungal medicines

There are several products available otc such as vagisil and monistat which can be quite helpful.
Gentle cleansing with mild soap/warm water and use of above products. They only work for fungal/yeast infections and nothing else, thus make sure it is the right diagnosis. So, if your symptoms don't get better with such treatment, consult doc for an evaluation..Good luck.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Dr. Denise Lochner
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Miconazole

Yeast infections can be treated with an over the counter product called Miconazole (that is the generic name).
If however, the symptoms do not resolve with this treatment, they could be due to a different type of infection and would need to be checked out by your doctor.

In brief: Miconazole

Yeast infections can be treated with an over the counter product called Miconazole (that is the generic name).
If however, the symptoms do not resolve with this treatment, they could be due to a different type of infection and would need to be checked out by your doctor.
Dr. Denise Lochner
Dr. Denise Lochner
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Veronica Parker
General Practice

In brief: Vaginitis

Vaginitis (yeast infection) is the most common gynecologic diagnosis in primary care.
Treatment in non-pregnant women who have symptoms is with metronidazole. Getting a rx is important as yeast infections make you more susceptible to contracting stds - chlamydia, gonorrhea, etc. Vaginal Clindamycin cream is another treatment. Over the counter creams may help if you're certain its yeast infection.

In brief: Vaginitis

Vaginitis (yeast infection) is the most common gynecologic diagnosis in primary care.
Treatment in non-pregnant women who have symptoms is with metronidazole. Getting a rx is important as yeast infections make you more susceptible to contracting stds - chlamydia, gonorrhea, etc. Vaginal Clindamycin cream is another treatment. Over the counter creams may help if you're certain its yeast infection.
Veronica Parker
Veronica Parker
Answer assisted by Veronica Parker, Medical Student
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Dear Dr. Cole and Veronica: Metronidazole is neither indicated/approved nor effective against yeast infections. It is great for bacterial vaginosis and many other bacterial infections, but unfortunately not for fungal infections. I am sure this was just an overlooked error during your busy day. Yours truly, Bac X. Nguyen, MD
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