If you are experiencing the unpleasant symptoms of a yeast infection, don’t despair. It is possible to find yeast infection relief! There are plenty of treatments available that will help to clear up the infection and reduce the discomfort associated with the symptoms of a yeast infection.
While a yeast infection can occur in many areas of the body, here we are specifically talking about a vaginal yeast infection. A vaginal yeast infection is a type of fungal infection that causes itching and irritation of the vagina and vulva as well as discharge. Yeast infections in women are extremely common and usually very treatable. Yeast infection symptoms include: itching and irritation of the skin in and around the vagina and vulva; redness and swelling of the vulva; vaginal pain and soreness; and/or a vaginal rash.
Additional signs of a yeast infection include burning, particularly during intercourse or urination, and yeast infection discharge. Vaginal discharge resulting from a yeast infection typically appears one of two ways: either it is watery, or it is thick, white, and odorless, often resembling cottage cheese. Symptoms of a yeast infection can range from mild to moderate. However, you should always check in with your doctor to rule out any other possible causes of your symptoms and to get professional treatment recommendations.
Yeast infections are usually very treatable. Over the counter, or OTC yeast infection treatment is typical. However, it is still always best to check in with your doctor before starting any treatment at home. He or she can offer a professional evaluation of your symptoms and give you personalized treatment advice on how to treat a yeast infection. Your doctor may also prescribe a yeast infection pill that contains fluconazole (an antifungal medicine). However, the yeast infection medicine most commonly recommended is an antifungal yeast infection cream. Suppositories and ointments are available as well.
When shopping, look for an over the counter clotrimazole or miconazole cream. The active ingredients clotrimazole and miconazole are antifungal. Many of these yeast infection remedies also provide relief from painful symptoms like itching and burning. Products like Monistat include an antifungal yeast infection suppository or cream that is designed for internal use to treat the infection, as well as a separate cream and/or wipes designed for external use only to help reduce the discomfort of itching, burning, and irritation on the vulva (the skin outside your vagina). You should never use creams or wipes labelled for external use inside your vagina. If your antifungal treatment does not come with anti-itch cream, you can purchase a separate product designed for reliving external itching and burning, such as Yeast Gard Gel Treatment.
Vaginal yeast infection treatments that are formulated with antifungal ingredients like clotrimazole or miconazole typically work in 1 to 7 days. You should read and carefully follow the directions on your chosen product package. Contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. If you follow the directions on your yeast infection treatment packaging for the full duration of time indicated and still have symptoms, talk to your doctor. It is also important to know that the oils in many yeast infection treatments may make using latex condoms unsafe, because the oils in the cream could damage the latex of the condom. If you rely on latex condoms for safe sex or birth control, you may need to use a different method or skip sex during your yeast infection treatment.
Some studies have shown that consuming yogurts with certain active probiotic cultures or taking probiotic supplements may help to slow down the growth of yeast in the vagina, which in turn may help lower the likelihood of getting a yeast infection. However, these studies are not conclusive and some other studies suggest that taking probiotics to help ward off a yeast infection has no effect. It is important to understand that the current research on whether probiotics can help prevent yeast infections is ultimately inconclusive. However, probiotics have other benefits, such as boosting digestive health. You should talk with your doctor if you are interested in trying a probiotic supplement.