Common Yeast Infection Treatments
When treated early on, a yeast infection can be dealt with quickly and with relatively few complications.
Common yeast infection treatments tend to be simple and have proven to be effective in a short period of time.
Yeast infection treatments consist of antifungal agents in the form of vaginal suppositories, creams or oral medications.
Over-the-counter creams and suppositories include miconazole, clotrimazole and generic versions.
Most of these treatments are used for seven days expect Monistat 3.
There are some preparations including both suppositories to be used at night and tropical cream to relieve discomfort during the day.
Anti-itch creams containing benzocaine do not cure yeast infections but can help to relieve external symptoms.
Women who have had uncomplicated yeast infections before and know the symptoms can generally use over-the-counter creams and suppositories without consulting a physician.
But if the symptoms have never occurred before or they are especially severe it is wise to see a gynecologist.
Irritation and itching can be a sign of other conditions.
Using antifungal medications may irritate things further and delay an accurate diagnosis.
The diagnosis for yeast infection is simple.
A drop of vaginal secretion is placed in an alkaline solution that dissolves all cells except the fungus, which is the identified under a microscope.
This test which is called a wet prep takes a few minutes.
However, wet preps can miss some yeast infections and do not detect all species of Candida so a culture is needed to confirm a diagnosis.
Although yeast infections are not usually transmitted sexually, a male partner may develop a rash and itching on his penis and scrotum as well as urethral inflammation.
A woman's partner may also need treatment to prevent her from being infected again.
Women should avoid sexual intercourse even with condoms while being treated for yeast infections.
Some vaginal antiyeast creams and suppositories, including butoconazole, miconozole, tioconazole and terconzzole, are oil based and can weaken the latex condoms.