Recurring Yeast Infection Treatment
Note: Recurring Yeast Infection Treatment
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discuss general information, causes and
If you suspect that you have some type of yeast infection
and it's your very first one, you should consult your doctor
for advice. If, however, you know the symptoms because you've
had one before, we will discuss various remedies you can use to
get rid of that recurrent yeast infection.
Whatever you do, don't ignore the symptoms and hope for the
best. Yeast infections need sorting out before they turn into
chronic yeast infections.
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Treatments for a recurrent yeast infection can be divided
into three categories: natural home remedies, over the counter
medications and prescription drugs.
Natural Remedies for a
Recurring Yeast Infection:
- Yogurt – Live yogurt contains the
friendly bacteria, lactobacillus acidophilus, which when
consumed can kill excess yeast and prevent yeast
infections. However, this friendly bacteria can also treat
yeast infections when the yogurt is applied to the affected
Many women swear by using live yogurt on tampons to
clear up recurring vaginal yeast infections and it can also
be applied to skin yeast infections and male yeast
- Garlic – Garlic is a natural
antifungal and is recommended by many midwives to treat
vaginal thrush in pregnancy. Women are advised to insert
half a garlic clove, with a thread sewn through it, into
the vagina overnight. Garlic capsules can also be used to
treat yeast infections.
- Tea tree oil – Tea tree oil is
known as nature's own antifungal and is effective at
treating yeast infections when diluted into a carrier oil
like olive oil. Smear onto skin or apply to a tampon to
treat yeast infections. For oral yeast infections, you can
purchase a special tea tree mouthwash.
Take note that tea tree oil can cause stinging and
irritation. Never use it at full strength and never take it
internally. This is a bit controversial home remedy so take
care if you decide to pursue this avenue.
- Boric Acid – Although not
uncontroversial, some studies have concluded that using
boric acid pessaries or suppositories can be just as
effective at treating vaginal yeast infections as drugs
like itraconazole and fluconazole. A boric acid and
essential oil suppository product called “Yeast Arrest” is
available or you could ask your pharmacist for boric acid
suppositories. Do be careful if you use this option.
- Vinegar – Vinegar is another
natural antifungal and white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
can be diluted with water (1-2 tablespoons to a pint of
water) or a cup mixed with bath water to treat yeast
infections. It can also be used on a tampon.
- Oil of Oregano – Oregano oil has
natural antifungal properties and can be used for lots of
different types of yeast infections. You can buy oral
supplements at health food stores.
- Calendula cream – Calendula helps
to ease the itching associated with yeast infections and is
also an antifungal.
- Cranberry juice or supplements –
Cranberry juice is used by women the world over to treat
urinary tract infections and can also help prevent yeast
- Probiotics – Probiotic
supplements, drinks or yogurts contain lactobacillus
acidophilus which helps to kill off excess yeast.
Over the Counter Medication
for Recurring Yeast Infection
Over the counter yeast infection cures include creams,
tablets, sprays, pessaries/suppositories and powders that
contain active antifungal agents.
Both men and women can use the same cream to treat genital
yeast infections. Brands include Lamisil, Monistat, Lotrimin,
Micatin and Canesten which include active ingredients like
miconazole, clotrimazole and terbinafine. All of these have
been found to be effective at killing candida yeast.
These products are available in all sorts of treatment packs
including “combi” packs for treating vaginal yeast infections,
which contain a vaginal suppository or “ovule” and a cream to
“double” treat the infection.
Many brands will have a number after them (1,3,7). This
indicates how many days the treatment is for and the strength
of the treatment. For instance, Monistat-1 is a one day
treatment and has the strongest strength while Monistat-7 is a
7 day treatment and has the lowest strength.
It is important that you follow the instructions and that
you continue treatment even after the symptoms have disappeared
to protect yourself from reinfection. Canesten recommends using
some type of treatment, e.g. a cream, for 2 weeks after the
symptoms have gone.
Vagisil is an over the counter cream which does not treat
the cause of the recurring yeast infection but which can be
useful in alleviating the itching and burning symptoms.
Prescription Treatments for
Recurring Yeast Infection
If you have tried the above natural remedies or OTC
medication and still have a recurring yeast infection, you may
want to go and see your doctor for prescription medication.
Prescriptions are much more potent and are usually effective
at killing off the yeast. Since they are so potent, you may
only want to use these with recurring yeast infections that
have resisted all attempts at treatment.
However, do note that Candida can build up a resistance to
drugs. So if you've been trying one remedy, you might want to
try a different type of remedy and see if that will cure your
If your yeast infection is severe, your doctor is likely to
recommend drugs like Nystatin, Diflucan (active ingredient
fluconazole) or Nizoral (active ingredient ketaconazole) to
kill off the yeast infection.
Diflucan is one of the most common medications used to treat
recurring yeast infections. It is available as a one treatment
oral tablet which can be enough to kill off the yeast infection
in just that single treatment. However, always follow your
doctor's advice and recommendations and make sure you inform
your doctor if you are on any other medication or are using
other treatments – you do not want to suffer any adverse
reactions or side effects from mixing drugs.
Preventative Treatment for
Recurring Yeast Infection
Once you have gotten rid of your recurring yeast infection,
you should take preventative measures to stop it from coming
back. There are simple steps you can take and they may make
your life a whole lot more comfortable.
- wearing loose, cotton underwear
- avoiding harsh soaps and perfumed shower gel
- drying yourself thoroughly after bathing, removing damp
swim wear immediately
- eating natural or live yogurt at least once a day
- avoiding douching.
Treating yeast infections promptly and using preventative
measures can help stop your suffering from a recurring yeast
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