There are a number of treatment options for yeast infections including nonprescription vaginal medicine to prescription oral medicines. Not all women suffering from yeast infections can undergo treatment without doctor's diagnosis. Pregnant women, non-STD patients, patients with multiple and recurring infections and those who self diagnose without proper and enough information on the symptoms must see a health care professional immediately.
Self-treatment is beneficial to some because it is hassle-free and there is no need for the patient to share information regarding the infection which is somewhat humiliating. Yeast infection victims could possibly be simultaneously experiencing a different vaginal infection such as sexually transmitted disease that demands a different treatment.Pregnant women must not also self-medicate for the reason that vaginal yeast infections are common during pregnancy. Drugs could interfere with the normal condition of the fetus. In treating yeast infections, an antifungal drug is recommended for use because of its ability to inhibit the growth of fungus and encourages the growth of a new cell membrane.
Oral antifungal drugs are prescription drugs that are available as tablets or capsules. Sufferers with mild infections may require only a single dose or doses in low concentration. Examples of this include: Fluconazole (Diflucan), ketoconazole (Nizoral), itraconazole (Sporanox). Vaginal antifungal drugs include vaginal suppositories or creams that must be properly administered due to vagina's sensitivity. Examples include: Butoconazole (Femstat), clotrimazole (Mycelex, Gyne-Lotrimin, FemCare), miconazole (Monistat-7, Femizol-M), nystatin (Mycostatin), terconazole (Terazol), tioconazole (Vagistat-1). The concentration of oral or vaginal dose depends on the severity of the yeast infection and the medical background of the victim. Some drug regimens may include a combination treatment of an oral agent followed by vaginal application of a cream or vaginal suppository to intensify the result.
Severe or recurrent infections may have the need of maintenance treatment prescribed by a doctor. Maintenance treatments must be taken every so often to prevent infection recurrence. It is important to complete the entire recommended treatment to finally cure the yeast infection. Studies have shown that vaginal infections caused by unknown types of yeast other than Candida albicans may be more resistant to standard antifungal medicine. In this rare case, self-treatment isn't advisable.
The most common side effects experienced with suppositories and creams are vaginal burning and itching. Less common outcome of vaginally applied treatments include contact dermatitis, inflammation and irritation. The selection any of these different types of regimens for treating yeast infection boils down to a matter of preference and personal choice. One or another of the above mentioned different methods for treating yeast infections can work better for different patients. Therefore it is always a case to case basis wherein a condition of one and the efficacy of a certain drug to that certain condition may not always be similar to another. Unless you are a healthcare professional yourself, unsure use of all these drugs might cause you harm. Always seek professional help.