Thermometer on Medical Pills
Thermometer on Medical Pills

If you’ve ever had a vaginal yeast infection, you know how uncomfortable it can be. Here are the five do’s and don’ts for treating it;

  1. Your doctor can prescribe a pill called fluconazole which can treat most yeast infections with just one dose, although symptoms may take a few days to disappear. If you are unable to take a pill or you might be pregnant, your doctor may prescribe a three or seven day treatment of terconazole, an antifungal vaginal
  2. If you’d rather try an over-the-counter treatment, first myconazole is a topical anti-fungal cream available in one, three and seven day options. It’s a little messy but pretty quick to bring relief often faster than the prescription pill. Keep in mind however that there are all different types of yeast, the best way to make sure you’re treating your infection in the most effective way is to talk with your doctor first.
  3. Don’t put yogurt down there, while eating yogurt is a healthy source of probiotics but applying yogurt topically to the vulva or inserting it into the vagina does nothing to make the yeast infection go away, in fact the natural sugars in yogurt, even the unsweetened kind can actually fuel yeast growth and make matters even worse.
  4. Don’t sit in vinegar, vinegar is not your friend, at least when it comes to curing a yeast infection….contrary to popular thought, there is little evidence that sitting in a vinegar bath reduces vaginal ph, it actually can be painful causing more burning or irritation needless to say old-fashioned vinegar douches are also a big no-no, they can disrupt natural healthy bacteria and increase the risk of infection.
  5. Don’t make your treatment a diy project just like yogurt and vinegar there are a number of other home remedies floating around the internet that are best to avoid. Applying tea tree oil, coconut oil or garlic topically or inserting any of them into the vagina with a suppository are just a few of the home remedies that have not been proven to treat a yeast infection and like vinegar they can cause burning and more irritation.

Yeast infections are no fun if you get them frequently or if the recommended treatments don’t seem to help, it’s important to call your doctor to determine the underlying cause.

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