The third home remedy that is sometimes used is tea tree oil. Now again, tea tree oil shouldn’t be used inside the vagina, it can cause an allergic reaction for one, and it can also cause vaginal irritation. Those tissues are really delicate, and they don’t need strong plant based medications like tea tree oil on them. It will just cause further damage. Now the last home remedy that I’d like to talk about is Yogurt. Now, some women find that Yogurt is soothing, and that’s understandable, but it won’t fix the problem. The Yogurt actually has a different type of bacteria and remember that you’re inserting a new type of bacteria into the vagina when you actually use Yogurt. So you don’t know what sort of effect that’s going to have. But it doesn’t have the bacteria that are needed for the healthy vagina, and it’s not going to fix the problem. So while it might be soothing, it’s not going to fix and work with an antifungal medication for you. So, now let’s talk about the actual treatments that really do work and these are twofold; You can either use oral tablet form and cream or pessary form. Both are equally effective. Now let’s go through both of them in turn. I’m going to talk a little bit about the advantages and disadvantages of both and these are both the treatments that are used that will kill the yeast. 90% of women have the Candida Albicans Yeast. So that’s the most common, and these are over the counter antifungal medications that will actually kill that Yeast. So, let’s start first of all with the cream. So, the cream is called Azoles, the cream is a canister. And the cream actually is applied usually using an applicator and inserted vaginally. It comes normally as a one day, three-day, or a seven-day treatment, and, what it does is, it actually can actually provide a lot of soothing for some women. Some women find it messy however, and they so that’s why it’s best to use it at night, or it also comes in like a pessary form that can also be inserted in the vagina too that isn’t quite as messy. However, some women do find that they get a burning associated with this and so equally as effective is the oral medication.
We also have Floconazole. This is the Canesten brand and this again comes with a single tablet form and the single tablets used for mild to moderate severity, thrush or vaginal yeast infection. Now, once again, there’s advantages or disadvantages to this medication. The advantage is that it doesn’t actually cause them the messiness that we’ve already talked about with the cream, and also you’re not going to get that burning sensation. However, for some women, it can cause nausea, and also to interact with other medications and can have effects on other systems in the body. So this is a medication that you want to discuss with your pharmacist or your doctor before taking. So, you have two options and it’s actually quite interesting that some of the new packages come as a duo. So they actually come with the cream, and the tablet. So that’s a newer type of Canesen, both those the oral medication or the creams are equally as effective. You usually notice that symptoms start to ease within three days of starting the medication, and then it normally takes a good seven days to resolve. Now, what to do, if it doesn’t resolve? First thing to do is go to your doctor, it may well be that you’re not treating yeast infection at all, it might be something completely different. And what your doctor will do is to take a swab of just some of the internal fluid in a sample inside your vagina and that will be sent to the lab and cultured, and they will look at what type of yeast is actually growing there if it is a yeast, or determine what the actual problem is. Remembering that also to some of the other causes of vaginal yeast infections and some of the reasons that we get recurrent vaginal infections are due to other factors such as low iron, decreased immunity, cigarette smoking, cannabis, tart wearing, tight latex underwear, undies that aren’t breathable, panty liners, all those sorts of things and even Candida can even adhere to IUDs or some intrauterine contraceptive devices, so it’s really important that you speak to your doctor if you’re not getting resolution with your over the counter medications