If you’ve ever experienced a yeast infection, you are probably aware of all the different treatment options. There are over the counter and prescription types, and it may be overwhelming to figure out what is the right choice for you. Some women suffer from chronic yeast infections, and this is a game-changer when it comes to treatment. Keep reading to learn about the most common yeast infection treatments, and how you can determine which route is best for you.
Common Yeast Infection Symptoms
The fungus candida causes yeast infections. Candida is a staple fungus in our bodies, appearing in the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina. It is typically non-problematic unless an infection in the environment causes an overgrowth. Symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection include:
- Vaginal itching or soreness
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Pain or discomfort when urinating
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
Although many women will get at least one yeast infection in their lifetime, approximately 8% of women get them four or more times a year. This is called chronic or recurring yeast infections, and they can be a nightmare to deal with.
Yeast Infection Treatments: Over the Counter Vs. Prescription
Treating a yeast infection depends a lot on the severity of symptoms. A good rule of thumb is the milder and infrequent symptoms can typically be solved with the over the counter antifungal options. These come in a variety of creams, suppositories, tablets, and ointments. Monistat is a well-known brand. A single dose of Diflucan can also be prescribed for these milder infections.
If the yeast infection is more severe, or chronically recurring, the prescription forms are the more effective options. Long course therapy routes are given either vaginally or orally over several weeks, or in multiple doses.
Yeast infection symptoms can mimic other conditions, including sexually transmitted ones. If you have any concerns, or the infection hasn’t gone away with an over the counter treatment, it is time to talk with your gynecologist. Some candida is resistant to specific antifungals, so they can help determine which treatment option is best for you.
Despite all of the options available to treat them, many women remain stuck in a cycle of recurring yeast infections. If you’re experiencing recurring yeast infections, clinical research studies may be an option. Women’s Healthcare Research Corp is looking for participants for a chronic yeast infection study looking into new options. To learn more, visit us here.