Vaginal Yeast Infection
Alternate Names : Vulvovaginal Candidiasis
What are the treatments for the infection?
A woman may choose to use an over-the-counter antifungal medicine. These medicines are inserted into the vagina. Some examples include miconazole, clotrimazole, and nystatin. The healthcare provider can prescribe stronger antifungal creams. The provider can also order an oral medicine called fluconazole.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Vaginal creams may cause vulvar burning. Fluconazole may cause stomach upset or allergic reaction.
What happens after treatment for the infection?
Women should avoid sexual intercourse until the symptoms are gone and the course of treatment has been completed. Douching, bubble baths, hygiene sprays, or scented soaps around the vulva may irritate the skin.
How is the infection monitored?
Women who have repeated yeast infections that persist despite treatment should see a healthcare provider. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.