It seems, these days, that whenever I visit the doctors to get help with my recurring yeast problem, I get prescribed antiobiotics. Whats worse, I’m usually prescribed an antibiotic that kills everything, rather than one that is targeted towards certain kinds of bacteria. Now, the problem with this approach is that it alters the flora in the body, and many “good” bacteria which keep the yeast in check are killed off, and the natural balance of the organisms in my system is altered. Also, many other things, such as eating too much sugar, poor hygiene, not changing underwear, and tight fitting underwear can cause the sugar-loving, damp-loving yeasties to overgrow. Most of the time, the infection spreads to the vulva and itches like crazy. Scratching spreads the infection and makes the itching worse. Yes, trying to cure a yeast infection can be troublesome.
There are many over the counter medications that cure yeast infections. Most contain the ingredients Miconazole Nitrate or Trioconazole, which are antifungals, and can be in either the form of creams or suppositories. They work well most of the time, but it is important for a doctor to diagnose the infection as a yeast infection, since bacterial infections can seem like yeast infections, and using over the counter yeast infection medications make it worse.
There are also pills, Diflucan or Nizoral, which are oral antifungal medications. They work very well, usually one dose will clear an infection up in days, and paired with creams or suppositories, are very effective.
There are many prescription creams as well. These are very powerful and have always worked wonders for me!
Many people choose to use yogurt as an effective and natural alternative. Yogurt contains bacteria. I have heard of people freezing it in tampon applicators to use as a suppository, which can also feel good on the infection. Eating yogurt or taking acidophilus pills can prevent new infections. There is plenty of information out there on the web, as well as doctor’s offices and gynecologist offices.
Don’t forget, yeast infections are not only in the intimate regions. I have had an oral yeast infection, commonly called thrush. It usually affects infants, but I was on a particularly nasty antibiotic, which resulted in oral thrush. Very uncomfortable