There are many yeast infection remedies for women available over the counter. Yeast infections are common in women, as a result there are many medicated treatments available, but do these treatments really work?
If your infection is occassional and not recurring these treatments may be of use.If you have a recurring infection (more than 4 occurrences in the past 12 months) you may need to consult your doctor and find alternative treatments.
Around 75% of women will experience a yeast infection at some stage of their lives. Yeasts occur naturally on our bodies but favour warm, dark, moist places best. The vagina is the ideal yeast haven and vaginal yeast infection is one of the most common types of yeast infection.
If you think you have a yeast infection, particularly vaginal yeast infection it is important to obtain a proper diagnosis as there are other conditions which can produce the same symptoms, chlamydia and gonorrhea among them. The symptoms of yeast infection can include itchiness, burning, redness, pain during intercourse and/or urination, inflammation, and also an unpleasant odor. No wonder women look for an immediate over-the counter treatment.
An effective course of treatment should clear up the problem in 7 days. If the infection persists or comes back you should see your doctor or change your treatment.
Over the counter yeast infection remedies for women tend to be aimed at relieving the symptoms rather than treating the cause. A yeast infection occurs when the natural balance of yeast cells is upset and the yeast cells proliferate – resulting in an infection. In order to cure the problem you need to not only kill the excess yeast cells but restore the natural balance as well. This can only happen by restoring the balance of good bacteria that keeps the yeast cells in check. Over the counter treatments are not designed to do this.
This can be particularly problematic in the case of a recurring yeast infection as, once the symptoms have cleared up and the treatment stops, the balance is still in favour of the yeast and it comes back – often with a vengence.
For this reason many women with recurring yeast infections have found natural alternatives to be most useful as, in addition to relieving the symptoms, they also assist to restore the body’s natural balance of good bacteria and thus treat the cause of the infection.