Over-the-counter anti-fungal treatments are an option. These include treatments such as:
- Femstat 3
- Terazol 3
Vaginal yeast infection and vulvitis can be treated with topical or oral antifungal medications. Mixed infections with more than one microbe present may need a combination of treatments. Please note that similar symptoms can be caused by infections other than yeast, including chlamydia, gonorrhea and bacterial vaginosis. If symptoms are not eliminated by over-the-counter products, within a week, women should see their doctor for an evaluation.
Since oral antifungal treatments can cause side effects such as headache, nausea and abdominal pain, most doctors may prefer to treat vaginal yeast infections with vaginal tablets or suppositories instead of oral medications. Oral antifungal medications are not recommended during pregnancy.
Antifungal Medications Available as Vaginal Tablets Include:
Some women prefer to use home remedies as they claim that over-the-counter and prescription treatments tend to help for only a short period of time and then the yeast infection comes back, and often it is worse!
This is more often true of chronic or recurring yeast infections.
For the average, healthy woman, a non-recurring yeast infection should be cleared up within a week, whether you are using home remedies or over-the-counter treatments. If not, you should see your doctor.