Vaginal yeast infections—also known as vulvovaginal candidiasis or vaginal candidiasis—are extremely common vaginal infections. They’re so common that an estimated 75% of people with vaginas will experience a vaginal yeast infection at least once in their lifetime. They can also affect the penis, skin, mouth or throat.
Yeast infections can happen to anyone at any time. But being pregnant, taking birth control pills, having uncontrolled diabetes or being immunocompromised can make them more likely.
Luckily, treating a yeast infection is relatively straightforward. Here’s the scoop on vaginal yeast infection treatments. Plus, how Dr. B can help you get a vaginal yeast infection prescription without leaving the comfort of home.
A yeast infection is a common fungal infection that stems from a bacterial imbalance. Areas like the vagina naturally contain a balance of yeast and bacteria. When this balance is upset, a type of yeast called Candida can grow unchecked. This can result in symptoms like an itchy vagina and a thick, white discharge.
Other fungal and bacterial infections can cause vaginal itching and vaginal discharge. Some sexually transmitted illnesses (STIs) can trigger these symptoms, too. So if you’re unsure whether you have a yeast infection or something else, talk to a medical provider. They can help you find the right vaginal yeast infection medicine or other appropriate treatment.
Sometimes, a mild yeast infection will go away on its own. But don’t assume it will. Most yeast infections require prescription treatment. Going without the right vaginal yeast infection pill, suppository or cream may worsen symptoms. This could lead to a more severe infection or encourage future infections.
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For most people, treating a yeast infection involves taking an over-the-counter or prescription cream, pill or vaginal suppository. These are all antifungal medications—meaning they eliminate or prevent the growth of fungi.
Common creams, suppositories and pills for yeast infection include:
If you have recurrent yeast infections or a stubborn yeast infection that won’t go away after treatment, speak to a gynecologist. You may need a different kind of treatment or have an underlying medical issue that needs to be addressed.
Side effects from yeast infection treatments are usually mild. In rare cases, yeast infection medications can cause liver disease. Seek medical help if you experience an irregular heartbeat, continuous vomiting, yellowing eyes or skin or dark urine.
Otherwise, common medication side effects can include:
Home remedies have not been evaluated to the same extent as established treatments. And some assumptions—like a period will flush out a yeast infection–don’t hold water compared to prescription medications. So it’s best to only use alternative remedies alongside prescription treatments. They can also help prevent future infections. (More on that below.)
Home remedies for yeast infections include:
It’s not always possible to prevent a yeast infection. But these additional steps can reduce your odds.
The bottom line? The only proven way to cure a yeast infection is by taking the proper medication.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013). Vulvovaginal Candidiasis (VVC).