Out of the various reasons women go to see their doctor or gynecologist with, a vaginal yeast infection is one of the most common, also called Candida vulvovaginitis. Three quarters of women will be or have been affected by at least one yeast infection but because symptoms are similar to other conditions it is important to get a professional diagnosis, so that you avoid mistreatment if the problem is not fungal but something else. Part of the cause if recurring yeast infections in women is that they miss diagnose themselves and therefore mistreat themselves. Or they do not follow treatment instructions fully and stop the treatment when symptoms have gone rather than completing the full course.
Triggers of a yeast infection
Though vaginal yeast infections are the most common form they are not the only one and the condition is not limited to just women, men can get them too. However part of the reason they are more common in women is that they undergo more hormonal changes, pregnancy, birth control, menstruation, and that is one of the triggers of a yeast infection. Others include antibiotics, weakened immune system, contraceptive devices, perfumed products, soaps, diet and clothing. The usual form of yeast infection treatment for vaginal yeast infections is to use one of the candida creams that are anti-fungal medications.
Yeast Infection Treatment
Candida creams are used to treat vaginal yeast infections because they soothe the symptoms as well as treat the infection. However you are not limited to just candida creams, there are several forms of yeast infection treatment such as pills, suppositories and other types of treatments, natural, homeopathic, herbal. Candida creams can be prescribed but are usually available over the counter at a pharmacy. There are different active ingredients in different brands, one brand may have one type of anti-fungal drug, whilst the next has a different one. Sometimes you may have to try more than one cream before you find one effective for you. Four of the key anti-fungal drugs used in candida creams are tioconazole, butoconazole, miconazole and clotrimazole.
Tioconazole is only for use with vaginal yeast infections and is the active ingredient in Vagistat-1. It is a cream that inserted into the vagina via an applicator. At night when in bed insert the applicator and push the plunger. You may want to wear a pad to protect your underwear and sheets as there may be some leaking. It is a one dose treatment but it can take up to 7 days for the infection to clear.
Miconazole candida cream is used in Femizole-M as well as other brands and can be used as an external cream or as a suppository. There are 1, 3 and 7 day treatment courses and should not be used if you are on the blood thinning drug Warfarin and if you are using barrier devices for contraception you need to also use a condom as miconazole weakens them. Do not use a tampon to prevent leaking if you use a suppository cream as it will soak up the medication.
Used in brands like Bynic and Mycelex-7. Symptoms should also be soothed and results should be felt after 3 days with a clear up within 7 days.
Femstat, Myselex 3 and Gynazole 1 all use this, available in 1 or 3 day courses, clears up the infection in 7 days otherwise go see your doctor.