Other names for yeast infections include Thrush, Moniliasis, Candidiasis and they are caused by the overgrowth of a fungus called Candida albicans mostly, though there are other pathogenic species of candida that are on the increase as causes of yeast infections. Continue reading
There are several forms of yeast infection medication, depending on where the infection is and how severe it is. When choosing a yest infection medication choose one you are comfortable doing that suits your lifestyle, and also remember that different brands have different active ingredients, so what works well for one person may not be what works as well for you. You need to find the active ingredient that works on your yeast infection. This article has an outline of the different forms of yeast infection medication you have to chose from and the active ingredients that can be found in them.
Creams or ointments: A very common form of yeast infection medication is an anti-fungal cream. Designed to be spread on the infected area they should soothe symptoms such as cracked skin, flaking, redness. Creams tend to have clotrimazole, butoconazole, terconazole or miconazole as the main active ingredient. Creams are more suitable when the infection is of the skin such as under arms or for exterior genital treatment. Clean you hands before applying and wash again after application. Can be gotten over the counter or prescribed by a doctor. Creams are usually more suitable if you are experiencing the symptoms of itching.
Pills: This form of yeast infection medication is more convenient in the sense that there is no mess and it is quick and easy. Pills are usually from a doctor though there are now recent over the counter brands that have them, and they are good for internal treatment, getting to the overgrowth of yeast inside your body. Pregnant women should not take a yeast infection medication in pill form as it could harm the baby. Usually oral medication contains fluconazole. Due to the fact more and more forms of the fungus are becoming resistant to this treatment, often pills are only used as a last resort when other methods have been unsuccessful.
Suppositories: To be inserted into the vagina. In some kits these are capsule or tablet like forms and other kits have applicators that are filled with or you fill with a substance that you then squirt up the vagina. In these cases you need to wear a sanitary towel for any liquid that leaks back down. Not ideal if you are on the go all the time. The active ingredient can be miconazole, nystatin, clotrimazole or terconazole. This form of yeast infection medication is for if you are experiencing the symptom of vaginal discharge.
Thrush or oral yeast infection has a couple of forms of yeast infection medication. There are drops or lozenges that the sufferer sucks and swallow, or there is an oral suspension prescribed by a doctor. This is swished around the mouth and them swallowed by the Thrush sufferer. These usually contain nystatin, amphotericin B or miconazole.
Treatment lengths vary but usually are 1, 3, 6 or 7 days in length. However whichever treatment length you choose does not affect how effective a cure is. 1 day or 3 day courses have the same dose as 6 or 7 but in more concentrated amounts. The full course of treatment should be followed for all forms of yeast infection medication.