Yeast Infection Treatments

There are a number of treatment options available today for combating yeast infections. Although this condition is indeed an infection, it is caused by a fungus, not a virus. The medication needed to effectively cure a yeast infection is an anti-fungal drug, not an antibiotic that is used to treat other types of infection.

If you are wondering whether or not you have a yeast infection, or something else, please take a look at our symptoms page to help you confirm your condition.

Below you will find information on the various medical treatments and solutions for a yeast infection. The type of treatment greatly various depending on what type of infection you have. Please note that treatments differ for infections in males. If you are looking for solutions to male yeast infection, please visit our men's section which includes symptoms, causes, and treatments.

To find out about all natural and holistic approaches to treating and curing yeast infections without seeking medical intervention, you may also be interested in our all natural treatment and candida diet pages.

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Topical Yeast Infection Treatments

When a yeast infection of the skin is present, anti-fungal medications are applied in the form of a cream or ointment topically, directly on the rash. These medications are readily available over-the-counter, without a prescription. Users should start to see some relief and improvement within a few days, but curing the yeast infection may take up to two weeks. Some popular brand names of anti-fungal creams are:

  • Lotrimin
  • Lamisil
  • Tinactin
  • Vagistat
  • Monistat

The active ingredients in these medications are used in store and generic brands as well.

These topical creams can also be used to treat vaginal and penile yeast infections and are applied much the same way. The creams can be applied to penile yeast infections topically.

Suppositories & Applicators

Because vaginal yeast infections can affect internal parts of the vagina, some anti-fungal creams are sold as suppositories. Alternately, some vaginal yeast infection products come with other methods of insertion, such as applicators, etc. As with the creams for skin infections, those treating vaginal yeast infections can expect to see some relief within a few days, although clearing up the infection could take up to two weeks.

Oral Yeast Infection Treatment

Oral yeast infections, also known as thrush, are not able to be treated with over-the-counter medications because there are no oral anti-fungal medications available without a prescription. A dentist or a doctor can prescribe anti-fungal medications that are taken orally to combat thrust infections. These medications come in the form of pills, lozenges or liquids. Thrush is usually a precursor to a systematic yeast infection and should be treated immediately in people with compromised immune systems and the older population to avert the many dangers associated with systematic yeast infections.

Anti-fungal Medications

With the exception of systematic infections, most yeast infections are easily treated at home and do not require medical intervention, once you are able to recognize the symptoms. However, if a yeast infection goes untreated or spreads to internal parts of the body, the treatment becomes more aggressive. Anti-fungal medications are given intravenously and usually require a hospital stay to clear up the infection and treat any adverse effects that it caused. Systematic yeast infections can take a real toll on the body's internal organs and even cause death, if not treated properly.

Additional Yeast Infection Treatment Information

The key to treating and curing a yeast infection is to be in tune with your body and realize what its telling you. If you have been suffering with recurring yeast infections or if your current yeast infection has stop responding to treatment, it is imperative to discuss your situation with a qualified health care professional. Perhaps you've developed an immunity to the over-the-counter medications and need something stronger or prescription strength. Alternately, you may have an underlying condition that a yeast infection is only a symptom of.