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Yeast Infection (Candidiasis)

Treating Yeast Infection (Candidiasis)

Treatments for yeast infection (candidiasis) using over-the-counter antifungal preparations usually are highly effective. When antibiotics are involved, eating yogurt of taking acidophilus supplements can help restore antifungal bacteria. Other treatment options for candidiasis vary slightly depending on the location of the yeast infection.

Yeast infections of the mouth, or Thrush, can be treated with a medicated mouthwash. Topical ointments and careful hygiene can cure infections on the skin.

Treatments for vaginal yeast infections include creams, suppositories and medications. Often vaginal candidiasis can be treated effectively at home as long as symptoms are mild and the woman is not pregnant or concerned about sexually transmitted infections. A doctor may prescribe fluconazole, a single-dose oral medication. In the case of severe symptoms or repeat infections, the doctor may recommend a multidose oral medication or other long-course vaginal therapy.

Women should also employ a maintenance regimen consisting of careful genital hygiene, avoid feminine sprays or fragrances on the genitals, wear cotton underwear, use sanitary pads instead of tampons, and practicing safe sex.

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