Treatment of Uncomplicated Vaginal Yeast Infection - Healthy One

Treatment of Uncomplicated Vaginal Yeast Infection - Healthy One


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Treatment of Vaginal Yeast Infection

Vaginal yeast infection is most commonly caused by candida albicans. Hence, treatment is mainly directed toward this organism. Antibiotics effective against candida albicans are commonly used for treatment of vaginal yeast infection.

Treatment also depends on your vaginal yeast infection, whether it is uncomplicated or complicated. Because treatment course varies in these two situations.

Treatment of uncomplicated vaginal yeast infection:

If symptoms of vaginal yeast infection are mild to moderate and there is infrequent infection and no recurrence, it is considered uncomplicated vaginal yeast infection. Your doctor may prescribe you:

  • Single dose oral antifungal medication of fluconazole (brand name diflucan), which should be taken as single dose or 150 mg orally. Many doctors prefer to use fluconazole as 50 mg daily for one week, instead of single oral dose of 150 mg.
  • Short course vaginal antifungal therapy: one (one time application) to three day regimen of an antifungal cream, ointment, tablet or suppository is effective in clearing vaginal yeast infection in most cases. Being local application (no systemic application) side effects are mild and non-serious. Commonly used medications are butoconazole (brand name Gynazole-1), clotrimazole (brand name Gyne-Lotrimin), miconazole (brand name Monistat 3) and terconazole (brand name Terazol 3).

If your symptoms do not disappear after completion of treatment course, it is advisable to consult your doctor.

Treatment of complicated vaginal yeast infection:

For treatment of complicated vaginal yeast infection (if there is very severe symptoms or there is frequent recurrence of symptoms, it is considered complicated vaginal yeast infection), longer course of vaginal treatment is required, or use of multiple doses of medication along with maintenance therapy.

  • Long course vaginal therapy: in case of complicated vaginal yeast infection, the treatment may have to be for one week to two weeks with commonly used azole antifungal medications in the form of tablet, cream, ointment or suppository.
  • Your doctor may prefer to use fluconazole for a week, instead of using a single dose of fluconazole as used in case of uncomplicated vaginal yeast infection. Use of fluconazole is not recommended during pregnancy.
  • Maintenance therapy: your doctor may use maintenance therapy for your recurrent vaginal yeast infection, to prevent fungal/yeast overgrowth and to prevent future infection/recurrence. Fluconazole tablet once a week for 6 months is commonly used as maintenance therapy for vaginal yeast infection. However, some doctors prefer to use clotrimazole vaginal suppository once a week, instead of oral medication.

Your sex partner may also need to be treated, especially if there are some signs and symptoms of infection such as jock itch. It is important to treat partner, to prevent reinfection or recurrent infection.

 

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