You should seek medical care any time if you have pain. vaginal yeast infection may cause unpleasant itching, they should not cause pain.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if this is the first time that vaginal yeast infection symptoms have occurred, or if you are unsure if you have a
yeast infection. (If you are sure that you have a yeast infection, you can treat the disorder with over-the-counter
medications.) But if your symptoms do not respond to one course of over-the-counter
medications, you may not have a yeast infection.
Vaginal yeast infections, although uncomfortable, are usually not life-threatening. You should see your health care provider. In addition, seek care for any of the following:
If symptoms return within two months
Bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis will not go away with home care or over-the-counter
medications. They require antibiotics. You must see your health care provider.
yeast infections may respond to over-the-counter medications. If you have never had a yeast infection and think you have one, it is important that your health care provider agrees with this diagnosis before you try any home care techniques or over-the-counter medications. Generally, the first incidence of yeast infection should be treated by your health care provider.
After the first infection, if a second infection occurs and you have no doubt it is a yeast infection, you may treat yourself with one course of over-the-counter vaginal medication, such as miconazole (brand name Monistat), an antifungal vaginal medication.
Because over-the-counter treatments have become available, many women diagnose themselves with a yeast infection, when, in fact, about two-thirds of all remedies purchased in stores to treat yeast infection were used by women who did not really have one. Using these drugs when they are not needed may lead to a resistant infection. Resistant infections are very difficult to treat with the currently available medications. If in doubt, consult your health care provider.
Many current over-the-counter medications are available for mild cases of yeast infection. The cure rates with the nonprescription drugs are about 75-90%.
The medications are sold as vaginal suppositories or creams. They are inserted into the vagina with a plunger-type applicator and are usually used one each day for seven days. Stronger doses are given over one to three days only. Most women can treat yeast infections at home with these medications:
Massage these remedies into your vagina and surrounding tissues for one to seven days or insert the suppository form into your vagina, depending on the formulation. If increased irritation occurs to the area, discontinue the medication immediately.
If you are
pregnant, consult your doctor before using these treatments
If symptoms continue for more than 1 week, consult your doctor. You may have a severe
yeast infection or other problems that mimic a yeast infection.
Home care techniques have been used for many years although scientific studies have not proven their effectiveness.
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