Relieving the uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing symptoms of yeast infections is a major goal of the treatment process. Fortunately, the Food and Drug Administrations has approved several medications which can be used to relieve yeast infection symptoms. In addition to intense itching, vaginal yeast infection symptoms may include soreness, soreness, rash on the outer lips of the vagina and burning, especially during urination or when having sexual intercourse.
Many women are able to relieve the symptoms of vaginal itching with over the counter medications like Vagisil Anti-Itch Crème, which contains a topical analgesic and benzocaine. Symptoms usually improve within a few days, but it is important to continue using the medication for the number of days directed, even if your symptoms improve. Your doctor can help you determine which products are products are best for relieving your symptoms. Remember to read the directions on the label carefully before using yeast medications. If they are used improperly they can cause serious irritation to the sensitive genital area.
“Feminine itching is a fairly common experience,” said Dr. Adelaide Nardone, clinical instructor of OB/GYN at Brown University Medical Center. “Symptoms of vaginal itching and yeast infection can range from a mild external irritation to an intense, burning itch that can be both external and internal. “Most women don’t understand the difference between a vaginal itch that is the result of yeast infection and itching that is not related to an infection.”
Fortunately, in most healthy people yeast infection symptoms can be relieved quickly and effectively with proper treatment. If your symptoms are not relieved within 72 hours, you should definitely talk to your doctor as this could be sign of something more serious.
Some people prefer to use natural remedies to relieve yeast infection symptoms.
Natural remedies for yeast infections include:
- Apple cider vinegar – mix with a quart of water and apply it to the affected areas to help relieve symptoms.
- Tea tree oil – use suppositiores made with tea tree oil and acidophilus.
- Gentain violet – paint the vagina and vulva, including the labia with gentian violet.
- Yogurt – use plain yogurt as a douche to relieve symptoms.
- Buttermilk – drink two glasses of buttermilk per day to relieve symptoms and help cure the infection
Once the infection has cleared up and the sores, if any, have healed, use a starch free drying power or Nystatin powder to prevent a recurring infection and relieve any lingering symptoms.
Tea tree oil - an herbal remedy that is sometimes used to relieve the symptoms of yeast infections