There are a number of treatments that are used for getting rid of yeast infections. Some people use over the counter drugs like diflucan. This FDA approved oral drug sometimes gets rid of the yeast infection in just one dose. Other drugs like Femstat 3, Gyne Lotrimin, Monitstat 7 and Vagistat, contain active ingredients that help dissolve the fungus and get rid of the infection.
Vaginal suppositories and creams are sometimes used also used to get rid of yeast infections. These come with special applicators and are effective for mild forms of yeast. Side effects of over the counter medications used to get rid of yeast infections are generally minor and may include burning, itching, irritation of the skin and an increased need to urinate. Antifungal medications may damage condoms and diaphragms, so if you are using such a medication for yeast infections be sure to take other precautions to protect against pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Many of the prescription medications on the market get rid of 80 to 90% of vaginal yeast infections within two weeks or less. Some may cure the infection in a matter of days.
Some women prefer home remedies to get rid of yeast infections, such as yogurt containing lactobacillus cultures. The yogurt is applied with an applicator as a douche.
Other home remedies that may help get rid of yeast infection include:
Regularly dabbing apple cider vinegar in the areas prone to infection. You can add some garlic to stop the itching feeling and water to dilute the vinegar concentration.
Drink at least two glasses of buttermilk per day, whether infected or not. If fact, making curds part of the daily diet reduces the probability of yeast infection.
A mixture of olive leaf extract with grapefruit seed extract in a glass of water is a used by some women to get rid of yeast infection.
Tea tree oil rubbed on the affected area may help soothe and cure yeast infections.
If your symptoms do not respond to over the counter yeast infection treatments or if they return quickly, see a health care professional because you may have a condition that is more serious than a yeast infection. Be sure to tell your physician about all of the medications and home remedies you have used in an effort to get rid of yeast infection.
Diflucan: An oral medication that has been approved by the FDA for treatment of yeast infections.