Treating a Chronic Vaginal Yeast Infection
Know the treatment options for chronic vaginal yeast infection.
Vaginal yeast infection is a condition caused due to the fungus, Candida albicans. The symptoms of Vaginal Yeast Infection can range from abnormal discharge from the vagina and pain during intercourse to burning sensation and itch in and around the vagina. A condition known as recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis(RVC).i.e. occurrence of more than three vaginal yeast infections in a year can lead to this problem becoming chronic.
Chronic Vaginal Yeast Infection – How to treat
Prior to a treatment for vaginal Yeast Infection, it is important to determine whether the infection is caused by yeast or bacteria as both involve distinct treatments. The doctor may need to do a yeast culture to determine if the infection is caused by a rare strain of yeast or a resistant strain.
The treatment can follow various courses:
- Treatmentfor a chronic vaginal yeast infection can be done by using either vaginal creams or suppositories, most of which can be bought without a prescription. One can make use of over the counter prescriptions if the infection is mild, one is not pregnant or one is not worried about any sexually transmitted diseases from a recent intercourse. If the symptoms do not get better after the first course, it is advisable to see a doctor to confirm the diagnosis.
- Vaginal infection can be cured by drugs such asmiconazole, clotrimazole ,tioconazole and butoconazole. The directions on the packages should be read carefully before use. Usually a 3-7 day course is required before the condition improves.
- Suppositories like boric acid vaginal suppositories have proven to be very effective in case of vaginal yeast infections.
- Treatment with a terconazole vaginal cream every week can decrease the episodes of yeast vaginitis
- Sometimes, multiple treatment doses are required initially to be followed by suppressive therapy. Suppressive therapy involves taking oral medication at regular intervals, such as once a week for several weeks or even months to prevent recurrent infections.
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However, it is advisable to contact a medical professional if you are not sure that the infection is not a yeast infection and the infection doesn’t get cured after using self-treatment vaginal creams.
Vaginal infection can also be prevented by following a genital hygiene routine mentioned below:
- Excessive moisture in the genital area by avoiding wearing tight underwear or slacks.
- Wet bathing suits or sweaty exercise clothes should not be worn for long periods and should be washed after each use.
- Sit in lukewarm water to soothe the itch around vagina.
- Avoid douching, eating yogurt or taking Lactobacillus acidophilus tablets to prevent the infection from recurring.
- Feminine hygiene sprays,fragrances or powders should not be used in the genital area.
Although treating chronic vaginal yeast infections is possible, secondary infections of the vulva may occur due to intense and prolonged scratching. Hence, it is advisable to prevent or treat the condition at the earliest under good medical supervision.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jan 25, 2013
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