Yeast Infection Treatment
By Alex Yew
The sedentary lifestyles and compromising on healthy habits has lead to a weakened immunity system in most people. This is the reason more and more people suffer from yeast infections these days. While a normal amount of yeast is present in most parts of the body, both internal and external, but it is only when this yeast begins to multiply unexpectedly that one suffers from yeast infection. There are many types of yeast infections and these can occur in any part of the body which is warm and moist. Though there are many natural ways of yeast infection treatment but in some cases that may not work.
This is when you will need to resort to the medical or conventional treatment. Many people are unaware of how to cure yeast infection and are sceptical while visiting the doctor. However this condition is definitely treatable and sometimes just a few pills and ointments or lotions can do wonders. For this it must be diagnosed correctly with its cause and this should be done within the regular time frame so that the condition does not become severe.
The doctor may use several methods to examine whether the infection is caused by yeast or some other bacteria. For lesions that are deeper, biopsy may be done too otherwise the samples of discharge or flaky skin is observed under the microscope for diagnosis. For internal infections, separate set of tests are used. Depending on the diagnosis and the source of the yeast, treatment is prescribed.
Following are some of the conventional yeast infection cure:
The most common medical treatment is application of lotions or antifungal skin creams that help in reducing the irritation and thus eliminating the growth of bacteria. It may take around 1 week or more depending on the condition to cure. Certain pills are also prescribed which reduce the sogginess in the affected area as this is what triggers the further growth of the fungus. Most of the creams or ointments for vaginal yeast infection come with an applicator for convenience. It is advised not to engage in sexual intercourse during this period as your partner may contract the infection and your infection can increase too. For vaginal infections, some suppositories are prescribed that when inserted in the vagina melt and thus work very effectively to treat it. The most popular prescribed medicines are clotrimazole, butoconazole, nystatin, fluconazole, terconazole etc. For mouth infections, you can use the antifungal mouthwash or mouth rinse prescribed by the doctor. Similarly, antifungal shampoos and soaps are available too. These need to be used religiously till the infection heals.
For those with severe yeast infections (sometimes can be fatal too), a special medication known as the intravenous amphotericin B is prescribed. It may take more than 2 weeks for this condition to heal and the medication may also lead to some side effects. The doctor may also prescribe a diet plan which aids the healing process along with the medicine. Certain medication to improve your body’s immunity may be suggested. There are also boric acid capsules that can be inserted in the vagina for treating the infection.
These days’ people also resort to long therapies which cure the yeast infection and work towards complete elimination of the yeast so that it does not cause a problem again. You need to inform the doctor if you are pregnant or diabetic or suffering from any other medical condition so that the medicines can be prescribed accordingly. Lactoferrin which is found in whey is also prescribed with fluconazole to heal mouth infections in patients who are diagnosed to be HIV positive too.
Hi, this is Alex. I am keen in helping people who have yeast infection problem. As a sportman (who tends to sweat a lot after a game and easily get skin related problems), I truly understand that you (people who have yeast infection problem) would like to find a cure for yeast infection problem as soon as possible.