Choosing an Over the Counter Yeast Infection Treatment

The itch and utter discomfort of a yeast infection is bound to affect you at one point or another seeing as how it is known that over seventy-five percent of the female population will have at least one in her lifetime.

Luckily there are several over the counter yeast infection treatment options available when the need arises, but before rushing out to your local drugstore you should make sure that you do in fact have a yeast infection. The following is a list of possible yeast infection symptoms, however you should bear in mind that there are several other, more serious conditions that may produce similar symptoms. The only way to be certain that you have a yeast infection is to see a doctor who can perform a simple swab test to confirm a diagnosis.

When you have a yeast infection, you may feel any of the following symptoms:
- Thick, white discharge that can be odorless or smell like bakers yeast
- Vaginal redness, itching and/or swelling
- Pain or discomfort during sex or urination

Also, it is important to understand that a yeast infection can be passed back and forth between you and your partner through sexual intercourse.

Treatment should be sought and completed by both of you before you have intercourse again. Since yeast infection is caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans, you would need to look for an antifungal treatment. There are several antifungal creams available without a prescription. The thing with the creams is; that while they will help soothe itch and the burn—it will not actually cure the yeast infection itself. That is where the vaginal suppositories and oral medications come in.

Over the counter yeast infection treatment packages generally come with what you need to treat yourself inside and out. Some of these include: clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin and others), miconazole (Monistat 7 and others), tioconazole (Vagistat) and butoconazole nitrate (Femstat). These treatments come in 3 day and 7 day options and are successful in treating most vaginal yeast infections. Keep in mind that if you use one of these over the counter yeast infection treatments and it does not cure your yeast infection—all is not lost! Your doctor can prescribe something stronger or a different course of treatment.

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