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Yeast Infection

Also indexed as:Candida Vaginitis, Thrush, Vaginal Yeast Infection
Yeast infection means fungal overgrowth. Vaginal yeast infections are one of the most common reasons women seek healthcare. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Yeast infection means fungal overgrowth. Vaginal yeast infections are one of the most common reasons women seek healthcare. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • To stop an active infection, use over-the-counter anti-fungal agents like clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Gyne-Lotrimin 3) or miconazole (Micatin, Monistat-7), or see your doctor for prescription anti-fungal medicine, such as nystatin (Mycostatin, Nilstat), ketoconazole (Nizoral), and fluconazole (Diflucan)

  • Switch to cotton underwear

    Avoid the increased risks of yeast infection associated with nylon underwear and tights

  • Try beneficial bacteria

    To prevent the overgrowth of yeast organisms, eat yoghurt containing live acidophilus cultures daily, and use acidophilus topically as vaginal suppositories or a douche

  • Ask about problem medicines

    Discuss with your doctor whether you can avoid taking anti-biotics, oral contraceptives, or adrenal corticosteroids (such as prednisone) that may lead to yeast infection

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