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Yeast Infection Medication

By: Danielle Clement

Women face many different possible infections that can attack their reproductive systems and out of those the more common is yeast infections. It is estimated that at least three quarters of women face getting a yeast infection at some time in their life. It is caused when the naturally occurring fungus is able to over grow and leads to annoying and embarrassing symptoms like burning, itching, a discharge like that of cottage cheese, sometimes with an unpleasant odor, and irritation around the vagina. If such symptoms present themselves it is a good idea to talk to your doctor to get a prescription to treat the infection, or to discuss treatment options.

It is important to visit a doctor even if you are sure you have a yeast infection, as yeast infections and another ailment, bacterial vaginosis can be very similar in appearance, but one is from a fungus and one is a bacteria. Therefore it is not a good idea just going out to buy an over the counter treatment for yeast infections unless that is definitely what you have as it will not work, and your yeast infection will continue to go on untreated. The only way to be certain about what you have is for a professional to diagnose you. It is quite likely that once the doctor confirms you have a yeast infection he or she may still recommend just an over the counter treatment, if your yeast infection is not very severe, as that will be effective enough.
When using an over the counter remedy they will more than likely be in the form of suppositories or anti-fungal creams. The cream you apply direct to the infection and the suppository is just inserted with an enclosed applicator. If getting a prescripted cure these often come in pill form. All treatments are anti-fungal. Pills will treat your whole body though so are not advisable for women who are with child or are nursing still. Your doctor know which type is best suited for you and the severity of the yeast infection you have. Treatments usually vary in how long they last but are either one, three, five or seven day courses.

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