A vaginal infection may clear up
without treatment in 2 or 3 days.
- If you could be pregnant, do a home pregnancy
test. Any pregnant woman with abnormal vaginal symptoms should talk with her
doctor about her symptoms before considering using any home treatment measures
or nonprescription medicines. For more information, see the topic
- Avoid sex so
that irritated vaginal tissues can heal.
- Do not scratch the vaginal
area. Relieve itching with a cold water compress or cool baths. Warm baths may
also relieve pain and itching.
- Make sure that the cause of your
symptoms is not a forgotten tampon or other foreign object. For more
how to remove an object in the vagina.
- Wear loose-fitting,
cotton clothing. Stay away from nylon and synthetics, because they hold heat
and moisture close to the skin, which makes it easier for an infection to
start. You may want to remove pajama bottoms or underwear when you sleep.
- Do not douche unless your doctor tells you to.
- If you
have gone through
menopause, try using a vaginal lubricant, such as
Astroglide, to reduce irritation caused by having sex.
Vaginal yeast infections
If you have symptoms of a
vaginal yeast infection and have been diagnosed and
treated by your doctor for this condition in the past, you may want to try
using a nonprescription medicine, such as tioconazole (for example, Vagistat),
clotrimazole (for example, Gyne-Lotrimin), or miconazole (for example,
Monistat) to treat your symptoms.
your symptoms do not improve with home treatment, contact your
doctor. Vaginal symptoms that may be related to another type of vaginal
infection or a cervical infection need to be evaluated.
take the blood-thinning medicine warfarin (Coumadin) and use a nonprescription
vaginal yeast-fighting medicine, such as Monistat, may have increased bruising
and abnormal bleeding. Consult with your doctor before using a yeast-fighting
medicine if you take warfarin.
- Vaginal Yeast Infection: Should I Treat It Myself?
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home
- Symptoms of
a vaginal infection
- Unexpected vaginal bleeding develops
- A fever
- You have moderate to severe
- Your symptoms become more severe or