Vaginal Yeast Infections - Home Treatment
vaginal yeast infection if you:
- Are pregnant.
- Are not sure your
symptoms are caused by a vaginal yeast infection. If you have never been
diagnosed with a vaginal yeast infection, see your doctor before treating it
with a nonprescription antifungal cream. Sometimes women think they have a
vaginal yeast infection when symptoms are caused by
a different condition, such as
bacterial vaginosis or a
sexually transmitted infection (STI).
been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection (STI), which would require a
- Are having a
- Vaginal Yeast Infection: Should I Treat It Myself?
Using nonprescription medicine
When using a
nonprescription vaginal medicine for a vaginal yeast
infection, follow the directions on the package insert, as well as these
- Use pads instead of tampons while you are using nonprescription
vaginal medicines. Tampons can absorb the medicine.
- Avoid using soap when cleaning the vaginal area—rinse with water only.
sexual intercourse is painful, avoid it. Otherwise, use a water-soluble
lubricating jelly (such as K-Y Jelly) to reduce irritation. The oil in antifungal creams or suppositories can weaken latex. This means condoms and diaphragms may break, and you may not be protected from STI or pregnancy.
- If the genital area is swollen or painful, sitting in warm water
(in a bathtub or
sitz bath, not a hot tub) may help. Or instead, you
may try putting a cool, damp cloth on the area. Do not rub to try to relieve
Report your symptoms to your doctor if:
- You are not sure that you have a yeast
- Your self-treatment is not working after one complete
course of therapy.
Things to consider
The risk of self-treatment is that
your symptoms may be caused by a type of vaginal infection other than a yeast
infection, such as bacterial vaginosis or a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
If you have pelvic pain or fever, get an evaluation by a doctor.
If you are pregnant, it is important to be evaluated for vaginal
symptoms. Some vaginal infections, such as bacterial vaginosis,
chlamydia, may increase your risk of complications