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How long should you use antifungal vaginal creams for vaginal yeast infections?

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In general, the more concentrated the drug, the shorter the time you have to take it. A vaginal cream that has the number seven after its name, for instance, would usually be used for seven days. If the same product name had a three after it, it would be a more concentrated version of the vaginal cream and may only be needed for three days.

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Vaginitis: Causes and Treatments."

National Library of Medicine: "Vaginal Yeast Infection" and "Vaginal Itching."

National Women's Health Information Center: "Vaginal Yeast Infections."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Vaginal Yeast Infections."

CDC: "Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Treatment Guidelines 2010: Vulvovaginal Candidiasis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Vaginal Yeast Infections."

RxList.com: "Yeast Vaginitis."

UpToDate: “Treatment of uncomplicated vaginal candidiasis” and “Treatment of complicated vaginal candidiasis.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 10, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Vaginitis: Causes and Treatments."

National Library of Medicine: "Vaginal Yeast Infection" and "Vaginal Itching."

National Women's Health Information Center: "Vaginal Yeast Infections."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Vaginal Yeast Infections."

CDC: "Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Treatment Guidelines 2010: Vulvovaginal Candidiasis."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Vaginal Yeast Infections."

RxList.com: "Yeast Vaginitis."

UpToDate: “Treatment of uncomplicated vaginal candidiasis” and “Treatment of complicated vaginal candidiasis.”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on January 10, 2018

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