Yeast infection medication should have antifungal proprieties so as to eliminate the development of the fungi that causes itching, pain and redness.
Depending on the affected region, it is possible to use oral and vaginal ointments and pills to help fight the yeast infection, which can occur in both men and women.
Some of the ointments used to treat yeast infections are:
- Fluconazole (Zoltec);
These ointments are usually used to treat genital or skin yeast infections, and can be applied daily for 7 to 14 days, as indicated by your doctor.
Pills for oral yeast infections are usually used in cases of severe infection, since they act in a systemic way, strengthening the immune system against fungi, thus treating resistant penile candidiasis, as well as in the mouth, skin or vagina.
Another alternative for the treatment of yeast infection in women is vaginal fluconazole pills, introduced into the female genital organ before bed. Oral pills are also used and the treatment can range from 1 to 14 days, as prescribed by the physician. In pregnant women, preference is given to cream-based treatment, since oral antifungals are not indicated.
During the treatment of yeast infections, it is important to avoid intimate contact, because when one of the partners is infected with genital candidiasis can pass the fungus to the other person, even if it does not show symptoms.
Single dose medication for yeast infections
Single dose yeast infection medication can be used in cases of mild infections and are presented as pills of Fluconazole or Itraconazole, which are taken only once.
Depending on the cases, the tablet is taken as a single or fractionated dose in a single day. If there is no improvement in symptoms within 24 hours, a second dose may be needed 72 hours after the first dose.
Another alternative for the single-dose medicine is intravaginal isoconazole nitrate-based eggs.
If your symptoms do not show improvement after the first 24 hours, see your doctor and start treatment with other medication, such as ointments for yeast infections.
Yeast infection medication during pregnancy
The most commonly used medication for yeast infections during pregnancy are:
- Nystatin or Terconazole, vaginal pills for genital yeast infection;
- Oxiconazole, present in some ointments for skin yeast infections.
These medications should be prescribed by the obstetrician after observation of the symptoms.
To complement the treatment prescribed for the yeast infection, the patients should maintain good body hygiene, wear loose cotton clothing and avoid eating fatty or high sugar foods.
Medication for male yeast infections
The most commonly used medication for yeast infections in men are ointments, such as fluconazole, itraconazole, clotrimazole, nystatin and ketoconazole. If the crisis are very frequent, it may be a sign of resistance to the fungi and so the isn't being effective. In such cases, medical advice should be sought as soon as possible to suggest another type of treatment.
It is important to note that, in both women and men, some care should be taken to prevent the occurrence of yeast infections, such as: giving preference to loose cotton undergarments, keeping the genital organ always clean and dry, having healthy living habits and maintaining a balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables in order to boost the body's immunity.
Medication for intestinal yeast infections
The medication for intestinal yeast infections are used to balance the flora of the intestine and include taking yogurt with lactobacillus and bifidobacteria, such as Activia yogurt, for example.
Keeping the gut regular, avoiding constant diarrhea or constipation, will also help keep the intestinal flora balanced, preventing intestinal yeast infections from reoccurring.