Uh-oh, the tell-tale symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection: vaginal itching, vaginal discharge that may be thick, white and lumpy like cottage cheese, vaginal soreness, irritation or burning, rash or redness on the skin outside the vagina (vulva), burning upon urination, and pain during sex. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many women experience yeast infections. In fact, as many as 3 out of 4 women will experience a yeast infection in their lifetime.
It’s important to remember that vaginal yeast infections do NOT cause fever, chills, lower abdominal, back or shoulder pain, foul smelling vaginal discharge, or a missed period. These may be signs of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or a tubal pregnancy. If you have these symptoms, call your healthcare professional right away. Remember, yeast infections are NOT sexually transmitted diseases.
Don’t just treat the symptoms, cure the infection
Vaginal yeast infections are caused by the fungus Candida, which is normally found in areas like the mouth, digestive tract and vagina. The Candida, or yeast, begins to multiply and invade the vaginal tissue. Normally, Candida functions alongside other microorganisms in a delicate balance. When the balance is disrupted, an overgrowth of Candida can lead to a yeast infection. Sex typically does not cause an overgrowth of Candida, and is not a common trigger for yeast infections.
These days, home remedies—including yeast infection remedies—have become popular for nearly every ailment under the sun. Some people claim that eating yogurt can help cure a vaginal yeast infection. While great as a preventative measure, and for overall gut health, there is no convincing evidence that eating foods with lactobacillus organisms, such as yogurt or acidophilus milk, will cure a vaginal yeast infection or bring the overgrowth of yeast back into balance. Other home remedies you may have heard of include tea tree oil or garlic, however, it’s important to remember that a yeast infection is caused by fungus, and so the only effective way to treat fungal infections is with an antifungal treatment, not home remedies.
Reach for the prescription-strength treatment without the prescription
So how do you get rid of a yeast infection? And what is the best yeast infection treatment? It’s simple: When you have yeast infection symptoms, don’t just treat the symptoms, cure the infection. Reach for prescription-strength MONISTAT® 1, 3 or 7, a suite of #1 doctor recommended over the counter antifungal products that start curing right at the site of the infection. MONISTAT® products are available in a variety of treatment dosages and systems so that you have options to meet your unique needs. Did you know that MONISTAT® used to be prescription-only? So when you choose MONISTAT® 1, 3, or 7 you’re choosing the prescription-strength treatment available without the prescription at a store near you.