Yeast Infections and Diabetes

Yeast Infections and Diabetes

“When my diabetes gets out of whack, I know it.” “Because I have diabetes, I know I'm at greater risk for things like yeast infections when my sugar is not controlled. Sugar goes up. Yeast goes up. So I keep a close eye on things. If I get a yeast infection, I go to my doctor to make sure my sugar levels aren't too out of whack, and to discuss the best treatment for my yeast infection.” — Helen, 44
Poorly controlled diabetes is a common trigger for yeast overgrowth.

A yeast infection is a common condition caused by an overgrowth of yeast (Candida) that normally lives in the vagina. Your doctor may call this infection "monilia" or "candidiasis." Some women may have burning and itching on the skin outside the vagina (vulva) at the same time that they have a vaginal infection.

If you have diabetes and start experiencing the symptoms of a yeast infection, please call your doctor. Poorly controlled blood sugar levels may be more likely to result in yeast infections. When you talk with your doctor, review guidelines for keeping your sugar levels in the controlled range so you can keep your diabetes and your Candida under control. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that women with medical conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes who have a yeast infection should be treated with 7 to 14 days of yeast infection treatment.* Diabetics may also have an infection with a different type of Candida yeast that may not be susceptible to the drug fluconazole, which is found in the single dose oral pill. We've provided questions below about diabetes and yeast infections to help you talk with your doctor and get the dialogue started.

*CDC's Treatment Guidelines

Before visiting your doctor take a quick look at the MONISTAT® Product Advisor. The more you know about the different MONISTAT® treatments, the easier it will be to discuss treatment options with your doctor.

Here are some online resources that can help you manage your diabetes:
Diabetes & Yeast Infection Questions

Take this list of questions about yeast infections with you the next time you visit your doctor.

  • Is my diabetes causing my yeast infection?
  • What are the guidelines for keeping my blood sugar levels in the controlled range so I can help minimize future yeast infections?
  • Will my treatment interact with any over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medications I'm taking for my diabetes?
  • Would I get faster relief from discomfort and irritation with an OTC topical cream like MONISTAT® or an oral prescription?
  • Would a MONISTAT®1-, 3- or 7-day treatment be appropriate for treating my yeast infection?*
  • Do I need a different dosage or product because I'm diabetic?
  • If I get another yeast infection, is it all right to treat myself with an OTC product such as MONISTAT®, or do I need to call you first?
  • Once I start using a treatment, how long will it take before I feel relief? How long before I'm cured of my yeast infection? What are my alternatives?

*The CDC recommends that women with uncontrolled diabetes or those receiving a corticosteroid treatment use a topical azole therapy for 7-14 days. Shorter therapies are not as effective. For more information see the CDC’s website.

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