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What is the treatment for vaginal yeast infection and vulvitis?

Vaginal yeast infection and vulvitis may be treated with antifungal medications that are applied topically in and around the vagina or with antifungal medications taken by mouth. Sometimes, mixed infections with more than one microbe can require combinations of treatments.

Topically applied antifungal creams include:

  • butoconazole (Femstat 3),
  • clotrimazole (Lotrimin),
  • miconazole (Monistat), and
  • terconazole (Terazol 3).

The over-the-counter topical treatments are an option for some women when yeast is the cause of the infection. As previously mentioned, infection other than yeast can cause similar symptoms. These include bacterial vaginosis, Chlamydia, and gonorrhea. If symptoms are not eliminated by over-the-counter products, women should see their doctor for evaluation.

Antifungal medications that are also available as vaginal tablets include:

  • clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex),
  • miconazole (Monistat; Micatin),
  • terconazole (Terazol), and
  • nystatin (Mycostatin)

Oral medications for yeast vaginitis and vulvitis include fluconazole (Diflucan).

Most doctors prefer to treat vaginal yeast infections with vaginal tablets or suppositories rather than oral medications. Oral antifungal medication can cause side effects such as headache, nausea, and abdominal pain, while vaginal treatment is unlikely to cause these side effects.

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Comment from: (Patient) Published: January 14

I have had recurring yeast infections for the past six months that cause my vulva to swell. I have been using boric acid, and I stopped the fluconazole. I'm so frustrated with these yeast infections. I'm going to the doctor tomorrow to see what he says. I just don't know what else to do or what keeps causing them.

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Comment from: SydneyK, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I have fought yeast for years. Pine cone extract along with a low sugar, low carb diet has worked for me.

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