Candida is the medical term for a yeast infection. Both men and women can get yeast infections in their genital area, but these infections are more common in women due to the anatomy of the vagina. It is normal for candida bacteria to be present in the human body, but when your body's balance is disrupted, the amount of candida can get out of control, causing an uncomfortable yeast infection. Having an existing autoimmune disorder or taking a strong round of antibiotics can put you at risk for a yeast infection. Although yeast infections can make you very uncomfortable, they are also easily curable.
Things You'll Need
- Anti-yeast medication
Purchase an over-the-counter yeast infection treatment containing miconazole. This anti-fungal cream can be found at most drug stores. Apply the cream to your vagina at bedtime by following the package instructions.
Eat plain yogurt. Plain yogurt with active cultures contains properties that can help stop the growth of yeast bacteria.
Ditch your underwear at night. Moisture promotes yeast growth. Give your private parts time to breathe at night. Wear 100 percent cotton underwear during the day -- not just cotton-lined panties.
Add garlic to your diet. Garlic can help ward off candida. If you don't like the taste or odor of garlic, you can take garlic pills.
Call your doctor. If you are uncomfortable using an over-the-counter cream, your doctor can give you a prescription for Diflucan, an oral medication that can usually cure a yeast infection in just one or two doses.
Tips & Warnings
- Although yeast infections of the genitals are the most talked about, it is also possible to get an oral yeast infection known as thrush. If you are experiencing dry mouth and have a white film on your tongue, contact your doctor. If you do have thrush he can prescribe medication to cure it.
- If you are prone to yeast infections, ask your doctor for a Diflucan pill every time you are prescribed antibiotics. This can help to prevent a yeast infection.
- Don't have sex while you have a yeast infection or use a condom; it is possible to spread a yeast infection to your partner.
- If you have never had a yeast infection before and over-the-counter treatments do not seem to be curing your infection, see a gynecologist for a proper evaluation. Yeast infections can have similar symptoms to bacterial vaginosis and certain sexually transmitted diseases that cannot be cured using over-the-counter medications.
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