WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Vulvovaginal candidiasis, or yeast infection, is a common vaginal infection.
- Antifungal medicine: This medicine helps kill the fungus that is causing your vulvovaginal candidiasis. This medicine may be a pill. It may also be a topic cream or a suppository that you insert into your vagina. These medicines can be bought without a doctor's order.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Manage your symptoms:
- Wear cotton underwear.
- Keep the vaginal area clean and dry.
- Do not have sex until your symptoms are gone.
- Do not douche unless your primary healthcare provider says it is okay.
- Do not use feminine hygiene sprays, powders, or bubble bath.
Prevent another infection:
- Take showers instead of baths
- Eat yogurt
- Control your blood sugar if you are diabetic
- Limit your time in hot tubs
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- Your signs and symptoms get worse, even after treatment.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have fever and chills.
- You are bleeding from your vagina and it is not your monthly period.
- You develop abdominal or pelvic pain.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.