I haven't had a lot of experience with yeast infections, and I haven't been able to find a straight answer on this. About 2 1/2 weeks ago I went to my doctor and got a prescription for Nystatin creme for a yeast infection, as well as antibiotics (Cefdinir) for another unrelated infection. I was using the creme as prescribed (topically, not inside the vagina) and it seemed to be working perfectly fine-- unfortunately after about 6 days some things happened in my personal life and I just kind of forgot to keep using it (my prescription was for ten days) since my symptoms seemed okay and I was just worried about other things. Everything seemed fine until I started having white, chunky discharge, which from what I've read is an obvious sign that the infection is still there. I don't know if the antibiotics aren't allowing my good bacteria to grow back, or maybe if its just trying to clean itself out, because I haven't had any of the itching or burning that I was before. I just want to figure something out, I don't have any money for Monistat or anything like that and I do have an appointment with my doctor in another 2 weeks, I just really don't know what to do until then. Any straight answers would be GREATLY appreciated, I'm just tired of worrying about this stupid thing on top of my other medical conditions. Thank you!
Topical nystatin is an antifungal... which would target only the yeast. The antibiotic cefdinir targets only bacteria (including the good ones) and only does so while youre activly taking it--- though the population can take a bit of time to recover and rebalance after treatment. It is odd that youre not having the itching and irritation typical of yeast but your description seems pretty distinct. Assuming it is indeed yeast If you do get yogurt, make sure it is live culture. Also, yeast requires a basic ph to grow. Typically the vagina is acidic... a ph maintained by hormones and bacteria. That said if ideas for home remedies are being considered, for minimal expense you could try douching with/applying a solution of vinegar diluted with water (careful it is not potent enough to burn). Vinegar is after all used to treat yeast in wounds and on the nipples of nursing moms whose babies have thrush (yeast growing in their mouth). You will know within a day or two if it is going to work. Before all of that tho, if you still have any nystatin left... use it. It is atypical for vaginal use but will work. Prob need to get it into the vagina though. The medications are the only sure method. Also, sometimes they can resolve in their own. Lastly, other than it being an annoyance yeast is fairly benign... you will be just fine if you choose to wait until your next appointment with your OB.
- Nystatin Information for Consumers
- Nystatin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Nystatin (detailed)
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