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Antibiotics for Yeast Infection

Antibiotics for Yeast Infection

A yeast infection, also known as vaginal candidiasis, is a vaginal infection. In 92% of cases the infection is caused by a type of yeast called Candida albicans. The remainder of yeast infections are caused by a fungus known as Candida.

These fungi are normally present in warm and moist areas of the human body and between 20% to 50% of all women carry this yeast without having any associated symptoms.

However, when Candida albicans multiplies out of control, it causes an infection and can lead to inflammation, itching, discharge, and an unpleasant odor.

Do You Need Antibiotics for a Yeast Infection?

The short answer is no.

Antibiotics can actually trigger a yeast infection in some cases. Your vagina normally maintains a natural balance of yeast and a beneficial bacterium called lactobacillus which keeps the environment in your vagina slightly acidic. This acidic environment helps keep the overgrowth of yeast at bay and maintains a healthy equilibrium.

However, when you take antibiotics for an ailment such as a sinus infection or bronchitis, it disturbs your body’s natural balance by killing off your system’s good bacteria supply of Lactobacillus. This can cause a less acidic environment in your vagina and lead to an overgrowth of C. albicans which gives you a yeast infection.

Treatment for a Yeast Infection

The treatment for a yeast infection will vary, depending on the frequency and severity of your infection. If your symptoms are mild, treatment might include:

  • Single-dose oral medication – Your doctor may offer you a prescription of a single dose of oral fluconazole.
  • A short course of antifungal medication – A yeast infection will usually clear up with a three to seven-day course of antifungal medication such as miconazole (Monistat 3) or terconazole. This medication is available as an ointment, cream, suppositories, or as tablets.

If your symptoms are more severe, your symptoms have not resolved after two months, or if you experience recurring yeast infections, your doctor may recommend the following:

  • Multi-dose oral medication – A treatment of two to three doses of antifungal medication that is taken orally. This is not recommended for women who are pregnant.
  • Long-course vaginal therapy – A treatment of an antifungal medication that is taken daily for up to 14 days, followed by once a week for up to six months.
  • Azole resident therapy – A capsule consisting of boric acid that is inserted into your vagina. This medication is used to fight off the candida fungus that has been resistant to other treatments.

How online medication for a yeast infection works

Luckily, if you have a yeast infection from taking antibiotics you can skip the doctor's office and use a tele healthcare website such as Plushcare.com to meet with a doctor online. A world-class doctor can help treat your yeast infection symptoms easily and with discretion.

At your scheduled appointment you’ll meet with the doctor via video chat and discuss your past medical history and current symptoms. Your Plushcare doctor will assess your symptoms and may offer you a prescription for medication that you can pick up from your local pharmacy.

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Christina Wedberg

Christina Wedberg

Christina has been a writer since 2010 and has an M.F.A. from The New School for Social Research. Christina specializes in writing about health issues and education.

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