Simple yeast infections are fairly simple to treat and a lot of people choose to buy over-the-counter medications to take care of their problem themselves. This can be a fairly reliable method and after about 7 days the yeast infection should be gone. This may work with the simple, basic yeast infections that healthy people have from time to time, but there are certain illnesses or medical conditions that will indicate that the infection could become more serious and, as a result, require medical intervention. You are more susceptible to getting a yeast infection if you have AIDS/HIV or are taking chemotherapy. People with diabetes or women who are pregnant are also special cases that require the expertise of a medical treatment professional. If you experience repeated infections due to likely yeast sources, then it is advisable to see your doctor.
There are so many reasons why a pregnant woman must never treat herself when she develops a yeast infection and it is much safer to get the point of view of a gynecologist. It is imperative that you don't self-diagnose and self-treat yourself with OTC drugs or natural, alternative remedies. See your OB/GYN or doctor and get a concise evaluation and treatment plan. As a general rule, you most likely won't be prescribed any type of oral compound during your pregnancy.
The most common procedure for treating female Candidiasis is the use of the basic antifungal creams and suppositories. A simple yeast infection can usually be treated and cleared up in seven days. Still, we cannot stress enough the importance of having your yeast infection treated during your pregnancy by your OB/GYN.
There is a form of Candidiasis called oral thrush that appears in the mouth. It is quite common in babies and children, as well as adults. As a rule, oral thrush requires a liquid prescription drug, such as Nystatin, which is an antifungal. Nystatin is easy to take by the mouthful. Hold it in your mouth as long as you can and then gargle with it. After that, you simply swallow the liquid. Just remember that you do not want to try to treat oral thrush yourself. This is definitely a condition that requires the services of your medical treatment professional. Your medical provider may have a new, more effective treatment he or she will want you to use. One major warning if you have oral thrush – do not ever try to remove the white patches by scraping. You will cause bleeding and more damage to the tissues under the patches. As a result, you may be subjecting your child, or yourself, to unnecessary pain if you scratch at these patches.
Approximately one-third of American women will suffer from recurring yeast infections which is no small number. On average, a woman who is the victim of repeat yeast infections will suffer with them four times during a year. If you have repeated yeast infections then you need to see your doctor for a consultation to determine the cause.
If you are one of those people who need repeated yeast infection treatent, even those you have successfully eliminated, you need to have your doctor evaluate the reason. Other medical issues could be behind the repeated yeast infections and you need to find out if this is the case with your infections.
So it should be pretty obvious that treating a yeast infection is no simple matter. Yeast infections range from simple to life threatening. Anyone with an unhealthy immune system can fall victim to these severe cases of Candidiasis, including those with HIV/AIDS. The immune system of someone who has had an organ transplant is suppressed on purpose so the person's immune system won't reject the new organ. Therefore, these people are specifically at risk to develop a yeast infection. Anyone who is being treated with any kind of long-term radiation therapy are also in this category.