Creams or suppositories are used to treat yeast infections in the vagina. You can buy most of them without a prescription at drug stores, some grocery stores, and other stores.
Treating yourself at home is probably safe if:
- You have had a yeast infection before and know the symptoms, but you have not had a lot of yeast infections in the past.
- Your symptoms are mild and you do not have pelvic pain or a fever.
- You are not pregnant.
- It is not possible that you have another kind of infection from recent sexual contact.
Follow the directions that came with the medicine you are using.
- Use the medicine for 3 to 7 days, depending on what kind of medicine you are using.
- Do not stop using the medicine early if your symptoms go away before you have used it all.
Some medicine to treat yeast infections is used for only 1 day. If you do not get yeast infections often, a 1-day medicine might work for you.
Your health care provider can also prescribe a medicine called fluconazole. This medicine is a pill that you take once by mouth.
For more severe symptoms, you may need to use the yeast medicine for up to 14 days. If you have yeast infections often, your health care provider may suggest using medicine for yeast infections every week to prevent infections.
If you are taking antibiotics for another infection, eating yogurt with live cultures or taking Lactobacillus acidophilus supplements may help prevent a yeast infection.