Best Way to Treat a Vaginal Yeast Infection?
A vaginal fungal infection usually goes away on its own. If you suffer from many complaints (such as itching and discharge), a vaginal yeast infection can be treated with fungicidal medication. Different types of antifungals are available. There are vaginal capsules, vaginal tablets, and ointment that you put on your labia. The tablets do not help itch the labia, the cream does.
Treat vaginal fungus yourself through ‘natural’ solutions
It is sometimes claimed that a ‘natural’ solution for fungi is the application of yogurt in the vagina, or the addition of vinegar, bicarbonate, also called baking soda, stomach salt or baking soda, or soft drinks in a bath to add to the acidity of the vagina to change. Another frequently heard advice is tampons impregnated with tea tree oil. However, there is little scientific evidence to show that these resources work.
What can you do yourself with a vaginal yeast infection?
The following measures help to reduce the chance of a vaginal yeast infection:
Do not wash your vagina with soap. Rinse your vagina with lukewarm water in the shower and use with a mild soap-free emulsion, which helps maintain the natural balance of your vagina. Do not rinse the vagina internally.
Avoid wearing tight pants, tights, leggings or synthetic pants. Preferably wear natural fibers such as cotton, linen or silk.
Preferably do not use panty liners or replace them often.
Do not use tampons for a vaginal yeast infection.
Make sure you have a good resistance by sufficient (night) rest, avoid stress and eat healthy and varied food.
When to the Doctor?
Vaginal discharge or itching does not necessarily indicate a vaginal yeast infection, but it can also be due to a number of other causes. If you suspect a fungal infection, go to the doctor if you:
Younger than 16 years or older than 60 years;
have abnormal vaginal bleeding (ie blood loss that is different from normal menstruation due to changes in duration and/or severity and/or bleeding time) or low abdominal pain (abdominal pain );
have symptoms or symptoms that differ from a previous fungal infection, for example, smelly discharge or your sores or blisters in your vagina or on your vulva.
previously had an STD (or your partner);
have had a bad reaction to anti-fungal medication or treatment in the past.