Yeast Infection Home Treatments
If you’ve had a yeast infection before, you’ll probably recognize the symptoms—itching and burning of the vulva (external female genitals) and vagina, irritated red skin, and thick white vaginal discharge. You can usually treat a yeast infection with OTC antifungal cream or a vaginal suppository.
These yeast infection treatments are inserted into the vagina and applied to the vulva. They contain an antifungal medication such as clotrimazole, miconazole, or tioconazole. The treatment can be a one-day course to as long as 7 days.
Symptoms should start improving 24–48 hours after beginning treatment. Make sure you finish the entire course, even if symptoms are getting better.
If you have yeast infections that don’t go away with antifungal treatments or they keep returning, your doctor may recommend using boric acid vaginal suppositories, typically once a week. They’re available over the counter, but you talk to your doctor before trying them.
Over-the-counter yeast infection treatment
- Topical antifungal creams and suppositories
- Miconazole (Monistat, Vagisil)
- Clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin)
- Tioconazole (Trosyd)
- Boric acid vaginal suppositories
How to treat a yeast infection at home
These at-home steps can help a yeast infection. They can also prevent future infections.
- Avoid scented soaps and bubble baths.
- Change out of wet swimsuits and sweaty clothing as soon as you can.
- Wear cotton underwear.
- Avoid tight-fitting clothing. Tight synthetic fabrics retain moisture.
- Do not douche. It damages the protective lining of the vagina and destroys good bacteria that control overgrowth of yeast.
- Take prescription medications as directed by your doctor (especially medications to treat diabetes, since high blood sugar can lead to more frequent yeast infections).
Go to the ER if you have fever or chills, extreme fatigue, vomiting, severe abdominal or back pain, or an area of warm, red skin that is spreading.