Friday, February 03, 2006

Treatment for Vaginitis

The key to proper treatment is proper diagnosis. Because the causes are varied, the medication prescribed may involve antifungal creams and suppositories, antibiotics, and other prescription drugs. Vaginal creams and vaginal applications are often recommended first rather than oral medication.

Common medications used include Flagyl (metronidazole), doxycycline, azithromycin, Diflucan, and over-the-counter yeast medications.

Some self-care techniques include vinegar douches or sitz baths in a solution of 1 teaspoon of vinegar for every gallon of water, and eating yogurt containing live acidophilus cultures. Sstudies have not proven whether or not these are effective.

Recurrent yeast infections (greater than 4 episodes per year) are sometimes treated with oral fluconazole (Diflucan) and itraconazole Sporanox), or vaginal clotrimazole (Mycelex, Gyne-Lotrimin, Femcare) for 6 months.

It is recommended to abstain from sexual intercourse until treatment is completed.

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