Thrush Infection Treatment

Yeast is a naturally occurring substance in the body, but infections can occur when yeast grows too rapidly. Yeast infections can be found in many places throughout the body, including the mouth and vagina. Luckily, most yeast infections are easily treatable and manageable.

Antifungal medications, rinses, antifungal creams, lozenges and other remedies are used to treat different types of yeast infections. Treatment methods will vary depending on the severity of the yeast infection, the location of the yeast infection in the body and whether or not the yeast infection is regularly occurring.

This section covers treatment options for yeast infections, including treatment for thrush, treatment for male yeast infections, drug and medication types and more. Treatment effectiveness, cost, explanation and length of treatment time are also covered.

Oral Thrush Prevention

Thrush can be averted by some fairly simple measures. In order to prevent oral thrush, people who are prone to yeast infections should inform their physicians, particularly when antibiotics are being prescribed. Killing the bacteria that causes an infection also destroys the helpful bacteria that keep Candida albicans, the fungus that causes yeast infections, in check.

Since the mucous membranes and other warm, moist areas of the body are great environments for thrush, treatment of the skin area to reduce moisture and good oral hygiene are essential for prevention.

Read on to learn more about preventing oral thrush.

Oral Thrush Treatment

Oral thrush can be treated with a nystatin rinse or lozenges. When using a nystatin, the idea is to maintain contact with the nystatin for as long as possible. A nystatin mouth rinse should be swished around in the mouth four times a day, keeping it in the mouth as long as possible. Nystatin lozenges should be sucked slowly and not chewed or swallowed too quickly.

Read on to learn more about ways to treat oral thrush.

Candida Treatment

Candida is a class of yeast cells that is responsible for many types of yeast infection.

Vaginal thrush caused by Candida is treated with oral pills, antifungal medication or drugs, vaginal creams or suppositories. Some of the brand name products are Fungizone®, Gyne-Lotrimin®, Monistat® and Mycostatin®. Mycostatin® is the brand name for nystatin.

Thrush infection on the nails and on the skin can be treated with similar antifungal creams and ointments. These work well on most affected areas, including the genitals, the corners of the mouth and the folds of the skin. The treatment is most effective if the cream or ointment is gently and thoroughly rubbed in.

Over-the-counter treatments for thrush include products that relieve athlete’s foot and jock itch.

Read on to learn more about Candida, including infection types and treatment options.

Yeast Infection Self-Care

A number of home remedies and over-the-counter medications and treatments are available for yeast infection self-care.

Certain dietary and lifestyle changes, including exemplary oral care and hygiene, can also help fight yeast infections and Candida.

Read on to learn more about yeast infection self-care options.

Resources

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MedicineNet (2006). Vaginal Yeast Infection. Retrieved July 2, 2007, from the MedicineNet Web site: http://www.medicinenet.com/yeast_vaginitis/article.htm.

Yeast Infection Treatment (2007). Yeast Infection Treatment. Retrieved July 2, 2007, from the Yeast Infection Treatment Web site: http://www.yeastinfectiontreatment.com/.