Effective medication for yeast infection
Yeast infection among human population is generally called as candidiasis. Candidiasis will occur in vagina (vaginitis), esophagus (candidiasis in esophagus) and in mouth (thrush).
The symptoms of oral candidiasis are whitish coating of the tongue and/or the inside of the cheeks. Usually occurs with CD4 cell count less than 300. Loss of appetite is noticed. More likely to occur in diabetics and when steroid medications (prednisone or certain asthma inhalants) are being taken. Normally local treatment with clotrimazole troches (lozenges) or nystatin liquid is being used to contrl yeast infection. Systemic (body-wide) treatment using oral anti-fungal medications. In most severe cases, amphotericin B is used, but it can have serious side effects.
As alternative treatment, mouthwash derived from tea-tree oil can be used to contain the yeast infection. Garlic (Allium sativum), both taken internally and inserted into the vagina (a peeled whole clove wrapped in gauze), may be helpful due to its antibacterial and antifungal actions. The medications used to fight Candida are anti-fungal drugs called azoles. Examples are Nizoral (ketoconazole), Diflucan (fluconazole), or Sporanox (itraconazole). Azoles should not be used in pregnant women.
In addition, many of the anti-fungal drugs interact with HIV drugs. Candidiasis can come back repeatedly. Some doctors prescribe anti-fungal drugs on a long-term basis, but this can lead to drug-resistant Candida that is more difficult to treat. A douche made by steeping 12 tsp. of calendula (Calendula officinalis) in boiling water (let the water cool before using) may help reduce inflammation. A boric acid douche can help to acidify the vaginal pH so that unwanted bacteria cannot survive and multiply.
For atrophic vaginitis, especially in menopausal women, topical application of progesterone cream can help with the thinning of the tissue so that symptoms can abate. Foods to avoid include cheese, alcohol, chocolate, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, fruits, and any fermented foods. Wearing cotton underwear and loose fitting clothes and avoiding panty hose can help keep the vagina cool and dry, thus helping to prevent some forms of vulvovaginitis. An alternative practitioner should address cases of chronic vulvovaginitis on systemic level.
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