Candidiasis is the most common type of yeast infection, and can be found in women, men, infants, and children in several different areas of the body. Yeast infections usually aren't serious, but they can get worse if left untreated. The most common types of candidiasis treatment include home remedies, over-the-counter medications, and prescription medications.
Many candidiasis infections can be treated naturally at home, particularly mild vaginal yeast infections. Probiotic supplements encourage the growth of good bacteria, which can prohibit the growth of the bacteria responsible for yeast infections. Most of these supplements are taken orally, though probiotic vaginal suppositories are also available. Supplements that contain forms of Lactobacillus are the most helpful for vaginal yest infections. Boric acid suppositories are another natural form of candidiasis treatment for vaginal infections.
Over-the-counter medications are the most common type of candidiasis treatment, and they can reduce symptoms and clear most infections within a few days. Medicated creams and vaginal suppositories that include miconazole, triconazole, or butoconazole clear many vaginal infections, and many can be applied directly to the penis for yeast infections in men. Some products require five to seven days of continuous use, and others recommend a one-time dose.
Mouthwashes that contain nystatin help kill the fungus in the mouth that results in thrush. Babies with thrush should be seen by a doctor before being given any medications. Adults with thrush can also use antifungal lozenges in addition to swishing with nystatin washes for candidiasis treatment to help clear the infection.
Over-the-counter candidiasis treatment for infections that occur in moist skin folds, such as the armpits, involves medicated creams that contain clotrimazole. These creams should be applied to the affected area several times per day or according to the product's instructions. The infected area should also be kept clean and dry to discourage the growth of additional bacteria. Diaper rash creams are a suitable candidiasis treatment for babies with yeast-related skin infections.
Candidiasis infections that are severe or that do not improve after several days of at-home treatment should be evaluated by a doctor. Medicated creams, suppositories, and prescription-strength oral medications kill most yeast infections effectively if other methods fail to suppress the infection. Oral and topical antifungal drugs attach to yeast cells to break them down and cause them to die. Prescription-strength azole medications, including fluconazole, clotrimazole,and minconazole, inhibit yeast cells from forming by preventing them from building the needed cell walls.