Most yeast infection can be treated topically at
· Candida diaper Rash
For Candida diaper rash, change wet or soiled diapers frequently.
Apply nonprescription ointment or cream, such as zinc oxide. If
your child's doctor prescribes an antifungal medication with or
without hydrocortisone, apply as directed.
· Oral thrush
oral thrush often requires no treatment. Your child's doctor may
suggest adding yogurt, sour cream, or buttermilk to your child's
diet to help restore the correct balance of bacteria and fungi
that normally live in your child's mouth. If your child's doctor
prescribes a suspension of antifungal medication, use it as directed.
· Candida vagina infection
If you suspect that your daughter has symptoms of a Candida vaginal
infection, and this is the first time that she has had these symptoms,
call her doctor. Other types of more serious vaginal infections
may have symptoms that are similar to those of Candida, and the
doctor may want to confirm that none of these is the cause of
your daughter's discomfort. Even if your daughter has had a vaginal
"yeast infection" before, it is still safest to check
with her doctor before giving her any nonprescription medication
for vaginal infection.
Many types of antifungal medications, including nystatin, clotrimazole,
and others are prescribed by doctors to treat the different types
of Candida infections. The medicine is administered by liquid,
cream, or other method like peccaries or to be taken orally, depends
on the area of the body that is infected.
Contact the doctor immediately:
· If a child past the toddler stage has symptoms of oral
thrush because this may point to an immune system problem.
· If your child has any of the irritating
signs or symptoms of the various forms of candidiasis. Especially
important clues to watch for:
- irritated whitish patches inside your baby's mouth
- a diaper rash that doesn't go away after 3 days
- no response to over-the-counter soothing medications
- vaginal discomfort with vaginal discharge in your young daughter;
red, irritated areas inside skin folds of an obese child
- red, irritated areas around the fingernails of a child who often
plays in water
Remember that in a otherwise healthy child, several
days of treatment with antibiotics can increase your child's risk
for one of the forms of candidiasis.
If your daughter has signs and symptoms of a vaginal
Candida infection, check with her doctor before giving her a nonprescription
medicine for "vaginal yeast infection." This is especially
important if your daughter has never had these symptoms before.
Yeast infection in adults is common but may become
more intense and very uncomfortable, but are usually not serious.
Symptoms include the following:
· Itching and burning in the vagina and around
the vulva (the skin that surrounds your vagina)
· A white vaginal discharge that may look like cottage
· Pain during sexual intercourse
· Swelling of the vulva
Yeast infections are so common that 3/4 of women
will have one at some time in their lives. Half of all women have
more than one infection in their lives. If you have symptoms of
a yeast infection, your doctor will probably want to talk to you
about your symptoms and examine you to make sure a yeast infection
is the cause.
Be sure to see your doctor the first time you have
symptoms of a yeast infection. It's very important to make sure
you have a yeast infection before you start taking medicine. If
you have often been diagnosed with yeast infections, talk to your
doctor about using a medicine you can buy without a prescription.
The symptoms of a yeast infection are also the symptoms of other
infections, like bacterial vaginosis. This is a mild infection
in the vagina caused by a type of bacteria (germ). The vagina
normally contains a lot of "good" bacteria, called lactobacilli,
and a few other types of bacteria, called anaerobes. Too many
anaerobes can cause bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is
an overgrowth of bacteria that are normally in the vagina. While
it's more common in women who are sexually active, it also occurs
in women who are not sexually active. It's not usually necessary
for your sex partner to be treated.
If the infection isn't treated, the bacteria may
get up into the uterus or the fallopian tubes and cause more serious
infections. Treating bacterial vaginosis lowers this risk. Treatment
is especially important in pregnant women. Your doctor will prescribe
you with medication.
Treating yourself for a yeast infection when you
actually have another type of infection may make the problem much
worse. Check with your doctor or gynecologist if irritation becomes
persistent or when the discharge is yellow or greenish, or if
there’s a bad odor, the vaginal feels sore and raw. Ey may
be linked to STDs or venereal infections like Trichomoniasis.