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Are there any alternative treatments for vaginal fungal infections?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

There are alternative treatments that may help vaginal fungal infections. Some women have found success from using tea tree oil cream, garlic suppositories and vinegar douches. However, these treatments have not been scientifically proven. While boric acid suppositories have been shown to have up to 70 percent effectiveness, there is no generally accepted regimen for this treatment; also, boric acid should not be used in pregnancy. The main alternative treatment with scientific backing is the use of the probiotic lactobacillus, which can be used intravaginally or taken by mouth. Talk to your doctor if you may have a vaginal fungal infection to help decide what treatment is best for you.

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