Are over-the-counter medications available for vulvovaginitis?

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Over the counter medications can treat some cases of vulvovaginitis, specifically those caused by a fungal infection (candidal vulvovaginitis), which is also called a yeast infection. Doctors recommend that you purchase over the counter medication only after receiving a correct diagnosis for candidal vulvovaginitis to prevent adverse side effects or a waste of your money. For example, the most common example of incorrectly chosen over the counter options for women with candidal vulvovaginitis is an anti-itch hydrocortisone cream when an anti-fungal such as butoconazole, clotrimazole, miconazole, and tioconazole would produce a better result. If the cause of vulvovaginitis is a reaction to certain chemicals or substances, allergy medications like antihistamines can be taken to reduce symptoms. 

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