How do medications treat vaginal infections?

Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

The most common medications for vaginal infections are creams.  These are either antifungal or antibacterial creams.  These medications are used to suppress the growth of the fungus or the bacteria and help rid the body of the infection.  These medications also have additives that will help treat vaginal itching and vaginal burning and can make the treatment more pleasant.


There are many types of medications for treatment of vaginal infections. Antibiotics are used for bacterial infections, and antifungals are used for yeast infections. These medications kill the underlying bacteria or fungus causing the infection. In addition, corticosteroid creams can be used to give relief from itching. Your doctor will talk with you about the right medications for you.

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