How long will I have to use medication for my chronic yeast infection?

Patricia Geraghty, NP
Women's Health
Some women feel as if their yeast infection simply never clears up. Having an infection with symptoms 4 or more times a year is considered recurrent yeast infection. There is no strong agreement on how best to manage this troublesome situation. Some regimens that have been considered are a longer dose of oral anti-fungal tablet fluconazole, repeated dosing of fluconazole on a weekly schedule, or using a boric acid suppository. This last treatment needs to be specially made by a pharmacist with compounding license. Recurrent yeast infection should be monitored and treated by your licensed healthcare clinician.

For a chronic yeast infection your doctor will probably prescribe a dose of antifungal cream or ointment for up to 14 days. Alternatively he might prescribe a one time dose of fluconazole, which works just as well as all the vaginal ointments and creams. However, several doses of medication may have to be taken in hard to treat cases. A maintenance regimen may also be started to keep the infection from recurring. This is usually done once the first infection is gone.

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