Over-the-Counter Drugs - Yeast infection medicine

A yeast infection is a common infection of a woman's vagina caused by overgrowth of the yeast Candida Albicans. This yeast is naturally present in the vagina, but it multiplies rapidly when there is a change in the pH or hormone balance. This rapid growth can also be caused by antibiotics or steroid therapy. Women with diabetes often experience yeast infections because the yeast also grows quickly when their blood sugar level is high. The symptoms of a yeast infection are itching, burning, and redness in the pubic area.

OTC yeast infection drugs, such as Vagisil, treat the symptoms, while drugs such as Monistat actually kill the yeast. Available in suppository form, these drugs can cause negative interactions with oral contraceptives (birth control pills) and antacids and should not be used by pregnant women.

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