Treating yeast infections is a tricky topic. There are over the counter medications, natural treatments that you can get at your grocery store and finally antibiotics. Each of these treatments has problems, though, and none provide a permanent cure for yeast infections. Additionally, they may make things worse! Plus, they all take a relatively long time to work which means more suffering for you. At any rate, here’s a list of a few and what they do and don’t do:
Monistat or Another Over the Counter Treatment
Over the counter creams are the most commonly used methods of treating yeast infections. An upside to these creams is that they will relieve the symptoms of a yeast infection. While they may seem like a great cure, they really have more downsides than upsides.
- Rather than “curing” your yeast infection they just treat the symptoms and leave behind yeast that is resistant to the cream. With all the non-resistant yeast out the way, the resistant yeast has plenty of room to grow and thrive again. Then, the next time you get a yeast infection and try to treat it with a cream there will be even more resistant yeast than there was the first time around so the cream will be even less effective than it was the first time. This becomes a never-ending cycle of treating the yeast infection, getting reinfected, treating again, getting reinfected again, etc. etc. until finally you wind up with a yeast infection that is comprised entirely of the yeast that is resistant to the cream and the cream will not do anything to either eliminate your symptoms or fix the problem.
- Creams and inserts are messy! Who wants to walk around feeling gross for several days waiting for a cream to have an effect?
- They are relatively slow to treat the yeast infection compared to one of the natural alternatives (more about this in a bit)
- They can be embarrassing to buy. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always want the checker at the local convenience store to know that I have a yeast infection.
Prescription medications can be used to treat yeast infections effectively. In fact, for men, prescriptions are “supposed” to be the only effective treatment. The downsides to prescription meds:
- They cost a lot! Not only do you have the expense of the medication, but you have to make a doctors visit to get a prescription for them which means forking over some serious $$$$.
- Antibiotics are actually one of the leading causes of yeast infections…yes, you read that right. An antibiotic kills ALL bacteria and doesn’t take into account whether it is “good” or “bad” bacteria. Our bodies have naturally occurring bacteria in them that is supposed to be there and helps our systems to function properly. When this “good” bacteria is destroyed by an antibiotic, there is nothing left to fight the yeast so it can continue to grow unchecked – yikes!
Sure it will kill the infection, but it could also kill you! Sheesh, this is the same stuff that we use to kill cockroaches!
There’s a whole lot of buzz about olive leaf extract and how good it is at killing yeast. Nobody talks about the damage it can do
to your liver, though.
As you can see, there are some alternatives to try to treat your yeast infection, but none of them are without downsides. Believe me, I had tried them all numerous times and just kept getting more infections. The only thing that worked for me was addressing the root cause of WHY I got yeast infections rather than just treating the symptoms. If you want to know more about what I did to cure my yeast infections for good AND to get the fastest relief from my yeast infection symptoms that I have ever had (literally within hours!!), check out this natural cure for yeast infection.