Treatment Options for Candida Albicans
A common type of fungus, Candida albicans are commonly present in women, especially in the vaginal area. In fact, Candida and many other germs that normally live in the vagina keep each other in a healthy balance.
It’s considered to be “good” bacteria gone “bad”, when it causes yeast infection. This happens when it is able to multiply rapidly out of control. If this happens, you may find yourself thinking about various treatment options. Here are a few to get you started.
You may prefer to do a more private at-home-treatment. After all it’s a very personal problem in a very personal area. Home treatments can save you a fortune in a visit to your doctor. One single doctor’s visit can cost hundreds of dollars, not to mention lab costs, which have skyrocketed in the past few years.
If you have just started to experience Candidiasis or thrush, and the discomfort is mild, then consider treating it at home. You want to keep your vaginal area as clean as possible, wiping away any excess secretions.
You should avoid taking a bath when you have this type of infection, and use a very gentle soap when washing. Make sure that you are patting the area dry with a towel, to avoid any unnecessary friction that could agitate the skin even further.
Lastly, try and remember to wear cotton underwear instead of lace or silk. The cotton will keep your vaginal area dry, which will drastically cut down on your recovery time.
Antifungal medications can be found at just about any pharmacy or grocery store. They are not very expensive and will run about $20 for a single application. They usually come in suppository form, with an applicator that is inserted directly into the vagina.
The suppository melts, and releases the medication internally, where it is easily absorbed through the vaginal wall. Most antifungal medications will come with a small tube of anti-itch cream that can be applied to the outside of the vagina, along the clitoris and vaginal lips.
The downside to antifungal meds is that the infection can continue to linger. Oftentimes, you’re going right back to the store to buy another application pack. This is known as a recurring yeast infection.
You may have to be more aggressive at fighting these types of infections. They may require medications, as well as at home treatments. If the problem seems to get worse after treatment, or the discomfort becomes severe, see your physician.
It is best to treat infections as naturally as possible, without medications that cause unwanted side effects. The best kinds of treatment include probiotics, such as Alaczen, which work to prevent infections before they occur.
Alaczen is not a medication, but contains the type of live cultures typically found in yogurt. Try introducing probiotics into your daily diet to treat and prevent a Candida infection.