Yeast infection cream

If you are female, chances are you have contracted a yeast infection at least once in your lifetime. Though they are common, yeast infections are rarely a topic of dinner table conversation for many good reasons. For one, they often involve the female genitals, which are rarely a topic of polite conversation, and secondly, there are many misconceptions about yeast infections. These misconceptions include rumors that yeast infections occur due to sexual activity or even sexually transmitted diseases. In reality, yeast infections can occur in any part of the body where mucous membranes are present, including the mouth, throat, gastrointestinal tract and bladder. In fact, the bacteria that cause yeast infections – which are fungal infections – is always present in the body. The only reason people do not have constant yeast infections in their mucous membranes is became the body’s immune system usually keeps them in check.

Now days, due to biological education and numerous television commercials about yeast infections, they are not quite such a taboo topic. Still, some women might not know that yeast infections are perfectly normal and extremely easy to treat. One treatment option is Monistat Cream. Monistat cream is the brand name of miconazole, a medicine that treats yeast infections by fighting the fungal function underlying the problem. While Monistat cream has other uses, it was developed and marketed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals in order to treat yeast infections in women.

Monistat cream is a topical medication, meaning that the cream should be applied to the afflicted area. (For women who prefer a pill, there are yeast infections treatments meant to be ingested orally, but most of those are by prescription only. Monistat cream, on the other hand, is available over the counter and nearly every grocery store and drug store.) Women who have never used Monistat cream before should use caution. Though they are rare, drug interactions can occur with the use of Monistat cream. If you are on medications such as anticoagulants or antipsychotics, you should most definitely speak with your primary care physician or treating physician before treating yourself with Monistat cream. Though side effects are rare (because they require the Monistat cream to reach the gastrointestinal tract, which usually does not occur with topical application), they can be quite serious. The same ingredients used in Monistate are also used in pill form to treat afflictions such as jock itch or athletes foot, so anyone undergoing oral treatment for those conditions should also be on the look out for drug interactions. Again, due to the involvement of the G.I. tract, taking these kinds of medications orally can actually be more dangerous than taking them topically when it comes to the chance for side effects.

If you have a yeast infection, you are probably experiencing noticeable effects such as vaginal discharge and vulvar itching or irritation. Monistat cream works to get rid of those side effects, and the underlying fungal infection, by weakening the cell membranes of the fungus.

There is one special word of warning when it comes to yeast infections. People can often misdiagnose yeast infections, so if you have never experienced a yeast infection before, it is imperative that you get checked out by a doctor. What you think is a yeast infection could be something more serious, or at least something that Monistat cream will not cure. If you have never visited a primary care physician or gynecologist when experiencing yeast infection symptoms, do so before treating yourself with over the counter products such as Monistat cream. If you are suffering from another condition or ailment, Monistat cream may not help and, even though it is unlikely, could even hinder your recovery.

Last updated on Feb 16th, 2012 and filed under Genitourinary Disorders. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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