There are not a lot of oral medications approved for the treatment of a yeast infection. The problem comes up when we take into consideration that the cellular membrane of the yeast fungus is about the same as the cellular structure of the fungal membrane. The trick is to find efficacious compounds to kill the fungus and not harm the human cells. The strict criterion that must be applied to these drugs has resulted in approximately ten being approved for oral use.
Of course this is for treating an internal yeast infection whereas very many people have external yeast infections.
As you treat your vaginal yeast infection, there are some things you need to be careful not to do. The main activity that you will not be able to engage in while treating for a vaginal yeast infection is sexual intercourse. First, there may be too much pain involved plus the friction could aggravate the vaginal tissues which are already under stress due to the infection. One concern is that if you cause more irritation to your vaginal tissue, the yeast infection may spread. If nonprescription treatments are being used, then you should avoid using tampons during and use pads. Your treatment wont be nearly as effective because the tampons are apt to absorb all the medicine that you are using to kill the yeast infection.
Candidiasis oral is a yeast infection that frequently occurs in babies, children, and adults. The common name for this type of infection, which appears in the mouth, is oral thrush. Nystatin, an antifungal compound, is very efficient at treating Oral Thrush. A natural remedy that also works well is Neem Tree Leaves made into a strong tea. A treatment with Nystatin is very easy to do, especially with children. All is required is to rinse the mouth out with the liquid, gargle so it gets to the throat, and then swallow whats left. However, dont try to treat yourself if you have oral thrush. Go to your doctor and let him decide on the best treatment for you. Your health care provider might prefer another type of treatment. Another thing you dont want to do if you or your child has oral thrush and that is to rub the white patches in an effort to remove them because you can make the areas under the patches bleed. As a result, you may be subjecting your child, or yourself, to unnecessary pain if you scratch at these patches.
You have to be more careful if you are treating oral thrush or a yeast intolerance because they can be more complicated to treat correctly than a skin infection. If you have oral thrush, you will have to visit your clinic or health care practitioner in order to be treated. We touched on the azoles above. They are a very effective class of antifungal drugs. They are used for both topical applications and for systemic treatments. The way the azoles work is that they inhibit the compound in the fungal cell membrane that produces ergosterol and, henceforth, the cell dies. With the ergosterol either bound up or inhibited, the fungal cell wont be able to reproduce or even live. Although some azoles can have severe side effects, they work well on fungal cells and do not affect human cells.
So it should be pretty obvious that treating a yeast infection is no simple matter. Yeast infections range from simple to life threatening. These more serious cases are generally found in patients with compromised immune systems, such as cancer victims or those who are HIV positive. The immune system of someone who has had an organ transplant is suppressed on purpose so the persons immune system wont reject the new organ. Therefore, these people are specifically at risk to develop a yeast infection. If someone has to undergo long-term radiation treatments, for example, this can impact their immune system and make them susceptible to a serious case of Candidiasis.