Candidiasis Treatment in Singapore: Candidiasis, also called a “yeast infection,” can mimic other sexually transmitted infections. It’s uncomfortable, but easily treated with medication.
Candidiasis is treated with antifungal drugs. (A yeast is a type of fungus.) For a vaginal yeast infection, a topical treatment is usually used. This is applied as a vaginal suppository or as a cream. The medication is placed inside the vagina. Treatment usually lasts for 3 days, but may be continued for 7 days in pregnant women, or in those whose yeast infections are more resistant to treatment. Even just one dose of medication is effective in treating 90% of cases of candidiasis of the vagina. If you get yeast infections rarely, then your doctor may recommend a single dose of antifungal medication, which is likely to take care of the problem. If you get yeast infections frequently, then your doctor may recommend a longer course of treatment (10-14 days), followed by treatment once a week for up to six months, to try and get the Candida under control. In some cases, your partner may need treatment as well, but this is not always necessary.
Topical antifungal medications are available over-the-counter, both as vaginal suppositories and as creams. People often use them to self-treat yeast infections of the vagina and skin. However, because vaginal yeast infections are commonly self-misdiagnosed (in up to 2 out of 3 cases), you might want to visit your doctor to make sure that it’s really a yeast infection.
Because disruption of the normal bacteria can cause candidiasis, women are sometimes advised to take probiotics (pills containing normal, healthy bacteria) or to eat yogurt (which also contains these bacteria). Unfortunately, research has shown that this won’t work to cure a yeast infection that’s already present. It’s still unclear whether probiotics can prevent yeast infections if they’re taken at the same time that antibiotics are being taken for another problem. Many doctors recommend that women who are given antibiotics also take probiotics, and this is unlikely to cause harm, so you may want to try it.
For other localized yeast infections, such as those of the penis or the skin, topical treatments such as creams or ointments may also be used. Men with candidiasis can often be treated with these medications applied to the penis. Babies with diaper rash may also be treated with antifungal creams in some cases. However, because not all diaper rash is actually caused by Candida, this isn’t the right treatment in all cases; take your baby to the pediatrician to get a proper diagnosis before you attempt to treat a diaper rash yourself.
However, these don’t work well for onychomycosis (yeast infections of the nails), because the nail itself prevents the medication from reaching the yeast and killing them. Oral treatment is needed to treat yeast infections of the nails.
Severe candidiasis is treated with intravenous antifungal medications (given through a tube in the vein, which is inserted by a needle). This condition is very serious and is treated in the hospital. However, it doesn’t occur in healthy people.