Yeast infections are caused by yeast overgrowth in your system, which often happens when you take antibiotics. Some people are more prone to yeast problems when taking this medicine. Yeast can cause symptoms in various areas of the body such as the throat, vagina, rectum and even the tongue and lips. It can cause itching, burning, vaginal discharge (in the case of vaginal yeast) and physical manifestations that may resemble rashes. There are various ways in which you can combat yeast infections with antibiotics.
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The best (and easiest) way to get rid of an antibiotic-induced yeast infection is to eat yogurt — at least one cup a day while taking the antibiotics. This is the best long-term solution. Yogurt is full of Lactobacillus acidophilus, a substance that neutralizes yeast production. Sometimes, the symptoms of vaginal yeast infection can be reduced by applying yogurt directly to the problem area. (See reports for more information on this method.)
You can find Acidophilus pills at your local drugstore or vitamin store. They work in the same way that yogurt reduces antibiotic-induced yeast. Your doctor will probably recommend that you take these pills while taking antibiotics if you do not like yogurt. Sometimes pills can be taken in the same way that suppositories are used to fight fungal infections. Although Acidophilus is considered to be quite harmless, you should always consult your doctor before using any other health product other than the instructions.
There are anti-fungal antifungal creams, ointments and gels that you can use to fight yeast infection through direct contact with the skin. These include ticoconazole, clotrimazole, miconazole and butoconazole creams (all generic names for branded products). All of these products should be applied to the skin during treatment – not internally. Some of these creams work as early as 3 days after treatment, others may last up to 7 days. They are best used if you only need to take antibiotics for a short time.
Another way to combat vaginal yeast infections is anti-fungal suppositories. These are solid oval tablets inserted into the vagina to get rid of bad bacteria and yeast. Many suppositories are natural or homeopathic. Again, this is a temporary solution during antibiotics. You should enter them every day you are in treatment.
Reduce yeast intake
Because yeast infections are caused by excessive yeast that develops in the body, you should stop eating and drinking foods high in yeast and antibiotics. These include beer and other types of alcohol, bread, mushrooms and cheese.
Consult your doctor to see if there is an antibiotic drug that can help your system reduce yeast infections.