Candidiasis is simply a large word for a number of Candida yeast infections. One should be cautioned against researching this topic too thoroughly on the Internet, as there is an abundance of misleading information set forth on pages of cyberspace, some of which is useful, but most of which is simply designed to sell herbal, homeopathic, or other cures.
One website, specifically created by a “husband who suffered for 19 years with a myriad of symptoms” is one of the most frightening pieces of propaganda one can find. In fact, the reader may be drawn to the page after noting several (dozen) symptoms or conditions attributed to this infection, only to find the purpose of the page is to sell packets of an herbal remedy being sold everywhere on the web.
See A Doctor
If you are experiencing intense itching in the genital (or public) area, and it gets worse throughout the day or night, contact your physician. If you don’t have a physician, the outpatient area of your local hospital can help with a diagnosis and can possibly also provide you with medication as needed.
If you have recurring Candida yeast infections and are familiar with the very earliest signs, including itching that is not directly located in the genital region, don’t wait for the symptoms to get worse. Start your general course of treatment. If you have only been using over-the-counter medications and find the Candida yeast infections seem to come back relatively often, ask your physician about an oral medication.
Many doctors don’t recommend an oral dose of medication for a Candida yeast infection every time an infection is present. Because the oral dose contains a larger amount of the active ingredient, some doctors feel their patients may risk developing immunity to the medication. Most recommend alternating treatments between over-the-counter and prescribed remedies. However, in cases where your period is either in process or due any day, a doctor may be more agreeable to an oral agent.
If you have several Candida yeast infections over the course of many months, you may qualify for a maintenance dose of the oral prescription. Drug companies make a 30-day course free supply for patients who qualify based on financial need (and the lack of prescription insurance coverage). Once the paperwork is gathered and financial information is obtained, your doctor will fill out a section of the form and send it in with a prescription.
The medication will be mailed directly to your physician’s office and will take approximately two weeks to arrive, presuming all paperwork is in order. It is generally suggested that you have a few doses available to hold you over until your pills arrive, and a 30-day course of treatment does not suggest you’ll be taking them for 30 consecutive days. In most cases, a 30-day course of treatment might last six months or more.