What are the effective ways to address the vaginal yeast infection that I have been experiencing for approximately four years?
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Vaginal yeast infections can effectively be treated with antifungal medications, available over-the-counter or by prescription. These medications come in various forms like creams, tablets, and suppositories. It is crucial to follow medication instructions and complete the full course of treatment, even if symptoms improve. Alongside medication, self-care measures help prevent and manage yeast infections:
1. Avoid tight-fitting, synthetic underwear.
2. Keep the genital area clean and dry.
3. Avoid douching and scented products.
4. Eat a well-balanced diet rich in probiotics for healthy vaginal bacteria.
If experiencing recurrent yeast infections for four years, it is important to check for underlying diabetes and seek appropriate treatment.