Treatment for Candida

By Contributing Writer

Candida is a form of yeast, which occurs naturally on the skin and mucous membranes of the human body. While it is normally harmless, candida causes a fungal infection when it overgrows. A number of treatments are available for candida infections.

Oral Drugs

Treatments for candida include the oral administration of pharmaceutical drugs, such as amphotericin B and Diflucan (fluconazole).

Topical Creams

Topical anti-fungal creams may also be prescribed to treat candida. These include Nystatin, Vagistat Vaginal, Gyne-Lotrimin, Monistat-Derm, Femizole-7 and Monistat Vaginal.

Probiotics

Probiotics are another treatment option for treating candida. They work by inhibiting the growth of candida and helping to restore the microbial balance.

Herbal Remedies

Herbal remedies have long been used as treatments for candida. They are formulated from anti-fungal herbs, such as gentian violet, garlic and tea tree oil.

Considerations

Drug resistance by candida to anti-fungal medications is a growing concern that is posing a growing risk to public health (see Resources section below).

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