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Antibiotics for Yeast Infection

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Christina has been a writer since 2010 and has an M.F.A. from The New School for Social Research. Christina specializes in writing about health issues and education.

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October 24, 2021 Read Time - 4 minutes

A yeast infection, also known as vaginal candidiasis, is a vaginal infection.

In 92% of cases, the infection is caused by a type of yeast called Candida albicans. The remainder of yeast infections are caused by a fungus known as Candida. These fungi are normally present in warm and moist areas of the human body, and between 20% to 50% of all women carry this yeast without having any associated symptoms.

However, when Candida albicans multiplies out of control, it causes an infection, which can lead to inflammation, itching, discharge, and an unpleasant odor.

Can Antibiotics Cause Yeast Infection?

The short answer is yes, antibiotics can trigger a yeast infection. As a result, antibiotics for yeast infection are not recommended as a form of treatment.

Your vagina normally maintains a natural balance of yeast and a beneficial bacterium called Lactobacillus, which keeps the environment in your vagina slightly acidic. This acidic environment helps keep the overgrowth of yeast at bay and maintains a healthy equilibrium.

However, when you take antibiotics for an ailment such as a sinus infection or bronchitis, it disturbs your body’s natural balance by killing off your system’s good bacteria supply of Lactobacillus. This can cause a less acidic environment in your vagina and and lead to an overgrowth of C. albicans, which may cause a yeast infection.

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Should You Take Antibiotics for Yeast Infection?

No, antibiotics are not used to treat yeast infections. Broad-spectrum antibiotics disrupt your body’s natural bacteria balance, which may further contribute to your yeast infection.

To avoid yeast infections, avoid taking antibiotics unnecessarily. Taking antibiotics for minor infections, such as ear infections, may only shorten your healing time by a day or two.

If you’re already taking antibiotics to treat an infection, follow your doctor’s recommendations and continue taking your antibiotics as prescribed. Your doctor may prescribe an oral antifungal medication to take during your antibiotic treatment.

What To Take for Yeast Infection

The treatment for a yeast infection will vary depending on the frequency and severity of your infection. 

As mentioned before, antibiotics for yeast infection are not recommended. Instead, doctors typically recommend antifungal creams and medications to combat the infection. “F​​or most infections, the treatment is an antifungal medicine applied inside the vagina or a single dose of fluconazole taken by mouth,” according to the Centers for Disease Control.

If your symptoms are mild, treatment might include:

  • Single-dose oral medication – Your doctor may offer you a prescription of a single dose of oral fluconazole.
  • A short course of antifungal medication – A yeast infection will usually clear up with 3–7 days of antifungal medication treatment, such as miconazole (Monistat 3) or terconazole. This medication is available as an ointment, cream, suppositories, or as tablets.

If your symptoms are more severe, your symptoms have not resolved after 2 months, or if you experience recurring yeast infections, your doctor may recommend the following:

  • Multi-dose oral medication – A treatment of two to three doses of antifungal medication that is taken orally. This is not recommended for women who are pregnant.
  • Long-course vaginal therapy – A treatment of an antifungal medication that is taken daily for up to 14 days, followed by once a week for up to 6 months.
  • Azole resident therapy – A capsule consisting of boric acid that is inserted into your vagina. This medication is used to fight off the candida fungus that has been resistant to other treatments.
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How Online Medication for a Yeast Infection Works

If you have a yeast infection from taking antibiotics, you may be able to skip the doctor’s office and use a telehealth website such as PlushCare to meet with a doctor online. A world-class doctor can help treat your yeast infection symptoms with discretion.

During your scheduled appointment, you will meet with the doctor via phone call or video chat and discuss your past medical history and current symptoms. Your PlushCare doctor will assess your symptoms and may offer you a prescription for medication that you can pick up from your local pharmacy. To schedule an appointment with a qualified PlushCare doctor today, click here.


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaginal Candidiasis. Accessed on January 28, 2021 at https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/candidiasis/genital/index.html

Mayo Clinic. Yeast infection (vaginal). Accessed on January 28, 2021 at https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/yeast-infection/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20379004

Cleveland Clinic. Yeast Infections. Accessed on January 28, 2021 at https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/5019-yeast-infections

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