How Long Do Yeast Infections Last?


Treatment Is Key to Duration of Yeast Infections

If you’re reading this article, it probably means you have a yeast infection. Maybe you’ve even had it for some time. In that case, you’ll want to learn more about this condition. You’ll especially want to know how long your yeast infection may last.

Lifespan of a Yeast Infection

Yeast infections have various lifespans depending on their cause, their location, and the person they’ve infected. One thing all yeast infections have in common is that they should be treated as soon as possible. This is a factor which you can control, and it can shorten the duration of the infection.

Yeast infections tend to be shorter when they’re linked to stress. Scientists in Sweden connected yeast infections with stress by measuring cortisol levels in women with infections. The women all tended to have low cortisol levels in the morning, which is a sign of chronic stress.

Fortunately, these infections can clear up in a few days with a treatment you can do at home. Dip a cotton tampon into natural yogurt (not sugared or flavored), and insert it into your vagina. Stress yeast infections tend to recur, but this treatment will help. It’s also good to develop coping strategies to help you deal with your stress. This may eliminate that as a contributing factor in your yeast infections.

Sometimes women who are on antibiotics develop yeast infections which can be long lasting. This is because antibiotics kill “good” bacteria in the vagina which keep yeast in check. Think of your body as a battle ground where good bacteria fight the bad bacteria. With no good bacteria to balance them, the yeast rages out of control.

Like stress infections, infections caused by antibiotics tend to recur. They can also last for weeks, even months. This is because the good bacteria take a long time to regrow, and this gives the yeast lots of opportunities to multiply. The infection can spread, even to the intestines.

You can fight antibiotic-caused yeast infections with probiotics and natural anti-fungal treatments. Probiotics are bacteria which are found naturally in certain foods and help replace the good bacteria. Foods with probiotics include yogurt, soft cheeses like Gouda, kefir drink, and sourdough bread.

Natural, anti-fungal treatments are easy to make at home. Try douching with organic apple cider vinegar. In a quart of water, mix 3 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar and use. Raw, organic coconut oil may be used for the same purpose. Both organic coconut oil and apple cider vinegar will help kill fungus.

Start Treatment Today

Yeast infections won’t go away on their own. If anything, they tend to get worse very quickly. With prompt, proper treatment, you might not have to suffer with the discomfort for long. Why not get started right away?