Hesperian Health Guides

Anti-fungal Medicines

Clotrimazole


Clotrimazole is an anti-fungal medicine used to treat yeast and other fungus infections in the vagina, penis, mouth, and skin.

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Clotrimazole may irritate the skin. Stop using if you get a rash.

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It comes as inserts for the vagina and as cream.

For yeast infections of the vagina
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If using 1% cream: Insert 5 g of cream high in the vagina every night for 7 nights

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If using 2% cream: Insert 5 g of cream high in the vagina every night for 3 nights
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If using 100 mg inserts: Put high in the vagina every night for 7 nights
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If using inserts, put one high in the vagina every night, including during menstruation. Use 100 mg inserts for 7 nights, 200 mg inserts for 3 nights, or a 500 mg insert for 1 night only.


For yeast infections of the penis:
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Apply 1% cream to the affected skin of the penis, every night for 7 nights

Gentian violet (GV, methylrosanilinium chloride)


Gentian violet is a disinfectant used to help fight infections of the vagina, mouth, and skin.

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Gentian violet turns everything purple. It fades off the skin in a few days but can permanently stain clothing.

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For yeast infections of the vagina:
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Soak clean cotton with 1% liquid and place high in the vagina overnight for 3 nights. Be sure to remove the cotton every morning. If the infection does not start to heal within a couple of days, try something else.

Miconazole


Miconazole is an anti-fungal medicine used to treat yeast and other fungus infections of the vagina, penis, and skin.

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Miconazole may irritate the skin. Stop using if you get a rash.

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It comes as inserts for the vagina and as cream.

For yeast infections of the vagina:
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If using 2% cream: Insert 5 g in the vagina every night for 7 days

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If using inserts: put one high in the vagina every night, including during menstruation. Use 100 mg inserts for 7 days, or 200 mg inserts for 3 days.


For yeast infection of the penis:
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Apply 2% cream to the affected skin of the penis, 2 times a day for 7 to 14 days.

Nystatin


Nystatin is an anti-fungal medicine used to treat yeast infections of the vagina, penis, mouth, and skin.

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Nystatin may irritate the skin. Stop using if you get a rash.

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It comes as inserts for the vagina and as cream

For yeast infections of the vagina:
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If using cream: Insert cream inside the vagina twice daily for 10 to 14 days.

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If using inserts: Moisten first and then put 100,000 IU insert high in the vagina, each night for 14 nights, including during menstruation.


For yeast infection of the penis:
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Apply cream to the affected skin of the penis, 2 times a day for 7 to 14 days



This page was updated:07 Jun 2021