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Can A Yeast Infection Go Away On its Own

Published: May 01, 2014
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I'm thinking of getting over the counter treatment for a yeast infection however it will take a while until I am able to get them. How long do u think I could wait to get the medicine, is it possible it could go away on its own? Thanks for reading.


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Dear Will Yeast Infection Go Away On its Own,

You can get a good background on yeast infections by checking TeenHealthFX’s response to Can A Yeast Infection Go Away By Itself? A yeast infection is caused by an overgrowth of Candida Albicans. Yeast is found naturally in your body at all times. The acidity level (pH) in our body keeps it in check. Sometimes our pH level drops and we are susceptible to an overgrowth of the fungus. This results in a yeast infection. Some commons things that lower your pH level are antibiotics, menstruation and stress. Many women get yeast infections just before their period. 

A yeast infection will not go away by itself and does require treatment with antifungal medications, which you can get over the counter. The problem is that you need to see a doctor to make sure that it really is a yeast infection that is causing you discomfort. If you have just finished a course of antibiotics, and you're suffering from a fungal infection you have a good chance of having the yeast infection in your intestines as well. If this is left untreated your symptoms will be a lot more than just an itching and burning sensation. 

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Morristown 973-971-6475 or the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Summit at 908-522-5757 for an appointment. Outside this area contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood.


Signed: TeenHealthFX