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Why even after yeast infection treatment, it still burns and itches?

Most over-the-counter yeast infection treatments work within one to three days, depending on the brand. Your nurse or doctor can also prescribe you a single pill that you swallow (called Diflucan or fluconazole) to treat your yeast infection. 

Make sure you follow the directions and use all of the medicine so that your infection can be completely treated. Your symptoms (like burning and itching) may last a little while after you finish your treatment. Don’t have vaginal or oral sex or put anything into your vagina until you’ve finished treatment and any itching or burning goes away. Friction from sex can also cause more irritation or make it harder to heal. 

Even though yeast infections can be really itchy, try not to scratch, because it can make your infection worse. There are over-the-counter creams that you can use on your vulva to help calm the irritation. Your nurse or doctor can also give you tips on relieving burning and itching. 

If you finish your treatment and your symptoms persist for more than a week, talk to your nurse or doctor to see what’s going on. You may require further treatment or something else may be causing the irritation. You can always schedule an appointment at your local Planned Parenthood health center.

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