Can a Yeast Infection Go Away on Its Own?

Reviewed on 5/7/2022
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Mild yeast infections (vulvovaginal candidiasis) may go away on their own within a few days but most of the time they worsen without treatment.

A yeast infection (vulvovaginal candidiasis) is a type of fungal infection. The main cause of vaginal yeast infections is a common yeast called Candida albicans. 

Mild yeast infections may go away on their own within a few days but most of the time they worsen without treatment.

Untreated yeast infections can lead to more serious infections that can result in redness, swelling, and cracks or sores around the vagina. It is important to see a doctor for diagnosis to determine the proper treatment. 

5 Yeast Infection Treatments

There are both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription treatments for yeast infection. It is important to have a doctor confirm a diagnosis of yeast infection before using over-the-counter treatments because symptoms of vaginal yeast infections can be similar to many other types of vaginal infections

Topical antifungal ointments and creams are available over-the-counter to treat a yeast infection. For vaginal yeast infections, they are usually available in 1-day, 3-day, or 7-day formulations.  

  • Miconazole 
    • Monistat-1 is a brand name for a vaginal cream used to treat yeast infection that requires just one dose
  • Clotrimazole 
  • Imidazole 

Prescription treatment for vaginal yeast infection include: 

What Are Symptoms of Yeast Infection?

Symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection include:

  • Vulvar itching or soreness (the most common symptom)
  • Pain, redness, swelling, or irritation of the vulva and vagina
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge, which might be thick and white (cottage cheese curd-like) or thin and watery
  • Painful intercourse
  • Pain or burning while urinating
  • Watery discharge

What Causes a Yeast Infection?

Candida albicans lives on the skin and inside the body, such as in the mouth, throat, gut, and vagina, and it usually does not present any problems in most people, but when it grows out of control it can cause infections. 

Risk factors for developing a yeast infection include: 


The vagina includes the labia, clitoris, and uterus. See Answer

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Reviewed on 5/7/2022
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