Thank you for posting on Healthcaremagic,
Monistat contains miconazole which is having few side effects when used as suppository like headache, vaginal irritation
, itching or burning. Although local application of anti-fungal(yeast) drug is best way to treat your infection,as in your case where you are suffering from unbearable side effects, you can stop using Monistat as there are some other ways to treat this condition like a drug named fluconazole
(prescription only drug) is available in market which can be taken orally once a week for usually two weeks. Your treating physician will help you regarding this.
One more thing I want to emphasize is that it is advisable to treat the patient along with her partner for genital yeast infection
as patient may get the same infection from her partner again if he is left untreated.
Following are some best practices which will help you in decreasing future chances of getting this infection again,
-Keep your genital area clean and dry. Avoid soap and rinse with water only.
-Sitting in a warm, but not hot, bath may help your symptoms.
-Avoid douching. Although many women feel cleaner if they douche after menstruation
or intercourse, it may actually worsen vaginal discharge
because it removes healthy bacteria lining the vagina that protect against infection.
-Eat yogurt with live cultures or take Lactobacillus acidophilus
tablets when you are on antibiotics to prevent a yeast infection.
-Use condoms to avoid catching or spreading sexually transmitted infection
-Avoid using feminine hygiene sprays, fragrances, or powders in the genital area.
-Avoid wearing extremely tight-fitting pants or shorts, which may cause irritation.
-Wear cotton underwear or cotton-crotch pantyhose. Avoid underwear made of silk or nylon, because these materials are not very absorbant and restrict air flow. This can increase sweating in the genital area, which can cause irritation.
-Use pads and not tampons.
-Keep your blood sugar levels under good control if you have diabetes.
Hope this will help you, take care.
-Dr. Vishal Vadgama (MD)