Yeast infection usually disappears completely with adequate treatment. That's why it's important to be diagnosed if you've never had an infection before, or if the infection does not respond to over-the-counter treatments.
Commonly used self-care treatments include:
Antifungal vaginal creams or suppositories like miconazole (Monistat) or clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin).
Antihistamines or topical anesthetics that can help relieve symptoms but not treat the infection.
Commonly prescribed treatments include:
Oral antifungal medication like fluconazole (Diflucan), but should be avoided during pregnancy.
Women who have chronic or recurring yeast infections may need to be treated with vaginal creams or oral medicines for long periods of time.
Women who have HIV may have severe yeast infections that do not respond to treatment.