Over-the-Counter Treatments for Skin Yeast Infections

Updated March 23, 2017

According to WebMD, a skin yeast infection doesn't have to be just a vaginal yeast infection. Both males and females can get yeast infections almost anywhere on their skin. Most skin yeast infections are caused by candida, which is a viral infection. It is more commonly referred to as a fungus. Fortunately, there are many effective over-the-counter treatment options for skin yeast infections. In fact, doctors often prescribe a medication but recommend the use of a good five- to seven-day treatment if the prescription treatment is not effective.

Vaginal Yeast Infections

Most people can treat a vaginal yeast infection with an over-the-counter ointment or cream. It is usually recommended that a five- to seven-day treatment be used. Unfortunately, the one- to three-day treatments may not be as effective as one would like. Many women opt for the shorter treatment for convenience, but it's better to use a five- to seven-day treatment and complete the treatment according to package instructions, even if symptoms disappear.

Men can get yeast infections too, particularly if they have had sexual intercourse with a woman who is infected. The infection can be easily passed back and forth between sexual partners. If a woman has an infection and has sexual contact, she should have her partner treated, too. A male can use the same over-the-counter cream as a woman by rubbing the cream on the shaft of his penis before bed for five to seven days.

Some people are prescribed a single dose of fluconazole (Diflucan) as treatment, however, this treatment is only available by prescription and can be rather expensive. Most over-the-counter treatments, such as Monistat and generic brands, work just as well.


Thrush is common in newborn infants. Some infants get it no matter what parents do, whereas others develop it because of feeding practices. The best treatment for thrush is to swish the anti-fungal agent nystatin in the infant's mouth. The liquid is then swallowed. This treatment can be difficult to use with a small infant. Parents should provide excellent oral hygiene for an infant after treatment. All breast-feeding mothers should be evaluated for candida infection of the breast.

Adults who wear dentures often develop thrush. To avoid it, make sure you thoroughly clean dentures after each use, practicing good oral hygiene.

Anti-fungal lozenges are often used for children and adults who are diagnosed with thrush. A dose of fluconazole (Diflucan) also can be helpful.

Skin and Diaper Rash

A skin rash or diaper rash is usually considered to be somewhat superficial. In cases of a minor rash, Clotrimazole (Lotrimin), which can be purchased over the counter, is used as treatment. For other medications, a prescription is necessary so an appointment with a doctor will be needed.

Ketoconazole (Nizoral) is an anti-fungal cream that can be used to treat diaper and skin rashes. It is available by prescription from a doctor. Prevention is the best deterrent for diaper rash so change your child's diaper frequently and make sure to use powder or petroleum jelly as further preventive measures.

Finally, nystatin powder can be used to treat candida infections. It decreases the moisture levels on the skin, which can help fight yeast infections.

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Based in the Midwest, Beth Lytle has been writing professionally since 2008. Working as an editor and with recent work published on eHow, LiveStrong and the Bayer Aspirin website, Lytle is a self-made freelancer. Lytle writes health-related and home-improvement articles, first beginning her writing journey while attending writing workshops and classes during childhood. Lytle has owned transcription and commercial construction companies since 2006.