Use of Suppositories for Treatment of Yeast Infection
A suppository is like a small cork of medication that when inserted into the body, the drug melts at body temperature. It is inserted either into the rectum in the form of a rectal suppository, vagina or urethra where this medication is dissolved. A systematic drug delivery system, a suppository delivers both systematically-acting and locally-acting medication. Another name for this type of delivery is pharmaceutical pessary.
The suppository works in a way that once inserted as a solid it will melt inside at body temperature in order to deliver the medicine.
As mentioned above, there are different types of suppositories. Below are the examples and their uses.
This suppository is passed through the rectum and is commonly used for laxative purposes with chemicals such as glycerin or bisacodyl. It is also used to treat hemorrhoids by carrying a moisturizer or vasoconstrictor inside the body. One of its other purposes is to deliver systematically acting drugs such as promethazine or aspirin.
Non-Laxative Rectal Suppositories
They are used after defecation and are not to be expelled before they are fully melted and medication is absorbed. Using an examination glove or finger cot should ease the process a little bit by protecting the rectal wall from the fingernails.
This type of suppository is commonly used as treatment of gynecological diseases and this includes vaginal infections like candidiasis.
Otherwise known as Alprostadil pellets, urethral suppositories are used in treating severe erectile dysfunction. It is recognized in the US market through the name Muse. But in the advent of oral impotence medications, the use of urethral suppositories have diminished though it is still on the market today.
Some suppositories are composed of greasy components like cocoa butter through which the active ingredients are dissolved. This capsule of grease will then melt at body temperature after being inserted. Other suppositories are created from water soluble base like polyethylene glycol. These ingredients are used in vaginal and urethral suppositories.
Until today, vaginal yeast infection remained to be one of the most common problems women experience during their lifetime. It is a kind of infection produced by Candida albicans that loves to come back whenever there are opportunities for its growth. Suppositories are recommended to women who are experiencing relapsing cases of vaginal yeast infections. Relapse of infection happens because the medications that were formerly given to the patients only tackled the symptoms and not the disease itself. Signs such as itching and pain usually can be alleviated by using over-the-counter drugs but in most cases when Candida yeast infection goes deeper suppositories will be recommended for internal effect.
Certain cases of women who have HIV or chronic vaginal infection must always consult their physicians for their medications because there would be instances that the body will not respond to treatment. A better solution is to use suppositories, which are directly inserted to the body. Suppositories for yeast infections have boric acid, which is a known cure for vaginal yeast infections.
Boric acid is used to solve problems of infections especially caused by the fungus Candida. It is colorless and odorless and can easily be mistaken as loose powder. It maintains its consistency even when exposed to air, which makes it easy to use. It is a known antiseptic used to treat infection. Some of the infections it can cure are those that come from fungal sources and vaginal infection is one. As a proof, athlete’s foot has no match with boric acid when it will be applied on socks or stockings. As a treatment to Candidiasis it can be made into suppositories so that it will dissolve and well distributed inside the body. Concoction of boric acid can also be made with the use of water and butter and can be an effective douching liquid. Boric acid has very low level of toxicity so it will not cause any skin irritation on the user.