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Why Does Monistat Burn? Information about Yeast Infections and Alternatives to Monistat

Updated on November 06, 2014

Introduction: Does it Burn When You Use Monistat?

Does it burn when you use Monistat? While many may claim that's a part of the healing progress when using an over-the-counter product, this isn't true. The pain can actually be avoided.

This article will clarify common misconceptions and demystify yeast infections and their causes. Most importantly, know this: pain doesn't have to be a part of the healing process!

Why Does Monistat Cause Burning?

As mentioned, burning doesn't need to be a part of your yeast infection-healing process. Sure, there are varying degrees of discomfort, ranging from slightly uncomfortable to oh-my-God my hoo-hoo is on fire! However, no matter the degree of discomfort you're experiencing, it can be totally avoided once you understand what a yeast infection is and how you can heal it.

Before we get to that, let's tackle the question of why Monistat burns. There are a couple of explanations for the discomfort/burning feeling you may be experiencing from your Monistat treatment:

  • An allergic reaction. A small percentage of woman are allergic to one of the active ingredients in Monistat, miconazole. If you think you're suffering from an allergic reaction, you should consult a doctor who can prescribe or recommend a cream. If your infection was self-diagnosed, you should stop using it and look for a more natural, less harsh alternative.
  • An irritation. Another possible reason for your burning or discomfort down there is that it could be an irritation. Monistat may just be reacting with your already sensitive skin.

Either way, should Monistat burn? Absolutely not. If Monistat is causing you to experience burning, you should stop using it and look into other alternatives.

Yeast Infection: Explanation and Causes

A yeast infection (also called Candida, thrush, candidiasis, Candida Albicans, or Candida Tropicalis) is basically an imbalance in your body between the yeast and good bacteria. A healthy person has a good balance of yeast and good bacteria in their body. As soon as either goes off balance (when there’s too much of one relative to the other), your body reacts.

Basically: If there's too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. If there's too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

  • Using antibiotics? Why are we prone to yeast infections after using antibiotics? Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body—both the good and bad. Since they kill the bad bacteria, they also skew the ratio between the good bacteria and the yeast heavily toward the yeast. This increases the odds of a yeast infection.
  • Yeast deficiency. On the flip side, this is also why incorrect usage of Monistat creams, or incorrectly self diagnosing your yeast infection may lead to a bacterial infection. You may have had an over-abundance of yeast before treatment, but after overdoing it with the Monistat, you may now be on the other side of the spectrum with a deficiency of yeast.

While there are a few different kinds of yeast infections (systemic, skin, vaginal, penile, and oral), they all stem from the same problem: a yeast to good bacteria ratio that is off. The varying yeast infections' primary difference is where the infection is located. So, if you think you have a systemic yeast infection, focus on regaining that balance sooner rather than later.

Did I Get My Yeast Infection From My Partner?

It's possible that you've contracted your yeast infection from your partner. In turn, it's also possibly that you can pass on the infection to your partner. This applies to both men and women. Your partner may have an infection and not know it—you can definitely get it through sexual contact.

  • Start treatment at the same time. If both you and your partner seem to have symptoms of a yeast infection, you should both start treating it at the same time. Otherwise the yeast infection can keep going back and forth between each other.
  • Avoid sexual activity. While you are both treating the infection, it would probably also be a good idea to avoid sexual contact until the symptoms are gone.
  • Simultaneous diet changes. Also, since you and your partner may be passing the infection back and forth, you should both consider trying the diet change and yeast treatment (described below) at the same time.

Also, remember that just because yeast infections can spread through sexual contact, a yeast infection is not exclusive to sexual transmission. Anyone can get them—even children and infants. since it stems from an imbalance between the yeast and good bacteria. The infections occur typically where there is moisture. On a child or infant, this is typically the mouth or diaper area.

Why Would a Yeast Infection Come Back?

Yeast infections come back often when you use the over-the-counter creams. These creams don't actually permanently stop your yeast infection, they are merely killing the yeast they come in contact with to preserve the balance. In fact, sometimes these creams can end up making things a lot worse. Until the balance between the yeast and the good bacteria is regained, you will continue to have either yeast infections or bacterial infections.

If recurring infections are a problem that you are constantly facing (more than 3-4 times a year), I would recommend trying an oral medication. It may be that the yeast infection is not limited to your nether regions and can be a systemic infection (and more serious) where a more thorough solution may be required.

Looking for healing and preventative measures? I strongly recommend a change in your diet as a good place to start. Read below for some diet pointers.

Diet Changes Needed to Fight a Yeast Infection

Because a yeast infection means you have too much yeast in your body compared to the good bacteria, the best and more permanent way to treat it is to bring back that balance by starving the yeast and introducing more good bacteria into your body.

Yeast feeds on sugars. So, by reducing your sugar consumption you will help kill off the excess yeast. Of course even if you aren't trying to get rid of a yeast infection it's always a good idea to minimize the sugars in your diet.

Here are things you should add to your diet to help promote good bacteria:

  • live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus)
  • protein rich foods
  • whey protein
  • raw garlic
  • nuts and seeds
  • oils
  • millet
  • rice and oat brans
  • plenty of water
  • fresh vegetables

On the other hand, here are things you should remove temporarily or avoid in your diet to starve the yeast:

  • sugars
  • fruit
  • fermented foods
  • all sodas
  • foods containing white flour
  • alcohol (especially beer)
  • antacids
  • any product that has yeast or mold

What Are Good Monistat Alternatives?

Although you can keep using the creams along with the diet change to speed up the recovery, I would recommend that you go for a more permanent, natural solution instead of the creams. There are many oral treatments you can buy that would help in restoring the balance in your body.

Generally speaking, the more "natural" method is and should always be preferred over a more chemical process. The natural alternatives to Monistat are often simple, more effective, side-effect free, and healthier for you in the long run. It's really a matter of understanding the true nature of the problem, and finding the solution that will correct the problem instead of just temporarily treating it. Changing your diet and looking for a more natural oral treatment is the best way to start, and often the quickest way to permanently restore the balance.

There are a few natural oral treatments out there, check your local store. Personally, I've found Yeastrol very effective for me. It's fairly popular and shouldn't be hard to find. Remember, it's always best to go the more natural route when it comes to your body.

I hope this article helped you understand your yeast infection more and hopefully helps minimize the pain in the healing process.

Here's to your health! :)

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      Dana 6 years ago

      Hi I loved your article! The hit the nail right on the head. One suggestion is to mention terazol..the prescription cream treatment for yeast infections. This cream because it is terconozol based is a lot milder than harsh over the counter monistat. In fact its the only one recommended for use while pregnant.

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      Shantell 5 years ago

      I absolutely love your article as well!..thanks so much...but I do have a question...where can I find yeastrol? that an OTC item?

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      futura 5 years ago

      I'm not sure if you can find it in stores, I do most of my shopping online in our days. :)

      I added a link at the bottom of the article to their website, they sell it there.

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      Sharon 5 years ago

      Loved it, I'm in need of this I've always thought Monistat and I had a problem and I was the only one! I laughed so hard when I saw that. I'm 42, so it's been quite a few years now. Thank god I figured out to take oral 1 day treatment from the dr. but in desperation, when I can't get a perscription, I still have to use Monistat, and scream before I can get to the Dr. and it never works. I'm going to try some new stuff you've suggested, as this week I again have a Y.I., but I'm inspired now! Thanks.

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      futura 5 years ago

      I'm glad I could help (and also gave you a chuckle in the process :) ), come back and comment on how well the yeastrol works for you!

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      Mahesh 5 years ago

      The thing you told about beer and sugars.. Absolutely true.

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      futura 5 years ago

      Thanks! I try to get my info right. :)

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      Leah 5 years ago

      I had a teeeeeerrible reaction to an off brand of Monistat once. I had used it before with only burning but this time...shew....I had blisters, burning, pain, everything (and yes, I was tested for STDS but all was the OTC stuff that did it.). It took 3 months to fix my side effects because I was also on meds. for the yeast infection and on an antibiotic for a cervical infection. Then I went through 2 UTIs and a bad reaction to a sulfa-based antibiotic. Then I got another yeast infection. It was a rough 3 months. I'm terrified of OTC creams now.

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      futura 5 years ago

      Yikes! That does not sound like fun at all. I hear ya, I wish as a society we would be more open to the idea that you don't have to use meds to correct problems in our bodies. As long as we maintain a balance in our bodies things will right themselves.

      I hope everything is good with you now.

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      Steve Humphries 3 years ago

      One of the items you say to take out of diet is fermented foods while others say too add them ... why the difference?

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      NewYorkG 3 years ago

      Just take the Lady Soma Candida Cleanse Pills. . .they are all natural and work for me and all my girlfriends - You can find them online and read the reviews. Lady Soma is well known for their Candida Cleanse. . .you can take the pills as needed.

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      Chicago 773 I had a burning reaction from using this cream...on my third day..hopefully burning goes away soon.. 23 months ago

      I am using monistat 7 for a yeast infection...first day I use cream burn really bad..on third day now..burning has slow down a scare when I started process.cause of burning sensation is nothing nice at all..

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      Izzie 19 months ago

      I'm 18 and I'm dealing with my first yeast infection (welcome to the club, I guess?) and I looked this up because I'm having a *terrible* reaction to a generic monistat! The burning was intense and painful for over an hour. I did everything I could to rise the cream out and just now at 90 minutes the pain is subsiding enough to look for an answer. I don't think I'm going to use the rest of the pack, not worth it, just going to keep clean and dry and try some temporary diet changes. Thanks for your help!

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      Ino 12 months ago

      I'm so glad I found this. I just used the first dose of the 3 day monistat and the burning and itching is horrible right now. This happened once before, but the first time I ever used monistat, it didn't do this. Nor did it a few times after that. They must have recently changed an ingredient or something in it...

      I was worried because I thought my only options were monistat or prescription drugs (and I mean, come on, who has the time and money to go to the doctor every single time they get a yeast infection?). I take birth control so this happens quite a bit with me. I'm glad there are alternatives.

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      Gladys 11 months ago

      Never again will I use Ministat maximum strength. The burning is so bad I can't get out of bed...NEVER AGAIN

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      hannah 8 months ago

      This was my first yeast infection, and I believe it was me having a lot of constant water flowing down there. Anyway, I just bought Monistat 3day today, and for the first hour it started to sting and itching. I'm not going to lie I did itch around the area and I felt a lot better. Note that right after I used it, I looked up "Mosistat stings?", and it brought me to another website. I saw that it's an 'oil-based' medicine. Now that I'm reading that an imbalanced of yeast and bacteria, I'm pretty worried that I will now have a bacterial infection. What can I do to prevent a bacterial infection now?

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      HELP 4 months ago

      i am in so much pain. it's burning. I can't sleep AAAAAHHHHHH

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      Kaz 4 months ago

      I didnt have the burning everyone has mentioned but OMG! instant itching. I used the one day monistat complete treatment. I thought to myself, heck yeah! 1 day! plus bonus cooling wipes and vulva cream. How perfect for a inconvenient yucky girly situation. Vagina Pill... not bad, cooling wipes... again not bad, feeling rather fresh. Vulva cream... Big NO!! instant horrible makes you want to run to the shower and scratch that itch with a loofah sponge! Seriously, I will never giggle at a dog scooting their butt across a rug again. Heck, after using that cream, I could completely relate!!

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      Chelsea 4 weeks ago

      This information is so inaccurate for many reasons. Minor burning and itching is normal while using over-the-counter medications like Monistat or Vagisil and even often when you use prescription vaginal creams. The type medication that that is used to cure a yeast infection has a side effect of minor itching and slight burning because the vaginal walls skin sensitivity to that medication. Its also important to remember that to if you really have a yeast infection you are experiencing itching and burning via your unfortunate symptoms and often women do itch the areas causing extra irritation. Also while going to the doctor seems like the most popular idea it is okay to use over-the-counter medications for yeast infection because it can be just as effective if you follow the process correctly and start taking a probiotic or Azo for yeast infection prevention as soon as you realize you have the infection. Another important question you need to ask yourself is why am I having this infection. Often the yeast infection is result of change birth control or a new soap. Hope this helps someone.

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