How Long Does a Yeast Infection Last? – An Infection You Want to Get Rid of Fast

By Linda Alizen

As soon as you find yourself battling with a yeast infection, you think that it might never heal itself. You notice yourself wondering just how long does a yeast infection last and what exactly can you do to get rid of it fast. With new drugs and medications being released on a regular basis, it is turning out to be a lot easier and faster to eliminate the yeast infection. In this post I will discuss about how long can a yeast infection last and towards the end of the post you will find out a few other methods to get rid of this kind of condition.

A yeast infection is attributable to the overgrowth of yeast within the body. The technical term is called Candidiasis. When the pH level in your system changes this enables the yeast that is currently in your body to multiply. When your body does not possess sufficient good bacteria to help keep the yeast under control, the yeast goes on to multiply in numbers and turn out to be known as a yeast infection. So how long does a yeast infection lasts? It could depend on what you are doing to treat it.

If it is your very first yeast infection, you should probably go see your doctor to obtain a definite examination. If you have experienced this previously like a number of other women, you almost certainly know exactly what caused it and what you could do to help remedy it. There are various remedies for yeast infections utilizing common household products. To alleviate a few of the symptoms quickly, you could mix a cup of apple cider vinegar inside a bathtub of lukewarm water and rest for around 20 or so minutes. You may also take tea tree essential oil and place it over a tampon in position in the vagina for around 15 to 20 minutes. Then rub the tea tree essential oil around the outside of the genital for instant pain relief.

So just how long does a yeast infection carry on? Typically about a week. If it goes considerably longer than a week and your symptoms have not began to diminish, you should probably go talk to your physician. Certainly, there are over-the-counter treatments that you could use that will decrease the amount of time that you must endure from the pain and embarrassment. Generally these types of medications take around 3 to 7 days before most of it is disappeared, however you usually begin to really feel a sense of relief after 3 days regardless of what kind of medication you take.

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44 Comments so far
  1. jessica September 17, 2011 5:51 pm

    hi, im pretty sure i have a yeast infection umm ive had it since the 13th and its really red and inflamed and itchy and burning and i don’t think i will get any relief anytime soon. im 13 years old and i haven’t told anybody ive looked up how to get rid of it,ways to relieve it and how long it will last, what it looks like and i dont know how long it will last with just home remedies.

  2. Bianca December 10, 2011 8:23 pm

    This is my first yeast infection im only 16 !
    And scared , my yeast infection is caused by taken antibiotics , and I called the doctor to let her know she said to buy an ointment at HEB , required as an “over the counter”
    Hopefully it goes away quick , its soo irritating ):
    Any suggestions please email me !

  3. Adrian Dowman January 25, 2012 3:34 pm

    She was practically living on antibiotics and other yeast infection over the counters and was at one point in dire need of reassurance and help.

  4. jen February 3, 2012 1:32 pm

    Eat lots of yogurt. It helps balance your body while you’re doing treatment. :]

  5. richard February 14, 2012 7:25 pm

    my penis is peeling and dry i dont know if it is yeats or not im 13 i think i got it from masturbation and i am about to have sex in two days with my girl friend do you think it will heal by then?

  6. addy February 19, 2012 6:59 pm

    I think i have a yeast infeaction it hurts and itches alott and i have had it since friday in it soo itchey. Im 13 by the way.

  7. Desiny .O March 11, 2012 1:02 am

    I’ve had a yeast infection for about 2 year without knowing it was a yeast infection. I’m turning 16 on the 30th of march…. and i explained to my mother what was going on… and why i wear little pads.. I HAD no idea it was a yeast infection…so my mother bought me monistat 7 day thing…and it didn’t work so were going to the doctor .. soon

  8. cheetah March 29, 2012 2:25 pm

    I’m 14 I think I have a yeast infection I it has been 3 days and I have just been wearing pads for the discharge I’m gonna have a bath in tea tree oil tonight I haven’t told anyone I’m embarred and scared,gosh :$

  9. shamay April 5, 2012 11:16 pm

    ever since i was 15 i didn’t tell anyone. i’m so embarassed. Now 17+ on/off so crazy, i just want it to go away…….

  10. Tanisha April 11, 2012 7:32 pm

    I had a yeast infection when I was pregnant, worst feeling ever!!!!!!!! That was 3 years ago! Now I use azo yeast its a daily pill to ensure no more yeast infection! They have 1 for uti’s as well..

  11. Nicky April 12, 2012 6:29 pm

    Is it possible for a yeast infection to last 3 months if untreated?

  12. Renee May 4, 2012 1:40 pm

    i have a yeast infection for the first time and it feels like someone set fire to my butt..worst pain in the world…i jst want it to go away and never come back. im 15 and it is painful to go through a day of school with this going on.i am trying an ointment right now, but all its doing is burning..ouch!!!!

  13. Candy May 31, 2012 1:05 am

    Im 24, and received my first yeast infection. Monistat is by far the best.

  14. aubry love June 12, 2012 7:28 am

    im 14 years old & i dont know if i have the yeast infection or not, i did alot of research and some of the symptoms that was listed on many other websites is what i had. it’s been 3 days this has been going on, i told my mother yesterday (6/11/12) & she told me it was probably a yeast infection.. this is my first time having this, this infection is soo aggravating, i can’t sleep at night most of the time… WORST FEELING EVER

  15. lakhi Monroe June 24, 2012 10:13 am

    i am 17 this is my second yeast infection within two months i think these infections are being caused my my sexual activity between my boyfriend and i…Im scared to tell my mom i got another yeast infection but i don’t know what to do

  16. Theresa July 3, 2012 11:42 am

    My vagina is red and irritated!!! I have had this yeast infection for 4 days.. BEST remedie I have found it the good ole garlic clove!!!! Peel a FRESH clove of garlic and get a needle an thread and sew a long thread to it.. Then pop that sucker up your hoohoo for INSANT itch as Burn relief. I suggest doing it over night to avoid the garlic taste you get in your mouth.. Literally.. You taste garlic like your chewing on it! Crazy! But it works the best.. And penis peeling kid… Stop pulling on your dick so hard.. Get some lube sweets!

  17. Karri July 5, 2012 8:26 am

    Hi I’m 20 and have had a yeast infection for 3 months and have been treated with one pill from my physician but it didn’t help. I have tried Azo pills and they helped a little. Could birth control cause this problem?

  18. Miah July 11, 2012 1:55 pm

    I have a yeast infection.worse pain taking pills & my ob gave me some type of creams.i hope it goes away soon.

  19. kylie August 10, 2012 11:11 am

    i’m 14 & i first thought it was irritated because of masturbation, but then i noticed the discharge was like cottage cheese. so yesterday i was doing research for about an hour or so. i heard that tge tea tree oil had potential. but what i did last night was put a garlic clove up my vagina! i hope it worked, also try not to eat so much sugar, & eat lots of yogurt! i haven’t told anyone mainly because i don’t want my uncle to know… wear cotton underwear to let your genitals breath, & keep it clean! i’m keeping my fingers crossed hoping it works, hope this helped! x

  20. daijae marie August 17, 2012 11:11 pm

    Hi, I’m. 16 and I have this burning itching feeling on the inside of my vagina. And it’s been 3 days. I’ve told my mom. And she’s a doctor. But she asked if I was having sex and I said.No because she thought it was a STD. But I’m going to try the apple vinegar thing right now. Im just sacred that it will burn, because everything else does. Help me. Please.

  21. Destini S. September 25, 2012 4:47 pm

    I’m 17 my second yeast infection…..I think I’m afraid to tell my mom about it because I’m sexually active and I don’t want her to think I have an std. So I’ve been suffering in silence for about 4 days and its the worst pain ever. Its hard to concentrate in school, I don’t know what to do.!

  22. korin October 30, 2012 7:43 am


  23. lily November 12, 2012 5:40 pm

    yeast infection is the most ugly thing ever & while yall are doing treatment try the vagasil anti-itch wipes theu work really good :)

  24. helpme please December 1, 2012 10:13 am

    ok so heres the story, ivee been to the doc4tor about 4 times now and they say i dont have an std its a yeast infection, ive taken the fluzonaclone stuff twice now and ive done the monistat and the gel stuff and im on the azo yeast infection meds now. my vagins used to have clear discharge NEVER cottage chees lookin white… therew no odor and sometimes is a mucas… the lady says its normal but i know what my body produces… i wash with summers eve and before hand ive never had a hygene issue… my ex was pretty unhygenic and when i was on birth control we had unprotected sex and im pretty sure it was him that did this to me hed lie about taking showers alot… bastard… anyways id like to be able to fix this.. im going to try the tea tree oil tampon thing i hope that works but if there are any other remidies anyone knows id love some help im sick and tired of this its disgusting

  25. Aisha December 3, 2012 6:24 pm

    Im 16 & I just had a yeast imfection not to long ago. I took monistat 1 on a saturday night, then I let my yeast infection heal for a week. I then had sex last night, which was sunday, & I hope I didn’t have sex TOO early knowing that my infection just had healed. The monistat did work. My itching & burning had stopped right after I took it. Does that mean my yeast infection was over?

  26. toni j December 9, 2012 12:17 am

    I’m 23 and I noticed like a clear clunky discharge about a week ago, along with the itching and burning. I have done a 3 day treatment and I see a slight change. I just want this to be over its so irritating. I’m definitely going to try the apple cider ASAP

  27. asian December 16, 2012 10:45 am

    ive spent about 5-6 months atleast thinking ive had an std mainly because im young and nieve. im 17 and i think i have a yeast infection similar to you guys, my vagina is itching pealing burning and a little red. some times its white goo-ey stuff that sometimes gets dry down there and theres always sudden urges to itch im convinced its yeast can some one please tell me im right and appoint me to good remedies i can try im soo afraid but more curious than ever

  28. sarah December 27, 2012 3:28 am

    Yeast infections usually last about a week Try to buy the monistat 3 or 7, use at night and read the directions. If you use it right and it does not work then you do not have a yeast infection it is probably a bacterial infection which you need to take an antibiotic to get rid of it and you get that by going to the doctor. With a bacterial or yeast infection it can be embarrassing to talk to a doctor but this is very normal and this is not something you get from being dirty or even having sex. The doctors are there to help you so go see one. If you do not go to the doctor and what you have is a bacterial infection it will not go away by it’s self and could cause major problems so no need to be embarrassed all women some time or another will have these problems at some point in there life.

  29. Aiesha January 13, 2013 6:45 am

    I’m16 and pretty sure I have a yeast infection. I take Health Science & Medical Skills classes so I know the symptoms and all the symptoms lead to that…plus I’m not sexually active, I don’t masturbate, and I have close to perfect vaginal hygene skills. I have an appoinmant with my doctor soon but I’m a little worried that it will turn out to be something else. I’ve never used a tampon but I want to try the tea tree oil thing, mainly because I’m a fan of alternative medicine and I hate pills.

  30. Ash January 15, 2013 6:04 am

    Hey, I am 29 and have had yeast infections before as a young girl. It is very scary and weird when you don’t know what it is. There is nothing to be embarrassed about it’s very normal. I remember being 13 and putting a fan up to myself thinking “what hell is happening to me?”
    I have a pretty bad one right now and I am pregnant. So I use cold water and 2-3 drops of tea tree and douche myself over the toilet with a squirt bottle it takes a couple minutes to kick in but lasts all day. The whole reason to a yeast infection is the Candida in the system. Sugar, yeast from Breads, and many other elements can affect it. The yeast in your body strives on sugars. From what I’ve researched if you are getting them a lot or getting them for a long time it’s the Candida you want to treat over time and your yeast infection is a temporary thing to treat. My friend passed me on to ‘”Olive Leaf Extract” that comes in pill form (at health food store), which is an immune booster and it decreases the levels of Candida in your system. For all the girls who are embarrassed please don’t add anymore stress on yourself because it’s TOTALLY NORMAL and it’s already shitty thing to deal with.

  31. Kim January 17, 2013 11:41 pm

    I have one right now. Barely noticed it today. I’m going to get over the counter medicine tomorrow. Sadly, this is my third time.

  32. laterria February 19, 2013 8:49 pm

    Im 15 and i noticed discomfort then i looked in the mirror and saw little white bumps , i googled this they all said yeast infection but i had zero symptoms until now, this happened friday 02/15/13 i am sexually active but only one time. This afternoon i noticed the white discharge some of you referred to as cottage cheese, that is disgusting but it is true , my vagina does not burn crazily but it burns a little, it feels irritated,. I told my mom yesterday and she said to use an anti-biotic until an appt could be made. If you have a Y.I you should tell yout sex partner, ive told my boyfriend and he is being very supportive and is listening, if you are having sex with a Y.I that is disgusting , you are endangering yourself and your partner . HOWEVER IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE SAME CONFIDENCE I HAVE make another excuse to not have sex, youf sex partner can end up with a Y.I and automatically assume its because of you. DRINK WATER , WASH GENTLY DO NOT SCRUB , ITCH OR RUB IT FEELS REALLY GOOD BUT IT HURTS AFTERWARDS TRUST, WASH EVERYDAY (when i first felt this way i couldnt keep myself out the shower. WHEN YOUR Y.I IS CURED CHANGE UNHEALTHY HABITS, I STILL HAVE MINE BUT NOW I KNOW WHAT IT IS AND HOW TO PROTECT MYSELF , THIS IS TO MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER ******ALSO******* KEEP RESEARCHING IT HELPS YOU FORGET ABOUT THE PAIN AND IT HELPS ME FEEL A LOT BETTER ABOUT ANY ILLNESS

  33. josephine March 12, 2013 7:11 pm

    I currently have this crappy Y.I and its soooo painful its been 5 days now, and i can’t take it anymore. I get irritated by people easily, when i drive i want to step on the gas, or hit the breaks really hard, It itches so bad it feels like a power drill up your va.jay.jay. its burning, pounding pain, and feels like sharp lightin bolts hitting certain spot zzz zzz zzz and you jump, wiggle, shake, dance, this yeast infection got me messed up. Its so bad i think about heaven and hell. I dont wish this feeling on anyone. The biggest mistake i did was scrubbing until i started bleeding and now its a constant burn especially when i want to pee. I hold my pee and my number 2 because of it. This is my third time having this. Am goin to try the garlic and the tea tree oil. I wish i could just snatch my va.jay.jay out. I did use monistat 1 DAY plus the Vagisil anti-itch cream did help but for only 3-4 hours tops(vagisil) dont know about Monistat, and am doing the monistat 7 day now its making it more irritating. washed my va.jay.jay with YES to carrots liquid soap. BUT GUESS WHAT RELIEF THE ITCHING (WHITE RAIN KIDS 3 IN 1. ITS A SHAMPOO, CONDITIONER AND BODY WASH.)(TEAR FREE). OH MAN IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE I HAD NO Y.I IN THE FIRST PLACE IT WAS LIKE A MIRACLE THATS WHY MY HANDS ARE FREE RIGHT TO TYPE THIS LONG MESSAGE(LOL). now i have to find out where my sister bought it maybe walmart/Dollar General. I use it earlierduring the day and when i came back from school and the bottle was full, then left to go see my cousins came back in a hurry to use it again for relief it was empty i probably got 3 squirts from it. My little nephew was playing with it while no one was looking. But lucky me i found some I thought i was going to lose my mind. Since i rubbed til it started bleeding vagisil was making it worst was i was applying it to the open wounds. Do not srubb yur va.jay.jay no matter how bad it itches.

  34. lizzie April 4, 2013 10:06 am

    This is my first yeast infection, I think I got it from a boy who fingered me it hurts so bad I went to the doctor and got an oral pill but that hasn’t kicked in yet it’s been 2 days. I also tried vagisil but that only works for about 3 hours, school is complete hell I wish I can cut my vagina off this can’t be life!

  35. Anonymous April 10, 2013 7:51 am

    Hi, I suspect that I have a yeast infection through taking some anti biotics a couple of days ago, the itching started later that night and hasn’t really let up much since, I’m 3 months pregnant also, I have the discharge, itching and burning when urinating its the most uncomfortable thing I’ve gone through in a long time, i can’t afford any medication as I was made redundant after finding out I was pregnant so what would be some great home remedies that really work and don’t take a long time to work? They must also be safe for bub, thank you to anyone who helps me out I’d really appreciate it

  36. selia April 20, 2013 8:13 pm

    This is the third yeast infection I have had in the past 1year and Half. I just used the monistat 7 just now and it made it worse! I feel like crying. I’m 22 btw. Idk what to do. Help!!

  37. naya May 29, 2013 7:52 am

    im 28 years old and Im experiencing a Y.I as we speak ! I hate it! the itching the burning its driving me insane. I just want it to be over with. its day 3 for me and I just started using the monistat 7 . It only seems to work when im laying down,but once I get up and start moving around it starts to leak,its messy and the symptoms start to come back,ugh!

  38. mia June 19, 2013 11:01 pm

    Plain unflavored yogurt works wonders!!! rub it around your vulva and put some inside your vagina. I promise you’ll feel instant relief from the pain and itching. Also eat yogurt that contains Acidophilus!

  39. Unicorn June 23, 2013 6:57 pm


  40. Aaliyah July 2, 2013 1:56 pm

    Hey I’m 16 years old and I have an yeast infections:( it is very bad this is my first one I have monistat and it help stop the burining but is it normal to have a clear discharge that comes out everytime I use it??

  41. Tutu July 15, 2013 3:33 am

    Hey? I’ve had Y.I so many times before its become a part of my life, just had one recently that has not quit cleared up yet, but my advice would be eating lots of plain yoghurt, and take a tampon soak it in yoghurt and slid it in there preferably over night, all the itching and burning will be gone in the morning. Tried the garlic sting thing, did not work much wonders for me.

    And stay way from sugary food while you have the Y.I, apparently sugar makes it worse.

  42. Annonymous August 20, 2013 11:20 pm

    Im 15 and i think i have an yeast infection. It’s bern going on for about 3 days. Its so sore and its very itchy. It also burns. I shower twice a day everyday So i was kinda scared when it started to burn and itch. I am not sexually active in no kind of way. Im afraid to tell my mom. What do i do? Help please? school starts in two weeks i dont want to be irritated in school.

  43. sophine66659 September 14, 2013 1:38 am

    Im 13 and i have a yeast infection im scared to tell my mom can someone help me

  44. sophine66659 September 14, 2013 1:39 am

    Would it go away by it self?

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