There are currently a number of over-the-counter (OTC) treatments available for Candida
. As a result, more women are diagnosing and treating themselves for yeast infections
. However, misdiagnosis is common. Studies have shown that as many as two-thirds of all over-the-counter treatment medicines sold are used by women without the disease.
Overuse of these antifungal medications can increase the chance that they will eventually not cure a Candida infection (the fungus develops resistance to medications). Therefore, it is important to be sure of the diagnosis before treating with over-the-counter or other antifungal medications.