How long after boric acid can you have oral? While cockroach-killing powders and products contain boric acid, the same chemical found in vaginal suppositories is toxic if swallowed or inhaled. If ingested in large doses, boric acid can cause serious damage to the esophagus and stomach, including holes (perforations) that may lead to infection or death.
What does boric acid discharge look like?
If you’ve ever watched a TikTok video of a celebrity promoting the use of boric acid as a cure-all for everything from vaginal odor and dryness to a healthy libido, you might have wondered: is it safe? That’s because while boric acid is often used for treating chronic yeast infections that do not respond to antifungals, it should never be used as a first-line treatment.
The answer: Typically, boric acid is used as an alternative to other medications that aren’t working for you, says Dr. Jessica Dweck, ob-gyn at Cleveland Clinic. She also says it’s not typically a first-line treatment for bacterial vaginosis, although it might be useful to aid the effectiveness of a standard course of antifungal medication when one doesn’t work.
What Can I Do to Keep My Yeast Infections From Returning?
If you’re struggling with recurring yeast infections, talk to your doctor about a treatment plan that includes oral medicines that are usually available over the counter. Oral medicines include antifungals, such as fluconazole or nystatin. These drugs can be used daily, but you should only take them for as long as your health care provider recommends. If you have a recurrent yeast infection that does not go away after treatment, your doctor may recommend using a boric acid suppository that you insert into the vagina.