K.P. asks from Fort Worth, TX on December 28, 2007
Yeast Infection??? - Fort Worth,TX
Hi moms, this is kinda embarassing but I have never had a yeast infection. How do I know for sure, I have done some internet research for symptoms and treatments and it sounds like this may be it, do I need to see a Dr. if i'm not sure? are there any treatments that may have worked quickly and effectively for some of you.
S.S. answers from Dallas on December 29, 2007
Go to the family planning section of the pharmacy. Amongst the yeast infection products, there is a self/home yeast infection test. It costs about $16.00, which is pricey, but less than a doctor's visit. If you have it, you should try the one time only monostate product. The generic is the same. Good luck. I know they are awful.
J.T. answers from Dallas on December 29, 2007
I believe they have a test in the drug stores now that can tell you if you have a yeast infection.
G.G. answers from Odessa on December 29, 2007
Please go see a Dr., and let him/her give you the answer to your question, and any needed medication. This is a problem if you've never had one before that needs to be taken care of by a Dr..I tried the over the counter med. monistat but had an allergic reaction to it and believe me that was worse. I have allergies to many many meds. so please see your Dr. Hope you feel better soon.
K.W. answers from Dallas on December 29, 2007
Eat natural yougert. The healthy bacteria in it will help....add some of your faveorite healthy cereal to it for taste. Cut out as much processed sugar from your diet. Yes, do go to see the DR because it may just be a yeast infection or a sign of something else. With this being your first you should ALWAYS get checked out ASAP! Your DR can help you quick and fast. Ask about Diflucan treatment, just one pill!
S.M. answers from San Antonio on December 29, 2007
i have to agree with the first time going to the dr. but if you are suffering (and i know that you are) and it will be a few days before your appt. i would go ahead and start the monistat, to get relief and some cure started and then have your doc mack sure that there isn't something more serious. although if the monistat works then you will know it was yeast because it won't cure any thing else. then i strongly suggest that you either eat yogurt everyday and/ or take the acidopholis evry day ! i used to get them "all" the time . since i started taking the acidopholis no problems in years! some women are just more prone to them than others. if you don't think that you can be faithful in eating the yogurt every single day, take the supplement. good luck
J.J. answers from Dallas on December 28, 2007
The over the counter medicines work fine, but my doctor prescribed a pill for me once the worked so much better. It's just a pill you take one time and my symptoms cleared up a lot faster. If it's not a hastle to go to your doc, I'd say go and ask for that pill. Plus, it's safer to go and get checked out just in case it's not a yeast infection. There are other things out there that are similar, so if it's not, you may need to try a different medication.
T.J. answers from Houston on January 01, 2008
From my experience there is a cheesy looking discharge and incredible itching from a yeast infection. I have always been told to eat yogurt but I have never really done so to know whether that works, but I have used the over-the-counter meds like Monistat and got some relief. Have you been on antibiotics? That was how I got it and it seems that you can relieve the symptoms but it doesn't leave until the medicine is stopped.
A.H. answers from Dallas on December 28, 2007
For your first time, you should really see the doc, but for some relief- MOnistat used to be the prescription strength medication that is now OTC.
If this helps, then it probably is just a yeast infection, so you definately want to add yogurt to your diet-this alone can do wonders- if you don't like yogurt you can buy the vitamin or mineral that has the same benefit at WalMart-ask the pharmicist- to take in pill form.
If the Monistat doesn't help or it gets worse you definately should get to the doctor. Good luck..
J.J. answers from Dallas on December 28, 2007
For the first time, you really should go to see your doctor. That way they can confirm you are right. In the future, then yes the OTC treatments work fine. I once had an allergic reaction to one though, which as you can imagine is the LAST place you ever want to have an allergic reaction!!!! You should also drink 100% cranberry juice and eat yogurt (with live cultures). Avoid dairy and cut down breads for a while too. Good luck, I know it can really hurt!
M.W. answers from Dallas on December 28, 2007
I used to get them when I took antibiotics. It'd start as itchiness that got worse and then was joined by burning. Definitely no fun! I tried to itching cream stuff for that part, but it didn't really work for me. To clear it up I used the Monistat cream (make sure you do it at night just before you go to bed, not when you'll be up walking around!). After it happened a few times, my doctor prescribed a pill (don't recall the name as it's been years) which I only had to take once, if I'm not mistaken, to clear up the condition.