Yeast Infection - Los Angeles, CA

Updated on April 27, 2008
S.M. asks from Los Angeles, CA
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Can anyone suggest a good cure for a recurrent yeast infection? I have tried Monistat etc which all seem to make it worse and would really like to sort it out. It was particularly bad during my pregnancy and now my son is 11 weeks old and it seems to be back again. Any advice would be just great.

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K.R.

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A great homeopathic remedy is highly concentrated acidophilus, Jarro-dophilus +fos, is a powder form that is taken orally, mix with water or juice. Works in a few days. You can get it at a healthfood store, Whole Foods I think is in LA or Jimbos.
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B.V.

answers from Los Angeles on

After I had my son I seemed to have this problem and then I found AZO Yeast pills at CVS pharmacy. You take two or three a day when you have the yeast infection and then one a day to keep them away once it is gone. I haven't had one since and that was about 8 months ago. Try it! Good luck!

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V.M.

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Yes! Yogurt! Your body needs a healthy balance of good, welcome flora in your intestines, and also your yoni! Use the Monistat to get rid of a yeast infection quickly, and then recolonize your body by eating yogurt. And...even better...dip a tampon into plain, unsweetened, live cultured, organic yogurt like Stonyfield, or Strauss, and insert to recolonize that way. (With persistence this method can also rid you of a yeast infection in a few days, and the yogurt is very soothing!)

The flora present in yogurt feed on the yeast in your body. Many more common brands of yogurt don't have adequate amounts of live culture, and are mostly sugar and gelatin. Go to a health food store and buy the real thing.

Antibiotics, and in some people high yeast diets (lots of leavened bread) contribute to yeast infections.

Good Luck!

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M.R.

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I know how that it. I used to get yest infections all the time. I went the natural way to treat it after nothing else helped. You douche with Red Rasberry tea and put on aloevera for the itching. Yes I know it sound weird but it does work I have only had one in the past 8 years. I used to get them ALL the time. Try it. It really does work. Oh, don't use just rasberry it has to be RED rasberry. Good luck

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J.D.

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Yeast infections (candida) are the result of your body's PH being out of whack (too acidic). ELIMINATE all processed sugars from your diet, take a probiotic supplement (i like Solaray's Multidophilus), and drink a mixture of 2 Tbs of raw unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar with 1/2 tbs baking soda with a little warm water and a dash of pure apple juice 3 times a day. This concoction is very alkaline forming, and also antifungal (candida is a fungus). If this doesn't work in a week, I would start researching about incorporating more alkalinizing foods into my diet and go to the health food store and buy Solaray's Yeast-Cleanse (contains Caprylic Acid, Pau Darco. Tea Tree Oil, garlic and grapfruit along with other vitamins) to bring your bodily pH back to the correct range where candida cannot flourish (6.5 to 7.5).

this website is a great source for natural cures (including candida): www.earthclinic.com

this is a good list of alkaline and alkalinizing foods: http://www.essense-of-life.com/info/foodchart.htm

good luck!

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K.S.

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I had the same problem after having my son. I had about 3 yeast infections while being pregnant and I'd never had them before in my life. My OB said it could have been from hormones during the pregnancy making my good bacteria levels low. Then after he was born I kept getting them for about a year and a half. I gave up on Monistat on those creams because it'd just come back. I went to Whole Foods and got these little pills, I can't remember the name exactly. They come in a little white bottle and it says Candida Yeast Relief in green letters. You chew them (they taste kind of like vanilla) I think 3 times a day for a month. I never had one after that. They're all natural so they're safe if your breastfeeding or just hate chemicals like me.

You may just need to make sure they're ok because you're diabetic, but I don't think it'd be a problem. It was around $11 for the bottle. I think they also have other pills called Candida Cleanse and stuff there too where it just clears your body of yeast and you take them like a regular pill. I've heard good things about those too.

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N.P.

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The only thing that ever works for me is to have the doctor prescribe Diflucan. I usually have them give me 2 doses. It will cure it right away. The over the counter stuff has always been useless to me. I get a yeast infection any time I even look at a antibiotic. Hope that will work for you. I know they can be miserable!

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B.D.

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Do you know anything about candida overgrowth and how it relates to sugar intake? This is something that we have had many talks about in my house because my mom is a health nut who strongly believes that every disease is somehow linked to what we eat. It's kind of a lot to talk about in this little space but basically I would suggest eating tons of plain yogurt. The good bacteria in the yogurt kills the bad bacteria (yeast) in your system. My mom has a friend who has this same problem and does these two things: she stabs holes in a clove of garlic and manually inserts it into her vagins. She also uses plain yogurt as a suppository by dipping a clean tampon in it and inserting it. As for the garlic, I myself have done this and can say first, you will smell like garlic so you may want to stay home the day you do this because I didn't and people kept asking my mom if she was making garlic bread ( I was at her house!! very embarrassing) also if you go this route with the garlic it is fairly simple to remove but you will have to squat and get very intimate with your own body. My moms friend always uses the garlic and says sometimes it comes out GREEN from all the bacteria it is absorbing. If you have been on antibiotics a lot or a strong dose you should know they cause yeast infections as well, so during a course of antibiotics I suggest at least 8 ounces of PLAIN yogurt a day, 2 hours after each dose, the drink "Yukult" can be substituted for yogurt but again the yogurt should be plain because all the flavored stuff has sugar in it which will onlt make matters worse. I'm sure I will get some negative responses for this post cause the advice seems to go outside of the typical western doctor's treatments but these things do work. By the way, one last note is that if you do just stick to the over the counter yeast infection treatments make sure to use a 7 day treatment instead of a 1 or 3 day treatment. Good Luck!!

http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=gUDGAz...

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/popularhealthdiets/a/cand...

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V.M.

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I found "Cystex" to be a must! It works so well. A little red tablet over the counter. Take it and it helps take the sting away. That may be from a bladder infection rather than a yeast infection though. I guess I haven't had a yeast infection like you describe?
I just know that when I was a young pre-teen I used to get bladder infections caused by too much yeast, as I remember it. My urinary track would get so painful that it would pinch and cause me great pain. Cystex took it away within the hour.
I wish you well. I hate these little uncomfortable womanly ailments. *sigh* (hugs)

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K.O.

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I recommend drinking danactive probiotic yogurt drink. My whole family drinks it and we are hardly ever sick, and the probiotic bacteria help keep the overgrowth of yeast in check. Yeast infections occur when the balance of flora in the vagina is upset by some reason (can be hormones, sex, antibiotics, etc.) Good luck

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C.M.

answers from Las Vegas on

Sometimes the "old-fashioned" cures are the best. I used to suffer with recurrent yeast infections, too. I began using only white,unscented toilet paper, wear only white, cotton panties, no tub baths. Eating yogurt once a day and/or douching with plain yogurt will probably take care of it. Whenever I have to take a round of antibiotics I try to eat yogurt once a day and usually don't have any problems.

I hope this helps!
C. M.

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C.M.

answers from San Diego on

Hi S.,
Welcome to California! It looks like you got a lot of good responses; my advice would be to see a doctor (just to be sure there's nothing seriously wrong), then start eating yogurt daily. If you'd like to try a probiotic, Shaklee offers one of the best available called Optiflora. Sometimes it's easier to just take the probiotic pill rather than remembering to eat yogurt everyday! You can browse the nutrition products on www.shaklee.net/mclemore
Good luck!
C.

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B.N.

answers from Los Angeles on

Eat a lot of yogurt and go to the health food store and get Acidophilus pills. They are kept in the refrigerated section in the vitamin area. that will help your body regulate itself and hopefully not need any more medication. Hope this helps!

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S.F.

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Hi S.,

I had problems with this for years and have been clear for 6+ years now. Here is what I learned:

1.Diet that doesn't feed the yeast (No coffee, sugars, low carb, alcohol.
2.Resist the urge to take antibiotics unless it is serious. I started telling my doctors that I was trying to stay away from antibiotics and they usually told me the "emergency" signs to look for and instead gave me home remedies to try first. So be persistent in getting your doctors to work with the whole body, not just the immediate problem.
3. The garlic clove in the vagina someone else suggested DOES work. I used sterile gauze, semi-crushed a large clove, and made a sort of tampon with dental floss for string and used a new one every day for a week. I know it sounds weird, but if you get desperate enough like I was?!... and it worked!
4. Diflucan does work, but I think it is a temporary fix and that our bodies build resistance to it. It is not fixing the problem at the source.
5. drink more water- this is STILL something I have to work on!
6. Don't use the pill for birth control- it aggravates the problem for many.
7. Probiotics.
8. Sunshine where the sun don't shine :)- don't ask me where you are going to find space for that in LA!

I know it sounds rather daunting, but now that I have been healthy for year, I can say it was worth the trouble.
Be well!
S.

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A.B.

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I am currently using Monistat to try and cure my yeast infection. I got the 3 day. This will be the last night. I read the book that came in the package and it said that it would increase itching or burning when you use the treatment. IT DOES! I could barely sleep last night. It was so uncomfortable! I decided to take care of it myself and I am praying that was the right decision. I was a little scared because I'm not 100% sure that I am not pregnant. Did you have to go to your OB even after using Monistat?

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K.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

It sounds gross but I have had success with Kefir, and I don't mean drinking it.
My Mom had really bad yeast infections when she was pregnant and none of the meds were helping her so her doctor used tincture of violet. It's a really old time method but she said it worked like a charm. It's safe because it's what they use to treat a yeast infection on nipples and in baby's mouths. I got some by ordering it at a local pharmacy.

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K.G.

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I have 2 wonderful cures that are inexpensive and natural. I had a chronic yeast infection when I was young and discovered this; String white cotten thread with a needle through a large clove of peeled garlic (remove the needle of course) and insert as you would a tampon, using the thread to remove it. Leave the garlic in for 24 hours and refresh if necessary. I found that 2 days was all I ever needed. Also, you can use the monostat applicator to insert plain white yogurt, put a minipad on and after 2-3 applications your cured!!!

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G.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

Oh YES I certainly do know what you're experiencing! To get off that yeast infection roller coaster is hard but totally doable. It's called candida and there are plenty of "diets" out there to keep it at bay. I say keep it at bay because you'll always have good and bad bacteria in your gut; it's just that the bad have been allowed to run rampant for a long time. And you probably have looser stools too? Anyway, it basically consists of getting off the big foods that yeast LOVES (we do too unfortunately) like wheat and SUGAR. It's hard but if you just decide to do it for a month and then slowly allow foods back in on occasional basis you'll be victorious! I had it when my first was born too. Both of my daughters take a daily 1/4 teaspoon of acidopholus powder in their juice to keep their gut healthy. Anyway, if you can and are interested in alternative medicine a good homeopath or naturopath will get you through it. You need the elimination diet WITH a good probiotic (acidopholus and the like). There are many resources like Dr. Crook (the "father" of The Yeast Connection) at www.yeastconnection.com where there's also a quiz under resources to see if you have it. I had yeast infections for YEARS and since finding all this stuff am FREE. Good luck.

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A.T.

answers from Honolulu on

Get a good probiotic from a health food store with at least 3 or more good bacteria strains...it balances your good bacteria with the bad bacteria that exists in your gut. works wonders for candida (yeast)...(it won't cure but will get your insides in shape to fight the yeast). did you have an antibiotic during delivery? because all antibiotics flush out both good and bad bacteria so you need to balance your body's flora. are you nursing and experiencing thrush in baby's mouth and/or on your nipples? if so, get your flora balanced right away or else you'll endure more problems in the future...i know because i went through it...hope it helps.
p.s. a probiotic is good to take on a regular basis, by the way.

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T.N.

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Hi S.,
First research Hibiscus Flower on the Internet and see if drinking Hibiscus Tea or Jamaica will work for you. As you know please check out any new RX, herbal supplement, tea with your primary care giver. With that said my oldest sister has type 1 diabetes as well and she chose not to have a baby, even though I offered to have her baby for her and her husband. Hence, your "Request" caught my eye and I responded. My youngest daughter discovered Hibiscus/sweet/sour plum tea at a TenRen teahouse in SF's Chinatown about 3 months ago. She did not care for the taste so of course being the thrifty person that I am, I drank it and loved it. At the time I was premenstral and noticed that I did not develop my normal PMS (e.g., pimples, bloating...hope you can recall PMS even though you are a new mom...I know you don't miss it:) In addition, I notice that when I did actually have my period that I no longer have blood clots (I'm 45 years old mother of 2 adult males and one HS senior female). So Jamacia is a natural blood thinner. I've noticed that I have more energy just because I feel better (i.e., I've lost weight, lowered my BP and my recent physical indicates I'm on the right track to being my "old self"). Since I walk my dog daily, do yoga once a week, and simply add exercise whenever I can...I have maintained a 30-lbs weight loss since 2005 (i.e., right before we adopted our beloved pug Toby whom gets two walks daily). I cut out fast food which saves me money and that feeling of guilt when, in the past I ate more unhealthy. However, I do buy Mc D's Asian salad which is quite good considering I'm Asian American. So, how does this apply to you? Well, I've haven't had a yeast infection for years and I still need to lose an additional 30-lbs to be within my ideal weight for my height. In short, I simply feel healthier and have much more energy. As a result, I have a positive attitude which bodes well for me as I am a marriage therapist intern working with teenagers daily. Hence, please ask your doctor if drinking Jamaica (which can be found in any Mexican Market, dried...red flower leaves that you brew with hot water and can sweeten with Splenda or any artifical sweetner that you like). I brew my daily and drink my Jamaica chilled with fresh ginger root(ie., the ginger root is brewed along with the dried flowers) too (i.e., if my stomack is too acidic, the ginger tea alone helped my sister's acid reflux). If your doctor says that you can try drinking hibiscus/Jamaica tea, simply test your blood more often to see if your need for insulin has changed. Congradulation on your baby and welcome to the California. I was born in LA and grew up in Gardena (hence my love of Chicano studies and culture). I live in the OC (please don't hold that against me, I'm so not what you see on the tv or how the media portrays OC).I work in Anaheim where the social economic status make-up is similar to Gardena, thus I feel at home with a diverse population. I hope Jamaica will be beneficial to you and your. With regards, TTFN, T.

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P.B.

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Hello S.,
I see you have been bombarded by responses but I guarantee this one. Yes, you can follow all the hygenic tips, acidollpolis tips, and sugar free diet. But the diabetic issue is larger than that. I have the same problem. I discovered a natural herbal liquid called "candidate" sold online by "Native Remedies". I think the company is in Florida. You can call them at: 1 + 877-289-1235. or Google the company and order if from their website.
I use 15 drops two or three times a day in water or juice for active infections, only twice a day for maintenance. These are natural anti-yeast herbs. I can feel them work within the hour. I have been on this stuff for one year and only have a problem when I run out! This stuff is the only fast, natural, cheap, (about $30 per bottle) method I have found for systemic yeast.
Best of luck!
Big Hug,
P.

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J.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

Stay away from beer and bread, and other yeasty foods. It also might be coming from your husband. I read an article in the L.A. Times or Daily Breeze, about 10 years ago, about yeast being present on men, which doesn't bother them in any way and then being transfered to their partners. It's not a disease, so not everyone, including doctor's, think of it getting transfered this way. Or will even believe you. I had recurrent infections and as soon as my husband and I read this article, he stopped drinking beer and they went away.

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C.T.

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S., have you tried probiotics? Natren is the best but most expensive on the market. It is great at leveling off your ph and fungal growth internally. They have a regimen that you take every day and they have a regimen that is called Gynotren that you take internally and flush the affected area. I hope this helps, it helped me.

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K.K.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi!
Of course, you should go see your doctor, or a nutritionist first, but most all yeast problems are food-related.
I happen to have extensive experience with yeast. This is what worked for me: I cut out ALL (I MEAN ALL!) the sugar in my diet for 6 weeks. If you are serious about this, and you want to be rid of it for good - this is your diet:

Breakfast:
3 oz. Egg whites and spinach (cooked without sugar)
(Or 3 oz. chicken, fish, or turkey with 1 serving of greens)

3 hours later:
3 oz. lean protein (above) and 1 serving greens
(cooked without sugar)

Lunch:
3 oz. lean protein and 1 serving greens
(cooked without sugar)

3 hours later:
3 oz. lean protein and 1 serving greens
(cooked without sugar)

Dinner:
3 oz. lean protein and 1 serving greens
(cooked without sugar)

That's it! It takes a couple hours (you can do it after you put the kiddies down) but it is SO worth your time. It will level out your blood sugar tremendously! Just look at it as medicine. For me, it changed my life, because it required me to tend to my OWN needs, and on many levels, it helped me with my moods, and with my relationship to my SELF. It's like the oxygen theory -- get your own FIRST -- then you can assist everyone else!

I know it sounds strict, and it is! But if you are serious about getting rid of this yeast thing FOR GOOD, then I encourage you to do this.

Go to an office supply store and buy a little scale, and get some little plastic containers to pre-measure and store your servings. It costs time and energy, but is there a price tag on your health?

There is a book, called "The Yeast Connection", which is also helpful. The author's name escapes me, but you may want to pick up a copy! It took your body a LONG time to develop this tendency, so it will take a while for it to get rid of it.
Good Luck!

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M.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.:

Welcome to Southern California. Something to consider may be whether your recurring yeast infections might be caused by an allergy. Since allergies can now be cured, and in a non-invasive way, with out having to put any chemicals in your body, I thought you might like to look into it. You can visit naet.com for more information and to locate an naet certified physician. I love mine and have been cleared of many allergen blockages, and I am absolutely amazed at the breadth of things the body considers allergens, and the unique ways it responds to them.

Best wishes,

M.

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J.L.

answers from San Diego on

Try Tree Tea Oil, you get it at health food stores, mix it with water, you will need some kind of a turkey baster to squirt it in there, it works for vaginitas and for other infections as well, our family uses it. J. L.

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J.P.

answers from Los Angeles on

EASY, seriously.

Decrease foods that will cause the candida to grow out of control....dairy and sugar, as well as grapes, raisins, mushrooms, bread, wine and beer.

Take PB8 daily. There are days I take none, but if I have pizza, I'll take 4 or 5 that night before bed. If I have wine, I might take 1 or 2. If my diet was relatively free of those foods, perhaps I'll take none. http://www.nutritionnow.com/PB8.htm Not all probiotics are created equal.

Have your husband or partner take 2-3 PB8 each night for 2 weeks, as I have found that partners will pass it back and forth...but the women get the majority of the symptoms. Men tend to get symptoms in their sinuses, usually misdiagnosed as a sinus infection or allergies, when it's actually candida many times.

Lastly, for immediate relief of symptoms:
Go get a hot water bottle - you know pink latex thing with a screw-in plug? Well, this one should have an enema and douche attachment. You can get this at any drugstore all in one box. Looks like this: http://www.shopinprivate.com/endoucwatbot.html

Fill it 3/4 with warm distilled water (warmed on the stove - not nuked) YOU WILL BURN YOURSELF IF IT IS HOT.
Fill it 1/4 with Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar

Put the screw plug in that is attached to the hose. Add the hose clamp and add the attachment that looks like a tampon. Hang the bottle in the shower and then use it in there. Unclamp the hose after inserting the "tampon" part. Do this every day until symptoms are gone and maybe for another few days, to make certain that the vaginal canal is acidified and back in balance.

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D.T.

answers from San Francisco on

S.,
Are you nursing? If not you should take oil of oregano internally for 2 weeks and follow with probiotics. Your body has an overgrowth of yeast and oregano will kill it. If you are nursing you can't take it though. I would see your GYN and try something other than Monistat and then go on a fungus elimination diet. No yeast, mushrooms, fermented foods, cut way back on sugars, hard cheeses. There's a book called the Fungus Link by Doug Kaufman. Look him up and read more about the diet.

Good Luck and Congrats on your new baby!
D.

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D.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

I am the queen of yeast infections and I have it all down. First you have to change your diet. No dairy, cheese, sugar, cut the starches down, eat fresh fruits and raw veggies and lean clean meats. Take a product called Ambrotose. It's shown a 95% kill of Candida Albicans in a triple blind placebo study. Take it 3 times a day. You can email me for where to get it. Next, call your OB/GYN and get a solution of Boric Acid. ( 4.2% solution in 960ml) Get a medium syringe and fill it with 6ml of the solution. Insert a tampon and then the syringe and push the solution onto the tampon inside you so that it is soaked in the tampon and you sleep all night with that in there. This puts the Ph balance back where it should be and the good bacteria that lives in your vaginal will then start to take over and kill the bad guys. Do this every-night. It is very safe and effective. After your infection is gone just do it once a week to keep it in check. This works like a charm and you can get back your life. Mine were so bad I just couldn't take it anymore. After I started doing this, I haven't had an infection now for over 10 years. Good luck and if you want you can email me for more info on this. I've got this one down! That and asthma. That's gone now too!

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M.D.

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I had chronic yeast infections and this is what I did. First, get a book called The Yeast Connection by William Crook, M.D., and read it. In the meantime, take large daily doses of high quality acidophilus, like Bio K (available refrigerated at Whole Foods, expensive but it works.) Also, a doctor told me once to just sit in the bathtub (open legs) and use the water and your "pushing" muscles to wash it out. This provides some temporary immediate relief. Since you are diabetic, I imagine you do not eat sugar, but also avoid all wheat flour products and white carbohydrates (rice, pasta, potatoes). Use alternative grains like kamut or ezekiel bread (Whole Foods/Trader Joes). Try that for a month and then you can gradually add some whole grains back and have white carbs occaisionally. Also you can take a few drops of extract of grapefruit seed in a glass of water (nasty, but it's a natural anti-yeast and bacterial)once a day. Yeast is systemic so it takes some time and few dietary changes to take care of it. Hope this helps!

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E.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Probiotics are definitely the way to go. You can take them orally (I like Probiotic Pearls for convenience and quality) and even use it vaginally (Bio-K). Quality is extremely important with probiotics, so make sure to choose a brand that insures it has been refrigerated from production to sale. (Except for the Pearls which do not require refrigeration). Sometimes Monistat can provide quick relief, which is fine, but be sure to ALSO do probiotics to restore the body's natural bacterial flora.

Also, it is very important that you eliminate any dairy, soy, sugar or simple carbs (bread, pasta) during an infection. Caffeine and alcohol should be limited.

With practice you will probably be able to prevent infection by eliminating these foods and starting probiotics at the slightest hint of discomfort. If this does not work for you, I'd recommend seeking help from an acupuncturist, naturopath, or homeopath who can address the underlying imbalances in your body.

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M.H.

answers from San Diego on

Intra-vaginal garlic! It sounds strange but is such a powerful remedy for a lot of things. Stick it in overnight and see if it clears up. It has been known to clear up in just one night. You can put a string through a clove of garlic, so it's easier to take out. Or if you really feel up to it, cut it up and stick in a cheese cloth, then put it in. It burns for a few minutes, but will stop shortly.

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M.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Probiotics! You can get many different potencies from Whole Foods. Taking them has made a huge difference for me. Good Luck!

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C.C.

answers from Reno on

Acidophilus or Probiotics are always good for yeast infections and your best bet is pill form. I too am diabetic (11 years now) and although yogurt is healthy and has acidophilus (active yeast cultures)...it's not always conducive to the diabetic diet with all the added sugars. Definitely cut out simple sugars...I'm sure you know that there is a form of sugar in everything you eat but (knocking on wood) I have never had a yeast infection but I avoid all simple sugars in my daily diet. Of course I eat cake and ice cream at birthday parties and enjoy pie on the holidays but it's not part of my daily diet. Another thing you can try is bathing with a couple cups of vinegar in the bath water...my son would get Candida rashes (yeast infections) and vinegar baths cleared it up along with using yeast infection creams on the rash instead of traditional diaper rash creams that always made the rash worse.

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S.O.

answers from San Diego on

I just wanted to say that I advise what the others have said here. Go naturally and cure the problem. Taking medications only temporarily alleves the symptoms. I have a friend who works with the doctor in LA as well. She has very bad candida. She had to eliminate all processed sugars in her diet for about a year. Then she was able to slowly add a few things back in.

I also recommend the acidophilus. You can get it at any health food store. Just make sure that it is made organically or from live cultures and then frozen immediately. I take the acidophilus PEARLS that my nutritionist recommended.

Going the natural route will be harder and will require more changes from you, but it will be so worth it in the end.

Since I started working with my nutritionist about 2 years ago I have only had 2 or 3 irritations down there, usually just before my period. And those were the months where my diet was out of whack. After having my DD I am now getting back on track with my diet and herbs. I am now detoxing and strengthening my lymphatic system with the herbal rememdies she has prescribed.

I know she is not taking on new clients right now as she will be moving to the San Diego area (yeah, she will be only 20 minutes from me!) in a month. But you can check out her website and read some pretty interesting and helpful information about how our diet affects our bodies, specifically the yeast/bacterias in our bodies.

www.endometriosissupport.com

Good Luck!

S.

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T.C.

answers from Las Vegas on

I used to work in a clinic, scheduling diabetics for appointments and used to deal with recurring issues. One of the problems diabetics are associated with were urinary tract infections also. For yeast infections, I've heard to eat yogurt and the active cultures in the yogurt may help your condition. I am not a doctor and do not claim to be.

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L.C.

answers from Las Vegas on

Cut down on your sugar intake, this will help quite a bit. Anything that has sugar is going to flare it up. Juice is very high in fructose sugar this seems to be a big problem. Also mushrooms are not good for this problem either. If you are nursing your newborn you will not be able to detox your body although once you are no longer nursing there is a wonderful product at the heath food stores called Candigone. It is a 14 day program that cleans's out your system, its all natural. You will need to practice a ton of self control since this is a strict diet that allows you to eat only fruits, vegies, natural grains to cleanse your body of the guck that we seems to collect over time and no sugar! Not even honey, when I mean no sugar I mean no sugar at all! This is hard to get through especially the first few days although is very effective! It works, take it from me one of the women who had the worst reacuring yeast infections ever over & over. Give it a try I am sure you will be satisfied with the results. Good Luck & congrats on your new little one.

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J.R.

answers from San Diego on

please watch your diet intake sugar and caffeine.

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V.O.

answers from Los Angeles on

I suggest you go see your gynecologyst. A recurrent yeast infection is not good and doctors advise you go see your Gyn. in a case like this, you don't want it to be or develop into a bad infection.

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M.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hello S., make sure you take the 7 day Monistat, the one day or 3 day cures do not do it for me and makes it worse because the yeast infection comes back with a greater vengeance.

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H.F.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.,

I would try taking live acidopholous. It's available in pill form at health food stores, where they often store it in refridgerators to keep the bacteria viable. You can also buy special probiotics for female health. I would also stock up on Kefer and drink it like a smoothie in the morning. You can buy all this at Whole Foods.

H.

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C.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.,

I had this problem years ago, I would get it cleared up then bam! it was back. I told my GYN that it was ridiculous and was costing me a lot of money, as well as the pain! He finally put both me AND my husband on medication. Turned out that my husband carried the infection (tho he did not get it, -how fair is that?) and would give it right back to me.

The pills were expensive but well worth it, that was over 20 years ago, I have never gotten a yeast infection again. (knock on wood!)

C.

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M.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

There is a one dose pill yopu take by mouth that works great. You can get it from your doctor or even the urgent care. It is prescription and it works great. It is called Fluconazole Tablet 150 mg Good luck

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R.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Being diabetic is sometimes the cause of recurring yest infections. When your glucose levels are high and sugar i spilling into your urin it can cause the infection. I spoke to my Dr because I was having the same problem and he gave me the diflocan pill and it really helped.

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S.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

Whole foods or other health food stores have acidopholis. The refrigerated kind is best. Ask for recommendations. It helps soo much! Its what is in yogurt but more concentrated. Also, cut back on carbs and sugar and that helps. But the acidopholis is the trick. Good luck!

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L.R.

answers from Los Angeles on

Monistat is only a topical remedy. A yeast infection (candida albicans) is a systemic problem...

The use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, contraceptive pills and steroids, as well as a sugar-rich diet, can cause an overgrowth of this parasitic yeast.

One of the primary things you can do for yourself is to re-implant the proper flora in your digestive system with the taking of acidophilus to re-balance the digestive system. Breaking a capsule of acidophius and mixing it with pure yogurt and inserting it in the vaginal canal can help, also.

I urge you to visit a health food store and obtain one of several books on the subject of Candida - one such book is Candida Albicans - Could Yeast Be Your Problem? by Leon Chattow, D.O., N.D. - read the book in its entirety and start yourself on the program.

If an overgrowth of candida remains in the body over the long term, it can be the root cause of many physical ailments: weight gain, acne, fatigue, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, athlete's foot, allergies, and so on.

Primarily, the basics are to eliminate sugar, yeast (in bread), white flour, dairy products. Whenever we take antibiotics, we can recur the possibility of re-infection and most health advisors recommend a course of acidophilus after using antibiotics as a prevention. (Note: Antibiotics are basically a fungus which will destroy the normal bacteria in the digestive system (that's what antibiotics do) and they implant a candida form of fungus into the digestive system which in many instances overflows to the reproductive system and even to the mouth and throat.

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L.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

Dear S.,
Ask your doctor to prescribe the yeast infection pill - I think it's call diflucan - this may be spelled wrong. It worked wonders for me.

Good luck.
L.

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A.T.

answers from San Diego on

You poor thing! I had the same thing happen to me while I was going through infertility treatments. I found this stuff called Rephresh that cured my problem and my yeast infections never came back. I got it online from drugstore.com and it helps to balance your body's ph. It is definitely worth a try! I also take Biobeads every single day as a preventative measure. I got those at a health foods store but I'm sure you could also get those online. Biobeads are just little pills with millions of good cultures like are in yogurt.
Best of luck!

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L.R.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.,
Probiotics is a great start, and you may need an antifungal for it. Are you nursing? IF so, that makes treating it systemically a bit more difficult.
I had yeast while I was pregnant, and I think I passed it on to my boys. My youngest had severe yeast in his gut, which caused all sorts of behavioral, and gut problems.
Email me if you want to know more. I have to get kids ready for school right now.
L.

[email protected]____.com

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J.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

You need to ask your doctor for a prescription for an oral agent, therefore a pill you take. This treats you systemically and hopefully will take care of it..

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A.W.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.;

Maybe the best advise is talk to your gynocologist doctor and make sure he/she will check you up carefully because you had a type I diabetic and be careful since you're diabetic. Good luck.

A.

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C.C.

answers from San Diego on

Dear S.,

I am not a doctor but suffered from yeast infections for most of my early life. I have a background selling health foods and approach my health challenges from a holistic approach. For yeast, what I found works best is a combination of things. First, rid your bathroom of any perfumed soaps. Always, always, always, wear WHITE cotton crotch undies (no color or dies), and add probiotics (multiple strain) and food enzymes to your diet. You probably have a yeast build up from carrying the baby so you can do a light cleansing diet with products found at places like Whole Foods and Henrys (if there is one there). Elminate sugar from your diet as yeast feeds on it.

I represent a wellness company that provides pure, safe, and beneficial products for people. If your baby is having some skin irritation, it could be linked to the yeast. We have a great baby line that would be most helpful. If you would like to discuss any of these things with me personally just let me know and I will forward my email. No obligation. My first goal and intention is to educate. That is why I do what I do.

Good luck!

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I am a mother of four children ranging in ages from 23 to 36. I am self-educated in nutrition and currently represent a health and wellness company that distributes pure, safe, and beneficial products internationally. Our focus is broad based and includes inner and outer health (skin care, hormone balancing, weight management, and supplementation with whole food vitamins – for children to mature individuals).

I am also the author of “Diamond Moms, A Mother’s Guide to Raising a Baseball Player” available on Amazon. While it educates mothers about the sport, it is also a book on parenting and the importance of being a strong, disciplined, and loving mother. Don’t ever leave yourself out of the picture!!

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J.P.

answers from Honolulu on

Prepare yourself, this is going to sound crazy but I know of no one for whom it hasn't worked. First, with yeast infections, you should be taking a broad spectrum probiotic (powder, capsules, whatever) -- preferably non-dairy -- or lactobacillus capsules, or at the very least eating plain, good quality yogurt. The other thing that is very helpful is washing at least 3-4 times per day with mild soap and water and changing underwear regularly. So here is the real remedy: take a garlic clove and peel the paper off -- it should be a large clove (not the whole bulb, just to clarify) and should not have any nicks or blemishes. When you have the right clove, and after washing your bottom, stick the clove up (yes, that's right) into the vagina and leave it there up to 24 hours before changing to a fresh clove. Garlic is an excellent antibiotic and as long as you don't nick the clove (the oil would burn) you won't even know it is there. The longest I know of this remedy taking to work is about 3 days. Hope this isn't too "natural" for you -- it really does work. aloha JP

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M.W.

answers from Los Angeles on

I don't know if you have consulted a doctor or not, but I would definitely see a doctor as soon as possible. Yeast infections can make your life miserable and being Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics makes you more susceptible. I know I'am a Type 2 diabetic.
Over the counter medications are evidently not working for you and that only points out that you need to see a Gynecologist to find out what is going on and prescibe something to help you.

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R.I.

answers from Los Angeles on

There is a great one time pill (prescription needed). I'm not sure the name of the drug, but it works very well. You obgyn will know.

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M.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S., wasn't sure if you were still suffering, but since you are a diabetic, this type of infection is common. You should see your GYN for a stronger or different type of vaginal cream. I hope you rid of it soon! Good Luck!

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D.H.

answers from Las Vegas on

I too am a type 1 diabetic who has an 11mth old son. I'd like to know how you pregnancy went? As to a yeast infection have you gone to your doctor about it? I've read that women who are diabetic tend to get yeast infection more often then those that aren't. I'm from las vegas Nv

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M.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

go to a health food store (vitamin shop,whole foods...)
and get a probitic supplement. I forgot how to spell it, but it is pronounced Acidolpholis. It is the same ingredent as the live cultures in yogurt, but is in a concentrated form. Eating yogurt alone will not help. I have it for my baby when she goes on an antibiotic. It has Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli in it. I promise this will help. It puts the 'Good" bacteria back into your body. It helps with digestion as well.
Good luck!

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B.B.

answers from San Diego on

I am right there with you, I had them at least every 3 weeks while pregnant, I do have a few suggestions that seemed to help. First try to use the 7 day treatments I know they are long and just uncomfortable, but i was told by my Doc. they are actually the most affective. Second, after you have used the whole 7 day treatment try buying another 7 day treatment and use it once a week for 7 weeks on the same day, so say every Wed. till gone. Also try taking Acidophilus every day you can buy it refrigerated and it's actually stronger then just the stuff on the shelf, I buy mine at Henrys. Good Luck

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C.W.

answers from San Diego on

Hi S.,
My name is C. and I just read your dilema. I'm a medical assistant and work alot with womens health. There is an oral medication that can be prescribed by your doctor.
Try not to wear tight clothing, no thong underwear. Keep the vaginal area very dry and clean. No sex until the yeast infection has completly cleared up. Eat yogurt...it can be very helpful to those with reocurring yeast infections. Let me know how it goes. Good Luck!

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J.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

Have you tried using probiotic supplements? Maybe more of an ongoing thing, but may help? (I haven't tried it myself...thought I take probiotics myself for general health).

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T.R.

answers from Los Angeles on

I can try....first of all, after my first pregnancy, the hospital made me clean with a squirting water bottle after urination and/or bowel movements (although those are extremely rare after birthing). I can say, it felt great and kept me cleaner in that whole area than you would think. It cleanses without being rough - no toilet paper at all. It allows for the area to just heal without any further assaults. Also, there shouldn't be any relations. That makes it worse also (I know sometimes that is difficult). Also, you need to see your doctor as soon as you can. There could be something else going on or a medication that would work better for you. Good luck and God Bless You! And your baby too!

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T.S.

answers from Honolulu on

Hello There,

Have you tried increasing your intake of foods that have natural yeast in them, such as yogurt? That used to help me when I would get them frequently, as well as making sure that none of my underwear were made out of silk or satin.

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C.C.

answers from Las Vegas on

I was told by my aunt who is in her 70's that the best thing to cure bad yeast infection is soft gel capsules of oil of oregano. Take one a day then increase by one a day until you take 4-5 a day for 3-4 weeks. I looked it up online and I read that oil of oregano is a natural antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, etc. It is very strong. I have the same problem and I ordered some from Puritan's Pride. They had bottles on sale for $2.20. Originally, $10.00 a bottle. I bought 10 bottles and they should be here in a day or two. I am very excited to try it out! The only problem she said is that you tend to "taste or burp up" the oregano throughout the day. In my opinion if it takes care of the original problem, who cares?

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C.P.

answers from Los Angeles on

S.,

You should see a doctor. You most likely DO NOT have a yeast infection if it is reacurring. Other more serious problems can present as a yeast infection. If the monistat is making it worse, it is most likely not a yeast infection.

There is a new over the counter test you can buy at the store that will tell you it you actually have a yeast infection.

However, I personnaly would make an appt with my GYN.

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M.E.

answers from Los Angeles on

I wish I had time to read the replies so far, but I don't and I hope I don't say what has already been said. Your request struck me because I am a diabetic. I had gestational diabetes with my first child, 37 years ago. Then I developed type II, and have been on insulin for about 12 years. I had horrible yeast infections for years, and since my sugar is under control, I haven't had one for longer than I can remember. Maybe it is just a matter of tweaking your control. Yeast infections can lead to serious problems, so you really should discuss this with your doctor. There are excellent, effective treatments these days to get rid of them. Good luck.

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J.T.

answers from San Diego on

Hi Sofie-

In my stuggle with yeast I have tries an Acidophilus Probiotic. Its a natural way to get a balence (so they say). But it was effective for me.

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J.D.

answers from Reno on

You might try the new Monistat test which tells you if it's a yeast infection or something more serious. I'd check with your doctor, too. Welcome to the USA, by the way.

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J.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

There are a number of reasons for yeast infections. You've obviously attempted the monostat to help clear it up but many people are unaware that diet can play an important role in prevention. Do you consume a large amount of white bread? The yeast in the bread can react with the natural yeasts in your body and compound the problem so try switching to whole grains or whole wheat. Pineapple and pineapple juice can also compound the problem... which is unfortunate because I love it..I still have it but I go a little easy now.
Pregnancy hormones have some pretty weird effects on our body so it's not surprising that you've had yeast infections throughout.. they will continue after until your body gets back to "normal". If it does continue though make sure you see your doctor as recurring yeast infections may be a sign of something more serious.

Stress also doesn't help...which isn't an easy problem to combat when you have a new 11 week old in the house and you've moved country and are no doubt suffering a culture shock as well as missing friends and family. I moved from Australia to L.A. so I know how tough it can be.

Good luck. I know how uncomfortable it can be. And best of luck with the new baby and your move to London.

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J.S.

answers from San Luis Obispo on

Hi S.,

I see you've already gotten some great advise from others regarding treatment & prevention. I learned a couple of helpful hints myself. One other thing to consider, though, is that the recurring yeast infections could be a sign of problems with your Diabetes. Prolonged, increased blood sugars could be the main source of your yeast infections. If you don't already, ask your doctor to run a blood test - they can see what your average blood sugars have been over the last month. If you take insulin through injections, you may want to consider getting an insulin pump. My husband is a type 1 diabetic, and he fought me for years about getting the pump. He now LOVES it, and his blood sugars are being much better managed. I wish you all the best!

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K.Y.

answers from Los Angeles on

My daughter and I had thrush, a kind of yeast infection and we used homeopathic cures (borax) and I had to cut out sugar for a couple weeks and generally cut down on sugar intake. The yeast feeds on sugar. Also, taking a pro-biotic helps keep your own internal system of bugs balanced.

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J.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

I have had trouble in the past. I have done Diflucan, you need to get a prescription from your doctor for this. Then, I do preventative care- probiotic capsules (acidophilus and bifidus)and daily doses of grapefruit seed extract under the name Citracidal. Also, avoiding sugar and yeast containing foods will help. Whole Foods carries both of the above mentioned products and can help guide you into diet that will be helpful in getting rid of yeast. Also, if you are in Los Angeles, give Santa Monica Homeopathic a call. They can help you with these products and diet as well and also may have some other suggestions. Preventative care is the best care once you have had trouble with yeast. It is a stubborn thing and once you have it, it seems so hard to get rid of! I hope this helps :)

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K.S.

answers from Santa Barbara on

I had trouble with this too and the only thing that works for me is to cut way down the amount of sugar and carbohydrates that I eat. It works almost instantly. Yeast feed on sugar and without it they die. If you have problems with the infection coming back when you add in carbs, though, you need to commit to 2 weeks of no sugar or carbs. You can only have rice and potatoes as your starches - no fruit, no bread, pasta, cereals and other grains. Its tough and you should take a multivitamin while you do it. But it works!!

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T.D.

answers from San Diego on

My suggestion is cotton panties only and let things air out at night dont wear bottoms or panties. All the heat and moisture make it a nice place for yeast to live.

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S.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

I know there are several herbs that can be taken to suppress the yeast. I recommend Grapefuit seed extract taken in liquid or capsule form about 5 a day should do it for 10 days.

Also Oak bark at a dose of 10 capsules a day for acute infection. I like to do the herbs first before other things.
Go to a chinese herb store they will help!

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A.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S., I have been having the same problem. I use the creams and it goes away, but it comes back every month around the time that my period is about to start. My dr. told me to start eating yogurt; it's supposed to help your body with the bacteria growth. My dr. also tested me for diabetes, because it runs in my fam., and said that diabetes can cause the recurring yeast infection. Another thing she told me was to have my hubby put some on himself during the same time time that I'm using it, because he might also have the infection, and he keeps giving it back to me. The thing is, it doesn't affect men, so that's why he's not itchy. Good luck!
-A. M.

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P.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

You need to see a gynecologist, and get appropriate medication for this, which may include douching with a medicated solution (or not). At any rate, because you have Diabetes, you are especially prone to infections, incluing yeast, and should discuss this with your primary M.D., as well.

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N.M.

answers from San Diego on

diet is everything. no sugar or dairy. also, go to a health food store like whole foods. in the vitamin section there is a little refrigerated section with small bottles of live active cultures/acidopholus(sp?). the little bottle variety is better than the pill form-many more cultures. also, buy them in the non dairy form. drink 1 a day for the next 3-4 days. see how you feel. pay close attention to your sugar and dairy intake!! yeast is all about diet!!
also, you can blow dry your crotch area on the cool setting-sounds weird, but getting it dry down there is important. loose clothes, no underwear if possible. cool, dry, loose! good luck!

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C.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hello S.,

I sorry to hear about your discomfort, I myself have in the past have had issues with this. I have a (now a young lady) almost 17 year old daughter. I also had issues when I had her with yeast infections and I am type 2 diabetic. For myself what has worked so great is liquid acidophilus. You can find it in most health food stores. It would be in the refrigerated area. It taste to me like yogurt , Not sweet though :) Most yeast infections are due to too much yeast in our systems. Which I believe most Diabetic's have.

Please feel free to contact me via email. At [email protected]____.com

Hope you feel better soon,

C.

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A.J.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.,
I'm SO jealous you're in London. We're moving there (God willing) in two years.
In response to your yeast infection question I don't know this will be much help in the UK but when I have an infection that just won't go away my OB gives me a prescription for a pill. I really wish I could remember the name of it, but I take it once a day for 2-3 days.
Another thing if they are recurring. In my first marriage everytime my exhusband and I were intimate I got a yeast infection. In doing some research I found out that men can be carriers of yeast infections. They may have no symptoms but they can pass it on to us. They can be treated, but you have to find a doctor that will do so and actually believe you. (kind of a tough thing where I used to live...but after we divorced I've only had one) I hope this all helps! Enjoy the loveliness of the UK!
A.

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A.D.

answers from Las Vegas on

you should go see a gynecologist. it might be something else other than a yeast infection.

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T.H.

answers from Las Vegas on

S.,
Because you mentioned that your yeast infection is recurrent, I suggest that you have your physician verify that it is a yeast infection. If it really is a fungus or bacteria, treating with monistat will only make it worse. Your physician may prescribe a longer duration of treatment with a medication such as monistat for 2 week instead of one if it is truly a yeast infection. Please, have your doctor verify, though. Good luck to you, infections down below are just miserable.

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J.O.

answers from San Diego on

Cronic Yeast Infection is what got me to seek medical advice, and I was found out to be diabetic (type-2). Spilling of sugar into the urine is a huge factor. check your sugars and try a longer acting over the counter treatment (7-day). I like tea tree soaps also. If it persists seek medical advice at your next check up.

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T.K.

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Congratulations on your baby, why would you move from London, didn't you know they don't have Nan's sausage rolls or shandy here? Haha! I am Japanese and we actually use vinegar for everything. Take one cup of vinegar and pour it into a luke warm bath but just fill the water up enough to cover your lower half of the body. Soak for 15min, rinse off. You can do this twice a day, if that doesn't work, try a prescription. Also, a lot of my friends use plain yogurt, just put a maxi pad on and swipe it in the area. Good luck!

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K.L.

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I have had lots of problems with yeast. The first thing to do is make sure it is yeast. Yeast infections should respond well to Monistat. If it got worse, you may not have a yeast infection. If it is yeast and it keeps recurring, you can keep using Monistat for each flare-up, but you could also try some natural approaches that worked well for me (and lots of other women). You may have systemic yeast. If that's the case, check out the book The Yeast Connection. Your diet can be changed to help the situation (lots of foods add to the problem). Also, take a probiotic (such as Acidophilus) and other supplements such as grapeseed extract. (All of these things are explained in the book.) You could also just go online and google "natural yeast remedies". You can get combination supplements from the health food store which combine several natural supplements. One that worked well for me is Yeast Cleanse by Solaray.

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A.E.

answers from San Diego on

Ask your doc for either Diflucan - 1 x use pill or the prescription cream for a yeast infection. Both are by prescription only.

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M.W.

answers from Los Angeles on

S.,

I find that eating yogurt and drinking cranberry juice has helped me. Hope this works for you. Also, a doctor once told me that the worst thing for women is bubble baths. I love mine so I only give myself a treat a few times a year. Good luck, hope you are feeling better permanently and soon.

M.

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T.J.

answers from Los Angeles on

If this is a yeast infection your best bet is to eat yougrt regularly. The bacteria in yougrt is helpful in fighting off,
also loose fitting clothes, cotton underwear to prevent the trapping of moisture. There are a few others like warm Epsom salt baths and betadine medicated douches (very liberally read directions).
My personal thoughts on your situation is that you may have a vaginal infection not a yeast infection. Most TX of Monistat work the first time and definitely a second.
If you experienced this while you where preg. did your doctor diagnose this as a yeast infection? Often when this occurs during and after pregnancy and you have a vaginal delivery the chances that your baby being born with thrush (white spots in the mouth and around the lips that look like milk) is very likely to be transfered in the birth canal.
Anyway, sorry to ramble..... You should get it checked
by the doctor or there is a test over the counter at your local pharmacy that can tell you if you have an infection.
I don't know off hand if and how your diabetes may play a role in all this.
Good luck!
Also great advice for natural remedy!!!!!!!!!!

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Judy K

Date:
Tue. Mar. 18, 2008

I've heard that taking acidophilus (they come in pill form at your local grocery/pharmacuetical store) and eating stuff with the enzymes in yogurt are really good at keeping that yeast infection at bay.

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E.R.

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Hi, S..
My doctor always told me to eat yogurt because the acidophilus in it helps control the yeast growth as I've had chronic yeast infections in the past. It's odd because one would think eating something so common wouldn't help, but it strangely does the trick. You may notice immediately relief after eating one serving. I noticed you're a type 1 diabetic, so maybe you could try plain yogurt or adding a little fresh fruit to it? I hope that helps. Good luck.
All the best,
E.

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M.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.,
If the over the counter treatments didn't work, you may need to ask your doctor for a prescription, such as terconazole. Also, in order to prevent recurrent yeast infections you can take a daily dietary supplement, acidophilus. It's basically the good bacteria that's found in live yogurt cultures and helps to prevent yeast infections. You can find it at any store or pharmacy. (You can also eat yogurt which helps). I've found the acidophilus pills helpful as I've had the same problem with recurrent infections.

The pill the other person was referring too is Diflucan, which you also need a prescription for. Good luck! I hope this helps and hope you feel better!

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M.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

To help prevent, I highly recommend watching your sugar intake and eating yogurt (w/live cultures, low or no sugar) or taking probiotics or both. I don't know enough about type 1 diabetic's but I'm sure you are already watching sugar, but this goes for artificial sugar as well.

It would be well worth your time to seek help at a natural/Health food store. Sprouts and Henry's has knowledgeable staff in the supplement area. Also, out here we have a place called The Herb Cottage (Lake Elsinore) - too far for you to drive but if you could find a place like that I'm sure you'd get some great recommendations to get rid of your infection and prevent future flare ups.

Best of luck to you and welcome to the west coast!
M.

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M.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

there are many natural things you can do. and you may not have only yeast. do a check - how does it smell? is it fishy smelling, does it smell like yogurt? yeast has a certain smell and it is neither of those.

here are some that have worked:
yogurt douches
acidophilis capsules
a garlic clove pealed but not nicked put in for over night (beware you will taste garlic in your mouth!)

you can also do this in tandum with some dietary changes. If you are eating more carbs - sugar in any form - then you should back off it -- sugar is the curse...I suppose since you already have to watch your sugars, you might have this in check....but see if you can substitute vegetables and protien and keep off sugar almost completely...

fortify your immune system and go underwear free.

those are my thoughts.

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B.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

I heard chloraphyl can work....they have it at whole foods

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E.M.

answers from Visalia on

i take azo tabs (over the counter at the pharmacy) everyday and haven't had a yeast infection since. but ask your doctor first because i don't know if it is safe if you are breastfeeding.

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R.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Check out acidopholus (sp?) Check with your docter first. But taking that should help. And eat plain yogurt. Also.....get in the tub and sit in yogurt. And drink lots of water. Hope that helps.

R.

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R.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

How about going to your doctor? I'm sure they could prescribe something to get rid of it.

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R.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Look into the acid/alkaline food charts (maybe google them on the internet) Acidic foods harbor an environment where yeast can survive in your intestines (which is how it heeps out to other places on the body. So stick with alkaline foods and cut out foods with yeast in it for a while. 80% fresh alkaline veggies and only 20% cooked veggies. Cooked veggies become acidic. This cured me and it hasnt been back yet. Oh, and drink water -as many ounces that equals half of your body weight. If you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink at least 75 ounces. It will help keep your system clean. Hope it helps

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S.P.

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Plain yogurt!!!!!

Eat two servings a day and when the yeast infection is bad insert it into your vagina. I know, it sounds strange... and feels strange... but it really really does work, and doesn't throw off your natural balance in there, the way medicines do.

Good luck!

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D.F.

answers from Los Angeles on

First of all Congratulations on you little one.

I haven't read all 181 responses - wow - obviously we all have experience with yeast.

I would say it is likely that you have a lot of yeast/candida through out your body and with your hormones shifting because of being an older new mom - your body is completely out of balance This augmented by being a Type 1 Diabetic.

#1 what does your doctor say.
I may have something for you to look at - and a couple of questions to answer - Are you insulin dependent and are you breastfeeding?

Send me a message if you still need assistance and we can talk.
D.

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S.M.

answers from Reno on

Hi S. --
you have my sympathy! I suffered from chronic vaginitis after my pregnancies, and I can't think of anything more miserable. If all the anti-fungal creams on the market seem to only exacerbate your symptoms, I would suggest that you have a bacterial infection and the AF creams will NOT help. The first thing to do would be to visit a gynecologist and have a test done to make sure. One thing: you HAVE to request a bacterial test. It took months of research on my part and a lot of persistence with my doctor before I got her to run a bacterial test (she kept insisting I had a yeast infection and continued to treat me accordingly. I was miserable!). Anyway, bacterial vaginits was my problem. Unfortunately, you will need antibiotics for it which WILL exacerbate the yeast. I found an excellent product at www.cycles-of-life.com called "Yeast Busters". It's quite a bit more powerful than typical probiotics which our bodies seem to become immune to over time. When I was first using the product, I did so in conjunction with the "Geneflora Plus" as I was told the two work well together. I've been yeast free for several months, now, and no longer take the latter product, although I still take the "Yeast Busters". You mentioned you were diabetic, and I understand yeast infections are quite common for those in your situation. I hope that the products help; you're probably already staying away from sugar and sugar related products, so you're on the right track. Good luck.

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S.K.

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I guess I am a little late in responding as well, but here goes.
Monistat only takes care of the immediate yeast infection, what you have to change is your intestinal tract. I suffered for a while too, then I started taking Acidophilus w/bifidus(google if you need to). This balances out your intestines and yeast production. I found that everything was connected and after taking care of the actual symptoms this kept me on track. I don't know if you are nursing but talk to your doctor first before taking. It comes in chewable wafers, strawberry flavor. Also, stop excess sugars (soda, juice, etc., drink more water and increase yogurt.

Good luck and kind regards,
S.

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A.W.

answers from San Diego on

S.,

First of all welcome! Im a native Californian...still love living in CA :) You cant beat the weather!

As for the yeast infection...I had a problem with that too...my suggestion is that if you have a Dr. established at this point...ask them for a prescription of Diflucan. This way you dont have to deal with the mess since its a one time pill. It helped me when I was having trouble with my yeast infections and Monistat wasnt getting rid of the infection. Good luck!

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C.D.

answers from Visalia on

I would suggest going to your Gyno and getting it checked out. You obviously need a perscription drug to get rid of it. There are so many kinds of yeast that the Dr. will be able to help you. Good Luck!!!

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C.C.

answers from Reno on

I would recomend you see a Doctor, it could be something other then Yeast,

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D.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.,
I too was in the same boat and it turned out to be a really simple fix. It was my toilet paper, I switched brands and the yeast infection went away and didnt come back. It could also be your laundry detergent, etc.

Good luck,
D.

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S.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

have you been to the dr. about it? It may be a bacterial infection and not yeast and you may need a different kind of medication.

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S.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

This my be a bacterial infection..A test from the OBGYN would beable to determine that,,Doc stated women get them more often than we think..

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L.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

Dear S., yeast infection come from what kind os underware you ware. The better ar cotton, and white colors only. Do'nt wear tight pants or underware also. That will help a lot good luck! Fom L.

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E.A.

answers from San Diego on

Try eating natural yogurt with live cultures. Also do not eat any sugar. This diet works great.

E.

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M.B.

answers from Las Vegas on

Make sure you dry the external area thoroughly after showering [I use a blow dryer on lowest setting] and use cotton underware [any synthetic material will hold moisture close to your body which in turn will facilitate the yeast growth]

Sherrie

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C.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi, my name is C. H. I suffered from yeast infections over and over because of tampons, tight jeans, the guy I was dating. He was a surfer and his body chemistry and mine did not mix. I read "Doctors Home Remedies" and learned that garlic worked as well as plain yogurt,for immediate relief. I purchased "Kwai Garlic Tablets". I took two in the morning, two in the afternoon and two in the evening. I noticed a difference right away. My body chemistry changed and my blood pressure came down. This has been over 15 years now. I'm yeast infection free. Thank God, because that is so uncomfortable. Good luck!

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P.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Go see a doctor, they now have a pill you can take for yeast infections 1 PILL and a follow up pill in 7 days if needed. No mess and it worked better than monistat.

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A.C.

answers from San Diego on

when i had one my doctor told me to try monistat but if i didn't want to do that to eat yogart and drink cranberry juice they bring you ph balance back to normal and takes care of some other problems too, like uti's and some other minor things

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V.D.

answers from Reno on

Hi S., i heard that yogurt is great for yeast infection. I get yeast infections and do what I need to without having to go to the Dr but in the end I end up having to call the Dr and ask for the 1 pill method.

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A.G.

answers from Las Vegas on

Hi S.,

Are you sure it is yeast? I have had many yeast infections and a few months ago had one that would not go away. I went to the Dr and it turned out there is a bacterial infection that can hav the same symptoms as a yeast! I would strongly advise you to go to your Dr. Even if it is yeast, they can give you something stronger than OTC.

Good Luck and feel better soon!
A. :)

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J.T.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.,

Welcome!!! you might need to see a MD and get your self a dose of Difulcan! it is one pill and works wonders! there are very few side effects! If you are prone to bad infections this may be the only solution!
please email me - it is always nice to have new friends, especially being new to the area! Cheers
J. [email protected]____.com

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D.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

hi S.
there is a stronger vaginal cream on the market but your doctor needs to prescribe it. there is also a pill-Diflucan that works well (also needs to be prescribed) There is a homopathic tablet you can buy over the counter to help your body fight yeast called AZO-in your case it may or may not work. as you know diabetics are more prone to yeast.
hope this helps
D., rn

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S.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

ask the doc for diflucan ...it is a pill and it only takes 1 to cure but use a cream to help symtoms till it clears it up
S.

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C.F.

answers from Los Angeles on

Call your doctor and see if they can call in a RX for Diflucan (Sp?) It's a 1 time pill that you take for yeast infections. There is a generic name that I can't think of right now. If you call the doc. and say you've tried the over the counter stuff and it's not working they should call in the RX for you. It's the only thing that works for me.

See if they can also put 1 or 2 refills on it, since you seem to be getting them more often or can't seem to get rid of them right away.

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M.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

hi S....recurrent yeast infection in your case is because you have type 1 DM ...but the following will help you in addition to using over the counter vaginal cream :
1.eating plain yogurt daily.
2.avoid douching or using soap.
3.no tight pants....no nylon under-wear .
4.get over the counter acidophilus pills and take it daily.
if you still have problem you should see your ob/gyn for eval and rx such as diflucan....a little about me ...I am a midwife/np who did my training in london...welcom to LA...if you don't have md or health insurance yet...you can call me at ###-###-####.

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M.W.

answers from Los Angeles on

You should see a doctor. I used to get yeast infections all the time. The three day treatment that Monistat has always worked the best for me. However, several years back a doctor and a friend of mine told me I should be eating yogurt with active cultures everyday to prevent the infections. Since I started doing that I don't get yeast infections anymore.

P.S. Welcome to the U.S. My husband is from Leeds and I also belong to the Daughters of the British Empire. If you ever want to come have a cup of tea with us or if you would like to know more about our group we have a myspace page http://www.myspace.com/rtlchapter

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C.S.

answers from San Diego on

S., Have you checked w/ your Doctor...are you sure it is a yeast infection? If it is a yeast infection...Ask youself "What causes a yeast infection?"What daily habits do I have that would contribute to a yeast infection? What diet habits do I have that would contribute to a yeast infection? Good Luck...Carol S

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D.B.

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i would suggest going to the doctor to get a pelvic exam because it may possibly be some type of bacterial vaginosis such as trichomoniasis, vaginitis, or a yeast infection. If it's trich or vaginitis the dr may prescribe oral medicine or some type of gel. Now it can be a yeast infection which just has a different strand of yeast that requires a prescribed yeast infection cream which is stronger than your normal over the counter cream. Log on to www.BV-Vaginitis-info.com for more information.

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I.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

Dear friend, I also had recurrent yeast infections, during and after my pregnancy, now the baby is 5 months old and I still had them. I suggest you go to your obgyn, and make sure they check you and take samples of the discharge. I went only to find that because I was treating the yeast infections with otc treatments, the bacteria evolved and I ended up with BV and a yeast infection. The doctor prescribed oral antibiotics for 7 days and one that was a one time dose. Get professional medical attention, I hope you get better.

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M.H.

answers from Las Vegas on

Studies have shown that vaginal infections caused by types of yeast other than Candida albicans may be more difficult to cure with standard antifungal medication. For treatment-resistant infections, a culture of vaginal discharge is done to identify the type of yeast causing the infection. Also, being a diabetic puts you at higher risk. I would highly recommend you see a gynecologist who can culture the infection and give you the correct medication to irradicate the infection. I hope you are not douching as this can change the ph of your vaginal tract and actually increase your risk for yeast infections.

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B.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Have you tried eating yogurt on a daily basis? That's a natural defense against a yeast infection. See your doctor ASAP! Your doctor should prescribe diflucan, which you only take once. Good luck!

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A.L.

answers from San Diego on

Hi S.,
I had the same problem before I got pregnant with my son (he's 1 year old now) and I discovered that my inmune system was weak.Take vitamins, plenty of water and REST. I know that people that has diabetes have recurrent yeast infections, so you may want to consider talking to your doctor to get an stronger treatment. I don't suffer diabetes, but I had to take a 15 day treatment in order get rid of it and balance the good/bad bacteria. Forget about those 1-day dose treatment, of even the 7-day treatment, they don't work when the yeast is recurrent, the bad bacteria gets stronger. Good Luck!

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N.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi ! We have good holistic Doctors here in Los Angeles - our doctor is called Dr.Hara Hara Khalsa , his office is in Santa Monica - he is an expert for Candida-Problems , a holistic approach can cure it for good .....

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S.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.,

I am diabetic as well and what i have found to work is the yeast infection pill - i just can not recall what its called. usually you only take it once and that is it. however, since i am diabetic my doctor had me take it 3 days in a row due to a HORRIBLE episode. i have also found that it helps TREMENDOULSY (spelling?) to NOT use toilet tisssue when going to the bathroom.. well.. unless its a bowel movement.. eww.. anyway... instead, use a rinsing bottle and irriate the area COMPLETELY everytime you use the bathroom and use a wash cloth to finish the job after. you will find that it not only helps it clear up faster but it also helps with pain and irritation, itching..etc. if there is too much pain and itching, try vigisil as well for that, it really does work. you can use any type of bottle that allows you to squirt water all over and inside the area (not a spay bottle, the water is too fine). i hoe it helps and that it makes sence.

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A.J.

answers from Los Angeles on

Of course ask your doctor what to do but maybe try a homeopathic route for everyday like Yakult which have probiotics cultures in them for well balance. Go to local health food store and I'm sure they can steer you towards the right product for you.

A. from LA

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L.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

S.,
Welcome to LA! Try eating yogurt....frequently! Something about it helps.
If you keep having trouble, I have an amazing ob/gyn(two actually). They are young, fabulous women who share an office in West Hills.
Let me know if you need their number
L.

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M.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Have you tried eating yogurt? I think the yogurt has cultures in it that can help ease the discomfort by counteracting the overactive yeast. Any type of yogurt would do...

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M.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

My doctor prescribed an oral medication for me once...it worked fabulously! Can't remember the name though...

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C.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

As a fellow diabetic but type II, I understand the problem. First question, have you confirmed that it is a yeast infection with a lab test? If it is another bug, it needs another type of treatment. The other ladies' suggestions can't hurt. Just check to see if the cause is really a yeast infection. By the way, I keep it at bay by using a hair dryer to make sure all the other places I can get a yeast infection are dry after a shower. Especially where skin rubs skin, like under the bosom. Good luck.

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S.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hello S.-
I have had the same problem but it was recurrent yeast in my gut! Yes, my gut. It was making me very ill. Anyway, you have to clean up your diet. YEAST live on SUGAR!

FREASH veggies, brown rice and RAW chopped garlic. BUT, I would not do the garlic if you are nursing... But I tell you I was on the food plan for 3 months... and it worked and I lost 30lbs and never felt better! There is more to it but that is the basic. Good luck. Let me know if you need any other info! I am a new mom myself. My son is just one!

S.

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N.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

The other mamas have offered fantastic advice! I didn;t read all the responses but I didn't see any mentioning acupuncture or chinese medicine...My friend recently went to one for her yeast infections, thyroid issues and reproductive health and got a different perspective....the practitioner went into detail about maintaining balance in her body thru diet...I'm sure you already know a lot about diet being a diabetic.....and she was prescribed a short term diet essentially starving the yeasts from her body...the foods she's eating are very simple and once she was on it for just 2 days she began feeling a lot better and didn't have such severe sugar cravings either....and she didn't need needles to begin healing from the inside....best of health to you!
N.

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I.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.,

I suffered with chronic yeast infections for a long time too. I tried everthing over the counter multiple times and they would always come back within a few days of being off the meds.

I finally went to my OB/GYN and she took me off the pill(which I had been on for many years) and put me on Nuvaring and also she prescribed prescription strength cream for any infections that did occur (the one time pill did nothing for me). And since then, I get them only once in while. I don't waste my $$ on over the counter stuff anymore.

Hope this helps

I. M

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C.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

My doctor recommended the 7 day cream treatment along with eating any yogurt with acidophilus before bedtime. Be sure it's a yeast infection and not a bacterial infection. For bacterial infections she recommended using a medicated douche every night for 7 days. Good luck. =)

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C.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

You may want to ask your doc for something stronger. Since u r diabetic I think your more prone to it. They also have pills at Lassens to cleanse your body of the yeast. Eating yogurt (not sure if they have sugar free) will also help.

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C.R.

answers from Los Angeles on

"Gentian Violet" It is very messy and will stain your clothes and tint your skin for a while. But you can get it over the counter for less than $10 and you just paint it on every day until it goes away. It is very gentle. And eat a lot of yogurt.

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T.O.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.,
See your Doc. Yeast infections in diabetics can signal high blood sugar. Any recurring infection, and esp in a diabetic, needs attention. If insurance coverage is an issue I can help you find some free medical coverage. I live in the high desert above LA. Hope this helps!
T.

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L.S.

answers from San Francisco on

Eat yogurt or take acidopholus everyday forever.

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T.W.

answers from Los Angeles on

Are you sure that it's a yeast infection? It could be something else, like BV. If you haven't already, have your doctor do a culture to be sure you are treating the right thing. Good luck, this kind of thing is never fun, no matter what the diagnosis!

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C.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

It could be related to your diabetes. Check with your doctor. My sister-in-law dealt with the same problem and discovered frequent recurring yeast infections are related to diabetes.

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A.S.

answers from Las Vegas on

Hi S. -
I have a great solotion to this problem and it is a natural remedy. I use it every time with 100% results. Take a pinch to a quart of Borax 20 Team Mule Power - actually I take a sort of a large pinchful in my fingers - put it in a douch bag and flush - like 2x a day and do it for at least 3 days and you will be cured. Also - kind of wash the outside of the area and it will be cured - it sounds very crazy - but it is a definite cure. Please do not do like my daughter and got confused and used like 2 cups of the 20 Mule team Power(found in any grocery store) to a quart of water! OUCH!!!!! But this really works for about $.50 of the cost of the other with immiediate relief! Good Luck

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K.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

I would truly go to the doctor if possible.

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B.Z.

answers from Los Angeles on

I know this may sound bad, but my acupunturist told me to take a garlic clove, puncture it and stick in my vagina. She states the yeast feeds on sugar and that the garlic is a natural way to treat it. It does take longer than the creams but it works.

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L.K.

answers from Los Angeles on

hello
sugar creates a build up of yeast... so , no sugar at all, including fruit
no alcohol.... none
no glutens
take really strong pro-biotics.. get a good source
detox

my grand daughter's name is Sophia!

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D.T.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.,

You have received some good advice from some members here. Let me add a couple more suggestions that can help, if your body responds.
Eat yogurt, it's a natural antibiotic and should help you eliminate the yeast infection.
Another one is the IsaGenix cleanse. I am a diabetic also and am using it. It seems to help me, believe it would help you also. Check it out at:

http://denisethomson.isagenix.com

Another natural health product is MonaVie Juice, made from 19 organic fruits, especially the Açai Berry from the Amazon, which has healing effects. You can check that out at:

http://monavie.com
my consultant number is 425500 in case you are interested in going on autoship, or you can just write back to me and I can help you. I am doing both, as well as exercise and good nutrition and I am doing grand!

Would love to hear you say that!

With Your Health and Beauty In Mind,
D.

Mary Kay Beauty Consultant, free shipping all over the USA, offering complimentary facials and to all mamasource members a 15% discount.

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N.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

After my twins were born I was getting chronic yeast infections. I stopped using tampons and started taking a probiotic. It's been about 3 years and I have not had even one reoccurrence.
Probiotics are healthy intestinal bacteria. I buy it from Trader Joe's and it's inexpensive.

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T.T.

answers from San Luis Obispo on

Hello, I recommend that you try to eat every day a good yoghurt with live cultures. What should also help is to wear only cotton underwear, as well as being very careful with the soap/showergel. You may use just mostly water, or a very mild soap (not the highly scented or deodorant/antibacteriel kind).
Good luck

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J.P.

answers from San Diego on

Go to your local health food store and get some probiotics. The "good bacteria" will help to fight the yeast. Take two capsules on an empty stomach, 1st thing in the morning every morning, for 2-4 weeks. Repeat every 6 months. This is the same concept with eating yogurt (which is packed with probiotics). But the capsules have a much larger amount, so it does the trick MUCH faster. Also, try to eat yogurt a couple of times a week.

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R.A.

answers from San Diego on

Diflucan which has to be prescribed by your doctor

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S.W.

answers from Los Angeles on

Because you are diabetic you need to get a doctor's help with this. But, the reason I am writing is that your baby may have picked up the infection in the birth canal. If he gets a ugly diaper rash get to the doctor quick. The medicine works very quickly and your son will feel much better.

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M.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

Go see your DR. and get the pill you only have to take once it works.

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L.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.,

I don't know if anyone has responded to this request yet, but I too used to experience recurrent yeast infections every month when I got my menstrual cycle and just couldn't seem to shake it. Monistat wasn't very helpful for me either so I used to use Terizol (a prescription medication). I also started taking a prescription pill just recently when I am on antibiotics that I unfortunately can't remember the name of, but it is slow-release and you only take one a per week. It was helpful. But, I also during the time that I was having severe recurrent infections, went to the Health Food Store and bought a large bottle of Acidophilis (sp?) and took 4-5 of these capsules a day -- this was very very effective! After I started doing that, my yeast infections were a thing of the past -- I now only get them when I take antiobiotics or very rarely during my menstrual cycles.

Hope this helpful and I will say a prayer that the Lord will heal you from this unpleasant and uncomfortable ailment.

Sincerely,

L.

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E.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

It might be more than a yeast infection. You should see a doctor or they have those new test at the drug store you urinate on and it tells you what you might have. If in fact it is a yeast infection ask your doctor about diflucan. It's a pill you take orally instead of messing with those messy creams. Well I hope this helped a little!

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S.P.

answers from Los Angeles on

I am also a Type 1 Diabetic. I have 2 boys, age 4 and 1. My younger turns 2 next week.

Do you have an endocrinologist here? I think you may need to see that person if you are still having some problems. I guess I would start with my OB, and go from there. I just know you really do not want not be dealing with that and a newborn.

That being said, I did use Monistat during both my pregnancies right before I had my sons. And it worked great.

Many people feel that eating yogurt..... plain yogurt is helpful.

Best of luck and feel better!

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S.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

The key to preventing these, urinary tract infections and kidney infections is to urinate immediately after sex!

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A.C.

answers from San Diego on

I was told to eat a lot fo yogurt. I've tried Vagisil and Monistat too and they never seem to work as well as yogurt. Hopefully that will work for you.

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K.W.

answers from Los Angeles on

Diflucan..it is a Rx..get it from your doctor.

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B.B.

answers from San Diego on

Good Morning S.!

It appears that it is time for you to see a doctor. My daughter is type I insulin dependent juvenile onset and is 18 years of age. Type I insulin and yeast infections in women is very common due to blood sugar control. My daughter usually is prescribed a Diflucan and the over the counter monostat. Good Luck and Congrats on being a new mom!

B., Santee

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E.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

I have tried yogurt and it seems to help! Hope it works for you.

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M.M.

answers from Visalia on

You may not have a yeast infection if the Monistat isn't working. Bacterial vaginal infections are common especially with diabetes. You should call your doctor she or he can easily tell the difference by looking at the microorgnism under a microscope. The sooner you go the sooner you can start treatment.

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J.K.

answers from Las Vegas on

I've heard that taking acidophilus (they come in pill form at your local grocery/pharmacuetical store) and eating stuff with the enzymes in yogurt are really good at keeping that yeast infection at bay.

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A.L.

answers from Las Vegas on

Dear S.;
i heard that plain yougurt is good for that. Also at the health food stores they have some pills for it you may want to call the health food store near you and ask them. Good luck. also go to www.ask.com i found this web site is the best to find any answers to any questions. when you get to the page ask for cures or treatments fo yeast infections.

Anna l

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C.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

hi! i used to get them all the time. i eat yogurt every day and that seems to help a lot. try that......

good luck!
C.

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K.N.

answers from Santa Barbara on

S.,
I have had a history with yeast infections so I can relate to the uncomfortable feeling you are experiencing. For myself it is about managing my sugar intake. Yours may be hormones, your body trying to get back to it's normal self again,if that's possible after childbirth =) The only thing that seemed to work for me was going to the Dr.,a good check-up and some advice as to what I might need to do. She prescribed Diflucan and that seemed to knock it out. Hope that this helps! The over the counter remedies sure don't!

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A.T.

answers from Los Angeles on

Okay, I, too am currently battling one! Yes, see your doctor to make sure this is what you have, I did and he said I have a severe one. So I NEEDED to try something before I could use the nighttime cream he perscribed so here is what I did: (1) put use plain yogurt as a vaginal cream, it was cold and soothed the incredible itch and the good bacteria kills the bad bacteria--the internet site recommneded using a tampon, no thanks, I used it a cream. (2) Take a warm bath (about waist high) in 1 1/2 cups of apple cider vinegar. Monistat didn't work for me either...it made mine worse!

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K.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

S.,

Start taking a probiotic. That is what I take when I am on antibiotics which make me more susceptible to yeast infections. I know you can find yogurt which has it in it- I think Danon makes it! You can also take it in pill form!

Good luck- I know how tought yeast infection are!
K.

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M.V.

answers from Los Angeles on

Go to the doctor's office and ask for Diflucan. It is a 1 day antibiotic and it works very quick.

Hope it helps you.

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K.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi,

Try eating plain yogurt. Also kinda weird but you can also use a blow dryer to dry your va ja ja, yeast infections are caused from moisture and the blow dryer will help dry it up (info that I heard about) good luck.

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D.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Have you tried adding yogurt to your diet? I know with your diabetes you have to watch what you eat but yogurt helps to maintain your vaginal ph level that will help inhibit the overgrowth of yeast buds.
Also has your partner been treated,you both should be treated,especially if you are having reoccurring episodes,you could have passed it to him and if he's not been treated he could give it back to you.You'll need to consult a physician for medication for him there is no OTC treatment for men (that I know of). Welcome to LA and Good Luck.

D.

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W.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi there!!

Yogurt. Lots of yogurt. It has the active acidophilous cultures that knocks a yeast infection out! There are also acidophilous suppelements, but as far as being natural, convenience, functionality and effectiveness .. yogurt is the best.

Hope this helps!!
W.

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B.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

What worked for me was cutting out all sugar and white flour--cutting out all gluten was the best, actually, though sticking to whole-grain if I did eat gluten.

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K.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

I get loads of yeast infections and over the counter remedies never work for me either. They just make the symptoms worse. Call your doctor and get a prescription to Diflucan. It is a pill you take once. If that doesn't do the job, they can prescribe a cream that is much more potent than the OTC stuff. You can also get a steriod cream to put on the burning, itching area.
GOOD LUCK! I know what you are going through!

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M.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

I recommend Acidophilus Milk. Sweet Acidophilus taste just like lowfat milk. I was having the same problem and I was recommened this and it works, especially for the long run. It also promoted a healty immune system for your digestive track. I would have it in my cereal every morning. Do not heat it, like in coffee, because it defeats the purpose and kills all the good stuff. Just cold or make it with some instant pudding mix. Good Luck!

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S.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi S.,

I know I'm a little late in responding and seems like you've had alot of good answers. I will tell you I've been fighting a yeast problem in my underarms for over a year now!! Yes, under my arms. When it flares up I cannot wear deodorant (which really bites!!) but I have found that changing my diet (no sugar) really helped. Also, my Dr. said that Miconzole (which is the generic brand for Monistat) is the cream to use and works better. It did for me for a little while but it got so bad I had to use Diflucan (the pill) and it worked but it would always come back after a while. Changing my diet is the #1 thing that helped. I haven't had a reoccurence in over 3 months and I was getting them about every other week!!

Good luck!
Staci~

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L.N.

answers from Los Angeles on

Yeast is a monster to deal with in your system. Check out the Yeast Connection for Women. I think the author is Dr. William G. Crook. He also wrote the Yeast Connection Handbook.

Certain yeast can be an over-abundance in your system is a root cause for so many symptoms of many illnesses (overweight, poor memory, ringing ears, itching skin or scalp, vaginal infections, respitory and immune disorders...the list is incredible. Can be helped by diet, but you should get tested to see you have Candida Albicans. These yeast organisms are opportunistic pathogens and can cause infection in humans unless their presence is managed by taking/ingesting acidophilis (with FOS). Statins can help. Avoiding antibiotics. There are a lot of holistic products at health food stores to bring the healthy organism count back up and reduce the yeast.

I discovered and fixed by a test called the ALCAT...which is actually for food allergies. I did not have the vaginal infections so much, but I discovered many other influences. Since then, by rotating my food diet effectively and minimizing my sugar intake to almost nothihng and eliminating the most extreme allergen foods from my diet, I lost 50 lbs., stopped using inhalers, and have had only on vaginal infecton.

Bottom line is if the over the counter solution are not working, get thee to a good open minded doctor! One knowledgeable about yeast and it's impact your entire body though only symptomatic in one.

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