Natural Cure: Yeast Infection

Yeast infections can be eliminated rapidly and for ever

Antifungal Cream For Yeast Infection

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•11

Treatment of yeast infection does not cause yeast infection, but treats the yeast infection.

Re-infection occurs if the treatment course is not completed, or if one partner with an active yeast infection is not treated. It is best to finish the entire treatment course and to recommend partner treatment if they are infected. An allergic reaction to treatment may produce additional lesions, so it is important to note if the infection is not getting better during treatment.

Recurrent or relapsing Candida balanitis that present after a full course of medications is not uncommon and it may be due to an increased susceptibility to chronic yeast infections (e.g. diabetes, uncircumcised penis, etc).

Despite therapy, recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis, defined as 4 or more episodes of infection per year, can occur in less than 5% of healthy women. Recurrences may be caused by other species of Candida that are not equally susceptible to the usual first-line treatments with antifugal creams. Appropriate fungal cultures may be taken to identify the species.

Yeast infection medications are the same for men and women, and can be prescribed by the doctor or obtained over the counter (OTC). The medications prescribed by the doctors may have a shorter course than OTC yeast infection creams, however both still do a good job of treating yeast infections in both men and women. Recurrent infections require longer courses of antimycotic therapy for 10 to 14 days.

 

Non-medical treatment

Treatment for recurrent yeast infections depend on controlling and or identifying the underlying cause. Controlling blood sugar levels for diabetics and regular inspection of any new skin infections for immunocompromised patients are suggested. Patients at risk for yeast infection can be treated with antifungals prophylatically (before they contract the infection). Studies have shown that dietary sucrose (sugar) and lactose (milk sugar) may support and promote the growth of yeast in women. Limiting dietary intake of these sugars may help.

Women are advised to wear loose-fitting nonocclusive clothing and cotton underwear to avoid providing the warm moist climate in which Candida tends to thrive. Some physicians recommend washing clothing in hot water and using panty liners to avoid creating a reservoir for yeast.

Men with Candida blanitis that is caused by poor hygiene should keep the area clean, especially if they are uncircumcised. Circumcision is also an option for recurrent infections. It is not an uncommon procedure, even in adult males, and it will cure balanitis caused by Candida.

For immunocompromised patients, taking medications and keeping the area clean will decrease infection occurrence.

 

Medical Treatments

Candida infection is very common in women, and over 75% of women can have an episode in their lifetime. This is the reason why medications are readily available at many pharmacies and retail stores.

Antifugals work by blocking the formation of the cell wall in yeast. Azole compounds work through this action. Topical antimycotic drugs can achieve cure rates in excess of 80%. Candida balanitis and Candida vaginitis responds quickly with twice-a-day application for 7 days of miconazole (Monostat), or clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Gyne-Lotrimin) cream which can be purchased OTC.

It is recommended to complete the full course to prevent recurrence. Doctors may prescribe fluconazole (Diflucan), for one day, or 5 days, and it is just as effective as the 7 day treatments of the OTC medications. It can concentrate in vaginal secreations for at least 72 hours after the tablet is taken.

Women can also be treated with nystatin vaginal tablets, miconazole, clotrimazole, butoconazole, and terconazole vaginal creams, or Ketaconazole or fluconozole tablets. These medications range from taking a single oral dose or 3 to 14 days of treatment.

For recurrent yeast infections in women, some patients are placed on treatment for several months. Therapy includes ketoconazole (400 mg/d), itraconazole (50-100 mg/d), fluconazole (100 mg/wk) for 6 weeks, and clotrimazole (500-mg vaginal suppositories once per wk). These regimens have been used for up to 6 months to achieve maximal results.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can i use antifungal cream or yeast infection medicine for folliculitis on the scalp?
    if so which one should i use????

    • ANSWER:
      use an antibacterial oil such as tea tree

      3 drops tea tree
      1 drop of almond oil

      when washing hair add the oil mixture to your shampoo and use as normal.

      do this once per day.

  2. QUESTION:
    Antifungal cream in yeast infection?
    Can I use generic antifungal cream (clotrimazole) for like jock itch on a vaginal yeast infection?

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  3. QUESTION:
    Curing Male yeast infection with antifungal cream?
    I have a antifungal cream for athletes foot would anyone recomend it for a male yeast infection

    • ANSWER:
      Same medicine cures it all. But men where would you get a yeast infection? Have you been diagnosed by a doctor?

  4. QUESTION:
    Is it dangerous if you use an expired antifungal cream for yeast infections?

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  5. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to use an antifungal cream for itching not associated with a yeast infection?
    I have my period and I wear pads, sometimes the pad drys out my entire vagina area and it itches like crazy. Last night I woke up at 4 a.m. and couldn't take it. All I had was some left over yeast infection creme. It actually helped, but I'm not sure if I can use that on a regular basis. Kind of like you shouldn't take antibiotics unless you actually need them?

    • ANSWER:
      If there isn't a fungus, an anti-fungal cream isn't going to help. Try something like benadryl or hydrocortisone cream.

  6. QUESTION:
    can i use monistat 7 (yeast infection cream) on my four year old daughter?
    my 4 year old girl is on an antibiotic 10 day course of a pill named Augmentin, and one the possible side affects is yeast infections...well....she's been whining and scratching herself all day so i think it's obvious she has one. can i use over the counter creams for her? i dabbed a little Vagisal on her just to get some of the itch to go down. can i use the antifungal creams too?

    • ANSWER:
      no please take her to a doctor you should never try any over the counter medicines on children of that age

  7. QUESTION:
    Do i have a yeast infection?
    i am a 13 year old girl. a few days ago my vagina are got really itchy and irritated. since then, it has been red, itchy and irritated, and i have a small amount of a thick whitish discharge tat smells sorta like beer. ( i know it is weird)

    so i have a couple of questions to ask - it is okay of you cant answer all of them, i just really need another opinion!!!!!

    - do i have a yeast infection?
    -what can i do about it?
    - is it normal for a 13year old to have a yeast infection?
    -i have some monistat derm ( antifungal cream for yeast infections) in my house but i expired in february 2010. would that help or make things worse??

    any help is gratly appreciated!!!!

    not sure if this means anything, but i have already gotten my period.

    • ANSWER:
      Do NOT use the cream! That cold make it worse and cause severe irritation.
      It does sound like you've got a yeast infection hun and it's perfectly normal, if you're too embarrassed to go to the drug store or tell anyone then natural yoghurt is a good natural remedy that doesn't look too suspicious when to buy it at the market :) Apply it like you would a cream, but you should probably tell your mum or an auntie or an older woman you trust and they can get you some special cream, you'll probably get a duo-med...with a pill for the internal infection and a cream to soothe the external symptoms.
      You shouldn't feel embarassed at all, every woman gets them.
      Hope you feel better soon :)

  8. QUESTION:
    Has anyone taken oral antifungal medication for yeast infection?
    my doctor prescribed them because im 1 cm dilated and he said that a suppository cream can go up into the womb.

    But in some websites it says that oral antifungal medicine shouldnt be taken during pregnancy? Help?

    • ANSWER:
      I actually took them during pregnancy and everything worked out just fine. I too had asked about that because I was unsure, but I was told that it is only a myth.

  9. QUESTION:
    WHAT IS THE BEST TREATMENT FOR A RASH ASSOCIATED WITH YEAST INFECTION?
    SO I WAS ON ANTIBIOTICS AND DEVELOPED A YEAST INFECTIONS. THE DISCHARGE AND SMELL IS GONE BUT I BELIEVE I DEVELOPED THIS RASH WHILE I HAD IT. THE RASH DIDNT COME ABOUT UNTIL I GOT THE YEAST INFECTION. I HAVE BEEN USING A&D DIAPER RASH OINTMENT ON IT BUT SHOULD I BE USING THE ANTIFUNGAL CREAM PRESCRIBED FOR THE YEAST INFECTION?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, you should continue with the cream for yeast infection until the rash is gone. If it doesn't improve in two or three days, go to your doctor, it may be a delayed allergic reaction to the antibiotic.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection or a UTI delay a period?
    Is it possible if I just had a yeast inection and UTI and was using an antifungal cream for the past 2 weeks that my period could be slightly delayed?

    • ANSWER:
      There should be no correlation.

  11. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection on penis--how long before it goes away?
    I think I have a minor yeast infection on the head of my penis. I can't tell if it's bacterial or fungal but it may be fungal. I'm going to put antifungal cream on it for a while. Has anyone had this, and how long did it take to resolve? I don't think it is resolving on its own so I'm wondering how long I will have to put cream on it.

    I don't think it's bacterial because it doesn't burn or hurt. And I use antibacterial shower soap so that's unlikely.

    • ANSWER:
      it shoud take a few days, maybe a week at the most. there have been times when my bf got it from me (my bc pills make me have them sometimes yet he wants to do it anyways) and it usually clears up within that time frame. maybe go to the store and get some AZO yeast pills and call the doctor just to make sure.

  12. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to still have painful sex after successfully treating a yeast infection?
    Had one on Monday brought on my a strong dose of antibiotics and the Dr. gave me a three day course of antifungal cream which I took from Wednesday - Friday. All the symptoms were gone by Thursday but we still waited until last night to have sex - it hurt and burn especially when his thrusts rubbed against a particular spot within the vagina.
    Is it possible that it was not completely cured even though the symptoms were gone?
    Are there any natural remedies I can switch to because I hate using too many meds for fear of resistance.

    • ANSWER:
      It is very possible, I suggest contacting your doctor & not having sex until you have had a follow up with your doctor to clear yourself, the last thing you want to do is spread anything to your partner.

  13. QUESTION:
    I need help fast! I think my daughter has a yeast infection...and she is miserable!?
    Does anyone know of a good OTC yeast or antifungal cream that can be used for infants? Of course, this would show up on a holiday weekend. We also live in a very rural area and all the pharmacies are closed. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Seana.. oh poor little one,

      Yes a natural yogurt that has a high amount of bacterial culture (make sure in has no vanilla in it). This would work.Apply a small amout to affected area. If you can get to a pharmacy or someone else in your pharmacy, here in Canada they give you Canesten, ( to apply to outside area). Always check with your Dr. Call them for a reference. Good luck and I pray everyone is well.
      Quickly check in her mouth if her tongue is white, if yes it would require more care, a visit to the Dr.'s and antibiotics.
      Julie.

  14. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of this yeast infection?
    I did a monistat 3 day treatment, it didn't work...
    i did a monistat 1 day, it didnt work.
    im taking azo yeast pills, cranberry juice because im affraid of a UTI coming along to join the party.
    and i have pretty much given up on antifungal creams... it seems to burn and tingle now.
    im just putting vagisil, to cool and calm the itching.
    please... is there any other measures before spending 500 bucks for a doctor?
    please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Yogurt with live cultures. Eat it *and* apply it to the vagina. It has bacteria in it that will colonize to keep the yeast in check.

      In the meantime, be sure you are wearing 100% cotton underwear *and* pants. Boil your underwear after each wearing.

      Does anyone else in the family have a yeast infection (athlete's foot, for instance)? If so, it can be passed back and forth. If you are married, your husband may have it even without symptoms; have him eat the yogurt, too.

      You could try homeopathy. Get a good book on the subject; I like _Everybody's Guide to Homeopathic Medicines_ by Cummings and Ullman. Choose a medication based on the information you read and your particular symptoms.

      If none of the above works, you'll probably have to see a doctor...

  15. QUESTION:
    how to cure yeast infection?
    I have a yeast infection and my doctor told me to buy some antifungal cream. It says on the tube that you should not continue use after 2 weeks. well its been 2 weeks and it hasnt helped. Is it possible that i didn't apply it right? should i try it again for like, another 3 days? and this is going to sound silly, but is there a place that i shouldnt apply it to on my vagina?? please help.
    also, im young and a virgin so no STDS for me.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Breanne,

      For years some doctors have advised women to insert live yogurt into the vagina to introduce Lactobacillus acidophilus bacterium and also produce a more acidic environment to help fight infection. Sometimes, freeze-dried Lactobacillus acidophilus bacterium containing pessary is inserted into the vagina for even more pronounced results. Continue this for an extra day after you get cured.

      There are other effective natural cures for yeast infections available that can help to soothe the discomfort and frustration of a yeast infection, resolving the infection without the use of prescriptions and OTC drugs. They contain ingredients such as Cymbopogon citratus (Lemon grass), Calendula officinalis, and Tabebuia impetiginosa (Pau d'arco bark). All have antibacterial and anti fungal properties that effectively remove toxins and help to support the overall natural maintenance systems in the body.

      You may try this hugely popular natural remedy for Candida infections http://healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/candidate.htm

      Check this natural one also out which is specifically made (an internal remedy) for soothing vaginal itching and burning; and reducing odor and discharge http://healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/vagisoothe.htm

      Hope all this helps

      Good Luck!

  16. QUESTION:
    NEED ADVICE yeast infection?
    so I have a yeast infection, the doctor gave me prescribed antifungal cream that you can only recieve from a pharmacist. The same time I also have a tooth infection and I'm on antibiotics for my mouth. So, I'm eating allot of yogurt, and I'm taking 4 probiotics cranberry tablets everday to help prevent a yeast infection from the antibiotics, will this help limit my chances of a yeast infection coming back b/c of my antibiotics? Also I have this slimy discharge after I use the cream that smells really bad is that a good sign meaning the infection is leaving my body?
    the discharge does not cause any vaginal pain and is somewhat white/yellow

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  17. QUESTION:
    Is this a yeast infection?
    the past two weeks I have had rash like symptoms in my vaginal area. It itches really bad and when I wash it with water or pee gets on it burns. there has been white discharge but not too frequently. I have been checked for STDs and I don't have any

    -If it is a Yeast Infection can I just get monistat or some over the counter antifungal cream/treatment? Will it work?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      yes! it looks like you have yeast infection!
      and you must get rid of it as soon as it is possible!!

      and if you really want to get rid of yeast infection then you must follow these tips:

      1) Eat yogurt. It contains helpful bacteria (live cultures, including acidophilus and bifidus) that destroy yeast. It also works when applied topically. Insert some into the vagina using a finger or plastic tampon applicator. Use only plain yogurt with active cultures.

      2) Douche with a solution of 1 to 3 tbsp. vinegar in a quart of water. Repeat once a day while having symptoms, but no longer than a week.

      3) Decrease or eliminate sugar and sugary foods. Sugar promotes yeast growth.

      4) Use a garlic clove as a suppository. Garlic contains a natural anti-fungal agent. Peel a fresh clove, wrap it in gauze and insert it into the vagina.

      5) Try gentian violet. It's a traditional remedy for yeast and other infections, and can be found in pharmacies. Swab the area with it once or twice a day. Make sure to use a thick pad - it stains everything.

      6) Use an herbal douche. Combine equal amounts of sage, raspberry and comfrey with 1/4 part goldenseal. This can be combined with cider vinegar.

      7) You must use herbal treatment. In that case Yeastrol is really good (probably the best) product that gets rid of yeast infection comparatively fast and makes you feel more confident knowing that it wont reappear again!
      And of course it is better if you use full course (5 months - if I remember correctly). For me it worked very fast + I dont get yeast infections anymore...

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Yeastrol but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.yeastrol.com/?aid=221781

      good luck!

      Working in women's health - Gynecologist + personal experience

  18. QUESTION:
    Can you use Viaderm KC for a yeast infection ?
    Hi my younger sister is 4 and we are pretty sure she has a yeast infection. We are taking her to the clinic tomorrow, but she is sore and itchy, and we need something tonight.
    She's eating yogurt because i read that can help.
    But we have Viaderm KC cream, and it says for external use only, but also says antifungal and antibacterial, and was wondering if we could use it for her yeast infection?
    Please let me know asap,
    Thank you.

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  19. QUESTION:
    Cure for a yeast infection?
    I have a cream called "Ting Antifungal Cream" but it says it's for Athlete's Foot and Jock Itch, can we use it to cure my girlfriend's yeast infection? Since a Jock Itch is comparable to a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't think so. Go to the pharmacy and purchase a 3 day treatment of MONISTAT. Follow the directions...it's simple, it's easy, it only cost about and it will be gone in 3 days. I wouldn't but something made for the foot and jock itch anywhere near my kitty!

  20. QUESTION:
    Any ideas on how to treat a penis yeast infection? Or am I being punished for sexual immorality?
    About 8 mos. ago I recieved oral sex from an older lady (about 23) at a party. A few days
    later I started to get soreness/itching on the head of my penis. I hoped it would go away
    but it kept getting worse so I went to the doctor. I was diagnosed with a yeast infection
    and I was put on a treatment of antifungal cream. This didn't work and the problem spread
    to my foreskin and became even more uncomfortable, with white "stuff". To make a
    longs story short, after 6 mos. of unsuccessful treatment including fluconozole pills and
    steroids (got better at first then got bad again) I took my Dr.s advice (reluctantly) to get circumcised. This helped a lot at first, but the redness/itching came back on the head of my penis. Is there any alternative stuff I can try? If so PLEASE PLEASE say so! Dr.'s just say more creams, more pills.
    A nurse at one of the clinics I went to heard my story, and she said that's what I get for
    sinning, I'm starting to wonder myself?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't be silly you don't get yeast infections for 'sinning' as you put it, the nurse was probably being a little sarcastic towards you. Have you had a test for STI's/STD's? Yeast infections can be caused by too much bacteria inside yr body without 'sinning'. Do you wear boxer shorts? You need to let the area have as much air circulation as possible. Have you had some anti-biotics? Sorry but IDK what fluconozole pills are. Has the Dr. taken a culture & had it tested to see what specific type of yeast infection you have?

      In some cases certain steriods can cause yeast infections. My sister suffers severe asthma & requires steroids which cause yeast infections - got nothing to do with 'sinning'. Have you thought of consulting a naturopath if the clinical solutions aren't working for you? Or go visit another Dr. Good luck.

  21. QUESTION:
    yeast infection help. gross but need serious answers?
    i started taking the little ovules for a yeast infection and it was a three day treatment. last night was my last dose. my question is that im still tender and itchy!! its not all the time, just when something rubs against the sensitive skin and once i start itching, i cant stop! i was pregnant and havent had a yeast infection in ages so i dont remember, should my symptoms be gone now since im done the medication or will it take a few more days? its driving me craaaaazy. and its mostly just on one side where its really irritated, is it just because im still itching? ive been using the little tube of antifungal cream, but it doesnt seem to work!! should i buy another 3 pack and dose for another 3 nights??

    • ANSWER:
      The 3 day treatments (the 1 day as well) take about 7 days to fully work. It usually takes me a couple days after I've stopped treatment before I start feeling better. In the meantime keep using the cream to help. If it's not better in a week, see a doctor.

  22. QUESTION:
    How do I treat a vaginal yeast infection and bacterial infection at the same time?
    Let's skip all the details about WHY I'm doing this and "call your doctor" responses. I just need to know how one would go about treating a vaginal bacterial infection and a vaginal yeast infection that are present together. I have one gel for the bacteria (5 days insert), and two options for the yeast: 2 Diflucan pills spaced 3 days apart, or 7 days of vaginal antifungal cream. I just don't know which order to take them in. Options, options...

    1) Gel for bacteria and then antifungal cream -or-
    2) Antifungal cream and then gel for bacteria

    Another option, if it would be better (certainly faster), would be:

    3) Diflucan orally WITH Gel for bacteria

    Anyone with previous experience dealing with this &/or health professionals who are able to weigh in? Also, at which point should I begin taking my probiotic supplements to prevent further yeast infections?

    THANK YOU!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Even if you have to wait forever to get in, GET IN. A family friend had this & went to the female doctor. She prescribed ONE PILL & it took it away in ONE DAY. She said it cured it immediately & she had a problem with it for years & was to embarrassed to do anything about it. She told me if she knew there was an instant cure, one simple pill, no guessing, no creams, no bottles of pills.... that she would have gone in long before she did. Also, if you wait there is a HUGE risk you take where you can damage yourself & this COULD impact your sexual pleasure or ability to have children. Make an appointment, go see a female doctor & ask about this pill. You COULD also go to a website in the US for a medical center or target a doctor to email & ASK what pill this is. I'll try to do a little research before finalizing this reply & if I find something, I'll add it for you. Okay I found it. Now you can ask for this. It's call diflucan. ONE pill & bingo. GONE.

      http://www.drugs.com/diflucan.html

      Good luck dear

  23. QUESTION:
    On-going yeast infection?
    I recently went to the doctor and was diagnosed with my first yeast infection. I took diflucan on tuesday and have been applying a steriod/antifungal cream she prescribed twice a day [for a week]. It's sunday and I've seen VERY LITTLE improvement. It still burns even though the itching has subsided. I self treated with Monistat 3 prior to going to the doctor but it didn't help at all. Typically how long should it take for the prescriptions to work and treat the infection? Should I wait another week before calling the doctor?

    I'm on yaz birth control and she said that could possibly be the cause. I am not sexually active.

    • ANSWER:
      I'd expect it to be gone by now, unless the birth control pills are causing an ongoing problem.

  24. QUESTION:
    yeast infection?
    ive hade this yeast infection for a week or two. it smells i whent to the doc yesterday and he told me to get some of this cream from walmart called antifungal cream. i bought some of it .i dont have the itching or anything its in my butt im a man too i dont no how i got it but i did it smells. i want to no how long it well last. or if there is anything to make the smell go away. please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.squidoo.com/Yeast_no_more

      this should help

  25. QUESTION:
    I'm pregnant and have a yeast infection...?
    I'm 12 1/2 weeks pregnant and definitely have a yeast infection (I have had many before). My doctor always prescribes Terconazole cream ( 3 day with applicators) and Nystatin and Triamcinolone Acetonide cream for external discomfort. I know both of these medications are Category C, and I am worried about using them during my pregnancy. I have tried using a Category B antifungal cream from my local pharmacy for the past few days, externally, but it hasn't given me much relief. I need this infection cleared up NOW, as it is causing my extreme discomfort and sleepless nights. Can I use the medications my doctor prescribes without harming my fetus?

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  26. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection cleared up...sex?
    I've been treating my external yeast infection (well what I assumed was one from all the symptoms and the doctor saying she thought it was). I started using an antifungal cream and everything started clearing up pretty well. Now all I have is a little discoloration where the skin was peeling, but other than that my bf says everything looks really healed up. We haven't had sex since I noticed the external yeast infection, and my bf doesn't have any itching or anything but he isn't circumsized and I've heard that uncircumsized males can get yeast infections pretty badly and it can sometimes cause them to have to get circumsized. When could we begin having sex again? Should I wait for my skin to get back it's normal color? I've been using the cream for about a week and it says 7 days, but I just wanted to make sure first. Thanks.
    I'm 34 weeks pregnant...;D

    • ANSWER:
      I wuld think you are ok just make sure that after he washes all his creases out so that nothing is hiding if yah know what I mean otherwise it sounds like you could go for it:) HAVE FUN

  27. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection help?
    so I started taking antibiotics for sumthing a while ago, then I stopped wen watever I was taking it for was treated but during that time I developed a yeast infection and I havent been treating it so its still here, Ive been using the antifungal cream my mom got me since shes a pharmacist and all and the cream definitely helps with the itching and burning, but is there a faster way to treat it???
    thank you so much both of you, I will definitely go and buy some yogurt today and Ill cut back on my sugar too, soda and candy is a daily part of my diet, I know its bad but now I'll be even more driven to cut it out, who knows, I might loose some weight even though I'm not fat =) lol

    • ANSWER:
      Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body relative to the good bacteria. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off, and once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold

      Changing your diet will definitely get you on the road to balancing the yeast and good bacteria, but what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution to help naturally speed up the process.

      I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.
      Best of Luck!

      Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

      If you're interesting in finding out more I've added a link that has some more info.

  28. QUESTION:
    UTI and yeast infection at the same time!?
    well I recently went to the doctors and found out I have a urinary tract infection, along with a yeast infection. ah! ugh. I can't stand the itching but the doctor at the hospital gave me amoxicillin for the UTI. but I have been told that amoxicillin can actually make yeast infections worse. He also told me to use monistat to clear up the yeast infection. so in order to save money, my mom bought an off brand of monistat, called Miconazole. Its a 7day vaginal antifungal cream treatment and it says compare to monistat. So Im just wondering is it safe to take the amoxicillin while I have a yeast infection? I don't want it to get worse! but if I don't take the amoxicillin the UTI could get worse! ah idk what to do!

    • ANSWER:
      I've been through the same thing. I treated mine at the same time. Take the amoxicillin and use the Miconazole at night as directed. The yeast infection will clear up as long as you are using the Miconazole. If it clears up after a day or two, remember use the cream the whole seven days or it could come back.

      And remember, if you are sexually active and on the pill, Amoxicillin reduces the effectiveness of hormonal birth control, so use condoms!

  29. QUESTION:
    Yeast Infection Meds are not working...HELP!?
    So about 3 weeks ago I was diagnosed with a UTI, was given meds to clear it up. The Pharmacist warned me that the meds that I was given could cause a yeast infection, sure enough it did. I started using Canesten for 7 days, no relief. I went to the doctor he told me to take this new Caness Oral tab, I did...no relief...I went back he gave me a sawb and sent it away for testing, in the mean time he gave me a prescription for Diflucan 3 pills a day for 7 days, also told me to use an antifungal cream as well. He called me on Monday telling me I tested positive for yeast, I was feeling better at that point, and now the past 3 days have been nothing but pure hell for me. Is there anything else that I could possibly do to get some relief?

    • ANSWER:
      Keep taking the prescribed meds.
      Also, cut the sugar out of your diet. Sugar feeds yeast.
      Sleep without panties. Airflow helps kill yeast.
      Run a tub of water and pour a little apple cider vinegar in it. It's smelly, but it will help kill yeast, be sure you dry off well after doing this.
      Don't scratch! Breaks in the skin give the yeast somewhere to hide.
      Eat yogurt. Lots and lots of yogurt.

  30. QUESTION:
    Antibiotic + Yeast Infection :0(?
    Ok...sorry for the TMI:

    I have had yeast infections before - I'm on an antibiotic right now (Cephalexan) and about 2 days ago (about 5 days into taking the antibiotic) I started having a burning "raw" sensation. I don't have a full-blown yeast infection (no thick, clumpy discharge or smell), but the area around my clitoris and labia is red and inflamed, and yesterday it was like the skin was peeling...It's uncomfortable, but not unbearable.

    Has anyone had this happen? Can you have a yeast infection that is just external? What do you do for it? I would go get some Monistat, but wouldn't that be treating internally? I just need the external....can I get an antifungal cream and use it?

    Note: No chance of STD.

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes you do not get a white clumpy discharge with a yeast infection - just severe itching (with no discharge - but you can still have a yeast infection.

      If you do have a yeast infection, you may think it is external, but more than likely it is also internal and would need the yeast medication.
      You could try Vagisil cream and this may help with the burning and raw feeling.
      You could also have a Bacterial Vaginosis infection but this needs to be diagnosed and given a prescription to clear it up (no over the counter medication for this type of infection.)
      Taking antibiotics can cause yeast infections but you really should be seen by a p hysician to be sure you are treating the infection with the proper medication.
      Good Luck!

  31. QUESTION:
    Is this even a yeast infection?
    Before I had weird discharge and stuff so I thought it was a yeast infection, but that was like 6-8 weeks ago and it hasn't happened again. All I got was redness and itchiness after that. I had itchiness in my vagina and around it. And I used antifungal cream to put around it, and the redness was gone, and it like...barely itches in the vagina. Like no more than once a day. It just itches around the pubic hairs and a little but on the skin. I've been eating the right amount of yogurt for like 2 weeks, and the itchy went down by a lot, and all it is now it itching. It doesn't itch that much, tho. So do you think this is dry skin? In the Winter, my skin dries out A LOT, but I never had itchiness problem in the past Winters. Lately I've been wearing panty liners like...once or twice a week because incase I do have any discharge, it won't get on my pants and stuff. But lately I've only gotten the normal discharge. Do you think the panty liners are making the itching continuous? Because I don't understand how after eating so much yogurt, and putting creams on, and it still isn't gone. I think it's just dry skin, or it's normal. What do you think?

    By the way:

    I don't shave down there
    I don't trim down there
    Lately I've been putting on lotion down there incase it was dry skin, but the itching it still the same.
    I'm a virgin
    I'm 14
    I wear cotton underwear
    I haven't worn anything tight in the longest time. (Grr)
    And I don't have crabs because it isn't constant itching.

    So what do you think this is?
    And would it be okay if I went shopping and tried on some pants?

    • ANSWER:
      u r very smart so u try to solve this problem to ur own.
      from my side there is no problem to wear pant n go for shopping

  32. QUESTION:
    Antibiotics/Diarrhea cause of possible yeast infection? Treatment?
    About 3 weeks ago my sweat glands were infected. I went to the ER and was prescribed Clindamycin, Percocet, and Naproxen. I took those for 3 days before the Dr. switched me to Augmentin for 10 days. I went nearly 7 days without a BM and was getting really nervous, but figured it was the Percocet slowing down my gut.

    When I finally did have a BM it was diarrhea. The diarrhea persisted for at least a week, a couple times a day. I figured this was from the antibiotics. I stopped the Augmentin two days early because I couldn’t take the diarrhea anymore. Two days later I had a soft, formed stool.

    In the meantime, I began spotting, which I have never done in my 10+ years of menstruating. This made me incredibly nervous again, but I chalked it up to the antibiotics once again, and I started my period 2 days later. (I’ve since read having a YI can cause menstrual irregularities)

    2 days ago I noticed I had anal itching. It wasn’t really bad, I just got the urge to go and wipe again. It’s not constant, just a couple times an hour. And earlier when I had a BM, I noticed a drop of blood when I wiped. Then I noticed my vulva is sort of itchy and sore. Not my vagina, but the lips and the top. I thought this might be from my pad (which was clean and dry b/c I always use tampons), but I googled “anal itching” and think I’ve got a yeast infection. Could it be? I have no discharge or odor. I’m 22 years old, not sexually active, and have never had any gastric, urinary or reproductive issues.

    I’m not sure what I should get. I thought about getting Monistat but like I said, it’s not really itching inside or much of my front at all. It’s mainly the anal itching that’s bothering me. It’s not unbearable, but it’s certainly uncomfortable. Should I get antifungal cream or hydrocortisone cream? Apply both? Monistat? Preparation H? I’m really confused. This has never happened to me before. Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      Get Monistat 1 with a tube of cream for the outside. Put the outside cream on every where you itch. Use the Vaginal Suppository as you are suppose to. You can feel this is strictly outside but you do have a vaginal yeast infection too.

  33. QUESTION:
    Bacterial Vaginosis help please?
    Ok I have had this itch between my vagina opening and my butt for over a month now, its not always there somedays its there somedays not. I have read everything on Bacterial Vaginosis I was having discharge about the time that it started havent pay attention since ( There are no bumps, blisters, sores, or anything that tells me its a std.. so i know that its not a std.) All I have is a itch and at times buring usually when I pee sometimes not when I pee. I have all the signs of bv except for the fishy smell so i was wondering if everyone gets that when you have bv. I have tried antifungal cream and yeast infection cream and prescription yeast infection cream. I have been recently dianosed with Diabetes so my other question is can diabetes cause bv also and do you have to have the fishy smell with bv. all your help will me grateful no rude comments please. I havent been with anyone in 2 years besides my husband and i know he hasnt either.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi jessica, I understand what you are going through because for many years I was plagued by chronic yeast infections, including but not limited to: rashes, weight gain, insomnia, acne, constipation, chronic fatigue, depression, sensitivity to chemicals, you name it.

      I tried many systems, lotions, creams but found many did not work for me. That was until after following a natural program, I had made a significant progress. My thrush, acne and rashes had vanished. My skin had almost completely cleared up. I hadn’t looked that good in 15 years. I felt rejuvenated, energized, happier and so much healthier..

      I want the same for you too. Do not suffer any more .

      All the best for your health.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is there any effective natural remedies I can use to treat Yeast Infection? Been suffering about a month now.?
    I think I've been suffering from a yeast infection for about a month now. Around Oct. 3 I started having the abnormal discharge and burning sensation in my vagina when I Pee. However, October 12 I got my period and the burning sensation went away and obviously I couldn't tell whether there was still abnormal discharge until after it went off. I did read that menstruation helps pass bacteria out of the vagina(don't really know if that's accurate). Anyway, after my period went off, I began to have full force itching in my vagina and on the outside, but no more burning sensation when i pee. The discharge had no odor and was white. Now it has an odor and is more yellowish. I need help with figuring this out. I was certain that this might be a yeast infection, but I don't know anymore. It might be Bacterial Vaginosis or Trich from what I been reading. The symptoms are pretty much the same for all 3. It is easy to say go to the doctor, but I don't have insurance so I don't know what to do.

    I tried using an antifungal cream but that made my itching worse and my vulva swelled. So I didn't even use it the full 7 days. I've tried the sitz bath with vinegar and salt. That helps temporarily. I've been taking acidophilus pills which has been helping alot with the itching, but still have it a little. I'm thinking of trying garlic vitamins and tea tree oil. I'm also going to buy some plain yogurt. I just want to know does anyone have any other suggestions regarding natural remedies. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You can go to Planned Parenthood for an exam. They have a sliding scale and only charge what you can afford.

      *Take Lots of acidophilus/probiotics or eat Unsweetened Yogurt
      *Avoid tight jeans and other tight pants
      *Wear cotton underwear during the day
      *Wear no underwear to bed

      Here's some things to try. I've tired the first two and know they work:

      1. Put a tsp of apple cider vinegar in a 6-8 ounce glass of water and drink it 2-3 times a day.

      2. Mix a tsp of Hydrogen Peroxide in a cup of water and pour over the area.

      3. Fill a bathtub with just enough warm, not hot, water to create a sitz bath (enough water to cover your groin and just up to your belly). Add 2 cups of raw apple cider vinegar and sit in the bath with your knees folded toward your body (not stretched out flat). You can stay in this bath mixture for 15 minutes. Gently pat dry and make sure you are very dry before putting any clothes on. Wear only cotton underpants, preferably washed in natural unscented detergent.

      Signs of yeast infections:
      White, cottage cheese-like discharge
      Swelling and pain around the vulva
      Intense itching

      Signs of bacterial vaginosis:
      A white, gray or yellowish vaginal discharge
      A fishy odor that is strongest after sex or after washing with soap
      Itching or burning
      Slight redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva

      Signs of trichomoniasis
      A watery, yellowish or greenish bubbly discharge
      An unpleasant odor
      Pain and itching when urinating
      Most apparent after your period

  35. QUESTION:
    Can I use my antifungal cream solely for getting rid of the stinky smell in my v?
    I have two antifungal creams prescribed by my doctor.

    One is called Monistat Derm and it says, "for fast relief of external itching, burning and irritation associated with vaginal yeast infections. Use for external genital itching and irritation only if you have already had a vaginal yeast infection diagnosed by a doctor..."

    The second one is called Canesten and it "relieves external vaginal itching, burning associated with vaginal yeast infection and discomfort."

    Yes, I did have vaginal yeast infection before but it's only occasional when I feel some discomfort/itching. I haven't used it since the last time I knew I had the infection but now I'm not sure since I don't feel and cannot see the symptoms.

    I just know my private area down there does not smell great so I was wondering if these two creams could be my solution to get rid of the awful scent when I don't feel irritation or discomfort at the moment.

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    Can I use athlete's foot cream on my butt crack?
    So for the past couple of days my butt crack has been burning and itching like mad. I told my mom, but she didn't seem to care. I think it might be a yeast infection? Can I use antifungal athletes foot cream for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can. Make sure that you don't use the same tube that you or someone else is using for their feet, you don't want to catch athletes butt!

      Wash the area carefully, make sure you rinse away all traces of soap or shower-gel. Dry carefully, using a clean towel that you keep for your personal use. Don't rub hard, dab gently to avoid irritation.

      Apply a thin layer of the cream and allow it to dry before putting on underpants. Use loosely fitted, cotton underpants if you have them. Wash your hands! Try to avoid the temptation to rub or scratch the area.

      If there is no improvement in seven days, have a word with your doctor or pharmacist.

  37. QUESTION:
    MY YEAST INFECTION WON'T GO AWAY AND IT'S BEEN TWO WEEKS?
    I've had my yeast infection for two weeks and two days.. I've used candida cream which is called clonea antifungal skin cream and it hasnt worked.. and ive heard the natural yogurt (which has active culture) works... and ive been using that but it only works for like 20 mins or so... some really GOOD remedies that work not remedies like ' dont wear tight clothing and stuff ' coz ive already got those advice.. i mean natural things pls.... i cry my self to sleep becoz of this...and i might go to the doctor... p.s im 13

    • ANSWER:
      First off... two and a half weeks is much too long for a typical yeast infection. You need to go see your doctor because having a yeast infection for too long is not good for your body and can cause all serious problems.

      When I have had yeast infections before I have used Monistat and that usually helps me just fine.

      However, I highly recommend going to the doctor. She will most likely put you on a prescription to heal the infection. You will most likely notice a huge improvement within a day.

      While you wait to get into the doctor use a hot water bottle, or a hot magic bag, and place it in between your legs at night when you sleep. The warmth will help relax you and keep most of the symptoms at bay.

      Good luck! :)

  38. QUESTION:
    VERY persistent yeast infection!!!?
    I've been battling a persistent yeast AND bacterial infection for 6 months now. Started with bactieral infection...been treating that, and about 2 months ago got a yeast infection on top of it! So, now i've had both for about 2 months. My doc and I have tried EVERYTHING!! Oral meds, antifungal creams, metrogel, relaguard, etc. I've been takign acidopholus (sp?) for about 5 weeks now. Just went back to the doc today, and still have BOTH infections. She has decided the next step to try metrogel twice a day for 2 weeks (previously, it had been once/day for 2 weeks, and then twice a day for 1 week), and diflucan twice a day for 2 weeks (i have not tried diflucan yet). continue acidopholus.

    She also wants me to pretty much eliminate sugar and white starches from my diet. This is my main question. What does this include? Obviously no white bread, whtie rice or potatos. No "real" sugar (i.e. in dessert). What aobut artificial sweeteners ? What about fruit? Oatmeal? HELP! other advice??

    • ANSWER:
      well, part of the problem is probably that your man is carrying this bacteria, and yeast that is giving you BV and the yeast infections. He should go to his doctor and get a prescription of flagyl. Have you tried this anti fungal pill (flagyl)? I had this same problem for quite a while and finally got it under control with flagyl and acidophilus, and having my husband treated. There are also many different types of yeast and my doc said that some medicines do not cure all types of yeast infections. I would say to have fruit in moderation and probably no oatmeal. Artificial sweeteners are probably OK. This just seems like a weird thing to do. Consider changing doctors. And of course no douching, bubble baths and make sure you change your tampon every four hours, make sure you are wiping front to back and using mild soap. I found out finally that my problem was coming from my husband ejaculating inside of me. It throws off your PH in your vagina and in turn gives these bacterias an environment for rapid reproduction. Try eliminating that for a while until you get things under control. I personally HATE metrogel! Its nasty and gross and you cant have intercourse for a while unless you want a big mess. I'm a big fan of flagyl, it always worked for me. Good luck.

  39. QUESTION:
    Do you think I have a yeast infection?
    I only have itching every little while around the roots of my pubic hair, (It's not crabs, it isn't constant!) and it itches a little bit in my vagina, but not too much. That's it. It's been itching for a while now, started to itch about 6-8 weeks ago. ... But I don't trim/shave, and sometimes I wear panty liners like once a week, and I put antifungal
    creams/lotion 'cause I thought that might work, and my body wash is scented, and I don't wear tight pants. Before I used to have redness, but that's gone, (like 2 weeks ago) and I only have cottage cheese discharge ONCE like 4 weeks ago, and I have yellowish greenish discharge twice, about 8 weeks ago. But I think that was because I was wearing my only pair of jeans which were uncomfortabl, and tight!! Now it's just mild itching. Do you think it's just normal, or a yeast infection?

    I'm 14, virgin.

    Thanks. :)

    Oh, and also, I've been eating yogurt for like 4 weeks now, and I had a baking soda/water drink yesterday, but the itching has defininately gone down from last time, but it's still mild itching. What do you think?
    Before it used to itch only around the pubic hairs, but it's started to itch in the vagina.

    • ANSWER:
      Under your conditions explained it appears to be a folliculitis, or a non- specific vulvovaginitis, which requires a maintainance of good genital hygeine, give up wearing tight geans for some time, and keep your genitals well ventilated by wearing loose garments etc.,.
      You may also consult your doctor for necessary examination and advice.
      A pelvic examination may not be required, and is not recommended.

  40. QUESTION:
    How to relieve itching for dog with yeast infection of the skin?
    I found a dog running loose yesterday as I was walking home. He's a really friendly dog but he looks horrible. He has big patches of thick, scaly skin, yellow skin as well as wounds and scabs. It's almost all over him and he's scratching a lot, clearly miserable. I've seen dogs with yeast infections of the skin before so I'm quite sure that's what it is. His symptoms are pretty classic. I'm hoping to get him to the vet tomorrow but I may not be able to go until Tuesday and I'd really like to give him some relief until then. Is there anything I can get OTC that would give him some relief from the itching? Would antifungal creams help? Any tips would be appreciated.
    I've given him a bath since he was also filthy but it doesn't seem to have given him any relief.

    FYI, I am looking for his owners but judging from the way he looks I don't think anyone cares about him enough to look for him.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Call a vet and get the proper dosing for benadryl over the phone when you make the appoinment for him. Benadryl is safe for dogs and will relive the itching but will also make him drowsy.

      You can gelty rub aloe to relieve itching as well but you have to be sure he won't lick it off.

  41. QUESTION:
    Is it a yeast infection?
    Okay so after i had unprotected sex with a female, a week later i started getting a really and i mean really bad itch around my anus. So this went on for a while i went and got checked for std all came back negative. The lady that checked me suggested i use jock itch cream on my buttocks for about 2 week. Well i did just that and actually went for a month with this cream. After i stopped using it i noticed it came back within a couple days. So i went to a clinic got checked and they said i was fine that i did not have a yeast infection to continue the jock itch cream. Well a month later i devopled a white layer on my tongue along with dry mouth...i was really really stressed on this whole issue so im pretty sure it was from high levels of stress cause i went back to the doctor and they checked my tongue and it was fine, which the doc. then game me a prescription for a med that produces more saliva. I havent gone to get this med because if it is stress then i can get over it on my own just by chewing sugar-less gum should keep the mouth moist. Well as of today my anus is still itchy and now my armpits itch also. When my anus get sweaty it starts itching along with my armpits all at the same time. I started using an anitfungal liquid spray around my anus and armpits as of yesterday. I will try one more time for a whole month before i go in to see a doctor. Well when i put the antifungal spray on my armpits it felt good cold, and the itch went away, but when i put the spray on my anus area it freaken burned. IDK why but it burned for a good 5 mins. Also i put the spray on my penis cause it looks kinda brownish an im a light skin guy and the tip of my penis is colorish every once in a while it itches with no burning while peeing or discharge. So my question is can it be a yeast infection and if it is can i cure it with these antifungal liquid sprays or do i have to go get medicine from the doctor. Any good answers will be really nice. i have been to three doctors and all of them have said that i do not have a yeast infection to just use anitfungal stuff on the areas that itch while there sweaty...i personally think it bull crap i for some reason feel i have a yeast infection. Thankyou for your time ppl!!
    I have been taking two acidophilus pills everyday (two billion units each pill) and garlic pills for more than a month an have had no signs of cure also.
    Also one more question...will the medicine called (diflucan) cure whatever i have...if it does then let me know so i can make an appointment and get this s**t over with already, i dont have money to be wasting with things that aint gonna work...thanks to everyone

    • ANSWER:
      You're right it does sound like a fungal problem, but it could also be bacterial too.

      Firstly, don't use stuff on your anus you wouldn't squirt in your eye or mouth - the tissue there (as you found out) is very sensitive.

      I'd probably approach it in the following way - might sound extreme - but I managed to get rid of chronic tinea from my place after a cousin gave it to me and my housemates

      • Wash your clothes, underwear and towels, sheets and towels and bath mats with an antibacterial and antifungal wash like lysol or add tea-tree oil to the wash.
      • If Lysol isn't available, try some bleach in the water - obviously that will damage the clothes if you use too much.
      • Dry them in sunlight if you can, otherwise a hot dryer for clothes that can stand it.
      • Use dilute bleach to wipe down your bathroom surfaces, toilet, hard (wooden etc) bath mats

      • Get some anti-fungal powder and cream.
      • Trim your fingernails
      • Exfoliate your the skin under the shower rinse it well;
      • Wash with anti fungal soaps like Defense Soap.(Include your hair)
      • Dry yourself properly with a disinfected towel (see above)
      • Use talc, or an antifungal powders to prevent friction and heat build up. You'll also stay dryer with the anti fungal talc powders.
      • Use Antifungal creams on your hands and finger / toenails.
      •Wear loose-fitting cotton underwear, don't wear briefs etc where sweat can stay damp.

      Repeat the antifungal body wash a couple of times over the first week, and again the second week.

      Best of luck.

  42. QUESTION:
    My 8 month old son is has vomited 5 times in the past 30 minutes......help!?
    he acts completely normal but when he woke up from his nap he started spitting up, i thought that was normal but the 5th timehe did it it definately had some force behind it. he has never done this before. he just got over a common cold yesterday, he had diareha for a week and now has a yeast infection also. he stopped the diareha yesterday but now its back and hes had it 3 times today. he has no fever, what should i do? its like everything hit him at once.......i have antifungal cream for his yeast infection so dont worry about that.......should make a doctor appointment, or what signs should i look for to have to take him to the emergency room?

    • ANSWER:
      Give him small amounts of liquids; water or pedialite. He will be ok just as long as it doesn't continue for more than a couple of days and he is getting some liquid in him.

      Go to the doctor if it makes you feel better but it sounds like a virus which then there is nothing they can do for it.

  43. QUESTION:
    Perscribed OTC 2% miconazole is this a female product only?
    I visited a doctor for a rash on my penis, he thought it might be a yeast infection and recommended OTC 2% miconazole antifungal cream ( as used for athlete's foot or jock itch) Every product I've seen that is 2% miconazole is for vaginal yeast infections and it says that it is for vaginal use only. What should I do about this or where can I pick up some miconazole cream that is not feminin only?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't worry about it, miconazole cream is miconazole cream ... and the "female" products are generally much cheaper than prescription or "male" products.

      My husband was prescribed some for the same condition and when I saw what it was I asked the pharmacist if the expensive prescription cream was any different than the women's stuff ... he said they are identical, just most guys are too embarrassed to buy the "vaginal" kind.

      But yes, it's perfectly safe and effective.

  44. QUESTION:
    how do i diagnose it?! yeast infection?
    i am having a few of the same symptoms and im very concerned it may be something relating to my general health! I had a yeast infection about 2 months ago, or so i believed...and It was bothering me so much that finally i went and picked up the over the counter perscription for vaginal antifungal called Tioconazole 1day while i was waiting in my car dor my fiance to get off of work. its recomended to ask your doctor before use but i was such in a panic that at that instant i didnt care about anything else but making it go away. So i bought it from the walmart i was parked infront of ran to the bathroom and used it, along with an anti-itch cream called vagisil...I went back to my car and it itched for a little while but then the syptoms a couple of hours later (about 2) were gone just like that and i was relieved....however the following day around the same time I was at the walmart again to pick up my fiance and I started to itch so extreme that I had me crying my eyes out! It wasnt long after that all of the sudden i felt something burst in my pants and i felt something slimy going down my leg (so sorry its so graffic but Im so worried i dont want to miss a thing) and then again instant relief!!!!!after the burst I quickly pulled down my pants and there was a slimy lime green discharge! It did not have any odor to it at all and alot came out but that was the only time it came out ever! after that episode all of my symptoms went completly away. HOWEVER that did not stop me from paying my doctor a visit. the day I went however I just started my period and wasnt able to have any tests run on me. I was givin and appointment for the following week which bothered me because I was sure by then my syptoms might have cleared up and not have been as recognisable. Keep in mind that the only partner I have had sex with in the past 3 years is my fiance and I have been tested but I never thought about him before but he has not givin me any complications in the past.So for my next appointment I received the pap smear and urine test...everything came back normal....Also during my appointment I was perscribed birth control, the nuvaring...but there is something not right because since then I seem to be getting more and more yeast infection like symtoms. However this is not new either because even before my episode I felt to be having yeast infections but they were comming back negative....there are sooo many possiblities out there and it scares me because I dont know where to begin and Im told pap smears and certain tests are not as effective as we are told to believe. I just want these symptoms to go away so I can have some relief in my life. any knowledge would be greatly appreciated!thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Often the reason you get a reoccurring yeast infection is because what you are using to treat it is not attacking the root cause of the problem. Often times this happens when you use the OTC creams like monistat. The creams do a good job of temporarily eliminating the yeast infection, but they do a poor job of addressing the actual cause of the yeast infection.

      Personally I think the best approach to permanently stopping yeast infections is the natural way. Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans.

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold.

      You can change your diet in conjunction with using the creams that you've been using and that will speed up the recovery significantly. But what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution instead. I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.

      If you're interesting in finding out more I've added a link that has some more info.

  45. QUESTION:
    Monistat Cream...................?
    I am using Antifungal Monistat cream for the first time because I have itchiness and it's red down there. So I'm using the cream to heal my possible yeast infection. How long will it take?
    I bought Monistat 1.

    • ANSWER:
      Normally two times application for 7 days will heal the infection but may last longer if the infection is severe.

  46. QUESTION:
    I need to know if a store brand is as good quality as the name brand on Miconazole 7. This is a vaginal?
    antifungal cream that is to be used for 7 days for YEAST INFECTION. I need to know if the no-name is as good and the store brand.

    • ANSWER:
      My guess would be yes. I always buy the wal-mart or walgreens store brand of any medication or beauty product and have great results. The name brand stuff and generics have almost always (that I've used and read about) shown to be the exact same formulas, it's just that the name brand comes in fancier packaging. :)

  47. QUESTION:
    Help with Monistat cream?
    I am using Antifungal Monistat cream for the first time because I have itchiness and it's red down there. I bought the combination pack for Monistat 1, but the ovule was too difficult for me to use, so I'm using the cream that came wiht it to heal my possible yeast infection. How long will it take to heal?

    • ANSWER:
      The external irritation is due to the discharge coming from your vagina. Until you get rid of the fungus IN your vagina, your external problems aren't going to go away ... they'll just be masked & maybe slightly lessened from the external cream.

      If you find you simply cannot use the ovule for whatever reason (though I never found it to be a problem) then call your doc & ask for a prescription for Diflucan; it's a one-time pill that clears up most yeast infections in a day or two.

  48. QUESTION:
    To those who had a dog with severe malassezia pachydermatis(Skin yeast infection..)?
    When my vet said my dog had flea allergies, she also said that he had a yeast infection, though didn't help me out much with what to give him. She just said antifungal meds.. Is there any kind of human pills that can help, and maybe shampoo? I've read that there are certain things that help, but I've only been able to find it in a brand of dandruff shampoo. I can't use creams because he's got it damn near all over his body. So, any one got some suggestions for shampoo and oral medications? I know of one little 'set' I can buy online, but I can't afford that.

    • ANSWER:
      Our vet uses Monostat or Lotrimin on skin yeast infections. He uses the Monostat on younger smaller dogs, but lets the older dogs use Lotrimin. I am not sure what chemical is actually in them, you can look up the ingredients to see.
      There is an oral antifungal, but he doesn't use it very often at all.

  49. QUESTION:
    Monistat Cream help?.........?
    I am using Antifungal Monistat cream for the first time because I have itchiness and it's red down there. I bought the combination pack for Monistat 1, but the ovule was too difficult for me to use, so I'm using the cream that came wiht it to heal my possible yeast infection. How long will it take to heal?

    • ANSWER:
      The cream is for the external (or outside) vulvar area, but the ovule is for the vaginal (internal) area. I'm concerned this probably won't have enough in the tube to be an adequate dose. Also, since it's your first infection, it's best to see a doctor just to make sure it truly is a yeast infection. It could be another germ and not a fungal infection.

  50. QUESTION:
    Monistat cream help!!?
    I am using Antifungal Monistat cream for the first time because I have itchiness and it's red down there. I bought the combination pack for Monistat 1, but the ovule was too difficult for me to use, so I'm using the cream that came wiht it to heal my possible yeast infection. How long will it take to heal?

    I'm 13, virgin...and what was weird was when I tried putting it in, I don't think the ovule fit, and I also had a hard time finding it...because I'm not used to sticking tampons and stuff like that up my vagina. But when I'm on the shower, I can find it easy.

    • ANSWER:
      Monistate cream does work but you have to use it nightly for 3 to 7days. If this doesn't work you need to go to the doctor for stronger medication to clear this up. The important thing is to figure out what caused the yeast infection in the first place. If you get a lot of these infections stop taking baths( no bubble baths), just shower. I used to get many yeast infections and it was awful. I found out yrs. later from the pharmacists that taking acidopihlis daily cured the problem. I no longer get these infections, maybe only the odd one if I've I been taking an antibiotic prescript-ed for something else. Good Luck Cocoa


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