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post #31 of 56
Coming from a recent nursing school graduate here (well, almost--tomorrow), you need to go to a gyn. There are other things out there that can cause similar symptoms. That being said, I did actually have one of the other problems that I decided to treat myself and it did not work. I wasted my time and money to have it clear up itself after 3 or 4 days of intense itching and drainage not to mention I was in misery. As someone else mentioned, BV is a very common problem and yeast infection meds will not help.
post #32 of 56
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Originally Posted by darkeyedgirl View Post
Diflucan is a medical miracle. Gift from the Gods. It is THE only thing out there that works for me.

I used to get those um, 'issues' a lot. The only thing that worked was the wonderful Diflucan.

Even after the doc said to do certain things, NOT do certain things, don't eat this, don't look at that, don't walk by this person, don't breathe here, don't stand there too long, blah blah blah, all I could think was, "doc; try having a vagina for ONE DAY and having one of these things and take allll your suggestions and flush them down the terlet!"

So I lived on Diflucan.

I did find an honest to God miracle cure however. Ever since I went on the NuvaRing (hormonal birth control that goes 'up there' for a month), I've not had one 'issue'. It's been awesome. I haven't had Diflucan in a few months!

Are ya on hormonal birth control? Things that I found out cause the yucky 'issues' are:
Bromine (NOT Chlorine; Bromine is this salty stuff peeps use instead of Chlorine... causes infections in some lassies)

really wildy scented body washes / soaps (I used this pomegranate/mango stuff and wow... an hour later I was like, hello bread factory)

Ovulating each month caused the infections. Ovulation should be a time of much-happiness and celebration (especially when you're engaged & with a really hot guy!) but alas... it was sad... so I stopped ovulating by getting on hormonal birth control.

Also one other culprit of the Yeastie Beastie: sometimes it's just the guy you are with. Weirdly enough. If he drinks protein shakes it does something to his um... male parts... that doesn't sit real well with your female parts. I had that issue once for a few months and wow, what a sucky way to live.

Anyhoo off my soapbox about yeast infections. If guys on this board DO take a peek in here, they shouldn't be too freaked out. Dudes have issues, too!

Yeasty Beasty!!! I think thats a great way of putting it!!!

I am not on any b/c either, btw. I am quite sure its from a antibiotic I just finished with....

I am shocked to see that noone has popped in here yet....
post #33 of 56
I always get a yeast infection when I've been on antibiotics.

I was also getting them recently when I started getting periods again after being on Depo Provera for ages - my body was just out of whack.

The last bout I got was the day before we left for our week long belated "honeymoon". I was sooooooo annoyed!!!

But the pharmacist had a pill - no icky creams, just one pill (or maybe it was 2...), but anyway, it was very strong, and fast acting, and I was fine by the time we got to the island
post #34 of 56
You can start eating yogurt.And you can also *use* plain yogurt in that area.I haven't had one,but my SIL was told to *use* some on a pad in her panties and it would take it away.
Also, don't take any hot baths until you are 100% it is cleared up.
post #35 of 56
If it's a bacterial infection, antibiotics will help -- but if it's a yeast overgrowth (commonly called a yeast infection), antibiotics will make it worse. Gotta get a real diagnosis...

(If it is yeast, though, try AZO yeast tablets during and for awhile after treatment with gynelotrimin cream... helps prevent recurrence.)
post #36 of 56
I've had it twice, once after swimming and once after taking amoxicillin for earache. I used canasten too rosie! It REALLY works, like 24hours later and its like 'I'm free!!'. Plus it comes with cream, so you can sooth and cure at the same time.
I don't understand how the 'good bacteria' thing works since stomach acid is strong enough to kill bacteria and is one of the reasons why we have it, so surely it all dies??
post #37 of 56
Have you been to a doctor to see if what you have is really a yeast infection? It could be something called vaginitis and that doesn't respond to over the counter medication.

Also, it's possible that the reason you keep getting whatever it is back, is because your husband is infected with whatever it is and is giving it right back to you again.

You both should be checked by a doctor and both treated.
post #38 of 56
I've never had one, so I can't really add anything...I am sending you some "get well" vibes, though.

I also wanted to point out that a title like that is probably the one way to guarantee that every guy on the site at least opens and peeks at this thread.
post #39 of 56
Also, another thought............do you use tampons? I was just curious as they have been know to cause PID. and that can sometimes mimic some of a yeast infections signs.
post #40 of 56
I had one once..and let me tell you.. it was awful! It was so itchy, then then burning. I feel for you!!!

I used a Vagisil OTC 3 day treatment at first, but it had an syringe looking thing to insert the cream and my arms are very short, so I couldn't get the first of the cream in. So, I switched to ovules and put on a pad at night. The itching and burning was awful, but after 2 nights, it didn't bother anymore, though I continued the treatment until the medicine was gone.

I hope you feel better soon! I know how you feel..
post #41 of 56
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Originally Posted by catloverin_ks View Post
K ladies.....got a question for you. And Im not trying to be gross or too personal, but I need HELP!!

Have you ever suffered from a infection?(yes that kind)
I need help curing it!! I did the over night stuff and took a Diflucan as well. I am just miserable!!

Thanks for any help you can gimme!! And feel free to PM me as well....
Diflucan should wipe out the infection very, very soon. I once used it when I had to take mega-anti-biotic pills, due to a dog bite--and I got that infection not only in the usual area, but also in the rectum. Not fun...I never knew one could get a yeast infection THERE! Anyway, they gave 1 Diflucan, and it went away pronto. Are you sure it's a yeast infection? Could it be something else? If the Diflucan doesn't help, get to the Dr. ASAP.

Also, eating (live cultures) yogurt helped me; you;d need to do this daily, not just once--esp. if you get the infections often (if so, question WHY you do--are you diabetic?) I used to sometimes apply PLAIN (not fruit, which has SEEDS) yogurt externally to the affected area--soothing, but cold.

Try soaking in a warm tub, with 1 cup of baking soda or white vinegar. (I prefer the baking soda.) This will really make it feel better; I've done it many times over the years. It helps with the itching, too.

I feel your pain! Until I started eating a low-fat, low-sugar diet 11 years ago (eating a lot of sugar can cause yeast infections, so can diabetes), I suffered from yeast infections almot constantly.

Here's hoping you get some relief SOON!

MargeCat
post #42 of 56
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I haave been doing some online research and finding some home remedies....they have the yogurt listed as well as honey!! I am in for some new things to try LOL..

BTW-to anyone who asked...I used to be PRONE to get these things AT least every 4-5 mos! So I know thats what it is...same symptoms and everything. They must be hereditary because I know my mom has said she had them alot when she was younger and my sister gets them ALL the time!!
post #43 of 56
I have never had an attack from the Yeasty Beasty - my mom and sis get them often. So, no advice just sending

P.S. With the thread titled the way it is, I am sure half the readers have been men and they are now off their dinners
post #44 of 56
I am not trying to be too personal now.......................my Mom suffered from them ALOT and I do mean ALOT.My Dad was *not altered* I guess is the best way to say it .............had "extra skin" if ya know what I mean? Anyways, she was told that because he didn't clean *said area* as well as he should, he was the main culprit for Mom getting and keeping them.
Maybe that is the problem for you all?
post #45 of 56
I didn't have time to read the entire 4 pages of posts, so maybe you've already been told this. One Diflucan has never been enough to clear up a yeast infection for me. I finally had a pharmacist tell me that you can take 1 a day for 5 days without it being a problem. I get a yeast infection if I even LOOK at an antibiotic, so now if I need one for anything I make sure to get a prescripton for at least 3 days worth of Diflucan.
In between times I take garlic capsules and acidopholous capsules. Having had yeast infections many times, believe me---I feel your pain. Call your dr. and get enough Diflucan to do the job. (those OTC cures never work for me, either)
post #46 of 56
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Originally Posted by libby74 View Post
I didn't have time to read the entire 4 pages of posts, so maybe you've already been told this. One Diflucan has never been enough to clear up a yeast infection for me. I finally had a pharmacist tell me that you can take 1 a day for 5 days without it being a problem. I get a yeast infection if I even LOOK at an antibiotic, so now if I need one for anything I make sure to get a prescripton for at least 3 days worth of Diflucan.
In between times I take garlic capsules and acidopholous capsules. Having had yeast infections many times, believe me---I feel your pain. Call your dr. and get enough Diflucan to do the job. (those OTC cures never work for me, either)
If I take diflucan, it takes way more than one for me too, same with the creams... never works on a 1 or a 3 day... sometimes a 5 will do it but usually it's 7. As far as my gyn told me, diflucan will cure a lot of them, and sometimes it'll clear up the majority of your symptoms so you feel relief, but if you've got a bad one, then one diflucan probably won't do it, and you may not see any signs of relief until a few days after you take it.. I think it depends on individual metabolism.

PID comes with more serious cramping and when I had it, sharp shooting pains right where your ovaries are... but from my understanding it's usually caused by either a bacterial or yeast infection that goes untreated for a while.

If you were on antibiotics, it's most likely to be a yeast infection, and if it's a bacterial infection instead... it's not going to do you any harm at this point to go through the motions of trying to cure a yeast infection. Make sure, though if you go to your gyn, that you haven't used creams or pills because it will skewer any tests they do. Most other VDs come with other symptoms. Particularly strong odors are a good sign that it's not yeast or bacterial. Change in color of the discharge, cramping, vomiting, nausea.. those can indicate something more serious too. If you're going to go to the gyn, call and see how long you're supposed to not use creams and such before you go for your appointment. I think it's only like 24 or 48 hours. If you think of it next time someone prescribes antibiotics, ask them to prescribe diflucan too. I think the gyn said to take it when you start to feel the effects of the infection coming on.
post #47 of 56
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Originally Posted by cata_mint View Post
I've had it twice, once after swimming and once after taking amoxicillin for earache. I used canasten too rosie! It REALLY works, like 24hours later and its like 'I'm free!!'. Plus it comes with cream, so you can sooth and cure at the same time.
I don't understand how the 'good bacteria' thing works since stomach acid is strong enough to kill bacteria and is one of the reasons why we have it, so surely it all dies??
Excessive moisture will cause them, especially if you continue to wear clothing that is damp... perfumed soaps, douches, wet wipes.. non-cotton underwear..

As far as the stomach acid.. I don't know exactly how that works either but they're caused when the balance of yeasts are affected.. iow.. if you have 50 good yeast and 50 bad yeast.. (the numbers are assuredly off..).. and you take antibiotics, it kills off the 50 good yeast, then you've got a yeast infection. At least that was more or less how it was explained to me. I don't know how the "good yeast" from yogurt gets through your digestive system and to the appropriate place, though. Hehe, I just know it's supposed to work. Antibiotics time is about the only time I eat yogurt.
post #48 of 56
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Originally Posted by MargeCat View Post
Try soaking in a warm tub, with 1 cup of baking soda or white vinegar. (I prefer the baking soda.) This will really make it feel better; I've done it many times over the years. It helps with the itching, too.
I second this. I had a bad one last year and lukewarm baths with white vinegar were my saviour! I had the big jug of vinegar in the bathroom for days. BF's friends were like "why is there vinegar in your bathroom?" He just said we were doing some "cleaning"
post #49 of 56
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I second this. I had a bad one last year and lukewarm baths with white vinegar were my saviour! I had the big jug of vinegar in the bathroom for days. BF's friends were like "why is there vinegar in your bathroom?" He just said we were doing some "cleaning"
I have been searching my house high and low for vinegar!! I know we have some!!! Arghghg.....meanwhile... I think I will try the honey trick!!
post #50 of 56
~HAHA I just had 2 giggle at the vinegar thing...my kiddoes would be like "Hey Mom R We Cookin Collard Greens in the Bathroom?" haha
post #51 of 56
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Originally Posted by catloverin_ks View Post
I haave been doing some online research and finding some home remedies....they have the yogurt listed as well as honey!! I am in for some new things to try LOL..

BTW-to anyone who asked...I used to be PRONE to get these things AT least every 4-5 mos! So I know thats what it is...same symptoms and everything. They must be hereditary because I know my mom has said she had them alot when she was younger and my sister gets them ALL the time!!
You are married and sexual active. Your husband is probably reinfecting you. You both need to be treated at the same time. Men can and do get yeast infections
post #52 of 56
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
You are married and sexual active. Your husband is probably reinfecting you. You both need to be treated at the same time. Men can and do get yeast infections
My gyno told me that before. I kept getting it over and over again. My DH never got treated and it just went away.
post #53 of 56
I have had those types of infections a few times. I refuse to take any type of medicine so when I went to the doctor for it the first time to get a diagnosis I told him I wanted to treat it naturally. He told me the yogurt trick but said not to just apply it externally but to get it inside your self as well. I am not meaning to just eat it, I mean insert it in. He said to eat at least three cups a day, put yogurt on a pad and change it every couple of hours, and here is where it gets odd, take a tampon and pull ib back in the applicator so there is a bit of space at the top, fill that space with yogurt and insert the whole thing. Change it every few hours. He said you can fill entire tampon tubes with yogurt and freeze them but that can be a bit to cold. I trid both methods, the frozen one was almost unbareable but the first method worked. It took about 3 days but it was gone. He also told me about the vinegar in the bath trick. I did that every day just to stay clean. The only downside was I started to smell like vinagar.
post #54 of 56
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Originally Posted by KarmasMom View Post
I have had those types of infections a few times. I refuse to take any type of medicine so when I went to the doctor for it the first time to get a diagnosis I told him I wanted to treat it naturally. He told me the yogurt trick but said not to just apply it externally but to get it inside your self as well. I am not meaning to just eat it, I mean insert it in. He said to eat at least three cups a day, put yogurt on a pad and change it every couple of hours, and here is where it gets odd, take a tampon and pull ib back in the applicator so there is a bit of space at the top, fill that space with yogurt and insert the whole thing. Change it every few hours. He said you can fill entire tampon tubes with yogurt and freeze them but that can be a bit to cold. I trid both methods, the frozen one was almost unbareable but the first method worked. It took about 3 days but it was gone. He also told me about the vinegar in the bath trick. I did that every day just to stay clean. The only downside was I started to smell like vinagar.
I know-the yogurt thing is kinda odd, but hey if it works, I would try it!!! I am feeling a bit better this morning(YAY!)
post #55 of 56
OMG, I am so lucky..I have never had this problem
post #56 of 56
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Originally Posted by catloverin_ks View Post
I haave been doing some online research and finding some home remedies....they have the yogurt listed as well as honey!! I am in for some new things to try LOL..

BTW-to anyone who asked...I used to be PRONE to get these things AT least every 4-5 mos! So I know thats what it is...same symptoms and everything. They must be hereditary because I know my mom has said she had them alot when she was younger and my sister gets them ALL the time!!
Have you been tested for diabetes? I know that one sign of diabetes is frequent yeast infections.

Anyhoo, yes, the overnight stuff does not help...at least for me. I always use the Monostat 3 day treatment...the one with the cream, not the oval egg. The formula in the egg doesn't work for me at all. I think the one that does work is tri...errr...can't remember.

Good luck! If it doesn't go away in the next 2 days (or show signs of relieving) then go see a doctor. It may be too far for home remedies.
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