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i think i hav a yeast infection. i have no ideas on how to get rid it. please help

By Anonymous May 19, 2009 - 11:38pm
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Is there a way too get rid of the burning, itching, and the dischage?

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The above women have given you alot of great advice but I do want to point out some things that you should also be aware of:

1. It may be hard to know if you have a yeast or bacteria infection without going to the Dr. for a culture. Do not treat your infection with an over the counter yeast product unless you are absolutely sure you have yeast. Over the counter products are often more irritating than prescription creams and do nothing for a bacterial infection.

2. Natural treatments like tea oil or garlic can burn so be very careful about what you put inside.

3. Oral probiotic supplements such as Femdophilus by Jarrow which is specific for vaginal flora have been proven in research to decrease the occurance of yeast infections. Putting yogurt inside may be soothing but since only specific species of yeast live in the vagina, it is unknown whether yogurt has and can replace the proper strains.

Hope things improve!


May 22, 2009 - 4:41am

Dear Anon, I agree with the two responses from Susanc and Michelle. I would also add a few suggestions but let me ask you a couple of questions first: Are you guessing a possible diagnosis based on the symptoms you are having or have you consulted with someone? Was your condition preceeded by antibiotic treatment? Have you had thrush in other parts of your body i.e. oral cavity? Are you under a lot of stress? Are you postmenopausal?

If your assessment is correct and indeed what you are experiencing an overgrowth of candida albicans (yeast), a bacteria which is always present in our bodies but can result on an overgrow due to the use of antibiotics, poor nutrition, hormonal imbalance or a combination of these. After trying all the suggestions we are giving you here, your condition does not improve, you may want to consider a trip to the doctor to make you do not have vaginitis which can become a chronic problem.

I do not like over the counter products as they are only band-aid, temporary solutions that do not address or identify the root cause. A natural approach to bringing the population of "good bacteria" back up to where it needs to be is by adding high amounts of probiotics into your diet: plain yogurt with LIVE active organisms or a probiotic supplement that contains at least 4 billion active organisms like acidophilus and bifidus which fight candida and prevent overgrowth.

You must also stop all sugars (including alcohol) during the healing process. Sugar is a favorite food of Candida bacteria and it promotes favorable growing conditions for yeast because sugar reduces oxygenation in the intestines. You should increase RAW vegetables and fiber in your diet to increase elimination and detoxification. In addition to avoding sugar and alcohol you must stay away from foods with mold like aged cheeses, nuts and nut butters.

Here are the foods you should include in your diet to help your body go back to a more balanced bacterium population. Please note that you probably will never get rid off Candida albicum bacteria, but you must ensure the "good" bacteria population is higher in numbers.

Garlic, onions, chlorella, wheatgrass and spirulina and other leafy green veggie will help with the detoxification process.

For temporary relief of symptoms in the external area, apply plain yogurt (with live bacteria) using a sanitary napkin and leave it there for a few minutes. Wash with cold water, dry very well and wear only cotton underwear that is not too tight. You may try a douche with warm water and oregano oil (sold in most health food stores). There are studies done showing the efficacy of oregano oil and growth inhibition of candida albicans (yeast bacteria). And please, please, please, abstain from sexual intercourse until you get better. Yeast spreads quickly!

May 20, 2009 - 11:08pm
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Hello Anonymous,

Thank you so much for visiting the website and for posting your question to us. Like susanc said, we're so glad that you found us, and welcome to EmpowHer!

I'm sorry that you may be dealing with a yeast infection right now. They are just the worst. I agree with susanc that if this is your first one you should go in for a quick check up just so your doctor can say for sure that it is. But if/when you are diagnosed with one, they are really pretty easy to treat. Most women can just buy an over-the-counter yeast infection medication, which is usually either a tube of cream that you insert vaginally, or a soft capsule. Some medication kits also include a small tube of anti-itch cream that you can use in the outer portion of the vagina while you are in between doses of the medication. You can usually buy 1 or 3-day kits.

Susanc gave you excellent information on how to treat them too and how to prevent future ones from occurring. Please post again when you can to let us know how you are doing. I know it's really uncomfortable for now but once you get to the doctor you can start treating it right away and you'll feel better really soon. Best in health, Michelle

May 20, 2009 - 10:32pm
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Hi Anon

Thanks so much for your question and welcome to EmpowHer - we're glad you found us!

Yeast is a normal occurrence in the bodies of both men and women. For women, when too much yeast occurs, it often manifests itself in the vaginal area.

If you have never been diagnosed before, you should see a doctor. Burning, itching and discharge are absolutely the symptoms of a yeast infection but they are also the symptoms of other infections or diseases (like bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis) so you need to make sure that this is, in fact, a yeast infection.

If a yeast infection is confirmed, you can take a prescription medication from your doctor or any one of the many over-the-counter medications from any pharmacy or drugstore. Read the instructions carefully.

You can also try some natural methods - taking a probiotic can help, as can natural yogurt. Some women dip a tampon in plain yogurt and use it to dispense the yogurt directly into their vagina. Others put yogurt into an empty tampon dispenser, freeze it and then dispense it - the cold yogurt being a welcome relief from all that burning.

Other use garlic in the same way since garlic kills of excess yeast.

Hydrogen peroxide and tea tree oil are also used by some women.

Before you attempt any natural methods, please place a call to a health care professional.

To avoid yeast infections, I'm taking some tips from our Encyclopedia:

◦Dry the outside vaginal area thoroughly after a shower, bath, or swim.
◦Change out of a wet bathing suit or damp workout clothes as soon as possible.
◦Wear cotton underwear.
◦Avoid tight-fitting clothing.
◦Don't douche unless your doctor tells you to do so. Douching may disturb the vaginal balance, decreasing the normal acidity of vaginal secretions.
◦If you have diabetes, try and control your blood sugar.
◦Avoid bubble baths, perfumed feminine hygiene sprays, and scented soap.
◦Avoid frequent or prolonged use of antibiotics if possible.
◦Consider adding yogurt to your diet. Some women find that eating yogurt daily prevents yeast overgrowth.
◦Some women with chronic yeast infections find that cutting down on alcohol, sugar, caffeine, and refined carbohydrates helps as well.

For more on yeast infections, head to our yeast infection page here :

Good luck to you - yeast infections are a beast! Make sure you go to a health care professional if you have never been diagnosed before, before you try natural or over the counter medicines. And please update us!

May 20, 2009 - 12:07pm
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