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Reoccuring yeast infection

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 28, 2007
  • 07:52 PM

Hi,

I am a 41 years old woman. I have been having yeast infection since a year ago. I was prescribed and undergone different medicines for the year - taking orally (Diflucane) or vaginal cream (Terconazole). Unfortunitely, none of the drug can work to stop the infection completely. And my symptoms always come back. I had blood work done to test for diabetes and Thyroid problems and the results come back negtive.

I am now on another round of diflucan. However, It was noticed by people arround me that I have been having unusual red eyes recently. Even in the morning when I just get up, my eyes look red. I don't know if this is related to the drug I have been using or something. Another thing that might play a role is that I was diagnosed to have kidney stone so I had Lithotripsy procedure done 2 weeks ago. Could that procedure impact how my eyes look. I have no iche, or swollen in my eyes or on my skin. I just feel tied more often and sometimes feel back waist sore. I would appreciate greatly if anyone can shed some light on what my problem is or how I should deal it.

Thank you very much.

Hatty

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  • In Chinese medicine red eyes are related to the liver, and diflucan, a western antifungal drug, is very toxic to the liver. I don't recommend Western antifungals to treat candida as they are so toxic...we all need to be informed consumers when it comes to the drugs we are prescribed! Here is info on diflucan:In rare cases, fluconazole has caused severe liver damage, sometimes resulting in death. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, unusual fatigue, loss of appetite, yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, or clay colored stools. These symptoms may be early signs of liver damage. You need to get your candida under control and the best way in my opinion is with a candida cleanse. There are lots of choices out there, but the one of the bests is Threelac - you can google this for more info. Also please check these websites www.candidasupport.org and www.wholeapproach.com they are very helpful for candida treatments. A good home treatment is to get some high quality unsweetened yogurt and a good probiotic capsule (acidopholus is one but get one with several strains). Combine 1-2 capsules of probiotic with a tablespoon yogurt and insert into your vagina each night for 1-2 weeks minimum. You need to give it time to rebuild your flora. Take the probiotic internally as well. This should help. I don't know about your kidney stones, but if your symptoms aren't changing you should consider alternative treatments... Hope this helps.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 28, 2007
    • 08:12 PM
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  • the recurrence of yeast infections MAY be something as simple as this: i USED to get that REAL bad. then my doctor told me to: 1) clean BEFORE having sex & that INCLUDES your sex partner (this will stop germs from migrating to the vagina/uterus area); 2) make sure to bathe daily (again, to prevent germs from migrating up there). i did what the doctor suggested & mine NEVER came back! hope this helps :cool:
    dudbubbin1 37 Replies
    • January 28, 2007
    • 08:50 PM
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  • Good advice above. And the reintroduction of good bacteria is really important, as acuann says. If the healthy bacteria are there, the yeast seem to not like that environment much anymore.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 28, 2007
    • 11:39 PM
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  • Here is one thing most people over look. What ever you do do NOT drink diet pop aspartame will give me a yeast infection in a matter of a day. Do not eat anything that contains aspartame. Aspartame is POISON and should not be used by humans EVER!! If you think this sounds crazy just go to any search engine and search 'dangers of aspartame', you will find hundrends if not thousands of sites begging people to stop using aspartame. None of the sites mention yeast infections though, I only know that from person experience WAAAAAAY back in the day when I though diet pop was ok even though it tastes like **s..lolGarlic and probiotic pills are also good for fighting yeast. Drink lots of fresh water with lemon. Grapefruit seed extract works against yeast too. Also oil of oregino fights yeast.I hope you feel better soon, yeast infections suck big time!!yours in health,Stacy
    HappyHealthyGirl 26 Replies
    • February 2, 2007
    • 05:15 AM
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  • I had this along with what I thought was thrush, Finally I had my blood count done and My hemoglobin was 6.5. I had blood transfusions the next day and my symptoms cleared up within 24 hours! I had been fighting yeast for a year and a half!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 2, 2007
    • 05:44 AM
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  • Recurring yeast infections can be the result of an excessive amount of candida. These bacteria are actually benefical to the body and aid in the digestive processes. However, they at times can get out of control and therefore cause consistent yeast infections. I reccomend getting a candida cleanse from USANA. It will flush all bacteria from your intestines, both good and bad, but will help restabilize your candida. It is actually like a diet you will go on for a week that will flush your system. Also here is some more info I found on the web tha should prove helpful. It is from a doctor who specializes in nutritional medicine:Candida (Fungal/Yeast) Infectionsor Fungal Infectionor Yeast InfectionCandidiasis is an infection caused by a strain of yeast, Candida, the most common culprit being Candida albicans. Yeast is present throughout the gastrointestinal tract, vagina, and skin and when everything is in balance, it doesn’t pose a problem. Physicians refer to bacteria and yeast that are normally found in the body as normal flora. However, when patients are placed on antibiotics and certain medications such as steroids, some of the “good” bacteria is also destroyed significantly upsetting the balance of “friendly” bacteria. Since these antibiotics typically do not destroy the yeast, it becomes more plentiful merely because there is no competition for its existence. This in turns leads to yeast infections of the bowel, vagina, penis, skin, nail beds, and mouth (thrush). Some patients seem to have recurrent yeast infections often. It is important for the physician to rule out diabetes in these patients and limit the use of antibiotics. However, many of these patients seem to have a depleted immune system, which makes them more susceptible to all sorts of bacterial infections. Our modern society with its love for processed foods and high sugar foods actualy feeds the yeast much more than the needed “friendly” bacteria. This all culminates in a problem that is being seen with more and more frequency. To make things even worse, physicians tend to rely on more and more potent antifungals like Diflucan, Sporonax, and Nizoral. These medications may offer temporary relief but for many are not the answer. Candidiasis and the Yeast Syndrome Most conventional doctors restrict the diagnosis of yeast infection to the previously discussed conditions. Dr. Crook, however, in his book, The Yeast Connection, refers to a chronic yeast infection, which presents itself with a multitude of complaints he has labeled as the Yeast Syndrome. Patients with this problem may have a constellation of problems such as fatigue, recurrent infections, allergies, skin problems, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and significant craving for sweets. I always hate to list a group of general complaints like this because many will read this and think right away that they must have this problem. Since many of the patients I see in my office experience these symptoms, they want me to make a diagnosis of systemic yeast or yeast syndrome. However, there are many other diseases that have similar presentations and a complete evaluation is necessary. This usually adds to a patient’s frustration because he or she has usually seen other physicians before seeing me who simply do not believe that this is even a viable possibility. Along with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and sub-clinical thyroid, the yeast syndrome is also highly ignored or downplayed by physicians. When patients do not feel well and are suffering from these complaints, they are desperate a doctor who will listen and tell them what is wrong. When I’m suspicious that a patient may have a Yeast Syndrome, I will usually perform a simple stool test that I send to Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratory located in Asheville, NC. (800-522-4762). This stool culture will determine the presence of yeast. If the results come back with 4-plus yeast growth, I am fairly confident the patient does have a problem with yeast. There are other studies such as yeast antibody testing as well. Treating patients who have problem with recurrent yeast or the yeast syndrome is not easy. I have found that these patients not only do not respond to potent anti-fungal medication but in some cases these drugs actually make things worse. In order to improve their symptoms and recurrent yeast problems, they must take a multi-disciplinary approach.DietThe main problem is the fact that most of us simply eat too many sugars and processed starches and carbohydrates. Most people do not realize that when you eat white bread, white flour, pasta, rice, and potatoes that you actually absorb those sugars much faster than if you were slapping table sugar on your tongue. Not only are there serious health consequences with this type of diet but it also feeds their yeast to the point they simply grow out of control. You need to strictly limit your intake of sugar and high-glycemic index foods. The details of the diet I recommend can be found by clicking on healthy diet.Patients who are suffering with recurrent yeast infections or feel they have the “Yeast Syndrome” need to totally reevaluate their diet. They MUST eliminate all sugars, high-glycemic carbohydrates, and processed foods from their diet. To have any hope of overcoming this devastating problem, they must be committed. It is a simple matter of deciding what you want to feed—your body or the yeast. Yeast thrives on sugar and high-glycemic carbohydrates quickly become sugar in the body. Consider the balance of bacteria and yeast found in your GI tract as a garden within. What you feed and nurture is what you are going to grow the most. To regain your health yeast needs to be brought back into balance. You can now begin to realize why avoiding antibiotics and protecting your GI tract if you absolutely need antibiotics is so critical.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
    • 06:56 PM
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  • The cleanse can also help with the reuction in cravings for processed sugars and high glycemic foods.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
    • 06:57 PM
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  • Hi,Thank you all so much for your messages. I've taken your advises and tried different methods. I've tried 3 boxes of Threelac and I am on the 4th one (60 packets/box). I don't see any improvement. I did the Yugurt + Acidophilus pills in side vagina. I also tried Garlic and probiotic pills. None of them works for me. Cleaning technique is actually the first thing I make sure I did. I even tried some Chinese medicine. Still my symptoms are getting worse. I feel hopeless. Now that I am having some other symptoms. I have come and go muscle and joint pain. The ringing in my ear at night make me hard to sleep. I feel dizzy, weak and fatige all the time. My recent blood work is as follows: WBC 6.3RMC 3.64HGB 12.0HCT 35.2MCV 96.5MCH 33.1MPV 6.6Lymphs 16Reactive Lymphs 1My doctor ordered other tests which show my Vitamin B12 and Folate are normal. My Ferritin, Serum is 31. So she wants me to take ferrous sulfact, 325 mg once a day. I've just started taking the pill for more than a week. I don't see any improvement yet.I guess my symptom are somehow related to my abnormal bloodwork. The doctor certainly didn't explain that to me this way. I do see one of replies mentioned that she/he underwent blood transfusion and that solved the problem. Am I the same case? What was the real cause? Does anyone know the answer? What would make my doctor think I should get a blood transfusion?Thank you so much for your help.Hatty
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  • I'm not a doctor, but about 1 1/2 years ago I started to have a multitude of problems, all of which you have explained. They came on slow but ended up making me feel so hopeless as doctors couldn't tell me what was wrong and eventually told me to get on anti-anxiety pills because my blood work was in the "normal" range. I had all of your symptoms, and after seeing a doctor every week for 5 months I finally found the right one! Here is the link, I think you should check it out. After seeing Dr. Holtorf I felt as though he understood me and knew exactly what was causing all of my problems! They do more through blood tests that find the root of why you are having frequent yeast infections. I am 26 years old and before a year and a 1/2 ago I was a tri-athlete and intercollegiate athlete that rarely ever got even a cold. I write this only to help you as the quicker you findout what is wrong the easier it will be to fix! Good luck, don't get discrouaged with doctors that think they know everything, you know your body more then they do and never give up searching!-swim girl
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 8, 2007
    • 06:29 AM
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  • Recurring yeast infections can be the result of an excessive amount of candida. These bacteria are actually benefical to the body and aid in the digestive processes. However, they at times can get out of control and therefore cause consistent yeast infections. I reccomend getting a candida cleanse from USANA. It will flush all bacteria from your intestines, both good and bad, but will help restabilize your candida. It is actually like a diet you will go on for a week that will flush your system. Also here is some more info I found on the web tha should prove helpful. It is from a doctor who specializes in nutritional medicine:Candida (Fungal/Yeast) Infectionsor Fungal Infectionor Yeast InfectionCandidiasis is an infection caused by a strain of yeast, Candida, the most common culprit being Candida albicans. Yeast is present throughout the gastrointestinal tract, vagina, and skin and when everything is in balance, it doesn’t pose a problem. Physicians refer to bacteria and yeast that are normally found in the body as normal flora. However, when patients are placed on antibiotics and certain medications such as steroids, some of the “good” bacteria is also destroyed significantly upsetting the balance of “friendly” bacteria. Since these antibiotics typically do not destroy the yeast, it becomes more plentiful merely because there is no competition for its existence. This in turns leads to yeast infections of the bowel, vagina, penis, skin, nail beds, and mouth (thrush). Some patients seem to have recurrent yeast infections often. It is important for the physician to rule out diabetes in these patients and limit the use of antibiotics. However, many of these patients seem to have a depleted immune system, which makes them more susceptible to all sorts of bacterial infections. Our modern society with its love for processed foods and high sugar foods actualy feeds the yeast much more than the needed “friendly” bacteria. This all culminates in a problem that is being seen with more and more frequency. To make things even worse, physicians tend to rely on more and more potent antifungals like Diflucan, Sporonax, and Nizoral. These medications may offer temporary relief but for many are not the answer. Candidiasis and the Yeast Syndrome Most conventional doctors restrict the diagnosis of yeast infection to the previously discussed conditions. Dr. Crook, however, in his book, The Yeast Connection, refers to a chronic yeast infection, which presents itself with a multitude of complaints he has labeled as the Yeast Syndrome. Patients with this problem may have a constellation of problems such as fatigue, recurrent infections, allergies, skin problems, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and significant craving for sweets. I always hate to list a group of general complaints like this because many will read this and think right away that they must have this problem. Since many of the patients I see in my office experience these symptoms, they want me to make a diagnosis of systemic yeast or yeast syndrome. However, there are many other diseases that have similar presentations and a complete evaluation is necessary. This usually adds to a patient’s frustration because he or she has usually seen other physicians before seeing me who simply do not believe that this is even a viable possibility. Along with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and sub-clinical thyroid, the yeast syndrome is also highly ignored or downplayed by physicians. When patients do not feel well and are suffering from these complaints, they are desperate a doctor who will listen and tell them what is wrong. When I’m suspicious that a patient may have a Yeast Syndrome, I will usually perform a simple stool test that I send to Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratory located in Asheville, NC. (800-522-4762). This stool culture will determine the presence of yeast. If the results come back with 4-plus yeast growth, I am fairly confident the patient does have a problem with yeast. There are other studies such as yeast antibody testing as well. Treating patients who have problem with recurrent yeast or the yeast syndrome is not easy. I have found that these patients not only do not respond to potent anti-fungal medication but in some cases these drugs actually make things worse. In order to improve their symptoms and recurrent yeast problems, they must take a multi-disciplinary approach.DietThe main problem is the fact that most of us simply eat too many sugars and processed starches and carbohydrates. Most people do not realize that when you eat white bread, white flour, pasta, rice, and potatoes that you actually absorb those sugars much faster than if you were slapping table sugar on your tongue. Not only are there serious health consequences with this type of diet but it also feeds their yeast to the point they simply grow out of control. You need to strictly limit your intake of sugar and high-glycemic index foods. The details of the diet I recommend can be found by clicking on healthy diet.Patients who are suffering with recurrent yeast infections or feel they have the “Yeast Syndrome” need to totally reevaluate their diet. They MUST eliminate all sugars, high-glycemic carbohydrates, and processed foods from their diet. To have any hope of overcoming this devastating problem, they must be committed. It is a simple matter of deciding what you want to feed—your body or the yeast. Yeast thrives on sugar and high-glycemic carbohydrates quickly become sugar in the body. Consider the balance of bacteria and yeast found in your GI tract as a garden within. What you feed and nurture is what you are going to grow the most. To regain your health yeast needs to be brought back into balance. You can now begin to realize why avoiding antibiotics and protecting your GI tract if you absolutely need antibiotics is so critical.Paul,Are you a doctor, and if you are what kind of a doctor are you, location?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 16, 2008
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  • Hi, Thank you all so much for your messages. I've taken your advises and tried different methods. I've tried 3 boxes of Threelac and I am on the 4th one (60 packets/box). I don't see any improvement. I did the Yugurt + Acidophilus pills in side vagina. I also tried Garlic and probiotic pills. None of them works for me. Cleaning technique is actually the first thing I make sure I did. I even tried some Chinese medicine. Still my symptoms are getting worse. I feel hopeless. Now that I am having some other symptoms. I have come and go muscle and joint pain. The ringing in my ear at night make me hard to sleep. I feel dizzy, weak and fatige all the time. My recent blood work is as follows: WBC 6.3RMC 3.64HGB 12.0HCT 35.2MCV 96.5MCH 33.1MPV 6.6Lymphs 16Reactive Lymphs 1 My doctor ordered other tests which show my Vitamin B12 and Folate are normal. My Ferritin, Serum is 31. So she wants me to take ferrous sulfact, 325 mg once a day. I've just started taking the pill for more than a week. I don't see any improvement yet. I guess my symptom are somehow related to my abnormal bloodwork. The doctor certainly didn't explain that to me this way. I do see one of replies mentioned that she/he underwent blood transfusion and that solved the problem. Am I the same case? What was the real cause? Does anyone know the answer? What would make my doctor think I should get a blood transfusion? Thank you so much for your help. Hatty That is a LOT of Threelac - if you have a yeast infection due to candida than this usually makes a big difference. Hmm...are you taking any medications currently including birth control? The diflucan can affect the liver, which in turn can lead to red eyes - do you still have this problem? If so, then I would suggest getting some liver testing done. Have you changed your diet? Often a chronic yeast condition could be due to a food intolerance. Try cutting out ALL dairy products, including the yogurt, as well as cutting out sugars, red meat, processed foods. Do you live in a Lyme infested area? If so please get tested by Bowen or Igenex labs and rule out Lyme disease. Are you sexually active? If so, you may be getting "reinfected" by your partner. They could have candida overload and not have the symptoms, and you would need to test and treat them also for candida. It is NOT a STD, but can act like one. Do you have a history of trauma or accident or injury that might have occurred before your present symptoms developed? This can trigger an autoimmune response. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
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  • what is a yeast infection? Is it bacterial Or Virual?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
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    sunflowery 7 Replies
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  • Hi - I had recurring yeast infections and low blood counts - problem was gluten intolerance, also called celiac sprue, which is cured by a gluten-free diet. Celiacs have a harder time fighting fungal infections due to one missing/low factor in our immune systems. When a celiac stops eating gluten, the ability to fight funguses improves a lot. Haven't had a yeast infection in about 20 yrs.Gluten = an ordinarily healthy protein in grains such as wheat, barley, rye, spelt. In a person with gluten-intolerance, the body mistakes the gluten for a poison, and so tries hard to keep the person from absorbing the gluten by flattening out the absorption surface of the small intestine (villi). Unfortunately, along with keeping out the gluten, many nutrients are not absorbed, leading to all kinds of problems. So symptoms can be all over the place. Try the website of the celiac sprue association for more info.My best to you for complete healing, JD
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 2, 2009
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  • Hey ladies, I suffered from reoccurring yeast infections for almost 6 months thanks to a dose of amoxicillin taken to get rid of a sinus infection. After my 5th round of Diflucan/fluconazal, I had had enough. Not only were the medicines making me miserably sick, but my body just didn't feel right. Finally, I decided to go to a local Natural Foods store. I bought a bottle of probiotics meant specifically to restore the bacteria balance in the vagina. Although the bottle was a little expensive ($30) I would recommend it to any woman suffering. It's the refrigerated kind. There are several types that you are going to have to sift through. I am taking "Ultimate Flora: Vaginal Support." Just find the one that best suits you and that's in your price range. Since I've taken the probiotics, everything has returned to normal and I feel healthy again. If you haven't tried a probiotic that is meant specifically for vaginal health, you should. Good luck! I feel your pain.
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