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Old 08-30-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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dealing with discharge and itching since Feb2010

Hi Health Boards community,

I am past desperation and am about to give up. It all started when I went on birth control for the first time and became sexually active. There was discharge, and then more discharge, then in and out of multiple doctor's offices. The smell changed when I would take a certain medicine, but it would never ever go away. And it felt like some medicines would make it worse, and added itching to my symptoms

I have tried regular anti-biotics and diflucan multiple times, different doses and it did nothing.
boric acid 600mg capsules, multiple times, I would take the medicine ver a three month period and at the end of it, it helps for like half a day and then we are back to where we started.
I have tried them both together.
tried other compound creams that would burn really bad, and they did nothing. once the medicine stops I am back to the same thing.
And I also tried a yeast free and sugar free diet for a month (was really difficult to maintain) that didn't effect my symptoms.


In the past I think my body has dealt with infections really badly. I had "malta fever" when I was 13 (infection on my spine) which went away once I got the right treatment. doctor's couldn't tell me how or why I got it. I recently had some inflamed tissue in my gums that the doctors did not know how it happened. I had surgery on both toes, twice because of an ingrown toe nail.

the only thing that has stayed the same over the past couple of years is the fact that I have continuously been on birth control. I'm thinking of eliminating that altogether. and see if this goes away.

would love to hear your thoughts...

Thanks for reading.

TL;DR: have had yeast infections and candida back and forth for more than two years, I am about to give up, any suggestions on what to do?

 
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:21 PM   #2
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Re: dealing with discharge and itching since Feb2010

Recurrent yeast infections are so awful and frustrating. There are a few things that can make them very resistent to treatment: one is birth control pills, so using a different method might be the best thing. The other is diabetes, and I would get a check for that if you haven't already. Being heavy, sweating a lot, diet high in sugar, being on antibiotics and having an uncircumcized partner can all contribute. Blood and semen are alkaline, which makes yeast grow, so after sex and after menses are when they are likely to flare up. I would ask your Dr. if you could get an RX for 4 doses of diflucan, and take 1 at the end of your period, go off the pill, start another method of BC, and take one pill weekly for that month. In the meantime, if your partner is uncircumcised, ask him to use an antifungal cream under the foreskin twice a day for 7 days. You might consider using a condom to keep the vagina acid (without semen) and reduce chance of transmission. Keep everything as dry as possible around the genital/groin area. Like wear cotton pants, skirts and avoid occlusive fabrics that don't "breathe" for ventilation. Candida doesn't smell bad, if anything it just smells like yeast bread. If you have a foul odor to discharge, there is something else, perhaps bacterial vaginosis that needs treatment. It requires an exam to be sure all culprits are eliminated.

 
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Re: dealing with discharge and itching since Feb2010

Thank you for the reply.
I have been checked for diabetes and STDs, in the clear with those.
I have heard that condoms can contribute to this too, so I have stopped having sex altogether and it has helped, the itching is almost gone. I think I need another kind of BC. any suggestions?

 
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Re: dealing with discharge and itching since Feb2010

Just wanted to clarify after reading your initial post- when you were using the boric acid capsules, were you inserting them in your vagina daily? I hope you got clear instructions on that and weren't swallowing them! If so, it might be worth another try using them vaginally like a suppository to acidify the vagina.

 
Old 10-05-2012, 12:24 PM   #5
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Re: dealing with discharge and itching since Feb2010

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Just wanted to clarify after reading your initial post- when you were using the boric acid capsules, were you inserting them in your vagina daily? I hope you got clear instructions on that and weren't swallowing them! If so, it might be worth another try using them vaginally like a suppository to acidify the vagina.
Yes with the boric acid I wasn't using them orally.

 
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Re: dealing with discharge and itching since Feb2010

Hi:

Eat a lot of yogurt to replace good bacteria that your body needs after antibiotics, which messes with your flora in your body which can contribute to yeast infections. Most birth control has its downside unfortunately and condoms aren't 100% effective, so that's a tough one(unless you abstain forever, ha ha!). I know you don't want to hear this, but buildup of yeast over time may take awhile to erradicate, so you may need to stay away from yeast products for more than a month. You could be allergic to wheat or certain grains. Maybe get an allergy specialist involved?

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Re: dealing with discharge and itching since Feb2010

The people who responded to you really know what they're talking about. I too have suffered from yeast infections for over 50 yrs. My worst time was when I was on birth control pills. I got off them and got an IUD - highly recommend it. Every time I have to take antibiotics, I use the OTC yeast medicine while I'm on the antibiotics to keep from getting one. I have been on candida allergy shots for 28 yrs. They are wonderful. But finding an allergist who treats candida will not be easy. I live in Houston, TX and my gynecologist recommended mine. Good luck!!

 
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