i've had a yeast infection for quite a while, and i've tried the prescription insertion medicine once and that hasn't worked. i've tried the prescription pills twice and they haven't worked. i just have a lot of discharge to the point that i used to always wear a pantyliner until i realized that probably made it worse. eating yogurt blahblah.. what else can i do to get rid of this awful thing??? thanks.
Im in the same situation myself. I've tried medication for UTIs from the doctor and yeast/thrush infection and also over the counter medication. I'm even using vaginal wash for yeast infection which isnt working.
I think all you can do is go back to the doctor and get tested for bacterial vaginosis. Im starting to think I probably have this which is why its not responsing to medication.
A good probiotic is ThreeLac. I love this stuff. Chronic yeast is definitely an overgrowth problem that throws off your gut flora. This can happen from taking antibiotics, birth control, eating too much sugar. You need to treat it in your gut.
actually...it might NOT be a yeast infection! I have lived about 7 years with chronic pain and itching around the vulva and vagina. Many tests and biopsies. I did some research on vulvodynia wich have the same symptoms...only 10 times worse. Over the conter monistat..made it worse! Other medications...flared it up! When you go as far as to shave it all and the unthinkable..(pour alcohol on it)..I know what you're thinking..HOW COULD SHE? But when you have been told by every Doctor out there, "It's all in your head.It'll go away." You are ready to try ANYTHING..GRAB THE LOOFA!! Well, good news. I learned the right questions to ask, first one being."How many cases have you delt with that turn out to be VULVODYNIA?" The Doctor told me, "Actually a few." You can't imagine the relief I felt when he told me that I DID have it. It was like, FINALLY some one believes ME! Ok sure I'm getting told I have an incurable problem. But that doesn't mean it can't be controlled!!! There is hope out there. Keep looking for it.
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Have you actually had a swab done? It would be something else. The same thing happened to me, so my doctor gave me an extra long prescription: 2 x 500g fluconazole for two weeks. Now I haven't had an infection in months.
I'm going through the same thing. I've had it for 6 months. Now I read on the internet that it can be caused by diabetes or leukemia. Well, I should not have read that! I'm scared now. I've been trying everything and different perscriptions. I'm going back to the doc next week. Keep me posted on how you are doing!
colleendol,I don't think I'd be too worried. It's likely that you'd know by now if you had diabetes or leukemia, as you'd probably have other symptoms. My doc says that this is something that just happnens to some women, for reasons they can't explain. I'd go to your appointemnt, just for a check - up, but I really wouldn't be worried. Hope it goes ok.
Thanks for your encouragment. It's real comforting to "talk" to someone with the same problem. I sometimes feel like a freak, and my husband is reaaaaaallllllll sick of this! Keep me posted on how you are doing and what you try.
I am going for another checkup Monday. We'll see what the doc says then. They have given me meds for yeast infection before and none helped. Now we are going to try Flagyl I believe it is..(metronidazole)..Crossing my fingers.
I used to get chronic yeast infections as a kid. I was veeerrryyy sensitive to all of the over the counter medications and I would get extremely irritated. Even the conventional prescription medications did not really work. So finally, in addition to me staying away from foods high in sugar content, my doctor prescribed Nystatin. It comes in capsules that I would take orally as well as insert vaginally. Just use a little vaseline or KY jelly and it goes right in. It was the only thing that ever worked. I also had very bad allergic vaginitis. It would peer its ugly head when I ate one of the two dozen foods I was allergic to. The one and ONLY thing that ever helped with the itching and burning was boric acid solution. It balances out the PH. My allergist suggested it. You can buy boric acid powder over the counter and dissolve it in warm water. I used to lay down on the bed with a towel under me and open myself up as wide as I could (without being vulgar here!) and pour it on. It really, really helped. Even if you soak a washcloth with it and try to squeeze it in, that works too.
About the Nystatin, you may have to take several million micrograms (or whatever the dose it comes in is - I forget) for a few weeks. I sometimes had to take 8 or 10 pills a day in addition to inserting a few vaginally a few times a day. It takes time, but it worked for me. My allergist/immunologist was the genious who came up with the idea, and he used it on a lot of his patients. It worked for them too. The other thing he always told me was to take A LOT of Acidophilus with Lacto-bascillus when I was on an anti-biotic. It's basically the same active cultures that are in yogurt, but you'd have to eat a lot of yogurt to get the same amount I was taking. You want to get one that is pure and cold-pressed. The only one I would take is Solgar. The Nystatin that I used was also pure and had to be refrigerated. I believe it was called "Bio-Statin". Or I used to get it specially made at a compounding pharmacy that made it especially for my patients of my doctor.
Have you found help yet? I'm on a different medication now, oral ketoconazole. It doesnt seem to be working. I also had a blood test for diabetes which came out negative. Let me know if you have had any luck.
I have to agree 100% with purple2067 and the other posters who said you have to combat yeat in the gut.
The first step is to get a vaginal swab. Some doctors don't even do swabs, they simply go off what you tell them, so if you "think" it's yeast, your doc will give you a cream or pessaries to use.
Some years back, actually when i was newly married, i suffered for about the first year and a half with virtually constant thrush. I'd feel normal and as though the thrush had cleared, then we'd go to have sex and oh the pain!!!!!!!
A friend refered me to an allergy specialist and i had a major candida build up in my gut, so treating it vaginally wasn't going to help at all. I was put on Nystatin oral tablets to combat the yeast in my gut too, plus a good quality vitamin tablet, an acidophilous powder, plus a strict diet for about a month of NO sugars, no caffeine, no alcohol, no yeast. After 3 weeks i felt like superwoman. I had no more irritable bowel, no more chronic fatigue, no more discomfort during sex, i had so much energy and drive. I was like a whole new person.
Recently i had to take a 7 day course of antibiotics and i took a multi strain of probiotic capsules which contained numerous strains of good bacteria. This is the first time i've taken a course of antibiotics and not gotten one little bit of yeast problems.
Most gp's are hopeless when it comes to yeast. They keep telling you to use those creams etc but when you have been battling a bad outbreak of yeast in your body, these creams don't help. They are just a bandaid solution. The allergy specialist who helped me out wasn't recognised by the health system and i couldn't claim back any of the fees i paid him, but it was well worth the money. I got my health back and my sanity.
Then again, if it's not yeast........i guess it's back to the drawing board. That's why having a vaginal examination and swab is very important as self medicating can cause a small problem to become bigger.