I went to the doctor on Monday because I suspected I had a yeast infection, but more over I thought it might be more than that. I was right. The doctor cultured me and examined me, and told me it was bacterial vaginosis and hardly any yeast overgrowth. I'm not to new to this. I've had these types of infections on and off over the past 2 years. It's been almost a year since I had bacterial vaginosis and thought things were improving for me. So now I'm taking flagyl and it's my 5th day. The symptoms don't seem to be improving. I'm itchier than ever, so I'm thinking it could be a yeast infection being brought on by the antibiotics. I don't want to self-treat it with OTC creams or get a script for diflucan until I finish the course of antibiotics. Diflucan has been prescribed in the past for yeast infections, but never clears it up with the one pill. I often have to take a second dose or treat it with OTC creams. Those OTC creams burn like hell when I use them. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/blob_fire.gif"> That's why I'm avoiding them like the plague. I know that yogurt with acidophilus is helpful in preventing the candida, and I do try to eat it everyday. There seems to be conflicting evidence that it helps treat candida even when directly applied to the vagina from what I've read. Well, to combat the itching and see if it helps any, I've been applying plain yogurt with live acidophilus cultures directly to my vagina with an oral syring at night. Strangely enough, it's very soothing and helps calm the itching a lot, although it's temporary. Am I doing myself any harm by doing this? Will I just make the bacterial vaginosis worse? This is just until I can contact my doctor on Monday. Any support or help is appreciated. Thanks.
Make sure your getting sugar free (i don't know if there is such a thing) since sugar helps the growth of yeast. As long as it's plain, sugar free etc then i can't see why it would hurt you. I remember in highschool when a health nurse came in and was talking about yeast infections, she said it was ok to put it right on your vagina....but like i said make sure it's sugar free.
For the external itching a better choice is to pick up a tube of yeast infection cream be it for vaginal yeast, atheletes foot, or for jock itch as it is all the same stuff. Apply this after you use the bathroom and at bedtime and it will probably help more than using the yogart. As for yogart since you state you try to eat a yogart every day you may need to increase your intake to several containers a day or try using commercial acidophillus capsules instead since this is very convenient. If you need to use panty liners be sure they are breathable as the plastic backing on some can cause you to retain mositure there and as you already now a lot of infections thrive in a warm moist enviroment. I know douching is not recommended but have you considered trying a douche with tea tree oil in it? You would have to do a search on the web for it but I know of one place where you can get it but of course can't post as that is soliciting. Hope this all helps somewhat.
I may be wrong in assuming that you don't know this (forgive me if I am), but it is not necessary to finish an antibiotic before starting treatment for a yeast infection. My Drs know very well by now that if they prescribe me an antibiotic, I am going to ask for a prescription for diflucan, also,.THey both tell me that I should go ahead and treat a yeast infection during its earliest stages and not to wait until I am through with the antibiotic. THis seemed strange to me, but even if I treat it before finishing the antibiotics, it doesn't come back.
I know how painful these things can be. Have you tried vagisil maximum strength? It has an ingredient in it that helps to get rid of the pain of the burning as well as the itching. Other meds that say they only help with the itch will NOT calm the burning. It may be uncomfortable for a second after you apply it, but it stops the burn. I have had the same reaction you have had to the regular medicines. THey burn for a long time, and never seem to give relief. One bit of advice--- When aplying this, use a napkin or cover your fingers with something. For some weird reason, it discolors nail polish. Wouldn't want to hurt a good manicure, would you?
I do know that I can treat a yeast infection before the antibiotics are done. My reasoning behind that was to make sure it was possibly the symptoms of the bacterial vaginosis still lingering. I don't want to end up with a drug resistant yeast infection the next time I really had a yeast infection. I guess I'm paranoid about drug resistant strains of anything being a doctor's daughter. (The doctor told me last week that she didn't see any yeast overgrowth, just the bacteria. I was just being overly cautious.) The itching went away by today and it doesn't feel like it's a yeast infection after all. I just finished my last dose of flagyl. I did get perscription filled for diflucan in case it does turn into a yeast infection. The yogurt thing didn't make much of a difference. I appreciate everyones help. Thanks! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wink.gif">
Have you been tested for diabetes? Diabetics are prone to chronic yeast infections. Also if you are sexually active has your partner been treated? It is sometimes possible for your partner to pass it back to you. Tea tree oil douches might help you and others reported a while back that boric acid capsules helped them when nothing else did. Be sure you are wearing only 100% cotton underwear and use caution with panty liners since many have a plastic backing which can help retain moisture. Do not use soaps to wash that area and aviod bubble bath type products as this can often cause frequent infections. Also be sure your doctor is testing the discharge to be sure it is yeast each time since many infections can have similar symptoms. If you are a person with heavier thighs this might also be part of the problem since people with heavier thighs get less air to this area making for a nice warm moist enviroment in which the yeast bacteria can grow. A lot of the above is repeat advice that has been posted before but just in case someone hasn't read it before .............I reposted it.