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how can you treat vaginal thrush naturally?

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Dr. Edward Ramirez
Fertility Medicine 36 years experience
I would recommend...: This natural treatment for the prevention of yeast, which is to use plain yogurt, mix it in a douche bottle (buy a douching kit from the store but don"t use the vinegar solution given) with half/half water. Then use this to irrigate the vagina 2-3 times per week. This will increase the vaginal bacteria called lactobacillus, which will help to prevent yeast infections.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yeast infection: Natural approaches to yeast infections: 1. Wear underwear that is cotton vice synthetic 2. Avoid wearing underpants when you go to bed at night. 3. Don’t wear tight fitting panties & pantyhose. 4. Use natural tampon/ feminine pads (avoid those which are scented). 5. Avoid douches as well as use of harsh, drying soap on genitalia. 6. Rinse genitalia very well after soaping up.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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7. Try wearing pants that fit loosely, not ones that hug the crotch. 8. Change out of wet swim suits or dampened exercise clothes promptly. 9. Avoid hot tubs & hot soaking baths (opt for showers instead). 10. Always wipe anterior to posterior (urination or defecation). 11. Insure there is adequate lubrication for sexual intercourse. 12. Supplement with probiotics while on antibiotics & for at least 4 weeks afterwards. 13. Reduce junk sugar in your diet. 14. Consider eating yogurt with live cultures or Kefir. 15. Yogurt with live cultures can be placed in the vagina (some say it helps but there is not clear research to back claims currently). 16. Discuss use of Vitamin E with your physician (topical, oral or vaginal) 17. Discuss options like garlic or tea tree oil with your physician before trying. If you have consistent yeast infections or 4 or more infections per year – you should be evaluated by your doctor. If you are pregnant – don’t try any alternative treatments without discussing with your obstetrician. If you have diabetes, HIV or other causes of poor immunity – it is important that you discuss your yeast infections with your physician. If your yeast infection does not improve with over the counter medications or home remedies- it is time to see your physician.
May 2, 2013

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What causes recurrent bouts of vaginal thrush?

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Doctor can evaluate: When a teen girl or a woman gets repeated vaginal Candida infections, she can be evaluated to see what might be the problem. Sometimes it is a pH (how much acidity is there) imbalance in the vagina, a decrease in "normal flora" (the healthy bacteria that live in the vagina), an immune system problem (inability to prevent yeast overgrowth), a diabetes/sugar problem, etc...
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How to cure a vaginal thrush?

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Dr. Charlene Sojico
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Presuming you are: An adult, usually oral antifungal medications are prescribed by your physician. Topical creams may help if needed.Oral is more effective though.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What's vaginal thrush?

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Dr. Seth Black
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 44 years experience
Candidal infection: Candida albicans is a natural inhabitant of the mouth and vagina. With stress, use of antibiotics, change of ph or sometimes due to an immune compromised state and uncontrolled diabetes the normal levels of candida increase and result in thrush. If this occurs frequently have it checked by your gynecologist.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is there an easy natural way to cure vaginal thrush?

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Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: Your doctor can prescribe diflucan (fluconazole). However it is important to determine the cause of thrush. Have your doctor evaluate you.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

I've tried creams for vaginal thrush but they don't seem to be working. I cannot afford the tablet. What else can I do?

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Dr. TED FEDER
Dr. TED FEDER answered
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 40 years experience
Try:: Acid kills the fungus/yeast: yogurt acidophilus reduce sweets/carbs garlic menstruate! sometimes you'll have to bite the bullet and use tablet meds.

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