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A 24-year-old female asked:

can birth control pills cause you to get yeast infections more frequently? should i switch to a different pill?

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Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes, progestins: change the vaginal pH and provide a more friendly environment for yeast. All BCP contain some progestin, but it is possible that a pill with different estrogen/progestin ratio may be helpful for you. Your doctor can answer that better. Yeast thrives in dark, moist warm places, so using powder externally, loose fitting underwear and clothing to allow circulation, and probiotics may help.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Does dairy in formula increase the frequency of ear infections and congestion?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
No: That would be very rare. Dairy allergies can cause skin problems (hives or eczema), or more rarely gut problems (bloody diarrhea); there's also lactose intolerance, which occurs only in children and adults (never babies), which can cause diarrhea and abdominal pain. But food allergies very rarely cause nasal symptoms, congestion, or ear infections.
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Does my baby need antibiotics if he has an ear infection?

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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Not necessarily: Ear infections that aren't causing pain may clear without antibiotics (or the risks that antibiotics carry for allergic reactions, germ resistance building, diarrhea, etc.) See your pediatrician to determine whether an antibiotic is needed or if careful watching may be just as good - or better!
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My baby is getting frequent ear infections. Is there any way to help prevent them?

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Dr. Kathleen Forcier
Specializes in General Practice
Yes: Frequent ear infections are not only frustrating but can potentially affect language development. Breastfeeding, decreasing pacifier use, and giving your child the pneumococcal vaccine can all help prevent ear infections. Kids under 2 years old who have more than 3 ear infections in 6 months or more than 4 in 12 months may need to see an ear, nose and throat specialist.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Will penicillin vk 500mg tablets treat an ear infection?

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Unlikely: With a large proportion of s. Pneumonii (most common bacteria causing middle ear infection) becoming resistant to penicillin, the mainstay of antibiotics treatment for "ear infection" is currently a high dose of amoxicillin.
A 26-year-old male asked:

I have anal fissures since long I have tried everything bath, 2%, fibre but it's still there. I also have fungal infection due to it. What to do?

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Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Try Miralax (polyethylene glycol).: Miralax (polyethylene glycol) laxative powder is non habit forming and otc. 1 capful with any beverage daily may help with your regularity along with your fiber in your diet/fluids. 4 or more servings of fruits/veggies can help. Make sure you stool is soft and not hard, pellet like or large caliber. Neosporin ointment in the anal area 2 times dialy may improve you situation too.

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