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Doctor insights on: Can Coconut Oil Cause Yeast Infections

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Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Darrin Cunningham Dr. Cunningham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
26 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Is it safe to use coconut oil (vaginally) to cure a yeast infection?

Not a cure: Coconut oil is safe to use in the vagina. It won't cure yeast infection tho. It is a very good lubricant.

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Dr. Richard Zimon Dr. Zimon
Internal Medicine
55 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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If I have a vaginal yeast infection can I put neosporin or coconut oil to stop the itch?

If I have a vaginal yeast infection can I put neosporin or coconut oil to stop the itch?

NEITHER!: You should be receiving SPECIFIC anti-yeast medication vaginally prescribed by your GYNECOLOGIST if OTC preparations are not working! Neosporin is for BACTERIAL SKIN infections and COCONUT OIL is a "folk" remedy at best! Hope this helps! Dr Z

Dr. Michael Ein Dr. Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
44 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Is coconut oil a good natural alternative to help cure yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis?

Is coconut oil a good natural alternative to help cure yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis?

No: Yeast infections require antifungal treatment and bacterial vaginosis is usually treated with metronidazole. Coconut oil will not cure either.

Dr. Joy Jackson Dr. Jackson
Family Medicine
15 years in practice
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Male yeast infection help! I'm a male and I've had a yeast infection for two years. Nothing seems to get rid of it. I've taken frequent trips to the doctor and he keeps prescribing chlotrimazole cream which is not working. I've tried coconut oil

Recurrent: Recurrent yeast infections can be a sign of diabetes or immune deficiencies. You should have a complete history and physical to make sure this is not the issue. On the other hand, is it possible that a sexual partner could have an untreated yeast infection which is causing the reoccurence. Your doctor may need to put you on an oral medication called Diflucan (fluconazole) once a week for about 4 weeks or so. Lastly consider it is not a yeast infection and possibly an allergic reaction to some type of soap, lotion, or cream you are using on your penis. Best of luck.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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22y/of. Monthly vaginal yeast infections. This month hsv2 outbreak also. Superinfection? Low immune system? How2 treat? Ev coconut oil work?

See an OB/GYN: This is not necessarily any immune defect. This can happen to totally normal women. For best management, however, a trained experience clinician with good communication skills would be the best person to discuss this with.

Dr. Scott Beard Dr. Beard
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
21 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Can using baby oil as lubricant cause yeast infection?

Can using baby oil as lubricant cause yeast infection?

Kind of: Any petroleum productsare a bad idea for intercourse/outercourse. Use only water based lubricants. The former can cause a variety of infections and desquamative vaginitis as well- the equivalent of skin peeling after a sunburn.

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield Dr. Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
49 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Can you tell me if I use vege oil as lube, will it cause yeast infection?

No yeast, but...: Vegetable oil won't cause yeast infections. However, no oils are very good sexual lubricants; water-based products are much better. They can be purchased at any drug store. In addition, oil can weaken latex condoms, with higher risk of breakage. Never use oil for lubrication if also using condoms for contraception or for STD/HIV prevention.

Dr. Luis Gonzalez Dr. Gonzalez
Obstetrics & Gynecology
35 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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Does using baby oil as sexual lubricant cause a yeast infection?

Does using baby oil as sexual lubricant cause a yeast infection?

Not likely: However any significant change in the vaginal acidity or bacterial balance can promote yeast overgrowth.

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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Can you use grapeseed oil as a lubricant or does it cause yeast infections?

Grapeseed oil: If you feel that the lubricating quality of this material is satisfactory then there should not be a greater incidence of secondary yeast infection than with other lubricants or with nothing at all but your own secretions. Go at it.

Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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I'm taking fluconazole for a nasty, persistent yeast infection. Is it safe to take garlic and coconut supplements with this medicine?

Yes: This is safe and reasonable. Persistent candida is usually related to intestinal candidiasis and may take several months to successfully treat. A diet low in sugars and simple carbs is essential as well. See http://huff. To/15mbzao ; http://bit. Ly/1aeoabl for details.

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Is it safe to use coconut oil to cure my yeast infection? I'm 11 weeks pregnant! And can a yeast infection harm my baby?

Is it safe to use coconut oil to cure my yeast infection? I'm 11 weeks pregnant! And can a yeast infection harm my baby?

Over the counter: Vaginal yeast medications are readily available at any pharmacy. This is the treatment. Coconut oil is not known to be a cure for vaginal yeast. Yeast infections do not have a baby but they are quite uncomfortable for the mother. Since medication is easily available there is no reason to suffer

Dr. David Lipkin Dr. Lipkin
Internal Medicine
48 years in practice
Howard University College of Medicine
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I have a yeast infection on my skin. Would peppermint oil capsules or a diluted peppermint oil on the skin work?

I have a yeast infection on my skin. Would peppermint oil capsules or a diluted peppermint oil on the skin work?

See answer: I assume you are referring to the fungal infection of the skin called ringworm (Tinea Corporis). The usual initial treatment is OTC anti fungal creams such as Lamisil (terbinafine) or Lotrimin. Physicians don't prescribe peppermint oil for this. Without seeing the rash I can't vouch for it being a fungal infection. If in doubt consult your physician.

Dr. Robert Jackson Dr. Jackson
Dermatology
39 years in practice
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Can pure grapeseed oil be used as a sexual lubricant or will it give girls yeast infections or something similar?

Grapeseed Oil: If it works, why not. It will not give you yeast infection. The obvious question is why would you want to do this?

Dr. Christopher Cirino Dr. Cirino
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
19 years in practice
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy Dr. Ruiz-Healy
Pediatrics
35 years in practice
University of Anahuac School of Medicine
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Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable of fermenting ...Read more


Candida (Definition)

Is a type of fungus which normally lives in small amounts on mucus membranes. An overgrowth of candida in the mouth produces a condition called 'thrush'. This is often triggered ...Read more