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Could probiotics cause a yeast infection?

Could probiotics cause a yeast infection?

Probiotics: That's an interesting question. Generally, probiotics can help to replenish or maintain the normal flora, and keep things in balance. However, there is some evidence that probiotics may cause some imbalance, because this extra 'good bacteria' uses up oxygen. This may then affect the normal balance and precipitate yeast overgrowth. However, this is not established, it's just a theory. ...Read more

Probiotic (Definition)

Probiotics, by definition, are beneficial bacteria that live in our intestinal tract to help us maintain health intestines and colon. There are several species of these bacteria that are helpful to us including lactobacillus acidophilus. The meats we eat contain antibiotics that kill our natural bacteria that reside in our gut. Today, you will replace these ...Read more


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Can I take a probiotic to stop a yeast infection? If not, what's the best OTC treatment? Been on antibiotics for 2 weeks & I think that caused it.

Can I take a probiotic to stop a yeast infection? If not, what's the best OTC treatment? Been on antibiotics for 2 weeks & I think that caused it.

Probiotic won't work: If you have had vaginal yeast and have the same symptoms now, you probably can safely treat yourself. A probiotic probably won't work; you need an anti-yeast drug. Look for a product whose active ingredient ends in "azole" (Monistat®, Terazol®, Gyne-Lotrimin® and others). But if in doubt, get advice from the doc that prescribed the antibiotic. If you self treat, call doc if no better in 2-3 days. ...Read more

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Will yogurt with probiotics in it help with a yeast infection?

Yogurt and probiotic: Yeast infections are opportunistic infections and probiotic consumption may reduce frequency and duration of yeast infections. If infections persists, seek medical evluation. ...Read more

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How much probiotic should I take for recurrent yeast infection?

Billions of CFu: Use a probiotic that has billions of colonies (cfu) rather than millions. Also look for one that has the "friendly" yeast saccharomyes in it as that especialy helps discourage the "unfriendly" yeast candida. ...Read more

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For what length of time do probiotics take to cure yeast infection?

It depends: All probiotics are not the same and it depends and some probiotics are useless and do not work at all for vaginal yeast infection and others which are sometime and somewhat effective may take days to weeks if they work in my opinion. ...Read more

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Haven't really noticed a big change, how long will probiotics take to cure the yeast infection?

Haven't really noticed a big change, how long will probiotics take to cure the yeast infection?

Yogurt: First you need to find out why you have the yeast infection and solve the cause. In the meantime, eating yogurt can really help. ...Read more

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Will probiotics cure a yeast infection? What kind should I get and how long will it take affect?

Will probiotics cure a yeast infection? What kind should I get and how long will it take affect?

No: You can find some people claiming it will on the Internet but I have not found it to be so. I do think once you have cured it with conventional antifungal therapy, probiotics ( lactobacillus) can help prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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How much probiotic acidophilus should I take for yeast infection?

None: First confirm it is a yeast infection (most vaginal discharges are not yeast). If so, an anti-fungal agent like Monistat or Diflucan (fluconazole) is appropriate. Probiotics are very good for many other things, but not for yeast infections. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take the probiotics once a day pills if I think I may have a yeast infection? Will they help with the odor from it?

Is it safe to take the probiotics once a day pills if I think I may have a yeast infection? Will they help with the odor from it?

Yes: Probiotics can help restore the normal bacteria but they won't clear the yeast infection. For that you need and antifungal cream that you can buy over the counter or a pill that requires a prescription. ...Read more

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Is there any way ican get my body back to normal after taking so many antibotics iget yeast infection bad I've takin probiotics & yogurt? Don't help

Is there any way ican get my body back to normal after taking so many antibotics iget yeast infection bad I've takin probiotics & yogurt? Don't help

Yes-comprehensive Rx: Antibiotics can cause intestinal yeast overgrowth & recurrent vaginal yeast infections. Successful treatment requires not only probiotics but a low-starch diet & antifungal drugs or herbs for months!
see http://www. Huffingtonpost. Com/dr-mark-hyman/yeast-infection-symptoms_b_657354.Html and http://bodyecology. Com/articles/category/candida/ for more info. Also see my comment:. ...Read more

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Can probiotics help get rid of a yeast infection?

Can probiotics help get rid of a yeast infection?

No.: No. Candidiasis requires treatment with antimycotics (antifungal drugs). I am not aware of any evidence that any so-called "probiotic" can prevent or cure fungal infections. ...Read more

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What are some probiotics yogurt that helps get rid of yeast infection?

What are some probiotics yogurt that helps get rid of yeast infection?

Plain/acidophilus: You need a non-sweetened yogurt that contains active acidophilus, the friendly bacteria that helps keep yeast in check. Many commercial brands do not have it, so be sure to read the label. And if it doesn't work, see your doctor, because something else may be going on. ...Read more

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Could ciprofloxacin give men a yeast infection after its finished? Should I take a probiotic?

Could ciprofloxacin give men a yeast infection after its finished? Should I take a probiotic?

Yes and yes: I always recommend taking a probiotic when taking an antibiotic and to continue the probiotic for at least a couple of months after. In fact, I usually recommend that my patients take a probiotic daily for general health, but especially if taking an antibiotic. ...Read more

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I have a yeast infection I just started taking vaginal OTC and probiotic acidophilus but in reading do I only need to take acidophilus pills?

I have a yeast infection I just started taking vaginal OTC and probiotic acidophilus but in reading do I only need to take acidophilus pills?

What do you mean by: "vaginal over the counter"- is this an anti-fungal medication? If yes, in most cases this combination should be fine. Oral probiotics are fine (vaginal probiotics aren't necessary). ...Read more

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Dr wants me to take probiotics for recurrent yeast infection. There are tons! Which specific one should I look for? Acidophilus? (boric acid taken)

Acidophilus: No definite answer but acidophius or lactobacilli would be fine. Don't take take boric acid unless cockroaches have taken over your body and you want to kill them off. :). ...Read more

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Will florastor exacerbate a vaginal yeast infection as it's a yeast-based probiotic?

No: Just as there are many types of bacteria there are many types of yeast. Vaginal yeast infections are caused by candida (usually albicans but there are other varieties). Florastor is a "friendly" yeast that is similar to baker's yeast. It does not cause infections, in fact taking it with antibiotics reduces liklihood of vaginal yeast ; diarrhea. It's safe though some are allergic to it. ...Read more

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Can taking probiotic acidophilus capsules help get rid of yeast infection?

Can taking probiotic acidophilus capsules help get rid of yeast infection?

Probably not: Probiotics help prevent yeast infections, and can make them less severe when u get them and less often, but probiotics will not treat yeast infections, once u get an infection u need otc or script meds to get rid of it. ...Read more

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Don't know if I have yeast or candida yeast infection. Taking Monistat n probiotics. Should I go on candida diet just in case???

Don't know if I have yeast or candida yeast infection. Taking Monistat n probiotics. Should I go on candida diet just in case???

Candida is yeast: Candida albicans is responsible for yeast infections. If you are not sure what is causing your symptoms I suggest seeing your doctor to confirm and rule out any other causes. There have been no real studies on the Candida diet that I am aware of. If you get the diagnosis confirmed there is no harm in trying it. Avoiding lots of sugar, white flour and processed foods is a good idea for us all. ...Read more

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What else can I do for a yeast infection? I've done Monistat cloitrimazole diflucan (fluconazole) and probiotics and only 75% better

Depends: Chronic yeast can indicate higher sugar levels, resistant yeast or too much acidity from diet, stress, medications Consider getting your sugar levels checks, a culture of the yeast to confirm how to treat it, manage stress, continuing or changing the probiotics to something stronger, eating a more alkaline diet and using pH drops to improve acid/base balance ...Read more

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How come icant get rid of yeast infection I wash with water 2 daily eat plain yogurt probiotics change underwear when damp had for over 3 months now?

Yeast: Some people are very prone to yeast but other infections can cause similar symptoms. Have your gyn culture and make sure and consider medication in addition to lifestyle. ...Read more

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I am 14 weeks pregnant and have a mild yeast infection. Is it safe to take probiotics?

I am 14 weeks pregnant and have a mild yeast infection. Is it safe to take probiotics?

Yes: Congratulations!
Yes, it is safe to take probiotics. Besides taking them orally consider inserting capsules vaginally.
Also minimize consumption of sugars and starches. ...Read more

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If I took a probiotic while taking antibiotics like Flagyl will it decrease my risk or stop me from getting a yeast infection after I'm done?

If I took a probiotic while taking antibiotics like Flagyl will it decrease my risk or stop me from getting a yeast infection after I'm done?

YES: Yes, that is one of the main reasons to take probiotics. I advise all my patients take probioitics both during and after antibiotic therapy and feel every doctor should do so as well; it is irresponsible to not do so!
along with acidophilus and bifidus it is wise to take sacchromyces boulardii, a probiotic yeast proven to reduce the incidence of antibiotic-associated diarrhea. ...Read more

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Me= yeast infection for 3 mos. Tried creams, boric acid, Candida diet, probiotics, garlic, etc. Taking iron pills 4 anemia- could that be feeding it?

Yeast infection: You do not say whether you have used anti-fungals in your treatment, either topically or orally. That is the best way to treat Candida vulvovaginitis. Iron is highly unlikely to have anything to do with this. If you persist despite this you may be being reinfected by your sexual partner and they could be treated as well. If still an issue make sure your immune system is intact. Good luck. ...Read more

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After burning when peeing, I took cran, nettle and probiotics. After sex, my natural lube was very white and said his penis burned. Yeast infection?

After burning when peeing, I took cran, nettle and probiotics. After sex, my natural lube was very white and said his penis burned. Yeast infection?

Here are some. ..: Based on the facts of being fast occurrence as described, I would consider possible interaction from mixing "natural" lube, semen, & vaginal fluid, resulting in "very white" and his penile burning, instead of yeast infection. Os, watch and see for 1-2 days. If not getting better, see Doc timely. To verify the events, you may repeat what you have done and see; if recurring, you have the real answer ...Read more

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I am concerned with my symptoms. Seems with probiotics my symptoms clear up. Light dull pelvic cramping with light spotting between periods. Also accompanied by either a yeast infection or a light discharge with odor most of the time. A while back I was t

I am concerned with my symptoms. Seems with probiotics my symptoms clear up. Light dull pelvic cramping with light spotting between periods. Also accompanied by either a yeast infection or a light discharge with odor most of the time. A while back I was t

Probiotics helping: I'm not sure if these two symptoms are related or not. Certainly, improvements in vaginal discharge/yeast infection are often seen with the use of probiotics and improvement in gut flora. It is surprising how often we see bowel symptoms linked to the menstrual cycle probably as a result of hormonal influences on smooth muscle in the bowel and uterus. Not sure why probiotics would help spotting. ...Read more

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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


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