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Dr. Julie Abbott
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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


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Chronic yeast infection for 3 months. No std/diabetes. Are there other causes? Multiple rounds of diflucan. Seen OBGYN 3 times. Frustrated

Chronic yeast infection for 3 months. No std/diabetes. Are there other causes? Multiple rounds of diflucan. Seen OBGYN 3 times. Frustrated

Yeast infection?: There are many kinds of yeast, and not all are sensitive to diflucan. There are also bacterial and other infections which can cause similar symptoms. If your symptoms are still present, ask your healthcare provider to get cultures to see if other pathogens are present. ...Read more

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In April I had my 1st yeast infection & several more since. I had my IUD removed 6 days ago because it was misplaced. Could this have been the reason? PID ruled out, I'm not pregnant & no diabetes. STD tests negative. What else could be the cause?

Causes unknown: Having an IUD is not a likely cause of recurrent or persistent yeast infections. Except for diabetes, usually no particular cause is known. Assuming the diagnosis of yeast has been confirmed, speak with your doctor about periodic (e.g. weekly) fluconazole (Diflucan®) to stay ahead of the problem. ...Read more

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I have chronic yeast infection possible sign of diabetes, what do you suggest?

I have chronic yeast infection possible sign of diabetes, what do you suggest?

Possibly have DM: Get blood glucose monitor over-the-counter in pharmacy.

Check sugar after overnight fast- if126 diabetic.
Or

check 2 hours after eating
if 200, diabetic. ...Read more

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Are my reoccurring yeast infections a possible sign of diabetes?

Are my reoccurring yeast infections a possible sign of diabetes?

Possibly: Recurrent skin infections are one sign of diabetes, but they can have other causes as well. You should be seen by physician and evaluated. ...Read more

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What can recurring yeast infections have to do with diabetes?

More common: Much more common in women (and men) who have diabetes, particularly if their sugars are not kept in good control. Glucose control can reduce incidence back to near normal. ...Read more

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Could my reoccurring yeast infections truly be a sign of diabetes?

I don't know: Yeast infections are due to a fungus called candida which is normally found in the vagina. However, if there is a lack of healthy vaginal bacteria it can lead to overgrowth of yeast. Some causes of overgrowth: antibiotics, ^ estrogen (pregnancy or some birth control pills), malfunctioning immune system, diabetes mellitus as well as friction against vaginal tissues (intercourse) and douching. ...Read more

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Can a yeast infection from diabetes be transmitted through sexual activity?

Only if "dining out": Vaginal yeast infections rarely infect male partners through intercourse, however, "dining out" (oral sex) can produce thrush, an oral yeast infection in susceptible partners. ...Read more

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Why are women with diabetes pre-disposed to developing recurrent yeast infections?

Multifactorial: Yes high sugars suppress your immune system. When your immune system is suppressed it is easier to develop infection. But yeast also feed off high sugar and use it for fuel. The extra sugar allows the yeast to grow faster. ...Read more

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What to do if I keep getting yeast infections, like every 2 months or so. Is it definitely diabetes?

What to do if I keep getting yeast infections, like every 2 months or so. Is it definitely diabetes?

No: No. The underlying cause for your recurrent yeast infections would need to be medically assessed. It can become more problematic with anyone who is immunosuppressed. ...Read more

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Before you all say see a doctor, I'm here just for advice. I wanted to know how can I naturally treat a yeast infection that comes from diabetes.

Before you all say see a doctor, I'm here just for advice. I wanted to know how can I naturally treat a yeast infection that comes from diabetes.

No need to see a doc: Once set in, there's not much that will take care of it aside from good old Monistat which is obtainable over the counter. With regard to prevention, maintaining adequate control of your blood sugar will help. Never douche. Avoid seeking antibiotics for simple stuff like a common cold (though if your doc prescribes them as necessary, take them). Probiotic (yogurt) consumption may help, won't hurt. ...Read more

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Can a vaginal yeast infection due to diabetes be transmitted sexually?

Yes, but...: Atlhough it is not a "sexually transmitted disease", yeast can be transmitted from one person to another during sexual activities. ...Read more

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Is vaginal yeast infection a sign of diabetes? 27-year-old married female.

Is vaginal yeast infection a sign of diabetes? 27-year-old married female.

Can be but unlikely: Vaginal yeast infections are very common in women and mostly have nothing to do with diabetes. If you have diabetes, you're more likely to get them because sugar in the urine feeds yeast cells normally present on the skin anyway which can lead to overgrowth. If you're worried about having diabetes, please see your doctor. A hba1c can be checked. If you're spilling sugar in urine, it will be high. ...Read more

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Are recurrent yeast infections a sign of diabetes? I am 21 year old. No other symptoms of diabetes. Could it be due to diabetes or tuberculosis?

Are recurrent yeast infections a sign of diabetes? I am 21 year old. No other symptoms of diabetes. Could it be due to diabetes or tuberculosis?

Recurrent yeast: Infections can be seen in diabetes, but are more common with poor female hygiene, infected sexual partner, etc. Doubt you have diabetes and certainly not tb. ...Read more

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With chronic yeast infections, that never goes away despite treatment, what is the next best thing, neg for HIV and diabetes?

With chronic yeast infections, that never goes away despite treatment, what is the next best thing, neg for HIV and diabetes?

Treat intestines!: Recurrent vaginal yeast is usually caused by yeast overgrowth in our intestines, known as intestinal candidiasis, a common side effect of antibiotics ; hormones including ortho tricyclin ; other birth control pills. This is treated with a low starch diet, probiotics ; antifungal drugs or herbs. See http://huff. To/15mbzao ; http://bit. Ly/1aeoabl. ...Read more

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I have frequent urination and leak throught the day and night. Just got checked for yeast infection & diabetes both are negative. See profile please.?

I have frequent urination and leak throught the day and night. Just got checked for yeast infection & diabetes both are negative. See profile please.?

Go back to your doc: Frequent urination that isn't yeast (or other) infection or diabetes mellitus (high sugar) might be due to high calcium (hypercalcemia) or diabetes insipidus (not related to sugar). Or it might be due to urge incontinence from an overactive bladder. Some medications also make you pee more, eg diuretics but so can caffeine & alcohol so keep that in mind when you drink. ...Read more

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Why can't my yeast infection go away tested for STD negative I wonder is it diabetes or something else?

Why can't my yeast infection go away tested for STD negative I wonder is it diabetes or something else?

Yeast always there.: Hello Kareema,

The vagina always has yeast! It is part of the group of organisms that are normally and naturally present in the the vagina. When the yeast multiply and cause symptoms like itching and 'cottage cheese' discharge we refer to this as a yeast infection. Since you are on an antifungal medication, give it time to work. If symptoms continue then a work-up for diabetes is wise. ...Read more

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I have diabetes so I know that I can get yeast infections easily but my vagina is sore all the time & little brown mushy particles around. Solutions?

Assuming god hygiene: I would recommend you see and bring it up with a GYN provider and have a good history and exam performed to diagnose properly and have good treqatment, if needed. Be well! ...Read more

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I'm recently diagnosed with vaginal yeast infection;married recently. I hav'nt had diabetes, but my father did have. So any possibility that I too have?

Possible + unlikely: Most vaginal yeast infection is just that. It is very unusual to have diabetes present with yeast infection because blood sugar is so frequently measured. May consider measuring fasting blood glucose once.

Dm is only partly genetic. You are at more risk than the average jane but certainly not doomed. Eat a healthy diet, stay at a healthy weight and exercise regularly. ...Read more

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Reoccurrent yeast infections and bv, sometimes at same time, been having since 16, before having sex, hiv/diabetes test negative, what's wrong with me?

Reoccurrent yeast infections and bv, sometimes at same time, been having since 16, before having sex, hiv/diabetes test negative, what's wrong with me?

Tough cases: Recurrent vaginitis can be a challenging problem. The first step is to find a doctor interested in dealing with these. Then careful testing each time should be done so that you always know what is being treated. There are several methods of treating recurrent cases beyond the usual meds. Boric acid suppositories and gentian violet work well. Otc rephresh can help. Nuvaring can help prevent. ...Read more

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Prone to vag yeast infections. No diabetes. Tested HIV w oraquick at nonprof aids org, negative. Should I get tested for HIV again at actual doctor?

Prone to vag yeast infections. No diabetes. Tested HIV w oraquick at nonprof aids org, negative. Should I get tested for HIV again at actual doctor?

Not yet: It may not be a yeast infection. See your gyn provider to check for other types of vaginitis. Bacterial vaginosis is another common vaginal issue and it won't respond to treatments for yeast. ...Read more

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Hav yeast infection (swollen red itchy bumps on legs arms n butt)after childbirth. Can it b a sign of diabetes. Wht can b other reason fr the prblm?

Probably not yeast: These are not the typical sites for yeast infection and thus it is likely from something else. Pregnancy itself can be associated with unusual skin rash which should subside within 30 days after delivery. If the problem persists and not helped by topical cortisone, see your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have diabetes and therefor I have recurring yeast infections, can that cause a bartholin gland cyst abscess?

I have diabetes and therefor I have recurring yeast infections, can that cause a bartholin gland cyst abscess?

Sorta: You're diabetes puts you at risk of infection of the skin in general and certainly recurrent yeast infections may lead to inflammation around the gland opening leading to cyst formation, but it may also be related to sexual activity or a bacterial infection issue. ...Read more

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Could sex cause frequent yeast infection?

Could sex cause frequent yeast infection?

It can contribute: Yeast infections are due to a fungus called candida which is normally found in the vagina. However, if there is a lack of healthy vaginal bacteria it can lead to overgrowth of yeast. Some causes of overgrowth: antibiotics, ^ estrogen (pregnancy or some birth control pills), malfunctioning immune system, diabetes mellitus as well as friction against vaginal tissues (intercourse) and douching. ...Read more

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Will a yeast infection cause pain down there?

It can: Symptoms of a yeast infection may include: burning, redness & itching of the vulva; burning with urination & vaginal intercourse & a clumpy, white, vaginal discharge with no odor. Sometimes the discharge isn’t apparent. ...Read more

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Please tell me how is a yeast infection caused?

Bacterial imbalance: Most yeast infections are caused by a fungus candia albicans which is normally present in small amount in vagina and is kept under control by haelthy bacteria called hemophulus, when that balance is compromised by antibiotics, hormone replacement, pregnancy, or there is immune problems due to diabetes or HIV than there is overgrowth of the fungus and that causes yeast or candia infection with discharg. ...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


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