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Does Acyclovir Cause Yeast Infections
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
I had a month long herpes outbreak that I was talking acyclovir for, towards the end I wasn't sure if I was still just healing from that or if something else was going on. Burning and itching and discharge ensued. I thought yeast infection eventually?
Several factors can cause a yeast infections-
1. Local balance of normal flora is disrupted, typically from the recent use of antibiotics; 2. Impaired immunity- this may be due to steroid use or having other illnesses such as diabetes or hiv; 3. Misdiagnosis of symptoms in the absence of yeast from testing- adverse drug effects can be mistaken as a yeast infection. ...Read more
Yeast sites vary: Yeast infections usually occur in the oral passages, vagina, foreskin and penis, and in the skin where there are creases (armpits, groin, breasts). Taking antibiotics kills the good bacteria allowing the yeast to grow. High blood sugar and taking cortisone type medications also favor yeast growth. Yeast can be transmitted during sexual actvity as well. Warm moist areas favor yeast growth. ...Read more
No: The best documented risk factors for spontaneous abortion are advanced maternal age, maternal smoking, and previous history of spontaneous abortion. Most miscarriages are caused by embryonic chromosomal abnormalities and exposure to teratogens. Certain maternal infections can result in spontaneous abortion. However, vaginal yeast infection (candidiasis) is not one of them. ...Read more
See below: I assume you refer to yeast vaginitis. Effective treatments include vaginal preparations that contain nystatin, miconazole, clotrimazole, butoconazole, terconazole and tioconazole. Most of these are available over the counter without a prescription. There is no way to get rid of yeast vaginitis "naturally". ...Read more
Frequent yeast infec:
There's no easy answer to this question. Partner harboring yeast but not being treated for that is often the case. Co-existence of other infections such as bacterial vaginosis which may not be identified is another issue.
Using tampons and certain hygiene products that may be offensive to the vagina may predispose women to recurrences. ...Read more
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
It can cause it.: Doxycycline in a broad spectrum antibiotic that not only stops bad bacteria, but also the good ones that maintain an environment that is hostile to yeast. Most likely, the antibiotic is likely what contributed to the cause of a yeast infection. I treat my patients with infection with an anti-fungal agent. ...Read more
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