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Doctor insights on: Treating Vaginal Yeast Infections

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Can empirically treating vaginal yeast infections create resistances to antifungals?

Can empirically treating vaginal yeast infections create resistances to antifungals?

Resistance: That potential is always present. What is more disturbing, however, is that you may be using antifungal medication against conditions not really due to yeast infection. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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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For treating a vaginal yeast infection are anti-fungal medications from the pharmacy superior to home remedies e.g. yogurt and garlic?

For treating a vaginal yeast infection are anti-fungal medications from the pharmacy superior to home remedies e.g. yogurt and garlic?

My belief: is that you are more likely to get a consistent response from antifungal medications. Other providers may have differing opinions on this matter. ...Read more

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What are the causes of recurring vaginal yeast infections?

What are the causes of recurring vaginal yeast infections?

Several: Antibiotic use most common, sometimes illness, more likely in summer/ hot weather. Illness can as well. Injury, some chemicals (ie spermacides in some), diabetes, non breathing clothing can all contribute. ...Read more

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Can vaginal yeast infections break the hymen?

Can vaginal yeast infections break the hymen?

No, but...: No, but it doesn't matter. Treat the yeast. Don't worry about the hymen. Usually, only in cases of alleged sexual assault upon girls and women do we physicians engage in the careful examination of hymens, collecting evidence of physical damage to be used later in courts of law. In normal everyday life, people should not be "checking hymens" nor thinking about whether they are broken or not broken. ...Read more

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Can soap give females vaginal yeast infections?

Not usual: Soaps should not give a person a yeast infection. Diabetes or essentially a sugary environment (such as that seen with Diabetes and sugar in the urine) as well as antibiotics (which kill bacteria and can make the yeast thrive) are risk factors for yeast infections. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does yogurt help prevent vaginal yeast infections?

Apparently not: Studies that have been done do not show a significant difference in number of yeast infections in women who eat yogurt versus those who don't. ...Read more

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Can vaginal yeast infections spread to the anus easily?

Can vaginal yeast infections spread to the anus easily?

Yes,if conditions rt: The yeast that causes the vaginal yeast infection is also normally in the stool. The close proximity of the areas allows cross contamination of the site & a possibility of a diaper rash like change around the anus. This is not likely to occur if the skin of the anus is healthy & dry but increases if raw & wet.Inflammation from scratching or bacterial infections can also lead to yeast overgrowth. ...Read more

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What OTC drugs cure vaginal yeast infections in one day?

What OTC drugs cure vaginal yeast infections in one day?

Probably none: There are several otc vaginal yeast infection treatments available - most are multiple day vaginal creams. There is one that requires only one dose. One dose doesn't necessarily mean one day cure - it could take more than one day for the medication to be effective. Most of the otc yeast medications are effective about 70% of the time - if your symptoms persist, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can vaginal yeast infections be transmitted through oral sex?

Not likely.: That would assume your partner had oral candida. This would be rare. Some women simply have more problems with vaginal yeast infection, probably because of their own immune response to fungi. ...Read more

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Can there be an operation to help chronic vaginal yeast infections?

Can there be an operation to help chronic vaginal yeast infections?

No: There is no surgery, but there is very effective medical management. Suppressive anti-fungal medication can work up to 98% of cases. ...Read more

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What are some common over-the-counter pills for vaginal yeast infections?

Several: There are several brands. But you are looking for Clotrimazole or microns ole as the active component. ...Read more

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I've noticed an increase in vaginal yeast infections since i've started biologics/chemotherapy. Is this normal?

It is possible: I am sorry you have to be on chemo at such a tender young age. Chemo will affect your immune system and make you more susceptible to infections, including vaginal and oral yeast infections. Make sure your doc knows. Best to you and god bless. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to yogurt, it causes me to have vaginal yeast infections. Though, I am craving it. Could I eat frozen yogurt instead?

I'm allergic to yogurt, it causes me to have vaginal yeast infections. Though, I am craving it. Could I eat frozen yogurt instead?

Very unusual: The probiotic in yogurt may reduce yeast infection instead of inducing it. Since no itching was described at the vaginal area, an allergic reaction is less likely. Since the mechanism is unknown, the only way to find out is to try the frozen yogurt out and having a Rx for Fluconazole in hand in case you have another yeast infection. See GYN if problem continues. ...Read more

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I have a history of vaginal yeast infections as well as persistent UTIs. What lubricants would be safe to use for sex that wouldn't worsen these issue?

It's not lubricant: Lubricants aren't the problem; which one you use won't make any differencer (unless some symptoms might be allergy to lubricant). "Persistent" UTI should not occur; once diagnosed, cure usually isn't a problem. Recurrent yeast can be due to underlying health problems, especially diabetes. STDs can cause similar symptoms; get tested. Rather than worrying about lubricants, discuss w/ your doctor. ...Read more

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Will vaginal yeast infections clear on their own?

Possible: Yeast is a normal inhabitant of the vagina. At low levels it causes no symptoms in most women. With the overgrowth of yeast symptoms develop. It is possible for it to resolve on its own. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of vaginal yeast infections?

Discharge and itch: A vaginal yeast infection usually causes a thick white discharge with itchiness and redness to the vagina. See your doctor for confirmation. ...Read more

Yeast (Definition)

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