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I'm using gentian violet for thrush. How often should I use this a day and for how long?

I'm using gentian violet for thrush. How often should I use this a day and for how long?

Azole cream better: Gentian violet is an old fashioned, messy, and not very effective treatment for vaginal yeast (thrush) infections. If not professionally diagnosed, see a doctor. If you've had yeast before and symptoms are typical, try an over-the-counter yeast cream; look for active ingredient ending in "azole" (miconazole, teraconazole, etc). Any of these will be more effective and faster than gentian violet. ...Read more

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Is Gentian Violet safe to use as an alternative hair dye? Pros and cons? Possibility of reaction?

Is Gentian Violet safe to use as an alternative hair dye? Pros and cons? Possibility of reaction?

Safe not practical: Gentian violet is commonly used in the mouths of small children, so it should certainly be safe on the scalp. However it stains everything it touches, so there are far more practical options for hair dyeing. ...Read more

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I'm 25 years old and have a 4 week old baby that was diagnosed with thrush. We were both treated with nystain. Would it be okay to use gentian violet?

I'm 25 years old and have a 4 week old baby that was diagnosed with thrush. We were both treated with nystain. Would it be okay to use gentian violet?

Not a good choice: This stuff stain everything it comes in contact and is difficult if at all possible to get out of clothing, surfaces. I had one parent treated kid end up at urgent care because the throat swelled and breathing became difficult as an odd reaction to the stuff. It is effective, but I never recommend it after all the trouble I've seen it cause. ...Read more

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How often and for how long can you use gentian violet for thrush in the mouth? I'm a 50 yr old female. I've had nystatin, diflucan (fluconazole) and Clotrimazole

How often and for how long can you use gentian violet for thrush in the mouth? I'm a 50 yr old female. I've had nystatin, diflucan (fluconazole) and Clotrimazole

Oral yeast?: You can use it as often as you like; no harm will come. But why use a not very effective and unpleasant treatment when other effective treatments are available? Also confirm the diagnosis. Oral yeast infection (thrush) is different from coated tongue, for example. If you are ohterwise healthy, oral yeast infections are unlikely. Discuss with your PCP. ...Read more

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What is gentian violet?

What is gentian violet?

Antifungal Medicine: Gentian violet is a non-prescription medication that is very safe and effective against thrush. It is also a very bright purple, hence the name, and can stain clothing and furniture. ...Read more

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What is gentian violet used for?

What is gentian violet used for?

Gram Stain: Used to stain bacteria and look at them under the microscope to determine if they are gram negative or gram positive. ...Read more

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Do gentian violet react with Hydrogen Peroxide? I first put some gentian violet on my wound and I wanna wash it by hydrogen peroxide. Is that ok?

Do gentian violet react with Hydrogen Peroxide? I first put some gentian violet on my wound and I wanna wash it by hydrogen peroxide. Is that ok?

No: Neither of these should be applied to a wound. Details matter. What kind of wound? Where? How deep? Caused by what? Clean or contaminated? Most wounds do best by washing with water, then keeping lubricated. ...Read more

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I wanna ask about using half strength magenta paint for eczema is it similar to gentian violet or it differes and how isit appied and is ut usefu?

I wanna ask about using half strength magenta paint for eczema is it similar to gentian violet or it differes and how isit appied and is ut usefu?

Use modern medicines: Primary care doctors, allergists, and dermatologists have many modern eczema treatments that are safe and effective. Trying magenta dyes on one's skin is not a good idea. ...Read more

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Was swabbed vaginally with gentian violet and hours later am experiencing burning- fairly extreme with urination. Is this normal?

Was swabbed vaginally with gentian violet and hours later am experiencing burning- fairly extreme with urination. Is this normal?

See answer: Gentian violet is an antiseptic dye used to treat vaginal yeast infections. Some people are overly sensitive to it and develop redness, swelling, pain, and sometimes bleeding. The urethra is especially sensitive to gentian violet. If your symptoms do not improve or worsen over next 24hrs, you should contact your treating md. ...Read more

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Will gentian violet work on nail fungus?

Will gentian violet work on nail fungus?

Yes, but: It could work, but there are so many other products that are easier to use. Gentian violet can be very messy and will stain any it touches. I would recommend anything over the counter at the pharmacy over gentian violet. ...Read more

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How long does it take for garlic, acidopholis and gentian violet to cure oral thrush? I have no insurance til next year so can't see a doctor!

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How long does it take for garlic, acidopholis and gentian violet to cure oral thrush? I have no insurance til next year so can't see a doctor!

1 week: Application of gentian violet for a week should do a job if you can bear with some messiness. I have noticed that other oral lesions have been mistaken as thrush by general public. ...Read more

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I have had painless white stuff on back of tongue and swollen taste buds for a few months. I think it is thrush. Will gentian violet cure this?

I have had painless white stuff on back of tongue and swollen taste buds for a few months. I think it is thrush. Will gentian violet cure this?

See a doctor: You also asked about gential violet for vaginal yeast infection. See my reply to that question. Oral thrush is uncommon in otherwise healthy persons. "Painless white stuff" usually isn't yeast (thrush), just a garden variety "coated tongue", which can occur with colds and any number of minor health issues. Don't use GV, which isn't recommended for oral treatment. See a doctor for both problems. ...Read more

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Infection diagnosed as yeast. Std tests negative. Used gentian violet and whenwashed it off meatus had yellow infection. Picture here imgur. Com/hFBHiti

Infection diagnosed as yeast. Std tests negative. Used gentian violet and whenwashed it off meatus had yellow infection. Picture here imgur. Com/hFBHiti

If you are: Looking for diagnostic information and to upload photograph - then you may wish to use HealthTap Concierge or Prime instead of medical education portion of site. Take care. ...Read more

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Perineal radiation burn skin is comin off&burns a lot anus pains too while excretion. What is d best way to cure it? It is area between buttocks. Not cured wd gentian violet&lysine hydrochloride cream.

Perineal radiation burn skin is comin off&burns a lot anus pains too while excretion. What is d best way to cure it? It is area between buttocks. Not cured wd gentian violet&lysine hydrochloride cream.

Protect to heal: Friction and constant exposure to moisture (sweat) reduces protective skin oils is the cz. Underwear may also contribute by bunching or itself causing friction. Trying different undergarments, applying thick protective skin cream, stop intense activity for a while and see. A thin hydrocolloid dressing (ex. Duoderm) applied to each side 2-3 x/wk) prevents friction and promotes healing. ...Read more

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Per dr. I'm 30w pregnant, using gentian violet for yeast infection on nipples as well as Monistat 7 cream internally and on nipples. Your pro opinion?

Gentian violet/monis: Although gentian violet is effective locally for yeast and has been used in babies for thrush in the past before we had better alternatives, it is a little messy and makes a little coloured mess and can stain the clothes. You are usin Monistat lacally which is more effective and can be used on nipples and in vagina as well.
That is my honest opinion. ...Read more

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What creams I can use to treat violet patches developed due to excessive usage of hot packs! Is it erythema ab igne! Will it fade!

What creams I can use to treat violet patches developed due to excessive usage of hot packs! Is it erythema ab igne! Will it fade!

Get it seen: If this is indeed erythema ab igne, it tends to fade in a few months but may persist indefinitely. You should be seen by a dermatologist to be sure it is not cancer; biopsy may be required. Topical tretinoin has been used and possibly laser therapy could be tried. ...Read more

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I am a male and got hit in the gentian area. After about a week I have a little inflammation. What is this cause of this?

I am a male and got hit in the gentian area. After about a week I have a little inflammation. What is this cause of this?

Inflammation help: Infalmmation is the body's way of helping us. It sends chemicals to the site to protect and heal. After your doc checks you out, it may take some time for the inflammation to subside and he or she may offer you a medication to help with that. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is HPV that causes abnormal cell changes the same HPV that causes gentian warts?

Is HPV that causes abnormal cell changes the same HPV that causes gentian warts?

Yes and no: There are a couple of hundred subtypes of hpv. Some types cause warts and some cause cancer or pre cancerous cells of the cervix. ...Read more

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How to cure a vaginal yeast infection with gentian?

Messy, messy, messy: Gentian violet is a surgical marking solution that is very messy if used as a anti fungal agent. As far as I know this is no longered considered to be an effective medication although I do see it offered in homeopathic pharmacies. ...Read more

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I am on 50mg sertraline is it ok to take Kalms a herbal remedy with hops valerin and gentian natural plant remedy?

I am on 50mg sertraline is it ok to take Kalms a herbal remedy with hops valerin and gentian natural plant remedy?

Not certain: Some herbal products may increase the risk of a rare but serious side effect called serotonin syndrome when combined with SSRIs. Talk to your doctor. If you decide to try it, you should be monitored closely. ...Read more

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I am on 50mg sertraline for anxiety and depression is it ok to take Kalms a herbal remedy with hops valerin and gentian natural plant remedy?

I am on 50mg sertraline for anxiety and depression is it ok to take Kalms a herbal remedy with hops valerin and gentian natural plant remedy?

No: I would not combine herbal medications with psychotropic medications such as sertraline. There are not well established studies to guide us in the combination of these. ...Read more

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Is it normal for the anus to be purple or violet?

Is it normal for the anus to be purple or violet?

Yes: Normal color can be pink, violet, purple. Http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/human_anus. ...Read more

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Why is my nails turning light violet from pink color?

Why is my nails turning light violet from pink color?

Blue Nails: Blue nails may be indicative of pulmonary obstruction, emphysema or lung disease. Blue fingernails may represent a type of cyanosis caused by a lower level of lack of circulating oxygen in the red blood cells. It may also represent a high level of an abnormal form of hemoglobin in the circulation. Another cause can be medications like minocin (minocycline). See your doctor for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Would it be unhealthy to have violet eyes?

Would it be unhealthy to have violet eyes?

Probably not: If the apparent violet color is lifelong than it is nor unhealthy. If the color suddenly appeared over top of a different color than this should be evaluated. Violet is a rare color and a change in eye color is equally rare. ...Read more

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All light suddenly appeared to change to a purple/violet tint. What does this mean about my vision?

All light suddenly appeared to change to a purple/violet tint. What does this mean about my vision?

Temporary effect: If the vision change was brief (only lasting a few minutes), it could be caused by a quick change from a very dark environment to a very bright one, or vice versa. If this is persistent, see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Thrush. Is jensens violet still available?

Thrush. Is jensens violet still available?

Gentian violet: This rather messy dye is sold otc at many big box store pharmacies. It is variably effective as a treatment for thrush. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a human being have red or violet eyes?

Is it possible that a human being have red or violet eyes?

Violet maybe, no red: Iris can be many colors and some have a mixture of blue and other colors that look sort of violet - think of Elizabeth Taylor. Red is only possible if the iris surface is covered with blood vessels which is not normal but pathologic. Some advanced albinos have pink eyes. ...Read more

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I've small red and violet pumps on my buttocks?? What can these be??

I've small red and violet pumps on my buttocks?? What can these be??

Pimples on Buttocks: Usually that condition is referred to as Folliculitis. It is an Acne like eruption that can be treated initially with an anti-bacteria soap. If not improving, seek medical attention for antibiotic Tx ...Read more

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I have a steam burn in my fnger...It looks dark red or violet. How can I treat it? And prevent it from leaving a mark?

I have a steam burn in my fnger...It looks dark red or violet. How can I treat it? And prevent it from leaving a mark?

Zinc oxide, aquaphor: It is a red/ purplish color because the burn when deep
enough to pop some blood vessels. This is like a bruise and over time and clear. The damage went into the dermis where the blood vessels are and therefore has the possibility of causing a scar. The finger is one area with very good blood supply and may heal
without scarring. Using zinc oxide and covering with a band aide protects skin ...Read more

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What do you advise if I see violet for hogdkin's lymphoma. But I need the color for non hodgkin's lymphoma. Anyone know?

What do you advise if I see violet for hogdkin's lymphoma. But I need the color for non hodgkin's lymphoma. Anyone know?

Colorful: I am an oncologist with 50 years in cancer medicine. I have absolutely no clue as to what you are asking. As a student of Hodgkin's disease and well versed also in NHL (non-Hodgkin's lymphoma), I have never heard of color associated with either lymphoma. ...Read more

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On my profile picture, There is what I think Is a hemorroid, is a small, Violet lump, hurts and itch, Is it isn't what could it be?

On my profile picture, There is what I think Is a hemorroid, is a small, Violet lump, hurts and itch, Is it isn't what could it be?

Hemorrhoid with clot: It's a little hard to see in the photo, but if it's coming out of your anus, is purplish/violet, and swollen and painful, it may be a 'thrombosed' external hemorrhoid, that is it has a clot inside. Those can be especially painful. You can try soaks and hemorrhoid creams, but it should be evaluated by a doctor. Sometimes they have to be opened, and then feel much better! ...Read more

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Hi! I have problems with my hands. When its cold my hands tend to be very red and violet color and cold. In summer they area little cold. The problem?

Hi! I have problems with my hands. When its cold my hands tend to be very red and violet color and cold. In summer they area little cold. The problem?

Ray aid: You may have raynaud disease. It is a spastic disorder which reacts to cold weather. In winter discoloration and pain can occur in hands and feet. In summer symptoms are limited. Best treatment is to keep the hands warm in winter with mittens. Sometimes medication can be prescribed. ...Read more

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My nails having a light violet color but there's no pain in my chest shoulder and back what is the possible cause of having a light violet in my nails?

My nails having a light violet color but there's no pain in my chest shoulder and back what is the possible cause of having a light violet in my nails?

Raynaud syndrome: This is likely a Raynaud phenomenon.This is a process where the small blood vessels spasm and redirect blood flow away from fingers and sometimes feet. T can be triggered naturally by cold, but is a symptom of other medical disorders. Your doc can help sort this out. ...Read more

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Is violet or purple mark a sign of menstruation?

Is violet or purple mark a sign of menstruation?

Where is the mark?: Are you having a violet or purple stain on the underwear? It's not clear from your question. ...Read more

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My nails are always pink and a bit violet in the base. Does it indicate a heart problem?

My nails are always pink and a bit violet in the base. Does it indicate a heart problem?

Possibly: What you're describing could be cyanosis, but that would be from a congenital heart condition that's usually not subtle. Discuss with your provider and consider obtaining and echocardiogram. ...Read more

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I have a white spot on my palatoglosal arch right side and the left side is violet. Before this I have pain on my forhead and right side of face.

I have a white spot on my palatoglosal arch right side and the left side is violet. Before this I have pain on my forhead and right side of face.

White spot: Hello and welcome to HealthTap, would you be able to share a picture? It could be anything from exudates to tonsil stone. If you would not mind sharing a picture and also it would be nice to know if you are a smoker and/ or if you have any fevers, chills or sick contacts for strep? Thank you :) ...Read more

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Injured neck after violet extension and heard crack. Stiff and painful neck for 2 weeks. 4 months later have non painful grinding noise. What do I do?

Injured neck after violet extension and heard crack. Stiff and painful neck for 2 weeks. 4 months later have non painful grinding noise. What do I do?

Pain in the neck...: It might be reasonable to ask for a referral to a physical therapist, for evaluation and training on a set of exercises and stretches you can do at home to improve your neck health.

Either way, you want to be careful about positioning while sleeping/working, stay active, stretch the muscles and consider some mild resistance exercises. ...Read more