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Candidiasis (Yeast Infection, Candida)

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Comment from: eyesandears, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I am a 78 year old female. I have been treated extensively and repeatedly with antibiotics for throat and ear infections since early childhood until 20s. Allergy to yeast was diagnosed in early 30s as cysts appeared regularly on my face. So I stopped having brewer's yeast, wine or beer. All was ok until I developed a cycle of vaginal thrushurinary tract infection (UTI) when sexually active in late 30s after several years of celibacy. Eventually it was successfully treated with double the usual doses of Nilstat and using 1 Macrodantin with each sexual activity. By mid-50s I developed chronic fatigue syndrome and the Nilstat-Macrodantin no longer worked. Fluconazole did, but after many treatments new vaginal symptoms appeared with no discharge, but itch. Also skin rashes. Eventual diagnosis was Candida glabrata, a result of suppressed Candida albicans. I had treatment for 14 days with vaginal boric acid, pessaries and naturopathic menopause cream. Skin rashes alternated a little Diprosone ointment (I was allergic to the cream version) and naturopathic tar ointments and MooGoo, a product developed in Australia for sore cow udders now marketed for human skin worked a treat. Also finally I totally changed diet to anti-candida diet. Ending sexual activity helped too. I gradually re-added dairy, etc., but maintained all probiotics and other naturopathic remedies and no yeast products. No thrush for 5 years. But recent operations (badly broken arm) over a 15 month period including abscessed tooth removal, and hip replacement all required heavy doses of antibiotics. Candida symptoms were managed with diet, probiotics, pre-biotics etc., until recent hip replacement. Now I have severe oral thrush after 4 weeks of sore throat badly affecting windpipe. Four vitamin C plus zinc intravenous drips to support immune system worked for a few days after each, but symptoms recurred. Unfortunately in the 4th week ice cream was only the real relief as swallowing became increasingly impossible, and I used anesthetic lozenges (including Codral) which did not include sucrose and glucose on their ingredient lists. I had to dig deep on their website to find it did contain those. But too late; all that sugar did me in. Including my own misadventures with the momentarily soothing ice cream. Now I am trying coconut oil pulling and oral fluconazole. No real results except some symptoms of nausea, increased sore throat which I hope are die-back. Fingers crossed. By the way, here's a tip based on years of experience: there is yeast hidden in many soup stocks, even organic vegetable ones, and soups in restaurants use stocks with yeast. Check all ingredients for hidden sugars and yeasts.

Comment from: yeast no more, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 22

I got 2 yeast infections within 2 months apart and the first one I treated with Monistat 1. Horrible! Never ever use Monistat 1. It literally burns your vaginal skin and walls and causes a lot of internal and external damage. When I finally healed a month later, I got another yeast infection. I refused to take Monistat again so I researched natural remedies online. One natural remedy I tried was sticking a clove of garlic in the vagina. I wrapped the garlic clove in gauze and tied it with dental floss so it would be easy to pull the garlic out when necessary. Garlic worked wonders and cured my yeast infection within 24 hours!

Comment from: Medic, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 02

Men against Yeast Infections! I am a male so Many people are surprised when they find that I use a "female" medicine. The Yeast infection probably occurs mostly in men who have not been circumcised. Soap and water alone will not do the job. My preferred ointment is Vagisil wipes. Just clean the area carefully and apply Monistat when you get home. The itch is gone, also! What a relief!

Comment from: Max Power, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 25

I have been driving my Dermatologist crazy for over six months. He gave me over 6 different creams with no results. He finally prescribed Fuconalzole tablet. I take one once a week for 4 weeks. The first one seems to be working. I have a rash on my groin that itches like mad. I use a solution of Clorox and water to kill the itch. The rash is slowly going away. I told him it was the Vietnam Crud and it has appeared occasionally over the last 30 years. I hope he can kill it forever. This is not the first time I have been prescribed female medication.

Comment from: 55-64 Female Published: August 02

Very simply, after being bombarded with these annoying symptoms, it became obvious that 2 main causes create this agony! Tight jeans and clothing and multiple partners. Eliminate those culprits and you can end up without being bothered for 25 years! I did it. It worked. Also, know which antibiotics to avoid and go for a lower strength, and eat yogurt while taking them.You'll never be haunted with this terribly itchy, irritating ailment again. Looser clothes, one partner, lower strength antibiotics and eat yogurt regularly. MAGIC!!!!!!! I loved not being bothered with that crap for 1/4 century!

Comment from: Help, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 07

I have candida in my blood. The prescription of fluconazole will not touch the yeast infection. If anyone has some suggestions for treatment it would be much appreciated.

Comment from: kadrjamh, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 25

It first started as a severe rash in the groin area. I was treated by a doctor but seemed to take forever to get rid of. I then started to itch severely in the armpit area then the groin. Never saw any signs of redness. I saw numerous doctors. Then it started in the palms of my hands. Some days I just felt like peeling my skin off. I went to an allergy doctor and was found I had food allergies. I cut out the foods but still itched and became frustrated. I didn't care anymore but the itching was so unbearable that I took Benadryl every night just so I could sleep. I went on a diet and lost quite a bit of weight and my wife and I never stopped looking for solutions. I cut out all sugars, even the fake stuff. No breads, wheat, dairy, potatoes. I still itched. I started to double up on my garlic tablets, oregano, olive oil extract, three times a day. On 10/24/13 I did a test with water in a glass. In the morning before I put anything in my mouth or drink any water I spit into a glass and tentacles formed like a huge jellyfish. I read that this was a form of candida and I had it bad. So I started to double up on my pills I mentioned above and this morning I did it again and the jellyfish tentacles didn't stay as long and even started to break up. Today my itch is tolerable and isn't quite as bad. I will continue with the tablets and hopefully solve my problem. I hope I could go back to eating the foods I cut out but don't want to take that chance.

Comment from: dohnjeer, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 26

This may not be true for everyone, but for my wife, it was the solution to years of trouble. I researched and found a very select few people who said that probiotics worked for them. The solution, for us, was YB Pearls from Enzymatic. The thing is they try to balance the bacteria, which is really what it's all about. Try taking it for two months and see if it helps you. I suspect why there are so few answers to this problem is that women have questions and ask the groups, but when they find the answer, they happily leave the forums without sharing their advice. I want to share my success with you because I know how frustrating it can be to continually search.

Comment from: ww, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I had yeast infection under my breast for 6 years,it spread almost to my waist. I saw 3 skin doctor and nothing they prescribed worked. I finally went to one, he didn't even look at rash, told me what it was and gave me a prescription for Alcortrin A. It is expensive, but it works, I got rid of the infection all the way to my waist!! It flares up sometimes, I use the AlcortrinA for a couple of days and it clears it up.

Comment from: bob, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 06

Triderm cream will always fight it off, or Diflucan can get rid of it.

Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

I'm currently undergoing treatment after having a persistent itch for the past 9 months. I hope it goes well. I'm on day 2 of the medication and I feel relieved already. I'd like to encourage others not to shy away from seeking treatment, and to take their dosage as prescribed to avoid reinfection.

Medically reviewed by Avrom Simon, MD; Board Certified Preventative Medicine with Subspecialty in Occupational Medicine

REFERENCE:

MedscapeReference.com. Candidiasis.

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