6:40 pm - 08/18/2007

Applying Gentian Violet

I've been plagued with a persistent yeast infection that will not go away.

I tried the Diflucan that my doctor gave me, and then followed her recommendation to get the 7 day Monistat to help treat it when the pill didn't work.

I went off HBC and changed my diet around to include less yeast and sugar, and more acidophilus.

While I definitely feel that my yeast infection isn't as strong as it was, I know it's still hanging around for dear life.

I've heard a lot of you mention Gentian Violet as effective for treating yeast. I had three questions on it, if you'd be so kind.

1. What type of store would carry this? I've called a few local health stores and they seem really confused by what it is. I know there's always ordering online as a backup.
2. 1% or 2% solution? Does it really matter?
3. Where and how do I apply it? Just the labia or all the way to the cervix? With a q-tip or special instrument?

Thank you all so much in advance! I can't wait to free of this infection!!!

girlonthewing6 19th-Aug-2007 01:53 am (UTC)
From this vulvapedia article:

Ways to Use Gentian Violent for Yeast Infection Relief:

One way is to "paint" the vagina, cervix (you'll need a speculum) and vulva (outside area including the labia or "lips" of vagina) with gentian violet. It stains, so you'll want to wear a pad. This usually works after one treatment.

Another way to get the gentian violet (GV) into your vagina and onto the cervix is to use a GV-soaked tampon, and then to "paint" the more easily reachable areas with cotton balls. Because gentian violet will stain anything it comes in contact with (hands, skin, clothing, tile, pets, small children) you may wish to wear gloves while working with it.

Supplies needed for the tampon method:

* gentian violet
* small dish or jar lid
* tampon
* cotton balls
* gloves

Step 1: Unwrap the tampon, but do not remove it from the applicator (if there is one).

Step 2: Put about two tablespoons of gentian violet into the dish.

Step 3: Put the tampon (applicator and all, if there is one) into the dish and let it sit for a little while, until it has absorbed all the gentian violet it can.

Step 4: Insert, and leave for two to six hours.

Step 5: Dip a cotton ball in the remaining gentian violet and apply it to the vulva.

Step 6: Voila! All done. Repeat if needed, though most users report success with one treatment. As mentioned above, you may wish to wear a pad to avoid staining your underwear.

For VPers' experiences using gentian violet to treat yeast infections, you may want to check out this VP on LJ post (NSFW).

Where Can I Find Gentian Violet? Gentian violet may or may not be available at your local pharmacy/drugstore. The best way to find out is to give them a call. If they don't have any in stock, they may be able to order some for you. You can also try ordering it online yourself. Walgreens sells it online, and it's also available through Amazon. You can also try ordering from Humco (click on the "Secure Order" link and then scroll down through the alphabetical listings until you come to "G" for gentian violet), the supplier of the gentian violet sold on Amazon--their website isn't fancy, but they do carry both 1% and 2% solutions.
fit_booter 19th-Aug-2007 02:07 am (UTC)
This is awesome advice. Thanks. I'll check out my local Walgreens and see if they carry it in store.

That tampon method sounds really easy, too. Thank you.
girlonthewing6 19th-Aug-2007 02:10 am (UTC)
Don't thank me, thank VP! =)

Good luck!
frolicnaked 19th-Aug-2007 02:44 am (UTC)
Just a couple of additional tips:

1) In addition to Walgreen's, I know my local CVS carries it. If you don't see it out on the shelves, you may want to ask someone, particularly someone who works behind the counter in the pharmacy, if they carry it. This is what I had to do the first time I bought GV.

2) Either. I've used both -- at different times, of course! -- and successfully treated the infection each time.
onehundredmoons 19th-Aug-2007 04:09 am (UTC)
Any pharmacy can order it if they don't have it in stock, and the good news is that it only costs a few dollars!

You might find more info on GV's usages on breastfeeding sites too, as it's often used to treat thrush on the breasts (b/c it's non-toxic). Here's a good one: http://www.kellymom.com/newman/06gentian_violet.html

Good luck!
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