9:37 am - 09/02/2017

First yeast infection: What to do?

Hi!  I'm sure I can look this up online, but I trust this group more!

I think that I have my first ever yeast infection, which makes sense since I've been on antibiotics for a while.

I wouldn't say that I have a bad case, but I would like to get rid of it obviously.  I think I've had it for a while, but thought that it was something else.

Could you tell me what treatments you use, either topically or orally, natural or medication?  I know medications are sold (but are they safe with antiobiotics?) and have seen posts about vinegar, coconut oil, and putting garlic gloves into my vagina overnight.  What tried and true method works for you?  Do I buy the medication and buy something natural, or do natual methods usually work?  I want to get rid of it urgently (bad timing:  new job) but don't want to overdo it with putting products up there and on there and with taking meds.

If I do the garlic clove thing, do I take the skin off, getting the clove to the point where I would cut it up to put it into food?  With the vinegar, do I make sure some gets into my actual vagina, or is it more in the vulva?  Is there a preferred type of vinegar?  Do I put coconut oil (which I already have; I use it for everything) into my vagina?

Thank you! 
nutmegdealer 2nd-Sep-2017 02:23 pm (UTC)
i've used natural remedies and they didn't do a thing, so my tried and true is monistat 3. but that isn't something i'd recommend until your course is up.
i've tried 7 day homeopathic suppositories that did nothing. i've done the garlic method (take the skin off, wrap it in gauze, tie it off, and insert), and that left me with a garlic scented yeast infection. hopefully, another member can give you some tips.
tsepnraiynag 2nd-Sep-2017 05:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Good to know! So, I should wait to try a medication until I'm done with antibiotics? I'm on them for longer than normal. So frustrating! Thanks for your help!
nutmegdealer 2nd-Sep-2017 05:54 pm (UTC)
i think so. i'm not a doctor, but you may end up having to treat it more than once if you don't wait. in the meantime, you might want to look into ways to restore your good bacteria.
tsepnraiynag 3rd-Sep-2017 05:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
pklemica 2nd-Sep-2017 03:36 pm (UTC)
I've had friends who swear by yogurt (unsweetened plain with active cultures, inserted directly into the vaginal canal), but when I get one I can't seem to get by on anything less than a diflucan prescription. On the other hand, that clears it up lickety-split! I've had bad experiences with Monistat, but I think that's more to do with my particularly delicate skin than anything actually wrong with the medication. Garlic's done nothing for me. I guess, while yogurt hasn't cured me, it has been a soothing substance to apply while waiting for my gyn's office to open.
tsepnraiynag 2nd-Sep-2017 05:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
tabular_rasa 2nd-Sep-2017 04:25 pm (UTC)
The only natural one I've tried is plain yogurt and I'm not sure if it worked in and of itself because the infection was mild or in such an early stage that it might have cleared up on its own anyway. It does at least make it FEEL better, though, since it's cool and soothing.

I've used Monistat a couple times when things were really bad (in my case usually because of intense antibiotics, too). It cleared up quickly and really wasn't all that much trouble IMO.
tsepnraiynag 2nd-Sep-2017 05:42 pm (UTC)
archangelbeth 3rd-Sep-2017 02:59 am (UTC)
Soaking in a shallow bath with vinegar added (if it stings too much, rinse off and dilute the water) may help, as vinegar messes with yeast. Some people prefer Apple Cider Vinegar.

If you use an over-the-counter, go for at least a 3-day course, and preferably a 7-day one. Some people are okay with 1-day treatments, but many people find that's too harsh (and is less likely to work, too). Some people find the 3-day treatments too harsh and/or not enough to take out the yeast, too.

If you do a garlic clove, yes, get it to the stage of "could be diced for food." Stitch a loop of unflavored dental floss into it, to make it easier to get rid of, and insert like a tampon.

Coconut oil can also be inserted, but I believe that's generally for very mild infections.

Eating yogurt a few hours after taking antibiotics can help -- at least with the gut bacteria -- and inserting can at least be soothing. Some people even freeze little tampon-applicators full of yogurt, though be careful not to get it in a state where it might freeze to you! (Rinse briefly with water, for instance.)

But it's true, you might only be able to keep the thing in check with natural or over-the-counter methods until you are done with the antibiotics and can take a Diflucan.

Good luck!
tsepnraiynag 3rd-Sep-2017 05:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
gryphon2 4th-Sep-2017 02:45 am (UTC)
I remember my first affliction with this. I had just finished my fourth round of antibiotics for persistent pneumonia that just would not clear up on its own. It was very uncomfortable and itchy. And on top of this I had a UTI. The doctor prescribed a single dose antifungal drug that you take by mouth and to kill the uti, I drank plenty of cranberry juice. Cranberry is loaded with Vitamin C which is a great infection fighter. Ask your doctor about oral antifungal medication and with one swallow, you take care of the problem gradually as the medication does its job over the course of the week. Good luck, hope this works.
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