Hmmmm let's see...Dd and I have been battling thrush since her birth...she's 35 mo now. I feel like the old geezer on here, lol! The symptoms come and go...nipples itchy or hurt, dd's tongue is white or she gets a yeast rash. I've done EVERYTHING for yeast. I've done in order...nystatin, vinegar, GSE, the sun, acidolpholis, gentian violet (I wouldn't recommend trying this with a child over 1 yr...dd almost weaned at the sight of my nipples
), bodytalk (this helped temporarily), eliminated grains & dairy from diet to try to heal my gut, eliminated all fruits, accupuncture (helped temporarily) and now Florastor. Phew...that's a list.
What I've learned along the way. Some people are more prone to yeast than others. You don't always get thrush/yeast from being on an antibiotic (I have a couple friends who got thrush shortly after delivery but didn't have any antibiotics). When yeast starts dying off...you pass gas. Yeast for me I've found is diet related...if I eat more than one thing with sugar (ie-smoothie with a few fruits, etc) two days in a row...dd and I get thrush the following day. My body is extremely sensitive to ANY sugar...even fruits. I think yeast might run in my family if that's possible...my mom battles yeast off & on. I used to be plagued by UTI's about 10 yrs ago which is realated to yeast although I didn't have any problems with yeast infections pre-baby. I think it lies dormant and because of all the hormone changes brought on by pregnancy & birth it has gotten out of control.
I'm almost afraid to say because I don't want to jinx myself but I think I have found my yeast cure!!!!!!!!!!! It's Florastor. I got it from my accupuncturist. It's a probiotic. I had never heard of it before now. I've been taking it for over 2 weeks now. I had some sugar over the holiday (2x's in a row) and no yeast flare-ups at all. Oh and when I don't have any yeast flare ups in me I don't crave sugar AT ALL. I had no idea what not craving sugar was like until I didn't have yeast. I thought that was a normal part of life
I feel great! Dd is doing well too.
Also I got the book The Yeast Connection Handbook by William G Crook MD. This book looks very interesting in addressing the underlying causes of yeast. I think so many people have yeast problems and don't even realize it because they don't show the classic symptoms. I have to admit I haven't read it yet though
p.s. - I seem to be one of those whos yeast is extremely tough to beat so I hope I don't scare anyone...just wanted to share my experience in case it might help someone