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Help! I have a yeast infection for the first time in years! I don't use antibiotics but I could use a refresher of how to handle this holistically. Any ideas? I have had it a week and have been taking probiotics and it is really bothering me.
 

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You could douche with some fresh unflavored yogurt, acidophilus powder/liquid or get some Yeast Guard from the drug store, it's a homeopathic vag suppository. Cut your sugar intake down to nil also since it will feed the yeast.
 

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I def. agree w/ cutting sugar out for a while, yeast love sugar. Also, eat lots of plain yogurt or take acidophilus. Douching w/plain yogurt can be helpful and soothing, or just pasting it in a thick layer all over your yoni. Garlic suppositories can help, too (insert a clove of garlic into your yoni overnight, you can wrap it in gauze and make it into a little tampon, do this for three or four days). Douching with apple cider vinegar is good. You can do just vinegar, or mix it w/ some water, or some sage or goldenseal tea or tincture, or you can combine yogurt and vinegar, or do all of them. Drinking lots of unsweetened cranberry juice may help,too. It is also really important to keep your yoni dry and ventilated. Go w/out underwear, at least when you're at home and def. when you sleep. Dry off after a bath with the hair dryer. You can also buy or make a soothing, drying powder made from clay or cornstarch and powdered herbs like myrrh, goldenseal, slippery elm, and essential oils.
 

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I'm not asking this to be sarcastic, but I heard in another thread that cornstarch feeds yeast? So whats the truth? I'm totally not experienced, but I do suffer from frequent yeast and so I am trying to alter my diet, take probiotics, garlic and all things natural to cure it. I told a friend of mine to put cornstarch on her ds's neck when he had a red rash there, and then I read the other thread that said yeast lives off cornstarch and then I felt bad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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I'm treating one right now with a Homeopathic called YEASTAWAY. Its 7 suppositories that are totally homeopathic/natural. I'm not done with the whole course, so I can't report on the effectiveness, although it seems to be clearing up.<br><br>
XOXO<br>
B<br><br>
P.S. Its made by BOIRON and I got it at Whole Foods.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You could douche with some fresh unflavored yogurt, acidophilus powder/liquid or get some Yeast Guard from the drug store, it's a homeopathic vag suppository. Cut your sugar intake down to nil also since it will feed the yeast.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: I have not douched, but have put yogurt on the area and wore a pad. 20 minutes then washed, NO SOAP because soap irritates the sensitive skin.<br><br>
And sugar, bread, bagels, and dairy cut out of diet completely until healed, then slowly reintroduce if you really want to consume.
 

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I just remembered a good trick I used to use. Plain yogurt frozen into the fingers of latex gloves. You cut the tip off the finger and insert into your yoni. The fact that the yogurt is frozen solid makes it easy to insert and it feels good on an itchy red yoni!<br><br>
Why do I cut out breads? Because they are made with yeast???
 

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Your body turns them into sugar, whether they have yeast or not.
 

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KYangel80, you are correct, cornstarch feeds yeast. I am currently trying to battle candida. Myself and my dd have it. She has it more in her intestines and I have it elsewhere. This causes many problems with her intestinaly, gassy, unable to digest food properly, etc. It's a hard battle to wage. Also avoid wheat, wheat feeds yeast too! Not a lot of people know that. As well as corn, so no corn tortillas, no corn chips, no corn of any sorts. You can check out this website <a href="http://www.yeastinfectionadvisor.com" target="_blank">http://www.yeastinfectionadvisor.com</a>
 

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Sorry, I guess I gave some not so accurate info. I have used this powder (w/clay and or cornstarch, myrrh, goldenseal, etc)on myself, I have never had very intense or serious yeast infections, I also use this for non-specific vaginitis and herpes, and know other women who enjoy using this type of powder for vaginal infections. I suppose if you have anything more than a mild yeast infection, just use fine white clay and no cornstarch if you want to try it. SOrry again for not being accurate!
 

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So I have been trying to figure out why the yeast has returned and once I heard the bread thing it dawned on me that little by little dh and I have been letting white bread creep into out diets. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> So I am actually thankful for this wakeup call and am using it as a trigger to reevaluate my diet. Today I drank a green juice with garlic and cucumber in it for bf, a big green salad with hard boiled egg for lunch and some fish salad and veggies for dinner. I also have been drinking nettles tea all day. I feel great and the itchiness is already way less (I think this has to do with my mindset). I did buy the yeast away from Wild Oats and am going to do the nightly suppositories. Thanks for all the help ladies. I couldn't be more thankful for the network of fabulous info and support we have here! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I've been battling one for a few weeks. I tried a homeopathic YEASTAWAY. Didn't have much success, but also was still eating sugar.<br><br>
I stopped eating sugar and breads/grains yesterday, along with a tea tree oil suppository (got them at Whole foods) and a garlic clove (whole, did not crush or put in cheesecloth).<br><br>
I COULD KISS THOSE OF YOU FOR THE TEA TREE OIL/GARLIC TIPS!!! ITS WORKING!!!!!!!<br><br>
I feel like a million bucks today. Its really amazing. I had such a weird aversion to trying the garlic, but its SO painless and works so well for me. And the odor is only bad when you are on the toilet, wiping, etc. I feared I'd walk around reeking of garlic, and so far I don't (my friend is my check on this hahaha). Its SO MUCH LESS gross than Monistat.<br><br>
THANK YOU MAMAS!!<br>
XOXO<br>
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Yeah, the Yeast Away is not my favorite as it is very gloopy and I wake up feeling slimy and uncomfortable but I am going to finsih the cycle because I am doing so much better. When I started the yeastaway I cut everything that could feed yeast out of my diet so I feel like the two things together are working. Plus, I have been eating so much garlic (yummy!) Plus I think I lost like 5 lbs because all I eat are greens, veggies, and lentils.<br><br>
ps. on the package of yeast away it says it helps discomfort and not that it fixes the problem...that could have been where it failed you.
 

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I was thinkin the same thing, but my friend told me that almost all homeopathics say that because of some dumb law that they can't say its the cure. I can't imagine ANYONE buying those suppositories just to help with discomfort.....people want that AND a cure. KWIM?<br><br>
I added a new step to my regimen FYI. I've been putting the garlic clove and the tea tree oil suppository up there together at night. If I get itchy in the evening, the clove goes in early. During the daytime, I started putting one acidophilus capsule in as well. I read somewhere that this is good to do, because the garlic and tea tree get rid of the fungus, and then the acidophilus puts back in the right stuff. And I'm still off sugar of course.<br><br>
I bet my MW if prolly happy this happened as I'm finally eating the way she wanted me to all along <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> HAHAHA.<br><br>
XOXO<br>
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Okay, so I was diong so great and I felt that it would have been totally cleared up but then we were invited out Fri night by some friends who are leaving the area and I eneded up drinking beer and eating Flatbreads pizza. At least it was whole wheat BUT.... and then I haven't used the suppository for two nights b/c it is just so gloopy. This morning I feel a tiny bit itchier which by Friday I felt great (which is why I thought hey I will drink afew beers and have pizza.) I might be trying the garlic clove. I have been eating tons of garlic and I have been taking acidopholus. I think that is smart what you are doing with the garlic tea tree and the scidopholus. Did you make the tea tree suppository or did you buy it?
 

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I bought the Tea Tree suppositories at Whole Foods. Just easier that way....also I've heard getting the tea tree on the outside can hurt like HELL....so I wanted something more solid and ready for insertion <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I bought a douche bottle too and I've been putting plain yogurt in there with water and douching with that. That helped A LOT today.<br><br>
Best wishes, girl!!<br>
XOXO<br>
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I havent read the whole thread so may be repeating here, and I see the OP was a week or more ago, but wanted to add I had success inserting garlic in my vagina. Try a whole clove first then you can try a clove with a few little cuts in it, then the most strong form would be a clove cut in half. Sounds intense I know, but it didnt sting etc, and I'm sure it helped clear it up. You can leave it in there all day or overnight. Hope original poster found a good remedy though!
 

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all of this is super info, but what if the person with the yeast infection isn't mama but dada? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
my dh was on a course of antibiotics (so broad that it even wipes out E. coli) for a stinker of a sinus infection. now he has a mild yeast infection. i told him yogurt, acidophilus and diaper rash cream on the affected area. any thing else?
 

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I always down as much yogurt as possible when I get one, but am happy I found these tips!! For dad, I can only think of the wash I make for my boys when their diaper rash turns yeasty: water, some gentle soap, and some TTO mixed together in a spray bottle. Maybe he can mix something like that up and use it on the areas a few times a day??? TTO and grapeseed both are supposed to be really good yeast killers. And, if you mix it with a little baby soap or whatever you use in your house, it won't be too strong.
 
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