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I posted the following in Health and Healing and got pretty much no response.<br><br>
I have a mild yeast infection I'd like to kill. I have the following items, how much should I use and for how long? I'm 27 weeks pg and m/w saw signs of a yeast infection early on, it's been mild with intermittent itching. Wanting to knock it before having the baby.<br><br>
Garlic cloves<br>
grapefruit seed extract<br>
tea tree oil<br><br>
If I made a douche, how do I do that? Any use in soaking a tampon with diluted gse? How many days to use garlic?
 

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I'm sorry you have to deal with this mama- I HATE yeast infections. I have never used GSE and tea tree burns me but I know people use it diluted on a tampon. The garlic cloves usually take 3+ days for me and I find them uncomfortable. What I really find effective is to douche with diluted hydrogen peroxide at least 2x day. Also douching with L. acidophilis has always been great for me- essentially dissolve 1/2 caplet in warm water and then douche. Plain yogurt frozen in tampon applicators works too, but I find it too messy.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm sorry you have to deal with this mama- I HATE yeast infections. I have never used GSE and tea tree burns me but I know people use it diluted on a tampon. The garlic cloves usually take 3+ days for me and I find them uncomfortable. What I really find effective is to douche with diluted hydrogen peroxide at least 2x day. Also douching with L. acidophilis has always been great for me- essentially dissolve 1/2 caplet in warm water and then douche. Plain yogurt frozen in tampon applicators works too, but I find it too messy.<br><br>
Good luck! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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What do you use to make a douche? A squeeze bottle? How much do you dilute it? Thanks!
 

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taking the garlic internally will also help. I crush a clove then cut it up into little pieces and swallow them with water like pills. 1-3 cloves a day. And i did the clove suppository every night. I kept doing both things until symptoms were gone. I don't know anything about the GSE or TTO.
 

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I've not tried the GSE or tea tree oil. I had an AWFUL yeast infection for a long time this pregnancy-- I was trying to treat it with garlic but it didn't help fully. I ended up treating it with an over-the-counter remedy... not the solution of my choice, but it worked, finally. I'd be interested to hear if the essential oils are more effective than the garlic!<br><br>
ETA: I've successfully used garlic in the past, it just wouldn't do the trick this time around; I'm guessing maybe b/c of the pregnancy.
 

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Thanks. I'll try that garlic method. If worse came to worse, I have a filled RX on hand that I can use. I'll try other things first (though how do you know if it's completely gone? no more itching I guess?).
 

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This may be silly, but works great- my vet gave us these large syringes for forcing the pets to take liquid meds. I had extras and tried them out- work perfect! I think a squeeze bottle would be fine too.<br><br>
For dilutions, I just kind of wing it, maybe 2-3 tbsps of hydrogen peroxide to 1 cup of water. HP is made by our vaginal flora to eat yeast and bacteria anyway, so it wont hurt you. I forgot that vinegar (I use apple cider) helps to ease external itching too- but dilute them same as above or it stings a little. You can use vinegar internally too.<br><br>
Bottom line- make your vagina acidic and help your own flora to clear out the invaders. I usually treat at least one day after the symptoms are gone.
 

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I've specifically looked in Shonda Parker's "Naturally Healthy Pregnancy" for the answer to your question and I forgot what I read! She did write that douching is not recommended during pregnancy and that a bath would be better. She also wrote that drinking apple cider vinegar, like Braggs with the mother in it, is helpful, which is the route I've taken before.<br><br>
For relief of discomfort, I douse a pad with plain yogurt and wear it for a few hours (changing teh yogurt every so often).
 

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I've had a milk continuous yeast infection for about 4 months now of this pregnancy (about 29 weeks now). Here's what I'm doing:<br><br>
garlic cloves inserted internally (I like to thread a string through it)<br>
saturate tampon with yogurt and insert<br>
eat yogurt<br>
eat homemade sourkraut<br>
large amounts of probiotic capsules<br>
beet kvass (fermented drink)<br>
washing clothes with vinegar<br>
no undies at night<br><br>
The truth of it is, if I give up my whole wheat sourdough bread products then it is mild. I absolutely cannot have ANY sugar. Even when I have fruit it sticks around mildly. If I really want to kick this thing I know I have to give up all fruits and the sweeter veggies (potatoes, carrots etc).<br><br>
It's really annoying and I haven't been able to fully give up fruit yet, which is why it's still hanging around the tiniest bit. Sigh.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Just thought of another one (can you tell I've had a yeast infection before? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) Boric acid caplets. You can make them yourself if your coop doesnt carry them- just fill up size 00 gel caps with straight boric acid and insert morning and night. These take about 3-5 days to do the trick, so I usually supplement with HP and vinegar.<br><br>
FWIW, my OB had no problems with boric acid or vinegar/HP douches. As I said before, your good flora produce HP (H3O3- exactly the same) to fight infections. A concern about douching would be to blow air up your birth canal or to introduce another nasty pathogen. Just make sure you use clean instruments!
 
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