vaginal infections....sorry guys~!

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   Posted 11/1/2007 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, sorry for the very personal and graphic topic. But has anyone found since they were dx'd that they seem to be getting vaginal infections candida or bacterial? I have never had one in my life and since March I have now had two. I am seriously hoping these are not a reguler occurance with these types of diseases. UCTD or Lupus. As I can take most things but those I have a serious problem dealing with.
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   Posted 11/1/2007 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Canuckgirl,
Never apologize for any questions you have.  They're all valid, and this one is too!  Lupus or UCTD or any other autoimmune diseases do tend to cause a yeast overgrowth in the system.  It's been proven.  So, to combat that, I take acidophilus.  The good stomach bacteria found in yogurt.  I take it in pill form and it has been a life saver!  You need to take quite a bit of it to make a difference, so just eating yogurt probably isn't enough.  If you go to a health food store, get the kind that is refridgerated and has at least 15 billion organisms in it.  Also, make sure you talk to your doctor first before taking them.  Just keep your docs informed on what you're ingesting!  But this should make a big difference for you.
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   Posted 11/1/2007 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Ohhh, Thank you for asking that question. I have had similar problem consistantly and was afraid to ask. I did not want to be rude. So... aciphilidilious. Is that effective or are there other options out there for that problem?

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   Posted 11/1/2007 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Once my yeast infections started coming, they kept coming regularly. None of the OTC vaginal yeast treatments kept them away, and neither did the really high doses of live acidophilus. I also had oral yeast (thrush) for which I was given a prescription lozenge to suck on.

Nothing really helped until they finally gave me a prescription systemic anti-yeast treatment, Nystatin. Since I've been taking it, both the oral and genital yeast problems are gone, and so are the awful abdomen swelling and gas problems I had.

So, my suggestion is: 1) First make sure it's a yeast infection by seeing the doctor. There are a couple of other things that appear similar, but aren't yeast. Do what the dr says. Then 2) start eating yogurt w/live acidophilus, taking the pills, drinking kefir, whatever is your favorite way of getting bacteria. 3) Get it again, use the OTC treatment. 4) Get it a 3rd time, or have thrush, ask if there is another more permanent treatment.

That's what I had to do -- my yeasts were ALL lupus-induced, there were NOT antibiotics in the picture. I suspect that yeast problems from antibiotics would not be treated by Nystatin or anything like it.

Good luck,

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   Posted 11/3/2007 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, I wish I had read about this two years ago! I have been diagnosed with UCTD ( 2 years ago). One of the first signs that I had was a constant yeast infection. In the past, I would get maybe 1-2 a year and about 3-4 years ago, I started getting them every couple of months. Then, they started to become resisitance to OTC meds and I needed presciptions. I began to feel sick all over, aches, rashes, etc. It seemed that a lot of my initial discomfort was coming from an overgrowth of yeast and when I got on prescription meds, I was feeling somewhat better. I never felt "rght" and that was due to the fact that I had UCTD , as yet undiagnosed. So, basically, I now know that persistant yeast infections are a clear sign that your immune system is not working correctly. Unfortunately, many Dr.'s fail to recognize this sign. I will say, though, that once I got onto Plaquenil I have not really had many yeast infections in the last two years. Recently, I had a slight flare and it coincided with a yeast infection! So, I too take acidophalus to maintain the balance of probiotics and be very careful if you need to take anibiotics. Try not to take "Broad Spectrum" antibiotics because they will kill off too much of the good bacteria. Also, you can ask your Dr. about taking Diflucan while you take antibiotics to protect against yeast overgrowth.
Good luck,

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   Posted 11/3/2007 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for posting this question!!
Yes, I have had this problem.  It seems once they get started, they just dominate your world until they are over... I HATE them!!
I have had some success using a high quality acidophilus tablet every day.  But, heres my question:  After I take the acidophilus for about four days, I began bleeding and cramping, as if I am having a small period.  The first time it happened, I though it was coincidence.  I stopped the acidophilus.  Then, I tried again a second, a third, a fourth time... each time I began bleeding again.  And, the amount of acidophilus I am taking affects the amount of the bleeding and the severity of the cramping.  I have tried other forms of probiotics with the same result.  This is just TOO WEIRD!  I have researched this intensely on the net and have not been able to find one single case of this happening to anyone else.  I asked my OB\GYN at my last checkup and he looked at me and asked what acidophilus was -- No kidding. confused
So, I am thinking maybe it is related to the Lupus and the way my body responds to medications, which you all know by now is intense.  Who knows.... but it does help with the yeast overgrowth immensely.
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   Posted 11/3/2007 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I have NEVER in my life heard about a correlation with breakthrough bleeding, cramping and acidophilus! What a strange thing eh!  The stuff shouldn't interfere with anything we take or our lupus.  You're only adding more good bacteria to your stomach.  Something that shouldn't be causing reproductive issues!  I'm really surprised.  What also surprises me is that your gyno didn't know what the stuff was...... I'm shaking my head right now. LOL.  OY.
So this is very interesting.  I'll do some research too and see what I find.  Thanks for bringing it up!
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   Posted 11/3/2007 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for asking the question and thanks to everyone for their feed back. I havn't had one in awhile but the first time I had a HUGE flare I got an infection the doctor put me on some kind of antibiotic which did nothing. It finally went away after about 2 months. Than it came back again a couple of weeks later. I started drinking tons of water and acidolphilus and it eventually went away. I havn't had it sence. That was all this past year. Before that I can't remember when I had a yeast infection it was many many years ago.
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   Posted 11/3/2007 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm don't have a big background in natural remedies . . . but I have done some research. Some of the natural cures will actually cause some weird symptoms as they are healing our bodies.

Example: (sorry . . . gross example) If you start feeding a dog a really healthy, home-made diet . . . it is not uncommon to see worms in his stool (even when there were previously none). . . the good diet did not cause the worms, but actually purged the intestinal lining of the worms.

Same with naturopathy . . . I wonder if you have some real issue like endometriosis and the destruction of the yeast overgrowth allows the proper shedding of the uterine lining (as opposed to depositing it in the abdominal cavity as can happen with endometriosis). Not saying that IS what's going on . . . just brainstorming with an example. YES! doctors are NOT trained in nutrition or natural cures unless they elect to tack on some education in those areas . . . great, isn't it??? That's because the drug companies fund the text-books that doctors use and push their expensive meds in the books so doctors start out with a true sense that rx meds are a cure-all.

Very interesting problem . . . would love to hear from a naturopath about it.

Let us know if you ever find out what is going on.


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   Posted 11/4/2007 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, what an awesome question! I've had trouble with this for so long now...and UTI's-I have at least two a month-then after I thought about it, I wondered if it ever really goes away.. sad
The past two times I went to the doctor for a Pap she told me I had a Yeast infection and I didn't know it..I had to ask how is that possible?! She didn't she said you should feel it but I didn't..anyone else have that happen or an I really a freak?
I follow all the rules, no lace or any other type of undies, I only wear cotton. Never take a bath, I take showers-no perfumes, no power, no nothing ever..but yet I always have problems...It makes me feel unclean, ya know?
So, did anyone else ever have that problem with not knowing you have a Yeast infection?

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   Posted 4/6/2014 12:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I found this forum and all your comments have helped me alot. I am 28 and I believe I have lupus, I just received blood requisitions today from my doctor to get blood work done. I have had chronic vaginal yeast infections for YEARS now. I cant even count how many I have had. I dont even have symptoms with them anymore because I think I just always have them. And the past year I had noticed my tongue was white on the surface some days. I have been worried for so long and have long suspected lupus. Two summers ago my nose became extremely photosensitive. It blows up with inflammation and bumps after 10 minutes in the sun and takes so long to go away. Doctors have never been able to determine that I should get blood work done for connective tissue disorders, and each doctor dismissed the idea when i asked. I have finally reached my limit and advocated for the bloodwork. I fully expect the news that I have some kind of autoimmune problem. Anyway I just wanted to let you all know that reading your posts has helped me alot come to terms and realization with what i have.

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   Posted 4/6/2014 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Laurarizalo and welcome :) If you like, it may be a good idea to also start a new post and introduce yourself so you won't be missed.

I'm glad you brought this topic back up though because I have had a gazillion yeast infections and uti's and never made the connection. I just had myself a eureka moment!

My acupuncturist actually brought up that it appears my gut is lacking the bacteria it needs just this last Friday so it seems to all make sense.

What I do for a yeast infection may be too much for some to read so you may want to skip over the next paragraph.... but it works and some may be interested... so here goes...

I read somewhere eons ago that to replace the healthy organisms/bacteria/whatever in the "girly area" the best thing to do is coat a tampon in a natural yogurt with live bacteria and use it as you would normally use one for an hour or so. I'm sorry if that is too graphic but it works!

I'm going to see now about a probiotic as well. I appreciate that this topic came up!
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   Posted 4/6/2014 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Since you mentioned the tongue - when my Lupus was more active I had yeast infection in my mouht & vagina. Nystatin knocks that stuff right out!

The Candida (yeast infection) is opportunistic and grows when our immune systems are suppressed. Suppression occurs with some of our Lupus treatments. I believe signs of it at mouth and vagina often indicate overgrowth other where inside our bodies!
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   Posted 4/6/2014 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
ok, on a more natural note. I am trying an essential oil blend by the name of le Candila. A couple drops of that in warm water and using the basic generic douche. What a relief it is! I'm not a salesperson and I'm not trying to get you to buy the stuff but it is a holistic approach that does not have the side affects as any man made synthetic medication. I am diabetic and believe me I KNOW about yeast infections! Amen there is no subject untouched in this place! Rock on Canuckgirl!

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   Posted 5/2/2014 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad to see this issue posted as I've been chronic for about 40 of them. I was on
oral nystatin for 5 yrs and then the doctor said he had to stop giving it to me...why?? It shuts down
your kidneys and liver. Oh, goody. So I got into the acidiphollis and it helped but I would still get
them. After 7 herbal books I came across's fermented tree lichen and really works. It's
the only thing I can't find in pill form so I use 2 dropper full in cold water and chug a glass of cold
water after. It's safe enough for babies as my grandson had oral thrush and I gave his mom some
for it and the dr was amazed that I knew about it. He wanted to give the baby (7 mos old) some
super harsh stuff that he wasn't supposed to swallow..hello,he's a baby! Anyway, it cleared him up
in a couple of days. See if your local herbal shop carries won't regret it.

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   Posted 5/24/2014 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Little bump... :)

I've been experiencing vaginal infections a lot for the past 2 years. It's annoying. I usually just get a panty liner, put coconut oil on it (antifungal, antibacterial) and tea tree oil. In my beginner cases, I would take a tampon and dip the end in probiotic yogurt and into me.

Nana Monster - that sounds really cool. I'm going to make a note of that.

I notice that when I eat very dirty (genetically modified organisms, excessive sugar, excessive fat, alcohol, animal proteins) that my body vomits and releases a lot of candida funk. I am a believer, an advocate, and a slow-yet-getting-there-follower that our food can either feed our body or our disease. I eat pretty clean usually but on some rare occasions, I'll try to trick my brain. Of course, it never works out... ha.
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   Posted 5/24/2014 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I have recently come into a vaginal sore, just one so far. When I think I had my very first flare 5 years ago I had several at once it was very uncomfortable. I'll add them to my symptom list.
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