yeast infection and crohns disease?

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   Posted 6/18/2010 2:24 AM (GMT -7)   
  just curious if anybodies had any trouble with yeast infections? not just female. in the mouth, hands, feet etc..? would apprectiate it. thank you

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   Posted 6/18/2010 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
The only time I have had issues with yeast was after I have been on antibiotics. Sorry not more help. Hugs!
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   Posted 6/18/2010 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I have problems with yeast infections. I Seem to get them around my thighs, or upper leg area.  I am pretty sure mine are from prednisone use.
I get them sometimes, they never last longer than a day or so, but when they are active, they sure do burn, itch, and sting something awful.
The yeast infection treatments, the creams, those work VERY well.  I avoid taking anything by mouth for them.
Some other things that help. 
1.) Going commando, no undies, this helps to air things out and really works.(depends where they are at I would guess)
2.) Antibacterial soap + 2 or more showers a day.
3.) Washing your clothes in hot water to kill the bacteria is a must also.
If nothing else is around, regular hand/body lotion can help a great deal.
I have found the hemmorhoid creams, the ones with the cooling gel in them also work pretty good.
Take Care

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   Posted 6/18/2010 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I use to get at least 1 vaginal yest infection a month when I was on both Remicade and Imuran at the same time. I have had issues with oral thrus as well but not as common. Now that I am on Humira I tend not to get them near as much. When I had the enterocutaneous fistula I had it on my abdomen as well and took Diflucan as well as had a topical cream to place on my stomach to try to kep the stool off my abdomen and causing it to recur
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

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   Posted 6/18/2010 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Redjeep,

Are you by any chance on an immunosuppressant medication for your Crohn's?

If so, your body's ability to keep things like yeast "in check" may be compromised.

You should definitely see a Dr. about this. And if it's spreading, and you're on any of the biologics (Humira, Remicade etc.), this can be serious. You would not only need to see your regular Dr. (or a Dermatologist), but you would definitely need to inform your GI doc.

I am on Humira and have developed a yeast infection under one of my breasts. Per my doc's instructions, I've been applying prescribed topical ointments (various) since early May---and it's STILL not gone---although it's getting better.

Good luck!
54 year old female;
Have had Crohn's of terminal ileum for 10 years.   Small bowel resection (my first) on 7-30-09.  Monthly B12 shots.
On Humira since Dec. 2008.  Allergic/hypersensitivity to Pentasa, Entocort, and 6-MP.  

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   Posted 6/18/2010 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
G'day, Redjeep. Long time no see! How are you, other than the yeast?

It might help to NOT use soap on the affected area, but instead to wash with warm water and white vinegar. One of my doctors told me that these fungii don't like acidic conditions, so the vinegar can help keep them at bay, while soap (which is basic rather than acidic) can encourage their growth.

Hope this helps.

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   Posted 6/18/2010 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes..athletes foot in one toe..that never seems to go away...and the normal yeast infections vaginally speaking...i really like to take diflucan if i can..because it works so good

 Crohn's Lupus Hyperthyroid..Pentasa Remicade Fistula tag removed!


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   Posted 6/23/2010 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to keep using antifungal cream for athlete's foot, can't seem to get rid of toenail fungus, in hot weather get rash under breasts, tongue is white. Amazingly though, I think I've only had a girl yeast infection once. I just started an antifungal diet to see if it will help. I've been using coconut oil under the breasts and that seems to help. Vinegar did too, but I didn't want to smell at work. Just keep scraping the tongue. Some think fungus may be the cause of various health problems even IBD. Since what my docs have been prescribing isn't helping enough I'm willing to try other options.
Dxd CD in 2003. Scope Aug/09 shows UC.
Meds: Colazal, prilosec, darvocet, prednisone

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   Posted 6/24/2010 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
New here, found this forum when searching for this exact issue.

I seem to get an oral yeast infection ever since I started on imuran, whenever I get a cold, annoying but antibiotics clear it up fast.
250mg Imuran daily
7500mg colozide daily
12.5mg (4 days a week) pred

Crohns finally in check :)

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   Posted 6/24/2010 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I get yeast infections a lot, not just vaginal. Countless thrush infections. Taking a daily probiotic helps keep it in check, as well as limiting your sugar intake. Yeast LOVE sugar so keeping your diet free of sugary food and drinks starves the yeast. For external yeast, topical creams do help but may want to inquire about also taking an oral anti-fungal med as well, as it will work systemically, and clear up the infections more quickly. Hope this helps!
Pentasa- 4 g q day; 1/08; Percocet
Remicade 1st infusion 7/24/08
Ultram ER 200mg; omeprazole 40mg; Xanax-ANXIETY; Effexor ER 150 mg
Hope this clears up soon, I want to start having babies!

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