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ok here is my problem, I THINK i have a yeast infection I am itching to death. do the over the counter products work? I have no health insurance right now so don't wanna have to go to DR. Another thing what if I don't treat a yeast infection, will it just GO away on its own? Just curious I read to eat yogurt to treat it so thats what I am doing. And another thing the reason I am sure it is a yeast infection is because I have been taking antibiotics for over a week now . Please Give me some advice THanks

Mon. Apr 16, 8:50am

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All of the over-the-counter products say if you've never had a yeast infection before you should see your doctor for a diagnosis. So if this is the first time you've had a yeast infection, you should go to see your doctor (or at least call and talk to them). However, if you've had a yeast infection before and know that you have one again, yes the over-the-counter products do work. You should get some immediate relief, and the itching should be totally gone within a couple days. I tried the one-dose product and I had to use it twice as the yeast infection came back, so I'd recommend trying the 3- or 7- dose options.

And in my experience yes, yeast infections can go away on their own. When I was pregnant I would get yeast infections but I didn't want to use the medications. I'd be miserable for a several days to a week, and I'd eat lots of yogurt, and eventually they would go away.

Make sure your yogurt says l.acidophilus and live cultures - that's what you need to re-colonize the healthy bacteria that keeps the growth of the yeast in check.

Monday, April 16, 2007, 9:18 AM

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When I was on BC I used to get them all the time - ugh. Consider going to a clinic - there are lots of over-the-counter remedies, but nothing beats that prescription pill that gets rid of it in 2-3 days (even if they claim to). The wipes do help in the meantime. Planned Parenthood may be a good place to go and they are usually pretty understanding about tight finances.

Monday, April 16, 2007, 9:55 AM

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You may have a different strain than the one over the counter medication you use works on- meaning, you may have to use another a week or so later- a different brand.
Also try AZO for yeast- and or Yeast Defense. They are pills you can take regularily.
Easier said than done, don't scratch the itchies. Hopefully you have a hand held shower head, turn it on as hot as you can stand it and rinse yourself off for as long as you feel like-adjusting the pressure to suit- where it comes beating out, not like rain.... That has helped with relief with me tremendously. I would find that the cream to apply with the over the counter medications just irritated me more.
keep us posted.

Oh- wash your undies in hot with vinegar and bleach. Try and spend some time undieless in a skirt- and try and use regular cotton underwear... go bottomless to bed to let yourself get some "air."

Monday, April 16, 2007, 9:59 AM

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Definitely go to a low-cost clinic like Planned Parenthood or Minute Clinic or something like that. It could be something else like an STD or another type of bacterial infection.
I thought I had reoccuring yeast infections and they kept prescribing medication. Turns out I have a condition called lichen sclerosus which is a thinning of the skin in that area which causes tears and itching. Now my digestive system is out of whack because of the medication I was taking for yeast infections I didn't really have!!!!
So go to a low cost clinic to make sure it really is a yeast infection.

Monday, April 16, 2007, 10:42 AM

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The hot shower idea, while it may make it feel better, actually isn't the best idea. Yeast grows in warm, moist places. I tried a vinegar douche one time and ended up worse than ever. (That's a suggestion from lots of natural remedy places.)

Of course, it's your decision on the doctor. From my experience, I find that the creams help relieve the itching almost instantly, but, just using them topically won't cure the infection. The 1 dose applications do work, but, they still take 7-10 days to kill the yeast, so, definitely use a cream to help relieve the symptoms.

A tip from my OB-GYN's office --- That area is easily irritated. They told me to use Crisco or a similar vegetable shortening topically. They said that it was very gentle, and would coat the area so that bacteria couldn't get on to the skin to grow as easily. Next time you take antibiotics, you might want to try that, along with eating yogurt daily, to keep you from getting an infection.

Good Luck. Yeast infections are totally miserable!

Monday, April 16, 2007, 12:12 PM

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