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Recurring yeast infections.

Date: Sat, 9 Mar 1996 14:23:08 -0500
Sender: HERB.TREARNPC.EGE.EDU.TR
From: deborah lynn kasarda <dkasarda.INDIANA.EDU>
Subject: reoccuring yeast infections (fwd)

Hello everyone,

I am a registered pharmacist currently working part-time in a retail pharmacy. Yesterday I had a inquiry from a female customer about herbal remedies for reoccuring yeast infections. She has used several of the vaginal cream preparations (Monistat, Terazol etc.) and the infection keeps coming back. I went over some of the usual causes and ways to prevent yeast infections but she seems to have them covered. She asked me if I knew of any herbs or herbal preparation that could help. I have some references sources at home but I would like to get some recommendations from all of you. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Your help is appreciated : )


From: Em Mahtowin <sidhe.NAS.COM>

> Yesterday I had a inquiry from a female customer about herbal remedies for reoccuring yeast infections.

I have always begun a treatment by recommending acidopholus and yoghurt. There are several ways of using these: acidopholus capsules orally ingested and inserted vaginally. The yoghurt can be used in the same ways, but is rather messy although quite soothing. Be certain the yoghurt is not the commercial type with additives, fruit, etc. as any sugars can encourage the yeast growth. Also decreasing/stopping all sugar consumption especially during the problem will help. Taking acidopholus and/or yoghurt orally daily can help prevent yeast from flaring up. I have other remedies, but this has always been the mainstay of my repertoire.


From: Jack van Luik <jackv.PACIFIER.COM>

> Yesterday I had a inquiry from a female customer about herbal remedies for reoccuring yeast infections.

We've experimented with:

acidopholous swallowed capsules, or vag.suppository
plain yoghurt same same
crushed garlic cloves same same

with various success.
Because we usually try multiple things all at once, it is difficult to track how each works.
As a backup, we keep a tube of the Monistat around.

Found that we have to treat both of us, otherwise we just ping/pong it.


From: "Libby J. Goldstein" <libby.IGC.APC.ORG>

Deborah

Sounds as tho having her significant other visit a physician might be more helpful than herbal preparations...at least as a start.


From: "Kenneth C. Keppel" <kck.MINDSPRING.COM>

> Yesterday I had a inquiry from a female customer about herbal remedies for reoccuring yeast infections.

I hope that she is seeing a gyn. When I had that problem, it was discovered that I had a bacterial inflection of the lining. Cut off the cokes, wear cotton underware, and iron the underware to kill the germs.


From: "Paula B." <yogt.INTERSOURCE.COM>

>Sounds as tho having her significant other visit a physician might be more helpful than herbal preparations...at least as a start.

Libby's point is well taken. I know gentlemen who have gone through circumcision in their late 30's due to passing around yeast infections.


From: Jack van Luik <jackv.PACIFIER.COM>

> Deborah's point is well taken. I know gentlemen who have gone through circumcision in their late 30's due to passing around yeast infections.

Now you know one more :-(
My urologist never mentioned a connection. Was just intent to earn his surgery fees, which in retrospect could have been avoided.


From: Sherlei Jackson <jacksonj.WOLFENET.COM>

> Yesterday I had a inquiry from a female customer about herbal remedies for reoccuring yeast infections.

A yeast infection occurs when Candida albicans, a fungus commonly referred to as yeast, multiplies uncontrollably in the vagina. This often happens as a result of a change in the normal acidity of the vaginal environment. Antibiotics, birth-control pills, diabetes, pregnancy, stress, excessive douching, steroids, a diet high in alcohol, dairy products, refined carbohydrates, sugar, and yeast products are all factors that can create or contribute to the developement of the type of highly acid internal environment in which the yeast organism flourishes. Nutritional deficiencies, particularly deficiencies of the B vitamins can also be a factor. If you have recurring yeast infections, they may be a sign of a systemic candida infection which would require more than a localized treatment. Also, because yeast infections can be passed back and forth between sexual partners, it may be necessary for your partner to recieve treatment to completely clear up a yeast infection. For this reason it is best to avoid intimacy until all symptoms have subsided.


From: Adrienne O'Barr <ASOBARR.SAMFORD.EDU>

I had read in the newspaper that you could put your (clean) underwear in the microwave for 2 minutes to kill the bacteria. When I tried it, it just burnt a big brown hole in them.


From: Rene Burrough <100735.543.COMPUSERVE.COM>

Jack:
My understanding of the taboo against coffee in cases of candida is that coffee wipes out your B vitamins. It also limitis/inhibits absorption of Zinc & Iron...especially when drunk with meals.

The Bs (yeast free obviously), Zinc, and Iron are all recommended supplements to help restore the body in its fight with candida.



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