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About Yeast Infections

Please help others by adding your feedback. What would you tell your best friend about yeast infections? Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That is for your local health care provider, who is familiar with your medical history.

Subj: Nothing seems to work
Date: 12/12/2009
I have had Yeast Infection practically every month. The doctors have done many tests on me and says it is just Yeast Infection. I have also taken alot of different kinds of medicines which the doctor have prescribe, but nothin seem to work. I have also tried over the counter medicine too. Would you be able to help me?

AskDocWeb: Please read carefully about the causes of yeast infections and what others have found to be helpful. The fact that it happens monthly should be a clue as to both the cause and what might be done about it.

Subj: My boyfriend cheated on me
Date: 12/13/2009
My boyfriend cheated on me in October. Could he gave me the yeast infection? Because I didnt start having the symptoms until he got back from Kentucky.

AskDocWeb: We will not say that he did but, it is possible to transfer a yeast infection from one person to another through contact.

Subj: Diagnosed with BV
Date: 4/17/2010
Hi, I am 33, have had only two yeast infections in my life. I had not had sex from May 2008 until late January of 2009, over the summer of 2009 I started noticing an odor after having sex with my then boyfriend. I went to the gyno in April 2010, and was diagnosed with BV, I do not plan on having uprotected sex ever again. Maybe we should abstain altogether! PS I was treated with Flagyl which is an antibiotic used to treated Trichominiasis and BV. Have a safe sex day, everyday!!

Subj: Male yeast infection
Date: 5/3/2010
I have had male yeast infection before and have had luck curing it using the natural remedies found on the internet and the one that works the best to me is the coconut oil.

Subj: Yeast infection
Date: 7/21/2010
I've been on OTC lo for about 5 1/2 months. I recently had a yeast infection right before my period came on. After my period I had protected sex but when me and my boyfriend finished we noticed white sily substance on my leg. could this be his ejaculation or was it from the yeast infection? now two before my period I see spotting and a little bit of bleeding. Am I pregnant?

AskDocWeb: The substance on your leg could have been either. A yeast infection can range in appearance from thick, white, and cottage cheese-like to a thin, faint yellow, almost clear. For more information on yeast infections, click here. If you have been taking your pills according to instructions there is very little chance of being pregnant.

Subj: Vaginosis
Date: 7/29/2010
I get vaginosis very often. I got it when I was married with only one sexual partner. I have even got it when I wasn't active for periods of time. Some things that me and my doctor had been suspecting were antibacterial soaps, oral sex from my partner, douching, and at times when I was under large amounts of stress.

Subj: Pass a yeast infection?
Date: 9/10/2010
Hi. can I pass a yeast infection to my boyfriend if I am on The diflucan pill? My symptoms aren't rly bad just a lil itchy here and there nothing big. No smell no thick clumpy discharge...

AskDocWeb: Yes, it is possible to pass a yeast infection to a partner through sexual contact, even if you are taking medication to treat the infection.

Subj: Itching and redness
Date: 12/21/2010
I've had yeast infections on & off since the birth of my child 16 years ago. Generaly just itching & some redness. Only 1 episode of white discharge. They have never been severe till now. I am extremely swollen, red, itchy and small cuts in the folds. I had intercouse twice with a new partner & it began 2 days later. I've also been on a course of amoxicillin for a cold for a week. I know the combination could have made the situation worse. I've tried OTC cream but that didn't help. I have no insurance so doctor visit is out. I now have a coulple of small blisters developing. Can the garlic, hydrogen peroxide douche, tea tree oil, etc.; all be used at the same time or must they be separate couses of treatment?

AskDocWeb: Unfortunately there are vaginal infections besides yeast that share similar symptoms of itchiness, painfulness, and discharge. We highly recommend that you consult with a doctor to find out what you have.

Please note there are also a few health concerns about using garlic.

Subj: Symptoms of a yeast infection
Date: 12/23/2010
I just want to know how long it takes for the symptoms of a yeast infection to show if it did come from sexual contact with a person. The next day? five days? The next week? the next two weeks?

AskDocWeb: The symptoms of a yeast infection may show up as soon as the very next day.

Subj: Yeast infection?
Date: 1/5/2011
Hi, I'm 32, have 4 kids and my husband is my only sexual partner for my entire life. 6 months ago (July 2010) I noticed some redness around vagina, and white watery discharge with no odor. I also had some soreness and the area around vagina got a little swollen. But overall my symptoms didn't bother me very much. Also I didn't have pain during intercourse. I thought maybe it was due to high summer temperatures. My symptoms would vary during month. Usually I was fine during my period and it would get worse one week after the period. I didn't see midwife until November 2010. She looked at the vagina and said it was a yeast infection.

First she prescribed one pill of fluconazole, my symptoms stayed the same. Then I had to use vaginal cream for 3 days. Still no better. Then I saw my physician (December 2010). He did visual exam and said it didn't look like yeast infection but that it was vaginitis. My physician prescribed antibiotic - metronidazol 500mg 3 times a day for 7 days. I finished it (also had horrible side effects when taking it) and again no changes. However, a few days after I finished the drug my symptoms got worse. The discharge became heavier and thicker; the skin on my labia and around vagina became white and then this white layer started piling off leaving the skin really red and itchy.

After a couple of days this white layer was completely gone. But the redness and itching would not go away. I saw the doctor again. He looked at the vagina and said now it looks like a yeast infection. I was insisting that I've already been treated for it and asked if he could take a culture. But the doctor said he's pretty sure and that I need stronger treatment. He prescribed 5 (!) pills of fluconazole and miconazole nitrate for 7 days. Also I have to add that my physician did took a culture to make sure it was not gonorrhea or chlamydia and both were negative. Right now I have the medication but I'm very hesitant to start taking it. What if it's not a yeast infection but something else? I never before had a yeast infection and don't want to become resistant to YI medication (what I believe may happened if I take this medication but don't have a YI). What do you think? Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

AskDocWeb: It is highly unlikely that you would become resistant to the medication in just 7 days. As much as 25-30% of yeast infections may now be resistant to over-the-counter treatments and require stronger medication. Resistance is more likely to occur when the same medication is used over and over for a chronic infection. That does not sound like what you are experiencing. Have you used those medications before?

Subj: Can I get HIV or STD from this?
Date: 1/6/2011
Hi. I recently got treated for a bacteria infection including a yeast infection. About a week later, an old partner and I hooked up. After sex, a week later I started having symtomps of a yeast. The following day I bought and OTC, a one day treatment bc I have treated a yeast with an OTC before. After the use of the OTC, I feel like it had gotten worse. I went in to see a doctor and she found the med that I used still inside me. That was 4 days after. It was all clumpy and thick. She came back from the exam room and told me it was a yeast and prescribe me an Oral med for the yeast. It's been 4 days today since I took the pill counting that day, that the itch is still there. Late last night, I started my period and the itch is mild. What do u suggest I do? Will the yeast infection go away after my menstrual cycle? Can I get HIV or STD from this? Help? I'm really nervous about this bc it's different this time. Please let me know soon. Thanks.

AskDocWeb: If that old partner has HIV or a STD then it is possible that they infected you with a disease during that sexual contact. When you suspect something like that might have happened, it is better to get tested to find out if you have it or not. If you don't have it then you can relax. If you do have it then you can begin treatment as soon as possible.

Subj: White discharge?
Date: 1/18/2011
Hi. I have a yeast infection since last Sunday and I started to use the 3 day treatment Monday(yesterday), when will it show some relief? It is still itchy and swollen. This morning I had some white discharge I wonder if that was the suppository med or my genital discharge?

AskDocWeb: If your treatment is effective, your symptoms should start getting better within a couple of days and be completely gone in seven days. It is important to complete the full course of treatment even if your symptoms start to improve or the infection will redevelop. If the symptoms do not go away within seven days or if they get worse, see your doctor.

Subj: Vulva burning
Date: 2/9/2011
I took an antibotic for uti....went to dr. and was given Diflucan 1 pill with refill to take 7 days apart. Still vaginal burning...went back to dr. had a pelvic exam. She said she didn't see any yeast under the microscope but that there was a small amount of discharge and some broken skin and redness. I was given terconazole vaginal cream. Used it for a week and the burning is feels worst now. No pain during sex and the burning is all outward burning. Suggestions?

AskDocWeb: About 5.2% of patients using terconazole vaginal cream report vulvovaginal burning as a side effect. Vaginal yeast infections are just one of the possible causes of vulva burning. Other possibilities include vulvovaginitis, atrophic vaginitis, urethritis, pinworms, diabetes, genital warts, neutropenia, and vulvar cancer. Tell your doctor if the burning increases when you apply the cream.

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