What can you do to stop reoccuring yeast infections?
I go to the dr. all the time for the last 10 years and I would like to know what has worked for others. My whole family(females) have been plagued with this and reoccuring utis for many years. My 94 year old grandmother had utis almost 2 times a year all of her life and my sister has them all the time too! Please no silly remarks, just sound advice! Thanks!!
- 1 decade agoBest Answer
Candida is a fungal organism known by many names thrush, Albicans or simply yeast infection. It is always present to some degree in our intestinal tract, but it can appear anywhere in your body, i.e.; vagina, prostate, lungs, bone marrow, blood. Candida albicans are yeast cells living among bacterial flora present in the gastrointestinal tract, mucosa, esophagus, small intestine, and on the body surface. Under normal balanced conditions, Candida is controlled by beneficial bacteria and our immune system; it requires a high sugar diet, a weakened immunity and low levels of beneficial bacteria to become problematic in the colon and mutate into an organism capable of spreading throughout the body. Women are more susceptible to yeast overgrowth, but everyone has the potential to develop a yeast condition. Candida is a dimorphic organism, meaning it can exist in two shapes and forms simultaneously. One form is a yeast-like state that is a non-invasive, sugar-fermenting organism. The other is a fungal form that produces very long root-like structures, called rhizoids, that can penetrate the mucosa and is invasive, in this form it assumes a thread-like shape and penetrates through the gut wall by releasing powerful toxins. This damages the lining of the colon and allows for invasion of the fungal form of Candida as well as the leakage of fecal material into the body. This sets up an immune response which is often misdiagnosed as auto immune disorders
Actually, in its yeast form and with the proper amounts of beneficial bacteria it is beneficial. We all have this form of Candida in our bodies in some amounts. The Candida population should be low and indiscernible. “Friendly” bacteria and a healthy immune system prevent this yeast from over colonizing the GI tract and becoming an infectious fungus. Taking a antibiotic could only make the yeast growth worsen. Antibiotics are meant to kill of harmful bacteria, but they also kill off our beneficial bacteria as well. The average adult has three pounds of beneficial bacteria in the GI tract and we have formed a symbiotic relationship with them. They are given everything they need to flourish and in turn they help us digest food and provide the B vitamins necessary for life. They also keep harmful microbes from killing us. Unfortunately, when we take an antibiotic, drink chlorinated water or eat a diet with lots of sugar and acid, the beneficial bacteria are killed off and yeast is quick to take advantage by over colonizing. Some of the Candida can then change from the yeast form to the fungal form. According to a research pioneer, C. Orian Truss, MD, in a paper published in a 1978 issue of The Journal of Orthomolecular Psychiatry, Candida albicans proliferates in the intestines because of several factors, including stress, lowered immune system, antibiotic overuse, oral contraceptives, and use of cortisone or prednisone.
You can try this simple test to see if you have Candida: First thing in the morning, before you put ANYTHING in your mouth, get a clear glass. Fill with water and work up a bit of saliva, then spit it into the glass of water. Check the water every 15 minutes or so for up to one hour. If you have Candida, you will see strings (like legs) traveling down into the water from the saliva floating on the top, or “cloudy” saliva will sink to the bottom of the glass, or cloudy specks will seem to be suspended in the water. If there are no strings and the saliva is still floating after at least one hour, you probably don't have an issue with Candida . There are medical test you can do to determine your levels of Candida, ask your doctor to do the Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis and the Candisphere blood test. This test does not merely test for Candida. It measures and reports those factors that can be wrong with the digestive system that allow the Candida to grow. In this way these factors can be found and corrected. Keep in mind that it is estimated that over three quarters of the people who eat a standard diet and have been on at least one round of antibiotics in their life time has Candida and the cost of treatment is often less than the cost of the test so it makes sense to treat rather than test, especially if you are symptomatic
- 1 decade ago
I sware by ProBiotics. Available at any health food store, even some store pharmacies. Be sure it's refrigerated when and after you buy it. Lots of different companies have probiotics. Just make sure it has L.Acidophilus, L.Bulgaricus, S.Thermophilus ans B.Bifidum. The dosage on mine says 1 a day. But, I take 3 a day. If you have a yeast infection, take more several times a day. Avoid antibiotics as much as humanly possible. Garlic is a good natural antibiotic, if you need it. For more, search probiotics and yeast infections online. Good luck and God bless!
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- superrix83Lv 41 decade ago
I'm confused... do you have problems with UTI's or yeast infections? If it's UTI's and it's something in your family then I would say it's with your female "inner workings" and there probably isn't much you can do about it other than I know drinking massive amounts of cranberry juice can help improve UTI's and keep your urinary tract *sparkly* clean. If you're having problems with yeast infections, go to your local drug store and purchase something called Acidopholus pills in the vitamin section. This is a "happy" bacteria found in yogurt and other dairies that help balance out your little eco-system down there. Good luck!
- 1 decade ago
Vaginal Infection Prevention
The following are suggestions for how to maintain a healthy vagina and preventing yeast infections (and other vaginal infections) in the future:
Gently wash your vulva and anus (with water, mild soap or mineral oil) on a regular basis.
Do not insert anything into your vagina that is not clean. This includes your partners. Condoms for male partners may
help protect against infections of any kind.
Wear clean, all cotton underwear. Wash your underwear in hot water and make sure all soap is washed out.
Eat yogurt. The bacteria found in yogurt is the healthy kind and including yogurt in your diet may help to facilitate a
healthy PH (especially if you take birth control pills or antibiotics).
Do not use vaginal products such as douches, sprays, powders or creams. These products alter the natural balance in
your vagina and are likely to aid in causing infections.
Wipe from front to back. (That way the bacteria from your anus will not get into you vagina).
Cut down on coffee, alcohol, sugar and refined carbohydrates. (Diets high in sugar are likely to change the PH of the
Avoid sexual intercourse that is painful or abrasive.
Take care of yourself. Eating well, getting enough sleep and staying generally healthy can help prevent the onset of
If you have recurring vaginal infections, you may want to consider avoiding tampon use. Also changing feminine
napkins frequently is important because bacteria can travel from the anus to the vagina along the napkin.
- hiddenhottyLv 41 decade ago
all good suggestions, but you'd be better off taking acidophilius capsule rather than eating yogurt because you get more active cultures this way. in addition, there is a prescription gel that is applied internally that helps maintain proper PH to greatly reduce the risk of infection - yeast or bacteria.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Eat lots of yogurt or even better take acidopholus from your local health store. Try to stay away from sugar as it makes yeast grow and make sure you're practising good wiping hygine (front to back, never back to front). It also helps to wear 100% cotton panties and make sure your pants aren't too tight. For UTI's be sure to pee and rinse after sex and drink cranberry juice. These practises helped me eliminate yeast infections that plaged me for years!