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Yeast Ears

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    My dog has a yeast ear infection-What to do?
    Ok, so I took my dog to the vet last Friday, and the vet said 'she has a yeast ear infection give her benydrol and cut out all colored foods for the next 3 weeks.' Well I have, and she's been getting worse. She constantly wines, and her ear looks even worse. Is there something I can do from home, since obviously this vet has no clue what she's doing. I was thinking about taking her to a different vet, however it takes over a week to get a new dog in to see a vet where I live. Is there anything I can do in the meantime to make my dog feel better? If it helps she's a 5 month old Lab/Shepherd mix.
    It's already been swabbed, and it was confirmed that it's yeast.
    She is on a non-corn has been for a few months...

    • ANSWER:
      My french mastiff used to get nasty yeasty ears. The vet gave us Otomax liquid to clean his ears out with. Once it cleared up, we had to be very diligent keeping them clean- I just use the regular ear cleaner from Petco- smells like mostly alcohol to me. I have also diluted vinegar with water, and used cotton balls dampened with it to clean inside his ears....

  2. QUESTION:
    How long does it take Zymox to help a dogs ear infection?
    Our cockapoo has a yeast ear infection. It has been 3 days and doesn't seem better. Does this medicine take a little while to work?

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox is an antibiotic for bacterial infections. It won't help yeast. They give this for secondary bacterial infections caused by the dog digging at her ears. Yeast is the most common infection seen in floppy eared dogs. It is reoccurent. Rubbing alcohol put into the year will kill it. If it is an active infection then put a capful in each ear 2 or 3 times a day until it seems to be better. Then when it seems gone, put a capful in each ear once or twice a week to keep any reoccurence under control.

      As the previous poster said Monostat or any athlete's foot cream or jock itch cream will kill the yeast. I prefer to use rubbing alcohol because it also drys out the ear so it doesn't regrow as quickly and allows secondary infections to clear up. It also helps to clean up the mess while the creams just add to the mess.

  3. QUESTION:
    Are dog ear infections contagious to people?
    My dog has a yeast ear infection (we are treating it with drops from the vet), Is it possible for him to transmit it to humans?

    • ANSWER:
      No, dogs and humans have completely different immune systems. You cannot catch diseases from your dog and vice-versa.

  4. QUESTION:
    if i put vinegar into my cats ears for a yeast infection and it turns out to be a bacterial infection instead?
    infection instead is the vinegar solution still ok to use either way. Are there any known remedies for bacterial infection in cats if its not yeast. Her ears arent smelly just red and irritated from her scratching and now shes scratching her eyes.

    • ANSWER:
      You should probably consult a veterinarian before treating a pet for any condition.

      If you intend to pursue a home remedy, vinegar can act as a sterile cleaning agent for any kind of infection, be it viral, bacterial, or fungal. If the irritation has spread to her eyes, however, I strongly urge you to see a vet.

  5. QUESTION:
    How do I mix tea tree oil to clean my dogs ears?
    She consantly gets yeast in her ears (she's a golden who doesn't like the water, so never even gets her head wet) and the vet meds are costly. I heard tea tre oil works but I don't know how to use it. Also, does it sting?

    • ANSWER:
      Do NOT use tree oil or anything else not recommended by your vet in your dog's ears.
      Surely you can get the meds to combat your poor dog's ear infections, this is NOT a luxury, it is an absolute health necessity.
      This time, listen carefully to your vet's instructions as to how to clean your dog's ears properly, then follow through consistently. Dogs do not get constant ear infections if you clean their ears and keep them dry.

      If you were bothered by this very annoying, itchy, dangerous fungus - which is what yeast is - you would not be looking for cheap substitutes for what is needed to clear up the infection. Your dog deserves to be well, this is NOT the place to try to save money.

  6. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of yeast in a dogs ears?
    i have a black lab who has yeast in his ears and it smells god awful and has my whole house stinking. ive taken him to the vets and theyve given him antibiotics and eardrops and he still has it. what can i do?

    • ANSWER:
      We have a black lab that is prone to ear infections too. It's because he loves the water and it gets inside his ears. It is a nice warm place that doesn't dry out so the yeast grows readily. I can tell when his ears are bothering him because he shakes his head a lot.
      You have to get your dog use to having his ears cleaned regularly by you. Even dry then out after he/she swims and I mean dry then out deep inside too. Be firm with the command to sit, have somebody help you by holding his head. If he snaps or twists his head away just firmly say no and then continue with the treatment. Our lab doesn't like it either, but this is the way we got him to sit still finally. I can now do it by myself except on a rare occasion when his ears get badly infected and hurt him. We do it fairly often especially in the summer, he seems to have caught on that it makes him feel better though he definitely doesn't like it! There is an ear cleansing solution called "VET" solutions you can get from your vet that isn't to expensive. It keeps the inside of the ear acidic so the yeast can't grow as well. Use it regularly and it keeps the infections under control. There are Otomax drops too which you can just drop in the ears and then rub the ears at the base to distribute the med throughout the inner ear. This is used after you clean the ears. Our dog has gotten so he likes it when you rub the base of his ears.

      After it is all done make a big deal about how good a dog he was by petting and praising him. Giving him a treat too reinforces his positive behavior. (Our dog loves carrots which are a healthy treat too, we don't even buy dog biscuits anymore.)

  7. QUESTION:
    how do i kill my dogs yeast infection around on her vaginal area?
    its always brown on to the hairs there. it looks like her hairs grow together,she is a red tick coon-hound and she has yeast in her ears vet treated that.she is always itching and chewing / cleaning her feet.i have read so much about yeast infection on dogs but nothing tells me the right answer.the vets here where i live do more work on livestock then any house pet.please if u have the answer please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      are you sure it is an actual yeast infection ??? when my dog had a yeast infection there the vet gave me a cleaner called hibitane (http://www.drugs.com/vet/hibitane-skin-cleanser-can.html) which i used once a day for a few days and that cleared it right up ... if your dog tends to have issues with yeast (as my own dog did) i switched her to a limited ingredient, no-grain diet and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble ... the vinegar changes the acidity of the body making it not possible for yeast to grow ... she never had another yeast issue for the duration of her life ... you should google raw apple cider vinegar ...

  8. QUESTION:
    Is it better to clean my dogs ears with cotton balls, Q tips or tissues?
    My dogs has yeast in her ears so I need to clean them every day, so which one of these is the best to clean her ears and won't irratate her skin.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infection need fungicides...wiping w/anything won't do spit.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is best natural remedy for yeast ear infection appearing in the dogs, cats & other pets ear ?
    I have found Ear Oil medication remedy at http://drdogs247.Com anyone has used it before ???

    • ANSWER:
      You can use oils and they do help a lot. Swab and clean the ears and keep them very dry. Yeast thrives on sugar and can indicate animals (or humans) with high levels of sugar. Diet changes can make a big impact on preventing yeast infections. Low carb diets and those with acidophilus (found in yogurt) can be quite helpful. Commercial dog foods are very high in corn and corn is extremely high in sugars. Look for a food where meat is the first ingredient. The oil you mention should work well for now. You might consider altering the diet for further prevention.

  10. QUESTION:
    Got another question is it common for beagles to get ear infections?
    My dad uses ear wipes frequently on our beagle and we take him to the vet and it seems like he almost always has a yeast infection or ear infection and he has to use medicine. Is this common in this breed? Any tips?

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  11. QUESTION:
    what food should i put my dog on he has bad yeast inf in his ear?
    M y poor poodle who's name is Dusty . Has a bad problem with yeast in his ear and I am trying everything, thank you.

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  12. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy for yeast in dogs ears?
    Yeast infection in dog ears. Is there a home remedy? Just wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      I'll second the Zymox Otic! I have a girl who has had chronic ear infections all of her 13 years. I've paid the vet a small fortune over the years. Several years ago, I found Zymox and LOVE IT! It works all the time.
      You can go to Amazon and read the reviews on it.

  13. QUESTION:
    What are some natural treatments for chronic ear infections in dogs?
    My dog has had chronic yeast infections in his ears for years. My vet has given me tons of different drops, antibiotics, etc. but nothing works. The infection will go away for a few weeks and then come back. Are there any "natural" treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      Diet change plus appropriate antibiotic for an adequate length of time, followed by weekly use of Zymox cleanser. The Zymox products are enzyme-based, and kind of "eat" yeasts, bacteria, ear debris and whatever other junk is in there. It is the best stuff ever! You do not want to combine either the Zymox cleanser or Zymox Otic (a stronger formula for treatment of minor infections) with antibiotics, since the antibiotics will "kill" the enzymes. I purchase Zymox products from http://www.vetamerica.com , and you can sometimes buy them at vets' offices.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to remove ear infection medication from my dog's fur?
    My wheaten terrier is 14 weeks old and has yeast infections in both ears. The vet prescribed medication that we put in his ears twice a day, but it's quite oily and now his ears and head look wet and greasy. We can't bathe his head and ears, because moisture is the cause of his infections. I've tried my best to wipe it off with a kleenex, but that doesn't seem to make much difference. He also hates getting the medication put in his ears and nothing works to distract him during the application.

    • ANSWER:
      Corn starch rubbed into the coat will absorb some of the oil. Work it in carefully, making sure none falls into the ear canal, and then brush it back out.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the most effective way to treat my dog's yeast infection?
    Our dog is 5 years old now and for the last month or so, he's had a really bad yeast infection in his ears and around his chin. We've been giving him a prescription from the vet, but it doesn't seem to be working very well. Could you tell me how i can treat it for a long time without having to spend too much money on any kind of medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      FROM THE INSIDE:
      I'd first make sure he was on a high quality food without corn or wheat; these are very common empty additives; basically fillers with no nutritional value. They often cause nutritional imbalances and food allergies, making dogs more prone to infections of all types. Pretty much anything you pick up at the grocery store is going to have one or both.
      I suggest either Canidae All Life Stages:
      http://www.canidae.com/dogs/all_life_stages/dry.html
      Or Wellness by Old Mother Hubbard, either the fish and sweet potato or one of the allergy diets, initially, until you get his system straightened out:
      http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/wellness/dog_index.html
      A tablespoon of plain yogurt on his food, once a day, helps re-establish beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. Often yeast gets out of control when the good bacteria as well as the bad have been killed during a course of antibiotics.
      Also try adding a tsp of apple cider vinegar to his water bowl, yeast will not flourish in an acidic environment.
      ON THE OUTSIDE:
      For an earwash my vet gave me this recipe:
      1 part apple cider vinegar
      1 part hydrogen peroxide
      1 part water
      (I combine 1/2 cup each in a clean empty dish soap bottle with the push-pull top, and refrigerate after using, then allow it to warm up on the counter a bit before re-using; discard any left over after one week and make a fresh batch)
      Fill the ear canal with this solution, massage the base of the ear, and allow the dog to shake its head, then wipe with cotton balls. Never stick a q-tip into a dogs ear.
      Yeast infection can be treated externally with over-the-counter creams for athlete's foot or vaginal yeast infections (lamisil is our personal favorte) you can smear that in the ears and dab it on his chin; just be sure to soak off any crusts first with a warm wet cloth.

  16. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a dog yeast infection?
    My dog has a reoccurring yeast infection in his ear. I want some natural remedies to cure it, please. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      http://healingdogs.blogspot.com/2008/06/treating-ear-problems-in-dogs.html

      All natural no steroid Itchy Ear drops from the UK available in the USA

  17. QUESTION:
    Is yogurt really good for chronic yeast infection in ears?
    I read this somewhere but now I can't find anything about it and I don't know how much or how often to feed it or if it really IS a good thing to be feeding my cat. She's had ongoing yeast infections since I adopted her and I wanted to see if there was anything cheaper than the vet since I'll be dealing with this the rest of her life.
    Ohhhhhh thanks Elaine!! That'll help anyway!! I've been buying drops at the vet every couple months so that will at least save me money!!

    • ANSWER:
      No, not in the ears. The yogurt/yeast infection only works with humans (women, and it's what you put in AFTER you douche down there to get the good bacteria going again).

      For cats with yeast infections in the ears you need to change the acidity of the environment to stop the yeast growth. It's easiest done with a kleenex wadded over your finger, dipped in 50/50 water/vinegar and swabed out every other day. The yogurt won't do a thing.

  18. QUESTION:
    My dog just recovered from a yeast infection in her ears. Can I give her a bath?
    My dog recovered from a pretty nasty yeast infection in her ears a few days ago. Is it okay to give her a bath? If water accidentally gets in her ears will it aggravate them and cause another infection? (My dog won't tolerate cotton balls, we've tried hundreds of times. She shakes them out within .02 seconds)

    • ANSWER:
      why not use a damp flannel or rag to wipe her face ( use a little baby tearless shampoo about a peasized amount ) and ears and give the rest of her body a good scrub from her neck downwards that way you wont get water in her ears!

  19. QUESTION:
    vinegar and water for dogs yeast inffection in ear- has anyone used this?
    I have a Weimanear dog that constantly has yeast infections in one ear - Vets medicine only clears up about 6 months. I keep his ears clean at all times. Have you had any experience with using diluted vinegar and water in the ear.

    • ANSWER:
      i have only used surolan to treat my dogs ear issues ... i get it at the vet ... but i do add 1/4 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to her breakfast and supper and since i have added that she has not had any yeasty ears ... i have not heard of using it topically but i have not even had to clean her ears since adding to her diet ... and i am constantly looking but so far so good ... i started by adding to her water but she did not like it in her water ... but she has no problem eating it with meals ...

  20. QUESTION:
    can brewers yeast with garlic give your dog a yeast infection?
    I took My little girl(shih-tzu) to the vet today.And she said she has a yeast in her ears.She gave me drops to use for a couple days.But I been giving her brewers yeast with garlic to keep fleas away.and it also has omega 3 in it .Can this be what gave her the ear problems.
    I have been useing it for a couple weeks and we don't have ANY fleas.

    • ANSWER:
      firstly and most important anything in the onion family should not be fed to dogs as they can be toxic and cause liver failure, this includes garlic. Secondly yeast occurs naturally in the ear canal however occasionally will overgrow due to the warm moist conditions inside the ear causing a yeast infection. I doubt that the brewers yeast is keeping away many fleas. The only benificial ingredient in the tablet that you've been giving is the omega-3.

  21. QUESTION:
    Is there something to give cats to help them from getting yeast infections in her ears?
    My cat tends to be very prone to yeast infections in her ears. All the vet told me was to keep cleaning her ears out but I just wondered (actually after seeing a question over in the Dog section) if there was something I could feed/give to her that would help prevent her from getting them?

    • ANSWER:
      Feeding, probably not, but yes there is something very easy to do.

      Ours was prone to it too, and he'd get a huge buildup of waxy stuff as well. I started using a swab of 50/50 diluted vinegar (in water) to wipe out his ears once a week. I used a wadded kleenex for it, and made sure to get down as far as my finger and the kleenex would allow. This changed the acidity in the ear enough to stop the infections. Once a week is fine, or you can do it twice a week, but definately not every day.

  22. QUESTION:
    How do I treat and keep ear yeast infections from coming back in my dogs ears?
    Male lab and he gets recurring yeast infections in his ears. The vet treats it with medicine but it always comes back.

    • ANSWER:
      well keep his ears clean and without hair, you might want to cut it, and give him the ear drops every 4 days.

      good luck..

  23. QUESTION:
    How can I cure a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    I have a shih tzu who has chronic yeast infections in his ear. The vet isn't helping. The infection keeps coming back. What are some natural remedies I could try?

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox Otic with hydrocortisone is an enzyme treatment. It treats yeast and bacterial infections. Available online without a prescription.
      Feeding a grain free food also helps.
      Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Taste of the Wild, Canidae grain free, Wellness Core are some good brands.
      Eliminate grain in treats.

  24. QUESTION:
    What to do if my cat had a traumatizing experience at the vet?
    My 2year old cat Xomara went to the Banfield vet on Sat. I put her on their Optimum Wellness plan so they decided to do a thorough exam. She is a very aggressive cat when people try to hold her. So the vet suggested for her to be sedated and I gave my consent. I left her there and came back 4 hrs later. The vet told me they had to "extract" urine and fecal matter from her to do exams. So okay everything turned out fine except for yeast in her ears.
    It has been two days and she has hardly eaten anything. She sleeps all the time (more than her usual) and her favorite toys in the world can even get her out of the stump. She seems extremely depressed but I don't know what to do. She's my baby and I feel like calling the vet and telling them off. If she was sedated how can she be traumatized so badly?

    • ANSWER:
      she needs to be euthanized before she rips the veins out of your neck while you sleep
      that's what traumatized cats do, ya know...

  25. QUESTION:
    how can I get rid of foul smelling ears on my dog?
    My little dog suffers from yeast infections in her ears. Not sure if it diet, or if it's the hair inside her ears. It starts with a foul smell, and develops into an infection. I wonder if there is another way to treat this naturally? She already has switched to a fish only diet which has helped her to stop constantly licking her paws. How can I lower the levels of yeast in my dog's system? And get rid of this smell!

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  26. QUESTION:
    how can i balance my dogs yeast level?
    i have an 11 week old pug puppy that is suffering from vaginitis, dermatitis, and a yeast infection in her ears. i know for women with yeast infections they can take natural pils taht help balance their yeast level. is there anything i can do to help my puppy?

    • ANSWER:
      Your puppies dermatitis and vaginitis have to be treated with antibiotics. As far as your dog's yeast infection it needs to be treated with otic antifungal medication. Miconazole is a popular medication that veterinarians prescribe. The mechanism for yeast infection in women is completely different from a yeast infection in a dog's ears so it can't be treated with by "balancing" a yeast level. You have to get rid of most of the yeast which is what the anti-fungal medications are for. The yeast grows in the ear because the environment in the ear may be favorable. The yeast like warm, moist, and dark areas. And yogurt won't work to treat this problem either. Also the signs that your puppy is showing may be an indication that your puppy may be developing some type of allergy. Allergies are a common cause of yeast infections in the ears. You should definitely have your puppy seen by a veterinarian not only to get the ear infection, dermatitis, and vaginitis treated, you should also have your dog evaluated for a possible allergy whether food or environmental.

  27. QUESTION:
    Can my german shepherd go deaf and is it possible his ears will never stand up?
    ok i just found out my 10 week old gsd had a yeast infection in his ear. according to the vet since he got it so young the chances are high that it will come back again and if bad enough his ears wont stand. i also had someone tell me he could go deaf. is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      With the right treatment another yeast infection can be cured early enough to prevent damage or even be prevented from occuring at all. Remember not all shepherd ears stand up anyway, and unless you are showing the dog it doesn't really matter. It's possible he could go deaf, but in my experience that only happens if he gets an infection and you leave it for months, or even years.

  28. QUESTION:
    Today my dog's groomer said he has a little bit of a yeast infection in his ears. How can the groomer tell?
    I took my dog to get groomed today. The groomer cleaned his ears with a wipe and when he removed the wipe, there was a little bit of ear gunk. Normal stuff like we get. But then he said that my dog has a little bit of a yeast infection in his ears.
    How can he tell?

    • ANSWER:
      Many times due to the smell, and the 'wetness'
      You may want to check your dogs' food.
      I had a basset, and he was constantly going to the vet for ear infections (Yeast can turn into ear infection)
      Anyway, I'd pay like for vet visit, get 10 days of Antibiotic, 11th day-wham, another ear infection, back to then vet, another , another 10 days-
      Eventually, he put him on steroids.
      I started to do research, and found that corn was one of the biggest allergy triggers.
      And what does an allergy look like?
      Scratching with no fleas, excessive shedding, hot spots, and ear infections!
      My guy had them all!
      I was feeding a grocery brand food, not knowing any better.-didn't realize it was all artificial colors!
      I started using Nutro Natural Choice, lamb & rice.
      Ear infections went away!
      Scratching, shedding and hot spots- gone!
      Nutro is 100% guaranted to improve skin and coat and, guaranteed for taste!
      Can't go wrong
      I no longer have to spend all that money on vet visits, or medicatin.
      Give it a try!

  29. QUESTION:
    What could be wrong with my dogs ears?
    My Bulldog had been scratching his ears a lot and yelping so I took him to the vet and said he had a yeast infection in his ears so they gave him some ear drops. We have been using these ear drops for over a month already and my dog is still doing it. Should I take my dog back? What would be the next thing they could do for him?

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  30. QUESTION:
    How to treat/cure a Yeast infection in my dogs ears?
    My pit bull mix keeps getting a yeast infection in her ears. I keep them VERY clean but for some reason it comes back every 4-6 weeks
    I am using Epi-Otic which I got from my vet for cleaning, and when she's tearing at her ears I use DV Max which is a prescription that I got from the vet, however even though it seems to work...after it clears up it starts all over again in a few weeks....by the way...thanks for the info you already sent and anymore that you do send is greatly appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      If your dog has a yeast infection in it's ear, it needs antibiotics.

      Sometimes ear infections will recur after successful treatment. Primary inhalant or food allergies causing secondary ear infections should be considered. But usually, with proper treatment, a yeast infection can be cleared up within two weeks.

      I have found that chronic ear infections ususally have some underlying cause.I don't know if your mixed pup is known to have an anatomy problem that contributes to ear infections, but that is always a possiblity. It is best to purchase a product from your veterinarian to clean out your dogs ears prior to placing the prescribed antibiotic drops in the ears, such as Epi-Otic. I have found that some medications don't work well in the presence of a lot of dirt or discharge. Keeping the hair plucked out of the ears also helps keeping the ears cleaner.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to use womens yeast infection creme for a dogs ears?
    Well my standard poodle has a ear yeast infection its not that I cant aford the medicine but it is 75$ a bottle. Thanks so much for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      No - not the same thing. And, how do you know it's a yeast infection? That has to be determined by a vet since it could be some other type of infection. Anyway, it probably won't cost you much more than that to take your dog to the vet for the PROPER treatment. The dog's ears also have to have a deep cleaning and should be flushed out.

  32. QUESTION:
    Can antibiotics cause a yeast infection in a dog?
    Similar to how women can get a yeast infection after finishing a dose of antibiotics could my dog have developed a yeast infection in his ear because of the antibiotics?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, antibiotics kill the good bacteria as well as the bad and allow the yeast to flourish.

      If your dog is on antibiotics you should be at least giving him some yogurt.

  33. QUESTION:
    How do you take a long eared dog a bath without it getting a yeast infection?
    My brittney spaniel went to the vet a week and a half ago and found out he had a yeast infection in his ears well we have been putting drops in them and they look good as new! How do I stop it from happening again he really needs a bath but I am afraid his ears are going to get infected again and around his ears is oily because of the drops how do I clean them?

    • ANSWER:
      OK, did anyone else laugh really hard when they read the title of this question? :) heehee! Ok, now to be mature... Well, you are never going to completely be able to keep your dog from getting ear infections. Some characteristics that were bred in to specific breeds are functional in some regards but not always in others. The long ears are always going to trap moisture whether from a bath or from dew on the grass or moisture in the air. Knowing this just keep an eye on the ears use a good ear wash at least once weekly and you should do fine! :)

  34. QUESTION:
    What kind of ear solution should I get for my pitbull?
    He's a mix breed American Staff/ Rednose Pitbull, so he has ears that stick up straight and barelly any hair in them. Right now theres black stuff and there a little red. I don't believe its ear mites. I hear alot about natural products, but I need a brand name and where I can get it.
    He's been tested for ear mites. Its just junk in there.

    • ANSWER:
      if it is ear mites, use vinegar and water, dilute it 50/50 just a few drops will do.. rub his ears for about 2 min's then rush him outside, he will shake his head and all of that gunk will come out, you might want to do it 2x's, and if he has an infection, the vinegar will not harm or hurt his ears, just sounds like to me that there is too much yeast in his ears.
      and if it is an ifection put him on Tresaderm [thiabendazole,dexamethasone,neomycin,sulfate solution] You can get it online at petmeds.com

  35. QUESTION:
    I have a 8 week old puppy and i am having a problem with her ears. Its a crusty tan color, looks and feels?
    like a scab but it just kind of flakes off. It is not on the inside her ear where her ear drum would be but just on the outside of the inside of her ears. I don't know if it is a yeast infection, or ear mites. It doesn't seem to hurt her, she itches at them though. The area that has this crusty stuff it isn't red around it or nothing, any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      He probably has ear mites or an ear infection. This is normal for new born puppies. However it does need medicine.

  36. QUESTION:
    How do I make those giant elephant ears you get at the fair?
    I want to make the elephant ears you get at the fair. Not the funnel cakes. This is like a dough that is fried and dusted with cinnamon sugar. I would like any other fair food recipe as well. Thanks to all who help!!

    • ANSWER:
      1 1/4 cups milk
      1/4-1/2 cup butter
      1 package active dry yeast
      3/4 cup granulated sugar
      1/4 cup water (105 to 115 degrees F.)
      5 1/2-6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
      1 teaspoon salt
      1 dash freshly grated nutmeg
      3 large eggs, lightly beaten
      vegetable oil (for frying)
      confectioners' sugar or cinnamon sugar

      Heat milk with butter until butter melts.
      Set aside to cool to lukewarm.
      Stir yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar into warm water and let stand until foamy, about 5 to 10 minutes.
      In a large bowl, combine milk and yeast mixtures with 2 1/2 cups flour, salt, and nutmeg.
      Stir until smooth.
      Cover and let stand until bubbly, 30 minutes.
      Stir in beaten eggs, then add additional flour to make a soft but not sticky dough.
      Turn dough onto a floured board and knead until smooth, supple, and elastic, about 8 minutes.
      Return dough to bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm spot until dough is doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.
      Punch down and divide into 4 pieces.
      Divide each piece into 4 or 5 pieces.
      Put several inches of oil in a large, deep pan such as a chicken fryer or heavy dutch oven.
      Heat to about 360 degrees F.
      Work each ball of dough with the hands, shaping into a large disk, about 10 inches long and 6 inches wide.
      Fry one at a time, turning once, until nicely browned.
      Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with confectioner's sugar or cinnamon sugar while hot.
      Serve while warm

  37. QUESTION:
    How can I help comfort my pug with a yeast infection in the ear?
    I took my pug to the vet about a month ago with brown wax in her ears. The vet examined the wax and determined it was yeast. He gave me an ear cleaning solution for her. I have been using it ever since, and the left ear seems to be getting better, but the right has now become swollen. She definitely seems uncomfortable, and I cannot get her back into the vet for another week. Is there anything else I can do to help ease her discomfort until I get her seen?

    • ANSWER:
      if your dog has an ear infection, nothing but medication from the vet is going to help ... and it would be very easy for that ear infection to spread and so close to the brain, i personally would not wait a week to get it looked at ... my dog can start shaking her head in the morning, signalling an ear infection, and when i apply the medication from the vet she has comfort within half an hour ... once i waited just two days and the infection had taken over and required at least three times the amount of medication to fix (not to mention the discomfort to my poor dog) ... and if your dog does get chronic yeasty ears, you might consider adding organic unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with mothers to the dogs diet (not heinz from the grocery store) ... 1/4 teaspoon on both the breakfast and supper food and it will change your dogs body chemistry to more acidic and the dog will not get yeasty ears ... i have had my dog on apple cider vinegar for over a year with not one ear issue ... and my friend has a pug with yeasty ears and i looked after him for six weeks, giving him apple cider vinegar, and his ears cleared up, my friend was shocked cuz the dog had had funky ears for life ...

  38. QUESTION:
    What other symtems can be caused from too much yeast besides ear infections?
    My Cavalier King Charles has itchy ears sometimes smelly (which i know can be caused from too much yeast) puffiness around the eyes, soar and puffy lower lips, looks soar around the genital area and I have recently noticed her hair is thinning across the chest and neck area. She is 3 years old

    • ANSWER:
      You need to take your dog to the vet. Ear infections can be caused by mites and result in a yeast infection. He could also have a staph infection, and thinning hair can be caused by the mange. This is caused by mange mites. See the vet ASAP..

  39. QUESTION:
    How do I make my dogs ears stop itching ?
    I have a 9 year old lab whose ears really itch him. We be gone to the vet many times, and he doesn't really do much to help. Has anyone had the same problem and been able to fix it somehow? Was there a specific medicine or home remedy that's worked? We ve been using an ear cleaner and then using cotton balls to clean it, but it really doesn't seem to help. I'd really appreciate some help because I feel so bad for him.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I second the recommendation for Zymox. You can get it with or without hydrocortisone. No prescription needed and it's available from larger pet stores. It deals with yeast and bacterial infections.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is there any home remedies to treat my dog's ear infection?
    She has a yeast infection in her ears and I heard that there are ways to treat it without going to the vet and paying too much money for what they use to treat it.

    • ANSWER:
      No, you need to take your dog to the vet for proper diagnosis and care.

  41. QUESTION:
    Are yeast infections in the ears of malamutes a common problem?
    I adopted a 5 year old malamute. Since January he has had one infection after the other. He has been on steroids, anti-fungal pills, and ear drops for a month solid. The vet is at a loss as to why he keeps getting them. Anyone have a clue?

    • ANSWER:
      It can be a problem. It depends on several conditions like food, temperatures/humidity & meds the dog is on. Meds like antibiotics & steroids will often cause certain types of yeast infections to occur. These 2 sites has great info on treating yeast infections in the ears & treating the whole body.

      http://www.dogearyeastinfection.com/what_causes_a_yeast_infection_in_your_dogs_ear.html

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      Sometimes it can take a while for your dog 's body to fully change & to reject the yeast overgrowth. Read the sites & see if there is more you can do to help your dog.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can you treat a dog's ear infection without ear drops?
    My dog has a yeast infection in both ears and the vet gave us drops to put in twice a day, for 10 days, but my dog gets incredibly uncomfortable and turns aggressive when the ear drops come out. He won't let us near his ears when he knows what we're trying to do and snaps. We've tried a muzzle, and restraining him, but it's impossible to administer the drops properly, especially twice a day, without putting him through stress and discomfort.

    Is there any other possible treatments for ear infections? Such as, antibiotics to be take orally? That would be much easier!

    • ANSWER:
      It may be possible to treat orally, but to be honest, topical treatment is usually far more effective. Unfortunately needs must so if you have to use a muzzle to get this treatment where it needs to be, so be it I'd suggest you get back to your vet because obviously his ears are causing him pain, so some form of pain relief might be worth considering, to make it easier to treat him.

  43. QUESTION:
    What is the best thing to use for a dogs ears?
    My dog scratches his right ear all day, that one ear smells bad too and we're going to take him to the vet but is there anything i can use now? What could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      I have a website all about Standard Poodles and there is a page all about ear care. Check it out, it might help. He probably has a yeast infection or ear mites.

      http://www.standardpoodlesusa.com/ear-care.html

  44. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for an ear infection in one dog to pass to another dog?
    One of my dogs is going to the vet tommorrow for an ear infection (I'm not sure yet what is the cause of it.) I've been checking my other dogs ears...haven't noticed any symptoms, but I'm wondering if infections caused by yeast, other bacteria, or ear mites would be contagious?

    It's not a problem to bring my other dog to the appointment...should I, just to be on the safe side?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can be contagious... all of them.

      H.O.T. Dog
      Handler Owner Trainer of GSD's

  45. QUESTION:
    What Can i do for my dog the flys are always on there ears and the hair on the ears are coming off?
    The tip of the ears are red and bleed a little , the flys are always on it and the hair is coming off of the sore spots.
    There are two dogs mix breeds There are going to the vet on thursday untill then i have cleaned the ears everday and put some meds. on them. There use to be inside dogs untill i moved in with my In-Laws now they have to stay outside so i am kind of new at this leaving my dog's outside with the bugs. Thank you everyone for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      floppy ears, or pointy? smell inside the ear; i know it sounds dumb, but if they stink, that could explain a lot. do the ears look, feel or smell funky inside? if so, that could explain the flies attraction. i know how hard it is to wash a dogs face without getting a whole bunch of water in them, which isn't too cool for dogs, as can cause yeast/fungal infections which don't make for a happy dog; does pooch shake his head a lot, or shove his face and head between pillows, or in the corners of furniture? that's most likely ear trouble. does he have dirt crud built up around the outside underneath,or a lot of hair inside the ear ? i would recommend taking him to see a vet, cause, this cannot be fun at all for the poor pooch.. at least have a vet make a diagnosis. if allergies are all that is plaguing your dog, then great, that can be helped pretty easily, but if something more serious is afoot, better to find out as soon as possible, before it becomes something really serious. don't want your dog to go deaf if it can be avoided.

  46. QUESTION:
    What can we do to stop our dog from scratching her ears til they bleed?
    We have a 5 year old pit bull who has had ear problems for a while now, we have taken her to the vet many times just to be told she has allergies and needs shots weekly. The shots work for a while then seem to stop working. We have tried cleaning them daily, switching her food to all natural, and seeing another vet. None of which seem to work for very long. We know it is not ear mites. Any recomdations?

    • ANSWER:
      Many times what you feed causes allergic yeast infections in dogs ears. The infection may clear up with meds but comes right back since the food is what causes it. Look at the ingredients of the food you are feeding. If you see corn,wheat or soy listed change to a food with none of these. It may take a week for improvement to show since it will take time for the allergen to completely leave your dogs system.

  47. QUESTION:
    When using vinegar and water to cure a yeast infection in my dogs ear, does it have to be apple cider vinegar?
    I have looked into homeopathic remedies for my dogs ear infection and many say apple cider vinegar and water. Does it have to be apple cider vinegar or will white vinegar be ok to use?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use just vinegar, start with this, if it doesn't work try the raw apple cider vinegar. NOT white vinegar, that won't work.

      Use this --

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

      INGREDIENTS:
      16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
      4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

      Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
      You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.

      TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all.

      Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.
      Shake the bottle each time before using.
      Put cotton balls or similiar absorbent material under the ear.
      Flood the ear with solution, (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue.
      Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage.

      The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue, cotton ball, etc as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.

      The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows:
      Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
      Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
      Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)

      All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy.
      The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear.
      The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent.
      The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker.

      After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls.

      The success rate for this treatment is 95-99%.

      If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site.

      This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and water(warm)

      Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2 x per week.

      They have found the Blue Powder Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots.

      Remember it is for external use only ..so be careful not to get into the eyes.

  48. QUESTION:
    How do I clear up a yeast infection in my cats ears?
    I know it has something to do with ear mites. I've had him for two years and nothing is curing it. I'm thinking about switching vets. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      This vet talks about yeast and mites infections of cats, sounds like he knows what he's talking about.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is that smell coming from my dog's ears?
    Lily has "dog smell" coming from her ears. She smells nice after her bath, except for her face area, because of her ears. We clean her ears with a damp washcloth and with q tips and the smell is coming from brown stuff in her ears. We clean her ears at least once a week. What can be causing it? What is it? Any tips? Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      It's yeast. Clean out her ears with rubbing alcohol two or three times a day for a week. It should control it pretty well. You have to clean them out once a week after that to prevent regrowth.
      The easiest way to do it is to lie her on her side. pour some alcohol from the cap into the ear and make her lie there a moment. Turn her over and do the same thing.
      Keep her on flea preventative and Heartworm preventative to prevent earmites then use the alcohol to prevent yeast.


yeast ears

How Much Brewers Yeast For Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is it true that feeding brewers yeast to pets will repel fleas?
    We've got a household full of cats and while we have only one small dog, he is a _huge_ personality and sometimes seems to take up a whole room by himself.

    The pills, and the Frontline, and drops, and flea baths, are expensive, toxic, and only work partially. I would love to stop using all of them, but we live in a warm, wet climate and fleas are _everywhere_.

    I heard that feeding brewers yeast to cats and dogs will repel fleas, and that they love to eat the stuff, besides.

    Is it true?
    .

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible to use brewer's yeast as a source of zinc and other minerals, and also as a flea repellent -- but the amounts used are small and there is a "trick" to using these so your pet doesn't become ill.

      One thing to mention: some animals are allergic to brewer's yeast, so it's best to try with a small patch of the animal's skin first to see if there is a reaction before adding the yeast to food or using it as a flea spray.

      Warm, wet climate sounds nice. Where I live (central Texas) we're in the midst of our worst drought in 50 years, and we can't even BUY rainfall!

  2. QUESTION:
    how many days after starting giving my dog brewers yeast with garlic will i see resaults?
    today i started giving my dog brewers yeast with garlic from petco because he keeps biting and scratching himself.i was wondering how long it takes until it works.

    • ANSWER:
      depends on the actual cause of the biting
      have you had the dog checked by the vet to
      see if there is any underlying health issues

  3. QUESTION:
    Can humans take brewers yeast? If so, what benefits does it offer?
    I know that you can give brewers yeast to dogs but can people take it too? What does it do? What is it good for? If it doesn't do anything beneficial then I wouldn't take it.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the first answerer. The B Vitamins are known as the anti-stress vitamins and Brewers yeast does contain these and thus taking it could help with stress. Admittedly though, these are present in small amounts. It may benefit the hair, skin and nails, from its B Vitamin content, mineral content and also from its amino acid content. Its all natural so could be considered a food (and perhaps super food) rather than nutritional supplement.

      One of its traditional uses in humans as been for the nervous system, for calming the nerves. Again, this goes back to its B Vitamin content. However, if you have been suffering from prolonged nervous exhaustion and stress, a formulated B Complex tablet may offer more benefit owing to having higher concentrations of the individual B Vitamins.Another traditional use is for healthy skin and hair.

      A typical break-down of nutrients, though this will vary from brand to brand and batch to batch:
      http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/tl/yeast.html

  4. QUESTION:
    Is there any other natural supplements OTHER THAN brewers yeast and garlic tabs to give my dogs for fleas?
    I kno that there is no real proof that the brewers yeast helps with the fleas but it will help with the coat and skin damage caused by fleas. But the garlic tabs make their breath and skin smell awful ! So is there another natural supplement I can give them? They are on the Advantix by the vet and all but it doesnt help completely rid the problem, and the neighbors dogs have fleas something terrible and they are bringing the problem to my yard and dogs.

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest using Frontline it works allot better and lasts longer than Advantix my family stopped using it due to that reason and went back to Frontline.
      I also use Sevendust it is a white powder you can buy in a red bag at Wal-Mart or any store that sells garden products.
      I put sevendust on my pets fur and in my carpet all around my house as well as outside sometimes and you can also use pesticides on your lawn and not let your dog out for about 3 hours and that should help your outside issues.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does Brewers Yeast and Garlic keep fleas of dogs?
    Do I have to give my dog the kind for dogs or can they have the brewers yeast and garlic for humans? I've noticed it's much cheaper than the dog brands!

    • ANSWER:
      It does help. But I think the main purpose of it is to keep their skin soft so it doesn't get itchy and dry. It is suppose to help with shedding also. I haven't used it but have been thinking about it because I have several dogs and two of them shed a lot. So I may look into it. I think it does come in a tablet form, but getting it down them is the trick. I may try putting it in peanut butter and try it that way. Good luck

  6. QUESTION:
    Is dried yeast and brewers yeast the same?
    I have a 5yr old German Shepherd who is allergic to BREWERS yeast. I was considering changing his dog food to the Blue Bufflalo brand, but one of the ingredients in their formula is Dried yeast. I wanted to make sure they weren't the same, I don't want him to have a reaction.

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    Is it better to feed your dog home made food?
    I feed my dog homecooked food with Solid Gold vitamin supplements. I cook chicken, brown rice, sweet potatoes, carrots and broccolli together. (Veggies change from week to week and I somtimes add liver). This diet consist of 1/3rd meat, 1/3rd rice, 1/3rd veggies. I make crunchy home made dog biscuits with wheat germ and brewers yeast for treats. My dog appears very healthy and full of energy but I am wondering if this diet is really better for my dog than commercial dog food? I was feeding my dog California Natural lamb & rice dry dog food (a high quility dog food) until the last couple of months. Now she is completely on homemade food. I am wondering if she is missing any thing in her diet. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know about your dog but I would love to have that diet. Seriously though, your buddy is fine. Our dogs are all top breed and have always been fed home cooked meals. If the meal is well prepared and high in vitamins/minerals/fat/protein- which sure sounds like it is, they are fine. But just to be sure send me a dish or two and I'll try it.

  8. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used brewers yeast on their cats to get rid of fleas?
    My cats have fleas and I just want to see if anyone knows how well brewers yeast works?

    • ANSWER:
      I have heard of adding brewers yeast to pets diets to eliminate fleas. So far, from my experience as a veterinary technician I have not seen it work yet. I have not read any studies, journals, or articles published in veterinary medicine claiming it works either.

      It shouldn't hurt to try a small amount in supplementing in food. Supposedly the thought behind the supplementing is to alter the taste or smell of the skin to deter fleas. How well this works? Well, as I stated before... no one has a clue.

      *IF you run across people telling you that onion powder or garlic powder will work on fleas do not take them up on this advice.
      Garlic and Onions have compounds that trigger a disease process called Heinz-body anemia in cats and dogs. This disease causes the destruction of red-blood cells in their body and can be fatal.
      Just an FYI ;)

  9. QUESTION:
    can brewers yeast with garlic give your dog a yeast infection?
    I took My little girl(shih-tzu) to the vet today.And she said she has a yeast in her ears.She gave me drops to use for a couple days.But I been giving her brewers yeast with garlic to keep fleas away.and it also has omega 3 in it .Can this be what gave her the ear problems.
    I have been useing it for a couple weeks and we don't have ANY fleas.

    • ANSWER:
      firstly and most important anything in the onion family should not be fed to dogs as they can be toxic and cause liver failure, this includes garlic. Secondly yeast occurs naturally in the ear canal however occasionally will overgrow due to the warm moist conditions inside the ear causing a yeast infection. I doubt that the brewers yeast is keeping away many fleas. The only benificial ingredient in the tablet that you've been giving is the omega-3.

  10. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know something that's good for dogs that are allergic to grass pollen?
    My dog seems to be alergic to grass pollen and chews on her paws all sommer long because it iches so much . I've tried a few things like giveing her brewer yeast but I not sure if it is working.I would prefer something that is a natural product or over the counter .

    • ANSWER:
      sounds more like a possible food allergy.I would think grass would cause your dog to itch in more places than just the paws.Paw chewing and licking is a common sign of food allergy's.

  11. QUESTION:
    Why would my dogs have fleas with frontline?
    We are in Florida and something is biting my dogs. They are on Frontline and I gave them a flea bath. They are also are taking Brewers yeast, wheat germ,fish oil. I keep things vacuum and bedding clean. What can I do? Bomb the House?

    • ANSWER:
      Because frontline kills the fleas that are on the dog, not the fleas that are in the carpets or anyplace else in the house. So fleas die, new fleas jump on. What I did was take my cats outside while the whole house was bombed.

  12. QUESTION:
    How do you repel fleas and ticks from people and dogs naturally?
    I have 6 acres, I live in the country, and have a lush pasture I let grow for my dogs to enjoy. We mow paths through the pasture for the dogs to explore and play, and of course, tick are a consequence. I do not like to over medicate my dogs, I don't believe in giving them every med that comes on the market. I know brewers yeast will repel mosquito's, but what about those darn ticks? I have 10 of my own dogs, I foster for a dog rescue(over 300 adoptions at this point!!!) and I also do doggy daycare-anybody, anywhere use something??? I know tea tree oil for lice, garlic for intestinal parasites, but help me with the ticks....THANKS.

    • ANSWER:
      Do NOT do this if you have dogs that cannot have heartguard. But if you use cattle ivermectin and glycol mixed together monthly to guard against heart worms this will also help repel fleas and ticks. It is also much cheaper than the heartguard and will last you much longer. Try finding a reputable breeder who would know more about it to help u with dosages. Or even ask your vet. Good luck!

  13. QUESTION:
    My dogs still catch fleas even after several treatments, How do I get rid of them?
    I have three dogs, a white, a black and a white/black mix. I started noticing fleas on them. So I did everything I could to rid them of fleas, which seemed to work for a couple of weeks. But now they have fleas again especially the black one and its hard to catch them on her. I bathed them. Ive been feeding them Brewers Yeast and spraying them with either the lemon spray or the apple cider vinegar/ water spray. The house is regularly cleaned and the grass cut once a week. It's too expensive to have to buy those topical treatments like advantix and they didn't work so well last time. I've tried the light with a water/ soap bowl underneath, which never caught anything. I've never seen fleas on any of my furniture JUST on my dogs. What else can I do?

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    What do you use for your pets flea control?
    I don't want to use frontline or advantage because it is very expensive and I don't like using the chemicals on my pets. two lap dogs and one retriever.

    I have heard of garlic powder sprinkled on your pets food. But how much? And I heard pros and cons about using garlic,some good,some not good.

    I have also heard of giving your pet Brewer's Yeast tablets that it works. Where do I get these brewers yeast tablets for pets?

    Has anyone used brewers yeast tablets?

    Does anyone make their own spray with essential oil's?

    Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      you can get some pill from your vet. They are based on weight of the pet. They kill ALL bugs within 24 hours. They work I have a cat and 3 dogs inside and they go out too. You have to treat you home as well. Flea bombs with everyone and all pets outside . You should also put a new flea collar into your vaccum bag regularly. the vaccum picks up the eggs but the next time you turn it on the vibration makes them hatch in your vaccum bag! So they are being spread over and over. Not sure what else to try. I use advantage plus. it is really safe and they have to be clean and dry when you apply it. Best of luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    I have a chihuahua with 2 pups that are 2 weeks old! They have fleas! How do I get rid of them?
    I also have 2 boxers one is a year old the other is 8 weeks. Everytime I let them out to potty the come in covered with fleas! I have sprayed the house and yard and they still won't go away!! I use frontline on my dogs and also give them brewers yeast and garlic tabs which are supposed to prevent fleas but nothing seems to help!! Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      For the puppies, you can use Revolution on the mom, and that will make a big difference. Meanwhile, just use a flea comb on the puppies, de-fleaing them twice per day or as needed.
      If you get a 'nit' comb, from the drug store, it is made of plastic, and a bit gentler than the metal comb. The 'nit' combs are only a dollar or two.

      Revolution is suitable for use on dogs, puppies, cats & kittens > 6 weeks of age . it is also approved for use on pregnant and nursing mother dogs and cats.
      http://www.all-pets-info.com/fleacontrol/Revolution-Flea-Treatment.html

  16. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know anything about using brewers yeast and garlic to help rid fleas from dogs?
    I have had 2 different people tell me that brewers yeast and garlic helps w/ fleas. One also says it does other things as well. Was just looking for more information
    i don't have a problem now, was just looking for alternative methods to prevention due to my dogs hating the current tx method.

    • ANSWER:
      Garlic has recently found to cause anemia in dogs..I have heard of the remedy all of my life, but have never known it to help much..Perhaps some types of fleas, but not the ones I have met!

      REVOLUTION is fairly new on the market, and is super effective! where has it been all my life! it also prevent heartworms and many other parasites, internal and external..it is just a liquid to apply to the back of the shoulders/neck area..You can get it at vet clinics, and they are encouraged to give the first treatment free..

  17. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a chow dog with skin problems which causes constant itching?
    I have my second Chow and she has similar skin problems as the first one. I have found no answers to help with her constant discomfort. I have used baths, flea medications, brewers yeast, fish and flax oil, and have just started with garlic caplets which I have been told might ward off fleas. Nothing seems to last as the scratching and hair loss eventually continues. I would like to hear more from some of the readers. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      no ,

  18. QUESTION:
    CAN DOGS EAT BREWERS YEAST AND BARLEY FLOUR?
    Original Milkbones have brewers yeast and barley flour, can dogs eat them?

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    Looking for a premium dog food following allergy testing. Any ideas?
    Our Golden has always been fed Innova EVO but had chronic ear infections. We had him allergy tested, and the results were whoppers -- food allergies include pork, eggs, soybean, lamb, flax or flaxseed oil, barley, brewers yeast and green peas. Also, no grasses (you'd be surprised what's in some dog foods).

    I'm trying to find a HIGH quality kibble (no freezer room for raw, and canned is bad for his teeth) which does not have any of these ingredients, and preferably lists a protein as the first 2 or 3 ingredients. At this point, the only thing I've found is Royal Canin's Veterinary Diet Potato & Venison Large Breed, but the quality doesn't thrill me.

    Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=892&cat=8

      solid gold barking at the moon. it is grain free

  20. QUESTION:
    can my dog take vitamins while on soloxine?
    Brewers yeast vitamins. I heard vitamins can have an affect the meds
    And heartworm supplements as well?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs can take vitamins with heart worm pills. You should ask the vet to be sure about soloxine, but it's most likely fine, it is just like a hormone that the thyroid would make. The dog food you feed is fortified with vitamins and minerals so if your dog couldn't get vitamins with soloxine I'm guessing the vet would have told you to feed separate from meals.

      Brewers yeast has mostly B vitamins. Not sure why you want to give brewers yeast. If you are feeding a good quality food, or a balanced home made one, you shouldn't need extra vitamins.

  21. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of the fleas?!?
    My Dachshund puppy has really bad fleas how do I get rid of them. I've tried flea baths, flea medication, and Brewers yeast. But nothing seams to work! Please help me!
    only one problem my dog only weighs about 6 pounds!

    • ANSWER:
      The easy way!
      Get Iver-On!
      Many no-kill shelters use it.
      It's Ivermectin liquid wormer for cattle.

      Use 1 1/2 cc per 14 pounds of dog.

      It is the same thing as Reolution (Rev is very expensive, this is cheap) that is used like Frontline and Advantage (put on between the shoulder blades and in a straight line down the back to the tail). I learned this from the powner of a no-kill shelter.
      It gets rid of fleas and ticks keeps mesquitos away, therefore used as a heartworm prevention, when used once every 2 weeks.

      It dries in minutes, so there is no oily substance or anything to get on you.

      Did I mention CHEAP? a bottle at Tractor Supply and farm stores. A bottle last forever!!!! Close to a year on a small dog.

      It is actually Ivermectin liquid wormer for cattle but as I said, shelters use it for dogs because it's the same thing as the expensive stuff and a LOT cheaper
      .
      It also helps with allergies and Sarcoptic Mange (something that is hard to detect and often mistaken for allergies)

      I use it on 3 med size dogs and my bottle has lasted 6 months (NO FLEAS on mine ...ever!)
      Good luck.

  22. QUESTION:
    Would Nutritional Yeast have the same effect as Brewer's Yeast for natural flea prevention?
    I use Revolution on my dog but, I am also looking into natural things... such as yeast. I have usually read that Brewer's Yeast has been used with some success for flea prevention. But would Nutritional Yeast have the same effect?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think yeast would have any effect on fleas. I think you should save your money and just stick with something that is science based

  23. QUESTION:
    How can I help my dog with his flea problem?
    My dog has fleas. His constant scratching keeps us up at night and I feel so bad for him. I am paranoid about the pests.

    I give my dog regular baths, used FrontLine Plus, added brewer's yeast and garlic to his diet, treated the yard, sprayed around the house, bombed the house, and have started trying the Avon Skin-so-soft I have read about. They are relentless and making us and our pet miserable!

    • ANSWER:
      When are you applying the Frontline and how are you doing it? That is the most common mistake with the product! Do not bathe your dog at least 48 hours after you apply it, and do not apply it unless your dog is 100% dry after a bath. Apply the entire dose in one spot between the shoulder blades on as much skin as possible.

      Only purchase Frontline from your Vet. Merial only sells to Veterinarians and this way you are guaranteed the real product.

      My best recommendation is to purchase a Capstar from your Vet (only about ). It will kill all of the adult fleas on your dog within 30 minutes. Apply Frontline after that to prevent them from coming back and to kill the eggs.

      Apply the Frontline every month, all year long.

      If fleas are still a problem, perhaps try another brand of Flea preventative, Advantage, or Revolution maybe? Ask your Vet and see if there is a product they recommend.

  24. QUESTION:
    Anyone else use tea tree oil and brewers yeast to treat fleas?
    The teatree oil goes on the skin (when brushing) and the yeast goes over the food.

    • ANSWER:
      You know, I have not had to use either one because I have not had a flea problem for years and the vitamin supplement I give my animals has a high potent mixture of the B's plus they are bathed frequently and kept in the house most of the time. I have read a lot about the product and now it appears that brewers yeast may cause nutritional problems. The tea tree oil I have used for skin problems on all my animals from snakes to little furry ones. It is a wonderful natural antibiotic and I gave you a link that explains how to ensure your product is the real thing.

      Tea tree oil is very good for inflamed gums on elder dogs as long as you make sure they aren't ingesting large amounts.

      Brewer's yeast added to the diet has been touted as a sure cure for fleas, but recently information has come to light suggesting that the large amount of brewer's yeast necessary to eliminate fleas might cause health problems. Instead of adding brewer's yeast to your dog's diet, try sprinkling it on your pet. Thoroughly rub it into the coat to make sure it reaches the skin. It is best to do this outside, because the fleas cannot stand the smell of yeast and will jump off of your pet.

  25. QUESTION:
    I am having trouble finding the right dog food. Am I off to a good start?
    I am only 15 years old and I own a 15 pound Border Terrier. I really didn't know off all the chemicals they put in dog food. I don't want her to be eating stuff like that. I was feeding her Purina and I read online about how much chemicals it had. I went shopping with my mother yesterday and bought a bag of IAMS Simple & Natural and the kind I bought was the one that tasted like chicken and rice. I went online reading and read that IAMS is not a great food either, because of how many chemicals.

    The bad of dog food I bought said on the cover
    #1 Ingredient is real chicken for strong, lean muscles
    Higher levels of antioxidants like vitamin E, for a strong immune system. *

    No corn, wheat, soy or meat by-products**

    It sounds a lot better than the previous dog food. I actually searched for Blue Buffalo and I couldn't find any. I will keep looking for a better dog food, but the one I am using now seems better than the last.

    Here is the Ingredients.

    Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Chicken Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, Dried Egg Product, Potassium Chloride, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Monosodium Phosphate, Salt, Dried Apple Pomace, Dried Carrots, DL-Methionine, Dried Peas, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Dried Spinach, Dried Tomatoes, Vitamins (Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Brewers Dried Yeast, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been feeding my dog Iams for 15 years now. I believe that it has to be a good food due to his age. He's never been sick a day in his life until last month when he had a stroke. But, he is 15. It was recommended by my vet when he was 8 weeks old and has been on it and only that for 15 years now.

  26. QUESTION:
    I am having trouble finding the right dog food. Am I off to a good start?
    I am only 15 years old and I own a 15 pound Border Terrier. I really didn't know off all the chemicals they put in dog food. I don't want her to be eating stuff like that. I was feeding her Purina and I read online about how much chemicals it had. I went shopping with my mother yesterday and bought a bag of IAMS Simple & Natural and the kind I bought was the one that tasted like chicken and rice. I went online reading and read that IAMS is not a great food either, because of how many chemicals.

    The bad of dog food I bought said on the cover
    #1 Ingredient is real chicken for strong, lean muscles
    Higher levels of antioxidants like vitamin E, for a strong immune system. *

    No corn, wheat, soy or meat by-products**

    It sounds a lot better than the previous dog food. I actually searched for Blue Buffalo and I couldn't find any. I will keep looking for a better dog food, but the one I am using now seems better than the last.

    Here is the Ingredients.

    Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Chicken Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, Dried Egg Product, Potassium Chloride, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Monosodium Phosphate, Salt, Dried Apple Pomace, Dried Carrots, DL-Methionine, Dried Peas, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Dried Spinach, Dried Tomatoes, Vitamins (Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Brewers Dried Yeast, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

    • ANSWER:
      Look at the ingredients lists. Meat (not meal) of some type should be the first ingredient. There should be no corn, wheat or by-products. Innova, Wellness, Orijen & Merrick are a few of the good brands out there.
      If you do a little research on dog food ingredients you will find that Sorghum (sugar) Dried Beet Puld and Dried Egg Product should not be in a dogs food.
      The food you picked is not the worst nor it it the best.

  27. QUESTION:
    I am having trouble finding the right dog food. Am I off to a good start?
    I am only 15 years old and I own a 15 pound Border Terrier. I really didn't know off all the chemicals they put in dog food. I don't want her to be eating stuff like that. I was feeding her Purina and I read online about how much chemicals it had. I went shopping with my mother yesterday and bought a bag of IAMS Simple & Natural and the kind I bought was the one that tasted like chicken and rice. I went online reading and read that IAMS is not a great food either, because of how many chemicals.

    The bad of dog food I bought said on the cover
    #1 Ingredient is real chicken for strong, lean muscles
    Higher levels of antioxidants like vitamin E, for a strong immune system. *

    No corn, wheat, soy or meat by-products**

    It sounds a lot better than the previous dog food. I actually searched for Blue Buffalo and I couldn't find any. I will keep looking for a better dog food, but the one I am using now seems better than the last.

    Here is the Ingredients.

    Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Chicken Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, Dried Egg Product, Potassium Chloride, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Monosodium Phosphate, Salt, Dried Apple Pomace, Dried Carrots, DL-Methionine, Dried Peas, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Dried Spinach, Dried Tomatoes, Vitamins (Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Brewers Dried Yeast, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

    • ANSWER:
      Iams is actually a great brand. Most vets recommend it. You can also get Iams naturals which is even better. You can also opt out and make your own dog food so you know what's in it...(google that) but I've used Iams for years and had nothing but good results.

  28. QUESTION:
    What is the Best Daily Vitamin for a Yorkshire Terrier?
    5lbs age 3 i was thinking about Brewers Yeast?? Or Omega 3.

    • ANSWER:
      vitamins for dogs or people are rarely needed.
      A balanced diet is usually more than adequate. Spend you money on the best quality dog food you can buy and this will cover all his dietary needs.

  29. QUESTION:
    If garlic isn't safe for dogs why add it to brewers yeast?
    I posted a question earlier asking if garlic was safe enough to feed my boys and the vast majority of the answers said "NOOOOOOO DON'T DO IT YOU'LL KILL YOUR DOG, OR THEY'LL END UP WITH ANEMIA". My question is if it isn't safe why is it added to the brewers yeast supplement for dogs? In the right amount it can't be that dangerous. Am I right?

    • ANSWER:
      Lots and lots of people give small quantities of garlic every day to ward off fleas and ticks, and it also has other healing benefits.

      However, be careful of brewers yeast anyway as if a dog has yeast allergies then it can make it worse. I used to always use both until I had a dog with allergies.

  30. QUESTION:
    brewers yeast powder nothing added or taken away?
    I have found brewers yeast by swansons but was interested in hearing alternatives.

    Not including Lewis labs brewers yeast.

    Another question there is a brewers yeast i have seen for dogs could thay double up for humans?
    Tink, NOW foods brewers yeast has b vitamins added to it and i read something else negative regarding now foods which is why im not for it.

    Lewis Labs i doubt is a gold standard, Brewers yeast comes from grain and Lewis Labs uses beets which isn't the right stuff as far as memory goes.

    • ANSWER:
      This stuff isn't a by-product of brewing, but actually grown for nutrients - and it tastes good, kinda like Parmesan cheese.

      http://www.iherb.com/Now-Foods-Nutritional-Yeast-Flakes-10-oz-284-g/688

      In terms of "brewers yeast" though - Lewis is considered the gold standard.

      Edit: considering that brewers yeast doesn't have very much to begin with, so what? And beets? So what? If you are after grain, eat grain.

  31. QUESTION:
    My dogs are getting fleas and ticks even using Frontline Plus or K9 Advantix. Any ideas?
    My two six year old dogs are suddenly getting fleas and ticks even using either Frontline Plus or K9 Advantix. They are also on Sentinel which not only takes care of heartworm but is supposed to give them extra flea protection.
    I'm at my wits end and hope someone can suggest other options.
    I've tried Brewer's Yeast and garlic and tea tree oil all to no avail.
    I'm getting desperate.

    • ANSWER:
      .
      I had the same problem and called Bayer because Advantix was not working at all.
      Given the facts that I apply flea drops before bed so dogs have less opportunity to roll or lick it off during play and don't allow them to get wet for at least 48 hrs. after applying and I followed the directions for application here's what they told me.
      Several times a year fleas and ticks hatch out and there's an overabundance of them.If you are not treating your house and yard or take your dogs to places infested with them they jump on the dog they bite,die and fall off.More fleas jump on dog bite,die and fall off.same goes for ticks this just keeps happening and everytime the dog is bitten it takes a little more of the med out of the dogs system until there is nothing left.So for times when you notice your dog scratching uncontrollably 2 weeks after applying the stuff you need to apply a second tube.
      It helps alot to put something on your lawn for fleas. I use Sevin and I end up bombing my house every spring for fleas and sometimes in summer too. Just depends on how moist it is outside.

  32. QUESTION:
    I am having trouble finding the right dog food. Am I off to a good start?
    I am only 15 years old and I own a 15 pound Border Terrier, who is 3 years old. I really didn't know off all the chemicals they put in dog food. I don't want her to be eating stuff like that. I was feeding her Purina and I read online about how much chemicals it had. I went shopping with my mother yesterday and bought a bag of IAMS Simple & Natural and the kind I bought was the one that tasted like chicken and rice. I went online reading and read that IAMS is not a great food either, because of how many chemicals.

    The bad of dog food I bought said on the cover
    #1 Ingredient is real chicken for strong, lean muscles
    Higher levels of antioxidants like vitamin E, for a strong immune system. *

    No corn, wheat, soy or meat by-products**

    It sounds a lot better than the previous dog food. I actually searched for Blue Buffalo and I couldn't find any. I will keep looking for a better dog food, but the one I am using now seems better than the last.

    Here is the Ingredients.

    Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Chicken Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, Dried Egg Product, Potassium Chloride, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Monosodium Phosphate, Salt, Dried Apple Pomace, Dried Carrots, DL-Methionine, Dried Peas, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Dried Spinach, Dried Tomatoes, Vitamins (Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Brewers Dried Yeast, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    What is a homeopathic way to prevent tick bites on dogs?
    I have been finding ALOT of ticks on my two dogs lately, and I don't want my house to become infested with ticks. I want to be able to sit with my dogs and not have to worry about ticks getting on my or my furniture. If anyone knows any homeopathic ways to prevent ticks from biting my dogs, that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There isn't any - it's not truly effective, all the brewers yeast, garlic, etc. - just doesn't work well.

      Only thing absolutely works is a topical liquid every month for fleas and tix - Frontline Plus and Advantix work very well.

      You are just fooling yourself i you try all the homemade recipes, your dogs won't be protected.

      By the way, garlic is dangerous for dogs as are onions - can cause blood problems.

  34. QUESTION:
    What are your views on Brewers yeast with garlic for dogs?
    looking about getting some and trying it but thought I would ask for a few thoughts on it before hand.
    There are so many forums and vets that go back and forth on Garlic bieng toxic, that's the main reason I am wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      Utterly,completely & TOTALLY useless stupid waste of money.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is there are any home remedies for skin allergies for dogs?
    My dog itches a lot after she goes outside. her tummy gets red and she itches a lot. I don't want to bathe her after every time I take her out. Is there any home remedies to stop the itching? I have heard of giving her baby bendryl but it just makes her sleepy.

    • ANSWER:
      I have heard of using brewers yeast to help with skin irritation in dogs.... putting it in their food... check with the health food store.

  36. QUESTION:
    Where can I find Brewers Yeast Tablets in nashville?
    My dog has fleas and I researched home remedies and this was a solution. There was another ... washing my dog with dish detergent ... but I think I would rather try the tablets. It seems it will dry out his skin.

    • ANSWER:
      You can try adding Apple Cider Vinegar in his food. You can get the tablets from pets.com or any online pet store. I also give me dog fish / codliver oil.

  37. QUESTION:
    Do any of you feed Brewers Yeast to your dog?
    Just curious. I give my pups small amount. Too much is not good for large breed (bloat). It helps with the shedding. Also Fleas and mosquitos seem to bother them much less. They're also on Advantage Multi. But fleas and mosquitos are so bad here in GA so I wanted some other natural way to help them out.

    • ANSWER:
      I've never given it.
      Both mine just get revolution once a month, and if we're in an especially fly-ridden place (the barn or down by the creek, for example), they get sprayed with Equisect just as a backup.
      As far as shedding goes-I just take 'em out back and give them a good brushing. I'm leary about supplements that are "anti-shed" or "anti-ruins-your-grass". It just seems very unnatural to me. A good brushing does the job to keep a lot of the hair out of the house.

      Equisect is a good fly spray. I use it on myself as well, haha. It's organic/all-natural made from chrysanthemum flowers (I cannot spell that for the life of me!). Water based, so it doesnt leave a nasty oily resude or anything. Also smells like clove rather than like chemicals (such as bug-off does). Also repels like, 6 types of flies, mosquitos, lice, ticks, and fleas (kills the ticks and fleas as well as repels them). Does a good job for me, the dogs, and the horse so far.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is it alright to give my dog brewers yeast?
    is it safe? anyway, this questions goes for real dog owners or breeders =)
    for those who asked what this for:
    well, i just wanna give this a try, as an alternative one for preventing coprophagia (as it is also said so, aside from the anti-coprophagia tabs)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, its safe unless your dog is one of the few who's allergic to it. It's great to boost the immune system and all the B vitamins are really good for coat. My vet recommended it years ago and I've been using it.

  39. QUESTION:
    How much should I give my pets?
    I have spring valley brewer's yeast. I plan to adminster them to my two adult cats and dachshund and possibly my 2 month old kittens if it is safe. How much should I give them?
    O yes, and I have the tablets form

    • ANSWER:
      The important flea-control ingredient in brewer's yeast is thiamine (vitamin B). A level of one milligram (1 mg) of thiamine daily for each five pounds of your pet's body weight is ideal. For an average-size cat, this would translate to one teaspoon of brewer's yeast; for a large dog, you might administer one tablespoon of brewer's yeast supplemented with a B-complex vitamin pill. Brewer's yeast can also be dusted on externally as a flea powder. (If your pet licks some off, there's no harm done.)

  40. QUESTION:
    How can I get fleas out of my house and dogs?
    Hi!
    My dogs have never had fleas and now they do, so I don't know what to do! I have tried frontline and it didn't work AT ALL. I also tried flea collers. The only thing that has worked is flea shampoo and I hate useing that stuff because I know it mustburn there skin.
    I will use the shampoo and then 1 day later my dog is already itching! They are in the house too.
    Please Help! My dog has been keeping me up all night scratching non stop! Everything I have tried but the shampoo has failed.
    Only serious answers please!
    Thanks!
    ~habu_chabu

    • ANSWER:
      There is a product called FleaBusters RX you can get from your vet, it is a powder that kills the flea eggs in your carpets. It isn't a poison, it just dries them out, so it is safe in the house. It works GREAT. We used it and at the same time used "Duratrol" Yard Control spray on all the bushes in the yard to kill the fleas, and shampood the pets. We had no further problems with fleas for over 2 years.

      I know Advantage works really well as a flea preventer for cats, I don't know if they have a dog version and if so how good it is, but if they have one I would try it.

      Also, my best friend's mom has always given her dogs a bit of yeast (I think it was brewer's yeast) with each meal. The vitamin B compounds in it repel fleas and mosquitoes and ticks -- she lives in the country and never has any problem with any of those pests, so it must work really well. I have seen her adopt stray dogs that are all mangy-looking from flea problems, and within a month or two they look perfectly healthy again from just the yeast (she doesn't use flea collars or chemical treatments of any kind).

  41. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when someone says they feed their dog a raw diet?
    Currently feeding my dog Nurish by Rachael Ray, but have heard conflicting reports to how good it is for her. Can you help?

    • ANSWER:
      Bone and Raw Food Diet (BARF)
      Bones whole and ground
      Raw veg, fruit, meat(tripe, chicken, turkey, lamb, beef (cooked kidney, liver) , oily fish, eggs

      I also add herbs to naturally keep their immune system healthy ( to fight illness/injury and garlic and brewers yeast to repell fleas/ticks/worm)

      It is quality food, real food, not brown bits of whatever(and believe me you really wouldn't want to know) stuck together put in a box with pretty pictures on or large budget TV advertising campaigns to persuade you to buy.

      Many people who feed BRAF/PREY have done their research into what exactly is in those bags of manufactured dog foods so choose to feed their dogs this way.

      I have worked for dog food manufacturers and a top quality one at that and I would never feed it to my dogs.........I love them too much to do that (although I have fed BARF for years)............however for some people as long as they don't know they don't worry.

      Sorry can't help you on that one Nurish by Rachael Ray, I have never heard of it, however look at the contents, the first ingredient should be a named meat ( not just meat) but whole chicken, lamb etc and look at the cereal content and what they are, if they say cereal ( any rubbish thats cheap) oats, brown rice, but no wheat, corn or maize and if there are a lot of additives, preservatives and flavouring that is not good.
      Hope that helps

  42. QUESTION:
    What is the best flea shampoo for a dog?
    I have moved and going to keep my dog inside, i am going to get him groomed ( dip ect) but i will have him in the house for a week cause his rabies shot is out and going to get it later that week, so i will not be able to get him groomed for about a week, so i guess my question is what is the best thing that i can use on him at home, or what kind of ingredients should i look for? After shampoo and grooming i plan to use advantix on him regularly.

    • ANSWER:
      I guess I tend to go a more naturalistic approach. I don't treat my dogs for fleas necessarily but give them garlic and brewers yeast tablets instead. Something about this combination gives their system something that the fleas don't like and the fleas won't stay. I have never in 12 years of dog ownership had a flea problem. The dogs think the "vitamins" are yummy and I'm not putting icky chemicals on their skin to cause possible irritation or allergies. I get the tablets from Petco or PetsMart or can get them on line. Use the direction per weight on the package. This is a daily thing but overall I think much healthier than Advantix, etc. This is not a substitute for your heart worm treatment. Please do follow up on that. Many dogs die each year from heart worm disease. If you still want a shampoo with some fighting power against fleas, look for something with Tea Tree Oil. It is also soothing to the skin.

      I would STRONGLY recommend getting those shots updated.

  43. QUESTION:
    How to help my malnourished rescue dog?
    We got a Shih Tzu rescue dog from the pound today. He is very very skinny, all bones really, and very smelly! We intend to take him to the vets during the week, but in the mean time what can we do. We bathed him and gave him a good lot of food. He is now sleeping curled up under a blanket but he's so skinny!

    What can we do to nurse him back to health?
    Also, any name suggestions? He's all black. I like Jasper. Any other thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Small meals, not too much too quickly otherwise you will have a dog who has diarrhoea and that won't help him at all as he will become dehydrated. I give my rescues who come in like that puppy milk which is full of all the vitamins, mineral and trace elements they have missed out on ( just for a couple of weeks) It is easy for them to digest and gets them a good start , then I introduce Brewers Yeast tablets (x2 daily as treats) again they are full of vits, mins and trace elements required.

      Start as you mean to go on, you want a well mannered, sociable dog and you have 2-3 weeks before he shows his real colours, so google NILIF and get him earning everything he gets, that way you are telling him you are his pack leader ( there to look after him) it will build his confidence in the right way, so you don't end up with a anxious and so reactive dog.............and stop feeling sorry for him....he has a loving home, soft warm bed, good food, water available and a packleader so he WANTS for nothing and this is what dogs NEEDs

      I think Jasper is a lovely name

  44. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for bread yeast to ferment in a dogs stomach and make beer?
    Someone told a story about a dog that ate bread dough and then was intoxicated. This story doesn't seem plausible to me, but I just couldn't find the words to explain why this wasn't possible. Can someone please help me out?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Have you ever eaten a bite/slice/loaf of bread and gotten drunk from it? No. Of course not. Bread yeast (and brewer's yeast) require a pH in the 4-6 range to ferment. Gastric acid in the stomach has a pH of 1-3.

      Log this one with the pigeons that explode after eating rice thrown at weddings.

  45. QUESTION:
    What is a natural flea deterrent for your dog?
    I have heard that feeding your dog garlic works, but i have read and asked my vet if it is recommended. He said that it may upset their stomach for it being strong, but i was reading on a website that it breaks down their red cell count.... Does anyone know what is a good natural flea deterrent?

    • ANSWER:
      garlic and brewer's yeast pills........
      http://www.3mutts.com/brewers-yeast-garlic.html
      its completely safe and effective garlic does not contain the same compound that onions do, a poisonous alkaloid called n-propyl disulphide
      garlic is a wonderful natural alternative with many benefits for your pet, including

      * expectorant and antibiotic properties

      * garlic's blood cleansing action makes it a good preventative measure for respiratory and viral problems.

      * it is said to help keep down the worm population due to the sulfur content

      * is used to help fight infection.

      * shiny coat and healthy skin

      *heres an article on it
      http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=72301528

      i give my dog (garlic and brewers yeast pills) they dont upset his stomach. the garlic that is in the brewer's yeast with garlic pills has been processed, which removes the sulphide compounds that are toxic to your dog.

      garlic is safe to use it does'nt break down their red cell count thats onions, onions are toxic for dogs and they will cause the oxidisation of red blood cells which leads to anaemia

      *heres an article about onions and garlic.....
      http://www.veggiepets.com/acatalog/tips.html

  46. QUESTION:
    What's the worst tasting food you've ever eaten?
    Mine was 'brewer's yeast'. A workout supplement from many years ago. I once offered to a friend to try some and not spit ot out. I lost the but he said he wouldn't do it again.

    • ANSWER:
      In 1988, I bought some canned Loma Linda vegetarian fried "chicken" with gravy. It smelled like dog food. Ugh....Terrible!!!

  47. QUESTION:
    What is best treatment for dogs that vomit frequently?
    My dog seems healthy otherwise, but he is having a rough tough time and 2 years ago he went to the vet with a digestive obstruction problem and they had to keep him for a few days. He is a wire hair terrior/mix and is about 5 years old and of normal weight, but he gobbles his food when he eats.

    • ANSWER:
      Put a large well washed smooth stone in the middle of his dinner, so he has to eat around it and can't gobble his food down...........it may also be worth building his immune system up so it is working at optimum levels, this can be done with natural homeopathy, like milk thistle, or/and garlic pearl daily ( garlic oil) and a brewers yeast tablet

  48. QUESTION:
    Would Nutritional Yeast have the same effect as Brewer's Yeast for natural flea prevention?
    I use Revolution on my dog but, I am also looking into natural things... such as yeast. I have usually read that Brewer's Yeast has been used with some success for flea prevention. But would Nutritional Yeast have the same effect?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      No. Nutritional yeast is not the same thing. You can add Brewer's Yeast to the diet....about six tabs per day for a collie size dog. BY is high in Vit B's, so good that way. It's water soluble, so you can't overdose on it. I've used it for years in my dogs diets. You can also rub BY powder into the coat. You can also use garlic in the diet. I use garlic powder.....1/4 teaspoon for a collie five days of the week. My dogs have never had fleas. But they are also on a raw diet.

  49. QUESTION:
    Is there anyway to control a dog hair problem?
    My dog sheds so bad. I brush him everyday but still have dog hair all over the place.

    • ANSWER:
      I give my dog brewers yeast and that helps with the shedding and any skin problems. I also just purchase a Furminator dog brush and it works! It was a little pricey but well worth it. You will not believe the hair your getting out of your dog and you only need to brush the dog once a week. Good luck, they have helped me with my chow / sheperd mix.


how much brewers yeast for dogs

Can Men Get Yeast Infections

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do they test for yeast infections in men?
    I was wondering how they test men for yeast infections. Is it just a urine test or what?
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      male yeast infections are usually on the outside of the penis, they can usually see it, but if not, they'll take a urine sample

  2. QUESTION:
    How do men treat a yeast infection?
    I know men don't get yeast infections very often but when they do how is it treated in men? Women get a certain cream but what do men do? Do men use the same thing?

    • ANSWER:
      The closest thing that men get to a yeast infection would be jock itch (also known as crotch rot). Since it is caused by basically the same fungus which causes athletes foot, most athletes foot cremes like tinactin will treat it. The best option is good personal hygene to prevent it before it gets bad enough to worry about, and I can almost guarentee you that if you see a man with jock itch, it is because he does not shower or change underwear enough.

  3. QUESTION:
    How do men get a yeast infection?
    How do men get a yeast infection?

    oh i think i should mention that its my boyfriend how has one- and i havent had a yeast infection in a year...does this mean he cheated?

    • ANSWER:
      As far as I know men can get a yeast infection just as a woman can, but not keeping himself clean. The yeast are inside you anyway, at all times. When they grow too fast and in too large of numbers, that's when it becomes a yeast infection. If he's been drinking a lot of sweet beverages, or just changed his diet, and/or hasn't been keeping his Mr. Happy clean enough, they can grow. They like sweet, they like dark, they like moist.
      You can even get a yeast infection under your arms.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do men treat a yeast infection?
    I know men don't get yeast infections very often but when they do how is it treated in men? Women get a certain cream but what do men do? Do men use the same thing?

    • ANSWER:
      a hot bath and some powder he shouldn't have a yeast infection unless he doesn't take baths much it sounds to me like his underwear is too tight or maybe the washing powder he uses he's allergic to it

  5. QUESTION:
    How do men get a yeast infection?
    How do men get a yeast infection?

    oh i think i should mention that its my boyfriend how has one- and i havent had a yeast infection in a year...does this mean he cheated?

    • ANSWER:
      Not necessarily... it isn't so common for men, but anybody can get a yeast infection. Babies often get them in their diapers. You both need to be treated, though... men can pass them to their partners more easily than vice versa.

  6. QUESTION:
    What would happen if I had sex even though i have an yeast infection?
    Well i have an yeast infection right now and my boyfriend really wants to have sex but i keep telling him no because i have a yeast infection but he doesn't know that. He thinks i don't want to have sex because i don't like him but that's not the case, i just scared of what might happen to him. Can men have yeast infections too? what happened to him?

    • ANSWER:
      he will be ok, but it can be messy, not to be graphic, but you could have the white/yellowish cheesy material all over. And it can burn a bit for you. I'd wait.

  7. QUESTION:
    What kind of treatment a man get for a yeast infection?
    i know women use a tube of cream but i bet most likely the have to take a pill.but one guy said men dont get yeast infections how true is that?

    • ANSWER:
      You may want to see a doctor to make sure if it's a yeast infection.
      Not true men and women can get yeast infections, but it's less common for a man to get one. Men usually get dilfulcan pills from a doctor.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do men treat a yeast infection?
    I know men don't get yeast infections very often but when they do how is it treated in men? Women get a certain cream but what do men do? Do men use the same thing?

    • ANSWER:
      Same way a female does.. the otc cream.

  9. QUESTION:
    How do men treat a yeast infection?
    I know men don't get yeast infections very often but when they do how is it treated in men? Women get a certain cream but what do men do? Do men use the same thing?

    • ANSWER:
      if I ever get them I just use the same cream I use for tinea treatment. Before I was circumcised i use to just hold the foreskin tight and urinate a little bit. It made the foreskin balloon out and then a day of so latter all was fine. I made sure I didnt wash it for that day (stayed away from sex as well) and was great. I find now after years of being circumcised that if i get it then it really hurts because the head gets sore and rubs on my underwear.

      I was talked into being circumcised by my girlfriend when I was 18 because she had never seen a uncircumcised penis. I now regret that I had it done. For years I convinced myself that it was better to be cut instead of having a foreskin. I now reaslise the truth. I still enjoy sex but I dont have that nice natural feeling and the shaft skin it really tight, Some girls have said they prefer me being cut but I have heard there are plenty of girls who love the feel of a penis with a foreskin.

      I also miss the way that I didnt need lube when I masturbated but now i do.

      I now feel guilty because I had my 3 boys circumcised when they didnt need to be and now they will grow up without the choice of having a foreskin ro not because I took that away from them.

  10. QUESTION:
    How common is it for men to get yeast infections? I prefer answers from real doctors, please.?
    And how often do MEN mistake gonorrhea for merely a yeast infection? If you are a doctor will you tell me how often you see male patients with yeast infections and what are the symptoms that they have?
    I am not asking this for myself...I am a women!

    • ANSWER:
      It's possible for a man to contract a genital yeast infection if he has unprotected sexual intercourse with a partner who has a genital yeast infection. However, just because your girlfriend has a yeast infection doesn't mean you will get one too. Sexual transmission of yeast infections is uncommon.

      Some men with gonorrhea may have no symptoms at all. However, some men have signs or symptoms that appear two to five days after infection; symptoms can take as long as 30 days to appear. Symptoms and signs include a burning sensation when urinating, or a white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis. Sometimes men with gonorrhea get painful or swollen testicles

      Symptoms of Male yeast Infection
      Irritation / soreness on the head of the penis
      Reddish rash / itching on the head of the penis
      Small blisters on the head and shaft
      Rash that spreads into the groin and anus with itching and irritation.
      Clumpy discharge from the penis.

  11. QUESTION:
    What do you do for a man's yeast infection?
    When a man has a yeast infection, what kind of medications are available to take care of it?

    • ANSWER:
      well, 1. to prevent this from happening again make sure that you shower and wash your genitals properly in the shower and dry very well after the shower and 2. get some anti biotics and it should clear up pretty quick

  12. QUESTION:
    If I have a yeast infection, should my boyfriend go to the doctor, too?
    I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend and developed a yeast infection. I know men can get yeast infections as well. My boyfriend is not showing any symptoms, but should he go to the doctor anyways? I already get chronic yeast infections, so I'd just like to know to decrease my chances of getting them.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, he should go too. Not just for your sake, but for his as well. My husband thought that I was exaggerating the discomfort of yeast infections, until he got a couple of them.

      Diabetics with poor blood sugar control are notorious for yeast infections, not just in the genital area, but all over. You might want to get tested for diabetes.

      There's a pill out, called Diflucan (brand name), which can be taken orally. It clears up yeast infections. Oh, and you CAN get antifungal creams and (vaginal) suppositories for yeast infections over the counter in the US, without a prescription. They're usually stocked with the douches and condoms.

      To help prevent yeast infections, wear only cotton undies, nothing with nylon. It isn't enough to just have a cotton crotch, the undies have to be cotton. This means no pantyhose, too. Thigh highs are OK, but yeast loves warm, damp environments, and nylon traps your natural moisture, while cotton will wick it away from you. Change out of a wet swimsuit as soon as you can. And, as I mentioned, if you're diabetic you really, really need to control your blood sugars.

      For what it's worth, you have my sympathy.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do men get yeast infections?
    If a man got a yeast infection could they pass it to their partner while having sex?
    Are there any ways to get rid of it without going to the doctors?
    Well since i had my son, my boyfriend and i have been passing it back and forth. I keep getting treated for it, and he was until he lost his health insurance.
    Could i just buy Monistat and have him use the cream that it comes with, or should he use some triple antibiotic cream?
    I have a doc's appointment tomorrow, but i really don't want to keep getting it again and again and again. Its a pain in the butt!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Kasmira,

      Yes, men can get it and it's not as common as when it occurs in women, but it is probably due to deeper reasons than just having the yeast present.

      Answering your question with the straight answer as fast as possible; yes, there is way to cure it without having to go to the doctor, and it seems to even be the better way. (as you will find in the source website linked below)

      Yeast is present in EVERYONE, and it's perfectly healthy; but when it overgrows, that's when it becomes a yeast infection.

      For men, the problem would usually be that the body is unable to fight the yeast infection, and it's usually caused by other factors other than just being exposed to the yeast that you have - because a man's resistance to yeast is usually strong enough to not have it grow.

      Monistat only kills the yeast fungus directly and it doesn't fix what caused it in the first place. In this case, it is his lowered resistance to the yeast fungus, and it would simply overgrow again and may even eventually develop a resistance to Monistat.

      Once you fix the root cause, he won't be the one spreading it to you anymore, because the yeast will not even be able to overgrow (into a yeast infection), and he won't have it.

      The website has all the details.

      Additional note:

      Antibiotics are actually listed as a CAUSE of the yeast infection, so it's probably a no no. It is not the right cure for this in this case. That's just a little tip in case you're going to use that.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do men get yeast infections?
    oh i think i should mention that its my boyfriend how has one- and i havent had a yeast infection in a year...does this mean he cheated?

    • ANSWER:
      it doesnt really mean he cheated i read online that men that get yeast infections are mainly men that are not circumcised and its very rare that they get it from a woman if thats not his case then i would say he cheated with a dirty butt

  15. QUESTION:
    Is there a over the counter medicine for men for yeast infection?
    I may have passed a yeast infection to him.....
    He's my husband, I discovered today I have a yeast infection and we have sex everynight. Also Anal Sex lastnight, so is there a over the counter medicine for possible anal yeast infection for me?
    No... That's not true, Woman can pass a yeast infection to a Man and he will keep giving it to her sorta like a STD.

    • ANSWER:
      Men get urinary tract infections (can be passed on to him through yeast infection from female partner). Evident by pain when urinating.. or blood in the urine. These infections, commonly cure themselves. If he has pain when urinating... for more than a day he ought to see a doctor for antibiotics.

      Commonly in males, there is no vagina in which to apply monostat cream.

      Note: Unprotected anal sex is a common cause of unrinary tract infections in men. Even though he is your husband, he should wear a condom for anal penetration. The amusing thing about this quesiton is that you probably got your yeast infection from him by reason of the unprotected anal sex.

  16. QUESTION:
    How to cure Yeast infection on a mans body?
    A yeast infection started in the crease of the arms an under the man boobs back in 2010, now its gone to shoulders an back. Tabs didn't work. What can you do to cure it all completely???

    • ANSWER:
      You need to treat it like any other fungal infection. Anything with Miconazole will do the trick. Jock Itch sprays, athlete's foot powders, even yeast infection creams.

      This is what I suggest.

      1. Buy some Nutregena T-Gel shampoo or the generic equivalent. When you're in the shower take some and rub it on the infected areas and let it sit there for a few minutes. This helps with the inflammation and gives you relief from the irritation.

      2. Pick up some Vagisil cream (again or the generic) and apply that to the affected areas. I know that using Tinactin or athlete's foot sprays would be more manly, but the ointment stays on the affected areas better than the spray-on powders and the cream helps moisturize and reduce the irritation even further.

      Keep that up for a week and it should be gone. Even if it feels better sooner, give it a full week to make sure it's not dormant and could rise again. Make sure it's good and dead.

      Failing that, go to your doctor and have them check to see if that's all it is. If it is they'll prescribe Diflucan (fluconazole). That's an oral anti-fungal that is used when yeast infections get too aggressive.

      If that still doesn't work, then go back and you may need fluconazole in the injectable form to really kill that sucker.

      But odds are a two or three-day course of Diflucan'll take care of it.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can you get a yeast infection from having multiple sex partners?
    I am in a unique kind of situation. my boyfriend and I are in an open relationship. He has sex with 2 other women, and i have sex with one other man. I got a yeast infection once last month and once this month. Is this coming from all of the mixing? Please do not make comments abt my lifestyle, as I am not looking for a moral compass, i just want to know why i keep getting these yeast infections.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, that is possible. If one of his other partners has a yeast infection he can give it to you.

  18. QUESTION:
    Can men body wash give women yeast infections ?
    I love men fragrances. My boyfriend always have good smelling body wash and I wanted to use it but I didn't know if I would get a yeast infection. I try looking on Google but I didn't get any answers... Probably because im on my phone so searches is limited but please help ! , thanks !

    • ANSWER:
      Lol! What a stupid question... of course mens body wash will give you yeast infections! Thats why its MENS body wash

  19. QUESTION:
    Can a man be a carrier for a yeast infection?
    Before I started dating my boyfriend, I'd never had a yeast infection. Since we've been together (about a year), I've had four or five cases of yeast infection. He's also said that in the past, his girlfriends have told him similar things, that they didn't have problems with yeast infections before they were with him. He takes showers every day and generally keeps pretty clean. No, he doesn't cheat on me, so he's not getting it from another woman.

    So can a man be the cause for a yeast infection in a woman?

    • ANSWER:
      Most definitely. If he was intimate with another woman before you who had the yeast infection, then he can pass it on to you. If he continues to give it to you, he should be checked himself. It doesn't matter how much he showers, if that fungus is present in him, he will pass it on to you. If you take an antibiotic, make sure you finish all of it. That's so important. Too many ppl don't finish them when they start to feel better than wonder why an infection has returned. When you finish, it means the bacteria, fungus is gone. That's why Dr's will specify a certain amount of days because it means it takes that many days to kill off the infection no matter what it is. Good luck

  20. QUESTION:
    Can a man get a yeast infection on his penis?
    Can a man get a yeast infection on his penis if he had sex with a woman who has a yeast infection? If so....what would happen and what would the symptoms be?

    • ANSWER:
      A man can most certainly get a yeast (fungal) infection on his penis. This is however very rare for circumcised men but fairly common for uncircumcised ones as the foreskin provides the warm, moist, dark place in which a fungus thrives.

      He can catch it from an infected woman and can easily pass it to any woman with whom he has sex. It is important therefore that both partners be treated for fungal infections at the same time and they have no sex until both are clear of infection. There are anti-fungal creams as well as drugs for persistent cases.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can a Yeast infection be passed back and forth between a man and woman?
    Is it possible that I am a carrier for yeast infections in my wife. Are there any remedies to make sure I don't cause this problem any more?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, yeast infections can be passed back and forth between sexual partners. It is recommended you not have sex with a woman who is being treated for one. Both of you should be treated at the same time, with no sexual contact until treatment is complete. Go see your doctor...He will tell you how to treat yours. As far as I know, there are no OTC remedies for a man. Good luck!

  22. QUESTION:
    Can a man give a woman a yeast infection?
    i know a woman can give a man a yeast infection, but how 'bout the other way around?

    • ANSWER:
      yes.

  23. QUESTION:
    Can a man give a woman a yeast infection?
    My question is more of seeing if the man is cheating or not. If the woman has had no problems with a yeast infection and starts having sex with her man, after with holding for a little over a month, and she ends up with a yeast infection. Could he have slept with another woman, then slept with someone else to give them the first yeast infection? Does that make sense? Please let me know what you think! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      no. yeast infections aren't sexually transmitted.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can I get penile yeast infection from acne antibiotics?
    I'm an 18 year old non sexually active male and i was wondering if the acne antibiotics I take can cause yeast infection. Because I heard people can get yeast infection from antibiotics and I also heard that men can get yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:
      What you need to do is look up the prescribed antibiotics' side effects and then you can make your determination.

      Otherwise, if you are prone to allergies, low immune system, or a very strong antibiotic, you should not have any problems.

      This is usually due to a temporary PH unbalancing until you have finished the drug.

      Always consult your doctor if you have any serious questions. It is much better then getting some wise crack answer from Yahoo Answers.

      You won't know until you are taking the antibiotic.

      Good luck and think wisely.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get a vaginal yeast infection from a man?
    I very rarely used to have vaginal yeast infections. Now I recently started dating this guy, and it is the second time I get a yeast infection in about a month.

    • ANSWER:
      YES A DIRT NUT CAN CAUSE IT TOO

  26. QUESTION:
    Is there a type of lotion that does not cause yeast infections?
    From a man's point of view... I like to use lotion for dry skin, but I've heard that if I have used lotion, and then I am intimate with my wife, that she is way more susceptible to yeast infections. Is this true? Is there a certain type of moisturizer that would not have this effect on women?
    Thanks for any input!

    • ANSWER:
      Why would you put lotion on your Hu-Ha?

  27. QUESTION:
    What the symptoms of Yeast infection in a man?
    When I go inside my partner, i come out with a lot of white sh#$t. She thinks it is yeast infection as she was using soap to wash down there.
    She is been using monista for a week now and still there.
    I have been tested 6 months ago and it was negative. She never got tested. What are the sign of yeast infection in a man?

    • ANSWER:
      Skin tenderness (rawness) and itchiness

  28. QUESTION:
    What are some other problems that might have the same symptoms as a yeast infection?
    It seems like I always get yeast infections and I'm starting to wonder if it's not actually yeast. My doc usually says it's yeast, but I've never gotten a second opinion. Are there any other conditions, illnesses that might cause the same symptoms to occur as a yeast infection? I've been tested for STDs, so it's not that. I'm just really frustrated with this and want this problem to go away! It's hurting my relationship because I can never be intimate with my bf.
    I eat yogurt every day, and use non scented hypoallergenic soaps.
    I do not wear tight clothes, and I always wear cotton panties.

    • ANSWER:
      I guess it depends on what specific symptoms you are referring to. Itch ,irritation, and a burning sensation can have multiple causes. Yeast is fairly easy to confirm by vaginal swab and culture as well as the type of discharge.... usually a curdled discharge is indicative of yeast but there may not be much of a discharge and would only be seen by a physician using a speculum on exam. As far as itch, irritation and burning, make sure of your personal habits are not adding to the problem or are the real cause being blamed on yeast.

      1. Do not use perfumed agents on the skin or anywheres near the groin because what you may be experiencing is in actuality an allergic reaction to those agents.
      2. Do not use Bounch or other fabric softeners on underware for the same reason.
      3. If you have very hard water or a water softener, not all the soap may be removed in the rinse cycle of the wash. When the machine stops, turn it all the way over to rinse again and add a full cup of white (clear) vinegar to the water. It is an acid and will neutralize base soaps and allow them to be removed easily from clothing. Otherwise a single drop of urine or vaginal moisture release onto the fabric will re-activate the soaps and then migration to the soft tissue causing more itching and irritation.
      4. Don't wear tight clothing that would cause mechanical irritation from walking especially if you are overweight which will accentuate the mechanical irritation.
      5. Use a good sterile personal lubricant again without fragrance or gental warming gels. Use this every time for sex to prevent mechanical irritation from the get go.KEEP it simple so that what you do does not cloud the waters and cause their own harm.
      6. Never use mineral oil or vaseline as a lubricant. It is actually a petroleum distallate and for some people is just as irritating as using gasoline. (plus the fact is may dissolve latex)
      7. Make sure you do not have an allergy to latex if hopefully you are using condoms.
      8. Spermicidal jellies can also be a source for irritation If one type is causing a problem, ask for a different formula that hopefully is not as irritating.
      9. Make sure your bf takes a shower before sex especially if he is not circumcised and no condom is used. Mechanical irritation to rough up a soft tissue surface followed a smear of foreign bacteria from under a foreskin or from poor hygiene on his part can cause you to suffer. It always amazes me how many men use a public restroom, pee and never wash their hands. If that is a standard of behavior, it follows that other health habits can be poor.
      10. Take a shower not a bath but if you must take baths, limit them to once a day and less than 10 minutes. Long term soaking in the tub can remove the body's own lubrication from vaginal tissue and expose the nerve endings in the tissue causing itch and burning.
      11. Avoid bubble baths for the same reason. If you disturb the natural barrier of mucous and the upper epithelial lining of these tissues, when you urinate, the salty urine will draw fluid from the lower tissue layers causeing an immediate burning sensation that will last until what remains on the labia is diluted by your own moisture.
      12. when wiping the area, use a non-sented toilet paper and pat... do not rub
      13. After a shower,use a hair dryer and dry the pubic area before getting dressed. A lot of moisture will cling to the hair and activate soaps,dyes and fragrances before you even start your day.
      14. Do not use scented tampons and change more frequently.

      These are the mechanical and allergy preventing steps you can take to maintain good genital health and prevent irritation and burning that mimick yeast infections. Most also work for men to avoid jock itch and allergies. It is just more prevalent in women due to exposed mucosal membranes of the labia. Hope that helps

  29. QUESTION:
    What are the siymptooms/signs of a yeast infection and what is a yeast infection in a male?
    Can a male get a yeast infection? What r the signs/symptoms? Is there anyhting that will happen to ur balls
    Do u get little dots that are itchy on your scrotum if you have a yeast infection?
    My genitals and butt dont smell

    • ANSWER:
      Yes men can get yeast infections. You can get a bad smell down there and they can be very painful, especially during intercourse. nothing should have to you testicles. However, you're going to want to see your pcp to get on some meds to clear it up. This won't clear up on it's own, generally.

  30. QUESTION:
    What is the best home remedy for men to struggle with yeast infection?
    Hi everybody!
    Some days ago I spent a night with my ex-girlfriend and yesterday I felt disconfort during the urination. I've never faced with such symptomes. While the Internet surfing I found a blog describing the yeast infection. Maybe I have something like this?
    http://liveloverun.com/
    What home remedies are the best to solve this problem? Who faced with yeast infecton? Help please...

    • ANSWER:
      yep, stay off the stuff that has yeast in it: bread, pastries, beer

      herbally take some: GrapeFRUIT Seed (not to be mistaken with grapeseed) Extract, Pau D'Arco, Oregano Oil (not the powder capsules) capsules, Olive Leaf Extract

      Soak, don't bathe, just soak in a tub of Vaseline Intensive Bath Beads. I did not find good results with Calgon.

  31. QUESTION:
    How could a man have a yeast infection on his penis?
    Well I have this male friend of mind and he`s been dating his girlfriend for 4 yrs .One afternoon he came home from work and found just before he got into the shower he`s penis smelt like fish.He told me that evening he had sex with her but took a shower afterwards .So I told him that he needs to go and see a Doctor about it.he did that and the Doctor said he had and yeast infection could this be really true?

    • ANSWER:
      Yep. It's possible for a man to have a yeast infection. It's not too common, but it's possible. In fact, he most likely got it from the girl he had sex with.

  32. QUESTION:
    Can men be affected by yeast infections?
    I got a yeast infection a couple of days ago around the same time I had sex... I hear men don't get affected by it and something like 10-12% get a rash on their penis? Anyways is it necessary to tell the guy I have one?
    Well I keep hearing yeast infections are NOT sexually transmitted though.

    • ANSWER:
      They can carry it and give it to other partners. It is possible that he gave you the infection. There is medicine that he can take to clear it up so he doesn't pass it on to anyone else. You should see a doctor for antibiotics.

  33. QUESTION:
    Can a man have a yeast infection? How would you get rid of it?
    I recently had a yeast infection...... so I used monistat and I have another yeast infection. I was thinking maybe I was getting it from my husband.

    • ANSWER:
      Penile Yeast Infections

      Also known as candidacies, a yeast infection is a fungal infection that can attack any part of the body that is routinely moist. Yeast organisms are a natural part of every human’s physiological ecosystem, and when something knocks this ecosystem out of balance and allows yeast to grow out of control, you end up with a yeast infection. While vaginal yeast infections are much more common than penile yeast infections, both conditions can be very painful and embarrassing.

      Male Yeast Infection Causes

      Sex: As with most fugal infections, this one can be spread by direct physical contact. If you or your partner has a yeast infection, it’s best to remain celibate until it has been cured or you can end up passing it back and forth. It can also be spread to your mouth (aka thrush) so just be very careful.

      Nonoxynol-9: This is a common spermicide found in many contraceptive products. There is evidence that while this spermicide does kill sperm, it rapidly increases the growth of naturally occurring yeasts.

      Diabetes: Yeast feeds on sugars; the elevated blood-sugar levels associated with diabetes are candy to yeast.

      Antibiotics: As I mentioned earlier, yeasts are a naturally occurring part of the human physiological landscape. They are kept from growing out of control by other organisms that are also naturally occurring. Prolonged use of antibiotics can kill off all of the yeast-balancing organisms leaving lots of room for the yeast to grow.
      Male Yeast Infection Symptoms

      The symptoms of a male yeast infection can appear very similar to those of genital herpes. If you exhibit any of these symptoms, swallow your pride and go to your doctor. If you do have a yeast infection, the fastest method of getting rid of it is with oral antibiotics, which will require a prescription anyway.

      The most common set of symptoms includes:

      * Itchiness, redness, and/or soreness localized at the head of the penis
      * Tiny, reddish bumps at the head of the penis
      * White, clumpy discharge

      Treating Male Yeast Infections

      Since most yeast infections are the result of an imbalance in the body’s physiology that allows the naturally occurring yeast to grow out of control, the most effective remedies are oral antibiotics which correct the imbalance from the inside-out. The most commonly prescribed medications are Divulging (falcons) and Numeral (console) which attack the yeast directly.

      Topical treatments include the application of over the counter vaginal yeast infection creams like Monist-at-7 directly to the penis. Due to the internal nature of male yeast infections, these treatments arena’t always effective, so if you don’t see improvement within the first few days, go see your doctor.

  34. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to treat a yeast infection using vinegar and yoghurt?
    I have self diagnosed myself with a minor yeast infection with only a few symptoms and have decided to treat it by having baths with apple cider vinegar in it, having glasses of water with apple cider vinegar mixed in and eating natural yoghurt with acidofilus (spelling?) How long should it take to get rid of it and how long should I keep it up once symptoms have disappeared to prevent reoccurring infections?
    P.S I am a guy

    • ANSWER:
      I'm guessing it would take about three days all together. Keep your shorts clean and yourself dry.

      I think it is pretty rare for men to get yeast infections, however. If you are experiencing any oozing/itching please head down to your local clinic immediately for testing. It could actually be a symptom of an STD. Not all STD's stick out like the Lochness monster. A lot of the time there can be no symptoms at all.

  35. QUESTION:
    can men get yeast infections without showing any symptoms?
    I keep getting yeast infections even though I'm taking all the prevention measures that I can. Could he be carrying it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes he could be carrying it, particularly if he isn't circumcised. In men, it's called smegma and is much more easily treated than in women, for obvious reasons. He has to use soap and water, move the foreskin back and clean the glans and fold of skin. An antibiotic cream wouldn't hurt, either. You need to take your own preventive measures. Next time you get ready for sex, skin his foreskin back and sniff it. If you wouldn't put it in your mouth, don't put it where you can't rinse and spit.

  36. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection cause my partner to get bumps on his penis?
    Recently I had a yeast infection, I treated it with the Monistat pack, now my boyfriend has small red bumps on his penis. Is this a common result of my having a yeast infection or does it sound like something different? Also, have can he be treated so we aren't passing it back and forth to one another?

    • ANSWER:
      Having just spoken to my mother about my first yeast infection, men can infact take infection back with them if you have sex during an infection. He should go to the doctor to verify what infection it is though.

  37. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies to treat a yeast infection?
    I think I have a yeast infection, but I don't want to get any medicine or go to the doctor. Are they any home remedies to threat a yeast infection? Will it just go away by itself?

    • ANSWER:
      Tea Tree Oil

      A few drops of tea tree oil poured on a tampon and inserted in the vagina can provide some relief. It is important to dilute the oil before using it as tea tree oil is extremely potent and can cause inflammation if it is used in its undiluted form. Tea tree oil can be diluted by mixing a few drops of this oil along with a teaspoon of olive oil or sweet almond oil. Tea tree oil has anti fungal properties and will help to control the yeast infection as well as reduce yeast infection symptoms such as itching. Tea tree oil is one of the most effective vaginal yeast infection home remedies but it is necessary to first consult your doctor as some women may have an adverse reaction to this oil. Tea tree oil can also be used as a male yeast infection cure.
      Garlic

      For non-vaginal yeast infections, you can apply garlic paste directly on the affected parts. This remedy is for other affected parts of the body and not for the vaginal yeast infection. If you do not have fresh garlic, you can dilute garlic oil along with Vitamin E oil and a few drops of coconut oil and apply this blend of oils to the affected skin. While garlic oil helps to control the infection, Vitamin E oil helps to fortify the skin and coconut oil helps to provide it with several fatty acids that help to prevent the infection from spreading. Yeast infection home cures can be used alongside other treatments to help speed up the recovery process.
      Cold Coconut Oil and Cinnamon Oil

      These are two of the best natural cures for yeast infections in both men and women. Cold coconut oil or cinnamon oil can be applied on the infected areas 2-3 times a day to get rid of a yeast infection. Both these oils have effective anti-fungal properties which are very helpful in killing the yeast.
      Vinegar

      A hot sitz bath along with some added vinegar is a great way to relieve skin irritation and itching caused by a yeast infection. It is also an effective remedy to arrest the growth of yeast and restore the PH balance in the body.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can you have a yeast infection without the burning and itchiness?
    I just noticed a couple days ago I had an odor down there and the discharge (white/yellowish). I don't have the burning and itchiness sensation. I don't know if a yeast infection because I've haven't experience one before. Any help is appreciated before I call the doctor. I'd call right now and make myself an appointment but closed at the moment. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Women can, but in men (judging by your profile, you appear to be a man), yeast infections don't involve odor or discharge. Instead they only involve itching and what at first appears to be a rash of whitish spots on the glans or inner foreskin, which can turn into a dark reddish discoloration if left untreated.

      If you're getting discharge, I would say this would have to be some kind of urinary tract or bladder issue. You should definitely see a doctor.

  39. QUESTION:
    How do men treat a yeast infection?
    I think he has a yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:
      Like a redheaded stepchild.

  40. QUESTION:
    How to treat a yeast infection in a man?
    I got a really bad yeast infection from taking antibiotics for months. I was treated. Me and my boyfriend have unprotected sex (I am on birth control) and I believe he has one and has passed another yeast infection to me. I'm assuming he has one, but not sure how to treat it. I should've brought it to my gyno's attention, but didn't. I have heard to use the external monistat cream on him, but not sure where exactly and for how long.

    So how do I treat him for a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Cannistan anti-fungal cream, u basically clean and dry the penis put a bit of cream on twice a day over a couple of days (or as long as needed) and it will clear up.

  41. QUESTION:
    How long after I finish all the medication for my yeast infection should I wait before having sex again?
    I had a yeast infection and was treating it with medication that my doctor prescribed. I waited two days after I finished treatment to have sex, and now it is back again.

    • ANSWER:
      At least 5 days.

      Yeast Infections affect nearly 75% of all people, including both men AND women, at some point in their life.

      They occur when Candida, a natural fungus in the body, overgrows. Candida is normally regulated by Acidophilus (another microoganism living in the body).

      When diet and hygienic conditions change, sometimes the Candida will grow out of control. This leads to a yeast infection.

      Yeast Infections often show up as localized yeast infections -- as in a vaginal or penile yeast infection.

      They can also appear as a digestive tract disorder or skin irritation -- as in Candida Overgrowth yeast infections. I've provided information on how to treat LOCALIZED (vaginal or penile) infections below...

      The symptoms (you may not experience all of them):
      - white cottage cheese-like discharge
      - some odor
      - dryness (can cause bleeding)
      - digestive problems
      - itchiness
      - burning urination
      - painful intercourse
      - a feeling of just not being "normal"

      Here are some safe, natural cures you can implement.

      Avoid Sugars
      Avoid sugars and complex carbs for a week. they "feed" the Candida fungus.

      Clothing
      If you're not treating the infection with the Tree Tea Oil solution mentioned below, air out the infected area while you're sleeping at night. Don't wear underwear. Or wear cotton underwear during the day.

      Grapefruit Seed Extract
      Add grapefruit extract to your water during the day (raises acid levels in the body). This will decrease the candida in your body.

      Probiotics
      Eat probiotics like cottage cheese and yogurt. They will increase the acidophilus in your system and this in turn will fight off the candida yeast.

      Hygiene
      Shower frequently. Avoid scented soaps and antibacterial soaps. Don't take baths while you have the infection. If you go to the gym, shower immediately when you get home.

      Diet
      Drink lots of water and eat plenty of fiber to flush the infection out of your body. As a yeast infection goes away, the candida albicans release toxins which increase symptoms temporarily. Flushing these toxins out with water will speed your recovery.

      Tea Tree Oil
      Apply tea tree oil to the infection by applying it to a tampon and keep it inserted overnight.

      For more cures...
      CHECK OUT THE SOURCE LINK BELOW:

  42. QUESTION:
    Can my husband get my yeast infection after using Monistat 1 two days ago?
    Can my husband get my yeast infection after using Monistat 1 two days ago? How long are you supposed to wait to have sex after using Monistat 1?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, men CAN get yeast infections from their partner, it's just called a superficial yeast infection because it's not internal, but it itches like crazy. They can use your yeast infection cream on their penis and surrounding area to get rid of it. I don't know how long you need to hold off on the sex. It seems like 2 days should be enough but I waited a week when I got it.

  43. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a male yeast infection?
    Im pretty sue my Partner has a yeast infection but he has no symptoms, how does he treat the infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Natural Male Yeast Infection Treatment
      Natural cure options are safe to use and fast at healing this condition. A natural way to cure male yeast infection is vinegar. One has to just apply it on the affected area to get relief from itchiness. Vinegar is generally mixed with water for the treatment of male yeast infection. It is very much capable to relieve the soreness and itching associated with this infection. Another effective treatment popular among patients is essential oil, especially tea tree oil. In order to use tea tree oil, it is first diluted and then applied generously on the infected portion of the body.

      Garlic is also considered a natural remedy for male yeast infection. Gently rubbing a clove of garlic on the affection portion daily for 4 - 5 days is sure to provide immense relief. Soaps, particularly those that contain strong chemicals should never be used as these personal care products are known to worsen the condition. Herbs such as black walnut, licorice and chamomile are an effective remedy for yeast infection in male. These herbs can either be eaten or applied directly to the affected part of the body as a paste.

      Change in Diet
      Certain dietary changes such as avoiding foods that contain yeast is essential as they can worsen the yeast infection. Cranberry juice is also helpful to treat male yeast infection. One can drink this juice until the symptoms clear away. Daily intake of fresh clove of garlic is beneficial as it is a powerful healing agent and helps to reduce symptoms of yeast infection. Doctors often recommend that men suffering from yeast infection should include yogurt in their diet to accelerate the healing process.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is your vagina supposed to be tight during a yeast infection?
    I have a yeast infection. I started the treatment 4 days ago. I tried to have sex, but my vagina felt stretched and hurt and was really tight. Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can be due to it being very uncomfortable down there you tend to clench together. As the other person stated it is best to wait until after treatmet to have sex wait about a week cause sex is very uncomfortable when you have a yeast infection. Give your body time to get back to normal. If still very tight after treatmet dont worry about it cause men tend to love it when its tight.

  45. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of my yeast infection?
    Okay so I've had a yeast infection for at least 2 years and i dnt know how to get rid of it. I've tried some home remides and I don't wanna ask my docter or mom about it. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      The reason you've had to tolerate it for two years is because you haven't seen your doctor - and he/she would give you something to clear it in next to no time. What makes me smile is that although you say you've tried some home remedies, you still get the old "drink yogurt" joke. As yeast infections affect the outsides of our bodies in men, I am at a loss to see how eating something is going to have much effect on it!
      Then having written all this believing that I am answering a man's question in the Men's Health section I see that it is a woman posting..................

  46. QUESTION:
    How can you get a yeast infection, how do you get rid of one?
    Can you get a yeast infection without being on anitbiotics? I think I might have one but idk and i don"t want to tell my mom! Will it go away on it"s own? How long do they last? How could I have gotten one? Thank you so much! :)

    • ANSWER:
      hi, cutiepie. It’s not just women that can be plagued with yeast infections, anyone can get them. Men, women, children, babies, the elderly. A yeast infection can be chronic and hidden with strange or unusual symptoms that occur from time to time.

      To treat yeast infection you have to treat what caused the infection in the first place. The root cause.

      And just tell your mom for ur health... she can help u

  47. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection; what can my boyfriend and me do sexually?
    I am on several antibiotics because I have been sick with a virus and I think the medications are giving me a yeast infection. What are some home remedies I can do to help? What can my boyfriend and me do sexually that is safe for the both us because I don't want to pass it to him and I don't want to make things worse for myself! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Yogurt is effective against yeast infection as it contains high amount of acidophilus. This is known as good bacteria, which is responsible for destroying bacterial and fungal infections that starts to develop in the body. However, you should know that using yogurt as a yeast infection natural treatment has rules as well. It is necessary to opt for a pure yogurt as cure for the condition. It should not contain sugar and must not be processed.

      Yogurt can be used both internally and externally. Consuming yogurt can help relieve yeast infection symptoms in women and men, and speed up the healing process of the infection.

      You can also apply yogurt directly to the affected area. This may seem a bit messy but you can easily pull through with it, especially if it is against this very discomforting condition. You can use your fingers and apply the yogurt directly to the area affected by the infection or you can use it by dipping a tampon into it and inserting in into the vagina. Since yogurt is all natural, you can use it against the condition on a daily basis. It does not come with any side effects and is proven very effective against yeast infection. However, if the condition is severe, you might need to consume medications to relieve its symptoms.

      Yeast infections are due to the excessive amount of yeast in the body and experts believe that it cannot be transmitted from one person to another. Oral thrush or oral candidiasis, on the other hand, can be transmitted through sexual intercourse. That means healthy men who had sexual intercourse with infected women can acquire the infection.

  48. QUESTION:
    Does Threelac work for getting rid of a yeast infection - for a man?
    I got a yeast infection from taking too many antibiotics as a teen. My main problem is a very itchy anus (sorry to say, but it's true). I have a hard time with the yeast free diet (I tried it once for 3 weeks and my symptoms returned). This 3lac product looks good. Comments? thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      it's sorta gonna feel uncomfortable and smell horrible but apply some Tea Tree oil to the infected area.

  49. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get a yeast infection if having sex with a married man?
    Don't give me the lecture about it, I know already. I'm a bitch. But is it possible to get a yeast infection from him if his wife has it? Never had one in my life!

    • ANSWER:
      Let me get this straight....you are screwing a married man and not using protection? I think a yeast infection will be the least of your concerns!


can men get yeast infections

Treatments For Yeast Infections

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What happens if you use treatments made for a yeast infection, but it's not a yeast infection?
    I know there are treatments for yeast infections. If you use those treatments, but you don't have one, it is something else, what happens? Nothing?

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing bad will happen if you use a yeast treatment and don't really have a yeast infection. If you still have symptoms it could be bacterial vaginosis which sometimes has the same symptoms and you would need a certain antibiotic for that.

  2. QUESTION:
    What can delay in treatment of yeast infection lead to?
    What can delay in treatment of yeast infection lead to? Or maybe a urinary tract infection? They share similar symptoms...I think i have either of them for over a month and i ignored it. But now, the itching is stopped and there is little burning sensation while urinating but there is abdominal pain. Is it connected? And yes, im visiting the doctor on Monday but i just wanted to be mentally prepared..:)

    • ANSWER:
      a yeast overgrowth can take over many aspects of your body and even mind. Candida is nothing to ignore . Your Dr may not even know that much about it .
      Yes .Candida Can travel from the vagino to your stomach/intestines .This can create an environment for cancers and other things to grow and fester .

      Ask your Dr if there are also recommendations for your Diet .

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for a yeast infection?
    What is the treatment for a yeast infection?
    I think it may be cream, but can you have sex while using this?

    • ANSWER:
      If you go into a pharmacy they will advise you. Usually clotrimazole pessary (Safe in pregnancy) or fluconazole tablet (not safe in pregnancy) and clotrimazole 1% cream to use externally only. Please be aware that the cream may cause condoms to break as it is oil based. Read instructions carefully before use and check with pharmacy it is ok for you to use.
      You would be advised not to have sex for a couple of days until it clears up. Wear loose fitting clothes ie: no tights and use cotton underwear. Avoid washing inside the vagina (douching) and using strong smelling detergents when washing clothes. I have included a link from the nhs website with a video that is good.
      Hope it all works out
      http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Thrush/Pages/Introduction.aspx

  4. QUESTION:
    Do you have a preference of yeast infection medication?
    There are basically 2 treatments of yeast infections that i know of: the Diflucan one dose pill and the Monistat insertion ovules. I was wondering if anybody has a certain preference because it works better. If you like the Monistat, do you like the one day dose, or the 3 day dose? I currently have a yeast infection and my doctor gave me a prescription for the Diflucan, but i couldn't afford to buy it til i get paid Friday. so i bought the single dose Monistat and it doesn't seem that it worked.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections don’t go away easily; its one of the most annoying medical conditions one can have with numerous symptoms. Its difficult to treat since there is no universal candida yeast infection cure that works for everyone. Combine that with the fact that majority of people are looking for herbal, all natural treatments, and you are left with very few over the counter options.

      One over the counter treatment for candida yeast infection that has become popular lately is Yeastrol. If you have never heard of a Yeastrol, here is a short intro.

      Its an natural homeopathic relief formula which has shown to be very effective but a long term treatment approach is needed to get cured of yeast infection. Yeastrol works for mild & severe oral, penile, or vaginal yeast infection.

      Which Medications to avoid:

      An important thing that needs your attention if you are looking for male or female yeast infection treatment is that there are many products in the market claiming cure in hours or days. Avoid such marketing pitches, at most these claimed yeast infection cures can relieve you of your symptoms for a short period of time. And sooner than later Candida yeast infection returns with more severe symptoms or signs.

      You may recognize a useless otc treatment for yeast infection by its boasts of being a natural yeast infection cure. There is no yeast infection medication currently available that is able to cure yeast infection in days. Cure for yeast infection is only possible with long term treatment which kills the root cause i.e. Candida Albicans.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for eye yeast infections?
    I was just wondering what the treatment for an eye yeast infection is. There are treatments for yeast in the GI tract that break apart yeast cell walls and what not but I haven't heard of one for the eyes.

    • ANSWER:
      Iodine will kill yeast infections in the eye, taken in a small amount of water just 5 drops 2% iodine. Its taken by the mouth and can buy it at swansons vitamin online.

  6. QUESTION:
    Just had cryotherapy and am not supposed to use tampons - can I use a yeast infection treatment w/ insertion?
    I was wondering, I just had cryotherapy 5 days ago and I'm not supposed to use tampons or have intercourse, but I think i'm developing a yeast infection. Can I use a treatment for yeast infections that require insertion of a "syringe" type thing that inserts the yeast infection cream into the vagina? Or should I get something else?

    • ANSWER:
      My guess would be "no". There is a great prescription medication (in pill form....yea!) called Diflucan which treats yeast infections very effectively and very quickly. The dosage is usually 1 pill once a day for 2 days. Ask your doctor for a prescription.
      Best of luck.

  7. QUESTION:
    I already did a treatment for yeast infection what else could it be?
    a couple of days ago i got severe inching and burning in my vigina so i did a treatment for yeast infection and it still inching .I hope its not like a STD because i have been married for 11 years and I have not been with nobody but him.Could it be something else?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the treatment type for a yeast infection you did and how long is has been. The one-time dose pill works usually within 24 hours, sometimes 48. The over-the-counter medicine varies according to the type you purchased. If you have had a yeast infection before, the discomforting symptoms are very distinct and you should know if that is in fact what you have or not. It could be something else, as some STDs also have symptoms of vaginal itching and burning. If you have not had contact with any other partner, and you do not feel you have a yeast infection, you should ask your husband if he had cheated on you because you could have gotten a disease that way.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of continuos problems with yeast infections?
    I have used different treatments and the yeast infections always come back. My doctor confirmed that it is not another type of infection.

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor should have told you that your diet has alot to due with it. Sugar is BAD! You need good things in your system when your hormones are getting your body out of whack. Vitamin C is great and alot of it. Yogurt is great, milk with androtopolics is fantastic. Can't spell it though! It is not an STD, it is a natural function of the female reproduction system. We suffer for the rights of all human beings!!!!!!!! We give life.

  9. QUESTION:
    Are there any ways to reduce external swelling resulting from yeast infections?
    I have recently taken a single dose treatment for a yeast infections, but I still have a little bit of external swelling. I was just wondering if anyone had a suggestion for reducing the swelling.

    • ANSWER:
      external swelling exactly where? It may be something not related to yeast infection as that is generally internal with some itching and irritation externally. If you got the meds from a doctor and you are still concerned, call and speak to him/her or go back.

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between a yeast infection and vaginal discharge?
    I think that I may have a yeast infection. What I want to know is this, is Monistat a safe treatment for a yeast infection? I haven't gone to a doctor to get it verified and don't plan on it but I want to make sure it's safe before I start using it. Also, if this is just regular vaginal discharge, will using Monistat bring up any side affects?

    • ANSWER:
      The difference is that vaginal discharge is usually normal for most women and it comes out in a clear form. A yeast infection on the other hand is an overgrowth of yeast in the vaginal area. The discharge is thicker and white like cottage cheese. It will cause itching and burning. Monistat is a safe product to use. It is made Johnson and Johnson which I work for. I have had many woman call me telling me how great the product has worked for them. I have personally used it and also have had good results. I would probably recomend the Monistat 7 day product because it's not as strong and since you have never used it before you want to be on the safe side.

      If you have any other questions, let me know. I am a Women's health specialist and will be starting school for nursing in January.

  11. QUESTION:
    How long after using a yeast infection cream do I wait to have sex?
    On Monday my doc tor prescribed me with a 3-day treatment for my yeast infection, it's called Clotrimazole 3. It's this cream thing. Anyway, I just finished it last night. How long should I wait to have sex?

    • ANSWER:
      I would wait at least 5 days to a week. That may be over doing it, but it's better to be safe then to spread your infection to your boyfriend or whomever. If it seems like its gone but it's really not yet you could spread it when you could have waited.

  12. QUESTION:
    When will the pain be gone and when can I start having sex again after curing a yeast infection?
    I just started treatment for a yeast infection. I have one more night of the treatment left. Before I started treatment, it was unbearable to have intercourse because of the yeast infection.

    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      I would wait like a day after your last treatment to have sex again. Once the infection is cured, then the pain will be gone and you can have sex again =)

  13. QUESTION:
    Is this suppose to happen after a yeast infection treatment?
    ok well i took the treatment for a yeast infection at night before i went to bed like it says. and then when i wake up and stand up all this stuff started falling out and i went pee and more came out. it seemed to be the cream that was used for the yeast infection and more of the yeast. i dont know if it made it worse or does that happen and it gets better its not coming out any more...right now.

    • ANSWER:
      looks like ur wife/gf has one too. thats where it came from. so maybe u should talk to her and see how shes doing vs worry about urs that wont last as long as hers.

      guys dont really get yeast infections they get the burning/itchy feeling, but not the gross thick crap that comes out. take the oral pill like dalhpuhunka or sumthing and it helps very fast, well for women i dunno about men..

  14. QUESTION:
    What is a safe treatment for yeast infection during pregnancy?
    I have a yeast infection and I was suggested to do the 3 day treatment called Miconazole Vaginal Antifungal. Is that safe? It has 3 suppositories and disposable applicators plus 1 tube of external vulvar cream. I was wandering if the Suppositories were safe though. And If not, what would be safe? If the treatment starts working but then doesn't work after you do it, is that normal? I heard it happens. I'm just worried, that's all! So some help would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast is a general term that refers to over 1500 species of micro organisms that belong to the fungi kingdom. Most yeast is single celled and reproduces asexually through budding or in some cases through binary fusion.

      More information: http://www.qwhatis.com/what-is-yeast/

  15. QUESTION:
    How do i know if i have a yeast infection and yeast infection treatments?
    Hello. For the past few weeks i've been having a curd like discharge coming from my vagina. I think it might be a yeast infection but i'm not sure. I would like to know how do i know if i have a yeast infection and yeast infection treatments.

    • ANSWER:
      Well it could very well be a yeast infection, however some people confuse yeast infection symptoms with other infections. So you have to be sure you have a yeast infection before you treat something that isn't there. There are several over the counter solutions you can use to treat a yeast infection if it being the case. Such things include vagisil and suppositories. How ever these are believed to be only temporary solutions as most women will have recurrence. A yeast infection is and internal problem and must be treated at it's root cause. Certain things such as dieting and hygiene can help prevent recurrence. There is more information about symptoms, causes and yeast infection treatments at http://accesshealthprosperityblog.com/2011/10/04/educating-yourself-about-your-yeast-infection/
      hope it can help you out.

  16. QUESTION:
    How long do you have to wait to have sex after using a over-the-counter yeast infection treatment?
    I was just reading the directions for the 3 days yeast infection treatment and it says not to have sexual intercourse while using this treatment because it could damage the condom, so i was just wondering if anyone knew how long you have to wait after you've used it for the three days, or if you can just not have sex while your using it?

    • ANSWER:
      You MUST get a proper diagnosis from a doctor and also MUST wait until a doctor, having examined you, pronounces the yeast infection as fully cured.

      If you have sex whilst still harbouring any of the infection (which may have no symptoms and hence make you think you are cured) you WILL pass it on to your partner.

      Failure to wait until BOTH partners are pronounced by a doctor to be cured and free of any infection simply causes the infection to 'ping pong' back and forth between the partners.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is this suppose to happen after a yeast infection treatment?
    ok well i took the treatment for a yeast infection at night before i went to bed like it says. and then when i wake up and stand up all this stuff started falling out and i went pee and more came out. it seemed to be the cream that was used for the yeast infection and more of the yeast. i dont know if it made it worse or does that happen and it gets better its not coming out any more...right now.

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your doctor. You may be passing a kidney stone...or a loaf of bread!

  18. QUESTION:
    What are some home treatment for yeast infection?
    I think I have yeast infection. Is there any HOME treatments for the infection?
    I don't think it's serious. It kind of smells bad and I get discharges (small amount).

    • ANSWER:
      If it is your first time with a yeast infection, we highly recommend seeing a medical provider to make sure it's not a different type of infection. Treating for a yeast infection can make the problem worse if it is actually a bacterial infection. If you have had a verified yeast infection in the past and your current symptoms are the same, there are anti-fungal treatments available on the condom aisle at most pharmacies or supermarkets. You usually insert or apply these at bedtime for a specified number of days.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do I cure a yeast infection when I am allergic to the over the counter drugs like Monistat and Gynolotrim?
    I am allergic to all the over the counter yeast infection treatments. Diflucan worked for about 10 days and now it is back. I can't afford to go to the Dr. (I pay 100%) to get a prescription every time I get a yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:
      If you try the baking soda douche - be careful as I've heard the opposite - I've heard baking soda will actually make a yeast infection worse.

      Have you tried tea tree oil or garlic (be careful as the oil does sting.

      Consider going on a yeast-free diet, no sugar (as sugar feeds yeast), no alcohol - so no cakes, candy, sweets, etc.

      *Take Lots of acidophilus/probiotics or eat Unsweetened (Plain) Yogurt
      *Avoid tight jeans and other tight pants
      *Wear cotton underwear during the day, no thongs
      *Wear no underwear to bed
      * Put a tsp of apple cider vinegar in a 6-8 ounce glass of water and drink it 2-3 times a day.

      Try

      Fill a bathtub with just enough warm, not hot, water to create a sitz bath (enough water to cover your groin and just up to your belly). Add 2 cups of raw apple cider vinegar and sit in the bath with your knees folded toward your body (not stretched out flat). You can stay in this bath mixture for 15 minutes. Gently pat dry and make sure you are very dry before putting any clothes on. Wear only cotton underpants, preferably washed in natural unscented detergent.

      Good luck!

  20. QUESTION:
    Who's had good luck with the at home yeast infection treatment by Natures Cure?
    I purchased the one day treatment package the includes the vaginal cream and tablets that you take by mouth. The box says it clears most yeast infections. My yeast infection is mild, also. Just curious if it clears and about how long it takes to see improvement. Thanks !

    • ANSWER:
      Most yeast infections can be treated at home with natural methods such as plain yogurt(eat or Insert some into the vagina), bathing with vinegar(so be careful), drink a lot of water, etc. Here are good articles about the truth of this infection and success stories of how to treat a yeast infection naturally. It's very useful for you.

      Don't worry!

  21. QUESTION:
    How long will a topical(internal and external) yogurt treatment relieve yeast infection symptoms?
    I used a 1200 mg monistat ovule last night for a yeast infection. this morning i was in horrible pain. awful itching, burning, stinging. i applied yogurt and felt relief besides a feeling of warmth inside my vagina. a second time i used the tampon method after scooping what i could of the yeast(and possibly some of the monistat)out in the shower. if i have plans for the night, will the relief from these two treatments likely last until tomorrow?

    • ANSWER:
      The itching, burning and stinging are all due to the effect the vaginal candidiasis has on the vaginal membranes. They're inflamed. The 1200mg ovule is Monistat 1 day Day & Night. It's a one time dose and will likely resolve the infection permanently. If yogurt helps, you can continue to use it or you can speak to your doctor about a topical cream to supply immediate symptom relief for the symptoms.

  22. QUESTION:
    can you treat a penile yeast infection with garlic too?
    I have been using the garlic treatment for a yeast infection and its working well, it doesnt burn anymore and the discharge is getting back to normal. But my husband is complaining of symptoms, is there a way to use garlic on him?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey I understand what you mean.
      Monistat didn't work for me.. my doctor prescribed me meds and it made even worst!
      Despite when it manage to heal, the yeast infection will come back again (means it's not fully cured).
      I realized the only real cure for Yeast infection is doing the natural way so it won't come back again!

      http://whit.me/yeast

      This website on Yeast Infection will help you. I had a Yeast Infection a few weeks back and that website gave many good details. I got the book and it helped me cure my Yeast Infection within 10 hours without the use of drugs!

      It was featured in the Oprah show before! Oprah Winfrey praised the product and was featured in her book club!

  23. QUESTION:
    How long do you have to wait to have sex after using a over-the-counter yeast infection treatment?
    I was just reading the directions for the 3 days yeast infection treatment and it says not to have sexual intercourse while using this treatment because it could damage the condom, so i was just wondering if anyone knew how long you have to wait after you've used it for the three days, or if you can just not have sex while your using it?

    • ANSWER:
      I would wait an additional week after treatment ends, just to play it safe

  24. QUESTION:
    Is it possible that you can have a fishy odor during the treatment of a diagnosed yeast infection?
    I have a diagnosed yeast infection and am frequently in bouts of BV and had one other yeast infection. Every time, the doctor prescribes me meds. I've only had one other yeast infection and I can not remember if there is a fishy odor during treatment. I was prescribed Diflucan, the one pill. It's day 2 and it's starting to smell like BV. I realize it's possible to have both but I'm really hoping I don't have BV again.

    • ANSWER:
      If you suffer from yeast infection then you must have experienced the
      confusion stemmed from conflicting advice and from information overload.
      Honest information about vaginal yeast infection or any other type of
      candida infection is harder to come by than ever before, and nearly
      everyone has been misled at one time or another. I know I have.
      I wasted literally thousands of dollars on candida treatment programs
      that didn’t “work out” and anti-yeast infection products that didn’t do
      anything.

      By educating yourself about the steps you need to take in order to deal with
      your candida infection condition and help your body heal itself and control
      the fungal overgrowth from the inside out you can and will eliminate the pain,
      annoyance, humiliation and frustration associated with this condition and feel
      more in control. Additionally, as a side benefits you’ll feel more energized,
      healthier and vibrant. You will enjoy improved digestion, enhanced vision,
      and healthier hair, skin and nails.

      Knowledge is power. Embrace it. Share it and apply it and you will be yeast
      infection free.

  25. QUESTION:
    What are some alternative treatments for a vaginal yeast infection?
    I've been prone to yeast infections for 40 years. Doctors tell me I just seem to have a body chemistry that is hospitable to them. I would take monistat and that was that. But now I am taking the blood thinner coumadin and monistat really inteferes with the action of it. My blood became so thin I was in real danger of internal bleeding. Is there a natural cure/preventative for yeast infections? I know many natural ingredients can also intefere with coumadin but I can look it up.

    • ANSWER:
      I used to be prone to yeast infections and started to eat plain yogurt every day--I still eat it every day, 15 years into it. The probiotics in yogurt will help kill yeast infections. Along with eating yogurt you might want to back off of breads and pasta and lowerr or eliminate your carb intake--yeast infections usually feed on breads and starches.

      You can treat the yeast infection internally with tea treee oil---I am not sure about the dilution ratio, but tea tree oil kills fungus/yeast and can be diluted and used like a douche.

      As nasty as it sounds: to combat the itch of the yeast infection you can put a small cup of yogurt directly into the affected area. It works well but you'll have to repeat it. It will not go away over night, but it will get better over time until it is gone....and once it is gone stick to eating yogurt daily. I find that yogurt works better than probiotics.....

  26. QUESTION:
    Is there a herbal treatment for yeast infections?
    Is there an over the counter or herbal treatment for yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Probotics are great for yeast infections. The health food store has good quality brands. I buy one with the highest count possible. Also I eat plenty of plain yogurt with live culture . I add fruit to it to give it flavor . I also limit sugar in my diet since yeast thrives on sugar.

  27. QUESTION:
    How long do you have to wait to have sex after using a over-the-counter yeast infection treatment?
    I was just reading the directions for the 3 days yeast infection treatment and it says not to have sexual intercourse while using this treatment because it could damage the condom, so i was just wondering if anyone knew how long you have to wait after you've used it for the three days, or if you can just not have sex while your using it?

    • ANSWER:
      just to be safe i would wait about 3 days afterwards,i do believe that it gets into the vaginal walls absorbs to keep killing just like a 5-7 day one would.

  28. QUESTION:
    How do you know when your yeast infection is gone?
    the itching and burning had stopped two weeks ago, but i just had intercourse with my bf and it hurt...does this still mean i have the yeast infection? i didn't use any treatments, i thought the yeast infection was gone after i got my period, but now it hurts to have intercourse.

    • ANSWER:
      just go to the dr... it may not have been a yest infection.. could be a std or something

  29. QUESTION:
    Safe sex how many days after using yeast infection suppositories?
    I'm taking a three day treatment for a yeast infection and it says the oils in it the suppositories can affect the effectiveness of a condom. How many days after the last treatment would it be safe to have sex without worrying about effecting the condom?

    • ANSWER:
      Give your vagina a chance to recover from the yeast infection - I'd say that a week is a good time to abstain from sex at all. The oils in the suppositories would be gone from the area within a day or two, but the yeast infection tends to erode the membrane inside your vagina and you can end up injuring yourself if you have sex too soon. Give it a week.

  30. QUESTION:
    What has been the best over the counter yeast infection treatment for you? I need help with choosing one.?
    I have had frequent yeast infections and I have tried the Monistat 7-day cream pack, but it clearly hasn't been strong enough. Don't tell me I need to go to the doctor please, I'm not going to result to that for quite awhile. So if you could give me suggestions on a better yeast infection treatment, it'd be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      The reason people say its best to see a doctor is because what many people simply call a "yeast infection," could actually be a bacterial or parasitic infection. A true yeast infection is fungal, like athlete's foot. You really can't effectively treat a vaginal infection without knowing what kind of bug you're trying to kill. If its bacterial and you use Monistat, you knock out any fungus in there which might have been competing with the bacteria for resources, and now the bacterial infection and your symptoms are worse.

      I personally have had more success with taking probiotics. Take an enteric-coated variety, and eat more fiber. You can even insert an acidophilus capsule into the business area for a day or two. That always helps me because even if its fungal, bacterial, or parasitic, the "good" bacteria seem to outcompete any offending bugs. You may also try a different antifungal, but if Monistat-7 didn't work, I personally doubt a different brand would work any differently, but it all depends on the active ingredient and the dose.

      Diflucan (fluconazole) tablets are effective for fungal yeast infections, but they are by prescription only so you'll have to see a Dr. or visit a Planned Parenthood if you want to go that route. Good luck!

  31. QUESTION:
    How old do you have to be to buy OTC yeast infection treatment?
    I am 16 & I have a yeast infection, but my parents are not home to buy the treatment for me. Do you have to be 18 to buy the OTC treatment in Massachusetts? Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      There is no specific age requirement to being able to purchase the product, and being that you are a teenager, you should not have a problem. However, if you are constantly suffering from yeast infections, you may want to consider evaluating the cause. While over the counter and prescribed medications will get rid of the symptoms, you may need to make a few lifestyle changes to clear them up on a long term basis.

  32. QUESTION:
    How common is a yeast infection after treatment for bacterial vaginosis?
    I was recently diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis (bv) and am on antibiotics (metrogel) for treatment. I know that antibiotics can cause other problems and even lead to other infections like yeast infections afterwards- the doctor did not give me anything to take for yeast afterwards. I was wondering if anyone has taken treatment for bv and successfully avoideded a yeast infection afterwards or if i am doomed to have one.

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor can actually prescribe a medication (pill form) that is taken along with your antibiotics that will prevent a yeast infection. Since I am prone to yeast infections, I have taken the medication and have had great results when taking antibiotics - no yeast infections during the antibiotic treatment. It has been awhile since I've taken the medication, so unfortunately, I can't remember the name, but contact your doctor if you are still concerned.

  33. QUESTION:
    What happens if you don't take the three day treatment for a yeast infection every three days?
    Yesterday was suppose to be my last day for Monistat 3 but i accidentally forgot to take it last night so when i woke up this morning i quickly took the last treatment. Will it still get rid of my yeast infection or do i have to restart and buy another treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Uhm I just got rid of mine literally two days ago and I only used it two days cause I forgot too lol I also hope you plan on doing anything today o.o you're supposed to be laying down when using that, that's why they want you to use it right before you go to bed

      I also think it depends on how bad yours is. This time which is my second it wasn't that bad so I don't think the three day one was needed for me to get rid of it :p Well that and my period just came on so it was making it hard for the yeast to grow anyway

      So in the future if you have one a day or two before your period comes on try and wait it out its like a natural way to get rid of it :p

  34. QUESTION:
    What is an effective treatment for yeast infection on my dog's feet?
    My vet is treating my two dogs for allergies to grass which, because of the constant licking of the feet, has caused a yeast infection on their feet. Nothing yet has proven effective against the yeast infection. Does anyone know anything that will be effective?

    • ANSWER:
      What did the vet prescribe for the yeast? I would think that a course of Ketaconazole would be in order. In addition to that, daily doses of Benadryl (your vet can give you the correct dosage based on your dog's weight). In addition to THAT, you could ask your vet for an antifungal shampoo that you could use on your dog, paying close attention to the feed (leave on for about 10 minutes before rinsing). Last, ask your vet about using Predisone for the allergies, but rather than a short, high-dose course, ask the vet about using a smaller dose as needed (20%-25% of regular dosage). I was always reluctant to use Prednisone for my own dog until I started using a 5mg pill PRN...it helps him out, and I don't worry about side effects any longer. He gets them only when his allergies are acting up.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is there a good natural yeast infection treatment?
    I have recurring yeast infections and would like suggestions for a natural yeast infection treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      hey the one that worked best for my wife is called yeast-eze - she said it works for guys too the site's yeasteze.com

  36. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural yeast infection treatment?
    Looking for a natural yeast infection treatment. Don't want medications. Is there a source?

    • ANSWER:
      Sure! If you wanted to avoid OTC medicines, you could try Yogurt or Kefir as they have Probiotics (the good bacteria) in them to help prevent yeast... but you would need much higher doses of those Probiotics to try to treat it. If you wanted to try a good Probiotic supplement, I would go for one with 30+ billion viable organisms from several strains. In addition to Probiotics, Caprylic Acid and Grapefruit Seed Extract also help to fight yeast growth directly, so those three together are a very good combination to fight yeast infections. Once you're over the infection, you could go down to a maintenance dose with 3-5 strains and 4-6 billion organisms daily to keep it away.
      Granted, if the infection is bad enough, you may need an OTC medication just to get rid of it (or at least the symptoms) and use the Probiotics to keep yeast infections away (whether you get them regularly or not).

      Most of the cases I've heard of that used regimens like this showed an impact within just a few days (where they noticed some benefits) and were often almost completely gone within a month or so, but some more extreme cases took longer. Good luck and I hope I helped!

      [edit]: Now that I'm looking back, I would recommend avoid Melinda's citation... the website she listed is one of the common sales websites that looks like the sites the spam-bots on this site refer to quite often (where they give good advice and direct you to a sales page to buy their product). It seems that account is just another spam-bot as most all of her answers are referring to these sales websites. :-

  37. QUESTION:
    What type of yeast infection treatments can I use now that I'm prego?
    I'm 18 weeks prego and don't know what type of yeast infection treatments I can get to use. Anyone know?

    • ANSWER:
      Its best to call your doctor first before taking anything. your doctor might recommend that you take monsitat either the 3 day treatment or the five day treatment depending on how bad the yeast infection is. i had one when i was 3 months and i used the 3 day treatment.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to use an OTC treatment for a vaginal yeast infection if I've never had one before?
    I've never had a yeast infection before but I have all of the symptoms and since j no longer have health insurance I can't added to go to my doctor. I just bought an OTC treatment but it specifically says not to use it if you've never had one before. What would be the worse that could happen if I used it?

    • ANSWER:
      that doesn,t make sense. just use it. everyone gets these. even my female dog had vaginitis. this is not a joke. it really happened. just follow the directions.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is it too soon to start another round of treatment for a yeast infection?
    I picked up Monistat 1 for a yeast infection 4 days ago. The first 2 days were still uncomfortable, but the next two were much better. Today when I woke up, it was a little itchy again.

    I've read online that the 3-day or 7-day usually works better than the one day, so I'd like to start on one of those. My question is: is it too early to start a second round of treatment after 4 days?

    • ANSWER:
      Probably not too early. The one day one really isn't good because the medicine is too strong and too irritating. You are right about the 3 day or 7 day ones. I would go ahead and start it, if you're concerned you can always ask the pharmacist. But if it doesn't clear up after the 3 or 7 day treatment definitely go see your doctor.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is there any oral treatment for yeast infections?
    I'm 15 and i have a yeast infection and i've been having trouble using the cream medication that's supposed to be inserted into the vagina. Is there any oral medication that can be used to clear this up?

    • ANSWER:
      Most yeast infections can be treated at home with natural methods such as plain yogurt(eat or Insert some into the vagina), bathing with vinegar(so be careful), drink a lot of water, etc. Here are good articles about the truth of this infection and success stories of how to treat a yeast infection naturally. It's very useful for you.

      Don't worry!

  41. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural ways to get rid of a yeast infection?
    I'm allergic to the prescription and over the counter treatments... My dr recommended I eat probiotic yogurt or said that antibiotics could work. Well, antibiotics can cause yeast infections... So, are there any natural ways to get rid of one?

    • ANSWER:
      A study reviewed in JOGNN showed that applying yogurt directly to the vagina (about one tablespoon via an applicator) can also fight yeast infections.
      "A vaginal application of yogurt containing Lactobacillus acidophilus may help to prevent and treat candidal vaginitis (a.k.a. yeast infections)."

  42. QUESTION:
    When doing the yogurt on a tampon treatment for a yeast infection, what type of yogurt would you recommend?
    I know it has to be plain yogurt, but I wasn't sure if any specific brand or type worked the best. I have a recurring yeast infection that I've been to the doctors numerous times for and I am allergic to diflucan so I've been using monistat. Usually the monistat works, but not for long; so I want to try a natural remedy. Any tips/advice on what I can try? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      has to be plain LIVE yogurt,yogurt does get rid of yeast infections,

  43. QUESTION:
    What are the causes of chronic/ recurring vaginal yeast infections?
    I've had chronic/ recurring yeast infections for months. The doctor keeps giving me treatments but they usually go away for a few days and then come back. I've heard that you can re-infect yourself. What are some factors that can cause you to re-infect yourself? What are some other causes? I am aware of wearing cotton underwear, keeping clean/dry, not using scented soap, tampons, etc. to prevent them. Are there any other ways to prevent them?

    • ANSWER:
      Age?
      Sexually active?
      What medications have you tried?

      A few tricks to avoiding those pesky yeast infections.

      Avoid douching as it can throw off your natural vaginal ph.
      When bathing try not to wash the vagina internally as it self cleans.
      Eat more yogurt as most yogurt contains a active culture.

      If you are sexually active you must be fully treated before engaging in sexual activity.
      Your partner can actually have a yeast infection too.He may have contracted the yeast infection from you, if so he will need to be treated by a Doctor too. Failure do get him treated will and can cause you to become reinfected.

      Has your gynecologist tried prescribing Difulcan?
      Generally Difulcan works by taking only one pill. Hope this helps.

  44. QUESTION:
    What is the best underwear to wear when you have a yeast infection?
    I usually wear panties that most people call "granny panties", but they are really itchy. I'm treating the yeast infection with a treatment that my friend told me about. I mix (in a powder shaker) baking soda and salt and sprinkle it on, after I rub neosporin on it. Is there any other type of underwear that would feel better? Like, less itchy?

    • ANSWER:
      Cotton and not to tight. No thongs. Salt, baking soda, and neosponin is a bad idea. Use a regular yeast infection treatment and plain cotton underwear.

  45. QUESTION:
    How old do you have to be to buy OTC yeast infection treatment?
    I am 16 & I have a yeast infection, but my parents are not home to buy the treatment for me. Do you have to be 18 to buy the OTC treatment in Massachusetts? Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      There isn't an age for them. You can get a monistat or Vagisil. If it doesn't clear up in a few days, visit a doctor or a walk in clinic!! You can always go to a pharmacy like CVS, Walgreens and talk with the pharmacist. They do have a lot of information, and they usually have women you can talk with too.

  46. QUESTION:
    How long after you have a yeast infection can you become sexually active?
    I noticed symptoms of a yeast infection Saturday, & actually got a LIVID yeast infection on Monday. I used the 3 day Monistat treatment and i actually got a prescrption also. The next day, it was gone. I still use the cream because sometimes it can get itchy=/. Is it alright for me to become sexually active again?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections can be passed back and forth between sexual partners, through regular intercourse and oral sex. If you had one, it is most likely that your partner does, too. Everyone involved should be treated for the same yeast infection.

  47. QUESTION:
    What has been the best over the counter yeast infection treatment for you? I need help with choosing one.?
    I have had frequent yeast infections and I have tried the Monistat 7-day cream pack, but it clearly hasn't been strong enough. Don't tell me I need to go to the doctor please, I'm not going to result to that for quite awhile. So if you could give me suggestions on a better yeast infection treatment, it'd be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Either of the combi pack treatmments are usually successful. Oral fluconazole plus topical clotrimazole cream or clotrimazole pessaries plus cream.

  48. QUESTION:
    How old do you have to be to buy OTC yeast infection treatment?
    I am 16 & I have a yeast infection, but my parents are not home to buy the treatment for me. Do you have to be 18 to buy the OTC treatment in Massachusetts? Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      If it is over the counter you shouldn't have any problem buying it.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for a yeast infection?
    I think i have a yeast infection, because i feel discomfort and it burns when i go to the bathroom? Its also sore. Do you have any advice on how to treat this?

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections are caused by a genus of fungi called candida. Candida, if left unchecked, can cause all kinds of havoc in your body. Most people live with candida in their bodies and never know it. Treating it with creams and pills will only provide temporary relief, but to get rid of it completely you need to follow a method of lifestyle changes that will help your body get rid of it naturally.


treatments for yeast infections

Skin Yeast Infection Causes

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Would a medication to cure a skin yeast infection cause pimples after use?
    I had a yeast infection under my breast as I have taken up running. I used econozole nitrate for two weeks as instructed, and it cleared up. Now the areas I used the meds on have small little pimples on the newly cured skin. Does this make sense? They are not bothersome, I am just curious.

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection be caused by dryness?
    The other day, I wore non-cotton underwear and I woke up the next day and my whole crotch area was itching and burning. I've read that yeast infections are caused by too much moisture, but I actually feel very dry and the skin almost feels prune-y. I'm not sure if it's a yeast infection or not, but can someone help?? Thanks(:
    And my period is due soon if that helps at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections are caused by a type of yeast called Candida albicans.
      A variety of occurrences can cause an increase in this within the vagina.

      While the dryness, itching and burning you describe are symptoms of it,
      they could also be an allergic reaction to something that contacted your skin.

      If the non-cotton underwear were new and unwashed, chemicals from the
      manufacturing process could still be present and causing irritation to your skin.

      Wash the outside of your pubic area with hypo-allergenic soap, wear
      loose-fitting clothing and see if the symptoms subside in a day or two.

      If they do not or new symptoms such as vaginal discharge develops,
      see your doctor who can test whether you actually have an infection.

      http://women.webmd.com/tc/vaginal-yeast-infections-topic-overview

  3. QUESTION:
    What happens when a yeast infection is left untreated during pregnancy?
    What happens when a yeast infection is left untreated during pregnancy? I've been told 3 times I have one since I first found out I was pregnant and it wasn't treated now the nurse and doctor are saying that the untreated yeast infection is causing me discomfort and pain and "leaking" which the leaking is yeast.

    • ANSWER:
      Uh-oh!! This happened to me!
      I had never had a yeast infection before, and I just though the itchiness was from being so pregnant and heavy down there....so I never told my doctor about it and it was there for at least a month, until I delivered my baby. The itching went away after that, but when my son was 2 weeks old, he developed thrush in his mouth SO BAD that NOTHING stopped it! I tried everything they gave me (which was basically Nystatin and Gentian Violet - which burned off the skin in his mouth), and it wouldn't go away -- it was horrible, he was in so much pain, crying all the time, had trouble nursing because it hurt....I tried changing my diet to an anti-yeast diet (VERY restrictive), didn't work either. We were both crying all the time, it was HORRIBLE!

      Finally, by the time he was 6 months old, I went to a natural healer, and she gave me some remedies, and it was gone in about 4 days!!! My doctor tried to say he grew out of it, but I know better -- they had no solution, and natural remedies did!

      So my advice to you is to tell your doctor about it so they can treat it and it will be gone before you have your baby! I'm not sure how they are treated in pregnancy, if anything is harmful or what, but there should be something they can do.....GOOD LUCK!!

  4. QUESTION:
    Is there any way of getting rid of thrush/yeast infections without coming off antibiotics?
    I'm currently on Tetralysal for my bad skin, which is causing thrush/some sort of yeast infection which is super uncomfortable. I'm not sure whether I should stop taking the antibiotics (don't really want to because they are working for my skin) or whether to stick it out and see if the thrush goes. I was just wondering whether there is anything I can do to get rid of the thrush AND stay on my antibiotics?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      better to go natural treatment. And take the proper diet
      1. Sufficient Intake of Water
      2. Eat Fresh Vegetables
      3. Healthy Oil for Cooking some thing like this...

      You have to know what foods to avoid & what natural treatment give relax to you problem also.

  5. QUESTION:
    How long should it take for yeast infection to clear?
    I took antibiotics and ended up with a nasty yeast infection. I went to the obgyn the next day to get diagnosed as well as get a treatment. She gave me the one pill fluconazole and after 4 days, the white, cottage cheese like discharge completely cleared away and the itching subsided a bit. I didn't scratch much during the infection but I did rub it rarely, when it got too itchy I would wash with cold water and a napkin. I started noticing little gashes around my vagina, the area between my vagina and my butt had looked like the skin ripped apart twice leaving two semi long type of cuts but those healed.
    It's the end of the second week. My vagina looks clear but its light pink on some of the outter parts and close to my thighs as well as that middle area between my vagina and butt, there are tiny cuts that itch and it still itches every now and then around my clit. My question is, is this at all normal? My skin seems so sensitive down there and any friction causes these cuts and my skin seems a tad bit raw. And if this is normal for a yeast infection, then how long does it take for this to go away? is it because the infection is still not completely gone?

    • ANSWER:
      It should take 7-10 days for a yeast infection to clear

  6. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if it is Skin Fungus or another skin disorder?
    I think I may have tinea versicolor on my chest but I am not sure. I have an area the size of a half dollar or so that has brownish colored spots on it. I am not sure if it is a skin fungus or another condition. I have only noticed it recently since the weather has become warmer. It is a little bumpy and dry. I tried scrubbing and exfoliating the area which irritated the skin and it became red (that's when I really noticed the bumps that almost looked like tiny pimples). I put Vicks Vaporub on after (as this can treat nail fungus) and the redness disappeared and the brown spots returned. I am not sure what this is.... Any ideas? I have heard Monistat can be used for skin fungus infections caused by yeast. Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Candida yeast fungi is often found topically. You can learn all that you need to know at the link below. Best of luck to you!

  7. QUESTION:
    What causes yeast infections and how can I prevent them and get rid of them?
    How can I effectively get rid of a yeast infection and prevent them in the future?

    • ANSWER:
      Antibiotics - Can kill the good bacteria allowing yeast to take over. If your taking antibiotics eating yogurt can help.
      Clothing - Always wear lose fitting cotton underwear.
      Chemicals - Douches and even some perfumed toilet papers are irritants.
      Diet - Some people feel that cutting down on foods that contain yeast helps lessen the intensity or frequency of yeast infections. People with uncontrolled diabetes are more prone to infection.
      Sexual Transmission - Yeast infections can be transmitted between people by direct contact.
      Hormones - Pregnant women are particularly prone to yeast infections. Many women taking contraceptive pills experience regular yeast infections as their hormone levels fluctuate.
      Yeast infections are treated with antifungal drugs, such as clotrimazole or miconazole. There are creams and tablets used in the vagina, skin ointments, and pills.

      Antifungal drugs usually work well to treat a vaginal yeast infection. But infections that do not respond to treatment are becoming more common. Taking antifungal drugs when they are not needed can help make yeast resistant to the drugs. For this reason, you should not use antifungal drugs unless you are sure that you have a yeast infection.

      If you are sure that you have a yeast infection, you can buy over-the-counter products to treat the infection. Be sure to follow the directions for using the product. If you are not sure whether you have a yeast infection or another type of infection or problem, you should see your health care provider. You should also see your health care provider if you have recurring yeast infections.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is there an over the counter ointment for a yeast infection for a dog's paw?
    I think my dog may have a yeast infection or bacterial infection between his toes. He constantly chews at his paws, causing them to become extremely sore. Is there an over the counter remedy for this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the drug store and buy some " Bag Balm ". It comes in a small green can and works wonders. I use it for my pets and myself for any skin irritation. Read the can, it was originally made for farm animals. Love that stuff.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies to treat a yeast infection?
    I think I have a yeast infection, but I don't want to get any medicine or go to the doctor. Are they any home remedies to threat a yeast infection? Will it just go away by itself?

    • ANSWER:
      Tea Tree Oil

      A few drops of tea tree oil poured on a tampon and inserted in the vagina can provide some relief. It is important to dilute the oil before using it as tea tree oil is extremely potent and can cause inflammation if it is used in its undiluted form. Tea tree oil can be diluted by mixing a few drops of this oil along with a teaspoon of olive oil or sweet almond oil. Tea tree oil has anti fungal properties and will help to control the yeast infection as well as reduce yeast infection symptoms such as itching. Tea tree oil is one of the most effective vaginal yeast infection home remedies but it is necessary to first consult your doctor as some women may have an adverse reaction to this oil. Tea tree oil can also be used as a male yeast infection cure.
      Garlic

      For non-vaginal yeast infections, you can apply garlic paste directly on the affected parts. This remedy is for other affected parts of the body and not for the vaginal yeast infection. If you do not have fresh garlic, you can dilute garlic oil along with Vitamin E oil and a few drops of coconut oil and apply this blend of oils to the affected skin. While garlic oil helps to control the infection, Vitamin E oil helps to fortify the skin and coconut oil helps to provide it with several fatty acids that help to prevent the infection from spreading. Yeast infection home cures can be used alongside other treatments to help speed up the recovery process.
      Cold Coconut Oil and Cinnamon Oil

      These are two of the best natural cures for yeast infections in both men and women. Cold coconut oil or cinnamon oil can be applied on the infected areas 2-3 times a day to get rid of a yeast infection. Both these oils have effective anti-fungal properties which are very helpful in killing the yeast.
      Vinegar

      A hot sitz bath along with some added vinegar is a great way to relieve skin irritation and itching caused by a yeast infection. It is also an effective remedy to arrest the growth of yeast and restore the PH balance in the body.

  10. QUESTION:
    How would you treat medicine resistant yeast infection?
    My friend has a 3 year old (just turned 3) who is potty trained during the day but still wears a diaper at night. She has a yeast infection diaper rash that is resistant to prescription meds. Her mom also feeds her yogurt as well as acidophiles. Nothing works. I suggested removing foods with yeast from her diet for a while and changing brands of diapers.

    Any suggestions to help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Those are good ideas you are doing with the yogurt( must have the live cultures) and it couldn't hurt to refrain from yeast products. Also, really important is to tell the mom to refrain from giving bubble baths and such since the ingredients in these products can cause a nasty rash and or infection. Try an Aveeno oatmeal bath... oatmeal is very soothing to the skin.Also give her cranberry juice to drink.We did this for my nieces.
      Babies in particular are prone to skin yeast infections in the diaper area, either in the perineum, on the buttocks or anywhere the diaper sits on the skin.
      The proximity of wetness to the skin combined with the acidic nature of urine starts breaking down the outer layers of skin and creating good skin yeast infection conditions.

      Babies and young children who are suffering from a simple diaper rash should be changed more frequently and have a diaper ointment of some kind to serve as a barrier between urine and the skin. Zinc oxide is the most frequently used because it also helps the skin to dry out, but anything that can protect the skin can help stop a skin yeast infection from developing.During an active skin yeast infection, you may find it helpful to wipe the area with witch hazel, aloe vera juice or some other astringent. Astringents help dry the skin out and shrink inflamed skin cells, so it both really can help with the symptoms and provide a remedy for the overall problem.
      Just re,member, yeast thrives on moist areas so keeping very dry is the best advice. Best to your friends.

  11. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies to treat yeast infections in dogs?
    My dog has a yeast infection of the skin. I cant take her to a vet right now bc I live about 2 hours away from the nearest one and money is tight right now. Im kind of at my wits end and I was wondering if any over the counter products work, like Vagisil. Ive seen many things online in research on what to try, but its so overwhelming. Any help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      There is an easy fix for a skin yeast infection. The smell can be reduced almost overnight with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and borax.

      To prepare the solution, add one tablespoon of borax to one liter of 1% hydrogen peroxide, mix well and spray on the dog all over. Make sure that the entire skin is in contact with the solution. Do not rinse and let dry. This solution should be applied everyday for a week. Most if not all of the smell should be gone by the second week.

      Borax is a non-toxic anti-fungal compound which will help in eradicating the yeast infection. Borax is a natural mineral that has a wide variety of uses. It is a component of many cosmetics, used as a food preservative, detergents, enamel glazes, etc.

      CAUTION: Make sure that you use Borax, NOT Boric Acid which is toxic. Borax is non-toxic and can be found in the laundry aisle at most major discount stores and grocery stores and it is very inexpensive.

      Good luck.

      Note:

      Never alow your vet to prescribe Prednisone or any other steroid to your dog. Just like in humans, steroids will cause more harm than good.Vets can be very irresponsible when it comes to the prescription of steroids because they are well aware of steroid side effects.

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin, sometimes increasing the chances that antibiotics may be prescribed."

      Please read 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.

      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

  12. QUESTION:
    How long after I finish all the medication for my yeast infection should I wait before having sex again?
    I had a yeast infection and was treating it with medication that my doctor prescribed. I waited two days after I finished treatment to have sex, and now it is back again.

    • ANSWER:
      At least 5 days.

      Yeast Infections affect nearly 75% of all people, including both men AND women, at some point in their life.

      They occur when Candida, a natural fungus in the body, overgrows. Candida is normally regulated by Acidophilus (another microoganism living in the body).

      When diet and hygienic conditions change, sometimes the Candida will grow out of control. This leads to a yeast infection.

      Yeast Infections often show up as localized yeast infections -- as in a vaginal or penile yeast infection.

      They can also appear as a digestive tract disorder or skin irritation -- as in Candida Overgrowth yeast infections. I've provided information on how to treat LOCALIZED (vaginal or penile) infections below...

      The symptoms (you may not experience all of them):
      - white cottage cheese-like discharge
      - some odor
      - dryness (can cause bleeding)
      - digestive problems
      - itchiness
      - burning urination
      - painful intercourse
      - a feeling of just not being "normal"

      Here are some safe, natural cures you can implement.

      Avoid Sugars
      Avoid sugars and complex carbs for a week. they "feed" the Candida fungus.

      Clothing
      If you're not treating the infection with the Tree Tea Oil solution mentioned below, air out the infected area while you're sleeping at night. Don't wear underwear. Or wear cotton underwear during the day.

      Grapefruit Seed Extract
      Add grapefruit extract to your water during the day (raises acid levels in the body). This will decrease the candida in your body.

      Probiotics
      Eat probiotics like cottage cheese and yogurt. They will increase the acidophilus in your system and this in turn will fight off the candida yeast.

      Hygiene
      Shower frequently. Avoid scented soaps and antibacterial soaps. Don't take baths while you have the infection. If you go to the gym, shower immediately when you get home.

      Diet
      Drink lots of water and eat plenty of fiber to flush the infection out of your body. As a yeast infection goes away, the candida albicans release toxins which increase symptoms temporarily. Flushing these toxins out with water will speed your recovery.

      Tea Tree Oil
      Apply tea tree oil to the infection by applying it to a tampon and keep it inserted overnight.

      For more cures...
      CHECK OUT THE SOURCE LINK BELOW:

  13. QUESTION:
    How effective are cloth sanitary napkins as against disposable ones?
    I read somewhere that the disposable sanitary napkins have chemicals in the gels that they infuse and that these gels are harmful to our skin. These may also cause yeast infections. Is that so? Please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      they r just like the absorbant gels in diapers and completley harmless

  14. QUESTION:
    Do Monistat 3 or other OTC remedies for yeast infections actually work?
    I have a yeast infection and I am miserable. I don't have health insurance and can't afford to see a doctor. Will those OTC remedies for yeast infections actually work? I heard that they can cause more burning and itching before actually helping? What has worked for you in your experience?

    • ANSWER:
      I prefer Monistat 1-day treatment (it means you only have to use it once rather than 3 or 7 days). There is a potential that it will irritate you more for a day or two, but that's because it's working, and the skin of your vagina and vulva are REALLY irritated, so it makes things more uncomfortable for a day or so.

      If you don't have insurance, you CAN still go to a public clinic or Planned Parenthood and get medical assistance there. Just an FYI.

  15. QUESTION:
    How can i tell that i have a yeast infection?
    i'm getting red, skin and a white build up all over my vagina.
    is it a yeast infection?
    and what will help?

    • ANSWER:
      It's possible. If it's your first time and you've never had one before, consult a gynecologist because those symptoms are characteristic of other, more serious problems (such as STIs, or sexually transmitted infections). Yeast infections are usually a PH imbalance, an increase in your body PH resulting in itching, burning, a whitish discharge, and sometimes a smell, depending on its cause.
      If you are sure it is a yeast infection, limit your sugar intake and see your doctor. Doctors can prescribe a topical cream or a one-time pill that's the most convenient solution. If a doctor is not available, though I strongly suggest seeing one, there are over the counter products where you insert creams for 1 day, 3 days, or 7 days. The 7 day treatments are the most effective, and are not painful/very uncomfortable like the 1 day and 3 days are. Until you treat the issue, you can use dilluted hydrogen peroxide (one cup water to one teaspoon of peroxide) on the itchy areas to make it a bit more bearable. There are also common home remedies, such as inserting a naked garlic glove into the vagina, or inserting sugar free yogurt directly into the vagina.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is there a type of lotion that does not cause yeast infections?
    From a man's point of view... I like to use lotion for dry skin, but I've heard that if I have used lotion, and then I am intimate with my wife, that she is way more susceptible to yeast infections. Is this true? Is there a certain type of moisturizer that would not have this effect on women?
    Thanks for any input!

    • ANSWER:
      Why would you put lotion on your Hu-Ha?

  17. QUESTION:
    What are some other problems that might have the same symptoms as a yeast infection?
    It seems like I always get yeast infections and I'm starting to wonder if it's not actually yeast. My doc usually says it's yeast, but I've never gotten a second opinion. Are there any other conditions, illnesses that might cause the same symptoms to occur as a yeast infection? I've been tested for STDs, so it's not that. I'm just really frustrated with this and want this problem to go away! It's hurting my relationship because I can never be intimate with my bf.
    I eat yogurt every day, and use non scented hypoallergenic soaps.
    I do not wear tight clothes, and I always wear cotton panties.

    • ANSWER:
      I guess it depends on what specific symptoms you are referring to. Itch ,irritation, and a burning sensation can have multiple causes. Yeast is fairly easy to confirm by vaginal swab and culture as well as the type of discharge.... usually a curdled discharge is indicative of yeast but there may not be much of a discharge and would only be seen by a physician using a speculum on exam. As far as itch, irritation and burning, make sure of your personal habits are not adding to the problem or are the real cause being blamed on yeast.

      1. Do not use perfumed agents on the skin or anywheres near the groin because what you may be experiencing is in actuality an allergic reaction to those agents.
      2. Do not use Bounch or other fabric softeners on underware for the same reason.
      3. If you have very hard water or a water softener, not all the soap may be removed in the rinse cycle of the wash. When the machine stops, turn it all the way over to rinse again and add a full cup of white (clear) vinegar to the water. It is an acid and will neutralize base soaps and allow them to be removed easily from clothing. Otherwise a single drop of urine or vaginal moisture release onto the fabric will re-activate the soaps and then migration to the soft tissue causing more itching and irritation.
      4. Don't wear tight clothing that would cause mechanical irritation from walking especially if you are overweight which will accentuate the mechanical irritation.
      5. Use a good sterile personal lubricant again without fragrance or gental warming gels. Use this every time for sex to prevent mechanical irritation from the get go.KEEP it simple so that what you do does not cloud the waters and cause their own harm.
      6. Never use mineral oil or vaseline as a lubricant. It is actually a petroleum distallate and for some people is just as irritating as using gasoline. (plus the fact is may dissolve latex)
      7. Make sure you do not have an allergy to latex if hopefully you are using condoms.
      8. Spermicidal jellies can also be a source for irritation If one type is causing a problem, ask for a different formula that hopefully is not as irritating.
      9. Make sure your bf takes a shower before sex especially if he is not circumcised and no condom is used. Mechanical irritation to rough up a soft tissue surface followed a smear of foreign bacteria from under a foreskin or from poor hygiene on his part can cause you to suffer. It always amazes me how many men use a public restroom, pee and never wash their hands. If that is a standard of behavior, it follows that other health habits can be poor.
      10. Take a shower not a bath but if you must take baths, limit them to once a day and less than 10 minutes. Long term soaking in the tub can remove the body's own lubrication from vaginal tissue and expose the nerve endings in the tissue causing itch and burning.
      11. Avoid bubble baths for the same reason. If you disturb the natural barrier of mucous and the upper epithelial lining of these tissues, when you urinate, the salty urine will draw fluid from the lower tissue layers causeing an immediate burning sensation that will last until what remains on the labia is diluted by your own moisture.
      12. when wiping the area, use a non-sented toilet paper and pat... do not rub
      13. After a shower,use a hair dryer and dry the pubic area before getting dressed. A lot of moisture will cling to the hair and activate soaps,dyes and fragrances before you even start your day.
      14. Do not use scented tampons and change more frequently.

      These are the mechanical and allergy preventing steps you can take to maintain good genital health and prevent irritation and burning that mimick yeast infections. Most also work for men to avoid jock itch and allergies. It is just more prevalent in women due to exposed mucosal membranes of the labia. Hope that helps

  18. QUESTION:
    Can tea tree oil in the bath tub help clear up a yeast infection in a baby?
    My daughter has a yeast infection and I've heard that a bit of tea tree oil in the bath tub can take care of it. What is the ratio of tea tree oil to water to clear it up? Is it possible to put too much? How long does she need to be in the water for this to be effective? I've also got her on a pro-biotic and bare bottomed. Any other suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      it is amazing how little these responders know about tea tree oil. it does not mix with water so a drop in water is silly. it is so gentle that that it COULD be applied to the skin directly without carrier oil.If you mix the tea tree oil in carrier oil before you put it in the tub it will not glom it will spread around nicely. also it is absorbed through the skin so direct application is not needed. so what to do? mix 6 drops TT oil into a small amount of carrier oil like safflower or sunflower or grape seed or jojoba but NOT cooking oil like corn or canola. Put the mix in the tub of warm water and swish it around. child could stay in the tub for maybe 10 minutes. do not use a lot of TT oil because it has to be processed by the liver and it could overburden the liver and cause some problems. but 6 drops in a tub is fine. all oils can affect a person with seizure disorder. and last if you are pregnant don't swish the water with your hand as all oils can possibly cause a problem. other than those 3 issues oils are really safe and TT along with Lavender are among the safest. read up on TT oil at Camdengrey.com

  19. QUESTION:
    What can I do about chronic yeast infection?
    I take an antibiotic twice every day for a skin condition called rosacea. It keeps the skin problem at bay, but it gives me a constant yeast infection. So... my face looks good, but other parts are very uncomfortable. Is there anything I can do to releive this constant infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh that is AWFUL you poor thing.
      Wash your undies in hot water, no tub baths, keep it dry down there, cotton crotch only.
      Yes the antibiotics are probably causing it.
      I used acidophilus tablets to even out the yeast in my body. I was told that antibiotics killed ALL the yeast so the candida took over(yeast infection)
      The acidophilus worked. In the vitamin section.
      Good luck to you!
      D

  20. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of yeast infection without seeing a doctor?
    I only have bad odor and it itches like once a month. Besides if you do have yeast infection and you do go to the doctors what do they do to you

    • ANSWER:
      Garlic is so effective because it kills yeast. When inserting a clove of garlic into the vagina as a means of treatment, make sure you are peeling away the garlic skin. It works best if you do this treatment at night just like you do with other yeast infection treatments. Insert the garlic into the vagina by lying on your back on a bed with your knees drawn to your chest and spread apart. Discard the garlic in the toilet in the morning. Be aware that inserting garlic into the vagina may cause a watery discharge.

  21. QUESTION:
    What should I do to treat yeast infection?
    I'm pretty sure I have yeast infection. I'm a male. I have itchy skin around my elbow on both arms and sometimes it itches in the private area. How can I get rid of this? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Although I think the problem is 'most-likely' long and or short term allergic reactions to 'something' COMBINED WITH a weakened lymph liver kidney and immune systems - IF the following symptoms would ever occur - I think the worst it might possibly be is deadly bacterial meningitis.

      The two quotes below are from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacterial_Meningitis

      “IF a rash is present, it may indicate a particular cause of meningitis; for instance, meningitis caused by meningococcal bacteria may be accompanied by a characteristic rash.”

      “The MOST common symptoms of meningitis are headache and neck stiffness associated with fever, confusion or altered consciousness, vomiting, and an inability to tolerate light (photophobia) or loud noises (phonophobia). SOMETIMES, especially in small children, only nonspecific symptoms may be present, such as irritability and drowsiness.”

      For further details see: http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/about/faq.html

      For further information on itch rash illnesses and for long term solutions TO THEM ALL - the following link has considerable info within a ‘report’ I recently posted:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091113104039AAbnGet

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful malady in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

  22. QUESTION:
    Can shaving a double coated dog cause yeast infections?
    My MILs golden retriever has been having yeast infections on his skin and other problems since they've been shaving him and i was just curious.
    I'm not the one who shaves him. I don't agree with shaving double coated dogs it's my in laws dog.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe. I never thought it was a good idea to completely shave a long hair dog. I had a Golden many years ago we cut her hair ourselves three times a year and let it grow long in the winter but never shaved and never had any issues.

  23. QUESTION:
    How long after taking a course of antibiotics can a yeast infection occur?
    I was taking a 10-day course of antibiotics. I can't recall exactly when I stopped the treatment. But I know it was no more than 2 weeks ago. A few days ago, I started experiencing yeast infection-like symptoms. Then, yesterday, I went to the doctor. She swabbed and looked at it under the microscope. She said it was positive for yeast.

    Could this yeast infection be a result of the antibiotics I took?

    • ANSWER:
      Antibiotic for ten days I don't think will cause yeast infection.
      Here I am suggesting u a easy way which u can do ur self
      Buy a tube of quadriderm ointment, and a few vaginal tablets of Clotrimazole ( Canesten ) or (Candid)
      Sit on stool and insert one vaginal tablet as high as u can,
      then apply quadriderm ointment on outer part of itchy patches of skin
      continue it for 5 days
      Later u can use this procedure once a week as ur personal Hygiene
      ur problem will be solved

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between cooking yeast and a yeast infection?
    I was just making pitas with my mom (I'm homeschooled) and I'm wondering what the difference between yeast that you put in bread and a yeast infection is.

    • ANSWER:
      A strain;
      There are over 150 strains that can cause infection and only a few strains that are used in baking all are different strains, but they are of the same Phylum, and are all fungal.

      Saccharomyces exiguus is the most common strain of cooking yeast.
      Candidiasis is the strain that is most often the yeast found in an infection.

      According to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeast_infection
      "Candidiasis, commonly called yeast infection or thrush, is a fungal infection (mycosis) of any of the Candida species, of which Candida albicans is the most common.Candidiasis encompasses infections that range from superficial, such as oral thrush and vaginitis, to systemic and potentially life-threatening diseases. Candida infections of the latter category are also referred to as candidemia and are usually confined to severely immunocompromised persons, such as cancer, transplant, and AIDS patients.

      Superficial infections of skin and mucosal membranes by Candida causing local inflammation and discomfort are however common in many human populations. While clearly attributable to the presence of the opportunistic pathogens of the genus Candida, candidiasis describes a number of different disease syndromes that often differ in their causes and outcomes....

      The genus Candida includes about 150 different species, however, only a few are known to cause human infections: C. albicans is the most significant pathogenic species. Other Candida species pathogenic in humans include C. tropicalis, C. glabrata, C. krusei, C. parapsilosis, C. dubliniensis, and C. lusitaniae."

      According to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooking_yeast
      "Baker's yeast is the common name for the strains of yeast commonly used as a leavening agent in baking bread and related products, where it converts the fermentable sugars present in the dough into carbon dioxide and ethanol. The use of potatoes, water from potato boiling, eggs, or sugar in a bread dough accelerates the growth of yeasts. Salt and fats such as butter slow down yeast growth. The majority of the yeast used in baking is Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the same species commonly used in alcoholic fermentation. Additionally, Saccharomyces exiguus (also known as S. minor) is a wild yeast found on plants, fruits, and grains that is occasionally used for baking; it is not, however, generally used in a pure form, but comes from being propagated in a sourdough starter."

      According to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saccharomyces_cerevisiae
      "Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a species of budding yeast. It is perhaps the most useful yeast owing to its use since ancient times in baking and brewing. It is believed that it was originally isolated from the skins of grapes (one can see the yeast as a component of the thin white film on the skins of some dark-colored fruits such as plums; it exists among the waxes of the cuticle). It is one of the most intensively studied eukaryotic model organisms in molecular and cell biology, much like Escherichia coli as the model prokaryote. It is the microorganism behind the most common type of fermentation. Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells are round to ovoid, 5–10 micrometres in diameter. It reproduces by a division process known as budding."

  25. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get a yeast infection from masturbating?
    i masturbated the other day. and now i have a yeast infection. i was just wondering if it was from masturbating or just a coincidence? please help..

    • ANSWER:
      If you irritate the area, yes it is possible.

      Yeast Infections affect nearly 75% of all people, including both men AND women, at some point in their life.

      They occur when Candida, a natural fungus in the body, overgrows. Candida is normally regulated by Acidophilus (another microoganism living in the body).

      When diet and hygienic conditions change, sometimes the Candida will grow out of control. This leads to a yeast infection.

      Yeast Infections often show up as localized yeast infections -- as in a vaginal or penile yeast infection.

      They can also appear as a digestive tract disorder or skin irritation -- as in Candida Overgrowth yeast infections. I've provided information on how to treat LOCALIZED (vaginal or penile) infections below...

      The symptoms (you may not experience all of them):
      - white cottage cheese-like discharge
      - some odor
      - dryness (can cause bleeding)
      - digestive problems
      - itchiness
      - burning urination
      - painful intercourse
      - a feeling of just not being "normal"

      Here are some safe, natural cures you can implement.

      Avoid Sugars
      Avoid sugars and complex carbs for a week. they "feed" the Candida fungus.

      Clothing
      If you're not treating the infection with the Tree Tea Oil solution mentioned below, air out the infected area while you're sleeping at night. Don't wear underwear. Or wear cotton underwear during the day.

      Grapefruit Seed Extract
      Add grapefruit extract to your water during the day (raises acid levels in the body). This will decrease the candida in your body.

      Probiotics
      Eat probiotics like cottage cheese and yogurt. They will increase the acidophilus in your system and this in turn will fight off the candida yeast.

      Hygiene
      Shower frequently. Avoid scented soaps and antibacterial soaps. Don't take baths while you have the infection. If you go to the gym, shower immediately when you get home.

      Diet
      Drink lots of water and eat plenty of fiber to flush the infection out of your body. As a yeast infection goes away, the candida albicans release toxins which increase symptoms temporarily. Flushing these toxins out with water will speed your recovery.

      Tea Tree Oil
      Apply tea tree oil to the infection by applying it to a tampon and keep it inserted overnight.

      For more cures...
      CHECK OUT THE SOURCE LINK BELOW:

  26. QUESTION:
    I have a pretty bad yeast infection and tore my vagina a bit scratching it?
    Ok i have a yeast infection pretty bad and Im taking Monistat and today i was scratching ( i know youre not supposed to ) and i scratched pretty hard and started bleeding a bit. I am applying the anti-itch cream and trying to just heal up and not scratch anymore. How many days will it take? Do i need to go to the doctor for scratching so hard it bled a little?

    • ANSWER:
      scratching is not the solution..as you see you're only injuring yourself and causing yourself additional problems which can worsen the case..with yeast infection scrathing becomes a desire not only a need ..so,you can try to use some thing more delicate to scratch..for example a wet lump of cotton
      also you can apply some Ice the coldness will numb your vulva and make you feel relieved at least temporarily..there is also a home remedy that you can follow.

      Read down

      Yeast infections are typically treated with over-the-counter or prescription medications such as antifungal creams but there are several other ways to treat yeast infections naturally. One of the most common methods is with a vinegar douche. Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar in 1 quart of warm water and use as a douche to restore the natural balance of the vagina.

      2
      Hydrogen peroxide can also be used to make a douche to treat yeast infections. Add 2 capfuls of hydrogen peroxide to a quart of warm water. An alternative to this method is to add a couple of capfuls of hydrogen peroxide to your bath water and soak. It is important to keep in mind that the vagina is self-cleansing. Once the yeast infection has cleared up it is not necessary to douche on a regular basis.

      3
      Lemon juice can help restore the acidic levels in the vagina. Add a teaspoon or two of lemon juice to your bath water and soak in the bathtub.

      4
      Use yogurt to win the battle against yeast infections. Yogurt contains healthy bacteria that can be beneficial in fighting infection. Dip a tampon in plain yogurt and insert into the vagina. Replace 2 to 3 times daily. An alternative to using a tampon is to place the yogurt on a pad and wear, changing as needed.

      Tips & Warnings
      The following tips may help to prevent yeast infections: Practice good hygiene, drink plenty of water, wear cotton panties that keep the area dry, avoid clothes that are too tight and wear loose fitting clothes that allow the skin to breathe.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have painful sex after a yeast infection?
    I just recently finished using Monistat 7 about 5 days ago and am showing no signs or symptoms of the yeast infection. Today my fiance tried having sex and it was painful. The pain was like a raw feeling..like had already been rub raw within minutes of starting. I figure its because my skin down there is very sensitive right now after having an infection. Is this normal? Should wait longer to have sex?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm pretty sure you're supposed to wait about a week after starting that medicine to have sex. This may contribute to your pain. Also, the reason a yeast infections is able to thrive in your vagina is because it is so moist. It stands to reason that the medication may dry out that area, causing you to lose "lube" quicker possibly causing the raw feeling.

  28. QUESTION:
    How to stop itching from yeast infection?
    I have been taking medicine for strep throat & right after got a yeast infection. The first day I had the white discharge but now it's gone & just itchs like crazy! I am using vagisil & lastnight look fluconazole but nothing is helping!

    • ANSWER:
      Stoo itching!!! :( it will cause more itch!! Here's what you have to do: 1. Try finding a lotion that suits your skin type I suggest aveeno 2. Go on a yeast and white flower free diet for at least a month and you will notice your yeast infection go away! 3. Now that it's away have a doctors appointment and then try not to have to much yeast or white flower still but only have it at certain times

  29. QUESTION:
    What can cause Pink mixed with White Vaginal Discharge?
    And what can cause a sore clitoris and itching after being fingered? Do u think its a yeast infection that is causing this?

    • ANSWER:
      Itching and soreness can sometimes be caused by an increase in blood circulation. When a clitoris is stimulated and rubbed, the blood vessels in it dilate. When it gets rubbed TOO much, it can sometimes cause itching, but the itching should not last more than an hour. (A good example of this is if you've ever used a vibrating massager for longer than a few minutes, when you stop it itches because of the increase in blood flow. Same goes with when you are out in the cold or snow and then come in and warm up too fast, you can start to itch because of the increase of blood flow and dilation of the blood vessels).

      If it lasts more than an hour, than it means imbalance...
      It doesnt necessarily have to mean a yeast infection (too much yeast), but can be an imbalance of other things.. Your vagina (inner and outer) has a natural ecosystem going... a balance between bacteria and beneficial bacteria that keeps things in check. If the bacteria starts winning, symptoms begin. Your vagina also has a certain pH it needs to stay near and anything that changes that (can even be caused by over washing with harsh soap not intended for vaginas), causes symptoms as well.

      Regardless of what it is, something is wrong and out of whack.
      99% likely it is just going to get worse and worse (which will be more uncomfortable as well as take longer to get rid of). It can/will also spread to the inside of your vagina.
      You need to go to your local grocery or drug store and by the Monistat Combination Pack.
      It will come with a tube of cream that you can use to help with the symptoms itself (but not actually treat the infection). And it will also come with a medicine to help actually get rid of whatever is causing the issue and treat it. The treatment cream needs to be put on the inside AND outside of your vagina (all through out all the flaps of skin as well as all over your clitoris..etc. If you follow the rest of the instructions things should clear up fairly fast. Don't stop the medication once the symptoms stop.. FINISH the directions because the stuff you are fighting is microscopic so you dont want to stop too early and have it come right back a week or two later.

      Hope this helps some.

  30. QUESTION:
    What can I use to treat an irritation in my English Bulldog's facial folds?
    I have a 10mos. old English Bulldog and he has developed a moist skin irritation and/or minor yeast infection in the facial fold under one of his eyes. This problem is quite common among the breed. I wanted to find out if anyone knows what type of ointment or solution can temporarily be used to treat it until I take him to the vet next weekend? Thanks for your opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      Peace on Earth has already given you the correct answer:

      as a groomer this is the response I have been trained to give many owners with this same question,
      "English Bulldogs are prone to developing yeast infections within the folds of their face, for this reason owners should prevent the bacteria build-up by wiping out the folds via the use of a warm, damp cloth daily. When signs of an irritation or possible infection occur, continue to clean the folds out in the same manner so long as it does not cause the dog any obvious discomfort, and of course speak to your vet about these types of concerns as soon as they arrive to avoid any major skin irritation."

      You are a step above most of the owners I've already spoken to about this as you already are aware that this is a common problem and you know to take your dog to the vet for it. Many owners I've known will wait until the skin within the folds of their dog's face will be completely raw and infected, then the owner brings the dog to the groomer to be cleaned expecting that the smell from between the folds will magically vanish after a bath, of course by this point the groomer can only refer the owner to a vet because the skin irritation has become a major medical problem.

      Good on you for researching your dog's specific care requirements and loving him enough to seek proper medical care, you are a step above many others on this forum!

  31. QUESTION:
    GIRLY QUESTION i have a yeast infection and im wondering if its okay to wipe your actual vaginal hole?
    Ok, i swore i already typed all this in but its not showing up and i need an answer. Im 17, and ive had yeast infections before(im the type who gets a UTI from to much coffee), so i know how to cure and prevent. I was wondering if its okay to wipe the inner part of your hole, not like all the way your uteris but just an inch or so inside, where the discharge is coming from.

    • ANSWER:
      If you mean wiping using feminine wipes or sprays strip to clean your vagina of bacteria — and not all bacteria need to be cleaned away. Altering the vaginal environment with feminine sprays may cause yeast to grow because these products reduce the body’s natural bacteria that help fight yeast growth, .These products can be very irritating to the skin around the vagina, too.

      However you can wipe after urinating, wipe from front to back: yeast can exist in the intestinal tract and be swept into the vagina, along with E. coli and other bacteria, when wiping from back to front.

  32. QUESTION:
    what is the best yeast infection remedy?
    I have never had a yeast infection and it has been a long time since the symptoms started... finally tonight my boyfriend confirmed that thats what i have. I am really scared now i am not sure what to do. I was wondering what was the best over the counter treatment there was to buy that i can get tomorrow.
    I know it is a yeast infection because when he mentioned it i looked it up and started reading several articles about it and i have everything that it says you should have if you have a yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:
      Candidiasis, more commonly known as yeast infection, derives its name from the fungal species candida albicans which causes such infection.
      A condition not too serious, this infection can easily be treated with the help of yeast infection medication, most of which is easily available over the counter. Home remedies for yeast infection as well as natural ones are commonly recommended and are also known to be greatly effective.

      Commonly occurring forms of yeast infection include oral candidiasis or thrush, genital candidiasis of which vaginal infection is more common than penal, and superficial skin infections. People having diabetes, cancer or AIDS are more susceptible to these infections, and also those having weaker immune systems. Such persons may also be affected by yeast infections of the gastrointestinal tract, pharynx or the urinary bladder and are at a greater risk of the infection turning life-threatening. Medical advice may, therefore, be sought in severe cases or if the infection is recurring.
      For some people, all there is, is a little itch which can easily be ignored but for the majority of the population with natural relief for yeast infection.

  33. QUESTION:
    WOuld it be ok for me to use Apple Cider vinegar to douche a Vagina tha has a yeast infection?
    If it says for me to vinegar for a home remedy for a yeast infection.. Would it be ok to use Apple Cider Vinegar?

    • ANSWER:
      Never douche. It is harmful to the natural good bacteria that lives in your vagina. That bacteria fends off bad bacteria from getting into and setting up shop in your vagina and cause an infection. With out that good bacteria you will end up with more vaginal infections and bad smells. I am 25 years old and never douched or used feminine wipes and I have never had any vaginal infection. If you don't believe me you can read this article:

      http://www.alternet.org/sex/143075/lysol-scented_vaginas:_the_strange_history_of_douching/?page=entire

      I know you might think, "They sell douches so they must be safe." But that isn't true. They sell a lot of things that are not safe. For example, they sold lead paint and that was very dangerous.

      First are you sure you have a yeast infection?

      "The symptoms of vaginal yeast infection include:

      * Vaginal itching that is often severe.
      * Vaginal discharge that is usually white, thick, clumpy, and odorless.
      * Red, irritated skin around the opening to the vagina (labia).
      * Pain while urinating when urine touches irritated skin.
      * Pain in the vagina during sexual intercourse.

      Symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are more likely to occur during the week before a menstrual period.

      There are other conditions with similar symptoms, such as bacterial vaginosis or a sexually transmitted disease. Itching and redness of the vulva can also be caused by a reaction to vaginal products such as soap, bath oils, spermicidal jelly, or douches. If you are unfamiliar with your symptoms, see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis."

      http://women.webmd.com/tc/vaginal-yeast-infections-symptoms

      If you are still not sure you can go to the pharmacy and get a (over the counter) test and find out if you have an infection:

      (Although the other products they sell I consider unnecessary bad they are the only ones that make the test that I know of.)

      http://www.vagisil.com/vaginal-discharge-infections-screening-kit.shtml

      It's about .

      And if you do have a yeast infection you can go to this website and in the top left corner there is a button labeled, 'Treatment Finder' and you can find which treatment would be best for you:

      http://www.monistat.com/

      They are around to .

      And if you have an concerns you can always go to the doctor or gynecologist.

      But when this clears up I really suggest you wash your vulva and vaginal region with warm water in your shower. Your vagina is the original self cleaning oven. It knows what to do to keep itself clean.

      Good luck!

  34. QUESTION:
    Do you have to go to the doctor right away if you think you have a yeast infection?
    Or can you just buy some vaginal medications to treat it ? Or some home remedies?

    Im starting to believe that I may have a yeast infection because of this "cottage cheese" looking discharge? I'm not itching or burning or have any redness.

    Pls help?

    • ANSWER:
      If you know that it is a yeast infection and know how to treat the problem yourself then there is no reason to see your doctor, however if there is any possibility of it being another infection or having another infection along with the yeast infection then you need to see your doctor for tests and then possibly treatment. The “cottage cheese” discharge is a common sign of a yeast infection, you don’t need to have all the symptoms, although of course if you are sexually active (not just penetrative penis to vaginal sex) then it may be an STD or it may even be another infection. I’d say that if you are not sure and don’t know much about your body then see a doctor to be sure and also I’d recommend some basic sexual health books to read – not many people know about even the basics of sexual anatomy, it’s nothing to be ashamed of, it is however something to be ashamed of if you take no interest in learning for yourself.

      There are plenty of treatments you can get over the counter, Canesten cream being the better known – or you now get duo which is a cream for your vulva and vagina, also tablets to help fight the infection from the inside. There are also just creams, such as Vagasil, personally I’d say to avoid this particular brand like the plague as it’s manufacturers obviously care very little for female sexual health (their company also produces products that actually cause vaginal infections, they even have the cheek to advertise them on TV one after the other). These creams normally work very well, the problem is that they can be expensive – I’m guessing not much different from prescriptions in the US. I personally prefer the DIY route because if you know what you are doing then it is cheap and you have better control over your body, if that fails then it is time to see a doctor.

      There are a few well-known and well-used home treatments;

      •Yogurt.
      It contains Lactobacillus acidophilus which is a bacterium that is found in healthy vaginas, it kills yeast by producing hydrogen peroxide – eating yogurt also helps in prevention of yeast infections or take pills containing acidophilus. You can just plaster this stuff in your vulva and on your vagina as much as you can, leave on overnight and clean off in the morning, a better way of doing it is to fill up a menstrual cup or softcup with yogurt, or freeze some yogurt into ice cube makers and insert. Just be sure to use PLAIN PRO-BIOTIC yogurt.
      •Garlic.
      Contains an antifungal that kills off yeast, you just insert a fresh clove of garlic into your vagina – peel off the papery skin of the garlic clove but do not bruise the clove itself as this may cause irritation. Leave it for several hours at a time, like overnight, try several nights in a row until the symptoms disappear.
      •Teatree oil.
      This is a natural anti fungal too, but using it is a bit more difficult – normally people said to put some onto a tampon, but of course tampons cause vaginal infections like yeast infections, particularly if used when not menstruating, so it’s not the wisest idea. You can obviously put some into a menstrual cup or softcup, otherwise just washing your vulva with it a couple of times a day may help.
      •Boric acid.
      Load up some size 00 capsules from a pharmacy with boric acid and use these as suppositories, the heat and moister of your vagina will dissolve the capsules so releasing the boric acid. Insert two (600mg) into your vagina every night for a week, discontinue if it irritates.
      •Potassium sorbate.
      Potent antifungal you can buy from most home-brewing suppliers and natural food stores. Make a 3% solution by adding 8 gm (1 tablespoon) potassium sorbate to a cup of water, the idea is to use a tampon to teat but of course the risk factor is still there so again try a menstrual cup, softcup or wash your vulva with it a few times a day for a few days until the infection is gone.
      •Gentian violet.
      It’s a bit difficult to find, it’s a very old remedy and if you do find it then it is going to be in a pharmacy next to the iodine. You swab it all over your vagina and vulva once or twice a day for a few days – this stuff is bright purple, awesome cool but it’ll stain any nice white panties so wear all black.

  35. QUESTION:
    do you have to have cottage cheese like discharge for it to be a yeast infection?
    i have itching down there, but no discharge. so can it be a yeast infection? or does it need to have discharge in order for it to be a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
      First off, different vaginal infections tend to have very similar symptoms, so if a woman is experiencing one for the first time, or is unsure about a proper course of treatment, she should definitely see her doctor in order to get a proper diagnosis.

      With that said, yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of an organism called Candida albicans. This critter is sometimes present in the vagina in smaller numbers without any symptoms, but occasionally a change in their environment gives them a chance to really multiply and grow out of control. These overgrowths are easily controlled with medications designed to kill the Candida organisms. Treatments come in a wide range of forms including pills and vaginal creams, which may need to be taken anywhere from one dose to a week-long course of medication. While some treatments are prescribed by a doctor, many are available over the counter.

      So, how can a woman tell that she has a yeast infection? Most women associate a thick discharge that looks like cottage cheese with the Candida bug, although only about 20% experience it. If it is present, the discharge may either have a starchy odor to it, or perhaps none at all, and its color can vary from white to a more yellowish tinge.

      Since not everyone gets the discharge, the easiest way for a woman to tell that she has a yeast infection is that she itches in and around her vagina. A lot. The itchiness may be accompanied by a burning sensation, and her vulvar area can be red and swollen. It may also burn or be generally painful for her to urinate, and sex may become painful as well. A good way to distinguish the burning on urination that is due to a yeast infection vs. a urinary tract infection is to pay close attention to exactly when the burning starts and stops. With yeast, the burning is due to acidic urine hitting the irritated skin of the vulva, so the burning starts when the urine reaches the outside. With urinary tract infection, the burning is felt as the urine passes down the tube on its way out.

      While these are the general symptoms of a yeast infection, every woman may experience one differently. She may identify an infection by the smell and consistency of the discharge, which can be unique to her. However, certain symptoms definitely do not go along with a simple yeast infection, and they may indicate that something more serious is going on. For example, if she is feverish or is experiencing pelvic pain, these are definitely indications that she ought to see her doctor in order to receive a proper diagnosis and medical care.

  36. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a dogs' yeast infection?
    My dog has this awful smell and we looked it up online. We saw that it was very common for the type of dog we have to get yeast infections, but we aren't sure if that's what he has. He seems to show the symptoms for it. He is also very old.

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the location. It usually causes redness, dark brownish-red discharge in the ears. On the skin, it prefers warm places, like the arm pit or groin area, but can affect anywhere. The skin gets red, irritated and itchy ( of course!), and has a sweet odor. With chronic infections, the skin will darken, and get thick, like elephant skin.

      The easiest way to tell is to have your vet look at a swab of the skin/ears, to see if there is any yeast. There are many treatments, most topical unless the condition is severe. Please go to the vet, for his comfort.

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I prevent a yeast infection?
    TMI Alert! Every time I get my period I get a yeast infection. I'm 23, never been pregnant, and haven't had sex in awhile. I only wear cotton underwear, do my laundry in all-natural detergent with a double rinse, and use Dove Sensitive Skin soap. I've just bought some organic cotton pads off the Internet, do you think that will help? Is there anything else I should be doing?

    • ANSWER:
      Causes of yeast infection are multiple. The yeast is in our body anyway. Curring yeast infection will not be easy. Yogurt it helps, but must ne unsweetened. A big cause of yeast infections are the sweets from your diet. This mainly feed your yeast in your body. Having yeast infection during periods I think you suffer from recurrent yeast infection and you should take a more complex approach to treat it.

  38. QUESTION:
    is it possible to have a build up of yeast in your body, without ever experiencing a vaginal yeast infection?
    i think i may have a build up of yeast inside my body. i have a lot of the symptoms such as memory loss, fatigue, dry skin, mood changes, allergies, & at times i can even taste yeast when i swallow or blow my nose. i'm just wondering if it's possible to have a yeast build up in my body, yet never experience a vaginal yeast infection. i just figured if i do have a yeast build up, it would have affected me vaginally by now, but it hasn't.

    • ANSWER:
      You can't have yeast build up, without having some yeast infection some place in your body; since yeast is a bi-produce of an over production of bacteria that is normally found in our intestines, but ends up getting out of control. Often women get them while using antibiotics, becuase antibiotics kill the bad bacterias as well as many good ones that are needed.

      You can have the bacteria that produces yeast on your tongue, they appear as a white covering on your tongue or throat. You can have vaginal yeast infections and many women have mild ones and never know it until a doctors sees it. Any white cake or cottage cheese substance on or in your vagina is yeast. There are intestional yeast infections as well.

      Now, if you even think you have it, there is a very safe way to deal with yeast, which is a bi-produce of an organizsm, most often found in the digestive tract.

      Wal-mart has this item for cheap. It's Acidophilus, by Spring Valley. Costs around 7.00 for 120 tablets. After opening keep in the refrigerator. It's live bacteria that our intestinal tract needs. If you eat well, most people have lots of healthy bacteria, but now days with all the colas, sugary foods, many people, even men can end up with yeast infections and not even know it.

      Use the first dosage 4 of the tablets to really get your body going. Then use two at bedtime the first day, two more in the morning and two more the next night. Then take one in the morning and one at night for five days. Then one a day for one more week. That normallly will clear up any yeast infection. It simply helps the body to build back up the healthy organisms in the digestive tract.

      Eat lots of veges, or bran, as they can make you a little constipated as they begin to work.

      I use to get yeast infections all the time from antibiotics. I use to take the prescription for it, then had an allergic reactions. Then my pharmacist said to try the Acidophilus, that it did as well if not better then the prescription and didn't interact with any other medications that they'd ever encountered. It's even what OB/GYN's give to pregnant ladies who end up with a yeast infection, because it's natural, helpful and can't harm the baby.

      Now, the fact you say you can taste it when ou blow your nose. I'm wondering if you have a fungus infection instead. Fungus infections are nasty and cause more of hte symptoms you are talking about. Especially if it's gone on a while. If you have medical insurance, I would highly recommend you see and ENT and ask them to swab your nose, mouth and do an exam. If you have a fungus infection that you've had a for a while, it can get down into the teeth and cause absesses, it can move into the brain in time. It's not something to mess with. I had a friend I told her I knew she had it, her primary care doctor said no. She got into an ENT, she had a fungus infection that caused her to lose a tooth, have to be treated with very powerful anti-biotics for about 2 1/2 months.

      Yeast SMELLS, like dead fish if you ask me. I had it on my tongue once following throat surgery and there was no taste. If you are tasting something, I doubt it's yeast.

      Also, there are B-Vitamin as well as Mineral definciencies that can cause a metalic taste in your mouth, as well as cause the other symptoms you are talking about. Consider getting a blood work up from a doctor, even a primary care doctor can do this.

      Ask yourself if it's a metalic taste you are tasting?

      With all your symptoms, I'm telling you as someone who has from antibiotic use, many yeast infections and the Trush, which is a tongue and throat yeast infection once. I never once had from it all the symptoms you are talking about. You really do sound more like you are experiencing some type of vitamin or mineral defeciency and you can't just take over the counter vitamins and minerals to solve hte problem if that is what's wrong. IF that is what's wrong you really need to get into see a GOOD primary care doctor who can check your vitamin levels, especially your B-vitamins and Minerals like Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, etc.

      If you try for even one week the Acidophilus and you are not feeling much better, really do go see a doctor and if you can afford it now, go now.

      If you are bulemic, vomiting can also cause severe vitamin and mineral deficiencies that lead to all the symptoms you are saying you have.

      Whatever the cause, don't just let it keep going on, find out now. You wait long enough, you might be left in a situation that can't be fixed.

      Take care of yourself.

  39. QUESTION:
    My nails seem to be seperating from the nail be, first one and now two others are starting, what is it fungus?
    One nail started to look weird on one side now the entire thing seems to be coming unattached from the skin underneath, I can slip another fingernail way under there. Now I see two other fingers on the same thing where that is starting. I looked up fungus, yeast infections and bacterial infections. What causes this, what do I do, who should I see?

    • ANSWER:
      I would say it's: onycholysis it's a common nail disorder. It is the loosening or separation of a fingernail or toenail from its nail bed. It usually starts at the tip of the nail and progresses back.

      Many things may cause onycholysis. Some of the most common causes are:

      1.Repetitive trauma, e.g. daily tapping of long fingernails on a keyboard or counter
      2.Overzealous manicure, e.g. manicure tools pushing beneath the nail to clear dirt and overuse of nail cosmetics
      3.Prolonged immersion of nails in water.

      Treatment of onycholysis depends on the cause of the problem. Eliminating or correcting the predisposing cause is the best treatment. For example, treatment of hyperthyroidism will allow the nails to regrow normally and nail infections can be treated with antimicrobials.

      The portion of nail that has separated will not reattach to the nail bed and you will have to wait until the nail is fully regrown for the condition to be completely gone. Fingernails take 4-6 months to fully regrow whilst toenails may take twice as long.

      To prevent deterioration or recurrence of onycholysis after it has cleared up:

      Clip the affected portion of the nail, and keep the nails short.
      Avoid injuring the affected nail, and keep the nail bed dry.
      Avoid exposure to contact irritants such as nail enamel and enamel remover or solvents and detergents.
      Wear light cotton gloves under vinyl gloves for wet work.

      Hope this helps!

  40. QUESTION:
    What kind of dog food is reccomended for yeast infection?
    My 9 year old pitbull gets horrible yeast infections all over his body. Currently I am giving him 1 probiotic acidophilus daily plus 1/4cup yogurt and 3 benadryl twice a day. He also gets bathed with antifungal shampoo several times a week. What should I be feeding him?

    • ANSWER:
      you could try feeding a novel protein food such as venison, bison, rabbit, or duck for at least 12 weeks to see if it helps (and you might have to try all of them), or you could feed a hypoallergenic food such as royal canin hp for at least 12 weeks to completely rule out food allergies.

      if its not food allergy related, feeding a high quality food is still recommended. also adding in fish oils would be good. 180mg/ 10 pounds of body weight.

      add- NANCY B, yeast infections can be and often are the results of allergies! food and environmental. do some research before spouting off false information.

      if its from environmental allergies, a medication such as atopica would be beneficial.

      add- NANCY B (again)- your answer is just wrong. a yeast infection is NOT a type of staph (ph not ff) infection! yeast is a type of fungus while staph is a type of bacteria. antibiotics and sulfur are used to treat bacterial infections. antifungals are used to treat fungal infections.

      there are two types of antifungals. topicals and oral. topicals include shampoo (which the owner is using), creams, lotions, wipes, and sprays. oral antifungals are extremely hard on the liver and since the animal has to be on them for at least a month and at high doses, they are usually not recommended. topicals are the best route to take. hence the bathing with an antifungal shampoo.

      now, all the antifungals in the world arent going to do a damn bit of good if the underlying cause isnt addressed, hence the reason for changing the food. if a food allergy is the reason for chronic yeast infections, then putting the dog on a hypoallergenic food will help prevent future yeast infections. if environmental allergies are the cause, finding out what the dog is allergic to and addressing it will help prevent future yeast infections.

      once again for clarity: yeast = fungal. staph (ph not ff) = bacteria. antifungals treat yeast. antibiotics treat bacterial infections.

      oh, and bag balm will also not do a damn thing to treat a yeast infection. and why would you want to add more moisture to a moisture problem?

      add- how do you know its seasonal? age has nothing to do with when allergies develop or what type.

      add- okay dr nancy, explain:

      acute moist dermatitis? aka a hot spot (bacterial infection). i am so glad to know you have a crystal ball that allows you to diagnose a dog via the internet.

      pred? why? not every vet is quick to jump on the pred bandwagon and how do you know the dog hasnt already been treated with pred. besides, if it is a food allergy or something like hypothyroidsim or cushings disease, pred wont help and can potentially make things worse.

      skin scrape? what will that tell you? dogs with mange usually have bacterial infections not yeast.

      allergies are seasonal and an animal has to be exposed to an allergen twice before it develops an allergy? clearly you have no clue how allergies develop.

      just because the dog has been on the same food, doesnt mean it cant develop an allergy.

      min pins arent prone to allergies? wtf? this dog is a pitbull and any dog can develop allergies.

      go msu? again, wtf?

      please email me if you wish to continue discussing this matter because doing it this way, like your answer, is ridiculous.

      oh yeah, and even if it was acute moist dermatitis, putting bag balm on it will only make it worse.

  41. QUESTION:
    How do you get a yeast infection?
    I'm wondering how you get a yeast infection. Does it just happen or do u do something that results in it happening?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Olivia,

      Well a yeast infection is caused by many factors. You must remember that yeast (fungus) is part of the normal flora (the micro-organisms both fungus and bacteria that normally live in our bodies and on our skin, we are full of microbes). Normally there is a micro-environment that keeps everything in proper balance between bacteria and fungus. This is done through pH (acidity or alkalinity) of the region which can be changed due to hormonal changes (especially estrogen), taking certain medications such as antibiotics (especially metronidazole), douching (never do this) or application of lotions. The regions microenvironment is also controlled by the same bacteria and fungus. They compete against each other for the limited space. Once this microenvironment changes then either fungus or bacteria can take over (these microbes are called opportunistic because that will take advantage of the situation given the opportunity). The use of tampons HAS NO EFFECT ON THIS ENVIRONMENT. The use of tight thongs can have a mild effect due to increase dampness and irritation. The use of hormonal birth control pills also can lead to changes to the natural balance of this region. Douches may in fact be one of the reasons for the problem as well. Regular vaginal douching changes the delicate chemical balance of the vagina and can make a woman more susceptible to infections. Douching can introduce new bacteria into the vagina which can spread up through the cervix, uterus, and fallopian tubes. Although not extensively studied, safe sexual practices may play a role in decreasing the chances of having a yeast infection. By the way the proper term for yeast infection is vaginal candidiasis.

      Just for extra informaton, in 2009 one Cochrane review did not find probiotics useful in the treatment bacterial vaginosis. This is by far the most common vaginal problem observed up to 50% and the presence of a pungent smell usually indicates this as the culprit. However according to a few studies (see reference numbered 3, 4 and 5) a small number of clinical studies suggests that eating yogurt with L. acidophilus cultures may help especially when taking antibiotics and for the recurrence of both bacterial vaginosis and vaginal candidiasis

      I hope this helps you out, have a good weekend.

      Dan MD.

  42. QUESTION:
    Does a yeast infection go away if you just leave it alone?
    I noticed something was off a few days ago. Now figured out it's a yeast infection. Medicine kind of freaks me out so I was wondering if there is a chance of it just passing if left alone, or maybe there's something I can do to relief the symptoms or even get rid of it.

    • ANSWER:
      It can resolve on its own but you are better off treating it. Yeast infections that persist for a long time can cause severe irritation of the vaginal area and even around the urethra. Yeast infections can cause painful urination as well. Your skin can become so irritated with a yeast infection you may experience bleeding in some cases. I am not trying to scare you but this is what can happen if you don't treat it.

      Believe me, I hate any kind of vaginal medication but the alternative is worse. You can get Monistat 3 and it should feel a lot better in a few days. Monistat 1 is way too harsh on vaginal tissue.

      If you start to feel worse and really don't want to take anything you can try taking a bath with half a cup of baking soda. You could also take an antihistamine or get a cream to help with the itching. You can also buy acidophilus pills and insert them into your vagina when you go to bed.

      I hope you feel better.

  43. QUESTION:
    What are some uncommon illness's that can cause painful urination?
    I'm having a burning sensation when i urinate, also its very hesitant. There is also some irritation to the outer skin of the vagina around the opening and urethra. I've been tested for stds, and bladder infection, and yeast infection. No doctor can seem to find anything, so what is something that could be causing this?
    I'm pretty sure its not. I've used every yeast infection cream out there, been to the doctor how many times and all tests came back negative. I think its some more with my bladder or urethra

    • ANSWER:
      its a yeast infection i know that for a fact i was on the same boat two years ago..

  44. QUESTION:
    How often can you bath your 13 year old pekingese?
    Bows has allergies and yes she's been to the vet very often. We live in Fl but she stays indoors less her daily walks in the morning. But the skin flakes and smell drive her crazy with itching. It's even caused her to have a yeast infection in her ears that she has drops for. When she gets a bath it seems to make her feel better for a few days but the dander and itching comes back quickly. How often can we bath her. She has special bacteria shampoo she has to use.

    • ANSWER:
      I'd leave the bathing aside, and concentrate of her diet. Even though at 13, other things may be influencing all this. You are most probably only masking the real reason for all this, and may be actually making it worse. Find a vet who specialises in skin conditions - might help.

  45. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection cause bumps inside of the vaginal canal?
    I have a yeast infection (for about 6 days now) and as of tonight I have noticed flesh colored bumps with no puss inside the opening of my vagina. I am not sexually active so I do not think it is from a STD, could this be a result of the yeast infection since I am quite swollen and was previously on strong antibiotics from an illness? I am going to the doctor tomorrow but this is really bothering me!!

    • ANSWER:
      A yeast infect. can cause redness,soreness,and itching. You will also have a cottage cheese looking discharge, it is thick and will be on the skin down there. Antibiotics will give you a yeast infection and your doctor should have given you medicine for it when he/she gave you the antibiotics, if not you need to always tell them you need something every time you take them. I always get yeast from the antibiotics myself and if i forget to tell my doctor then i have to buy something over the counter for it, it cost about the same anyway but, the pill the doc can give you for yeast is much better ,I think ! you can take it while on antibiotics so you you want get yeast ! The bumps you see may just be normal on the skin there and they look red and swollen from the yeast infec. I wouldn't worry much about it sense you know you couldn't have an S.T.D. sense you don't have sexual relations! But if you have ever had sex with anyone then you might be concerned. Still your doctor will help you more about this so, don't worry about it sense you will be seeing someone real soon!! Then you will feel better. I bet its nothing anyway, just the yeast. so good luck to ya! hope you feel better!

  46. QUESTION:
    What's a good way to get rid of a yeast infection? And do I have one?
    It seems like every time after I have sex (usually a couple times a week, around the weekend), it burns a little when I pee, and I get itchy up there. This happens every time and it's very annoying, should I be concerned?

    Also, what are some nice ways that I can get rid of a yeast infection (if it is one), without going to the doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      well with a yeast infection you usualy get white cottage cheese looking discharge. and it usually makes your skin around your vagina itch. i would try using something like ky gel next time you are sexually active to reduce some of the friction and if youve been using laytex condoms you could be allergic to the laytex try a laytex free condom with some added lube see it that dont help oh and if your condom have spermicide in them then theres your problem some times bc can cause this try just washing with a warm soapy wash clothe right after sex and see it that wont sooth some of the itching

  47. QUESTION:
    Can a torn vagina cause a yeast infection?
    i have been itching for the past week near the hole of my vagina and my inner labia. i also have had a milky white discharge. i thought it might be a yeast infection at firts but i have had one before and it just doesnt feel the same. it only burns in one small specific spot when i pee. i looked with a mirror and there is a tiny piece of skin hanging loose in the entrance of my vagina. could this be the cause of my problems?

    • ANSWER:
      AND HOW IT CAN

      YA GOT a torn vagina..the tears, IT BREEDS YEAST1! yes, YEAST!!!

      get dosed WITHi nyastatin

      or A good oinkment or a salve...prudent for wholesome health...und vaseline too.

      dunt calla quack..und use bactine..und dunt delay ,,douche i say!!

      se a doctor today...und dunt call yus chiropodist

      get a grade A gynecologist today und FIGHT yeast!!!!!! YEAST..its a killer!

  48. QUESTION:
    What else, besides a vaginal infection, could cause a strong odor after sex?
    I'm 21, and have never had children. I only have had one sexual partner, my husband (and just to clarify neither of us have any STD's)

    I get a pap every 6 months and I've never had a yeast infection. I don't have skin irritation and the odor isn't fishy. I take showers/baths often and use mild soaps without dyes or fragrance, so it's not that I'm not clean.

    I always smell it really stongly after sex. What could cause this?

    • ANSWER:
      I know what you mean, I think it's just the combinations of the fluids. It sounds weird, I know, but I get the same thing and it's only after sex, so that's gotta be it.

  49. QUESTION:
    How do you know if a diaper rash caused by the brand of diaper?
    My son is a month old. He had a yeast infection that was caught early. He was in Huggies. The infection went away. Then we went to Parent's Choice from Walmart and he got an diaper rash right away. I assumed it was the daipers. We are now trying another name brand and the rash is there. Would it be that he is sensitve to some types of diapers? I think he may have sensitve skin as the heat gives him that heat rash whiteheads on his face.

    • ANSWER:
      My six month old gets heat rashes all the time, and little pimples too. She wears Huggies because offbrand diapers and even Pampers give her diaper rash. I think it's something about the way they fit. However, my best friend's daughter does best in Pampers. I think it all depends on the baby.
      I don't think the Huggies had anything to do with the yeast infection, that just happens sometimes. If they fit him the best, I'd keep buying those.


skin yeast infection causes

Systemic Yeast Infection Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are yeast infections in the ears of malamutes a common problem?
    I adopted a 5 year old malamute. Since January he has had one infection after the other. He has been on steroids, anti-fungal pills, and ear drops for a month solid. The vet is at a loss as to why he keeps getting them. Anyone have a clue?

    • ANSWER:
      It can be a problem. It depends on several conditions like food, temperatures/humidity & meds the dog is on. Meds like antibiotics & steroids will often cause certain types of yeast infections to occur. These 2 sites has great info on treating yeast infections in the ears & treating the whole body.

      http://www.dogearyeastinfection.com/what_causes_a_yeast_infection_in_your_dogs_ear.html

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      Sometimes it can take a while for your dog 's body to fully change & to reject the yeast overgrowth. Read the sites & see if there is more you can do to help your dog.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can elephant skin on dogs be cured?
    Our dog has suffered from yeast infections for several years. After spending hundreds of dollars and going to the vet countless times, I have finally been able to get his itching under control. However, he now has bare patches of skin and thick, ugly skin that the vet says is "elephant skin". I don't need to know how to stop the itching. All I need to know is is there a way to get rid of the thick ugly skin or will he have that for the rest of his life? My vet has been able to provide any suggestions/treatments.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your vet about prescribing a systemic anti-fungal. My yeast infected dog is on ketoconizole. It does work quite well for her. Much of her elephant hide has started to become normal and the skin is growing hair. She also gets a fish oil capsule daily. and is fed a diet with very little grain. Make sure that your dog's thyroid is normal. In order for the elephant hide to be decreased, the yeast in the skin has to be killed and prevented from coming back. Liver issues can be a problem when using ketoconizole so blood work needs to be run often to check for that potential side effect.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the best dry food to feed your dog when they have stomach issues?
    I have a 1 year old female yorkie. Every so often she has digestion issues. She has been to the vet had tests run and she is healthy. We are thinking that it is food allergies. What dry food would you recommend for a 6 pound yorkie (pretty picky)? When she is having her issues (mild spiting up or vomiting) what is a good thing to feed her? She is acting fine..........and still hungry but we are still in the testing stages of finding out what she is allergic to so she has the occasional vomiting.

    • ANSWER:
      Without knowing what your dog currently eats for food and treats, it is impossible to make a recommendation. Here are a few things you should know though.

      In dogs, there are allergies and intolerance's (like people being lactose intolerant). Allergies usually manifest in skin conditions, like hot spots, hair loss, itching, sores, ear infections, paw licking, and tear stains. Intolerance's usually show up in stomach problems, like vomiting and diarrhea. Both are diagnosed the same way, but an intolerance will clear up within days and allergy symptoms take up to three months to go away. Allergies can also be to things in the environment.

      First, you need to choose a food that has only one meat and one carbohydrate, both of which your dog has never eaten or not eaten in many months. Make sure to change or eliminate the treats as well. If the dog improves, then the current ingredients are ok, and you can try adding additional ingredients one at a time to see if you can find a trigger. If there is no improvement, your dog is allergic or intolerant of one or both ingredients, or has environmental allergies. If there is no improvement, you can try the trial again using different ingredients, or get medication from the vet to treat for environmental allergies.

      No matter what, you should start your dog on probiotics. Probiotics help support proper digestion and improve the immune system. This will help with allergies and general health. Fish oil is another important supplement. Fish oil is a natural inflammatory and can reduce swelling.

      Other possibilities are systemic yeast, acid reflux, or just plain eating too fast.

      If you suspect it is dietary, here are some brands to look into. Always read ingredient labels carefully, as each variety within the same brand can be drastically different.
      California Natural, Natural Balance (LID formulas only), Taste of the Wild (salmon or lamb only), Nutrisca, Nutrisource grain free, Innova Prime, Precise Holistic grain free, Orijen 6 fish, Acana pacifica, Go Natural.

      Here is a good article for you on allergies and systemic yeast
      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

  4. QUESTION:
    My puppy has very very bad skin allergys and I need help?
    My dog bella skin is so iritatted in on spot we tried medicine swittching her dog food. Im not the only one with this problem a few others said they are having the same problem. We have brought her to the vey numerous times. What is it?

    • ANSWER:
      A single affected area, localized, is likely a hot spot, a bacterial skin infection that is not generalized over the entire skin, in need of removal of hair by close clipping, cleansing, and starting strong skin infection sensitive antibiotics, like the cephalosporin Simplicef, aka cefpodoxime, for a minimum of 14, up to 28, days. Your vet may not have tried the right antibiotic, or has not treated the infection long enough. Also, she must not chew or scratch the area. Usually, if it's itchy, the antibiotics, and potentially a systemic oral steroid, treat the itchiness immediately and the skin quiets and starts healing within 24 hours, thus they don't scratch at it uncontrollably.

      If you've done prolonged antibiotics already, and closely clipped and treated the wound at the vet's, then you may need to have the vet rule out Demodecosis, an infection of overpopulating normally existing demodex mites. This is ruled out with a skin scrape, and demodecosis is common in juvenile and geriatric dogs. If the mites are present, a skin scrape with a surgical blade scraping down to the follicle, deep enough to cause bleeding, will reveal demodex mites living in the follicle, deeper than they should be. Typically, they live on the skin's surface, cleaning it of dead cells and other detritus.

      Additionally, a fungal skin infection should be ruled out. A skin impression or tape prep may be necessary, staining the slide, and distinguishing bacteria from yeast, to rule out a fungal infection vs. bacterial only.

      Also, if the bacterial infection is secondary to allergies, a food allergy is only present in 10% of skin allergy dogs. But, reducing processing and by-products can help the immune system cope with the allergy. A homemade diet, frozen raw diet, or dehydrated food can help greatly with allergies. If the vet said she has allergies, try getting her tested at a veterinary dermatology clinic, verifying what agents cause an allergic reaction in your dog.

      The simplest explanation is a hotspot, or if not localized to a single affected area, a puppy pyoderma, affecting a large expanse of skin in the inguinal area, belly, armpits, and tailhead are the most commonly affected areas. Puppy pyoderma is a more generalized, very common skin infection among younger dogs. If Bella isn't really a "puppy" and is an adult, she my have pyoderma, atopy, or a fungal infection. If you've been to the vet more than twice in 4 weeks and she's still miserable, get a second opinion at another vet.

      Good luck getting her comfy!

  5. QUESTION:
    Anything else I can do for dog with ear yeast infection?
    My German Shepherd has had a bad yeast infection for a few weeks now. I recently got him (a few weeks ago) so I don't know if he had it long before I got him. We took him to the vet and he got a shot of cortisone, perscription yeast treatment to squirt into his ears, and aloe cleaning fluid. We cleaned them as instructed, which wasn't extremely productive with cotton balls, and used the treatment. We've also been giving him probiotics for a week or two now. (The shelter was giving him antibiotics for it!!) We also had his ears professionally cleaned, but within a day the gunk was back. He holds his ear down half the time and scratches it a lot; it really bothers him. Should I take him to see the vet again? What else can be done? Or does it simply need more time with the probiotics and cleaning? (He's not on the prescription anymore, but we still clean them once a week.) (He is on grain-free dog food.)

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a good article for you http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      Not all grain free foods are good, and many are not good for yeast issues. Yeast feeds off of high starch, high sugar ingredients. Things like potato, tapioca, gluten, oatmeal, white rice, etc., will make yeast worse.

      First thing is to clear up the infection. Most of the time this means a course of antibiotics and daily ear cleaning. K9 Liquid Health is a great ear cleaner. Once the infection is cleared up again, put your dog on a raw or other fresh food diet free of any carb/starch source. Continue to use probiotics. Coconut oil is another helpful supplement to fight yeast. Your dog should improve and eventually stabalize on the raw diet. Once your dog is healthy and off medication, you can put him on a low glycemic dry food. Nutrisource grain free, Nutrisca, and Precise Holistic grain free are good choices.

      You will need to continue with frequent ear cleaning and probiotics long term. Good luck.

  6. QUESTION:
    My dog is chewing herself raw + weird behavior changes?
    My 8 year old Mini-Pinscher mix is chewing, biting, and licking her skin raw, especially around her tail and butt. She does NOT have fleas or ticks. I just want to find some relief for her!

    Late last year we got a puppy and she used to play with him a lot, but now she won't play with anyone and hides under the bed or behind the sofa all day. Why is she acting like this? What should I do?
    Are these two things connected?

    • ANSWER:
      Daras is she balding in any of those areas? First, to offer relief from the itching you get ORIGINAL Listerine. Yes, the mouthwash found in any drug store. ONLY get the original (yellow) formula. Just dab on affected areas. I have used this for many rescues while they detox from systemic yeast infections. The alcoholic has a disinfectant quality, but this particular solution also numbs the skin a little which offers the dogs relief. Here's a post that I found online that discusses the severe itching issue: http://timitalks.com/?p=1903 When allergies and/or infection begin to overtake the dog, loosing interest in play is very common. There are other topicals to help relief itch but seriously, I've dealt with this with so many rescues and the Listerine (ORIGINAL) really offered the best relief while they were healing and it is safer than cortisone creams. If an area has puss due to severe itching, then cleaning with witch hazel and dabbing Neosporin will help. Check out that link so that when you do go to a vet, you have some knowledge to base your decisions on. By the way, if your dog does have food allergies (which is a systemic yeast issue) then a grain-free diet isn't a cure. Out of last 55 rescue dogs, 20 needed a special diet due to allergies. It's not just what is in the kibble ingredient, but what the line-up/ratio of the ingredients are that affect the GI tract. I've tried everything over the years and the #1 option I've found in this case is Holistic Select Duck & Oatmeal.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can demodetric mites eventually lead to an animals death?
    My pitbull/boxer mix has them and we have treated him several times and they keep coming back worse every time.. he is missing most of his hair on his underside and has sores on his skin that burst if light pressure is applied... I don't want to put him to sleep because he's such a good dog and seems to enjoy himself and life..
    also, i have already taken him to the vet several times and treated him with the dip bath, we have even gotten the shot for him, and i even ordered some herbal stuff and nothing works.. just answer the question, because i don't want to put him to sleep.. if it will kill him, i will, but if it won't, i won't...

    • ANSWER:
      This is a much more serious disease. It is difficult to treat successfully and the secondary bacterial infections, often staphylococcus, are very debilitating on the general health of the affected animal. This mite lives its entire life cycle deep within the host's skin, right down with the oil glands of the skin. It is not easily transmitted from dog to dog, except by direct and constant contact. It is unlikely to infect man.
      The condition is diagnosed by finding the mites or their nymphs in deep skin scrapings.
      It is easily differentiated from sarcoptic mange because it does not cause itching. There are two forms of the disease, known as squamous and pustular.
      In the squamous form, there is hair loss around the eyes, or muzzle, hocks, elbows, feet and neck. There is usually a scaly skin with a light grey greasy feel. The condition may remain at this stage for a number of years. If the animal is stressed, the condition will worsen - the hair loss will become generalized, the skin will thicken and the greasiness will increase.
      In the pustular form, the skin is thickened, wrinkled and inflamed. Pustules are present; these may become abscesses, or pus may underrun the skin. There may be irritation when this occurs. There is nearly always bacterial invasion in this form of the disease.
      Demodex may be treated with oral flea preventatives, used at the rate for flea control. These preparations should not be used on young puppies except under strict veterinary supervision. These drugs often take many weeks to express the damage they may cause the central nervous system, which may appear from any signs of vitamin deficiencies to wobblers disease and even skeletal abnormalities.
      If the disease is the pustular form, concurrent treatment with antibiotics to which the secondary infections are susceptible are essential.
      Demodectic mange treatment is also helped by increasing the general health of the dog with food supplements such as cod liver oil, yeast, kelp, vitamin C and ensuring that the diet is rich in digestible protein, and has some simple carbohydrates in it. Increasing the dog's general health will help towards healing the affected areas and improve the resistance to reinfection or to building up of a residual infection not removed with the initial treatment.
      Bitches that have demodectic mange, or those that have never coated up completely after treatment for demodectic mange should not be used for breeding. Puppies develop demodectic mange in the nest through constant contact with their mother, if she is infected.
      Demodectic mange is commonest in short coated dogs. This is because of the nature of the mite. It would more likely be brushed off the fur of a longer coated dog before it could enter the skin. But still it may occur in longer coated breeds, and these are even more likely to infect their puppies, because all puppies are born with relatively short coats.
      It is irresponsible of owners of dogs with demodectic mange to take their dogs into public areas where there are other dogs in close proximity. Certainly such dogs should never be taken to functions catering for dogs where there is close contact.=
      http://www.erinrac.com/articles/mange.html

      Many times a dog will have a skin condition that mimics mange but is not mangeThere are times when a dog may have a skin allergy that looks like mange but is not mange. There are times when a dog may have systemic problems such liver disease or thyroid malfunction that can cause a skin condition that is not mange but may look like mange. If a dog has an organ disease or malfunction, no matter what you do to treat mange or any other skin condition, the skin won't heal because the organ needs to be treated first. It's all a function of the animal's immune system. A properly functioning immune system is a primary factor in healing demodectic mange, or any other skin condition. If it's mange, our remedy will kill the mites. If the open sores have become infected, treatment with antibiotics from the vet is probably needed before the mange can heal.
      Veterinarian treatment would be extensive and require multiple visits, and definite diagnosis is frequently difficult. Stress levels must be reduced. It is essential and critical for dogs who are afflicted with demodectic mange to have their stress levels reduced. Whatever may be causing the animal's stress should be eliminated if at all possible. Much like puppies whose immune systems are not fully developed and are therefore more susceptible to an outbreak of demodectic mange, older dogs whose stress level has been elevated have their immune systems weakened. Consider what can cause stress for a dog: new home; new family member or loss of a family member from the home; new baby; additional pet in the home; pregnancy and birth which alter its hormones; new carpet; rearrangement of the furniture and where the dog sleeps; child starts school; illness in the family; major changes to your back yard; any major change in its environment, etc. These situations require additional love and attention be given to your pet with mange while you are treating the outbreak. The dog's environment must be cleaned up in the same manner as for sarcoptic mange. With patience, persistence and lots of loving care, repeated treatments can provide the proper conditions for demodectic mange to heal. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, it can take a few months for the skin to heal, the mange to clear up and the coat to return to normal. The dog's stress level must to be lowered so its immune system functioning can improve, and so healing can occur. Kill the mites and the skin can heal. Use the MAUI WOWIE MANGE BUSTER® Formula to kill the mites and keep fleas under control so the fleas don't aggravate the dog's skin while it is healing.
      http://www.mangebuster.com/Read_About_Mange.html?sid=be1a59bc1932388818d6b191099ba189

      This will not kill your dog but it can be a long term to be cured. this website will give you a link for another cure if u would like to try it. Never hurts to try until u find something that does work.
      changing the dogs food may even help
      innova, canidae and solid gold are excellant foods. if u are feeding science diet, eukanuba, iams or other commercial brand dog foods get the dog off of this as they have crap in it that causes more allergies and skin problems.

  8. QUESTION:
    My 3 1/2 y/o intact male golden has had hot spots for the past year, and is treated with cephelexin. When he?
    completes his meds, he is okay for sometimes 3 weeks... sometimes 8 weeks and then he gets them again. usually on his cheeks, top of his head, and chest. The last time he had them, they were on his trunk and back and now they are on his head and cheeks again. Never on his belly or legs or feet. I have done some research and have started him on a grain free diet and am thinking about going raw with him. Anyone have experience with the raw food diet or with basically chronic hot spots? He is very active, runs everyday, is bathed weekly, indoor dog (my baby). Any info would be much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Please have your vet re-evalutate your dog.. make sure it is not a yeast infection in dogs which usually spread more than hot spots. Take a look at this... http://greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

  9. QUESTION:
    Dog food for Systemic Yeast Infection?
    Hello. My yorkie has been battling with Systemic Yeast Infection for 4 years. I've always had him a Precise product. (Grain Free – Lamb & Turkey With Garbanzo Beans and Sensicare: both dry). And they both have worked wonderful. The problem I'm having now is that he developed bladder stones and had them removed. Vet says his PH level is too high and if we dont cut down on the protein, he may develop them again. My yorkie is 6 years old and weighs 8.5lbs. I've been searching around for a food suitable for his condition while keeping the protein % a bit lower. Not having great luck doing so. Is there any advice or suggestions you have for me? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    @made you look: Both foods were 27% and 22%. His ph level has come down a bit since adding apple cider vinegar in his water supply daily.

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    Yorkie with skin problems. Could this be a food allergy?
    I am a groomer and have a client with a yorkie that even after I bathed him he smelled bad. After awhile he was diagnosed this yeast and was given Malaseb. Several weeks later he came in with a keratinized area on the back of his neck that was very red. The owners took him to the vet and they gave him another medicated shampoo, powder and a pill (don't know what exactly). I bathed him last week and his skin is just red as a beet. A groomer friend of mine says she think it's a food allergy. She recommended some kind of yorkie food,..." ? Gold" Any suggestions about this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      He may still have a fungal infection. Sounds like the owners need to have his skin cultured again for a followup to see if any yeast/bacteria are present in large numbers. He may have a secondary bacterial infection. If the yeast were not controlled with the shampoo, he could be given a systemic fungal control drug. Everyone always assumes it's food allergies, and it may be, but i would want to see the results of a culture....there are dog allergy specialists out there if an allergy is suspected. Their vet will probably have to refer them if he suspects it is an allergy.

  11. QUESTION:
    My dog has a yeast infection in his ear. Help?!?
    My dog has a yeast infection in his ear. We've tried everything to help the little guy but nothing seems to work. We've taking him to several vets and he's had several antibiotics but they only seem to make it worse. Do you know of any home remedies that are safe and effective for curing this yeast infection in his ear? By the way, he won't eat yogurt, tried that already.

    • ANSWER:
      Some dogs with chronic yeast infections in the ear require systemic anti fungal medications. Usually an external ear canal infection is treated topically but if his is not resolving with just tropicals ask your doctor about oral anti fungals. Also some dogs with chronic ear infections or yeast infections of the skin should have there thyroid level checked. Chronic ear and skin infections can be an indication of hypothyroidism. Food allergy's can also exacerbate ear and skin yeast infections. If your vet is not covering all the bases maybe you should seek advise from another one.
      ADDITIONAL: Yeast in the ear of a dog is malasseziapachydermatitis, vaginal yeast infections are caused by candida albicans. They are similar oragnisims but not the same.

  12. QUESTION:
    my dog has a ear yeast infection, dose anyone know how to help this or what it even is?
    she is a 4year old lab roxie and she plays all day with my small dog who bits on her ears i dont know if that is the problem but roxie's ear (even tho we have taken her to the vet and gotten treatment ) has red spots in it and the fur is like wet inside im worried please help!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Epi otic can be used to help clear a yeast infection but it sounds as though her ear needs further treatment.
      Make sure you dry the ear after cleaning.
      If the ear needs to be flushed I would have it done by your vet.
      You should not be pouring the ear cleaner directly into the ear
      It can be painful as well as stressful.
      Making ear cleaning a nightmare for owners and pets.
      Soaking a cottonball is enough cleanser.
      Massage the base of the ear
      Then clean/dry out the ear with cottonballs.
      For yeast infections vets commonly dispense animax or tri-otic.
      They have a soothing affect on the ear and treat the yeast.
      The skin of the ear may need some systemic antibiotics.
      I would schedule a recheck for the vet to reassess the ears.

  13. QUESTION:
    my dog has a rash on her neck , what it is and what can i do to make it go away?
    she's even started to lose the hair on her neck i took her collar off thinking that what was what was causing it but its still there.

    • ANSWER:
      I just wrote about this for a guy who's dog had the issue with her tail. 97% of dogs, whose "owners" describe this problem, I've found that a systemic yeast infection is the cause. Sadly vets know NOTHING of this issue. Will incorrectly tell you it's allergies. Perhaps prescribe antibiotics...which make the condition WORSE. Steroids - again, make it worse. While a collar that is too tight, or made of "cheap" material (material that can't breath) can cause a topical allergic reaction, you should monitor it further and see how your dog behaves. Is he/she itching. What other symptoms? Please feel free to contact me at my site and when you contact me, tell me exactly what you feed the dog. Dogs susceptible to a systemic yeast problem must ensure they are not being fed kibble whose formulas aggravate the condition. Two APPROVED formulas I can tell you right off the bat are Holistic Select Duck & Oatmeal Radiance (my fav for this problem) and Precise Sensicare Lamb formula. In the meantime, you can help ease the itch by dabbing on some ORIGINAL formula Listerine. Yes, the yellow mouthwash. It'll help numb the skin and ease the itch. Using before bed usually allows for a better sleep. Don't over use, the alcohol in it is drying.

  14. QUESTION:
    What's the quickest way to kill a bad yeast infection in a dog ?
    Please help.....I think my dog has a horrible yeast infection. She's a 20lb, Chi / mix. Her urine culture will be back from the lab tomorrow or day after, but she's suffering !!! If she DOES have a bad systemic yeast infection, what's the BEST, QUICKEST way to knock it out ???
    Antibiotics I assume, but which one ? She's on Amoxicillin now, just in case....will that help at all ?????? Please help !!

    • ANSWER:
      Antobiotics do not kill fungi, which is what yeast is. In fact, anti-biotics kill off the good bacteria that help keep the yeast in check.
      If it is a yeast infection, the dog needs to be on a good anti-fungal medication and probiotics from yogurt aren't a bad idea to help replenish the good bacteria.

  15. QUESTION:
    Probiotic chews containing yeast?
    My German Shepherd has had a pretty bad yeast infection in his ears for awhile now. We're treating it, and we were told to give him some probiotic chews to help fight it off. I bought some, and the first ingredient in them is dried brewer's yeast. Yeast in chews meant to fight off yeast infections? Or does the yeast in the chews not affect anything?

    • ANSWER:
      Brewers yeast is a form of dead yeast, and will not negatively effect your dog. It can actuall be beneficial. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-715-BREWER'S%20YEAST.aspx?activeIngredientId=715&activeIngredientName=BREWER'S%20YEAST

      Probiotics don't just help with digestion, they support the immune system. Since 70% of the immune system is found in the gut, it is critical to keep healthy digestive bacteria in balance. By increasing the numbers of healthy bacteria in the body, you can slowly begin to fight down yeast levels.

      It will also help if you eliminate anything with too much starch or sugar in the diet. Go to www.greatdanelady.com and look for her article on systemic yeast. Very informative.

  16. QUESTION:
    should i bathe my puppy?
    she has a yeast infection in her ears( weird) and i have to give her drops 2 times a day and after she shakes her head the medicine is all over her hair on her head and ears. while shes taking her meds is it okay to give her a bath to clean her. its really oily. just need to know if her ears are safe to get wet is all.
    ps. how does a dog get a yeast infection in her ears?
    her vet said something like dirt and moisture

    • ANSWER:
      I would wait until her infection has cleared since she doesn't need any additional moisture in her ears & she will just do it again. After you put the drops in, you can place a piece of a cotton ball in her ear so when she shakes the meds won't go flying out then remove cotton ball. If this med is Otomax, it is very greasy & nothing will make it come right out. It will take a month or two before it will completely disappear. I had been grooming 30yrs & have tried many times & many different products, just keep brushing it. Here is a good site to explain yeast in dogs' ears.
      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

  17. QUESTION:
    Is caprylic acid safe to give to a dog? She has recurring yeast infections.?

    The vet just wants to put her on cephlaxin(anti-biotic) and she has been there, still comes back. No more anti-biotics. She has a bland diet (chicken and rice, all organic cooked), given acidopholis, cranberry supplemants, multi vitamin, fish oil, and unfortunately, previcox for arthritis. I am tending to thing that previcox is not helping either.

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't use antibiotics anymore either. Taking certain antibiotics & steroids in a cause for yeast infections. Please read this link - it has good info on the causes & prevention of yeast infections.

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

  18. QUESTION:
    My rottie has HORIBLE ear infections, what is wrong with him! HELP! he crys every night! i dont know what 2 do?
    we take him to different vets and they say the same thing! the obvious it is an ear infection! they send him off with just meds! they don't tell us what it is wrong! is he allergic to something? his ear bleeds allot and itches constantly! if you can give any advice please help!
    MY POOR PUP NEEDS YA!!!! thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      What kind of ear infection? yeast? bacterial? both? Has the ear wax been examined under the microscope and cultured? Is your dog on a systemic antibiotic if this is bacterial? What food is your dog on? Has he been thyroid tested? Ear infections usually have an underlying cause if they are chronic. This includes a foreign body in the ear, allergies usually to food and/or hypothyroidism. You might need to be referred to a veterinary dermatologist or a veterinarian who does better diagnostic work. It'll cost you some money but having a happy dog is well worth the cost.

  19. QUESTION:
    yeast infections in dog ears?
    i would like find a home remedy that i can make and clear up the yeast infections in my dogs ears

    • ANSWER:
      Here is several good sites for you to read & use.

      http://www.dogearyeastinfection.com/what_causes_a_yeast_infection_in_your_dogs_ear.html
      This one addresses causes & remedies if you click on the left side.

      http://www.vegsource.com/animal/dogs/messages/1013179.html
      Beware this solution will stain!

      http://zimfamilycockers.com/EarCleaner.html

      Please read all 3 before deciding what will work best for you & try to prevent your dogs from getting infections at all.

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm
      Good luck!

  20. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a dog to have a yeast infection on it's skin and in it's ear?

    • ANSWER:
      It's very common. First the inside of the ear is actually skin. When the dog scratches his ear the yeast is transferred to the foot. The yeast will also grow outside the ear canal around the ear. In severe cases the dog may need to be put on a systemic fungicide along with a diet change and bathing in anti fungal shampoos. You need to consult your vet as to the proper treatment of your dog's problem.

  21. QUESTION:
    Dog Yeast Infection?
    Can someone give me a website that shows pictures of a dog yeast infection on its paws or pictures of a nail infection on a dog.

    • ANSWER:
      This site explains yeast infections & what is needed to treat & stop your dog from getting them.

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      It does have some pics on there but I don't remember if any are just paws.

      If you don't know for certain thru a vet that you are dealing with a yeast infection, it takes more than looking at a pic. They have to take a sample & test the bacteria/infection. There are many types of infections which cannot be id thru pics.

  22. QUESTION:
    My dog has a yeast infection!!!?
    Last week my dog was found to have a yeast infection the vet gave us pills and cream to put on his paws (which they shaved) we are going back tomorrow but I saw him licking his paws again do you think it's still bad?! Some days I forgot and the cream but the pills he always got.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is an article you really should read. Yeast growth will never get better unless the diet is adjusted. Yeast feeds off of sugary and starchy foods like potato, wheat, corn, gluten, and white rice. A low glycemic, low starch, hypoallergenic food will help. Keep up with your vets directions too.

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      Foods you can use:
      Nutrisource grain free (not large breed)
      Innova Prime
      Precise Holstic Grain Free
      Nutrisca
      Natural Balance Legume & Duck

      My dog, who has yeast problems, does best on Nutrisource.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I treat a yeast infection in my dog's paws?
    My dog has a yeast infection in her paws. We have been battling this problem for a while now. She has been to the vet and been through their treatments and we have changed her food a couple times also. She is now on Purina One Salmon, which is what the vet recommended. No treats. That way we know what goes into her body. This infection is driving my baby insane, she is always licking and digging at her paws and I feel so bad for her. She needs some relief and I don't know how to help her. It seems like the vet does't know how to fix it. They just give her antibiotics and steroids, but when the script is done, the yeast comes back. The food change hasn't helped, but she likes the food, so we stuck to it. I'm almost to the point that I go buy OTC meds for human yeast infections to see if that will help out my baby. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a really good article. http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      The food you are using is probably making the problem worse since yeast feeds off of starchy carbohydrates like white rice, oatmeal, corn, wheat, potato, and gluten.

      My dog suffers from yeast too. We switched her to Nutrisource Seafood Select and had a 50% reduction in symptoms. One of my clients put her dog on Northwest Naturals raw diet and had 100% recovery from yeast in 7 days. In my opinion, AAFCO approved raw diets like NW Naturals and Natures Variety are best, but a low glycemic dry food can sometimes help too. Look into Nutrisource (grain free only, not large breed), Precise Holstic grain free, Nutrisca, or Innova Prime.

      Although a diet change is necessary for long term recovery, you can treat the current symptoms too. Coconut oil can be rubbed onto the paws as well as added to the food. It acts like a natural anti-fungal and can assist in balancing the thyroid. Adding a probiotic to the diet will help balance the healthy bacteria (stripped away from antibiotic use), as well as support the immune system. A neem oil bath could also provide temporary relief.

      Good luck & don't give up!

  24. QUESTION:
    My dog keeps biting his skin please help!?
    My dog has hot spots on his skin and he keeps biting and scratching them ... the vet always recommends something that seems to make it worse .. i would really like to try something natural or at home ... he also has reoccuring ear yeast infections that hes had since he was small .. and once again whatever the vet gives me ends up costing so much just to find that it makes it worse and always makes it come back.. please help !

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, don't listen to the person who says you aren't fit to own a pet. Owning a pet is hard and you have to learn somehow. My vet was bad, and didn't act fast...as a result our cat died. My suggestion is maybe find a different vet, some just aren't as good as others.
      I looked around and here are some links about skin conditions and also yeast problems for your dog. I hope it helps

      http://ezinearticles.com/?Yeast-Infections-in-Dogs&id=1308080
      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_yeast_infection_of_the_skin.html
      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm
      http://vetmedicine.about.com/cs/diseasesall/a/itching.htm
      http://www.lowchensaustralia.com/health/skin.htm
      http://www.recoverysa.com/dermatitis_pro.htm

      It could be a skin condition such as mites or overheating- you can look through and see what fits, then do a search on Google on how to treat it naturally from there

  25. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to treat a yeast infection on my dogs paws?
    I have an American Pit Bull Terrier who has a yeast infection on his paws. He's been to 4 diff vets and they treated him differently. One wanted me to switch him over to a vet diet but I didn't want to do that because he's already on a high quality diet(Taste of the Wild kibble, Blue Buffalo or Wellness grain free wet for bkfst, and instincts raw bison formula for dinner) and also because he has food allergies. This vet didn't want to hear anything about his allergies, he was more interested in making a "sale" of the vet food. The next gave me a medicated shampoo but he had an allergic reaction to it(he broke out in hives). The third treated him with steroids and antibiotics. They worked but once he was totally done with his prescriptions it came back with a vengeance. I finally took him to a doggy dermatologist but they want to treat it in the same manner, with steroids and antibiotics. Since I've been down this road I opted out of the treatment. Is there any kind of home remedies or OTC drugs that anyone can recommend until the doc is able to come up with some sort of treatment that won't make his situation worse?

    BTW: I switch between Taste of the awild, Wellness, and Canidae kibble every 3-4 months. Always grain free. The different flavors and formulas never make the situation any worse. He does just as good on all of them
    @ Dog Section Regular yes he chews his paws constantly. At first I thought it was the carpet deodorizer I was using so I discontinued that and he still chews his feet non stop. I switch his food often because he's a bit of a picky eater. He'll eat it for a while and then stop, so I switch to keep him interested. I always try to go with a formula that has as little ingredients as possible(for instance one or two major meats).
    @Dog Section Regular what's the name of the missing link stuff? I've also been adding seameal from Solid Gold. It had good reviews and it's supposed to help in this situation. Seems to help but not as much as I'd like. The purple stuff is it called Fortflora?

    • ANSWER:
      I specialize in this condition which is all too common and vets don't know a thing about it. Antibiotics make it worse. As do Steroids. #1 is what you feed the dog, contact me through my contact page and I will email you approved and avoid lists. The kibble, for those feeding kibble, that works best for this condition is Precise Sensicare Lamb formula OR Holisitc Select Duck & Oatmeal Radiance. This is NOT a grain issue. Not by a long shot. There are other ingredients that contribute to the problem, such as carrots, peas and sweet potatoes if they occur in the ingredients prior to the seventh. (Oatmeal is NOT an aggravant in this issue.) It's more complicated than you need to know, what you do need to know is how to help your beloved. After detoxing over 32 dogs now from systemic yeast, which your dog does have, I know the drill and what will and won't work. Again, you are welcome to contact me but I highly suggest you pick up the Yeast Detox kit first, advise me and allow me to create a calendar for you to follow. I hate to see a dog suffer when there is help. The above two kibbles have worked for me every time. I lean toward the Duck BUT for Pitties, I like the simplicity of the Precise Sensicare Lamb. Other options that I have not used but whose formulas are "ok" for dogs with yeast are: Timberwolf Organics: Southwest Chicken & Herbs OR Lamb & Barely with Apples...also, Wyson: Anergen OR Synorgon. By the way, the paw issue is VERY common in Pits.

  26. QUESTION:
    reasons for dog to be coughing/gagging..........?
    She was at the vet last week over her whole body yeast infection basicly, is on keto-pills and keto- dog shampoo for the yeast, and I just bought her Ivahart Max (for heartworm prevention and worm treatment and prevention...) she has lost ALOT of weight lately because she is staying outside now for the first time inher life and is more active and isnt a couch potato anymore, but she started coughing, gagging, w/ like alot of spit comnig up....she is perfectly FINE other than that......she is happy in between gaggings, which are every 10 mins or so and has been going on for about 2 days.....off and on, not ALL day long thought, off and on. I am taking her into on tuesday but waht could this be? she's up to date on shots........
    she's always been on heart worm prevention, with only a few times we were abouta week late giving her the pill, but always been on prevention..........i just use to give her Ivahart regular or Heartgard........just switched to ivahart max recently

    • ANSWER:
      I would assume it is kennel cough as in the common cold for dogs. What has she been vaccinated for and when was she last vaccinated in relation to her symptoms of a cough?
      If you did a bordetella vaccine, you might want to read this: http://www.belladogmagazine.com/health-wellness/308-bordatella-vaccination-for-dogs-fraud-and-fallacy

      Why is she now staying outside?

      As for the yeast infection, that is a system thing that wouldn't happen if her system were functioning properly as the body would keep the yeast in check naturally. If though a dog has a round of antibiotics or an immune system weakening event like vaccines(and all are immune system weakening some more than others), yeast has the perfect opportunity to take over.
      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm
      The yeast is not on the outside, but coming from the inside out.

  27. QUESTION:
    My dog has a rough black skin and no hair on her tummy?
    My dog keeps licking and scratching her face stomach and her armpits. In these areas there is no hair, black tough skin(kinda like elephant looking), and it smells bad. I have took her to the vet once and they said something about allergies and a mild yeast infection, gave her a shot of steroids and antibi..lasted for 2 days and came right back. Is there anything I can give her..don't agree to much on shots and steroids pills. Does anyone have a clue what I can do? Oh I thought it was a food allergy so I changed her to a raw diet which is expensive..and will most likely be the last time I do that..But nothing has changed and she has been on it for 1 1/2 weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like she has a yeast infection & possibly what they call "black skin disease". Here is good site on explaining yeast infection on the body & what you can to help out. You can google the black skin to see if it fits what is going on with your dog. She most likely has allergies also.

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      I would go back to the vet & possibly get a referral to dermatologist vet if they can't help you. Read up then go to vet. When more info & understanding on your part, you might be able to form a different treatment plan for your dog besides the food. Good luck & as a groomer I know how difficult these issues are & had a westie with allergies myself.

  28. QUESTION:
    red blister dogs paw?
    i'm wondering what it is in between my dogs toe area. its her front paw and it looks like a blister. she keeps licking it so i put lavender oil on it. think i should see a vet asap or wait a few more days see what happens.
    she is a 6 yr old choc lab just getting through a systemic yeast overgrowth. all her paws look super compared to about two months ago. she had real red itchy paws. but coconut oil has killed most of the yeast, she still has a bit of a yeast odor.
    however the problem right now is this eraser size blister between her paws. any help ideas? thank you...

    • ANSWER:
      it might have nothing to do with the yeast infection. she may have gotten something stuck in her paw and developed a blister from a foreign object. Tea tree oil is good for treating infection but it does sting so its best to dilute it. If she continues to lick it she will probably harm the wound so if in a few days it doesn't look any better, i would take her for a check up to make sure its nothing serious. They may pop the blister so the fluid can drain and then apply medicated ointment.
      I wouldn't rule out yeast infection entirely because it can cause sores on the skin but i hope its nothing serious :) good luck

  29. QUESTION:
    Are there any remedies for skin sores. My toy poodle continually get them. The do go away in a few days.?

    • ANSWER:
      Many skin problems with dogs begin with fleas. If you stop the fleas, the problem stops. Front Line Plus works great.

      If your dog doesn't have fleas then it can be allergic reactions to food or environment. Or overly dry skin. Or immune system problems.

      Usually skin sores don't just go away, they get worse. Scratching & chewing continue to open the skin to more infection. Clipping hair, cleaning with hydrogen peroxide & applying antibotic ointment are good measures to try.

      Also try giving your poodle Benadryl. 4 mg for every 2.5 lbs of dog. 10 lb poodle = 16 mg. Give twice a day. Use childrens liquid for small dogs. This helps with allergic reactions and won't harm your dog.

      Adding flax seed oil to your pet's diet can help with dry skin issues. Is is not a quick fix and usually takes weeks to see results. Also using a good DOG conditioner on the coat can help.

      Please don't use human shampoos or conditioners on your dog. The pH is too low in human products and can lead to dry, itchy skin making the problem worse.

      Also as dogs age, their immune systems are not as active as a young dog. Many older dogs are plagued with staph & yeast infections. Medicated shampoos can help. Your vet can help you with the correct products to use. Your vet can also determine if your dog needs systemic antibotics, antihistamines or cortisone.

  30. QUESTION:
    Candida yeast! PLEASE HELP?
    This is semi long so I'm going to make it as short as possible!!
    My dad is HORRIBLY sick and he HAS gone to the dr one day going to a health store he got paperwork on CANDIDA. YEAST he had every symptom and his dog carried this and just got back from the vet he told his Dr he believed he had this in his systom he DID NOT listen after about a month he kept saying please please I need something so when he went back for like 4th time the dr finally said "oh looks like a yeast infection" then the Dr cut him off from seeing him. He has been to multiple Drs with no isurance.
    Just wondering if ANYONE knows anything about this??

    • ANSWER:
      I got lost somewhere around his mutt having it...anyway..

      Are we talking about some quack diagnosis here? It's not his Doctor that isn't listening, it's your father. He clearly has no such infection. Local infections can in most cases be resolved with OTC anti-fungals. Systemic infections would require ICU therapy- he doesn't have that.

      Stay away from the quacks. They love candida and like to diagnose it based on vague, ridiculous symptoms.

      Edit: Note that consuming simple sugars has nothing to do with it.

      People who "believe" in alt.med seem to have absolutely no understanding of basic biology.

      Edit: Garlic won't do a damn thing.

      Edit: Systemic candida bacterial infestations? GTFO.

      Ignorance is rife.

  31. QUESTION:
    Should I try feeding my dog yogurt to treat fungal infection and how much per day?
    I've done about 2 days worth of research on treating yeast infection, since my 3yo shih tzu was diagnosed with one the other day. You can also check my previous questions. I'm very hesitant on putting him on antibiotics or steroids, and anyway the vet did not recommend that (yet).

    My dog has fungal infection all over his body (not just in certain parts like many other dogs). Started with the ear. He's now on medicated shampoo, cream and switched to holistic hypoallergenic dog food.

    For a dog his size and age (shih tzu, 3yo)... how much yogurt should I feed him per day?

    Thank you.
    Oral antibiotics? Don't antibiotics suppress even the good bacteria, hence encourage the yeast (which is a fungus) to proliferate even more? That is why I won't give my dog antibiotics, esp. when the vet did not even mention it on the first visit.
    But antibiotics kill bacteria (whether good or bad bacteria), NOT *fungi*...which is the problem here.
    As I have said I HAVE BEEN TO THE VET. The vet did NOT even recommend antibiotics so I'm not just going to chuck in some antibiotics into my dog, esp. when it has worse implications.

    Yogurt is what kept coming up after some of the research I did and I guess I wanted to try it while my dog is under medicated shampoo. And why CAN'T it treat yeast infections? SYSTEMIC yeast infections root cause can also come from LEAKY GUT which has to do with the digestive system. Yogurt helps in conditions that disrupt intestinal flora, where the disruption encourages the overgrowth of yeast.

    I guess I just need a good reason if you say yogurt is bad "why" it is bad, not just say "it's bad" because you think it is. Thanks

    @Jane, thank you for your explanation. I'm aware some dogs are lactose intolerant, so I will try your recommendation and give my dog just a little bit to see the benefits or lack of. Thanks again.
    @Kissmycowboy Thank you also. Very helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      Normally fungal infections can only grab hold when the immune system is compromised due to some underlying problem such as low thyroid. Normally little or no therapy is given, however in the moresistantant cases, topical or oral antifungal medication may be necessary. Thoroughly clean the dogs environment as it can be contagious depending upon which fungi is causing the problem.
      Unless the fungi is controlled the disease can become systemic, meaning it can move to any one of the internal organs necessitating more intense treatment such as antibiotics and steroids.
      If and when your vet recommends more intensive treatment you should go along with it as simply using yogurt or creams will not get rid of the internal fungi.
      When using Yogurt, use only the fat-free non flavored kind and with your dog a tablespoonful should be plenty. Very few dogs are lactose intolerant.

  32. QUESTION:
    Can I use Cortizone for humans, on my dog ?
    My dog is SOOO uncomfortable....trying to lick her vagina, but can't really reach because she's small and overweight...she's twirling in circles and crying a little.....the vet said she has a yeast infection and prescribed TRI-OTIC, which says on the package that it's for dog's ears....but he said it would kill the yeast infection and stop the itching...but she's still VERY itchy ( or in pain - I don't know ??? ). It's only been 36 hours....but I feel terrible for her. I have some Cortizone 10 for humans in my cabinet...can I use it on her vagina ????

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive scratching, licking, and chewing can significantly limit the quality of life for pets. Although corticosteroid hormones such as cortisone, hydrocortisone, prednisone, and dexamethasone provide rapid relief from inflammation and itching, they can also have negative side effects, particularly when used for longer periods. As a result, it is important to be aware of the non-steroidal medications that may be considered by you and your vet for relieving itching more minor cases and in helping to reduce the amount of corticosteroid hormones that may be needed in more severe situations.

      Itch relief products:
      Antihistamines
      Although they are typically not as effective in pets as they are with humans, your vet may try one or more antihistamines to to supplement a primary medication course. Unlike humans, histamines are not the major mediator of inflammation in dogs. Chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton®) and other antihistamines tend to work more reliably with cats however some of the products that may be considered are: diphenhydramine (Benadryl®), hydroxyzine (Atarax®), and clemastine fumarate (Tavist®).

      COLLOIDAL OATMEAL SPRAYS AND LOTIONS - Same principle as above. These products pull inflammatory toxins out of the skin. Oatmeal products have become very popular and are available as shampoos, creme rinses, soaks, sprays, and lotions.

      HUMILAC SPRAY - This is a moisturizer which may be applied as a spray or mixed in water as a dip. It is helpful for dry skin but can also be used in combination with lime sulfur as lime sulfur is naturally drying to the skin.

      WITCH HAZEL - This product has a cooling effect on the skin which is soothing for both animals and for people with sun burn. It is available as a spray or lotion.

      ALOE VERA GEL - If possible, obtain 100% aloe vera gel from a health food store. Products "containing aloe" are much more available but are generally not as effective and not meant to be licked away by a pet. Aloe vera gel comes from the aloe vera succulent and contains enzymes which break down inflammatory proteins and enhance healing. Pure aloe vera gel is not harmful for pets who want to lick it off.
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      TOPICAL STEROIDS? - It seems clear that taking steroids orally may be harmful to the body with chronic use but are topical cremes safe for long term use? We now know that topical steroids (cortisone cremes and related products) are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream but the hormonal side effects with topical use do seem blunted. For small irritated areas (“hot spots”), topicals can provide excellent relief without the systemic effects of hormones.

      So it's probably safe to use the creme on your dog, as long as the product doesn't say anything against using on animals. If you're still hesitant call your vet and ask.

  33. QUESTION:
    what will make a dogs skin stink no matter how many time you give it a bath and she is chewing her hair out?

    • ANSWER:
      Skin conditions such as bacterial or yeast infections, seborrhea, allergies ( food, flea and inhalant ) and systemic diseases such as hypothyroid disease can cause an odor to the skin and coat, unaffected by bathing except if using a medicated shampoo for the proper condition.

      Check with your vet, and see if there is something else going on, and what you can use to treat it. Good luck.

  34. QUESTION:
    What probiotic do you recommend for a dog with a systemic yeast infection?
    What is the very best probiotic treatment you know of that has enough organisms/enzymes to really get the job done? Most people will probably suggest talking to a vet; I'd like to know what *you* think.
    FYI: This dog has seen at least four vets.

    Here are the symptoms: itching, chewing feet, blackened skin at the chewed site, chronic ear infections, bladder infections, coarse fur.

    The dog has eaten premium meat-based foods since purchase at four months.

    Of the vets, only one thought of food allergies, and none of yeast. The one that thought of food allergies offered me a sample of dog food that contained corn.

    I read the latest research. It's required for what I do for a living.
    I can't tell you how many vets I've encountered over the years have been completely unfamiliar with the latest research. I've been advised that the unborn pups in a dog infected with parvo cannot possibly catch it. (Fact-it can weaken their hearts and do other damage.)

    I've been advised to keep a dog on one food for life, as a change could cause diarrhea. (Fact: this can cause food allergies and nutritional imbalance.)

    I've been told a dog rejecting a food means she's spoiled and I should leave it for up to three days to force her to eat it. (Fact-rejection could be an indication of adverse effects.)

    A cat cannot catch canine parvovirus. (Fact: a Japanese study released in April demonstrated that feline parvovirus and canine parvovirus are now recombining in the wild. Possible the cat could be infected if the dog carries this strain.)

    Every pet owner needs to take responsibility for the health of their pet and make sure what they are being told is the truth.

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    She is constantly getting yeast infections in her ears...?
    Has anyone used a powder to keep their dogs ears dry? I clean her ears regularly, but she keeps getting infections. She has the floppy ears and her vet told me that was the cause of the infections. Short of getting her ears cropped (which I would never do), I don't know what to do for her.

    She is going to the vet today and I was going to ask about getting a powder for her. She does have two different kind of drops we use to treat the infection, but I am wondering about preventing them.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? Home remedies? Anything?

    Also, she is on a home made diet due to allergies and we added yogurt to her diet every day, but it hasn't helped.
    Yes, she does bite her paws. They are usually red because of it. This is the reason for the home made diet. Not that it really helped with the allergies, but we kept it up because it seems healthier than what we can buy in the store. It also helps because she has digestive problems and would get diarrhea all the time.
    Wow, Thanks everyone...Great links and giving me alot more questions for her vet this afternoon.

    • ANSWER:
      Ppl have already posted 2 excellent links for treating ear infections. This site explains how yeast infections effect the whole body & how you can help control it.

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      Reading all 3 links will give you a great start on treating & controlling the problem. You may need to switch your dog food to a grain-free allergy formula. I suggest Natural Balance allergy free formula. I have quite a few clients who use it for their dogs with great improvement all over from allergies & yeast issues.

      http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/dogformulas/PandD.html

      This is their link & you can try several different varieties to find one that works for you.

  36. QUESTION:
    Dog with demodex mange?
    I am fostering a dog with generalized demodectic mange. She's doing really well now. She is approximately 2 1/2 years old and there's really no way to know when the mange became an issue so I don't know if this is something she's had since she was a puppy or it began as an adult dog. I do know this makes a difference in their ultimate prognosis. Her skin is back to normal and her fur is coming back but she does still have a bit of a smell (nothing like it was). She's on antibiotics and ivermectin, a skin supplement and skin sensitive food.

    My questions are for anyone who's dealt with demodex in an adult dog. How long did it take for them to be completely healed, how long did your dog have to be on meds? Did it come back?

    • ANSWER:
      As a rescuer, I deal with and treat it regularly. I can tell you this, I never put a dog on Ivermectin. Time and time the vet would tell me, "He won't get better without it. You're hurting the dog by not giving the meds" and yet, I cured each rescue successfully without it. I highly, highly recommend the Demodectic Mange kit I link to below. Additionally, I would suggest that you either put the dog on the Yeast kit I link to below or choose to get the "multi-vitamin" (micro-algae). I get it, he's already on Ivermectin so, what can do but that med is soooooo toxic and creates other health issues. The benefit of the Yeast kit (which will rid the smell as the dog has a systemic yeast infection in the GI tract, that is where the smell comes from and why you can't wash it away)...anyway, the benefit is that it will help boost your dog's immune system - which Ivermectin breaks down. The Holistic F3 (micro-algae) is HIGHLY effective and even if you only afforded to use it for 2 months, it'll benefit the dog and the recover immensely. The Demodectic Mange kit I recommend, that actually DOES rid the dog of the mange and in a natural way.

  37. QUESTION:
    Why do Shih tzu dogs smell so bad???!!!?
    Uggghhh my roommate has 2 Shih tzu dogs and they are the sweeeeeetest things, but I CANNOT stand being around them because they smell so bad!! I feel horrible because they follow me around the house and wanna be right with me every step I take, but I can't stand the smell of them. Even when I give them, baths they will smell like the shampoo for one day and then its back to the old stench. My mom also has 2 shih tzu dogs and she treats them like GOLD and always has them clean & groomed, but even when I hold them, I still have to wash my hands after. Its not as bad as my roommate's dogs, but its still a funky odor. Why do Shih tzu's smell different and more odorous than other dogs? Is there any kind of shampoo maybe that is specifically for super stinky dogs? I swear it must be a genetic thing... I'd imagine there is a shampoo for Shih tzu odor. ANY HELP?? =)

    • ANSWER:
      One of the big 'stinkys' with Shih Tzus when they are younger is the fur growing on that short little nose pokes right back into the eyes, irritating the eyes to death and causing mass tearing which then falls under the eye, sits on the lower eye area and becomes hugely infected. It is VERY important to be clipping that fur under the eyes and on the top of the nose area very frequently so as to stop the vicious circle.

      Many times when a shih tzu turns middle aged and older, they develop allergies which seem to ooze out from their skin and they get very 'yeasty' with yellow ick oozing from the toes, throat, back and ears especially. It is usually a systemic yeast infection and I would bathe with Chlorahexadine medicated shampoo but that is only treating the results of whatever is inside tearing them up. The best treatment would be going to the vet for the internal remedy so the whole mess will stop destroying the skin organ.

  38. QUESTION:
    dogs with yeast problems?
    My dog has pretty bad allergies (she was tested, and is allergic to grass, dust mites, mold/storage mites, pine trees, pork, rabbit, and a couple weeds mainly..the highest is dust mites) The vets have tried different drugs and she has a special balanced diet for her needs.

    I've been able to control her skin reactions somewhat with medication. But she stinks...she wears a shirt at all times that I wash/change every day. When I take her shirt off, it reeks..like yeast and mold. She gets a bath once a week (the vet said bathe no more than that)

    But I keep wanting to address her skin..I think maybe she has a yeast problem, and her skin scrapes do show more yeast than normal..not as much as I'd guess by the smell though.. I asked the vet about pills to treat yeast, and the vet was very negative about it, she said there are none that would be good for her because they're strong medications (my dog gets seizures after certain chemicals/meds..like certain antibiotics)

    So the vet concentrated on her diet, she eats nothing that can aggravate yeast for example..
    I asked the vet about shampoos..she recommended a few to me, 4 are prescription shampoos I tried, but the very next morning after a bath the smell is just as strong.

    I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas for the yeast, maybe an idea the vets haven't though tof yet. The vets have had to focus so much on her allergies..like testing for them, and treating her bacteria infections, getting her on a diet that works for her, choosing supplements, medications, etc. So I thought i'd ask if anyone knows what can help yeast here... because the yeast seems to be caused by her original problem, and the original problem seems MUCH better..now it's just the yeast...

    Thank you.
    Uh...well yeah. She came from a shelter, so I guess you can say I'm cleaning up someone else's mess at my expense, but that's my choice, I decided to rescue so this is what I got.
    thank you all..I forgot to mention the vet said I can try tinactin (the spray you'd buy in a pharmacy for people) I've hesitated doing that because last time I tried a for human treatment on my dog she immediately had pain and whimpered (I had tried a tea tree lotion on her, washed it off immediately, but she already got red sores from it) I can get the allergy shots in the summer, when I save up more, where she was allergy tested (heska.com) makes the shots/serums too. But I really think this yeast is now separate from allergies..I think her allergies have gotten under control and this is a leftover problem.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a foster dog who had a serious systemic yeast infection..... it took taking in him to four different vets (the rescue people did) who actually made it worse by prescribing steroids before I finally talked the rescue into paying for his visit at this one particular vet

      the systemic infection was so bad that at apx 4 years old he had lost most of his teeth due to on-going thrush

      that vet treated the yeast infection... then, after that was under control (apx 6 months) then he addresses allergies (blood tests & allergy shots)

      It took about a year to get that dog to health with manageable allergies

      I am happy to share with you all the things involved, just email me off-list

  39. QUESTION:
    bald itching spots on my dog?
    I have had my dog for 3 years now, 5 months ago i was in the process of buying a house, which i let my dog live with my mother in law while i was fixing things, she was there for roughly 3-4 months, with in that time she had gotten pregnant by my brother in laws dog. thats not what im worried about(just figured id tell the whole story) when my dog left she had a beautiful coat nice and chocolate brown, when i got her back she is missing fur , alot. she had spots on her face and some are bleeding, she had bald spots on her butt, and the hair on her spine and her sides and thinning out,she is always biting and scratching even after i bathed her. the day i got her back from my mother in law i gave her a good bath and flea medicine(no fleas since)and used hot spot medicine( i got her back october 30) on that day she gave birth to her 13 puppies, so i can no longer use the hot spot medicine. im wondering what you guys can think this is, i know yall will say bring her to the vet, and im working on it, but i need some sort of temporary treatment or something. at my mother in laws they kept her outside, and they have red dirt. if you guys have any ideas what this might be and some treatment ideas please let me know

    • ANSWER:
      Like humans, when dogs get pregnant they can get a whole lot of odd problems that weren't present before the pregnancy. It could be an allergy to a food, to the ground, or to something else. Also, depending on the environment and possibly even the food, it could be something called systemic yeast infection which causes the dog to become red, itchy, dry, and can make them chew their hair out (sometimes it comes out because of the skin's condition). It could be a fungus as well. If you know your dog is not allergic to, or will not have a bad reaction to 20/25 mg Benadryl (or the generic version), i recommend giving 1 or two tablets depending on the dog's size, just to see if it helps with the itching. If that cannot be done, just wait until you get to the vet and see what he/she says about it. My golden retriever used to get hot spots because of a horrible skin allergy and we never did find out what she was actually allergic to, but every autumn and spring she'd chew her hair off of her sides trying to get rid of the itch.

  40. QUESTION:
    Something cheap and easy for dog hair regrowth?
    I adopted a dog I rescued from the streets in HORRIBLE condition. He had a terrible case of fleas which would be my guess as to why he's bald from mid-back down..? I've been giving him multivitamins thinking it would possibly help but after some time, I've seen VERY little progress. I want my precious baby to be full and handsome again!!! Any suggestions for some cheap and easy way to help him regrow it? We're on a tight budget and any suggestions would help. Thanks.
    I've had him for about 2 months. Its NOT mange. It seems like his skin is dry. Considering the condition he was in when i found him, he's improved greatly. I can't understand how someone could abuse a dog like that and just kick him out on the streets. I give him a bath when he really starts to stink or look dry because i have shampoo with moisturizing elements just for dogs like him.
    And as for dog ownership and a tight budget not computing, i simply mean i don't have a 120$ to drop on a tiny bottle of something for my dogs hair to grow. He is fed properly and given the things he needs and spoiled rotten for that matter. 100$ is just too much to spend on something like that.

    • ANSWER:
      Kayla, while fleas can irritate and cause some hair loss - that is likely not your dog's problem. It sounds as if your dog has a systemic yeast infection in the GI tract. This creates hair loss, scaby itchy areas and, over time, a variety of other issues. The "special" shampoo you speak of won't help the dog. For right now, I would recommend you buy a shampoo that is an Anti-bacterial and Anti-fungal shampoo. Don't worry about the dryness right now. In the future, I highly - highly recommend NEEM pet shampoo which is great for maintaining a good PH balance in the skin. To help your dog, please detox your dog from the systemic yeast. The Nzyme kit below is what you need. Equally important, you need to ensure your dog is getting good nutrition and not eating a kibble that will irritate the condition. If you feed your dog kibble, please immediately switch to either Precise Sensicare Lamb formula OR Holistic Select Duck & Oatmeal Radiance formula. Fresh food is also a blessing for your dog, but the right fresh food. Plain chicken, turkey, lamb. Apples. Broccoli, Asparagus steamed can all be blended in filtered water and mixed with the kibble to give your dog live nutrients. Kibble is processed. It causes skin issues and systemic infection in some dogs. Just life. The best thing you can do is provide the right supplements. The Nzyme kit is a HUGE asset. After the detox, simply feeding the Nzyme Granules & BakPac will be good. Or THE best "multi-vitamin" I've found on the market is the Holistic F2. Nutrition is key and not all multi-vitamins are equal...or beneficial. FYI: the detox is a commitment. If you're not willing to commit, then at least to the "Partial" kit supplements - change the food and use one of the recommended shampoos. The Neem is great for dry skin, but I do think you may need an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal at the moment. You decide.

  41. QUESTION:
    Cleaning schedule for a dog with allergies?
    My dog was diagnosed with environmental allergies about a month ago. He also exhibits symptoms of food allergies, although my vet will not agree with me about that. He itches himself terribly in the morning, he chews his back paws and legs, he has itchy ears that smell a little off, he rubs his snout in the carpet, he had a bad episode of eye discharges, and he had an episode of vomiting a little while back.

    In an effort to minimize his itching, I switched him gradually from home-cooked food (prescribed to him after his vomiting episode) to California Natural lamb meal and rice. He's been eating the dry food only for the past 3 days, but the itching has not stopped or subsided yet.

    I bought a new vacuum cleaner yesterday with a sealed HEPA filtration system and bags from Arm and Hammer that are supposed to trap 99.7% of all allergens. So, after cleaning the house throughly from top to bottom, I washed his bed in hot water and dried it in the highest temp possible.

    My questions for owners of allergic dogs are: 1) how long until I see some improvement in his itching? and 2) how often should I vacuum the house to keep it allergen free or at least allergy friendly?

    I have no kids, so it is a household of two adults, 1 dog and 2 cats that shed moderately but not too much.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      It takes weeks before the food will make a difference. It is advised to try a new food for 6wk before determining if it has made a difference or if you need to try a different food. Everything else sounds good with keeping the allergens down & be sure to use Ivory detergent to wash bedding & nothing with scents or dryer sheets. Read this site for additional helpful info. With those type of allergies they commonly get a yeast infections effecting their whole body - like the ears, eyes, skin etc. It will get you some more insights on what to try & look out for.

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      Good luck! I have worked with many dogs with their allergies & it is tough to beat.

  42. QUESTION:
    Dog section. For those that know about..?
    Homeopathic veterinary care? There are no vets here that do titer tests. Closest is 5 hours away. In Minneapolis. I never go there except to pass through on yearly trips to NC and OH. All the same trip. No vets in rural NC do it, and I found 1 vet in Akron, OH, that does it. Come to find out you need to book an appt. 3 mos ahead of time. We only knew a few weeks ahead of time when we'd go, so that didn't work out. So now I'm saying to heck with it and not even going to bother with titers. My question is are there others on here who don't bother with routine vet care due to similar reasons? My dogs don't need booster shots. Animals are far too overvaccinated. I forgot to mention that vet also requires several visits. My city also doesn't require vaccines, except if a dog bites someone or another animal.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, where do you live? Id move just to avoid rabies laws.

      Try going to a vet to get blood drawn and sending it off to hemolife for titer testing. Her prices are good from what I have been quoted by others. I got my dogs thyroid panel done and she was the only one out there that seemed to understand what I meant when I said systemic yeast infection. The vet thought I was crazy saying it couldnt be allergies granted she was allopathic.

      A big issue with titers is they dont measure immunity, just recent exposure so even if they are low, doesnt mean immunity doesn't exist. Check out novaxk9s yahoo group.

      To the above, rabies is self limiting and needs to be a choice. It sent my dog into a mess of issues. Thankfully they wont need another one till 2013, but that is two years away. I am around my dogs enough to know if they got bitten by something rabid anyway.
      Not to got too into it, even if the dog is vaccinated, a bite too close to the brain will result in the dog or animal bitten getting rabies.

  43. QUESTION:
    my dog has spots on his stomach?
    I've taken my dog to two different vets. He has spots on his stomach and hind legs. He has had this for the past year and a half/ the spots are small and they get crusty. he licks and gets them red. The vet has said that it's either flea bite or from the heat in the house. We have snow and the fleas should be dead by now/ He was so bad when I took him to a new vet that he had to shave his whole back and sides to the tip of his tail. He told me that all the spots had bacteria growing on them and we had to spray him and get the bacteria off. we did and he was clearing up. Now it's back. Can anyone tell me what this could be if anything else other than flea bites and what can I do for him.
    He never has had fleas. There are no fleas in the house. It's not a food allergy. He's not itching or scratching. Just licking the spots. What else could this be.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, props for taking your dog to the vet and being proactive, that shows you love him and want whats best for him. Skin issues are always tough because there can be so many different causes, but there are many different options out there to get to the root of the problem.

      First I would eliminate the possibility of Flea Allergy, and have your house treated and make sure your dog is current on his flea preventative, sometimes it takes giving it every 3 weeks instead of 4, or switching to a different kind. Fleas can actually become resistant to a particular flea preventative. Often times, when the temperature gets too cold for the parasites outside, they move inside your house. Make sure the pest control sprays EVERYWHERE- all floors and your crawlspace/ basement too. Fleas are adaptive little things and can live everywhere from under your deck to between your hardwood floors.

      Second I wonder...has your vet prescribed any oral antibiotics or maybe tested the skin to see if there is a yeast infection as well? Topical medications work great if the problem isn't that bad, but sometimes it needs some stronger/systemic treatment as well.

      Your third option, and one we recommended at our day-practice to any dog who has continuing skin issues, is go see a specialist. Dermatology specialists can determine if there is another cause that maybe you might have missed before.
      Dogs can have allergies just like humans, so sometimes they need to get allergy tested to see what they are allergic to. Then you can either eliminate that particular thing from the environment or their diet, or get them allergy shots, to help neutralize the allergy.
      If the derm vet specialists see that its not allergies, they may recommend Blood work. Sometimes continuous skin issues are actually a sign of a particular condition or disease that needs to be treated from the source and not just symptomatically.

      Goodluck and don't give up.

  44. QUESTION:
    What is going on with my dog's skin, is it the shampoo?
    Here's what happened. Last month I noticed my dog's skin was very pink. To make the story short, he is diagnosed with a fungal infection and is allergic to the fungi... this explained the red, bumpy spots all over his body... it's not just yeasty ears.

    The first vet took a skin scrape and looked at it under the microscope and said it was fungal. She recommended an antifungal shampoo for pets with 3 ingredients, 1 of them is miconazole (I think that is how you spell it).

    The thing is, after a week or so I didn't think the shampoo was enough to clear it. Plus the vet did not really advise me to do anything else aside from the shampoo and switch to Holistic dog food.

    I went to see a second opinion. The vet took samples and it turned out it really was a fungal infection. So now that one is cleared up, she gave my dog 2 shots, one for the fungus and the other is an antibiotic to treat the "secondary" infection caused by bacteria.

    I was so happy because in just a few days his skin really improved. I did pay a lot though because that was one of the most expensive animal hospitals where I'm from. Still it's worth it. The vet told me to still maintain the medicated shampoo, and since it's miconazole instead of ketaconazole, it's unlikely my dog is allergic to the shampoo (she said some dogs are actually allergic to ketaconazole, the stuff in Nizoral). Another prescription premium dog food was recommended.

    It's been 2.5 weeks now that I've been washing my dog twice a week with the medicated shampoo, as recommended. I noticed that every time after the bath and I'm drying the dog, the red spots become very obvious and bumpy...like he broke out with chicken pox.. Earlier in the morning I totally noticed it again after bathing him. It freaks me out because why are the red bumps coming and going?? And right now, it's evening.... the red spots are hardly visible and his skin color is more of a pale pink than a very bright, reddish pink. It's as though he's totally cured again.

    Are the bumps a normal reaction to the anti-fungal shampoo? It's confusing for me because I actually think the combination of the injections and shampoo are working but maybe the skin reaction is temporary and just part of treatment?

    Thank you in advance for your input, would really appreciate it...
    BTW I live in a tropical country, it's either warm or rainy season..maybe that might be important info.. for 3 years my dog never had skin problems though.
    Thanks for giving your perspective on this. I would love it if the infection was entirely cleared, but it's just hard to believe if he got the injections only few days ago... it may look much better but maybe not "past" the infection. Of course we are seeing the vet again soon, that is part of the maintenance. 2 different vets recommended the bath twice a week and even to leave the shampoo on for more than 5 minutes (one said 15 mins. the other said 10 mins.), which left me to give them a bit of trust since I don't claim myself to be an expert on dogs.

    • ANSWER:
      It does sound like a reaction of sorts, possible a type of hives, to something in the shampoo. How long did vet tell you to continue the shampoo? No, I am not aware of red bumps being a normal reaction to shampoo.

      What type of food are you feeding? Have you done any research into the BARF diet (raw food and bones) ? Does your food contain grains, potatoes, yeast ? Feeding raw changes the Ph of the body so as to not enable yeast to thrive. A commercial diet of meat, grain free, no potatoes, and no yeast can also have benefits. You might also want to look into apple cider vinegar (google apple cider vinegar in terms of systemic yeast infections) and the MANY benefits and uses of this, as far as changing the PH of the skin making it a very inhospitable environment for yeast to live.

      One further thought. Yes, your environment makes a difference...warm, humid weather can absolutely play a part in the yeast situation. But you state that dog was ok for three years. His immune system is unable to fight off opportunistic yeast now. Diet change would be first thing I would check into (raw has many benefits) unless you feel that his diet is good as it is right now, as well as researching other types of things that support and strengthen immune system...and there are many options to research.

      Check out apple cider vinegar; I think it could help this situation, especially if used in conjunction with other things aimed at eradicating a systemic yeast overload. And check into raw to see if you would consider it. The benefits are huge, especially when the main problem here is that the dog's skin is supporting yeast growth, and the way to turn this around is to make it so that skin will NOT continue to provide this area where yeast will flourish. While there are things that work from the outside like the shampoo, things that address the issue inside out (like food, supplements ) absolutely work to change Ph of the body.

      I do not believe for one minute that this problem is done. Some yeast may have been eradicated, as well as an overlying bacterial infection. Stay on this with your vet and I truly belive that there are ways to work with this when you start to truly understand that the problem is partially one of the immune system and the body's inability to fight it off, and the skin providing a breeding ground for yeast overload.

      Good luck!

  45. QUESTION:
    i have 3 bassett hounds one has really bad skin and smells does anyone have a bassett like this?

    • ANSWER:
      No but I have groomed them and boy do they stink!

      There are many, many reasons that dogs can have bad skin and smell.
      1)Sarcopic mange - bald patches that are progressing. Itching. Caused by mites. Contagious to you and other dogs.
      2)Demodex mange - bald patches that are progressing. Itching Also caused by mites but is linked to a immune system problem that is most likely genetic. All dogs have these mites. Not contagious.
      3)Staph infection - this is likely with all skin conditions as it is a byproduct of chewing and scratching. Contagious if you have breaks in your skin.
      4)Yeast/Fungal infection - this is likely also with chewing & scratching. Some are contagious.
      5)Allergies complicated with staph and/or fungual infection.
      6)Ringworm a fungus also. Contagious.

      I think that a vet trip is in order.. Dog will need antibotics for staph infection. Fungual treatments include dips or baths and/or systemic medications. Sarcoptic mange can be cured. Demodex can be controled.

      Severe allergies are the trickest to cure and may end up being the root of all of this. But you won't know unless the main issue is cleared up first. Usually bad, foul stink is infection. Allergies cause scratching, breaks skin and things start happening! But, if after you get the infection cleared up; they don't stink but are still scratching, you will know if you have a problem here. This will become a reoccuring problem.

      Many dogs have bad skin due to diet. They are allergic to their food ingredients/additives. Changing the diet helps. Suppliments can help here too.

      Bassett hounds have a smell about themselves normally but since you have other bassetts, I don't think this is the issue.

  46. QUESTION:
    Help With Dog Food? (20 Characters)?
    I have a Shih Tzu that eats Taste Of The Wild...she itches ALL the time, she has ear infections & I feel really bad for her! She used to eat Merrick (which has grains in it) & didn't itch this much, but she did itch. I really want to help her, I can't feed her raw & I thought Taste Of The Wild was the best food, but I guess not for her.

    I am considering switching her to Wellness Core...has anyone with a dog with allergies had success with this food?

    What are some HIGH QUALITY food that have helped your dog?
    I don't know that it's food for sure. She also chews & bites her paws. What else could cause this? My other dog didn't scratch at all until I switched to TOTW...and she does now.
    Also, the Vet told me to give them Benedryl...I really don't want to cover up the symptoms, I want to fix the problem.

    • ANSWER:
      For most of the fosters who I get that have food allergies.. I have good success with
      Natural Balance LID

      http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/dogformulas/allergy.html

      I usually try Duck & Potato first.. and that works most of the time

      I had one that nothing worked until we tried Sweet Potato & Venison

      make sure you make your transitions slowly (despite allergies)

      and consider allergy testing to find out exactly what will or won't work if LID fails

      I had one foster... that nothing worked for.... turned out his primary allergy was various grasses.. he had many, many allergies & had developed a systemic yeast infection.... and, because the issue was grasses, he had to take allergy shots (we had no means to remove grass from his world)... once he finished allergy shots and also finished treatment for systemic yeast infection, he was fine on Duck & Potato

      EDIT TO ADD: Benedryl does help... I understand your point of view & keeping a dog on a lifetime of Benedryl is not a solution... but short-term, it will help get the dog's histamine reaction under control, at least until you can figure out the real root of the problem

      If his feet are the itchiest part of him... then consider ruling in things like the cleaner you use on your floors, carpet powder/spray, chemicals that you use in your house or yard, including pesticides and herbicides... try getting your carpets steam cleaned... but with no chemicals in the cleaning process.... you want to get rid of any chemical residue... clean everything in your house with things like vinegar or borax

      and see if the change from a chemical environment to a non-chemical environment at least helps

      because so many people turn their animals in to rescue when they have health problems, and because I foster rescue animals, I have gotten rid of chemicals that can cause problems many years ago... sometimes, just one week in a non-chemical environment is enough to cure what looked like food allergies

  47. QUESTION:
    What could this be on my dog, bald patches and lots of itching?
    Ok, I have a Shih Tzu mix that had a spot on his neck that seems like it took forever to go away. We took him to the vet and the vet did a skin scraping and said it wasn't mange and gave us a bottle of stuff to put on it. Well, Since this is a Shih Tzu his hair grew out, we had the spot on his neck shaved so we could see it better but since he has so much hair we thought that was it. We decided to shave him this weekend because he was getting bad mats. He has this curly hair that mats like no other dog I have owned. Once we shaved him we noticed 4-5 spot on him that are bare without hair and dry looking. He didn't used to have these spots. Obviously since his hair was all grown out we couldn't see them. I was just wondering what this could be. I'm taking him to the vet as soon as I can get him in, which is going to be this week sometime. I don't think it is ring worm because me and my husband haven't gotten anything as of yet. Last time I came in contact with a dog that had Ring worm I got it all over me.
    I must add that the bald patches are small (size of a finger print) and they aren't clustered, they are spread out and not red at all, just skin colored.
    Opps, I hit the wrond button, I meant to give you both a thumbs up :)
    Well the spots that he has are not caused by itching. He rubs around on stuff a lot but he can't itch in certain spots to the point where his hair would fall out from it. They are mainly located on the top and sides of his back, places he can't reach with his foot and also places he did not have matting. He was mainly matted on his ears and his back side. He looked too funny only shaving some of him so we just went ahead and shaved all of it.
    I have owned Shih Tzus, I have another one that I have no matting problems with. This is a mix, he has curly hair and we have brushed him a lot, he just keeps getting mats. For some reason the top of his ears mat really bad. We have tried brushing them but he won't let us do it frequently enough to take care of it. Like I said, he mats like no other dog I have had before. I have owned sevral long haired dogs.

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog likely developed alopecia due to an infection, maybe it's systemic. They scraped some skin cells off, looked at them under a microscope, and found out it wasn't mites (so it's unlikely mange), but perhaps fungi/yeast (they should've told you). This was the same diagnosis my Shih Tzu had.

      Apparently Shih Tzus easily get hot spots. You need to communicate better with your vet. What's that "stuff" in the bottle they gave you? I should mention that there are some anti-fungal shampoos (whether for pets or humans) that some dogs are allergic to. This condition is going to be a trial-and-error thing. You try the anti-fungal shampoo for a couple of weeks, then switch to a different anti-fungal shampoo to see if there will be better improvement or worse.

      You might also have to change his food or give him skin and coat vitamins - my vet suggested these and it worked very well, in lieu with the anti-fungal shampoo (had to try 2 different ones before finding an effective one he wasn't allergic to) and Atarax. He used to have very reddish-pink skin due to allergies and red spots all over as opposed to the usual arm pits and ears that Shih Tzu's get. After going through efforts with the vet, his skin totally cleared, no more red spots. Got these results in just 2.5 months. His only problem now are his ears, which the new prescribed ear spray has cleared in just 2 days (medication is still ongoing).

      The first part is the hardest, because it will seem that the condition will never go away, or will keep coming back sporadically. It's really like having dandruff or pimples, some days will be good and others bad. Anyway brushing your Shih Tzu's hair everyday or at least every other day helps tons. You got a Shih Tzu...their hair WILL matte easily. Use one of those combs that have teeth really close to each other, a brush with rubber bristles, and the one with hooked bristles (if your dog's hair is long enough already). It doesn't take much to brush them for a few seconds everyday. Or let your dog stay indoors all the time except of course when out for a walk. I don't believe matting happens just like that overnight. Good luck. Hope your Shih Tzu gets better soon.

      EDIT: BTW, I forgot to mention, please don't try your own "home-remedy" on your dog and work closely with the vet instead. Don't put anything ELSE on your dog's skin aside from what was prescribed. If it's indeed a fungal or yeast problem... anything that helps yeast grow (yes, that includes oatmeal and other grain products) can make the condition worse. It really depends, because your dog could have an allergic reaction to the fungi (the itching), the more the fungi, the more the itching, which could result in sores, which then result in secondary bacterial infection, which would call for antibiotics, which would lower your dog's immune system...you get the point. Be careful. That's all. Of course I'm not certain this will *definitely* happen, and I'm not a vet, but if u do a bit of research even online, you can learn to prevent it and make a more informed decision.

  48. QUESTION:
    My cat, has crusty sores on his back and tail. He doesn't have fleas.?
    Does anyone have an idea of what it is..mabe ringworm? How do i treat him.

    • ANSWER:
      You may want to make an appointment with the vet to determine if the cat has ringworm, or possibly allergies. Skin conditions can come from a variety of different sources. I have had several cats in the past and currently that have allergies to fleas (which I know you already stated your cat does not have, although an allergic reaction can be caused by only one flea), but another common allergen in cats and dogs are allergic to corn which is the main ingredient in many name brand cat foods.

      If your cat has ringworm, it may need an anti-fungal from the vet or a topical cream to help it clear up. If your cat has allergies, you may need to change it's diet, or, if absolutely necessary, get an allergy shot to clear up the skin condition. You could also try a pet-friendly hydrocortisone spray or a baking soda mixture to alleviate any itching until it clears up.

      You can find more info on possible skin conditions at http://www.nzymes.com/Articles/Instructions_for_systemic_yeast_infections.htm#bakingsodarinse

  49. QUESTION:
    My dog has chronic ear infections.?
    My sweet little beagle is 7 years old and all his life he has suffered from ear infections(usually 1 to 3 a year). He's on an organic, no grain, food. So we've essentially ruled out food allergies as the issue(although he does suffer from seasonal environmental allergies). I don't mind taking him to the vet and getting the antibiotics, but he's been using the same one for 7 years now and I wonder if it will start to become ineffective soon. I was wondering if there's a way to treat these infections without antibiotics(it's always the same kind, yeast). I'm also not a huge fan of antibiotics myself, as I avoid using any type of medication unless absolutely necessary. I have a cleaner that I use to clean out his ears, but he always manages to get an infection at least once a year. I do not want my boy to suffer, so if there isn't another way, I am more than happy to take him to his doc and get it taken care of :)

    • ANSWER:
      You should read this article:

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      The potatoes and tapioca in most grain free formula's make yeast problems worse. Try Nutrisource Grain Free Lamb, or Nutrisca grain free foods. If you are able, switch to a commercially prepared raw diet.

      My own dog has the same issue and has done amazing on the Nutrisource grain free lamb. A customer of mine had a dog with terrible yeast growth on the skin. She switched to Northwest Naturals raw food and the yeast was 100% gone in one week.


systemic yeast infection dogs

How To Treat Yeast Infections In Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies to treat yeast infections in dogs?
    My dog has a yeast infection of the skin. I cant take her to a vet right now bc I live about 2 hours away from the nearest one and money is tight right now. Im kind of at my wits end and I was wondering if any over the counter products work, like Vagisil. Ive seen many things online in research on what to try, but its so overwhelming. Any help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      There is an easy fix for a skin yeast infection. The smell can be reduced almost overnight with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and borax.

      To prepare the solution, add one tablespoon of borax to one liter of 1% hydrogen peroxide, mix well and spray on the dog all over. Make sure that the entire skin is in contact with the solution. Do not rinse and let dry. This solution should be applied everyday for a week. Most if not all of the smell should be gone by the second week.

      Borax is a non-toxic anti-fungal compound which will help in eradicating the yeast infection. Borax is a natural mineral that has a wide variety of uses. It is a component of many cosmetics, used as a food preservative, detergents, enamel glazes, etc.

      CAUTION: Make sure that you use Borax, NOT Boric Acid which is toxic. Borax is non-toxic and can be found in the laundry aisle at most major discount stores and grocery stores and it is very inexpensive.

      Good luck.

      Note:

      Never alow your vet to prescribe Prednisone or any other steroid to your dog. Just like in humans, steroids will cause more harm than good.Vets can be very irresponsible when it comes to the prescription of steroids because they are well aware of steroid side effects.

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin, sometimes increasing the chances that antibiotics may be prescribed."

      Please read 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.

      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the most effective way to treat my dog's yeast infection?
    Our dog is 5 years old now and for the last month or so, he's had a really bad yeast infection in his ears and around his chin. We've been giving him a prescription from the vet, but it doesn't seem to be working very well. Could you tell me how i can treat it for a long time without having to spend too much money on any kind of medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      FROM THE INSIDE:
      I'd first make sure he was on a high quality food without corn or wheat; these are very common empty additives; basically fillers with no nutritional value. They often cause nutritional imbalances and food allergies, making dogs more prone to infections of all types. Pretty much anything you pick up at the grocery store is going to have one or both.
      I suggest either Canidae All Life Stages:
      http://www.canidae.com/dogs/all_life_stages/dry.html
      Or Wellness by Old Mother Hubbard, either the fish and sweet potato or one of the allergy diets, initially, until you get his system straightened out:
      http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/wellness/dog_index.html
      A tablespoon of plain yogurt on his food, once a day, helps re-establish beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. Often yeast gets out of control when the good bacteria as well as the bad have been killed during a course of antibiotics.
      Also try adding a tsp of apple cider vinegar to his water bowl, yeast will not flourish in an acidic environment.
      ON THE OUTSIDE:
      For an earwash my vet gave me this recipe:
      1 part apple cider vinegar
      1 part hydrogen peroxide
      1 part water
      (I combine 1/2 cup each in a clean empty dish soap bottle with the push-pull top, and refrigerate after using, then allow it to warm up on the counter a bit before re-using; discard any left over after one week and make a fresh batch)
      Fill the ear canal with this solution, massage the base of the ear, and allow the dog to shake its head, then wipe with cotton balls. Never stick a q-tip into a dogs ear.
      Yeast infection can be treated externally with over-the-counter creams for athlete's foot or vaginal yeast infections (lamisil is our personal favorte) you can smear that in the ears and dab it on his chin; just be sure to soak off any crusts first with a warm wet cloth.

  3. QUESTION:
    How do I treat and keep ear yeast infections from coming back in my dogs ears?
    Male lab and he gets recurring yeast infections in his ears. The vet treats it with medicine but it always comes back.

    • ANSWER:
      well keep his ears clean and without hair, you might want to cut it, and give him the ear drops every 4 days.

      good luck..

  4. QUESTION:
    What is an effective treatment for yeast infection on my dog's feet?
    My vet is treating my two dogs for allergies to grass which, because of the constant licking of the feet, has caused a yeast infection on their feet. Nothing yet has proven effective against the yeast infection. Does anyone know anything that will be effective?

    • ANSWER:
      What did the vet prescribe for the yeast? I would think that a course of Ketaconazole would be in order. In addition to that, daily doses of Benadryl (your vet can give you the correct dosage based on your dog's weight). In addition to THAT, you could ask your vet for an antifungal shampoo that you could use on your dog, paying close attention to the feed (leave on for about 10 minutes before rinsing). Last, ask your vet about using Predisone for the allergies, but rather than a short, high-dose course, ask the vet about using a smaller dose as needed (20%-25% of regular dosage). I was always reluctant to use Prednisone for my own dog until I started using a 5mg pill PRN...it helps him out, and I don't worry about side effects any longer. He gets them only when his allergies are acting up.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to treat/cure a Yeast infection in my dogs ears?
    My pit bull mix keeps getting a yeast infection in her ears. I keep them VERY clean but for some reason it comes back every 4-6 weeks
    I am using Epi-Otic which I got from my vet for cleaning, and when she's tearing at her ears I use DV Max which is a prescription that I got from the vet, however even though it seems to work...after it clears up it starts all over again in a few weeks....by the way...thanks for the info you already sent and anymore that you do send is greatly appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      If your dog has a yeast infection in it's ear, it needs antibiotics.

      Sometimes ear infections will recur after successful treatment. Primary inhalant or food allergies causing secondary ear infections should be considered. But usually, with proper treatment, a yeast infection can be cleared up within two weeks.

      I have found that chronic ear infections ususally have some underlying cause.I don't know if your mixed pup is known to have an anatomy problem that contributes to ear infections, but that is always a possiblity. It is best to purchase a product from your veterinarian to clean out your dogs ears prior to placing the prescribed antibiotic drops in the ears, such as Epi-Otic. I have found that some medications don't work well in the presence of a lot of dirt or discharge. Keeping the hair plucked out of the ears also helps keeping the ears cleaner.

  6. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a dog yeast infection?
    My dog has a reoccurring yeast infection in his ear. I want some natural remedies to cure it, please. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      http://healingdogs.blogspot.com/2008/06/treating-ear-problems-in-dogs.html

      All natural no steroid Itchy Ear drops from the UK available in the USA

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I cure a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    I have a shih tzu who has chronic yeast infections in his ear. The vet isn't helping. The infection keeps coming back. What are some natural remedies I could try?

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox Otic with hydrocortisone is an enzyme treatment. It treats yeast and bacterial infections. Available online without a prescription.
      Feeding a grain free food also helps.
      Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Taste of the Wild, Canidae grain free, Wellness Core are some good brands.
      Eliminate grain in treats.

  8. QUESTION:
    How to cure my dogs yeast infection?
    My dog has a yeast infection in both of his years. What is the best home cure that I can do for him? He's going to the vet at the end of the month. I want to try and help him before that so if it works he doesn't have to go through this anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      He needs to go to the vet now so the vet can do an ear swab and find out what kind of yeast (or other pathogen) is causing the problem. You can medicate a dog for a month for candidiasis and it will do nothing to alleviate malasezzia, orr vice versa. Most yeast infections in dogs are easily treatable but have to be diagnosed correctly.

      Bonzie 12, you don't treat yeast or other fungal infections with antibiotics. This often makes them worse as it kills friendly bacteria that help to fight the yeast infection. You have to use a different class of drugs called antimycotics.

  9. QUESTION:
    How do I get my dog to take her meds?
    I have to give her 3 pills twice a day for the next 10 days to treat a yeast infection on her rear end and tail.

    How do I get her to take them? She seems to know when I hide them in her regular food. I just tried forcing them down her by shoving them in her mouth and forcing it closed. She hated me for that. She's still mad at me.

    What's the best way? I just adopted her and don't want to get off on the wrong foot with her. I feel like we may have though.

    • ANSWER:
      buy a bunch of cans of those little hot dogs, vienna sausages

      take a regular straw and push the straw through the middle of them to remove the very center

      put the pill in the little hot dog in the hole through the center

      you can squeeze the meat out of the straw back into the little hot dog on both ends

      your dog should be very, very happy to woff down those vienna sausages and won't care at all about a pill or two in them

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the optimum doseage for Diflucan for an ear infection thought to be a yeast infection in a Labrador?
    Dog has brownish substance and bitter smell in one ear. Amantadine was first used, and her ears were cleaned, and she still is showing signs of infection. I believe it is probably a yeast infection, and I would like to use some Diflucan to treat her. I don't know doseage for and 85 lb Labrador.
    I have many vets, and docs in my family, and I have diflucan on hand. I only have information on dosage for humans. I would only trust information that were consistant with information I already know... but thanks for the advice...
    Non Amantadine... Augmentin.... my bad... I am not a vet, but I have many who are in my family who will be glad to help my when they are not working. I have a doc bringing me some diflucan, and I am just trying to figure out the correct doseage
    I should've read the rest of the response before, but I needed to correct the amantadine mistake. As far as the topical goes, I have been using some Clotrimazole over the counter cream, but I am worried about going too deep in her canal. I also have worries about pushing any buildup down into her ear when I enter the canal with a swab. I would rather use oral and knock the infection out
    To Merlinandmeimei-

    If what you say is true, that is quite alarming. I understand that pretty much all store bought dog food is "junk" are mostly 50% filler (grain or rice). My dog would love nothing more to eat an "all meat" diet, and I would love to feed it to her, but there are also heath problems associated with that. Labs (and I think all dogs) have an inherent allergy to beef fat that causes theme to get ill in response to eating beef all of the time. All meat all the time will get expensive, too, can I put her on a meat and guts diet?
    ....Thanks for the information on how yeast may effect the overall health of a dog throught its life cycle, I will definately look into that information.
    .... As far as the Blue Star, perhaps subtracting the alcohol from the mixture (and using the substitute) might be best. I dont think that alcohol would kill the yeast, and might cause drying and inflamation. It is probably something other than the alcohol in the ointment. thks
    Merlinandmeimei-

    I have also seen yeast used as an ingredient in very many dog foods... What you say about yeast makes alot of sense...

    • ANSWER:
      Please contact your vet. He/she is the one qualified to tell you this. Take your dog in to see the vet. He can tell more from seeing her ears. He can also tell you definitely whether or not your doggie has a yeast infection and he can prescribe drops in the correct dosage for her weight and breed.

  11. QUESTION:
    Can I use Monistat for my dogs ear yeast infection?
    She is a Spaniel/Dachshund mix, and has long floppy ears. For about a month now her ears have been itching horribly and they have a foul odor. I have been cleaning her ears out with ear cleaner and it doesn't seem to be going away?? I have heard about using Monistat for ear yeast infections for dogs...I was wondering if anyone else has tried it and it worked!!Thanks for your comments and help :)
    **I also notice that when I look in her ears...it looks kind of dry and scaly looking?? Is that yeast or what?? My mother has a poodle and her ears get exactly like that, she took her to the vet and it was yeast infection, they gave her something similiar to Monistat and it cleared it up!

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't reccomend using Monistat for your dog's ear infection. There are several different types of ear infections....one being a yeast infection and another common type is a bacterial infection. My dog Rascal also has floppy ears that cover up the actual inner ear part and he is constantly getting ear infections. My advice to you is to you is to first take him to the vet and get the perscription from the vet for the proper type of infection that she has. Once you know what kind of infection it is and it re-occurs later you can always go to a pet med website and order the medicine directly from the website instead of going back to the vet a million times and get charged not only for the medicine but the exam. I would only reccomend you treating it this way if you know for sure it looks the same as the last time your dog got the infection. I know with my dog it looks the same and smells the same. Also another really important thing is to really keep the dog's ears clean. The first product i used was a wipe with stuff on it to clean the ears. However this product wouldn't reach down into the ear canal where all of the infection was at so my vet recommended a liquid ear cleaner that you can pour into the dogs ear and squeeze the ear and gently rub it deeper into the ear. After you do that you just wipe the excess liquid out of the ear. I would reccommend that now while she has the infection to clean the ear pretty good every day until the medicine you get from your vet starts making good progress. Always clean the ear first and let it dry before you put the medicine in otherwise it's pointless to use the medicine as it will be washed out and not effective. Also i don't recommend using q-tips or sticking anything down into your dogs ears that you can't see where its going...that might harm a dog's ears more than help them. Only a vet should be probing in your dogs ears with a cotton swab.

      If your dog is prone to getting ear infections over and over again i would clean your dogs ears out on a weekly basis after the infection is gone and keep a good look out for any signs of a new infection and really nip it in the butt before it is a full blown infection.

      Ear infections in dogs can be serious if left untreated or not treated properly. The end result could be your dog losing its hearing or even might require your dog to have ear surgery. Not fun for your pocket book or your doggie! That's why its sooooo important to at least go to your vet before you decide to start administering any kind of medicine. Also let your vet know if the medicine they prescribe is working and if its not let them know!!

      :)

  12. QUESTION:
    how do i kill my dogs yeast infection around on her vaginal area?
    its always brown on to the hairs there. it looks like her hairs grow together,she is a red tick coon-hound and she has yeast in her ears vet treated that.she is always itching and chewing / cleaning her feet.i have read so much about yeast infection on dogs but nothing tells me the right answer.the vets here where i live do more work on livestock then any house pet.please if u have the answer please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      are you sure it is an actual yeast infection ??? when my dog had a yeast infection there the vet gave me a cleaner called hibitane (http://www.drugs.com/vet/hibitane-skin-cleanser-can.html) which i used once a day for a few days and that cleared it right up ... if your dog tends to have issues with yeast (as my own dog did) i switched her to a limited ingredient, no-grain diet and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble ... the vinegar changes the acidity of the body making it not possible for yeast to grow ... she never had another yeast issue for the duration of her life ... you should google raw apple cider vinegar ...

  13. QUESTION:
    My Dog has a yeast infection how do we get rid of it?
    We took our dog to the vet last week to find out she has a yeast infection. It smells so bad it is almost untolerable. (the smell seems to be mostly coming from her mouth but her years and anus/vagina smell bad too. The vet didnt prescribe her anything but said she needed to loose weight (Is this a load of crap? I didnt know a dogs weight influenced yeast infections..) anyway ... if anyone knows the fastest way to get rid of this infection please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      Plain,unsweetened yogurt,AZO Yeast Tablets ( these are made for women,but are safe for a dog) and put Monistat or an athletes foot powder all over her,just make sure it contains Miconazole,2%.Also,I cannot believe that the vet wouldn't give you at least an antifungal shampoo.There is a good one called Malaseb,I would ask the vet for some.My cousin's Golden had this,and finally got rid of it after two years,with Ketoconazole,which is an oral antifungal.Get some Panalog from your vet to put in her ears,but I don't know about her mouth;I've never heard of a yeast infection causing bad breath.And,is she spayed? If she has a bad odor or discharge coming from her vagina and she isn't spayed,it could be pyometra,an infection of the uterus,which is fatal if not treated. Good luck.

  14. QUESTION:
    What brand of dog food would you recommend to change to?
    My 5 year old dog just came home from the vet with a yeast infection in her ears. The vet has suggested that we change her food and treats to help clear up the infection. She recommended that we change to food with rice, chicken, veggies or fish. Was looking for brands that others have tired? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      In general, any food your dog likes that is high quality should be fine. Buy high-quality and avoid foods with any kind of by-product, and avoid those with fillers, especially corn.

      Go to your local pet-food specialty store, and ask for their recommendations. Take the time to read the ingredients.

      Ask also if they have any trial-size or sample bags of the foods that you are interested in buying; you really don't want to spend or more on a huge bag of dog food and find out that your dog doesn't like it. Spending a couple dollars on a small bag allows you to see if your dog will like it. My dog likes Nature's Menu's dry kibble food, "Chicken, Ocean Whitefish and Sweet Potato" flavor, but the best food in the world won't help if your dog refuses to eat it.

      There are a lot of high quality foods out there, and you will find that many people have their own personal favorite. You'll need to take the time to find which food your dog likes best that fits in your budget.

      If your dog has floppy (down) ears, be sure to stay on top of keeping them clean and dry, even after the infection has passed.

      Good luck! To learn more about dogs and related issues, check out Sharon McCuddy's "Lucky Dog" series of articles at http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/320974/sharon_annette_mccuddy.html

  15. QUESTION:
    Getting rid of and preventing dog yeast infection?
    My dog has been having bad skin problems. He itches a lot, gets bald spots, smells bad, and has grey elephant looking skin. I took him to the vet a few months ago, and he did a test and determined he has a yeast infection. The steroids and antibiotics helped it get better, but it just returned once he was off them. What should I do for my dog? Dont I need to find the source? Could it be his food? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      you could try a grain-free limited ingredient diet and apple cider vinegar ... when i put my very allergic dog on that diet with the vinegar added to the kibble breakfast and supper, she never had another yeast infection (ear, skin, otherwise) again ... natural balance makes limited ingredient diets (try to pick a protein source your dog has never had before) and they make kibble, canned and treats ... use organic apple cider vinegar (raw and NOT heinz from the grocery store, if it has mothers, bonus) ... my dog was fifteen pounds and i added about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon on top of her kibble twice a day ... it is cheap and very effective ...

  16. QUESTION:
    What kind of dog food is reccomended for yeast infection?
    My 9 year old pitbull gets horrible yeast infections all over his body. Currently I am giving him 1 probiotic acidophilus daily plus 1/4cup yogurt and 3 benadryl twice a day. He also gets bathed with antifungal shampoo several times a week. What should I be feeding him?

    • ANSWER:
      you could try feeding a novel protein food such as venison, bison, rabbit, or duck for at least 12 weeks to see if it helps (and you might have to try all of them), or you could feed a hypoallergenic food such as royal canin hp for at least 12 weeks to completely rule out food allergies.

      if its not food allergy related, feeding a high quality food is still recommended. also adding in fish oils would be good. 180mg/ 10 pounds of body weight.

      add- NANCY B, yeast infections can be and often are the results of allergies! food and environmental. do some research before spouting off false information.

      if its from environmental allergies, a medication such as atopica would be beneficial.

      add- NANCY B (again)- your answer is just wrong. a yeast infection is NOT a type of staph (ph not ff) infection! yeast is a type of fungus while staph is a type of bacteria. antibiotics and sulfur are used to treat bacterial infections. antifungals are used to treat fungal infections.

      there are two types of antifungals. topicals and oral. topicals include shampoo (which the owner is using), creams, lotions, wipes, and sprays. oral antifungals are extremely hard on the liver and since the animal has to be on them for at least a month and at high doses, they are usually not recommended. topicals are the best route to take. hence the bathing with an antifungal shampoo.

      now, all the antifungals in the world arent going to do a damn bit of good if the underlying cause isnt addressed, hence the reason for changing the food. if a food allergy is the reason for chronic yeast infections, then putting the dog on a hypoallergenic food will help prevent future yeast infections. if environmental allergies are the cause, finding out what the dog is allergic to and addressing it will help prevent future yeast infections.

      once again for clarity: yeast = fungal. staph (ph not ff) = bacteria. antifungals treat yeast. antibiotics treat bacterial infections.

      oh, and bag balm will also not do a damn thing to treat a yeast infection. and why would you want to add more moisture to a moisture problem?

      add- how do you know its seasonal? age has nothing to do with when allergies develop or what type.

      add- okay dr nancy, explain:

      acute moist dermatitis? aka a hot spot (bacterial infection). i am so glad to know you have a crystal ball that allows you to diagnose a dog via the internet.

      pred? why? not every vet is quick to jump on the pred bandwagon and how do you know the dog hasnt already been treated with pred. besides, if it is a food allergy or something like hypothyroidsim or cushings disease, pred wont help and can potentially make things worse.

      skin scrape? what will that tell you? dogs with mange usually have bacterial infections not yeast.

      allergies are seasonal and an animal has to be exposed to an allergen twice before it develops an allergy? clearly you have no clue how allergies develop.

      just because the dog has been on the same food, doesnt mean it cant develop an allergy.

      min pins arent prone to allergies? wtf? this dog is a pitbull and any dog can develop allergies.

      go msu? again, wtf?

      please email me if you wish to continue discussing this matter because doing it this way, like your answer, is ridiculous.

      oh yeah, and even if it was acute moist dermatitis, putting bag balm on it will only make it worse.

  17. QUESTION:
    What's your best 'at home vet' tip for treating your dog?
    PLEASE NOTE I am in NO WAY advocating skipping vet care for a sick dog- I am just asking people to share their 'home remedies' for common doggies problems! If you are unsure of what your dog's condition is, SEE YOUR VET. If you have tried-and-true home solutions for doggie medical issues, share them here!

    Here are mine: Zymox solution for recurring ear infections (only treat bacterial or yeast infections, not infections due to mites) and Terramycin for conjunctivitis- both available OTC online.

    My dog battled ear infections FOREVER, we were at the vet's every 2 months or so, and nothing worked, until the Zymox. Conjunctivitis flares up once in a while in another dog, we have found we can clear it up with a tube of Terramycin instead of a + vet trip/antibiotics from them.

    • ANSWER:
      Haven't really needed too many at-home vet techniques (thankfully), but we're probably among that many that use:

      Benadryl for bee stings/insect bites

      Buffered aspirin for minor aches/pains

      Ibuprofin only when advised by Vet

  18. QUESTION:
    how much does it take to treat ear infection for dog?
    Just like the question, how much does it usually take to treat an ear infection for dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends where you go. There is the office visit, some places require you be current on a rabies vaccine before you are seen, so you may have to get that. In order to find out what type of ear infection is going on you will need to do an ear cytology. This will allow the yeast or bacteria that is in the ears to be seen under a microscope. THERE IS NO WAY TO FIND OUT 100% WHAT IT IS BY JUST LOOKING AT THE EAR. Medication depends on what you find, usually it's some type of ointment and an ear wash. You will need to recheck in about 2 weeks to make sure the infection is gone and the medication does not need to be switched. Usually ear infections are a sign of allergies, so don't be surprised if they find anything else wrong w/ the skin and want to send home antibiotics. You do not want to wait for it to "get better on it's own" IT WON'T. Do not wait too long because if the infection is severe enough and the dog is shaking his head like crazy you may have an ear hematoma on your hands. That is MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE to treat, basically it's a broken blood vessel in the pinna of the ear (floppy part) and has to be treated surgically. Also, you do not want to apply any of the over the counter stuff-won't work. Do NOT apply water, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, or any "home remedy" that will just cause further irritation to the ear. Depending on where you go it may run from -0. Also, good idea to get your dog up to date on vaccines and heartworm test and prevention if not already on this. Pets are not cheap and if people cannot afford minimal care on them they should think twice before aquiring an animal.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy that can be used to treat a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    I know it isn't mites because I have treated him several times and he still scratches at his ear. I've checked for anything unusual such as a tick or an abrasion.

    • ANSWER:
      I researched the internet and found a recipe of water and vinegar 50:50. It didn't work. I went to the vet's to get Ottomax. That works much better. Ask your vet.

  20. QUESTION:
    how can I get rid of foul smelling ears on my dog?
    My little dog suffers from yeast infections in her ears. Not sure if it diet, or if it's the hair inside her ears. It starts with a foul smell, and develops into an infection. I wonder if there is another way to treat this naturally? She already has switched to a fish only diet which has helped her to stop constantly licking her paws. How can I lower the levels of yeast in my dog's system? And get rid of this smell!

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    What can I use to treat an irritation in my English Bulldog's facial folds?
    I have a 10mos. old English Bulldog and he has developed a moist skin irritation and/or minor yeast infection in the facial fold under one of his eyes. This problem is quite common among the breed. I wanted to find out if anyone knows what type of ointment or solution can temporarily be used to treat it until I take him to the vet next weekend? Thanks for your opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      Peace on Earth has already given you the correct answer:

      as a groomer this is the response I have been trained to give many owners with this same question,
      "English Bulldogs are prone to developing yeast infections within the folds of their face, for this reason owners should prevent the bacteria build-up by wiping out the folds via the use of a warm, damp cloth daily. When signs of an irritation or possible infection occur, continue to clean the folds out in the same manner so long as it does not cause the dog any obvious discomfort, and of course speak to your vet about these types of concerns as soon as they arrive to avoid any major skin irritation."

      You are a step above most of the owners I've already spoken to about this as you already are aware that this is a common problem and you know to take your dog to the vet for it. Many owners I've known will wait until the skin within the folds of their dog's face will be completely raw and infected, then the owner brings the dog to the groomer to be cleaned expecting that the smell from between the folds will magically vanish after a bath, of course by this point the groomer can only refer the owner to a vet because the skin irritation has become a major medical problem.

      Good on you for researching your dog's specific care requirements and loving him enough to seek proper medical care, you are a step above many others on this forum!

  22. QUESTION:
    how do you restore your dogs pads of their feet?
    my dog has a horrible yeast infection causing the pads on her feet to go.How do I restore them?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the vet, have a cytology done to ensure you get the right medication to treat the infection, then follow the vet's instructions.

  23. QUESTION:
    Do women's remedies for vaginal yeast infection work for dog ear yeast infection?
    My dog, a Golden Retriever, has what it seems to be a bad case of yeast infection in both ears (not the first time). I have read that I should change his food etc. but first I need to clear his infection. I have been to the vet several times about this in the past and paid expensive medicines that seems to work just for short period of time. A co-worker suggested to use over-the-counter medicine to treat vaginal yeast infection. Does anyone has any experiense/comment/thought about this?

    • ANSWER:
      My husky developed some kind of rash on her ears too. They looked like flaky spots and would turn red and bleed a little if you scratched them.
      I figure that it was some kind of fungus eating the skin.
      I sprayed Tinactin (for athlete's foot) on the ears (On the affected area only, NOT inside the ear-canal).
      I cured it on one application. Her ears are very healthy now.
      My dog's ears are a little hairy on the inside and that helped to keep the Tinactin solution on the spots.
      What DaveSFV says on the previous answer makes sense if you give your dog some kind of internal medication for humans, something that the dog has to ingest, but in this case you are using a cream or liquid that has the same ingredients as many dog's medication. You can go to the store and compare ingredients on both medications. It is the same fungus that eat human and animal skin.

  24. QUESTION:
    Whats the easiest to treat my dog with ear drops?
    He's got a yeast infection and I have antibiotics but everytime I try to put the drops in he runs away or tries to bite me, he really hates it. He thinks im trying to hurt him or something?

    • ANSWER:
      Pnut butter
      http://www.dogaware.com/health/ears.html

  25. QUESTION:
    When using vinegar and water to cure a yeast infection in my dogs ear, does it have to be apple cider vinegar?
    I have looked into homeopathic remedies for my dogs ear infection and many say apple cider vinegar and water. Does it have to be apple cider vinegar or will white vinegar be ok to use?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use just vinegar, start with this, if it doesn't work try the raw apple cider vinegar. NOT white vinegar, that won't work.

      Use this --

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

      INGREDIENTS:
      16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
      4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

      Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
      You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.

      TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all.

      Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.
      Shake the bottle each time before using.
      Put cotton balls or similiar absorbent material under the ear.
      Flood the ear with solution, (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue.
      Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage.

      The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue, cotton ball, etc as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.

      The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows:
      Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
      Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
      Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)

      All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy.
      The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear.
      The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent.
      The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker.

      After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls.

      The success rate for this treatment is 95-99%.

      If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site.

      This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and water(warm)

      Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2 x per week.

      They have found the Blue Powder Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots.

      Remember it is for external use only ..so be careful not to get into the eyes.

  26. QUESTION:
    My dog has yeast infection in both his ears?
    My dog has yeast infection in both his ears. I know this because i took him to the vet. I have drops for his ears and an antibiotic but i dont know if theres anytihng else i should do to help the process? does it matter if he's in the heat or cold?

    • ANSWER:
      Antibiotics do NOT treat yeast infection. If anything, they will make the problem worse, as they kill the beneficial bacteria that attack yeast. You should clarify this with the vet, as I'd hate for a bad situation to become worse.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is there any home remedies to treat my dog's ear infection?
    She has a yeast infection in her ears and I heard that there are ways to treat it without going to the vet and paying too much money for what they use to treat it.

    • ANSWER:
      No, you need to take your dog to the vet for proper diagnosis and care.

  28. QUESTION:
    how can i balance my dogs yeast level?
    i have an 11 week old pug puppy that is suffering from vaginitis, dermatitis, and a yeast infection in her ears. i know for women with yeast infections they can take natural pils taht help balance their yeast level. is there anything i can do to help my puppy?

    • ANSWER:
      Your puppies dermatitis and vaginitis have to be treated with antibiotics. As far as your dog's yeast infection it needs to be treated with otic antifungal medication. Miconazole is a popular medication that veterinarians prescribe. The mechanism for yeast infection in women is completely different from a yeast infection in a dog's ears so it can't be treated with by "balancing" a yeast level. You have to get rid of most of the yeast which is what the anti-fungal medications are for. The yeast grows in the ear because the environment in the ear may be favorable. The yeast like warm, moist, and dark areas. And yogurt won't work to treat this problem either. Also the signs that your puppy is showing may be an indication that your puppy may be developing some type of allergy. Allergies are a common cause of yeast infections in the ears. You should definitely have your puppy seen by a veterinarian not only to get the ear infection, dermatitis, and vaginitis treated, you should also have your dog evaluated for a possible allergy whether food or environmental.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can you treat a dog's ear infection without ear drops?
    My dog has a yeast infection in both ears and the vet gave us drops to put in twice a day, for 10 days, but my dog gets incredibly uncomfortable and turns aggressive when the ear drops come out. He won't let us near his ears when he knows what we're trying to do and snaps. We've tried a muzzle, and restraining him, but it's impossible to administer the drops properly, especially twice a day, without putting him through stress and discomfort.

    Is there any other possible treatments for ear infections? Such as, antibiotics to be take orally? That would be much easier!

    • ANSWER:
      It may be possible to treat orally, but to be honest, topical treatment is usually far more effective. Unfortunately needs must so if you have to use a muzzle to get this treatment where it needs to be, so be it I'd suggest you get back to your vet because obviously his ears are causing him pain, so some form of pain relief might be worth considering, to make it easier to treat him.

  30. QUESTION:
    vinegar and water for dogs yeast inffection in ear- has anyone used this?
    I have a Weimanear dog that constantly has yeast infections in one ear - Vets medicine only clears up about 6 months. I keep his ears clean at all times. Have you had any experience with using diluted vinegar and water in the ear.

    • ANSWER:
      i have only used surolan to treat my dogs ear issues ... i get it at the vet ... but i do add 1/4 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to her breakfast and supper and since i have added that she has not had any yeasty ears ... i have not heard of using it topically but i have not even had to clean her ears since adding to her diet ... and i am constantly looking but so far so good ... i started by adding to her water but she did not like it in her water ... but she has no problem eating it with meals ...

  31. QUESTION:
    Can you treat a yeast infection in a dogs ears with Monistat?
    You know Monistat cream women use?

    • ANSWER:
      I use to work at an animal clinic that used monistat. The result were suprising. It seemed to work! Normally though, you should never do something unless the vet looks at the dogs ear, because you never know to what extent the infection is. It could be so bad to the point where they need to be flushed because the infection is in the canal.

  32. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of a yeast infection in a dogs ear?
    My 5 year old chihuahua has never had ear problems. Last night she started yelping like she was in pain, wouldn't let us touch her, became agressive but also timmid. I took her to the emergency vet who said that she has a yeast infection of the ear. Not that I'm the expert, but I am just not buying it. Her pain seems so much worse. Any experience you have to offer?

    • ANSWER:
      Well since she wont let you touch her ear, there is deffinently something wrong with it. It could be an ear infection or something stuck in the ear canal itself.

      If its an ear infection and it is that painful, it has been there for probably a little while. There would be a foul smell coming from the ear and also there would be a black/brown discharge coming out of the ear. The dog will be itching it and shaking its head alot. And like you stated she will get aggressive when trying to touch the ear and it is very painful.

      What you can do is take your dog to her regular vet and ask the dr. to look in the ear. THey will probably recromend an ear flush, culture, and also, oral and topical antibiotics. If you dont want to spend a lot of money, try the brod spectrum antibioitics. If it doesnt go away after that (probably 10-14 days) then go with the culture and the flush.

      The cluture is going to be expensive but it will tell you exactly what type of bacteria is growing in her ear and the vet will know which antibioitic to perscribe to directly treat the infection.

      The flush is going to clean the dogs ear out they vet will probably give an oral sedative and clean the canal out all the way and get everything out of there.

      If you decide to go with the antibiotics and the flush they will probably give you the orals before the flush and then the topicals because there is no use in giving topicals in a dirty infected ear.

      Anways, I hope this helps. Just take her to your regular vet. so its not as expensive as the ER.

      Good Luck!!!!

  33. QUESTION:
    Is it okay for Pugs to jump on and off furniture or will it do serious damage?
    I recently adopted a 2 year old pug, and she often jumps on and off of my furniture. I have NO problem with her doing this, as my other dogs are all allowed on the furniture as well. I am just wondering if it would cause her to have and serious issues. Any help would be appreciated. Also, she has recurring yeast infections, does anyone have any info on treating these as well, aside from medication. Thanks for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      If she jumps from the floor to the couch, and the other way, then she should be fine. But, if she jumps n really high places (like the bed) it could hurt her back, and would be better if you picked her up. I own a shih tzu, and she always jumps on the couches or chairs, just never the bed.

      Good Luck and Congrats on your new addition!

  34. QUESTION:
    very difficult dog with yeast infection in ears?
    I have a shar pei dog who is very hard to deal with when it comes to treating him for any medical condition. He has a yeast infection in his ears and i've tried every way possible to get the medication in his years. I have got to get this infection under control. Does anyone have any tips on ways to hold him down/restrain him so that I can get this stuff in his ears? Thanks a lot!!

    • ANSWER:
      I keep mine occupied. Put a smear of peanut butter on the floor or somewhere and squirt while he works on the peanut butter. I put it on a long rubber toy and hold the toy between my legs while sitting on a chair so I can get to the dog's head easily. Good luck!

  35. QUESTION:
    Who honestly knows If vinegar and water works for chronic ear infections in dogs?
    Has anyone tried it? Is it effective? or is there any other natural remedies for ear infections in dogs. no antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:
      Ineffective. This summer alone, I've already treated over 50 ear infections. Tis the season, is our motto. Ear infections, skin infections, in high numbers usually due to more water exposure, humidity, trapped moisture, and allergens.

      Your vet treatment team and your dog would really appreciate if you don't try vinegar and water at home, it fails, then you have a stinky dog, with infected ears, at the clinic, in desperate need of a topical antifungal/antibioitic/anti-inflammatory med. Normal flora on the skin's surface should not be in ear canals. When yeast and bacteria infect the ear canal, usually it's due to water in the ear compromising the balance of yeast/bacteria populations or the dog started scratching due to allergies and got a secondary infection after breaking the skin and compromising the skin barrier, allowing bacteria and yeast to affect multiple skin layers in the ear.

      Antibiotics and antifungals help the ear go back to normal state with only bacteria and yeast living on the exterior of the body. Ensuring it's being shaken before use, enough med is being administered into the ear canals, then massaging at the base of the ear, are all important to ensure the med is effective.

      For maintenance, cleansing the ears with a cerulytic (breaks up wax/debris) cleanser with a drying agent can help prevent ear infections with weekly use and whenever exposed to water, not to exceed every 2-3 days. If a dog swims daily, cleansing their ears every 3 days will reduce their risk for ear infections.

      And definitely don't immerse a dog in vinegar, diluted or not. They are so hypersensitive to odor and it does not benefit skin that is already symptomatic for infection, sebhorrea, itchiness, or fleas.

      Meds such as Mometamax, Easotic, Genotic/Betagen/other gentamicin based meds, or Posatex are effective against yeast and bacteria, and may be prescribed by your vet. You cannot avoid Rx med if your dog has an ear infection. He will continue to have inflamed ears, with trapped moisture, excess debris, itchiness, and possibly develop internal ear damage and destruction if left untreated. Do not take it too lightly! Hope you're just randomly asking about vinegar, and you don't have a dog with an ear infection...

  36. QUESTION:
    Are yeast infections in the ears of malamutes a common problem?
    I adopted a 5 year old malamute. Since January he has had one infection after the other. He has been on steroids, anti-fungal pills, and ear drops for a month solid. The vet is at a loss as to why he keeps getting them. Anyone have a clue?

    • ANSWER:
      It can be a problem. It depends on several conditions like food, temperatures/humidity & meds the dog is on. Meds like antibiotics & steroids will often cause certain types of yeast infections to occur. These 2 sites has great info on treating yeast infections in the ears & treating the whole body.

      http://www.dogearyeastinfection.com/what_causes_a_yeast_infection_in_your_dogs_ear.html

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      Sometimes it can take a while for your dog 's body to fully change & to reject the yeast overgrowth. Read the sites & see if there is more you can do to help your dog.

  37. QUESTION:
    What foods do I need to add or eliminate from my diet?
    I am constantly plauged by yeast infections (or thrush) and have also found to be getting urinary tract infections as of late. What foods should I be eating to help treat these naturally and prevent them from re-occuring?

    • ANSWER:
      # Sugar -- It is best to eliminate all forms of refined sugar, as it feeds the yeast and encourages its growth. These foods include: white sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, corn syrup, maple sugar, molasses, date sugar, turbinado, raw sugar, demerrara, amisake, rice syrup, sorghum.

      Read labels carefully. The hidden sugars to watch for include: sucrose, fructose, maltose, lactose, glycogen, glucose, mannitol, sorbitol, galactose, monosaccharides, polysaccharides.

      # Fruit -- Fruit contain natural sugars that support the growth of yeast. The following foods should be eliminated:

      * Frozen, canned, and dried fruit
      * All canned and frozen fruit juice
      * Oranges and orange juice
      * Melons, especially cantaloupe. These fruit often contain mold.

      # Yeast -- Foods that contain yeast should be eliminated. These include: Baker's yeast, Brewer's yeast, Engevita, Torula, and any other nutritional yeast. Baked goods raised with yeast such as breads, rolls, crackers, bagels, pastries, and muffins should also be eliminated.
      # Foods Containing Gluten -- These include wheat, barley, and rye and includes products made with these ingredients such as wheat bread, rye bread, and pasta.

      # Vinegar -- Vinegar is made with a yeast culture. Foods that contain vinegar include: White vinegar, red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, mayonnaise, commercial salad dressing, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, steak sauce, BBQ sauce, shrimp sauce, soy sauce, mustard, pickles, pickled vegetables, green olives, relishes, horseradish, chili sauce.

      # Mushrooms -- Mushrooms are fungi. Eliminate all mushrooms.

      # Peanuts, Peanut Butter, and Pistachios -- Peanuts, peanut butter, and pistachios often have high mold contamination and should be eliminated.

      # Alcohol -- Alcoholic beverages provide sugar that feeds the yeast and stresses other organs such as the liver. Eliminate all forms of alcohol, including red wine, white wine, beer, whiskey, brandy, gin, scotch, any fermented liquor, vodka, rum, and all liqueurs.
      # Coffee, Black Tea, Cider, Root beer -- Coffee and black tea create an extra burden for the body's stress-coping mechanisms. Regular coffee, instant coffee, decaffeinated coffee, and all types of black tea (including "fruit flavored" black tea) should be eliminated.

      # Aged, Moldy and Processed Cheeses -- Roquefort and other aged, moldy or blue cheeses should be eliminated. Also eliminate processed cheese such as cheese slices, Velveeta, Cheese Whiz, cream cheese, cheese snacks, and Kraft dinner.

      # Processed, Dried, Smoked, and Pickled Meats -- These include products such as smoked salmon, pickled herring, sausages, bacon, hot dogs, pastrami, bologna, sandwich meats, salami, corned beef, pickled tongue, and kolbassa. These products are processed and many contain unhealthy nitrates and nitrites, so they are not recommended for use at any time.

      # Packaged, Processed, and Refined Foods -- Canned, bottled, packaged, boxed, and other processed foods usually contain yeast, refined sugar, refined flour, chemicals, preservatives, and coloring. They are not recommended at any time.

      A pro-biotic (healthy bacteria) supplement should also be taken

  38. QUESTION:
    My 4 month old golden retriever has red itchy bumps under arms and scratches constantly.What is the cause?
    He scratches and bites and no fleas are present only little red bumps and rash like symptoms under his arms, on his belly, and under his neck. I need answers this is not good. Is it a yeast infection or something else i don't know about?

    • ANSWER:
      Take your pup to a vet, they are best at diagnosing and treating pet skin ailments. A yeast infection is possible because yeast does live in the moist areas but my guess is that this is unlikely. More likely it is fleas, mites, scabies or some other biting critter. Check the base of the tail for signs of fleas. The mites are too small to see so the vet will do a skin scrapping (painless) and look under a microscope. The good news is all these things are treatable. The bad news is that if you don't treat the dog, you may get them next.

  39. QUESTION:
    How to treat a dogs ear infection (yeast) without going to the vet?
    My dog had the same problem 6 months ago and now it is back. What is the best medicine I can buy that I DO NOT NEED to go to the vet for. I would like to try something first before I make a vet appt.
    I can afford the vet but I am looking for an alternative first. Me buying ear drops for him at a pet store is NOT illegal. I know it's an ear infection because this is normal it happens to him often. This time I want to try something BEFORE I take him to the vet. I already spend a lot between his anxiety and CCD medicine, heartworm prevention, parasite prevention, and flea & tick prevention not to mention the food I must have him on because his digestive system is not strong. So thank you but I did think about it before I got him 2 1/2 years ago. Most pet owners don't end up having to spend that extra 0+ for health issues in their dog at least not a 2 1/2 year old dog. Guess what I kept him and make sure he has what he needs. I am asking for a BRAND of medicine (ear drops) that people have had success with. THAT IS NOT ILLEGAL. Especially when the infection is a normal thing with him because of his ears I know the problem, I'm looking to try a different solution this tim
    Ok look I know what can happen due to an infection I have been down this road with him and every time he has went straight to the vet. So I do know exactly what can happen, I also know WHEN it is to late for me to try something FIRST. I am pretty familiar with this issue now and catch it right off the bat.

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing I'd try is switching to a grain-free low-carbohydrate food, such as Orijen, Wellness Core or Artemis Maximal Dog, or better still, a raw prey model diet. If the problem persists after a couple of weeks, ask your vet for an Rx for an oral antifungal such as itraconazole or griseofulvin. Topical medications seem to lose their effectiveness when used repeatedly for persistently recurring infections.

  40. QUESTION:
    how do you feed yogurt to your dog if he is not eathing ?
    Pug need to eat yogurt to treat yeast, he is not eating, any good idea make him eat ?

    • ANSWER:
      Um dogs shouldnt eat dairy products, the lactose is really bad for them. And yoghurt isnt usually used to treat yeast infections I dont think. Maybe you should consult a vet? If you already have then I would get a second opinion because that doesnt sound right. No vet I know would recommend feeding a dog yoghurt, especially a small dog like a pug.

  41. QUESTION:
    has anyone had theyre dog tested for food allergies-and did you get good results?
    my dog scratches his ears and gets yeast infections in them frequently,i changed his food many times with no luck,,,
    horrorwriter8-yes he has had patches on his skin too, vet says its staph infection from the allergy,,,,he was sure it was from meat protien so he told me to try vegetarian food, with no luck.
    toad- www.quantumalliance.com doesnt work-is the spelling right?

    • ANSWER:
      You can try an elimination diet for dogs. You get rid of everything including treats and you may even have to find another alternative to heartworm preventatives and flea/tick drops. Your dog should not have rawhide or anything else containing food products throughout the duration of the diet.

      You make home cooked meals using only the novel protein and novel carbohydrate and see if that works on getting rid of the itchiness. You can talk to your vet about using a plain, human vitamin instead of flavored dog one or just work without that while using the diet.

      You add in foods one by one to see what causes a reaction. The problem with commercial allergy diets is that they can contain different things to make them easier to produce into kibble that may be causing a reaction. They can give you a false positive.

      Some dogs will have ear problems just because of the structure of their ears. I use Zymox (online for about ) and it clears up periodic problems easily and painlessly.

  42. QUESTION:
    Are dog ear infections contagious to people?
    My dog has a yeast ear infection (we are treating it with drops from the vet), Is it possible for him to transmit it to humans?

    • ANSWER:
      No, dogs and humans have completely different immune systems. You cannot catch diseases from your dog and vice-versa.

  43. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog's ear flap and why is it purple?
    I have a chihuahua her ears have always been pointing up and now one of her ears flap and on the tip of the ear is blue/purple and crusty. I have read that its a yeast infection but i want to know what to do, and I don't have the money to take her to the vet right now. Please help. If theirs any natural remedies to cure it i would like to know.

    • ANSWER:
      you can always go to the vet and explain the situation.im sure they would understand.most vets would let you pay later.you could also take him to the clinic at the local animal shelter.they might treat him for free.

  44. QUESTION:
    Can dogs have yeast infection in their ears?
    My vet says that my dog does but i didnt really understand. and she also have to live with out any medication for it fo another 2 weeks so it doesnt interfere with her bladder antibiotics.

    Has anyone else had this problem?
    I have the medication for both problems but was told tehy would interefere with each other. Is there anything else ( other than cleaning her ears daily) that i can do?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes some dogs with longear flaps or very hairy ears have this problem.
      You may have to dry out the dogs ear several times per day and keep them very clean. You can sometime pout drops in the ear to dry them out. But ask the vet about that.
      Some dogs require surgery to modify the ear canal to prevent infections.
      Try cleaning them twice per day just wipe them out so thye are dry and see how it goes.
      If she is already on anitbiotics they could be making the yeast grow faster but you need to treat for one thing at a time. So you need to wait until she is done with the other antibiotics to deal with her ears.

  45. QUESTION:
    What home remedy can I use to treat my dogs ear infection?
    I have a yellow lab that has a small ear infection. While I am more than willing to go to the vet, is there any cheap over the counter remedy that I can use to treat, obviously if it does not improve then would take to the vet, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You really need to go to a vet straight up. If there is a yeast or bacterial infection, the dog really needs medicated (antibiotic/antifungal) ear drops to clear it up. The other thing with ear infections is that it's important to check that a/ there is nothing down the ear that has triggered the infection (e.g. a grass seed) and that the ear drum is not damaged in anyway. If there's something down the ear, then the infection's not going to go away regardless of what it is treated with. If the ear drum is damaged, you have to be very, very careful about anything that is put in the ear- some products, even veterinary ear drops, can lead to problems such as deafness if they are put down the ear canal and are able to pass through into the middle/inner ear.

  46. QUESTION:
    What is a dog food that will help my dog's skin and coat?
    Price is a factor. My dog is a one year old golden retriever and suffers from dry, flakey skin. I need a good quality food tht will help her coat improve.
    Murray c, this isnt the place to advertise. And you techincally didnt help me. I already knew that adding eggs was good, and i wouldnt give it raw anyways because my dog could get salmonella poisoning.

    • ANSWER:
      Get the best food you can afford, this is a good guide:

      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      Stay away from wheat, corn and soy. They're not good for the coat and are the leading culprits when it comes to food allergies, which can cause Atopic Dermatitis.

      Add an Omega 3 Fatty acid (a fish oil supplement) to your dog's food. You can get this at a pet food store or you can get human grade at the drug store (ask your vet for dosage). If you get it at a pet food store, read th ingredients some of them have wheat in the ingredients.

      Make sure you read the ingredients for your dogs treats and biscuits. I was buying a treat that said 'Lamb and Rice' on the front and it still had wheat in the ingredients.

      If your dog's problem is just as simple as the food, you will see a change in her/his coat in less than 2 weeks. The dandruff will be gone, the coat will be softer and less shedding....and if your dog has had that "dog" smell...that will be gone too.

      ADD: Atopic Dermatitis can cause secondary conditions like yeast ear infections and bacterial skin infections.

  47. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog starting to bite people all of a sudden?
    I adopted a hairless chinese crested about 2 months ago. Untile this weekend she seemed to like everyone (people and other dogs) but for some reason she has been running behind people and biting the back of their legs. All of these people she has been around and seemed quite comfortable. The only thing that has changed is that is shaved some of her hair off her back and face but surely that wouldn't alter her personality. I don't know what has gotten into her! ANY IDEAS?
    Also, How do I correct this behavior?

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of times dogs will go through "instant" personality changes when they are experiencing some type of pain that you can't see on the outside. Ulcers, infected tooth, yeast infection in the ear, something lodged in the paw pad, are all common culprits. Before addressing the behavioral issue, I really suggest a trip to the vet to be sure there's nothing going on that you can't see. Also, keep in mind a dog you buy/adopt won't show its true personality until it has settled into the home, which usually does take a couple months. If all medical issues are ruled out, then you have to find out WHERE this aggression is stemming from. Is it being territorial? Is it resource guarding? Is it fear based? Is she doing this all over the house? Is she doing it near her kennel or food dish? Is she doing this to people who are coming towards her? If it's the first, it's probably territorial. The second, resource guarding. The third, fear based. Territorial and resource guarding can be corrected the exact same way, fear based can be more involved. When she goes to nip someone, put yourself BETWEEN her and the person. Walk towards her. She should immediately back up. Tell her "NO." in a low voice, don't yell. Repeat this several times. She should eventually lose interest in the person. When she is calm and minding her own business, have the person she was aggressing towards give her a small treat. If when you try to block her, she slips between your legs or still won't lay off, I suggest putting a leash on her. I would use a normal leather or nylon collar and not a choke chain as the Chinese crested doesn't have much fat/hair to protect her throat. Give the leash a hard tug, and say NO. Immediately force her into a position on her side (gently, but firmly). She will probably scream, wiggle, and possibly even bite. Still, don't let her up until she is quiet and holding still. When you let her up, odds are really low that she will go for it again instantly. If she does, repeat. You will have to work with her for quite awhile until she is reliably not going after people. CONSISTENCY is the name of the game here. You (or someone else who won't panic or use a high voice) must be able to do this EVERY time she tries to bite. If this is fear based, you need to find the variable that is scaring her. Lots of new company, a friend visiting with their dog, someone's child pulling on her? Look long and hard for something that could be scaring the dog. I also recommend getting her on a predictable routine. This should help immensley (also do the actions I suggested for resource guarding/territorial behavior) Dogs thrive on having a schedule. Feeding, walking, playing, etc. all at the same time. It's very soothing for a dog to feel like a member of a stable pack. Also be sure she is getting enough walking, a dog with a lot of energy can direct it towards negative things. Hope this helps, good luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    Do dogs get yeast infection? How can it be homeopathically cleared?
    Female dog had spay surgery and had antibiotics, and has had a bad odor since.

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs get both urinary yeast infections and yeast infections in the skin...the skin infections have the foul odor. I had a Boxer for 14 years that had skin yeast problems all her life..caused by allergies, and by thyroid problems. She was 7 before we discovered the thyroid problem and thus we treated her with dips, cortisone shots, and gave her ketoconizole as a maintenance medication to combat the yeast. When we got her on thyroid meds, that, along with the ketoconizole, pretty well kept it in check..
      I guess what I'm saying is, there is no effective homeopathic treatment for yeast infection. Let your vet evaluate the dog and choose a regimen of treatment for her. Could be temporary, could be chronic...Good Luck1

      Papaw

  49. QUESTION:
    What do ear mites look like for dogs?
    My dog has like these bubbles in his ear and when they are iched they bleed a little.

    • ANSWER:
      Your dogs ears will smell if he or she has mites. Their will be dried brown stuff in the ear canal that's mostly dried blood.. The ears will be red most of the time. The ears will Itch & the dog will also shake his or her head. It almost sounds like your dog has an yeast infection in there. Don't LOL , dogs do get yeast infections in their ears. What ever it is, take you dog to the vet & fined out what's wrong for sure, so you can treat it.. If you leave it to long the dog can & will go deaf. Not only that it hurts like H! Because of all the diging the dog does in the ear, it gets sore . Just like your's would :(
      I hope this helped you :)
      Good luck


how to treat yeast infections in dogs

Home Remedy For Dog Yeast Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedys for yeast infection in dogs?
    My dog keeps getting yeast infections around her eyes and in her ears. I have taken her to the vet plenty of times. She is five years old, German Shepherd. It is costing me too much money. It cost me about 0 worth of medicine. I have taken her about four times. Once she has the medicine she is good for a couple months then it comes back again. What home remedies can I use to make it go away again and how can I make it stay away? It is a yeast infection. My aunt is a dog groomer, she said some breeds will catch stuff and it is hard to get rid of.

    • ANSWER:
      my dog used to have problems with yeast infections ... i switched her to a salmon-based limited ingredient grain-free diet (natural balance) and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble daily ... after that she had no more problems for the rest of her life ... you should google the benefits of organic apple cider vinegar ...

  2. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of dogs yeast infection?
    we have a pure bread pitt bull who has been scratching for about the last 6 months or so. it's been getting worse lately; he is to the point where he draws blood from scratching so much and is loosing hair from scratching; his skin is bright red where he has lost hair from this. his ears are also red and irritated. he sometimes cries out when he's scratching himself because it hurts him. someone told me that their dog had similar problems and that it was yeast infection. she said that she used a home remedy but couldn't remember exactly what the ingredients were; so what i'm wondering is; what is a home remedy for a dog's yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      First you don't know that your "pure bred pitbull" has a yeast infection. You need to take him to a vet to find out what is wrong with him. He may be allergic to the food you are feeding him or it could be a number of things. And shame on you for letting your dog be miserable for the last six months.

  3. QUESTION:
    What would be a good home remedy for dog ear infections?
    I was wondering What would be a good At home remedy for smelly ear infections in a dog. I believe it is a yeast infection again. Can anything make the dog feel better & what can i do about the smell?

    • ANSWER:
      though I would recommend a vet. I found this online
      http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/EarCleaner.html

      and here is another i found..all natural
      http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/go/index.php/419/dog-ear-infections

  4. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy for yeast in dogs ears?
    Yeast infection in dog ears. Is there a home remedy? Just wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      I'll second the Zymox Otic! I have a girl who has had chronic ear infections all of her 13 years. I've paid the vet a small fortune over the years. Several years ago, I found Zymox and LOVE IT! It works all the time.
      You can go to Amazon and read the reviews on it.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have a yeast infection?
    I have a pitbull she is 1 1/2 years old. She never licks herself. Last two days she has been licking constantly and she like smacks her lips after like shes still licking but isnt, like something is on her tongue. Is this a yeast infection? any home remedies for dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      i think so. especially if she is licking constantly. here is something that may help. Ways to Control Yeast / Fungus Overgrowth
      Treatment: External Problems

      Bathe: Use a sulfur-based or medicated shampoo for fungus, one with Ketoconazole - KetoChlor Shampoo by VirBac - have your vet order it for you.

      Then use a Baking Soda rinse after shampooing, it will be quite helpful with the overall itchiness, skin problems and inflammation.

      BAKING SODA RINSE RECIPE
      Mix two (2) teaspoons of BAKING SODA per gallon of warm water; make sure to mix it so it completely dissolves - poor over pet, do not rinse off.

      After bathing and animal is dry: Prepare a 2 % solution of Oxy-Drops (Mix 1 teaspoon with 1 cup (8ozs.) of distilled water). Use this to spray or wipe skin, ears, and feet with to prevent secondary bacterial infection. (order below). Some people report wiping areas with Listerine stops itching.

  6. QUESTION:
    looking for a home remedy for dog ear infection?
    can anybody suggest a cheap home remedy for a dogs ear infection? I have a cocker spaniel and she has some kind of ear infection but I am out of work so I am trying to avoid taking her to the expenisive vet.
    Has anybody had any luck with any home remedies for this? I have tried putting the fluids from a couple of vit. E capsules in her ear but I am not sure if it has worked or not...I have only just did this yesterday though.
    Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      There is NO home remedy - you need to get your dog to the vet, have the ear infection identified -- could be a yeast infection, could be ear mites.

      The vet will then give you the proper treatment for the problem.

      This is not expensive and absolutely necessary. Ear infections don't go away with home remedies, you've just made it worse with the E capsule.
      This isn't an option, it is absolutely necessary to get your dog treated by a vet - ear infections are painful, itch like mad, and can cause deafness and worse for your dog.

      Get that dog to the vet -- doesn't cost that much for the infection to be identified and the right medication given.

  7. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies to treat yeast infections in dogs?
    My dog has a yeast infection of the skin. I cant take her to a vet right now bc I live about 2 hours away from the nearest one and money is tight right now. Im kind of at my wits end and I was wondering if any over the counter products work, like Vagisil. Ive seen many things online in research on what to try, but its so overwhelming. Any help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      There is an easy fix for a skin yeast infection. The smell can be reduced almost overnight with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and borax.

      To prepare the solution, add one tablespoon of borax to one liter of 1% hydrogen peroxide, mix well and spray on the dog all over. Make sure that the entire skin is in contact with the solution. Do not rinse and let dry. This solution should be applied everyday for a week. Most if not all of the smell should be gone by the second week.

      Borax is a non-toxic anti-fungal compound which will help in eradicating the yeast infection. Borax is a natural mineral that has a wide variety of uses. It is a component of many cosmetics, used as a food preservative, detergents, enamel glazes, etc.

      CAUTION: Make sure that you use Borax, NOT Boric Acid which is toxic. Borax is non-toxic and can be found in the laundry aisle at most major discount stores and grocery stores and it is very inexpensive.

      Good luck.

      Note:

      Never alow your vet to prescribe Prednisone or any other steroid to your dog. Just like in humans, steroids will cause more harm than good.Vets can be very irresponsible when it comes to the prescription of steroids because they are well aware of steroid side effects.

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin, sometimes increasing the chances that antibiotics may be prescribed."

      Please read 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.

      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

  8. QUESTION:
    Question about curing my dogs ear yeast infection?
    my dog has dog ear yeast infection, im using white vinegar and peroxide, ive been cleaning his ear with it for about 1 week (if that long) , and his ear still isnt cured.. how long will it take before its cured, & what other home remedies can help cure this ? ( ive heard raw apple cider vinegar works).

    • ANSWER:
      Cleaning your dog's ears with vinegar is good as a *preventative*, not a cure for a full-blown infection.
      Your dog needs to see a vet.

  9. QUESTION:
    How to rest easy taking my elderly dog to vet?
    I've always had a fear of taking my dog to the vet because I feel her age (roughly 11) will just make the vet say "Oh she is so old you need to put her down". She's healthy, active and loving. I'm almost 19 years old and have had her since I was 6. Upon some home research of some itchy ear and dark brown wax research I concluded she might have a moderate yeast infection in her ears. I tried some of the home remedies that I found online to try to avoid the vet, but to no changes. So now just to end the suffering of an itch she can't scratch I'm considering taking her to the vet. But again, Shes pretty old, she's slowly going blind (but doesn't seem to really show it except the look to her eyes. she seems to see fine), and she's not the active puppy she used to be but more the lap dog that wants to lay with you and watch a whole season of family guy lol. So if any vets are here, will the vet just tell me to put her down, or try to help her? Can I refuse to put her down because she has NO SIGNS of pain or discomfort, just annoyingly itchy cropped ears. Cause I'm not going to put her down unless she's truly in pain to where he can show me every square inch of the pain. I know I may be over reacting, but this is my baby.
    Also she is a Miniature Pinscher, Female, roughly 11-12 years of age. No previous health issues other than one visit for ear mites(but that's not what this is now). Eats well, drinks well, sleeps well. Nothing to complain. Ears were very over cropped by last family standing only about an inch tall. Tail is cropped almost completely down, maybe 1/4 inch tall at the most.
    Also it may or may not help but I'm trying to put the best pic of her I have as my picture on here so you guys might be able to see just how much her ears are cropped
    I'm just estimating the age cause I don't know how old she was when I got her. All I know is her snout is white now, instead of tan and her eyes are glazing over mildly. But thank you guys.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't worry - no reputable vet would tell you to put an animal down just because of age. Vets do whatever they can to help their patients regardless of age. Small dogs can live to 20 years and beyond. Please take her in for a possible ear infection - tests will be done to find out what the exact problem is and medication will be dispensed based on what is found. Good luck - you sound like a very concerned and loving pet parent.

  10. QUESTION:
    does anyone know any home remedies for a dog who has a yeast infection in their ears?
    our female english mastiff has an ear infection, and we want to know if there are home remedies or herbs we can use to clear it up, not something expensive we have to get through a vet or some website, something we can buy at a store and use at home.

    • ANSWER:
      since it is a yeast infection..don't laugh, it really works..monistat or any other feminine yeast product will work on your dogs ears! it has essentially the same basic ingredients as the mometomax that your vet will prescribe.

      no treatment will work however if you don't take precautionary steps to preventing another infection. first, clean the ear well with an ear solution (from pet store) and cotton balls. apply some of the monistat into the ear canal and massage the ear thoroughly (you want the medicine deep into the ear). clean and apply med once daily until a significant imporvement is seen, then move to once every other day, and ween off like that.. yest is caused by moist dark places, so do everything within your power to keep your pup's ears dey.

      good luck hope this helps :)

  11. QUESTION:
    What's your best 'at home vet' tip for treating your dog?
    PLEASE NOTE I am in NO WAY advocating skipping vet care for a sick dog- I am just asking people to share their 'home remedies' for common doggies problems! If you are unsure of what your dog's condition is, SEE YOUR VET. If you have tried-and-true home solutions for doggie medical issues, share them here!

    Here are mine: Zymox solution for recurring ear infections (only treat bacterial or yeast infections, not infections due to mites) and Terramycin for conjunctivitis- both available OTC online.

    My dog battled ear infections FOREVER, we were at the vet's every 2 months or so, and nothing worked, until the Zymox. Conjunctivitis flares up once in a while in another dog, we have found we can clear it up with a tube of Terramycin instead of a + vet trip/antibiotics from them.

    • ANSWER:
      Haven't really needed too many at-home vet techniques (thankfully), but we're probably among that many that use:

      Benadryl for bee stings/insect bites

      Buffered aspirin for minor aches/pains

      Ibuprofin only when advised by Vet

  12. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for a dog with an ear infection?
    I have a rat terrier mix and she is already on 2 types of medication for seizures but she has an ear infection. I was wondering if there is a safe home remedy cure because the vet is expensive and it doesn't help when they try to rip you off. Any safe remedies?

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the type of ear infection.
      If it is a yeast infection then you can use an over the counter "feminine" yeast infection product. Just a small amount (like a pea size) and rub it into ears, also clean out the ear gunk (will be brownish/reddish and SMELLY) with q-tips.

      If it is just a basic ear infection you can squirt a little diluted vinegar (50/50 vinegar to water) into the ear and then clean it out with q-tips.

      If it's ear mites then check at your local pet store or grocery store and there should be an over the counter medication that's about .

      I would also suggest calling and asking the vet what at home remedies they would recommend, sometimes they can help and will understand the financial strain.

      GOOD LUCK!!!

      This has more on the vinegar remedy...http://www.seefido.com/online-dog-vet/html/ear_infections.htm

      ----edit-----

      Looking for a safe less expensive alternative to help your pet does not mean you love them any less. Also, just because you could 'afford' them in the beginning doesn't mean you always will be able to, sh*t happens, there is no shame in finding an alternative it does not make you any less of a responsible dog owner.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a home method of curing a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    He is a dachshund. I know it is a yeast infection because my dad's beagle has the same problem. His ear is constantly itching and it smells like feet or cheese. Also, there is a black stuff coming out of his ear. My dad has taken his dog to the vet numerous times and has paid lots of money on creams but it doesn't seem to work. I actually used one of those ear candles on him but that didn't help very much. I have heard that placing plain yogurt on the effected area would help. Or using vinegar water. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no home remedies for your dog's condition, so bring him to a vet as soon as possible. Stop assuming that this is what he needs because the truth is he needs a vet who will look after his real condition. If you want to make him well as soon as possible, see a vet.

  14. QUESTION:
    Anyone know a natural way to cure a dogs ear infection?
    I have a dog that gets chronic ear infections. Would like to know if anyone has a home remedy to either prevent them or cure them.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast is easily controlled with either rubbing alcohol or white vinegar or a combination of the two. I prefer rubbing alcohol. If you clean the dogs ears with it a couple of times a week the yeast (infections) will not regrow.

  15. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies to get my dogs fur to grow back?
    My son sprayed some orange glow (furniture polish) on my dog and now his fur is falling out and he has a couple of scabs on his skin. Could this be a "chemical burn" or possibly mange? What are some home remedies that I can use to help him grow his fur back? Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      As soon as something like that happens to your dog you should immediately give him a bath using soap made for dogs or dish soap (if you have no dog soap). Never use human soap or shampoo, or flea soap.

      I would also take him to the vet to make sure it isn't mange, a skin yeast infection, an allergy, a hot spot, or anything else. Depending on what it is, they vet might give you antibiotics, steroids (in cream or pill form), or an ointment. Or the vet might recommend what you should put on it. They make special antibiotic ointment for dogs that is safe if the dog licks it (although if you can you want to keep your dog from licking the spot so that it can heal). I put plain human triple antibiotic ointment on my dog if he gets a cut or something from hiking. When his ears or nose get dry in the winter I use Bag Balm.

      Finally, I would keep the chemicals locked up where kids and dogs can't get to them.

  16. QUESTION:
    what is the sign of a yeast infection in a dogs ear?
    i have been doing research on the internet about yeast infections in my dogs ear and somethings match up but some don't. He shakes his head alot, paws at them constantly, smelly ears, and when i clean his ears he has brown sometimes black wax build up. I clean his ears everyday and he still has extreme amount of build up. Is that a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Shaking head repeatedly
      Smelly Odor
      Scratching excessivly
      Slimy looking wax or drainage

      If you go to www.ehow.com and search for yeast infection dogs, they have a great article about a home remedy to help for clearing it up. Not that I wouldn't recommend a vet, don't get me wrong, but still it doesn't hurt to read the article!

  17. QUESTION:
    Looking for home remedies to get rid of dog yeast infection?
    Have been to the vet cost lots of money for nothing.It is an external one.Have done the research and this is what it is.

    • ANSWER:
      How about Monistat? Tee Tree Oil?

  18. QUESTION:
    Is there any home remedies to treat my dog's ear infection?
    She has a yeast infection in her ears and I heard that there are ways to treat it without going to the vet and paying too much money for what they use to treat it.

    • ANSWER:
      No, you need to take your dog to the vet for proper diagnosis and care.

  19. QUESTION:
    What do veterinarians typically prescribe for a dog that has a yeast infection in its ears?
    I have heard this is a common problem and a lot of people use a home remedy of vinegar. How bout an over the counter human cream such as miconizole?
    Don't worry 'rm'...this isn't a case of someone not kowing. ;) This is not my dog and the dogs owner is experienced with this 4 or more times over. A home remedy is suitable here.

    • ANSWER:
      my vet prescribed an ear drop but i cant think of the name. it's not that expensive. maybe .

      also an ear wash

      1 cup water
      1 cup alcohol
      1 cup vinegar

      squirt a tsp. for large breeds, 1/2 tsp for small breeds into ear and massage for a second, then let them shake. it loosens that crap in their ears, then you can get a cotton ball to clean it out.

      i use this w/my Catahoula. he gets a yeast at least once a year..he's just prone to it.
      i love the wash, it really helps clear it up after he's done w/the drops.

      edit:
      i also found this site for you

      http://nzymes.com/L_pages/is_it_allergies_or_yeast.htm?gclid=CImlyZeVn5MCFQOIFQodQFP_3g

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the cheapest way to cure yeast infection in a dog's ears?
    Does anyone have any "home remedies"? I can't really afford to take her to the vet and get expensive medicine. I would appreciate any ideas.

    • ANSWER:
      I use Apple Cider Vinegar from the health food store. I use it straight and put it in a little cup and use a clean washcloth to dab in there. Ive also heard you can use an eyedropper with ACV {apple cider vinegar} and put 0ne or two drops in each ear-bi weekly. Check out the AWESOME website below that has many home-remedies for pet ailments!

  21. QUESTION:
    question about my dogs eat yeast infection?
    my dog has ear yeast infection, what are some home remedies to curing my dogs ear yeast infection without having to go to the vet and spending a fortune. could someone please answer this for me. my dad feeds him 5 hot dogs everyother day, ive told him not to but he just doesnt get how dangerous this is, & could someone also tell me what makes hot dogs bad for dogs???

    • ANSWER:
      Feed him yogurt. Take him to the vet as it could be more than a yeast infection.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can you safely give aspirin to an adult dog.?
    Merle is 10yrs old and weighs 100lbs. He has an ear infection. Yeast infection in his left ear. I appreciate any advice or home remedies, and Merle thanks you too.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, dogs can take aspirin. But it should be children's aspirin. Never give a dog Tylenol. I would also ask the vet how many children's aspirin you should give your dog while your there getting the ear infection treated.

  23. QUESTION:
    My dog has yeasty ear infections?
    Does anyone know what home remedies I can use for my Cocker spaniels ear infections? They are yeast infections. Can I use over the counter vaginal yeast cream? I have spent hundreds at the vet (several different ones over the years) and they dont seem to understand that this problem is recurring. I cannot give my dog three ear washed every day, plus steroids year round. I need a good, safe home remedy.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you looked at the dog's diet? Most reoccurring yeast infections are caused from allergies or sensitivities to foods. This includes treats too. Has a thyroid test been done to rule out hypothyroidism? Has a culture been done to rule out secondary bacterial infection? Have you talked to your vet about oral ketoconizole? It's something that has worked on my springer along with a diet change. I've tried the vaginal creme but it didn't work as Canida (human yeast) is different then Malassezia (dog yeast). I use a combination of ketoconizole, hypoallergenic diet, and an acidic based ear wash to keep this in check on my dog. It is a constant battle once the yeast issue turns chronic which is common in many spaniel breeds.

  24. QUESTION:
    The Vet is too expensive right now, I need a way to clean out my dogs ears from home?
    Any home remedies? It is a little infected and red. I cleaned it out with warm water, but any other ideas to clean it out all the way?

    • ANSWER:
      50% white Vinegar
      45% warm water
      5% gentle soap

      Works very well...I have a dog with chronic ear problems due to thyroid condition. It's a side effect of medication. Hope your pup gets better.

      But you have to find out what type of infection he has. This is a generic remedy that makes in inhospitable for bacteria, but won't work on a yeast infection.

  25. QUESTION:
    my dog has really dry bad skin, its a yeast infection or the mange or something, how do i get rid of it?
    we was taking her to the vet but the bill got a lil high for my income. my mom and sister keep trying these made up home remedies, like washing her with tresemme giving her benedryl. bt she isnt getting better, she's getting worse. And it doesnt make it better that they feed her table food all the time, yes she is a mixed breed dog, bt her skin is so sensative i dnt think she should be eating everything and doing all these human things. i need alot of help, they wont listen to me.

    • ANSWER:
      She needs to see a vet. Home remedies don't work in cases where you don't even know what the problem is, and shouldn't be done without a vet's guidance anyway.

  26. QUESTION:
    How do I make my dogs ears stop itching ?
    I have a 9 year old lab whose ears really itch him. We be gone to the vet many times, and he doesn't really do much to help. Has anyone had the same problem and been able to fix it somehow? Was there a specific medicine or home remedy that's worked? We ve been using an ear cleaner and then using cotton balls to clean it, but it really doesn't seem to help. I'd really appreciate some help because I feel so bad for him.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I second the recommendation for Zymox. You can get it with or without hydrocortisone. No prescription needed and it's available from larger pet stores. It deals with yeast and bacterial infections.

  27. QUESTION:
    My dog's ears stink. Is their anything I can put in them to get rid of the smell?
    My dog doesn't scratch them or act like they hurt. I figure it's probably a bacteria infection. I would just like to try some home remedy first before I spend money at the vet.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a drug store and buy "Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops", just the pharmacist, then put two drops in morrning and 2 drops at night for 3-5 days, and the infection (if not already really infected) should go away, dirt will go away, and then so will the smell. An odor from the ears means infection, which is usually a yeast like infection, but the drops work great without paying a huge vet bill.

  28. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of ringworm on my dog?
    My dog has ringworm and I think I got it too. What is the home remedy for getting rid of ringworm? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      It's a fungus actually, not a worm.
      You really need to take your dog to the vet, but my vet recommended a good dandruff shampoo and Miconysol, which is what cures yeast infections in women.
      Sounds weird, but putting miconysol on the dog twice a day and washing him with good dandruff shampoo actuall did cure his ringworm - but it takes weeks and you need to be persistant.

  29. QUESTION:
    What home remedy can I use to treat my dogs ear infection?
    I have a yellow lab that has a small ear infection. While I am more than willing to go to the vet, is there any cheap over the counter remedy that I can use to treat, obviously if it does not improve then would take to the vet, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You really need to go to a vet straight up. If there is a yeast or bacterial infection, the dog really needs medicated (antibiotic/antifungal) ear drops to clear it up. The other thing with ear infections is that it's important to check that a/ there is nothing down the ear that has triggered the infection (e.g. a grass seed) and that the ear drum is not damaged in anyway. If there's something down the ear, then the infection's not going to go away regardless of what it is treated with. If the ear drum is damaged, you have to be very, very careful about anything that is put in the ear- some products, even veterinary ear drops, can lead to problems such as deafness if they are put down the ear canal and are able to pass through into the middle/inner ear.

  30. QUESTION:
    What can I give my dog for an ear infection?
    Okay so my dog (1 1/2 yr old golden retriever mix) has been shaking and showing symptoms of an ear infection after I took him to the beach about 2 months ago. A month ago however, I took him to the vet for it, and I explained to the vet what was wrong and that he was showing symptoms of it, he checked him out EXTERNALLY but he never bothered with the ears and just agreed with me about it and prescribed him with some very expensive medicine which I payed for of course! I was suppose to give him 3 pills a day for 2 weeks, and so I did. For a week after that it seemed like it had worked. However, now he's been shaking and bothering with his ear again! I really don't know what to do because I am broke at the moment and don't get my check 'till 2 weeks from now!
    So can someone please help me out and tell me what I can do to minimize his pain 'till I get my paycheck??? I'm desperate I hate seeing him in pain :(
    or if any medicine/home remedies I could try at a local store or pet store that will work for this?
    pleaseee help, I've been told that the infection could spread to his brain, I'm super worried :(

    I WILL TAKE HIM TO THE VET WHEN I GET THE MONEY, so don't give me crap that I don't care about my dog, if I didn't care I wouldn't be bothering right now.
    So please, if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say it at all; I need helpful answers right now, not childish ones.

    • ANSWER:
      Please do not try any over the counter medications - you do not know what the problem is. You may want to find another vet and perhaps try to work out a payment plan. Times are hard for a lot of people right now. Perhaps a rescue league, ASPCA, animal control, etc. can work with you also. The vet should take an ear swab and check under the microscope. This could be a bacterial, yeast infection or mites. It may be a combination of 2 or even all three. Medication is dispensed based on what is found. Occasionally they may recommend a culture and sensitivity to find out exactly what bacteria it is. The infection cannot spread to the brain. If you can find someone to help you please get him seen soon. He is in pain and needs some relief but before giving anything for pain relief you need to check with the vet as a lot of human medications can be toxic to dogs.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy that can be used to treat a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    I know it isn't mites because I have treated him several times and he still scratches at his ear. I've checked for anything unusual such as a tick or an abrasion.

    • ANSWER:
      I researched the internet and found a recipe of water and vinegar 50:50. It didn't work. I went to the vet's to get Ottomax. That works much better. Ask your vet.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog scratching so much?
    I have a 2 and a half month old shih tzu puppy.. She has be scratching her neck alot and has scores there now she also been chewing on her paws alot.. We switched her to a hypoallergenic shampoo and that didn't seem to be a problem.. We also took her off her puppy cow and put her on Ultra grain free formula shes been on that now for a week and still no change.. We also have her on Melissa's aloe pet which is a all natural pet supplement for hot spots, itchy skin, and allergies and this still don't seem to be working.. She is in alot of discomfort.. Can someone please help if your dog had something similar or know of any home remedies to help her feel better.. She was also left into a barn when she was a pup.

    • ANSWER:
      Itching and skin irritation can be caused by factors such as:

      - Allergic reactions to flea bites, food/treats, grooming products or house-cleaning products, etc.
      - Mites
      - Fungal/Bacterial infections (ringworm, yeast, staph etc.) See a remedy below
      - Steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot')

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections with associated bad odor.

      ALLERGIES

      To allergic dogs even one flea can cause havoc. Even if you do not see fleas, you can always see the debris they leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If placed in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas with natural methods to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will cause harm sooner or later. For recommendations see http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where your dog roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check ingredients of food/treats. Dog's digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Discontinue any with corn, wheat, etc. Get ones with no grains with meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      Discontinue grooming products or house cleaning products that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and anticeptic properties and the smell disappears quickly after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.asp

      MITES

      Three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      Avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals which will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. Search the Internet to find them. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including skin problems.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal), I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  33. QUESTION:
    how much does it take to treat ear infection for dog?
    Just like the question, how much does it usually take to treat an ear infection for dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends where you go. There is the office visit, some places require you be current on a rabies vaccine before you are seen, so you may have to get that. In order to find out what type of ear infection is going on you will need to do an ear cytology. This will allow the yeast or bacteria that is in the ears to be seen under a microscope. THERE IS NO WAY TO FIND OUT 100% WHAT IT IS BY JUST LOOKING AT THE EAR. Medication depends on what you find, usually it's some type of ointment and an ear wash. You will need to recheck in about 2 weeks to make sure the infection is gone and the medication does not need to be switched. Usually ear infections are a sign of allergies, so don't be surprised if they find anything else wrong w/ the skin and want to send home antibiotics. You do not want to wait for it to "get better on it's own" IT WON'T. Do not wait too long because if the infection is severe enough and the dog is shaking his head like crazy you may have an ear hematoma on your hands. That is MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE to treat, basically it's a broken blood vessel in the pinna of the ear (floppy part) and has to be treated surgically. Also, you do not want to apply any of the over the counter stuff-won't work. Do NOT apply water, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, or any "home remedy" that will just cause further irritation to the ear. Depending on where you go it may run from -0. Also, good idea to get your dog up to date on vaccines and heartworm test and prevention if not already on this. Pets are not cheap and if people cannot afford minimal care on them they should think twice before aquiring an animal.

  34. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know about a home remedy to treat and cure yeast infections in dog's ears?
    Over the counter products perhaps?

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    Who honestly knows If vinegar and water works for chronic ear infections in dogs?
    Has anyone tried it? Is it effective? or is there any other natural remedies for ear infections in dogs. no antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:
      Ineffective. This summer alone, I've already treated over 50 ear infections. Tis the season, is our motto. Ear infections, skin infections, in high numbers usually due to more water exposure, humidity, trapped moisture, and allergens.

      Your vet treatment team and your dog would really appreciate if you don't try vinegar and water at home, it fails, then you have a stinky dog, with infected ears, at the clinic, in desperate need of a topical antifungal/antibioitic/anti-inflammatory med. Normal flora on the skin's surface should not be in ear canals. When yeast and bacteria infect the ear canal, usually it's due to water in the ear compromising the balance of yeast/bacteria populations or the dog started scratching due to allergies and got a secondary infection after breaking the skin and compromising the skin barrier, allowing bacteria and yeast to affect multiple skin layers in the ear.

      Antibiotics and antifungals help the ear go back to normal state with only bacteria and yeast living on the exterior of the body. Ensuring it's being shaken before use, enough med is being administered into the ear canals, then massaging at the base of the ear, are all important to ensure the med is effective.

      For maintenance, cleansing the ears with a cerulytic (breaks up wax/debris) cleanser with a drying agent can help prevent ear infections with weekly use and whenever exposed to water, not to exceed every 2-3 days. If a dog swims daily, cleansing their ears every 3 days will reduce their risk for ear infections.

      And definitely don't immerse a dog in vinegar, diluted or not. They are so hypersensitive to odor and it does not benefit skin that is already symptomatic for infection, sebhorrea, itchiness, or fleas.

      Meds such as Mometamax, Easotic, Genotic/Betagen/other gentamicin based meds, or Posatex are effective against yeast and bacteria, and may be prescribed by your vet. You cannot avoid Rx med if your dog has an ear infection. He will continue to have inflamed ears, with trapped moisture, excess debris, itchiness, and possibly develop internal ear damage and destruction if left untreated. Do not take it too lightly! Hope you're just randomly asking about vinegar, and you don't have a dog with an ear infection...

  36. QUESTION:
    Any remedies besides prescriptions for chronic ear infections in dogs?
    My little chihuahua gets ear infections ALL THE TIME. The vet said it's just something she's going to have to deal with. I give her ear drops, which are not meant to be given constantly, so does anyone out there have an at home remedy/treatment that has worked for their pets?

    • ANSWER:
      clean the ears with a weak solution of white vinegar and water. usually ear infections are caused from yeast and this will help prevent.

  37. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog scratching so much?
    I have a 2 and a half month shih tzu puppy named mekia.. She have been scratching her neck and chewing on her paws allot.. He put her on a new kind of dog food and that didn't help we also tryed a hypoallergenic puppy shampoo but that wasn't the problem either. We also have recently bought Melissa's Aloe pet which is a all natural pet supplement and that ain't helping either.. Can someone help if your pet had anything like this or if you have any home remedies to help the dis converted

    • ANSWER:
      Itching and skin irritation can be caused by factors such as:

      - Allergic reactions to flea bites, food/treats, grooming products or house-cleaning products, etc.
      - Mites
      - Fungal/Bacterial infections (ringworm, yeast, staph etc.) See a remedy below
      - Steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot')

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections with associated bad odor.

      ALLERGIES

      To allergic dogs even one flea can cause havoc. Even if not visible, you can always see the debris fleas leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If placed in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas with natural methods to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will cause harm sooner or later. For recommendations see http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where your dog roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html
      and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check ingredients of food/treats. Dog's digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Discontinue any with corn, wheat, etc. Get ones with no grains with meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      Discontinue the use of grooming products or house cleaning products that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and anticeptic properties and the smell disappears quickly after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.asp

      MITES

      Three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      Avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals which will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. Search the Internet to find them. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including skin problems.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal), I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  38. QUESTION:
    i have a dog (boxer) and i was wondering if u no any ways to cure his ear ache(besides the vets) ???
    he also has a sore throat, do you have any home remedies for my dogs(boxer) sore throat, also!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      He might have a sore throat from the ear infection...Ever heard of a Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor?

      You don't wanna play around with home remedies unless you really know your stuff. Get him to the vet, more than likely it's a yeast infection. Talk to the vet to find out what caused it. Some breeds are more prone to ear infections then others. Or, your dog could be like mine and might Atopic Dermatitis (like dry skin) if that's the case, you get secondary conditions like yeast ear infections and bacterial skin infection.

      Once you find the cause, be pro-active. Clean your dog's ears once a week with ear wash. In my case I also had to change my dogs food (no wheat, corn, soy or milk) and I add an Omega 3 fatty acid supplement for her coat.

  39. QUESTION:
    What can I use on my dogs ears?
    My dog has chronic ear infections. The vet gave me the prescribed ear drops and they don't seem to work. Is there an home remedy that I can use?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.dogbiz.com/faq-ear-infections.htm
      This works! Another thing you need to do to keep the infections from coming back, is get you dog on a food with NO corn. Corn feeds yeast and yeast sets up ear and skin infections!
      My Afghans used to get bad ear infections all the time, I started feeding them a mix of raw food and Canidae dry food, treated them with the remedy in the link, no infections for over 7 years now!!!!

  40. QUESTION:
    Do you know any ways to help my dog stop itching?
    Well I have a Rottweiler, he's 2 now. He's always itched and chewed his butt but it never made a big difference, but during the summer I left for boot camp for 3 months then came home. When I got home my dog was missing lots of hair above his butt. I have 2 other pits and 2 cats, they all don't have this problem. We do have fleas. The vet said he was allergic to fleas. We're trying to get rid of fleas but it's hard. And I have him on a cone so he doesn't itch his but. He gets a bath every other week. I feel bad because he's on a cone 24/7 unless he's eating. My dad said I have to get rid of him unless I can help him. I don't have much money. He chews above his tail, his front legs, scratches his back legs, chest, neck and upper body, always trying to rub his face on the couch or anything he could. He also sneezes alot and shakes his head alot too. I was just wondering if he has symptoms for something other than flea allergies. Also if there is anything I could do to help the itching and soothe his skin, maybe something to stop him from itching from the vets. Thanks, anything helps.

    • ANSWER:
      Itching and skin irritation can be caused by factors such as:

      - Allergic reactions to flea bites, food/treats, grooming products or house-cleaning products, etc.
      - Mites
      - Fungal/Bacterial infections (ringworm, yeast, staph etc.) See an easy remedy below
      - Steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot')

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

      To allergic dogs even one flea can cause havoc. Even if not visible, you can always see the debris fleas leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If placed in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas with natural methods to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will cause harm sooner or later. For recommendations see http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where your dog roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html
      and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check ingredients of food/treats. Dog's digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Discontinue any with corn, wheat, etc. Get ones with no grains with meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      Discontinue the use of grooming products or house cleaning products that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and anticeptic properties and the smell disappears quickly after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.asp

      MITES

      Three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      Avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals which will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. Search the Internet to find them. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including skin problems.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal), I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  41. QUESTION:
    are there any home remedies to treat my dog's ear infection?
    She has a yeast infection in her ears and I heard that there are ways to treat it without going to the vet and paying too much money.

    • ANSWER:
      Mix 1-2 drops T36-C5 melaleuca oil + olive oil. When treating ears use a dropper and massage the ears after medicating them. Be careful of the animal shaking it's head. Do no put the dropper inside the ear. Apply a slightly warm mixture twice a day until alleviated. swab excess along the flap of the ear with cotton ball. You can use this once a week after the infection is gone to prevent it from coming back.

  42. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy to treat ear mites in dogs?
    will rubbing alcohol help keep the ears dry and therefore get rid of ear miites? I know as a kid I would get swimmers ears and we would treat it with alcohol and it would clear up.

    • ANSWER:
      There are tons of "home remedies" for ear mites. However none of them are effective and most of them will actually create additional problems with the ears. You can buy drops for ear mites in pretty much any pet store or farm supply store. These generally won't cause problems in your dog's ears, however they take FOREVER to work (we're talking months here, especially if your dog has a heavy mite load) and may never kill all of the mites. Plus, ear mites can move out of the ears and live quite happily on your dog's skin for periods of time, moving back into the ears once the irritating/toxic substance (ear mite drops) is gone.

      Do NOT use alcohol in your dog's ears. Alcohol is VERY drying and will cause irritation and damage to your dog's skin. If there are any cuts, even microscopic ones, alcohol will burn like crazy. Besides, ear mites are NOT caused by moisture in the ears. Ear mites are a parasite. Your dog gets them by coming into close contact with another infected animal (could be a dog, cat, even wildlife such as rabbits and squirrels).

      Which brings me to another important point. You really need to take your dog to the vet do properly diagnose the problem. Contrary to popular believe, ear mites are NOT the most common cause of ear discharge and itching. Yeast and bacterial infections are FAR more common than mites. A vet needs to look under a microscope to determine what kind of infection your dog has. Treating the wrong kind of infection not only doesn't help, it can actually make the problem worse. For example, antibiotics for a bacterial infection can actually cause a yeast infection if the dose isn't correct (or if there isn't a bacterial infection to start with).

  43. QUESTION:
    is there a home remedy for dog and cat mites?
    something to use on both animals or seperate for mites(dogs and cats)? home remedy

    • ANSWER:
      (1) Clean the cat's ears out. The first step toward clearing up an ear mite infestation is to get as many tiny critters (and their belongings) out of the ear canal as possible. Put several drops of mineral oil into the ear canal and massage gently. If the debris is particularly hard and crusty, you may have to let the oil work in for a few hours to soften things up. The massaging will help bring debris up to the outer part of the ear where it can be wiped away with a cotton ball or tissue. (Do not use cotton swabs, even though you may have seen your vet clean a cat's ears that way -- one slip could puncture an eardrum.) If you want to do a thorough cleaning job (and you're courageous enough), you can use lukewarm distilled water in an ear syringe to gently flush out the canal. Repeat the cleaning procedure until the debris is gone.

      (2) Hit the mites while they're down. While the mineral oil immobilizes any mites left behind, it won't kill them all. To do that, you need insecticide eardrops. Reliable products that contain pyrethrins (a natural insecticide found in flowers of the mum family) are widely available at pet supply stores. Follow directions carefully, making sure to massage the drops in well and wipe away any excess.

      (3) Where mites might be. By the time you notice your cat has ear mites, there are literally thousands of the itty-bitty things around. Smaller than the period at the end of this sentence, a single ear mite can crawl out of your cat's ear canal and hide out deep in her fur -- only to crawl back in after all the excitement of treatment is over and repopulate the colony. Therefore, cats with ear mites need regular treatment with flea products to knock out those adventurous mites that go exploring elsewhere on the cat's body.

      If your best home remedies don't knock out ear mites within a month, or the skin in or around the ear becomes raw or inflamed, you need professional help. Likewise, if your cat has itchy ears, shakes her head, flattens her ears, and has discharge from the ear canal -- but no mite debris or there are no live mites to be found -- check with your vet. It could be a yeast or bacterial infection or another type of ear problem.

  44. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of tear stain?
    I just bought a 2 year old maltese that was in really bad shape when i got her. She has the worse tear stain that i have ever seen. Does anybody have any low cost ideas on how to get rid of it? thanks!
    And i thought i'd let miss mandaree know that she can not have my dog....lol!! I love you and all but im sorry! =)

    • ANSWER:
      Tear Stain Removal

      Tear stain removal has become some what easier with various products, medication and home remedies. You may consult with groomers for commercial product recommendations. We have tested a few of the commercial products and have found results to be average at best. We have noticed they tend to lighten the stain color but don't really remove it, even after 8-12 weeks of use. There is some home remedies that show promise and some by rx.

      Tetracycline

      Consult your vet for this method as it requires a RX anyway. This method should only be used when all others have failed and should only be used for 1-2 courses of treatment and not relied on as a continued treatment. Some have found success in eliminating tear staining by putting a bulldog on a ten day course of low dose tetracycline. Occasionally this may need to be repeated. Do not use this in puppies that have not yet cut their adult teeth. Tetracycline has been shown to cause teeth which have not erupted to permanently stain yellow.

      TUMS

      If you need to change the pH of your dogs system to aid in preventing yeast or infection then Tums is primarily a source of Calcium, known as an antacid formulated as 500 mg Calcium Carbonate. Giving your Bulldog 1/2 of the Fruit flavored variety twice a day will help change the pH of the tears. This will change the tears' environment and can help make it hostile for the continued growth of yeast and bacteria.

      White Vinegar

      A teaspoon of white cider vinegar can be added to your dogs drinking water to control new tear stains. It may take a while for your dog to "decide" to drink this water so start with a little less and gradually increase the amount of vinegar. Vinegar works much like TUMS in that it can changes the pH of the drinking water. Changing the pH of your dog slightly will do wonders in the tear stain war and help eliminate bacteria and deep stain color and prevent yeast build up and is best used as a prevention once you have the tear stains removed or nearly removed. This will help for the future of the tear stains and make them a minimum occurrence.

      Milk of Magnesia, corn starch and peroxide

      Use equal volume of MOM (plain white) and peroxide, and then use the corn starch to make a good paste of this; put on and work well into the stained area and let dry 4 hours. Wash out, CONDITION WELL. Keep doing this for several days until tear staining is gone, although I would recommend skipping a day or two between applications if possible. Apply a thin coat of desitan diaper rash ointment after the area is washed out and dry. Try this every other day if possible and the choice way of doing it. If your dog has heavy stains then do this for 3 days in a row, then skip every other day.

      This MOM formula is my personal preference when I do need to remove tear stain color from the face of dogs. It works well but give it a few days to show results.

      Corn Flour, water and a drop of bleach

      Take a 2 teaspoon of corn flour, add a few drops of boiling hot water and mix to a paste. Add 1 single drop of plain bleach. mix again. Allow the mixture to cool down and apply to the tear stain area. Allow to dry (10 minutes), wait 1 hour and remove with warm water and clean cloth. Then wipe on a thin layer or peroxide and allow to air dry and leave alone. Repeat every other day for 2 weeks. DO NOT get any in the dogs eye.

      You should also make sure your dog don't have a tear duct obstruction (blockage) and have corrected the food and water issue first so he don't keep getting tear stains. After all if you treat the tear stains to remove them while at the same time you feed a food that causes tear stains you won't gain nothing. Try the least invasive of the above methods first, give them 2-4 weeks to work, then if your not satisfied go to another method of treatment. Do not use multiple treatments at the same time. Always have your vet give the dog a complete exam to rule out any serious eye condition first before trying anything else. The commercial products just don't work very well so it is best to just forget about them unless you have a very mild case of stain.

  45. QUESTION:
    how can i stop my chihuahuas eyes for watering and staining her face?
    I have a year and a half old chihuahua and her eyes water and i no its common for chihuahuas eyes to water but how can i stop it staining her face or stop her eyes from watering so much?

    • ANSWER:
      Tou can't stop them from watering but it does help if you clean them everyday here is how:

      Tear Stain Removal

      Tear stain removal has become some what easier with various products, medication and home remedies. You may consult with groomers for commercial product recommendations. We have tested a few of the commercial products and have found results to be average at best. We have noticed they tend to lighten the stain color but don't really remove it, even after 8-12 weeks of use. There is some home remedies that show promise and some by rx.

      Tetracycline Consult your vet for this method as it requires a RX anyway. This method should only be used when all others have failed and should only be used for 1-2 courses of treatment and not relied on as a continued treatment. Some have found success in eliminating tear staining by putting a bulldog on a ten day course of low dose tetracycline. Occasionally this may need to be repeated. Do not use this in puppies that have not yet cut their adult teeth. Tetracycline has been shown to cause teeth which have not erupted to permanently stain yellow.

      TUMS
      If you need to change the pH of your dogs system to aid in preventing yeast or infection then Tums is primarily a source of Calcium, known as an antacid formulated as 500 mg Calcium Carbonate. Giving your Bulldog 1/2 of the Fruit flavored variety twice a day will help change the pH of the tears. This will change the tears' environment and can help make it hostile for the continued growth of yeast and bacteria.

      White Vinegar
      A teaspoon of white cider vinegar can be added to your dogs drinking water to control new tear stains. It may take a while for your dog to "decide" to drink this water so start with a little less and gradually increase the amount of vinegar. Vinegar works much like TUMS in that it can changes the pH of the drinking water. Changing the pH of your dog slightly will do wonders in the tear stain war and help eliminate bacteria and deep stain color and prevent yeast build up and is best used as a prevention once you have the tear stains removed or nearly removed. This will help for the future of the tear stains and make them a minimum occurrence.

      Milk of Magnesia, corn starch and peroxide

      Use equal volume of MOM (plain white) and peroxide, and then use the corn starch to make a good paste of this; put on and work well into the stained area and let dry 4 hours. Wash out, CONDITION WELL. Keep doing this for several days until tear staining is gone, although I would recommend skipping a day or two between applications if possible. Apply a thin coat of desitan diaper rash ointment after the area is washed out and dry. Try this every other day if possible and the choice way of doing it. If your dog has heavy stains then do this for 3 days in a row, then skip every other day.

      This MOM formula is my personal preference when I do need to remove tear stain color from the face of dogs. It works well but give it a few days to show results.

      Corn Flour, water and a drop of bleach

      Take a 2 teaspoon of corn flour, add a few drops of boiling hot water and mix to a paste. Add 1 single drop of plain bleach. mix again. Allow the mixture to cool down and apply to the tear stain area. Allow to dry (10 minutes), wait 1 hour and remove with warm water and clean cloth. Then wipe on a thin layer or peroxide and allow to air dry and leave alone. Repeat every other day for 2 weeks. DO NOT get any in the dogs eye.

      You should also make sure your dog don't have a tear duct obstruction (blockage) and have corrected the food and water issue first so he don't keep getting tear stains. After all if you treat the tear stains to remove them while at the same time you feed a food that causes tear stains you won't gain nothing. Try the least invasive of the above methods first, give them 2-4 weeks to work, then if your not satisfied go to another method of treatment. Do not use multiple treatments at the same time. Always have your vet give the dog a complete exam to rule out any serious eye condition first before trying anything else. The commercial products just don't work very well so it is best to just forget about them unless you have a very mild case of stain

  46. QUESTION:
    Are there any good home remedies for ear infections on dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I don't know about the infection itself, but my lab gets ear infections caused from allergies (and yeast infections!). We give her plain yogurt every night, and just your common benadryll, and it seems to help her a lot. A warning on the benadryll, though, it doesn't always work for all dogs, and it might make your doggie drowsy.

  47. QUESTION:
    Simple home remedy for yeast infection in dogs ear?
    My dog has had 3 ear yeast infections in 2 years. The first time she had it we took her to the vet and payed 80 bucks for drops. She didn't like those so much. >.> The second time she got an infection it lasted several months before going away on it's own. Now she has another one and I can't afford to take her to the vet again. Is there some simple home remedy that I could possibly spray in her ears? I've heard about using alcohol and vinager(sp?) but I don't know what the exact measurments are. >.< I'd rather it be something I could spray in her ears since she dosen't like people messing with them too much.

    • ANSWER:
      I truly believe I have tried every product/home remedy on one of my dogs who suffered from yeast infections in her ears. None worked. What did work was changing her diet. Look for a grain-free food, or one without corn, wheat, and rice. Wellness Super 5 Mix, (formerly fish & sweet potato,) is what I use for her, and she never has yeast infections any more. (Except when she breaks into the chicken/cat/guinea pig/rat/human food :-)
      Good luck.

  48. QUESTION:
    Does anybody have any home remedies/suggestions dealing with tear stains?
    Just got a new puppy....she already at 6 weeks has tear stains? Is their anyway to deal with this other than using "Angel Eyes"? Just worried that she is too young right now to be using medicinal options.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is some information on tear stains. In the article they suggest using barotic acid. That should be boric acid.

      Tear Stain Causes

      Whenever hair rests around the eyes some amount of tear staining results from the hair wicking moisture from the eyes. But there are many other sources of tear stains.
      Tear staining can be traced to health and diet, as well as genetics. Most veterinarians agree that face staining results from excessive tearing. In this case, the damp face hair is a breeding ground for bacterial and yeast growth. The most common is "Red Yeast" which is usually associated with reddish-brown facial stains, and which may emit a moderate to noticeably strong odour. Tear ducts may become infected and result in excess tearing and noticeable staining.
      Some doctors advise that the eye structure was the most probable source of the problem. If that is so, then genetics would likely play a role and explain why the problem is more pronounced in some pets of the same breed. If you are purchasing a puppy and you care concerned about the potential for tearing and staining, you should observe the mother and sire, and others in the direct lineage.
      Eye duct surgical procedures to increase their tear capacity may help some pets; ask your veterinarian.
      If bacterial and yeast infections are involved you need to take steps to mollify and eliminate their presence. Veterinarians can prescribe medication to treat bacterial and yeast infections. Your veterinarian or eye specialist veterinarians can determine if excessive tearing is the source of stains, and describe alternatives available.

      Tear staining in the dog and especially in the small breeds (Poodles, Maltese, Bichons, Pekes ) is common but should never be called "normal." The reality is that these breeds have tiny hairs in the inner aspect of the lid margin that acts as wicks for tear accumulation. As well, the tear film is constantly evaporating and in a number of breeds there is overproduction of tears. The tear ducts which carry the tears down into the nasal cavity, in general, are totally functional. It is rare that the tear ducts are non-functional. Treatment is variable - the area in which the tears are stored can be deepened surgically; the hairs around the inner aspect which are causing irritation can be moved out of the way and there are a few other alternatives as well. Oral medication has been suggested as a means of chemically changing the metabolism of the tears and making the staining less apparent. Treating the skin irritation where the tears flow onto the face should also be considered. In all cases the ophthalmologist should see the animal to give the pet owner the best of all the alternatives.

      Tear Stain Removal

      Tear stain removal has become much easier with various products now on the market just for this purpose.
      There are tear stain home remedies using mixtures of milk of magnesia, corn starch and peroxide, or bleach (usually hydrogen peroxide) used for human hair. However, if you were not to mix these properly, use precisely the right strength of each ingredient, and apply them safely, you could potentially harm your dog. No solution should ever be splashed into the pet's eye, or allowed to wick through the facial hair into the eye area. Read and follow all instructions very carefully.
      Keep in mind that you are treating the eye area of your pet and you can harm their sensitive areas. A full amount of caution and concern must be exercised whenever you use any product or mixture near eyes.
      Keeping tear stains at minimum is more of a concern for dogs that are shown, and for the dog not being shown, taking steps to safely minimize the condition should be satisfying enough rather than complete elimination. Consult your veterinarian with any questions you may have.

      Eye Care Tips for Tear Staining

      Measure equal parts Boric Powder, Baby Powder, mix together with Milk of Magnesia to smooth paste. You can make up a jar full. Apply to affected area with a soft toothbrush, allow to dry then brush off. If badly stained use a few drops of 10% peroxide in paste.

      Make a paste with corn starch and peroxide, apply with a small toothbrush, leave overnight and remove it with warm water or peroxide in the morning.

      Optrex Eye Wash - Clean around the eye area with cotton pads moistened with Optrex (contains Boric Acid and Witch Hazel).

      Mix equal amounts of Cornstarch and Boracic Acid Powder and pat gently onto the hair being extremely careful not to get any into the eyes or the mouth. The powder mixture will bleach the white whilst absorbing the stains.

      Add one tablespoon Boracic Acid to a cup of boiling water, mix well. Place several cotton swabs into a plastic container. Pour the cooled solution over the swabs and seal the container. Use one swab daily to clean away tear and face staining. Make up a new mix at least once weekly.

      Use equal amounts of Cornstarch and Boracic Acid, mix well, then

  49. QUESTION:
    What can cause a St, Bernard to start loosing his hair?
    He scratches alot, and he stay's in the house alot of the time. I know it is not the time of the year to be loosing his hair.

    • ANSWER:
      Food allergies.
      Bacterial infection (caused by scratching at fleas, improper diet,)
      Yeast infection (caused by excessive moisture on the skin, improper diet, or scratching at fleas)
      fleas (you have to treat all though winter to avoid infestations)
      Several different mange bugs. You need a vet to identify them and give you the correct treatment.
      Basically, you need a vet. They will diagnose the bugs for you (or whatever it is) and give you the proper treatment. Don't use any of the home remedies you will get here, you may do more harm than good.

      Read the label on his food. If it contains any corn or wheat products, consider switching.
      Corn and wheat are allergens for dogs.
      Look into Artemis, Innova, Wellness, and Canidae.


home remedy for dog yeast infection

Yeast In Dogs Ears Remedy

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy for yeast in dogs ears?
    Yeast infection in dog ears. Is there a home remedy? Just wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      I'll second the Zymox Otic! I have a girl who has had chronic ear infections all of her 13 years. I've paid the vet a small fortune over the years. Several years ago, I found Zymox and LOVE IT! It works all the time.
      You can go to Amazon and read the reviews on it.

  2. QUESTION:
    what is the sign of a yeast infection in a dogs ear?
    i have been doing research on the internet about yeast infections in my dogs ear and somethings match up but some don't. He shakes his head alot, paws at them constantly, smelly ears, and when i clean his ears he has brown sometimes black wax build up. I clean his ears everyday and he still has extreme amount of build up. Is that a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Shaking head repeatedly
      Smelly Odor
      Scratching excessivly
      Slimy looking wax or drainage

      If you go to www.ehow.com and search for yeast infection dogs, they have a great article about a home remedy to help for clearing it up. Not that I wouldn't recommend a vet, don't get me wrong, but still it doesn't hurt to read the article!

  3. QUESTION:
    When using vinegar and water to cure a yeast infection in my dogs ear, does it have to be apple cider vinegar?
    I have looked into homeopathic remedies for my dogs ear infection and many say apple cider vinegar and water. Does it have to be apple cider vinegar or will white vinegar be ok to use?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use just vinegar, start with this, if it doesn't work try the raw apple cider vinegar. NOT white vinegar, that won't work.

      Use this --

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

      INGREDIENTS:
      16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
      4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

      Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
      You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.

      TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all.

      Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.
      Shake the bottle each time before using.
      Put cotton balls or similiar absorbent material under the ear.
      Flood the ear with solution, (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue.
      Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage.

      The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue, cotton ball, etc as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.

      The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows:
      Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
      Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
      Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)

      All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy.
      The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear.
      The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent.
      The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker.

      After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls.

      The success rate for this treatment is 95-99%.

      If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site.

      This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and water(warm)

      Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2 x per week.

      They have found the Blue Powder Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots.

      Remember it is for external use only ..so be careful not to get into the eyes.

  4. QUESTION:
    looking for a home remedy for dog ear infection?
    can anybody suggest a cheap home remedy for a dogs ear infection? I have a cocker spaniel and she has some kind of ear infection but I am out of work so I am trying to avoid taking her to the expenisive vet.
    Has anybody had any luck with any home remedies for this? I have tried putting the fluids from a couple of vit. E capsules in her ear but I am not sure if it has worked or not...I have only just did this yesterday though.
    Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      There is NO home remedy - you need to get your dog to the vet, have the ear infection identified -- could be a yeast infection, could be ear mites.

      The vet will then give you the proper treatment for the problem.

      This is not expensive and absolutely necessary. Ear infections don't go away with home remedies, you've just made it worse with the E capsule.
      This isn't an option, it is absolutely necessary to get your dog treated by a vet - ear infections are painful, itch like mad, and can cause deafness and worse for your dog.

      Get that dog to the vet -- doesn't cost that much for the infection to be identified and the right medication given.

  5. QUESTION:
    What would be a good home remedy for dog ear infections?
    I was wondering What would be a good At home remedy for smelly ear infections in a dog. I believe it is a yeast infection again. Can anything make the dog feel better & what can i do about the smell?

    • ANSWER:
      though I would recommend a vet. I found this online
      http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/EarCleaner.html

      and here is another i found..all natural
      http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/go/index.php/419/dog-ear-infections

  6. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a dog yeast infection?
    My dog has a reoccurring yeast infection in his ear. I want some natural remedies to cure it, please. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      http://healingdogs.blogspot.com/2008/06/treating-ear-problems-in-dogs.html

      All natural no steroid Itchy Ear drops from the UK available in the USA

  7. QUESTION:
    Question about curing my dogs ear yeast infection?
    my dog has dog ear yeast infection, im using white vinegar and peroxide, ive been cleaning his ear with it for about 1 week (if that long) , and his ear still isnt cured.. how long will it take before its cured, & what other home remedies can help cure this ? ( ive heard raw apple cider vinegar works).

    • ANSWER:
      Cleaning your dog's ears with vinegar is good as a *preventative*, not a cure for a full-blown infection.
      Your dog needs to see a vet.

  8. QUESTION:
    Anyone know a natural way to cure a dogs ear infection?
    I have a dog that gets chronic ear infections. Would like to know if anyone has a home remedy to either prevent them or cure them.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast is easily controlled with either rubbing alcohol or white vinegar or a combination of the two. I prefer rubbing alcohol. If you clean the dogs ears with it a couple of times a week the yeast (infections) will not regrow.

  9. QUESTION:
    The Vet is too expensive right now, I need a way to clean out my dogs ears from home?
    Any home remedies? It is a little infected and red. I cleaned it out with warm water, but any other ideas to clean it out all the way?

    • ANSWER:
      50% white Vinegar
      45% warm water
      5% gentle soap

      Works very well...I have a dog with chronic ear problems due to thyroid condition. It's a side effect of medication. Hope your pup gets better.

      But you have to find out what type of infection he has. This is a generic remedy that makes in inhospitable for bacteria, but won't work on a yeast infection.

  10. QUESTION:
    How can I cure a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    I have a shih tzu who has chronic yeast infections in his ear. The vet isn't helping. The infection keeps coming back. What are some natural remedies I could try?

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox Otic with hydrocortisone is an enzyme treatment. It treats yeast and bacterial infections. Available online without a prescription.
      Feeding a grain free food also helps.
      Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Taste of the Wild, Canidae grain free, Wellness Core are some good brands.
      Eliminate grain in treats.

  11. QUESTION:
    What home remedy can I use to treat my dogs ear infection?
    I have a yellow lab that has a small ear infection. While I am more than willing to go to the vet, is there any cheap over the counter remedy that I can use to treat, obviously if it does not improve then would take to the vet, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You really need to go to a vet straight up. If there is a yeast or bacterial infection, the dog really needs medicated (antibiotic/antifungal) ear drops to clear it up. The other thing with ear infections is that it's important to check that a/ there is nothing down the ear that has triggered the infection (e.g. a grass seed) and that the ear drum is not damaged in anyway. If there's something down the ear, then the infection's not going to go away regardless of what it is treated with. If the ear drum is damaged, you have to be very, very careful about anything that is put in the ear- some products, even veterinary ear drops, can lead to problems such as deafness if they are put down the ear canal and are able to pass through into the middle/inner ear.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the cheapest way to cure yeast infection in a dog's ears?
    Does anyone have any "home remedies"? I can't really afford to take her to the vet and get expensive medicine. I would appreciate any ideas.

    • ANSWER:
      I use Apple Cider Vinegar from the health food store. I use it straight and put it in a little cup and use a clean washcloth to dab in there. Ive also heard you can use an eyedropper with ACV {apple cider vinegar} and put 0ne or two drops in each ear-bi weekly. Check out the AWESOME website below that has many home-remedies for pet ailments!

  13. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy that can be used to treat a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    I know it isn't mites because I have treated him several times and he still scratches at his ear. I've checked for anything unusual such as a tick or an abrasion.

    • ANSWER:
      I researched the internet and found a recipe of water and vinegar 50:50. It didn't work. I went to the vet's to get Ottomax. That works much better. Ask your vet.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a home method of curing a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    He is a dachshund. I know it is a yeast infection because my dad's beagle has the same problem. His ear is constantly itching and it smells like feet or cheese. Also, there is a black stuff coming out of his ear. My dad has taken his dog to the vet numerous times and has paid lots of money on creams but it doesn't seem to work. I actually used one of those ear candles on him but that didn't help very much. I have heard that placing plain yogurt on the effected area would help. Or using vinegar water. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no home remedies for your dog's condition, so bring him to a vet as soon as possible. Stop assuming that this is what he needs because the truth is he needs a vet who will look after his real condition. If you want to make him well as soon as possible, see a vet.

  15. QUESTION:
    how much apple cider vinegar to use in dogs ears?
    my dog is having ear irriation and i have been reading that apple cider vinegar works best to clean the ears out and kill yeast and bacteria.
    how much of it should i use and how should i put it in her ear?
    will the vinegar burn her or cause her harm in any way?

    also, can i use mineral oil directly after to soothe her ears?

    • ANSWER:
      Put nothing in your dog's ears unless you're prepared to risk making her deaf.
      Why, when you don't know the state of her inner ear would you risk putting anything in there?

      Take the dog to the vet and ask the vet to take a swab so they can identify the problem and prescribe appropriate medication.

      Do NOT use home remedies. It's too dangerous and can cause immense pain as well as deafness. You don't know if the ear drum is perforated.

  16. QUESTION:
    How to cure a dog's ear infection?
    Natural remedies to cure a dog's ear infection. Have read about vinegar, garlic salt, alcohol, etc. Not sure if any of these would work.

    • ANSWER:
      maybe this will help you out.

      http://pethealth.petwellbeing.com/wiki/Dog_Ear_Infections

      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1591&aid=273

      or it could be a yeast infection in your dog's ear. this link tells you exactly what to do if it is a yeast infection.

      http://www.dog-health-guide.org/yeastinfectionindogear.html

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I make my dogs ears stop itching ?
    I have a 9 year old lab whose ears really itch him. We be gone to the vet many times, and he doesn't really do much to help. Has anyone had the same problem and been able to fix it somehow? Was there a specific medicine or home remedy that's worked? We ve been using an ear cleaner and then using cotton balls to clean it, but it really doesn't seem to help. I'd really appreciate some help because I feel so bad for him.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I second the recommendation for Zymox. You can get it with or without hydrocortisone. No prescription needed and it's available from larger pet stores. It deals with yeast and bacterial infections.

  18. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedys for yeast infection in dogs?
    My dog keeps getting yeast infections around her eyes and in her ears. I have taken her to the vet plenty of times. She is five years old, German Shepherd. It is costing me too much money. It cost me about 0 worth of medicine. I have taken her about four times. Once she has the medicine she is good for a couple months then it comes back again. What home remedies can I use to make it go away again and how can I make it stay away? It is a yeast infection. My aunt is a dog groomer, she said some breeds will catch stuff and it is hard to get rid of.

    • ANSWER:
      my dog used to have problems with yeast infections ... i switched her to a salmon-based limited ingredient grain-free diet (natural balance) and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble daily ... after that she had no more problems for the rest of her life ... you should google the benefits of organic apple cider vinegar ...

  19. QUESTION:
    What's your best 'at home vet' tip for treating your dog?
    PLEASE NOTE I am in NO WAY advocating skipping vet care for a sick dog- I am just asking people to share their 'home remedies' for common doggies problems! If you are unsure of what your dog's condition is, SEE YOUR VET. If you have tried-and-true home solutions for doggie medical issues, share them here!

    Here are mine: Zymox solution for recurring ear infections (only treat bacterial or yeast infections, not infections due to mites) and Terramycin for conjunctivitis- both available OTC online.

    My dog battled ear infections FOREVER, we were at the vet's every 2 months or so, and nothing worked, until the Zymox. Conjunctivitis flares up once in a while in another dog, we have found we can clear it up with a tube of Terramycin instead of a + vet trip/antibiotics from them.

    • ANSWER:
      Haven't really needed too many at-home vet techniques (thankfully), but we're probably among that many that use:

      Benadryl for bee stings/insect bites

      Buffered aspirin for minor aches/pains

      Ibuprofin only when advised by Vet

  20. QUESTION:
    What is best natural remedy for yeast ear infection appearing in the dogs, cats & other pets ear ?
    I have found Ear Oil medication remedy at http://drdogs247.Com anyone has used it before ???

    • ANSWER:
      You can use oils and they do help a lot. Swab and clean the ears and keep them very dry. Yeast thrives on sugar and can indicate animals (or humans) with high levels of sugar. Diet changes can make a big impact on preventing yeast infections. Low carb diets and those with acidophilus (found in yogurt) can be quite helpful. Commercial dog foods are very high in corn and corn is extremely high in sugars. Look for a food where meat is the first ingredient. The oil you mention should work well for now. You might consider altering the diet for further prevention.

  21. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of a natural ear infection remedy for dogs?
    My Basset Hound has had a couple ear infecions caused by yeast and she has another one now. In the past she has used prescription Mometamax. Is there a natural remedy that will treat and cure the infection? I want to avoid taking her to the vet again if at all possible.
    I dont need smart assed answers please, I know what my dog has, I know that Basset Hounds are susceptible to ear infections, I take care of her and Im a big believer in natural cures. If you cant answer my question with a logical, polite answer dont answer at all.
    THANKS in advance for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      My bulldog Bulldozer used to get sore ears and they smelled like cheese. So my vet said to try vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Fifty percent of each or half and half.
      The vinegar breaks down the gunk and the alcohol dries up water from say a bath. I used it after every bath and some times in between. Do not use it more than once a week. Too much drying can be painful. Also the smell of funky ears can draw flies that will bite and aggravate you puppy.

      Best to do this outside and only if your dog really trusts you. I had someone else pour in the medicine I would hold him still and hold his ear open. Then we would filler up. Flop his ears closed and massage the sides of his head and then let him go. This is the gross part he would shake his head and any thing loosened up would come out. Every thing would fly out. So we did this outside and in not our best clothes. With a floppy eared dog you will need to wipe away the excess after he shakes his head. Towel drying his head if he goes out in the rain or sprinkler etc is also a good idea. They don’t sweat but their skin and ears produces oil like ours.

      Do not use this solution if your dog has open sores the vinegar and the alcohol will sting.

      You could get bit or he may never let you touch his / her head again.

      Never never ever use hydrogen peroxide. The foaming action causes pressure and can damage their ears permanently.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is there any home remedies to treat my dog's ear infection?
    She has a yeast infection in her ears and I heard that there are ways to treat it without going to the vet and paying too much money for what they use to treat it.

    • ANSWER:
      No, you need to take your dog to the vet for proper diagnosis and care.

  23. QUESTION:
    Who honestly knows If vinegar and water works for chronic ear infections in dogs?
    Has anyone tried it? Is it effective? or is there any other natural remedies for ear infections in dogs. no antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:
      Ineffective. This summer alone, I've already treated over 50 ear infections. Tis the season, is our motto. Ear infections, skin infections, in high numbers usually due to more water exposure, humidity, trapped moisture, and allergens.

      Your vet treatment team and your dog would really appreciate if you don't try vinegar and water at home, it fails, then you have a stinky dog, with infected ears, at the clinic, in desperate need of a topical antifungal/antibioitic/anti-inflammatory med. Normal flora on the skin's surface should not be in ear canals. When yeast and bacteria infect the ear canal, usually it's due to water in the ear compromising the balance of yeast/bacteria populations or the dog started scratching due to allergies and got a secondary infection after breaking the skin and compromising the skin barrier, allowing bacteria and yeast to affect multiple skin layers in the ear.

      Antibiotics and antifungals help the ear go back to normal state with only bacteria and yeast living on the exterior of the body. Ensuring it's being shaken before use, enough med is being administered into the ear canals, then massaging at the base of the ear, are all important to ensure the med is effective.

      For maintenance, cleansing the ears with a cerulytic (breaks up wax/debris) cleanser with a drying agent can help prevent ear infections with weekly use and whenever exposed to water, not to exceed every 2-3 days. If a dog swims daily, cleansing their ears every 3 days will reduce their risk for ear infections.

      And definitely don't immerse a dog in vinegar, diluted or not. They are so hypersensitive to odor and it does not benefit skin that is already symptomatic for infection, sebhorrea, itchiness, or fleas.

      Meds such as Mometamax, Easotic, Genotic/Betagen/other gentamicin based meds, or Posatex are effective against yeast and bacteria, and may be prescribed by your vet. You cannot avoid Rx med if your dog has an ear infection. He will continue to have inflamed ears, with trapped moisture, excess debris, itchiness, and possibly develop internal ear damage and destruction if left untreated. Do not take it too lightly! Hope you're just randomly asking about vinegar, and you don't have a dog with an ear infection...

  24. QUESTION:
    what to do for a dog with an ear infection?
    My dog has an ear infection, and I really don't want to spend a hundred just to go to the vet and have them diagnose it. Is there a good over the counter cream or drop that I can get from Petsmart, without having to go to the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      No, there are no over-the-counter remedies for ear infections. You are going to have to take him to the vet to be properly diagnosed and to get the right medication to eradicate whatever is causing the infection.

      You don't even know what you are trying to treat, so how would you be able to guess what medication the dog needs? Is it a yeast infection? A bacterial infection? If it's bacterial, which antibiotic will actually get rid of it? What if it isn't even an infection? What if it's an allergic reaction, or something in the ear, etc.?

      You need a vet for this one.

  25. QUESTION:
    What do veterinarians typically prescribe for a dog that has a yeast infection in its ears?
    I have heard this is a common problem and a lot of people use a home remedy of vinegar. How bout an over the counter human cream such as miconizole?
    Don't worry 'rm'...this isn't a case of someone not kowing. ;) This is not my dog and the dogs owner is experienced with this 4 or more times over. A home remedy is suitable here.

    • ANSWER:
      my vet prescribed an ear drop but i cant think of the name. it's not that expensive. maybe .

      also an ear wash

      1 cup water
      1 cup alcohol
      1 cup vinegar

      squirt a tsp. for large breeds, 1/2 tsp for small breeds into ear and massage for a second, then let them shake. it loosens that crap in their ears, then you can get a cotton ball to clean it out.

      i use this w/my Catahoula. he gets a yeast at least once a year..he's just prone to it.
      i love the wash, it really helps clear it up after he's done w/the drops.

      edit:
      i also found this site for you

      http://nzymes.com/L_pages/is_it_allergies_or_yeast.htm?gclid=CImlyZeVn5MCFQOIFQodQFP_3g

  26. QUESTION:
    Has anyone dealt successfully with Clarida yeast infection in a dog?
    It seems to start with a flea allergy, goes into hot spots, then darkening smelly patches usually under forearm area and neck creases. I feed her enzyme rich food.(Eagle Pack) Have tried adding yogurt to her diet and tried many skin remedies for the intense itching.

    • ANSWER:
      My dog has major allergies as well and gets that stupid yeast infection in her ears all the time. Cortisone shots seem to help but that can get expensive. I give my dog benadryl and that works great, simply sleep has the exact same ingredients and sometimes is cheaper. No need to go with the name brands the cheap stuff works just as well. It makes her a little sleepy sometimes and other times she gets wound up. I put a little peanut butter on a cracker and stick the pill in the peanut butter. Also for her skin I use an oatmeal shampoo and when she is still a little damp I rub cocoa butter with shea butter lotion into her coat and skin. She absolutely loves this routine and likes the rub down with the lotion. At first she tried to eat it all off but then discovered she felt so much better with it in her skin. Good luck.

  27. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for a dog with an ear infection?
    I have a rat terrier mix and she is already on 2 types of medication for seizures but she has an ear infection. I was wondering if there is a safe home remedy cure because the vet is expensive and it doesn't help when they try to rip you off. Any safe remedies?

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the type of ear infection.
      If it is a yeast infection then you can use an over the counter "feminine" yeast infection product. Just a small amount (like a pea size) and rub it into ears, also clean out the ear gunk (will be brownish/reddish and SMELLY) with q-tips.

      If it is just a basic ear infection you can squirt a little diluted vinegar (50/50 vinegar to water) into the ear and then clean it out with q-tips.

      If it's ear mites then check at your local pet store or grocery store and there should be an over the counter medication that's about .

      I would also suggest calling and asking the vet what at home remedies they would recommend, sometimes they can help and will understand the financial strain.

      GOOD LUCK!!!

      This has more on the vinegar remedy...http://www.seefido.com/online-dog-vet/html/ear_infections.htm

      ----edit-----

      Looking for a safe less expensive alternative to help your pet does not mean you love them any less. Also, just because you could 'afford' them in the beginning doesn't mean you always will be able to, sh*t happens, there is no shame in finding an alternative it does not make you any less of a responsible dog owner.

  28. QUESTION:
    My dog has a yeast smell what can I use to get rid of it?
    My dog is a Chow mix and she gets an odor that smells really yeasty, is there any home remedies that can rid her of this odor or any meds? She also get a hot spot every now and then.

    • ANSWER:
      Check her ears, usually the first place. If it is you need to get a vet prescribed ear cleaner and/or medication

  29. QUESTION:
    Puppy's ears are a little smelly, there is brown spotting, and she scratches. Is it an infection? ?
    My 6 month old bichon (doggy with floppy ears) has had the above symptoms. I know that these are possibly symptoms of an ear infection or ear mites but my bf thinks I'm overreacting. He doesn't think her ears are that smelly and thinks the gunk in there is just ear wax. She does scratch her ears a bit but she scratches in general. The stuff in her ears looks very oily and is a dark brownish-burgundy color. Am I worrying too much?
    To clarify, there isn't that much stuff in her ears. There is a bit of dark spotting in the immediately visible areas and lighter, oilier stuff inside.
    I took the little baby to the vet today and it turns out that she has a yeast infection. Thanks for the help, everyone!

    • ANSWER:
      dogs with floppy ears tend to get yeast infections in their ears. call the vet for a check up and medicine. but you will have to keep his ears cleaned out or it will happen again. you can buy ear cleaner over the counter to keep them clean after you get the infection taken care of, but you must take care of the infection first because it will get worse, be painful for your dog, and cost allot to cure when it gets out of hand. google "yeast infection in dogs ears" and you might find how to make a remedy yourself to save money.

  30. QUESTION:
    What natural remedy can cure my dogs ear infection?
    Obviously I took it to the vet . A MILLION times..but that doesnt seem to help her. Plus all they do is remove the hair from her ears and give her medicine for me to put in her ears that stings the hell out of her. (I see like her eyes get all watery) : *(
    Can some1 PLEASE tell me something I can make that well help her, without it being so harsh?????

    • ANSWER:
      I like what Winter's Child (above) recommends and will try it, too.

      I have the same problem with my cocker spaniel. I have had it with the ear infections and that stupid ear stuff they give you that doesn't work and she hates.

      Here is what I found that is natural.
      Pau D’Arco---gets rave reviews!
      http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/go/index.php/419/dog-ear-infections/

      Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil) -
      Rosmarinus officinale (Rosemary) -
      Calendula officinalis (Marigold) -
      Marigold
      Verbascum thapsusis -
      Website: Pet Alive Ear Dr. for dog ear mites and ear infections.

      Keep the ears dry.

      Make sure her diet contains no grains. Use a grain-free product.

      Reduce her allergies (ones she breathes in, too) because that seems to be related.

      The article below gives the advice that is helping me the most. It gives natural remedies. The second link suggests vinegar...again...the same stuff they recommend for women's yeast infections.

      If it is yeast and not bacteria...anti-biotics only make it worse. Steroids are a bad solution as well, as they shut down the animals immune system.

      Go to a naturopathic vet. Call around or look on the web for someone who will address this problem for you. Make sure their website and protocol look something like this one who understands that it may be yeast. http://animalpetdoctor.homestead.com/Ears.htmlhttp://animalpetdoctor.homestead.com/Ears.html

  31. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies to get my dogs fur to grow back?
    My son sprayed some orange glow (furniture polish) on my dog and now his fur is falling out and he has a couple of scabs on his skin. Could this be a "chemical burn" or possibly mange? What are some home remedies that I can use to help him grow his fur back? Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      As soon as something like that happens to your dog you should immediately give him a bath using soap made for dogs or dish soap (if you have no dog soap). Never use human soap or shampoo, or flea soap.

      I would also take him to the vet to make sure it isn't mange, a skin yeast infection, an allergy, a hot spot, or anything else. Depending on what it is, they vet might give you antibiotics, steroids (in cream or pill form), or an ointment. Or the vet might recommend what you should put on it. They make special antibiotic ointment for dogs that is safe if the dog licks it (although if you can you want to keep your dog from licking the spot so that it can heal). I put plain human triple antibiotic ointment on my dog if he gets a cut or something from hiking. When his ears or nose get dry in the winter I use Bag Balm.

      Finally, I would keep the chemicals locked up where kids and dogs can't get to them.

  32. QUESTION:
    how do I clean my dogs ears?
    My vet gave me a solution to put in his ears but when reading the directions it states that a second bottle should be used to rinse and when I call them to get the other solution they say they don't have it. I have gotten 2 different ways to use it from the vet (2 different people) but not sure which way is right. Would really apperciate some home remedy to clean my dogs ears.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not familiar with a 2 step solution process...but if there is a second solution that's involved, I don't understand why your vet office didn't provide that. I have always used an ear solution with some alcohol in the ingredients (found at any Petco or Petsmart store). The alcohol helps keep the ear canal dry. A wet damp ear canal is a breeding ground for bacteria or yeast. After squirting the ear solution in the ear canal, I insert a large cotton ball in the ear and make sure the ear is completely dry. I will squeeze the out ear to bring up any solution that has gone down deep in the ear canal and the cotton ball will absorb it. The key is to make sure the ear is dry...you don't want to leave solution sitting inside the ear. Then, wipe out the outer ear canal to clean any ear wax or debris.

  33. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of dogs yeast infection?
    we have a pure bread pitt bull who has been scratching for about the last 6 months or so. it's been getting worse lately; he is to the point where he draws blood from scratching so much and is loosing hair from scratching; his skin is bright red where he has lost hair from this. his ears are also red and irritated. he sometimes cries out when he's scratching himself because it hurts him. someone told me that their dog had similar problems and that it was yeast infection. she said that she used a home remedy but couldn't remember exactly what the ingredients were; so what i'm wondering is; what is a home remedy for a dog's yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      First you don't know that your "pure bred pitbull" has a yeast infection. You need to take him to a vet to find out what is wrong with him. He may be allergic to the food you are feeding him or it could be a number of things. And shame on you for letting your dog be miserable for the last six months.

  34. QUESTION:
    how much does it take to treat ear infection for dog?
    Just like the question, how much does it usually take to treat an ear infection for dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends where you go. There is the office visit, some places require you be current on a rabies vaccine before you are seen, so you may have to get that. In order to find out what type of ear infection is going on you will need to do an ear cytology. This will allow the yeast or bacteria that is in the ears to be seen under a microscope. THERE IS NO WAY TO FIND OUT 100% WHAT IT IS BY JUST LOOKING AT THE EAR. Medication depends on what you find, usually it's some type of ointment and an ear wash. You will need to recheck in about 2 weeks to make sure the infection is gone and the medication does not need to be switched. Usually ear infections are a sign of allergies, so don't be surprised if they find anything else wrong w/ the skin and want to send home antibiotics. You do not want to wait for it to "get better on it's own" IT WON'T. Do not wait too long because if the infection is severe enough and the dog is shaking his head like crazy you may have an ear hematoma on your hands. That is MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE to treat, basically it's a broken blood vessel in the pinna of the ear (floppy part) and has to be treated surgically. Also, you do not want to apply any of the over the counter stuff-won't work. Do NOT apply water, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, or any "home remedy" that will just cause further irritation to the ear. Depending on where you go it may run from -0. Also, good idea to get your dog up to date on vaccines and heartworm test and prevention if not already on this. Pets are not cheap and if people cannot afford minimal care on them they should think twice before aquiring an animal.

  35. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog keep getting ear infections?
    My 3 year old lab mix has had 6 ear infections (yeast) in the last year. I do clean them regularly. I changed her food to canidea lamb and rice. She is seen by her vet on a regular basis. What else can I do to help prevent this?

    • ANSWER:
      It's the breed.. terribly chronic ear infections are a normal occurrence for labradors. My dog is only half labrador (half spaniel which is another breed prone to ear probs) and she suffers from the same chronic infections.. Well she used to, the only thing that worked was an ear wash made with glacial acetic acid or me using vinegar. All of the Otomax, and Surolan didn't do crap!! So glacial acetic acid is a component of vinegar, it works really well, you can also use diluted cider vinegar which works well too.

      Man I took my dog to the vet so many times for her ear problems, she got an aural hematoma, had to have surgery, so many ear infections and ear drops and nothing worked.. except for vinegar. Sometimes vets are so worried about making a buck off you they forget to mention the most simple and effective remedies. If you want to prevent her ear infections use diluted vinegar on a cotton ball to wipe her ears with once or twice a week.. eventually she won't even need it much anymore. My dog doesn't even get her ear infections at all now after I used this method and changed her food.

      Two causes of ear infections which are generally the culprit in labs are inhalant allergies and food allergies.A switch to Lamb and rice generally helps but only if the new food has NONE of the same ingredients of the old food. It takes about 1 month to notice improvement. Inhalant allergies can be treated with Benadryl during allergy season.. IF you notice she gets ear infections around spring and fall chances are she has inhalant allergies and you can call you vet for dosage by weight of OTC benadryl.

      Anyway that's my experience with ear infections, took me forever to prevent them in my dog but shes yeast free now. If you get a chance visit http://www.marvistavet.com and check out the food/inhalant allergy pages in their pet web library.. it was of great help to me. Peace!

  36. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy to treat ear mites in dogs?
    will rubbing alcohol help keep the ears dry and therefore get rid of ear miites? I know as a kid I would get swimmers ears and we would treat it with alcohol and it would clear up.

    • ANSWER:
      There are tons of "home remedies" for ear mites. However none of them are effective and most of them will actually create additional problems with the ears. You can buy drops for ear mites in pretty much any pet store or farm supply store. These generally won't cause problems in your dog's ears, however they take FOREVER to work (we're talking months here, especially if your dog has a heavy mite load) and may never kill all of the mites. Plus, ear mites can move out of the ears and live quite happily on your dog's skin for periods of time, moving back into the ears once the irritating/toxic substance (ear mite drops) is gone.

      Do NOT use alcohol in your dog's ears. Alcohol is VERY drying and will cause irritation and damage to your dog's skin. If there are any cuts, even microscopic ones, alcohol will burn like crazy. Besides, ear mites are NOT caused by moisture in the ears. Ear mites are a parasite. Your dog gets them by coming into close contact with another infected animal (could be a dog, cat, even wildlife such as rabbits and squirrels).

      Which brings me to another important point. You really need to take your dog to the vet do properly diagnose the problem. Contrary to popular believe, ear mites are NOT the most common cause of ear discharge and itching. Yeast and bacterial infections are FAR more common than mites. A vet needs to look under a microscope to determine what kind of infection your dog has. Treating the wrong kind of infection not only doesn't help, it can actually make the problem worse. For example, antibiotics for a bacterial infection can actually cause a yeast infection if the dose isn't correct (or if there isn't a bacterial infection to start with).

  37. QUESTION:
    What can I give my dog for an ear infection?
    Okay so my dog (1 1/2 yr old golden retriever mix) has been shaking and showing symptoms of an ear infection after I took him to the beach about 2 months ago. A month ago however, I took him to the vet for it, and I explained to the vet what was wrong and that he was showing symptoms of it, he checked him out EXTERNALLY but he never bothered with the ears and just agreed with me about it and prescribed him with some very expensive medicine which I payed for of course! I was suppose to give him 3 pills a day for 2 weeks, and so I did. For a week after that it seemed like it had worked. However, now he's been shaking and bothering with his ear again! I really don't know what to do because I am broke at the moment and don't get my check 'till 2 weeks from now!
    So can someone please help me out and tell me what I can do to minimize his pain 'till I get my paycheck??? I'm desperate I hate seeing him in pain :(
    or if any medicine/home remedies I could try at a local store or pet store that will work for this?
    pleaseee help, I've been told that the infection could spread to his brain, I'm super worried :(

    I WILL TAKE HIM TO THE VET WHEN I GET THE MONEY, so don't give me crap that I don't care about my dog, if I didn't care I wouldn't be bothering right now.
    So please, if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say it at all; I need helpful answers right now, not childish ones.

    • ANSWER:
      Please do not try any over the counter medications - you do not know what the problem is. You may want to find another vet and perhaps try to work out a payment plan. Times are hard for a lot of people right now. Perhaps a rescue league, ASPCA, animal control, etc. can work with you also. The vet should take an ear swab and check under the microscope. This could be a bacterial, yeast infection or mites. It may be a combination of 2 or even all three. Medication is dispensed based on what is found. Occasionally they may recommend a culture and sensitivity to find out exactly what bacteria it is. The infection cannot spread to the brain. If you can find someone to help you please get him seen soon. He is in pain and needs some relief but before giving anything for pain relief you need to check with the vet as a lot of human medications can be toxic to dogs.

  38. QUESTION:
    How to rest easy taking my elderly dog to vet?
    I've always had a fear of taking my dog to the vet because I feel her age (roughly 11) will just make the vet say "Oh she is so old you need to put her down". She's healthy, active and loving. I'm almost 19 years old and have had her since I was 6. Upon some home research of some itchy ear and dark brown wax research I concluded she might have a moderate yeast infection in her ears. I tried some of the home remedies that I found online to try to avoid the vet, but to no changes. So now just to end the suffering of an itch she can't scratch I'm considering taking her to the vet. But again, Shes pretty old, she's slowly going blind (but doesn't seem to really show it except the look to her eyes. she seems to see fine), and she's not the active puppy she used to be but more the lap dog that wants to lay with you and watch a whole season of family guy lol. So if any vets are here, will the vet just tell me to put her down, or try to help her? Can I refuse to put her down because she has NO SIGNS of pain or discomfort, just annoyingly itchy cropped ears. Cause I'm not going to put her down unless she's truly in pain to where he can show me every square inch of the pain. I know I may be over reacting, but this is my baby.
    Also she is a Miniature Pinscher, Female, roughly 11-12 years of age. No previous health issues other than one visit for ear mites(but that's not what this is now). Eats well, drinks well, sleeps well. Nothing to complain. Ears were very over cropped by last family standing only about an inch tall. Tail is cropped almost completely down, maybe 1/4 inch tall at the most.
    Also it may or may not help but I'm trying to put the best pic of her I have as my picture on here so you guys might be able to see just how much her ears are cropped
    I'm just estimating the age cause I don't know how old she was when I got her. All I know is her snout is white now, instead of tan and her eyes are glazing over mildly. But thank you guys.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't worry - no reputable vet would tell you to put an animal down just because of age. Vets do whatever they can to help their patients regardless of age. Small dogs can live to 20 years and beyond. Please take her in for a possible ear infection - tests will be done to find out what the exact problem is and medication will be dispensed based on what is found. Good luck - you sound like a very concerned and loving pet parent.

  39. QUESTION:
    Do you know of a natural remedy for my dog's infected ears?
    My English Bully gets lots of black yeast formed in her ears. She's 9 so we've been going to the vet for drops for years and they don't seem to be doing the trick.

    She is in otherwise excellent health-good weight, healthy skin, good agility. She eats Solid Gold hound n flocken

    • ANSWER:
      She's already on a good food...

      My inlaws have had luck keeping ear infections at bay in their sheltie by cleaining them with tea tree oil. Otherwise, their sheltie needs antibiotics all the time!

  40. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog's ear flap and why is it purple?
    I have a chihuahua her ears have always been pointing up and now one of her ears flap and on the tip of the ear is blue/purple and crusty. I have read that its a yeast infection but i want to know what to do, and I don't have the money to take her to the vet right now. Please help. If theirs any natural remedies to cure it i would like to know.

    • ANSWER:
      you can always go to the vet and explain the situation.im sure they would understand.most vets would let you pay later.you could also take him to the clinic at the local animal shelter.they might treat him for free.

  41. QUESTION:
    My dog has yeasty ear infections?
    Does anyone know what home remedies I can use for my Cocker spaniels ear infections? They are yeast infections. Can I use over the counter vaginal yeast cream? I have spent hundreds at the vet (several different ones over the years) and they dont seem to understand that this problem is recurring. I cannot give my dog three ear washed every day, plus steroids year round. I need a good, safe home remedy.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you looked at the dog's diet? Most reoccurring yeast infections are caused from allergies or sensitivities to foods. This includes treats too. Has a thyroid test been done to rule out hypothyroidism? Has a culture been done to rule out secondary bacterial infection? Have you talked to your vet about oral ketoconizole? It's something that has worked on my springer along with a diet change. I've tried the vaginal creme but it didn't work as Canida (human yeast) is different then Malassezia (dog yeast). I use a combination of ketoconizole, hypoallergenic diet, and an acidic based ear wash to keep this in check on my dog. It is a constant battle once the yeast issue turns chronic which is common in many spaniel breeds.

  42. QUESTION:
    My dog's ears stink. Is their anything I can put in them to get rid of the smell?
    My dog doesn't scratch them or act like they hurt. I figure it's probably a bacteria infection. I would just like to try some home remedy first before I spend money at the vet.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a drug store and buy "Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops", just the pharmacist, then put two drops in morrning and 2 drops at night for 3-5 days, and the infection (if not already really infected) should go away, dirt will go away, and then so will the smell. An odor from the ears means infection, which is usually a yeast like infection, but the drops work great without paying a huge vet bill.

  43. QUESTION:
    does anyone know any home remedies for a dog who has a yeast infection in their ears?
    our female english mastiff has an ear infection, and we want to know if there are home remedies or herbs we can use to clear it up, not something expensive we have to get through a vet or some website, something we can buy at a store and use at home.

    • ANSWER:
      since it is a yeast infection..don't laugh, it really works..monistat or any other feminine yeast product will work on your dogs ears! it has essentially the same basic ingredients as the mometomax that your vet will prescribe.

      no treatment will work however if you don't take precautionary steps to preventing another infection. first, clean the ear well with an ear solution (from pet store) and cotton balls. apply some of the monistat into the ear canal and massage the ear thoroughly (you want the medicine deep into the ear). clean and apply med once daily until a significant imporvement is seen, then move to once every other day, and ween off like that.. yest is caused by moist dark places, so do everything within your power to keep your pup's ears dey.

      good luck hope this helps :)

  44. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have a yeast infection?
    I have a pitbull she is 1 1/2 years old. She never licks herself. Last two days she has been licking constantly and she like smacks her lips after like shes still licking but isnt, like something is on her tongue. Is this a yeast infection? any home remedies for dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      i think so. especially if she is licking constantly. here is something that may help. Ways to Control Yeast / Fungus Overgrowth
      Treatment: External Problems

      Bathe: Use a sulfur-based or medicated shampoo for fungus, one with Ketoconazole - KetoChlor Shampoo by VirBac - have your vet order it for you.

      Then use a Baking Soda rinse after shampooing, it will be quite helpful with the overall itchiness, skin problems and inflammation.

      BAKING SODA RINSE RECIPE
      Mix two (2) teaspoons of BAKING SODA per gallon of warm water; make sure to mix it so it completely dissolves - poor over pet, do not rinse off.

      After bathing and animal is dry: Prepare a 2 % solution of Oxy-Drops (Mix 1 teaspoon with 1 cup (8ozs.) of distilled water). Use this to spray or wipe skin, ears, and feet with to prevent secondary bacterial infection. (order below). Some people report wiping areas with Listerine stops itching.

  45. QUESTION:
    What can I use on my dogs ears?
    My dog has chronic ear infections. The vet gave me the prescribed ear drops and they don't seem to work. Is there an home remedy that I can use?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.dogbiz.com/faq-ear-infections.htm
      This works! Another thing you need to do to keep the infections from coming back, is get you dog on a food with NO corn. Corn feeds yeast and yeast sets up ear and skin infections!
      My Afghans used to get bad ear infections all the time, I started feeding them a mix of raw food and Canidae dry food, treated them with the remedy in the link, no infections for over 7 years now!!!!

  46. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know about a home remedy to treat and cure yeast infections in dog's ears?
    Over the counter products perhaps?

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    My dog keeps getting sleeps arround his eyes, and then he's left with mildly bleeding sores. Any remedies?

    I don't have enough money right now to take him to the vet. Any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely it is a yeast infection. Colloidal silver is a alternative to traditional antibiotics. You can buy it at a health food grocery store like Bashas or Sun Harvest.

      It tastes just like distilled water and can be ingested or applied to the skin, in the eyes, nose, or ears, or any other body part that requires treatment. Treat a couple of times a day by placing a drop or two directly in the eye and also use a cotton ball or Q-tip saturated to clean off the eye goobers twice daily. It is completely harmless to the eye and will not burn the eye or the open sores.

  48. QUESTION:
    Any remedies besides prescriptions for chronic ear infections in dogs?
    My little chihuahua gets ear infections ALL THE TIME. The vet said it's just something she's going to have to deal with. I give her ear drops, which are not meant to be given constantly, so does anyone out there have an at home remedy/treatment that has worked for their pets?

    • ANSWER:
      clean the ears with a weak solution of white vinegar and water. usually ear infections are caused from yeast and this will help prevent.

  49. QUESTION:
    Can you safely give aspirin to an adult dog.?
    Merle is 10yrs old and weighs 100lbs. He has an ear infection. Yeast infection in his left ear. I appreciate any advice or home remedies, and Merle thanks you too.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, dogs can take aspirin. But it should be children's aspirin. Never give a dog Tylenol. I would also ask the vet how many children's aspirin you should give your dog while your there getting the ear infection treated.


yeast in dogs ears remedy

Yeast Infection Diet

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can you get a yeast infection from a bad diet?
    My doctor told me that I was probably getting my yeast infection from a bad diet, eating too many carbs... well ive never heard of this and it seems like there should be a better reason. Can you really get yeast infections from your diet?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure that your doctor meant that you are getting the infections from your diet, but your diet may be making your body chemistry such that yeast infections have an easier time establishing themselves. Eating yogurt has two pluses - it is acidic (like the vagina) and it has live active cultures (helpful bacteria) that take up the space that yeast might instead.

      I have heard that some people use plain, no sugar yogurt topically to treat yeast infections. You might want to research that a bit before you try it though!

  2. QUESTION:
    How Much Effect Does Eating Sugar REALLY Have On Yeast Infections?
    39 weeks pregnant on monistat for a yeast infection. Exactly how much does DIET effect the outcome of yeast infections? Can it really keep medicine from taking effect?

    • ANSWER:
      Sugar is in everything, not just sweets. Almost any carbohydrate that is not fiber, is sugar. Meat contains sugar, milk has sugar, even plain peanuts have sugar. Most of it is not the same type as "table sugar" but it can be digested by yeast the same way.. A normal, balanced diet usually won't cause a person to have yeast infections.. but if you are LOADING UP on refined sugar then it probably won't help.

  3. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to cure a yeast infection with the candida diet?
    I have been on the diet for 3 days and all my yeast infection symptoms have vanished. Im wondering when it will be safe to quit the diet with out having the chance of the infection recurring again. Can anyone help me with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you used an anti fungal.Hard to beleive it`s gone in that short a time.Do you eat meats and milk that have been fed anti biotics? The length of time,depends,it is different for everyone.How long you have had it,how severe.

  4. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to get rid of a yeast infection on the penis area. I have used things like probiotics,?
    yogurt, monistat, and they haven't really worked. Does diet really play a big factor into curing the yeast infection or is it a matter of using the right ointments, pills or home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      My wife will sometimes give me an yeast infection on mine. Best course to take when treating it is with Monistat.

      Sounds like you did not continue the treatment long enough to cure it. I usually treat it for 7 days and it works good for me.

  5. QUESTION:
    How would you treat medicine resistant yeast infection?
    My friend has a 3 year old (just turned 3) who is potty trained during the day but still wears a diaper at night. She has a yeast infection diaper rash that is resistant to prescription meds. Her mom also feeds her yogurt as well as acidophiles. Nothing works. I suggested removing foods with yeast from her diet for a while and changing brands of diapers.

    Any suggestions to help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Those are good ideas you are doing with the yogurt( must have the live cultures) and it couldn't hurt to refrain from yeast products. Also, really important is to tell the mom to refrain from giving bubble baths and such since the ingredients in these products can cause a nasty rash and or infection. Try an Aveeno oatmeal bath... oatmeal is very soothing to the skin.Also give her cranberry juice to drink.We did this for my nieces.
      Babies in particular are prone to skin yeast infections in the diaper area, either in the perineum, on the buttocks or anywhere the diaper sits on the skin.
      The proximity of wetness to the skin combined with the acidic nature of urine starts breaking down the outer layers of skin and creating good skin yeast infection conditions.

      Babies and young children who are suffering from a simple diaper rash should be changed more frequently and have a diaper ointment of some kind to serve as a barrier between urine and the skin. Zinc oxide is the most frequently used because it also helps the skin to dry out, but anything that can protect the skin can help stop a skin yeast infection from developing.During an active skin yeast infection, you may find it helpful to wipe the area with witch hazel, aloe vera juice or some other astringent. Astringents help dry the skin out and shrink inflamed skin cells, so it both really can help with the symptoms and provide a remedy for the overall problem.
      Just re,member, yeast thrives on moist areas so keeping very dry is the best advice. Best to your friends.

  6. QUESTION:
    How to prevent yeast infection when on antibiotics?
    Every time I am prescribed any anti-biotic, I get a yeast infection. Can a doctor prescribe something to fight off the yeast in advance or is there a reliable way to prevent it with home remedy or diet?

    • ANSWER:
      First off....CRANBERRY JUICE IS FOR URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS, NOT YEAST INFECTIONS!
      Now that I got that off my chest let me move on.....
      I too am a sufferer of yeast infections while on antibiotics, it is really a pain BUT, here are a few tips to avoid or deal with them!
      1.) Take acidophiles while on the antibiotic. Yogurt does NOT have enough alone to fight off the yeast from antibiotics. you'd have to eat a yogurt factory to actually help. Eating 1 container a day is only good for ibs (irritable bowel syndrom)
      I eat yogurt every day and still get yeast infections while on certain medications so, I would not suggest that as a cure for your problem, You need more than what these people are suggesting!
      Get the acidophiles that you store in the frig, from GNC with Live cultures, Take 2 in the morning and 2 before bed.
      2.) Explain to your doctor that you get yeast infections and ask for a pill Diflucan, that fights yeast while on this.
      3.) Get a couple boxes of monistat while on this.

      I know yeast infections are annoying while taking other antibiotics but, I have learned how to deal with them by the 3 above choices.
      Good Luck and happy healing!

  7. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to get rid of a yeast infection?
    I have a yeast infection (Thrush) on my penis, and took an over the counter pill on sunday, combined with natural yoghurt, drinking plenty of water and cut sugar and alcohol out of my diet.
    Its now thursday and the visual symptoms are almost all but gone, however I want to know how long I should leave it before I can safely have intercourse without infecting my partner.

    • ANSWER:
      If varies for different people, but a week should be plenty of time normally, but really you should give it a couple of days until after the symptoms have totally gone.

      Keep the old snake under control until then and then you can relax and let him out with know worries.

  8. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a yeast infection to develop?
    On the night of January 15th, my husband and I had unprotected sex and he ejaculated inside me. I started developing a yeast infection on the night of January 21st. We did not have sex in between nor did I change any of my habits (clothes, perfume, diet, etc). Can yeast infections take 6 days to develop in one's body or is it more likely that something else I haven't thought of yet is causing it? I am really worried that my body is allergic to his sperm or something!

    P.S. We are clean people who shower everyday!

    • ANSWER:
      it's possible that it took this long for the symptoms to show.
      you're not allergic to his sperm, it's just that ejaculation messes with the pH levels of your vagina. in order to try and prevent this i try to eat a lot of natural yoghurt and go to the bathroom after my bf ejaculates inside me. a lot of it comes out then...
      sometimes being a woman sucks so bad haha..

  9. QUESTION:
    How would you treat medicine resistant yeast infection?
    My friend has a 3 year old (just turned 3) who is potty trained during the day but still wears a diaper at night. She has a yeast infection diaper rash that is resistant to prescription meds. Her mom also feeds her yogurt as well as acidophiles. Nothing works. I suggested removing foods with yeast from her diet for a while and changing brands of diapers.

    Any suggestions to help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Sugary foods and drinks can make yeast worse.. also try letting her wear loose cotton pants during the day with no underwear. She def needs to get "some air down there"...
      ALSO BUBBLE BATHS are really bad for little girls and can irritate them worse warm water and gentle washing down there...Sounds like your friend is doing the best she can, yogurt and probiotics would've been my top choice remedies...

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I cure a yeast infection when I am allergic to the over the counter drugs like Monistat and Gynolotrim?
    I am allergic to all the over the counter yeast infection treatments. Diflucan worked for about 10 days and now it is back. I can't afford to go to the Dr. (I pay 100%) to get a prescription every time I get a yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:
      If you try the baking soda douche - be careful as I've heard the opposite - I've heard baking soda will actually make a yeast infection worse.

      Have you tried tea tree oil or garlic (be careful as the oil does sting.

      Consider going on a yeast-free diet, no sugar (as sugar feeds yeast), no alcohol - so no cakes, candy, sweets, etc.

      *Take Lots of acidophilus/probiotics or eat Unsweetened (Plain) Yogurt
      *Avoid tight jeans and other tight pants
      *Wear cotton underwear during the day, no thongs
      *Wear no underwear to bed
      * Put a tsp of apple cider vinegar in a 6-8 ounce glass of water and drink it 2-3 times a day.

      Try

      Fill a bathtub with just enough warm, not hot, water to create a sitz bath (enough water to cover your groin and just up to your belly). Add 2 cups of raw apple cider vinegar and sit in the bath with your knees folded toward your body (not stretched out flat). You can stay in this bath mixture for 15 minutes. Gently pat dry and make sure you are very dry before putting any clothes on. Wear only cotton underpants, preferably washed in natural unscented detergent.

      Good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    How can I treat yeast infection without monistat?
    I've tried monistat 3 times now and I cannot shake a yeast infection. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with it and she prescribed me a pill. I've taken the pill before and it did not work. I am not spending 70 bucks on a stupid pill that doesn't even work. Are there any home remedies that I can try?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are listed a couple of the home remedies for yeast infection:

      · Regularly daubing apple cider vinegar in the areas prone to this infection. Your can add some garlic to stop the itchy feeling; and water to dilute the vinegar concentration

      · Curds or yogurt is regarded as one of the best home remedies. In fact, it is advisable to soak a tampon into curds and place it in the infected region for at least an hour. Basically, the healthy required bacteria from the curds will replace the unhealthy yeast bacteria. This could be repeated twice to thrice a day.

      · Drink at least two glasses of buttermilk a-day, whether infected or not. In fact making curds a part of the daily diet in take reduces the probability of yeast infection.

      · Mixture of olive leaf extract with grapefruit seed extraction a glass of water is a good curative tonic for this infection.

      Home remedies for Yeast Infection
      Yeast Infection home remedies and natural cures, Questions and answers
      Home remedy using Yogurt

      Take a tampon and dip it in yogurt. Insert in the vagina, twice a day. Continue this remedy for an extra day after your symptoms go away.
      Tea Tree Oil

      A few drops of tea tree oil poured on a tampon and inserted in the vagina can provide some relief.
      Garlic

      For non-vaginal yeast infections, you can apply garlic paste directly on the affected parts. This remedy is for other affected parts of the body and not for the vaginal yeast infection.

      http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/remedy/Yeast-Infection.html

      I HAVE USED THE YOGHURT ONE BEFORE AND IT HELPED ME BASICALLY THE NEXT DAY.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedys for yeast infection in dogs?
    My dog keeps getting yeast infections around her eyes and in her ears. I have taken her to the vet plenty of times. She is five years old, German Shepherd. It is costing me too much money. It cost me about 0 worth of medicine. I have taken her about four times. Once she has the medicine she is good for a couple months then it comes back again. What home remedies can I use to make it go away again and how can I make it stay away? It is a yeast infection. My aunt is a dog groomer, she said some breeds will catch stuff and it is hard to get rid of.

    • ANSWER:
      my dog used to have problems with yeast infections ... i switched her to a salmon-based limited ingredient grain-free diet (natural balance) and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble daily ... after that she had no more problems for the rest of her life ... you should google the benefits of organic apple cider vinegar ...

  13. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of a yeast infection at home?
    I think I have a yeast infection, but I'm not sure. All I know is that I have been having horrible itching down there for almost week. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections aren't that easy to permanently get rid of. Many products can temporarily relieve the symptoms, but a long term treatment approach will be your best bet to completely elliminate it.

      One of the more popular and effective homeopathic solutions is yeastrol. It's very effective at treating vaginal, penile and oral yeast infections.

      What you can also do to speed your recovery is to change you diet in a way that will starve the yeast organisms (Candida).

      Things that you should remove from your diet are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour,
      alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold.

      Things to add to your diet are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans

      Another thing to keep in mind is that both you and your partner should consider the diet change/yeastrol treatment as you can be passing the infection back and forth between you.

      Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

      I've included the link to their website if you're interested

  14. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
    I'm just wondering, what are the symptoms of a yeast infection? I have white secretions coming out of my vagina, and sometimes the can look like little globs. Now I'm not entirely sure that is normal. Can somebody give their opinion on what it might be?

    • ANSWER:
      What you are experiencing could be a yeast infection, other symptoms to look for would be burning, itching, redness and any other sort of irritation. Just having white secretions is tough to say, I would err on the side of caution and assume it either is a yeast infection or one in development.

      In which case, here are some natural tips and suggestions for you.

      There are many things you need to start doing and addressing if you are suffering from a yeast infection. To start, do the following:

      1. Wear loose clothing and undergarments, oxygen kills yeast, going commando and wearing nothing down there if possible is even better.

      2. Get some unsweetened yogurt and rub it onto a tampon, insert the tampon and do this continually until the yeast infection is gone.

      3. Cut out any and all sugar, alcohol and yeast from your diet. All three will promote the infection further.

      4. Start drinking cranberry juice, pure not from concentrate with no added sugar, I know this goes against the no sugar thing but the acid content in the cranberries will alter the PH balance of your vagina and cause the yeast to die off.

      5. If you can tolerate it, use a raw garlic clove and apply it to the infection, this may burn so dilute it with some olive or coconut oil, both of which can also help eliminate the yeast, especially the coconut.

      6. You can also try taking some vitamin B3, many women find their infections resolve quicker when they are taking 300mg/per day.

      7. Take a probiotic with at least 50 billion live cells per pill, this is key in redistributing good bacteria throughout your body, and effectively end the yeast infection. You must do this continually until you have eliminated your yeast infections and Candida entirely.

      8. Lastly if all else fails, begin adding 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to a bath. Only fill the tub up high enough to submerge your genital area. Stay in the tub for 20-30 minutes at a time.

      Hope this helps, the yogurt is the key really, by putting good bacteria directly on the area you will eliminate it quickly. Make sure it is unsweetened and ideally keep an eye out for a variation called Kefir which has even more beneficial bacteria in it to snuff out the infection.

      When all is said and done I would suggest you research Candida and take a test to determine if you are suffering from it, as anyone who gets yeast infections has Candida, it's just a matter of how bad it is.

  15. QUESTION:
    what are the chances of a yeast infection being a early symptom of being pregnant?
    me and partner had intercourse 7 days ago.... i started getting a yeast infection 2 days ago... can it be that i might be pregnant? or is it just a yeast infection? we had no intercourse until the day i started with the yeast infection. i am not on any antibiotics, my diet has not change, not using any birth control as we are TTC. please any help regarding this would be much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
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  16. QUESTION:
    Any guys out there who have experienced a male yeast infection?
    My doctor seems to think that I may have a male yeast infection, due to months of antibiotics I had taken.

    My symptoms have been itching/redness in the testicles and itch in the anus. It has been going on for months and he has me on the candida diet. it seems to be working to a point, but has not subsided.

    I would like to know of any males out there have had this condition and could shed some light on the subject.

    your help would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Im a woman but men can get yeast infection. If your having unprotected sex with a woman who has one it can be transmitted. Both of you need to get treated unless you'll just keep passing it back and forth to one another. It definilty causes itching, the meds wont work overnight. Be patient and it should go away. You didnt say how long you've been taking it. I know that there are many causes to YI in women. Good luck!

  17. QUESTION:
    How long after I finish all the medication for my yeast infection should I wait before having sex again?
    I had a yeast infection and was treating it with medication that my doctor prescribed. I waited two days after I finished treatment to have sex, and now it is back again.

    • ANSWER:
      At least 5 days.

      Yeast Infections affect nearly 75% of all people, including both men AND women, at some point in their life.

      They occur when Candida, a natural fungus in the body, overgrows. Candida is normally regulated by Acidophilus (another microoganism living in the body).

      When diet and hygienic conditions change, sometimes the Candida will grow out of control. This leads to a yeast infection.

      Yeast Infections often show up as localized yeast infections -- as in a vaginal or penile yeast infection.

      They can also appear as a digestive tract disorder or skin irritation -- as in Candida Overgrowth yeast infections. I've provided information on how to treat LOCALIZED (vaginal or penile) infections below...

      The symptoms (you may not experience all of them):
      - white cottage cheese-like discharge
      - some odor
      - dryness (can cause bleeding)
      - digestive problems
      - itchiness
      - burning urination
      - painful intercourse
      - a feeling of just not being "normal"

      Here are some safe, natural cures you can implement.

      Avoid Sugars
      Avoid sugars and complex carbs for a week. they "feed" the Candida fungus.

      Clothing
      If you're not treating the infection with the Tree Tea Oil solution mentioned below, air out the infected area while you're sleeping at night. Don't wear underwear. Or wear cotton underwear during the day.

      Grapefruit Seed Extract
      Add grapefruit extract to your water during the day (raises acid levels in the body). This will decrease the candida in your body.

      Probiotics
      Eat probiotics like cottage cheese and yogurt. They will increase the acidophilus in your system and this in turn will fight off the candida yeast.

      Hygiene
      Shower frequently. Avoid scented soaps and antibacterial soaps. Don't take baths while you have the infection. If you go to the gym, shower immediately when you get home.

      Diet
      Drink lots of water and eat plenty of fiber to flush the infection out of your body. As a yeast infection goes away, the candida albicans release toxins which increase symptoms temporarily. Flushing these toxins out with water will speed your recovery.

      Tea Tree Oil
      Apply tea tree oil to the infection by applying it to a tampon and keep it inserted overnight.

      For more cures...
      CHECK OUT THE SOURCE LINK BELOW:

  18. QUESTION:
    How do i know if i have a yeast infection and yeast infection treatments?
    Hello. For the past few weeks i've been having a curd like discharge coming from my vagina. I think it might be a yeast infection but i'm not sure. I would like to know how do i know if i have a yeast infection and yeast infection treatments.

    • ANSWER:
      Well it could very well be a yeast infection, however some people confuse yeast infection symptoms with other infections. So you have to be sure you have a yeast infection before you treat something that isn't there. There are several over the counter solutions you can use to treat a yeast infection if it being the case. Such things include vagisil and suppositories. How ever these are believed to be only temporary solutions as most women will have recurrence. A yeast infection is and internal problem and must be treated at it's root cause. Certain things such as dieting and hygiene can help prevent recurrence. There is more information about symptoms, causes and yeast infection treatments at http://accesshealthprosperityblog.com/2011/10/04/educating-yourself-about-your-yeast-infection/
      hope it can help you out.

  19. QUESTION:
    Does Threelac work for getting rid of a yeast infection - for a man?
    I got a yeast infection from taking too many antibiotics as a teen. My main problem is a very itchy anus (sorry to say, but it's true). I have a hard time with the yeast free diet (I tried it once for 3 weeks and my symptoms returned). This 3lac product looks good. Comments? thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      it's sorta gonna feel uncomfortable and smell horrible but apply some Tea Tree oil to the infected area.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the most effective way to treat my dog's yeast infection?
    Our dog is 5 years old now and for the last month or so, he's had a really bad yeast infection in his ears and around his chin. We've been giving him a prescription from the vet, but it doesn't seem to be working very well. Could you tell me how i can treat it for a long time without having to spend too much money on any kind of medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      FROM THE INSIDE:
      I'd first make sure he was on a high quality food without corn or wheat; these are very common empty additives; basically fillers with no nutritional value. They often cause nutritional imbalances and food allergies, making dogs more prone to infections of all types. Pretty much anything you pick up at the grocery store is going to have one or both.
      I suggest either Canidae All Life Stages:
      http://www.canidae.com/dogs/all_life_stages/dry.html
      Or Wellness by Old Mother Hubbard, either the fish and sweet potato or one of the allergy diets, initially, until you get his system straightened out:
      http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/wellness/dog_index.html
      A tablespoon of plain yogurt on his food, once a day, helps re-establish beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. Often yeast gets out of control when the good bacteria as well as the bad have been killed during a course of antibiotics.
      Also try adding a tsp of apple cider vinegar to his water bowl, yeast will not flourish in an acidic environment.
      ON THE OUTSIDE:
      For an earwash my vet gave me this recipe:
      1 part apple cider vinegar
      1 part hydrogen peroxide
      1 part water
      (I combine 1/2 cup each in a clean empty dish soap bottle with the push-pull top, and refrigerate after using, then allow it to warm up on the counter a bit before re-using; discard any left over after one week and make a fresh batch)
      Fill the ear canal with this solution, massage the base of the ear, and allow the dog to shake its head, then wipe with cotton balls. Never stick a q-tip into a dogs ear.
      Yeast infection can be treated externally with over-the-counter creams for athlete's foot or vaginal yeast infections (lamisil is our personal favorte) you can smear that in the ears and dab it on his chin; just be sure to soak off any crusts first with a warm wet cloth.

  21. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a male yeast infection?
    Im pretty sue my Partner has a yeast infection but he has no symptoms, how does he treat the infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Natural Male Yeast Infection Treatment
      Natural cure options are safe to use and fast at healing this condition. A natural way to cure male yeast infection is vinegar. One has to just apply it on the affected area to get relief from itchiness. Vinegar is generally mixed with water for the treatment of male yeast infection. It is very much capable to relieve the soreness and itching associated with this infection. Another effective treatment popular among patients is essential oil, especially tea tree oil. In order to use tea tree oil, it is first diluted and then applied generously on the infected portion of the body.

      Garlic is also considered a natural remedy for male yeast infection. Gently rubbing a clove of garlic on the affection portion daily for 4 - 5 days is sure to provide immense relief. Soaps, particularly those that contain strong chemicals should never be used as these personal care products are known to worsen the condition. Herbs such as black walnut, licorice and chamomile are an effective remedy for yeast infection in male. These herbs can either be eaten or applied directly to the affected part of the body as a paste.

      Change in Diet
      Certain dietary changes such as avoiding foods that contain yeast is essential as they can worsen the yeast infection. Cranberry juice is also helpful to treat male yeast infection. One can drink this juice until the symptoms clear away. Daily intake of fresh clove of garlic is beneficial as it is a powerful healing agent and helps to reduce symptoms of yeast infection. Doctors often recommend that men suffering from yeast infection should include yogurt in their diet to accelerate the healing process.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have more discharge after yeast infection treatment?
    I took the vagisil screening kit & it came back positive for a yeast infection, so I continued on to buy Monistat 3-day yeast infection treatment. I just used my first suppository last night and when I woke up I had more discharge than I started off with. It was thick & white but no odor. Is this just the medicine working, or is this not normal?! I did shower after I saw this when I got up and it's still coming out, just not as much as I saw this morning. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi rose,

      Yes, you assumption is correct about how this your discharge is the result of taking the monistat. After 2-3 day's it will be gone but if it still continues you need to go see a medical doctor or OB/GYN. If you want to avoid that from happening I would recommend for a limited time you cut out the following from your diet since it is your best defense against a yeast infection:

      1.Cut all foods containing yeast including bread, pizza, crackers, pastries, muffins, mushrooms and ferments like soy sauce, cheese, tomato paste, beer and vinegar.
      2. AVOID ALL SUGARS.

      These will only prolong your symptoms so avoid them at all cost until this issue clears up.

  23. QUESTION:
    How to stop itching from yeast infection?
    I have been taking medicine for strep throat & right after got a yeast infection. The first day I had the white discharge but now it's gone & just itchs like crazy! I am using vagisil & lastnight look fluconazole but nothing is helping!

    • ANSWER:
      Stoo itching!!! :( it will cause more itch!! Here's what you have to do: 1. Try finding a lotion that suits your skin type I suggest aveeno 2. Go on a yeast and white flower free diet for at least a month and you will notice your yeast infection go away! 3. Now that it's away have a doctors appointment and then try not to have to much yeast or white flower still but only have it at certain times

  24. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection from diabetes be transmitted sexually?
    I didn't believe the article I received saying that my yeast infections could be from eating too much sugar until I noticed I started having some symptoms right after eating candy ( Yeah, I know I shouldn't eat it). Anyhow, the symptoms seem to go away when I control my sweet tooth better. But would the same thing happen with someone who got the yeast infection from me. I mean, would the yeast infection be treated (with antibiotics) as an STD?

    • ANSWER:
      Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body relative to the good bacteria. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off, and once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold

      Changing your diet will definitely get you on the road to balancing the yeast and good bacteria, but what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution to help naturally speed up the process.

      I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.
      Best of Luck!

      Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

      If you're interesting in finding out more I've added a link that has some more info.

  25. QUESTION:
    How likely is it to get a yeast infections before you even know your pregnant?
    Me and my husband have been ttc and im 5 days past ovulation and have suddenly gotton my first yeast infection. So i was wondering if its common for a lot of women to get a yeast infection before they now there pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      I apologize up front as I can't really say for sure in answer to your question, it would seem to be an indication since pregnant women are more prone to yeast infections. I would go more based on the fact that its been 5 days. If you are congratulations.

      I figure you wouldn't mind having some additional help to eliminate the yeast infection you currently suffer from. I have some natural treatments you can try that are 100% safe, natural and effective.

      There are many things you need to start doing and addressing if you are suffering from a yeast infection. To start, do the following:

      1. Wear loose clothing and undergarments, oxygen kills yeast, going commando and wearing nothing down there if possible is even better.

      2. Get some unsweetened yogurt and rub it onto a tampon, insert the tampon and do this continually until the yeast infection is gone.

      3. Cut out any and all sugar, alcohol and yeast from your diet. All three will promote the infection further.

      4. Start drinking cranberry juice, pure not from concentrate with no added sugar, I know this goes against the no sugar thing but the acid content in the cranberries will alter the PH balance of your vagina and cause the yeast to die off.

      5. If you can tolerate it, use a raw garlic clove and apply it to the infection, this may burn so dilute it with some olive or coconut oil, both of which can also help eliminate the yeast, especially the coconut.

      6. You can also try taking some vitamin B3, many women find their infections resolve quicker when they are taking 300mg/per day.

      7. Take a probiotic with at least 50 billion live cells per pill, this is key in redistributing good bacteria throughout your body, and effectively end the yeast infection. You must do this continually until you have eliminated your yeast infections and Candida entirely.

      8. Lastly if all else fails, begin adding 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to a bath. Only fill the tub up high enough to submerge your genital area. Stay in the tub for 20-30 minutes at a time.

      Hope this helps, the yogurt is the key really, by putting good bacteria directly on the area you will eliminate it quickly. Make sure it is unsweetened and ideally keep an eye out for a variation called Kefir which has even more beneficial bacteria in it to help wipe out the infection.

      If you're interested in more natural vaginal yeast infection therapies check out my source box below.

  26. QUESTION:
    How to avoid a yeast infection while taking antibiotics?
    I am currently taking the antibiotic Cephalexin. My doctor said it is likely that I will get a yeast infection while taking it. Is there any way to avoid getting a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, antibiotics often cause yeast infections. The reason you get a yeast infection after using antibiotics is because antibiotics kill all bacteria in the body, both the bacteria (the ones that you took antibiotics to get rid of) and the good bacteria (the ones that help your body fight off yeast infections). As a result the yeast is left to grow without any good bacteria to ward it off. Many people take OTC creams like monistat to treat the yeast infection, but often times that only temporarily fix the problem. More often than not you'll just end up with a reoccuring yeast infection. The best way to stop it permanently is to re-establish your body's balance of good bacteria and yeast.

      Personally I think the best approach is the natural way. Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans.

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold.

      You can change your diet in conjunction with using the creams that you've been using and that will speed up the recovery significantly. But what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution instead. I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.

      If you're interesting in finding out more I've added a link that has some more info.

  27. QUESTION:
    How can you safely relieve a yeast infection when pregnant.?
    I have a yeast infection and I am 9 weeks pregnant. I'm positive it isn't an STD because I just took STD tests as part of prenatal care. I also just got off antibiotics, and did one of those Vagisil tester things. I am seeing my doctor, but not until Thursday, and if you have ever had a yeast infection, you would understand why I don't know if I can wait until then for relief. Is there anything safe I can use until Thursday when I see the doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body relative to the good bacteria. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off, and once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold

      Changing your diet will definitely get you on the road to balancing the yeast and good bacteria, but what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution to help naturally speed up the process.

      I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.
      Best of Luck!

      Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

      I added the link I used if you are interested in finding out more.

  28. QUESTION:
    At what point can a yeast infection no longer be treated by natural methods?
    I am taking 600 mg of Garlic, 365 mg of Caprylic Acid per day, and two acidophilus capsules with 5 billion bacteria in them per day. The yeast infection is already to that cottage-cheesey stage. How long should I continue my treatment before I seek medical treatments like Diflucan. Can the yeast infection at this point even be treated by natural methods? Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      1. Self diagnosis is a dangerous thing. You may have something other than a yeast infection. It could be a vaginosis (which is bacterial) an STD, or a just a very persistant yeast infection. You should see your family doctor or gyne.

      2. Mild vaginal yeast infections (Monilia ,or Candidiasis) are relatively common in women, and may settle with some of the "natural" treatments you mention. Yeast tends to be an opportunistic infection and may be more likely if you have recently been treated with an antibacterial agent, if you have undiagnosed or poorly controlled diabetes, are obese, or have some immune deficiency problems, such as HIV.

      3. The sort of total body yeast infections that naturopaths and homeopaths routinely diagnose clients with is complete nonsense. There is no such thing and the diet advice they offer (no white foods for eg) may be reasonable advice, but is non-treatment of a non-problem.

  29. QUESTION:
    how Common is it for a yeast infection to return within a week?
    My girlfriend had a yeast infection last week starting Monday and took medication for it. Today she believes it came back. Is it common for yeast infections to return after a week of being treated?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections aren't that easy to permanently get rid of. Many products can temporarily relieve the symptoms, but a long term treatment approach will be your best bet to completely elliminate it.

      One of the more popular and effective homeopathic solutions is yeastrol. It's very effective at treating vaginal, penile and oral yeast infections.

      What you can also do to speed your recovery is to change you diet in a way that will starve the yeast organisms (Candida).

      Things that you should remove from your diet are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour,
      alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold.

      Things to add to your diet are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans

      Another thing to keep in mind is that both you and your partner should consider the diet change/yeastrol treatment as you can be passing the infection back and forth between you.

      Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

      I've included the link to their website if you're interested

  30. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for yeast infection symptoms to completely stop after taking Monistat 1 dose??
    I took the prefilled Monistat 1 ovule 4 days ago and I swear within a couple of hours the painfully intense burining/itching of the inside stopped almost completely!! When I woke up the next morning, I couldn't even tell I had a yeast infection. Well, I am still having very very slight external vaginal itching but not alot. I'm also having slight odorless discharge. I am pretty certain it was a yeast infection I had b/c after taking the Monistat, my symptoms almost completely went away but why am I still iching even slightly after 4 days when it's supposed to be a 1 day treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, Monistat gets rid of the yeast infection for now but you will have to deal with what caused it in the first place or it will come back. Take out all of the sugar from your diet and anything with yeast in it. I don't know if you know of a condition known as Candida but that is what you probably have. Oh and try and eat lots of plain yogurt - yeah I know it's yuck!

  31. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a yeast infection to clear up?
    I came down with my first candida infection two Fridays ago due to antibiotics, saw my doctor the following Tuesday and was prescribed diflucan. Yet here I am a week later and the the itching still persist. I am taking acidophilus supplements, I'm a vegetarian so my diet is as it always been, wearing 100% cotton underwear, etcetera. How long does it take for a yeast infection to be resolved?
    Should i go and get monistat without it being prescribed

    • ANSWER:
      The diflucan should have cleared it up within 7 days.
      Please call your doctor back.

  32. QUESTION:
    Does Yeast infection go away when you have your cycle?
    I had a yeast infection last week. I knew it was a yeast infection because I had thick whte discharge and irritation. So I bought over the counter meds but my period came. Since you can't use tampons while using the applicators I decided to wait until after my period. But now that my period is over the discharge and irritation is completely gone? Should I take the monistat anyway? I would want to pass a yeast infection onto my boyfriend.

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, the burning may be caused by an allergic reaction. A small percentage of woman are allergic to one of the active ingredients in monistat called micanazole.

      If you're suffering from an allergic reaction you should let your doctor know so he/she can recommend another cream to use. If you self diagnosed your infection, it would probably be a good idea to stop using it and try something else.

      Personally I think the best approach is the natural way. Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans.

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold.

      You can change your diet in conjunction with using the creams that you've been using and that will speed up the recovery significantly. But what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution instead. I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.

      If you're interesting in finding out more I've added a link that has some more info.

  33. QUESTION:
    What causes yeast infections and how can I prevent them and get rid of them?
    How can I effectively get rid of a yeast infection and prevent them in the future?

    • ANSWER:
      Antibiotics - Can kill the good bacteria allowing yeast to take over. If your taking antibiotics eating yogurt can help.
      Clothing - Always wear lose fitting cotton underwear.
      Chemicals - Douches and even some perfumed toilet papers are irritants.
      Diet - Some people feel that cutting down on foods that contain yeast helps lessen the intensity or frequency of yeast infections. People with uncontrolled diabetes are more prone to infection.
      Sexual Transmission - Yeast infections can be transmitted between people by direct contact.
      Hormones - Pregnant women are particularly prone to yeast infections. Many women taking contraceptive pills experience regular yeast infections as their hormone levels fluctuate.
      Yeast infections are treated with antifungal drugs, such as clotrimazole or miconazole. There are creams and tablets used in the vagina, skin ointments, and pills.

      Antifungal drugs usually work well to treat a vaginal yeast infection. But infections that do not respond to treatment are becoming more common. Taking antifungal drugs when they are not needed can help make yeast resistant to the drugs. For this reason, you should not use antifungal drugs unless you are sure that you have a yeast infection.

      If you are sure that you have a yeast infection, you can buy over-the-counter products to treat the infection. Be sure to follow the directions for using the product. If you are not sure whether you have a yeast infection or another type of infection or problem, you should see your health care provider. You should also see your health care provider if you have recurring yeast infections.

  34. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of yeast infection without going to the doctors?
    I'm 16, and am pretty sure I have a yeast infection. I don't live with my mom, and I don't want to tell my dad to go buy anything and I can't drive. I think it'd be weird to tell anyone to go buy anything for it.. So what could I do to cure this or if you have to buy something what do you get for it? Help please. I don't want it to get worse.

    • ANSWER:
      I understand not wanting to talk to your dad about this but since it is a normal thing that can happen to all women, you shouldn't feel shy about it. You can pick up an over the counter treatment at Walgreens or such, I have heard that drinking a lot of cranberry juice can help flush it out. Another thing I heard of is inserting plain yogurt in the vagina, theory being that the yeast cultures in the yogurt will kill off the yeast in the vagina. It wasn't easy getting in there first of all, keeping it there, so I didn't have much luck. Here is an article that I ran across that might be beneficial for you. It has a lot of good advice like not wearing tight clothes, cotton underwear, and keeping a healthy diet and such. Give it a glance over and reconsider approaching your dad.

  35. QUESTION:
    What are the signs of a yeast infection?
    What are the signs of a yeast infection?
    What are the signs of a yeast infection? What is a yeast infection?
    Im only 12. My vagina does itch, it doesnt really burn and i dont know what you mean by cloudy discharge?

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms of a yeast infection can vary from person to person and as you mentioned, the itchyness is usually the most common (and annoying) one. I have experienced a wide range of symptoms whilst battling to shift my yeast infecton and it included acne, itchy genitals, smelly discharge and lack of energy.

      Dont panic, if it is a yeast infection there are some cures (the best of which can be found over at http://www.youryeastinfectioncured.com ) Maybe you would be better applying a cream to tackle the itching and just check with your health care provider.

      A lot of people your age deal with this type of thing and some experts beleive it to be related to diet. Do you eat a lot of fast food? chocolate? fizzy drinks? if so, just try and lay off it for a while and get your fruit and veg.

      If you want to ask me anything (as ive been there before) just pop me an email. Like I said, if you are really concerned then seek professional medical help - its not as scary as it seems!

      Good Luck!!!!

  36. QUESTION:
    What is the best over the counter medicine to cure a yeast infection?
    I have a yeast infection & I won't it gone!! I have been taking acidophilus pills, is there anything else that I can take?

    • ANSWER:
      You may be experiencing the symptoms of candida (yeast) or something else, but what is clear is that your body (and perhaps your immune system) is telling you that it is out of balance.

      A traditional method of treating candida is to drink a glass of water with 3 tsp of apple cider vinegar prior to each meal. However this is more helpful as maintenance, not so much with a full blown infection.

      I suggest that you cut out all sugar (fruit, white sugar, fructose, etc) and processed food (ie white flour), and severely limit carbs/starch. This is what feeds the candida.

      The OTC methods will only take care of the problem temporarily and don't get to the root your problem.

      Try a gentle detox program such as the one by Wild Rose. It provides herbs that you take prior to each meal for a 2 week period which will rid your body of candida and other toxin while supporting your liver. It also provides a guideline for your diet during the 2 weeks with severe restrictions on carbs.

      This will help you to re-establish a healthy flora in your body, cleanse your liver so it can rid your body of toxins and start you on the path to healthier eating habits.

      If the problem continues, go to your primary care provider for a pap smear and swab for cultures.

      Best of luck!

  37. QUESTION:
    Do you know what a yeast infection is and what the steps are to it becoming kendida?
    Both my mom and sister have kedida and I don't want to get as bad as they are in health.
    How can you prevent a yeast infection from getting to kendida?
    Do you have to like go og a certain diet for a while or...
    Help me!

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    What are homeopathic remedies for systemic yeast infection?
    I saw a program with a checklist for systemic yeast infection. I answered "yes" to nearly every question! I already know about yogurt and probiotics. What other things I should be incorporating?
    This is NOT for specific treatment of a vaginal yeast infection, rather an overgrowth of fungus throughout the body. Instead of "homeopathic" maybe I should have specified "natural" remedies instead -- such as certain foods, vitamins, or supplements to use.
    Thanks for all the suggestions so far!

    • ANSWER:
      This stuff. 98% kill of Candida Albicans. Triple blind placebo study completed in 1998 and found on Pubmed.org
      http://www.microbiologybytes.com/video/Candida.html
      Proof that Candida takes two forms and can become systemic.

      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7727934020345992708&q=candida+albicans+video&total=22&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=3 What feeds candida and what starves candida.

      What I did. http://www.glycoscience.org is real. Dr. Hudson Freeze used "Mannose" to help improve his genetic patients which is found in aloe and this company has as well. He was angered by the fact that one of his patients dropped out to take this complex from glycoscience web site and as a result, he has been on a campaign to put down the company that sells it because he wants to market glyconutrients. However, he has no patent and Oxford University has taken down his slamming article against the company that sells it, because he is proven wrong.

      In the interum, there is a triple blind pacebo study conducted by Doris Lefkowitz PhD who approves of medical dictionaries and this study shows that glyconutrient complex has a 98% kill of Candida Albicans... The mannose alone, has a 45% kill.

      Kalos, from your other answer tried to report me to Yahoo as a solicitation and once they saw my answer was helpful they restored my points and my answer.

      If you ever see Kalos Orisates answers again, feel free to report him if he calls osteopaths and chiropractors who have earned their degrees and have healed countless people in a non toxic manner quacks.

      This yahoo forum is to be of people of quality and its time for people to take charge and report those who slam natural healing to the extent that it is actually harming people, because side affects of OTC drugs is blindness and liver damage.

      It is the body, with the proper nutritional tools that are missing in the modern diet that can cure itself. Once your cells recognize the fungus, it eliminates it on its own safely with no side affects from drugs.

  39. QUESTION:
    How do you stop yeast infections from recurring?
    I had a yeast infection in January. I went to the doctor because I wanted to take the pill instead of the cream which requires a prescription. Eventually it went away.

    After awhile I notice right before my period I would itch only at the top of my vagina on the outer lip. I notice it was soar and saw what looked like little paper cuts. I went to the doctor and he said its normal for some women to get it right before their period.

    I dont think this is normal and I wanna know if any women out there has had this problem and how did she handle it.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you are having a topical yeast infection - on the skin only - no discharge....

      Consider going on a yeast-free diet, no sugar (as sugar feeds yeast), no alcohol - so no cakes, candy, sweets, etc.

      *Take Lots of acidophilus/probiotics or eat Unsweetened (plain) Yogurt
      *Avoid tight jeans and other tight pants
      *Wear cotton underwear during the day, no thongs
      *Wear no underwear to bed
      *Put a tsp of apple cider vinegar in a 6-8 ounce glass of water and drink it 2-3 times a day.
      *Mix a tsp of Hydrogen Peroxide in a cup of water and pour over the area.

  40. QUESTION:
    Can a 16 year old get tested and treated for a yeast infection without parental consent?
    I am 16, I'm sexually active, and I think I have a yeast infection. I want to get treatment, but dont want to tell my mom. She over reacts, and she thinks I've only had sex once. I feel bad going behind her back, but me and my mom are not close like most mother daughters :[ It's very hard for me to talk to my mom. Would planned parenthood treat me for a yeast infection without telling my mom?

    • ANSWER:
      You can now get the treatment for yeast over the counter, meaning you don't need to go to the doctor to get it. They have a 3 day and a 7 day cure.

      Get the generic brand, it will save you money.

      And by the way, having sex is not the only way to get a yeast infection. It could happen from your diet, or from other sources. You mom will know this.

  41. QUESTION:
    how do you know when you are completely done having a yeast infection?
    i got a yeast infection and i went to the doctors and took monistant 7, and i haven't had pain when i pee or itch anymore. but i still think i have a little owe or what whatever you call it in my vagina?? soo should i go back to the doctors or what?

    or do you think im done with a yeast infection. im not really sure?? or should i just not worry about it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections aren't that easy to permanently get rid of. Many products can temporarily relieve the symptoms, but a long term treatment approach will be your best bet to completely elliminate it.

      One of the more popular and effective homeopathic solutions is yeastrol. It's very effective at treating vaginal, penile and oral yeast infections.

      What you can also do to speed your recovery is to change you diet in a way that will starve the yeast organisms (Candida).

      Things that you should remove from your diet are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour,
      alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold.

      Things to add to your diet are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice, rice and oat brans

      Another thing to keep in mind is that both you and your partner should consider the diet change/yeastrol treatment as you can be passing the infection back and forth between you.

      Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

      I've included the link to their website if you're interested

  42. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if yeast infection medication initially causes burning?
    I inserted a probiotic medicine to combat yeast and it burned harshly for awhile. Does this mean I don't have a yeast infection or that the medication is working?

    • ANSWER:
      Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body relative to the good bacteria. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off, and once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold

      Changing your diet will definitely get you on the road to balancing the yeast and good bacteria, but what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution to help naturally speed up the process.

      I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.
      Best of Luck!

      Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

      I added the link I used if you are interested in finding out more.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get a yeast infection from masturbating?
    i masturbated the other day. and now i have a yeast infection. i was just wondering if it was from masturbating or just a coincidence? please help..

    • ANSWER:
      If you irritate the area, yes it is possible.

      Yeast Infections affect nearly 75% of all people, including both men AND women, at some point in their life.

      They occur when Candida, a natural fungus in the body, overgrows. Candida is normally regulated by Acidophilus (another microoganism living in the body).

      When diet and hygienic conditions change, sometimes the Candida will grow out of control. This leads to a yeast infection.

      Yeast Infections often show up as localized yeast infections -- as in a vaginal or penile yeast infection.

      They can also appear as a digestive tract disorder or skin irritation -- as in Candida Overgrowth yeast infections. I've provided information on how to treat LOCALIZED (vaginal or penile) infections below...

      The symptoms (you may not experience all of them):
      - white cottage cheese-like discharge
      - some odor
      - dryness (can cause bleeding)
      - digestive problems
      - itchiness
      - burning urination
      - painful intercourse
      - a feeling of just not being "normal"

      Here are some safe, natural cures you can implement.

      Avoid Sugars
      Avoid sugars and complex carbs for a week. they "feed" the Candida fungus.

      Clothing
      If you're not treating the infection with the Tree Tea Oil solution mentioned below, air out the infected area while you're sleeping at night. Don't wear underwear. Or wear cotton underwear during the day.

      Grapefruit Seed Extract
      Add grapefruit extract to your water during the day (raises acid levels in the body). This will decrease the candida in your body.

      Probiotics
      Eat probiotics like cottage cheese and yogurt. They will increase the acidophilus in your system and this in turn will fight off the candida yeast.

      Hygiene
      Shower frequently. Avoid scented soaps and antibacterial soaps. Don't take baths while you have the infection. If you go to the gym, shower immediately when you get home.

      Diet
      Drink lots of water and eat plenty of fiber to flush the infection out of your body. As a yeast infection goes away, the candida albicans release toxins which increase symptoms temporarily. Flushing these toxins out with water will speed your recovery.

      Tea Tree Oil
      Apply tea tree oil to the infection by applying it to a tampon and keep it inserted overnight.

      For more cures...
      CHECK OUT THE SOURCE LINK BELOW:

  44. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to prevent a yeast infection in baby?
    I know frequent diapars changes is one way. I was just wondering if their is anything else that I can do? Should I apply something at every diapar change? Vaseline? Desitin? She had a yeast infection and it cleared up with the use of Monistat 7. I really don't want her to get another one because it bothers her. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use petroleum based products! They will only harbor the yeast! Also, don't use "bubble bath" to bathe her. Keep her dry as possible. If she is old enough for food, give her organic yogurt. The yeast and enzymes will counter balance what her body is producing.(although, I would not put in directly on your baby like poster above me suggested.)

      Keep a journal of what baby is eating(or what you are eating if she is breastfed...) to see if there is something in her/your diet triggering the yeast infection. If she was on some kind of anti-biotic, they too, will trigger yeast infections. If she ever does need to go on an anti-biotic, ask her doctor for something to treat the yeast infection that will inevitably follow(now that you know she is prone to yeast infections.)

      Don't use baby powders! They too will only exasperate the problem! Do let baby go diaper-less if possible to "air out" from time to time(like a following poster suggested). That will also help diaper rash. When my youngest daughter had a bad yeast diaper rash, that is what her pediatrician recommended and it help greatly!

  45. QUESTION:
    How to cure a yeast infection?
    I have overactive yeast and I just recently got off of an antibiotic and I have a yeast infection. I have tried everything from diflucan to Monistat7. Ive ate yogurt and rubbed it on there. I have drank buttermilk and took a bath in it. Nothing has helped. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      As well as trying all the usual stuff like the diflucan and yoghurt etc...have you tried changing your diet? That's what a friend of mine had to do when she had the same problem as you. She left out as much dairy as possible and had to stop eating most fruit because the candida thrives on the sugar from it. Have a look at the site in the source box for a list of foods best avoided if you're having recurring 'yeast' issues. It's really quite interesting and hopefully it'll be helpful for you too!

      Here's a sample of what's on the site:

      The yeast infection diet calls for NO Fruits and fruit juices because of the sugar they contain except for:
      Green apples, berries, avocadoes, grapefruit, lemons, limes.

      NO Breaded Meats...All others ok .

      NO Egg substitutes...Eggs themselves are ok...organic is best since they contain the correct omega fatty acids ratio...with fertile if you can find them being the ideal.

      NO Margarine and butter substitutes.

      On the yeast infection diet, yogurt (especially made from goats or organic), cream cheese, sour cream made from real cream, unsweetened whipping cream, and butter are all ok.

      NO Potatoes and legumes on the yeast infection diet due to the high sugar starch content when digested (includes beans and peas).

      Fresh vegetables and freshly made vegetable juice ok.

      NO Coffee or tea (regular or decaf), NO Diet or regular sodas, Organic coffee or tea if you must in moderation.

      These are known foods which usually contain fungi in one form or another and when digested break down into simple sugars, which yeast, feeds on. There are also over 400 known fungi that can affect the health of the human body, so it is best to not introduce any of these other fungi into your body when fighting candida or yeast, give yourself the best chance you can.

      (One more handy tip I've learned is to iron your undies because the washing machine doesn't get rid of the yeast spores.)

  46. QUESTION:
    How can I avoid a yeast infection while I'm taking antibiotics, and steroids.?
    I have to take antibiotics, and steroids for 2 months for a sinus infection. I already have a yeast infection and have taken the medicine. It seems to be coming back, I am wondering what I can do to avoid this.

    • ANSWER:
      Ahhh, hey tami b, so antibiotics (especially taken for that long) can lead to recurring yeast infections because the antibiotics kill the bad guys but also the GOOD guys.

      That's why everyone says eat yogurt. Don't just eat yogurt-- get probiotic supplements to fight back with the good guys!

      Even yeast infection medicine can do this. When that happens, the yeast that causes yeast infection can adapt to the antibiotics and keep coming back!!

      That's a really crappy place to be in-- I've had recurring yeast infections for that very reason-- I was on a long course of antiobiotics for a sinus infection!!!

      Now, what can you do to avoid it? Trust me when I say it takes a little bit of effort.. go ahead and start to take probiotic supplements like I suggested earlier. Also try to eat a balanced diet-- you have to treat the root cause, not just the symptoms! Which is exactly what antibiotics do NOT do. There are AWESOME cures on this blog I have (I put it in the sources) that literally saved me from recurring yeast infections I had for a lonnnnng time. Visit the blog and do what she says.

  47. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any home remedies to cure a yeast infection?
    My friend did some research and found out she had a yeast infection. She's to ashamed to go to the doctor but,she would like to know how can sure cure it without prescription or over-the-counter medicines. So does any one have any home remedies she could use?

    • ANSWER:
      Put yogurt there. Like the natural kind without any sugar at least once a day but preferably two. Make a warm salt bath water and sit in it for a while. Make sure she gets a lot of fresh air up there so no tight pants(and no synthetic fabrics. cotton is best) and limit sugar from diet completely. Yeast loves that sugar!

  48. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of my reoccurring yeast infection?
    I have been having yeast infections for about 3 months now. They will come and go, but it's been here for a very long time. I have gone to the doctors many times. I tried the diflucin pill 3 times, i have tried monistat 1, 3 and 7 day and I have taken acidophilus pills, and nothing seems to be working. It will go away for a couple of days and come back. SOmeone help me! I feel like I can't do anything!

    • ANSWER:
      Some people get really stubborn, chronic or recurrent yeast infections; if your doctor isn't familiar with this type of condition, you may want to see a different OB/GYN for a second opinion; they are really difficult and stubborn to treat, but it is possible! Usually, the protocol for treating a stubborn recurrent infection is to be put on high dose antifungal pills, like Nystatin or Amphotericin B, that you take daily for AT LEAST 4 weeks; sometimes it's necessary to continue these pills for up to 6 months! Diflucan can be used instead, but isn't usually as effective.

      Your doctor should also rule out immune diseases, such as HIV, and test for diabetes and certain endocrine disorders, as diabetics and those with certain other problems (like thyroid) have a much harder time with yeast infections than others.

      Also: Are you taking birth control pills? If so, they are notorious for causing wicked, recurring yeast infections, and sometimes there's no way to get the infections under control without stopping the birth control.

      Secondly, it's really, REALLY important that your doctor put you on a "no sugar, low refined carb" diet. Meaning, when you have yeast that's coming back, your diet can trigger the problem. Yeast feeds on sugar and refined carbs like white bread and pasta. It's really important to cut out sugar and switch to whole grain, complex carbs ONLY. It's also a good idea to lower fruit intake as well, since it can also "feed" yeast.

      In order for acidophilus to work well, you generally need to not only take relatively high doses, but you need to take the right strain as well! There are hundreds of different strains of acidophilus, and usually the kind that's in most of the acidophilus pills is not the kind that lives in your vagina, and that's why most acidophilus supplements don't help vaginal infections. I take a special kind - usually I take Pro-B, by Replens, from the feminine section of the drugstore; I feel this one is the most effective, but it's expensive. GyNaTren, (from the health food store) works almost as well.

      Also; have you ever heard of a "vaginitis referral center"? Several major hospitals have them; the first one originated at Temple University, then the concept kind of caught on and spread to other institutions. They're specifically for people who have recurrent yeast or other vaginal infections that their own Ob/GYNs have had a hard time treating; here's a link to the one @ Temple, as they may be able to refer you to one closer to you (or you may want to call the closest university medical center to ask as well). http://www.drexelmed.edu/Home/DrexelUniversityPhysicians/MedicalPractices/ObstetricsandGynecology/OurServices/VaginitisCenter.aspx

      Supplements such as Caprylic Acid and Grapefruit Seed Extract can work wonders for helping get rid of chronic yeast; however, it's best done under a physician's guidance, as you tend to need pretty high doses. (You need at least 1500-2000mg of Grapefruit Seed Extract daily in divided doses, and about 1000mg per day of Caprylic Acid).

      Here's another site, this one has more info than I could possibly give you in one answer, and I know many people who used to see the physician behind this site (in the medical world, he's kind of the "yeast infection guru") so I wouldn't hesitate to trust his recommendations, advice, or other guidelines. He also has a place where he'll help you find a knowledgeable physician in your area that deals with this stuff too. http://www.yeastconnection.com/

      Other things that may help:
      - Regular use of Rephresh vaginal gel between yeast infection treatments (helps balance the pH)
      - Monistat 1 Day and Night (it has the highest rate of delivery of strong medication of any over the counter yeast med; has to be the Day & Night though, and you still need to use it overnight)
      - Avoiding all of these: douche, scented pantiliners, using soap in the vaginal area (clean with WATER ONLY), sprays, lotions, or other chemical/scented products, wearing tight or damp clothing for too long (change out of wet bathing suits and damp workout clothes ASAP)
      - Use cotton underwear ONLY; change it twice a day if possible
      - If you use pantiliners, use the breathable kind only - I think Carefree is the only brand that makes them
      - Avoid spermicide in any form - inserts, jelly, or even on condoms! If you DO use condoms, use regular condoms WITHOUT spermicide or lubricant, and add your own lubricant (use K-Y water based - the plain kind ONLY); spermicide and chemical lubricant is a BIG cause of yeast infections
      - Add a really high quality multi vitamin to your diet; I like Rainbow Light Womens One personally, but it can be anything you like

      Good luck! I know how uncomfortable it is - I struggled with chronic yeast for a LONG time!

  49. QUESTION:
    How long until I notice my Yeast Infection meds are working? Any Side effects?
    I went to the gyno yesterday for a yeast infection. My doctor prescribed Diflucan and a cream to insert in my vagina before I go to bed for 3 nights. Today is day one and I have only taken Diflucan so far, and will be taking my first dose of the cream tonight. How long until I start noticing any results. Also, has anyone experienced any irritation from the vaginal cream? Any side effects from either prescriptions?

    • ANSWER:
      Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body relative to the good bacteria. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off, and once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold

      Changing your diet will definitely get you on the road to balancing the yeast and good bacteria, but what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution to help naturally speed up the process.

      I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.
      Best of Luck!

      Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

      If you're interesting in finding out more I've added a link that has some more info.


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