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Info On Yeast Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    My gf gave me a yeast infection is there any natural ways to fix it?
    Im like 16 and been doing my gf alot and then one day my hole of my stick got all red and swollen asked my gf about it and she said she got yeast infection and sorry she didnt know when we did it.

    Well anyway how do i fix this cause theres all this info about girl yeast infection but nothing about the guys.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections just happen and are not a sign of not being careful with hygiene.
      Some people can carry yeast infections and never manifest symptoms,...but they can pass them on.
      Go to the drug store and look in the men's health aisle for a product to treat jock itch. If you cannot find one, go to the women's health aisle and look for a product to treat vaginal yeast infections like Monistat, Vagisil, or Canesten. They will all work.
      Apply the cream as per instructions on the package. You will notice immediate results.
      Continue to apply the cream until the instructions tell you to stop,...not just till the symptoms disappear,...else it will come back with a vengeance.
      Your girlfriend will also need to treat her own condition or will continue to pass it on.
      Good luck and I hope this helped
      Mithras

  2. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of my yeast infection?
    I cant seem to get rid of this aggrivating yeast infection. I have tried everything to doing douche cleansings to using vinegar to alcohol and taken two types of pills that were over the counter as well. Still nothing has seemed to help. Please if someone knows something im not trying please share this info with me. I can't have sex because of it and im horny as i dont know what so please help. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You can get rid of your yeast infection by using proper topical anti-fungal medicines. You need to go to a doctor for this.

  3. QUESTION:
    Does any 1 know about hydocortizone for my highland lynx cat he has a yeast infection in his ears been 1 year?
    He is always shaking his ears been a year my vet is not familiar with this breed and wants me to try hydrocortisone orally to clear it up does any 1 have any info on this yeast infection or how to clear it up I use quips every 2 days to clean the guk out.

    • ANSWER:
      Cortisone will help with inflammation, but won't do anything to get rid of the yeast. An antifungal medicine is required.

  4. 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.

  5. QUESTION:
    Why do people think a yeast infection is not and cannot be sexually transmitted?
    How can so called rns etc.think a yeast infection cannot and will not be sexully transmitted are you crazy!Anything and everything can and will be transmitted one way or the other.None of us on here are doctors,lawyers with phds etc.The object of this is for honest truthful answers this is why ther is so much confusion in the young minds that come on here and ask a serious question.Look Rns take a class for about 6 weeks and they get certified they work in different facilities from nursing homes etc.they dont have the authority to give any medical advice they only give what the physician says.Not saying some RNs have not seen it all etc. but they have not attended a medical school etc for the many years a doctor has.So what do you guys think of some of the info you get from the RNs on this site?

    • ANSWER:
      a yeast inf is NOT an STD but it can be transmitted from one person to another by sex... its the same as jock itch for a man.. it can be passed continually if neither partner is treated.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can you have surgery with a yeast infection?
    I am having surgey on the 24th, but I have a yeast infection now. I tried to find info out on this, but can I still have my surgery if my infection doesn't go away?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections can be treated in a week, but you should ask your doctor to be on the safe side.

  7. 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.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can you get a yeast infection from having intercourse while in the shower?
    I've heard that something with the water and having sex can cause a yeast infection. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      Well your info is not particularly good.

      So, if the right conditions exist you can get a yeast infection from: Non-venting clothes that cause moisture and warmth in your vaginal area
      Stress and a suppressed immune system
      If you're pregnant or diabetic - soap, detergent, powder
      antibiotics used to treat another ailment
      having sex frequently

      and this is just the tip of the iceberg. So water and sex???
      I don't think so

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. QUESTION:
    How to prevent from another yeast infection?
    Aloha there. I've had a yeast infection and it keeps coming and going but I tried curing it with a few medications that my grandmother adviced me. However I'm scared weather it might effect me seriously or anything like I was wondering weather I should tell my doctor and get some antibiotics to get it fully cured but I'm not sure.

    If you've had the same problem/know what to do please comment. Thanks.

    • 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.

  12. QUESTION:
    Whats the best way to keep a yeast infection away while pregnant?
    I am 20 weeks pregnant and I have a yeast infection. I went to the obgyn and they said to put creams on it and eat lots of yogurt, but most the time the creams don't help. I was also wondering how much yogurt I should eat a day to help keep it away?

    • ANSWER:
      check out this site - they have good info and good luck!!

      http://www.holisticwisdom.com/yeast-infections.htm

  13. QUESTION:
    Will my yeast infection go away while taking my acne antibiotics?
    I'm supposed to be on antibiotics for acne for along time, just started taking them a week ago and have gotten a yeast infection. I took a fluconazole pill will I continue to get a yeast infection while I take my antibiotics? Should I stop taking them?

    • 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.

  14. QUESTION:
    What are the sympotoms of a yeast infection in a 3 year old?
    We just returned from the doctor, and I took my 3 year old daughter because she has a frequent urge to urinate. I assumed he would say a urinary tract infection, but he said it is the start of a yeast infection. Can that cause frequent urination?

    • ANSWER:
      try this for more info

      http://www.yeastinfectionadvisor.com/yeastinfectioninchildren.html

  15. QUESTION:
    how long does it take for a yeast infection to heal?
    I've had pain during sex for two months and I just found out that it is from a yeast infection. I went to the doctor and she gave me ointment 2 weeks ago. I finished using it but I am still experiencing pain during intercourse. I can't go on like this! It's putting a lot of strain on my relationship.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections can heal fast, slow, recur, stay etc. etc.

      The issue with sustained yeast problem is generally due to immune deficiency, or should I say, you have to intentionally increase your immunity level even if you are other wise fine.

      Avoid the use of antibiotics if possible (herbal alternatives are also effective)
      Reduce your intake of sugar
      Boost your immune system with natural immune system strengtheners
      Eat a healthy diet
      Exercise regularly

      There are effective natural cures for yeast infections available that can help to soothe the discomfort and frustration of a yeast infection and other symtoms of thrush, resolving the infection without the use of prescriptions and OTC drugs. They contain ingredients such as Cymbopogon citratus (Lemon grass), Calendula officinalis, and Tabebuia impetiginosa (Pau d'arco bark). All have antibacterial and antifungal properties that effectively remove toxins and help to support the overall natural maintenance systems in the body.

      Natural treatment for vaginal thrush has proven to be effective as well for relieving the pain and discomfort of candidiasis and for controlling candida overgrowth. There are many herbs with anti-fungal properties which may be used topically or internally to deal with the problem.

      Apart from treating the fungal overgrowth itself, herbal remedies can also help to improve immune system strength, thereby helping to protect the body against future attacks. Herbal and homeopathic treatments are not only safe and effective to use, but also non-addictive without any side effects.

      Some immune boosting herbs include Echinacea purpurea which is a Native American herb that has become famous for its antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. It is an excellent immune system tonic that boosts the body’s immunity by stimulating the production of immune cells.

      Another commonly used herb is Astragalus membranaceous (also called 'huang qi'), which has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to tone the ‘qi’ or life force that we know as the immune system. Astragalus is an ideal remedy for anyone who is prone to recurrent infections such as candida, as it is able to increase the body’s resistance and immune response to illness.

      Viscum album is commonly known to enhance the immune-stimulating properties of other ingredients, and it encourages repair of damaged cells.

      You may get detailed info on these remedies over here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/t/thrush.htm

  16. QUESTION:
    What are the signs of vaginal yeast infection?
    I want to know the vaginal yeast infection symptoms, so I can check if I have got the vaginal yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:
      A yeast infection causes itching or soreness in the vagina and sometimes causes pain or burning when you urinate or have sex. Some women also have a thick, clumpy, white discharge that has no odor and looks a little like cottage cheese.
      These symptoms are more likely to occur during the week before your menstrual period.
      But dont worry.
      Vaginal yeast infection is not very serious, but is usually uncomfortable.

      You can use Vaginitis Powder.
      Vaginitis Powder belongs to traditional Chinese medicine formula. It has no side effect which is worth of your trust.
      You can buy it from eBay.For the detailed info, please go to, http://www.nobleherb.com/goods-28.html
      Yeast infections are common during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, don't use medicine for a yeast infection without talking to your doctor first.

  17. QUESTION:
    How to wash your panties after a yeast infection?
    I read somewhere that you should wash your panties in either cold water or hot water when you have a yeast infection but i cant remember which one. does anyone know?

    • ANSWER:
      before you put them throught the washer machine soak them in cold water and rub the inner area with body soap. squirt the soap into your palm, use about as much as the size of a penny. (just take a few minute to do this.)

      make sure all the soap is out. then ring them out and put them directly into the washer machine.

      ALL DONE!

      make sure to get a cool damp cloth and wipe your vaginal area. just a simple easy wipe! then put on fresh under wear. put on new under wear twice a day to keep your self fresh!

      good luck!
      hope this helped!
      for more info go to:
      http://www.beinggirl.com

      :)

  18. QUESTION:
    Is there any ill effect to a male from having sexual intercourse with a woman who has a yeast infection?
    Recently (within the past 8 hours) I have had intercourse with a woman who was afflicted with a yeast infection, though I doubt she knew. I had oral intercourse with her and was wondering if there are any ill effects.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections can be transmitted through sexual intercourse. It is somewhat rare, but can happen.

      Yeast in the mouth is known as thrush, unlike the regular yeast infection on the genitals.

      I googled an article which goes into more details. Just click below if you want more info. I hope the article is helpful!

  19. 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 >[(-:]

  20. QUESTION:
    do I have to get my vagina checked if I have a yeast infection at planned parenthood?
    I just noticed I have a yeast infection I am 17 and am on Care source so my visit and meds will be paid for. I just need to know if I go in there and tell my dr. what's wrong if she'll have to check or not. I am really uncomfortable with people looking at my private parts.

    • ANSWER:
      no here is information

      http://www.menstrual-cycle.info/59-Yeast-infection.html

  21. QUESTION:
    Can you get a yeast infection in the anus or rectum?
    I am kind of wondering about something. I went to have my rectum checked for hemorrhoids and my doctor said she did not find any. However, my anus is swollen. Is it possible that my rectum could have a yeast infection? Can there be an overgrowth of candida in my rectum and anus? Just wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Candida lives in our intestines and thus, when overgrown, may travel. Yeast infections do cause itching, and may cause inflammation, too. Start eating yogurt - plain, no fruit, regularly - like one a day for about 2 weeks. If the itching persists, check out www.hufa.org, the yeast link and the library link, for info and books respectively, that may help.

  22. QUESTION:
    What can I do for a yeast infection three weeks postpartum?
    I tore naturally and have stitches that are dissolving. I was told nothing IN for 6 weeks but I am breastfeeding, therefore I can't take the yeast infection pill (Diflucan)

    Can I use Monistat? Is it safe to go IN? Or is there another remedy?

    I'm miserable!

    • ANSWER:
      Um, yes you can too take Diflucan while breastfeeding
      Here's more
      http://www.kellymom.com/newman/20fluconazole.html
      Not sure where you got that info, but some women get thrush while breastfeeding and that's the only thing you can take to completely get rid of it

  23. QUESTION:
    Can monistat make a yeast infection worse?
    It's day two of three and i feel like monistat is making it worse. It hurts and burns to pee, i feel uncomfortable down there all the time. It's not itching, just an uncomfortable feeling. I assumed it was a yeast infection but there's no discharge. I wiped myself a little ago and noticed a small amount of blood. I'm planning on going to the doctor soon because i can't take this anymore. Any help or info would make me feel better.. Thanks...

    • ANSWER:
      No, it cant make a yeast infection worse

  24. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have yeast infection on his paws?
    I have I chihuahua thats always biting his paws so I looked into it and now i think its yeast infection. His feet stink horribly while he sleeps, and during the night he bites them like they're really bothering him. The pads on his paws are sorta cracked and (he has dew claws on his back feet)<they have sorta like yellow crust on them. Is it yeast infection? Theres not alot of available info online and i wanna be sure.
    ;)Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I would take him to a vet.

      But I honestly wonder if maybe he is having some sort of allergy issue.

      Foods with Corn, Wheat, or Soy are highly linked to food allergies (know as food sensitivities).

      Its also important to avoid chicken too.

      I would also switch to a premium food like Wellness and Blue Buffalo, anyway.

      I personally prefer blue buffalo as its a little cheaper, equal quality kibble, and they have a life source bit which boast the immune system)

      I would go with the basics formula (if it is food sensitives I would go with the basics) or the small breed fish and brown rice

  25. QUESTION:
    What happens if you let a yeast infection go w/o treatment?
    Ok, My mom just called me and is worried b/c my sister ALWAYS has a yeast infection. The thing is she doesn't treat them at all. My mom is worried that if she just keeps ignoring it and lets it continue she will ruin her insides or create a really bad infection.

    I'm not looking for some dumb answer, my poor mom is really worried and wants some info to try and get her to get med. for it. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Okay ... it is time for me to add to the "gross" category of remedies that work and are good for you, but you guys out there might want to close your eyes and cover your ears. Or, if you are brave, share these remedies who might be having the problem.

      This home remedy is for vaginal yeast infections.

      1. Go to the store and buy a small carton of "plain" yogurt -- doesn't matter whether it is name brand or store brand or is nonfat, lowfat or wholefat because you are NOT going to eat it. But make sure it is PLAIN with NO fruit, NO added sugar (milk sugar listed on the carton doesn't count of course), and NO flavoring in it of ANY type. You should make sure that whatever type yogurt you buy has "ACTIVE CULTURES" listed on its container.

      2. While you're at the store pick up a box of tampons to go with the yogurt.

      3. Pay for them. No one will look at you weird and no one will ask for any ID. ( this #3 is a humorous point only, so laugh .... but do pay!)

      Now you're curious, aren't you?

      But seriously now,

      4. Go home and take one of the tampons and dip it into the yogurt and insert it into the vagina, allowing it to stay in place for at least an hour or so -- longer certainly won't hurt you. It is COOL and SOOTHING for one thing and will get some of the "good bacteria" right where it is needed the most since that is the main reason to use it -- to get the "GOOD" bacteria into where there is a build up of too much "bad" yeast type bacteria.

      5. Continue this for once or twice a day for two or three days, or as long as needed, until the situation resolves itself.

      6. Of course, REMEMBER TO KEEP THE CONTAINER OF "MEDICINAL" YOGURT SEPARATE FROM THE OTHER ONES IN YOUR FRIG THAT YOU MIGHT EAT (and of course throw out any leftovers). You can more than likely use homemade yogurts too.

      If you like what you're reading and are interested in more remedies--or if you've tried this one and it didn't work for you--check out Yeast Infection No More, a comprehensive how-to book on naturally curing yeast infections and preventing them from occurring in the future.

      I have tried this myself a couple of times in the past (even inserting one at night before I go to bed and leaving till the morning), and it has worked like a charm.

      There is also a homeopathic product on the market that you can get over the counter, I forget the name of it but most drug stores carry it, but the yogurt seems to work well.

      A friend shared this yeast infection remedy with me one time because she was having a recurring problem with it herself until someone shared it with her.

      At first I was like "WHAT!" But if you get desperate you are willing to try "unconventional methods." Also I wanted to stay away from all the prescription stuff and use them only as a last resort. Fortunately, I never needed anything else after the yogurt!

      Of course, REMEMBER that this information is for "educational" purposes only, and you should check with your Doctor for medical advice when seeking medical treatments.

      I am not diagnosing anyone either! (I just "had" to add this little insert -- couldn't resist since I see this kind of "additional info" in ALL the "Alternative" health books I read.

      Happy Health!

  26. QUESTION:
    Can you really get a yeast infection in your belly button?
    I saw on the discovery health channel a lady who had triplets and than got an extended tummy tuck. She was talking about her after experience and said she had gotten a yeast infection in her belly button? Is this possible? I though I heard her wrong and can find no info on this. I ask because my mother is getting a tummy tuck (nearly the same as this women) in about two weeks and she is really curious.
    yes, Adelita Edge when I think yeast infection I think of another part of the body! eww!

    • ANSWER:
      Let face it, this conditions sounds very funny, but it is actually true. My friend had an extended tummy tuck after loosing a significant amount of weight and she got a yeast infection in her belly button 2 weeks after her surgery. She was actually very ashamed because nobody had mention this possibility and she had never heard of such thing!! The doctor told her it was actually common with some patients whose belly button was newly created- from the tummy tuck. The doctor prescribed the pill that usually women get for a "regular" yeast infection, she had to take a double dose (since yeast is persistent in this comfy, dark moist, crevice) but it cleared up within 2 weeks. Tell your mom to not worry too much about it- to this day, even with the complications my friend is very happy she got a tummy tuck!

  27. QUESTION:
    Can taking prednisone (an oral corticosteroid) make me suseptible to having a yeast infection?
    I was recently prescribed the oral steroid Prednisone for my eczema, and within the first three days of taking it (I only need to take it for 10 days) I got a yeast infection. Since I've never had one before, I attributed it to the prednisone, but am wondering if this is possible? Thanks for any info in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it can.

      Corticosteroids as immunosuppresors, and they can also change your vaginal chemistry.

  28. QUESTION:
    why wont my yeast infection go away ive had it fr years and ive seen the doctor so many times and been treated?
    Ive had a yeast infection for many years, Ive seen many different obgyn;s and doctors and been perscribed to many different kinds of antibiotics and i still have it.. symptoms are burning iching and heavy white and sometimes yellow discharge.

    • 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.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can you cure a yeast infection with yoghurt ?
    Ive had this really irritating yeast infection, for about 2 days now.
    Its super itchy and red I was wondering has anyone cured their
    yeast infection using yoghurt before? or is there any natural ways I
    can cure it ? and how long will it take to cure ?
    and what is more likely to be the cause of it -Oral sex or Rough sex ?

    I cant bare the itch Anymore!

    • ANSWER:
      Yogurt helps keep it away say if you were on antiobiotics.It does not cure it. Buy some meds! You can get generic brands for only a couple bucks and they work just fine. Vagisil will help with the itch or put a little corn starch down there. There is a million different ways of getting yeast infections. You need to get a little info on it check out my link!!

  30. QUESTION:
    Why do I keep getting yeast infections?
    I've had two already and they weren't even a month apart and now I'm showing symptoms of yet ANOTHER yeast infection (white discharge, painful intercourse, itching)! Why do I keep getting yeast infections and how can I prevent them from coming from here on out?

    • ANSWER:
      Go see a gyno and they'll give you a pill called Difflican. One pill, and it should clear up within 3 days. Or something. I have the same problem and the doctor gave me that. Its seemed to help. (: And if it doesn't go away with just the one pill go back and they'll give you another dose.

      I read online when I looked up info about that pill and it said if you constantly get yeast infections something about you take the pill once a week. I can't remember, but I'll find the website and post it.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can you have a yeast infection for 6 months or more?
    I have some bleeding during sex about 8 months ago and 5 months ago I had some burning during sex than I found out that I had a yeast infection and I used some cream and pills to get rid of it but 4months ago I had some bleeding during sex . It is 8months sense I first started bleeding and yesterday I had sex and I was bleeding during sex. It is always bright red and thin. It only last an hour at the most. I don't have sex on the regular ; only maybe every 2 months or so. I don't have a STD or anything like that. I use condoms when I do have sex.

    • ANSWER:
      You absolutely can if your PH balance is off. I had them non-stop for over a year until I finally asked for diflucan. That seemed to fix the problem because I havent had one since. Also consider what soaps, laundry detergents and types of underwear you are wearing. All of those can contribute to it and make it repeat itself.

      I would suggest checking out Dr. Bakker's website as well. His site has a lot of useful info and he really is an expert on the subject. I hope this helps!

  32. QUESTION:
    How do I tell my mom to get me medicine for a yeast infection?
    Ok so I'm not afraid to ask her it's just that I'm homeschooled and she does not know that ik what a yeast infection is so any ways I can ask her with acting like I don't know what it is like could I say?? Please help it's really bothering me I'm 13 years old

    • ANSWER:
      There really isn't a reason to be afraid to tell anyone you have a yeast infection. Although it can be transmitted through sexual contact, more often than not it's something you get after taking anitbiotics.

      Here's a little info I got from an article about yeast infection:

      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.

      Hope this helps and best of luck! :) Oh and don't feel ashamed about it!

      If you're interesting in finding out more I've added a link that has some more info.

  33. QUESTION:
    Anyone know good yeast infection treatments?
    I'm tired of dealing with recurring yeast infections. I've tired several treatments but none of them really seem to help. Please give me some advice or something that's worked for you. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I know what you mean about those damn yeast infections. They bothered me for years and I also tried a lot of things. I spent a lot of time on the internet looking for help and found this website...
      BestYeastInfectionRemedy.com They have a lot of good info here especially how to cure yeast infections naturally and without medicine. Check it out!

  34. QUESTION:
    Is This Normal For a Yeast Infection While Pregnant?
    Haven't had a yeast infection in a decade+ but now 39 weeks pregnant & have a bad one :(
    luckily the only symptom is itching!!! Which is probably the worst symptom! Anyway I've noticed little bumps & skin tag like bumps In the area. Us that normal for a yeast
    Inf.? I'm Hoping it's just skin irritation from itching-scratching! And Ive read developing small skin
    tags in pregnancy is quite common.....RIGHT?

    • 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.

  35. QUESTION:
    do apple cider vinegar tablets work for yeast infections?
    I've done some research and know that apple cider vinegar helps cure yeast infections but do the tablets work for them as well? because I don't have a bathtub to use the remedy for the apple cider vinegar in a tub.
    if not, then what works?

    • ANSWER:
      Not even a little bit. You've been reading quack info.

      ACV...is...wait for it.....just vinegar. It's nice tossed on a salad but it is of no medicinal value.

  36. QUESTION:
    What could be causing my itchy foreskin?
    Lately my foreskin has been very itchy, I can't see any rashes or spots at all.

    My girlfriend has been complaining about the same symptoms on her genitals. We do have regular sex and we do not use condoms. (We use another form of birth control) I've looked up on the internet a little bit and read something about a "Yeast infection". What exactly is a yeast infection and what can be done about it? Is there anything else this can be?

    I'm planning on seeing a doctor soon, however, I wanted to have a bit of info to talk to him about.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hey,
      Yeast is a fungus that grows normally in controllable numbers in women's vaginas. Yes it is also the same fungus to make bread rise. A special type of yeast Candida albicans usually causes the infections. It is easily treatable by a doctor, but your itchy foreskin is most likely caused by a yeast infection that she gave to you. It is very advisable to consult your doctor as although treatment is easy, it will persist and may get worse and cause further problems.

      Good luck,
      Stefan. :)

  37. QUESTION:
    Will eating Activia yogurt help cure yeast infections?
    I have a yeast infection, called the doctor and they gave me two pills to take and it seemed to temporarily rid it (for like 2 days), but it is back. I have read a lot about getting some kind of active yogurt with low fat. So I got Activia. Will it help? Do you have any other recommendations that helped your yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it can. Both Yogurt and Kefir can help fight yeast they have Probiotics (the good bacteria) in them... but you would need much higher doses of those Probiotics to try to treat it quickly. 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.
      You can find more info at http://jn.nutrition.org/content/141/9/1698.abstract that lists more details about what can make yeast worse (in other words, what to avoid). ;-)

      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!

  38. QUESTION:
    Is it bad to use Monistat when you don't have a yeast infection?
    I'm not sure if I have a yeast infection. It's really itchy down there and it's dry and peeling. It kind of hurts and is a little red, and my labia is a little swollen. I don't have any weird discharge, though. I'm on birth control pills. I just bought Monistat 3. Is it bad to use it if I actually don't have a yeast infection? What else could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes! Very bad!

      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.

  39. QUESTION:
    How do I stop getting yeast infections?
    I've had about 8 yeast infections in the past 10 months. How can I stop them from reoccuring?? I'm tired of the discomfort and inconvenience they cause!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Often the reason you get a reoccurring yeast infection is because what you are using to treat it is not attacking the root cause of the problem. Often times this happens when you use the OTC creams like monistat. The creams do a good job of temporarily eliminating the yeast infection, but they do a poor job of addressing the actual cause of the yeast infection.

      Personally I think the best approach to permanently stopping yeast infections 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.

  40. QUESTION:
    Does putting yeast in dog food help their odor?
    I saw an info-mercial where the guy said if your dog smells strongly, put yeast in his food. I have looked online and people say yeast gives them yeast infections. Would it be bad to put yeast in his food, or does it just need to be a small amount in order to help the smell?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't pay attention to ANY info-mercials. Ask your vet..

  41. QUESTION:
    What causes vaginal swelling and discomfort?
    I have had this problem for months. I have seen my gynecologist several times for the same problem and she just says I have a yeast infection or its just how my body is. She prescribed me several different meds and creams and none help. I seem to swell up even more after sex. It is really painful at times, sometimes so bad I cant even wear jeans without it hurting. I dont know what is going on and Im so tired of it! Please give me an info if you can.

    • ANSWER:
      Your gynecologist is useless - if she hasn't even swabbed you for a yeast infection she shouldn't be treated it that way, looks like she's just stabbing the dark for a cure. Ditch her !

      Swelling and discomfort can be from many things, even as simple as fragranced bubblebaths, latex, spermicide, tight clothing, frequent intercourse...

      PLEASE find another Gyn. There are so many reasons for your discomfort that only a doctor can investigate. I think the point you make about it being worse after sex is the most important to mention.

  42. QUESTION:
    What besides doctor visits can cure vaginal infections ?
    Ive gone to my doctor for a yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis combined. Ive gone at least 4 times for it. Im done going! Its embarrassing!! What home rememdys can i do to treat these infections on my own???

    • ANSWER:
      Bacterial vaginosis home remedies can certainly cure your chronic vaginosis- to get more details on this please visit http:///www.my-bvcures.info

  43. QUESTION:
    my antibiotics are causeing a yeast infection?
    im taking antibiotics for my acne im on them for two months the more i take them the more side effects go away, everything but the yeast infection has subsided. what can i do about this? like home remidies? vagisil? i dont know ive never had these things.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.menstrual-cycle.info/59-Yeast-infection.html

  44. QUESTION:
    What is the best pro-biotic to take after antibiotic use?
    I just began a 5 day course of the antibiotic, Levaquin. I NEED to begin taking massive doses of pro-biotics after wards so that I don't get a yeast infection soon after. There are so many to choose from. I know to get them from a reputable health food store and they must be refrigerated. My question is more about what brands have others found the best and at what doses?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some excellent brands:

      Nature's Way Intensive
      Nature's Way Optima
      Nature's Way ProBifia
      Jarrow EPS (needs no refrigeration)
      Renew Life FloraSmart (needs no refrig)
      New Chapter All-Flora
      Flora Udo's Probiotics for adults
      Enzymatic Therapy Acidophilus Pearls (needs no refrig)
      *just get whatever is in your price range out of these options.

      *generally chewables and liquids are not as effective for the anti-yeast infection purposes, but they are great for tummy aches and sour stomach.

      Take the recommended doses described on the package because they are specific for the potency of the product. If you take too few, they may do not do the trick. If you take too much you might get loose stools, although that's unusual. So, just stick with the rec'd amounts.

      Don't take them with high-acid juices like cranberry, orange, grapefruit, etc since the fruit acid may inhibit the beneficial flora.

      You can search the brands on google to see info on the products.
      Ex: http://www.naturesway.com/?zid=91

      Good luck :)

  45. QUESTION:
    What are these white spots on my little brothers lips?
    Hi. My 2 and a half year old brother has some whitish spots on the sides of his lips.

    We went to the doctor a few weeks ago and the doctor said it was "Yeast Infection" so he gave him a prescription.

    Apparently, the white dots came back about 2 days ago and it seems to be growing. Is this really Yeast infection or is it something different? My mom scheduled for a doctors appointment for tomorrow.

    • 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.

  46. QUESTION:
    How do I apply Canasten to my uncircumcised penis?
    I believe I have thrush ( yeast infection). I looked up treatments online it says to use Canasten cream. I was just wondering if anyone knew how to apply it? Do I pull my foreskin back and rub it on my penis head and let the foreskin go back over it? Do I apply it to the outside only?

    • ANSWER:
      You should not apply anything to your penis until you see an Urologist. Thats a penis doctor. In the meantime pull your foreskin back and wash it with warm water. Do not use soap as it may irritate you.

      If you were circumcised, you would not be having this problem. It is something that you should consider. I had it done in my fifties. Best thing I ever did. It looks better, it feels better and there is no cheesy smegma smell.

      Look up this info and decide for yourself.

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Inter-Circ/
      http://groups.google.com/group/CIRCLIST
      http://www.penisdoctor.com/
      http://www.circumcisioncenter.com/
      http://www.aboutcirc.com/
      http://www.medicirc.org/
      http://www.circumcisioninfo.com/index_home_new.html
      http://www.circinfo.net/
      http://www.circinfo.com/
      http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/2754/wiswell.html

      Peter

      Circumcision, the gift that keeps on giving.

  47. QUESTION:
    Can i get a yeast infection in my mouth like this?
    ok i have a yeast infection, last night me and my bf had sex, and he gave me oral sex, then he kissed me, can i get the yeast infection in my mouth too? don't ask y i didn't use protection?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi! Peachy Keen is WRONG about yeast infections being caused by "bacteria" - they are caused by YEAST organisms, which are fungi, not bacteria. The spores are everywhere around us and on us all the time, so a yeast infection is NOT a sign of dirtiness. It's just that the environment of your skin has changed slightly and allowed the spores to grow and multiply enough to cause you irritation.

      Yes, you can get a yeast infection in your mouth, but it is unlikely. (Babies often get them.) The common medical term for this is candidiasis (otherwise known as thrush), caused by the candida albicans organism.

      Here is a link to a recent question about this issue, which includes details on how to treat a yeast infection:
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Av_xiFnyykDKxNRYetmxYv3ty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20071119213401AArM8mk&show=7#profile-info-HiBOfMcZaa

      No need to feel guilty!!

  48. QUESTION:
    Why are there gray particles in my discharge?
    My discharge is white like normal but has gray particles. It's really freaking me out, and I am wondering if it's serious or if it is normal and easily cured? The gray particles look kind of like teeny peices of blue gray bacon or balled up fabric.

    Here's more info.

    1) I have started my period already.
    2) I have never had sex.
    3) I just overcame a vaginal yeast infection three months ago.
    I see "particles" on my underwear not very often it appears every two or so days.

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest you to see http://yeastinfectionnomore.mirdara.com/
      I found this link here on answers.yahoo.com few days before.
      It contains lots of helpful information to maintain a healthy lifestyle

  49. QUESTION:
    Why do I only get a yeast infection when I'm 120 pounds and not 100 pounds?
    Okay so I fluctuate throughout the year between 100 to 120 pounds. I've noticed that when I'm in my 100's...like maybe below 110. I have no yeast infections but as soon as I hit 115 and above, I get this cottage cheese substance coming out and it starts itch like crazy. This is not a one time thing, I've noticed this throughout the years. it's weird. is there some sort of connection? there has to be.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infection symptoms are a clue to imbalances in your body that trigger many off-shoot conditions that form a vicious cycle where weight gain is usually one of the unfortunate results. In particular, yeast infection symptoms that affect weight gain the most are food cravings and digestive problems. Also, One of the most common conditions of yeast infections are food intolerances. It is thought that the Candida (yeast) damages the intestinal walls causing a "leaky gut syndrome", which allows toxins and incompletely digested food to enter the bloodstream causing food sensitivities and other problems, including depressed immune system. Some of the symptoms are:

      * Headaches
      * Fatigue
      * Skin rashes / hives
      * Sinus infections
      * Nasal congestion
      * Heartburn, reflux
      * Food Cravings
      * Constantly clearing throat

      If you have many of these candida yeast infection symptoms and think it likely that Candida is a problem, you can follow a program to bring the infection back under control and if your candida yeast infection symptoms improve or disappear. Hope this info helps you! Good luck hun...


info on yeast infection

Yeast Infection Treatment Natural

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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. :-

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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)."

  6. QUESTION:
    How long till yeast infection symptoms are gone?
    I had a yeast infection, and I used treatment and I thought everything was getting better and going away, but now it seems it might be coming back only after a few days because there is still that smell, and its still a little bit itchy.. Is it possible for these symptoms just to take longer to go away or is it coming back and should I get more treatment just to make sure? Also would it be okay to have sex during this time, because it seems to be almost gone?

    • 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!

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I cure my vaginal yeast infection in a natural way at home?
    I've been suffering from yeast infections for years now and they have now become chronic. The drugs don't help me anymore. The internet is full of different kinds of advice for natural cures, I have already tried some of them with no success. I was wondering are there really effective natural methods for yeast infections?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there are a lot of natural remedies, but it is not important which one do you take or apply, but when and how much of them you apply. Right timing and dosage are the key to success. There is not one natural treatment that will solve your problem. You always have to combine several treatments, the point is to kill the infection from inside, not outside.
      Why don't you check some simple methods that have already helped many yeast infection sufferers?

  8. QUESTION:
    What is a natural way of curing a yeast infection?
    Hiya peoples!
    Is there a natural way of curing a yeast infection in the genital area? The idea of shoving a pill up there...*shudder*

    I heard somewhere that you could eat yogurt or something, but I'm not sure.
    As in, without the pill round thing.

    • ANSWER:
      Natural live yoghurt can be used in two ways to deal with thrush: eating it and/or inserting it into your vagina. The key is not the yoghurt itself but the bacteria, lactobacillus acidophilus, in the yoghurt. This helps the body maintain, or regain, its natural pH level and keeps yeast under control.

      Eating yoghurt may help keep yeast levels low throughout the body, but particularly in the stomach and intestines. Because candida in the bowel can easily make its way to the vulva and vagina, keeping your digestive system clear of thrush may help prevent vaginal thrush.

      Inserting yoghurt into your vagina may also help restore your vaginal pH balance, but there is less scientific support for this method. If you want to give it a try, put one teaspoon of yoghurt in an applicator, a plastic syringe or on a tampon, and insert it high into your vagina. Repeat this every night for a week. It is important that you use only unsweetened, plain, live yoghurt.

      The active ingredient in this treatment, lactobacillus acidophilus, is also available at health food stores as a supplement on its own.

      Hope this is useful. For more ideas, check out this link. Good luck.

      http://altmedicine.about.com/od/healthconditionsqtoz/a/yeast_infection.htm

  9. 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,

  10. QUESTION:
    How to heal a yeast infection naturally?
    I have been fighting what I am guessing is a yeast infection for over a week now. It hasn't gotten extremely bad until today, I am not wanting to take an antibiotic because I am 34 weeks pregnant. Any suggestions or ideas for natural solution to clear this up?

    • ANSWER:
      As well as treatments you also want to make sure you're not doing anything to make the infection worse. Normal vaginal health; wash regularly but only with water (soaps, washes, wipes, sprays, powders, douching, or even 'feminine' cleaning products all effect vaginal pH so cause infections), keep yourself dry (avoid tight or synthetic clothing), safe sex (anything that goes into your vagina should be clean, no food stuffs), and always wipe front to back.

      Yogurt is the best known way, it contains lactobacillus acidophilus, a bacterium that also happens to be found in healthy vaginas and that kills yeast by producing hydrogen peroxide. You need to insert plain pro-biotic yogurt into your vagina, do this before bed to avoid mess then wash in the morning, do this for a few days to get rid of the infection. You can put the yogurt into ice cube trays to make it easier to insert, the cultures don't survive as well but this way is less mess and the coolness helps ease the irritation.

      Garlic, not recommended if you're sexually active, but it works as it contains natural antifungal substances that kill off yeast. You insert a garlic clove into your vagina, peel beforehand but do not score the clove in anyway as this can sting your vagina, if worried about removal you can use a little clean muslin around it or tie string around it for easy removal.

      Tea tree oil *check with your doctor!* essential oils tend to be a bit of a grey area when it comes to pregnancy, better to be safe then sorry. It's a generall all-round anti-nasties, if you have a menstrual cup, softcups or a diaphragm you can put a few drops of the oil into these then insert into your vagina, ideally dilute with water but it is safe to use neat. Otherwise you can use an old jug, fill with warm water and put a few drops of the oil into the water, then use the water to wash over your vulva, best to do this in the shower or over the toilet to avoid water getting everywhere. If you can handle it you can just put a few drops directly onto your vulva and into your vagina, but it can sting.

      Cranberry juice, these are used when you have a urinary infection as the berries contain substances that inhibit bacteria from clinging to the walls of your urinary tract, but they are also a plus because cranberries lower the pH of your urine, which then passes over some of your vulva on it's way out so may help tackle a yeast infection or at least ease symptoms a little.

  11. 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.....

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the best and cheapest way to get rid of chronic yeast infections?
    Hi, I have been dealing with chronic yeast infections for a long time. I'm not sexually active. I get a yeast infection and I'm too embarrassed to go to the doctor so I just wait it out and eventually it goes away. I want an effective and cheap way of any way to get rid of a yeast infection and the things that go along with the ie the fishy smell, itching and burning for good and how to prevent them from coming back. PLEASE HELP

    • ANSWER:
      I understand what you mean by cheap alternatives while keeping it discrete. Just know the best way to find out and to get rid of your yeast infections are by going to see a doctor and getting evaluated.

      I came across this article on last week and it may be just what you a looking for. It gives the treatment options, products, and natural ways to help your yeast infection problem out.

      http://proud-tides.com/yeast-infection-treatment-review/

      Hope this helps!

  13. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to treat a yeast infection while still using antibiotics?
    I have 3 more days to use the rest of my 7 days worth of antibiotics, and it has already caused a yeast infection. It is bugging the crap outa me, and I wanna get rid of it pronto! Is it ok to begin treatment, or should I wait until I finish the rest of the antibiotics?

    • ANSWER:
      if you have yeast infection then you must get rid of it as soon as it is possible!!!

      if you really want to get rid of yeast infection forever then you must follow these tips:

      1) Eat yogurt!!!! It contains helpful bacteria (live cultures, including acidophilus and bifidus) that destroy yeast. Use only plain yogurt with active cultures.

      2) Douche with a solution of 1 to 3 tbsp. vinegar in a quart of water. Repeat once a day while having symptoms, but no longer than a week.

      3) Decrease or eliminate sugar and sugary foods. Sugar promotes yeast growth.

      4) Use a garlic clove as a suppository. Garlic contains a natural anti-fungal agent.

      5) Try gentian violet. It's a traditional remedy for yeast and other infections, and can be found in pharmacies. Swab the area with it once or twice a day. Make sure to use a thick pad - it stains everything.

      6) Use an herbal douche. Combine equal amounts of sage, raspberry and comfrey with 1/4 part goldenseal. This can be combined with cider vinegar.

      7) You must use herbal treatment. In that case Yeastrol is really good (probably the best) product that gets rid of yeast infection comparatively fast and makes you feel more confident knowing that it wont reappear again!
      And of course it is better if you use full course (5 months - if I remember correctly). For me it worked very fast + I dont get yeast infections anymore...

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Yeastrol but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.yeastrol.com/?aid=221781

      good luck!

      Working in women's health - Gynecologist + personal experience

  14. 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.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can an untreated yeast infection cause havoc on other systems in the body, such as sinus and respiratory?
    If you leave a yeast infection untreated, is it possible for it to cause sickness for other systems in your body, such as sinus problems? I don't see how the two are related, but is it possible for something like that to happen?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there are many hidden symptoms of Candida overgrowth which is what causes a yeast infection.
      Here's a short list of some of the other symptoms: migraines, back problems, respiratory infections, rash, heartburn and low energy.
      I wouldn't leave yeast infection untreated - because Candida will simply keep growing and your infection will take longer to hear. And there are so many treatments you can choose from.
      I personally favour natural treatments: dietary changes and natural remedies (garlic, tea tree oil, vinegar) to treat the symptoms.
      Read the article below to help you learn more.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of a yeast infection on my chest?
    A dermatologist told me that some marks on my chest were a yeast infection. I went to see him about something else so he didn't prescribe anything for that problem. Are there are natural remedies I can try? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections are caused by the organism Candida albicans. It is present in everyone every day, since it helps our bodies function. When the opportunity presents itself, whether it is due to stress, a lowered immune system, or other infection, Candida can grow out of control, causing the infection.

      Many people would prefer to skip a visit to the doctor for something as common. And trying to even get a doctor's appointment may take a week or more. Most prescription and over the counter medications are great for clearing up the symptoms, but they don't address the real issue. Using a home remedy can be more effective in clearing up the root cause of the infection.

      There are several home remedies. They are easy to use and effective most of the time. One of the most popular and often reached for home remedies is plain yogurt. When shopping, look for plain yogurt that contains live culture Lactobacillus acidophilus.

      This yogurt is applied directly to the infection. For a vaginal infection, the yogurt can be frozen in the shape of a tampon, and then inserted into the vagina for treatment. Alternatively, you can inject unfrozen yogurt into the vagina with a needle-less syringe, or you can dip a real tampon into the yogurt and insert it afterwards.

      Garlic is another effective home remedy for yeast infection. Garlic has anti-fungal qualities that make it very useful. Simply make a tampon-like shape out of the garlic cloves. Maybe sew them together with strong thread. Attach a string securely for easy removal. Insert into the vagina for several hours before removing. If the string comes off, you can remove the garlic cloves by sitting over the toilet and using your vaginal muscles to push them out.

      Another natural home remedy is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is from Australia, and contains many anti-fungal and anti-bacterial qualities. Mix a few drops of the oil (it is very potent) with a carrier oil like sweet almond oil or olive oil.

      Apply the mixture directly to the affected area. Tea tree oil can clear up an infection pretty quickly. If you are pregnant or nursing, you may want to discuss this with your care provider first, as tea tree oil is very strong.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. QUESTION:
    How can my boyfriend get rid of a yeast infection without going to a dr?
    I have a yeast infection and i think we keep giving it back and fore

    • ANSWER:
      There is a natural way to cure yeast infection. A former yeast infection sufferer claims to have complete relief from yeast infection in12 hours using no drugs.
      Source: http://tinyurl.com/atac4r

      And... be sure you two to treat the infection first before having sex again. It just take 12 hour after doing treatment.

      One more thing, No need to break if you still in love with him :)

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. QUESTION:
    I think i have a yeast infection need help with natural treatments - MALE?
    Ive had a yeast infection for a few days now, ive never had sex but i looked it up and i think its been caused by antibiotics. Its not so bad but it itches a lot, i want something to treat it but i don't want to have to go to the doctors or tell my parents. Any help is appreciated and i will give a best answer!

    • ANSWER:
      they have treatments over the counter at the grocery store.
      if u can get medicine, im sure its under ten or fifteen,

      keep urself clean, like wash urself multiple times a day down there and keep urself as dry as possible.
      cranberry juice helps girls and yogurt has bacteria in it that will help

      http://www.home-remedies-yeast-infection.com/yeast-infection-home-remedies.html

  25. QUESTION:
    How to cure a yeast infection inconspicuously?
    I am 16 am only have access to common household items. I need to cure this yeast infection which has not yet gotten bad.

    What are some main ways of going about this and how long will it take?

    • ANSWER:
      ....

      Before treating a yeast (candida) infection, you want to be sure it IS a yeast infection.
      See your doctor.
      If you are sure it is than the standard treatment is Monostat or Canesten- both available over the counter at your pharmacy. You can choose from various treatment methods: Tablets taken orally or creams applied vaginally. Treatment time varies from one day to six, depending on the method you choose.

      Check your local Natural food/health store about Acidophilus , (it's kept in the cooler) and other natural methods. Red juice (pomegranite, cranberry.etc.) gives relief. Put 'natural yeast cures' in your browser for many resources.
      Natural yogurt is a natural cure used to restore the proper balance of vaginal bacteria.

      Some foods and beverages that are high in yeast can aggravate candida.
      Soaking in the tub can aggravate candida.
      Yeast loves warm, moist environments so keep yourself cool and dry (cotton undies)

  26. QUESTION:
    What should i do if i suspect my girlfriend may have given me her yeast infection?
    My girlfriend was diagnosed with yeast infection and we have been having unprotected sex. Should I worry about anything? If so, then what? And what should i do?

    • ANSWER:
      relax! nothing serious! just help your girlfriend to get rid of this yeast infection and whatch out - if you have some signs! but anyway you should be ok because only women must be worry about yeast infection! but anyway yous still can gave yeast infection too and you must get rid of yest infection first to not pass back and forth and only then start to have sex again!!!

      anyway you MUST tell your girlfirend this (and also you can use some of that too):
      "
      if you really want to get rid of yeast infection then you must follow these tips:

      1) Eat yogurt!!!! It contains helpful bacteria (live cultures, including acidophilus and bifidus) that destroy yeast. Use only plain yogurt with active cultures.

      2) Douche with a solution of 1 to 3 tbsp. vinegar in a quart of water. Repeat once a day while having symptoms, but no longer than a week.

      3) Decrease or eliminate sugar and sugary foods. Sugar promotes yeast growth.

      4) Use a garlic clove as a suppository. Garlic contains a natural anti-fungal agent.

      5) Try gentian violet. It's a traditional remedy for yeast and other infections, and can be found in pharmacies. Swab the area with it once or twice a day. Make sure to use a thick pad - it stains everything.

      6) Use an herbal douche. Combine equal amounts of sage, raspberry and comfrey with 1/4 part goldenseal. This can be combined with cider vinegar.

      7) You must use herbal treatment. In that case Yeastrol is really good (probably the best) product that gets rid of yeast infection comparatively fast and makes you feel more confident knowing that it wont reappear again!
      And of course it is better if you use full course (5 months - if I remember correctly). For me it worked very fast + I dont get yeast infections anymore...

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Yeastrol but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.yeastrol.com/?aid=221781

      good luck!

      Working in women's health - Gynecologist + personal experience

  27. 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

  28. QUESTION:
    If I recently cured a yeast infection but still have the same symptoms, is it okay to purchase more medicine?
    I recently had cured a yeast infection with the seven day cream, but the symptoms still proceed. I am sure it's a yeast infection due to the fact that when I got my recent pap done, the doctor only reported yeast. Is it okay to purchase more medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      I would see your doc. It might be something else or may need a different treatment.

      When you have a yest infection you need to avoid foods high in yeast like bread and vegemite. Eat lots of fresh fruit and veg to flush the yeast out of your system. You will need to treat your boyfriend too.

      For a natural cure, swallow a clove of garlic at night (cut into small pieces but don't chew, you won't get garlic breath if you don't chew). Mix acidophilus powder into juice and drink. You often have yeast in your mouth and don't know it.

      To avoid it happening again wear cotton nickers, use perfume free, soap free cleaner for down there.

      To alleviate symptoms have a warm bath. If you have essential oils add chamomile and bergamot.

      You can put aloe vera on your external areas affected, that really sooths.

      For internally you can use natural yogurt with a drop of tea tree and bergamot essential oils. Roll a tampon in this an insert. Change it every hour.

  29. 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.

  30. QUESTION:
    What happens to the male genitals after having sex with a female with a yeast infection?
    I recently found out that I have a vaginal yeast infection and now my boyfriend is experiencing a little bit of itching on his genitals. Should we be concerned or is it from the yeast infection? Is there some kind of cream or medicine he can take for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yup, men can develop thrush if they have sexual contact with a woman who is suffering from it.
      The over the counter treatment is called Canesten and he can take either the pill version, the cream or both if he prefers - pretty much the same way you are treated.
      If you dont have access to OTC meds then live yoghurt is a natural way of dealing with thrush. For him a condom full of it worn for several hours will help. Gross and very messy but remarkably effective!

  31. QUESTION:
    What are natural cures for yeast and fungas on the skin?
    Hello,

    I am looking for natural cures for yeast infections on the skin, and fungal infections on the skin. Does anyone have any natural cures or home remedies that they like? If you have websites please also include them.
    I don't really need advice on my diet, I was on a really harsh dose of antibiotics that caused it.

    • ANSWER:
      Fungal, yeast infection are hard to get rid of, sometimes it takes up to 6mo of treatment. The best natural products I have found are Apple Cider Vinegar soak and Tree Tea Oil..look them both up on line for fungal infections.

  32. QUESTION:
    Can I use Monistat 1 and Azo at the same time in order to cure a yeast infection?
    I'm pretty sure I have a yeast infection, although this would be my first one. I began treatment with some azo standard pills and took them until I could get through the weekend, but then I was told about the monistat 1 ovule option. I've inserted and used the cream but it's still irritated. Could I use an azo pill to help the irritation or will that somehow react with the monistat and deter further treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sarah,

      Monistat 1 and Azo only treat the symptoms of your yeast infection and it WILL come back if you don't treat it properly. For a natural long term cure of your yeast infection check out the link below.

  33. QUESTION:
    How long after starting an antibiotic does a yeast infection occur?
    I just started an antibiotic on Saturday afternoon, and I began experiencing symptoms of a yeast infection on Sunday. I am curious as to if symptoms would appear this quickly?

    • ANSWER:
      It's definitely possible. Yeast is always present, but the natural bacteria on the genitals normally keep it controlled. As soon as the antibiotic entered your system it started to kill bacteria and the yeast would have begun to get entrenched and ready to make a serious an assault on your body. If your diet at the time was high in sugars, the yeast would be well fed and able to start growing at a good rate.

      A good way to keep yeast at bay during antibiotic use is to cut out all sugars. I don't know why doctors don't advise patients of this. Perhaps because they are all about pills and procedures and not thinking about unintended consequences of treatment and how diet can affect their prescriptions.

  34. 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!

  35. QUESTION:
    Is it healthy to get yeast infections almost every month?
    I get yeast infections almost every month, should I be worried? I am sexually active, so could that have something to do with it? And do you know if there's anything that can help?

    • ANSWER:
      no !of course it is not!!!!

      and if you have yeast infection - you must get rid of it as soon as it is possible!!!

      if you really want to get rid of yeast infection forever then you must follow these tips:

      1) Eat yogurt!!!! It contains helpful bacteria (live cultures, including acidophilus and bifidus) that destroy yeast. Use only plain yogurt with active cultures.

      2) Douche with a solution of 1 to 3 tbsp. vinegar in a quart of water. Repeat once a day while having symptoms, but no longer than a week.

      3) Decrease or eliminate sugar and sugary foods. Sugar promotes yeast growth.

      4) Use a garlic clove as a suppository. Garlic contains a natural anti-fungal agent.

      5) Try gentian violet. It's a traditional remedy for yeast and other infections, and can be found in pharmacies. Swab the area with it once or twice a day. Make sure to use a thick pad - it stains everything.

      6) Use an herbal douche. Combine equal amounts of sage, raspberry and comfrey with 1/4 part goldenseal. This can be combined with cider vinegar.

      7) You must use herbal treatment. In that case Yeastrol is really good (probably the best) product that gets rid of yeast infection comparatively fast and makes you feel more confident knowing that it wont reappear again!
      And of course it is better if you use full course (5 months - if I remember correctly). For me it worked very fast + I dont get yeast infections anymore...

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Yeastrol but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.yeastrol.com/?aid=221781

      good luck!

      Working in women's health - Gynecologist + personal experience

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection cure itself without treatment?
    I was wondering if a women can start to develop a yeast infection ...however can your body fight it off before you start developing symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      It helps if you stop all sugar, because yeast thrives on it. Take probiotics and garlic pills. They are natural yeast fighters.

  39. QUESTION:
    what can i do about yeast infection and vulvar damage for about 3months including various visits to the doctor?
    I really need some hope here. I have been suffering through this for about 3 months itching and burning and wetness from the yeast infection. it all started when I accidently got a cut by my outer vulva of my vagina and got infected. I thought I could of handled it on my own, used some antibiotics, but then researched that it can cause a yeast infection. I was using polysporin and felt and burning sensation that I couldn't handle. my cut was really infected and irritated. it came to the point I told my mom and went to the doctor. she told me to do sitz baths with Epsom salt and clotrimazole for the vulva and I for the suppositories for the yeast infection that wasn't yet full scale. I was getting nausea and dizziness from the clotrimazole that I went to the hospital and I was dumb enough to follow the doctors order not to use it and well I end up with a really bad yeast infection and cut. so then I used the treatment. I kept going back to the doctor for check up on the cut and well it was curing...but the yeast infection was still coming up she gave me pill but nothing...I never went back because she kept getting pissed..so then I bought another clotrimazole and nothing...I bought monistat 3 for a stronger effect I guess it was better but it came back...I used natural remedies such garlic suppositories...tea tree oil this week ... yougurt 2 days ago but nothing...my cut is gone but over time because of the yeast infections my vulva has become irritated and damaged that it burns and looks red..i went to my gynecologist he gave me a steroid cream its kinda working but its still irritated...and my yeast infection keeps coming back...and ughh!!! im so pissed that nothing is working I don't want to go thru this anymore :(

    • ANSWER:
      For this you need to be constant on the steroid cream that your gynecologist prescribed you, once it heals you have to continue taking it until you are one month fully recover, if you stop the treatment prior there is a chance to come back and even stronger. The gynecologist was by far the best decision. Keep area clean, and do not sit on the bathtub by doing so you are feeding the bacteria what they like. Good luck :)

  40. QUESTION:
    how long does it take for a yeast infection to heal?
    I've had pain during sex for two months and I just found out that it is from a yeast infection. I went to the doctor and she gave me ointment 2 weeks ago. I finished using it but I am still experiencing pain during intercourse. I can't go on like this! It's putting a lot of strain on my relationship.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections can heal fast, slow, recur, stay etc. etc.

      The issue with sustained yeast problem is generally due to immune deficiency, or should I say, you have to intentionally increase your immunity level even if you are other wise fine.

      Avoid the use of antibiotics if possible (herbal alternatives are also effective)
      Reduce your intake of sugar
      Boost your immune system with natural immune system strengtheners
      Eat a healthy diet
      Exercise regularly

      There are effective natural cures for yeast infections available that can help to soothe the discomfort and frustration of a yeast infection and other symtoms of thrush, resolving the infection without the use of prescriptions and OTC drugs. They contain ingredients such as Cymbopogon citratus (Lemon grass), Calendula officinalis, and Tabebuia impetiginosa (Pau d'arco bark). All have antibacterial and antifungal properties that effectively remove toxins and help to support the overall natural maintenance systems in the body.

      Natural treatment for vaginal thrush has proven to be effective as well for relieving the pain and discomfort of candidiasis and for controlling candida overgrowth. There are many herbs with anti-fungal properties which may be used topically or internally to deal with the problem.

      Apart from treating the fungal overgrowth itself, herbal remedies can also help to improve immune system strength, thereby helping to protect the body against future attacks. Herbal and homeopathic treatments are not only safe and effective to use, but also non-addictive without any side effects.

      Some immune boosting herbs include Echinacea purpurea which is a Native American herb that has become famous for its antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. It is an excellent immune system tonic that boosts the body’s immunity by stimulating the production of immune cells.

      Another commonly used herb is Astragalus membranaceous (also called 'huang qi'), which has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to tone the ‘qi’ or life force that we know as the immune system. Astragalus is an ideal remedy for anyone who is prone to recurrent infections such as candida, as it is able to increase the body’s resistance and immune response to illness.

      Viscum album is commonly known to enhance the immune-stimulating properties of other ingredients, and it encourages repair of damaged cells.

      You may get detailed info on these remedies over here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/t/thrush.htm

  41. QUESTION:
    How soon can you have sex after using yeast infection medication?
    I recently had a yeast infection & I used the 3 pre-filled applicators. I used my last applicator last night & being that the medication leaks out some(because it was inserted in my vagina), how do I know when I don't have any more medication left inside me?

    This is the first time I have used this kind of treatment so I was just wondering how soon I can have sex after completing the 3 days of the medicine.

    Please help!! Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      It's best to wait 5 - 7 days or after all symptoms are gone but if you simply just need it...... use some sort of protection. Definetly treat it! I personally prefer natural remedies thats just me - I'm no doctor.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can you take medication for yeast infections while on penicillin?
    Just wondering, I am on penicillin (which I believe caused the yeast infection) and am going to talk to my doctor about medication for it tomorrow. Can I take yeast infection medication while on penicillin? I have a few days left of the penicillin.

    • ANSWER:
      yes! you can!

      and if you have yeast infection then you must get rid of it as soon as it is possible!!!

      if you really want to get rid of yeast infection forever then you must follow these tips:

      1) Eat yogurt!!!! It contains helpful bacteria (live cultures, including acidophilus and bifidus) that destroy yeast. Use only plain yogurt with active cultures.

      2) Douche with a solution of 1 to 3 tbsp. vinegar in a quart of water. Repeat once a day while having symptoms, but no longer than a week.

      3) Decrease or eliminate sugar and sugary foods. Sugar promotes yeast growth.

      4) Use a garlic clove as a suppository. Garlic contains a natural anti-fungal agent.

      5) Try gentian violet. It's a traditional remedy for yeast and other infections, and can be found in pharmacies. Swab the area with it once or twice a day. Make sure to use a thick pad - it stains everything.

      6) Use an herbal douche. Combine equal amounts of sage, raspberry and comfrey with 1/4 part goldenseal. This can be combined with cider vinegar.

      7) You must use herbal treatment. In that case Yeastrol is really good (probably the best) product that gets rid of yeast infection comparatively fast and makes you feel more confident knowing that it wont reappear again!
      And of course it is better if you use full course (5 months - if I remember correctly). For me it worked very fast + I dont get yeast infections anymore...

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Yeastrol but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.yeastrol.com/?aid=221781

      good luck!

      Working in women's health - Gynecologist + personal experience

  43. 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!

  44. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get a yeast infection from oral sex?
    My boyfriend did oral on me and a few days later I got a vaginal yeast infection. Is this linked?

    • ANSWER:
      yes! it is possible...

      and if you have yeast infection then you must get rid of it as soon as it is possible!!!

      if you really want to get rid of yeast infection then you must follow these tips - they worked for me:

      1) Eat yogurt!!!! It contains helpful bacteria (live cultures, including acidophilus and bifidus) that destroy yeast. Use only plain yogurt with active cultures.

      2) Douche with a solution of 1 to 3 tbsp. vinegar in a quart of water. Repeat once a day while having symptoms, but no longer than a week.

      3) Decrease or eliminate sugar and sugary foods. Sugar promotes yeast growth.

      4) Use a garlic clove as a suppository. Garlic contains a natural anti-fungal agent.

      5) also you should use some herbal treatment. In that case Yeastrol is really good (probably the best) product that gets rid of yeast infection comparatively fast and makes you feel more confident knowing that it wont reappear again!
      And of course it is better if you use full course (5 months - if I remember correctly). For me it worked very fast + I dont get yeast infections anymore (almost 2 years) ...

  45. 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.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can you get a yeast infection without having started your period?
    Ok i havent started my period yet but i think i might have a yeast infection is that possible????? Or do you need your period to get a yeast infection because i have had a lot more discharge than usual and it smells sometimes can anyone help?!?!?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      As others have mentioned yeast infections can occur at any time, it doesn't require you to have a period. If you're getting chronic yeast infections it would indicated you have an underlying Candida overgrowth. I'll provide a link at the bottom for an online candida test you can take to determine if this is in fact the cause.

      If you're interested there are many natural vaginal yeast infection treatments I can recommend. They are easy to do, safe and 100% natural.

      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.

      If you're interested in more natural vaginal yeast infection therapies check out my source box below.

  47. QUESTION:
    Serious Answers only plz: What doest it mean if you have a yeast infection that won't go away?
    My girlfriend has had a yeast infection for about three weeks, she went to the doctor twice and everything they give her doesn't help. She is worried, has anybody had this before, or know why she keeps getting them. She's been wearing 100% cotton and everything.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately it can take some time to clear up. Tell her to try natural yoghurt internally as a very effective treatment. Some women get a yeast infection after a course of antibiotic treatment. She needs to avoid perfumed products in that area as much as possible, and to avoid sanitary towels or other products that inhibit a circulation of air to the affected region. She will learn what causes it in her case, and learn to mostly avoid it by being attuned to early symptoms.

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the most natural & effective thing to control sugar cravings and appetite, to lose weight?
    My doctor recently treated me for system yeast infection (candida), and I understand this can make sugar cravings especially strong. Even with treatment, they are still out of control.

    Is there a tea or supplement I can take? I already take chromium once/day. Please recommend.

    • ANSWER:
      Sugar cravings, along with junk food cravings will go away within a 2 week period if you go on a Blood Sugar Handling Diet. This stabilizes your blood sugar and many people that go on this food regimen do not want to stop. It gives you more energy and also allows you to start controlling your weight much better as well. The loss of cravings is a side effect of the regimen. E-mail me and I will be glad to send it to you, but I need an e-mail that will accept attachments.

      Chocolate cravings are basically a magnesium deficiency and many cravings are the body telling you that you need to make some changes because you are not giving it what it needs.

      Your doctor, by the way, is definitely NOT the person to ask about nutritional things. They are not trained in that area and simply do not understand how the body works in regard to food and nutrition.

      good luck to you

  49. QUESTION:
    Are these symptoms a yeast infection or something else?
    hello. are these symptoms a yeast infection or are they something else?

    - VERY dry vagina, no natural lube present

    - VERY itchy and uncomfortable vagina, can barely sit without squirming around

    - I usually get my period around now but instead when I went pee all that came out is brown type discharge. I have to wear a pad.

    I am 26 yr. old virgin so I know it's not an STD. Does anyone know any home remedies for this? I've never been to a gyno. TY.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know any home remedies for a yeast infection, but there are non-prescription ones available at any drugstore, called Monistat or Vagisil. They also sell detection kits that let you be sure what's going on in there, although your symptoms do sound like a yeast infection.

      The brown discharge probably IS your period. It doesn't have to be bright red, blood can be brown too. There's nothing wrong with that, it's more or less normal.

      I'd probably get a treatment kit that comes with the external creme that will help the itching outside, as the treatment will help the itching inside. If THAT doesn't work within a few days, then you should see the doctor because most other vaginal infections need a doctor's help to cure.

      Good luck!


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Symptoms Of Yeast Infection In Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!!!

  4. QUESTION:
    What can i do about a yeast infection?
    My dog has an ear infection, it's really red, and it has smelly wax coming out of it. im pretty sure it's a yeast infection. I have an appointment with the vet the earliest i could get was next thursday. is there any medicing i can buy or anything i can do for her until then?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd make sure it was a yeast infection first it could be ear mites. It has the same symptoms. Also your vet should be able to fit you in somewhere sooner, your dog's health and comfort is a t risk. I can't believe your vet would do this.

  5. 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.

  6. QUESTION:
    How do I know if my dog has ear mites?
    My dog has a red little bump on his ear (like if a mosquito bite). Does anyone know what it has?

    • ANSWER:
      Cat and Dog Ear Mites
      Signs & symptoms · Diagnosis · Treatment · Related articles
      What Are Ear Mites?
      Ear mites medical terms: cerumen, otodectes, notoedres, demodex, malassezia yeast, staphylococcus bacteria, streptococcus bacteria, pruritus
      Ear mites in dogs and ear mites in cats are tiny little creatures rather like spiders. They have 8 legs and live on or just under the surface of the skin. The two species of mites that cause ear infections are Otodectes and Notoedres. Otodectes infect dogs, cats, foxes and ferrets. Notoedres infect cats—usually the body and sometimes the ear. A common mite that causes skin infection and may involve areas of the head around the ears is demodex. While demodex causes skin infections around the ear, it does not cause infections in the ear canal.

      Who gets ear mites?
      Ear mites usually infect young pets, especially pets in shelters, and abandoned puppies and kittens. Older pets are somewhat resistant to mites. If the pet’s ear mites infect humans, the mite dies within a couple weeks because humans are not their natural host.

  7. 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

  8. QUESTION:
    Are ear mites on a dog contagious to other animals in my home?
    I have a 6 year old Huskie/ shepard mix that just moved into my home and I think she has ear mites , is this contagious to my other dog and cat?

    • ANSWER:
      If your daughter is a vet, there's NO WAY she would have said no. Ask her again. Either you misunderstood, or she's not really a DVM.

      Earmites are indeed highly contagious between fur-bearing animals in contact with each other....so much so, that when we diagnose them in one pet, we automatically treat ALL the pets in the household whether they are showing signs or not. If you don't, just as soon as one clears up, another one will have them....and when that one clears up, the first one will have them again. (The life cycle of the mites takes 3 weeks to complete.)

      The problem is that many people waste their time and effort (and money) treating earmites that don't exist in their pet. Bacterial/yeast infections are just as likely...and show the same symptoms. The only way to tell is to look into the ear with a special instrument we use (called an otoscope), and to look at the ear debris under a microscope. If earmites are confirmed, we have a medication that is 99% effective with a single application (the company says 100%, but every once in awhile we have to retreat 3-4 weeks later.) If it's a bacterial/yeast infection, he might need a deep ear flush, followed by appropriate prescription medications. Sometimes, we'll find a tumor or foreign object (like an embedded grass seed or thorn) down in the ear canal.

      If proper treatment is delayed, permanent damage to the eardrum and middle ear can develop, resulting in deafness.

  9. QUESTION:
    What could my dogs excessive itching be?
    My dog is itching its bottom an awful lot lately and it's only at night. At first I thought it could be worms but then I figured out that two days ago I washed my dog and shampoo must have gotten there and after I had finished washing my dog it kept wiggleing it's but like crazy. Could it be the shampoo irritating it or is it worms
    ?

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching. Itching can be caused by an allergic reaction (to flea bites, the food or treats you give him, the grooming products or house-cleaning products you are using), mites or steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot'). Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

      Many dogs are allergic to flea bites. You may not be able to see the fleas directly but you can always see the debris they leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If you see these and put them in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas on your dog with natural methods so that he is not exposed to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will harm him sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where he 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 the ingredients of the food/treats you give him. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. If they contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. Get food/treats that have no grains and that have meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      If you just introduced a new grooming product (or a house cleaning product), discontinue it immediately.

      MITES

      There are 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.

      If the reason for the itching is mites, avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals that will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend a natural, effective, easy to use, and inexpensive spray treatment 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

      Vets nowadays 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.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal) such as the ones commonly caused by the use of steroids like Prednisone, cortisone or the so called “allergy shot” or any secondary infections caused by flea bite allergy or mites, as well as cuts, scrapes, etc. 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 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.

  10. QUESTION:
    What Are Signs Of A Dog Ear Infection?
    My dog scratches her ears alot and then my other dog started doing it to and anytime i try to look at them they wont let me and are very squirmy. Any Ideas if this could be an infection, but if not what then?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Lemons!!! You can not treat this at home; she needs a vet as soon as possible. Some of the common things that could have caused this problem include; allergies, mites, bacteria, infection, something actually getting into the ear, diseases, and yeast infection (and this isn’t even a complete list if that gives you any idea of how many different things can have the symptoms you are describing.)

      If she continues to scratch them and you don’t take her to the vet she could rupture her eardrum if she hasn’t already. Your vet should clean the ears and teach you how to (must be careful if done incorrectly more damage could be caused.) He may have to sedate the dog depending on how painful it is for her. He will then take samples to see what is wrong with her. Most likely she will need medication (antibiotics, yeast cream ect or so forth depending on the problem.)

      I am sorry !!!. Lots of luck!!!
      Jason Homan

  11. QUESTION:
    Any ideas on what is wrong with my dogs skin?
    Hello, I have a 3 year german Shepard mix who has terrible skin problems. He has red spots, with dead skin around the edges that slowly peels away and becomes larger red spots. These are very itchy and cover his entire body He is loosing hard (not sure if this is just because of excess scratching and biting), and is so down lately. We have spent ,000+ at the vet and they still have no answers as to what's wrong. Someone please help me with an answer or a similar condition in their dog. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I relate I relate and I relate!!!! My dog had severe skin problems that the traditional meds (antibiotics, antihistamines, and steroids like prednisone) didnt help at all. Special diets, elimination diets and vitamins and herbs didn't help. Tests like skin biopsies and scrapes didn't find any cause. Blood work was normal.

      First though - if you have had any symptoms of being itchy even for just a couple days treat your dog for sarcoptic mange even if the scrape was negative.

      If you or anyone else hasn't been itchy this is what I did for my dog. A year went on with traditional vets. Then I saw a holistic vet who did a blood allergy test on her with heska.com. It cost 0 and I found she has a whole list of environmental allergies like grass and dust. Really I didn't need to test her. I can't avoid those things so the only option is to fix her immune system.

      Fixing the immune system starts with good diet. If you can add any amount of appropriate fresh food that's going to help. Digestive systems and immune systems are linked closely together. That's why stress can make some people have an upset stomach. The whole body is linked and works together. When the digestive system has to work harder in a dog to digest processed kibble and grains, that takes away from the immune system working as well.

      So first do a fast at least 24 hours and up to 48 hrs. See if you can help the diet. Even just adding probiotics (not acidophilus but ones for dogs) will be helpful.

      Ok next thing is to get the symptoms under control so the dogs not stressed and suffering. I found dermagic lotion to be so helpful. Also k9 Lycra top coat body suit helped and also prevented my dog from licking. The body suit will cost nearly for a gsd I believe. But out of all I tried, which was a lot, those are what worked. Also a pill called beta-thyme the holistic vet put my dog on was very good. It's a natural plant steroid you can buy over the internet. My 25 lb dog could get up to 2 a day.

      The third part is balancing the body. The vet put my dog on enzyme powders of the adrenal and pineal glands. Those have to do with natural cortisone production. If you want you can read about how it wolks in dr. Martin Goldsteins book "the art and science of animal healing". The vet also added vitamin c (a natural antihistamine) in the form of ester c, probiotics, and I already gave omega 3. The vet tried vitamin a therapy which does help some dogs skin problems but it didn't work with mine. B vitamins are also important so is zinc for the skin but your vet needs to discuss therapeutic doses.

      Finally if this doesn't work you may need to do allergy testing and get immunotherapy which can work in 1-3 years. The problem however is the immune system if not healed can develop new allergies at any time. It's like a star going supernova. Things that suppress the immune system like vaccines will just cause it to go into hyperdrive. Seeing a holistic vet is the best thing. But maybe even changing the diet alone to a raw diet will help.

      Oh and I forgot - secondary skin infections. From the scratching and chronic irritation secondary infections like staph bacteria or yeast usually occur. I found really the best thing topically was plain aloe for the sores.

  12. 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:
      A simple yeast infection is not contageous, but ear mites are. Take both dogs and have them checked just to be safe.

  13. QUESTION:
    Tips for a 10 year old black labrador on steroids?
    My dog Milly is currently on steroids for her skin allergies and as much as they help her itching and scratching, she is constantly hungry. I'm aware that this is a side affect but she is driving us all mad, in the nicest possible way, and we would like to help her. If anyone has any tips for how to keep her occupied, feel fuller for longer or the best food to give her, then please could you let me know. Thankyou!
    Just to make things a little more clearer and to help you when giving me advice. Milly is allergic to grass, dust mites and pine which is why she has skin allergies. Thank you for the recent answers, they are very helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      Steroids are about the worst medication for both dogs and humans. However, many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better and earn their money at all cost even if it is just a temporary fix 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 chronic skin problems.

      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

      If your dog has been on steroids, subsequent skin problems are most likely secondary skin infections resulting from steroid use, bacterial or fungal. For any skin infection 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.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can color dilution alopecia happen in a blk/tan doberman?
    My dog is almost 3 years old and has all the symptoms of color dilution alopecia but she is a black and tan not a blue or fawn. Can she have it?
    She has been to the vet. No mange and the vet doesn't think its thyroid based on her appearance. She does have a tan/brown undercoat over most of her body that is only supposed to be allowed around the neck area.

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog cannot have Color Dilution Alopecia ("CDA") because it isn't a Dilute. To determine the cause of her hair loss, look first to her breeder. Do you still keep in contact with her breeder? The breeder should be able to let you know if the parents or other littermates have any baldness. If they do, then this is purely a genetic baldness pattern. If you can't contact the breeder, then keep in mind that there is no way to know if this is simply baldness.

      My next guess, however, would be allergies. Is she scratching or licking a lot? Does she get any yeast infections? Any itchy ears or eyes? Or goop in her eyes? If she has any of these symptoms, she may have allergy problems. Since most kibbles have the same ingredients, buying an expensive kibble won't fix this problem - first you have to know what she's allergic to. I'd say you need to do 1 of 2 things: (1) Put her on an elimination diet, where you feed her one novel protein (i.e., a protein source she hasn't been exposed to before - so if her kibble has chicken and beef in it, try buying a kibble with just fish in it) and nothing else. If you ask at the pet store (try a local independent pet store), they should be able to help you find a good kibble. No treats, no nothing, just the kibble. For 2 months, minimum, to see if her symptoms cease and her hair starts coming back in. OR... (2) Put her on a raw diet. Most dogs that are on raw diets stop having allergy problems pretty quickly. Since most kibbles have some sort of grain or other gluten source, if that's what they're allergic to, then no kibble will help. On raw, their coats, and everything else about their general health, improve unbelievably. It's great. Not to mention the smaller, less frequent bowel movements and the decrease in the amount of gas expelled from their guts! Heaven. If you'd like to learn more about raw feeding, please check out the Yahoo! Group "Rawfeeding."

      If you really don't think it's genetics or allergies, then the thyroid would be the next place to look. She's a bit young to be showing symptoms at 3 years, but it's not impossible. Has she recently developed any behavioral problems like unexpected aggressive outbursts (another symptom of thyroid problems)? If you choose to test her thyroid, don't have your regular vet do it - just have him draw the sample and send it to Dr. Dodds. Just do a Google search for "Dr. Dodds Hemopet" and you'll find all the information you need to get this done. Dr. Dodds tests all 6 thyroid factors, whereas most vets only test four. And they analyze the results based on the sex, age and breed of the animal, instead of just generalizing all dogs as having the same healthy levels. This is definitely the way to go.

  15. QUESTION:
    Why do I get a painful rash on my legs when I go for an extra long walk?
    I haven't walked my dog for a while now because whenever I do, I come home with a rash on my legs that itches like no other and is hot to the touch compared to other parts of my body. (My dog is getting walked by my parents for now, so he is getting his exercise.)

    What do you think it is?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sounds like your malady may be a bacteria_fungus i.e. ringworm and/or yeast infection AND/OR an allergic reaction to something that is toxic to your liver/kidneys but it's hard to tell without seeing and learning the details about what you have been eating breathing and applying to your skin. SEE https://health.google.com/health/ref/Ringworm Monistat 7 will likely kill any fungus in a few days and better micro-nutrition will keep it killed and will also strengthen your liver lymph and kidney systems to handle allergic reactions with less suffering in the future.

      IF you think it may be an allergic reaction - although it may be a difficult process - try to identify your triggers from cosmetics meds nuts milk grains other-foods chlorine-water-in-showers etcetera by discontinuing them until the symptoms stop and then beginning them again to see how your body reacts. If you are like me you may start to see allergies to many things because the root problem for me was a severely weakened liver from too many nutritional supplements that were toxic and I never knew it until it was almost too late.

      After several months of pruritus Urticaria that began during the colder months of November inside a gas heated low humidity home, I have identified enough of my own triggers to allow my legs to heal with only a super-minimal amount of coconut cream and water rubbed on my skin and a minimal number of full body showers.

      After several applications my lymph glands have become severely allergic to petrolatum products that are similar to Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, and common sense has now taught me that any petroleum products should always become toxic to anyone’s kidney and liver with repeated applications. I had flare-ups immediately after I had applied organic olive oil so I eventually changed to minimal amounts of coconut oil after I had used a minimal amount of a petrolatum steroid for a few days to allow my legs to heal up. I also have flareups when I eat over 150 calories of nuts and/or milk fats and/or oils, but these usually flare up about three hours after eating them, but the olive oil always took about five to thirty minutes to begin itching.

      Skin diseases can always return again and again and again and can get much much worse over time if they are not resolved. Soo after reading your description I would strongly encourage you to seek out a 'good' doctor or a ‘good’ nurse and s/he will make a knowledgeable medical diagnosis and thoroughly explain the causes preventions and solutions much better than anyone on Yahoo_Answers could do without being able to see you personally.

      Also, to know how difficult or easy it should be for a doctor to make a ‘good’ diagnosis - I encourage you to also become a ‘good’ medical diagnostician from your doctor’s advice and your own research through Yahoo_Answers and via browser searches.

      FOR HELP WITH PICTURES & INFO SEE:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeast_infection
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016
      http://dermatology.about.com/cs/dermphotos/a/dermgallery.htm
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatosis_of_pregnancy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestational_diabetes
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_disease

      ITCHINGS & RASHES/BLISTERS CAN BE CAUSED BY EITHER:

      * an allergic reaction to ‘toxins’ in one’s food or skin applications or meds or air (i.e. molds or smoke or vapors) etc.

      * fungal bacterial = thrush yeast_infection jock_itch ringworm etc.

      * viral = measles smallpox etc.

      * parasitical = scabies_mite lice etc.

      * inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut = pellagra scurvy beriberi rickets etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra

      * either sun or hormonal or stress related or a combination of the above that make it difficult to find a definite cause
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/formication

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful experience of pruritus-itching and rashes in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – a self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

      PS - IF you are interested, I feel I have become a quasi-expert on rashes and pruritus itching after many years of off and on flare ups due to my own nutritionally related asthma and gallbladder disease that ‘continued’ to become heart disease and T2 diabetes and then non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with either PBC or PSC. So you are not alone. Many many people suffer from pruritus and I have learned very late in my own disease(s) that when it is nutritionally related most doctors do not tell their patients that inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut and liver ‘might’ be the root cause and the best solution, and is also the most likely cause to the pruritus and liver diseases that are currently overwhelming our American culture. So to do my part to make a difference in the world I now take a little time each week to help others understand why better micro-nutrition absorption in the gut is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC . I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them – please pass on what you will learn from your own malady to your family friends neighbors and acquaintances. My best to you and yours. AI - nutritionIsT >[(-:]

  16. QUESTION:
    What can be done for a bad case of ear mites in a German Shepard dog?
    It's my neighbors dog and I feel so sorry for him!

    • ANSWER:
      What if its not??? If the dog has ear mites there will be black debri in the dogs ear canals & inside ear flaps . (Mite poop) OTC mite meds work good ridding this problem.
      If the itching is caused by yeast thats another problem. Most yeast ear infections are immune responses. Or, if the dog got sprayed in the face with a water hose & developed ear infections yeast meds work. Womans vaginal yeast creams work. If its yeast the ear will be red, moist looking and smelly. If its immune system related there's not much you can do but treat the symptoms and they always recur.

  17. QUESTION:
    what does it mean if my dog is biting out her hair?
    My dog is about 3 years old. I think she might have fleas but she is bitting her hair out. She has a big bald spot and it look like she has dry skin. What is wrong with her?

    • 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 sometimes coupled with a 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog keep scrating and biting herself?
    I have a miniture poodle who is about 9 years old, last night she wasn't herself of constant panting and scratching herself literally ever five minutes, I woke up an she was sick on the floor. She just doesn't seem herself.

    • 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.

  21. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of dog ear mites?
    My dog gets ear mites regularly... the vets meds help but they come back!!! I clean as often as he will let me and I have tried all kinds of drops, dring creams etc....

    • ANSWER:
      Introduction
      Ear mites (otodectes cynotis) are common to most pets - especially strays. Symptoms include scratching, shaking of the head and a reddish brown or black waxy buildup in the ears.
      Instructions
      Difficulty: Moderately challenging
      Things You'll Need
      Mite Medications For Pets
      Cotton Swabs
      Medicine Droppers
      Mineral Oils
      Flea Shampoos
      Steps
      1Step OneConfirm with your veterinarian that your pet has ear mites.
      2Step TwoUse a small dropper with lukewarm mineral oil to lightly coat the inside of the ear. After several hours, the waxy buildup should soften so that you can clean out the ear with a cotton ball.
      3Step ThreeAsk your veterinarian about prescription insecticide or use an over-the-counter brand - these are fine for most cases. Use the product as directed.
      4Step FourBe patient and thorough. Treatments can take up to four weeks - enough time to eliminate any eggs that might hatch.
      5Step FiveGive your pet mild flea baths during the treatment period to squelch any wayward mites.
      6Step SixConsult with your vet about more aggressive medication for a particularly stubborn case.
      7Step SevenTreat all the animals in the household at the same time because the mites will relocate to new hosts.
      Tips & Warnings
      Check your pet's ears for a strong rancid smell. This could indicate an ear infection. Ask your vet for a medication that will treat the infection and eliminate ear mites.
      If you don't want to use traditional medications, dab mineral oil in your pet's ears (after they have been cleaned) with a cotton swab, twice a week for a month.
      Consider using an anti-yeast medication, since secondary yeast infections are commonly found with ear mite infestations.

  22. 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

  23. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any personal experience with fatigue caused by yeast-candida?
    I am hoping to learn more about the possibility of fatigue caused by the over growth of yeast or "Candida". I have been doing a lot of research on the internet, but have found so many different opinions on how to treat it, what the diet should look like and different symptoms that it may cause. A lot of it doesn't seem to match up. I am looking to find the best sites to look for real information, possible facts, studies and personal success stories. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Gidday mate, please please please buy the book "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About IBS" ~

      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0446690910/healingchoice-20

      Chapter 6 details precisely how to eliminate the yeast overgrowth known as candida albicans ........... i personally eliminated a vast array of symptoms including fatigue and exhaustion, constipation, bloating, headaches and migraines, moodiness and irritability, achy bones, cramping, nausea, thrush, fingernail fungus all by simply eliminating the source of food for the yeast ie ~ yeast and processed sugar.

      The classic telltale signs of a yeast overgrowth ....... candidiasis ...... are those of a white tongue (thrush), toenail or fingernail fungus, jock itch or athlete's foot, and vaginal yeast infections........... an overgrowth of yeast can affect virtually every system of the body with the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, endocrine, nervous and immune systems being the most susceptible.... common symptoms of candidiasis include:

      Digestive disorders, including IBS;
      Gastrointestinal symptoms: thrush, bloating gas, rectal itching;
      Vaginal yeast infections;
      Urinary tract infections;
      Athlete's foot or jock itch;
      Fungal toenails or fingernails;
      Cravings for sugar, bread, or alcohol;
      Diaper rash;
      Fatigue;
      Irritability (especially when hungry);
      Premenstrual syndrome and menstrual problems;
      Fibromyalgia;
      headaches;
      Brain fog;
      Skin problems or itching;
      Numbness or tingling in the extremities;
      Respiratory problems;
      Depression;
      Hypoglycemia;
      Short attention span;
      Loss of libido.

      Candidiasis almost never occurs in people with healthy immune systems who eat a diet low in sugar and yeast....you need to avoid all yeast and sugar products to kill a yeast infection ......... sugar will literally feed the yeast overgrowth allowing it to flourish......... ditch the alcohol and sodas and diet sodas too if you drink any .......... antiobiotics, especially broad - spectrum antiobiotics will also kill the helpful bacteria which you need for a healthy gut ........ supplement with a good quality probiotic to rebalance gut flora ......... this part is absolutely essential for without the good flora your system will remain completely out of whack ...... eat more alkaline forming foods such as leafy and green vegies, fishes such as tuna, salmon, sardines and whiting, organic nuts and seeds such as almonds and brazil nuts........ all these foods are rich in magnesium and will thus encourage the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy aiding in digestion and effective elimination ........the leafy greens and fishes are also rich in calcium and protein and the fish are a rich source of vitamin D too ....... eat organic brown rice and quinoa (prounounced keen ~ wah) as they are both a rich source of the B complex of vitamins and will provide you with the carbs you need for sustained energy and the quinoa is also rich in calcium and iron .......... don't forget about getting enough iron on a daily basis too ie ~ lean red meats ..... Avoid sugars such as honey, molasses, fructose, maltose, lactose (that means all milk and dairy products) and fruit juices ...... avoid artificial sweetners and foods containing brewer's yeast - ie - alcohol such as beer, wine, brandy, whiskey, rum, ciders and root beer.... avoid baker's yeast ie ~ breads and rolls and pastries .... avoid mushrooms ... avoid fruits and vegies with any sign of mold growth on them .... avoid fermented beverages and condiments including mayonnaise, ketchup, pickled vegies and pickles, salad dressings (use lemon and olive oil instead), soy sauce and vinegar .... avoid all types of hard cheeses which are a pretty good source of mold.... avoid processed and smoked meats and fish, including hot dogs, sausages, luncheon meats etc....... these meats are processed with sugar, spices, yeast and other preservatives .... avoid canned bottled or frozen fruit and vegie juices cos they have loads of sugar and are commonly made from overripened or damaged produce; generally the skin of the fruit contains surface mold and rotten spots, which are pulverised into the juice... avoid dried fruits.... avoid coffee & tea as much as you can as caffeine will aggravate yeast overgrowth..................... you don't need to use medications to kill a yeast overgrowth ..... simply eliminate their food source and they will disappear on their own ...... if you normalise the bacterial flora in the gastrointestinal tract you will feel much better and in most cases won't need drugs ♥

      truly, eat loads and loads of green and leafy vegies, squeeze lemon juice over it to spice it up and help torch bacteria and bolster both your immunity and digestive process ........eat some low sugar fruits each day too such as strawberries, pears and watermelon and cold water fresh fishes and brown rice / quinoa and watch it clear up........ oh, drink loads and loads of fresh filtered water to ... to ensure you are properly hydrated as the healthiest and happiest body will always be the most hydrated one .

      make sure that you only eat organic nuts and seeds like almonds, brazil nuts and sunflower seeds too as they "preserve" the commercial varieties with sulfites and other nasty chemicals that will upset sensitive digestive systems.

      hope you feel better soon

      peace 2 you

  24. QUESTION:
    I have a dog with re-occuring yeast infections please help?
    I have a Labrador Retriever that is about 3 years old, and hes on his 4th yeast infection within the last 6 months. Poor baby :( I have been back and forth to the vet getting antibiotics, antifungal meds and prednisone.The vet has done thyroid tests (came back normal), and skin samples to ensure it is not any kind of mite etc. I have tried changing his food multiple times, but nothing seems to work. He gets treated and gets better then within a few weeks gets it right back again :(. I have inquired about the new "allergy test" that is VERY expensive 500.00, and have friends that have had it done with a non-conclusive result. I am wondering if anyone out there has any good advice for me? I am looking for a good food that will not trigger a yeast infection. One I am looking at is by IAMS and says its for "sensitive systems". I am almost at the point where I may just feed him a diet of chicken and rice, its a lot of work but if it helps Oliver its worth it. Thanks in advance!!

    • ANSWER:
      Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains. In your case, they may even be the cause of your dog's skin problems.

      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.

      If you want to get your dog cured for good, stop the steroids and try the following remedy. For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal) such as the ones commonly caused by the use of steroids like prednisone, cortisone or the allergy shot or any secondary infections caused by scratching, 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.

  25. 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.

  26. QUESTION:
    My dog keeps on licking the bottom of his paws and keeps biting his nails. What Should I do?
    He's a 2 years old in human years. He's a yorkshire terrier

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog may have allergies - one symptom is constant licking and chewing of the paws. Also, with a lot of licking, sometimes they end up getting yeast infections in their paws. You need to take him to the vet for medication.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. QUESTION:
    my dog chews his feet?can it be a yeast infection?
    idk i think my Scrappy has an infection b/c he chews on his paws and they are all red and his ear stinks and has black stuff in them
    there exam is going to be next week
    are these symptoms of yeast infection
    does it spread and can it kill a dog?
    no....my dogs don't have fleas for sure...100% sure
    they will get an exam this or nxt week depending when our vet is available

    • ANSWER:
      My Lab chews and nibbles on her paws and gets recurrent ear infections. Her problem is due to a dust allergy. So it's not necessarily a yeast infection, although the vet will find the real cause.
      You will need ear drops to help clear the ear problem up. Milly takes antihistamines to help with the itching and also an antiseptic spray that helps to cleanse and cool the hot spots.
      Your dog must be very miserable with all the itching, l know Milly seems to get frustrated when hers flares up but the treatment soon helps.
      The sooner you see the vet the better, as the ear infection will just get worse and can cause some dogs to snap as they get stressed out.
      Hope he's feeling better soon.

  30. QUESTION:
    Outside of taking my dog to the vet, is there a natural remedy for Malassezia in dogs?
    My dog I believe has Malassezia, unfortunately I have no income and can't take her to the vet. Is there a natrual remedy to treat an yeast infection? or even to help ease the symptoms. We make our own dog food, add oil to food, bathe her at least once a month but usually twice a month,and especially the odor of the dog. Please help

    • ANSWER:
      I'm going to assume by making your own dog food you mean a raw diet, with raw plain beef, buffalo, chicken, or etc. meat with added vitamin/mineral balancer (http://k9rawdiet.com/Animal-Essentials-Herbal-Multi-Vitamin-for-Cats-Dogs-pr-138.html) and added omega 3&6 oil(http://k9rawdiet.com/Iceland-Pure-Wild-Sardine-Anchovy-Oil-pharmaceutical-grade-and-unscented-17-oz-pr-200.html). I'm hoping you don't mean human food, if you are, I suggest you stop and put her on a high quality kibble, like Blue Buffalo Wilderness.

      Usually, this is a fungal yeast infection that is recurring in dogs. Now, the only thing I could find was this on a vet website:

      "The treatment the authors recommended with good evidence was topical treatment with a shampoo containing a combination of 2% miconazole nitrate and 2% chlorhexidine gluconate applied twice a week for three weeks. Systemically, two oral treatments were recommended with fair support: ketoconazole and itraconazole. Although a dosage range of 5 to 10 mg/kg ketoconazole given once a day for three weeks is effective, the authors recommended the lower dose of 5 mg/kg because it appeared to be as effective as the higher dose yet would lessen the chances of adverse effects. The recommended dose for itraconazole is 5 mg/kg given once a day two consecutive days a week for three weeks. Administration with food is recommended to enhance absorption. The authors did not find strong enough evidence to support other therapies. In those animals that experience chronic relapses, regular topical treatments or pulse therapy with itraconazole is recommended. Topical therapies are preferred because of the lower risk for toxicity. The authors recommend single-agent studies to further evaluate each drug’s individual efficacy and optimal frequency of administration."

      You may be able to buy these things at the vet or even at a human pharmacy or pet store and save a lot. Now, I don't suggest it, but it may be your only option.

      Keep bathing down, as she already has itchy dry skin. The bathing makes it worse.

  31. QUESTION:
    Could patchy fur be a symptom of Lyme Disease?
    We shaved my dog, a border collie/ Australian shepherd mix, at the beginning of summer. Now her hair is growing out in patches. Is this a symptom?

    • ANSWER:
      I had Lyme disease. You feel achy and tired and just worn out. If you don't catch it in time or don't see the bulls eye rash then it could lead to major neurological problems and other major medical problems.
      I haven't heard of hair loss with Lyme disease.
      I would think more of hypothyroid, fungus/yeast infection, skin parasites, or any type of allergy. This is a good question for the vet.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog lick his paws and scratch himself?
    Hes on flea medicine. He has been all summer, so its def no fleas. Theres no visible signs of bugs or anything like that. Its getting so bad that he keeps me up at night. Should i change his food? Maybe allergies?

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching. Itching can be caused by an allergic reaction (to flea bites, the food or treats you give him, the grooming products or house-cleaning products you are using), mites or steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot'). Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

      Many dogs are allergic to flea bites so even one flea on an allergic dog may cause a lot of havoc. You may not be able to see the fleas directly but you can always see the debris they leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If you see these and put them in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas on your dog with natural methods so that he is not exposed to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will harm him sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where he 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 the ingredients of the food/treats you give him. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. If they contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. Get food/treats that have no grains and that have meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      If you just introduced a new grooming product (or a house cleaning product), discontinue it immediately.

      MITES

      There are 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.

      If the reason for the itching is mites, avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals that will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend a natural, effective, easy to use, and inexpensive spray treatment 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

      Vets nowadays 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.

      SKIN INFECTION AND ITCHING REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal) such as the ones commonly caused by the use of steroids like Prednisone, cortisone or the so called “allergy shot” or any secondary infections caused by flea bite allergy or mites, as well as cuts, scrapes, etc. 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 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:
    My dog has itchy flaky skin and excessive licking and course hair falling out?
    My dog has flaky scaly skin and coase hair falling out

    • 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.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is baking soda ok to put in a birds bedding to eliminate odor?
    I own a young lovebird around a 9 months old. I was thinking about mixing baking soda in his bedding to help eliminate odors but I know birds are very sensitive to odors and expecially chemicals so I wanted to make sure it would be ok first.

    • ANSWER:
      Baking soda is nontoxic and, therefore, safe for use around your dogs, cats, and other pets. It makes it easy to control odors and clean up accidents that are a natural part of having pets in the family.

      Usually people use it to clean the bottom of the bird's cage by sprinkling baking soda on a damp sponge and scrubbing. Wipe the cage clean until it's dry.

      You should use a bedding product which can be easily examined. A change in your bird's droppings can be an indicator of illness so they should be examined each day. You want a product which will make it easy to see the constistency, color, volume, shape and number of the droppings. An easy to examine bedding will also enable you to see what food your bird is eating and what is winding up on the bottom of the cage. You will need to change bedding materials daily so that fresh droppings aren't confused with older ones.

      Heres some bad ones:

      Corn Cobs - Once ingested, corn cobs can remain in the body for years before causing illness or death. Ingested corn cobs absorb moisture and swell, which can cause impaction, bleeding and death. Baby birds can also develop bacteria and yeast infections from the ingested material. When wet or in humid climates, cobs can grow Aspergillus molds which cause a respiratory disease in birds. This disease is difficult to treat and can be fatal. The cobs will also absorb moisture from your bird's droppings, promoting growth of organisms and hiding loose poops. It's a poor material for examining droppings.

      Walnut Shells - Walnut shells, when eaten, can inflame and irritate organs, causing internal damage, bleeding and death. Like all bedding products, they need changing frequently to prevent growth of organisms. Their examinability is also poor.

      Cedar Shavings - Cedar shavings contain ingredients which can be toxic to birds. Even their aroma is caustic. They can cause dermatitis, allergic symptoms and irritation of the digestive tract. They also make it difficult to examine your bird's droppings.

      Pine Shavings - Pine shavings don't have the toxicity of cedar and are commonly used as nesting materials for birds. While it appears safe for the parents, ingestion can still cause infections and impaction in the chicks. Like other materials, pine shavings should be changed (or the top layers removed) frequently to prevent the growth of organisms. Since poops can fall between the pieces and absorb liquid, it is difficult to examine and monitor your bird's poops.

      Kitty Litter - There are two kinds of kitty litter, regular and clumping. Both are dangerous. Clumping litter contains ingredients which can absorb moisture and swell to over 10 times their size, possibly causing crop impaction, gastrointestinal tract obstruction and death. Even if not eaten, there is a possibility of inhalation of the powdered portion of kitty litter. These products absorb liquid and make poop examination difficult.

      **Paper Products - Paper products are the safest materials to use for bedding. Unprinted newspaper, printed newspaper, paper towels, any plain paper and even brown paper bags can be used. Paper towels are expensive and very absorbant and are a better choice for chicks. If using printed newspaper, don't use the glossy pages or the pages with colored ink as these inks may contain lead and other harmful chemicals. Paper and paper products are very easy to change and allow you to visibly monitor droppings. They are also relatively inexpensive.

      So for your bird's sake, use paper materials to line your bird's cages. NEVER use corn cobs, walnut shells, cedar shavings or kitty litter. Limit pine shavings to nesting material. If a new product comes along, do some research and see how it passes the above criteria before you consider using it.

      Paper is not only safer, it is also cheaper. I use papertowels, and just change them everyday.

      None of us likes the task of changing cage bottoms. And the larger the cage, the more annoying the task. However, cage linings should be changed daily, both for health reasons and to enable you to examine the freshly made poops. You can make this task a bit easier by putting multiple layers of paper in the cage bottom and then removing one or two layers each day. Once all the layers are used up, wash the cage bottom thouroughly before putting in the new paper.

      Sorry that was kind of long! But I hope it helped a little!

  35. QUESTION:
    How long does a cold or 'flu infection take to show symptoms?
    I want to track back and figure out exactly when I caught it (and from whom).

    • ANSWER:
      Watch this video for why you shouldn’t take the vaccines.
      http://www.republicbroadcasting.org/index.php?cmd=videos.video&videoID=147

      http://www.consciousmedianetwork.com/video/112408.htm
      (What’s in a flu shot)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIjm9w_-tNY

      DON'T TAKE IT!! Or you may get cancer its mass genocide; the vaccine has mercury in it!! It’s the 2d most toxic substance on earth. More people get cancer that take the vaccines, than thoes who do not. In the UK they plan to give every teenage girl free vaccine to supposedly protect them from cervical cancer. Independent scientific evidence shows that there IS no link between the HPV Papilloma virus and cancer, NO LINK! Watch video for evidence – http://www.infowars.com/articles/science/vaccines_hpv_great_hoax_exposed.htm

      It’s the same with all vaccines, children's too, can't you see the huge increase in autism and other learning difficulties. Mercury is a deadly toxin and a baby's undeveloped brain has no resistance to the mercury. The same aply's to the flu jab and the Aids vaccine. The government need sick people because that the biggest money making racket after oil and war. More people make money out of cancer that those who die from it. Do your own research on the Internet, goggle dangerous vaccines or view them on you tube.

      WHY do people not ask what is in the vaccine??????????????? Before they put the shot in their body? Even doctors can’t tell what the ingredients are because they just accept what their told and give it to you. Go on ask what’s in it, you won’t get any answers!

      Parents of the gulf war solders asking what was in the vaccines that the army gave were told that that was classified information!! (It was actually a flu jab).

      VACCINE INGREEDIENTS:
      Phenol (poison)
      Formaldehyde (Cancer causing)
      Alum (Preservative)
      Acetone (Nail polish remover)
      Aluminium phosphate (toxic deodorants)
      Glycerine (toxic liver, kidney and lung damage)
      Monosodium glutamate (MSG allergic)
      Toxic metals, lead, cadmium, aluminium and MERCUARY (thimerosal)
      Faecal matter, dog kidney, monkey kidney
      Horse and calf serum, pig blood, horse blood and rabbit brains
      Yeast proteins
      Antibiotics
      RNA and DNA from growth medium including retro viruses from animals
      SV40 cancer causing from monkeys associated with brain and lung tumours
      Aborted baby lung tissue.
      Scary ugh?

  36. QUESTION:
    How to stop my dog from itching?
    I have a jack russell x shih tzu in auckland, nz who is a year and a half and she has a skin condition where she is always itching. i have taken her to the vets a few times and given her steroids, medicated shampoo and other tablets to try and help her but shes still itching. i dont want to keep giving her different drugs because i dont think it is healthy for her. What else cud i do to help her stop itching?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh no...it is bad news that your dog has been treated with seroids. Never, ever give steroids to your dog again. If you do, you are setting yourself up for a long time of misery and huge health problems for your dog, including chronic skin issues.

      I guess many vets nowadays assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better above all else and if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks.

      Steroids do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains.

      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

      For your dog's skin issues 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 and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Among many other uses, it has been effectively used as a remedy for bacterial and fungal infections. 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.

      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.

  37. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog eat the hide off of his backside?
    He is always rubbing his back against anything with traction; me, his cage(whether or not he is currently in it). He has exposed his skin, it looks like open sores almost- no bleeding but close and he constantly gnaws at it. I believe that fleas could be involved, but am concerned that there's more to it. Please assist.
    In truth, it was my dog until about 4 months ago- I'd let my brother have him. I draw disability and have no $ for the vet. But, thanks to all for your answers.
    In truth, it was my dog until about 4 months ago- I'd let my brother have him. I draw disability and have no $ for the vet. But, thanks to all for your answers.
    Problem solved, a most INANE amount of fleas were "livivg" in an old shack not very far from the house-Jesse(the dog) was getting out of the fence and traversing over to the area whenever nobody was looking('cept my brother this morning) he's been given a bath with something different he's bought and is putting salve on it. Now it just looks like thinning hair where it was bad-looking.Thanks for all of the responses. But, to clarify a few things; 1) Jesse was my dog until about a year ago when I had to move and gave him to my brother 2) I'd considered taking him to the vet but draw disability and therefore can't afford it 3) My bro is still taking him to vet asap thanks to the possibility of it being more than just those fleas.

    • 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:
    My dog has a white, yeasty, thick liquid in her vagina. What is it?
    I thought she may have a bladder infection, but after I looked up the signs she doesn't show any of the symptoms. She is a spayed great dane who is 2 years old. Any idea what else it could be?

    • ANSWER:
      dogs can get yeast infectsions as well.
      i'd take her to the vet and get it checked out.

  39. QUESTION:
    My pet maltese has recurring yellow gunk on his eyes?
    We're not sure what is causing it. We don't try to give him any human food and buy him organic food. The vet here (we live in a developing country) gave us some medicine and eye drops but instead of trying to treat the symptoms, I'd like to find out the cause. Could it be a protein allergy? This sounds odd for an animal that is basically a carnivore. Does anyone know what might be causing this and how to treat it/avoid it in the future?

    • ANSWER:
      This is very common to the breed - you probably already know that - and there seems to be a genetic predisposition with certain dogs that makes it more pronounced. Your vet provided you with some meds that are likely for treating infections. Yeast infection is the most common.

      Diet can affect tear production, but you say the diet is already good. Have you thought about the water? Water high in mineral content can cause more tearing and staining in maltese. Purified water may help to reduce it somewhat.

      There are several products that may help. "Maltese Stay White Tear Stain Remover" gets good reviews, but I don't know how available these will be in your country. "Angel Eyes" is another common product.

      There is a commonly held belief that a single pip of orange daily will help. I guess the thinking might be due to the vitamin C? I don't know whether it is true or not. Other people say dogs shouldn't have oranges at all. Westies are also prone to eye gunk/stains and beard stains too. Our Westie breeder told us to feed a single orange pip per day. Our dog's eyes are perfectly clear and he has no beard or eye stains. It is anecdotal evidence. My wife believes in the orange thing, I am more skeptical and think it may be just the happy chance of genetics. But, I can't rule out the possibility that it is the orange. I know others that say the orange thing works and some that say it doesn't.

      Anyways, you know that the problem is common. Anything you do is not likely to eliminate it, but it may relieve it a bit.

      Considering the breed and what you describe, I am dubious about any allergies. Of course, neither can I rule it out.

  40. QUESTION:
    My dog itches his butt side and legs?
    I don't think it's anything contagious as we have another dog is he allergic or something?

    • 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.

  41. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my dog is allergic to her food?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a distinction that needs to be made between food allergies and food intolerances. Food allergies are true allergies and show the characteristic symptoms of itching and skin problems associated with canine and feline allergies. Food intolerances can result in diarrhea or vomiting and do not create a typical allergic response. Food intolerances in pets would be similar to people that get diarrhea or an upset stomach from eating spicy or fried foods. Fortunately, both food intolerances and allergies can be eliminated with a diet free from offending agents.Common food culprits

      Several studies have shown that some ingredients are more likely to cause food allergies than others. In order of the most common offenders in dogs are beef, dairy products, chicken, wheat, chicken eggs, corn, and soy. As you may have noticed, the most common offenders are the most common ingredients in dog foods. This correlation is not a coincidence. While some proteins might be slightly more antigenic than others, many proteins are similar in form and the incidence of allergic reactions are probably associated with the amount of exposure. For example, pet foods have historically been made up of beef, chicken, corn, and wheat. In an effort to combat food allergies, several companies produced a diet made of lamb and rice. There was nothing special about lamb and rice diets except those two ingredients were normally not present in pet foods. Animals had not eaten lamb or rice before, and therefore, had not developed an allergy to it yet. If the main ingredients in pet food become lamb and rice, then it would stand to reason that the most common problem foods could become lamb and rice. The determinant of whether a food is likely to cause a food allergy or not is based on the structure and size of the glycoprotein in the food. In addition, many lamb and rice-based foods contain many other ingredients, and if the animal has a food allergy to any of them, this lamb and rice food will do nothing to treat the food allergy. In addition, while many people criticized and blamed preservatives and flavorings as a source of food allergies, studies have shown that they are not the causes, and while we may not have justifiable health concerns about preservatives, food allergies is not one of them.

      Symptoms

      The symptoms of food allergies are similar to those of most allergies seen in dogs and cats. The primary symptom is itchy skin. Symptoms may also include chronic or recurrent ear infections, hair loss, excessive scratching, hot spots, and skin infections that respond to antibiotics but reoccur after antibiotics are discontinued. There is evidence that dogs with food allergies may sometimes have an increased incidence of bowel movements. One study showed that non-allergic dogs have around 1.5 bowel movements per day where some dogs with food allergies may have 3 or more per day.

      It is difficult to distinguish an animal suffering from food allergies from an animal suffering from atopy or other allergies based on physical signs. However, there are a few signs that always make me suspect food allergies. One of these, is a dog with recurrent ear problems, particularly yeast infections. Another, is a very young dog with moderate or severe skin problems. A third tip off, is if a dog suffers from allergies year-round or if the symptoms begin in the winter. And the final clue, is a dog that has very itchy skin but does not respond to antihistamines or steroid treatment.

      Diagnosis

      The diagnosis for food allergies is very straightforward. But due to the fact that many other problems can cause similar symptoms and that many times animals are suffering from more problems than just food allergies, it is very important that all other problems are properly identified and treated prior to undergoing diagnosis for food allergies. Atopy, flea bite allergies, intestinal parasite hypersensitivities, sarcoptic mange, and yeast or bacterial infections can all cause similar symptoms as food allergies. Once all other causes have been ruled out or treated, then it is time to perform a food trial.

      Elimination diets and provocative testing: A food trial consists of feeding an animal a novel food source of protein and carbohydrate for 12 weeks. A novel food source would be a protein and carbohydrate that the animal had never eaten before. An example would be rabbit and rice, or venison and potato, or duck and rutabagas. These are homemade diets but there are several commercial diets available on the market. Special Foods produced by Hill's and Purina, and a food named EXclude are used by many dermatologists. Regardless of the diet used, it must be the only thing the animal eats for 12 weeks. This means no treats; absolutely nothing but the special food and water. Young growing pets have special dietary needs and a homemade diet that only contains one protein and one carbohydrate with no multivitamin or fatty acid may not be suitable even for only twelve weeks. For puppies undergoing a food trial, a balanced commercial diet like the ones listed above is recommended.

      A food trial consists of feeding a dog a novel food source of protein and carbohydrate for 12 weeks.
      Veterinarians used to recommend that a pet only needed to be placed on a special diet for 3 weeks, but new studies show that in dogs, only 26% of those with food allergies responded by day 21. However, the vast majority of pets responded by 12 weeks. Therefore, it is very important to keep the pet on the diet for the entire 12 weeks. If the dog shows a marked reduction or elimination of the symptoms, then the animal is placed back on the original food. This is called 'provocative testing' and is essential to confirm the diagnosis. If the symptoms return after going back on the original diet, the diagnosis of a food allergy is confirmed. If there has been no change in symptoms but a food allergy is still strongly suspected, then another food trial using a different novel food source could be tried.

      We must reiterate that placing a dog on a commercial lamb and rice formula dog food is not an acceptable way to diagnose or treat food allergies. Lamb and rice are no longer considered novel food sources and most commercial lamb and rice diets also contain wheat, egg, corn, or other ingredients that can be the cause of the food allergy. Despite the implication by dog food companies to the contrary, these foods do not prevent food allergies nor are they considered adequate for diagnosis. While these diets may provide adequate nutrition, they are not a substitute for a true, novel protein source diet.

      http://www.dogsonly.org/FoodAllergies.html

  42. QUESTION:
    My dogs white fur is going red in places and she is scratching a lot?
    I have a white shitzu just over a year old. Her white fur on her bottom is going red, as is on the joints underneath her chest. We have treated her for fleas but yet she is still scratching . Please can anyone help with advice

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching. Itching can be caused by an allergic reaction (to flea bites, the food or treats you give her, the grooming products or house-cleaning products you are using), mites or steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot'). Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

      Many dogs are allergic to flea bites so even one flea on an allergic dog may cause a lot of havoc. You may not be able to see the fleas directly but you can always see the debris they leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If you see these and put them in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas on your dog with natural methods so that he is not exposed to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will harm her sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where she 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 the ingredients of the food/treats you give her. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. If they contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. Get food/treats that have no grains and that have meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      If you just introduced a new grooming product (or a house cleaning product), discontinue it immediately.

      MITES

      There are 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.

      If the reason for the itching is mites, avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals that will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend a natural, effective, easy to use, and inexpensive spray treatment 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

      Vets nowadays 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.

      SKIN INFECTION AND ITCHING REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal) such as the ones commonly caused by the use of steroids like Prednisone, cortisone or the so called “allergy shot” or any secondary infections caused by flea bite allergy or mites, as well as cuts, scrapes, etc. 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 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.

  43. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have an ear infection?
    I was going to clean my dog's ears but I read on numerous websites that if they're infected he should be taken to the vet. My dog only has two of the five common symptoms (his ears stink and he always scratches them, but he doesn't shake or tilt his head, and he's not sensitive about his ears. They're also not irritated looking). I was wondering should I take him to the vet or just clean them at home. I don't want to take him to the vet if he doesn't need to go because he really doesn't like it :( but if he needs to go I don't want to put it of any longer.

    • ANSWER:
      you can buy a simple ear wash from the vet without making an appointment. I don't know if its available at petstores because i've always gotten mine by going to the vet office and buying it. Sometimes just flushing the ear regularly will keep the problem under controll or nip it in the bud when it starts to come on. There are other things that can go on in their ears besides infection, foreign body, lesions, growths, fungus, yeast. It wont hurt to try to fix it with the ear wash before seein a vet. Many times when you take your dog to the vet for an ear infection and its too dirty to get a look inside they will just send you home with an ear wash regimen for a week or 2 weeks so that the ear will be clean then and they can see what is going on inside.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is there any way to get rid of tinea on your torso?
    Is there anyway to get rid of tinea besides using selsun blue. That doens't work for me.
    It is tinea versicolor. When I go to the tanning bed I always get it, or can at least see it better. I saw a doctor for this a few years ago, and it wasn't the ringworm tinea. I forgot what he prescribed me, but I remember it took forever to get rid of it.

    • ANSWER:
      Tinea meaning ringworm is a contagious (with the exception of Tinea versicolor) fungal skin infection. Although its name means ringworm, in reality the skin condition is not caused by a worm but the name is derived from its characteristic pattern of distribution which refers to series of rings as it spread to the surrounding areas. Tinea infection is quite common among children and is contagious. The mode of transmission is usually through direct skin-to-skin contact, as well as contact with potential contaminated items. Soil is usually the source of the fungus but animals such as cats, dogs and rodents are carriers. The most often primary source of the fungus is from the infected persons. Minor skin trauma (e.g. scratches or excoriations and abrasions) and poor skin hygiene increases the potential for tinea infection. Over-the-counter topical creams, ointments, power and spray are the usual drug forms used to eradicated most of the fungal elements once diagnosed with tinea infection. The doctor most of the time recommend an antifungal topical ointment for ringworm of the skin or an oral medication for those with ringworm of the scalp and nails. It is very important that washing then drying first of the affected area is done first using a clean towel before the application of antifungal topical preparations. Clothing is advisable to be changed especially the underwear daily, particularly in cases of jock itch. The treatment is usually for a period of 2 weeks, even if the symptoms disappear. This is to prevent recurrence of the infection. Tinea Versicolor . Often abbreviated as TV, this condition is due to a sudden overgrowth of a yeast ubiquitous to human skin. Often abbreviated as TV, this condition is due to a sudden overgrowth of a yeast ubiquitous to human skin. The culprit, Malassezia furfur, is a yeast that grows on everyone’s skin. M. furfur is not contagious and is typically an organism we never realize is there. So the condition is not contagious. For a creature found on 90-100 percent of adults, it’s only a nuisance to some 2-8% of all Americans. However, since heat and humidity do play a role in developing this condition, Southerners are far more likely than Northerners to develop TV. And in some humid tropical countries, the rate of developing TV approaches fifty percent! In keeping with the name versicolor, the eruption is most commonly characterized by an odd assortment of flat, scaling multi-hued creamy and brown patches, which polka dot the upper torso, shoulders, neckline and sometimes the lower face. Edges of the dime-sized patches may coalesce, merging into larger patches. Sunlight makes the rash far more noticeable, explaining why so many TV patients seek out the dermatologist each summer. The yeast can stimulate melanosomes (packages of the skin pigment melanin) to be come larger. Once sunlight strikes the area, pigment darkens the affected portions of the skin. Imagine each polka dot tanning.
      On the flip side, some patients suffer from lightening of the skin affected by the rash. While this is actually due to the M. furfur producing a skin-lightening acid, it is easy to visualize as a bad tan line. The skin around it darkens from getting tan, exaggerating the spots assaulted by a loss of pigment.
      Two less common forms of the tinea versicolor rash exist. In patients who are immunocompromised, the rash may be “inverted”, affecting nontraditional areas such as the face, extremities and flexures of the arms. Finally, M. furfur can cause an infection of the skin surrounding the hair follicles of the torso, arms and legs. Difficult to differentiate from a bacterial infection of the hair follicles, it can appear as red bumps or pustules. A culture can rule out the diagnosis a bacterial infection. Patients who use steroids or antibiotics, are diabetic or receiving chemotherapy or live in a very humid climate may be more likely to experience this folliculitis. So now we know what it looks like, but why does it happen to just some of us? M. furfur is normally a “couch potato” type of normal flora. It’s a yeast that simply hangs out on the skin minding its own business. In fact, in its routine state it is incapable of causing tinea versicolor. This yeast must literally change shape in order to be capable of causing a rash. Tinea versicolor is not medically concerning or life threatening. In fact it is technically a “cosmetic” concern (unless you’re the one suffering from it in which case it’s a disaster). So calling the problem-causing form of the yeast “disease-causing” seems a stretch. Be that as it may, factors known to trigger the yeast to change into its “disease-causing” form include genetics, hot, humid weather, suppressed immunity (HIV, cancer, diabetes, etc.), malnutrition, steroid use and Cushing disease. But remember, the vast majority of people who develop TV are perfectly healthy. Of course, everything needs sustenance and M. furfur is no different. It’s not merely the form of the yeast that’s problematic; it’s the nutritional source to keep it thriving. That would be us. Malassezia furfur is a lipid-loving yeast, thriving on areas of the skin rich in sebum such as the back and chest. Young adults between the ages of 15 and 24 have the highest levels of surface skin oils, and hence are more likely to suffer from TV. Prepubescent children don´t make sebum and as one reaches menopause, sebum levels are also reduced. It is very uncommon to see tinea versicolor affect preteens or seniors.
      It’s been shown that is not the amount of sweat and sebum produced that triggers tinea versicolor. Rather, it’s been suggested the yeast flourish because of something in the sebum. At one time it was thought that perhaps affected individuals produced sebum with higher lipid (fat) levels. Now the theory is that perhaps amino acids found in the sebum may factor into the conversion of the yeast into a form capable of causing the rash. Diagnosis is usually quite obvious to the trained eye of the dermatologist. However, when in doubt, a microscopic test called a KOH is performed. This consists of the doctor painlessly performing a light skin scraping with a small blade. The scales are placed onto a glass slide, a droplet of liquid (potassium hydroxide) is placed onto the slide and then it is examined under the microscope. A positive test shows what we fondly call the "spaghetti and meatballs" sign under the microscope. Hyphae and spores from the yeast are both present and provide that creative appearance. Sure, everyone would love to pop a pill and put an end to struggling with tinea versicolor once and for all. Ketoconazole (Nizoral), fluconazole (Diflucan), terbinafine (Lamisil) and itraconazole (Sporanox) are the preferred prescription oral medications. But the reality is that while the rash may clear, the medication doesn´t prevent the inevitable recurrences.Treatment is aimed at controlling the condition on a chronic basis. If we don’t, the problem will likely come back. Ease of treatment is imperative as well as trying to keep it aesthetically pleasing. Interestingly enough, although M. furfur is most commonly associated with tinea versicolor, it has been linked as a trigger factor with other common dermatologic concerns including seborrheic dermatitis (aka seborrhea or dandruff), psoriasis, perioral dermatitis and some forms of atopic dermatitis. That’s why treatments for one disease can be beneficial for another. Dermatologists have long turned to "off label" (not officially approved by the FDA) options to treat tinea versicolor. Part of this is that they simply work; the treaments are also easily available to patients who don´t have access to physicians or must wait for an appointment. When consulting with such distinguished resources as the Merck Manual to the National Library of Medicine and NIH Medical Encyclopedia, lengthy lists of officially "off label", yet tried and true dermatologic therapies are listed for TV. Lamisil Cream and Spray were once available only by prescription. At that time they carried the FDA indication for treating tinea versicolor. When the product went OTC Lamisil AT Athlete´s Foot Spray and Lamisil AT Cream - For Women, the indication was dropped. Likewise prescription Lotrimin is indicated for the treatment of tinea versicolor; OTC in the same strength, it is not. Prescription 2% miconazole cream (Monistat-Derm) also carried the FDA indication for treating tinea versicolor. Again, now that 2 % miconazole is OTC, it no longer carries this indication. Prescription creams available to treat TV include: Spectazole (Econazole Nitrate), Mentax (Butenafine Hydrochloride) and Oxistat (Oxiconazole Nitrate), Loprox (Ciclopirox) and Naftin (Naftifine Hydrochloride). Dandruff shampoos are a longstanding favorite of ermatologists in TV therapy. Patients wash their bodies with dandruff shampoos that contain selenium sulfide, ketoconazole or pyrithione zinc once a day for 2 weeks. It is good to note that prescription Nizoral 2% Shampoo is indicated for treating tinea versicolor. These active ingredients help kill yeast. Pyrithione zinc has been medically proven to kill the yeast that live upon the skin and drive this (and other) dermatologic conditions. Kill the yeast, clear the skin. Continued use creates an environment hostile to their regrowth and keeps skin looking clear and healthy. Independent clinical trials results found DERMAdoctor Born To Be Mild Medicated Face & Body Cleanser 100% as gentle, non-irritating and non-drying as Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. So no worries about drying or irritating the skin which is often seen when skin is washed with a dandruff bar or shampoo. It is an "off label" treatment that I recommend to my patients. This is an additional step to keep in mind for anyone prone to recalcitrant tinea versicolor. Reducing the amount of oil on the skin may help clear resistant TV. Try applying DERMAdoctor Tease Zone Oil Control Gel daily to affected areas. Cleansing with a glycolic acid cleanser to dissolve excessive torso oils such as DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge Antioxidant Enhanced Glycolic Acid Facial Cleanser 1 or performing a home glycolic acid peel with MD Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Body Peel may also be helpful.
      I hope this has all been of help too!
      Matador 89

  45. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog keep doing this?
    My dog, a 3 year old female Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, can be an absolute "spaz" sometimes. When she sits up straight, her knees bend out. Also, when she walks, she appears to be wanting to scratch her stomach, as her back right leg is always trying to reach her stomach. Lastly, she always licks her right paw like it may be hurting, but we've gone to 2 different vets and they don't think there's a problem with any of this.

    • ANSWER:
      This could be one of many problems. It could be something as simple as an allergy, ranging to something more serious such as Syringomyelia.

      Constant scratching and licking of paws seems to fit the symptoms of an allergy more than anything else. Have you asked the vet to take skin scrapings and blood tests to rule out mites, yeast infections, allergies etc? If not, I would recommend doing this first.

      If you have these tests done and the results all come back clear, I would advise you to take the dog to another vet. I don't want to scare you, but syringomyelia is very common in Cavaliers. Read up on the symptoms of it, one of them is obsessive scratching whilst the dog is walking. Syringomyelia is where the dogs skulls malforms and in effect, the brain becomes too large for the head. This is apparently more common in Cavaliers than most other dog breeds.

      Eitheway, a visit to a vet is definantly in order.

      Try this website:

      http://www.baywood-pets.co.uk/cavalier-info2.html

  46. QUESTION:
    Can a bulldog be allergic to beef?
    I have a client that believes his bulldog is allergic to beef and beef flavored dogfood. He thinks that the beef gives his dog a reaction that makes the dog's ears seep liquid causing discomfort and possible ear infection. I don't think this is because of the beef flavored food.

    • ANSWER:
      An animal could be allergic to anything, and believe it or not, beef is a common food allergen in dogs. 90%+ of allergies are not to food, though, but to environmental stimuli (weeds, pollen, mold, soaps, etc.). Beef, eggs, wheat, chicken, corn, soy, dairy products, and yeast are the most common of food allergies in dogs.

      Ear infection is a common sign of food allergy. Environmental allergies often produce symptoms of itchiness all over the body-food allergies often create ear problems and itchy paws. If the dogs ears are seeping liquid, an infection is much more than a possibility, it's nearly a certainty. Your client should either try an elimination diet or see a vet for allergy testing to determine exactly what the cause is, and to work out a treatment plan (immunotherapy is the best course).

  47. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog tilting and shaking his head?
    My dog is suddenly walking with his head tilted and then he shakes it like something is wrong

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like it could be ear mites.

      "What are the symptoms?

      Dog with ear miteswill scratch around their ears and/or shake their heads. The amount of scratching and shaking depends on the severity of the mite infestation. With more advanced infestations, the ear canals will bleed and either fresh or dried blood will appear inside the canal. Dried blood resembles coffee grounds. If you peer into your pet's ears and notice a build-up of a material that looks like coffee grounds, then your pet probably has ear mites, although a bacterial and/or yeast infection is also a possibility.

      Ear mites are very common, but still SERIOUS. Left untreated, they severely damage the ear canals and eardrum and can cause permanent hearing loss.

      If mites spread out of the ears to other areas of the body, the animal may or may not scratch the area.

      What is the management?

      Various commercial ear preparations are available to kill the mites. These products contain an insecticide, usually pyrethrin. Ear products without an insecticide will not kill the mites. Ivermectin, fipronil (Frontline), and selamectin (Revolution) have also been used by some veterinarians. Milbemycin (Milbemite) and Acarexx, a form of ivermectin are approved for the treatment of ear mites in cats. Depending upon the medication used, the ears may need to be treated two to four weeks until all mites are killed. As previously mentioned, many ear mites live all over the body, including the feet and tail. These areas should also be treated. Most products designed for fleas and ticks such as sprays, dips, and shampoos, which contain one of the above ingredients will be effective. Be sure to use products approved for use on dogs, and to treat the tail. This is because while sleeping, the tail is curled around the puppy's body where it lies in close contact with the ear. Because mites are very easily transferred between pets, it is best if all pets in the household receive simultaneous treatment. Most types of mites do not survive long off the pets, so the treatment of the house and yard is usually not necessary."

  48. QUESTION:
    Has my yeast infection turned bad, or is it just me?
    A few days ago I found the dreadful symptoms of a yeast infection. My first one, after coming back from a trip abroad. I bought a Monistat 3 day pack. First night was fine. The day after that night, I saw a dog get hit by a car which created depression and stress. The same day I went in a house with bad black mold infestation. I had all the symptoms from black mold (headache, confusion, sore throat). Today, the day after all that trauma, I feel like crap. I have a temperature of 98.1 (even though i feel feverish) with shakiness, stomach ache, shoulder pain.

    I read my Monistat instructions, and I have two of the warning signs that they tell you to go to the doctor for...shoulder pain, stomach ache.

    I have no discharge or back pain, no smell either.

    I am fighting between the idea of my yeast infection worsening or if its the black mold I came into contact with. Can black mold leave you with a flu like cold? OR do I have a bad infection resulting from the yeast?
    It is also hot outside (which makes you dizzy), I'm trying to stay in the airco.

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like a few unrelated issues. usually when your body is fighting to get better from something, its got a weakened defense against new problems. i would check with your doctor. theres too many symptoms for us to guess at on yahoo answers.

  49. QUESTION:
    My chihuahua is losing small chunks of hair?
    My chihuahua is about 5 or 6 years old (he has about 35% grey hair-and shelter never knew how old he was exactly) and he is losing small chunks of hair about 1/4 inch and has bumps on those spots. I haven't really changed their diet so I don't know if this is due to age? But he has also gotten some sort of crust on the sides of his mouth before and swollen paws with bloody claws. The vet has given him antibiotics but it only goes away while the medicine lasts.

    Any ideas as to what it might be?

    • ANSWER:
      May be atopy. Nail bed infections and discharge can occur with this common environmental skin allergy. How long have you had him? Did you adopt him as an older adult recently? So he could be 8 or 9? A 5 or 6 year old Chihuahua is still quite young, as tiny breeds have longer lifespans, and unlikely to be greying at such a young age.

      Sounds like he has a secondary skin infection at a minimum currently, and needs some antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication at a minimum. Corticosteroids on a tapered dose for 2-3 weeks usually helps once their infection is so severe alopecia, collaretes, pustules, and infected nails are evident. The antibiotics should be given for 2-3 weeks minimum, and if he's already had a round without completely "clearing" the infection, he needs a culture and sensitivity test done on a sample of his skin to see which antibiotic will successfully eradicate his infection. Cephalosporins, such as cephalexin and Simplicef (cefpodoxime), are the primary treatment choices of the many antibiotic choices available for dogs, when dealing with skin, post-op, and superficial wounds. I prefer Simplicef because it is a once daily med and has much less GI side effects associated with administration.

      Secondary yeast infections are very common, so an impression/tape prep slide of affected skin areas is necessary to make sure he only has excess bacteria in these areas, and not excess yeast also. Both bacteria (Staph) and yeast (Malasezzia) are abundant on skin, but infection colonies are much more prolific than naturally occurring colonies. He may need oral antifungals (ketoconozole or fluconozole) in addition to a round of antibiotics. Chi's are so small, they usually must have these uniquely compounded at a separate pharmacy from your vet or human pharmacy.

      Infections will keep recurring as secondary symptoms of a dog with allergic atopy. Otherwise, checking for endocrine dysfunction/disease is good diagnostic practice for dogs with recurring skin practice, to rule out hypothyroidism and Cushing's disease (hyperadrenocorticism).

      After one round of a cephalosporin, checking for yeast, then atopy, then for endocrine disease, are next in a good diagnostic work-up, as each is ruled out in step-wise fashion. Get back to the vet, as the sooner you follow up, the less it will cost your wallet and your dog's health. Vets often only charge recheck exam fees or zero the exam fee, when you are a consistent, compliant client with a good veterinary/owner relationship.


symptoms of yeast infection in dogs

Fungal Infection

Your children are your wealth..!! Their future is the hope and inspiration that lets you dedicate your entire life for their well being. As obvious as it could be, you would never want anything on this earth affecting your little ones. Watching your child go down with as petty and loathsome thing as fungus, you would definitely lose your cool.

In several gone years, there has been a marked increase in the frequency of opportunistic invasive fungal infections in children.

Children are often more susceptible to fungal infections as compared to adults. This can be attributed to their compromised immune system, intensified chemotherapy, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), cancer, or HIV infection.

This article below would briefly explain some fungal infections your child might get exposed to. Plus, it would also throw some light on why these infections are considered a growing threat now days.

1. Invasive Candidiasis (IC):

This is caused by Candida spp. of the fungi. This mostly affects children with bloodstream infections. The most frequently affected organs in children with disseminated candidiasis are lungs, liver, kidney and brain. The affected kids have to serve a longer stay in the hospital than they have to with other infections, adding to the agony.

2. Invasive Aspergillosis (IA):

Causative agent here is Aspergillums spp. of fungi. This disease is common with the patients with immunodeficiency. The common underlying condition was malignancy with highest occurrences in patients with acute myeloid (bone marrow) leukemia and immunologically incompatible HSCT. It also affects patients with chronic granulomatous* disease.

3. Hyalohyphomycosis:

The infection mostly occurs in children with impaired immune system. This infection is mostly caused by fungi from Fusariam spp.. These fungi may enter the body through respiratory tract, sinuses or skin. The signs and symptoms may include urinary tract infection, blood stream infection, sinus infection or even meningitis.

4. Penicillosis:

Caused by fungus Penicillium marneffie, it mostly affects children with HIV infection. The symptoms include pneumonitis, acne-like skin lesions on the face, body, arms, and legs.

5. Phaeohyphomycosis:

This one is a large category of fungal infections. This includes infections from various species of fungi such as Bipolaris, Curvularia, Exserohilum, Pseudallescheria, and Scedosporium spp.. These infections affect sinus, nose, and skin. These may also attack brains bones and heart. Children with good immune defenses may just have superficial infections. Grave infections may result in children with weakened immune systems.

6. Trichosporonosis:

This one again is a disease affecting lung, heart, and bloodstream. The fungus Trichosporon beigelii is the causative agent. This too particularly affects children with unsound immune system.

7. Zygomycosis:

Just like above mentioned diseases, this infection also targets children with weak immune system. The causative agent here could belong to any one of the following fungal species: Rhizopus, Mucor, Absidia, and Rhizomucor species. Children affected with it may show signs of a fever, nasal congestion, and sinus discomfort. If the infection spreads, it can affect the lungs and brain. Furthermore, in the worst cases, it can cause pneumonia, infection of the brain, seizures, paralysis, and death.

These infections initially may not show very prominent symptoms. You might misconceive them as rash, skin irritation or just normal infection. Plus, infections on children tend to be much more complex, in the context of its treatment. Now the onus of your kid's protection is upon you. Using anti-fungal bath soaps in your daily bathing routine would help alleviate the burden on you.

Furthermore, if you manage to find a good triclosan-free soap that fights fungus, it would add to the benefits. On account of its potential harmful side-effects, triclosan scores a very low on its daily usage front. So, you should be better off without it.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What can happen if fungal infection is left untreated?
    My younger sister is having fungal infection on her left ankle. It is there for more than 2 years. She did not took proper treatment at that time. The medicines & anti fungal cream were not applied time to time as prescribed by the doctor as she is immature & careless. Hence today that fungal infection has worsen. It looks very ugly and I fear of getting that same infection as she lives in the same house. Is there any home treatment for it? How serious this infection can be if left untreated? Can it lead to a surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      It will definately get worse and fungal infections are highly contagious. Also, it can eventually cause tissue viability and skin fissures, which can lead to other bacteria coming in and infecting it. Cellulitis can also occur, which is limb-threatening.

  2. QUESTION:
    How long can a betta fish live with a fungal infection without any treatment??
    I believe my betta has a fungal infection. He was fine yesterday, but today when I woke up he was covered in this white, flakey stuff that came off of him in peices when he got moving. Now that he is woke up, there is not as much on him, but still a white film. He was staying at the bottom of the tank, then coming up for air to the top, then back to the bottom. He wasn't swimming normally, kind of clumsy looking. Now he is just staying at the top of the tank by wedging himself between the glass and the thermometer with his little fish mouth at the surface. We are iced in at the moment with another 4 days till any hope of leaving the house. I'm fairly sure this fish won't make it even today. I've only had him for a couple of days and I'm new to the whole fish thing. Did he probably have this infection before I bought him? He looked healthy and was eating when I first brought him home. Any home remedies I can try? Poor thing.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh, your poor fish! If you got him at a pet store, it's likely he did have an infection prior to you getting him. A lot of pet stores keep bettas in those tiny cups and don't change the water in them. It's really sad. Anyway, I'm going to list some sites that have been very helpful to me in caring for my betta. They have pictures and descriptions of fish illnesses so you can be sure your betta indeed has a fungal infection. They also have a lot of advice on what to do and what medications to use if your fish is sick. They may have some home remedies on them, like using aquarium salt and heating the water. A lot of the advice, though, is about medications you can purchase once you are able to leave the house, if your fish is still alive.

      I would place your fish in a clean 1-2 gallon "sick tank", which is basically a clean bowl with no decor in it, and put in some fresh, treated water. You'll have to disinfect his old tank as it's now contaminated. The websites give directions on how to do this. Then add additional aquarium salt and try to keep the water around 80 to 85 degrees. Aquarium salt is basically sea salt with NO iodine in it. It's the same sodium chloride you cook with, but make sure it is NOT IODIZED salt, as that is harmful to your fish. (I've used the sea salt in my kitchen before in a pinch, and my fish was OK. Kosher salt is OK, too.) Keep the sick bowl out of bright lights and active areas of your house to reduce stress on your fish.

      When you are able to go to your local fish shop or pet store (like Petco or PetSmart) and look for Jungle Fungus Eliminator. All the breeders recommend this medication in treatment of fungal infections. If you can't find Fungus Eliminator, Jungle also makes dissolving Fungus Tabs that have the same medication and are very good, too. (I used the tabs once to treat my betta's mild fin rot, and they really helped.) Then follow the package directions, and adjust dosage as necessary for your smaller tank.

      I wish you and your fish lots of luck.

  3. QUESTION:
    How long after fungal infection is contracted will symptoms appear?
    i recently came into contact with someone fungal infection. probably candida how long after exposure should i see symptoms. rash or watever it is

    • ANSWER:
      jake, of course there is the possibility that you did not get any fungal infection despite your contact. Candida (also known as Monilia) is the most common fungus infection because it is so widespread in many people will no ill effect and escapes detection. It can cause anything from thrush mouth in infants or immune-compromised persons to vaginal discharge. Symptoms, usually visible, include white patches which are this fungus growing in colonies or patches within 3 to 10 days. If so, contact your doctor for simple and effective treatment. By the way, the next most common body skin fungal infection is roundworm (also called Tinea) which is not a "worm" but is a fungus instead.

  4. QUESTION:
    How easy is it for fungal infections to spread?
    I have a fungal infection on my underarms. I was applying anti-fungal cream the other night and afterwards put emollient cream onto my exema. Will this have been enough to spread the fungal infection or will it be fine?

    • ANSWER:
      Fungal infections are extremely contagious. Good luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of this fungal infection on my skin?
    I've had this fungal infection (tinea versicolor or tinea nigra) on my stomach for quite a while now and frankly nothing I have tried on it seems to work.I'm getting really inpatient with this.I'm even thinking of ripping off the huge patches on my skin.I'm tired of it.It itches like hell when I sweat.Please anyone, HELP ME!
    Tinea nigra
    I did all of those.

    • ANSWER:
      Tinea versicolor and tinea nigra are caused by two different strains of fungi. Which one do you have? And, have you been to a dermatologist to verify that you indeed have a fungal infection, by having the areas scraped and identifying the organisms under the microscope? If not, you might not be dealing with a fungal infection at all, and obviously, if you are treating the wrong disorder, the treatment won't work.
      Since you say that the condition has been verified to be tinea nigra, it should respond to itraconazole.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can a fungal infection of the skin drain your energy?
    I've had a fungal infection all over my body, which I've been treating with medication that is applied to the skin. The medication does not mention anything about drowsiness. Could it be the actual infection causing me to be sleepy?

    • ANSWER:
      yeah i would say its possible. any body sick with anything...their bodies are trying to fight infection..of course it would make you sleepy. its also your body hinting on that you need to rest up and relax so that you CAN get better!!!

      hope you feel better soon

  7. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of fungal infection?
    My jock itches all the time, I suspect I have fungal infection there. I tried all kinds of over the counter medication for fungal infection. Nothing works. Is there a herbal medication for this? Im embarrased to see a doctor. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If you truly have jock itch, then wearing looser underwear will be a first step, as tight underwear increases the moisture in the area which the fungus loves. After washing/showering, make sure you dry the area well.

      When you are using over-the-counter antifungal creams/sprays, you need to realize that you will need to take it for at least 2 weeks before you really have any good effect as the fungus is hard to remove - it is imbedded somewhat in the top layers of the skin.

      If after two weeks of use and you are not noticing any significant improvement, then three possibilities exist.

      1) You need to see your doctor and may need to take an oral form of antifungal medication

      2) You don't have a fungus infection but possibly something else (perhaps pubic lice/crabs)

      3) The itching is because you just shaved your pubic hair and its beginning to grow back.

      If you aren't sure, consult your regular physician.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is there any solution to Permanently cure Fungal Infection in ears?
    I have problems with my ears. My ear lobes are giving itching and dry skin. Doctors said that it is fungal infection. I treated with medicine and ointments, but only temporary relief occurred. When I stop ointments, it again started spreading...Please give me a permanent solution for this.

    • ANSWER:
      It is very difficult to cure fungal infections unless continuous personal care is taken. My friend also had a similar ear infection. He suffered a lot almost for 10 years after he has joined his career at 35 yrs. He had problems in executing his professional assignments as everybody inquired about his ear patches and also it gave irritation. He tried with many skin specialists who treated with medicines and ointments. He also restricted several common food items. In spite of these, he could not get a permanent cure.

      One of our friends told him to follow a long term application of a preparation in a method as suggested by a chemist in email : curefungus@gmail.com. He spent about 450 Rupees and got finally cured permanently. It is only by the way of personal and continuous effort made by my friend in applying the preparation.

  9. QUESTION:
    My dog was diagnosed with a fungal infection on her nose.?
    My dog was diagnosed with a fungal infection on her nose. The vet prescribed some antifungal wipes to apply twice a day. My dog would immediately lick off all of the medication. The problem has gotten worse (extremely dry and cracked nose) are there any other home remedies I could try?

    • ANSWER:
      she needs alot of water to start, a dry nose is a sign of de-hydration. here is a site all about fungal infections.
      hope this helps!

  10. QUESTION:
    How to deal with African Dwarf Frogs fungal infections?
    I have an ADF that has a fungal infection, he has stopped swimming and just hangs out at the bottom now. His eyes aren't glazed but Im concerned because he is not moving and he used to be very active, always swimming and floating. I cleaned his bowl yesterday but nothing has changed, he is also not eating. This is my first ADF so Im not familiar with these problems. I had another ADF but he died Monday. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      The word "bowl" concerns me greatly. ADFs need heated, filtered tanks. Keeping them in a bowl or similar container is bound to lead to problems such as lethargy or bacterial and fungal infections. At this point, there is really nothing you can do. ADFs are very sensitive to medication, and you can't dose an unfiltered setup anyways.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is there a general anti-fungal cream that treats many types of skin fungal infections?
    I believe I might have a skin fungal infection, but not sure which one, as they all look the same in pictures. Is there some general anti-fungal cream that works on different types?

    • ANSWER:
      Ketoconozole Cream. But you can't get it without a perscription.
      Its for fungal infections.

  12. QUESTION:
    Natural ways to get rid of a fungal infection?
    I have a fungal infection and i've been to the doctor multiple times for it. I am pregnant so I guess that limits the meds they can give me. I need to know some natural ways that I can kick this stuff. I have been taking galic tablets and vit. C for my immune system. What else can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      look into tea tree oil ? you would have to check on line and see if it is safe for you and the baby. I also read in the newspaper, that some man used vicks vapor rub...no kidding, in that Dr.Gotts section of the paper.

  13. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to a fungal infection?
    I'm Black moor has what i believe is a fungal infection, i'm treating him with Aquamaster Multicure, and i was just wondering approximately how long it will take before it is visibly effective and he is cured.

    • ANSWER:
      That all depends on his environment - that's going to make all the difference (and how advanced the infection is)

      20g bare minimum tank with double the filtration and keep on top of water parameters during and after treatment

      I would imagine 2-3 weeks give or take. It's hard to pinpoint a time as above mentioned all makes a difference

      If you have an optimal environment it most likely won't take long, but if you Don't - it could take awhile and be a vicious circle as far as dealing with disease/illness

  14. QUESTION:
    Does masturbating worsens a fungal infection on the genitals?
    I've been diagnosed with a fungal infection (even though my cream isn't being effective) in my penis and I'd like to know if masturbating can be bad to it.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, believe it or not, masturbating CAN make an infection like this worse.it can actually spread it and cause it to itch more. .Masturbating can make a yeast infection in women itch more too. You may want to stop until your infection is completely cleared up....

  15. QUESTION:
    How to increase dog immunity to fight fungal infection?
    Our Labrador dog is very sensitive to skin fungal infection. For two years ,it has been to clinic to get medicine from vet very often almost every two months. When stop antifungal drug (normally 1 month of treatment), the skin problem come up again. Please kindly suggest and help.

    • ANSWER:
      go to the vet and get it checked out and you will be able to

  16. QUESTION:
    How to increase dog immunity to fight fungal infection?
    Our Labrador dog is very sensitive to skin fungal infection. For two years ,it has been to clinic to get medicine from vet very often almost every two months. When stop antifungal drug (normally 1 month of treatment), the skin problem come up again. Please kindly suggest and help.

    • ANSWER:
      I think they feed some sort of sulphur , but you should consult a vet ,

  17. QUESTION:
    How to treat a fungal infection by yourself?
    Hi, please help me. I don't think I can afford to see a doctor, I would like to know how to treat a fungal infection by myself?

    • ANSWER:
      Just go to any drug store, and they have cream that treats most common fungal problems (ringworm, athlete's foot, and jock itch). Its OTC so you don't need a prescription. Just look in the aisle with the neosporin, and wart treatment stuff. If its on your scalp (or if its ringworm which can spread to your scalp) you might want to buy some head and shoulders as well, because it contains pyrithione zinc which is an anti-fungal. Use the cream twice a day, and the shampoo ATLEAST twice a week.

      Keep all of this up for 3 weeks to cure it, and an additonal 2 weeks to make sure it doesn't come back.

  18. QUESTION:
    What medication should I use, my fish has a fungal infection?
    Hi, my columbian tetra has a small fungal infection at the start of it's tail. I used Pimafix as suggested by my local aquarium shop. BUT my sump foamed up that much that it is all over the room and I'm still mopping it up.
    Could you please suggest another medication, perhaps tablets or powder that wont look like I poured bubble bath into my sump. FYI, it's a freshwater community tank, no real plants.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. FYI Pimafix and Melafix will cause foaming if you put them into a tank or sump that has a high flow of surface movement or bubbles in some way, it's not the best medication to use if you have a sump, as you found out.

      I would suggest Maracyn, Fungus Cure, Methyl Blue, but be careful when using the treatments with coloring they may stain your silicone and other items in your tank.

  19. QUESTION:
    What might be the cause for this recurrent fungal infection?
    Hi, I have a problem that I don't know how to deal with. Couple of months ago I had some problems with my cheeks. It was a kind of an inflammation that was very disturbing, so I went to see a doctor. He told me I have a fungal infection. He prescribed some medicine that helped me. But, after a while the infection came back. Should I see the doctor again? What might be the cause for this recurrent fungal infection?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many things that can make you vulnerable to a fungal infection; it could be genetics; it could be environment, or it could be something like a vitamin deficiency. Talk with your doctor to see what he/she would suggest to prevent a recurrence.

  20. QUESTION:
    How contagious is a fungal infection of the feet? If you wash socks of the infected along with other clothes?
    How contagious is a fungal infection of the feet? If you wash socks of the infected along with other clothes?
    If you wash socks of the infected along with the other clothes of uninfected, on a warm/cold cycle of the washer, will it affect the others who are uninfected when they wear their own clothes or their own socks (not the socks in question per se)?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think that cross contamination is possible that way, particularly if you are drying the socks in the dryer on high heat.

  21. QUESTION:
    How long does it take from when you get vaginal fungal infection till the symptoms begin to show?
    I want to know the duration from when you get the vaginal fungal infection till the symptoms of itching and burning begin. Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      It really depends on the infection but anywhere form 5 to 7 days after exposure

  22. QUESTION:
    How to regain a patch of hair fallen off due to fungal infection?
    I am 16 years old,male.
    About 12 years ago,I had a fungal infection on my head due to which a patch of hair fell off and hair never grows out in that area.I tried many things-gave onion juice but it was not effective.

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    How do you cure a Fungal Infection on the skin?
    Are there any remedies for curing a Fungal Infection on the skin in the groin area?

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    How do I tell difference between shedding and fungal infection for a Red Eared Slider?
    My RES has clear, strandy, cotton material growing around his neck and legs. I don't know if this is fungal infection or shedding. If it is fungal infections, can you give me advice on treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      Please check here for complete info:

      http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/emergencies.htm

  25. QUESTION:
    Natural Remedies to help with a Fungal Infection to the ears of a dog?
    My Rottweiler has a Fungal Infection in her ear and is starting to get it in her other. Is there any natural Remedies to help treat and cure this??
    Any info as to why she got this in the first place?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't know if you'd call this "natural" but it sure does work:

      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:
    Can I use Gelmicin cream on a fungal infection instead of Ketaconazole cream?
    I'm taking Lamisil tablets for a fungal infection on the side of two of my fingernail, and already have a tube of Gelmicin cream. Will it make a difference if I use it, instead of Ketaconazole cream? It seems to be helping the soreness in my fingers. It's all I have right now, so I'm just wondering what the difference would be.
    What is the difference? That doesn't tell me what the difference is! Will it get rid of the fungus faster? If it will, I'll buy some.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can use it on the fungal infection, and it will work just fine.

      Gelmicin is a topical cream made up of 3 different ingredients :

      Betametasone is a topical steroid to reduce inflammation -
      Clotrimazol is an anti fungal ingredient
      - and Gentamycin is an anitbiotic for bacterial infection .

      "Ketoconazole is very lipophilic, which leads to accumulation in fatty tissues. The less toxic and more effective triazole compounds fluconazole and itraconazole have largely replaced ketoconazole for internal use."
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketoconazole

      So save yourself some money and use what you already have handy.

      I hope this helps....

  27. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a fungal infection?
    About 5 years ago I had a skin prick test for allergies. The test for mold and plants left red bumps that spread all over my back. I have seen several dermatologists who have said it is a fungal infection and given me steroid creams, yet nothing has removed them. I want to know if this is actually a fungal infection and if there is a way to cure whatever it is.

    • ANSWER:
      If its truly fungal athletes foot cream will help it is an anti fungal medication it's how you cure ring worm as well which is fungal

  28. QUESTION:
    How long should treatment continue after a fungal infection clears?
    I have recently treated a fungal infection on my face for the third time. Each time afterward more difficult to get rid of. I have used monistat to cure the infection because ive been told it works fantastic. And for the most part its true within a week my face clears. However it keeps coming back, monistat is such a strong antibiotics I'm not sure if its safe to continue using it everyday even after my face "appears" to be free of infection. Is it safe to keep using it? And if so how long???

    • ANSWER:
      i have same problem many time taking prescription for this from last 14 years and nothing happen it goes look like completely gone and than comes again better increase ur immune system

  29. QUESTION:
    What are some good remedies or products to get rid of fungal infections?
    What are some things or products i can use to make it go away? However, it's not foot fungal infection, it's on my stomach, right where the ribs are, and under my arms.

    • ANSWER:
      You should have it checked out to make sure it's what you think it is and not something more serious.

      In the event that it is a fungus infection, Oil of Wild Oregano works great on this kind of thing. It's a natural extract from the wild oregano plant (not the same stuff you'd see in spaghetti sauce). It's very potent and good for both internal and external uses.

      You can buy it on ebay at around for an ounce bottle.

  30. QUESTION:
    How can i stop hair falling and scalp problems coz by fungal Infection?
    How can i stop hair falling and scalp problems coz by fungal Infection.
    what is scalp fungal infection?

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    What is a fungal infection in the lungs/lymph nodes called?
    I had to see a pulmonologist today about possibly having sarcoidosis, but when he found out I was from Kentucky another possibility arose. I can't remember the name but he said is was a type of fungal infection and it begins with a H- and ends with -osis. Does anyone know what it is?
    I thought he may have gotten the wrong idea when I said Kentucky. Not all Kentuckians live on farms or in the hills. I am not a country girl really at all and was not in the river valley or near many birds.

    • ANSWER:
      Histoplasmosis

      What part of Kentucky you'refrom may be more indicitve of your likelihood of having Histo. It's found in river valleys and soil, where bird or bat droppings accumulate. The spores of the fungus are released into the air when contaminated soil is disturbed (for example, by plowing fields, sweeping chicken coops, or digging holes) and the airborne spores can then be inhaled into the lungs
      .
      The fungus is so common that in parts of Kentucky and Tennessee nearly 90% of adults show evidence of exposure by a positive histoplasma skin test.

      Here'san easy to understamdarticle: http://www.medicinenet.com/histoplasmosis/article.htm

  32. QUESTION:
    How long should a fungal infection last, and how do you get rid of one?
    Earlier last month I went to the hair salon and I got a haircut, a few days later my head started to itch, upon further inspection I realized I had a fungal infection. The pharmacist gave me a medicine and told me to use it when I used it for two weeks I stop, because the itching stoped but then the itching started back. Should I use the medicine for a month before stoping what should I do.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a real problem. You need to call the doc and tell him or her, or the pharmacist. Then STAY ON whatever they tell you...for as long as they tell you.

      If you don't, you may cause the infection to get used to the treatment, become resistant to it, and then it's going to be a lot harder to get rid of. That is so with any antibiotic or similar treatment. Folks feel better and stop taking the meds, or miss a few times. Antibiotic treatments must be taken correctly or you are buying sickness.

  33. QUESTION:
    How long do fungal infections take to clear up?
    I had a rash in my armpit that has become a fungal infection. The doctor has given me daktacort for it. Does anyone know how long it'll take to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      HI, IT VARIES ON THE SEVERITY. YOU SHOULD SEE AN IMPROVEMENT IN A FEW DAYS. WILL PROBABLY BE GONE IN A WEEK OR SO. YOU CAN CALL THE DR.THEY MAY BE ABLE TO TELL YOU .

  34. QUESTION:
    Can Antibiotics make a FUNGAL infection worse?
    I am sick right now and was prescribed antibiotics for my Flu. I ALSO have an athletes' foot fungal infection. Ever since taking the antibiotics the athlete's foot has gotten far worse. I know that most Antibiotics are made from fungus (penicillin is derived from mold) so could this make a fungal infection worse?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Asker!

      Candida, or Candida albicans, is a type of fungus that is generally found in the regular flora of the skin, intestinal track and the mouth, rectum, and vagina. Although Candida is naturally present in the body, it can cause problems if there is an overgrowth, resulting in Candidiasis.

      Candidiasis usually occurs when there is a disruption of bacterial flora in the body, and in people who have compromised immune systems. There are different factors which can lead to Candida overgrowth such as a person’s diet. However, research is finding that prolonged use of antibiotics can also play a major role in the development of Candidiasis.

      Why do antibiotics cause Candidiasis? Antibiotics are designed to eradicate the bad bacteria that cause certain diseases and infections. While antibiotics destroy bad bacteria and stop the spread of infection, they also destroy the good bacteria that help to keep the Candida in the body under control.

      Prolonged or strong doses of antibiotics can lead to an imbalance in gut flora, an imbalance that allows bad bacteria, yeasts and parasites to overgrow in the stomach. If not controlled, the affected person can begin to suffer a slew of negative side effects and yeast infections including:

      Oral Thrush (“oropharyngeal Candidiasis”) - is an infection that occurs along the lining of the mouth and/or the throat, and characterized by inflammation of the tongue, which is also coated with bluish-white or creamy patches.

      Intetrigo, Athlete's foot – Skin irritation that is caused by two moist surfaces adjacent rubbing against one another and accompanied by a fungal or bacterial infection.

      Vaginitis (“Candida vulvovaginitis” and “Moniliasis”) - Commonly referred to as a “vaginal yeast infection”, it is characterized by a thick white or yellow, odorless discharge. It often causes itching in the affected area and may cause burning or pain during intercourse.

      Systemic yeast infections – Dangerous infections that often affect the vital organs of those with compromised immune systems such as people with AIDS, diabetes, or those receiving chemotherapy.

      Note: Over 90% of Thrush and Vaginitis is caused by Candida overgrowth.

      How can you protect yourself against developing Candidiasis from antibiotics?

      Don’t take antibiotic treatment unless it is absolutely necessary – Illnesses such as the common cold, flu and sinus infections do not require antibiotics unless they prolong for more than two weeks, cause irregular symptoms, or produce a high fever.

      Unfortunately, many people believe that antibiotics are a fast way to get rid of common infections. Although this may be true, those who take antibiotics for these illnesses do not allow their immune system the chance to fight off the infection and become stronger. Instead, they allow their body to become dependant on antibiotics. The result – eventually they will develop a resistance to these medications, and will require a higher dosage the next time they become sick.

      In addition, antibiotic overuse is exceptionally bad for children. Children are in a state of constant growth which makes them highly susceptible to common viruses. A child who is administered antibiotics to treat every infection they experience only causes their immune system to weaken and develop poorly. Essentially, by the time they are adults, their body will depend on antibiotics to be cured from the smallest infection.

      If you must take antibiotics keep the following in mind -

      Eat a healthy balanced diet - limit your intake of yeast and sugar and drink plenty of water to help clean your system of impurities.

      Eat yogurt – Yogurt contains active cultures that can help restore the good bacteria your body requires.

      Exercise – Exercise helps keep your body and immune system strong

      Talk to your doctor - Find out if you can take a lower dosage of antibiotics or complimentary treatment.

      Hope that may help you!
      Good luck!

  35. QUESTION:
    How to permanently cure fungal infections ?
    I'm 17 and facing fungal infections. First I had seen genital ring worms now they have grown into rashes and ringworms are all over my body. My dermatologists said that this cannot be cured permanently. Is that true. I maintain proper hygeine and wash my genitals properly yet i face such issues ? How can this be permanently cured ?

    • ANSWER:
      Waters should know that bacteria is not fungus.

      Secondly; the dermatophytic infections are known world wide and there are treatments available as well. The dermatologist that you have seen about resolving your fungal infection has made an incorrect statement telling you that ".... this cannot be cured permanently.."

      Is he self-proclaimed dermatologist or a properly qualified mycologist?

      Try going to a teaching hospital that has a medical mycologist on staff and discus this issue about your fungal infection. I can tell you the names of few fungal agent that can be used some locally and others orally as well. BUT I must warn you do not buy these antifungal agent from the shelf. Have antifungal agent prescribed by the doctor.

      The names of fungal agents are:
      1) Fluconazole
      2) Itraconazol
      3) Turbinafine
      4) Posaconazole
      5) Amphotericin B
      6) Nystatin
      7) Griseofulvin
      8) Monostatin
      9) Variconazole
      10) 5-FU

      These are the common antifungal agents used to treat superficial or systemic fungal infections. In order to get your clinical condition treated with antifungal agent, you first find a properly qualified medical mycologist i.e. dermatologist.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get a fungal infection of the vagina through oral sex with a healthy male?
    I performed oral sex on my girlfriend after having a spicy Indian meal, and the doctor says that the bacteria present in my mouth as a result of eating the spicy food was transferred from my mouth to her vagina and caused her to develop a fungal infection down there. She has been given anti-fungal cream and medication, and I have been advised to use a mouthwash before oral sex in future. Has anyone heard of this kind of problem?

    • ANSWER:
      i have yes i had the same use natural yogurt too

  37. QUESTION:
    Can a 15 year old virgin boy get a fungal infection?
    Hi. I have a dry foreskin and glans and when i masturbate the skin flakes. Apparently this could be a fungal infection however, i an a virgin and only 15. Is this possible or have i just got dry skin? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Fungus is everywhere. It could be from gym class, or not changing your underwear daily, or excessive moisture in your underwear. Go see a doctor.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can I leave a fungal infection of the scalp untreated?
    I understand that the itchiness and the excessive scratching can cause hair loss.

    But I find as long as I wash my hair every other day, the pimples and sores on my scalp do not get itchy.

    I suppose its best to cure the fungal infection completely, but as long as i wash my hair often, and do not scratch, can I leave it untreated?

    • ANSWER:
      Not really as it will only linger and may even spread deeper in to the scalp,i too have this, so does my mum but after trying lots of different shampoos,we are now on anti fungal tablets for it, and its now clearing for us,and it takes a while to clear,you could try an anti fungal shampoo such as Nizoral for it but if it wont clear with that, you will need the tablets too, but it will take a while to go even with the tablets,and the longer you go without treatment, the longer it will take to go even with treatment, so its best to start treatment now.

  39. QUESTION:
    why does my son keep getting a fungal infection?
    so i've got a 16 month old boy and he has this fungal rash on and around his penis, even on his bum (and no it is not diaper rash. i checked with his doctor) now, he has prescribed nystatin, and ketoconazole cream to treat it and it still hasn't gotten better, in fact its gotten worse..

    dont tell me to go to the doctor, i already have an appointment but its not for a month..

    what causes fungal infections? and how come he's never had it before he was a year? and why is nothing helping?

    i've tried, every type of diaper cream, every type of baby powder, yogurt, baking soda, and different diapers..

    apart from sleeping, he has been running around diaperless for 3 days straight...

    any suggestions?

    and dont tell me to get another doctor. he is a very very good doctor, just busy.
    um yea i use baby wipes not tissue.. u obviously dont have kids..

    its not the diapers. i've tried every kind there is.
    i think its funny that people dont read exactly what i wrote.. someone actually said "let him run around diaperless"

    um, yes. i've done that for 3 days....
    his doctor assumed it was fungal, he didnt test it or anything.

    dont tell me that i'm not cleaning him properly, i always disinfect my bathtub and bathroom and everywhere else before i let him play in anything.

    you can get infections that have nothing to do with cleaniness.

    • ANSWER:
      Is your doctor SURE it's fungal (has he taken a culture of it and tested it?) or is he just ASSUMING it is because of the way it looks? My older son went through something similar when he was about a year old. We tried everything we knew to do, and quite frankly, I was getting sick of taking him to the doctor. The different medicines we tried did nothing...it wasn't fungal, it wasn't bacterial, it wasn't this it wasn't that. Finally, we took him to a pediatric dermatologist, and it turns out it was a reaction to an antibiotic he had taken about a month before for an ear infection, and he said it would clear up on its own (which it did, two weeks later).

      I'm not going to tell you to find another doctor, especially if you like the one your son currently sees, but if you can, I strongly suggest you call back and try to get on a waiting list or cancellation list so you can get your boy in sooner. Can you imagine (if this is a fungal infection) having one for over a month? That would be like having a yeast infection for a month.

  40. QUESTION:
    Does my slider turtle have fungal infection?
    I have 4 little baby sliders and 2 maybe 3 of them have these little fuzzies on their butts. You can't see the fuzzies when the turtle is outta the water though.. Is that fungal infection?

    • ANSWER:
      No it's absolutely normal.

  41. QUESTION:
    Can smoking cigars help cure fungal mouth infections?
    I have a fungal infection in the mouth and am currently taking the proper medicine for it. I was wondering though, if possibly smoking cigars may help to kill the infection while I am on the medicine. It would seem to make sense to me, but this is not my area of expertise.

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely not. Smoke is not a fungicide. The only thing the smoke will kill is your healthy lung bronchioles, leaving the fungal infection uneffected.

  42. QUESTION:
    How do you avoid fungal infection with fake nails?
    i heard fake nails can give you fungal infections, how do you avoid it?

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure that you dry your nails and hands thoroughly when you wash them.

  43. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of fungal infections on the feet?
    My boyfriend has terrible feet and doesn't take good care of them. He has fungal infections on most of his toenails and on the skin of his feet as well. I'm looking for ways that we can get rid of the infection. Preferably hollistic but I wouldn't mind buying some sort of anti fungal cream if anyone knows of anything. I've heard that teatree oil can help. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      First he needs to use something to get rid of the existing infection,
      but he also needs to change his shoe wearing habits. He needs to go barefoot as much as possible. The problem is caused by having his feet encased in closed shoes for too much time each day. The spores of the fungus are found everywhere, but the reason they usually only take hold on feet is because they only thrive in a warm, sweaty, enclosed environment.

  44. QUESTION:
    How to treat a fungal infection on my puppy?
    I have rottweiler puppy who is 3 months old. under her hands she have some fungal infections, now it is lighltly spreading. What should I DO. Answere mainly preferred form India because iam living kerala

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get your puppy treated by a vet, this is not something you can treat yourself. Left untreated it will get worse and spread, better to get it sorted before it gets worse and becomes more expensive to cure.

  45. QUESTION:
    how do i tell if my fish is beginning to get fin rot or a fungal infection?
    i recently asked if my fan-tail goldfish's tail would grow back after it was bitten off by my turtle, i isolated the fish, removed the turtle, kept the fish in cleaner water, but i think my fish is getting fin rot or a fungal infection. how do i tell?
    some of her scales have turned black

    • ANSWER:
      Keep it in it's own aquarium, keep it fed, keep it clean, and if it doesn't clear up, buy anti-fungal drops.

  46. QUESTION:
    I am looking for an alternative to lamisil tablets to fight nail fungal infection. What can I use instead?
    The lamasil treatment will take 3 months. Taking a pill every day for 3 months doesn't sound too good. I don't like taking a lot of meds. Is there anything out there that can defeat this nail fungal infection that won't ruin my liver?

    • ANSWER:
      What can be done about fungal nail infection?

      Because the fungus grows slowly, it can be hard to eliminate. Anti-fungal medications are available to combat fungal infections; however, they are strong oral medications that must be taken consistently for months in order to be effective. The medications also have potential side effects to other body organs (especially the liver, skin and/or bone marrow).

      To monitor side effects your physician must order periodic blood tests (usually monthly) during treatment. Any of the symptoms (listed below) suggesting organ damage should be reported immediately to your physician.
      Unusual fatigue

      Severe loss of appetite

      Nausea

      Yellow eyes

      Dark urine

      Pale stool

      Skin rashes

      Bleeding

      Enlarged lymph glands

      Signs of infection
      Unfortunately, anti-fungal creams applied to the nail do not penetrate the nail bed to kill the fungus at its source and are generally ineffective.

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      How effective are medications at curing the fungus?

      The anti-fungal medications usually suppress the nail infection when taken as directed. Unfortunately, they cannot guarantee a permanent cure. At least 1 in 5 patients, or 20 percent, will have a recurrence of the original nail infection at some time, making re-treatment with medication necessary.

  47. QUESTION:
    I have a mini daschund and she has fungal infection. Is there human medication to give to her?
    My dog has been bleeding out of her nose and I have taken her to the vet almost every weekend. It seems as though there are no solutions, just more bills. Is there any human medication out there for fungal infections? I have read about Lotrimin/Clotrimazole, but does it work? Anyone have gone through this? Please help, need answers instead of paying out for nothing!

    • ANSWER:
      Try another vet (meaning another opinion). Don't try anything for humans without asking the vet. You can even call in and talk to an assistant at the vet's office about trying something new.

  48. QUESTION:
    using dial soap for a fungal infection on my big toe?
    I have a fungal infection in my big toe. I was told to put dial soap in hot water and soak my feet - that it would draw out the infection. Now i am having an allergic reaction on my feet - a rash which has turned itchy - any advice to deal with the fungal infection would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Help me in curing fungal infection called jock itch near groin?
    plz Help me in curing fungal infection called jock itch near groin and thys,i've it from past 4 months and shown to many doctors but no use so plz suggest me a good remedies to follow..plz help me

    • ANSWER:


fungal infection

Cure Yeast Infection In Dogs Ear

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I cure the yeast infection on my dog's ear ?
    What are the symptoms of dog ear yeast infection and how do I cure it?

    • ANSWER:
      I dont think its called yeast infection if its a ear...but normally a dog with ear infection has yellow discharge coming from the ear, also it will have a pretty ba smell, it will seem like dogs body smells bad. Look inside the ear, and if its full of black spots or black dirt its a infection. You will need antibiotics from the vet, because some infections can cause deafness or death.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  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:
    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.

  10. 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!

  11. QUESTION:
    Is there an over the counter medicine that I could clean my dogs ears out with?
    He has very stinky ears & we think he may have a yeast infection but can't afford to take him right now.

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox Otic will cure an ear infection. Go to Amazon and read the reviews on it. I use it for my girl who has chronic ear infections and it clears them up everytime. Zymox also makes an excellent ear cleaner.
      Most of the local pet stores now carry Zymox Otic so you shouldn't have to wait for an online store to ship.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. QUESTION:
    What do dogs ear mites look like?
    a pic would be nice. My dog has gotten mites before but these look diffrent. It is all over his ear. not on the outside though. I was wondering if it could be a yeast infection>> also a pic would be nice.

    • ANSWER:
      Just take your dog to the Vet.

      I know when something itches in my ear or around it, I go crazy. Get some medication from your Vet to help cure it.

  17. 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.

  18. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know about a home remedy to treat and cure yeast infections in dog's ears?
    Over the counter products perhaps?

    • ANSWER:

  19. 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.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for my chocolate labrador?
    He gets repeated ear infections in one ear and the vet keeps giving him anti biotics. He had skin disorders and the vets didn't know what to do about this ...but a man walking his lab told us to give a daily fish oil tablet...and his skin condition is cured. Maybe someone has used something that works for the ear infections?

    • ANSWER:
      due to labs having floppy ears they get allot of moister in their another thing is that with him having the skin problems it probably indicates he has allergies their is a couple things you can try
      cleanse the ear with a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water The vinegar acts to break down the wax in the ear, and creates a pH in the ear which prohibits the growth of bacteria and yeast. If the dog already has the infection keep him on the oral anti biotics and use Ear Relief by Veterinarian's Best retailing for .99 at petsmart.com but if he does not have a infection right now use the vinegar regularly to prevent any from coming it worked really well in my dogs due to our climate and the fact that they love the water all of my dogs have gotten infections from time to time until i started using the vinger treatment it keeps them at bay I may only get one infection every now and then and mostly because i slack off on cleaning their ears out we have a border collie a sheltie a springer spaniel a Pekingese and a German Shepard any way good luck hope this helps . Amy

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. QUESTION:
    what should I do if there is dried blood in one of my 10 month pitbulls ear?
    I've been realizing that my dog has been scratching his one ear with his paw here and there about 3-4 times a week. Didn't think anything of it really and I looked yesterday and about half way into the ear there is dried blood around the ear canal but barely any visible on the sides of his ear. Any in-home suggestions before i visit a vet? Or any idea of what this could be?

    • ANSWER:
      Clean his ears with vinegar and water. Do not use q-tips only cotton balls. A dog scratches at their ears from infection or ear mites, or they just have an itch, but cant tell easily without a vet doing a swab and stain, unless you know what you are looking for. It can be bacterial, yeast or mites. (or just an itch, but this is after all the other are ruled out) If the cotton ball is coming out clean it is most likely an itch. If its coming out dirty- redish nasty color (other then the blood being cleaned from the scratch)- smelly- specks then you have some type of problem. Mites can be cured with ear drops from the pet store. Yeast can be with ear cleaning with the vinegar and water. If its bacterial then the dog needs antibiotic drops for his ears. If none of the above the dog may just have itchy ears! There are ear cleaning solutions at the pet stores that keep dogs ears dry and helps alleviate itching and irritation.

  24. QUESTION:
    How do u cure yeast infection in dogs ears naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      If you clean the ears with rubbing alcohol 3x a day it will kill the active yeast. Yeast is recurrent, so you have to clean them once a week or so to prevent regrowth. Some people use an alcohol/vinegar combo. I think the alcohol works better. Just lie the dog on her side, pour a capful into her ear canal, make her lie a moment then let it run out onto a tissue. Do the other side the same way. It will clear up yeast within a week or less.

      It doesn't help mites. but any monthly flea spot on or monthly heartguard prevents mites.

  25. QUESTION:
    How To Treat Skin Condition and cheese smell on a Cocker Spaniel?
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/716/bentley1.jpg/

    This little man in the pic above is suffering from an ear infection to the point where he won't let anyone touch the top of his head unless he really trusts them. He's constantly scratching and the ear canal is inflamed. His ears give off a particularly pungent odour of very, very strong cheese.

    Also, his back has nodules or bumps on them.

    He's a pretty calm dog, and aside from the ear sensitivity, scratching, etc, he seems a fairly happy pup.

    He has been eating hypo-allergenic dog food and taking ear drops and meds for his condition, but nothing seems to help. It seems to get worse when he gets his shots. The vet hasn't been able to cure or control this problem to any significant degree.

    Can anyone help with this? Bentley says please!
    @Bonnie - I'm a guy. I don't do portraits or techie stuff or things like that. LOL.
    @PaintedPony - so how do you get a dog to stop chewing at or licking his feet?

    • ANSWER:
      This sure sounds like a yeast problem. Yeast has a very "cheesy" distinctive odor and the ear infection can be caused by an overgrowth of yeast, which can be food related. Even certain shampoos containing oatmeal supposed to soothe the skin, can feed a yeast problem.

      Has the vet completely flushed his ears to get all the way too the bottom? I've had a few dogs in my time with severe yeast problems - both ears and even skin yeast issues. There are a few good shampoos on the market to combat the skin yeast issues and good plain yogurt added to his diet can help as well.

      You might want to get in touch with a specialist since your vet has not been able to get a handle on this.

      ADD: Dogs can also harbor yeast on their feet between their toes - does your dog chew at his feet? Scratching with yeast infected feet can also spread the problem to other parts of the body.

      ADD #2: That's why I'm suggesting a specialist. Once the yeast proliferation takes over the dog's entire body, you really need to get a specialist to take on the whole dog. - ears, feet, body, etc. They can prescribe special foods, shampoos, diets, probiotics, even prednisone to halt the progression and spread. Unless you can get the yeast issue under control (if that is what it is, and it does sound like that) you won't fine relief for her. Ask you vet for a referral - I doubt that he will mind since he has not been successful so far. Once you have done that then maintenance is much easier. You really can't get her to stop itching or scratching or chewing 'cause she itches!

  26. QUESTION:
    How to remove my dog's ear hair at home other than plucking ?
    I was thinking if I can use men's hair remover for nose ?
    or is it better to just trim it ?
    i try to clean everyday but it still stinks.. ther'es no redness or drainage at all.....
    i have a toy poodle by the way...
    what was your dog's reaction when you pulled his/her hair ?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your vet. Your dog's ears shouldn't smell bad, EVER. The smell is a yeast or bacterial infection (only your vet can know for sure) and they will give you the correct medicine to cure it.

      I would never think to pluck a dog's hair, anywhere, but especially the ears or face. That can't feel nice. Why not ask them to trim it while you're in the office anyway? They will be able to do this without causing pain for your dog.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is there a connection between a dogs dental condition and returning ear infections?

    My dog is on a prescribed diet of Urinary SO, made by Royal Canin.

    • ANSWER:
      Almost always these problems are diet-related. Your dog is showing signs of a weakened immune system, which is manefesting in allergies. Most of the grains in dog food are not digestible for dogs, are allergens and cause tartar build-up on teeth (humans, too). Most of the immune system is located in the GI tract, where nutrients are absorbed (seen the DanActive commercial?). When you screw up its workings with non-nutritive dog "food" you see all kinds of problems, like ear and skin problems, gas, GI upset, etc. What I mean, are the filler ingredients you see in most commercial dog foods. These include corn products, wheat products, soy products, peanut hulls, sugar, colors, flavors, salt, beet pulp... I could go on, but I won't. You see many of these non-food ingredients in well-known, vet-recommended prescription foods, too. Why are those ingredients in dog food: they're cheap. CHEAP=CRAP.

      My diet of preference, that rises far above any other is raw. Although domesticated for thousands of years, a dog's gut still works the same as the wolf. They have the acids, enzymes and flora that are designed to digest raw meat and bones. What they don't have are the enzymes to digest grains (wheat, corn, etc). A balanced raw diet will cure most, if not all of your dog's problems. My dogs have sparkling white teeth, because the enzymes in the raw meat actually clean their teeth. Also, I live in FL where we have a flea problem year round. In my house there are 7 cats and 3 dogs, non of which need treatment for fleas. They don't need any chemicals because they are so healthy, they repel fleas on their own. When I think how expensive raw diet is, I just think of how much I save on flea prevention and treatment. For info:
      http://www.auntjeni.com
      http://www.drpitcairn.com

      If you really have trouble with raw, here are some other suggestions. It's a cut and paste from another question that I answered some time ago:

      Sometimes a meat and rice recipe will work, but some of the problems that you're having will respond better to a high-quality grain-free diet. All kibble, which is cheaper than canned or raw, must have grain, potato, or tapioca in it to hold it together. Potato would be cheaper than tapioca, and potato is better than grain.

      HIgh-quality means that most of the ingredients are of HUMAN-GRADE quality. None of the recall products were human-grade. If it's not good enough for me, it's not good enough for my dogs.

      The first ingredient should be a meat. It shouldn't be a meat by-product or a meal. Neither of these are human grade, nor can they be measured for there nutritional content. That's because the company cooks down a bunch of different animal parts that's different each time.

      Don't get anything with wheat, corn, soy (or soybean oil), BHA, BHT, ethoxoquin, artificial flavors and colors, salt, sugars (including sucrose and fructose).

      A lot of these poor-quality ingredients are cheap fillers, flavor enhancers, and preservatives. They offer a low source of nutrition, and weaken the immune system. That's what causes allergies. The only reason they're in the recipe is because they serve a purpose for the company, not to keep your dog healthy.

      I suggest you read dog food labels carefully. Look at foods like Evo (made by Innova), Timberwolf Wild & Natural or Ocean Blue, Barking At The Moon (made by Solid Gold). They're more expensive, but they would seriously cut down on the allergies, which would mean less trips to the vet. I also suggest adding a cold-water fish oil, like salmon, krill, anchovy or sardine. This will help a lot with the ear problem and the yeast. You could also add probiotics and dygestive enzymes.
      One product that has salmon oil, pre- and probiotcs, and digestive enzymes is Positive Health by Great Life. They also make an excellent food, but is expensive. Their website http://www.greatlife4pets.com

  28. 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.

  29. QUESTION:
    i have a 3 year old beagle that get yeast infections in his ear.How can i cure it ?
    he has had ear infections for about 2.5 years.The infection will clear up for about a day or 2 and then come back.I don't know what 2 do.

    • ANSWER:
      if gone only a day or two, it isn't really gone.

      contact a vet, and make an appointment.

      other things you can do in the meantime, to help the dog out:

      **use white vinegar and water 50/50 solution on 4x4s to clean any goo out. (wet, wipe, discard, get new one... wet, wipe, discard)
      **check your dog's food. If corn or soy is in the first 4 ingredients, look into a better food.
      **give the dog 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt once a day.
      **find a way to clip or "scrunchie" their ears back so that air can get to their ear canals.

      breeds with pendulous ears (like beagles) are prone to yeasty ear infections, largely due to lack of airflow to the ear canals.

  30. QUESTION:
    home cure for yeast in dog ears?
    My dog is prone to yeast infections of the ears and I cannot afford to be taking her to the vet constantly and the medications are always expensive. I have heard of many home cures but not the recipes or ratios for them or application guidlelines. Can you help me?

    • ANSWER:
      i put my dog who also had repeated ear infections on raw, organic apple cider vinegar ... after putting that on her food morning and night she never had another ear infection for the rest of her life ... my dog was 14 pounds and i put 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon onto both her breakfast and supper ... you can google it and read up on it but i was very happy with the results ... i did read about using it topically and about adding it to their drinking water but my dog did not like the water with the vinegar in it so i put it on her kibble which she ate just fine ... if they take it internally it changes the acidity of the body making it inhospitable for yeast growth ...

  31. QUESTION:
    My mini Shnauzers ear is red, it seems irritated, and there is dry skin in it?
    My little schnauzer boy Boo had a yeast infection in both of his ears a few months back, but he was supposedly cured. his right ear seems to be fine but his left ear is driving him crazy! Hes itching it really bad and there is dry skin inside, i looked in it and hes scratched it so much he cut himself a couple times. Whats wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      They probably didnt cure it properly. I would go see the vet again and tell him or her the problem. If you payed to fix two of the ears, she may just fix it free this time, most likley not. My friends dog had the same problem with the ears. Well a relavent problem. She payed and one ear wasnt cured what so ever so she got it done free.

  32. QUESTION:
    My dog has smelly itchy ears and her breath does not smell good.. treated her already but it came back?

    - My dog is half long haired chihuahua/ 1/4 pom/ 1/4 shitzhu
    - My dog is half long haired chihuahua/ 1/4 pom/ 1/4 shitzhu

    Could it be the food i'm feeding her? I feed her Royal Canine and sometimes Beneful dry food

    what can I do to get her better?

    • ANSWER:
      This will sound strange and I've never tried it, but if you think your dog has a yeast infection in its ear you may want to try putting organic plain yogurt in the ear. Once a day for a few days.
      Yogurt has natural enzymes that keep yeast from growing. Women have used it as a holistic way to cure yeast infections. I wouldn't see why it couldn't work for ears. Its inexpensive and won't hurt anything.

  33. QUESTION:
    For the past few days my dog keeps scratching his ears and vigorously shakes his head.?
    I dont see any infection in his ears. Please advice.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be ear mites or a yeast infection in his ear, you don't necessarily see that.

      Please take your dog to the vet to find out which problem he has and to get the right medication for it - both problems are very annoying and downright painful for your dog and, if left untreated, can cause deafness or worse.

      It's simple enough to find out the problem and get the cure --- but you need to have your vet check him out.

  34. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have an ear infection?
    She's always scratching her hears, and when she does a really strong foul oder comes from them. Sometimes she yelps also, when she's scratching them. She will not let me get near her ears (to clean them out, or even just look) without throwing a complete fit! I don't know what I should do. Should I take her to the vet and see if she has an ear infection? She is 2 years old and a cocker spaniel, so I hear ear infections are common for this breed. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like an ear infection that has gotton worse because it was not treated quickly. It is painful to your dog, and can lead to impaired hearing, and will probably require antibiotics to clear it up. Once the current infection is cured, try this homemade ear treatment to keep it from recuring: The ingredients are easy to get from a pharmacy. White vinegar is one of them and will reduce the ph so yeast won't thrive, but the other ingredients (alcohol, boric acid powder, betadine antiseptic) make a more effective combination. I would make some up and use it every day when you see your dog scratching their ear or if it smells or has discharge. Squirt some in and massage the ear canal well. When is cleared up, use it weekly for prevention. Try to trim any hair from the opening in the ear to help air get to it. http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/EarClean…

      Also go read the ingredients panel on your dog food as grain allergies (grains with gluten, similar to celiac disease in a human) might be contributing to yeast overgrowth and ear infections. Most vets were not trained in pet nutrition and will recommend popular foods (or the Science D*** they sell) but not tell you to eliminate grains. Check these sites to understand good dog foods:

      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/

  35. QUESTION:
    My male Labrador who is now 3 years old, keeps getting fungal infection in his front right paws. Help?
    Everytime his infection gets cured he gets it the very next week, he is not able to walk properly because of this. What should i do ? I applied the medicine given by the vet, but he gets the infection again.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to www.Petnat.com and ask them for help. They make amazing all natural healing ointments. I would bet money they can heal it for you.

      They might already have something that will work - they make an ear drop formula that manages my dogs chronic ear infection much better than the steroid based cream the vets prescribed that I had to use every single day.

      I use the Petnat itchy Eardrops when the weather is humid or rainy because it brings the yeast infection back. Less than once a week - the side effects of the steroid cream was deafness!

  36. QUESTION:
    Dog is always scratching one ear, what could be possible problem?
    My daughter has a 1 1/2 year old part Shih Tzu, part terrior. The last couple of days we have noticed that it is scraatching one ear quite a lot. And seems to be really digging in sometimes so that that she'll whimper. My wife and daughter has looked in the ear but have found no hair growing or a sign of infection or anything for that matter.

    I have noticed that even when the dog is walking that ear is kinda hanging down. To me it's like she has something a little deeper inside the ear like an infection.

    Anyone have any dogs that have shown similar signs? We live about 6 hours drive from the nearest vet so we really don't want to make the long journey unless we need to.

    Maybe someone has had the same problem and a simple remedy. Thanks for any help.

    • ANSWER:
      could be a few things.

      the first vould be ear mites, as suggested above. ear mites feed off of the ear and cause it to become red and swollen and can be cured with a medicine perscribed by your vet.

      it could also be a yeast infection which also causes the ear to be red and swollen. yeast infections alsso have a bunch of brown/black gunky buildup in and around your dog's ear canal. if this is the case, then the vet should also be contacted.

      HOWEVER i will tell you what to do at home. first off, visit your local pet or feed store and you can purchase an ear cleansing liquid. squirt it into the dog's ear canal and massage the base of the ear (you'll hear a squishing noise) for a few minutes. then gently clean the outside and inside of the ear canal. do this once daily for a week and see if it clears up.

      if not, it could be a yeast infection. a simple home remedy is to apply monistat or other yeast infection medication into the ear canal and massage thoroughly. i am not telling you to do this because you are unable to distinguish the difference, you still should visit a proper vet clinic.

      in order to prevent this condition in the future, keep hair out of your dog's ears, and do not allow the ears to get wet (be especially careful at bathtime) because bacteria LOVE wet, dark breeding grounds.

      hope this helps :)

  37. 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    how do I cure my black labs ear infection w/out going to the vet?
    My black lab has an ear infection. She has had it for a while. They kinda stink and they hurt her when touched. I really would like to try to cure her with out going to the vet.

    Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes, if caught very early, you can "cure" ear infections yourself at home simply by thoroughly cleaning the ears once or twice a day. However, this only works if you catch the infection at the VERY beginning when it is very mild and there aren't many organisms in the ear. If her ears "hurt her when touched" you have let it go far too long to fix this problem without going to the vet! You need to know exactly what kind of ear infection it is before you can even attempt to treat it because the treatment for a bacterial infection will select for yeast infection and treatment for a yeast infection will usually select for a bacterial infection...so if you use the wrong treatment you can very easily make the infection much worse. Not to mention that the type of bacteria or yeast that is present will make a difference in what medication will be most effective. Without a microscope and a trained eye you are not going to be able to determine what kind of infection your dog has without going to the vet. It's not worth your dog's continued suffering or the loss of her hearing to try treating this at home yourself.

  39. QUESTION:
    What can I use for my dog's ear infection?
    So I got a new dog from a shelter and he was ok for the first week because they cleaned his ears right before giving him to me, but now his ears are infected again, so he's always scratching and shaking his head. I have ear cleaner at home because my other dogs would get ear infections, but I'm going to be at school for another 2 weeks. I plan to use the stuff I have at home once I get there, but is there anything that I can use while I'm here... not to cure it, but just to make him feel a little better until we get home and can cure it? Could I use hydrogen peroxide or would it hurt him? I know it would be best to take him to the vet, but the vet is at home too... and I can't get there until I go home in 2 weeks. Thanks!
    this is what I hate about this board... you post a simple question and get yelled at about how you're not caring for your animal. I assure you, I care... that's why I'm asking. I'm simply asking if there's anything i can do without going to the vet. I know it's an infection and I have the stuff to treat it... it's just that it's not here. I was simply hoping there was something quick and easy I could do to help him before I get to go home. I asked whether anyone knows if I can use hydrogen peroxide because I'm not sure. I know it won't get rid of the infection... I want to use it to clean his ears to relieve some of the irritation. I know cleaning it doesn't cure it, but I know it must help because the shelter cleaned his ears and he was ok for a week.

    • ANSWER:
      The short answer is that you need to take him to the vet; there has to be one where you are.

      The longer answer is that the scratching and shaking could be caused by a variety of different things (yeast, ear mites, allergies, etc) and each is treated differently.

      If the ear is actually infected, cleaning it is not going to clear up the infection. You'd need antibiotics.

      If you wait 2 weeks, the infection is going to get worse and more painful for the dog. If he keeps shaking his head, he could end up with a hematoma (think an Ultimate Fighter's ears), which would require surgery to repair.

      For the dog's sake (and for the sake of your wallet), you need to go to a vet now.

      Re: Additional Information

      Of course you care about your dog.

      However, you don't have the stuff to treat it--you have the stuff to treat what your other dog had, some time ago. Not all infections are the same or treated the same way.

      You'll find those who say hydrogen peroxide is ok and those who say it's not. You're better off going to a pet store and buying a commercial ear cleaner. Follow the directions on the bottle.

      And, please, don't wait 2 weeks to see a vet.

  40. QUESTION:
    i notice my shihtzu loses a small part of hair in her left ear?
    what are the possible causes??
    yes, she scratches her ear.

    • ANSWER:
      Is she scratching her ear a lot?? The scratching could cause her to lose the hair. The problem could be ear mites or yeast. Does her ear have a nasty odor?? Does the inside look dirty, or have what looks like dirt or is blackish?? Mites and yeast look like "dirt". Yeast usually has a very nasty odor. Yeast is a fungus, and there are also other fungi that your dog can get in her ears. Shih Tzu's ears are floppy, and are prone to fungus infections.
      Fungus or mites are easily treated. So a vet visit may be in order to determine what it is. There are drops and shampoos. OTC products help, but don't always cure the problem.
      Depending on what it is, will depend on the treatment.

  41. QUESTION:
    Dog has yeast infection in ears?
    I am almost out of the prescription ear flush. The vet is closed till Monday. Is there anything at home that will work as a good ear flush until I can get to the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      Did your vet give you an anti-fungal for the infection too? If your vet only gave you a flush, then the vet isn't doing a very good job. Just flushing out the infection won't cure it, it needs to be treated as well.

      Yeast infections form in a dog's ears when they are warm and moist, and don't get aired out well enough. Dogs who have folded ears are more prone to them, as are dogs lower to the ground (since they are more likely to kick stuff up off the ground into their ears). The key to treating a yeast infection in a dog's ears is to balance the pH in the dog's ears.

      Vinegar is a great way to do this. Vinegar is a natural enemy of fungus and bacteria, it destroys the fungus while balancing the pH within the ear. You can apply vinegar 2-3 times a day, making sure that it all drains out and doesn't pool in your dog's inner ear... otherwise you'll be dealing with an ear infection later on.

      My advice would be to soak a washcloth in vinegar, then rub it gently(!!) on the inside of the dog's ear where the infection is. Make sure the area is good and soaked in the vinegar. You can rinse it out with water if you like, but that's not really necessary - the vinegar doesn't sting, it actually reduces the itching, it will just smell strongly if you don't rinse it out. The dog won't mind the smell too much, but you might. You can also use the vinegar the way you use the flush, again making sure that it all drains out and doesn't pool in the ear.

      I had a dog with recurring yeast infections in his ears, the creams they gave us didn't work or only worked for a week or two, nothing seemed to help. I started using vinegar in his ears and voila, within 2 weeks his infection was cured and it never came back. I strongly suggest it - it's all natural, won't hurt your dog at all, and it does work.

      Good luck!

  42. QUESTION:
    dogs constant yeast infections in ears?
    I have a 10 year old retriever/ cross mix. He has had chronic ear infections for about 3 years. I have taken him to multiple vets. He has been put on so many different medications, ear washes, and drops. Nothing has helped him and I have wound up spending a ton of money. He is miserable and so am I! What can I do to help him, is there a cure or something that works better than what I've been told?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a similar problem with my dog (a big, floppy-eared Newfoundland). I'd find a yeast infection in his ears about every couple of months, warm or cold weather, it didn't matter. He'd get some medicine. It would go away for a month and come back.

      I found the answer, at least for my dog...clean out the ears with 100% alcohol, not the watered 50% or 75%, but the total alcohol container.

      To get rid of the existing yeast, wipe out ears, every day, with cotton balls dipped in the 100% alcohol. It'll be sore, especially if there is broken skin, but it'll heal soon enough. Once the infections are died down, you should be able to back off to once or twice a week.

      My dog hasn't had infection for two year now, and wipe his ears once a week.

  43. QUESTION:
    Yeasty ear infections in dogs, has anyone ever tried?
    Has anyone ever tried a human prescription female yeast medication in an attempt to cure a persistent dog ear infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use human meds unless you check with your vet first. Here is the recipe for an ear cleaning solution that work really well;

      16 oz. bottle isopropyl alcohol (or witch hazel)
      4 tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 drops Gentian Violet 1% Solution

      People have been using this for years with great results. You can ask your vet about it.

  44. QUESTION:
    Cure for foul oder in my dogs ears?
    I rescued a 2 year old Lhasa Apso . Her ears smell so badly that when she rolls around or shakes her head it makes the whole room smell terrible. She has had her ears cleaned and been treated for ear mites and does not have an infection. Why does it smell so bad? The rest of her body smells fine, like shampoo, it's just her ears. How can I make the smell go away?
    Her vet ruled out infection, the smell is like dirty dog only intensified. It is not cheesy.

    • ANSWER:
      Try this homemade ear cleaner. It has just been a miracle to my dogs when I found it. They don't get ear infections anymore. The ingredients are all available from a pharmacy without a prescription. Mix them in a 8 oz. bottle that had an applicator tip (like a hair coloring bottle from Sally Beauty Supply. Try to get one that has measurement lines on the outside). I would make some up and use it every day when you see your dog scratching their ear or if it smells or has discharge. Squirt some in and massage the ear canal well. When is cleared up, use it weekly for prevention. Try to trim any hair from the opening in the ear to help air get to it.

      6 oz. isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol (try to get the 91% alcohol )
      1 ½ teaspoons boric acid powder
      **Mix well until the powder dissolves**
      add 2 oz. white vinegar, then add one teaspoon of Betadine antiseptic
      **shake well now and every time before using**

      Also go read the ingredients panel on your dog food as grain allergies (grains with gluten, similar to celiac disease in a human) might be contributing to yeast overgrowth and ear infections. Most vets were not trained in pet nutrition and will recommend popular foods (or the Science D*** they sell) but not tell you to eliminate grains. Check these sites to understand good dog foods:

      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/

  45. QUESTION:
    Dark brownish smear has started coming out of my sharpei's ear again. What to do?
    She has had this problem forever. It's a recurring infection and although I manage to control it for months of a time, it always returns with a vengeance. She doesn't seem to be in pain though. I absolutely don't want to have to go back to antibiotics! I would appreciate your ideas and recomendations, guys. Thanks a lot!

    • ANSWER:
      Ear mites are very rare in dogs... and they typically don't cause any type of discharge but rather a 'dirt' seen inside the ear. If it is an infection (and been diagnosed as such before) there really isn't a lot else that you can do. Antibiotics luckily aren't as overused in dogs as the are with people, so that is likely your best option. Cleaning the ears using some of the above recommendations will help, but none of them will cure a major ear infection... and depending on what exactly is going on, some of them may aggrivate and irritate the infection making things worse on your dog.

      Is there actual fluid coming out of her ears? If it is more just a brownish stuff inside the ear you might be able to treat it on your own (yeast infections are common), if there is actual discharge I would just let your vet treat it.

      Do you routinely clean her ears also? Have someone (if they haven't already) teach you how to properly and safely clean her ears with a cotton swab and you can also add a disinfectant like chlorohexamine (sold in pet stores as ear cleaning solution) once a week. But after you have this infection under control. Some of the powders sold as ear cleaner can help too... keeping the ears dry and clean is the best way to prevent infections.

  46. QUESTION:
    how to prevent/cure a dog ear infection?
    i have a maltese dog and it has an ear infection! ]: im so sad!
    its the second time my dog got it, and the inside of his ear has like dried blood looking things/little red grainy stuff inside

    i cleaned her ear and put ear mite treatment in it, but i dont know if its the best way to help!
    when i clean her ear, she tries to bite me and get really mad, so i had to hold her down really firmly to clean her ear
    i also pulled out some of the inner ear hair (that had alot of the red stuff on it) , cause my vet told me that i should do it when my dog has an infection

    is it an allergy thing? do i need to change his food? i read other answers that it might have to do with his food...that the food might be giving her allergies > ear infection..
    right now shes eating Pedigree food with the "meaty inside nuggets"

    please help my poor doggy! im really scared that she'll get really sick ]':
    i dont want to go to the vet really cause it costs so much and my vet place is soo far!

    help please! ty~
    okay just because my dog has an ear infection doesnt mean i am a "cruel & selfish" owner (plynn_03 ) thats just harsh, youre being cruel yourself

    i keep my dog's ears clean and somehow my dog got an infection and im just asking for some tips to help him get better, not judgmental/rude comments

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it could have to do with food, it could also be a yeast infection. Schedule an appt, the dog may have to be put under to really clean and determine the source.

      Food.... if you can buy it at the grocery store DON'T FEED IT TO YOUR DOG!!!! Wheat is the #1 allergy for dogs, and it will generally show up at the ears. red inflamed ears, itchy skin. Dull coat all signs. (note they do not have to have all 3 signs)

      Move your dog to a holistic formula, duck & potatoe, fish and potato

      brands,

      Pro Plan
      Solid Gold
      Timberwolf
      Evo
      Nature's Variety
      The Honest Kitchen

      Link listed, go to products.

  47. QUESTION:
    how to clean my westies ears ?
    I have a westie and iv been cleaning his ears for a couple of days now and iv noticed that in one of his ears that there's brown and white goo I don't know how to disinfect hes ear....
    I cant afford to take him to a vet, is there a natural cure?

    • ANSWER:
      You say you have been cleaning his ears for a couple days.Why?Ears do not need to be cleaned daily.This will upset natural balance in ear.If he has brown and white goo it is probably a yeast infection,He needs antibiotics for his ear.Vinegar solution with an infection will cause him pain.It will burn his tender ear.AFter it is treated then leave ears alone unless they are dirty. A healthy dog will not need the ears cleaned that often.

  48. QUESTION:
    what's the difference between allergies and infections?

    • ANSWER:
      allergies is something that you are allergic to like pollen dogs food etc,,

      and infection is like a yeast infection where they require more enhanced medication like an std is a viral infection so some infections are difficult to cure ear infections require antibotics so it really depends on the infection----Infection is something that breaks down the cells in your body and begin to produce and their own cells body in the process the infection depending on what type can destroy your organs in your body if not treated properly and promptly

  49. QUESTION:
    What do you want to ask about dogs?Fungus infection ears of springer spaniel?
    Chronic infection..has been treated with many medIcations but continues and reoccures...why? and should I do what to get a lasting cure?? REB

    • ANSWER:
      I have a dog that has the same issue, but not a springer. He is a lab and we discovered that a change in his food worked wonders. Try a grain free food. Most of the time it is from yeast that causes the most problem. Avoiding grains and brewers yeast will help.

      Good Luck


cure yeast infection in dogs ear

Dog Itch

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    My elderly female dog itches and scratches constantly, what do I do?
    My elderly female dog itches and scratches herself to the point of bleeding and balding her entire rear end and "lower back". The vet said she was allergic to fleas, but she doesn't always have fleas when she does this. I bathe her w baby shampoo like the vet said but even the infrequent bath seems to aggravate the problem.

    • ANSWER:
      Hopefully you give preventative flea medication to your dog monthly. My son's dog has the same problem. He has found bathing the dog too often dries the skin out and the dog scratches more. He has changed his food to Science Diet and this has helped also. You might want to check out the dog food at Pet Smart..or whatever pet store you have in the area for an alternative food. One other suggestion..go to HSN.com, home solutions, pet products then select Royal Treatment..the shampoos are very good for the dogs skin. It does moisturize the skin and helps with the itching. There are many reviews you can read from people who have used this product. We use it on our pets and wouldn't use anything else. I don't promote websites but this is worth mentioning for your particular problem. When your dog is miserable, so are you! Good luck and hope this helps in some small way.

  2. QUESTION:
    my dog itches her eyes and shortly after the corners swell. What is this called?
    My dog itches hers eyes sometimes and when she does the corners swell up. Just recently she scratched one and it hasnt went back down. usually they go back down it a hour or so. Why do they do this? what is wrong with her?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it may be allergies as well. Have you changed your dogs food recently? Many times that is the cause of allergies. She may also be allergic to something in her environment such as cleaning products or even a type of plant. There is some good info on this site for help with allergies- hopefully it will help you out! http://www.mycanineallergies.com

  3. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a solution for dog itching around the tail?
    I've bought Revolution, Front Line, flea sprays, allergy shampoos and vet shots and still can't seem to find my dog itching relief? I have spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars trying to stop it. Please help my dog.

    • ANSWER:
      Knee jerk reaction is to think anal glands. But surely your vet has checked that out. Is that the only place he's chewing? Is it at the base of his tail, or closer to the end? Have you ruled out fleas completely? It only takes on flea to jump on and then off to send a dog into a chewing frenzy with allergies to them. Try using a flea comb to double check for any "flea dirt". If you find any, more than likely that's your problem. If you're sure there's no fleas and anal glands are in the clear, might be easier to decide if you could take a picture.

  4. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog itch and bite till he bleeds everywhere?
    Why does my dog itch and bite till he bleeds everywhere?Its not fleas, its not dry skin, its not allergies, i just dont know i have a golden 150lb retriever who sits around just biting himself until he bleeds and ive also tried different foods as well.Please help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Has your VET told you it's not allergies? Because it sure sounds like it. It's not uncommon for dogs to be allergic to fleas. My Pitt was doing this to herself. To the point where she would bleed. Took her to the vet and he told me it was a flea allergy. Gave her a shot and then i went home and gave her a bath. If i ever see her chewing he told me to give her 1mg of benedril for every 2 pounds of body weight. (25mg pill for 50lb dog.)

      The different foods you've tried... are any of them holistic? It's also not uncommon for dogs to be allergic to corn, wheat, or soy. Which is common filler in cheaper dog foods. Holistic foods don't contain any of these fillers.

      And if you haven't taken the dog to the vet... I would do that first.

  5. 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.

  6. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of psoriasis on a dog?
    My dog itches his rear end. I've tried Selson Blue, lotion, grease, eggs; and stuff to make him stop itching.

    • ANSWER:
      Its caused by a weak immune system or a food allergy usually.
      A change in diet or the sadding of a supplement might help.
      Primrose oil in the food ( Omega 6 fatty oils) is usually quite effective and very safe to use.
      Coal tar is also good - u can get it in lotions.
      Sunlight is also very good - it kills off activated T- cells as psoriasis occurs when t cells divide too rapidly.

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I stop my dog itching?
    My dog is itching like crazy, it started with her tail and now it is her stomoch and back legs. I took her to the vet but he just gave her cream to rub on the tail where she had grazed it.
    She has been fleaed, bathed,I have had her anal glands empied, and she is now on antihistamine (allergy relief tablets) but at least 5-6 times a day she goes crazy itching. Please, can an anyone suggest something .....

    • ANSWER:
      now, i'm not an anyone, but i'll suggest this anyway. get her a little bird, ya know, like the african elephants have. and it'll sit on your dogs back all day and eat all your dogs fleas n stuff that make her itch. alternatively, change her shampoo.

  8. QUESTION:
    My dog is itching and shedding really badly?
    Ok so its cold where I live and my dog usually gets dandruff between season changes. Are there supplements and sprays out there to help alleviate my dogs itching? She has chewed bald spot almost raw on her back legs and is leaving large amounts of shedded hair around her kennel. Does this sound like its something normal for some dogs to go through? She is a newfoundland collie mix. She is not itching anywhere else except her back legs.

    • ANSWER:
      You'll want to add an Omega3 Salmon oil supplement to her fur to help her coat, bathe her with shampoos and conditioners meant for dogs with dry skin. Talk to your vet, and see what they would recommend.

  9. QUESTION:
    Can a dog be allergic to cat poop?
    My dog itches constantly but has no rash or raw skin. With the Vet's help I have her on a special diet and even thyroid medicine. Still itchy. I put her on 3V caps. Still itchy. She is now half way through her Atopica treatment. It is still not better. The only thing I can think of is her tendency to eat cat poop out of the catbox when I am not looking.

    • ANSWER:
      Considering that its still itchy it might be fleas or it is allergic to the cat poop

  10. QUESTION:
    What would cause my dog to itch stomach, inner part of back legs, ears and itching abdomen Any ideas?
    Vet has said no mites possibly allergies. Gave new vet food, changed blankets and pillows, gave baths with no purfume for dogs. Ears itch so much they bleed along with abdomen and underside of tail, and also pulling skin off of area by nails

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like contact dermatitis - you might like to take a look at the following link and see whether the description fits, then discuss it with your vet.

      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1587&articleid=508

      Our previous cavalier was diagnosed with atopia (allergic to two of the most common mould types) and improved with prednisilone (sp?)

  11. QUESTION:
    Why do my dogs scratch and chew on themselves so much?
    I am looking for some suggestions or possibilities as to why both of my dogs itch so much. They get a bath once a week, sometimes once every other week with a medicated dog shampoo that is supposed to help with dry skin, yet they seem to chew on themselves and scratch all of the time anyway. Is it possible both of my dogs are allergic to something in the dog food? Or could it be something else? All opinions are welcomed. Thanks!
    ***Update: Thank you for everyone who has answered so far. One thing that can be ruled out for sure is flea's. My dogs do not have fleas.

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same thing before on my dogs. Both are male and they were scratching every minutes and the older dog always lick himself until his fur all gone. My husband and I were frustated because we thougth it was his old age. That was silly thought though.

      Anyway, we showered him with only medicated shampoo from the vet but you only need to use a bit and scratch his body while its foaming. Try to let the medicated shampoo in his body for about 10minutes either just rubbing around or scracth it. Then wash it with water.

      Our vet suggest that we should only shower our dogs once a month and follow by the frontline (flea treatment) afterward in between the dog's shoulder.

      My younger dog has wax in both of his ear, they both just keep scracthing and drove us crazy.

      Our vet then gave us a bottle of medicated sulfur lime treatment. It is very strong scent with only 4oz of it and mix it with a gallon of water. Pour this sulfur mix on the dogs body right after we shower them and let it dry by it self. It is only work while it drips. Although, their fur not as soft as usual because of the sulfur, it worked.

      both of my dogs are now healthy and less itchy, even my younger dog no longer has any wax at both of his ear. I feel so relief. Now, I can shower them like normal with medicated shampoo resulted in softer fur and healthier shiny looking coat.

      If you dog is allergic to his food, you will know by his poop (runny).

      hope this information will work for you.
      It best when you are not sure, you should visit your vet.
      Every simple little things with your dog could result a big thing at the end and cost you even more.

      It is best to prevent it rather than to treat it, trust me!

  12. QUESTION:
    What brand of dog flea & tick medicine do you like to use and why?
    We tried Revolution, only to find fleas and ticks on our dogs (who are between 13 and 20#). Then we switched to K9 Advantix and not only is much more product used per application, but the spot is very gooey for a long time. Plus, the dogs itch at the application spot so obviously it won't work in the long run. What have you used successfully?

    Should we give Revolution a 2nd try? Is there something additional I can give my dogs so that they won't itch from using Advantix? What about Frontline or Advantage or others?

    • ANSWER:
      Advantage is essentially the same as advantix as far as the oily spot. I would try frontline, we use that on our dog and have never had a problem. Are you bathing the dogs after you put it on? Because revolution and advantage/advantix can both be washed off by shampoo or just water... frontline cannot (which is another of it's nice features). Also, when you apply it, do it in a few spots down the back instead of just one, that'll help with the oil spot :)

  13. QUESTION:
    stuff to use at home for dog itching?
    is there anything to possibley use at home for my dog itching? she has little spots on her where hair is missing and i would like for her to stop itching i cant take her to the vet untill dec 10 so plase help me.

    • ANSWER:
      you can get pet shampoos that are medicated. get pro stuff at vet, or get hertz medicated at pet store (cheaper but works well for dry skin or other minor skin irritations)!
      hmm...bald spots...
      sounds like mites... they cause stuff like mange, which may be the cause of the itchy bald spots.
      what breed? some have more sensitive skin that others (labs, for example, have sensitive skin, so they can't be brushed too much and are more susceptible to little stuff like hot spots.)
      at pet supply store, see if you can find something like "bitter apple"(C). it is to prevent itching and licking bald spots and hot spots.
      where are the bald areas? hot spots are most common on areas like the abdomen and on legs (esp. at the bend of the 'knees')--areas that come in contact the most with ground surfaces when the dog lies down. some floors + carpets are too rough or haave cleaners or solvnets on them that bother the skin.
      go to vet ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! why not till dec. 10?

  14. QUESTION:
    how do i tell if my dogs alergy is a yeast infection or a true allergy?
    my dog itches and scratches constantly benedryl doesnt control it. She has lost her hair in a couple spots and the skin has turned black.

    • ANSWER:
      The only way is to have her allergy tested. It gives a very effective diagnosis these days but it's not cheap.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are some good ingedients to make a dog stop itching?
    Like ingredients such as flour eggs corn...etc., what helps stop dogs from itching? Cuz my dogs are like itching non-stop and I have tried some products but I would like to make them somethin in the kitchen that has ingredients to help them stop itching...Any ideas?
    I know for a fact thought that they dont have fleas...Its just one of those things that dogs itch...Cuz like humans itch their head but they dont have lice...

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a recipe I use. Works for me:

      10 pounds hamburger meat [the cheapest kind]
      1 lg. box of Total cereal
      1 lg. box oatmeal
      1 jar of wheat germ
      1 1/4 cup veg oil
      1 1/4 cup of unsulfured molasses
      10 raw eggs AND shells
      10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
      pinch of salt

      Mix all ingredients together, much like you would a meatloaf.

      Divide into 10 quart freezer bags and freeze.

      Thaw as needed and feed raw!

      Uses

      "I take a frozen pack to dogs' shows with me, kept on ice, and never have had any trouble with it spoiling, even in the heat"

      "All my dogs go crazy over this stuff...but you have to be careful, it will put weight on the dogs pretty fast if you feed enough....I feed a pack a day...half in am , half in pm."

      "When I want to increase the weight on a dog, I feed more; so far I haven't got to the point where they won't eat anymore, and believe me, Satin has eaten a lot at one setting. It will put on the weight, make the coats soft and blue black (on black dogs at least, that's all I have)."

      "The dogs stop all the itching and chewing at their coats/skin, their eyes get this bright look and the energy level goes out the roof (not that Belgians need any more energy)."

      "The bitch that I got this recipe for is a picky eater, but when she in on the food (I long ago stopped trying to "bury" it the other food; they just hunt it down to eat first, and making a mess trying) she eats much better. It seems to whet her appetite."

      Comments

      Per the information received after having the Satin Balls recipe checked by several vets/labs:

      Satin Balls is a total canine diet. It can be feed by itself or as a supplement, for however long you wish. My dogs have been on Satin Balls for over a year; the only time that I have fed it alone is when I had a sick dog needing to be built up or an underweight dog that I plan on showing.

      The only problem with feeding it by itself is figuring out the amount. It will put weight on a dog in a few days...that's why it is so great to feed just before a show. If you have a dog that is in good weight, but you just want to build coat/endurance, you would have to figure out how much to feed (cal per kg), or you would end up with a fat dog in a very short time. At one point, I let Satin eat as much as she wanted, just to see how much she would consume. I never got to that point! After a pound pack, she was still looking for more, so I stopped. I have been told a dog will stop eating when full on it, and that you can then gauge the amount needed to maintain weight!

      I just find that per the pocketbook and ease, my dogs do very well on it as a supplement. I give about a 1/4 pound each night to maintain beautiful coats, energy level, and a full appetite...no picky eaters here.

      Just don't try to hide it in the kibble...they will make a mess throwing out the kibble, digging for the Satin Balls! My dogs have never gotten sick on Satin balls...not even when I am at a show and feed only that. I feed less kibble, so I save money there. There is also less stool to pick up as the dogs are able to digest all of the Satin Balls.

      I have been playing with the recipe. I now use the Knox Joint Gelatin instead of the plain Knox unflavored gelatin. Since this is high in Vitamin C and protein, and is good for the joints, it would be good for the dogs. They don't seem to mind the added flavor.

      I am also adding Flaxseed oil. They probably don't need the added oil, but so far I have not seen it hurt anything.

      Fix some up and let your dogs enjoy. They will love you forever and forever!

  16. QUESTION:
    My dog as horrible dry skin what can i do?
    My dog itches all the time. I was looking at his fur and near his tail he has skin flakes everywhere. He even has scabs and hunks of skin. Its really gross. The groomer said to give him Children s Bendryl and that doesn't seem to help very much. What should i do? Is it time for a trip to the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      Try giving her omega 3 capsules- any fish oil.

  17. QUESTION:
    What could my dogs excessive itching be?
    My dog is itching its bottom an awful lot lately and it's only at night. At first I thought it could be worms but then I figured out that two days ago I washed my dog and shampoo must have gotten there and after I had finished washing my dog it kept wiggleing it's but like crazy. Could it be the shampoo irritating it or is it worms
    ?

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching. Itching can be caused by an allergic reaction (to flea bites, the food or treats you give him, the grooming products or house-cleaning products you are using), mites or steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot'). Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

      Many dogs are allergic to flea bites. You may not be able to see the fleas directly but you can always see the debris they leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If you see these and put them in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas on your dog with natural methods so that he is not exposed to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will harm him sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where he 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 the ingredients of the food/treats you give him. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. If they contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. Get food/treats that have no grains and that have meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      If you just introduced a new grooming product (or a house cleaning product), discontinue it immediately.

      MITES

      There are 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.

      If the reason for the itching is mites, avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals that will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend a natural, effective, easy to use, and inexpensive spray treatment 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

      Vets nowadays 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.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal) such as the ones commonly caused by the use of steroids like Prednisone, cortisone or the so called “allergy shot” or any secondary infections caused by flea bite allergy or mites, as well as cuts, scrapes, etc. 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 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.

  18. QUESTION:
    How can I make my dog stop itching?
    My puppy is constantly itching himself. We've taken him to the vet and it's not fleas. She said it may just be dry skin, and to put fish oil in his food. So we did, but he is still itching. I think it might be allergies. But i don't know. What can I do to make my poor dog stop itching?? He's miserable!

    • ANSWER:
      I would try switching his food because this itching could very well be caused by a food allergy. When looking for a food you want to stay away from by-products, ground yellow corn, and any artificial flavors or colors.

      Nutro makes an excellent food. No ground yellow corn, which is a filler and a big allergen among pups. No by-products, which can include heads, feet and intestines. Nutro also has the highest levels of essential fatty acids (Omega 3 & 6) to help promote healthy skin and coat and also reduce shedding. They are actually the only company that I know of the guarantees healthy skin & coat. And all of their foods are 100% guaranteed! So give it a few weeks, if you don’t notice a difference, return the food (with your receipt), and get your money back.

      Hope this helps!

  19. QUESTION:
    Do dogs get hot spots that make them loose hair?
    Lot's of dogs chew and scratch on certain ares of their body's , I heard somewhere it may have to do with ( hot spots ) So im curious as to what they are and what may cause em and if their is a remedy to relieve it . This has nothing to do with my dog a buddy mentioned to me about his dog itching and scratching to the point of the hair falling out around that area and something called ( hot spots ) on their body's . So any information would be appreciated so i can tell him about what it is .

    • ANSWER:
      Yes and the rapidity in which it happened what surprising. I first noticed a tiny clump of sticky hair on head which I spot washed and thought nothing more of it. By the morning it had spread half way down the side of his head, was showing discomfort by itching and taken straight to the vet.

      He was prescribed two types of oral antibiotics, hibiscrub wash (did nothing but regardless of washing affected area twice a day as advised) hair fell out in small clumps steroid injection and topical cream to replace the scrub by local vet and swab taken. The next day he was taken in to have his short hair shaved off under anesthetic down one side of his head to reduce moisture from infection being held close to the skin.

      Picture not pretty and taken before it worsened.
      http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm191…

      The diagnosis was confirmed as an idiopathic hot spot and of all the treatments given, shaving the hair and antibiotics produced the best result.

  20. QUESTION:
    How can I tell what my dog is allergic to?
    My dog is itching and licking a lot, which I figure are allergies. How can I tell what she is allergic to, and are there any home treatments for allergies in dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      The best place to start in dealing with a dog with allergies is to take a long close look at the dog's diet.
      Look at the bag of kibble you are feeding the dog and read the ingredients. Chances are some of the first five to seven ingredients lists corn, wheat and or rice?
      Get the dog off of such a food, gradually and replace the food with a higher grade of dog food that does not contain any corn or grains what so ever.
      Find a kibble with low glycemic vegetables. Such as Go naturals, Salmon Formula. This has done wonders for my dog who had allergies with similar symptoms. My dog loves vegetables too but I will not feed her any carrots, peas or sweet potatoes anymore either. She is doing much better now.
      The best place to start is with your dogs diet. Usually a vet will prescribe a medication but usually always contains an ingredient which in the long run only aggravates the allergy problem. Best to start from the inside out and work with the dogs diet.

      If you feed your dog a whole food diet then you can find out what the dog is allergic too by process of elimination. Look this up on Google by searching elimination diet for dog with allergies and research this technique.

      I can honestly say however that if you read the ingredients on your dog food bag and find corn, wheat or rice, by finding a food that eliminates these ingredients, you will see a difference in your dog with in a few weeks. If you can not get Go naturals, Salmon Formula, try to go in to the California natural Line. They also supply a decent dog food that is also low glycemic and grain free.

      Gradually Change Food Formula
      http://www.thedogbowl.com/PPF/category_ID/35/dogbowl.asp

      Go naturals Salmon Formula
      http://www.petcurean.com/index.php?page_id=42

      California naturals
      http://www.naturapet.com/brands/california-natural.asp

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of fleas and keep th away for good?
    i hate to see my dog itching all the time. What is the best and safest way to get rid of them and keep them away. By the way I have a chiuaua

    • ANSWER:
      Immediate treatment-
      If your dog has just picked up fleas, we recommend a fast kill approach using products such as Hartz UltraGuard Plus On Pet sprays, powders and shampoos. These parasite-control products have active ingredients that work immediately, killing fleas fast.

      Infestation control-
      If the number of fleas is great and you have noted a flea problem on your dog before, choose a more thorough Hartz flea control treatment to ensure that an infestation does not grow.

      Steps for controlling a flea infestation:

      1. Use topical drops or flea collars, Dr. Melinda recommends Hartz UltraGuard Pro Flea & Tick Drops for Dogs and Puppies or Hartz® UltraGuard Plus Dog Collars. Both products begin killing fleas immediately and continue to work over time.
      2. To ensure that your home is not a haven for fleas, also use Hartz UltraGuard Plus In Home products, such as sprays and carpet powders.
      3. If your flea problem is severe and wide spread, try Hartz UltraGuard Plus Home Fogger.
      4. Re-inspect areas of your home within 24 hours and continue to make regular inspections to ensure that a bigger flea infestation doesn’t lurk in hidden places.

      Infestation prevention-
      Prevention is the best method, especially if you know your dog is in areas where fleas often thrive, including the dog park or your own yard. Infestations that start on your dog can also start growing in your home. If left unchecked, such infestations can continuously produce biting adult fleas that not only endanger your dog but also you and your family.

      Steps for protecting your pet and home:

      1. To bring an existing infestation under control and prevent future infestations, choose a product that contains active ingredients that kill both adult fleas plus flea eggs and flea larvae, thus breaking the flea life cycle.
      2. Additionally, Dr. Melinda recommends either Hartz UltraGuard Pro or Hartz UltraGuard Plus lines of topical drops, collars and In Home products which also contain ingredients that break the flea life cycle.

  22. QUESTION:
    how do I find someone that will rescue a bloodhound in need of a vet in houston texas?
    the dog itches non stop to the point of bleeding. I have no money to take her myself or I would. I'm having to move from my home into an apartment and need to find someone that will love her and take care of her. She is about two years old.

    • ANSWER:
      Tri-State Bloodhound Rescue
      7215 Airport Blvd.
      Houston, TX 77061
      Phone: 713-641-2992
      ____________________
      South Central Bloodhound Club
      Houston, TX 77061
      Phone: 713-641-2992
      Email: tamarashelby@sbcglobal.net

  23. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a dog to be allergic to another dogs coat?
    I take my german shepherd every once in a while to play with an american bulldog. The american bulldog's owner told me that her dog stayed itching himself all night long after it played with my dog. My dog is free from fleas & ticks. The other dog is also free from fleas & ticks. Someone mentioned dogs can be allergic to other dogs coats. Is this possible?

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmm. A German Shepherd has a double coat. I would seem possible that allergens or pollen could adhere to the undercoat or to the outer coat. So, I guess my answer would be that the other dog could be allergic to something that is on the shepherd's coat, but not to the coat itself.

      It the shepherd goes for walks in any wooded area or rolls in the grass etc, then pollen could easily be found on the coat.

      My son' s dog is allergic to spruce pollen and he lives in Alaska. There are spruce trees all over the place up there.

      Pollen or allergens could cause a skin reaction or a nasal/cough type reaction depending on whether it was breathed in or rubbed onto the skin.

  24. QUESTION:
    Good Shampoo for my dog who is itching?
    My dog itched a spot on her face and it seems like it is bleeding so we put some antibiotic ointment on it. We will monitor for a few days and if it gets worse we will take her to the vet. So what is some good shampoo to use. Will this help her ithcing? I gave her a bath a few weeks ago. She is a short haired breed.

    • ANSWER:
      she could be allergic to something...get some shampoo from the pet store...they have many for different kinds of problems.

  25. QUESTION:
    Good Shampoo for my dog who is itching?
    My dog itched a spot on her face and it seems like it is bleeding so we put some antibiotic ointment on it. We will monitor for a few days and if it gets worse we will take her to the vet. So what is some good shampoo to use. Will this help her ithcing? I gave her a bath a few weeks ago. She is a short haired breed.

    • ANSWER:
      Oatmeal

  26. QUESTION:
    How can I stop dog itching so much?
    I have a 7 month old Shut tzu dog and her itching of her coat is unreal. I keep her groomed and she does not have fleas. I try to feed her an organic diet and I just cant understand what is causing this. The natural baths once a week or two does help. I use the natural oatmeal and Aloe bath formula.I want to remidy this situation as natural and chemical free as posible. Any suggestions??

    • ANSWER:
      Does the organic diet include any grains? Wheat is a common canine allergen. Make certain her diet is competely grain-free.

  27. QUESTION:
    Can certain foods cause a dog to itch?
    For example: molasses in dog bisquits. The itch is not from fleas and there is no visible rash. I am just suspicious of the bisquits because it seemed to have started at the approximate same time as my giving him the new bisquits.

    • ANSWER:
      Some dogs are in fact hypoallergenic. My black lab is allergic to plastic and possibly other things. since I have changed my dog's food to boiled chicken(or duck) with rice and veggies I have noticed that his doggy acne has gone away...my vet is pleased...he's even offered me a job I start next week...SOOO HAPPY

  28. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of ear mites for my dog?
    Hello, My name is Amber and some friends have moved in with my family and I. Well there dog started itching her ears just recently and we think she might have ear mites. Some friends have given us slight ideas on how to get rid of the mites but none have worked. If you could please help me that would help.
    Thanks,
    Amber =]

    • ANSWER:
      My dog had a problem with ear mites last summer. I took her to the vet and all the vet said was to pick up a bottle of mineral oil, put it on a cotton swab or paper towel and wipe the inside of her ears down with it. So if you know for a fact it's ear mites, that's the cheapest thing to do. If you're not sure, you might want to consider taking the dog to the vet to find out.

  29. QUESTION:
    Staffordshire Terrier that constantly itches?
    Any remedies to stop the dog itching? have been to the vet but they do not have a solution. Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog may have allergies. They could be environmental or food. Talk to your vet about giving your dog benadryl (what the dose would be). There's also a hydrocortizone for dogs.

      If your dog has food allergies, the usual suspects are wheat and corn. You want to feed your dog a diet to promote a healthy coat and get rid of the dry skin. The itchy skin can lead to secondary problems like yeast ear infections and bacterial skin infections.

      Feed your dog the highest quality dog food you can afford...make sure it's wheat and corn free. You usually can't get these at you major department store...you have to get them at a dog food store or a feed store.

      Add an Omega 3 fatty acid to your dogs diet. Fish oil or flax seed oil are great sources. If you buy fish oil at a dog food store, read the label...I've found some that contain wheat products. I will also buy human grade from a pharmacy if it's on sale or clearance.

      Wash your dog with a oatmeal shampoo, don't over bathe, this too can cause dry skin. Bathing once a month is fine...well unless your dog like to roll around on fish carcases (I had a dog that did that at least once a week).

      Make sure you brush your dog at least once a week. It will help dispel loose hairs and help distribute the natural oils.

  30. QUESTION:
    what human medications can i put on my dogs skin?
    my dog is itching and scratching herself raw. what human ointments can i use on her skin? what home remedies can i try?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to know why your dog is doing this. If it's fleas then the pooch needs to get some sort of bath or flea treatment. If it is dry skin then oatmeal baths and other shampoos can help. Aloe Vera is also helpful if the dog does not lick it off. If it is mange then you need to see a vet about treatment. If it is boredom then you need to give the dog more attention and exercise to get them tired out.

      My dog has allergies that are seasonal. He will scratch and bite himself until the point of wounds. I give him Benadryl. 1 pill every 12 hours and he is 40lbs, (I get 100 pills of generic for 5 bucks at Walmart) call a vet to ask about the amount your own dog should use. Yes, my vet put us on this prescription and it is very common to be on a Benadryl regiment.

      Knowing why is the most important part of fixing the problem, and will save you money from trying everything and coming up sort in the long run.

  31. QUESTION:
    I believe my dog is allergic to grass. Has anyone heard of rubbing sulfur on a dog to stop the itching?
    An allergy test cost 9. A coworker said she used sulfur on her dog for itching and it helped.

    • ANSWER:
      from experience with dog allergies i have one right now a dog an akita which i had tested it cost me closer to 0 but it really helped me to find the cause of the itching you might think it is grass but it can likely be the food you are feeding him which i found out. a few things i found were my dog is allergic to wheat oats many types of grass trees fleas ants turkey chicken and many more . if you do the testing now i know it cost alot but it will save you money in the long run because you will be at the vet all the time they will charge your visit a different med every time trust me i learned the hard way hopefully you can afford to get this done it will be very helpful. i wish you the best of luck with you dog

  32. QUESTION:
    My dogs is getting swelling randomly for day to day it changes spots?
    A couple days ago my dog was itching her ear later that night her ear was swollen, the next day the ear that was swollen wasn't anymore the other one was! So day 3 comes both ears aren't swollen anymore, the swelling has moved to her eye. Does anyone know what this could be? Please spare me by telling me to take her to the vet, I'm not going to do something that doesn't need done, that's y I'm asking this question.

    • ANSWER:
      It really sounds like an allergic reaction to something. You can try giving your dog Benedryl. My vet told me that the proper dosage is 1mg of Benedryl for every pound of dog. If that doesn't calm things down, you really need to take your dog to the vet. She's allergic to something.

  33. QUESTION:
    I think my dog might be allergic to his collar help?
    I noticed a few weeks ago that my dog was itching himself really hard to the point where he ended up making his chest raw. I took his collar off him because I think it might be why he's itching. This didn't happen with his old collar but when ever I put his collar back on he starts itching again. Is he allergic to the metal from his tags? What should I do so that he stops itching? I can't have him walking around without tags or a collar! Please,please help me

    thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      First point would be, make sure to microchip him. Next, you just have to experiment to find out what's causing the itch. Wash the collar and tags thoroughly, then try the collar alone for a few days, then add the tags, etc. If it's the collar, try another fabric or leather. A rolled leather collar is thin but strong and may be the best solution here. Brass may be better than nickel for clasps, etc. Take a couple of weeks to address the problem and I'm sure you'll find a workable solution.

  34. QUESTION:
    Besides an infection what could cause a dog to have an itchy ear?
    I've looked up all the symptoms of inner, middle, and outer ear infections, also the symptoms of possible tumors in the ear canal, but my dog doesn't have any of those symptoms.

    There is no smell at all from the ear, and not a drop of discharge or any visible sign of irritation.

    My dog is itching his ear a lot though, really digging into it with his back foot, and through out the day he will tilt his head like his ear is bothering him.

    What else besides infection or tumor could be causing this?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you know the difference between itching and scratching? Do you mean scratching?? Could be a sub-dermal infection, or tiny, tiny, ear mites.

  35. QUESTION:
    My dog keeps itching, we have flee'd him several times and its not that he has flees?
    My dog, itches, bites himself, licks himself. We have treated him a lot of times to see if its flees but it isn't the problem. My dog don't have flees so i'm running out of assumptions of what it could be. It's making him bleed because he's itching that much and i feel so sorry for him...

    • ANSWER:
      I would try switching his food because this itching could very well be caused by a food allergy. When looking for a food you want to stay away from by-products, ground yellow corn, and any artificial flavors or colors. Also switch up his main protein source. A lot of times it is the protein source that dogs are (or become, even after many years) allergic to. So if he is on a chicken based food now switch to lamb, venison, or herring. I would try a venison based diet first just because it is something different and not too many dogs are allergic to venison. Nutro Natural Choice Venison Meal & Whole Brown Rice is an excellent food. No ground yellow corn, which is a filler and a big allergen among pups. No by-products, which can include heads, feet and intestines. And no artificial colors or flavors. Nutro also has the highest levels of essential fatty acids (Omega 3 & 6) to help promote healthy skin and coat and also reduce shedding. They are actually the only company that I know of the guarantees healthy skin & coat. And all of their foods are 100% guaranteed! So give it a few weeks, if you don’t notice a difference, return the food (with your receipt), and either get another formula or get your money back.

  36. QUESTION:
    Can you use Sulfodene skin medication for dogs on their face?
    My dog constantly itches and rubs his face. Is it okay to use that stuff on is face and around his lips?

    • ANSWER:
      only if your vet ok'd

  37. QUESTION:
    Dogs like to itch in the morning?
    When I get up in the morning, I notice my dogs itch like they have fleas, I just applied flea meds a week agi so I thought it wasn't working, but then I looked through both of them and see no fleas at all. They are fine the rest of the day though, so what is the cause of the morning itch?
    Lol but one one of my dogs is a girl!

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    how to get blood out of my dogs white furr?
    my dog itched his ear realy bad and it started bleeding! hes better now and hes completely find thank the lord but he looks like he has been stabbed or something cuz thiers blood stians that have dripped from his ear and just dried up he got some on his paw to so is thier any solution besides baking soda to help get it out please help!

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    How often do you use flea shampoo on a dog with fleas?
    I found out my dog had fleas and bought a flea shampoo that said it killed the fleas and the eggs, but it said on the bottle to use it once a month. I see that my dog still itches should i use it again? Or could it be that the shampoo over dried her skin? Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi! You may want to check these links for more information on how to get rid of fleas.
      http://lnk.nu/dogtime.com/s1f.html
      http://lnk.nu/dogtime.com/uyy.html

  40. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of FLeas?
    My dog itches and bites her tail a lot. I think she might have fleas. Is there a way to get rid of them, besides going and getting her groomed? I just know she probably is miserable and irritated.

    • ANSWER:
      You really should see your vet. They have a lot of good products to eliminate fleas or see whatever it might be.

  41. QUESTION:
    How do I treat for fleas (without poison) with a 6 month old baby in house?
    I noticed my dogs itching about a week ago, treated them with Frontline but began to feel fleas on my legs this afternoon (YUCK!). I really prefer to avoid using the flea-house-bomb things..... PLEASE HELP.

    • ANSWER:
      First let me tell you that I own a pest control company and what I will recommend is the complete treatment that should help you completely get rid of the fleas. I understand your hesitation about using chemicals, but the fleas are a bigger concern than the products that I recommend. Everything that I recommend is commercial strength and I use it regularly.

      First, treat the pet with Capstar. This is a pill that you get from the vet that will kill all of the fleas that get on the animal for the first 24 hours. Second, use either Frontline or Advantage, these can also be purchased from the vet. Frontline can be used on pets 12 weeks old or older. Advantage can be used on animals as young as 6 weeks. If the pet is old enough for either product, switch back and forth between the two. One month use one, the next use the other. The reason I recommend this is that there are two main types of fleas that infest pets. One product works better on the first type and the other product works better on the second type. By using both, you make sure you have covered all your bases.

      Once the pet has been treated, you must treat your home and yard. The best products to do this would include not only a killing agent, but also a sterilization agent. Inside, I would use Ultracide, if you can get it. (Many on line sites sell it.) Follow the instructions on the label! Wash all animal’s bedding and vacuum frequently. Throw out the vacuum bag or dump the catch container after every vacuuming. You can never vacuum too much! DO NOT STEAM CLEAN YOUR RUGS! This can hatch flea eggs and make your problem worse.

      Outside I would use Demon WP mixed with Gentrol or Nylar, carefully following label instructions. Treat the entire yard, paying special attention to under bushes and low hanging branches. Most of these products can be bought at any Do-It-Yourself Pest Control company either on line or in a store.

      Treating your house and yard is just as important as treating the pet!

      It is also very important to stay away from the grocery store or box store products like Zodiac or Hartz. Many of these products can cause severe allergic reactions in animals.

  42. QUESTION:
    Dog itching with red bumps and dandruff?
    My dog has small red bumps on the upper part of her chest and a few on her back (mostly on the sides). She has dandruff and scratches all the time. I've tried giving her a bath in special shampoo, but it doesn't seem to be working. Any ideas?
    No, she doesn't have any bald patches... I think it's just dry skin, but obviously don't want to take any chances... She's had it for a while, and it hasn't gotten any worse, so I'm really not sure what to do... I'd like to avoid the vet if at all possible.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there tink your dog having skin problem... please bring ur dog to the vet .. most likely will be on medication n u will have to use medicated shampoo

  43. QUESTION:
    Is it natural for my dog to be itching himself alot?
    My dog itches himself all the time and i found 1 flea on him this morning.. although we gave him flea medicine a month ago

    • ANSWER:
      If it's not the fleas (they live in your house and outside, NOT on animals--so finding one means there are probably more), he may have an allergy. A lot of dogs have allergies lately because of the kind of food they eat. What are you feeding him? For example, my dog has allergies to both chicken and corn, so he can't have *any* of the department store brands (not that I would feed that junk anyway, but that's another story). He's on Natural Balance, and I rotate the proteins. This month he's eating duck, and next month it's venison. Rotating proteins helps prevent allergies.

      So, try changing his food to a bland diet for a few weeks. Make him some human-quality chicken, ham, lamb--it's up to you, really--with a side of rice or oatmeal. If he stops itching, then it's probably a food allergy. Switch his food.

      If it turns out to just be dry skin, try adding more fish oil and omegas to his diet.

  44. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of my dogs itch and smell?
    My dog constantly bites everywhere on herself; her back, tail, legs, belly. She scratches and bites so much she causes herself to go bald in some spots (shes a pommeranian). On top of that, my mom says she can smell a foul oder coming from the dog. How can i stop the scratching and smell??

    • ANSWER:
      dogs dont like 2 bathe but just giv her a thorough bath!!! use as much soap n shampoo (dog ones r seperate) as possible!! giv her a bath evry 4-5 days 4 nearly 2-3 weeks!! den start givin her a bath once every 8-10 days!!! if d smell n itchin dont go away by dis consult a vet!!! perfectly normal thin !! nuthin 2 worry abt!!!
      hope dis works!!

  45. QUESTION:
    What shampoo works best for dogs with fleas?
    I Was wondering cause my dog keeps itching but i give her baths and then she keeps itching and she has like dandruf but idk what to do or what shampoo to use.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you actually seen fleas on her, or do you just keep washing her because she itches? If you haven't actually seen fleas, then the cause of her itching is probably dry skin caused by over-bathing her. Get her a good flea control product from your vet, and stop washing her for a while.

  46. QUESTION:
    what is the best thing to use to clean my dogs ears for mites?
    my poor dog itches her ears allot some times shakes em like shes possessed is there any thing we can get to help her with mites or just to help clean the inside of her ears out.my husband tried to clean it with a soft wash cloth no way wont allow nothing near her ear.i thought maybe theres some drops or even home remedy stuff. suggestions please thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, you can buy an over the counter ear mite ear cleanser from 1-800-petmeds.com called Eradimite. I worked in a Animal Hospital as a Vet tech and that is what we normally told our pet owners to buy for ear mites. Use it every two days or until the q-tip is clear. Hope this helps.

      Pharmacy &Vet Tech

  47. QUESTION:
    Have you ever noticed how your dog smiles when they itch that itchy spot?
    My dog Sheba itches that itchy spot
    and makes the cutest smile. Like a
    relief smile lol. Does your dog do that???

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah my pit/boxer mix does that if you scratch the side of his neck. It's so cute! His face gets all wrinkly, and you can see his doggy grin! I especially love it when he turns his head to the side and does it!!

  48. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog itching and why does she smell bad?
    My dog has been itching a lot for the past 3 days. She also started to smell a few days after her bath. Right now she smells very bad and has been itching.

    Is there anything I can do for her??? Like a shampoo or something???

    • ANSWER:
      She might have a skin infection, or mange may be creeping in..I would contact your vet.

  49. QUESTION:
    WHat can I do to alleviate the itchiness of my dog?
    SO my dog is itching, licking, biting , and he is pretty red. I think it's due to allergies. I m taking him to the vet tomorrow, but is there anything I can do to alleviate the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Try and oatmeal dog bath and for a small dog you can give them 1/2 of a 25mg Benadryl Tab and for a larger dog one tab. Yes, please take them to the vet tomorrow.


dog itch

How To Treat Yeast Infections

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can the use of boric acid to treat yeast infections affect pregnancies?
    Mmm, just wondering. My friend is using boric acid to treat her yeast infections, and she's had pregnancy symptoms. Is there any way that could cause her to miscarry?

    • ANSWER:
      Huh? I'm currently using boric acid to kill roaches!

  2. QUESTION:
    When using garlic to treat yeast infections, why can you taste it?
    I've been reading up on herbal remedies and came across an article about garlic, and how it treats vaginal yeast infections. The one thing I don't understand is the part where is says the taste 'travels' from your vagina to your mouth, so you can taste the garlic when it's inside you. How does that happen and why?

    • ANSWER:
      gets in your blood stream within minutes...can even cut a clove in half and rub it on the bottom of your bare foot and many will 'taste' it. Strong stuff :o)

  3. QUESTION:
    how did women treat vaginal yeast infections BEFORE the pills?
    how did people treat yeast infections 200 years ago? before there were pills and medications?
    did they live with it for the rest of their lives? i don't think so, because even having sex is painful with a yeast infection.
    if they could treat it naturally, why doesn't everyone?

    • ANSWER:
      That's a good question. Most vaginal imbalances are capable of clearing themselves up without any medication, but these days I think people feel a need to medicate every little thing that feels wrong with them.

      Things like yeast infections were also probably less common back then, because synthetic fabrics (that trap moisture and don't allow skin to breathe), tight fitting clothing, etc. were all but non existent, as were feminine sprays and douches that came into being for women to make themselves supposedly smell better (but really cause more harm than good).

      As for treating it naturally, yogurt, garlic, and certain herbs are effective.

      Hope this helps :)

  4. QUESTION:
    how did women treat vaginal yeast infections BEFORE the pills?
    how did people treat yeast infections 200 years ago? before there were pills and medications?
    did they live with it for the rest of their lives? i don't think so, because even having sex is painful with a yeast infection.
    if they could treat it naturally, why doesn't everyone?

    • ANSWER:
      Let me see....Gentian violet? A toxic dye....yes, but, no wait, that was only 100 years ago....Ah yes, Boric Acid....another one thats reasonably toxic, but it has been used for several hundred years....course the problem with that is that well, it tends to give people BV - and then they would truly be screwed - because there is no treatment for that other than antibiotics....if you were really - REALLY - lucky it might resolve itself, but if it didn't, a woman might end up with endocervitis or some other extremely uncomfortable condition which makes a yeast infection look like a holiday....

      Quite honestly, the one thing that was the most therapeutic in gynecological infections (aside from STI's) was the menstrual cycle itself, as the pH of blood has the ability to regulate the bacteria in the vaginal tract to some degree....

  5. QUESTION:
    How much distilled white vinegar do u put in the bath to treat yeast infection?
    Please help. I'm gonna take a bath with the white distilled vinegar to help treat my yeast infection. I need to know how much I put in there. How full the bath tub should be. Also has anyone tried this? And did it work? Please and thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Take lots of acidophilus capsules and wash with water and vinegar with a washcloth rather than a bath of vinegar. Use about 1 cup of vinegar in your laundry and NO fabric softener. Also, it souds gross, but a friend told me about it and it worked quite well (if you catch it soon enough) - put a pad on your panties and coat yourself (within reason) with unflavoured and natural, unsweetened yogurt. If it is bad enough though (the OMG I an't stand this pain!!) then go get some antifungal medication.

  6. QUESTION:
    How to treat vaginal yeast infection?
    How to treat vaginal yeast infection? Which kind of medicines should I take? What is the cause of my vaginal yeast infection? How to prevent it?

    • ANSWER:
      How to treat vaginal yeast infection?

      Western medicine treatments are usually using antibiotic to treat vaginal yeast infection. So it is very easily for the body to develop resistance to the drugs. Then the medicine effect will reduce or the drug even lose efficacy. So the vaginal yeast infection can’t be treated and will recur repeatedly.
      So we had better use the conservative therapy to treat vaginal yeast infection.

      At present, the doctors always adopt Chinese traditional external application therapy which is a good method of conservative therapy to treat vaginal yeast infection.

      For example, many patients choose Vaginitis Powder to treat vaginal yeast infection. Mix Vaginitis Powder with the Vaseline into ointment, (1:1)
      Apply this ointment on the vagina and the inner part of the vagina opening.
      You had better use this drug together with your husband. For man, apply the ointment on the penis and the balanus.
      During treatment, sex is forbidden. Three months after all the symptoms of vaginal yeast infection disappearing, go to hospital for leucorrhea tests. If the test results are normal, congratulations, you recovered completely.

      Vaginal yeast infection is a kind of common disease and frequently-occurring disease of vaginal inflammation. Vaginal yeast infection always recurs repeatedly. In treatment, western medicine only can control or mitigate the illness. The recurrence rate is higher.

      Chinese medicines have rich experience in treatment for vaginal yeast infection. And one external use drug called Vaginitis Powder is very outstanding. Chinese medicine Vaginitis Powder effect is lasting. Vaginitis Powder can treat both principal and secondary aspect of disease. No side effect and no recurrence.

      Prevention
      To help prevent vaginal yeast infection, you can try the following suggestions:
      · Keep the external genital area clean and dry.
      · Avoid irritating soaps (including bubble bath), vaginal sprays and douches.
      · Change tampons and sanitary napkins frequently.
      · Wear loose cotton (rather than nylon) underwear that doesn't trap moisture.
      · After swimming, change quickly into your dry clothing instead of sitting in your wet bathing suit for prolonged periods.
      · Take antibiotics only when prescribed by your doctor, and never take them for longer than your doctor directs.
      · If you are diabetic, try to keep tight control over your blood sugar levels

      Wish you recover asap.
      Good luck.

  7. QUESTION:
    Regarding yeast infection treatment, what's the difference between Miconazole and Tioconazole?
    I have seen that drug stores sell miconazole and tioconazole over the counter to treat yeast infections. Is one better than the other? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      They are chemical cousins, so they are both antifungals. But tioconazole is more effective and is a one-day therapy. It is usually more expensive than miconazole. Miconazole is a seven-day therapy, but many women fail to use it for 7 days and in many cases the infection returns.

      If you can afford tioconazole, it's obviously a better choice.

      Hope this helps.

      Rick the Pharmacist

  8. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to treat a yeast infection with over the counter medications while pregnant?
    I am 6 months pregnant. Is it safe to use monistat etc to treat a yeast infection, or do I need to see the doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      talk to your Ob/Gyn, just because you don't know what kind of infection it is and you may need to take a pill form of medication to treat it in addition to the vaginal cream. I had MULTIPLE infections during my pregnancy and sometimes he had me treat with a cream, others with a pill, and sometimes with both. It doesn't hurt to call. Good luck and CONGRATS!

  9. QUESTION:
    Should I treat a yeast infection if I only have one symptom?
    I am 8 months pregnant, I just treated a yeast infection a month ago with Monistat 3, and it worked fine. My only symptom is itching. I do not want to pay for the doctor to test for a yeast infection. So should I assume it is a yeast infection and treat it with Monistat again since it has worked before?

    • ANSWER:
      I would say yes. It won't really hurt to use it if it's not a yeast infection and if the problem doesn't go away, THEN go to the doctor. I had a yeast infection 8 years ago, when I was also about 8 months pregnant and I had the itching and green discharge which is totally gross lol. I would say treat it before it gets worse. Good luck!

  10. QUESTION:
    what should i expect while treating a yeast infection?
    I used Monistat-1 about 7 hours ago to treat a yeast infection. What should I expect as far as signs my infection is going away?

    • ANSWER:
      I've only had a yeast infection once and this was last summer, but obviously you notice the disappearance of the itching and the irregular discharge. Since you're taking medicine and it should go away within a few days at least, keep a look out for those signs I mentioned. Also, if you're worried about getting a yeast infection again, eat more yogurt because there's a connection between a healthy dose of yogurt with live cultures in it to prevent such infections and keep your body in balance with bacteria (since a yeast infection is bacteria).

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use the cream to treat a yeast infection?
    Im 6 and a half weeks pregnant. Is it safe to use the cream inside to treat a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Is Cream of Tartar Good for Yeast Infection: The Real Answer:
      http://yeast-infection-guide.blogspot.com/2008/06/is-cream-of-tartar-good-for-yeast.html

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the best OTC product to treat a Yeast Infection?
    I know about the whole eat yogurt thing but besides that,
    What is the best otc product to treat a yeast infection and ends it the fastest?

    • ANSWER:
      I really prefer one day treatment, that way you can put it in before you go to bed. This way you don't have to experience the leakage. Monistat-1 One Day Yeast Infection Treatment will work well. One day treatment is more concentrated than 3 or 5-day treatment. Remember, no sex while you are using Monistat or for a few days after, so you don't pass the yeast infection back to your partner. Also yeast infection treatments often break down latex condoms.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can I use this to treat a yeast infection?
    Okay, I was wondering if I could use YoBaby Organic Vanilla Yogurt to treat a yeast infection. It only has 12 g of sugar, and I looked up some plain yogurts and they have even more :O but can I use it? To put on a tampon or eating it?

    • ANSWER:
      No, you can only use plain yogurt to treat a yeast infection.

  14. QUESTION:
    can i treat yeast infection by tinactin that is used also for athletes foot?
    i have yeast infection and i'm afraid to tell my parents since we dont have a good relationship (dont judge, im 14 and ive been adopted 3 times) and please dont tell me to ask and go see a doctor. I was just wondering if you could treat yeast infection by the tinactin antifugus cream that is also used to treat athletes foot! Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      lol. im sorry but your not going to want to put anything in your vagina that is only supossed to be used for feet you need to go to the store and buy a cream for yeast infections

  15. QUESTION:
    Can you use white wine vinegar to treat a yeast infection?
    they say you can use white vinegar. but i have white WINE vinegar. can i use it to treat a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      I never heard of that. Use Monistat type products or you can use 2 Lactobacillus tabs and 2 cranberry tabs a day. Eat plain yogurt, gross tasting but replaces healthy flora 3 times a day 3 big spoons. To speed up put a fingertip full inside you (actually heard a doctor say that) daily. Vagisil on the outside is great several times a day and a cool bath no soaps before bed soothing. No sugary foods or drinks. Sugar causes yeast to multiply. If not getting better daily and gone by a week, may be a bacterial vaginosis which needs a dr appt and prescription to heal or it could be a STD.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is it ok for me to use Rephreash after treating a yeast infection?
    Well I have recently treated a yeast infection but for the last past 2 days I have still been kinda dry & a little itchy. So I'm wondering if it will b ok 2 use the rephreash? Also when I can I have sex again? Bty..I got the infection from taking antibiotics & its my 1st one.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use RePhreash yet, and if you can, avoid it completely. These artificial PH-balancers and vaginal rejuvenators/refreshers take the place of your body's natural anti-inflmmatory system. They replace the naturally-occurring GOOD bacteria that is supposed to live in your vagina and keep things running freshly and smoothly. The easiest way to keep your natural defenses up is to eat a bit of yogurt every day, if possible. Even a small amount (half a yogurt cup) is enough for this purpose. Also of course drink enough water. There are more foods and methods provided at the site listed below.

      If you are able to see a doctor about this issue, you can do a test (he/she will take a culture swab of your vaginal tissue) to see if you have some chronic problem which means you need to artificially balance your pH, but otherwise, stick to natural methods.

  17. QUESTION:
    What foods can you eat to get rid of a yeast infection?
    So this is the second time I've had a yeast infection. I got my first one over summer vacation about a month ago. When I came back from school, there was a ton of white cottage cheese like discharge on my pad. Also, I haven't gotten my period this month. Are there any foods that can help treat yeast infection? I've told my mom to buy some more distilled white vinegar already.

    • ANSWER:
      Eat yogurt, and also apply it to the spots that are irritated; (It helps!) Good luck!

  18. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to masturbate while treating a penile yeast infection?
    I've recently been prescribed an antibiotic to treat fungal infections (yeast infection), and it's to be used for 5 days. I usually lube up when I masturbate, so I'm not rough on my penis or anything, and before I started the prescription, I didn't irritate any parts of my penis, there was no pain or discomfort when I masturbated. Will masturbation hinder the healing process? Should I wait until the infection goes away?

    • ANSWER:
      It seems odd to treat a yeast infection with antibiotics. Surely an anti-fungal cream would be preferred?

  19. QUESTION:
    Can treating a yeast infection cause very light pink spotting during early pregnancy?
    I'm 9 weeks pregnant and started having some extremely light pink spotting the day after I started using Nystatin to treat a yeast infection. The Nystatin was prescribed by OBYN. I'm still treating the infection and I continue small pink spots in my underwear when I wake up in the morning. Any suggestions would be highly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Well i'm not sure, but if it turns to blood go to your dr.

  20. QUESTION:
    What kind of yogurt works for yeast infections?
    I know you have to have plain yogurt in order to help/treat yeast infections. So i got DANNON All natual plain nonfat yogurt but does it have that bacteria or whatever needed to treat a yeast infection in it? Thanks :)
    I already got monistat 1 and it didnt work so im taking monistat 7 and went to the doctor and she gave me pills. i just wanted yogurt to make it faster and get rid of it completely

    • ANSWER:
      You can tell if it has cultures in it by reading the side where it should say "live and active cultures."

      You can eat the Dannon yogurt. But it's best to have plain yogurt. I prefer Greek yogurt because it's not as bitter. You can sweeten it a little if you wish. The reason for this is because a lot of the Yoplait/Dannon yogurts have sugar in them, and sugar will make a yeast infection worse. Also, you can use yogurt topically, but you do not want to be using sugary yogurt--ALWAYS use plain yogurt if you are going to use it this way.

      You can also try this stuff called kefir. It's actually better in that department because it's packed with probiotics. You can get it plain, but I prefer the flavored ones. It's like drinking a yogurt smoothie. If you live in the US it can be hard to find, but it's called Lifeway Kefir and they often sell it in the dairy aisle. Hell, if you decide you don't like drinking the stuff, you can blend it with some fruit and put it in the freezer for a probiotic snack.

  21. QUESTION:
    will metronidazole pills treat a yeast infection?
    I've heard both sides of the story, and im taking it right now im on my second day. What would treat a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      For a yeast infection, either a cream (over the counter) or Diflucan (an Rx med) will work.

      BTW, who was the bozo that prescribed metronidazole for a YEAST infection? It's great for BV and other specialized infections.

  22. QUESTION:
    natural way to treat mouth yeast infection?
    do you have recomendations how to treat mouth yeast infection with natural remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest two things. First, use a little hydrogen peroxide, swish it around in your mouth. Then use your tooth brush on your tounge and gums (before rinsing) then rinse with water. This will break up and pentrate the worst of the coating.

      The second part is aimed more at the heart of the issue. Why did you get the yeast infection in the first place. As mentioned in one of the posts above - this is an issue with your digestive system. You should take some probiotics. These are basicly the good bacteria that are in your stomache. They help your body battle back to overcome the yeast. (These types of infections are very common in conjunction with or after antibiotic usage.) For the probiotic the best thing is a powder as opposed to a pill. If you swallow a pill it all goes to your stomahce. With a powder it begins working in your mouth and down your entire digestive track as opposed to starting with your stomache. (which is what you want if the issue is in your mouth.) You want to get it from a good health food store as opposed to the supermarket or a gnc type place.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I treat a yeast infection?
    I am 14 years old and on birth control to help with a heavy period. i have already gotten one yeast infection about 3 months ago while i wasn't swimming yet. i am on the high school swim team and swim about 3 hours a day. i was wondering how i can treat this yeast infection while still swimming that much per day. the only day i have off is Sunday! please help!

    my mom knows about the yeast infection but i just want more help on how to treat it this time! thankss!

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some yeast infection home remedies that have worked for my friend and i, here is how to treat it without mediation although brith control should also control the amount of yeast so maye speak to your regular or gyno doctor/nurse about this?

      Plain yogurt
      The good bacteria in plain yogurt helps fight yeast and yogurt can be used both internally and externally. BUT, be sure you buy plain, unsweetened yogurt. Since sugar feeds yeast, this is a crucial point. You can also make your own, using a yogurt starter. I have done this myself and it is simple and the results are quite good. The advantage is that you can use other types of milk, such as soy or almond. While I made mine directly on the stovetop, you can also purchase a yogurt maker, if you want to take the thinking out of the process. Whether purchased or homemade, yogurt is a great thing to eat before meals because it provides "good bacteria" for your stomach to aid in digestion.
      For a topical treatment, you can also dip a tampon in plain yogurt and insert it into your vagina or simply rub some on the outside. I have found, however, that leaving it on for a prolonged period tends to have the opposite effect. It seems that once it has done its job, it is best to wipe it off or you will feel itchier due to the moisture.

      Garlic
      Garlic is a big enemy of yeast! This is one of the most effective home remedies I have found for instant relief. Inserting one garlic tab (such as Shaklee's Garlic Tabs) or a garlic clove into the vagina every few hours or as needed provides soothing relief. If you use garlic tabs, be sure the ingredients are natural and pure. I highly recommend the Shaklee garlic tabs. They are what I have always used with great results.
      Of course, garlic can be taken internally, as well. Again, the Shaklee garlic tabs work great. I have also used Kyolic garlic tabs and liquid in the past with good results. Or, if you don't mind the smell, you can press a whole garlic clove and drink it down quickly with water. I have found this to be very effective. Do it as often as necessary.
      Garlic is one of nature's amazing "drugs" that has a number of other health benefits, including lowering blood pressure and reducing bad cholesterol. It is a natural antibiotic. In fact, my Greek father-in-law eats raw garlic everyday and, in his mid-sixties, is very rarely sick.

      Water
      In my opinion, this is one of the world's most powerful, secret remedies for any illness! I strongly believe that if we all drank the amount of water our bodies need, we would see a great reduction in all types of sicknesses.
      Most doctors say that we should drink at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water daily, but many people need even more than that. I have found that simply drinking enough water greatly reduces my likelihood for getting a yeast infection. Because I am drinking more water, and subsequently urinating more frequently, my body is able to flush out the sugars that feed the yeast.
      Be sure to drink water that is pure and free from toxins. It is best to purchase some type of water filtration system, such as one made by Shaklee. Other brands that are good are the Brita and PUR brands. Be sure that regardless of what system you purchase, you do your research first to be sure that it will be effective in its performance.
      If you do only one thing, drink more water. It's easy, accessable, natural, and has no side effects!
      See our article on detoxing your body with a water detox.

      Oil of Oregano
      This is an amazing herb! It is very potent against yeast. Take it internally daily, according to directions. Be sure, also, that the type of oil you choose has a high carvacrol content, as this is the active ingredient. I recommend Oreganol Super Strength P73.
      Beneficial bacteria supplement
      A healthy body contains trillions of microoragnisms, most of which reside in the colon. Their main function is to provide balance for less-desirable organisms (such as yeast). I use Shaklee Optiflora to help maintain these probiotics and prebiotics in my intestines. I have used other products in the past, but have not found that their level of quality matched this product's. Other products can only gaurantee a certain amount of organisms at manufacture. However, Shaklee gaurantees that the bacteria will be alive when you ingest it and be delivered to the intestines. So, at this point, I can only suggest their product.

      Hope this helped<3

  24. QUESTION:
    What Is More Effective, Diflucan or Monistat 3? -yeast infection?
    Which of the two medicines is more effective in treating yeast infections? And can you use them simultaneously?
    ANY tips to relieve the itching? Grrrrrr :(

    • ANSWER:
      Diflucan always works for me, every time.
      I find it much more pleasant than Monistat. For some reason, Monistat makes me burn; badly. I find it very uncomfortable. Monistat 3 gives me the most trouble, I guess because it's stronger than 7? I'm not exactly sure why.

      My only advice is to absolutely not scratch the area. It makes it hurt and itch even worse. Make sure you dry yourself well after you get out of the shower, too.

      Good luck.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can eating plain yogurt with live cultures cure my underarm yeast infection?
    I know it's been used to treat vaginal yeast infections, but would it still work if my infection is in my armpit?
    And do you think it would work better if applied directly to the infected area rather than eaten?

    • ANSWER:
      Try some stuff for athletes foot or jock itch ( same infection ), available over the counter.

  26. QUESTION:
    should I continue to treat yeast infection if I started monthly?
    on 2nd day of 7 day treatment & just started my monthly and not sure if I should continue to treat yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:

  27. 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.

  28. QUESTION:
    If my antibiotics caused an oral yeast infection, do I stop taking them?
    Or do I keep taking them and treat the yeast infection at the same time?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      never stop taking antibiotics until you have finished the whole course. If you do, the infection you were taking them for might come back worse.
      Yeast infections are a common side effect. You'll need to treat them at the same time.

      Miriam, Registered Nurse

  29. QUESTION:
    I am on my last day of treatment and I still have a yeast infection?
    I have been using the off brand Monistat 7 and tonight is my last dose but I still have a yeast infection. Can someone please tell me what the most effective way of treating a yeast infection is and how to prevent them? I am open to home remedies as well. Also, what causes yeast infections. I know antibiotics can because I get one every time I am on antibiotics but what else causes them?

    • ANSWER:
      As you may already know, candida, the bacteria that causes yeast infections lives in the vagina. There is always a small amount of it but because the vagina itself is acidic with a Ph between 3-4 it is controlled, and doesnt bother at all. Ok, so you know about antibiotics, but any other factor (like soap, ovulation, condoms or any type of birth control ) that changes your vaginas Ph and makes it less acid is giving the candida a environment that is perfect for it to grow.

      Now about the remedy, give the monistat some time to work, but I recommend you to take Some Apple cider vinegar dilute it in some fresh water and sit on that mixture, in a tub or in a bucket, allowing your legs to be just a little open. Believe me THIS WORKS.
      Do it at often as you can :)
      Hope I helped!

  30. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have sensitivity of the clitoris during a yeast infection?
    I am currently treating a yeast infection and all the previous symptoms are gone, itching, irritation etc but today I noticed that my clitoris was very sensitive. Is that a normal occurance?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, totally normal...does settle down, unfortunately :-(

  31. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection affect the flow of the blood of my period?
    I've been treating a yeast infection for about a week now, and I got my period one day late. I have all the symptoms I'm suppose to have during my period including the bleeding part. But Its not flowing like it normally would during a regular period without a yeast infection.. Should I be worried or is it normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Normal. The blood will mix with the medication....and may come out differently.

  32. QUESTION:
    how long does it take a yeast infection to go away?
    I have a yeast infection. Though I have treatment, It seems like it is taking forever to go away. How long does it take a treated yeast infection to go away?

    • ANSWER:
      You must get the proper medication to treat it, first off. Don't allow it to go more than a few days without a prescription or over the counter yeast infection treatment. Generally, any infection in the body takes a week to clear up. But again, proper medical attention is key.

  33. QUESTION:
    How do i treat what i think is a yeast infection?
    I am a 21 year old athletic female. I gave birth to one child December 10 2007. I have never had symptoms or been treated for a yeast infection, but I think I have one right now! It hurts really bad! Like it's burning and there is white discharge. I can't go to the doctor until tomorrow night at the soonest because I have an important audition to go to! What can I do to stay comfortable during my audition??

    Thanks for the help.

    • ANSWER:
      You're going to the doctor tomorrow. The only thing I can tell you is to just deal with it. Maybe wear a pantyliner for the discharge.

      I don't think that it would be a good idea to treat yourself, just in case it isn't actually a yeast infection.

  34. QUESTION:
    How can you tell if a yeast infection is going away?
    So I've been treating this yeast infection, and don't know how to tell if it's getting better. At times it does seem as if it is going away, but than the symptoms get worse again. I don't know what to do. Alls I know is that I'm going crazy trying to figure out how to make this feel better. I have concert tickets for Thrusday, and really want some relief by them.

    • ANSWER:
      when you don't have those symptoms no more duh!!

  35. QUESTION:
    what can i do for now to help reduce the yeast infection ?
    i have been very busy around the house and the baby having teeth that i neglected treating the yeast infection i have which usually happen to b down below ... any advice of good medication to take for the time being or any treatment possible at home ? cuz its getting veryy frustrating ... plz advice asap .

    • ANSWER:
      make sure it is definitely a yeast infection. cut down on sugar, alcohol and anything with yeast (e.g. bread). you can buy creams you can use or oral tablets get rid of it as well. i find the cream is better though because it helps with the symptoms where the oral tablet doesnt until it has gone away.
      you can use yoghurt down there to help symptoms as well. sounds weird but it works!
      but yeah go to the doctor if you havent had it before or if you get it alot.. because some women think its thrush rather than something more serious. for example, a pelvic infection which can be more serious if its treated in the wrong way. u should never diagnose yourself!
      i get thrush all the time.. very recurring. i recently was prescribed something called nizoral which is a tablet taken twice a day for 10 days which helps if it is recurring.
      hope i helped you!

  36. 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.

  37. QUESTION:
    Are pills better to treat yeast infection or cream?
    I have an yeast infection. I'm treating it with generic brand cream from Wal-Mart. I notice though that I have so much discharge coming out and lots of pressure in my vagina. Is that normal? I was planning to take pill medications since I have a feeling that the cream is not working. Have anyone tried over the counter pill like AZO? Did it work? If you know any other brand pleas do tell.

    • ANSWER:
      If its mild yeast infection its better to use OTC cream like Monistat but if its more serious you need a prescription medication. It can also be bacterial infection which definitely needs prescription meds so go to your gynecologist and get over with it asap.

  38. QUESTION:
    is it ok to treat a yeast infection if your not sure you have one?
    i think i might have a yeast infection and ive already gotten that test kit and it didnt work too well but i was wondering if you could treat a yeast infection even if your werent sure you had it. i just wasnt sure if there would be any bad side affects if i ended up not having one. also, which is the best treatment b/c i know there is diff. kinds of each product.

    • ANSWER:
      NO go to the doctor if you cant afford try a free clinic if left untreated it can get worse.

  39. QUESTION:
    Should we still try to get pregnant if im pretty sure I have a yeast infection?
    We have been ttc for 6 months, pretty sure i have a yeast infection but my fertile time is now!!!!! We both want to get going for it but is that a good idea? Can i treat a yeast infection if I am pregnant and will it affect anything?

    • 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://nutshellurl.com/5qk

      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!

  40. QUESTION:
    How painful is treating a male yeast infection?
    I am afflicted with a male yeast infection, I've avoided treatment simply because it seems very painful considering the area is VERY tender I was wondering how painful is treating a male yeast infection (using 1 % Clotrimazole) on a pain scale from 1-10, and possibly some suggestions of less painful treatments and PLEASE NO INSULTS it is as humiliating as it is irritating
    thank you very much for replying, just wondering if it did burn afterward or maybe just a warming sensation? I don't know but it was painful for me, but I assume that's not the case with everyone but, since it did happen, is it normal? and also will urinating afterward lessen the effect?

    • ANSWER:
      the cream actually makes it feel a lot better. not painful at all.

  41. QUESTION:
    Will antibiotics make my yeast infection worse?
    I treated a yeast infection three days ago but now need to take antibiotics. If I do will the yeast infection get worse? The symptoms are mostly gone.

    • ANSWER:
      Since yeast infections are fungal (candida albicans), not bacterial, and our body's "friendly" bacteria tend to keep the yeast under control, I would say that a course of antibiotics will most likely make it worse.

  42. 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.

  43. QUESTION:
    How to safely treat yeast infections during pregnancy?
    I'm 13 weeks pregnant and went to my midwife today. She just looked and said she thinks i have a yeast infection. She didn't send anything to the lab or anything...She wrote me a prescription for Monistat but since I have Medi-cal , the pharmacy gave me a generic 7-day treatment. On the instructions, it says only use during pregnancy when CLEARLY necessary.

    My question is, is it safe to use? How far do I apply the cream?

    Also, can it cause miscarriage ? I"m very worried.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have a yeast infection it's necessary. The generic is the same as the name brand just with a different name. It's safe to take and your midwife WOULD NOT have given you the medicine if not ok to take. Many women get yeast infections in pregnancy and it's MUCH safer and better for both you and the baby to get it cleared up.

  44. QUESTION:
    What does it mean that a vagina is raw from a yeast infection?
    I went to the doctor to get treated for a yeast infection. He said the area looks raw then prescribed me Diflucan. I didn't think about it until after I left the office, but what exactly does it mean to have a raw vagina due to a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      The yeast makes your skin dry. It often gets red and cracks. You could also be scratching too much. Either way, don't listen to these people making jokes. Most women experience a yeast infection sometime in their lives. The word raw means the skin is cracking. Diflucan gets rid of the yeast infection, but you could also go to walmart and get some vagisil for relief of symptoms immediately. It helps with itching. Try not to scratch too much. Hope you get well soon.

  45. 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.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can you have a yeast infection without burning while you urinate?
    I have most of the symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection but I dont have the burning while I use the bathroom. Ive read up on Gardnerella Vaginalis and I dont believe I have that because there is no greyish/green discharge with an odor. I have mo odor at all actually. I was just wondering if anyone else has has a yeast infection without the burning before I go to the store and buy the expensive cream to treat a yeast infection. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      primary symptoms of a yeast overgrowth is itching, and often tho not always a cheesy kind of discharge. Burning with urination doesn't usually occur, tho it can. If you have the itching and discharge, you have yeast and need the treatment.

  47. 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.

  48. QUESTION:
    How to treat yeast infection effectively?
    I am 32 years old. I have been suffering from yeast infection since i was 25 years old.
    I have been to the doctor almost every 6 mths for the past 7 years but this recurring yeast infection never seemed to go away.
    I have also tried over the counter medication such as cream and unrinary alkaliniser such as Citravescent but i can't seemed to get rid of yeast infection.
    Pls help! I need a permanent cure.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Grace,

      I was in the exact same position as you about a year ago. I was equally frustrated because on the itch and hated this recurring yeast infection.

      I've tried many products from doctor and pharmacists but all efforts failed. Luckily, I came across this product that not only get rid of yeast infection, but also reveal the root cause of the my problem!

      From that day onwards, i realized that drugs from doctor or products sold over the counter is basically meant for on-going use and not to permanently eliminate the problem.

      If you really serious in getting a permanent cure,
      go to www.treat-yeast-infection.com now.

  49. QUESTION:
    How to treat a jock itch or a Yeast Infection that I might have passed on to my husband?
    How to treat a jock itch or a Yeast Infection that I might have passed on to my husband?
    I have a Yeast In fection and I might have passed it on to my husband while having sex so I wanted to know how a guy treats a Yeast infection or a Jock Itch since thats what I have heard is called for a guy???

    • ANSWER:
      yeast is different than jock itch, but sometimes people call it that, probably because it sounds more manly

      you treat yeast infections in men the same way you treat them in women by eliminating the excess candida (yeast) in your body


how to treat yeast infections

Yeast For Dog Smell

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does putting yeast in dog food help their odor?
    I saw an info-mercial where the guy said if your dog smells strongly, put yeast in his food. I have looked online and people say yeast gives them yeast infections. Would it be bad to put yeast in his food, or does it just need to be a small amount in order to help the smell?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't pay attention to ANY info-mercials. Ask your vet..

  2. QUESTION:
    How to bathe my dog so that he smells good?
    I have bought every dog shampoo out there and have used MY shampoo, but my dog still has that wet dog smell. How do i get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Possible low level bacterial or yeast infection of the skin. Brush daily to remove debris and dead skin. Try Zymox shampoo. When using regular dog shampoo do not over bathe as it can cause the oil glands to go into over production which has an unpleasant odor. Check the mouth, ears and rear end (anal glands) to be certain they are not a problem.
      Read the reviews:
      http://www.amazon.com/Zymox-Enzamatic-Shampoo-12-oz/dp/B00076NTJG

  3. 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.

  4. QUESTION:
    How stop a dog from smelling?
    I want my dog to eat her food, normally I give her a little but of chicken broth mixed in with her regular, dry food. But recently she has been just downright stinky and I think it has to do with the broth. What can I add to the food to stop my dog from smelling but still make her want to eat it?

    • ANSWER:
      It may not necessarily be the chicken broth, your dog could smell because he is ill. If he has a yeast infection or anal glans need to be expressed, there could be a couple's reasons why your dog smells and not due to the chicken broth. Have you taken him to your vet to rule out any illness. If you bath and groom them regularly and a dog still smells it is because they are sick.

      Added: try changing her to a high quality dog food and then you will not have to add anything to make her want to eat the food and it will save you in vet bills in the long run.

  5. 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:

  6. QUESTION:
    What is causing my dogs uncontrollable scratching and screeching?
    My dog is about 95 years old in dog years. She lives outside for the most part. She's constantly scratching her ears uncontrollably and screeching really loud then she shakes her head as if she's shaking out her ears. Does anyone know what can be causing this or how I can provide relief for her??

    • ANSWER:
      Ear infection, ear mites, allergy induced ear infection, "cheatgrass" or "foxtail" lodged in her ear, an insect bite/s, an injury, a piece of fur.

      Could be any of those things.. The first thing you should do is take your dog into a well lit area, get a magnifying glass and a flashlight/lamp, if you don't have a magnifying glass you can use a magnifying make-up mirror instead. Get your dog to lay down and relax, if you can give the dog a toy or chew(so long as your dog doesn't have possession aggression) calm the dog first and then gently lift up the ear flap and look inside making sure you have a bright light so you can see, look into the ear canal.

      It should be healthy pink or grey skin with no crusts, or dirt or waxy buildup. It should be shiny and clean deep inside.

      If you see black/brown/reddish "dirt-like" build up in the ear canal take a cotton ball and wipe some out.. put a dab of water on it.. if it turns bloody red it's most likely your dog has "Earmites". They cause intense scratching, pain, and can lead to infection, inflammation and skin disease.

      You can buy effective and reasonably priced OTC earmite medication from your local pet store. I reccommend taking the dog to a vet for a conclusive diagnosis but if you are unwilling or unable, OTC meds will work to cure ear mites, you can even try a home remedy if that's all you can manage... Home Remedies.. http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/ear_mites.html

      More info about OTC and vet meds and more about ear mite symptoms and treatments.. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ear_mites.html

      If you look in the ear and it is dirty, waxy and with a brown/dark discharge, and a sour, foul scent.. it's most likely an infection.. bacterial. In that case you will need to bring your dog to the vet to conclusively find out what bacteria is causing the infection so you can treat it. Yeast smells yeasty, like beer or bread dough and has a yellower discharge. Again if you are unwilling or unable to go to the vet, you can try OTC ear meds or a home remedy.. Keep in mind the reason you need to see a vet is to know exactly what it is, otherwise you are just guessing and it may not work.

      Home remedies... http://www.petherbalinfo.com/pet-health-concerns/home-remedies-for-dog-ear-mites-and-ear-infections/

      Vet info.. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ear_infections.html

      If it is allergy you will see/smell almost the same thing as an infection, except it will keep coming back no matter what you treat it with, until you determine the cause.. Could be food, inhalant, environment. In this case you should change your dogs diet to a food that has NONE of the same ingredients as the old food. If it is environmental you will need to find out the source and remove it from the dogs environment. If it is inhalant you will need to treat the dog with an anti-histamine. For more about allergies and treatment go here.. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_food_allergies.html
      Inhalant allergies... http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_inhalant_allergies.html

      If it is cheat grass or foxtail, or hair.. the ear will appear healthy and clean except you may be able to see pieces of grass or hair deep in the ear canal, your dog may have also injured herself scratching or shaking her head. Either way she will need a vet to safely remove the grass/hair and treat the injuries with antibiotics etc.

      Hopefully your dog didn't shake her head too much and give herself an Aural hematoma.. if that is the case her ear flap(the outer flap) will be filled with liquid like a small balloon and hot to the touch. This is a very painful condition caused by a broken blood vessel in the ear due to shaking of the head. It could easily cause a dog to cry out in pain. My dog had one, and trust me it is best if you take the dog to the vet and get the ear surgically drained and sutured open to allow it to drain and head. Again if you can't go to the vet, you can drain it yourself using a sterile syringe or razor blade to drain the ear. You will have to clean it and drain it daily and make sure it doesn't get infected. It's best to leave that to the vet but it's possible to do it on your own if you have no other choice. They also can be left to heal on their own but it leaves the ear deformed and thickened.. I know my dog's previous owners did this to her and her ear was ruined. It is thick and lumpy.

      More on Aural Hematomas.. and their treatment. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_aural_hematoma.html

      Good luck, hope I helped you help your dog..

  7. QUESTION:
    Our dog stinks really bad! What could the odor be and what do I do to get rid of it?
    We have a Shi Tsu and recently got another Shi Tsu. Ever since the new dog came we have this horrible odor coming from both dogs. Help! We are gagging!
    I appreciate the advice telling me to give our dogs a bath. If I was that stupid, I probably couldn't work the computer.

    • ANSWER:
      take them to the vet. really! if they smell that bad then something is wrong. It could be that one has a dental problem and spreads that "infection smell" when they lick themselves or they could have a bacterial infection on the skin, yeast infection in the ears or yeast infection of the skin. I had a cocker that got yeast infections on the skin and the infections were caused by thyroid problems. Please do not waste your time and money on worthless shampoos and treatments from any store. Take the dogs to the vet and find out the specific cause so you can get the right treatment.

  8. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog always smell like popcorn?
    No matter what I do she always smells like popcorn. After I wash her, after I take her to the groomers where she's professionally cleaned so to to speak. Not that I'm complaining, I'm just curious why. There's no popcorn in the house nor does she ever go anywhere there is.

    • ANSWER:
      It's often called Frito Feet as the smell smells more like Corn Chips to some people.

      The skin of most animals (humans included) is home to a lot of microbes. If you are in good health and are reasonably hygienic and well groomed, you have about one trillion bacteria on your skin at any given time - or about a hundred thousand of them on every square centimeter of skin.

      Dog feet are a great place for bacteria and yeast to take up residence because there’s a lot of moisture and little to no air circulation in the folds and pockets of skin between toes and foot pads. Bacteria flock there and thrive.

      All these micro-organisms give off their own distinct odors (they’re what give us BO), and the popcorn/corn chip smell on some dogs is likely the fault of yeast or the bacterium Proteus, which are both known for their sweet, corn tortilla smell. Or it could be the bacterium Pseudomonas, which smells a little fruitier, but pretty close to popcorn to most noses.

      It's totally normal and nothing to worry about. Bacteria are everywhere and there is damn little we can do to stop them. Luckily for us most are harmless and if the worst that it can come up with for your dog is to make their feet smell like snacks, you'r dog's doing ok.

      Frito Feet is no cause for alarm unless the smell is really overwhelmingly strong or starts smelling putrid or foul. That could be a sign of an more serious infection and should be checked out by your veterinarian.

  9. 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.

  10. QUESTION:
    My dog smells really bad and continues to itch around her eyes and ears causing them to bleed. What is wrong?
    She is a beagle basset mix about 11 years old. She has always smelled due to the basset in her but lately it has gotten terrible. She continues to itch at her eyes and ears and it is getting so bad she has constant scabs and is now forming some scar tissue around her eye. We have gone to the vet and they have had us switch her dog food, given us shampoos, and ear mite medicine but nothing will work. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      We are going through the same thing with our dog, and there doesn't seem to be anything else we could do about it other than give her prescription pills for her skin and thyroid, use prescription ottomax for the yeast infection in her ears, and shampoo her every three days with medicated shampoo.

      She has allergies which give way to yeast infections starting with her ears, then all over her body, especially her pits and feet, which peel.

      The doc said since she is 11, her thyroid might not be working well, so he gave her medication. Apparently her immune system will be strengthened if her thyroid is healthy. Then she could fight off the stinky yeast.

      We feed her raw food. Our vet is okay with this since he's a dog nutritionist too. He wants us to test for food allergies now, like allergies to beef and chicken. Dogs can be allergic to the corn, wheat, beef, and chicken in kibble.

      The condition is chronic, meaning it might not go away, but it could be maintained.

      Good luck!

  11. 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

  12. QUESTION:
    How long after a yeast infection does my vagina smell?
    Ive gotten over my yeast infection and now it still smells like wet dog hair. Does anyone know how long this will last?

    • ANSWER:
      NEVER put deodarant in between your legs, the irritation could end you up in hospital. Use clean swipe wipes that are given to you by your doctor or a pharmacy (chemist).

      Also, drink cranberry juice.

  13. 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

  14. QUESTION:
    How to get the stink off our dog?
    Our black lab really smells bad no matter how many baths we give him. We have used several different "shampoos" and nothing has seemed to work. Any ideas?
    He is an outside dog, a male, he isn't rolling in anything, we have used dog shampoo.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are bathing your lab regularly and he still has a bad odor, he may have other health issues going on. Labs and most dogs with the floppy ears have chronic ear problems, such as yeast infections. After bathing, water tends to get trapped in the ear canal, which is L-shaped. This trapped water provides the environment needed for bacteria and yeast to flourish. Look in his ears and see if the smell is coming from there, and look for any signs of irritation such as redness. These ear problems can be easily treated with a course of antibiotics if it is caught fairly early. I would make an appointment to see your vet.

  15. QUESTION:
    How do i tell if my cat has ear mites or a yeast infection in his ear? (without going to a vet)?
    He has black goo coming out of both ears. It is slimey and kind of looks like coffe grinds. It is dark brown in color. I have two types of treatment at home. One for ear mites and one for a yeast infection. I don't want to give both. Bringing him to the vet will cost me .00 for him to look at him and .00 for a lab fee- money which I don't have at the moment. Thank you for any help! Greatly appreciated! In the mean time, I have just been cleaning his ears with warm soapy water and cotton balls- not going inside the ear. His ears are just terribly dirty in there. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      With a yeast infection, the ears will produce a very strong 'yeasty' smell. if there is an oder in your cats ears, then its probably a yeast infection.

      go ahead with the yeast infection medicine, and be sure to clean the ears very well. dogs and cats ears are very VERY deep so do not be afraid.

      if it doesnt seem to make a difference after about a week, then try the mite treatment.

  16. 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.)

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. QUESTION:
    How do you know if a dog has a skin or fur problem?
    I give my dog a bath every other day but when I get home from work he always smells like he hasn't had a bath in weeks. Does he have some kind of fur problem?

    • ANSWER:
      If he still stinks after all those baths he needs to see a vet. Dogs get yeast infections on and in their skin. Itchiness and soreness (redness) are signs, but some dogs just suffer in silence. Also, look in the ears, yeast is famous for hiding there and causing all sorts of problems.
      You are bathing him too much. He only needs a bath once or twice a month. Long haired dogs need brushing but not bathing every day. All that wetness causes yeast infections.
      A vet can give you meds to clear it right up.
      Good Luck

  20. QUESTION:
    Does a basset hound smell cling the furniture?
    I really want a basset hound but the smell you fine people warned me about is turning me off.

    He won't be allowed on the furniture, but how bad a smell are we talking about? Am I going to have one of those houses I can't stand?
    Well that's not true, I always had labs my house never stunk.

    • ANSWER:
      Eh my moms isn't allowed on the couch and she cleans regularly and has Saydi go to the groomers
      her house still smells. I dunno why the have like an over growth of yeast or something. She has medication and special shampoo and still smells.

      My opinion get a less stinky dog!
      Our dachshund and English mastiff are inside dogs and our house doesn't smell

  21. QUESTION:
    How do I stop my dogs ear infections?
    I have a black lab that has floppy ears. He continues to get yeast infections in them. We have been to the vet several times to no avail. It is so bad it smells like stinky feet. He doesn't get into any water so I can't see what would be causing it. He scratches his ears so much they bleed. I feel so bad for him cause we can't seem to kick this problem. Anyone know how to fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      My dog gets them all the time too. Our vet has us use rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball to clean out his ears. Soak the cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and clean out his ears, going as far in as you can without getting the ball stuck. (make sure this is a cotton ball, NOT a q-tip) The alcohol will clean and help dry out the ear canal. Do this once a week to prevent infection. Of course if he currently has an infection you will have to clear that up with a medication first. We medicate in the morning, clean the ear out in the evening and re-medicate. Do that for 10 days, then switch to cleaning only every week. This should help make the infections less frequent.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to feed dogs a sprinkle a small amount of yeast on their food?
    I heard that it's suppose to help them smell better?

    • ANSWER:
      Brewer's yeast is often fed to dogs for a variety of things - I hadn't heard of smell. It can however cause bloating. I suggest you have the dog checked by the Vet. Bad smells are often caused by medical conditions. Bathing just temporarily covers up the problem.
      http://www.ehow.com/facts_5008182_side-effects-brewer_s-yeast-dogs.html

  23. QUESTION:
    Thanksgiving is coming up. What should you be careful of with your dog?
    Since I did a Thanksgiving question, I thought I would do a Thanksgiving question. So, what should you be careful of with your dog(s) for Thanksgivng? Any special fears or tips?

    Again, please no thumbs down and no reporting.

    • ANSWER:
      I would have to say the three main things are:

      1) Bones: turkey bones splinter really easily and can cause obstruction to the gut if swallowed, so keep them out of the reach of your pet!

      2) Table scraps: can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and some foods can be toxic to our dogs (such as chocolate, alcoholic beverages, salt, raw yeast dough, raisins, grapes, onions, macadamia nuts, coffee, etc.).

      3) Hot containers: if something smells good on the edge of the table/counter it does not matter how hot it is, dogs will try to eat it! Also, be careful not to trip over your dogs with hot items! Easy way to burn them.

  24. 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

  25. QUESTION:
    How often should you wash a dog?
    I have an insanely cute dog! She is medium sized mostly black with some white and she is a lab/pointer mix I usually wash her once every two weeks but I'm not sure if that is not enough or too much!! Any advice would help!!

    • ANSWER:
      I think it really depends on the dog breed, their coats, skin, allergies, shampoos, etc. That being said, I think it's safe to say that once a month is just fine. I wash my 4 lb chihuahua once a month. She is black with some white also. As soon as I start to smell a bit of "doggy odor" on her, which is about 3-4 weeks after a bath, I'll bathe her again.

      Also, if your dog has floppy, long ears, often times an pungent odor can come from them. So those type of dogs need to have their ears checked weekly to be sure there is no infections, like yeast infection developing. Putting some cotton in the ears prior to a bath can help prevent yeast infections from occurring.

      I have worked with animals for 20 years. In vet offices, grooming shops, pet sitting, pet care-giver.

  26. QUESTION:
    How To Treat Skin Condition and cheese smell on a Cocker Spaniel?
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/716/bentley1.jpg/

    This little man in the pic above is suffering from an ear infection to the point where he won't let anyone touch the top of his head unless he really trusts them. He's constantly scratching and the ear canal is inflamed. His ears give off a particularly pungent odour of very, very strong cheese.

    Also, his back has nodules or bumps on them.

    He's a pretty calm dog, and aside from the ear sensitivity, scratching, etc, he seems a fairly happy pup.

    He has been eating hypo-allergenic dog food and taking ear drops and meds for his condition, but nothing seems to help. It seems to get worse when he gets his shots. The vet hasn't been able to cure or control this problem to any significant degree.

    Can anyone help with this? Bentley says please!
    @Bonnie - I'm a guy. I don't do portraits or techie stuff or things like that. LOL.
    @PaintedPony - so how do you get a dog to stop chewing at or licking his feet?

    • ANSWER:
      This sure sounds like a yeast problem. Yeast has a very "cheesy" distinctive odor and the ear infection can be caused by an overgrowth of yeast, which can be food related. Even certain shampoos containing oatmeal supposed to soothe the skin, can feed a yeast problem.

      Has the vet completely flushed his ears to get all the way too the bottom? I've had a few dogs in my time with severe yeast problems - both ears and even skin yeast issues. There are a few good shampoos on the market to combat the skin yeast issues and good plain yogurt added to his diet can help as well.

      You might want to get in touch with a specialist since your vet has not been able to get a handle on this.

      ADD: Dogs can also harbor yeast on their feet between their toes - does your dog chew at his feet? Scratching with yeast infected feet can also spread the problem to other parts of the body.

      ADD #2: That's why I'm suggesting a specialist. Once the yeast proliferation takes over the dog's entire body, you really need to get a specialist to take on the whole dog. - ears, feet, body, etc. They can prescribe special foods, shampoos, diets, probiotics, even prednisone to halt the progression and spread. Unless you can get the yeast issue under control (if that is what it is, and it does sound like that) you won't fine relief for her. Ask you vet for a referral - I doubt that he will mind since he has not been successful so far. Once you have done that then maintenance is much easier. You really can't get her to stop itching or scratching or chewing 'cause she itches!

  27. QUESTION:
    This question is to ANGEL. How do you use the lavender and/ or teatree oil on cat or dog?
    I seen your answer to someones question about fleas, and I was interested in your response about lavender and teatree oil. I was just wondering if you mixed it with shampoo or what? I have some teatree oil, but it's obviously very oily and strong smelling. Could you tell me how your administer it to your animals? Also, anyone else's suggestions on flea meds/remedies would be helpful :)

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is don't! I don't know about dogs, but you should never use any essential oil on a cat. It can be toxic. Eucalyptus and Pennyroyal are the worst, I believe, but none would be good.

      Certainly not full strength, but to be safe I wouldn't even use a diluted form.

      Below is my flea treatment plan from my blog:
      1. Treat the cat. Go to your vet and get either Advantage or Frontline Plus (I went with Advantage).

      2. Get yourself a "flea comb" and comb your cat at least once per day. Have a bucket with dish soap in it handy to dunk the comb in and to collect the hair. Fleas can't jump out of the slippery soap. No point in combing them out only to have them jump back on your cat. Flush this down the toilet, pour it down the sink, or dispose of it away from your house.

      3. Treat your house. Options are a borate powder product or something that uses diatomaceous earth. Fleabusters (BP), Fleago Natural Flea Control (BP) or Flea Away Natural Flea Powder (DE). Put about a tablespoon of this in your vacuum cleaner bag (or you can cut up a flea collar to put in there. Just follow the directions which will vary by product, but in general you'll sprinkle on the carpet and vacuum up and also sprinkle into cracks and crevices. (I chose Fleago because it's less expensive than Fleabusters. I may also try Flea Away in time).

      4. Vacuum as often as possible. Before vacuuming, stomp around the house. This will bring the fleas to life because they'll think there's a tasty morsel out there. Then vacuum those little bastards up. Be sure to use your attachments to vacuum as many cracks and crevices as you can - they love to hide out there.

      5. Wash any pet bedding in hot water, and you'll want to be particularly diligent about vacuuming/treating areas where your cat hangs out.

      6. Treat your yard. Even if your cat doesn't go outside, fleas may enter your home if they exist in your yard. There's a small chance that you or others may bring fleas in the house with you (although this is unlikely). Get hold of some nematodes to spray in your yard. I believe you only have to do this once per year. These little creatures will eat the flea larva. As one website put it, these critters are too small to hug, but they deserve it! (I had to order this online; I wasn't able to find a place that sells them in my area and didn't feel like calling every place in the phonebook).

      Things not to do: Don't use any essential oils on your cat, particularly anything with pennyroyal or eucalyptus. They're toxic to cats. Don't use flea collars. Don't give your cat any garlic/yeast formulations. Don't give your cat lemon baths.

      You're going to want to continue treating your home as directed, whether that be sprinkling once per week or once a month. Continue treating throughout flea season (when it's warm). You can stop during the winter months, but start up again in the spring. You'll nip them in the bud!

      The key is to treat the environment, not the cat. If you do that, you may never have to apply another flea product directly on them again.

  28. QUESTION:
    Is a metal bowl unhealthy for a dog to eat and drink water out of?
    What I really am questioning is the water. Usually the food goes right away but sometimes the water might sit for a while and that is what has me a little worried. Sometimes his breath will smell a little tinny. Anybody have any answers I would appreciate them?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, I prefer stainless steel dishes. Ceramic can crack-leading to bacteria growth; and plastic can crack/swell/ and also be inhabited by bacteria. Plus the plastic can actually cause chin acne and yeast to develop. (unless you buy Anti-Microbial food safe dishes) Just change the water daily, and try making sure it is an actual Pet Dish and you should be fine. :)
      ADDED: As far as his breath goes, it is most likely the mineral in your tap water rather than the dish itself. (As long as it is a Stainless Steel PET dish)

  29. QUESTION:
    How to treat/get rid of yeast on a dog?
    I have 2, three year old dachshund's. One has a very bad smell all the time. The vet said it was yeast and to give her Benadryl for itching and bath her 3 times a week. This is not working. If someone knows how to remedy this, for God's sakes please help us. This dog is such a smart, and sweet dog that needs to smell better. She has lost a lot of hair, due to scratching.
    I have taken her to two vets. One said, change her food and offered some extremely expensive medicine that we could not afford. The second vet gave us some "prescribed" liquid bathing soap and said to give her the benydryl for itching. We have followed both of their suggestions and Lil Bit still has dry skin, most of her hair is gone from her legs and under body and neck area. I just wish there was someone out there that would see this post and give us the answer for relief for her and the odor it causes in our house.

    • ANSWER:
      For your dog's fungal infection I recommend an effective old time remedy - 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. When there is just a small area to cover like in the case of ringworm 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.

  30. QUESTION:
    How can you get homemade breads light and fluffly like commercial?
    Want to make homemade hot dog buns but I don't want them so heavy? What do the commercial companies add to make the buns lighter and fluffier?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd be careful not to add to much yeast or you'll have an overpowering taste of it, having to much also makes it smell weird, kinda like beer!

      Commercial bread has a lot of additives and stuff. They also use special bakers flours and brands that are not found in the supermarket.

      Try experimenting with the yeast till you get the right balance.

      Good luck!☺
      http://www.clairecooks.com/

  31. 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 ;)

  32. 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 ...

  33. QUESTION:
    why does my little male chihuahua mix always have a bad smelling odor?
    When we give him a bath he only smells like a normal dog for about 2 days! it smell like he's never had a bath in his life! do you know why tht is?

    • ANSWER:
      Could it be his breath? He may need his teeth cleaned. Or he may have a skin condition like a yeast infection, or he may have found something really nasty to roll in. A yeast infection has a sweet-sour smell. You can get special shampoos for this and cure it.

  34. 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!

  35. 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.

  36. QUESTION:
    How do I make my basset hound stink less?
    Obviously we bathe her, but within a few days she stinks again. Its not like a normal dog stink either. Its a rotten fishy, sour, extremely strong smell. I don't think she's rolling in anything because our other dog doesn't smell like that and they do everything together.

    • ANSWER:
      I Don't Smell Anything

      When you enter somebody's front door
      Where you've not been invited before
      Your nostrils may twitch
      To a stimulus which
      It is only polite to ignore

      It is faintly or pungently found
      Any place that has Bassets around
      And stinkily scenty
      To all congnoscienti
      Betokens the genus of hound

      Fastidious folk soon get tired
      Of the odor when deeply respired
      To all but the strong
      The Basset Hound pong
      Is a taste very slowly aquired

      Antiseptic deodorant foam
      Can't stop it corroding the chrome
      Defying detergent
      It triumphs resurgent
      As part of the fabric of home

      When all that you own is imbued
      With that which your bassets exude
      Blow your nose like a trumpet
      And like it and lump it
      Or live in a tent, in the nude.

      ________________________________

      Basset Hounds do tend to have an odor.

      First of all, I suggest having her checked by the vet to rule out medical issues. Causes of odor in Bassets include:

      Ear infections
      Skin problems
      Yeast infections (causes "stained" fur in groin, armpits, wrinkles, dewlaps, between toes etc.)
      Dental issues
      Lip fold infections/debris
      Anal gland problems

      Another issue to look at is diet. Many people report a reduction in the odor of their basset when switching to a corn-free diet.

      Regular brushing will help keep the skin and coat healthy. If the dog's skin is healthy, you can try a shampoo with a strong scent, like La Pooch or Lambert Kay Fresh N Clean with baking soda.

      If there is a skin problem, use a shampoo recommended by the vet. Otherwise you can try using a Listerine rinse, or a vinegar rinse, after you bathe the dog. Just mix Listerine or Vinegar half-and-half with water, pour over the dog (making sure you get it everywhere) and allow to dry. If you can blow dry your basset, paying special attention to the wrinkles, that will help as well. If you can find a really good groomer in your area, one that will dry your basset with a high velocity dryer, it might be worth the cost.

  37. 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the brown "waxy" substance in my Airedales Ears? How do i get it out?
    When my dog is crying out in pain, and digging in his ears, i try to clean them out w/ cotton swabs, and damp papertowels, but there is so much of this dark brown, stinky, waxy substance that I can't get it all out. Any suggestions? Help? I dont really want to have to pay for a vet visit, but I can't have my airedale walking around in pain!

    • ANSWER:
      Dark brown foul smelling discharge from the ears like you describe is most often a yeast infection, although it sounds like yours is pretty bad and there may also be a secondary bacterial infection from him digging at his ears. I understand not wanting to pay for a vet visit, but this is something that really needs to be treated. Your vet needs to do a cytology to determine what exactly is causing the infection and what medication is appropriate to treat it. Left untreated, severe ear infections can lead to permanent damage to the ears, including deafness. If the ear infection is severe enough, your vet may flush the ears to clean them really well. While you are at the vet, ask them to show you how to clean your dog's ears (you'll have to clean them on a daily basis while treating the infection anyway and regular cleaning can prevent infections or at least catch them while they are still minor and before they get so bad).

  39. 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.

  40. QUESTION:
    How to get dog to stop eating his poop?
    Any ideas to get my dog to stop eating his own poo? Aside from scooping it sooner, we do already try to do that. We live in Michigan, and we'd like to be able to just send him outside in the winter!

    • ANSWER:
      Teaching a leave command isn't always practical and despite a conservatory to look through I never relished the 'constant vigilance' approach to this problem! If your dog makes the decision not to eat their own poo without your interaction they're more likely to continue not eating it without your supervision. Sometimes you have to make your own mistakes and dogs are no different.

      I attempted sound aversion - using saucepans and 'ah ah' but found my unreliability in witnessing the behaviour was the major downfall of using this method and the reason it wasn't very successful.

      I personally used a tablet called 'Stool Repel-Um' available in the UK but I think manufactured by an international company. There is more than one company who offer these tablets which contain (among other things) brewer's yeast. The harmless ingredients react in the dog's small intestine to produce an enzyme dogs find unpleasant and this is excreted with their usual stools. It makes the stool smell and taste unpleasant. My dog back pedaled after sniffing her first 'loaded' poo. The dosage may need adjusting if it doesn't work right away as it is dependent on body mass. I had to up the dosage for my dog as she was borderline between two differing doses and it wasn't quite unpalatable enough. Once the dosage is correct the results are usually instant but it's worth continuing the tablets for a few weeks to prevent relapses and continuing monitoring him using sound aversion if slip ups occur. My dog has been off the tablets for months and only one relapse but that's because we put her on chicken and rice for colitis and I guess it just smelled too good!

      A home made method is a solution of mustard (English is the best if you can get hold of it, if not any hot mustard powder or sauce will do). Dilute the mustard with water and get drenching those piles of poo. The theory is the same as the tablet one although you'll still have to be outside on top of the spraying, leaving no pile uncovered. I haven't used this method but have heard people swear by it. Although my Mum once told me she covered an Airedale's legs in mustard when she was a toddler and he licked it all off so each to their own!

      Good luck

  41. QUESTION:
    How often should I clean my dog's ears?
    My dog has had chronic ear infections for years. When he gets medicine from the vet, it will go away, but then come back. The medicine we are using right now is supposed to be put in his ear once a day. I clean his ear right before I put the medicine in it. Should I also clean it another time or another two times during the day?

    • ANSWER:
      Try this homemade ear cleaner. It has worked better for ear infections in my dogs that anything I ever got from a vet. The ingredients are all available from a pharmacy without a prescription. Mix them in a 8 oz. bottle that had an applicator tip (like a hair coloring bottle from beauty supply). Use it every day when you see your dog scratching their ear or if it smells or has discharge. Squirt some in and massage the ear canal well. When is cleared up, use it weekly for prevention. Try to trim any hair from the opening in the ear to help air get to it.

      6 oz. isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
      1 ½ teaspoons boric acid powder
      **Mix well until the powder dissolves**
      add 2 oz. white vinegar, then add one teaspoon of Betadine antiseptic
      **shake well now and every time before using**

      Also go read the ingredients panel on your dog food as grain allergies (grains with gluten, similar to celiac disease in a human) might be contributing to yeast overgrowth and ear infections. Most vets were not trained in pet nutrition and will recommend popular foods (or the Science D*** they sell) but not tell you to eliminate grains. Check these sites to understand good dog foods:

      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/

  42. QUESTION:
    Why does my short haired dog have an odor even shortly after bathing her?
    She is in excellent health and I can't figure out why she smells.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many possible things that could be going on. What are you bathing with?? If you are bathing her frequently make sure you are using a detergent/soap free shampoo. The detergents in the shampoo can strip away the oils in her skin, causing dry itchy skin. Then she may lick and bite at the itchy skin causing her to smell from all the licking and biting. Is she itching a lot?? What kind of dog is she? Does she have any allergies that you are aware of to food or environment?? What are you feeding her now?? There are many skin conditions that can cause the skin to smell, including yeast infections.

      If you continue to have an issue I would recommend taking her to get checked by the vet if it is really bad. I hope you figure it out.

  43. 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.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have flea treatment at home?
    My dog is allergic to fleas and i give her baths and flea medication and she continues to chew herself. She is almost bald and i was wondering to take care of it. I take her to the vet but she is tired of shots and gets aggressive. Please help it is so sad.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some natural ways to kill fleas
      InstructionsDifficulty: Easy
      Things You’ll Need:
      Lemons
      10 ml. of sweet almond oil
      lavender oil
      cedarwood oil
      eucalyptus oil
      Tea Tree Oil
      citronella
      geranium oil
      salt (sea salt or table salt)
      favourite dog shampoo
      two cups of fresh rosemary
      Garlic
      Brewer’s yeast tablets
      apple cider vinegar
      Step1Lemons or even oranges make a great natural flea spray. Take a lemon cut it into thin slices and place in a pint jug or jar, cover with boiling water and let steep overnight.

      The next day pour into a spray bottle, spray over your dog remembering especially behind the ears and around the head generally, around the base of the tail and under your dog’s ‘armpits’.

      Step2 A flea collar can be made by rubbing a few drops of one of the following into an ordinary webbing or rope collar or even a doggy bandanna: eucalyptus oil, Tea Tree Oil, citronella, lavender or geranium. This should be done weekly.

      Step3 If your dog or dogs stay in the home with you then you know you have fleas there as well. Wash your dog’s bedding regularly with the hot cycle of your washing machine, adding eucalyptus oil to the rinse cycle will also get rid of house dust mites, this is according to research from the University of Sydney, Australia.

      Adding a thin layer of salt to your carpet and leaving it on for a couple of days before vacuuming will hopefully kill the fleas and eggs there. The way this works is it basically desiccate them!

      Step4 If your dog is badly infested then you have to bath him. Use a little Dawn Dish detergent and shampoo (leave on for five minutes) then rinse. Add a couple of drops of Tea Tree Oil or Lavender oil to your rinse water. An alternative is to make your own herbal flea dip which will also work on ticks. Steep two cups of fresh rosemary in two pints of boiling water for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid, discard the leaves and make it up to one gallon ( 8 pints) with warm water. Pour this mixture over the dog until it’s saturated. Do not rinse off and allow the dog to dry naturally.

      Step5 An internal flea repellant I have read is having them eat garlic, now I've also read if you feed to much to them it can make them sick to their stomach, so use sparingly. When your dog eats garlic, the smell is excreted through the dog’s skin making your dog less likely to be the flea’s next meal.
      Brewer’ s yeast tablets will also help to make your dog less attractive to fleas because once again the smell is excreted through the skin.
      Adding a dessertspoon of apple cider vinegar to the water bowl will make the skin more acidic and unpleasant to fleas and ticks. If your dogs don’t fancy apple cider vinegar in the water bowl, dilute it 50/50 with water and use in a spray bottle instead of the citrus repellent

      Step6 I also read that if you take a light colored bowl or pie pan and fill with water adding a few drops of liquid soap and place under a nightlight on the floor that the fleas will come to the light and drown in the water because the soap makes them heavy and they can't jump out. Haven't tried this one yet but I am planning on trying it.

  45. QUESTION:
    what does it mean if my dog is biting out her hair?
    My dog is about 3 years old. I think she might have fleas but she is bitting her hair out. She has a big bald spot and it look like she has dry skin. What is wrong with her?

    • 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 sometimes coupled with a 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.

  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:
    How do I keep my dogs from stinking up the whole house without the use of fancy shampoo?
    My dogs ( a lab and a husky both mixed with german shepard) stink everytime they come in and there is nothing dead in the yard for them to role in! What can I do to make them smell better?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs stink because bacteria and yeast builds up on the skin. You don't have to use a fancy shampoo. Just make sure the one you use is antimicrobial. One that is tea tree oil based works well and is not expensive or anything. Don't use oatmeal shampoos and conditioners because oatmeal is a carbohydrate and will actually feed bacteria and yeast and cause it to grow even more. You can also make a lemon rinse. Just boil some lemons in water. Once it cools down pour it over a wet coat and it will make them smell good and kill the bacteria.

  48. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the difference between dirty ear and ear mites?
    My dog had an ear infection before and ever since that I clean her ears once a week. The stuff that I use is Virbac Epi Otic ear cleaner that I bought from the vet. But even though I use that her ears still start to odor after a few days before the next routine cleaning. I read that ear mites can be hard to tell because they're really small and that they leave "crusty " stuff in the ear. I've always thought that when I clean my dogs ear it was dirt and earwax coming out. Can it be possible that she has ear mites? How can I tell the difference between just plain dirty ears and ear mites.

    Also she likes to play outdoors in the yard (sunbath, roll around, play her toys, etc) but the grass has been treated with insect killer during this last summer.

    • ANSWER:
      What you might do is schedule an appointment with the vet to recheck her ears and DO NOT clean them until your vet looks at them. because if it is ear mites and you clean all the debris away they are almost impossible to see. Usually you can see them when looking through the otoscope as they move around on the debris, but if the debris is gone they are very hard to find. And yes it is possible that they are ear mites and the Epi Otic wont treat that. Talk to your vet. Good luck

      dont use a qtip unless you know exactly what you are doing. A dogs ear canal is an L shape and qtips can break off inside their ear if you dont know how to use them on a dog. Also if it smells it is probably a yeast infection and they have certain meds to treat it but the vet will need to take a sample of the debris so again DO NOT CLEAN THEIR EARS UNTIL THE VET LOOKS AT THEM!!

  49. QUESTION:
    What kind of food should I feed my dog?
    My dog has skin problems and he always smells dirty and was red in color, we've tried many different diets but it doesn't seem to get much better. The most recent food we've tried lately had salmon and potatoes, but it seemed to make his skin smell just as bad but more like salmon. What should I be feeding him to help with his skin problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Only 10% of skin allergies are associated with diet.

      He may have atopy, the more common cause of skin problems, a skin allergy associated with environmental allergens, be it pollen, dust, excess moisture, etc. Atopy will not abate with a diet. Often, any current infections need to be treated, then prevent and control future "breakouts" and allergy reactions with antihistamines, or prescription strength cyclosporine, such as Atopica.

      The red/rust coloration is due to salivary staining of the hair usually. Red, inflamed skin is another color indicator of discomfort. Moist, sticky discharge at paw pads, in facial/lip/dewflap folds, and anywhere on the skin is another indicator.

      Often, they have yeast and bacterial infections, secondary to the allergy. These infections do generate a malodor, pungent, sour and "yeasty" being the best description.

      Ensure he's free of ectoparasites, especially fleas, which can cause dermatitis and allergic reactions also. Prevent infestations with monthly prevention, using veterinarian approved effective, safe products only.

      Therapeutic bathing is also beneficial, with antibacterial, antifungal, and antisebhorreic shampoos, that set for at least 7-10 minutes prior to thorough rinsing. Using them once to twice weekly helps resolve infections.

      Your vet will have differential diagnoses, and help you clear his current problem before you try preventing future infections. He may need 2-4 weeks of antibiotics, antifungals, and steroids for his current problem.

      Most commercial diets do not benefit food allergy dogs (the 10% of skin allergy dogs that do wind up having food allergy). Raw, unprocessed diet is usually the best influence on food allergy dogs, as it requires less digestion time and resources, has readily available protein, packed with water, and has no by-products or plant-based carbohydrate, major contributors to skin and GI problems.

      Add high concentration omega 3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) in the form of fish oil to his diet also, as these also help improve skin and coat health.


yeast for dog smell

Dog Ear Yeast Infection Home 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:
    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.

  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:
    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 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 ...

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a dog's itchy ears at home?
    I think my dog has an ear infection or ear mites. Do you know of a good home remedy to treat the symptoms?

    I have already made and used a solution of 1/3 water 1/3 vinegar and 1/3 alcohol...

    Any suggestions will help. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Ear mites MAY be treatable with the use of Revolution from your vet. This is a prescription medication, so it will require that your dog has been seen within a year, and has had a heartworm/lyme test within that time.
      Yeast or Bacteria will require a topical antibiotic such as Mometamax, again, from your vet. You can't get rid of bacteria without an antibacterial. Products like Mometamax contain antibiotics designed to kill the bacteria that is commonly found in the ears.

      Yeast/Bacteria debris tends to be moist, while ear mites tend to have dry, crusty debris.

      The problem with oils (sorry) is that mites and yeast especially do very will in oil. While it may help with the inflammation, I've seen many, many yeast infections flourish with the use of oils and over-the-counter ear treatments.

      No matter what you choose to do, do not use Q-tips. You should never put anything larger than an elbow in any ear, as you risk permentantly damaging the ear. At the very least, pick up a pH-balancing ear cleaner, apply it to the ear, and mush it around to break up the debris, then use a chunk of cotton to wipe it out.

      Allergies often cause some sort of discharge as well, and itchiness. Again, only a vet could tell you what exactly is going on in the ears.

  9. 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!

  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:
    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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  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 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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!!!!

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    What is causing my dogs uncontrollable scratching and screeching?
    My dog is about 95 years old in dog years. She lives outside for the most part. She's constantly scratching her ears uncontrollably and screeching really loud then she shakes her head as if she's shaking out her ears. Does anyone know what can be causing this or how I can provide relief for her??

    • ANSWER:
      Ear infection, ear mites, allergy induced ear infection, "cheatgrass" or "foxtail" lodged in her ear, an insect bite/s, an injury, a piece of fur.

      Could be any of those things.. The first thing you should do is take your dog into a well lit area, get a magnifying glass and a flashlight/lamp, if you don't have a magnifying glass you can use a magnifying make-up mirror instead. Get your dog to lay down and relax, if you can give the dog a toy or chew(so long as your dog doesn't have possession aggression) calm the dog first and then gently lift up the ear flap and look inside making sure you have a bright light so you can see, look into the ear canal.

      It should be healthy pink or grey skin with no crusts, or dirt or waxy buildup. It should be shiny and clean deep inside.

      If you see black/brown/reddish "dirt-like" build up in the ear canal take a cotton ball and wipe some out.. put a dab of water on it.. if it turns bloody red it's most likely your dog has "Earmites". They cause intense scratching, pain, and can lead to infection, inflammation and skin disease.

      You can buy effective and reasonably priced OTC earmite medication from your local pet store. I reccommend taking the dog to a vet for a conclusive diagnosis but if you are unwilling or unable, OTC meds will work to cure ear mites, you can even try a home remedy if that's all you can manage... Home Remedies.. http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/ear_mites.html

      More info about OTC and vet meds and more about ear mite symptoms and treatments.. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ear_mites.html

      If you look in the ear and it is dirty, waxy and with a brown/dark discharge, and a sour, foul scent.. it's most likely an infection.. bacterial. In that case you will need to bring your dog to the vet to conclusively find out what bacteria is causing the infection so you can treat it. Yeast smells yeasty, like beer or bread dough and has a yellower discharge. Again if you are unwilling or unable to go to the vet, you can try OTC ear meds or a home remedy.. Keep in mind the reason you need to see a vet is to know exactly what it is, otherwise you are just guessing and it may not work.

      Home remedies... http://www.petherbalinfo.com/pet-health-concerns/home-remedies-for-dog-ear-mites-and-ear-infections/

      Vet info.. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ear_infections.html

      If it is allergy you will see/smell almost the same thing as an infection, except it will keep coming back no matter what you treat it with, until you determine the cause.. Could be food, inhalant, environment. In this case you should change your dogs diet to a food that has NONE of the same ingredients as the old food. If it is environmental you will need to find out the source and remove it from the dogs environment. If it is inhalant you will need to treat the dog with an anti-histamine. For more about allergies and treatment go here.. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_food_allergies.html
      Inhalant allergies... http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_inhalant_allergies.html

      If it is cheat grass or foxtail, or hair.. the ear will appear healthy and clean except you may be able to see pieces of grass or hair deep in the ear canal, your dog may have also injured herself scratching or shaking her head. Either way she will need a vet to safely remove the grass/hair and treat the injuries with antibiotics etc.

      Hopefully your dog didn't shake her head too much and give herself an Aural hematoma.. if that is the case her ear flap(the outer flap) will be filled with liquid like a small balloon and hot to the touch. This is a very painful condition caused by a broken blood vessel in the ear due to shaking of the head. It could easily cause a dog to cry out in pain. My dog had one, and trust me it is best if you take the dog to the vet and get the ear surgically drained and sutured open to allow it to drain and head. Again if you can't go to the vet, you can drain it yourself using a sterile syringe or razor blade to drain the ear. You will have to clean it and drain it daily and make sure it doesn't get infected. It's best to leave that to the vet but it's possible to do it on your own if you have no other choice. They also can be left to heal on their own but it leaves the ear deformed and thickened.. I know my dog's previous owners did this to her and her ear was ruined. It is thick and lumpy.

      More on Aural Hematomas.. and their treatment. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_aural_hematoma.html

      Good luck, hope I helped you help your dog..

  33. 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).

  34. 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...

  35. QUESTION:
    Can someone tell me the home remedy for curing yeast infection in a dogs ears?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't think that yeast is common in a dogs ears. Yeast usually happens in warm moist areas. Anyway yeast prefer alkaline environments. Dilute vinegar, 1/2 cup to a quart of water, can be put on a washcloth and the ears wiped out several times per day. If no help, see the vet. Would not use the creams for human skin in a dogs ear.

  36. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know about a home remedy to treat and cure yeast infections in dog's ears?
    Over the counter products perhaps?

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    I think my dog has ear mites, what can I do?
    My dog keeps shaking her head and scratching her ears, so i'm pretty sure she has ear mites. Is there anything I can do intead of or before taking her to the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      I could be ear mites, it could be a ear/yeast infection...Below are 2 links one for mites and the other for ear/yeast infections. Check them out and read them to see what symptoms match your dogs then try looking thru the home remedies for that./ Good luck. You can also give Benedryl for itching at 1 mg per pound of dog weight every 8 hours. NO more than 2 mg per pound every eight hours!!

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. QUESTION:
    Maltese owners (!) : How do you deal with your dog's tear stains?
    I want to get a maltese, but idk what to do about it's tear stains. My sister has a shih tzu and I see how hard it is to clean a dog's face. Do Angel Eyes really work? Any other solutions? I heard of dogs getting their tear ducts drained or something but I have no idea what that means, I mean if you drain your tear ducts, won't your eyes get dry? IDK! What to do, what to do?

    • ANSWER:
      Clogged tear ducts are a common health concern of small breed dogs. Veterinary opthamologists estimate that as many as 20% of all small dogs are born with lower tear ducts that are partially blocked or closed. Veterinarians can easily treat this problem by surgically opening the ducts or irrigating them.

      Most veterinary eye specialists believe that the actual cause of tear staining is excess tearing. When the face fur is wet from excess tearing, it is a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast. One of the most common forms of yeast infections in small breed dogs is Ptyrosporin or "Red Yeast." Red Yeast causes a dark, reddish brown stain to appear just below the dog's eyes. This is not a dangerous condition, and is one that can easily be treated with low level antibiotics or eye creams.

      While cosmetically, it's not necessary to remove the stains from your dog's face, those that suffer from allergy, infections or irritation would benefit from treatment. There are several options available:

      TETRACYCLINE
      Tear staining can be completely eliminated by putting small dogs on a ten day treatment of low dose tetracycline. Pets that suffer allergies, irritation or infection often benefit most from this treatment. Do not use this treatment on puppies, as tetracycline has been shown to cause teeth staining.

      LIQUID EAR DROPS
      For dogs with frequent ear infections, ear drops (made with gentamicin sulfate) work wonders at clearing up the infection and eliminating the stain.

      EYE DROPS
      With pets that simply excrete too many tears, a drying formula helps to control staining. Many over the counter and prescription remedies are available in drop, ointment and liquid form.

      ANTACID
      An antacid (Calcium Carbonate) is not only a good source of calcium, but also helps to change the tear's PH level, keeping the production of yeast and bacteria better under control. Give small breed dogs 1/2 tablet, twice a day. (250mg)

      ADD SOME FAT
      Omega3 is a fatty acid supplement which has been used successfully to treat tear staining in dogs with allergy and irritation problems. Omega3 can be purchased in pill form and added to food or bought as a food supplement. Tear staining will clear in as little as 7 days.

      COLLOIDAL SILVER
      This over the counter eye drop works like an antibiotic and dog show circuit runners swear by it. Product is used, as needed, to clean up stain and help prevent further staining.

      WHITE VINEGAR
      One teaspoon of white cidar vinegar can help to control excessive tear staining. Add vinegar to dogs drinking water. This works much the same as the antacid treatment, in that it changes the PH in your dog's system.

      REMOVING STAINS
      If you have only minimal staining, it is possible to physically remove them from your dog's coat. However, remember that the underlying problem still needs to be treated.

      HOME MIXTURE
      Use equal amounts of Milk of Magnesia, corn starch and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Brush paste on to dog's face, and work well into the stain. Allow paste to dry overnight. Wash out in the morning and condition. Repeat for several days until stains have disappeared.

      BAKING SODA TO THE RESCUE
      A mixture of 1/2 lemon and 1/2 baking soda works wonders when it comes to whitening coats. Make a paste and work into fur. Let the paste set for 5-10 minutes and wash and rinse thoroughly. Lemon juice can irritate your animal's skin, so be sure to rinse well. Follow procedure with conditioner.

  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:
    What shoud I do to treat my dog's infected ears?
    My dog's ears are crusty and filled with gooey crud. I swabbed them with hydrogen peroxide and he went crazy. Then I soothed them with antibiotic ointment made for dermatitis. He's calmed down now. What should I do to treat his problem?
    I'm taking him to the vet on Monday....

    • ANSWER:
      Please take your dog to the vet and have his ears checked. There are different types of infections - yeast, bacterial... and they each require different treatments. Your vet can determine the type of infection by doing an ear cytology and looking at the slide under a microscope. Then he can give you a RX for the proper medication.

      Home remedys often result in the infection getting worse and proper diagnosis and treatment being delayed.

  43. QUESTION:
    question about apple cider vineger?
    my dog has an ear yeast infection. & were looking for home remedies, so ive decided to try apple cider vineger. EVERYONE says it works, but anyway when using it does the dog have to drink it or do i put it on the infected area. could someone please answer this for me so my dad will stop asking me! Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      How do you know your dog has a yeast infection in the ear? Did a vet diagnose this?
      ACV will not help a yeast infection in the ear. You need to take the dog to the vet and have it diagnosed. Then the vet will give you the proper medications to put in the ear, earwash and antibiotics or antifungals.
      And a word of warning, if your dog has a ruptured eardrum, anything you put in his ear can go to his brain. ACV is acid, and it will burn like crazy.
      My cat was being treated for an ear infection many years ago. When I put the first dose of medicine in her ear, about 45 minutes later I noticed that she had a pupil that was larger than the other one. Very bad sign. I rushed her to the emergency vet and they found a ruptured eardrum. The medicine had gotten to her brain and affected it. The vet washed out the medicine remaining in the ear, but now all these years later, her one pupil is still slightly larger than the other.
      Vets make lots of money because of home remedies. And the things you read on the internet are usually inaccurate. There are also people out there that take pleasure from doing harm. Your vet is the one to ask for help.

      Edit: Mich is WRONG. But if you want to follow the advice of someone who has no veterinary doctorate or certification, by all means - go ahead. Your vet will happily fix what damage your home remedy does. Provided that the damage is repairable. You could do irreparable harm to your dog following the advice of strangers.

  44. 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.

  45. QUESTION:
    How do you clear your dog ear mites at home on a low budget?

    • ANSWER:
      How do you know your dog has ear mites if you haven't taken him to the vet and had a swab taken?
      Yeast infections are more common than ear mites.

      If you try home remedies you can do more harm than good and it will cost you more in the long run.
      Take the dog to the vet.

  46. 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.

  47. QUESTION:
    help! my dogs is a lab/beagle mix and is constantly gettiing ear infections?
    does anyone have a home remedy of a soltution i can put in his ears ?
    the vets stuff is like 45 for a small bottle and i cannot afford to keep on buyin it.

    • ANSWER:
      Kind of lenghthy but here is an article by Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM who believes in home remedies when possible. His newletter has lot of helpful tips if you want to sign up.

      Veterinary Secrets Newsletter
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      From: Dr Andrew Jones
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      I was woken up early this morning with Lewis my dog
      shaking is head. I peaked into his right ear and
      found black debris, and a sweetish smelling odor..

      Likely a yeast infection.

      SOLUTIONS

      CLEAN THEM. White vinegar (acetic acid) is very effective at
      removing debris from the ears and killing the yeast and bacteria
      responsible for ear infections. Dilute the vinegar with water 50:50,
      pick up a syringe from your local pharmacy and put 5ml of the vinegar
      solution per 20lbs of body weight into the affected ear.
      (Your cat would get 2.5ml or 1/2 a tsp). Grab the ear where it
      attaches to the head (at the ear base), gently squeeze your thumb
      and forefinger together, rubbing the solution deep into the ear canals.
      Wipe the inside of the ear well with cotton balls to remove debris
      coming from the ear canal. Continue to do this daily for 5-7 days.

      For dogs with recurring infections, this can be done weekly.

      >>> Lewis is not really fond of Vinegar, so I used a very dilute amount
      of Vinegar ( a 25% solution) and I happen to have a syringe which I
      flushed his ears with..LOTS of black debris>>>

      LESSEN THE INFLAMMATION. Most ear infections produce red, inflamed ears,
      so it is important to decrease the inflammation. Aloe or Calendula essential
      oil can be applied topically in the ears twice daily to decrease inflammation.

      >>>The outside of Lewis' ear is somewhat red so I cracked Off a part of my Aloe
      Plant and rubbed it on his ear.

      TREAT THE INFECTION. Garlic, Sage and Thyme have antibacterial and antifungal
      properties. One treatment is to soak garlic cloves overnight with Calendula oil.
      Remove the garlic and instill the calendula-garlic mixture twice daily.

      >>>Lewis was still shaking his head after the cleaning, so I crushed some garlic in
      Olive Oil and instilled a small amount into his ear..The oil seemed to have
      a nice soothing effect

      This does tell me that I have to get at the root of Lewis' problem.

      I will have to at least clean his ears weekly, and look into a diet change.

      Here is what i advise from my membership site:

      ALLERGY DIET. For dogs that get recurring ear infections it is important
      to try a less allergenic diet. It should include a completely different
      protein with minimal added ingredients. One example commercial diet is
      made of fish and sweet potato. See the FOOD ALLERGIES section for recipes
      for homemade diets.

      BIOFLAVANOIDS. These are the wonderful group of structures found in the
      pigment of fruits and vegetables. Quercetin has been effective for
      people with allergies and may be effective in dogs. The dose is 25mg
      per 10 lbs of body weight daily.

      FATTY ACIDS. These are a must for any allergy that triggers recurring
      ear infections. Flax for dogs (1 tsp per cup of dog food) and fish oil
      for cats (1 capsule per 10 lbs).

      VITAMIN C. This may help your pet, and is worth a try. It suppresses
      the product released from cells in the body that causes itching (histamine).
      Start with a low dose of 100mg twice daily per 10 lbs of body weight.

      Copyright 2007 Veterinary Sec.rets Revealed

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      support@veterinarysecretsrevealed.com

  48. QUESTION:
    My dog has an ear infection help?
    Does anyone know if a dog ear cleanser can fix problem? Im trying this out on his ear first for a couple of days before I see the vet. Im not sure if he has a yeast infection or a bacterial infection....... he has the infection in his left ear.

    Can i treat his ear at home?home remedies?
    Any advice? Concerns? Suggestions?

    Has anyone experienced this with their dog?
    His ear smells really bad...

    • ANSWER:
      An ear cleanser will help to loosen up debris which for everyday usage and minor yeast or bacterial build up works great. However, for most ear infections, a medication is necessary as well.

      Until you can see a vet, I would use the ear cleaner every other day. ONLY do this if you can clearly see a path into the ear canal. Pour a good amount into the ear and massage the base of the ear for about 15 - 30 seconds. Then wipe out what you can see with a kleenex, cotton ball, gauze pad, etc. Do not use q-tips unless specifically advised or under the supervision of a veterinarian. If your dog comes into contact with water (swimming, bathing, etc.) clean the ears out an extra time right after.

      Luckily you will not have to purchase an ear cleaner when you see the vet. It really should not be too expensive. They will perform an ear cytology and determine what the ear is infected with, then prescribe an appropriate medication. At the practice I work at, just those two things wouldn't be over 80 bucks! You could also see what their price for doing an ear cleaning in the hospital would be - doing so would be a little extra price-wise, but your dogs ears would basically be squeaky clean, allowing the medication to work most effectively (putting meds on a dirty ear basically don't do anything!).

      While not an emergency, I would get your dog in when convenient, within a weeks time. If you notice any intense odor, severe swelling or intense redness of the ear canal, or if your dog seems painful or very itchy near the ear area, I would get him in sooner. Sometimes infections can progress and effect the inner ear, or if infections become bad enough and cause swollen ear canals the medications doctors can use are limited - they will not send home anything to use directly in the ear if they cannot see the ear drum. I don't believe your dog is at this point yet (or so I hope), because you seem responsible in purchasing an ear cleaner in the first place. Hope your dog feels better!

  49. QUESTION:
    My dog has an ear infection, how can I get rid of it?
    I have a female yorkie and she has an ear infection my vet said it was a Yeast Infection and that they had the drop to give her but she said it wasn't too bad so we left her alone. Now it has gotten worse and I am at a friends house in New York and everything is too expensive. Is there any way I can get rid of it without paying too much?

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox really worked well for my Yorkie with a yeast ear infection. First I tried several prescriptions from the vet and even had her ears flushed and within a week she would be back to scratching her ears. This went on for over 6 months. I tried the Zymox as a last attempt after reading all the 5 star reviews. It worked wonderfully and is only .00. None of the home remedies worked for us. In fact the olive oil mixture, just made her ear canal dirty and I had to pay a hefty bill to get her ears flushed. I would suggest you overnight the Zymox. I also changed her diet to a grain free formula (Taste of the Wild) and she has never had another ear infection.

      http://www.amazon.com/Pet-King-Enzymatic-Solution-Ounces/dp/B0025YOJXS


dog ear yeast infection home remedy

Naturally Curing Yeast Infections

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to cure a yeast infection naturally?
    Does anyone know how to cure yeast infection naturally? My brother has serious problems and has visited several doctors but he is stil not OK. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      don't take penicillin. it will make your brothers yeast infection worse. go to the drug store and get over the counter crap. it is the best thing you can do. now if you don't want any meds than you can try cranberry juice and pissing a lot. that is what i tell people to do who have UTI's. Good luck.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is There really a way to cure Yeast infection naturally, at home?
    Found some information on the web about how to cure yeast infection at home naturally, what is the best way and does it work?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Grace, About 2 years ago, I developed a severe case of vaginal yeast infection that would not let up. The itching, burning and swelling of my labia were simply unbearable. I have purchased several over-the-counter treatments, including Monistat cream to subside the symptoms. While it worked initially, eventually things wore off and left me with an even worse infection than before. The same goes for the antibiotics I took with the advice of my doctor. I felt horrible.

      After doing some research online, I found out about a program called 'natural cure for yeast infection' . Turned out to be a very effective way to cure yeast with only Natural means. In less than 7 hours, I felt a tremendous relief. Two weeks later and I became completely free from the unbearable vaginal itching, burning, swelling and discharge. Using your methods, I have kept my chronic yeast infection at bay ever since. No more drugs or OTC’s for me.

      You can read about the treatment and why it works so well on this website: www.natural-yeast-infection-cure.org I would wholeheartedly advise you to do as I did. It Helped me and from what I am able to judge from their site, countless other people.

  3. QUESTION:
    How do you cure a yeast infection naturally?
    Are there any ways of curing a yeast infection naturally at home? What are some easy and fast ways of curing it?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all cranberry juice is better for bladder infections.

      Find a yogurt that has pro-biotics in it and eat 2 a day for a week or there are several medicines you can buy at a place like Fred Meyer's that are natural probiotics that will help level out the yeast in your body. One is called AZO Yeast and there are several other brands that do the same thing.

      Also, do your best to stay cool, dry and clean down there. I used to actually lay in front of a fan with just some light cotton pajama pants on (so I could feel the air down there) and would read for like a half hour 2-3 times a day. It really will help if you can keep it dry and cool (yeast only grows in damp and warm areas).

  4. QUESTION:
    is it possible to cure candida yeast infection fast, permanently and naturally without go to doctor?
    my boyfriend had suffered from this problem but he doesn't want to go to see the doctor. is there any solution for cure yeast infection fast?

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    How long will a yeast infection take to cure without any special treatment?
    I recently had a urinary tract infection, due to unsanitary bathroom conditions at school, and took antibiotics. though the UTI was cured, a yeast infection developed and is now the main source of discomfort. I'm planning on picking up monistat from the store, but I'm also wondering if it is okay to just let it heal naturally... and how that would work and how long. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      you can,t you need med. or it,ll just get worse

  6. QUESTION:
    How to cure a yeast infection?
    I have a yeast infection and I want to cure wit naturally, I don't want to take any pills. What are some remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Bake it. AHAHAHA

      But no really, my friend had one and drank a whole gallon of cranberry juice to cure it.

      Good luck!

  7. QUESTION:
    How do I naturally (without medicine) get rid of a yeast infection?
    I want to know of a way that I can cure the yeast infection that I have without buying a yeast infection cream or chemical. The only symtom that I have right now is discharge, I know that it is a yeast infection and nothing else because I have had yeast infections before and I know, what they are like by now. Please help me! This is ANNOYING!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Try drinking kefir, it's been used for hundreds of years and the probiotics in it really keep the yeast infections in check for women. I really enjoy Lifeway Kefir because it's very tasty (You can get plain, strawberry, or other flavor) and it has 10 live cultures.
      http://www.lifeway.net/

      You can check what local stores carry it. I drink kefir very often (people do in Russia) and I never had a yeast infection in my life.

  8. QUESTION:
    How can you Cure a Yeast Infection Naturally?
    How can you Cure a Yeast Infection Naturally?

    I read that you can cure a yeast infection naturally without taking drugs at this website.

    http://Click-on.to/How-can-you-Cure-a-Yeast-Infection-Naturally

    Has anyone bought this product or have any knowledge about this?

    • ANSWER:
      my cosmo said something about putting yogurt in there like the plain kind with those live ensymes or soemthing in it

  9. QUESTION:
    What are good ways to cure internal yeast infections in infants?
    My 18 month old daughter had a yeast infection in her diaper area about two months ago. I used so OTC drugs on it, and have not had any more problems with it, or so I thought.... Resently it has been brought to my attention that it is possible that she has an internal infection. She has been having whiteish stools (Kinda looks like she has been nursing, but no she has not) She has severe problems with diarea, and a continuosly runny nose. So, if anyone has any ideas on curing it naturally, they would be appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest yogurt if your daughter can have milk. If not, then the lactobacillus tablets opened into pudding or something to give it some better taste and a way for her to swallow the lactobacillus.
      Either way, talk to a doctor and make sure you are on the right track. The medicine like nystatin is brutal on kids and is not usually prescribed lightly!

  10. QUESTION:
    Can having a possible yeast infection, prevent you from having your period ?
    Well , that is pretty basic.

    I am 14 and I haven't and my period yet, and i get discharge thats slightly brown when it dries.
    I also have another question...

    Is there a way to check and possibly cure a yeast infection with, without going to a doctor, because I am really scared.
    And i also have this a saggy piece of skin on my clitoris, what could that be ?

    • ANSWER:
      The brown discharge is your period darling. You're still young and so sometimes it isn't heavy. Don't worry about that, it's totally normal.

      The signs and symptoms for a yeast infection is white discharge, bad smell, itchiness, and burning sensation. Keep in mind that all the signs are not necessarily present at the same time. To feel better you can get drugs at the pharmacy (either table or cream). If you don't want to get drugs from the pharmacy, on a tampon you can apply for lubricant with a few drops of tea tree, then insert the tampon and keep it in overnight. It will not cure it, but help reduce the symptoms. Keep in mind that yeast infection comes from a bacteria naturally present in your vagina but due to some factors (i.e. sickness, antibiotics, fatigue, etc..) the bacteria multiples and then you have an infection. Try to wipe front to back, wash your hand before and after going to the bathroom, and keep your genital clean. Also you shouldn't be scared to talk to a doctor about it. Find a nice female doctor, tell her that you are scared and everything will be fine. Besides, it's better to check it because it may be something else than a yeast infection and you want to know so you can get the adequate treatment.

      The saggy piece of of skin on your clitoris is most likely to be your inner lip.

  11. QUESTION:
    How to Cure Yeast Infection using Natural Remedies?
    I have a bad yeast infection and I dont want to use pills or OTC Drugs. Please help?

    • ANSWER:
      This is going to sound extremely gross, but relief is instantaneous. First, go get yourself a massengil douche, preferably unmedicated. Also get a small container of plain unsweetened yogurt. It must be plain with nothing in it or you will be sorry. Open the douche and empty out the fluid. Cut the top off the douche bottle with a sharp serrated knife, being careful not to remove the threading where the applicator will screw on. Use a funnel and put the yogurt in the douche bottle. You will have to wiggle it, etc. to get it in there. Put the cap on the douche bottle. Before you are ready to go to bed, place a clean, good sized, preferably plush towel under yourself. Get into bed without any underwear, you will not leave the bed again til morning. Tilt the douche bottle down so the yogurt settles near the nozzle. Squeeze gently until you see that the yogurt is beginning to seep through the openings in the nozzle. Insert and apply. Try to apply all the yogurt with one firm squeeze. Let the yogurt fall out naturally through the night. In the morning shower and clean yourself normally, do not attempt to remove the yogurt your body will get rid of it on its own.

  12. QUESTION:
    How to cure yeast infections ?
    how to cure yeast infections naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      There are effective natural cures for yeast infections available that can help to soothe the discomfort and frustration of a yeast infection and other symtoms of thrush, resolving the infection without the use of prescriptions and OTC drugs. They contain ingredients such as Cymbopogon citratus (Lemon grass), Calendula officinalis, and Tabebuia impetiginosa (Pau d'arco bark). All have antibacterial and antifungal properties that effectively remove toxins and help to support the overall natural maintenance systems in the body.

      Natural treatment for vaginal thrush has proven to be effective as well for relieving the pain and discomfort of candidiasis and for controlling candida overgrowth. There are many herbs with anti-fungal properties which may be used topically or internally to deal with the problem.

      Apart from treating the fungal overgrowth itself, herbal remedies can also help to improve immune system strength, thereby helping to protect the body against future attacks. Herbal and homeopathic treatments are not only safe and effective to use, but also non-addictive without any side effects.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/t/thrush.htm

  13. QUESTION:
    How can you cure a yeast infection without using medication?
    I think I have some of the signs -- my discharge is coming out clumpy. How would i naturally cure it? What type of water should I bathe in (warm, cold, hot, lukewarm) and how many times a day should I wash down there?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are not experiencing itching, you do not have a yeast infection, but if you are having the itching also use an over the counter cream. You can also try putting a tablespoon of regular plain yogurt in your vagina at night. Bath regular, and don't wash yourself to much, as this will cause a bacterial infection.

      Good luck

  14. QUESTION:
    How to cure a yeast infection?
    I have been geting bad yeast infections and UTIs ever sense I was a little girl. Does anyone know why and how to stop it.

    • ANSWER:
      The UTI's are hard to take care of, but making sure you get plenty of water may help.

      As far as the yeast infections, I found a really good cure that has been used in the Orient for some time, I found out. Pure, unflavored yogurt, once you already have a yeast infection. To PREVENT them, eat yogurt (not frozen) to provide the proper bacteria to keep the number of yeast bacteria down (they occur naturally and only cause trouble when their numbers grow inproportionate to the other beneficial bacteria). I know it sounds strange, but it's a documented fact.

      Also, make sure you wear cotton undies that let air circulate in the area and you might think of nixing the undies at night (that's what my OB/GYN suggested when I was having that problem).
      Good Luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    Will a yeast infection go away if you take a shower everyday and change your underwear?
    Will that help a yeast infection to go away...?? or do you need a medication?
    any tips?

    • ANSWER:
      Hottie,

      I can't believe I'm responding to this on the Internet. My yeast infections were disgusting (vaginal discharge, weird smells, etc.) and all I want to do is forget about them. They did not go away right away.

      But I also want to help people if possible. Anyway, this doctor, Sarah Summer, has a great program that naturally cures yeast infections:

      http://TheBestListOnline.Com/cure-yeast-infection.php

      I no longer feel the pain and embarrassment. Hopefully, it can help you too.

      Good luck,
      Anne

  16. 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!

  17. QUESTION:
    What to do about a mild yeast infection?
    I was recently put on a strong antibiotic for an extended period of time, and I noticed right around the end of my use that I had some strange vaginal discharge. I researched it and found out that antibiotics can cause yeast infections.
    I only had one day of the thick white discharge, and there was no smell. There is very, very little itching/burning, and when it is present, it's extremely tolerable. My question is whether I should let this continue to clear up on it's own (it's been maybe four days), and if so, what types of things should I do to help the process along? For example, I read that it's good to eat yogurt.
    I am not sexually active, so I can not possibly have an STD.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Caitlin

      it is never a good idea to let it clear on its own. So my advice would be to take action and do something about it, before it gets worse.

      Best thing to do is to go see a doctor about it, and tell her/him your symptoms.

      But, I never liked doctors, and I usually try to cure things naturally. Yes, yogurt can help a lot, so definitely start eating one yogurt a day. It is best to use a plain, unheated, low-fat yogurt. Make sure it doesn’t contain any additives, sugar, fruits or any flavors in it.

      You can use yogurt to spread it down there, around the affected area and on it as well. You will feel a great cooling effect, and the itch will be gone fast.

      Same with honey (organic one). Apply it to infected area, and it will help relieve the symptoms.

      Also, Garlic is very helpful for treating yeast infections.

      Try to stay away from red meat for a few days as well. Sugar is a big no no also, so try not to eat foods high in sugar (candy bars, cookies, things like that)

      Good luck!

  18. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of a yeast infection and why did I get one?
    I've gotten a yeast infection for the first time ever and I don't know why I got it. I got it yesterday and I felt very swollen down there and uncomfortable. There is a bit of itching and also some discharge. I just feel really swollen and I would like to know how to get rid of this! Will it go away on its own? Also, I've been on birth control for the past month for the first time ever and now I'm on the sugar pills.. could the birth control have caused this yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, here are a few facts about causes and cures of yeast infections. I hope this can help you with your questions. Take care.

      A vaginal yeast infection is caused by the fungus candida. Candida is a microorganism that's normally present in your vagina, along with bacteria. Your vagina naturally contains a balanced mix of yeast and bacteria. Lactobacillus bacteria produce acid, which discourages overgrowth of yeast in the vagina. But disruption of the healthy balance can result in an overgrowth of yeast. Too much yeast in your vagina can lead to vaginal itching, burning, and other classic signs and symptoms of a yeast infection.

      Instructions

      1
      Use yogurt. Apply the yogurt to the affected area and do this twice a day until the infection is gone.

      2
      Ingest yogurt internally so that it can work through the body and eliminate the bad bacteria from the body.

      3
      Use distilled vinegar, which is known for being antibacterial and anti-fungal. Fill a bathtub with warm water mixed with 1 cup of vinegar and soak in the vinegar solution for about 15 or 20 twenty minutes. Afterwards, bathe normally in warm water, minus the vinegar. Dry the affected area with an absorbent towel.

      4
      Try Tree Oil Cream, which can be applied to the affected area and will relieve the yeast infection. Follow the directions on the bottle to ensure that it is used properly.

      5
      Buy vaginal suppositories, which are available as an over-the-counter medication that comes in different dosages.

      6
      Try garlic vaginal suppositories by peeling a clove garlic and wrapping a piece of gauze around the garlic. The thin type of gauze is best to use for this process. Fold the gauze in half to form what would look like a tampon. Insert the garlic, vaginal suppository inside the vaginal area. Remove the suppository every 3 or 5 hours and insert a new one. Repeat the process for about 3 to 5 days or until the infection is gone.

      Overgrowth of yeast can result from:

      Antibiotic use, which leads to a decrease in the amount of lactobacillus bacteria in your vagina and a change in your vaginal pH that allows yeast to overgrow
      Pregnancy
      Uncontrolled diabetes
      Impaired immune system
      Anything that changes the type and amount of bacteria normally present in the vagina, such as douching or irritation from inadequate vaginal lubrication

  19. QUESTION:
    How to prevent from another yeast infection?
    Aloha there. I've had a yeast infection and it keeps coming and going but I tried curing it with a few medications that my grandmother adviced me. However I'm scared weather it might effect me seriously or anything like I was wondering weather I should tell my doctor and get some antibiotics to get it fully cured but I'm not sure.

    If you've had the same problem/know what to do please comment. Thanks.

    • 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.

  20. QUESTION:
    After you treat yourself for a yeast infection how long does the medicine last?
    i mean i treated myself for a yeast infection.Naturally it comes out for like 2 days.It doesn't itch or burn but there is still stuff coming out.Could it be the medicine or still infected.Its more of a slime than a cottage cheese look.
    i used the one day treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on how long the treatment is for. I have taken the 1 day treatment and although it's very convinient, it's not the best. My yeast infection came back and I went to my doctor and was told that the 1 days are not good to take; because, they just don't treat for long enough. Go with the longest treatment possible - 7 days or go to the doctor and get a one-time pill to cure the yeast infection for good. Good-luck, they are not fun to deal with!!!

  21. QUESTION:
    If I only used external monistat did it cure my yeast infection at all?
    A week ans a half ago I used monistat 3 for a yeast infection and read on the back that the external cream is to be used twice daily for a week, I read wrong and thought you could do one or the other! I didn't realize it is used WITH internal cream! I used it all 7 days and all the itching an burning went away! Half way through my period started and no worries I thought but today my period ended and burning came back :( I read the box again and it says use the internal cream an external! I feel so dumb! It's my first time using monistat (last time I treats it naturally with yogurt, garlic, cranberry and d no sugar or flour) did the external kill yeaat t all? Or just help the irritates skin? I still have the applicator and pill things so I'd I start the three nights thing with them should it go away? Do I have to buy more external cream ? Or can I do it without? Thanks in advance (:

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn't really hurt to use the treatment if the infection has gone away. But as with any infection, you will notice the symptoms alleviate long before the infection is completely gone. So if you're still experiencing any discomfort you should use the internal treatment and continue using the external as you need it.

      Yeast infections suck, I hope it clears up soon.

  22. QUESTION:
    SAFE home remedies to cure a yeast infection?
    What are some way to cure a yeast infection quickly on your own besides taking the pill from your doctor. Please only answer if you have done this or had experiences with trying SAFE home remedies that work. thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      Other than meds from your doctor or the OTC from the pharmacy, I don't know anything that will get rid of a yeast infection super fast. There are some things you can try:

      -yogurt. The bacteria in yogurt helps to get rid of the yeast.

      -acidophilus tablets. This is a ton of the bacteria found in yogurt. You can take 1-2 pill 2x/day. It can help to get rid of the infection naturally, but it might not be enough. You can try it though. Taking it regularly can also help to prevent yeast infections.

      -yogurt douches. I've heard about this but never tried it. Essentially you take yogurt and insert it into your vagina. It puts the good bacteria in close proximity to the yeast so that they can get rid of the yeast. If you try this, just make sure that it is PLAIN yogurt with NO added sugar. The added sugar will help the yeast to grow--not what you want.

      Good luck.

  23. QUESTION:
    Can my period worsen a yeast infection i think i have?
    I saw cottage cheese like discharge a day ago while in the shower, im sick and im also getting my period today. I have had a yeast infection before but never saw this much discharge. Could my period worsen the infection? Do i have to wait until my period is done to see a doctor? Or can i just get something OTC even if im not sure its a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Discharges along with the menstrual cycle like yellowish and/or
      like mucus or even curing sexual arousal are normal. You certainly
      seem to have a yeast infection because of your description of a
      white cottage cheese discharge. As you have seen, a yeast
      infection can return over time and be worse than before.

      If you believe you have a problem with a yeast infection and are
      confused how to finally cure yourself, the best way to alleviate
      your infliction, without drugs, is to naturally cure your yeast
      infection holistically. Begin by taking action and reading
      Linda Allen's outstanding book, Yeast Infection No More.

      This book teaches you a permanent cure your yeast infection.

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  24. QUESTION:
    I know this may sound really discusting but I need help. How do I stop the burning of a yeast infection?
    I have recently discovered that I obtained a yeast infection from having too much sex with my boyfriend. It burns horribly, and I have already gotten prescreiption medication and monistat 7-day treatment, but the burning is excrutiating. Is there something I can do besides wait out the treatment? I need a here and now fix to this pain.

    • ANSWER:
      yeast infection usually dont cause pain, only itchiness. i am afraid it might be something else.

      if you want the cure naturally for yeast infetion, check this out..

  25. QUESTION:
    how long does it take to cure a yeast infection?
    if i get medicine to start fixing my yeast infection how long will it take?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on a lot of variables, but if you work on rebalancing things by changing your diet while also doing a yeast infection treatment it will drastically diminish the time it takes to cure.

      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.

  26. QUESTION:
    Ive been trying to get pregnant bt got a yeast infection the same day I tried?
    Ive been trying to get pregnant but the same day my partner came in me i got a yeast infection. I used monistat to cure it. Now im wondering if i cn still get pregnant from that day. Is it possible? And what are the possibilitys

    • ANSWER:
      Sperm can disturb the pH balance of your vagina hence causing the friendly bacteria (they live inside everyone's vagina naturally to help maintain pH blanace) to weaken/die. This can multiply the growth of fungi (yeast) inside your vagina hence u got the yeast infection. Now the best thing to prevent this in the future is following the simple steps below-
      1. Cut down on your "sugar", "cheese" and "mushrooms"- fungus.yeast thrives and feeds on sugar and "cheese" gives rise to yeast and mushrooms themselves are fungus in pure form..so avaoid those atleast till the time you are trying to conceive...
      2. Eat lots and lots and lots of plain yogurt (even better if u can get the one which has "live cultures" in them- these cultures are the same kind which live inside your vagina and helps keep it healthy)
      3. try getting the "balance activ" gel...I have used it personally and found great relief. U can look it up online on google...and buy it..It is a lactic acid gel (same acid which is found in yogurt)- BUT WORD OF CAUTION DO NOT USE IT RIGHT AFTER INTERCOURSE as it can kill the sperms even before they get a chance to reach the egg for fertilizing...

      If you follow the 1st two religiously u will be able to get rid of the yeast infection/thrush u have and go on making a baby...
      U can try canesten duo for treating it- it is a vaginal cream and intra-vaginal pessary (tablet that goes inside your vagina) this shall relieve u of the thrush...

  27. QUESTION:
    My wife has a yeast infection, but is there supposed to be blood coming out?
    She has been taking 2000 mg antibiotics for almost a week, since she had a tooth taken out. I've know antibiotics to cause yeast infections, but we simply forgot about it. Now she has the most intense yeast infection, with white gunk oozing out and now blood. I know your probably regretting reading this now, but I'm really worried about the blood especially since she isn't due for her period. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      It is abnormal to bleed even if she is sufering from yeast infection. Are you sure her periods are not due? It is best to check out with your doc.

      In the meantime for treating the yeast infection make use of simple home remedies- these do not produce any harmful side effects and will provide some relief from the infection symptoms.
      http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Cure-A-Yeast-Infection-Naturally?-Two-Excellent-Home-Remedies-for-Fast-Relief&id=4975914

  28. 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.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is there any way to treat a yeast infection naturally?
    I have a yeast infection from taking some antibiotics and i was wondering if there was any way to cure it without more antibiotics or vaginal suppositories?

    • ANSWER:
      You should make sure it's a yeast infection first.

      Easy At-Home Methods to Rebalance the Vaginal Ph

      Insert unpasteurized, plain yogurt with a small spoon or spatula or vaginal cream applicator. Insert at night and wear a pad. Repeat for three to seven nights, until symptoms disappear. Douching with yogurt and water can help, too. It also helps to eat a lot of yogurt.

      "Paint" the vagina, cervix (you'll need a speculum) and vulva (outside area including the labia or "lips" of vagina) with gentian violet. It stains so you'll want to wear a pad. This usually works after one treatment.
      Insert a garlic suppository. Carefully peel one clove of garlic. Wrap in gauze and insert into the vagina. Leave in for up to twelve hours. Repeat as necessary. It also helps to eat a lot of garlic.

      Drink cranberry juice. Unsweetened is best.

      Insert Potassium Sorbate. This is used in home beer-making and can be found at wine-making stores. Dip a cotton tampon into a 3% solution (15 grams of Potassium Sorbate in one pint of water) and insert into the vagina at night. Remove in the morning.

      Drink or eat Acidophilus. It's available in powder or capsules in health food stores or found in some milk and yogurt products. (Read the label; some dairy products have added acidophilus.)

      Douche with a vinegar/water solution. One tablespoon of vinegar to one quart of water, once a day. Especially effective when used with yogurt suppositories.

      Good Luck!

  30. QUESTION:
    Anyone know good yeast infection treatments?
    I'm tired of dealing with recurring yeast infections. I've tired several treatments but none of them really seem to help. Please give me some advice or something that's worked for you. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I know what you mean about those damn yeast infections. They bothered me for years and I also tried a lot of things. I spent a lot of time on the internet looking for help and found this website...
      BestYeastInfectionRemedy.com They have a lot of good info here especially how to cure yeast infections naturally and without medicine. Check it out!

  31. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of a yeast infection?
    im pretty sure i have a yeast infection, how can i get rid of this? and should i still have sex with a yeast infection? please help
    i don't want to have to tell my mom cause you gets that from having sex don't you?
    i don't want to have to go to the doctor, i don't want my mom to know.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can pass on the infection to your partner if you have intercourse while suffering from yeast infection. It is best to get it treated and get rid of it completely before having sexual relations. A number of home remedies are useful for yeast infection cure. These include

      Probiotics are a popular natural remedy for yeast infection. They are live microbial organisms which are the same as the ones naturally present in our vagina. Basically these help to suppress the growth of potentially harmful organisms such as Candida responsible for this condition. Hence probiotics is considered as one of the best natural remedy to treat this infection.

      Another natural remedy for yeast infection is boric acid. Boric acid has mild antiseptic and antifungal properties. Although it is an excellent cure you must remember that it is a toxic substance which must never be consumed orally or used for direct application on open wounds.

      http://ezinearticles.com/?What-Can-You-Do-to-Get-Rid-of-a-Yeast-Infection-Fast?---3-Home-Cures-For-Quick-Relief&id=4598312

  32. QUESTION:
    Plain yogurt to treat yeast infection- does it have to be sugar free?
    I went to the store today to buy some cranberry pills to take twice daily and some plain nonfat active cultures yogurt. When I got home I saw that it said it had sugar in it... I think I know the answer, but will this still help my yeast infection if I just eat it? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      All yogurt has some sugar in it naturally. Plain means there is no additional sugar added. You can eat it. Eating yogurt never cured one of my yeast infection and neither did cranberry pills. Cranberry pills are usually an attempt to clear up a bladder infection or a UTI, but it doesn't work for all girls.

      Different types of infections:

      Signs of yeast infections:
      White, cottage cheese-like discharge
      Swelling and pain around the vulva
      Intense itching
      Buy Monistat 7 over-the-counter

      Signs of bacterial vaginosis:
      A white, gray or yellowish vaginal discharge
      A fishy odor that is strongest after sex or after washing with soap
      Itching or burning
      Slight redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva
      See a doctor

  33. QUESTION:
    What is causing my symptoms and are they related - seborrheic dermatitis, yeast infection, allergies/sinuses?
    Have been with same person for over a half and a half who is healthy and disease free and I have tested negative for hiv1 before meeting him and then just recently again. Developed seborrheic dermatitis this past fall, 2 yeast infections in the last year and have had a sinus infection/allergies. Could stress/anxiety over past events or guilt be causing these? are they related? what could be causing all these things to come about or is it just coincidence?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi citygirl.
      If you think you may have yeast infection, I can tell you there are some very effective natural cures that can stop your pain.
      You can heal yeast infection naturally, 100% guaranteed
      You can do it with ZERO risk
      It can be done in a short time.

      Still, along with the natural treatment, please try to :
      Keep the genital area clean and dry.
      Avoid harsh soaps (including bubble bath).
      Wear loose cotton (rather than nylon) underwear that doesn't trap moisture.
      Take antibiotics only when prescribed by your doctor, and never take them for longer than your doctor tells you to.
      If you are diabetic, try to control your blood sugar levels.
      These would prevent from yeast infection to happen.
      But for now you may try the 100% treatment I found in the below source and tried it myself... it worked ...

  34. QUESTION:
    What happens if you let a yeast infection go w/o treatment?
    Ok, My mom just called me and is worried b/c my sister ALWAYS has a yeast infection. The thing is she doesn't treat them at all. My mom is worried that if she just keeps ignoring it and lets it continue she will ruin her insides or create a really bad infection.

    I'm not looking for some dumb answer, my poor mom is really worried and wants some info to try and get her to get med. for it. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Okay ... it is time for me to add to the "gross" category of remedies that work and are good for you, but you guys out there might want to close your eyes and cover your ears. Or, if you are brave, share these remedies who might be having the problem.

      This home remedy is for vaginal yeast infections.

      1. Go to the store and buy a small carton of "plain" yogurt -- doesn't matter whether it is name brand or store brand or is nonfat, lowfat or wholefat because you are NOT going to eat it. But make sure it is PLAIN with NO fruit, NO added sugar (milk sugar listed on the carton doesn't count of course), and NO flavoring in it of ANY type. You should make sure that whatever type yogurt you buy has "ACTIVE CULTURES" listed on its container.

      2. While you're at the store pick up a box of tampons to go with the yogurt.

      3. Pay for them. No one will look at you weird and no one will ask for any ID. ( this #3 is a humorous point only, so laugh .... but do pay!)

      Now you're curious, aren't you?

      But seriously now,

      4. Go home and take one of the tampons and dip it into the yogurt and insert it into the vagina, allowing it to stay in place for at least an hour or so -- longer certainly won't hurt you. It is COOL and SOOTHING for one thing and will get some of the "good bacteria" right where it is needed the most since that is the main reason to use it -- to get the "GOOD" bacteria into where there is a build up of too much "bad" yeast type bacteria.

      5. Continue this for once or twice a day for two or three days, or as long as needed, until the situation resolves itself.

      6. Of course, REMEMBER TO KEEP THE CONTAINER OF "MEDICINAL" YOGURT SEPARATE FROM THE OTHER ONES IN YOUR FRIG THAT YOU MIGHT EAT (and of course throw out any leftovers). You can more than likely use homemade yogurts too.

      If you like what you're reading and are interested in more remedies--or if you've tried this one and it didn't work for you--check out Yeast Infection No More, a comprehensive how-to book on naturally curing yeast infections and preventing them from occurring in the future.

      I have tried this myself a couple of times in the past (even inserting one at night before I go to bed and leaving till the morning), and it has worked like a charm.

      There is also a homeopathic product on the market that you can get over the counter, I forget the name of it but most drug stores carry it, but the yogurt seems to work well.

      A friend shared this yeast infection remedy with me one time because she was having a recurring problem with it herself until someone shared it with her.

      At first I was like "WHAT!" But if you get desperate you are willing to try "unconventional methods." Also I wanted to stay away from all the prescription stuff and use them only as a last resort. Fortunately, I never needed anything else after the yogurt!

      Of course, REMEMBER that this information is for "educational" purposes only, and you should check with your Doctor for medical advice when seeking medical treatments.

      I am not diagnosing anyone either! (I just "had" to add this little insert -- couldn't resist since I see this kind of "additional info" in ALL the "Alternative" health books I read.

      Happy Health!

  35. QUESTION:
    Does this yogurt yeast infection theory really work?
    Iheard plain yougurt cures a yeast infection..now the rub around the outter part i understand but the inserting a tampon inside with yougurt...okkkk lol how is it getting out tho?! Cause im super tight & when the bf & i play & igotta play with my self a little it feels suuper tight around my finger

    • ANSWER:
      Plain PRO-BIOTIC yoghurt does help treat yeast infections.
      Yoghurt contains acidophilus which are a type of bacteria naturally found within your vagina, this particular bacteria produce hydrogen peroxide that kills yeast. Thus how it can treat yeast infections.

      DO NOT use a tampon!
      Tampons should not be used if you have any sort of vaginal infection given as they encourage growth of yeast and harmful bacteria - using tampons during an infection may make it worse and increases risk of TSS...more so if you're also not menstruating at the time. I know some sources say to use a tampon but that doesn't mean it's safe to do so. If you need to insert yoghurt internally then the easiest way is to put yoghurt into ice cube trays, freeze and then insert the frozen yoghurt.

      You're not 'tight' - your vagina is designed to allow a whole human being to pass out of it, if you feel 'tight' this is because your vaginal muscles are tensing so either you're not relaxed or you're not aroused enough for any sort of penetration - when aroused the vagina relaxes, lubricates, opens and increases in size. For the record when aroused the vaginal muscles are also 'active' so grip the finger or penis.

  36. QUESTION:
    How do I use witch hazel to cure my yeast infection?
    I bought some at the pharmacy today and wanted to know how to use it? Do I just rub it on? I want to get rid of it naturally.

    • ANSWER:
      You're better off soaking in a shallow, warm bath with a cup of vinegar added to the water. Soak 20 minutes.

  37. QUESTION:
    What yogurt to use to cure yeast infection? Can't find a sugar-free one..?
    I suffer from yeast infections and it's exhausting. I have heard women RAVE about using the tampon/yogurt trick. But they say to use a sugar-free yogurt. I cannot find this ANYWHERE! What specific brand do you use so I can try to find it? Monistat takes too long, and Vagisil burns like a blow torch.

    • 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    How can I help cure my yeast infection?
    I don't really have the money to be spending on monistat and stuff, so I was wondering if there's any natural way I can help get rid of this infection. It's pretty gross I've never had one before and it's bothering me. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Probiotics are a popular natural remedy for yeast infection. They are live microbial organisms that are naturally present in the digestive tract and vagina. Probiotics, sometimes referred to as "friendly" bacteria, suppress the growth of potentially harmful organisms such as Candida, which is why probiotic supplements have been explored as a natural remedy for yeast infection.

      The type of probiotic being studied for yeast infections is Lactobacillus, especially Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1, and Lactobacillus fermentum RC-14. In some studies, low levels of Lactobacilli in the vagina have been associated with yeast infection. These can be found in foods like yogurt.

      The essential oil tea tree oil, diluted and applied topically to the vaginal area, has shown some potential as a natural home remedy for yeast infection. A compound called terpinen-4-ol in tea tree oil appears to be responsible

  39. QUESTION:
    Could my boyfriend have given me a yeast infection?
    I've never had a yeast infection and now I have one. I'm always very clean and healthy, but my boyfriend doesn't shower as often as he should. He's uncircumcised so I'm thinking it's his fault I have a yeast infection.

    IF this is the case, will simply showering before sex (no condom) keep me from getting another yeast infection, or does he need to be on antibiotics too?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Olivia,
      Candida can be transmitted between people by direct contact, and so can actually be a sexually-transmitted disease.

      so if you or your lover has an active infection you should be extra-careful to follow the safer sex guidelines: wash your hands or change your gloves in between touching your own crotch and your partner's, and keep your toys clean clean clean. And you should be aware that men can get yeast infections, often without obvious symptoms. It's not uncommon for a yeast-infected woman who has unprotected sex with a man to infect her lover, treat her own infection, and then get reinfected next time she has sex with him. If you think your male lover might have a yeast infection, get him some treatment, and practice safe sex at least until both of you are sure that your infections are gone

      Olivia you mention antibiotics, they are are probably the leading cause of vaginal yeast infections in American women, and are a great example of the important principle that by using technology to solve problems, we create other problems. Say you take an antibiotic to cure your sinus infection. The antibiotic kills the unwanted bacteria in your sinuses, but can also kill the "good" bacteria in your crotch, upsetting the balance of your vaginal ecosystem, allowing the yeast to take over. (Antibacterial deodorant soap can have the same effect.) Most women have problems with only a few types of antibiotics, or with prolonged antibiotic treatment. Others get yeast infections every time they take antibiotics.

      Olivia If you're like most Yeast Infection sufferers, the reason you're having such a hard time getting rid of your yeast infection is because you're using methods that couldn't possibly work, physiologically speaking. Not only that, you could be utterly destroying your delicate internal balance and your health and making your Yeast Infection worse in the process!

      Even the natural products that promise to kill the source of the infection (e.g. killing Candida Albicans) do not work because candida is a naturally occurring yeast that is found in everybody and the only way to get rid of it is to neutralize the environment that encourages its overgrowth, not by killing the yeast.

      Only by tackling the real underline cause, the correct circumstances that promote the growth of candida and the exact source of candida in the body following a complete multidimensional holistic program will result in the complete elimination and prevention of Candida yeast infection and gaining back your health.

      Olivia below is a link to my website where you will get all the help you need.

  40. QUESTION:
    Yeast Infection can you get them without having sex?
    Hi, I have a feeling I have a yeast infection downstairs as it is extremely itchy at times. Can you get one of these without having sex? Or could I possible have something else?

    • ANSWER:
      There some ways to cure your yeast infection naturally and permanently that will eliminate your yeast infection without drugs, creams or any kind of gimmicks. Yeast Infection is first and foremost an internal problem. Like most chronic conditions, there is never one cause for this fungal problem and thus yeast infection cannot be permanently eliminated using medications or creams that work superficially and fail to tackle the root factors that trigger the formation of candida infection in the first place.

      The problem is that the majority of yeast infection sufferers choose to leave it in the hands of others: Doctors, pharmacists, drug and over the counter industries. They willingly choose NOT to take responsibility for their candida condition, for their health and for their own body. I put link below that has some good information on how you can get rid of a yeast infections fast.

      I hope this helped.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
    And is there anyway to cure it naturally through dieting and good hygience pratices ?
    Or do you need antiboitics ?

    • ANSWER:
      A yeast infection causes itching or soreness in the vagina and sometimes causes pain or burning when you urinate or have sex. Some women also have a thick, clumpy, white discharge that has no odor and looks a little like cottage cheese.These symptoms are more likely to occur during the week before your menstrual period.

      If you have had a yeast infection before and can recognize the symptoms, and you aren't pregnant, you can treat yourself at home with medicines you can buy without a prescription. You can use an antifungal cream, or a suppository that you put into your vagina, or antifungal tablets that you swallow. If your symptoms are mild, you may want to wait to see if they clear up on their own.

      Click link below and just listen to Real Success Stories From Actual Yeast Infection No More!

  42. QUESTION:
    Second yeast infection in a month, do I have to go to my obgyn again to get the same medication?
    She gave me Fluconazole the first time and it worked wonders! Now I know the feeling of a yeast infection and I'm positive I have another. Do I need to go back to my obgyn to have her give me another exam to give me Fluconazole again? Or can I just call? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      WAIT!
      Drink a cranberry-water mix daily, your body ph will change and the yeast will no longer thrive.
      Cheap, natural, easy. I use 1/2 cup unsweetened juice with a quart of water, sip all day long.
      I'll be right back with some links:
      http://cranberryjuice.com/articles/component/content/article/1-cranberry-juice/10-cranberry-juice-and-yeast-infection
      These also suggests other things that help the condition:
      http://cranberryjuice.com/articles/component/content/article/1-cranberry-juice/10-cranberry-juice-and-yeast-infection
      http://www.susangaer.com/studentprojects/yeast.htm
      http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Cure-a-Yeast-Infection-Naturally---Seven-Ways&id=645258
      Best wishes.

  43. QUESTION:
    How to cure a yeast infection naturally for good?
    I've been taking a acidophiles (misspelled) It contains a billion active cultures...It's cleared up, I just want to know how to keep it that way...for those of you who have had them, I UNDERSTAND it's f* hell!!!
    Excuse me but it's totally true.

    O... and have you realized that the dumbest questions get the most answers? I really don't understand it...but o well.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Christina,

      You need a three pronged treatment

      One for your candida, another for your itch if its there and the third to make your immune system stronger so that recurring attacks can be stopped.

      Safest way to do so is by taking herbal supplements like Pau d'arco bark, lemon grass, Schizandra, Buchu, Astralagus membranaceus etc.

      Garlic, in general is an excellent remedy for quite a few things, but it alone just cannot do the job for you.

      Know more about the products & yeast infections if you want on the link below

      Hope they help you out in your misery, Good luck

  44. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of my yeast infection naturally and without having to go to the doctor?
    It really itches and i'm using a cream to make it stop which really helps. I don't want to go to the doctor because it grosses me out but I would really like to get rid of it naturally

    • ANSWER:
      There are tons of over the counter remedies in drugstores. Just get one of those. Also, sleep without undies for several days to air it out, yeast is caused by moisture. Acidolpholus (available in health stores) is friendly bacteria and a natural treatment, but will take a LONG time to cure that way.

      Antibiotics aren't a cure for yeast, they actually cause yeast infections. A doctor would just give you an antifungal med for it anyway.

  45. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used these eBooks and did they work?
    I have had several yeast infections and bacterial infections in the past few months and now i have another one. Someone suggested using an eBook (specifically "Natural cyre for yeast infections" by Sarah Summers) to help cure these ailments. Has anyone used this eBook or one like it and had a good experience that worked?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know about the ebook, but if you take L.acidophilis and probiotics you can help prevent yeast infections.

      What often happens if you get a bacterial infection, and you take antibiotics. The antibiotics kill the good bacteria along with the bad, and with the good bacteria gone, the yeast that is there naturally has a chance to go haywire!

      So probiotics are key. You can find them at any health store or supplement store like GNC.

  46. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of Bacterial Vaginosis?
    I thought I had a yeast infection but I don't. I'm pretty sure if anything is wrong down there, I have bacterial vaginosis. So, can anyone tell me how to get rid of it naturally. No doc please.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You can't.

      Nothing will truly flush out or cure vaginosis without antibiotics. All natural products or home remedies only treat the symptoms, but not the disease.

      You should go to a free clinic and they can give you antibiotics.

      You should also not try to "let it run it's course." It's not that kind of disease. It will only get worse and can possibly turn into pelvic inflammatory disease, or even work it's way into your urethra and give you a UTI or kidney infection. Bone up and go to the doctor.

  47. QUESTION:
    How can i cure a yeast infection naturally?
    I have been having this discharge it doesn't smell but i itch and burn like crazy i need help.. I don't if i should tell anyone..

    • ANSWER:
      If you let yeast infections go untreated, they can actually travel up your vaginal canal and cause even worse infections. My advice is to go see a Dr because you definitely don't want this to happen!

  48. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection and why does it happen?
    Why do some women have the urge to scratch during a yeast infection? And where does the yeast infection come from?

    • ANSWER:
      Thrush (Candidiasis) is a fungal infection (mycosis) or more precisely an overgrowth of fungus (of the Candida species) in the human body. This is an important distinction because we all have naturally occurring fungus populations in our body. It is only when one of these populations becomes too large that we experience unwanted thrush symptoms in areas of the body where there is too much fungus. Areas affected may include the mouth (pharynx or esophagus), the region around the groin (e.g. jock itch), the penis, vagina (vaginitus) and gastrointestinal tract.

      Thrush symptoms vary in severity from superficial (a minor annoyance) to systemic and life threatening (e.g. in AIDS and cancer patients). Superficial symptoms include reddening of the skin, itching, burning, local inflammation and general discomfort (e.g. unpleasant smelling white discharges). More serious symptoms, from for example, gastrointestinal tract infections include lack of energy, severe tiredness after meals and mood swings. In life threatening conditions the fungus populations grow unhindered and compromise critical biological processes. However, this only occurs in patients with severely weakened immune systems (e.g. transplant patients).

      how you cure the yeast infection?

      Make a raw garlic paste and apply it on the infected area. You may feel some burning sensations but do not get worried because this is normal. Garlic has very strong anti-viral properties, it makes for a great natural antibiotic as well.

      Eat high fiber foods such as broccoli, celery, cabbage, onions, garlic, ginger root, turnips and kale. As mentioned, garlic has natural anti-fungal substances and should be eaten as much as possible. AVOID sugar and sugary foods. Sugar promotes yeast growth.

      I have a reliable resource that could define what i am talking about in a lot more detail. i posted the link to this resource below if you are interested.

      Good luck and i wish you all the best GLAM PRiNCESS

  49. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of vaginal thrush naturally?
    I am 13 and i think i have thrush, i am really itchy downstairs and it burns when i pee. I wanted to know an easy natural way to cure vaginal thrush?????????????????? Help i don't want to take medication and creams something natural is good!

    • ANSWER:
      To the person who answered first, yes it is called thrush no matter where it is. And she said she wants natural, probably so she doesn't have to tell her mum, because it is embarrassing i would know. I'm 14. Lol.

      Usually these infections start by not washing downstairs properly.

      Most women will experience at least one episode of yeast infection (thrush) in their lifetime. Unfortunately for many women yeast infections are on going and persistent and cause misery to the sufferers. Yeast infection is very common and is not to be confused with a STI infection. Thrush or yeast infection is caused by the overgrowth of a naturally occurring yeast Candida albicans.

      Candida albicans is usually kept in balance by the body but certain conditions can cause the yeast to proliferate. Thrush usually affects the vagina and is a common cause of vaginal irritation. Thrush may also affect the mouth and anal area although this is less common. Many drugs to cure yeast infection are not without side effects but there are natural ways to help the body rid itself of this problem and prevent further episodes.

      One of the best natural ways to combat Candida albicans is to use live natural yogurt. Live yogurt contains good bacteria which help to redress the natural balance in your body. Eat at least two pots of natural yogurt daily to attack the infection from the inside. Yogurt can be used a soothing cream - it can an be applied directly to the affected area to bring relief from itching. Soaking a tampon in natural yogurt and using it as a pessary is a natural way to ease the symptoms of vaginal thrush. Although live natural yogurts contain live bacteria, a more concentrated way to ensure a good supply of friendly bacteria is to take daily probiotic supplements which contain acidophilus or lactobacillus. A good quality probiotic supplement can be bought from a reputable health store.

      Ensure a good supply of zinc in the diet. Deficiencies of zinc have been linked to yeast infections. Good sources of zinc include shellfish and dairyfoods. Alternatively take a daily zinc supplement.

      Wear only cotton underwear which allows the skin to breathe. Synthetic materials produce a warm, moist environment allowing the Candida albicans yeast to proliferate.

      Another holistic approach to curing a yeast infection is to use a safe homeopathic remedy. A new product available as a spray which is used under the tongue three times a day tackles the multiple symptoms and prevents the infection getting hold further.


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