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Can You Get Yeast Infection On Your Skin

Women are not the only sufferers of yeast infections, men and babies suffer from it as well. They do have very different symptoms than a woman's symptoms. Men will often not know they actually have a yeast infection. Usually they will feel a little tired and run down.

Mens yeast infection symptoms are very different to womens. There will be no outward signs of any Candida, as the penis is external, it does not have the right environment to actually produce spores. Often men will feel tired and run down, and feeling a bit under the weather.

It's best not to use over the counter or prescription medications. Though they may assure that they'll work, but your body is more acceptive to natural supplements and herbs. Over the counter and prescription medications can occasionally have dangerous complications, are more pricey, and typically just commonly not safe for your body.

Immune system It is said that angelica root containing variety chemicals that help to strengthen the immune system in fighting against infection and inflammation, thereby decreasing the risk of yeast infection during menstruation as well as forming of irregular cell growth in the reproductive organs.

Natural unsweetened yogurt, garlic, apple cider and many other natural products can help provide you with some much needed relief, however, most of these products will only provide you with relief, you need to find the root cause of your yeast infection. Once you have found your cause, then you can use specific products to help get rid of your yeast infection once and for all.

The candidema or the killers are the most fatal all since the infection enters the bloodstreams and defeats the immune system of the body.Among the 200 species associated with these fungi, only 25 yeast genera are infecting humans.The balantis or the itchers..The candida or the turf fighters are those fungi which affect the whole body.2.

Symptoms of Yeast Infection

*Painful Sex or Sexual dysfunction *Vaginal Odor *Premature Aging *Vaginal Discharge *Arthritis *Depression *Chronic Rashes *Tiredness or Fatigue *Poor Memory *Irritability *Joint Pain or Swelling *PMS *Feeling Rundown *Digestive pain *Muscle Aches *Short attention span *Hand pain *Hip and Knee Pain *Headaches *Acne *Respiratory Infections *Memory loss *Lowered Immune System

Use of cotton as the material of underwear is recommended. Cotton is a natural fabric and has pores that ventilate the genitalia, thereby increasing the oxygen flow in the area. The fungi and bacteria multiply in warm and moist regions and those fabrics that increase the temperature of the genitalia allow the yeast greater chance to grow.

The best yeast infection treatment for yeast infections is to change your diet. The common misconception about yeast infections is that the cause of the problem is sugar. You are told cut out sugar, natural nutritious sugars as well as refined. This is silly. It of course is a great thing to cut out refined sugars from your diet.

Yeast infections not only occur around the vaginal area or public area, but there is such a thing as oral yeast infections as well. The thing about yeast infection is that it occurs in areas of the body which a warm and moist, the ideal breeding ground for bacteria which is what causes yeast infections in the first place to begin with.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to treat a skin yeast infection without prescription?
    I was diagnosed with a skin yeast infection last summer and was given a prescription to cure it but the medication gave me headaches. It was severe enough that cremes did not work. It came back this summer and it is on my chest, a little on my back, my arms and creases of my armpits and stomach. I was wondering if there are any at-home anti-fungal medications in pill form or a spray that would be effective in clearing this up. Any inquisitions are very much appreciated.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Whether this is your first or your twentieth, we've got ten simple skin yeast infection home remedies that you can use today to start feeling relief almost instantly! The great thing about these, aside from being easy and effective, is that they are all natural and therefore safe to use on anyone at anytime! And all you have to do is apply them to the affected area approximately four times a day until the infection has completely cleared up.

      Here they are:

      1. Garlic oil
      2. Probiotic yogurt (Plain and all natural)
      3. Bergamot Oil
      4. Tea Tree Oil
      5. Apple Cider Vinegar
      6. Honey
      7. Acidophilus powder (mix with a little bit of water to make a paste)
      8. Oil of Oregano
      9. Myrrh
      10. Gentian Violet

      All of these skin yeast infection home remedies are easy found in health stores, online health stores and even in some groceries. Most pharmacies now carry a range of natural products including many of the essential oils found on this list. They're inexpensive, easy to use and sure to work. If you combine any of these along with keeping your skin dry and clean and working to keep your immune system healthy, then you will be well on your way to curing your skin yeast overgrowth and hopefully never having to deal with another one again.

      Take care!

      Mama Bear

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  2. 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

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. QUESTION:
    Can a woman get yeast infection many times ?
    I think this is the third times i've got yeast infection. Is this normal that happens to a women ?
    And my sister is staying with me. we're sleeping on the same bed, could she get infected ?
    Can yeast infection spread through skin to skin or sharing pillows and blankets ?
    How does yeast infection spread ?
    In addition,
    It's been like a year or more since i got the last one.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can get frequent yeast infections. You may want to go to the doctor and have a glucose test, frequent yeast infections may be a sign of diabetes.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a baby to get a yeast infection on the face?
    I am breast feeding my 5 week old daughter. She was recently diagnosed with thrush and I got it on my breast as well. Shortly after we found this out she got a bump on her face. It got bigger and developed a yellowish head to it. It has now spread from her cheek all the way to her ear and her other cheek. My question is could the yeast infection spread to the skin on her face? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I've never heard of that, but I would definitely go see the pediatrician.

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

    • ANSWER:

  8. 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 ...

  9. QUESTION:
    My son has a yeast infection what is the best over the counter medicene to get rid of it?
    My 8 yr old son now has his second yeast infection, his first one was actually on his penis, and that was about 3 months ago. Now he has a yeast infection in one of the folds of skin between his genital are and his leg. It is raw, and he is quite uncomfortable even limping because it hurts him to walk. I myself am a 27 yr old female who has never had a yeast infection, so I know nothing about any of the over the counter medicenes. I have been trying to research what medicene to use on the internet, but I would really like some advice from someone who has maybe had to use this kind of medicene before. Which medicene would most likely work best?

    • ANSWER:
      hello there,

      you know what, my baby brother has one like right at this moment and this is something my mom does to help with the itch and soreness. (by the way my brother is 9 months old.) Just put your son in a warm bath(let him sit) and put some baking soda in the water and that will clear it up within 5 maybe 6 days. And u can also buy some vitamin e clear gels for him to put on it and that will stop the itching as soon as it is put on there. These are some home remedies that my mom and grandmother use. U will know that the yeast infection will be going away when u see that the area is turning a different color from the original skin color. That just means that it is healing. but this is just a great way to help him without spending so much money on over the counter drugs. just use wat u have at home. and i guarantee u that this works because my brother has only had his for 4 days and his is already going away its just a little spot left . so just try that and i hope it helps your son.

      oh yeah make sure he sits in the tub every night with a little baking soda in it.....it wont burn or anything it just a natural medicine to cure his yeast infection.........Hope this helped!!!!

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

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

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get a yeast infection on another place than your vagina?
    On your arm, for example.
    I went to my doctor to find out about a weird skin condition on my arm, and she said it was a mild yeast infection. It doesn't itch or burn. And it is really hard to find an ointment that doesn't apply to your vagina.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes!!! i had the same thing probably about a little more than a year ago but it was on the back of my neck. Use selsun blue the dandruff shampoo it is also anti-fungul which is what yeast sorta is put it on and leave it on for a while and then wash it off.. mine went away.. rather quickly it started to come back a little while later and i did the same thing and i haven't had any signs of it in over a year! i probably only applied it 3-4 times

  12. QUESTION:
    How come everytime I have unprotected sex with my boyfriend I get a yeast infection?
    It never fails...anytime he puts it in and there is skin to skin contact I get a yeast infection, and it's really annoying! Is it due to bad hygiene on his part? And just so you're aware, I know for a fact that they are yeast infections and nothing more serious. Please only answer if you have a helpful response. Thank you muchly!
    It never fails...anytime he puts it in and there is skin to skin contact I get a yeast infection, and it's really annoying! I have a yellow discharge that smells funky and my vagina itches sometimes. Is it due to bad hygiene on his part? And just so you're aware, I know for a fact that they are yeast infections and nothing more serious. Please only answer if you have a helpful response. Thank you muchly!

    • ANSWER:
      I asked a doctor once about this, and he opines that an improperly-washed male organ can lead to yeast infection (which unfortunately can be passed on to the woman who will not only get a yellow discharge but also possibly UTI or urinary tract infection). Another is if his private part is not dried off well enough after bathing, that would be an ideal breeding ground not only for yeast but also for fungus. It is not due to bad hygiene but more of improper hygiene.

      In order to prevent this (and this was helpful for both my wife and myself), ask your boyfriend to wipe alcohol on his penis (the foreskin and under it, especially the head) after bathing, and before and after sex. Of course, before he inserts it into yours, both of you should make sure it is dry enough; you will only feel pain inside if the alcohol on his penis is not totally dry.

      A word of caution for your boyfriend: make sure the alcohol does not penetrate the middle of the head (where the urine and sperm come out)...it hurts!

  13. QUESTION:
    How long can you wait to treat a yeast infection?
    I had sex last Tuesday, and we used a condom for the first time. I am not sure what kind it was (I think lifestyle or skins), but my vagina started to Itch on the outside over this weekend. Also, when I wash it, it burns. There is no discharge in my panties, but I think I did see thick white stuff on the inside. I am assuming it is a yeast infection, but I am not sure. Could it be something else? I have a doctor's appointment next Monday, but should I wait that long? Is there anything else I can do?

    • ANSWER:
      Buy some over-the-counter yeast infection treatment. Waiting is not a good idea because it can get worse & become even more uncomfortable.

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

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

  15. QUESTION:
    Can eating yogurt help fight against my yeast infection?
    I have a yeast infection on my skin (inner thigh area) and it used to be really bad but then it was being treated by diflucan and a antifungal cream, and it doesn't itch any more but you can still see patches where it still is, like it won't go FULLY away. So will yogurt possibly help me get rid of the rest? Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:

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

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

  17. QUESTION:
    How prevalent is yeast infection and what is it?
    I would like to know what yeast infection is, whether it is the same thing as candidas. Also what percentage of women develop it.

    • ANSWER:
      A yeast infection is a imbalance in the good bacteria in the vagina. Yeast infections can appear on other parts of the body, like under breasts, in the fold of arms, under arms, or anywhere that skin touches skin and the bacteria gets out of balance. It is the same type infection as candida. I think all women develop yeast at some time in their life. Women can pass this infection to their male partners which are mostly asymptomatic but can transfer it back to her.

      hope this helps..

  18. 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.

  19. QUESTION:
    How Long Does It Take For Yogurt To Remove Yeast Infection?
    I put plain yogurt (with active culture) around my vulva and inside my vagina with a tampon, to get rid of a yeast infection the natural way. A couple of hours later, I do feel relief.

    But how long will it take for the yeast to be complete vacant from my vagina, and when will my skin completely restore itself?

    • ANSWER:
      If it's working, keep using it for at least 3 days. If it comes back, you should buy Monistat 7 instead.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. QUESTION:
    How long before yeast infection gets better?
    I have a bad yeast infection, and my doc gave me a fluconazole pill. How long will it be before I see improvement? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      To treat yeast infection, first you need to contact a health care provider who can ask your symptoms and examine you further clarity. The health care provider might take few sample from the mouth or vagina to confirm the yeast infection, and might find few cells scraped from a skin rash which show yeast under a microscope. There are many temporary medicines available as creams and lotions to put on the vagina (skin) and tablets which can be taken by mouth.

      If your health care provider have already suggested miconazole nitrate (Monistat-7) and clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin, Mycelex-7, and FemCare) for your yeast infection you need to check whether they are giving you any relief from the pain or not. If not you should ask for an anti-fungal medicine taken by mouth to temporary relief.

      You can see results within 2 weeks.

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

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

  24. QUESTION:
    can you see the the difference between genital warts and a yeast infection?
    the different symptoms. how can you tell the different symptoms.
    i kno a yeast infection is itchy, and irrtation.
    and warts is itchy irritating and white spots.
    but i seem to think a yeast infection has a little of white spots also. which makes it llok like a yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:
      A yeast infection has a white discharge, not white spots.

      warts are going to be present on the skin on and around your vulva, and they may not be obvious to you. A yeast infection is internal, with a white discharge, and sometimes itching or burning in your vagina, and around your labia. They are two completely different problems with different symptoms. It can also be likely that you don't feel or see warts.

  25. 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.

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

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

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

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

  27. QUESTION:
    Can a cat get a yeast infection from licking a yeast infection?
    I know this sounds like a gross question but, I had a yeast infection in my belly button (odd, I know, but the doctor confirmed it) and I woke up one morning to my cat licking my belly button!!! Gross. But anyway, is it possible that he will get a yeast infection in his mouth now? If so, how would I treat it or what signs do I need to look for to tell if he has one?

    • ANSWER:
      well one site says it's not a prolproblemhealthy cats, but the symptoms can be redness, hair loss, and etc...let me just copy n paste lol.

      The most common symptom of Malassezia (YEAST) infections in cats is hair loss. Chin acne, redness, and seborrhea can also occur.

      Treatment can be approached in several different ways. For a long-term solution to the problem the underlying condition must be properly treated, whether it is a bacterial infection, allergy, or seborrhea. Once all of the underlying conditions are addressed, then either localized or generalized treatment can begin.

      To provide an inhospitable environment for Malassezia, lipids on the skin need to be removed. Chlorhexidine shampoos that are 1% or stronger, and shampoos containing benzoyl peroxide and sulfur can be used. Human shampoos containing ketoconazole have also been used.

      For localized treatment of very small areas, miconazole cream is applied twice daily for several weeks.

      For cats with more severe cases, or in those that are resistant to topical treatment, oral ketoconazole or itraconazole can be administered for several weeks. A response is generally seen within 1-2 weeks, however, therapy needs to continue for an additional 3-5 weeks. Both of these oral antifungal drugs are very effective, but because of their potentially toxic side effects and expense they should only be used under direct veterinary supervision.

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

    • ANSWER:
      At least 5 days.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Here are some safe, natural cures you can implement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  29. 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.

  30. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to wear the same underwear again after a yeast infection?
    During my yeast infection, I was wearing panty liners for the most part. I washed the underwear as usual on medium with detergent and dried them on medium. I know this may sound dumb, but I like my undies and I don't want to have to throw them away. But I also don't want to risk re-infecting myself.

    • ANSWER:
      It's not a contagious thing really, and so yes, you can wear your underwear as long as they are clean.

      Yeast is present on our skin always, Monday through Friday, 24/7, 365 days a year. A yeast infection happens when there is an overgrowth of yeast for whatever reason, hormones, pH imbalance, antibiotics, etc.

      In theory, if you had a sexual partner and had intercourse with a full blown yeast infection, he might feel the wrath of your overgrowth of yeast on his shlong and need to tame the yeast beast himself....

      But no, it's not something that's foreign to you, that you could reinfect yourself with.

  31. QUESTION:
    is my yeast infection contagious if it's spread to other areas of my body?
    I have a yeast infection that has now spread to my skin and I need to know if I can give this to anyone else now. However, I'm asking in regards to the people I will be doing exercises with in my water therapy class. I don't know if the chlorine the water kills the bacteria in the yeast. I have a physical therapy appointment tomorrow, so I need to know as soon as possible. Does anyone know?

    • ANSWER:
      you cant get a yeast infection on your skin, it sounds like your yeast infection got so bad that it has turned into staff, if you go in the pool, your putting peoples lives in danger, THIS IS WHY I WILL NEVER SWIM IN A PUBLIC POOL, its bad enuf going in there with a yeast infection....but i can guarantee you you have staff, and that can kill small children and elderly...nothing kills staff, its a bacteria ridden form of flesh eating disease, it sounds like you reallly need to eat better and take better care of yourself, yeast infections are preventable

  32. QUESTION:
    When is it safe to have unprotected sex after a yeast infection?
    I got a yeast infection and the doctor proscribed two of the same pills, I take the first pill one day and wait a week and take the next pill and it is suppose to clear it all up.

    Here is my situation.

    Monday - First pill
    Next Monday - Second pill
    That following Saturday - Sex

    Would it be safe to have unprotected sex with out giving him a yeast infection?

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

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

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

  33. 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 >[(-:]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Any suggestions to help would be appreciated.

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

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

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I know if i've passed a yeast infection to my boyfriend?
    I'm 18 and i've been taking tri-cyclen lo birth control for about 4 months. I frequently have yeast infections and i never know if i could be passing the infection to my boyfriend. We don't use a condom but he pulls out. So if i have a yeast infection can it be passed to my boyfriend. How would he know if he had a yeast infection? What would be the symptoms for a male yeast infection? How do we both get rid of completely and prevent it from happening?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, guys can get yeast infections. He would start feeling itching and tenderness in the skin where the yeast cells were digging into the skin.

      However - guys have a much easier time keeping things clean and dry so its a lot less common for guys to get yeast and easier to treat. (Heck - he can spray himself with athletes foot powder or spray to fix it.)

      In general yeast grows where moisture is. Keeping the hairs trimmed so moisture does not have a place to hide, wearing pantie liners to wick away moisture helps, not wearing underwear or wearing 'boy boxers' at night to let air circulate down there can help.

      But - taking anti-biotics, over-washing the area and some problems like diabetes removes your natural yeast-fighting discharge. If the problem is chronic - you might want to see a doctor.

  38. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural cures for a bladder infection?
    I believe I have had a minor UTI for a year or so and I just dealt with the pain. Now that it's a bit worse and Ive informed my guardian she doesnt believe me and refuses to let me go to the doctor. I also believe I have a yeast infection because dead skin comes from out of my vagina in a mucus. It doesnt smell or anything however. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you need to make a call to your doctor yourself. If you don't have transportation, call anyway because your doctor could explain to your guardian that you really need to get appointment.

      It's never a good idea to leave an infection unchecked, especially something like a UTI because it can easily become systemic once it gets into your bladder and even worse in your kidneys. You definitely need to get some diagnostic tests run and a prescription for an antibiotic.

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

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

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

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

  41. QUESTION:
    Will I be able to use nair to get rid of my bikini line because of this?
    I have a yeast infection of the skin on my inner thighs, that is being treated, and I am planning on going swimming within the next day, and I was wondering if I could use Nair Sensitive for my bikini line.

    The infection kind of spread up to where my bikini line is, and I want to get rid of hair there. Will shaving make this worse?

    I want to know what will work best, or if anyone else out there has had this too.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I honestly wouldn't shave, nor would I use anything else if you have an infection. It could easily irritate your skin and make things worse, as much as this sucks you should probably just wait until it goes away. If your going swimming in a public pool there is also a risk of making it worse from the germs you tend to pass around-regardless of Chlorine. The best bet would be to talk to your Dr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  44. QUESTION:
    What is the best medicine i shoud get from cvs for my yeast infection?
    i dont have a really bad one but i know i have a yeast infection because my vagina itches and there is thick whit discharge so somebody please tell me which one to get.

    • ANSWER:
      It is estimated that over 75% of women suffer from vaginal yeast infection at least once in their lifetime. It is a minor problem that is cured within a couple of days for some, and some women are known to suffer from this fungus for years. It has been noticed that women who have vaginal yeast infection for years have usually not sought medical help, neither have they tried out any proper home remedy to eradicate the fungus.

      Some symptoms of vaginal yeast infection are:

      •An unusual thick, odorless, whitish vaginal discharge
      •Unexplained pain during sexual intercourse
      •Uncontrollable itching and a burning sensation in the vagina and the skin surrounding the vagina (vulva)
      •Unexplained swelling of the vulva
      •Burning sensation during urination.

      If you suspect that you have vaginal yeast infection and it is the first time, it is advised that you visit your gynecologist and get it checked. It may be some more serious type of vaginal infection or vaginal inflammation such as trichomonas, or bacterial vaginosis.

      Home Remedies for Treating Yeast Infection

      Vaginal yeast infection can either be cured orally or by vaginal insertion. Most of these home remedies have been tried and tested for their efficacy. You can usually cure yourself in the privacy of your home without the need to visit your gynecologist.

      Tea Tree Oil

      Tea tree oil is a known natural antifungal. Pour a few drops of undiluted tea tree oil on a tampon coated with a lubricant and insert into vagina. Keep it for at least half an hour. Do this every morning and night for a couple of days. This will surely get rid of the infection.

      Garlic

      Make a paste of garlic pods and apply to skin around the vagina. It may burn a bit, but is very effective. This paste can be used for yeast infection in other parts of the body too. Another way to use garlic for vaginal yeast infection cure is to cut a few garlic pods fine and wrap it in a cheesecloth. Insert into vagina for about 20 minutes leaving part of cheesecloth hanging out for easy removal.

      Yogurt

      Dip a tampon in yogurt and insert in vagina. Do this twice a day, once in the morning and at night till symptoms go away. Another way is to take a tablespoon of yogurt and inset into vagina. This is best done at night just before going to bed. Regular douching with yogurt has proved effective. Along with these cures it is also advised to eat plenty of yogurt. It is good for your entire system and will cure the fungus too. Buttermilk gives good results too. Drink a glass of buttermilk in the afternoon, and one at night.

      Honey

      This is probably the most sticky and uncomfortable way of curing vaginal yeast infection, but it is said to work wonders. Take half a cup of honey into the bathroom. Pour a liberal amount of honey on all affected portions, while sitting on the toilet seat. Be seated this way for about 20 minutes. After this you can have a bath with warm water. Dry the vaginal area thoroughly using super absorbent paper. You will feel much better. Do this twice a day, morning and just before going to bed at night.

      Vinegar

      Vinegar is renowned for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Fill a bathtub with warm water mixed with 1 cup of vinegar. Soak in this bath solution for about 20 minutes. Dry the vaginal area thoroughly using super absorbent paper. Any vinegar will do, but the best results have been found using apple cider vinegar.

      Precautions to Avoid Yeast Infection

      Prevention is better than cure. Taking these precautions will ensure that you do not suffer from vaginal yeast infection.

      •Avoid wearing clothing made of synthetic material
      •Avoid wearing leotards and pantyhose daily
      •Avoid wearing tight fitting panties
      •Avoid wearing tight jeans daily
      •Avoid remaining in wet clothes for too long
      •Wear clothes made of natural fibers
      •Wear well-fitting cotton panties
      •Change wet clothes immediately to dry ones. Wipe yourself clean, especially the vaginal area with super absorbent paper.
      •Avoid using sprays and perfumes in the genital area. Also stay away from deodorant sanitary pads and tampons.
      •After using the toilet always wipe from front to back, never back to front.

      Source(s):
      http://www.buzzle.com/articles/home-reme…

  45. QUESTION:
    What can happen to an untreated yeast infection?
    Im 19yrs old and i think i got a yeast infection? About two days ago my vagina became really itchy and red. There was also white/yellowish discharge. I am sexually active, but i always use protection. If it is a yeast infection, what can happen if untreated?

    • ANSWER:
      If you've never had a yeast infection before, do not take OTC medicine. You could have bacterial vaginosis or even something else. GO TO THE DOCTOR! Don't be an idiot and leave it untreated for no reason. You could give it to your partner and the infection could spread. If something itches, you're inclined to scratch, and doing this could eventually make your skin crack, which makes it more likely to get yet another infection. Basically, nothing good will come out of leaving it untreated. Go to the doctor, please.

  46. QUESTION:
    How does one sanitize after a yeast infection?
    My daughter recently was diagnosed with a yeast infection. Is there anything beyond washing her undergarments, clothing, sheets, and towels in hot water that I can do to eliminate the possibility of the infection re-occurring due to exposure to the yeast in the discharge?

    • ANSWER:
      Normal washing should be enough. Yeast infections can often be the result of what is happening internally, so make sure she's eating lots of fresh healthy fruits and vegetables, and drinking lots of water. Avoid giving her too many sugar, yeast, or dairy products. Make sure she isn't wearing jeans that are too tight, or stockings, or anything else that doesn't allow her skin to 'breathe' properly. Cotton undies are usually better than those made with artificial materials. :-)

  47. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have pain during intercourse up to a week after a yeast infection?
    It feels like there is a flap of skin in the way and kind of raw around the outside around the vagina. Sometimes I will get a rush of heat, kind of like burning but more like heat, from my vagina. What is this? Is it just me getting over the yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      It does feel like the burning. You should use an antibacterial regularly and wash the area around your vagina. Wash it a couple of times during the day. You will be fine in a day or two.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Take care of yourself.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Chronic Yeast Infections In Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. QUESTION:
    Acidophilus - How many units are beneficial for yeast control?
    Does anyone at all know what Acidophilus I should get that might help a dog with chronic yeast infections? We have exhausted all other vet treatments and feel as though we threw our $$ away. All the products I see online have certain amount of units of the bacteria and I don't know what would be effective and not effective. Some are 1 million units, others are 6 million units etc. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      I love using acidophilus with my dogs. Even though they get top-of-the-line food, since they are older, they are prone to digestive problems and not being able to assimilate food well. I have found that acidophilus helps tremendously.

      Most of the brands in the health food store are in the mega-units, specific to human adults. Since my dogs are small, I use the liquid drops and capsules that are designed for babies and children. You didn't mention how big your dog was but, like humans, you can go by body weight. I think your best bet is to find a holistic vet (even online - Dr. Marty Goldstein in New York) to ask as well.

      The article in the source section will give you an idea how to deal nutritionally with pet yeast infections and the use of pro-biotics, as well as including a couple of yummy recipes to help your dog get well.

      Good luck and all the best!

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

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

  5. QUESTION:
    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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      add- okay dr nancy, explain:

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

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

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

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

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

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

      go msu? again, wtf?

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. QUESTION:
    How to flush dogs ears out?
    I have a dachshund/cocker spaniel mix who gets chronic yeast infections in her ears dispite the Otomax I use on her. I took her to the vet in June who then flushed her ears out using a solution and bulb syringe. That cost me she has the infection again and don't want to take her back to the vet and pay another , does anyone know how to flush their ears out safely and effectively at home....Thanks for the help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Ok my dog gets this same problem all too often
      I would say go to the vet (doesn't have to be yours) and buy vet quality ear cleanse/ear flush they are not available in pet stores and work better than them anyways
      pour the solution in your dogs ears until it runs out a little then massage the ear and clean it out with cotton balls or gauze ( i use paper towels when i run out) then let the dog shake the rest out.
      if you have more of the otomax wait a bit and later that day put some in
      do that for about three days til you see improvement
      trust me it works

  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:
    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...

  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:
    What kinda of ear infection does my DOG have?
    i realized a month ago that my floppy ear malti poo has a very dry and flakey ear. Just the one.
    its slightly red and seems like it really itches her. theres no discharge or foul smell. is a yeast infection? or something else?

    • ANSWER:
      It definitely sounds like a problem, but without more information it's impossible to tell you exactly what it is. It could be a chronic condition like eczema, or it could be an infection, or it could be simply dry skin. Only a qualified veterinarian can tell you for sure. Only a proper diagnosis will lead to an effective treatment. Call your vet and have your dog seen as soon as possible.

      Drs. Foster & Smith have a pet education section that has a lot of information you might find useful. Check out this page: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2111&aid=427

  13. 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/

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

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

  15. QUESTION:
    My rotweillers ears have been getting chronic infections through out his 7 year life?
    I have taken him to many vets and each time it is a yeast infection,they have advised that the only way forward from now is to have an operation on his ear which will leave him deaf.. This is very upsetting as you can imagine, does anyone know of any alternate i could try before this operation?
    I have cleaned his ears, this is much more than just a case of that.. his ear canals are very thin therefore cause infections all the time

    • ANSWER:
      Many kinds of dogs with ears that cover the ear get ear infections. The only thing I can think of that might help, if you haven't tried it already, is to flush his ears out daily with a good ear cleaning liquid. You can buy it at most pet stores. If you have done this and haven't been successful and he still gets the infections, I would go ahead and have the surgery done for him. I know it is heartbreaking to you, but not having infected ears would be so much better for him. I know it hurts you to know he will not be able to hear, but it could be so much worse. I have known deaf dogs that are very happy, and adjusted very well. Please know that I do know how you feel and how hard it is to make this decision. But honestly, it would be the best thing for him. I would love to hear from you to see how this all works out. I do accept email. Best of luck to you
      Source(s):
      Lifelong dog owner and breeder
      Horse owner and breeder

  16. 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.

  17. QUESTION:
    Do dogs get yeast infection? How can it be homeopathically cleared?
    Female dog had spay surgery and had antibiotics, and has had a bad odor since.

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs get both urinary yeast infections and yeast infections in the skin...the skin infections have the foul odor. I had a Boxer for 14 years that had skin yeast problems all her life..caused by allergies, and by thyroid problems. She was 7 before we discovered the thyroid problem and thus we treated her with dips, cortisone shots, and gave her ketoconizole as a maintenance medication to combat the yeast. When we got her on thyroid meds, that, along with the ketoconizole, pretty well kept it in check..
      I guess what I'm saying is, there is no effective homeopathic treatment for yeast infection. Let your vet evaluate the dog and choose a regimen of treatment for her. Could be temporary, could be chronic...Good Luck1

      Papaw

  18. 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!

  19. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog keep getting ear infections?
    My 3 year old lab mix has had 6 ear infections (yeast) in the last year. I do clean them regularly. I changed her food to canidea lamb and rice. She is seen by her vet on a regular basis. What else can I do to help prevent this?

    • ANSWER:
      It's the breed.. terribly chronic ear infections are a normal occurrence for labradors. My dog is only half labrador (half spaniel which is another breed prone to ear probs) and she suffers from the same chronic infections.. Well she used to, the only thing that worked was an ear wash made with glacial acetic acid or me using vinegar. All of the Otomax, and Surolan didn't do crap!! So glacial acetic acid is a component of vinegar, it works really well, you can also use diluted cider vinegar which works well too.

      Man I took my dog to the vet so many times for her ear problems, she got an aural hematoma, had to have surgery, so many ear infections and ear drops and nothing worked.. except for vinegar. Sometimes vets are so worried about making a buck off you they forget to mention the most simple and effective remedies. If you want to prevent her ear infections use diluted vinegar on a cotton ball to wipe her ears with once or twice a week.. eventually she won't even need it much anymore. My dog doesn't even get her ear infections at all now after I used this method and changed her food.

      Two causes of ear infections which are generally the culprit in labs are inhalant allergies and food allergies.A switch to Lamb and rice generally helps but only if the new food has NONE of the same ingredients of the old food. It takes about 1 month to notice improvement. Inhalant allergies can be treated with Benadryl during allergy season.. IF you notice she gets ear infections around spring and fall chances are she has inhalant allergies and you can call you vet for dosage by weight of OTC benadryl.

      Anyway that's my experience with ear infections, took me forever to prevent them in my dog but shes yeast free now. If you get a chance visit http://www.marvistavet.com and check out the food/inhalant allergy pages in their pet web library.. it was of great help to me. Peace!

  20. QUESTION:
    Where Can I Get Cephalexin Capsules for my dog?
    My dog suffers from ear infections, and I wondered if anyone knew where i could get this antibiotic called Cephalexin? My dog Nacho has had chronic infections and every time I take him to the vet, they priscribe the same priscription. Does anyone know where i can get this to keep handy?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, first of all, cephalexin is an antibiotic that is available by prescription only. You can always ask your vet to give you a script for it which you can fill at any human pharmacy, but definitely do NOT give your dog this medication if it comes from a source that doesn't require a prescription, because that is sketchy.

      Second of all, dogs can have two types of ear infections: bacterial or yeast. You dog should have an ear cytology done every time he has an ear infection to confirm the type of infection. If it is just a yeast infection, he doesn't need antibiotics--he needs a topical antifungal ointment. Sometimes dogs need both a topical ointment AND antibiotics.

      Furthermore, if he IS having repeated bacterial ear infections, you should ask your vet to do further diagnostics to find out why, such as having the ear cultured, or you may even need a referral to a specialist. Diagnostics or a trip to the specialist will be more expensive in the short-term, but in the longrun it will save you possibly hundreds of dollars, not to mention it will save your dog the pain and discomfort of having repeated ear infections.

      Also be sure that when your vet does prescribe medications for his ears, that you give them religiously when you are supposed to and you complete the entire course of antibiotics.

      Making sure that you keep his ears dry by drying them with a cotton ball after a bath may also help prevent these ear infections. Using a cleansing and drying ear solution for dogs, such as Otirinse, on a regular basis (like once to twice a week or more often if needed) can also help. Pick one up at your vet's office.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. QUESTION:
    How can I boost my puppy's immune system?
    My puppy (6mos old) has been struggling to fight of demodectic mites for a few months now. The Vet keeps prescribing medication to kill the mites - which isn't working and has negative side effects. I need a way to boost my puppy's immune system so he can fight them off on his own. -And please don't refer me to any dry, commercial dog foods - I know that doesn't work.

    • ANSWER:
      Immune system
      Boosting dogs immune system
      Boosting the immune system for proper working biochemical interactions is important to your dogs wellness. The immune system is persistently protecting the body from parasites, bacterial, fungal, or virus-infected cells. Boosting your dogs immune system will help his body overwhelm bacteria, destroy toxins, or kill viruses.
      Iinfected cells produce interferon and other cytokines, which can signal contiguous uninfected cells to intensify their defenses, enabling them to damage invaders.

      In a weak immune system, bacteria, viruses, micro organisms, and toxins can pass the immune defending cells, and generate disorders.
      A lowered immune system function in dogs results in acute or chronic fungi, yeast infections, eczema, demodectic mange, food allergy, arthritis, ear infection, slowly healing wounds, or fertility disorders.

      Nutrient deficiency is an eminent cause of immune system deficiency in dogs. Animal researchers have recently demonstrated that nutrient deficiency in one generation can affect immune system function in later generations, even if they are not nutrient deficient.

      Thus, a poor nutrition or continuous feeding the wrong dog food diet weakens your dogs immune system.

      Boosting your dogs immune system:

      Balanced levels of trace elements, minerals, and vitamins are required to boost the immune system of your dogs to fight invading bacteria and viruses by itself.

      Raw food diet for dogs is necessary to boost the immune system, because stomach and metabolism of all carnivores is designed to digest raw foods. Commercial dog food is a nutritional burden that dogs digestive system is unable to cope with. The use of unnatural dry food, and over-processed, chemically enhanced commercial dog foods weakens your dogs immune system. Wild animals are not plagued by the disorders that afflict our domesticated dogs!

      To satisfy your dogs nutritional requirements and boost the immune system, all ingredients of wellness dog food have to be synergistic, meaning they should enhance each others effect as well as being able to work by themselves.
      If you are not sure about the nutritional values, and biochemical processes in the body, add a high-quality nutritional supplement to your dogs food which contains vitamin B complex, folic acid, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, selenium, iodine, biotin, echinacea, and potassium.

      Neem
      The most important characteristic of Neem (neem tea, neem leaf) is, boosting both the lymphocyte and cell-mediated immune system. Neem boosts the production of T-cells, which defense your dogs body when attacks to the immune system occur.

      Vitamin C
      Vitamin C is crucial for boosting your dogs immune system. Vitamin C has essential antiviral and antibacterial activity, but its main effect is improvement of host resistance.

      Omega Fatty Acids
      Omega fatty acids are important for your dogs immune system, skin and coat health. Omega fatty acids boost food utilization and energy production. Evening primrose oil is most effective (omega 6 fatty acid), followed by flaxseed oil and fish oil (omega 3 fatty acid).

      Zinc
      Zinc deficiency increases the risk of infection. Studies show that zinc supplements can boost the immune system, promote wound healing, and help develop white blood cells.

      http://www.doggiesparadise.com/boost-immune-system.shtml

      There were other links in this article that had MORE detail to help you.

      BUT basically it's what you're feeding your baby. Think of him as a machine. The fuel you give him results in the output he produces. You put in crap you're going to get crap - including his ability to fight off illness.

      Look into any kind of Premium Dog food. (No by products, no Corn etc) do some research - Natural Balance, INova, Nutro. Look at the lables and ingrediants.
      Good Luck

  24. 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.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the best brand of dog food you will find in a grocery store?
    All those organic foods are too excpensive.I already have bills to pay and paying tons of money for holistic and organic food is just too much. What are some cheap but good quality and easy to find foods?

    • ANSWER:
      Nutro Natural Choice or Pro Plan Selects you can get them at petco, petsmart, and most pet stores.
      Whatever food you get make sure they don't use
      "BHT/BHA and Ethoxyquin: These are preservatives in some dogs food that have been banned from use in human food because they are linked to many health problems such such as liver/kidney damage, cancerous skin lesions, loss of hair, blindness, leukemia, fetal abnormalities and chronic diarrhea. In animals it has been linked to immune deficiency syndrome, spleen, stomach and liver cancer, as well as the above mentioned diseases.

      Propylene Glycol
      This potentially harmful chemical is added to many products to maintain the right texture and moisture. Along with the use of Ethoxyquin, these humectants tie up the water content and thus prohibit the growth of bacteria. These preservatives allow dry food to stay on the shaves for up to five years, and canned products indefinitely. As well as inhibiting bacteria growth in the product, they inhibit proper and necessary growth of friendly flora in the digestive tract, which aids in the assimilation of nutrients. They also decrease the amount of moisture in the digestive tract, which has led to intestinal blockage and a host of serious digestive tract problems such as cancerous intestinal lesions.
      "
      By products (that stuff is discussing)

      Also some dogs are sensitive to corn, which appears to be in a lot of lower grade dog foods.

      You best bet is to learn how to analyze dog food and read labels . For example this is why Iams is considered a 1 Star dog food

      Review of Iams from http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=145&cat=7
      The first ingredient on the listed is a named meat product, but since this is chicken inclusive of its water content (about 80%) and this ingredient will weigh only about 20% of its wet weight once water is removed (as it must be to make kibble) it is unlikely that this is the true first ingredient in the food and would be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list. Fish meal, at 5th on the ingredient list, is a second named meat product in the food, but this is far too low down toelevate the meat content to an acceptable level. We note that the manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).

      The next two ingredients are low quality grains. Corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. We prefer not to see this used in dog food. Sorghum is a carbohydrate source low in digestibility. We consider it primarily filler.

      The next ingredient in this food is by-products. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is “a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.”

      Beet pulp is further filler and a controversial ingredient – it is a by-product, being dried residue from sugar beets which has been cleaned and extracted in the process of manufacturing sugar. It is a controversial ingredient in dog food, claimed by some manufacturers to be a good source of fibre, and derided by others as an ingredient added to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats and causing stress to kidney and liver in the process. We note that beet pulp is an ingredient that commonly causes problems for dogs, including allergies and ear infections, and prefer not to see it used in dog food. There are less controversial products around if additional fiber is required.

      Here is the ingredients list of Iams

      Ingredients:
      Chicken, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken By-Product Meal, Fish Meal (source of fish oil), Corn Grits, Natural Chicken Flavor, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of vitamin E, and Citric Acid), Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Dried Egg Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), DL-Methionine, Rosemary Extract

      Guaranteed Analysis:
      Crude Protein (minimum) 26%
      Crude Fat (minimum) 14%
      Moisture (maximum) 10%
      Crude Fiber (maximum) 5%
      Omega-6 Fatty Acids not less than 2.8%

      You can read about other foods on the website above.
      And just keep in mind, more expensive food maybe only a few dollars more for a 20 pound bag, but the quality and your dogs health is worth it.

  26. QUESTION:
    what causes yeast in between my dogue de bordeauxs toes?
    He takes regular baths,used selson blue,cleaner from the vet still he gets it .stumped. He is an inside dog,out just for exercise and bathroom.??????
    Ive tried innova first now avoderm, thank you for the info.

    • ANSWER:
      Many wrinkly breeds are unfortunately prone to yeast infections. Try a Malaseb shampoo and rinse from your vet, it's especially effective in controlling yeast. Carefully drying the feet is also a good idea. Some yeast problems stem from poor diet, what food do you have him on? Perhaps upgrade him to a premium diet like Innova Evo or Orijens if he's not already eating something similar.

      If all else fails, ask your vet about oral antifungals, they sometimes prescribe them for chronic yeast infections in the skin or ears.

  27. 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.

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

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

    Any suggestions?

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

      solid gold barking at the moon. it is grain free

  29. 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.

  30. 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!!!!

  31. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of a good solution for dog ear infections?
    I have a 3 year old golden retriever and since we bought her (when she was 4 months old) she has had a constant ear infection. It comes and goes all the time. The vet will get it really clean and i just can't seem to keep it under control. We've tried different medicines and I've even kept her ear hair trimmed to try to keep moisture out. ANY suggestions are welcome. THANKS!!

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog could have one of several chronic problems...our dog has a slight thyroid issue which causes constant yeast infections in his ear. He also had a type of infection caused by "rods" which, if left untreated by antibiotics for a certain period of time, will never go away. Our vet prescribed a strong antibiotic to be taken for 30 days (versus the typical 2 weeks), as well as antibiotic eardrops and antifungal eardrops (for the yeast infections). We also have to clean his ears out once a week and after swimming with Corium (made by Virbac, you can get it at your vet's). I know it sounds like a lot, but our dog is much better now. Hope this helps!!

  32. QUESTION:
    Why do golden retrievers have problems with there ears?
    My dog is a golden retriever and she has had problems with her ears for ever! We just took her to the vet today because of her ears. Why do golden retrievers have more problems with ear infections?

    • ANSWER:
      It is because they are floppy and have a lot of hair. This creates a moist area that yeast and other bacteria love. If you clean the ears a couple times a week it helps to reduce the chances of them getting infected. Also chronic ear infections tends to cause dogs to go deaf when they get older.

  33. QUESTION:
    When choosing a pug puppy as a pet, is it best to have a male or female?
    I am considering one for my 10 year old daughter for her birthday.

    • ANSWER:
      Pugs are wonderful dogs, very loving and great with children, they are also very high maintanance dogs and their potiental health problems should be considered before purchasing this breed. Even though these are "potiental" problems the chances are you will have to deal with at least a few of them, i would make sure you are ok with paying higher vet bills than for some other breeds. Pugs due to the flat wrinkled faces are prone to chronic yeast infections in folds and ears(transfered by scratching and if not treated will go deaf), breathing problems due to folds and a elongated soft palate, eye problems due to folds or eye lids that roll called entropion (hair scratches eyes and if not fixed they will go blind.) Skin allergys this can be an allergy to flea bites, shampoos, flea treatments, outdoor allergys ect... Food allergys - can develope allergy to certian types of meat or other foods. There are other possible health problems for pugs epilepsy,progressive retinal atrophy, pigmentary keratitis, luxating patella, and pug dog encephalitis. Not that i do not like pugs, im owned by a four year old fawn male pug named pug. I bought him for 500$, in four years he has cost me over 4 thousand dollars in misc vet bills for differant breed specific issues and basic yearly vet bills included. I wouldnt trade him for the world, but deciding whether you want a boy or girl is really not that big of a issue , just make sure you really want the breed pug.

  34. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know how to treat chronic ear infections in dogs?
    I have tried almost every ear cleaner! Help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog needs to see a vet that is knowledgeable about ear infection. There are different causes, and a variety of treatments...only an informed vet can tell you how to treat. Cleaners will not clear up an infection...your dog will need antibiotics or an anti-fungal or both. Some ear infections are caused by yeast, some by bacteria...and there are a number of possible contributing factors: environment, allergies, moisture, and even other illnesses can contribute to ear problems. Please see a vet about this, and if your vet cannot guide you, find one that can.

  35. 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.

  36. QUESTION:
    What does flush the ear mean for dogs?
    i wanna use the zymox otic treatment for ear problems for dogs and it says flush the ear after treatment what does flush the ear mean?? surely it isnt put water right? since water is the cause for yeast infections? here is direct quote Easy to use. Just apply liberally in the dirty ear to fill the canal. Gently massage and work into the infected area. Wipe to remove excess. Treat once a day for 7 days or 14 days for chronic cases. Flush the ear after treatment

    • ANSWER:
      After you finish cleaning with Zymox, flush the ear with the Zymox. It helps to get rid of the gunk you loosened with the cleaning process..

  37. 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    Using Benadryl to treat allergies in dogs, effectiveness?
    My 6 yr old lab has inhalent allergies which were a seasonal nuisance when we lived in New England and now have become a year round problem down in Texas. Mostly she gets ear (yeast) and eye infections, but also a lot of chewing on her paws. The ear problems have become chronic, and we've tried most common treatments with success, but the infection always comes back.
    My new vet down here suggested giving her 25mg of Benadryl a day for the allergies. We've been doing this for the past 3 days and I haven't noticed any major improvements. Just wondering what other's people's experiences with Benadryl for allergies has been. Have you noticed major improvements?
    She weighs about 70 pounds and I give her the pill right before bed in case it makes her drowsy. Can this be a long term solution,if susessful? The vet said that she could take it long term, but wondering about side effects of daily usage over long periods. How has this treatment worked for your dogs vs allegy shots?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, benadryl can be a useful, long-term solution... if it works. I've heard figures something like about 15% of allergic dogs will respond to benadryl. That number goes up to 30% when you combine the benadryl with an omega-3 fatty acid supplement. For some reason, the omegas interact with the benadryl and make it more effective.

      I was lucky enough to have this work for my dog (she takes both generic benadryl and omega-3s every night). She has really bad year-round allergies, and the pills have been a life-saver. I would suggest two things: one, ask your vet about uping the dosage: 25 mg for a 70-pound dog might not be enough. And two, be patient before you completely give up on the benedryl: it took my dog about three weeks to begin responding to it. I have also heard that different kinds of antihistamines (there's several on the market) can work for a dog while another kind won't. So you might have to try several. Oh yeah, and try adding an omega supplement, it helps for my dog.

      Kudos to your vet for suggesting you try benadryl before resorting to harsher solutions. Prednisone and other steriods are damaging to dogs when taken for the long-term, while Benadryl (according to my new vet) has no long-term side effects.

      As far as how the benedryl works for my dog compared to the allergy shots and prednisone pills: they work ALMOST as good, with a little bit of scratching here and there, but there is still major improvement compared to no medicine at all, and no more obsessive licking of the feet. Plus, unlike the shots and prednisone, benedryl does not cause excessive thirstyness and hunger, loss of bladder control, restlessness, and long-term liver damage. Sleepiness is the only side-effect.

      I wish my first vet had suggested the benadryl before deciding that my dog should just automatically be put on steroids for the rest of her life. If the benadryl doesn't work, then you may have to go with the prednisone (make sure your vet works out a program where she is weaned down to the absolute smallest dose that will work), but only as a last resort. Good luck!

  39. 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

  40. QUESTION:
    I am discussed with my dogs' paws after our walk. I want to shampoo them after every walk?
    before she comes home, but I heard it is bad for her paw skin to shampoo every day. If I wash her paws with water only, it won't be clean. She goes on the grass and pees and poops on other dog's pees. Imagine how dirty her paws are. And, she sits on my lap. she is a small dog. I go to bed with pijams she sat on. What should I do. Do I have ocd? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you're *slightly* over reacting, but I can understand.. my hubby is a germ-a-phob

      If it would make you feel better to rinse the paws with water after each walk, but like you said chronic bathing is no good, you can opt for a paw dunker.

      One my friend uses and likes is the paw plunger.. it has stuff on the inside to help loosen debris and dirt..

      This is it: http://www.pawplunger.com/

      Be sure to dry the feet well after use, especially between the toes to help prevent yeast infections.

  41. 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!

  42. QUESTION:
    How safe is long term treatment with ear medication for a dog with chronic ear problems?
    My vet suggested this ear medication because my dog has chronic ear infections. However I am concerned because they never even tested her ears to see what bacteria is causing the problem, and they said I would have to give her this ear stuff for the rest of her life..... I am worried that it may have bad effects on her health and I am not sure yet if I want to use it and I may return the bottle. I asked about any side effects and they said there are none, which makes me kind of suspicious because he also said I had to carefully count the drops or it may burn her ears.... how can this be safe for her if it can burn her ears??

    The medication contains Glacial acetic acid 1% Boric acid 0.4% in Propylene glycol

    it also says Aluminium acetate/hydrocortisone 0.5/1%

    Does anyone know about these chemicals? are they dangerous? any information would be helpful as I am losing trust in my vet and I dont want to use something dangerous on my dog...

    Thanks in advance for any help.
    It is called Otic solution...
    My dog was on Otomax for one week after she had surgery for an aural hematoma. It cleared her up but it is starting to come back and when she got her stitches out today he gave me this new Otic solution.

    • ANSWER:
      What is the name of the medication. If it is something like oticalm, or malaseb, or Triz EDTA, those are general ear cleaners and they are fine. But if it is something like Otomax, or the generic form, that is ONLY intended for use 1 week at a time, because it contains steroids, and it is a medication. It's white and makes your dogs ear greasy.

      The otic solution should be fine...it sounds like an ear flush. Usually liquids are cleansers. The only reason dogs go on otomax is if they have an ear infection Yeast mostly. Sounds like she had an ear infection, She was shaking her head because of the itching and pain, in which ruptured some blood vessels,...giving her a hemotoma.

  43. QUESTION:
    why are all the male dogs in my house going after my female dog?
    she is not in heat....the last time i counted she should be in heat in dec. after i brought her back from getting a day at the doggy spa this has been happing every day all day
    all the males dogs in the house are fixed

    • ANSWER:
      Vet!!

      she may be having either a bladder infection or a kidney infection, OR - worst case! - a UTERINE infection, which can be fatal.

      get a urinary culture -
      and keep the Ms from mounting her, as bacteria on the penis can be easily introduced, leading to serious complications, anything from chronic yeast infections to sterility to major-illness, to death.

      she is also being driven nuts by the harassment -
      and the M dogs are very likely to get into major fights.
      stitches are not cheap, and dogs who fight once are likely to fight again, and again.

      save time, trouble + ca$h - desex everybody!

  44. QUESTION:
    my dog has cronick ear itching and redness on the inside of the ears, is it alergies and what food should he?
    and he is on pedigree soft food.

    • ANSWER:
      Chronic itching and redness CAN be allergies. However, if this is accompanied by a foul smell from the dog's ears or any type of debris or fluid, then it's likely an ear infection (either bacterial or yeast).

      Your vet will swab deep within the ear to determine the type of infection and treat accordingly.

      However, (just as a side note), pedigree dog food is not one of the better quality dog foods since it contains corn, gluten, meat by-products, etc. Many dogs do have an allergy to grain. You might want to slowly transition your dog to a better quality dog food such as Wellness Core, Innova, Orijen, Merrick, TOTW, Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul, Honest Kitchen, and many others.

      But since your dog is having problems - intense itching - you might want to get him in and have it checked out for sure. Even if it isn't allergies, I suggest you try one of these higher quality foods.

  45. QUESTION:
    My chihuahua dog stinks all the time, why? I give her baths, I use skin sensitive dog bath products?
    and her ears always are waxy and dirty, so I clean them daily, what else can I do to fix her problem?

    • ANSWER:
      She may have a superficial skin infection, or moist pyoderma. Sometimes the natural oils of the skin over react and can become rancid making that musky foul odor. If she has allergies, that may be triggering the skin and ear problems. Also, dogs with thyroid imbalances can have chronic skin problems. The dosage for benedryl for dogs is 1mg per pound of body weight. (25lb dog gets 25mg tablet). You can try benedryl at home, but you probably need antibiotics for the skin and ears. Also, daily ear cleaning will not take care of an established infection, whether it's bacterial or yeast.

  46. QUESTION:
    Does Zymox for ear infections in dogs really work?
    My veterinarian told me about it....it's OTC, and she's had many patients use it, and had a 95% success rate with it, the dogs it didn't work on, their ear infection was chronic.
    I thought OTC stuff for dogs were supposed to be "bad"? That's what I'm always reading on here.

    Has anyone ever used it?

    • ANSWER:
      I have bred and exhibited standard poodles for many years. As a breed they are very prone to ear problems. Zymox has worked like magic in virtually every case. It is not a typical antibiotic, as it contains 3 differnt enzymes that have what's known as a wide spectrum - meaning that they are effective against many kinds of infections that are common to dog's ears - bacteria such as staph, fungus and yeast. In addition, it is available in 2 different formulations - one containing hydrocortisone and one without. Hydrocortisone is a widely used steroidal cream that puts a halt to inflammation that often accompanies ear infections. Another plus to this product is that the organisms it kills cannot become resistant to it as they won't mutate to render enzymes ineffective as they can do with the use of mainstream antibiotics.
      Good luck ! Your dog will feel so much better when the infection is cleared!

  47. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have a recurring bout of ringworm? How do you treat it, other than with iodine?

    • ANSWER:
      Wasn't familiar with the iodine treatment for ringworm....but, for ringworm, EVERYONE affected with it, NEEDS to be treated...this INCLUDES ALL ANIMALS, and humans to animals is VERY likely passing it between each others....cats, horses, dogs.

      When I worked on a horse farm, the workers there used to used diluted bleach on skin....not usually recommended, but HIGHLY effective, and I wouldnt recommend it anywhere on sensitive skin, or on animals. so....arms, legs, maybe...no face, scalp, gentiles.

      You can use most over the counter antifungal treatments will work, but, you HAVE to follow the directions....use them the number of times a day, and for the number of days. you MAY need to COVER the area with a breathable dressing if there is a risk of it coming in contact with other areas/other people/animals.

      On dogs, you can use miconizole....but, make sure it is checked by a vet as well....you CAN use the over the counter miconizole cream....much less expensive than some of the vet treatments, but, not necessarily better....perhaps the "pledgets" wipes are better for animals if there is a chance of them licking the cream off.

      Hope this helped....good luck.

      Oh, and yes, you can get a recurring bout of it....or, just a BAD chronic fungus/yeast infection. IF this happens, please, go see your doc, as you may need to go on an oral medication, to help or a stronger skin cream, or they may have a better option for you to follow.

  48. QUESTION:
    My 13 year old cross collie has a yeast infection?
    He has just been diagnosed with an under active thyroid which he is now been treated for but we cannot get rid of the yeast infection. This causes scabs and loss of fur plus the smell. He has used Maleseb shampoo and has also been on antibiotics, but it always returns once the treatment has finished. HELP does anyone know a treatment apart from filling the vets pockets with my money

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      I am dealing with this for the last year....after having our rescued huskey/shepard for 2 years and a previous vet not testing/catching the problem.

      Our dog is about 12 years old. She was in a very abusive home...they kenneled her in a crate too small for her, and frequently dumped her at another family member's house who would just leave her locked in a room with food/water. They REFUSED to trim her nails...as it was "cruel", so she had corkscrew nails, and they are STILL a little longer than normal, but, we have come a LONG way in the last 3 years, and TREMENDOUS progress in the last year.

      She was going to the vet last year weekly for baths (first product applied to her coat is KetoChlor...this is the SHAMPOO part of the bath. must sit on the coat for 5 minutes or more. Second part AFTER the coat is rinsed is ResiCORT. this is hydrocortizone rinse....this STAYS on the coat to help with itching. she was weekly with baths at first, then every other week, then every 3 weeks, then monthly). HUGE difference after 3 weeks. (ViraBac makes these products, and I purchased them so I could do the baths at home myself after a few weeks).

      IMPORTANT....food. she had to go on a protein/carb source that she hadn't been on before. I had been doing lamb/rice the eukanuba natural when we started with the new vet, and since we already did chicken, and beef is too common for dog food, it had to be DIFFERENT formula. We went with WELLNESS which I HIGHLY recommend. you do not have to get it at the vets office, and they were NOT affected at ALL with the whole chinese corn gluten/melamine poisoning. Initially we did WHITE FISH with SWEET POTATOE. we just did the dry kibble, and when she was extra hungry, we added no salt added green beans (partial can) to her food....she LOVED IT. she did well with that.

      After a while, the vet wanted to try to help her lose weight as well, so, thought we MAY be able to switch her BACK to normal protein source/weight management food. poor doggy...she LOST 5 pounds, but...the yeast/staph was right back....itching up a storm, looked miserable, like she was back on deaths door.

      We also had the maleseb pledgets (which are miconazole by the way), and they are expensive.

      She is on Keflex usually each month to help control the chronic staph which is a side effect of having yeast go uncontrolled for so long, and itching all the time....itching opens the skin, leads to infection.

      The yeast can be in the gastro-intestinal tract as well....so, need to follow the allergy diet.

      Well, after they switched her food to the weight control one, and she got out of control, I stopped it, put her BACK on the white fish diet....since she was already on it...didnt work very well. SO, I put her on the Wellness DUCK formula. It is specifically for allergies. She loves that kind too. HUGE DIFFERENCE after only 3 weeks of my bathing her, antibiotics 10 days out of the month, and the food.

      She also had ITRAKONAZOLE which is a pill antifungal/antiyeast that she takes 2 days a week....this helps as well. This is usually about a day....she is 100 pounds about...so, yours may not be as much.

      NOW, what I did to save money...first, I let the vet know while I was in with him, that money was tight (my husband was going through cancer surgery when this first happened, and I am disabled, so no income)....but, wanted to help the dog. He gave me the antibiotic as cheaply as he could, and let me know to check the internet, as well as canadian pharmacies to see if any of this could be cheaper (I live in the USA).

      Let me know that as she got better, I could bath her at home once it got warmer and she wasnt bothering my asthma as much---when she is REALLY BAD, I can tell...I wheeze. The cost of the 2 products to wash her was less the the to give her a bath, which to bath her is 1/3 of what the local grooming place charges!!

      I get the script for the keflex written or called in to WALMART....it is a generic script, and since they give us 40, not the 28 or 30 which is the max that walmart gives for , it still only costs me or so....a savings of or more a months.

      I get miconazole cream from walmart.... for a "7 day" treatment tube with the little plastic things that my dog doesnt need (LOL). I asked the vet about this first, and they said it was fine to do....I can buy 8 tubes of this for the price of ONE maleseb pledgets (they look like little stridex wipes) jar.

      I SPEND the money on the itraconazole...since it works, and it is worth the money.

      I give her benedryl daily to help her with her itch and the obsessive compulsive licking she has developed from having the skin condition untreated for so long.

      I spend the money on WELLNESS food...my st bernard (smaller than most...only 150 and he doesnt eat as much as most people think he would...maybe 3 cups a day) eats the same food. Totally...5 cups a day between the 2 of them....about a month....and I get it locally from a feed store near us (agway) so, I could get it shipped, possibly for cheaper.

      I use cream cheese to give the medicine to the dog....keflex smells like MOLD....small about of cream cheese spread over the 2 capsules she gets...hides the pills and she will just take them quickly. Same thing with benedryl (which has a bitter taste, so I want to make sure it goes down well...and she dont spit it out and the other dog eats it, or she just doesnt get it and is miserable and tears herself open.)

      I keep ZYMOX on hand...ear enzyme treatment....to treat the yeast in the ears, and keep her from tearing her face open while trying to relieve the itch she just can seem to get.

      I keep a spray on hand from the vet as well...pump...has hydrocortizone added to an antibacterial (like bactine?)...so, if I get up in the morning and find out she AGAIN tore her face open...I can start treating it, and help her before it gets worse.

      REALIZE...dogs ITCH after bathing them...oil and water dont mix. I pretreat her with benedryl. Also, antibiotics and streoids are a wonderful way to INVITE yeast, but...sometimes, you NEED to do antibiotics (like for chronic staph, or to control inflammation/itch).

      One last thing...I recently started her on acidophillis chewable wafers. Strawberry, milk free. 3 a day. has bifidus in them. VERY inexpensive, and I got them at cvs...100 for about . Helps with yeast, and when on antibiotics, as well as the digestive tract.

      All in all...in the last 3 weeks since I changed the food, restarted the baths, and started the acidophillis, HUGE difference.

      Just make sure....allergy diet...NO TABLE FOOD. Just about NO DOGGY TREATS!!

      I give her "brown rice crisps" (I have a food allergy, so I have gluten free crackers...they are crispbreads made just from brown rice (brown rice is ok, WHITE RICE is NOT!!). when she has had a very traumatic time ....either debrieing her ears, or bathing her, or doing ear medicine, or trimming toenails, I give her small pieces of them....lets her still have treats that are SPECIAL for her, but, ok on her allergy diet, and convienent.

      Hope this helps, and sorry for how long it is.

  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


chronic yeast infections in dogs

Yeast On Skin Symptoms

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Do I need oral antifungal drugs to treat candidiasis intertrigo, which is a yeast skin infection of skin folds?
    I was precribed an antifungal cream that also contains a corticosteroid for the burning and itching. The rash is in the inside of the top of my left thigh in the skin fold. The band of my underwear is also irritating the area. I have no discharge.

    • ANSWER:
      Intertrigo is a yeast infection of skin folds caused by Candida albicans. In areas of the body that have skin touching skin such as the armpits, groin, and under heavy breasts or fat folds, the environment is warm and moist. This is the perfect environment for Candida albicans, a yeast that is normally found on the skin, to overgrow and cause symptoms. Other factors that can cause intertrigo include:

      Hot, humid weather
      Tight or abrasive underclothing
      Poor hygiene
      Inflammatory skin diseases, like psoriasis, occurring in the skin folds
      The use of topical steroids

      Appearance of Intertrigo
      Intertrigo is characterized by an intensely red, macerated, glistening rash with scaling on the edges. The edge of the rash extends just beyond the limits of the opposing skin folds. Satellite lesions, small areas of the same rash that are close to the main rash, are characteristic of intertrigo and other Candida skin infections.

      Diagnosis of Intertrigo
      The majority of cases of intertrigo can be diagnosed based on the characteristic appearance. If there is any question about the diagnosis, a KOH test can be performed to detect the presence of yeast. A bacterial culture can help diagnose a secondary bacterial infection.

      Treatment of Intertrigo
      Intertrigo is treated with antifungal creams such as clotrimazole and miconazole. Equally important in the treatment of intertrigo is keeping the skin folds as dry as possible. A drying solution such as Burow's compresses can be applied to the skin folds for 20 to 30 minutes several times a day to promote drying.

      Prevention of Intertrigo
      Most preventative measures involve reducing skin to skin contact and keeping the area dry.

      Weight loss to reduce the size of fat folds
      Wear loose, soft underclothing
      Apply antifungal absorbent powder to affected areas daily
      Wash affected areas with soap and water daily

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. QUESTION:
    Whats the difference between a yeast infection and genital herpes?
    What are symptoms of each? Is it obvious when you have one or the other or can only a doctor tell you? How do you know when you have one or the other?

    • ANSWER:
      Herpes: painful, blistery ulcers, flu-like symptoms, in women, perhaps some increased discharge.

      Yeast: itching, redness, possibly some peeling skin or slight rash. Women may also have yeasty-smelling, lumpy (cottage cheese like) discharge.

      I suppose the initial redness and tingling/itching of herpes could be mistaken for a yeast infection, but once the blisters/sores appear, it's pretty obvious.

  5. QUESTION:
    How long before yeast infection gets better?
    I have a bad yeast infection, and my doc gave me a fluconazole pill. How long will it be before I see improvement? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      To treat yeast infection, first you need to contact a health care provider who can ask your symptoms and examine you further clarity. The health care provider might take few sample from the mouth or vagina to confirm the yeast infection, and might find few cells scraped from a skin rash which show yeast under a microscope. There are many temporary medicines available as creams and lotions to put on the vagina (skin) and tablets which can be taken by mouth.

      If your health care provider have already suggested miconazole nitrate (Monistat-7) and clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin, Mycelex-7, and FemCare) for your yeast infection you need to check whether they are giving you any relief from the pain or not. If not you should ask for an anti-fungal medicine taken by mouth to temporary relief.

      You can see results within 2 weeks.

  6. QUESTION:
    How to treat pigmented skin and acne face?
    Im pakistani and my skin has gone darker over the past 5years however only the face but my body is light (like my face used to be) and I have a face full of acne and dry skin, any tips to reverse this change. Its a nightmare. It stuff like exercise, diet (vitamin c and fruits) and drinking water help

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      First let me explain briefly that no topicals will ever, EVER.. CURE acne. This is a fact backed by the Health & Pharmaceutical industry.
      Have you ever wondered why anti-biotic supplements can treat acne even though nothing topically changes ? The answer is simply because acne is caused internally, therefore no topical will cure it!

      The cause of acne is Toxins. The manufacturer of these toxins are: candida, parasites & yeasts. Once the latter are removed the internal organs are not burdened and are able to eliminate via the primary channels of the body, namely the kidneys, liver & lymphatic system.

      When toxins within the body are excessive the body is no longer capable of eliminating via the primary channels and must therefore resort to using the skin as an elimination channel.

      The result is toxins surfacing to the 3 layers of the skin. The only way to CURE acne is to eliminate the manufacturers of toxins: parasites & yeasts, additionally reducing candida to its natural balance.

      I have personally created a site which WILL help every acne sufferer across the globe. There is no intention to profit on people's vulnerability. This is the only way to cure acne. Please remember acne is not a "condition" or "dis-ease" it is a Symptom!

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  7. QUESTION:
    Can a cat get a yeast infection from licking a yeast infection?
    I know this sounds like a gross question but, I had a yeast infection in my belly button (odd, I know, but the doctor confirmed it) and I woke up one morning to my cat licking my belly button!!! Gross. But anyway, is it possible that he will get a yeast infection in his mouth now? If so, how would I treat it or what signs do I need to look for to tell if he has one?

    • ANSWER:
      well one site says it's not a prolproblemhealthy cats, but the symptoms can be redness, hair loss, and etc...let me just copy n paste lol.

      The most common symptom of Malassezia (YEAST) infections in cats is hair loss. Chin acne, redness, and seborrhea can also occur.

      Treatment can be approached in several different ways. For a long-term solution to the problem the underlying condition must be properly treated, whether it is a bacterial infection, allergy, or seborrhea. Once all of the underlying conditions are addressed, then either localized or generalized treatment can begin.

      To provide an inhospitable environment for Malassezia, lipids on the skin need to be removed. Chlorhexidine shampoos that are 1% or stronger, and shampoos containing benzoyl peroxide and sulfur can be used. Human shampoos containing ketoconazole have also been used.

      For localized treatment of very small areas, miconazole cream is applied twice daily for several weeks.

      For cats with more severe cases, or in those that are resistant to topical treatment, oral ketoconazole or itraconazole can be administered for several weeks. A response is generally seen within 1-2 weeks, however, therapy needs to continue for an additional 3-5 weeks. Both of these oral antifungal drugs are very effective, but because of their potentially toxic side effects and expense they should only be used under direct veterinary supervision.

  8. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between normal discharge and a yeast infection?
    I STRONGLY think it's not a yeast infection. My labria itches sometimes but i think it's just because of my pubic hairs. My discharge is not cottage cheese. It's really similar to orgasm. Advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Normal Vaginal Discharge - All women have some vaginal discharge. Normal discharge may appear clear, cloudy white, and/or yellowish when dry on clothing. It may also contain white flecks and at times may be thin and stringy. Changes in normal discharge can occur for many reasons, including menstrual cycle, emotional stressors, nutritional status, pregnancy, usage of medications - including birth control pills, and sexual arousal.

      and

      Signs of Abnormal Discharge - Any changes in color or amount of discharge may be a sign of a vaginal infection. Vaginal infections are very common; most women will experience some form of a vaginal infection in their lifetime. If you experience any of the symptoms below, this may be a sign of vaginal infection:

      Discharge accompanied by itching, rash or soreness
      Persistent, increased discharge
      Burning on skin during urination
      White, clumpy discharge (somewhat like cottage cheese)
      Grey/white or yellow/green discharge with a foul odor

  9. QUESTION:
    What does dry patch of skin on penis mean?
    I've had a patch of dry skin on my penis for one month. At first it wasn't painful, just dry so i applied lotion every day. Lately the dry skin is gone but a red tender skin patch has appeared and hurts during intercourse. I don't have any STDs; I've only had one sexual partner and we both get tested regularly for STDs and infections. We have unprotected and protected sex on a daily basis. Any ideas on what this might be? Please don't say "go to a doctor." Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I am going to take a guess it is a yeast infection.
      Go to the drug store and look in the men health aisle for a product to treat Jock Itch. If you cannot find one, go to the women's hygiene aisle and look for a product to treat vaginal yeast infections. Canesten, Vagisil, or Monistat,..they will all work.
      Apply the cream. If it is a yeast infection, you will notice immediate relief.
      Continue to apply the cream until the instructions on the package tell you to stop,...not just until the symptoms disappear. Otherwise, it will come back,.....with a vengeance,...and you will need to see a doctor then for stronger meds.
      Your girl friend will also have to treat herself at the same time.
      Yeast infections just happen, and are not a sign of infidelity, or lack of cleanliness.
      Some people can carry the infection and never manifest symptoms.
      Good luck and I hope this helped
      Mithras

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

    • ANSWER:
      Skin tenderness (rawness) and itchiness

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

    Any suggestions to help would be appreciated.

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

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

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the best medicine i shoud get from cvs for my yeast infection?
    i dont have a really bad one but i know i have a yeast infection because my vagina itches and there is thick whit discharge so somebody please tell me which one to get.

    • ANSWER:
      It is estimated that over 75% of women suffer from vaginal yeast infection at least once in their lifetime. It is a minor problem that is cured within a couple of days for some, and some women are known to suffer from this fungus for years. It has been noticed that women who have vaginal yeast infection for years have usually not sought medical help, neither have they tried out any proper home remedy to eradicate the fungus.

      Some symptoms of vaginal yeast infection are:

      •An unusual thick, odorless, whitish vaginal discharge
      •Unexplained pain during sexual intercourse
      •Uncontrollable itching and a burning sensation in the vagina and the skin surrounding the vagina (vulva)
      •Unexplained swelling of the vulva
      •Burning sensation during urination.

      If you suspect that you have vaginal yeast infection and it is the first time, it is advised that you visit your gynecologist and get it checked. It may be some more serious type of vaginal infection or vaginal inflammation such as trichomonas, or bacterial vaginosis.

      Home Remedies for Treating Yeast Infection

      Vaginal yeast infection can either be cured orally or by vaginal insertion. Most of these home remedies have been tried and tested for their efficacy. You can usually cure yourself in the privacy of your home without the need to visit your gynecologist.

      Tea Tree Oil

      Tea tree oil is a known natural antifungal. Pour a few drops of undiluted tea tree oil on a tampon coated with a lubricant and insert into vagina. Keep it for at least half an hour. Do this every morning and night for a couple of days. This will surely get rid of the infection.

      Garlic

      Make a paste of garlic pods and apply to skin around the vagina. It may burn a bit, but is very effective. This paste can be used for yeast infection in other parts of the body too. Another way to use garlic for vaginal yeast infection cure is to cut a few garlic pods fine and wrap it in a cheesecloth. Insert into vagina for about 20 minutes leaving part of cheesecloth hanging out for easy removal.

      Yogurt

      Dip a tampon in yogurt and insert in vagina. Do this twice a day, once in the morning and at night till symptoms go away. Another way is to take a tablespoon of yogurt and inset into vagina. This is best done at night just before going to bed. Regular douching with yogurt has proved effective. Along with these cures it is also advised to eat plenty of yogurt. It is good for your entire system and will cure the fungus too. Buttermilk gives good results too. Drink a glass of buttermilk in the afternoon, and one at night.

      Honey

      This is probably the most sticky and uncomfortable way of curing vaginal yeast infection, but it is said to work wonders. Take half a cup of honey into the bathroom. Pour a liberal amount of honey on all affected portions, while sitting on the toilet seat. Be seated this way for about 20 minutes. After this you can have a bath with warm water. Dry the vaginal area thoroughly using super absorbent paper. You will feel much better. Do this twice a day, morning and just before going to bed at night.

      Vinegar

      Vinegar is renowned for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Fill a bathtub with warm water mixed with 1 cup of vinegar. Soak in this bath solution for about 20 minutes. Dry the vaginal area thoroughly using super absorbent paper. Any vinegar will do, but the best results have been found using apple cider vinegar.

      Precautions to Avoid Yeast Infection

      Prevention is better than cure. Taking these precautions will ensure that you do not suffer from vaginal yeast infection.

      •Avoid wearing clothing made of synthetic material
      •Avoid wearing leotards and pantyhose daily
      •Avoid wearing tight fitting panties
      •Avoid wearing tight jeans daily
      •Avoid remaining in wet clothes for too long
      •Wear clothes made of natural fibers
      •Wear well-fitting cotton panties
      •Change wet clothes immediately to dry ones. Wipe yourself clean, especially the vaginal area with super absorbent paper.
      •Avoid using sprays and perfumes in the genital area. Also stay away from deodorant sanitary pads and tampons.
      •After using the toilet always wipe from front to back, never back to front.

      Source(s):
      http://www.buzzle.com/articles/home-reme…

  13. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if the itchiness down there is an yeast infection and not being allergic to the soap?
    Hi, I've been minorly itching down there lately, how can I tell if I'm irritated by the clothes detergent and soaps I use down there and not have an infection? Any ways to differ? I don't have the discharge, nor do I have the others symptoms set aside the itchiness. I am using a dial soap down there, and tide detergent, also, could I be washing down there too much to cause irritation? Thanks, girls!: )

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!
      I'm the maker/formulator/owner of a natural soap company and know quite a bit about soap! Hopefully, I can point you in the right direction, here.

      I would only suspect the soap and detergent as being the cause, if you changed them recently. If you've been using them for a while, with no problems until now, they're probably not responsible.

      However, even if they are not the cause, I would consider switching to natural soaps anyway. I switched away from Dial years and years ago, because I found it to be too drying and harsh. Dial is technically called a "detergent bar" because it is not a true "soap." Detergents are synthetic cleaners developed during World War I due to difficulties getting natural oils (olive, coconut, palm) shipped across the ocean. Detergents are much cheaper to manufacture than real soaps, so there is an abundance of them on the market. The main problem with detergents, is that they are so drying that the manufacturers add synthetic moisturizers to counteract the drying effect. The synthetic moisturizers are actually quite drying too (hard to believe, but true!). They seem to moisturize, because they lay layers of mineral oil or wax on top of your skin. These ingredients are known to cause allergic reactions and skin issues. These waxes (sometimes called parabens), seal your skin, block pores, and limit air flow. Detergent bars are also known for altering the skin's natural pH, which tends to be slightly acidic. This acidity helps to keep bacteria and germs away.

      Natural soaps, on the other hand, clean well, and have naturally occurring glycerin in them, which is a wonderful humectant (it draws moisture to your skin). Natural soaps rinse clean, do not block pores, and maintain the natural slight-acidity of your skin. Natural soap is not drying, and is often recommended for people with sensitive skin, or skin allergies.

      Switching to a natural soap will improve your skin overall, and may help you "down there" as well.

      I hope something here was helpful!

  14. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Here are some safe, natural cures you can implement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  16. QUESTION:
    What could be the reason for a pinkish, itchy rash on the skin, on the opposite side of the elbow?
    The skin also feels dry and sometimes has a burning feeling.
    The rash is about one inch long and on both arms, where the arm bends.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sounds like the skin reactions that I was having two to three years ago. Allergic reactions to foods and my own sweat and who knows what other toxins, that would then promote fungal infections from my weakened immune system. I eventually learned to make the right organic nutritional choices that allowed my immune system and organs to rebuild and get stronger.

      IF YI - my own skin-urticaria issues have cost about ,500 in the last three years to learn what I now know - which is that ALL skin diseases are strongly related to one's micro-nutrition and/or toxic absorption and/or hygiene and/or parasites.

      My allergic reactions continually cause small water blisters along with skin fevers and itches and then rashes and then long term scaling. When my malady was at its worst - I used to have allergic itches to my own sweat that I was burning off after showering or during exercise or when parts of my body got hot - during a time in my life when I used to have considerable toxins stored within my body fat and ‘very’ weakened immune and filter systems.

      Monistat 7 and Desenex are moist-area anti-fungals and Head and Shoulders is also an anti-fungal, but you really need to see an MD and do more internet research to better understand how difficult it is for an MD to diagnose serious skin maladies. Use meds that are prescribed in a very minimal way so that your body’s immune system's and skin/ organs can repair and grow stronger, which will then prevent reoccurrences in the future.

      Since when I was an asthmatic teen and could not use deodorants without rashing up, my life long triggers have taught me to use hypo-allergenic non-perfumed soaps in a minimal way and to sometimes powder different portions of my body with cornstarch to help minimize yeast infections; especially whenever my micro-nutritional absorption within my gut has been less than was necessary to adequately repair my body’s immune system, organs, and skin on a daily basis.

      Even though I might not have answered your question as ‘specifically’ as you may have wanted, to help you with simple and concise information on ALL itch rash illnesses and for short and long term solutions to them ALL - the following link has considerable info within a ‘report’ I recently posted on Y_A:

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

      The report at qid=20091113104039AAbnGet is an accumulation of my own investigations into itch rash illnesses that are due to my own non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, even though I have a fairly low BMI of 26.

      I eventually learned that itching or rashes are symptoms of maladies that could become much worse if not healed with better non-toxic and more ‘dense’ micro-nutritional choices. Since doctors were not very helpful and it ‘almost’ took too long to learn what I now try to teach others, I now take a little time each week to help others understand the need for non-toxic and ‘adequate’ micro-nutritional absorption in the gut AND for good hygiene - which will then prevent or minimize every ‘dis-ease’ I am aware of.

      Finally, because I am not an MD who could diagnose you ‘personally,’ I feel I should add that although I have seen that most root problems for 'skin' issues for myself and others has usually ‘always’ been from long and or short term allergic reactions to 'something' or poor hygiene COMBINED WITH a weakened lymph liver kidney skin and immune systems - IF the following symptoms would ever occur - I ‘think’ the worst rash one might possibly have quickly acquired is from deadly bacterial meningitis, ALTHOUGH bacterial meningitis would be VERY RARE.

      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

      I truly truly hope that what you might rapidly learn in the next few minutes 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 >[(-:]

      PS - IF YI - the nutrition info I have learned is posted at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC .

  17. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies that will prevent yeast infections?
    I get them all the time and don't like taking the diflucan pill from the doctor. I think taking drugs like that all the time is eventually going to have some bad side effects. I've heard yogurt is good for fighting yeast. Anyone know about anything else?

    • ANSWER:
      If they keep recurring, there is a reason for it. It could very well be from taking the antibiotics, from an overgrowth of yeast (candidiasis) or even a yeast allergy.

      A good way to treat it naturally is through your diet. You will need to cut out:
      - all refined and added sugars
      - preservatives and fillers
      - dairy (although plain/organic/greek style yogurt can help control some of the yeast, it is only minimally effective and the sugars and lactose will only aggravate it further - rendering it rather useless)
      - high sugar and dried fruits (no bananas, grapes, mangos, melons, etc. stick to apples, pears, peaches, citrus fruits, berries)
      - gluten
      - grains (gluten-free grains are okay in moderation after about a month. they are generally very high in carbs though, so be careful not to eat too much)
      - carbs in general (carbs are metabolized into sugar, which feeds the yeast causing it to grow and continue to spread the infection)
      - starchy foods and root vegetables (carb issue again)
      - peanuts and other mold-containing products
      - fermented foods (yeast is formed during the fermentation process. avoid all vinegars EXCEPT for apple cider vinegar which can help fight the yeast infection)
      - caffeine
      - condiments

      So basically, stick to eating the following:
      - meat, poultry, fish
      - eggs
      - nuts other than peanuts
      - non-starchy vegetables
      - low-sugar fruits
      - beans and legumes (in moderation! again with the carbs)
      - apple cider vinegar, olive oil and other healthy oils
      - lots of water and herbal tea (green tea is great)

      I know it sounds difficult and boring, but it will really help. Do this for AT LEAST 1 month before slowly easing into non-glutenous grains like quinoa and root vegetables, yogurt, etc. If you can, do it longer. It will help to cleanse your body of the yeast. When you first start, your symptoms get worse for the first couple of weeks. You will find you are craving carbs and sugar like crazy! This is because the yeast is being killed off and is basically 'starving' for food to keep itself alive. It causes your body to crave these things. It also releases toxins into your body once it is killed off, so you will need to wait for your body to clear it out to truly feel better. Do not give into temptation though, as it can really set you back in the healing process. This should take at least 3 weeks, though some people follow this for much longer (1 year or more).

      Some additional things you can do to help it:
      - consume LOTS of fibre (through vegetables, and supplements - the best is course ground original texture metamucil. This will help clear the yeast from your system.)
      - eat at least 2 cloves worth of garlic each day (or take an allicin-rich garlic supplement)
      - add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to an 8oz. glass of water 1-2x daily
      - in the morning 30mins before eating anything, stir together a drink combination of: 6oz. water, 1 tsp psyllium powder, 2 tsp colloydial oil; 1 tbsp benzonite clay. These are natural anti-fungals combined with fibre)
      - probiotic supplements
      - peppermint oil capsules combined with oregano oil
      - insert a tampon soaked in 2 cups water + 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
      - drink LOTS of water and herbal tea
      (not all of these combined are necessary but even trying a few will certainly help)

      I know you're probably thinking this all sounds really hokey. I did too the first time I heard it. I just want to tell you though that I have suffered from skin problems, digestive programs, inability to lose weight, undue fatigue, kidney infections, compromised liver function, depression and anxiety, yeast infections, ovarian cysts, and many other issues for the last several years. Some of those problems - my entire life. Then I discovered I had extreme yeast overgrowth and an allergy to yeast. Since trying this - I can't even describe the difference it has made in my life. I started losing weight (I was already eating healthy, whole foods, with strict calorie intake), my skin conditions have improved, my hair and nails are so much better, I haven't had a single kidney infection in the last year (was having them constantly - once or twice a month!), my digestive problems have nearly disappeared, my liver function is now normal, i haven't had a single yeast infection, only one ovarian cyst in the last year when before I always had multiple every few months, and an unbelievable increase in energy and overall happiness! So maybe some people think it's hokey - but really, what have you got to lose? It worked unbelievably well for me, and I am now finally discovering what it is like to be in good health. I have never felt this good in my entire life.

      Anyways, I'll stop with my rant... good luck!!! I hope you feel better soon!!!!

  18. QUESTION:
    Spots that match my skin tone until I start tanning in the sun.?
    I have this pigmentation problem where there are a couple irregular shaped spots on my left shoulder that are not visible until I start tanning. Once my skin color changes, the spots show up and remain as my original skin tone. They won't change color no matter how long or how often I stay in the sun. The tanner I get the more visible they become. What is it and how can I get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      From the symptoms it looks like pityriasis versicolor. It is a common skin infection caused by the yeast Malassezia furfur. This skin disease commonly affects adolescents and young adults, especially in warm and humid climates. Treatment involves topical and oral antifungal medicines.

      You can try over the counter antifungal products which contain any of several basic ingredients: miconazole, tolnaftate, terbinafine,ketaconazole and clotrimazole.You can consult a pharmacist and get any cream or lotion containing these ingredients. Some of them are Lamisil, Monistat derm, Mycelex, and Nizoral.

      If the symptoms persist then it will be best to get it evaluated from a dermatologist.
      Hope it helps.take care and regards.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do you tell if you have yeast infection?
    Symptoms?

    And how to get rid of it if I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on where you have it. Vaginal yeast infections will normally itch badly and can burn, normally will be accompanied by foul smelly discharge which looks like cottage cheese, and also sometimes it will bleed.

      Skin yeast infections which normally appear in areas that skin touches like, under breasts, belly button, crotch etc will itch and will have a red rash, it can also have some discharge that's smells.

      A yeast infection will not go by itself you need to treat it. It can be treated with creams from a pharmacy. Im not sure what country you're from, but in the UK Canesten is the most famous brand for yeast infections. The infection will usually be gone in 2 weeks when treated. I advise using the cream for an extra week after it appears to be gone, as it can still be there.

      The best way to prevent these infections is by using protective contraception such as condoms, but you don't need to have had sex to get one, sometimes tight under wear, or dyes in underwear can trigger one off.

      To avoid skin yeast infections make sure you dry yourself properly after washing and dry yourself off properly after exercising as trapped sweat can cause these. If you find you sweat a lot, you can talcum powder to soak up any sweaty areas.

      Try not to scratch the area infected as it will most likely bleed and if scratch constantly can scar. Yeast infections can be a sign of an underlying medical condition such as diabetes.

      Hope that helps

  20. 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.

  21. QUESTION:
    What are the MOST frequent symptoms of type II diabetes?
    I already know the common symptoms overall as I've checked a few diabetes sites as well as webmd. What I'm wondering is, if you've been diagnosed or know someone who has, what were the most frequently occurring symptoms that you experienced or heard of others experiencing?

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I had all the usual symtoms like being thirsty, and peeing and weight loss, but I had itching from hell !!! There was no rash, but my skin itched so bad, I was going crazy. I also got yeast infections one after the other and blurry vision

  22. QUESTION:
    What are some good cleaning techniques/products that will help remove dust, mold, yeast, and other allergens?
    I am very sensitive to something in my home and my doctor suggest that it is either dust, mold, yeast, or a cleaning toxin my maid used back in December. I tried steam cleaning all my carpets to try to remove the allergens/toxins. I also changed my air filter. ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS??? I am to a point where I will try anything.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the following link to view the most comprehensive list of tips found on the Internet, "76 Tips to Reduce Dust Mites and Indoor Allergens"

      http://www.sterilmattress.com/ebook_dust_mite_removal_tips.html

      Health problems due to poor indoor air quality have been escalating since 1980 and are now reaching epidemic proportions. In fact, indoor air pollution is 2 to 5 times higher (and possibly even 100 or 500 times higher) than outdoor air! Indoor air quality is now more of a concern than outdoor air pollution. Various medical organizations and governmental agencies are attempting to educate the U.S. population. The EPA has launched a new website (www.noattacks.org) to inform and educate the public.

      House dust contains a mixture of approximately 28 allergenic components. Typically, dust mite allergens (DMA’s) account for the majority of the composition of dust, more than any other single particulate and these dust mite colonies originate in our bedding and mattresses...right where we spend one-third of our lives! These allergens are very light-weight and easily become airborne for up to two hours at a time before settling throughout the entire house. This fact negates the effectiveness of costly mattress and pillow enclosures as the dust and allergens simply continue to float about the indoor air and accumulate on your bedding as well as everywhere else!

      There are basically 3 ways to cope with allergens

      1). Avoidance

      2). Pharmacotherapy

      3). Immunotherapy

      The very best and most cost effective way to cope with indoor allergens is through avoidance and removing the source. Through the avoidance of indoor allergens, allergic reactions should subside and may disappear forever. If, after you have done all possible to remove the indoor allergens and still have symptoms, see a physician and be prepared to furnish allergy, family, and past medical history. Also, be prepared for a skin prick allergy test, the purchase of costly medications, or to endure immunotherapy. Sometimes, for the sufferer, either one of these will work, sometimes not...but it always works for the physician$ and lab$.

      Hire professional mattress cleaning technicians to remove the allergen source(s) at the point of origin. Integrate into your housekeeping practices, the tips offered by the mattress cleaning technicians for reducing allergens. Remove dust “collectors” in your home and using proper HEPA-rated vacuums to clean carpets no less than weekly. These housekeeping practices can lessen your exposure to indoor allergens, thereby reducing possibilities of suffering from allergenic rhinitis, asthma, respiratory and skin diseases and increase your quality of health.

      Unfortunately, it is very probable that you will not have any professional mattress cleaners in your area. That's why the ebook (link is above) was written...just for you!

      Avoiding allergens allows everyone to breathe easier, sleep better, improve the quality of health and reduce risks of future medical conditions, some of which can be quite serious.

  23. QUESTION:
    What skin condition would a doctor prescribe Fluocinonide Cream for?
    My dermatologist prescribed Fluocinonide cream for my skin rash (for which the diagnosis, I cannot remember the name of) and I'm trying to figure it out to look it up. It's not eczema, psoriasis...etc. It was two words - or one really long word - the first word starting with a "C," and the second with an, "R" . Any ideas what the name of it is?

    **If it helps: it is not contagious, it is a reaction to some virus he claims I must have caught, itching is bare minimal, and it is often mistaken for fungus.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      CHEMICAL NAME
      CORTICOSTEROIDS.

      INDICATIONS
      Fluocinonide-(CORTICOSTEROIDS) is used to treat swelling, inflammation, and itching of skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, rashes, insect bites, poison ivy, allergies and other irritations. Corticosteroids for the skin are available in different strengths and forms (e.g., creams, ointments, lotions and gels). The type of medication used depends on the location of your condition and the type of skin problem being treated. Creams are the most frequently used form. Lotions and gels may be better suited to hairy areas. Ointments may be better suited for dry areas and when a stronger effect or skin protection is desired.

      FROM: http://www.rxzone.us/product.cfm/rx/Fluocinonide-Cream-005-120-GM-230805.html

      Sounds like the skin reactions that I was having two to three years ago. At the time I was having urticaria allergic reactions to foods and my own sweat and who knows what other toxins, that would then promote fungal infections from my weakened immune system. I eventually learned to make the right organic nutritional choices that allowed my immune system and organs to rebuild and get stronger.

      IF YI - my own skin-urticaria issues have cost about ,500 in the last three years to learn what I now know - which is that ALL skin diseases are strongly related to one's micro-nutrition and/or toxic absorption and/or hygiene and/or parasites.

      My allergic reactions continually cause small water blisters along with skin fevers and itches and then rashes and then long term scaling. When my malady was at its worst - I used to have allergic itches to my own sweat that I was burning off after showering or during exercise or when parts of my body got hot - during a time in my life when I used to have considerable toxins stored within my body fat and ‘very’ weakened immune and filter systems.

      Monistat_7 and Desenex are moist-area anti-fungals and Monistat_Derm and Head_&_Shoulders are also anti-fungals, but you really need to see an MD and do more internet research to better understand how difficult it is for an MD to diagnose serious skin maladies. Use meds that are prescribed in a very minimal way so that your body’s immune system's and skin/ organs can repair and grow stronger, which will then prevent reoccurrences in the future.

      Since when I was an asthmatic teen and could not use deodorants without rashing up, my life long triggers have taught me to use hypo-allergenic non-perfumed soaps in a minimal way and to sometimes powder different portions of my body with cornstarch to help minimize yeast infections; especially whenever my micro-nutritional absorption within my gut has been less than was necessary to adequately repair my body’s immune system, organs, and skin on a daily basis.

      Even though I might not have answered your question as ‘specifically’ as you may have wanted, to help you with simple and concise information on ALL itch rash illnesses and for short and long term solutions to them ALL - the following link has considerable info within a ‘report’ I recently posted on Y_A:

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

      The report at qid=20091113104039AAbnGet is an accumulation of my own investigations into itch rash illnesses that are due to my own non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, even though I have a fairly low BMI of 26.

      I eventually learned that itching or rashes are symptoms of maladies that could become much worse if not healed with better non-toxic and more ‘dense’ micro-nutritional choices. Since doctors were not very helpful and it ‘almost’ took too long to learn what I now try to teach others, I now take a little time each week to help others understand the need for non-toxic and ‘adequate’ micro-nutritional absorption in the gut AND for good hygiene - which will then prevent or minimize every ‘dis-ease’ I am aware of.

      Finally, because I am not an MD who could diagnose you ‘personally,’ I feel I should add that although I have seen that most root problems for 'skin' issues for myself and others has usually ‘always’ been from long and or short term allergic reactions to 'something' or poor hygiene COMBINED WITH a weakened lymph liver kidney skin and immune systems - IF the following symptoms would ever occur - I ‘think’ the worst rash one might possibly have quickly acquired is from deadly bacterial meningitis, ALTHOUGH bacterial meningitis would be VERY RARE.

      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

      I truly truly hope that what you might rapidly learn in the next few minutes 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 >[(-:]

      PS - IF YI - the nutrition info I have learned is posted at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091101184933AA0kQ63 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

  25. QUESTION:
    Could this be the infection fighting off the medication?
    Dr. prescribed me 3 pills of Diflucan of 150MG for a yeast overgrowth on my skin. Some of the symptoms for yeast overgrowth are sore joints. Last night I took my first pill and I have these sharp pains running down my legs and my ankels are so sore. I called the dr. this morning and those are not allergic reactions to the medicine. Besides, I've taken this medicine before. Could it be the infection fighting back that is causing these sharp pains on my legs and knees?

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Can i get a yeast infection even though i have never had sex?
    I have had a burning/itching. When i take my pants off it smells like yeast. I have never had sex and don't plan to anytime soon. So i don't know what it is?

    • ANSWER:
      yes- it is has nothing to do with having sex- it has to do with bacterias

      What causes vaginal yeast infections?

      Vaginal yeast infections occur when new yeast is introduced into the vaginal area, or when there is an increase in the quantity of yeast already present in the vagina relative to the quantity of normal bacteria. For example, when the normal, protective bacteria are eradicated by antibiotics (taken to treat a urinary tract, respiratory, or other types of infection) or by immunosuppressive drugs, the yeast can multiply, invade tissues, and cause irritation of the lining of the vagina (vaginitis).

      Vaginal yeast infections can also occur as a result of injury to the inner vagina, such as after chemotherapy. Also, women with suppressed immune systems (for example, those taking cortisone-related medications such as prednisone) develop vaginal yeast infections more frequently than women with normal immunity. Other conditions that may predispose women to developing vaginal yeast infections include diabetes mellitus, pregnancy, and taking oral contraceptives. The use of douches or perfumed vaginal hygiene sprays may also increase a woman's risk of developing a vaginal yeast infection.

      A vaginal yeast infection is not considered to be a sexually transmitted infection (STD), since Candida may be present in the normal vagina, and the condition does occur in celibate women. However, it is possible for men to develop symptoms of skin irritation of the penis from a yeast infection after sexual intercourse with an infected partner.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/yeast_vaginitis/article.htm

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

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

  28. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to confuse a yeast infection for herpes?
    My girlfriend gets pretty bad yeast infections. Recently she went to the hospital and they told her she has herpes. We were each others' first partners. Is it possible that it looked like herpes but was really a bad yeast infection? Or could she have gotten herpes from somewhere else?
    I was a virgin before I met her. And she claims that she was too.

    • ANSWER:
      Please tell her to go to a gyno a get a second opinion. It is common to confuse herpes with a yeast infection, but tell her to get concrete results from a doctor that specializes in the health of her vagina.

      Here's a snippet from WebMD.com:

      The classic symptom of genital herpes is a cluster of small fluid-filled blisters that break, forming painful sores that crust and heal. This process can take several days.

      But some people get only a rash or small bumps on the skin that appear to be pimples. Still others have different symptoms, such as painful urination, and some women have fluid discharge from the vagina.

      However, many people with genital herpes never have symptoms, or they mistake them for another malady, such as:

      * A vaginal yeast infection
      * Jock itch
      * Insect bites
      * Hemorrhoids
      * An ingrown hair

  29. QUESTION:
    Is it bad to drink a glass of wine if I have a yeast infection?
    red wine
    Btw - I have already taken a diflucan pill today to get rid of the yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey Rooney - I've included a bit about Diflucan and the things you should know about it and alcohol and other medicines you may or may not be taking at the end...

      I'm not your GP, so take it as you will... Only they can advise you, based on your personal medical history.

      But please bear in mind that, even though it's a lot of stuff - the alcohol bit is important...

      ----------------

      I'd say the only circumstances that would be bad if you were to drink wine when you've got "the Bird" is that you could end up drinking more than one...

      (especially if it's a good wine, especially red, and you get a taste for it - it's not only Pringle's that "once you pop, you can't stop...". Except here, it's the cork....)

      That'd mean you'd get a little bit tipsy and end up sleeping with someone when you shouldn't really be doing that given present conditions...

      There's no point in making it worse for yourself by having unwashed hands and sweaty or un-sterile things, human (not those with a vasectomy or whatever!!!) or otherwise, poking around where they shouldn't be...

      What's written above is all true - the link's a good one.

      The wine won't have an effect, but the actions you could take after drinking some wine could be - since your inhibitions are lowered and because of how the drug you're taking, Diflucan, reacts to alcohol.

      And that'd mean either sharing it about or some aggravation for you in the "Nest".

      On the note of medicines for this - have you tried Vagisil...?

      Their advertising slogan should be this:

      "If your Vag is ill, try Vagisil..."

      As with double Dutch contraception, the best treatments are both internal and external.
      ie - pills / tinctures / teas and topological creams / salves, etc...

      -------------------

      I've a little something to say about this question that has no bearing on it's original purpose, but that you should know - since you're considering drinking alcohol while taking it...

      It's probably on the leaflet in the packet (which will say - avoid alcohol when taking this drug...), but it's here should you need it or if it's a single sheet that says - "For the treatment of Thrush".

      That used to be my nickname for girlfriends whom I was going to break up with soon - "An annoying bird that you can't get rid of..."

      Anyway...

      --------------------------

      On the topic of your chosen (or prescribed) treatment using Diflocan, known as Fluconazole, an azole antifungal (pretty effective, but some side effects):

      If it hasn't sorted you out in a week, or you see no improvement, go see the doctor.

      The Side Effects that are common are these:

      Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach upset/pain, headache, and / or dizziness

      (Therefore, drinking wine wouldn't really help any of these...
      Besides, I think one of the stipulations of taking this medication is that you try to avoid alcohol...)

      Seek IMMEDIATE medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur:

      Severe dizziness, fainting, fast/irregular heartbeat.

      This drug may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) liver disease.

      Another Excellent reason NOT to drink while taking this drug - as your liver is what metabolises the sugars in alcohol...

      If you notice any of these, highly unlikely, very serious side effects - seek IMMEDIATE medical attention:

      Severe stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting, yellowing eyes or skin, dark urine, unusual tiredness.

      A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
      Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include:

      Rash, itching (apart from the problems you're experiencing..!), swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

      Although uncommon, this drug may make you dizzy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery.

      LIMIT / AVOID ALCOHOL!!!

      Because kidney function can decrease with age, use caution in the elderly as they may be more sensitive to the effects of this medication - Though I don't think you count as elderly, Rooney!

      This drug should not be used with the following medication because a very serious interaction may occur: Cisapride.

      If you are currently using this medication, tell your doctor.

      Many medications besides fluconazole may affect the heart rhythm (QT prolongation in the EKG), including amiodarone, dofetilide, pimozide, procainamide, quinidine, sotalol, and erythromycin, Beta-blockers, etc.. among others.

      Before using Fluconazole, tell your GP all medicines you are using (even illicit...). Even Herbal Remedies - as some of these can interact with it in ways too...

      QT prolongation can infrequently result in serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (e.g., severe dizziness, fainting) that require immediate medical attention.

      Fluconazole can slow down the removal of other medications from your body (because of the liver function thing... Which also means ALCOHOL WILL REMAIN IN YOUR SYSTEM LONGER), thereby affecting how they work.

      These affected drugs include amitriptyline, certain drugs that affect the immune system (e.g., cyclosporine, tacrolimus, sirolimus); certain calcium channel blockers (e.g., felodipine, nifedipine, nisoldipine), eplerenone; certain "statin" cholesterol medications (atorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin); celecoxib; certain drugs to treat diabetes (glipizide, glyburide, tolbutamide); certain benzodiazepines (WHICH YOU SHOULDN'T DRINK WITH ANYWAY - IT'S HOW PEOPLE KILL THEMSELVES.. ALCOHOL AND BENZO's DON'T MIX!) e.g., alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam, midazolam, triazolam); certain anti-seizure drugs (carbamazepine, phenytoin) and zidovudine.

      This isn't a complete list, but I hope it shows you that there are many meds, even over the counter ones, that can make your day a whole lot worse if you don't know what you're doing to your body by taking drugs.

      Even though Diflucan is very effective...

      Symptoms of overdose may include:
      Hallucinations, mental / mood changes.

      If you are prescribed more than one dose and you miss it, contact your doctor for instructions.

      Don't store this medicine in the bathroom - it'll absorb moisture...

      Keep all medicines away from children and pets as normal.

      Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed.

      Do your bit for the environment and our water supplies, please.
      Take them back to the chemist...

      ----------------

      Disclaimer - this is for informational use only and should not be taken as anything but. Any actions that you take are on your own head and, if in doubt, you should always talk with your own GP before making any decisions about medications and / or risks to your health.

      It's why I recommended the over-the-counter methods like Vagisil, etc...

      Anyway - you can wake up now!

      Get well soon, Rooney.

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

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

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

  31. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have a white discharge when using Replens for vaginal dryness?
    I have had a bad case of vaginitus for about two weeks now. I am in menopause and my vaginal area has been very red and itchy (but no discharge like a yeast infection.) So I did some research and decided to try Replens for dryness. I used for the first time yesterday and it immediatly soothing. Then last night I had a lot of itching on the outside and noticed this morning a white clumpy discharge. So not sure if this is typical with Replens and should just give it a few days or assume that this now might be a yeast infection and try to treat that. Any advice other than go to the doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Vaginal discharge, itching, and burning are common symptoms of the various forms of vaginitis. Although the symptoms of these infections can be very similar, there are some differences to look for in the color and smell of the discharge.

      Some vaginal discharge is quite common and normal for women of childbearing age. Normally, cervical glands produce a clear mucous secretion that drains downward, mixing with bacteria, discarded vaginal cells, and Bartholin gland secretions at the opening of the vagina. These substances may (depending on how much mucus there is) turn the mucus a whitish color, and the discharge turns yellowish when exposed to air. There are times throughout the menstrual cycle that the cervical glands produce more mucus than others, depending on the amount of estrogen produced. This is normal.

      Sexual excitement and emotional stress have both been associated with a normal vaginal discharge. This discharge is a clear, mucus–like secretion.

      If your vaginal discharge is abnormal in color such as green, has a foul smell, changes consistency, or is significantly increased or decreased in amount, you may be developing a form of vaginitis.

      Bacterial vaginosis (bacterial vaginosis) causes an abnormal vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor. Some women report a strong fishlike smell, especially after intercourse. The discharge is usually white or gray, it can be thin. You may also have burning during urination or itching around the outside of the vagina, or both. Some women with bacterial vaginosis have no symptoms at all.
      Yeast infections or candidiasis cause a thick, whitish–gray "cottage cheese" type of vaginal discharge and may be itchy. You may have intense itching in your genitals. Painful urination and intercourse are common. You may not always have a vaginal discharge. Men with genital candidiasis may have an itchy rash on the penis. Most male partners of women with yeast infection do not experience any symptoms of the infection.

      Trichomoniasis causes a frothy vaginal discharge that may be yellow–green or gray, itching and irritation of the genitals, burning with urination (sometimes confused with a urinary tract infection), discomfort during intercourse, and a foul smell. Because trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease, symptoms may appear within 4–20 days after exposure. Men rarely have symptoms, but if they do, they may have a thin, whitish discharge from the penis and painful or difficult urination.

      Pain itself is not a frequent symptom (except for the itching) and should prompt you to see your health care provider.
      If you have a condition called vulvodynia, you may have burning, stinging, irritation, or rawness of your genitalia but no infection or skin disease of the vulva or vagina. You may have pain, off and on. This is a different condition that requires further diagnosis with your health care provider.

      I strongly advise you to visit the following site for comprehensive information on vaginal problems and streatments.

      http://www.emedicinehealth.com/vaginal_i...

      All the best!/

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

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

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

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

  33. QUESTION:
    what foods will get rid of yeast infection in mouth and tummy?
    my tummy gurgles all the time and has tons of gas bubbles all day
    i also have a whitish film on tongue
    is it yeast? if so how to get rid of it?i had all this for months now

    • ANSWER:
      I have a natural healing book this is the info in it.
      candiada albicans yeast grows more rapidly when the body has a lack of iron/magnesium., zinc or vitamin deficiency.
      theyeast than obtains these vital mineral and vitamins from foods depriving the body of those nutrients. the result is continuing symptoms of deficiency and a weakened immune system
      try to eat abundant fruit and vegetables and whole grains.

      Yeast infections usually result form a weakened immune system taking plant extracts of
      echinacea/ astragalus/ and siberian ginseng can support you immuine defenses make sure that they are of good quality

      To kill yeast once you have an infection try plant based fungicides such as grapefruit seed extract and herbal teas including "mate tea" taking supplements of acidophilus and eating yogurt with live cultures (plain unsweatened 1%) help to restore the good bacteria in your intestine

      to avoid reinfection
      wash underwear /stockings/ towels in hot water 140 F to kill yeast cells
      ware cotton underware(synthetics make yo usweat more the extra moisture provides good growing conditions )
      toothbrushes are frequent sources of transmission and reinfectons change your toothbruch every four weeks and more during infections.
      use a soap free washing lotion to prevent injury to the skin's protective acid coating/ be sure to dry your skin very thoroughly after washing.

      the reasons for all of these procations is once you have it one place you can spread to others

      NOTE:
      grapefruit seed extract is a highlyeffective antibiotic and fungicide. it kills candida yeast without harming natureal intestinal flora.
      you can get this in capsule form at some pharmacies and health foods stores

  34. QUESTION:
    The last few weeks dime sized pink blotches have started to appear on my neck. Anyone know what it is?
    The pink/ light red blotches do not itch and they are smooth and not raised above the skin. I'm taking Uloric for Uric Acid control from gout, and Trilipix for high triglycerides. I have PCOS, which is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Although I think you are having long and short term allergic reactions to something AND ALSO have 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.

      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

      Even so these are my thoughts of what ‘might’ be happening in almost any rash situation >>=> I have not been educated to be an M.D. - just a lifelong learner.

      My own view from my own experiences is that rashes break out in the weaker parts of one's skin, usually because of allergic reactions; OR perhaps due to fungus problems that more easily occur when one has too many carbs and fats in one's daily calories, and therefore one has inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut.

      What I have learned is that my occasional stresses have sometimes caused me to do things or to eat things or to inhale things that have more toxins in them and that have then weakened my immune system, like drinking and eating caffeine chocolate or high carb foods and sweets.

      It sounds like the malady may be a result of an allergic reaction to something that is toxic to the liver/kidneys. IF it is due to a toxin overload of the lymph system, you might then notice that when one gets hot - then a rash or itching will sometimes occur since the toxins are sweating out of one’s system ONTO an area of the skin that may be weaker and more easily irritated and inflamed.

      ALSO whenever one’s immune system has become weakened the other problem can easily become a bacteria-fungus i.e. ringworm and/or yeast infection thrush, but it is hard to tell what the root causes may be without seeing and learning the details about what one has been eating breathing and applying to the 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 one’s liver lymph and kidney systems to be able to better handle both an allergic reaction AND/OR bacteria-fungus outbreaks 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 the triggers from cosmetics meds nuts milk grains other-foods chlorine-water-in-showers smoke perfume moldy-smells laundry-cleaners etcetera by discontinuing them until the symptoms stop and then beginning them again to see how the body reacts. If one is like me one 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 with blisters and skin fevers primarily at the back of my knees and thighs sometimes when I got warmer, that had begun 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 cut with de-chlorinated water rubbed over 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 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.

      ITCHINGS & RASHES / WATER 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.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urticaria

      * fungal bacterial = Meningitis Anthrax Thrush Yeast_infection Jock_itch Ringworm Impetigo etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candidiasis

      * viral = Measles Smallpox Shingles Hand_foot_and_mouth_disease Roseola etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand,_foot_and_mouth_disease

      * parasitical = Scabies_mite lice chiggers mosquitos ants etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scabies

      * inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut = Pellagra Scurvy Beriberi Rickets etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra

      * also other treatments for various skin eruptions
      http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/womenshealth/facts/skinrash_pregnancy.htm
      http://www.healthcentral.com/sexual-health/c/80228/60290/vagina-lumps

      * either sun or hormonal or stress related or a combination of the above that make it difficult to find a definite single cause since there are multiple causes at the same time
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/formication

      FOR FURTHER 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

      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 – 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 - self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

  35. QUESTION:
    How do I know if i've passed a yeast infection to my boyfriend?
    I'm 18 and i've been taking tri-cyclen lo birth control for about 4 months. I frequently have yeast infections and i never know if i could be passing the infection to my boyfriend. We don't use a condom but he pulls out. So if i have a yeast infection can it be passed to my boyfriend. How would he know if he had a yeast infection? What would be the symptoms for a male yeast infection? How do we both get rid of completely and prevent it from happening?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, guys can get yeast infections. He would start feeling itching and tenderness in the skin where the yeast cells were digging into the skin.

      However - guys have a much easier time keeping things clean and dry so its a lot less common for guys to get yeast and easier to treat. (Heck - he can spray himself with athletes foot powder or spray to fix it.)

      In general yeast grows where moisture is. Keeping the hairs trimmed so moisture does not have a place to hide, wearing pantie liners to wick away moisture helps, not wearing underwear or wearing 'boy boxers' at night to let air circulate down there can help.

      But - taking anti-biotics, over-washing the area and some problems like diabetes removes your natural yeast-fighting discharge. If the problem is chronic - you might want to see a doctor.

  36. QUESTION:
    what is a yeast infection and how can you get it?
    i'm asking this because i read online that 75% of women, at one point in their life, get a yeast infection. if so, is there anything that can prevent this? what is it? is it contagious? what does it feel like?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello *,

      You can get a yeast infection in a number of ways like your diet or bad hygiene. You can prevent it by keep yourself clean because candida (yeast) loves damp areas in your body. When it comes to diet it's usually due to candida overgrowth by consuming foods high in sugar content and yeast related foods (bread, pasta, etc). It can be contagious during intercourse. Your symptoms can be many things I have listed them below:

      Fatigue, bloating, flatulence (gas),
      Food allergies, carbohydrate craving,
      Vaginitis (thrush)
      Anxiety/depression,
      Impaired memory, poor concentration, a “foggy” brain with feelings of unreality, and general weakness
      Tiredness or malaise.
      Toenail fungus
      Cystitis/urethritis (urinary tract infection – painful, burning or “stinging” sensations when trying to urinate),
      Menstrual irregularities,
      Loss of libido,
      Stiff, creaking and painful joints,
      Muscle pain,
      Indigestion,
      Diarrhea/constipation,
      Inhalant allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities,
      Mucus or catarrh, hay fever, sinusitis, persistent cough,
      Heart arrhythmias,
      Discoloured nails, acne and other skin eruptions ( nail and skin issues are classic tell-tale symptoms of candida),
      Earaches, headaches, and dizziness.

  37. QUESTION:
    What kind of home remedies is there for Bacterial Vaginosis?
    I'd like to Know if there is any home remedies for BV because I really Cant take the pill. I'd like a replacement for it. I dout want remedies for the symptoms, I want a remedy for the BV itself. please I need you help.

    • ANSWER:
      I suffered from recurring BV and yeast infections (super fun, they would trade off so I was constantly suffering!) and tried every remedy recommended by the medical community. The only thing that worked and has kept it away is boric acid suppositories. It sounds scary, but it is perfectly safe if inserted into the vagina (obviously, do not ever take orally or put the powder directly on your skin). I bought boric acid powder, size 00 capsules, and a capsule filler (all of this cost under ) and made my own pills. Filling the larger half of the 00 capsules is equal to about 600 mg which is the recommended dosage. When I was in the full blows of the BV, my treatment was:
      2 pills inserted vaginally every night at bedtime for 7 days;
      1 pill inserted vaginally every night at bedtime for 7 days;
      1 pill every other night for the next 7 days, every 2 nights the next 7 days. Eventually you get to the point where you only need it sporadically when you start to feel funny. But even then, only one pill one night usually takes care of it. Good luck!

  38. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of this without going to see the gynecologist?
    It burns when I pee and the skin down there is really irritated. I haven't been having sex, in fact I never have, but I do masturbate a lot!! I know I'm not the only one . . .
    Anyway, I need to know how to get rid of whatever it is. And I'm on my period too, but I don't like to use tampons. So please take that into consideration.
    PLEASE HELP ME!!!
    The skin down there doesn't itch it just burns all the time . . .

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you might wanna go to walmart or sumthin & get one of those tests to see if you have a yeast infection, or a UTI, or bacterial vaginosis (BV) which can be caused by using antibacterial soaps & body washes down there... Or get some rePHresh? But if it's BV or a UTI you may need medicine from the doctor. Yeast infections do have some OTC options... Sounds like BV to me which would clear up real easy with medication, but if left untreated can go on making you uncomfortable for months~ but unfortunately the simple test that you need to have done for it is at a doctors office! Not necessarily an ob/GYN office, you can try a family practice doc, but you need to try a medical clinic for treatment just the same! Symptoms should clear in a week or less if it's what I think it is. Try the OTC feminine test that screens for what's going on first if you want~ hope this helps!! :)

  39. 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.

  40. QUESTION:
    What if I keep getting yeast infections?
    Okay so in spring break 2010 I got sugery and had to take antibiotics ad after I stopped taking them I got a yeast infection and I got treatment but ever since then they keep coming back. What does this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Recurring yeast infections are a common problem in diabetics and in those who consume a high sugar diet. When you have more than four infections in a year, you have a condition known as recurring yeast infection. Birth control is one of the most common causes of recurring yeast infection in some women. Both in women and men, another cause of recurring yeast infection is food, especially sugars and sweet treats. If the level of these sugars are not controlled well and allowed to get high, you will likely experience recurring yeast infection.

      Moisture trapped around the vagina can also be the cause of recurring yeast infection. One of the last causes of recurring yeast infection is a change in the immune system. Women who have HIV are also at risk for recurring yeast infection. It is also important for recurring yeast infection sufferers to become familiar with the possible causes of their infections. For those with recurring yeast infections, the simple touch, tingle, or pain in the genital or pubic region can be the earliest alarm that the infection has returned. While many patients with recurring yeast infections are eventually placed on prescription medications, medical professionals are reluctant to use this course of treatment because of the possibility of becoming immune to the drug.

      It is often suggested that recurring yeast infections be treated by alternating over-the-counter medication for one course, and a prescription for the next. One of the most common prescriptions for stubborn or recurring yeast infections is Diflucan, in varying strengths as needed. When might a recurring yeast infection happen. For example, an individual taking doxycycline or tetracycline for the prevention of acne is at a higher risk for developing recurring yeast infections. The problem with conventional medicine is that it generally does not restore a healthy body ecology, allowing a recurring yeast infection. The antibiotics can kill the good along with the bad bacteria in your system allowing yeast infections to thrive and reoccur without proper prevention and treatment.

      Skin infections involving Candida species can become a recurring yeast infection whenever the conditions leading to the infection do not change. If those with recurring yeast infections of the skin do not keep the affected areas clean and dry, even after the infection is treated, recurrences are likely. Perhaps the most severe form of a recurring yeast infection is that which affects the bowels. Candida overgrowth in the colon may not affect the bowel function but, instead, provide a reservoir for recurring yeast infections in other body areas, especially in the urogenital tract.

      A proper diagnosis is very important to ensure you receive the most appropriate and effective treatment to cure your yeast infection. Some products merely relieve the symptoms, and others cure the infection. When choosing the treatment for your yeast infection, select a cure so you have the best chance to eliminate your yeast infection. If you're treating a yeast infection, you should abstain from sex during the course of the treatment and cure (about seven days). Prescribed medicines may cure yeast infection but if you experience recurring yeast infections don?t ignore it as it may lead to chronic yeast infection.

      Hope this helps.

  41. QUESTION:
    what did you go thru while experiencing a yeast infection?
    I called my obgyn over the phone and she said based on my symptoms it COULD be. normal discharge, same color and no smell at all. on and off itching and it only burns during urination when i scratch too hard like i tore open skin in my vulva but when i sleep and wake up the skin is healed and no more burning. no clumps or white cottage cheese looking stuff neither. no bumps.....not wasting money on monistat because i dont personally think its a yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:
      Still sounds like it could be thrush to me. More common if you…

      • eat a lot of sugar
      • are/have been taking antibiotics
      • are taking contraceptives
      • are/have been taking cortisone (eg prednisolone)

      Google safe natural treatments such as vinegar mixed with water as a douche. If it clears the itch and redness, most likely it is thrush.

  42. 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 >[(-:]

  43. QUESTION:
    What Are All The Signs Of A Yeast Infection?
    I was wondering what the signs of a yeast infection are. Could you PLEASE give me the most detailed answer possible?
    btw, if u know any good websites for this, let me know plz!

    • ANSWER:
      Female and male yeast infection symptoms are quite alike; there is the same unbearable itch, the same painful burn when taking a leak, and the same white discharge that is almost like cottage cheese. But in men, the penile area can turn red, develop sores, and even have dry, cracking skin which makes the condition extremely painful.

      it is easy for men to get the infection. If the glans is often moist and warm (think inside your swimming trunks) the yeast has the perfect environment to develop. With men that are sexually active, they can get it from a partner that has a genital yeast infection, through oral sex from a person with thrush, or through anal sex with a partner that has a perianal yeast infection.

      Here some idea you can cure it keep yourself dry. Jock itch is a form of the infection and the best way to avoid that is to change your shorts when they get wet. Watch your sugar intake - yeast feeds on blood sugar and that gives them the food to go multiply. This doesn't just mean sweets; alcohol has a high sugar content, too. Be extra careful when you're sick and taking steroids or antibiotics. These meds mess up your immune system by killing all the bacteria in the body, including the good ones.

      I got an amazing resource that can help you understand what i am talking about in a lot more precise detail. I leave the link to this resource below if you are interested.

      Have a nice day and wish you the best Devon

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

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

  45. QUESTION:
    How do you douche with hydrogen peroxide?
    I've been reading about this online and I wanna try it in attempt to get rid of my suspected BV, or at least stop the symptoms. Have any of you ever done this? Did it burn at all? How do I do it, like can I buy a douche empty and put the peroxide &water solution in it then douche?

    • ANSWER:
      Bacterial vaginosis is a bacterial infection, as such the only way to get rid of this infection is to get antibiotics, so you need to see your doctor to run tests first because you can't treat an infection when you don't know what it is - as well as the fact that many women suspect infection when actually symptoms are normal discharge, if you treat an infection you don't have you may cause more harm than good.

      Hydrogen peroxide is NOT a cure for BV, it is a cure for yeast infections.
      It's a mix of 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide with 1 cup of water, it can burn but as it is naturally occurring within your vagina it does not harm, however when we use it we do so without douching, for example by washing it over our genitals, and then it's best used in conjunction with other methods to fight yeast infections. Again, it will not treat BV.

      Douching is VERY harmful - more so if you have an infection.
      Your vagina has an acidic pH to help kill off harmful bacteria, if you have BV it may be down to an imbalance in vaginal pH so in turn bacterial imbalance, douching will further effect vaginal pH by making your vaginal pH even less acidic - so higher risk of causing more infections or making the infection you have worse. Your vaginal walls are made up of mucosa which is like skin only without top protective layer, discharge protects vaginal walls from damage and bacteria, but douching cleans away this discharge leaving vaginal walls exposed, so higher risk of TSS, STD's and cervical cancer. Douching will also force harmful bacteria further up into your vagina, which can lead to PID.

  46. QUESTION:
    How can I cure from candida yest infection ?
    I have observed that evrytime i treat candida with fluconazol, oral dose, once a week during 4 weeks, my hair, skin and my digestion system get a real improvment, but the condition comes back again and I am worried of doing this treatment for more than once a year. There is any other suggestion?

    • ANSWER:
      Why don't you add probiotics to your diet. Have yogurt every day or go to the health food store and buy probiotics in tablet form.

      The term "probiotics" refers to dietary supplements or foods that contain beneficial, or "good," bacteria normally found in your body. Although you don't need probiotics to be healthy, these microorganisms may assist with digestion or help protect against some harmful bacteria.

      There is growing public and scientific interest in probiotics. Researchers are studying whether probiotics taken as foods or supplements can help treat or prevent illness, such as:

      Vaginal yeast infections
      Diarrhea following treatment with certain antibiotics
      In addition, recent research suggests a number of new potential uses for probiotics. One study in Sweden found that a group of employees who were given probiotics missed less work due to illness than did employees who were not given probiotics. Other studies have found probiotics to be helpful in managing the signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

      Some of the probiotics currently being studied include:

      Enterococcus
      Lactobacillus acidophilus
      Saccharomyces boulardii
      Bifidobacterium
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/probiotics/AN00389

  47. QUESTION:
    how long after monistat7 will my yeast infection be completely gone?
    my symptoms are less obvious but i still suspect i have it.
    last night was the first night after taking my 7 day dosage.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it should if you have a yeast infection that is. But the effect can take up to a week to work, so wait for another week or so.

      If it still persist, you either have something else or if it's just itching, then it could be you have sensitive vaginal skin. If so, then make sure you wear cotton underwear and hot baths are supposed to help. A gynecoligist will prescribe lotion of some kind. Either way go to the doctor.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is there an at home remedy for yeast infection?
    I think i may have a yeast infection. I looked up the symptoms and it seems as though i may have it. However i would like to know if there is an at home remedy rather than a cream or medication.
    Also, if i let it heal alone, will it take very long?
    at this point right now, it is not too bad, its just uncomfortable and i´d just rather not have it.

    my symptoms: Very itchy at times, discharge that is sometimes white, more discharge than normal

    Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      If you do nothing, it will probably take your period to stop the infection. Don't use tampons during the period.

      Also, don't scratch it as it will make it worse.

      You can try a couple of things.

      * Vinegar & Water Douche
      * Tea Tree Oil & Water Douche
      * Yogurt - External & Internal
      * Inner Health Tablets (take a lot when you've got an infection - I've done 10 a day)
      * Garlic Tablets
      * Diet - eat less Sugar as this feeds the candida & don't eat anything with Yeast in it (Beer, bread etc)

      If you skin is really sore, put some vaseline to stop the rubbing.

      However, it would be best to go see a doctor. It maybe something else that may need attention.

  49. 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.


yeast on skin symptoms

How To Cure Yeast Infection In Dogs Ears

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  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:
    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.

  4. 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.

  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 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.

  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:
    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!

  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:
    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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

    • ANSWER:

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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/

  31. 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!

  32. 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 :)

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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!

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have an ear infection?
    Every morning when i first take him out of his crate, he scratches his ears a lot. but his ears aren't red at all, and i can't see any dark ear wax, like i read i should see. His ears have a little bit of a smell to them, but the rest of his fur has the same type of smell. I can't afford to take him to the vet, especially if this isn't even an infection.

    • ANSWER:
      Bacterial infections in dogs are typically associated with discharge, redness, swelling and pain. These infections arise when the population of bacteria inside the dog's ear grows beyond the control of the body’s immune system defenses. In some cases, particularly involving a dog with chronic ear infections, there is a lack of airflow and an accumulation of moisture that sets the stage for infection – often seen in dogs with floppy ears or furry inner ears. Failure to regularly clean a dog’s ears can also lead to bacterial infections.

      Fungal ear infections in dogs are triggered by a fungus, which can often spread to other parts of the body, including the face and paws. Fungi thrives in locations that are moist, dark and damp, therefore floppy-eared dogs like hounds and spaniels are particularly prone to these infections.

      In the case of a yeast infection, which is among the most common types of fungal infection, the yeast is constantly present on the body. The dog's body typically keeps the yeast in-check, but there are cases where changes in body chemistry, combined with ideal moist conditions, can result in an overgrowth of the yeast – a yeast infection. In other cases, fungi can be transferred to the skin by direct contact, leading to the establishment of the infection.

      Fungal infections in dogs are often associated with discharge, redness, swelling, scaling, dryness, oozing and intense itching. When a dog scratches his ears, this not only spreads the infection, but the dog's nails can break the skin, resulting in a secondary bacterial infection affecting the dog's outer ear.

      Yeast and other fungal infections have a tendency to spread to other body parts. Since frequent itching is common in a dog with a fungal ear infection, the yeast infection is commonly transferred to the feet and face, therefore prompt treatment is key to avoid the spread of a yeast infection.

      The most common treatment for a dog's fungal ear infection involves the use of ant-fungal drops or ointment, in conjunction with twice-daily cleanings of the dog's ears.

      There is no home treatment that can effectively heal a bacterial or fungal ear infection in a dog.

      When a dog develops an ear infection, cleaning the dog's ears at least twice daily can help reduce the amount of irritation that results from the discharge can relieve some of the discomfort. And in the case of an itchy fungal infection, hydrocortisone cream can temporarily ease some of the itching until the dog can get into the veterinarian’s office. But these measures will not cure a dog's ear infection at home.

      “Its vital that pet owners take ear infections seriously – they won’t go away on their own,” explained Dr. Levine, who concluded, “A severe ear infection can cause intense pain and discomfort, not to mention permanent hearing loss. Cleaning the dog's ears twice a week will keep the ears in good shape, while also providing the pet owner with an opportunity to catch any problems early on. Early treatment is the key.”

  44. QUESTION:
    My dog keeps getting yeast infections in his ears. Is there a home remidy to cure it?

    • ANSWER:
      I had this same issue with my Akita. He was always getting an ear infection and we took him to the vet and they did a culture to find out what the cause was for his reoccuring ear infection. Turns out that is ear was filled with yeast. What he recommended was that we take equal parts of Alcohol, Vinegar and water and flush out his ear once a day for 7 days. We did this and his ear cleared right up and we have not had a problem with his ear since yet.

  45. QUESTION:
    My cat is always scratching her ears?
    my cat has a itch problem on her ears. it develops kind of like a skin problem like eczema. what cause this? is it because of her food? she does wander around to neighbor's houses, I'm sure few of them also feed my cat. does she have an allergy? what can i do or give her to cure her skin disease?

    • ANSWER:
      She has ear mites
      My cat had them you need to clean them oout every day with ear wipes and put drops in them
      What are Ear Mites?

      As the name suggests, ear mites are a tiny spider like parasitic mite that infect the ears of dogs and cats. They usually live in the ear canals but can live on other parts of the dog or cat's body. Ear mites are the most common cause of ear infections seen by vets. They are more commonly found in cats than dogs but are a considerable cause of ear infection in dogs too.

      Ear mites thrive in the warm moist area where the air flow is restricted. They feed on epidermal debris & ear wax. They burrow into the ear, causing inflammation and irritation which the body responds to by producing more wax.

      What are the Symptoms of Ear Mites in cats?

      Ear mites are terribly uncomfortable for your cat. Imagine how it would feel having thousands of little bugs running around in one of your most sensitive areas. Usually the first symptom you notice will be your cat scratching his ears or shaking his head due to the extreme itchiness that the mites cause.

      You may notice that your cat's ears appeared flattened or laid back. His ears may be painful to touch and he may cry in pain when you touch them or while he is scratching them. You may also notice a foul odor coming from the ears.

      Cats may cause damage to their ears by scratching them. Often their ears will bleed as a result of this. They may also shake their ears with such intensity that small blood vessels are broken and hematomas form.

      If you have a look inside the ear of an infected cat you will see dark reddish brown or black debris throughout the ear canal which has been described as looking like coffee grounds. This debris comprises of ear wax, blood and Ear mites are visible to the naked eye and can be seen as white dots among the dark debris. You may even see them moving around.

      Your vet will look in your cat's ear with a magnifying instrument called an otoscope and may inspect the debris from the ear under a microscope for a more definite diagnosis. Ear mite infections can be serious if left untreated resulting in damage to the ear canals and eardrums and leaving deformity of the ears and possible deafness.

      Secondary bacterial or yeast infections are also common so it is important to consult your veterinarian.

      Treatment of Ear Mites. How Do I Get Rid Of Ear Mites?

      You can purchase ear mite treatments from your usual pet supply store or your vet will prescribe an oily insecticide to clean the ear canals. All ear gunk has to be cleaned from the ear canal daily. The medication should massaged deeply into the cat's ear taking care to get into all the nooks and crannies of the ear canal. It is important to follow your vets or the products instructions for the application of the treatment as you need to beat the ear mite's life cycle.

      Revolution is an easier but more expensive option. It is a Parasiticide that is applied to the skin of cats six weeks of age and older. Revolution is used to prevent heartworm disease, kills adult fleas and prevents flea eggs from hatching and treats and prevents ear mite infestation.

      Your cat might also require antibiotics for secondary infections.
      Are Ear Mites Contagious?

      Ear mites are very contagious and can be passed on from cat to cat or cat to dog and visa versa so it is important to treat all of your pets at the same time.

  46. QUESTION:
    My dog has a yeast infection in his ear. Help?!?
    My dog has a yeast infection in his ear. We've tried everything to help the little guy but nothing seems to work. We've taking him to several vets and he's had several antibiotics but they only seem to make it worse. Do you know of any home remedies that are safe and effective for curing this yeast infection in his ear? By the way, he won't eat yogurt, tried that already.

    • ANSWER:
      Some dogs with chronic yeast infections in the ear require systemic anti fungal medications. Usually an external ear canal infection is treated topically but if his is not resolving with just tropicals ask your doctor about oral anti fungals. Also some dogs with chronic ear infections or yeast infections of the skin should have there thyroid level checked. Chronic ear and skin infections can be an indication of hypothyroidism. Food allergy's can also exacerbate ear and skin yeast infections. If your vet is not covering all the bases maybe you should seek advise from another one.
      ADDITIONAL: Yeast in the ear of a dog is malasseziapachydermatitis, vaginal yeast infections are caused by candida albicans. They are similar oragnisims but not the same.

  47. QUESTION:
    Why Do Some Dogs Smell and Others Don't?
    Why do some dogs have a "dog smell" and others don't? I've known people who have 2 or more dogs who they feed the same diet and bathe on the same schedule but one dog will just stink. Is it that certain breeds smell more than others. All the animals are healthy. What makes a smelly dog and can a smelly dog ever become unsmelly?

    • ANSWER:
      My Scotties have all been pretty odor free and I don't bathe frequently. Dogs can smell due to yeast infections in ears or feet. Bad teeth and organ disorders can produce a foul smell. Dogs with wrinkles can have debris trapped in the folds and when the area gets moist it smells. Dogs, such as water retrievers, with lots of oils in the coat can smell if the oils turn rancid. Long-haired dogs with matted fur also have a foul odor. And some hound breeds just smell doggie. For the most part a healthy dog should not smell. Feeding a good food and brushing the dog to distribute oils in the coat and remove mats should help a dog smell fresh. Truly, most dogs require very few baths.

      Of course my current dog has Frito chip feet. Not a bad smell, but odd.

      Added: if the odor is due to a health condition such as a yeast infection the problem can be cured with medical treatment. Good coat care such as brushing to distribute oils and remove mats and debris can reduce odors if grooming isn't currently being done. Making sure food isn't trapped in the folds around the mouth can reduce odors as can good dental care. But I still have no idea how to make a Basset hound not smell doggie. Beautiful dogs, but I've yet to encounter one that didn't have an odor--not foul, but a definite doggie smell.

  48. QUESTION:
    if my dog is deaf from a yeast infection will he stay deaf forever even when the infection is cured?

    • ANSWER:
      That depends on how much damage has been done. A yeast infection will not of itself cause deafness, but secondary bacterial infections left to go on too long, can do a lot of damage to the ear canal. If the ear is all red and weepy inside with sores, there is more likely secondary damage. Deafness isn't a normal result of just yeasty ears. Google Blue Power ear cleaner for dogs - it's the best recipe for ear cleaners I've come across and unless the ear is ulcerated and weeping, (in which case you use witch hazel instead of alcohol) it does a fantastic job. Look for itsfortheanimals website/

  49. QUESTION:
    It sounds like there's water in my ear, but I don't think there is?
    For several weeks, it's sounded like there's water in my ear. Today, I went to the doctor who said it was a wax build-up and washed away the wax with a water-pik type device. But now there's still that noise and it's in both ears now. But I pulled on my ear lobe and tilted my ear and a bunch of stuff but no water came out. What could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you own a dog? Sometimes an ear mite will get into a person. They do not dig or cause harm but they get driven onto the ear drum by the human immune system. Your ear will make lots of wax, a dark color of wax. When they jump on and off the ear drum it sounds like water. If you wet your finger and apply pressure to the ear you can hear a crackling sound too. The cure is instant and easy to do. With an eye dropper, lie on your side and fill your ear with mineral oil. Wait 1 minute and it's over. Drain it into a tissue. They cannot reproduce and colonize your ear but it is annoying.

      P.S. Get the mineral oil at the pharmacy, not the hardware store.

      P.P.S. The medicine for a dog is different since the life-cycle is going on in a dog, eggs, nymphs and often a yeast infection accompanies ear mites. The dog medicine is expensive. Do not use it on your ear. Mineral oil is safe, inert, harmless and 100% effective in humans.


how to cure yeast infection in dogs ears

Recurring Yeast Infections

Hello friends,

I hear it all the time and used to ask myself the same question "Why do I have recurring bacterial vaginosis?" You probably went to the doctor had them tell you what was wrong with you (even though you might have already known) get on some antibiotics, clear up your infection symptoms and bam another infection shows up. Well welcome to the recurring bacterial infection club and you're not the only member, many of us have suffered needlessly.

Many women think that recurring bacterial vaginosis is nothing like a recurring yeast infection. If you clear up bacterial vaginosis it should be gone right?

Actually the same antibiotics that are curing the symptoms are causing you to get another infection. That is the number one reason for both recurring bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections.

Let me explain, antibiotics are great at what they are designed to do, kill bacteria. However their not picky about which kind of bacteria, which means they end up killing both "good" and "bad" bacteria in the vagina. This is great for the immediate clearing up of your symptoms but with no "good" bacteria left to fight off an infection it's just a matter of time before you have recurring bacterial vaginosis.

I fought the same thing for years until I discovered the trick here is to cure this naturally without antibiotics. It's not as hard as you might think just find a good program and follow it.

Now there are other reasons for recurring bacterial vaginosis but the use of antibiotics is by far the leading reason.

Smoking, new intercourse partners, perfumed soaps and douching are just a few of the things that could be causing you a problem. There is a delicate balance between the "good" bacteria and "bad" bacteria that are naturally in your body anything that upsets that balance can cause you an infection.

If your immune system has been weakened it could be another reason for recurring bacterial vaginosis. It is essential to try and maintain a healthy immune system and the proper balance of "good" bacteria to avoid future infections.

Another very common mistake is to treat bacterial vaginosis like a candida infection. With an estimated 29% of women in the US suffering from bacterial vaginosis it happens often.

A yeast infection treatment might reduce your symptoms of bacterial vaginosis but ultimately will make it worse. Even though the symptoms of a yeast infection and bacterial infection can seem similar their treatments are quite different. Treating Bacterial vaginosis the wrong way is probably the number two reason a recurring problem. However it's really not recurring bacterial vaginosis it was just never cured

Women who are pregnant have had complications due to bacterial vaginosis even preterm delivery. Also women are more susceptible to HIV or STD's with bacterial vaginosis. It can cause you more problems other than the embarrassing odor and yellowish discharge.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. QUESTION:
    does any1 know how to get rid of a recurring yeast infection?
    i have this recurring yeast infection since january off and on to now nov 3. i took the pill used the creams and it would go away then come back. it has a slight smell and has a white cottage cheese look and sometimes comes out with an watery whitish discharge.
    yes i am eating tons of junk food since school work and being on a team is streeful along with other problems. is this the reason?

    • ANSWER:
      The excess sugar in the junk food is probably to blame. Try to cut down on the sugar in your diet, it makes it easy for the yeast to grow.

      You should drink more plain water, eat lots of yogurt or drink buttermilk. This will help restore the natural balance of good bacteria your body needs. Continue doing this even when you do not have the infection to prevent it coming back.

      You can soak a tampon with active yogurt and apply it 2 or 3 times a day, it really works. Or just dab the yogurt on with your finger.

      An old timer remedy is honey, just dab it on with your finger and can provide relief on contact.

      You can also dilute apple cider vinger with water and gently rinse the affected area. Be sure to dilute it though.

  3. QUESTION:
    What harm Could A Recurring Yeast Infection Do?
    What harm could a recurring yeast infection and BV do?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think it will necessarily hurt you, but it is a signal that something is wrong. There are health problems that cause chronic yeast infections that are dangerous. You should know if you have a dangerous condition. The yeast infection isn't dangerous, but the problems that cause them can be. Also, make sure you aren't washing your vagina with an antibacterial soap. That will disturb the balance and cause yeast infections.

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

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

      good luck..

  5. QUESTION:
    Need help for a recurring yeast infection?
    Please let me know if you have tried YeastClear. Does it really work?? I am skeptical to try a product over the internet, but I need help for a recurring yeast infection, and there seems to be nowhere else to turn.

    • ANSWER:
      It worked for me. This was my first time getting a vaginal infection, so I had no idea what it was. A girlfriend told me it is probably a yeast infection. I really did not want to go to a doctor and be examined down there! So, I tried YeastClear, which sounded pretty good on line. And it was great. The lady on the phone helped me feel better, and it came to my house with no identifying information on the package, and it got rid of my problem!!

  6. 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.

  7. 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,

  8. QUESTION:
    Has anyone got rid of recurring yeast infections, how?
    I'm not even 18 yet and I seem to get yeast infections almost every month. The doctor told me to abide by the obvious rules to preventing yeast infections and I know all that.

    If anyone here has had recurring yeast infections for an extended period of time, how did you eventually get rid of them??

    • ANSWER:
      Eat a lot of yogurt. The bacteria in the yogurt helps to fight the fungus/bacteria that cause yeast infections. I'd say to eat at least one serving every day. They also say you can apply yogurt directly to the vaginal area, but I wouldn't recommend it...

  9. QUESTION:
    How do you Explain Yeast Infections to your Boyfriend?
    I don't know how to do this in a non-embarrassing way. I get recurring yeast infections, and it makes intercourse painful...I don't know how to explain yeast infections to him without sounding gross...

    • ANSWER:
      You simply say;
      "I get re-occurring yeast infections, it can make sex painful"

      There's no reason for that to be embarrassing, and if you're sexually active or planning on being sexually active with this person then there's even less reason for it to be embarrassing - you share the most intimate part of your body with this person, he sees you're sex face, a yeast infection is nothing in comparison. Yeast infections happen, he should be mature enough to realise that women often get yeast infections, that you're telling him this to save you discomfort or to explain why you don't want to have sex, and in order to practice safer sex by making him aware of his risks too.

      As for explaining a yeast infection, if he doesn't already know what it is then simply explain it - yeast naturally occur within the vagina to keep it healthy, but sometimes vaginal flora can be thrown out of balance so allow yeast to overgrow leading to an infection that can cause irritation and discomfort. If he wants more information give him a leaflet or web site such as this one...

      FBI Files: Candidiasis, AKA, Yeast Infections - http://www.scarleteen.com/article/infection/fbi_files_candidiasis_aka_yeast_infections

  10. 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

  11. QUESTION:
    Chances of spreading a yeast infection to my boyfriend?
    I have recurring yeast infections. I treated one about a month or two ago & I already have one again .. My boyfriend is in town & we want to have sex. We always use a condom .. Wat are the chances my yeast infection will spread to him

    • ANSWER:
      If you use a condom, you should be fine and will not spread it to him. Yeast infections flourish in damp, warm, internal regions (ie. the vagina, the mouth) and the candidia bacteria that causes yeast infections is alot less able to survive on the p*enis (although it's not totally impossible, so use a condom to be safe). Also, try eating yogurt and dairy products, avoiding baths, wearing loose cotton panties and not shaving your bikini area totally bare to help prevent yeast infections.

  12. 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!

  13. QUESTION:
    what do recurring yeast infections have to do with diabetes ?
    ok so in the past 3 months ive had 2 yeast infections and I've gone to the doctor for both. my doctor asked if diabetes ran in my family an I told her that both my grandfathers have it. my doctor said that if I keep getting these infections she's going to have to test me for diabetes. I'm kinda confused because I don't see the conection.

    • ANSWER:
      Basically, yeast, which is a fungus, grows in warm, moist areas making the vagina a jackpot location for an infection. Yeast feeds off sugar so if you add high blood glucose levels, the infection will grow like wildfire. Actually, the yeast infections were what prompted me to start looking after my diabetes. I was one of those people who thought "I don't feel bad so why worry about it till I do". After living for months with almost constant yeast infections due to high blood sugar, I couldn't take it anymore. I was buying OTC treatments nearly every week and even went to the doctor for Diflucan. They would subside for a few days then it would start all over again. I am currently on insulin to control my sugar and the infection has gone away. It only takes a few minutes to have yourself checked. Why not just go ahead and do it? I can assure you, if you are diabetic and getting yeast infections they will not go away until you have your sugar under control. I had never had a yeast infection in my life before I became a diabetic.

  14. QUESTION:
    can you die from a vaginal yeast infection?
    i am 17 years old, and i get recurring yeast infections, the doctors give me medication for it but it comes back in about 2 days... i wanna know if i could die from this yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      No. I don't think that there is even one recorded death from a yeast infection. It keeps recurring, because you are never really getting rid of it.
      Change your diet. No sugar, or things that convert to sugar. [fruit is fine]. ANYBODY touches you down there, make sure they wash their hands first.

  15. QUESTION:
    Should I insert yogurt into my vagina to cure a yeast infection?
    I am tired of OTC products, and at this point I am willing to try anything. I am having a recurring problem with yeast infections. They go away and come back. I dont even want to have intercourse. No more difuclan, no more creams, nothing works or helps me. I am currently eating 1-2 cups of yogurt a day right now, and that only helps with the discomfort of my vagina. It doesnt take the infection away. I am thinking about inserting the yogurt. I am fighting a losing battle with this thing. I so tired of it. I feel like it has taken over my life. Yes, there are more things much more serious but it is very uncomfortable and annoying. Any help. I appreciate all answers but, are there any women out there who has had battles with this? Thanks
    I have been to the gyn...I'm clear of everything. All STD'S everything.

    • ANSWER:
      they sell pills at the health food store
      are you puting the cream on your partner too....
      they say that drinking too much pop and
      eating too much bread can bring on yeast infections too

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the cause of recurring yeast infections?
    I seem to be always getting yeast infections. I go a few months without one and then it comes back. sometimes they are not as bothersome as others, but i am tired of getting them. Have taken prescriptions for them. No one seems to be able to give me the answer, not even doctors!

    • ANSWER:
      You should really talk to your gynecologist about this and ask for some blood work to be done. If you are also tired a lot, very thirsty and need to pee a lot, you could very likely be a diabetic. Also, are you using a pill to treat the infection or a cream? If you are using the pill, doctors are finding that one pill is not enough and often prescribe 2 or 3 to make sure that it is completely gone. It is possible that you simply have an infection that does not clear up completely. Also, if you wear thongs of panties that are not cotton, try switching to all cotton for a while. They allow air to get to those areas and help to keep them drier, which will also help prevent infections. Best wishes.

  17. QUESTION:
    How to prevent recurring yeast infection?
    I used t get yeast infection often after i stopped using my birth control pills. How can i prevet it from recurring?

    • ANSWER:
      Eat lots of yogurt with live active cultures or take acidophillus capsules daily. Do not douche or use soaps or feminine sprays in the vaginal area. The vagina is a self cleaning oriface. Only wear 100% cotton underwear (check your label). Do not sit around in a wet bathing suit and do not wear tight pants. Do not sleep with your underwear on. If you think you have an infection do not use tampons until you get the infection cleared up. Also remember that your partner may have it if you are sexually active but may not show symptoms so he may need to get checked out.

  18. QUESTION:
    Do I have a yeast infection or something else? How do I treat it?
    I've had recurring yeast infections for about 3 years now. Most of the time they'll go away and come back in a couple months. However, they do always "go away"- at least, symptom wise. However, I recently started becoming intimate with a new partner after breaking up with the only other sexual partner I've had and everything has gotten worse. I've treated my infection twice now- the first time with a 3 day treatment and it appeared to go away. This time I used a 1-day and it still feels terrible. This is all within a 3 month time-span. The patch of skin between my vagina and anus has been dry and irritated when I urinate (as well as possibly bleeding from irritation). The inside and outside of my vagina has been itchy. Sex, both oral and vaginal, is very painful. I have little to no discharge, but the little I occasionally see is gainy/ lumpy. Am I misdiagnosing myself? Or am I just very unfortunate and truly have this many recurring yeast infections? What can I do to treat it most effectively? I cannot afford to see a doctor, unfortunately.
    I am well aware of all that, Irene. Obviously if I'm as through as I've been and have been getting them this long, I know the basics, but thanks so much for the sarcasm. What I was looking for was perhaps a more advance treatment or advice, as well as recommendations as to things other than a yeast infection it could be. Also, you seemed to ignore my "I cannot afford to see a doctor". When I say I can't, I mean quite completely that I can't. I am just barely keeping food on the table. But, once again, thanks so much.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infection is the more common term for the fungal infections candidiasis or thrush. Yeast infection is called as such because the fungal infection is caused by the species candida, or the yeast family.

      More you got here: http://www.qwhatis.com/what-is-yeast-infection/

  19. QUESTION:
    How long did you have HIV before having symptoms?
    A former co-worker of mine was diagnosed recently. She was started to lose weight without trying, had recurring yeast infections, and was really tired throughout the day. She figures she was infected in the past 12 months but I have a feeling it's been longer than that. Don't most symptoms start after several years?

    • ANSWER:
      It varies...Many people do not develop symptoms after they first get infected with HIV. Others have a flu-like illness within several days to weeks after exposure to the virus. They complain of fever, headache, tiredness, and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck. These symptoms usually disappear on their own within a few weeks. After that, the person feels normal and has no symptoms. This asymptomatic phase often lasts for years. The progression of disease varies widely among individuals. This state may last from a few months to more than 10 years

  20. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of recurring yeast infections?
    Since I had my son I have had a yeast infection seems like monthly and now monistat won't get rid of it. I was told that my body is probably getting immune to it. What things can i do to get rid of this yeast and keep it away?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a gynocologist and ask for Lotrisone

  21. QUESTION:
    Is it okay for Pugs to jump on and off furniture or will it do serious damage?
    I recently adopted a 2 year old pug, and she often jumps on and off of my furniture. I have NO problem with her doing this, as my other dogs are all allowed on the furniture as well. I am just wondering if it would cause her to have and serious issues. Any help would be appreciated. Also, she has recurring yeast infections, does anyone have any info on treating these as well, aside from medication. Thanks for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      If she jumps from the floor to the couch, and the other way, then she should be fine. But, if she jumps n really high places (like the bed) it could hurt her back, and would be better if you picked her up. I own a shih tzu, and she always jumps on the couches or chairs, just never the bed.

      Good Luck and Congrats on your new addition!

  22. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to use terconazole cream without doctor's orders?
    This year I've been having recurring yeast infections so I'm well familiar with the symptoms. My gynecologist perscriped the 7 day cream & 2 refills that I picked up before my insurance expired. I am now having symptoms again but I am worried that I shouldn't take a perscription without first consulting a doctor. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    What can I do about my recurring yeast infections?
    Since August I've had somewhat around 5 yeast infections, but I'm starting to think it's been one really long one. I've used monistat twice and used the prescription stuff 3 times, and they continue to either come back, or not fully go away. What can I do? I'm so uncomfortable, and my doctor basically keeps saying "yup, it's yeast, take this." With nothing improving. Can anyone recommend any good probiotic supplements? Or any other helpful tips? I've been wearing cotton panties, I don't use soap down there and I change my tampons regularly when I'm on my period. Please, please help!
    I've used fluconazole 3 times

    • ANSWER:
      I would go to another doctor for a second opinion. I do know that some women produce more yeast than others. Keep doing what you are doing and see about going to a a specialist and maybe they can prescribe you something different.

  24. QUESTION:
    Will recurring yeast infection go away by itself?
    I always get yeast infections a few days before my period. I went to the doctor twice and they prescribed diflucan. I would hate to go to the doctors every month for medication. I am afraid to use over the counter medicine plus my doctor said their past patients have had their yeast infections come right back after the over the counter medication was used.
    Because my period has something to do with it, it is possible the yeast infection will go away when my hormones and PH level go back to normal?

    • ANSWER:
      It's totally normal for some women to get a yeast infection right before their period. This happened to me until I was about 35.

      I recommend treating the infection with monistat 7 (this is what i found to be most effective) or ask your doctor or a refillable RX for diflucan.

      There are things you can do to help prevent yeast infections, but they may or may not work. Sleep without underwear on, and use only cotton underwear during the day. Avoid skin tight pants. Cut down on sweets.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can having a recurring yeast infection during pregnancy harm the baby?
    I am 30 weeks pregnant and I have had a yeast infection since my first trimester. I used clomitrazole cream,yogurt,hydrogen peroxide(on the outside) all of these things and it came back....Can having having this infection recur affect the baby?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a couple of suggestions for you.

      First, the medication you took before, clomitrazole, is one of the least effective medications to treat yeast. There are actually several different kinds of yeast, not just one, and many strains out there now are those that are resistant to clomitrazole. It's a bit more expensive, but look for "Ticonazole" (generic name). It is effective against the most different varieties of yeast. If you can't find that then look for "Butoconazole", and my 3rd choice would be Terconazole.

      Second, do not use a one-day or three-day treatment. Use a full seven day treatment. Actually, due to the difficulty of getting rid of this pesky infection during pregnancy and the fact that you seem especially resistant to treatment, I'd buy two boxes and use it for 2 weeks straight.

      Third, at the same time as you do the yeast medication, begin taking probiotics. These contain beneficial forms of bacteria, including acidophilus, which actually eat yeast. When normal bacteria are in balance you rarely have trouble with yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis.

      Forth: if you still have problems after all that be sure and ask your doctor to check you for bacterial vaginosis. It is quite common, often mistaken for a yeast infection, and will often exist with a yeast infection. If you have a concurrent BV infection it will be almost impossible to get rid of the yeast. Symptoms of BV are a thin, often watery, whitish - greyish discharge, often very profuse, and it usually has an extremely foul odor, especially after sex. It may be irritating due to the constant moisture, but does not usually cause itching.

      Other aids to getting rid of a yeast infection:

      1. Eliminate ALL sugar from your diet. Yeast loves sugar, feeds on it, and you will probably crave it because of this, but stay away from it. It may even be necessary to eliminate fruit for a while.

      2. Increase your water intake. Drink at least 8 8oz glasses of water per day.

      3. Yogurt is great unless it has sugar or fruit in it! Make sure it has live culture. Probiotics are really a better choice due to the sugar issue.

      4. Wear cotton underware or no underware, skirts, no jeans. You want lots of air down there.

      5. No sex until it clears up. Sorry, but sex just breaks up the yeast colonies and moves them around. Also, semen is very alkaline and the yeast like the alkaline environment.

      As for your other question - if you have a yeast infection when you go into labor it is not the end of the world, but it's much better to get rid of it now. The baby can pick it up on the way out, and also it weakens your tissues, making tearing more likely.

      Good luck!

  26. 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!

  27. QUESTION:
    how often are yeast infections when ur pregnant?
    I am 16 weeks along and my boyfriend leaves me almost every week, my question is could he be causing me to have recurring yeast infections by sleeping with someone else while hes gone? Ive had quite a few yeast infections and they seem to happen after he gets back when we have sexual intercourse

    • ANSWER:
      It's possible, but not likely. Yeast infections are very common in pregnancy. It's probably nothing more than that. However, it is actually possible that HE has a yeast infection. I know it sounds crazy, but it can happen, and if he's not treating it, he just keeps giving it back to you. If you are afraid that your boyfriend is cheating, it creates a whole new set of problems. Some infections and std's can be VERY harmful to your baby. If you think it's possible that he is, you should stop sleeping with him and talk to your doctor. Good luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    can frequently changing your birth control cause recurring yeast infections?
    i have probably changed my birth control pill 2 or 3 times in the past 4 months...could this possibly be the reason that my yeast infections keep coming back? on my first birth control pill that i was on consistantly for 4 months..i only had 1 yeast infection and then i was fine. it seems like the minute i change the pill i have an infection once or twice every month.

    • ANSWER:
      Everything I've read says BC pills can make you more prone to yeast infections. I would think that switching so much does a number on your body and your hormones so it's very possible that the infections are due to switching.

      You'll want to talk to your doctor about this, however. Recurrent yeast infections could be a sign of other problems, such as diabetes.

      To help combat the infections you should add acidophilus to your diet. Make sure you get plenty of water. And cut down on refined and processed sugars (fast foods, frozen foods, white breads, sweets, etc).

  29. QUESTION:
    Went to the doctor, negative for yeast infection. What is it?
    I thought I was having recurring yeast infections every month for the past 3 months. So I went to the doctor to check it out. I also just lost my virginity about 4 months ago, so I was also worried it could possibly be an std. The doctor used a swab to collect discharge and looked at it under a microscope. He said he couldn't find anything, not even yeast. Would he have been able to notice if there was an std present? He then said I should come back in a week to do a blood test as I may have diabetes or thyroid problems. My symptoms come during my period every month. My outer vagina gets red, burns, and stings. There is also a discharge that has an odor. There are no sores, no pain on the inside... My boyfriend has never had any symptoms of an std. What could this be?
    I practice very good hygiene, thank you. No need to consider that a factor.

    • ANSWER:
      you can see a STD via discharge , maybe you don't have enough hyigene.

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

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

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

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

  31. QUESTION:
    Are Boric Acid capsules safe to use vaginally over the long-term?
    So I have had recurring vaginal yeast infections for the last 2 years and have stopped going to doctors for them. I have found that home-made boric acid capsules, at the recommendation of a doctor on a forum, clear up the discharge and irritation, but it all comes back once I stop. My question is, is boric acid safe to use daily, long-term?

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    Any ideas on what might be causing this?
    I keep having really painful ovulation. I would get sharp pains and I would feel sick too. A day later, my lower abdomen would feel sore. Two days have past and I am experiencing aches and stinging feelings in my vagina. I would get recurring yeast infections. I'm only 15 and I am very worried, I have no idea what might be causing this and that terrifies me.

    • ANSWER:
      Check out the multiple links in this site for best solutions at

      menstrualblog.info

  33. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to cure a yeast infection with the candida diet?
    I have been on the diet for 3 days and all my yeast infection symptoms have vanished. Im wondering when it will be safe to quit the diet with out having the chance of the infection recurring again. Can anyone help me with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you used an anti fungal.Hard to beleive it`s gone in that short a time.Do you eat meats and milk that have been fed anti biotics? The length of time,depends,it is different for everyone.How long you have had it,how severe.

  34. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever been prescribed boric acid capsules to cure vaginal yeast infections?
    Have you used the capsules for a cure of recurring vaginal yeast infections? If so did it work and are there any side effects ? Also, any info on how men get treated for yeast infections or what otc medicine they can take to be sure they aren't passing it back to you?

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't tried boric acid, but garlic works well. So does the yogurt thing, except get a "good" yogurt with lots of live cultures and no sugar. You can also eat lots of yogurt or take acidophilus, and that will help.

  35. QUESTION:
    How can I avoid a yeast infection while I'm taking antibiotics, and steroids.?
    I have to take antibiotics, and steroids for 2 months for a sinus infection. I already have a yeast infection and have taken the medicine. It seems to be coming back, I am wondering what I can do to avoid this.

    • ANSWER:
      Ahhh, hey tami b, so antibiotics (especially taken for that long) can lead to recurring yeast infections because the antibiotics kill the bad guys but also the GOOD guys.

      That's why everyone says eat yogurt. Don't just eat yogurt-- get probiotic supplements to fight back with the good guys!

      Even yeast infection medicine can do this. When that happens, the yeast that causes yeast infection can adapt to the antibiotics and keep coming back!!

      That's a really crappy place to be in-- I've had recurring yeast infections for that very reason-- I was on a long course of antiobiotics for a sinus infection!!!

      Now, what can you do to avoid it? Trust me when I say it takes a little bit of effort.. go ahead and start to take probiotic supplements like I suggested earlier. Also try to eat a balanced diet-- you have to treat the root cause, not just the symptoms! Which is exactly what antibiotics do NOT do. There are AWESOME cures on this blog I have (I put it in the sources) that literally saved me from recurring yeast infections I had for a lonnnnng time. Visit the blog and do what she says.

  36. QUESTION:
    Can my boyfriend give me his yeast infection if he wears a condom?
    My boyfriend has a yeast infection. Hes been to the doctor. Hes getting put on pills that he has to take for three months. I cannot wait 3 months to have sex. The doctor doesn't know where the infection is. He doesn't have a rash anywhere. Id really like to know if we have sex with a condom if he would give me the yeast infection.

    Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, it has not been scientifically proved that using condom will 100% prevent yeast infection. The usual advice for love partners is to stay from sex for a while to cure the infection before having sex in order to avoid recurring yeast infection.

      Anyway, it has been discovered that medication prescriptions don't cure the root cause of the infection rather it provides temporary solution. Apart from this, it takes longer time to produce result. Just imagine your boyfriend doctor suggest 3 months before you could have sex, i.e it will that longer period to have his good health back again.

      I 'll suggest you and your boyfriend to look around for simple home remedies to cure yeast infection fast and have good love relationship back.

  37. QUESTION:
    If yeast infection keep coming back what can be the problem?
    If yeast infection keep coming back what can be the problem?
    How cant yeast infection be tied with the thyroid or diabetic?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections are more common in any one with a weakened immune system. Diabetics tend to have a weaker immune system and are more prone to yeast infections and other illnesses. If you have recurring yeast infections, it probably means that the first infection was not completely cleared. If the infection wasn't completely cured, they tend to be a little worse each time it recurs because the yeast grows an immunity to treatment and is harder to kill.

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the best yeast infection cure?
    I have just given birth about 6 mths ago. Ever since i gave birth, i have been having yeast infection every month consecutively! I have gone to see 2 doctors who prescribed me with 2 different kind of creams. However, both are useless! I need something permanent. Please
    help to recommend the best yeast infection cure.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Rachel

      I had recurring yeast infection about 2 years ago. I was equally frustrated because i need a permanent yeast infection cure, just like you.

      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 are really
      serious in getting a permanent cure, i urge you to go to www.treat-yeast-infection.com now. It's definitely worthwhile!
      I'm confident that you won't suffer any yeast recurring infection anymore

  39. QUESTION:
    what if i had a yeast infection then my period and then a yeast infection again...could I be pregnant?
    I've been getting yeast infections every month about 3 months ago because of my birth control. I decided to stop taking them. last month I got a yeast infection randomly, for a week. Two days later got my period, five days later I am finishing my period and I feel that another yeast infection is coming. Could that be a sign of early pregnancy, even though I ha a normal period?

    • ANSWER:
      There are 2 good reasons to learn a bit about the causes of vaginal yeast infections. first, if you have recurring yeast infections, you can figure out what's causing them and then work to prevent them, rather than just working to kill the yeast every time they take over. second, if you know what kinds of things cause you to get yeast infections, you can be alert for symptoms and treat them early on with the generally-milder do-it-yourself remedies, rather than bombarding your body with drugs.

      Fungus Causes Yeast Infections

      The primary cause of yeast infection in woman is fungus - primarily Candida albicans. Along with some other types of bacteria, Candida albicans are usually present in small amounts in the vaginal area. However, the bacteria becomes a cause for concern when it multiples rapidly, becoming a yeast infection also known by the medical terms of candidiasis or monilia.

      Various Other Yeast Infection Causes

      Immune System: The biggest cause of rapid bacterial growth is the result of a lowered immune system. This occurs when you do too much, do not get enough sleep, or are sick. Reoccuring yeast infections can also be due to stress.

      Hormones: The body’s hormonal changes towards the end of the menstruation cycle can be another cause of vaginal yeast infection. Birth control and pregnancy are two other factors that could fall into the category of a yeast infection cause. In fact, during pregnancy, women can experience recurrent infections.

      Sex: While Candida infections are not usually thought of as sexually transmitted diseases, they can be passed onto your partner during sex through semen and other bodily fluids. Vaginal intercourse without adequate lubrication makes the situation worse.

      Antibiotics: Antibiotics are probably the leading cause of chronic yeast infection in American women. This happens with certain types of antibiotic or prolonged usage. Some women get yeast infections no matter what type of antibiotics they take or how long they use it. Unfortunately, there is no way of preventing an antibiotic-induced yeast infection. However, here are a number of treatments to take once it starts.

      Diabetes: Being diabetic or having elevated blood sugar levels can cause yeast to grow. This is primarily due to what is called uncontrolled diabetes mellitus.

      Factors That Encourage Yeast Infections

      Other situations may not be a direct cause but they may increase the likelihood of infection.

      * Hot, humid weather.
      * Tight or poorly ventilated clothing, including damp bathing suits or pantyhose.
      * Significant dietary changes, poor nutrition, and bad eating habits like junk food.
      * Frequent exposure to sperm and semen over a short period of time.
      * Douching washes away both healthy secretions and normal bacteria from the vagina.
      * Improper wiping from rear to front after using the toilet.
      * Sweating, which can also increase your pH level.
      * Menopause.
      * Some prescriptions, including those that contain steroids, such as Prednisone.
      * Poor personal hygiene.
      * Perfumed feminine hygiene sprays.
      * HIV infection.
      * Injuries.
      * Allergic reactions.

  40. QUESTION:
    How do I prevent recurring yeast infections.?
    Over the course of six months I've had really, bad yeast infections and they just keep coming back. I went to the doctor today because I have been having alot of itching but no discharge for a couple months. She told me that it is a yeast infection and she gave me a stronger dose of medication...

    The question is how do I prevent them from occuring? They drive me crazy and I dont know why they arent going away. What can I do so it dosent come back

    • ANSWER:
      If you are sexually active, your partner is probably giving it back to you. Guys don't have the same symptoms, and if they have a yeast infection, it's possible to go unnoticed.

      A change in diet can help with the recurrences. Foods containing yeast, such as bread, are contributors. Also, sweets and sugary foods are bad if you get yeast infections frequently. Eating yogurt can help prevent them.

      Wear cotton underwear and avoid tight-fitting clothes. Yeast thrives on warm, moist areas, so keep the area as dry as possible and let your "lady parts" breathe as much as possible.

      Acidophilus pills can be purchased at any pharmacy and some stores--I got mine at Wal-Mart. I take them because I haven't found a yogurt that I like.

      Good luck.

  41. QUESTION:
    I keep getting yeast infections, like every 2 months or so. Is it definitely diabetes?
    I've been having yeast infections for quite a number of years, I'm 21 now, but i've been having them since I can remember. They were never that frequent, but have become more so recently. i'm terrified I have diabetes. Is there a chance it could be something less sinister?

    • ANSWER:
      causes of yeast infections
      there are 2 good reasons to learn a bit about the causes of vaginal yeast infections. first, if you have recurring yeast infections, you can figure out what's causing them and then work to prevent them, rather than just working to kill the yeast every time they take over. second, if you know what kinds of things cause you to get yeast infections, you can be alert for symptoms and treat them early on with the generally-milder do-it-yourself remedies, rather than bombarding your body with drugs.

      vaginal yeast infections are caused by Candida albicans, which, along with a few types of bacteria, are normally present in relatively small numbers in your crotch. sometimes the yeast multiply rapidly and take over, causing a full-fledged yeast infection, or, in the heart-warming terminology of the medical establishment, candidiasis or monilia. this can be due to a change in the vaginal environment, injury, sexual transmission, or HIV. common environmental disruptions that favor yeast include increased pH, increased heat and moisture, allergic reactions, elevated sugar levels, hormonal fluxes, and reductions in the populations of bacteria that are normally present. these can generally be traced to a few categories of culprits:

      antibiotics are probably the leading cause of vaginal yeast infections in american wimmin, 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 wimmin have problems with only a few types of antibiotics, or with prolonged antiobiotic treatment. others get yeast infections every time they take antibiotics. unfortunately, i know of no way of preventing an antibiotic-induced yeast infection; you just have to treat it once it starts.

      clothing: crotch yeasties flourish in non-cotton, tight, or dirty clothes that trap heat and moisture. no doubt Xena, Warrior Princess, gets infections all the time from that leather underwear. your absolutely best bet is to wear a skirt with no underwear or tights, and definitely avoid pantyhose. if you've ever had an urge to go for that sexy thigh-high stocking look but have been too shy, here's the excuse you've been looking for. and if you do wear underwear, your safest bet is unbleached, undyed cotton underwear and breathable clothes. it's a good idea to change your underpants regularly, like maybe once a day. if at all possible, don't sleep in underwear; if you do, put on clean stuff. yeast can live in your underwear, so be sure to wash it well, particularly during and after a yeast infection. some medical types think that when you have a yeast infection, you should wash and dry your underwear and then iron it or throw it in the microwave on high for 5 min to kill the yeast. on the other hand, check out this testimonial: "I wanted to alert your readers that putting underwear in the microwave for 5 minutes is a VERY BAD IDEA... I went off to finish my nightly ablutions, leaving the underwear nuking away. I came back to a little black melted pile and an incredibly difficult to clean microwave." there you have it. i personally am going to stick to ironing.

      chemicals, such as inks, dyes, and perfumes, can upset the balance in your crotch or trigger allergic reactions that lead to yeast infections. the classic example is commercial douches, which have no benefits and are definitely harmful to the vaginal environment and your health. you know those odor-causing bacteria that their products help you get rid of? well, they're the same bacteria that kill the yeast in your crotch! on top of that, soaps are not only disruptive to the vaginal environment, but can damage your mucus membranes. you should never soap your crotch. but there are other, less obvious sources of nasty chemicals. for example, i've had serious problems with those nasty colored, perfumed toilet papers, like Charmin; 5 days of that and i am yeast central. if you think that's your problem, try an unscented, undyed toilet paper, like Scott. even better, use a recycled, unbleached eco brand. similarly, some laundry detergents and fabric softeners have allergenic dyes and perfumes; i invariably get yeast infections from underwear washed in Liquid Tide, and a friend of mine gets them from underwear washed in Wisk. again, try an eco brand, or something like Arm & Hammer fragrance free detergent. additives in bubble baths or bath salts, scented tampons or sanitary pads, or (heaven forbid) feminine deodorant sprays, can similarly trigger yeast infections.

      condoms can promote yeast infections in two different ways. first, a lot of condoms come packaged with a lubricant that contains no

  42. QUESTION:
    What can i do to stop getting Reoccurring yeast infections?
    each time my husband and i have sex i always get a yeast infection. i'm not on birth control, I'm not pregnant or taking any medications. I'm 23 years old and i eat pretty healthy. please help.

    • ANSWER:
      It pains me to see so many spam answers... especially when one of them (Annie's) is what I would consider the best answer, but it's from a website trying to get you to buy a book to give you the advice and answers. It's sad, really, to see people using sales pitches that look like answers to get money.

      Anyway, to answer your question, I completely agree with the aspect about antibiotics being one of the leading causes of recurring yeast infections. Theoretically, it could be your husband passing it back to you, but if you're not on birth control, I would assume you're using condoms which would prevent a yeast infection from passing.
      I would recommend a good Probiotic complex as they are the biggest thing to help fight yeast growth. Yogurt and Kefir have Probiotics in them, but no where near enough to make a fast impact on yeast that a good Probiotic supplement (one with 30+ billion viable organisms from several strains) can. In addition to Probiotics, Caprylic Acid and Grapefruit Seed Extract also help to fight the yeast directly, so those three together are a very good combination to fight yeast. I make a similar suggestion to anyone after they complete any antibiotic treatment specifically for the same reason... the antibiotic kills off not only the bad bacteria, but the good bacteria as well and the good bacteria is what holds bad bacteria and growths at bay.

      Also, just to be on the safe side, you may want to have both yourself and your husband use a yeast infection treatment (Monostat or whatever your drug store carries) to treat the current infection or at least get checked at your clinic (which may cost more than the treatment). Good luck and I hope I helped!

  43. QUESTION:
    How many days after taking new antibiotics does a vaginal yeast infection appear?
    I'm on Augmeten after being sick for a while. I've never been on this medication before. Three days ago I was prescribed. Two days later i realized I had a vaginal yeast infection. Is it normal to get it after only been taking the medication for a few days? I took 4 pills total and haven't eaten any yogurt or anything to prevent this from happening. HELP. Can this be something else?

    • ANSWER:
      Vaginal yeast infection is highly infective and recurring in nature, instead of taking pills i suggest you to use natural and home based remedies along with maintaining proper hygiene.

  44. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a yeast infection to go away?
    I was diagnosed with a yeast infection, and started treatment Wednesday night. I started using the Monistat, and continue to use it, but have also taken the oral medication too. How long does it normally take for the yeast infection to go away? Thanks for your help!
    How long will it take for the burning and itching to go away. It's still red and sore and itchy.

    • ANSWER:
      Treatments can vary from 1 to 3 to 7 days depending upon the strength of the dosage. Just follow the dosing schedule on the included literature for whichever one you purchased. Even after treatment it may take a day or two for all the discharge to be emitted as your body sheds the infection. If the infection recurs or comes back after a few days, consult with your OB/GYN as you may require a stronger prescription and to also rule out other possible complications.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. QUESTION:
    How do women get yeast infections ?
    How do women get yeast infections. Women that are not in a sexual relationship though.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast (candida) is almost always present in warm, moist tissues (like oral or vaginal cavity).It is only a problem when it overgrows and causes irritation. Here is more:

      What Causes a Yeast Infection?

      One of the best reasons to learn about the causes of yeast infection is so you can be alert for the symptoms and learn how to treat it early with over the counter cures for vaginal itching rather than later with strong drugs to prevent it from recurring. In women, yeast infections are the second most common reason for burning, an itch in the vagina, and vaginal discharge. There are a number of things that cause yeast infection and this article discusses these causes as well as how to treat a yeast infection.

      Top Rated Yeast Infection Cure for Men and Women

      Fungus Causes Yeast Infections

      The primary cause of yeast infection in woman is fungus - primarily Candida albicans. Along with some other types of bacteria, Candida albicans are usually present in small amounts in the vaginal area. However, the bacteria becomes a cause for concern when it multiples rapidly, becoming a yeast infection also known by the medical terms of candidiasis or monilia.

      Various Other Yeast Infection Causes

      Immune System: The biggest cause of rapid bacterial growth is the result of a lowered immune system. This occurs when you do too much, do not get enough sleep, or are sick. Reoccuring yeast infections can also be due to stress.

      Hormones: The body’s hormonal changes towards the end of the menstruation cycle can be another cause of vaginal yeast infection. Birth control and pregnancy are two other factors that could fall into the category of a yeast infection cause. In fact, during pregnancy, women can experience recurrent infections.

      Sex: While Candida infections are not usually thought of as sexually transmitted diseases, they can be passed onto your partner during sex through semen and other bodily fluids. Vaginal intercourse without adequate lubrication makes the situation worse.

      Antibiotics: Antibiotics are probably the leading cause of chronic yeast infection in American women. This happens with certain types of antibiotic or prolonged usage. Some women get yeast infections no matter what type of antibiotics they take or how long they use it. Unfortunately, there is no way of preventing an antibiotic-induced yeast infection. However, here are a number of treatments to take once it starts.

      Diabetes: Being diabetic or having elevated blood sugar levels can cause yeast to grow. This is primarily due to what is called uncontrolled diabetes mellitus.

      Factors That Encourage Yeast Infections

      Other situations may not be a direct cause but they may increase the likelihood of infection.

      * Hot, humid weather.
      * Tight or poorly ventilated clothing, including damp bathing suits or pantyhose.
      * Significant dietary changes, poor nutrition, and bad eating habits like junk food.
      * Frequent exposure to sperm and semen over a short period of time.
      * Douching washes away both healthy secretions and normal bacteria from the vagina.
      * Improper wiping from rear to front after using the toilet.
      * Sweating, which can also increase your pH level.
      * Menopause.
      * Some prescriptions, including those that contain steroids, such as Prednisone.
      * Poor personal hygiene.
      * Perfumed feminine hygiene sprays.
      * HIV infection.
      * Injuries.
      * Allergic reactions.

      http://www.symptoms-yeast-infection-treatment.com/yeast-infection-causes.html

      So - prevent it by keeping clean and dry (gentle washing, soap and water, NO DOUCHING! - and wearing cotton not too tight underwear, so that your vagina can clean and dry itself appropriately (discharge for cleaning, and air for drying)

  48. 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!

  49. QUESTION:
    What if I keep getting yeast infections?
    Okay so in spring break 2010 I got sugery and had to take antibiotics ad after I stopped taking them I got a yeast infection and I got treatment but ever since then they keep coming back. What does this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Recurring yeast infections are a common problem in diabetics and in those who consume a high sugar diet. When you have more than four infections in a year, you have a condition known as recurring yeast infection. Birth control is one of the most common causes of recurring yeast infection in some women. Both in women and men, another cause of recurring yeast infection is food, especially sugars and sweet treats. If the level of these sugars are not controlled well and allowed to get high, you will likely experience recurring yeast infection.

      Moisture trapped around the vagina can also be the cause of recurring yeast infection. One of the last causes of recurring yeast infection is a change in the immune system. Women who have HIV are also at risk for recurring yeast infection. It is also important for recurring yeast infection sufferers to become familiar with the possible causes of their infections. For those with recurring yeast infections, the simple touch, tingle, or pain in the genital or pubic region can be the earliest alarm that the infection has returned. While many patients with recurring yeast infections are eventually placed on prescription medications, medical professionals are reluctant to use this course of treatment because of the possibility of becoming immune to the drug.

      It is often suggested that recurring yeast infections be treated by alternating over-the-counter medication for one course, and a prescription for the next. One of the most common prescriptions for stubborn or recurring yeast infections is Diflucan, in varying strengths as needed. When might a recurring yeast infection happen. For example, an individual taking doxycycline or tetracycline for the prevention of acne is at a higher risk for developing recurring yeast infections. The problem with conventional medicine is that it generally does not restore a healthy body ecology, allowing a recurring yeast infection. The antibiotics can kill the good along with the bad bacteria in your system allowing yeast infections to thrive and reoccur without proper prevention and treatment.

      Skin infections involving Candida species can become a recurring yeast infection whenever the conditions leading to the infection do not change. If those with recurring yeast infections of the skin do not keep the affected areas clean and dry, even after the infection is treated, recurrences are likely. Perhaps the most severe form of a recurring yeast infection is that which affects the bowels. Candida overgrowth in the colon may not affect the bowel function but, instead, provide a reservoir for recurring yeast infections in other body areas, especially in the urogenital tract.

      A proper diagnosis is very important to ensure you receive the most appropriate and effective treatment to cure your yeast infection. Some products merely relieve the symptoms, and others cure the infection. When choosing the treatment for your yeast infection, select a cure so you have the best chance to eliminate your yeast infection. If you're treating a yeast infection, you should abstain from sex during the course of the treatment and cure (about seven days). Prescribed medicines may cure yeast infection but if you experience recurring yeast infections don?t ignore it as it may lead to chronic yeast infection.

      Hope this helps.


recurring yeast infections

Canine Ear Yeast Infection Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what herbal or home treatments can i give my dogs for yeast infection?
    their ears are stuffed with brown to yellow yeast and there is no other bacteria found in them. i have bee going to the vet twice since and still they have it. though it went down greatly that their not so touchy. but i hate to go for the third time and pay another 140$ for they wont give resupplys until they check him. im hopping for herbal stuff besides vinager.

    • ANSWER:
      You've got a lot of good answers so far!
      I also wanted to mention that the food that you are feeding could be contributing to the problem though.

      There are so many grains and unnatural things in kibble dog food that can cause problems for them its unbelievable!
      Food sensitivities and allergies can cause a great deal of ongoing skin and ear problems for dogs!

      You might want to try switching over to a 'grain free' kibble and do ALOT of research on dog food and canine nutrition! You will be amazed at what you learn!

  2. 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

  3. 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.

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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.

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  4. QUESTION:
    How does chlorhexidine kill yeast in an ear of a dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Chlorhexidine gluconate is an anti-microbial that can be used to treat yeast infections in canine ears.

      Having said that I wouldn't go flushing the ear with a chlorhexidine solution unless I'd taken my dog to the vet. Some, not all, yeasts are susceptible to it so I'd be heading to the vet so they can make up a slide of the organisms in there to figure out what the best treatment is.

      Good luck and I hope your dog is OK.

  5. QUESTION:
    can anyone who has a maltese tell me about skin problems?
    I have a maltese and a cocker with food allergies. The cocker has the most problems. Causing inflammed ears and scratching. He gets an allergy shot every 6 weeks. both dogs did great on royal canine mini 30 food for 2 months. Thier coat was beautiful no stains around thier eyes from tearing or pink in thier white coat from biting themselves, and all of a sudden the maltese started biteing herself on the tale, back legs and anal area. there were also times her skin seemed brighter pink or more red than usual. I also had not had the maltese's anal glands cleaned in a while, so i did the same day i changed them from the royal canine mini 30 to natural balance duck and potatoe.I thought she had developed an allergy to corn or something in the royal canine mini 30 they were eaing. didn't think it could be because of her anal glands. what would cause her skin to be brighter pink or red at times? is it normal? was the royal canine mini 30 ok for the cocker with allergies?

    • ANSWER:
      All skin conditions are NOT allergy related. This must not be overlooked. It is very easy to look at a Westie and say "allergies. There could be an underlying thyroid condition, or the dog could have lice, sarcoptic or demodetic mange mites. Blood tests, skin scraping or biopsies may be required to diagnose these problems.
      It does sound like your Maltese may have a yeast infection.
      Whatever the cause, dogs with chronic skin problems need to have an ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS and APPROPRIATE TREATMENT. See your vet.

  6. QUESTION:
    my dog ways 87 lbs and is having ear infections?
    please help cant afford to go to vet i have augmentin and also have clindamycin but i think augmentin would work better just need to know how much to give and how man times to give it

    • ANSWER:
      Do not attempt to give your dog any medications without consulting a veterinarian. Besides, most canine ear infections are caused by yeast, which won't be cleared up with the medications you mentioned. Get your dog to a vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.

  7. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of my dog's ear infection? i don't have the money to go to a vet.?
    my dog has been sick for a week now her ear really hurts but i can't see anything wrong inside the ear,
    does anyone know of any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      There are particular cleaning solutions that a veterinarian would recommend, including acetic acid (or vinegar) which effectively removes dirt and substances in the ear. Other home remedies include the application of essential oils such as olive oil that is regarded to treat as well as prevent infections from recurring.

      How to clean your pet's ears?
      When cleaning the ears, use a cotton or tissue moistened with the solution and wipe off the ear as carefully as possible. Regular cleaning must be endeavored to sustain the health of your pet's ear.

      Trimming off hair from the insides of the ears also helps reduce the chances for bacteria, yeast, or other parasites to attack your pet's delicate ears. Nonetheless, make sure that the pet is steadily tied down during cleaning to prevent any form of resistance from treatment.

      Alternative Remedies -
      A responsible pet owner should also adopt a list of healthy measures to sustain canine ear health and prevent instances of infection. The hygienic practice of removing excessive wax buildup in the ear helps prevent bacterial and yeast infections from occurring. Meanwhile, strengthening the immune system through a boost of vitamin C and a healthy diet will reinforce your pet's resilience against ear pathogens. In the same way, an organic diet will prove to be helpful in keeping the immune defenses robust while sustaining the routine functions of related bodily systems.
      Use of antiseptic and antimicrobial herbal remedies can also help support ear health. Marigold and Tea Tree Oil are regarded as natural antiseptics while Rosemary extracts have been observed to strengthen the dermal layer of the skin. All these medicinal benefits are available in the tincture base of PetAlive Ear Dr. This standardized herbal supplement formula promotes ear health through the holistic healing of its symptoms and as a preventative against re-infections.

      And if problem still persists then as Ashanabu said. Consult a Vet.
      Hope your dog gets better soon. Take Care of your dog & yourself.

  8. QUESTION:
    dog's yeast infection on body?
    My pug has reoccurring dual ear infections from yeast since he was a puppy. The problem spread to his under belly and under his neck which my vet said can happen from itching his ears and infecting his skin. I've been bathing him every 5-7 days. And it has taken months for it to start clearing up. Now it's just under his neck but doesn't seem to be getting any better.

    He lays on our leather furniture and gets his 'discharge' on it. He also goes on car rides daily to his baby sitter's house.

    My question is can he be reinfecting himself from his bedding and the furniture? And how would I clean these things and how often? How would I get his yeasty discharge off of leather? Right now I use leather cleaner or plain water for the furniture and just normal laundering for his bedding and toys.

    • ANSWER:
      Ditch the regular vet and go to a canine dermotologist.

      If they can't help, try the blue power (below) stuff for the ears, and spay the body in a 50/50 solution of cider vinegar (with the "mother" in it) and water. Every day. You dog will smell a bit like a salad, but it does help.

      But really, hit the dermotologist first, this sounds severe.

      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.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my Golden Retriever? Any ideas of what his medical issue could be?
    I need some serious help with the health of my dog. He is a two year old Golden with seriously dry skin, hot spots, consist yeast infections in his years, and not a mouth infection. We got our golden retriever from a family in Germany when he was 10 weeks old. Since we brought him home he has suffered from server dry skin which we thought was due to the cold weather and or diet. We changed his diet to Royal Canine and put him on Omega supplements from the vet. At least every other month he had ear infections which the German vet treated with steroid shots and antibiotics. As he got older his ears never fully improved nor did his skin. We have also tried many soaps that the vet has prescribed with no luck. Now he is nearing two years old and we have relocated to the states. His skin continues to get worse even with many diet changes to include gluten and grain free. He is now on Blue Buffalo without any grains and little to no improvement. His hair is now beging to fall out and he now has a mouth infection. We have set up a vet appointment in two day and I really hope they will find out why he is in such bad shape. I am tired of temporally treating him with antibiotics and steroids. We do not over feed him, we walk him daily and he is 105lbs. He is 5 inches taller than a American Golden and is not fat at all. Both our vets have told us he is just a big dog muscular wise. I know this may not have anything to do with a medical condition I just wanted to provide all the facts. All of the veterinarians we saw overseas said he was way to young to have a medical problem but I think there has to be something wrong. It seems that he has lost all intreats in activities or playing with our other dog. Any information or ideas I can bring up to the vet will be helpful. I plan to have them do extensive blood work and hopefully find out why he is going down hill.

    • ANSWER:
      Every time that I hear about a dog being treated with steroids I shudder. Your dog's skin problems are most likely caused or aggravated by the use of steroids.

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

      Never, ever give steroids to your dog. 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.

      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. 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:
    My boxer has chronic diarrhea and may have colitis?
    I have a two year old boxer who I rescued about 2 months ago. He has always had very soft stool and when I adopted him the foster parents claimed he was just wrapping up Giardia. I brought him to the vet the first week I had him and he had a bunch of things wrong, including a yeast infection all over his skin and a bacterial ear infection. My dog always eats really well and acts well. There has been no change in behavior. A couple weeks ago he started getting really bad diarrhea. I put him on a chicken and rice diet for 3 or 4 days and nothing seemed to help. I brought him back to the vet and they said that he had some bad bacteria in his stomach lining. They gave him and antibiotic and FortiFlora to put on top of his food for a week. I kept him on chicken and rice and his stool hardened a bit. As soon as the week long meds when done, his diarrhea came right back. He has lost a couple pounds and cannot afford to do so, he is very underweight. The vet said he may have colitis and that she could administer him a colon biopsy and 3 week long treatment, but I read online that it is not always effective. Please help! Thank you.

    Hoping for a vet to stumble across this question so I can have a professional opinion. Thanks.

    Also, I am still feeding my dog chicken and rice.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      If your dog has "boxer colitis" or HUC (histiocytic ulcerative colitis), which can be verified by biopsy, and was considered fatal, you may find this helpful. Even if you can not afford biopsy or are worried about perforating intestinal walls, and all conventional treatments fail (typical of HUC) I recommend you give it a try. It saved my girls life, after months of suffering she was all skin and bones, and I was considering euthanasia.

      My advice is to forget any attempts to treat HUC with various diets (like raw) or probiotics, they bring temporary improvement at best, often not even that. It seems HUC is caused by E. Coli and can be treated easily (sorry about all caps - I copy from my one of my earlier emails):

      I HAVE A BOXER GIRL THAT HAD THE SAME PROBLEM BACK IN 2005, AND VETS HAD NO IDEA HOW TO TREAT IT (AND WE WENT TO MANY)! AFTER A LOT OF TIME AND MONEY THE SOLUTION CAME FROM AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY: ENROFLOXACIN 1x150mg (5-10mg/kg) DAILY FOR AT LEAST 6 WEEKS. IT IS A COMMON ANTIBIOTIC AND RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE. AFTER 2 WEEKS SHE WAS GETTING BETTER. IN THE END SHE WAS CURED AND WE HAD NO MORE PROBLEMS!!! IT SEEMS SOMETIMES THERE IS A REMISSION, BUT REPEATED THERAPY WORKS AND IS USUALLY NEEDED ONLY ONCE. GOOD LUCK AND DON'T WORRY, IT WORKS ALMOST 100% OF TIMES!

      By the way, enrofloxacin is called "Baytril" in US (i think)...

      Personally, back in 2005, I contacted mr. Roger A. Hostutler directly for help, he was very helpful and sympathetic...

      Good luck!

      -- SOURCES:

      J Vet Inter Med 2004 Jul-Aug; 18(4):499-504 "Antibiotic-responsive
      histiocytic ulcerative colitis in 9 dogs"
      Roger A. Hostutler, DVM, MS, DACVIM
      Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas
      6405 Tryon Road, Suite 100, Cary, North Carolina 27511
      919-233-4911 (Phone), 919-854-1155 (Fax), hostutler.4@osu.edu (email)
      ABSTRACT:
      Canine histiocytic ulcerative colitis (HUC) is characterized by
      colonic inflammation with predominantly periodic acid-Schiff
      (PAS)-positive macrophages. The inflammation results in colonic
      thickening, ulcerations, and distortion of normal glandular
      architecture. Resultant clinical signs consist of chronic large bowel
      diarrhea, tenesmus, and marked weight loss, and the disease frequently
      results in euthanasia. Conventional therapy consists of some
      combination of prednisone, azathioprine, sulfasalazine, and
      metronidazole. Nine dogs (8 Boxers and 1 English Bulldog) with
      histologic confirmation of HUC were treated with antibiotic therapy
      (either with enrofloxacin alone or in combination with metronidazole
      and amoxicillin). Clinical signs, physical examination findings,
      laboratory abnormalities, and the histologic severity of the disease
      were evaluated. Four of the 9 dogs had been treated previously with
      conventional therapy and had failed to respond favorably; then, these
      dogs were placed on antibiotic therapy (enrofloxacin, n = 1;
      nrofloxacin, metronidazole, and amoxicillin, n = 3) and had resolution
      of clinical signs within 3–12 days. Five dogs were treated solely with
      antibiotic therapy (enrofloxacin, n = 1; enrofloxacin and
      metronidazole, n = 1; enrofloxacin, metronidazole, and amoxicillin, n
      = 3), and clinical signs resolved in 2–7 days. Repeated biopsy
      specimens were obtained from 5 dogs after treatment, and all showed
      marked histologic improvement. The increase in body weight after
      treatment was statistically significant (P = .01). Three dogs
      currently are not on any treatment and have had resolution of clinical
      signs for up to 14 months. These observations suggest that an
      infectious agent responsive to antibiotics plays an integral role in
      the clinical manifestation of canine HUC, and they support the use of
      antibiotics in its treatment.

      ---and---

      NEW THERAPEUTIC APPROACH TO BOXER COLITIS
      Michael E. Matz, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, Veterinary Specialty Center
      of Tucson, Tucson, AZ
      North American Veterinary Conference, January 7, 2006

  11. QUESTION:
    My Lahasa Apso has ear infection and watery eyes....?
    Hi, My Lahaha Apso is 2 years old.
    Problem 1- He developed an ear infection in his right year in October 2011. I showed him to my vet immidiately who gave him a sleeping injection and thoroughly cleaned his ear. The vet also gave me me ear drops which my dog did not let me put. Anyways the ear was fine in a couple of days. I repetedly asked my Doc as to the reason for the infection n was not given any proper answer. (My Vet is apparantely one of the best vets in city ....). Now again after a month he developed the infection with pus. The same procedure was repeated and my dog was fine. This time also no clearely stated reason was given . The worst is that 2 days back my dog again has the infection in the same ear. He scratches his ear....there is smell like before.....and im very sad and upset because my vet/ doc is of no help....or maybe thats what I feel....
    Maybe giving a little detail about his food habits will help you help me. He somethimes has milk in the morning (depends on his mood). Lunch is rice with 2 small pieces of boiled chicken n stock. Dinner is 2 Indian Chapatis (Its a bread Made with whole grain and cooked on grill). We never-never-never give him spices, salt or anything sweet. Yes I admit we do put some Ghee (Clarified Indian butter without salt) to my dog .....i need to know if this is a healthy practice or not....

    Also he goes for pet grooming every two months where there is proper ear cleaning. We at home also regularly keep cleaning his ear with a soft tissue paper without going too deep.....

    I need you help as to why / how is this infection recurring and what should I do???

    Issue Number 2-
    His eyes are very watery. Right from the time he was a little puppy. The Doc/ Vet that we regulary show and one / two other vets say that its because of the hair. So now I have done a lot of experiments. Have cut the hair around his eyes really short so that no hair falls in his eyes....does not help. Have grown his hair, tied them up loosely and comfortable enough for him....does not help. Thankfully enough my father is a Family Physician so he whenever notices any eye inflammation gives some mini anti infective medicines and my dog becomes okay...but still i think this is not the solution.

    I hope that you will be able to help me with some answers.....NO RUDE ANSWERS PLEASE.

    I love my dog a lot and all I want is the best for him....

    Looking forward for an reply

    • ANSWER:
      Checked to see if you were a new account because I suspected a troll - am assuming you are legit, so will address your question.

      Dogs do NOT drink milk, they are lactose intolerant, so that has to stop right now, it contributes to his problems without doubt.
      You also need to get him off the GRAINS - no more chapatis, skip the gee too, way too fatty for a small dog.
      I am amazed that your vet has not pointed all this out to you - or did you not tell him what you feed this poor animal.

      Your dog needs a good dry kibble, no supermarket junk with corn meal or wheat gluten --- MEAT should be the first ingredient listed. Go to a good holistic or small pet shop and check out the kibble, READ the ingredients. I suspect all the grain your dog is getting (chapatis are great, I love them, but they are for humans, not small dogs) contributes to your dog's ear infections.

      I used to feed my dogs Science Diet, figured vets sell it, must be good. Not so, it is loaded with corn meal. On advice of handler at AKC dog show, I switched to Canidae, no corn meal or wheat gluten in that. My dogs have not had an ear infection or yeast infection since I switched.
      Do so immediately, and in month or so you should see a good change. NO more milk - you can give some plain, live culture yoghurt if your dog has to have a dairy product, that is good for dogs.

      I have 7 small dogs plus I foster, literally dozens of dogs have gotten healthy on a good diet once they came into foster to me, it makes all the difference.

      Meanwhile, ear infections are caused by either ear mites or yeast infection, your vet should have told you that. Either can be very stubborn and you must continue treatment (ear drops) for at least a month or it comes back. Find out which your dog has and continue the meds.

      I am betting that if you change your dog's diet to something approaching normal for a small dog, you will see improvement. You can add some plain, no skin or bones, white meat chicken to his kibble to make it more appetizing - you just boil it in plain water.
      Small dogs have fussy intestinal systems sometimes and yours is getting a really, really poor diet.

      Go back to the vet, ask if it is a yeast or mite infection - continue the treatment even after the infection appears gone, at least another 2 weeks after that or it likely will come back, these things are very subborn.

      Put your dog on a CANINE diet, that isn't milk or chapatis --- it is a good kibble possibly supplemented by a bit of yoghurt and plain chicken.

      Please realize you have a dog, not a child and feed him accordingly.

      The eye problem will likely be better on a NO GRAIN diet, if not, get a better diagnosis or a better vet.

      Good luck to you and your dog.

  12. QUESTION:
    Should my puppy get this tested? (v2)?
    My almost 11 mnth old female lab has been getting sick often...

    So far:
    -Eye Infection (technically twice; it was starting and I had medicine leftover from last time and after I used it-it was fine)
    -Ear Infection
    -UTI....twice

    The vet recommended:
    -Allergy test
    -Thyroid exam

    They also recommended me changing her food...
    She's on Nature's Recipe, which is a reputable brand and is good...she likes it (eats it all up) and I haven't had any problems since I switched her on it....

    I heard if I want to change her foods I should just buy Royal Canine and since she's getting sick just buy her Vitamins and she should be fine...

    I'm probably not going to do the allergy test because honestly,...a dog with allergies...? To what....? lol....

    The thyroid exam seems like something that should be done to a dog that's a lot older than she is now...

    Maybe I should just do a simple blood test and see how that goes?
    The allergy and the thyroid cost 0 something each....it doesn't matter if it's for my dogs health but like thinking about it honestly....does she really need it? Or is the vet just trying to get in some extra money...?

    Oh, I go to Petsmart's Banfield... (big mistake...switching as soon as my year insurance is over...)

    What do you guys/gals think?
    Should I just change her food to Royal Canine and get her Vitamins?
    Or go through with those tests?
    Or just go with a simple blood test?

    ***Oh, by the way, she is kind of overweight...she eats 2 cups of food a day...and she was chubby ever since we got her (8 wks)....

    Thanks for your opinions!!

    NOTE:
    I would think people who actually know what they're talking about would answer my questions instead of the people who consider to be know-it-alls and don't have their facts straight...so let me clear things up...

    -The food I feed her has no grain, no corn, no artificial preservatives,etc...it's healthy and not a bad food...that is why I said it's reputable...
    -Royal Canine is a VERY GOOD food..if you have an argument against that...please show me your proof besides maybe a dog is allergic to it or something....
    -Food doesn't contain all of the vitamins a dog needs, anyone with half a brain could realize this...
    If a person only eats good food...there's no way in hell will they EVER, EVER, EVER....be healthy...there are various other affects whether it's in the environment or other things they take LIKE VITAMINS...that help their immune systems and etc...
    -The person telling me this advice is someone very knowledgeable considering he's had dogs all his life...
    -When I said "The vet wants my money" it's not completely literal...obviously they don't get all of it....but I mean it more in a sense of they don't care about my money and just do whatever seems easier and whatnot......
    -I know dogs get allergies...it was like an exaggeration...but it's almost obvious this couldn't have been caused from an allergy...

    I hope I straightened things out for some of you people who've answered in my other question and your answer was just completely off....

    NOTE**:This is the second food I'm giving my dog...the past infections (except the second UTI and the second Eye infection) were from the other food....(IAMS Smart Puppy)

    • ANSWER:
      Ok.. so first let me say that it is a common misconception that animals don't have allergies. It is actually one of the most common issues we see in the veterinary field. Animals unlike humans show their allergies in their skin. The can loose hair, become itchy, get ear infections, skin infections and may other things as a result of allergies. The most common type of allergies are air born, however food allergies are seen sometimes too. In 90% ot the cases of food allergies the allergy is to the protein source and not the grain as many people think. If you bye a good brand name medicine your pet should not need vitamin, unless they have an underlying medical condition. In actuality there is a lot of research done by pet food companies and they do make the foods completely balanced. Vitamins will not hurt your pet in most cases, but is not necessary. Ear infections are very common in dog and among Labs, most dogs with floppy ears will be more predisposed to ear infections over their lifetime just because their ears create a better environment for bacteria, and yeast to grow. It is a good idea to clean your pets ears at least once a week or so even if they don't have an infection. This can help prevent future infections. UTIs can occur for many reasons, and some pets are more predisposed to them. Sometimes they can even be caused by the PH of the urine and minerals in the diet that can create crystals and even stones in the bladder. A simple urine test can tell you if that is the problem. I don't think that allergy testing is a bad idea, however I know money doesn't grow on trees and I can't say that I would test my pet as a first line treatment. A thyroid test is a good idea, thyroid problems (most commonly hypothyroidism in dogs) and cause a wide variety or problems for your pet, including lethargy, skin issues, weight gain, and many more. This is an issue that can affect a dog at any age. I would recommend doing a complete blood panel with thyroid test to start. Food allergies can occur, but are not the most common. Your veterinarian is obligated by recommend all of the testing and options available to you. If you have a reputable veterinarian they will go over all of your options with you and recommend (based on what you can afford and the best option for your pet) a treatment plan tailored to your pet. When in doubt tell your vet what your thinking and ask for suggestions, or ask the techs, they get paid weather you run the tests or not and are not going to be motivated to tell you you need something if you don't.

  13. QUESTION:
    puppy has trouble walking?
    he can't move or even stand up on his own. started about 3 days ago he can stand if you put him up on his feet but then tries to walk and falls over. Today some weird fluid started coming from his ears. He is about 8 weeks old
    we have taken it to the vet and they gave us antibiotics for him
    he tested negative for parvo when we took him to the vet
    gave him a third ibuprofine and put some disinfectant drops in his ears he can stand on his own now without swaying. still having trouble walking will take him back to the vet monday when they open
    the panostetis sound like it I read about it online. but that does not explain his ears. is it possible the he has a simultaneous ear infection ?

    • ANSWER:
      One possibility is Panosteitis, which is a bone disease of dogs that is characterized by bone proliferation and remodeling. The cause is unknown

      It is often painful and can last as long as 18 months, though more commonly it lasts from 2 to 5 months. It is characterized by lameness that often comes and goes and changes from leg to leg. It is a common problem in several large breeds.

      Symptoms include sudden lameness NOT associated with any trauma. It is usually a large breed male dog between the ages of 6 to 18 months. There are periods of lameness lasting from 2 to 3 weeks and it may shift from leg to leg. The dog may show a reluctance to walk or exercise. When the affected bones are squeezed, the dog reacts painfully. Occasionally, affected dogs will have a fever, tonsillitis, or an elevated white blood cell count.

      There is no specific treatment for the disease. Since this condition is often very painful, painkillers such as buffered aspirin or carprofen (Rimadyl) are recommended. The disease responds poorly to antibiotics, suggesting a cause other than bacterial.

      Good Luck and I hope pooch is better soon! *;*

      Sorry, I forgot to mention that I thought the ear was a separate issue and totally unrelated. He most likely has an ear infection.

      There are three types of ear infections affecting canines. Otitis external infects the ear canal, otitis media infects the middle ear and otitis internal is an infection of the inner ear. Most common are the middle ear infections. Most ear infections are caused by bacteria or ear mites and do require treatment

      The most common contributor to ear problems is allergies. These allergies can be caused by the food the dog eats or from airborne particles from the dog's environment. Allergies that affect the ear can contribute to bacteria and yeast infections of the ear.

      And one of the symptoms of Panosteitis is tonsilites, which may be related to the ear infection. Possible....

      APBT

      Edit Answer: One of the symptoms being tonsilites may or may not be related to the ear infection.

      You may want to bring up the Panosteitis to your vet or get a second opinion. Clearly the antibiodics are not working.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is xylitol?

    • ANSWER:
      It is very popular in Finland, which is considered its "home country". Many Finnish confectioneries employ xylitol, or have a xylitol version available. Virtually all chewing gum sold in Finland is sweetened with xylitol. The Spanish company Chupa Chups makes a xylitol-based breath mint, Smint, that it markets worldwide. In Japan and South Korea, xylitol is found in wide assortment of chewing gums. In 2004, popular North American Trident gum was reformulated to include xylitol.

      [edit]
      Medical applications
      [edit]
      Dental care
      Xylitol is a "Toothfriendly" sugar substitute. In addition to discouraging tooth decay by replacing dietary sugars, xylitol may actively aid in repairing minor cavities caused by dental caries. Recent research[1] confirms a plaque-reducing effect and suggests that the compound, having some chemical properties similar to sucrose, attracts and then "starves" harmful micro-organisms, allowing the mouth to remineralize damaged teeth with less interruption. (However, this same effect also interferes with the yeast micro-organism and others, so xylitol is inappropriate in making bread, for instance.)

      [edit]
      Diabetes
      Possessing approximately 50% less food energy,[citation needed] xylitol is a low-calorie alternative to table sugar, and is absorbed more slowly than sugar; thus it doesn't contribute to a rapid rise in blood sugar level and the resultant hyperglycemia caused by insufficient insulin response.

      [edit]
      Osteoporosis
      Xylitol also appears to have potential as a treatment for osteoporosis. A group of Finnish researchers have found that dietary xylitol prevents weakening of bones in laboratory rats, and actually improves bone density.[2][3]

      [edit]
      Ear and upper respiratory infections
      Studies[4] [5] have shown that xylitol chewing gum can help prevent ear infections (acute otitis media); the act of chewing and swallowing assists with the disposal of earwax and clearing the middle ear, whilst the presence of xylitol prevents the growth of bacteria in the eustachian tubes which connect the nose and ear. This action that xylitol has on bacteria in the back of the nose is best explained on the site dealing with the nasal application of xylitol. [6] When bacteria enter the body they hold on to our tissues by hanging on to a variety of sugar complexes. The open nature of xylitol and its ability to form many different sugar-like structures appears to interfere with the ability of many bacteria to adhere.[7] Xylitol can be applied nasally through a saline solution containing xylitol, such as Xlear Nasal Wash.

      [edit]
      Candida yeast
      A recent report suggests that consumption of xylitol may help control oral infections of Candida yeast; in contrast, galactose, glucose and sucrose may increase proliferation.[8]

      [edit]
      Health concerns
      Xylitol, like most sugar alcohols, can have a mild laxative effect at high doses. It has no known toxicity, though; people have consumed as much as 400 grams daily for long periods with no apparent ill effects. For canines, however, xylitol can cause serious – possibly life-threatening – problems. Dogs ingesting large amounts of products sweetened with xylitol may have a sudden drop in blood sugar, resulting in loss of coordination, depression and seizures within 30 minutes of consumption. There have been many cases in which the chemical is fatal to the dog, even the small amount of xylitol found in two or three pieces of Trident gum.


canine ear yeast infection treatment

How To Treat Yeast Infection At Home

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to treat and prevent a yeast infection (home remedy)?
    I had a yeast infection before and I simply treated it with the medication pill you can buy at the store. They're really expensive and I just started feeling somewhat uncomfortable down there again. I need a home remedy because I do not have that extra money right now. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Well people seem to think putting a clove of garlic up there helps. Obviously take it out as well, but you have a chance of not getting it back out again. Maybe contacting your doctor for home remedy's would help. :)

  2. QUESTION:
    How to treat a yeast infection at home?
    Hello.
    So I think I may have a yeast infection..
    I do not want to tell my mom about it, nor do i want to go to a gyno...
    Are there any home remedies I can try so I don't have to do either of those things?

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    what are some ways you can treat a yeast infection at home, by yourself?
    what is a way u can treat a bacterial infection by yourself, at home?
    what about a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      For a yeast infection:

      Take acidophilus (you can find it over the counter at any pharmacy; and make sure you keep it refrigerated) or yogurt (which contains acidophilus and other good bacteria), 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), decrease sugar intake, and if you're sexually active, use a condom until clear and have your partner treated (because he may carry the bacteria and give the infection back). In addition to this, use any OTC yeast infection remedy at your pharmacy.

      For a bacterial Infection:

      You can try the above, but chances are you'll end-up needing antibiotics to clear up the infection.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a yeast infection of the belly button?
    I need some home/over-the-counter remedies for a yeast infection of the belly button. My belly button is infected with YEAST!

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    How to treat yeast infection without seeing a doctor?
    Okay I'm feeling a little awkward talking about this, but I really have no choice right now. I have a yeast infection in multiple parts of my body. I'm pretty sure I have a vaginal one. Also it's on my side (I'm a bit overweight) and under my right breast. It's really annoying and I've been in so much pain for about a week or so now. I don't have insurance so I can't see a doctor and I was wondering if I could get some help on home remedies or over the counter stuff to solve this problem? I need multiple things that can help me and that will REALLY work. I'm basically willing to try anything. I heard something about yogurt but I'm not sure if you eat it or apply it to the parts? Anyway, help would be amazing so PLEASE help me? D:

    • ANSWER:
      If you dont want to see a doctor, then go see your local pharmacist at wal greens, they will be more than happy to help

  11. QUESTION:
    How to treat a slight yeast infection ?
    I think i may have a slight infection but im not sure and i dont want to ask my mom or go to a doctor. I dont have all of the symptoms of a yeast infection, my downstairs always has a foul odor, and is sometimes itchy, but not extremely. I took an at-home screening kit and the pH level read 4.5, and the box told me i may have a yeast infection. How can i treat this without going to a doctor or making it worse than it already is?

    • ANSWER:
      There are over the counter treatments that you can get, but it it still best to go to a doctor, as you might have something else wrong.

      A prescription is not needed for the over the counter treatments, but the box will tell you: if this is your first yeast infection, go to a doctor before using the cream.

  12. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a yeast infection?
    I think I have a yeast infection, but I can't afford to buy the expensive products like monistat. Any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Kim their or no home remedies for a yeast infection, however their are unproven treatments such as tea tree oil, taking garlic supplements. I did hear that eating yogurt is good for assisting in preventing. But...if you have never been diagnosed with a yeast infection I recommend you see a doctor before buying monistat at, it could be a bacteria infection. Good luck

  13. 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

  14. QUESTION:
    Can I use shredded garlic instead of a clove for a yeast infection?
    I only have the shredded garlic in the glass tub to treat it. I have a yeast infection and Im too embarresed to ask my dad to buy me over the counter treatment. Any home remedies I could use for a quick cure? Would the shredded stuff still work if I just smeared it on my vagina?

    • ANSWER:
      Then ask your dad for the money to get something at the store, and go get yourself an antifungal cream.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to treat a yeast infection a week after a c-section?
    I have this really bad yeast infection, and its itching like freaking crazy!! I went out tonight to get monistat and when I got home I realized, OMG can I even use this right now, a week after my c-section, also while I am having that bleeding after having a baby. I am assuming that it is okay, but I don't have the time to wait for a doctors appt. I mean this REALLY REALLY itches and is very uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know any reason it would be unsafe to use it after a c-section. You did not have cervical dialation and nothing is going to get into your uterus, so use it. It would be better for you to cure it than to continue to be so miserable especially after giving birth.

      best wishes..

  16. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of a yeast infection at home?
    I think I have a yeast infection, but I'm not sure. All I know is that I have been having horrible itching down there for almost week. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections aren't that easy to permanently get rid of. Many products can temporarily relieve the symptoms, but a long term treatment approach will be your best bet to completely elliminate it.

      One of the more popular and effective homeopathic solutions is yeastrol. It's very effective at treating vaginal, penile and oral yeast infections.

      What you can also do to speed your recovery is to change you diet in a way that will starve the yeast organisms (Candida).

      Things that you should remove from your diet are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour,
      alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold.

      Things to add to your diet are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans

      Another thing to keep in mind is that both you and your partner should consider the diet change/yeastrol treatment as you can be passing the infection back and forth between you.

      Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

      I've included the link to their website if you're interested

  17. QUESTION:
    How to treat a skin yeast infection without prescription?
    I was diagnosed with a skin yeast infection last summer and was given a prescription to cure it but the medication gave me headaches. It was severe enough that cremes did not work. It came back this summer and it is on my chest, a little on my back, my arms and creases of my armpits and stomach. I was wondering if there are any at-home anti-fungal medications in pill form or a spray that would be effective in clearing this up. Any inquisitions are very much appreciated.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Whether this is your first or your twentieth, we've got ten simple skin yeast infection home remedies that you can use today to start feeling relief almost instantly! The great thing about these, aside from being easy and effective, is that they are all natural and therefore safe to use on anyone at anytime! And all you have to do is apply them to the affected area approximately four times a day until the infection has completely cleared up.

      Here they are:

      1. Garlic oil
      2. Probiotic yogurt (Plain and all natural)
      3. Bergamot Oil
      4. Tea Tree Oil
      5. Apple Cider Vinegar
      6. Honey
      7. Acidophilus powder (mix with a little bit of water to make a paste)
      8. Oil of Oregano
      9. Myrrh
      10. Gentian Violet

      All of these skin yeast infection home remedies are easy found in health stores, online health stores and even in some groceries. Most pharmacies now carry a range of natural products including many of the essential oils found on this list. They're inexpensive, easy to use and sure to work. If you combine any of these along with keeping your skin dry and clean and working to keep your immune system healthy, then you will be well on your way to curing your skin yeast overgrowth and hopefully never having to deal with another one again.

      Take care!

      Mama Bear

      Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/2625282

  18. QUESTION:
    How long should a yeast infection last?
    I've been taking 875 mg of generic augmentin (an antibiotic) twice a day for 10 days for a throat infection.
    Of course, I developed a yeast infection a little over a week from the day I started the prescription.
    I was wondering if it would go away by itself once the antibiotic left my system or if I need to get some sort of OTC treatment.
    If it will go away on its own, about how long should it last?
    Also, are there any good home remedies to treat the itching?

    • ANSWER:
      every time i take antibiotics the same thing happens to me! its annoying but from what i know its cuz the antibiotics kill all the bacteria they can, even the good bacteria which leaves us prone to infections until our bodies build the good stuff back up again.
      i wouldn't leave the yeast infection alone, i would get the monistat/other brand asap cuz it will just get worse and ive heard of it causing UTIs if left for to long, besides being horrible to live with.
      some stores have yeast tablets right in the feminine hygiene section that help prevent yeast infections or so they say but ive never tried them.
      one thing that helped me get over the yest infections after antibiotics was kombucha, its a weird tea/juice thing that tastes pretty funny but is packed with good bacterias and helps to replenish the good stuff. not good to drink while ur on the antibiotics though, think they kind of counteract each other. you can probably find it at ur local co-op or health food store.
      good luck! i hope this helps!

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

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

  20. QUESTION:
    Had a UTI but now I think I have a yeast infection? Normal? How to cure Y.I at home?
    Okay so I'm on the last few days of my UTI medicine and I have been inching down there for maybe 2 days now. Is it normal to get a yeast infection after a UTI? Also I can't afford to go back to the doctor so how do I treat a yeast infection at home? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You can buy kits at the store that will screen you to make sure it is a yeast infection and if it is, they also have products to treat it. The most well known brand is Monistat. If you do test, and it is not a y.i. you need to go the doctor and get checked out.

      It is not necessarily common after a UTI, but some medications and antibiotics can cause them

  21. 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.

  22. QUESTION:
    what are home remedies to get rid of a yeast infection?
    a day before my yeast occured i had sexual intercourse with my boyfriend and we used alot of ky jelly...can ky cause a yeast infection and what are some home remedies

    • ANSWER:
      It was probably the ky jelly, it can destroy the good bacteria in the vagina the same way some douches do.

      You need to restore the normal balance of healthy bacteria to kill the yeast.

      The most popular and useful of the probiotics is Lactobacillus. Several forms of this “nice” bacterium can be used to treat yeast infections naturally.

      If you want to use Lactobacilli to treat your yeast infection, you have the option of using it as an oral supplement or as a vaginal suppository. Acidophilus, a member of the Lactobacilli family, is the key ingredient that makes yogurt work! With this in mind, it makes sense to eat plenty of yogurt when battling a raging yeast infection.

      If you need immediate relief, try using yogurt as a topical cream. Simply soak a tampon in unflavored yogurt that contains active cultures and insert it as usual. If you don’t wish to use a tampon, you can simply wipe the yogurt on with a finger.

      Tea Tree Oil and Other Treatment Options

      This oil is taken from the tea tree and has apparently helped with yeast infections. However, tea tree oil is too strong to use without first diluting it a good deal. There is some debate about the safety and value of tea tree oil when used in this fashion.

      Garlic cloves are well-known warriors in the fight against yeast infections. They can even be used as suppositories, provided the cloves are first wrapped in something soft and porous before being inserted.

      An old timer remedy is honey, just dab it on with your finger and can provide relief on contact.

      Also apple cider vinger diluted with water can be applied to relieve itching and kill the yeast.

  23. QUESTION:
    how to treat a yeast infection without going to a doctor?
    I'm a 15 year old girl and I have a yeast infection. there is no way in hell I am telling my mom or going to a doctor. it's just not happening. what's another way I can treat it quickly and secretly?

    • ANSWER:
      discover below everything about yeast infection and home remedies

  24. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to help a yeast infection naturally?
    I got a yeast infection because of the type of condom me and my boyfriend used and I don't have any money to get medichine or a way to get to the doctor, it's not very bad and it seems to not be getting worse. I've been eating the right type of yogurt and drinking cranberry juice, but what else? Please and thank you so much! /:

    • ANSWER:
      stop having sex while you are trying to get rid of your yeast infection.Condoms with nonoxynol-9 can cause yeast infection because they contain chemicals that kill germs and sperm and this actually helps the growth of Candida by 1.4 to 4 times more. anyway, there are some home remedies you can try like garlic, tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar and probiotics. read this article- http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Treat-Yeast-Infection-at-Home:-Budget-Friendly-Remedies-to-Relieve-Yeast-Infection&id=6558098

  25. 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!

  26. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used pre-seed and than got a yeast infection?
    My husband and i are ttc and we used pre-seed this month during my week of ovulation..after using it I got a yeast infection..has this happened to anyone while using pre-seed? Also what kind of at home natural remedies can i use to treat the yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      This is my first month using pre seed as well but did not get any infection so far .

  27. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of yeast infection without going to the Dr?
    My daughter has a yeast infection and she is so stubborn like her father and doesn't want me to take her to the doctor she just turned 15 and we know for a fact she got it from her bathing suit Are there any home remedies that we can try with out inserting anything in the vagina because she is terrified about the whole inserting things in her vagina. Please help me and thank you !

    • ANSWER:
      Ideally, she should visit her doctor however you can get canesten tablets / lozenges from your local pharmacy that will treat vaginal thrush. Saying that, if you leave it a few days her immune system may get rid of it without any treatment.

  28. QUESTION:
    How to treat/get rid of a yeast infection?
    Okay, so I'm 99% sure I have a yeast infection and I really need to know how to get rid of it!
    I have no way of getting to a doctor before October, and I really don't want to wait until then.
    Is there any over the counter things or home remedies I can use to get rid of this?
    Please please help me out!

    • ANSWER:
      Okaii what I do when I had that was too when you wash down there " DON'T "use soap you can use a little but not alot or wash with water. And also DON'T wear tight clothes.. Because your " area " needs to breathe . Don't take baths.. Because your sitting in your dirt and that's making you more unclean. Wear cotton under wear and when you go to sleep just wear a long shirt because soo your " area " can breathe through the night.. That's what I do.. And if your " area " is having werid discharge and smells ( nit to sound disgusting ) bur like fishy .. U need to be in the doctors because I'd you wait for a long period of time with out curing it; u can mess yourself up.. Soo just wash normal and wash with water down there. And sleep with out pants soo your "area" can breathe ( don't worry I do that as well ) and just don't wear tight clothes.. Because that can hurt yourself by that..
      ( I'm 14 so it's not a weird thing I went to the doctors and they told me to do this okaii :D )

  29. QUESTION:
    Bathing in yogurt to treat yeast infection?
    So I was reading online about some home remedies for a vaginal yeast infections. They said to eat a certain amount of yogurt for a full week, and to even apply plain, sugar free yogurt to the area. Which sounds a little weird, but it's less expensive than buying a kit. So I was thinking.. would adding a bunch of plain yogurt to a bath be effective also? Or would that kill any of the good germs in the yogurt that would help with my yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      it's possible, but it has to be active yoghurt with living bacteria in it like a probiotic drinking yoghurt, as the bacteria in the yoghurt can cancel out the yeast for a few days
      you should ask your doctor for some over the counter remedies such as Monistat, or call your doctor and tell them you need a prescription for Diflucan. It usually cures a yeast infection in one dose.
      but it could be that it isn't a yeast infection,
      it could be bacterial vaginosis, or just the natural cleansing of the vagina.
      but there's a number of things you can do to stop the smell, and help.
      i heard that to put a yeast infection in order patting on a bit of yogurt might help and it i advised this to one of my patients who claimed it works! after a few days the smell should vanish, do the yogurt thing every few days, and when your on your period dip a tampon in yogurt before insertion. but it has to be a yogurt with ACTIVE bacteria in it, not the flavored dead kind.
      but DONT douche, it can make it worse and can lead to all kinds of infections etc.
      just rinse it with water every day, dont rub it hard,
      i've been told bathing in apple cider vinager cures bacterial vaginosis in one go, but sometimes it can worsen matters if used incorrectly (being inserted into the vagina)
      loose/cotton pants, don't sleep in underwear, it helps to 'air' it
      avoid tight clothing, but a panty liner will absorb allot of odour and discharge
      talcom powder is really good at taking away smell
      take a bath to help cleanse the area, wiggle around
      i've heard that rinsing it in salt water is good for it,
      canesten cream and pessaries are really good for clearing yeast infections
      try vagisil products, the wash, cream, wipes etc.
      drink water lots and lots of water, stay away from beer, sugars and carbs,
      drinking pinapple juice can apparently help,
      and instead of using loo roll use female hygiene wipes, or make-up wipes.
      this isn't a fullproof method, just a few things i picked up at medical practice, but if symptoms persist after a few weeks you should go see your doctor or a gynaecologist
      hope i helped
      -Dr Bobble :)

  30. QUESTION:
    How long after wearing a wet swimsuit can a yeast infection occur?
    i went swimming yesterday and then walked home in the wet suit and i had a yeast infection about two weeks ago so i'm kinda worried i could get another one now.

    • ANSWER:
      Moist conditions are ideal for yeast infection causing microorganisms to multiply and breed. If your earlier infection was treated completely chances are that you may not get a vaginal thrush this time around.

      However treatment for vaginal thrush with the help of home remedies is one of the best ways to get rid of the problem once and for all.

      http://yeastinfectionhomeremedynow.com/yeast-infection-home-remedy-methods-for-holistic-cure.html

  31. QUESTION:
    What is a home remedy for a yeast infection?
    uuuhm i have a yeast infection i think.. cause i get ate out to much by my bf.. it hurts down there.. its super irritating. anything to stop the burn?

    • ANSWER:
      Those shouldn't be treated with home remedies - first, yeast infections aren't transmitted by oral sex - STD's are...no matter how much he likes to go down on you, so you should get checked just to play it safe. Secondly, if you aren't sure that it's yeast, you should make sure that it isn't bacterial - because treating your girlie parts with the wrong med will make things worse all the way around.

  32. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to get rid of a yeast infection on the penis area. I have used things like probiotics,?
    yogurt, monistat, and they haven't really worked. Does diet really play a big factor into curing the yeast infection or is it a matter of using the right ointments, pills or home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      My wife will sometimes give me an yeast infection on mine. Best course to take when treating it is with Monistat.

      Sounds like you did not continue the treatment long enough to cure it. I usually treat it for 7 days and it works good for me.

  33. QUESTION:
    How to cure a yeast infection?
    She has had the yeast infection more than 6months. She has also went to the doctor and they prescribed her some pills. They haven't helped and so she has used cream and has applied it outside.

    What should she do?
    Is there home remedies to use?
    We have researched and found something about pudding? If so, what kind of pudding.
    Please be as specific as you can with your answers!
    I actually ment yogurt my bad. And she is a virgine and she can't insert anything inside.

    • ANSWER:
      More than 6 months? That is rather long. Must have been dreadful for her.

      Anyway I found this list of cures off a website. Hope it helps!

      Cure No. 1 - Douche with diluted apple cider vinegar (Vaginal Yeast Infection)

      The use of Apple Cedar Vinegar can help restore the natural pH of the vagina.

      Option 1: Fill your bathtub (if you have one) with warm water. Then, add approximately 3 to 4 tablespoons of vinegar into it. The point here is to dilute the apple cider vinegar so that it isn't too strong. Bathe in it for 15 to 20 minutes and this will likely relieve symptoms.

      Option 2: Fill a douche (syringe with a detachable nozzle) with diluted apple cider vinegar. Half a teaspoon to one glass of warm water should be an approximate ratio. Proceed to rinse the vagina with the douche.

      Cure No. 2 - Tea Tree Oil (Vaginal Yeast Infection)

      Tea tree oil is commonly used to treat fungal infections as it is natural and contains antibacterial properties.As it usually comes in a concentrated form, you need to dilute it fully to prevent damage to the vagina. I would recommend the use of a tampon. Dip it into the fully diluted solution and insert into the vagina for hours at a stretch.

      Cure No. 3 - Garlic

      Garlic has excellent anti-fungal properties. For vaginal infections, try inserting a clove of garlic into your vagina for a few hours at a time and you can feel the symptoms disappearing, especially the redness and itching.

      Cure No. 4 - Yogurt

      Make sure you get the unsweetened kind. Pro-biotic yogurt contains good bacteria and can help to restore your body's natural balance. Try eating once a day after lunchtime and this can help to provide relief.

  34. QUESTION:
    What can i take for my ear infection besides antibiotics?
    Currently, I can't take antibiotics because I have a yeast infection right now. I've been having the yeast infection for 3 months already and I'm finally getting it tackled.

    I do not want to take antibiotics, because of course antibiotics makes a yeast infection worst. I do not want to go through this again. But neither do I want an ear infection because those are very severe. Including I kind of have anxiety issues too so that kind of might trigger my ear infection a bit because stress or anxiety affects your immune system, but im working on it.

    Sorry for too much writing but in short words do you guys know any home remedies or anything that isn't an antibiotic that can treat an ear infection? because its already going down my throat and the ear drops aren't effective

    • ANSWER:
      I empathize with you, dealing with two competing medical problems simultaneously. I've been there (with different issues then yours, obviously).

      There are some home remedies for outer ear infections, but if the drops are failing that means it's probably inner ear. You'll have to see a doctor, or doctors. Y!A won't do it here. Everything becomes very different when dealing with multiple infections.

      Only a doctor can help you balance the pluses and minuses, and understand the risks of possible treatments. Some ear infections can lead to complete hearing loss, and so might be worth the antibiotics and misery. Perhaps an ear/nose/throat doctor has some way of getting the drops to where they're needed, or at least to clean out the ear.

      Or (cross your fingers) you may find out the infection is trivial, which will alleviate both the dilemma and the stress.

      Best of luck with this.

  35. QUESTION:
    What is the best medicine i shoud get from cvs for my yeast infection?
    i dont have a really bad one but i know i have a yeast infection because my vagina itches and there is thick whit discharge so somebody please tell me which one to get.

    • ANSWER:
      It is estimated that over 75% of women suffer from vaginal yeast infection at least once in their lifetime. It is a minor problem that is cured within a couple of days for some, and some women are known to suffer from this fungus for years. It has been noticed that women who have vaginal yeast infection for years have usually not sought medical help, neither have they tried out any proper home remedy to eradicate the fungus.

      Some symptoms of vaginal yeast infection are:

      •An unusual thick, odorless, whitish vaginal discharge
      •Unexplained pain during sexual intercourse
      •Uncontrollable itching and a burning sensation in the vagina and the skin surrounding the vagina (vulva)
      •Unexplained swelling of the vulva
      •Burning sensation during urination.

      If you suspect that you have vaginal yeast infection and it is the first time, it is advised that you visit your gynecologist and get it checked. It may be some more serious type of vaginal infection or vaginal inflammation such as trichomonas, or bacterial vaginosis.

      Home Remedies for Treating Yeast Infection

      Vaginal yeast infection can either be cured orally or by vaginal insertion. Most of these home remedies have been tried and tested for their efficacy. You can usually cure yourself in the privacy of your home without the need to visit your gynecologist.

      Tea Tree Oil

      Tea tree oil is a known natural antifungal. Pour a few drops of undiluted tea tree oil on a tampon coated with a lubricant and insert into vagina. Keep it for at least half an hour. Do this every morning and night for a couple of days. This will surely get rid of the infection.

      Garlic

      Make a paste of garlic pods and apply to skin around the vagina. It may burn a bit, but is very effective. This paste can be used for yeast infection in other parts of the body too. Another way to use garlic for vaginal yeast infection cure is to cut a few garlic pods fine and wrap it in a cheesecloth. Insert into vagina for about 20 minutes leaving part of cheesecloth hanging out for easy removal.

      Yogurt

      Dip a tampon in yogurt and insert in vagina. Do this twice a day, once in the morning and at night till symptoms go away. Another way is to take a tablespoon of yogurt and inset into vagina. This is best done at night just before going to bed. Regular douching with yogurt has proved effective. Along with these cures it is also advised to eat plenty of yogurt. It is good for your entire system and will cure the fungus too. Buttermilk gives good results too. Drink a glass of buttermilk in the afternoon, and one at night.

      Honey

      This is probably the most sticky and uncomfortable way of curing vaginal yeast infection, but it is said to work wonders. Take half a cup of honey into the bathroom. Pour a liberal amount of honey on all affected portions, while sitting on the toilet seat. Be seated this way for about 20 minutes. After this you can have a bath with warm water. Dry the vaginal area thoroughly using super absorbent paper. You will feel much better. Do this twice a day, morning and just before going to bed at night.

      Vinegar

      Vinegar is renowned for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Fill a bathtub with warm water mixed with 1 cup of vinegar. Soak in this bath solution for about 20 minutes. Dry the vaginal area thoroughly using super absorbent paper. Any vinegar will do, but the best results have been found using apple cider vinegar.

      Precautions to Avoid Yeast Infection

      Prevention is better than cure. Taking these precautions will ensure that you do not suffer from vaginal yeast infection.

      •Avoid wearing clothing made of synthetic material
      •Avoid wearing leotards and pantyhose daily
      •Avoid wearing tight fitting panties
      •Avoid wearing tight jeans daily
      •Avoid remaining in wet clothes for too long
      •Wear clothes made of natural fibers
      •Wear well-fitting cotton panties
      •Change wet clothes immediately to dry ones. Wipe yourself clean, especially the vaginal area with super absorbent paper.
      •Avoid using sprays and perfumes in the genital area. Also stay away from deodorant sanitary pads and tampons.
      •After using the toilet always wipe from front to back, never back to front.

      Source(s):
      http://www.buzzle.com/articles/home-reme…

  36. 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.

  37. QUESTION:
    is it bad to treat a yeast infection if your not sure you have one?
    I think i have a yeast infection but not sure i have no symptoms other than alot of cottage cheese like discharge. i know it is not an std because my boyfriend and i have only been with each other. i was wondering if it is ok to home-treat it with like monistat 3 or is it bad to treat it since im not sure if its a yeast infection?
    I think i have a yeast infection but not sure i have no symptoms other than alot of cottage cheese like discharge for the past 2 months. i know it is not an std because my boyfriend and i have only been with each other. i was wondering if it is ok to home-treat it with like monistat 3 or is it bad to treat it since im not sure if its a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe Monistat has this new kit where it takes a sample and then tells you if it is a yeast infection or if it is something worse. You should try it. You only have about to lose.

  38. 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!

  39. QUESTION:
    How do I treat an allergic reaction on my vulva?
    I'm almost certain I had an allergic reaction to pads. I just tested for a yeast infection or a BV infection with 2 at home screening tests and the results were perfectly normal. My only symptoms are itchiness, a little swelling and redness on my vulva. I don't want to go to a gyno and the soonest they could get me in was a month away so I want to try to treat it on my own.

    How do I treat an allergic reaction on my vulva? Could I just use vaginal anti-itch cream? Should I take some benadryl as well? I think that's what I'm going to try. If that is what's wrong what would help? I need relief now, not a month away.
    No dip captain obvious lol I'm not dumb.

    • ANSWER:
      take benedryl as directed, use condoms & tampons, wear cotton panties, and see your gyn for STD testing & an exam.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is there a home test i can take to see if i have a yeast infection?
    I don't want to go to the doctors because that means i have to ask my mom to take me to the doctors and that would be awkward to me, so i was wondering if there is like a home test i could use to see if i have a yeast infection or not. Also, what is the cost?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      No there isn't. (it is usually pretty obvious) But you can buy the medication without a prescription so it's all good. They almost never test or even look for thrush. You just say your symptoms and they believe you and give you the meds for it. They would only look or swab if it didn't clear or was recurring.
      Anyway you can say no. If you are bothered about your mom knowing then make something up, perhaps a urine infection set of symtoms would be a good alternative. Thrush can/does cause UTI like symptoms anyway.

      FYI you should get over your embarrassment, you will need to sooner than later.

      The cost is real cheap, but I don't know where you live. But it's cheap.
      You can buy healing cream to help the itch, or a tablet that you swallow that treats your whole body, or even one that you insert down below...

  41. 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!

  42. QUESTION:
    How can you get a yeast infection?
    I have a yeast infection and im not sure how i got it. What are ways a yeast infection can be caused?

    • ANSWER:
      You can get a yeast infection a number of ways. Here is a list that you may find helpful.

      Antibiotics - did you just recently complete a course after being sick?
      Yeasty food - pizza, french fries, cakes, cookies, other fried foods and baked goods?
      Sugar products - candy, soda - these items would be more so than usual
      Breads - Home made breads, more than usual bread intake
      Sex - yes, sometimes sex can bring on a yeast infection
      and STRESS!

      You can get some medicine from a doctor or you can get some over the counter stuff at your local pharmacy. If you want to treat it more "homeopathically," try eating and douching with yogurt. Also, microwaver your panties for a couple of seconds before putting on a fresh pair. Any leftover yeasty beastys will die in the nuker that may not have gotten washed out in the laundry!

      Good Luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if I have a yeast infection and how can I treat it if I do?
    I've been itchy down there for a few days now and my discharge is thicker and whiter than usual and smells different. It doesn't seem very severe (it doesn't itch a whole lot and nothing's red or anything), so I really don't think it's bad enough to warrant going to the doctor, and I'd rather not buy the special treatments for it if I'm not sure if it is a yeast infection or not. Are there any home treatments that would help if it is a yeast infection but not hurt if it isn't?

    • ANSWER:
      yeah sounds like you do have one... usually it will be itchy and irritated and have a weird smell.. in some cases the discharge will be like cottage cheese or just like really thick like flem... you can go to the drug store or grocery store.. or even walmart or target and pick up monostat.. you will see it where all the feminine hygeine is... its a simple 3 day treatment. if it doesnt go away after that or gets worse i would see a gyno.

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

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

      Read down

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Here are some safe, natural cures you can implement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  46. QUESTION:
    Can a guy use a vagisil home kit to test for a yeast infection?
    I think I may have a yeast infection & i may have given it to my boyfriend im getting a test for me, can he use it to?

    • ANSWER:
      No, a guy can not use a vagisil home test kit. You can just treat him without a sure diagnosis, it will not hurt. There are two things you can do:

      1) If you believe you have a penile yeast infection you have a number of treatment choices.Men can use many of the same medications and drugs available for women. Each over-the-counter fungicide is listed here with the product name and its active ingredient:

      Monistat-1 with active ingredient tioconazole
      Monistat-3 also with tioconazole (3-day treatment)
      Femstat or Mycelex with butoconazole
      Monistat-7 with miconazole
      Mycelex or Gyne-Lotrimin both with chlotrimazole

      2) Or you can do a home-remedy, some people don't prefer to it this way but it does work. I'm going to send you a link for you to read in regards to yogurt and probiotics. Taking a daily probiotic can help ward off yeast infections for you too, it contains lactobacillus acidophilus which is the 'good' bacteria found in your vaginal flora. If you have more of the 'good' it will fight off the 'bad'.

      Good luck!

  47. QUESTION:
    Is Actimel good to get rid of a yeast infection or does the sugar feed it?
    Pretty sure I have an internal yeast infection as I have stomach cramps a lot and other things (male) also have a yeast infection on my pubic hairs which my doctor gave me some cream for.

    • ANSWER:
      Yogurt is always good to eat when you are having some kind of infection and are treating it with medication it helps restore the PH balance in your body to help you get over the infection. The sugar does not feed the yeast in fact the worst thing for a yeast infection is cornstarch the yeast feeds off of the starch and can make it 10 times worse. Alot of times people will suggest use of starch as a "home remedy" for yeast around the groin area it does not work!

  48. 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.

  49. 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


how to treat yeast infection at home

Systemic Yeast In Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

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

  2. QUESTION:
    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

  3. QUESTION:
    My puppy has very very bad skin allergys and I need help?
    My dog bella skin is so iritatted in on spot we tried medicine swittching her dog food. Im not the only one with this problem a few others said they are having the same problem. We have brought her to the vey numerous times. What is it?

    • ANSWER:
      A single affected area, localized, is likely a hot spot, a bacterial skin infection that is not generalized over the entire skin, in need of removal of hair by close clipping, cleansing, and starting strong skin infection sensitive antibiotics, like the cephalosporin Simplicef, aka cefpodoxime, for a minimum of 14, up to 28, days. Your vet may not have tried the right antibiotic, or has not treated the infection long enough. Also, she must not chew or scratch the area. Usually, if it's itchy, the antibiotics, and potentially a systemic oral steroid, treat the itchiness immediately and the skin quiets and starts healing within 24 hours, thus they don't scratch at it uncontrollably.

      If you've done prolonged antibiotics already, and closely clipped and treated the wound at the vet's, then you may need to have the vet rule out Demodecosis, an infection of overpopulating normally existing demodex mites. This is ruled out with a skin scrape, and demodecosis is common in juvenile and geriatric dogs. If the mites are present, a skin scrape with a surgical blade scraping down to the follicle, deep enough to cause bleeding, will reveal demodex mites living in the follicle, deeper than they should be. Typically, they live on the skin's surface, cleaning it of dead cells and other detritus.

      Additionally, a fungal skin infection should be ruled out. A skin impression or tape prep may be necessary, staining the slide, and distinguishing bacteria from yeast, to rule out a fungal infection vs. bacterial only.

      Also, if the bacterial infection is secondary to allergies, a food allergy is only present in 10% of skin allergy dogs. But, reducing processing and by-products can help the immune system cope with the allergy. A homemade diet, frozen raw diet, or dehydrated food can help greatly with allergies. If the vet said she has allergies, try getting her tested at a veterinary dermatology clinic, verifying what agents cause an allergic reaction in your dog.

      The simplest explanation is a hotspot, or if not localized to a single affected area, a puppy pyoderma, affecting a large expanse of skin in the inguinal area, belly, armpits, and tailhead are the most commonly affected areas. Puppy pyoderma is a more generalized, very common skin infection among younger dogs. If Bella isn't really a "puppy" and is an adult, she my have pyoderma, atopy, or a fungal infection. If you've been to the vet more than twice in 4 weeks and she's still miserable, get a second opinion at another vet.

      Good luck getting her comfy!

  4. QUESTION:
    Does anyone else feel their dog Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Bison?
    My pitty has been on Natural Balance for a few months now and maybe a month ago we started giving her Sweet Potato and Bison. She is now farting like crazy and it smells HORRIBLE! Does anyone else feed their dog this and if so does he/she have nasty smelling farts? And have you done anything to help it not smell as bad or not at all?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like yeast. Get off of potatoes, which can cause this. Either try their new Legume & Duck formula, or try something else entirely. Here s a good article for you:
      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

  5. QUESTION:
    What common human foods are harmful to dogs?
    I've heard chocolate and avocados are. Is that correct? Is there anything else?

    • ANSWER:
      Alcoholic beverages (can cause intoxication and death)

      Baby food (can contain onion powder which can be toxic)

      Bones: beef, pork, poultry and fish (can obstruct or cause laseration
      in digestive tract)

      Cat food (too high in protein and fat)

      Chocolate, coffee, tea (contains caffeine, which can be toxic and can affect the nervous system and heart)

      Dough with yeast (can expand and cause intestinal gas, causing pain and possibly rupture stomach)

      Fat trimmings (can cause pancreatic problems)

      Fruit pits (can cause obstruction)

      Grapes and raisins (contain toxins which can affect muscles, digestive and nervous systems)

      Human vitamins containing iron (can damage digestive tract and be toxic to other organs of the body)

      Liver, excessive amount (can cause Vitamin A toxicity, affecting muscles and bones)

      Macadamia nuts (contains toxins which can affect muscles, digestive and nervous systems)

      Milk and dairy products (cause diarrhea)

      Rotten or moldy food, garbage (contain toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea)

      Raw eggs (contain Salmonella which causes diarrhea and vomiting. Can cause skin and coat problems)

      Mushrooms (may contain toxins which can affect different systems in the body, cause shock or death)

      Onions and garlic, any form (contain sulfoxides and disulfides which can affect blood and cause anemia)

      Salt, large quantities (can cause electrolyte problems)

      Sugary foods (can cause diabetes, dental problems, or obesity)

      Table food (can cause obesity as well as digestive problems)

      Tomato and potato leaves and stems (can cause systemic problems)

      Mustard seeds

      Walnuts

      Papaw

  6. QUESTION:
    Can elephant skin on dogs be cured?
    Our dog has suffered from yeast infections for several years. After spending hundreds of dollars and going to the vet countless times, I have finally been able to get his itching under control. However, he now has bare patches of skin and thick, ugly skin that the vet says is "elephant skin". I don't need to know how to stop the itching. All I need to know is is there a way to get rid of the thick ugly skin or will he have that for the rest of his life? My vet has been able to provide any suggestions/treatments.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your vet about prescribing a systemic anti-fungal. My yeast infected dog is on ketoconizole. It does work quite well for her. Much of her elephant hide has started to become normal and the skin is growing hair. She also gets a fish oil capsule daily. and is fed a diet with very little grain. Make sure that your dog's thyroid is normal. In order for the elephant hide to be decreased, the yeast in the skin has to be killed and prevented from coming back. Liver issues can be a problem when using ketoconizole so blood work needs to be run often to check for that potential side effect.

  7. QUESTION:
    List Of Stuff You need For a puppy?
    I need the complete list, I have a idea of what you need, but can someone give me a FULL OUT list?
    A poodle Puppy
    Yea, I am planning to get her a coat... And I am going to train for agility!

    • ANSWER:
      1. QUALITY BED - I suggest one with a removable pillow for all stages of life. They often offer the best support. In this respect I'm referring to a "bolster" bed. Those beds are good for puppies because they make the dogs feel safe and surrounded. Adult dogs like them because dogs, like humans, enjoy a "pillow".

      2. PROPER TOYS - get safe toys whose parts will not easily come of that the puppy could choke on. Also choose toys that will help with the teething process.

      3. PLAY PEN/LARGE CRATE - I don't small cramped crates but a larger crate that allow the dog to move easily, or a playpen (some great into options are at PawChic.com because you can get them with a top and bottom if you want just like a crate but they are big). This will help keep the puppy safe while you are not home. They tend to chew on everything...including wires.

      4. BOWLS - best to get stainless steel or glass. Plastic breaks down and leaks toxins and ceramic, more times than not, has lead.

      5. COMFY BLANKETS - not overwhelming big but appropriate for the puppy's size. Dogs can not properly regulate their own body temperatures until at least 14 weeks of age and after that, some breeds are more susceptible to getting chilly than others.

      6. ID TAG - get your phone number on him

      7. COLLAR /LEASH / HARNESS

      8. CARRIER - plan on taking him anywhere? FYI: Keep your puppy AWAY from other dogs AND grass/ground where other dogs are peeing/pooping. Puppies are very, very vulnerable to numerous diseases before they have completed their 3 sets of shots.

      9. HYGIENE/GROOMING: baby soft tooth brush (future use), flea comb, shampoo

      Food for thought - plan in advance:
      1. FOOD - know what type of food you want to feed your dog. While kibble can never compare to fresh food, dogs ate fresh food for tens of thousands of years BEFORE "kibble" was invented by those wanting to earn profit off grains not used in the production of beer and cereal. With that said, I understand that it is not feasible for most pet parents to "cook" for their dogs so trusted brands are: Holistic Select, Precise, Precise Plus, Fromm Family Foods - Gold Variety ONLY, Tiberwolf Organics, Wysong: Archetype – RAW + Nurture - Dry (Chicken/Pheasant) + Synorgon - Dry (Chicken) to name a few. Please, please, please - never feed your dog anything from Pedigree or Purina. That warning comes based solely on the ingredients they use and that includes their "treats".

      2. BONE MEAL POWDER - puppies benefit from this greatly up to 16 weeks.

      3. FRESH FOOD & BONES - just so you know, veterinarians are not taught about nutrition in their education. I work with vets that expanded their education beyond college to better help and heal their patients. I have studied canine nutrition for years and am thrilled to have cured dogs with systemic yeast and heart diseases that vets have given up on so please trust when I say, nutrition is very important in the health and happiness of your dog. YES, dogs do live on kibble - even Pedigree but it doesn't mean they are healthy, or comfortable or live as long as they should. There are humans that live on fast food too but that doesn't mean that they are healthy or in good shape. I have provided some helpful links for you below. For bones you can give your Puppy (from the butcher at your local grocery store) Marrow Bones (take 95% of the marrow - fatty center - OUT. It's too much for a puppy's system. To much fat). Beef Back Rib Bones (NOT short bones, they will splinter). Cut the fat and half the meat off the bones. Both are really inexpensive and offer benefits for your puppy. You can feed them raw, if previously frozen to kill any possible parasites or pop them in boiling water for a few seconds first. Don't forget to let them cool before serving!! Put a towel done, both are messy.

      4. FRESH WATER 24/7 - best to use filtered water. Do you drink unfiltered tap water? Tap water has too many chemicals, pharmaceuticals and other waste and contaminants.

      5. TREATS - you'll want to train him! Again, avoid the "bad", cheap treats. Quality ONLY or just use cut up pieces of real chicken!

      Fun Stuff...
      1. ELEVATED CAR SEATS - I love these! Not only do they keep your dog safer and seat belted, they are comfy and lift them to see outside the window...which helps prevent car sickness.

      2. BOOK ABOUT YOUR BREED - if your puppy is mixed, get a book on both. It may be general information but they are something to turn to if this is your first dog.

      Check out the links - read up as much as you can and enjoy your new love!!

  8. QUESTION:
    Anything else I can do for dog with ear yeast infection?
    My German Shepherd has had a bad yeast infection for a few weeks now. I recently got him (a few weeks ago) so I don't know if he had it long before I got him. We took him to the vet and he got a shot of cortisone, perscription yeast treatment to squirt into his ears, and aloe cleaning fluid. We cleaned them as instructed, which wasn't extremely productive with cotton balls, and used the treatment. We've also been giving him probiotics for a week or two now. (The shelter was giving him antibiotics for it!!) We also had his ears professionally cleaned, but within a day the gunk was back. He holds his ear down half the time and scratches it a lot; it really bothers him. Should I take him to see the vet again? What else can be done? Or does it simply need more time with the probiotics and cleaning? (He's not on the prescription anymore, but we still clean them once a week.) (He is on grain-free dog food.)

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a good article for you http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      Not all grain free foods are good, and many are not good for yeast issues. Yeast feeds off of high starch, high sugar ingredients. Things like potato, tapioca, gluten, oatmeal, white rice, etc., will make yeast worse.

      First thing is to clear up the infection. Most of the time this means a course of antibiotics and daily ear cleaning. K9 Liquid Health is a great ear cleaner. Once the infection is cleared up again, put your dog on a raw or other fresh food diet free of any carb/starch source. Continue to use probiotics. Coconut oil is another helpful supplement to fight yeast. Your dog should improve and eventually stabalize on the raw diet. Once your dog is healthy and off medication, you can put him on a low glycemic dry food. Nutrisource grain free, Nutrisca, and Precise Holistic grain free are good choices.

      You will need to continue with frequent ear cleaning and probiotics long term. Good luck.

  9. QUESTION:
    My dog is constantly licking his butt. Why has he suddenly started doing this?
    My dachshund has started licking his butt constantly. He used to do it occasionally...like most dogs, but it has become evident that something is up. Problem is...we took him to the vet and had his anal glands expressed and the vet didn't believe that anything looked unusual back there. He already has special food for allergies, takes fish oil everyday, and is bathed in special oatmeal bath. Also, he has all of his shots and takes deworming and flee meds once a month. Any advice? I'm lost at this point and he seems uncomfortable, it actually wakes him up.

    • ANSWER:
      Kris, even if your vet said everything is "normal" back there - it doesn't mean s/he was right. It just means that s/he didn't notice anything. Dogs do NOT lick their butts for no reason and to discipline a dog for trying to find relief from a discomfort, as someone posted, is just plain ridiculous! First, to help ease the itching you can wet a cotton ball with ORIGINAL formula (yellow) Listerine (yes I do mean the mouthwash) and dab it AROUND the anus. Dabbing it on the delicate tissue on the anus is OK - just don't let it drip inside the canal. If there is a bacteria or yeast around the back end, that will offer relief by numbing the area and alleviating the itch, but it won't cure the problem. It also won't help IF it is the anal glands. Most likely you are either dealing with the anal glands...or systemic yeast. Generally with the latter other symptoms will develop though like loss of hair, red rashy patches, an odor - for instance. Two things to consider - WHAT type of kibble are you feeding. You said he's on a "special food" for allergies. If that formula has potatoes, it's not a good idea. If it's Science Diet or Hills/MD, that's even worse. The best allergy kibble I have found to date, and I've tried them all with the rescues (well not all of them, I didn't bother with the crap) - is Holistic Select Duck & Oatmeal. The second thing, how much oil are you giving every day? If there is too much oil in the diet, then the stool tends to be softer and the dog's butt muscles don't have to contract as much when he's pooping. As a result, the anal glands will not drain normally. May I ask, why are you giving flea control and deworming meds monthly? Those can also cause allergic reactions and unless your dog has a current issue with worms, why put the chemicals in him? It's summer so if you have a yard the flea control may be required this time of year but it is also not a good idea to give those meds year round. His poor immune system needs a break. I hope that your little one finds relief soon.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can demodetric mites eventually lead to an animals death?
    My pitbull/boxer mix has them and we have treated him several times and they keep coming back worse every time.. he is missing most of his hair on his underside and has sores on his skin that burst if light pressure is applied... I don't want to put him to sleep because he's such a good dog and seems to enjoy himself and life..
    also, i have already taken him to the vet several times and treated him with the dip bath, we have even gotten the shot for him, and i even ordered some herbal stuff and nothing works.. just answer the question, because i don't want to put him to sleep.. if it will kill him, i will, but if it won't, i won't...

    • ANSWER:
      This is a much more serious disease. It is difficult to treat successfully and the secondary bacterial infections, often staphylococcus, are very debilitating on the general health of the affected animal. This mite lives its entire life cycle deep within the host's skin, right down with the oil glands of the skin. It is not easily transmitted from dog to dog, except by direct and constant contact. It is unlikely to infect man.
      The condition is diagnosed by finding the mites or their nymphs in deep skin scrapings.
      It is easily differentiated from sarcoptic mange because it does not cause itching. There are two forms of the disease, known as squamous and pustular.
      In the squamous form, there is hair loss around the eyes, or muzzle, hocks, elbows, feet and neck. There is usually a scaly skin with a light grey greasy feel. The condition may remain at this stage for a number of years. If the animal is stressed, the condition will worsen - the hair loss will become generalized, the skin will thicken and the greasiness will increase.
      In the pustular form, the skin is thickened, wrinkled and inflamed. Pustules are present; these may become abscesses, or pus may underrun the skin. There may be irritation when this occurs. There is nearly always bacterial invasion in this form of the disease.
      Demodex may be treated with oral flea preventatives, used at the rate for flea control. These preparations should not be used on young puppies except under strict veterinary supervision. These drugs often take many weeks to express the damage they may cause the central nervous system, which may appear from any signs of vitamin deficiencies to wobblers disease and even skeletal abnormalities.
      If the disease is the pustular form, concurrent treatment with antibiotics to which the secondary infections are susceptible are essential.
      Demodectic mange treatment is also helped by increasing the general health of the dog with food supplements such as cod liver oil, yeast, kelp, vitamin C and ensuring that the diet is rich in digestible protein, and has some simple carbohydrates in it. Increasing the dog's general health will help towards healing the affected areas and improve the resistance to reinfection or to building up of a residual infection not removed with the initial treatment.
      Bitches that have demodectic mange, or those that have never coated up completely after treatment for demodectic mange should not be used for breeding. Puppies develop demodectic mange in the nest through constant contact with their mother, if she is infected.
      Demodectic mange is commonest in short coated dogs. This is because of the nature of the mite. It would more likely be brushed off the fur of a longer coated dog before it could enter the skin. But still it may occur in longer coated breeds, and these are even more likely to infect their puppies, because all puppies are born with relatively short coats.
      It is irresponsible of owners of dogs with demodectic mange to take their dogs into public areas where there are other dogs in close proximity. Certainly such dogs should never be taken to functions catering for dogs where there is close contact.=
      http://www.erinrac.com/articles/mange.html

      Many times a dog will have a skin condition that mimics mange but is not mangeThere are times when a dog may have a skin allergy that looks like mange but is not mange. There are times when a dog may have systemic problems such liver disease or thyroid malfunction that can cause a skin condition that is not mange but may look like mange. If a dog has an organ disease or malfunction, no matter what you do to treat mange or any other skin condition, the skin won't heal because the organ needs to be treated first. It's all a function of the animal's immune system. A properly functioning immune system is a primary factor in healing demodectic mange, or any other skin condition. If it's mange, our remedy will kill the mites. If the open sores have become infected, treatment with antibiotics from the vet is probably needed before the mange can heal.
      Veterinarian treatment would be extensive and require multiple visits, and definite diagnosis is frequently difficult. Stress levels must be reduced. It is essential and critical for dogs who are afflicted with demodectic mange to have their stress levels reduced. Whatever may be causing the animal's stress should be eliminated if at all possible. Much like puppies whose immune systems are not fully developed and are therefore more susceptible to an outbreak of demodectic mange, older dogs whose stress level has been elevated have their immune systems weakened. Consider what can cause stress for a dog: new home; new family member or loss of a family member from the home; new baby; additional pet in the home; pregnancy and birth which alter its hormones; new carpet; rearrangement of the furniture and where the dog sleeps; child starts school; illness in the family; major changes to your back yard; any major change in its environment, etc. These situations require additional love and attention be given to your pet with mange while you are treating the outbreak. The dog's environment must be cleaned up in the same manner as for sarcoptic mange. With patience, persistence and lots of loving care, repeated treatments can provide the proper conditions for demodectic mange to heal. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, it can take a few months for the skin to heal, the mange to clear up and the coat to return to normal. The dog's stress level must to be lowered so its immune system functioning can improve, and so healing can occur. Kill the mites and the skin can heal. Use the MAUI WOWIE MANGE BUSTER® Formula to kill the mites and keep fleas under control so the fleas don't aggravate the dog's skin while it is healing.
      http://www.mangebuster.com/Read_About_Mange.html?sid=be1a59bc1932388818d6b191099ba189

      This will not kill your dog but it can be a long term to be cured. this website will give you a link for another cure if u would like to try it. Never hurts to try until u find something that does work.
      changing the dogs food may even help
      innova, canidae and solid gold are excellant foods. if u are feeding science diet, eukanuba, iams or other commercial brand dog foods get the dog off of this as they have crap in it that causes more allergies and skin problems.

  11. QUESTION:
    My dog is chewing herself raw + weird behavior changes?
    My 8 year old Mini-Pinscher mix is chewing, biting, and licking her skin raw, especially around her tail and butt. She does NOT have fleas or ticks. I just want to find some relief for her!

    Late last year we got a puppy and she used to play with him a lot, but now she won't play with anyone and hides under the bed or behind the sofa all day. Why is she acting like this? What should I do?
    Are these two things connected?

    • ANSWER:
      Daras is she balding in any of those areas? First, to offer relief from the itching you get ORIGINAL Listerine. Yes, the mouthwash found in any drug store. ONLY get the original (yellow) formula. Just dab on affected areas. I have used this for many rescues while they detox from systemic yeast infections. The alcoholic has a disinfectant quality, but this particular solution also numbs the skin a little which offers the dogs relief. Here's a post that I found online that discusses the severe itching issue: http://timitalks.com/?p=1903 When allergies and/or infection begin to overtake the dog, loosing interest in play is very common. There are other topicals to help relief itch but seriously, I've dealt with this with so many rescues and the Listerine (ORIGINAL) really offered the best relief while they were healing and it is safer than cortisone creams. If an area has puss due to severe itching, then cleaning with witch hazel and dabbing Neosporin will help. Check out that link so that when you do go to a vet, you have some knowledge to base your decisions on. By the way, if your dog does have food allergies (which is a systemic yeast issue) then a grain-free diet isn't a cure. Out of last 55 rescue dogs, 20 needed a special diet due to allergies. It's not just what is in the kibble ingredient, but what the line-up/ratio of the ingredients are that affect the GI tract. I've tried everything over the years and the #1 option I've found in this case is Holistic Select Duck & Oatmeal.

  12. QUESTION:
    My 3 1/2 y/o intact male golden has had hot spots for the past year, and is treated with cephelexin. When he?
    completes his meds, he is okay for sometimes 3 weeks... sometimes 8 weeks and then he gets them again. usually on his cheeks, top of his head, and chest. The last time he had them, they were on his trunk and back and now they are on his head and cheeks again. Never on his belly or legs or feet. I have done some research and have started him on a grain free diet and am thinking about going raw with him. Anyone have experience with the raw food diet or with basically chronic hot spots? He is very active, runs everyday, is bathed weekly, indoor dog (my baby). Any info would be much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Please have your vet re-evalutate your dog.. make sure it is not a yeast infection in dogs which usually spread more than hot spots. Take a look at this... http://greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

  13. QUESTION:
    how do we stop demodex mites?
    genetic disease feed on systemic yeast for dogs

    • ANSWER:
      Actually Demodex can be genetic. It can be treated two different ways, Mitoban dips and oral Ivermectin. Please see your vet for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

  14. QUESTION:
    Yorkie with skin problems. Could this be a food allergy?
    I am a groomer and have a client with a yorkie that even after I bathed him he smelled bad. After awhile he was diagnosed this yeast and was given Malaseb. Several weeks later he came in with a keratinized area on the back of his neck that was very red. The owners took him to the vet and they gave him another medicated shampoo, powder and a pill (don't know what exactly). I bathed him last week and his skin is just red as a beet. A groomer friend of mine says she think it's a food allergy. She recommended some kind of yorkie food,..." ? Gold" Any suggestions about this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      He may still have a fungal infection. Sounds like the owners need to have his skin cultured again for a followup to see if any yeast/bacteria are present in large numbers. He may have a secondary bacterial infection. If the yeast were not controlled with the shampoo, he could be given a systemic fungal control drug. Everyone always assumes it's food allergies, and it may be, but i would want to see the results of a culture....there are dog allergy specialists out there if an allergy is suspected. Their vet will probably have to refer them if he suspects it is an allergy.

  15. QUESTION:
    why does my chihuahua scratch the fur off him? Is it try skin or what? how can i help him?
    he is scatching sores on his body.

    • ANSWER:
      Systemic yeast. 9 times out of 10 it's systemic yeast. Vets can not help you with this problem, I know and many people who have come to me for help have learned that as well. What a vet CAN do is rule out anything else. If you take the dog to a vet and they say "he has allergies", or any "unknown" skin issue - I highly recommend that you do NOT put him on any steroids or antibiotics as that will only make it worse. The very first thing to do is feed the dog a kibble, unless you home cook or feed raw which is always better, but if you feed kibble you must switch to formula that does not encourage overgrowth of Candida in the GI tract. The number one best choice (if you feed kibble) for your dog's issue: Holistic Select Duck & Oatmeal radiant health. Please visit the link below and you will see BEFORE and AFTER photos of another Chihuahua that I had to detox from systemic yeast. I also provided another link to refer to. These should give you all the info you need. You'll also need to get a anti-bacterial and anti-fungal shampoo to bath your dog to kill the yeast on the skin - oatmeal will NOT help. You can try something like "Mal-a-Ket". To offer your dog relief right now, you can get ORIGINAL formula Listerine ONLY (the yellow one - yes the mouthwash) and dab it on the aggravated areas. This will not only disinfect (alcohol) but numbs the skin a little so that the itching isn't as extreme for the poor little one. Check out the links - I've successfully dealt with this issue and cured with over 32 rescues dogs and counting and there is no reason for you to watch your poor baby suffer when there is help...

  16. QUESTION:
    Dog food for Systemic Yeast Infection?
    Hello. My yorkie has been battling with Systemic Yeast Infection for 4 years. I've always had him a Precise product. (Grain Free – Lamb & Turkey With Garbanzo Beans and Sensicare: both dry). And they both have worked wonderful. The problem I'm having now is that he developed bladder stones and had them removed. Vet says his PH level is too high and if we dont cut down on the protein, he may develop them again. My yorkie is 6 years old and weighs 8.5lbs. I've been searching around for a food suitable for his condition while keeping the protein % a bit lower. Not having great luck doing so. Is there any advice or suggestions you have for me? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    @made you look: Both foods were 27% and 22%. His ph level has come down a bit since adding apple cider vinegar in his water supply daily.

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    my dog has a rash on her neck , what it is and what can i do to make it go away?
    she's even started to lose the hair on her neck i took her collar off thinking that what was what was causing it but its still there.

    • ANSWER:
      I just wrote about this for a guy who's dog had the issue with her tail. 97% of dogs, whose "owners" describe this problem, I've found that a systemic yeast infection is the cause. Sadly vets know NOTHING of this issue. Will incorrectly tell you it's allergies. Perhaps prescribe antibiotics...which make the condition WORSE. Steroids - again, make it worse. While a collar that is too tight, or made of "cheap" material (material that can't breath) can cause a topical allergic reaction, you should monitor it further and see how your dog behaves. Is he/she itching. What other symptoms? Please feel free to contact me at my site and when you contact me, tell me exactly what you feed the dog. Dogs susceptible to a systemic yeast problem must ensure they are not being fed kibble whose formulas aggravate the condition. Two APPROVED formulas I can tell you right off the bat are Holistic Select Duck & Oatmeal Radiance (my fav for this problem) and Precise Sensicare Lamb formula. In the meantime, you can help ease the itch by dabbing on some ORIGINAL formula Listerine. Yes, the yellow mouthwash. It'll help numb the skin and ease the itch. Using before bed usually allows for a better sleep. Don't over use, the alcohol in it is drying.

  18. QUESTION:
    my dog has a ear yeast infection, dose anyone know how to help this or what it even is?
    she is a 4year old lab roxie and she plays all day with my small dog who bits on her ears i dont know if that is the problem but roxie's ear (even tho we have taken her to the vet and gotten treatment ) has red spots in it and the fur is like wet inside im worried please help!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Epi otic can be used to help clear a yeast infection but it sounds as though her ear needs further treatment.
      Make sure you dry the ear after cleaning.
      If the ear needs to be flushed I would have it done by your vet.
      You should not be pouring the ear cleaner directly into the ear
      It can be painful as well as stressful.
      Making ear cleaning a nightmare for owners and pets.
      Soaking a cottonball is enough cleanser.
      Massage the base of the ear
      Then clean/dry out the ear with cottonballs.
      For yeast infections vets commonly dispense animax or tri-otic.
      They have a soothing affect on the ear and treat the yeast.
      The skin of the ear may need some systemic antibiotics.
      I would schedule a recheck for the vet to reassess the ears.

  19. QUESTION:
    Probiotic chews containing yeast?
    My German Shepherd has had a pretty bad yeast infection in his ears for awhile now. We're treating it, and we were told to give him some probiotic chews to help fight it off. I bought some, and the first ingredient in them is dried brewer's yeast. Yeast in chews meant to fight off yeast infections? Or does the yeast in the chews not affect anything?

    • ANSWER:
      Brewers yeast is a form of dead yeast, and will not negatively effect your dog. It can actuall be beneficial. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-715-BREWER'S%20YEAST.aspx?activeIngredientId=715&activeIngredientName=BREWER'S%20YEAST

      Probiotics don't just help with digestion, they support the immune system. Since 70% of the immune system is found in the gut, it is critical to keep healthy digestive bacteria in balance. By increasing the numbers of healthy bacteria in the body, you can slowly begin to fight down yeast levels.

      It will also help if you eliminate anything with too much starch or sugar in the diet. Go to www.greatdanelady.com and look for her article on systemic yeast. Very informative.

  20. QUESTION:
    I am trying to feed my dog raw?
    My girl has a yeast issue. Immediately I think " feed her raw" it eliminates all of the
    nastiness that they put in dog foods. Especially grains that aren't a part of a dogs natural diet anyway, but my dog won't eat it, she doesn't quite know how to crush bone and she looks at me all crazy untill I peel it off the bone for her, any suggestions on how to get her to adapt to a raw diet? I've never had this problem with any other dog, they usually seem to know what to do...

    • ANSWER:
      You can start with a store bought raw. A customer of mine started her dog on Northwest Naturals and the yeast went away in one week. Pre made raw seems easier for a dog to adjust to.

      Also, read this article. I put my dog on Nutrisource grain free lamb when she had a yeast problem, and it really helped.

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

  21. QUESTION:
    Is caprylic acid safe to give to a dog? She has recurring yeast infections.?

    The vet just wants to put her on cephlaxin(anti-biotic) and she has been there, still comes back. No more anti-biotics. She has a bland diet (chicken and rice, all organic cooked), given acidopholis, cranberry supplemants, multi vitamin, fish oil, and unfortunately, previcox for arthritis. I am tending to thing that previcox is not helping either.

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't use antibiotics anymore either. Taking certain antibiotics & steroids in a cause for yeast infections. Please read this link - it has good info on the causes & prevention of yeast infections.

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

  22. QUESTION:
    should i bathe my puppy?
    she has a yeast infection in her ears( weird) and i have to give her drops 2 times a day and after she shakes her head the medicine is all over her hair on her head and ears. while shes taking her meds is it okay to give her a bath to clean her. its really oily. just need to know if her ears are safe to get wet is all.
    ps. how does a dog get a yeast infection in her ears?
    her vet said something like dirt and moisture

    • ANSWER:
      I would wait until her infection has cleared since she doesn't need any additional moisture in her ears & she will just do it again. After you put the drops in, you can place a piece of a cotton ball in her ear so when she shakes the meds won't go flying out then remove cotton ball. If this med is Otomax, it is very greasy & nothing will make it come right out. It will take a month or two before it will completely disappear. I had been grooming 30yrs & have tried many times & many different products, just keep brushing it. Here is a good site to explain yeast in dogs' ears.
      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

  23. QUESTION:
    What's the quickest way to kill a bad yeast infection in a dog ?
    Please help.....I think my dog has a horrible yeast infection. She's a 20lb, Chi / mix. Her urine culture will be back from the lab tomorrow or day after, but she's suffering !!! If she DOES have a bad systemic yeast infection, what's the BEST, QUICKEST way to knock it out ???
    Antibiotics I assume, but which one ? She's on Amoxicillin now, just in case....will that help at all ?????? Please help !!

    • ANSWER:
      Antobiotics do not kill fungi, which is what yeast is. In fact, anti-biotics kill off the good bacteria that help keep the yeast in check.
      If it is a yeast infection, the dog needs to be on a good anti-fungal medication and probiotics from yogurt aren't a bad idea to help replenish the good bacteria.

  24. QUESTION:
    red blister dogs paw?
    i'm wondering what it is in between my dogs toe area. its her front paw and it looks like a blister. she keeps licking it so i put lavender oil on it. think i should see a vet asap or wait a few more days see what happens.
    she is a 6 yr old choc lab just getting through a systemic yeast overgrowth. all her paws look super compared to about two months ago. she had real red itchy paws. but coconut oil has killed most of the yeast, she still has a bit of a yeast odor.
    however the problem right now is this eraser size blister between her paws. any help ideas? thank you...

    • ANSWER:
      it might have nothing to do with the yeast infection. she may have gotten something stuck in her paw and developed a blister from a foreign object. Tea tree oil is good for treating infection but it does sting so its best to dilute it. If she continues to lick it she will probably harm the wound so if in a few days it doesn't look any better, i would take her for a check up to make sure its nothing serious. They may pop the blister so the fluid can drain and then apply medicated ointment.
      I wouldn't rule out yeast infection entirely because it can cause sores on the skin but i hope its nothing serious :) good luck

  25. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a dog to have a yeast infection on it's skin and in it's ear?

    • ANSWER:
      It's very common. First the inside of the ear is actually skin. When the dog scratches his ear the yeast is transferred to the foot. The yeast will also grow outside the ear canal around the ear. In severe cases the dog may need to be put on a systemic fungicide along with a diet change and bathing in anti fungal shampoos. You need to consult your vet as to the proper treatment of your dog's problem.

  26. QUESTION:
    enlish bull has trouble with yeast in folds of face even with the medicate wipes-is there a systemic available?

    • ANSWER:
      Our boxer has the same issues. Get some Bragg "apple cider vinegar WITH mother of vinegar". Around here it is sold in health stores and regular grocery stores. Just put a teaspoon in with your dogs food and continue with the eye wipes. It will take a couple of weeks for it to start to help.

  27. QUESTION:
    My dog has a yeast infection in his ear. Help?!?
    My dog has a yeast infection in his ear. We've tried everything to help the little guy but nothing seems to work. We've taking him to several vets and he's had several antibiotics but they only seem to make it worse. Do you know of any home remedies that are safe and effective for curing this yeast infection in his ear? By the way, he won't eat yogurt, tried that already.

    • ANSWER:
      Some dogs with chronic yeast infections in the ear require systemic anti fungal medications. Usually an external ear canal infection is treated topically but if his is not resolving with just tropicals ask your doctor about oral anti fungals. Also some dogs with chronic ear infections or yeast infections of the skin should have there thyroid level checked. Chronic ear and skin infections can be an indication of hypothyroidism. Food allergy's can also exacerbate ear and skin yeast infections. If your vet is not covering all the bases maybe you should seek advise from another one.
      ADDITIONAL: Yeast in the ear of a dog is malasseziapachydermatitis, vaginal yeast infections are caused by candida albicans. They are similar oragnisims but not the same.

  28. QUESTION:
    My rottie has HORIBLE ear infections, what is wrong with him! HELP! he crys every night! i dont know what 2 do?
    we take him to different vets and they say the same thing! the obvious it is an ear infection! they send him off with just meds! they don't tell us what it is wrong! is he allergic to something? his ear bleeds allot and itches constantly! if you can give any advice please help!
    MY POOR PUP NEEDS YA!!!! thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      What kind of ear infection? yeast? bacterial? both? Has the ear wax been examined under the microscope and cultured? Is your dog on a systemic antibiotic if this is bacterial? What food is your dog on? Has he been thyroid tested? Ear infections usually have an underlying cause if they are chronic. This includes a foreign body in the ear, allergies usually to food and/or hypothyroidism. You might need to be referred to a veterinary dermatologist or a veterinarian who does better diagnostic work. It'll cost you some money but having a happy dog is well worth the cost.

  29. QUESTION:
    In-between toes dogs fur changed colour?
    I noticed today that in-between my dog's toes it has turned red. It is on all four feet.
    It isn't blood and I can't think of anything that would have changed them. I checked her paws all over and there is nothing visibly wrong.
    Is this normal?
    In the winter she also gets red/brown patches on her shoulders. They fade away in the summer.

    She is a light-coloured dog, ranging from white to golden.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast...... In between her toes, that is probably yeast

      Simple rinse of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 5 parts water for Day 1

      then 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water daily until the yeast breaks

      Consider that if toes are yeast & if dog is chewing toes, then dog could have systemic yeast

      yogurt can help....

  30. QUESTION:
    yeast infections in dog ears?
    i would like find a home remedy that i can make and clear up the yeast infections in my dogs ears

    • ANSWER:
      Here is several good sites for you to read & use.

      http://www.dogearyeastinfection.com/what_causes_a_yeast_infection_in_your_dogs_ear.html
      This one addresses causes & remedies if you click on the left side.

      http://www.vegsource.com/animal/dogs/messages/1013179.html
      Beware this solution will stain!

      http://zimfamilycockers.com/EarCleaner.html

      Please read all 3 before deciding what will work best for you & try to prevent your dogs from getting infections at all.

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm
      Good luck!

  31. QUESTION:
    My puppy got household cleaner sprayed into his eyes and all over him, his eyes keep matting up, will he be ok
    I got drops from the vet and washed his eyes out twice but his eyes still matt up and look cloudy?
    I did call the vet immediatley, they were closing so i ran and got the drops real quick! I washed him and his eyes 4 times. The emergency vet is hours away from me, im in the country and i have no money.
    NO.... MY 3 YEAR OLD SPRAYED THE CLEANER IN HIS EYES! MAYBE USING THIS SITE WAS A MISTAKE !
    MY VET IS 2 BLOCKS AWAY AND THE EMERGENCY VET IS HOURS AWAY....AND YES THEY DID TURN HIM AWAY! SERIOUS ANSWERS ONLY PLEASE!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, to hear your dog got into the household cleaner.

      Take it to the emergency vet, & have them look at your dog. Also, if you can't go to the vet, call up the Poison Control Center. Try to wash your dog's eyes with water, & use a cloth wipe it down really good. Try to flush it out.

      If you can not watch over the puppy/dog, put the puppy/dog into a crate. Crate are the most safe place for the puppy/dog. Try to put away the household cleaners away from the puppy/dog up high so that it won't get to it even maybe inside a cabinet put a lock it.

      Here are some information:

      Many pet poisonings are the result of exposures to common household cleaning agents. For pets, both epileptic and non-epileptic, exposure to many of these products is extremely dangerous.

      Some cleaners can destroy tissue on contact by acid or alkaline burns, by dissolving through tissue membranes, by absorbing through to the animal's bloodstream and causing generalized illness and a variety of other mechanisms. Pine oils and electric dishwashing detergents particularly tend to be quite toxic although the range of chemicals included in cleaning products can cause signs varying widely from mild local irritation (many detergent soaps) to deep penetrating tissue damage (alkaline products) to severe systemic disease (pine oils and others). The best remedy is prevention.

      Keep all cleaners tightly closed when not in use to prevent accidental spills and ingestion. Also, be sure to keep pets out of newly cleaned areas to avoid paw injuries from walking in the newly applied cleaning solution and mouth burns from the animal then grooming itself. Also be aware of the possible dangers of toilet bowl cleaners from dogs and cats who consider the toilet just another water bowl! In case of accidental exposure to cleaning products, it is generally recommended to flush the skin (or mouth) with
      plain water to wash away remaining chemicals, then call in to your veterinary clinic for further instructions.

      These things can hurt a puppy/dog.

      Acids
      Air Fresheners (solids, aerosol sprays, beads, "plug-ins", etc.)
      Ammonia
      Antiseptics
      Bleach
      Bubble Bath
      Batteries
      Carpet Fresheners
      Charcoal Starting Fluid
      Colognes/Perfumes
      Cosmetics
      Dish Detergents
      Drain Cleaners
      Epoxy Glues
      Furniture Polish
      Gun Cleaners
      Hair Dyes
      Iodine
      Insecticides
      Insulation
      Jewelry Cleaner
      Kerosene
      Lamp Oil
      Laundry Detergents
      Lead Curtain Weights
      Lye
      Metal Cleaners
      Moth Balls
      Nail Polish/Remover
      Oven Cleaner
      Paint
      Paint Thinners and Removers
      Permanent Wave Solution
      Pennies
      Peroxides
      Perfumes
      Petroleum Products
      Pine Oil and Pine Cleaning Products
      Plant Food
      Potpourri
      Rodent Poison
      Shampoo
      Shaving Lotion
      Toilet Bowl Cleaner
      Turpentine
      Varnishes and Stains
      Window Cleaner
      Wood Preservative

      Chocolate, Onions and Other Foods Poisonous to Dogs

      Alcoholic beverages
      Avocados (leaves, seeds, skin, stem)
      Chocolate (theobromine) (baker's, semi-sweet, milk, dark) (see more on
      Chocolate Toxicity below)
      Coffee
      Cola drinks
      Hops (used in home beer brewing)
      Macadamia nuts
      Moldy foods
      Onions, onion powder
      Potato leaves and stems, or sprouted potatoes (green parts)
      Rhubarb leaves
      Salt
      Tea
      Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
      Walnuts
      Yeast Dough

      I hope it works for you. Hope you can get to the vet right away.

  32. QUESTION:
    Are there any remedies for skin sores. My toy poodle continually get them. The do go away in a few days.?

    • ANSWER:
      Many skin problems with dogs begin with fleas. If you stop the fleas, the problem stops. Front Line Plus works great.

      If your dog doesn't have fleas then it can be allergic reactions to food or environment. Or overly dry skin. Or immune system problems.

      Usually skin sores don't just go away, they get worse. Scratching & chewing continue to open the skin to more infection. Clipping hair, cleaning with hydrogen peroxide & applying antibotic ointment are good measures to try.

      Also try giving your poodle Benadryl. 4 mg for every 2.5 lbs of dog. 10 lb poodle = 16 mg. Give twice a day. Use childrens liquid for small dogs. This helps with allergic reactions and won't harm your dog.

      Adding flax seed oil to your pet's diet can help with dry skin issues. Is is not a quick fix and usually takes weeks to see results. Also using a good DOG conditioner on the coat can help.

      Please don't use human shampoos or conditioners on your dog. The pH is too low in human products and can lead to dry, itchy skin making the problem worse.

      Also as dogs age, their immune systems are not as active as a young dog. Many older dogs are plagued with staph & yeast infections. Medicated shampoos can help. Your vet can help you with the correct products to use. Your vet can also determine if your dog needs systemic antibotics, antihistamines or cortisone.

  33. QUESTION:
    Dog Yeast Infection?
    Can someone give me a website that shows pictures of a dog yeast infection on its paws or pictures of a nail infection on a dog.

    • ANSWER:
      This site explains yeast infections & what is needed to treat & stop your dog from getting them.

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

      It does have some pics on there but I don't remember if any are just paws.

      If you don't know for certain thru a vet that you are dealing with a yeast infection, it takes more than looking at a pic. They have to take a sample & test the bacteria/infection. There are many types of infections which cannot be id thru pics.

  34. QUESTION:
    My dog keeps biting his skin please help!?
    My dog has hot spots on his skin and he keeps biting and scratching them ... the vet always recommends something that seems to make it worse .. i would really like to try something natural or at home ... he also has reoccuring ear yeast infections that hes had since he was small .. and once again whatever the vet gives me ends up costing so much just to find that it makes it worse and always makes it come back.. please help !

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, don't listen to the person who says you aren't fit to own a pet. Owning a pet is hard and you have to learn somehow. My vet was bad, and didn't act fast...as a result our cat died. My suggestion is maybe find a different vet, some just aren't as good as others.
      I looked around and here are some links about skin conditions and also yeast problems for your dog. I hope it helps

      http://ezinearticles.com/?Yeast-Infections-in-Dogs&id=1308080
      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_yeast_infection_of_the_skin.html
      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm
      http://vetmedicine.about.com/cs/diseasesall/a/itching.htm
      http://www.lowchensaustralia.com/health/skin.htm
      http://www.recoverysa.com/dermatitis_pro.htm

      It could be a skin condition such as mites or overheating- you can look through and see what fits, then do a search on Google on how to treat it naturally from there

  35. QUESTION:
    what will make a dogs skin stink no matter how many time you give it a bath and she is chewing her hair out?

    • ANSWER:
      Skin conditions such as bacterial or yeast infections, seborrhea, allergies ( food, flea and inhalant ) and systemic diseases such as hypothyroid disease can cause an odor to the skin and coat, unaffected by bathing except if using a medicated shampoo for the proper condition.

      Check with your vet, and see if there is something else going on, and what you can use to treat it. Good luck.

  36. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to treat a yeast infection on my dogs paws?
    I have an American Pit Bull Terrier who has a yeast infection on his paws. He's been to 4 diff vets and they treated him differently. One wanted me to switch him over to a vet diet but I didn't want to do that because he's already on a high quality diet(Taste of the Wild kibble, Blue Buffalo or Wellness grain free wet for bkfst, and instincts raw bison formula for dinner) and also because he has food allergies. This vet didn't want to hear anything about his allergies, he was more interested in making a "sale" of the vet food. The next gave me a medicated shampoo but he had an allergic reaction to it(he broke out in hives). The third treated him with steroids and antibiotics. They worked but once he was totally done with his prescriptions it came back with a vengeance. I finally took him to a doggy dermatologist but they want to treat it in the same manner, with steroids and antibiotics. Since I've been down this road I opted out of the treatment. Is there any kind of home remedies or OTC drugs that anyone can recommend until the doc is able to come up with some sort of treatment that won't make his situation worse?

    BTW: I switch between Taste of the awild, Wellness, and Canidae kibble every 3-4 months. Always grain free. The different flavors and formulas never make the situation any worse. He does just as good on all of them
    @ Dog Section Regular yes he chews his paws constantly. At first I thought it was the carpet deodorizer I was using so I discontinued that and he still chews his feet non stop. I switch his food often because he's a bit of a picky eater. He'll eat it for a while and then stop, so I switch to keep him interested. I always try to go with a formula that has as little ingredients as possible(for instance one or two major meats).
    @Dog Section Regular what's the name of the missing link stuff? I've also been adding seameal from Solid Gold. It had good reviews and it's supposed to help in this situation. Seems to help but not as much as I'd like. The purple stuff is it called Fortflora?

    • ANSWER:
      I specialize in this condition which is all too common and vets don't know a thing about it. Antibiotics make it worse. As do Steroids. #1 is what you feed the dog, contact me through my contact page and I will email you approved and avoid lists. The kibble, for those feeding kibble, that works best for this condition is Precise Sensicare Lamb formula OR Holisitc Select Duck & Oatmeal Radiance. This is NOT a grain issue. Not by a long shot. There are other ingredients that contribute to the problem, such as carrots, peas and sweet potatoes if they occur in the ingredients prior to the seventh. (Oatmeal is NOT an aggravant in this issue.) It's more complicated than you need to know, what you do need to know is how to help your beloved. After detoxing over 32 dogs now from systemic yeast, which your dog does have, I know the drill and what will and won't work. Again, you are welcome to contact me but I highly suggest you pick up the Yeast Detox kit first, advise me and allow me to create a calendar for you to follow. I hate to see a dog suffer when there is help. The above two kibbles have worked for me every time. I lean toward the Duck BUT for Pitties, I like the simplicity of the Precise Sensicare Lamb. Other options that I have not used but whose formulas are "ok" for dogs with yeast are: Timberwolf Organics: Southwest Chicken & Herbs OR Lamb & Barely with Apples...also, Wyson: Anergen OR Synorgon. By the way, the paw issue is VERY common in Pits.

  37. QUESTION:
    Canine Skin problems (Baytril and cephalexin)?
    My dog (12 yo lab/samoyed) has obtained a rash on her rear underside about a 2 months ago. It has since become raw, scabbed, raw again and appearing as thick scabs around ears, mouth and underneath front legs (in armpit area.) She has been on strong antibiotics for the 3rd time now (baytril and cephalexin), gets a bath with medicated shampoo, has had urine tests and blood work done (tests negative cancer, worms, tick fever) and still the bloodwork comes up as no results from the vets. Any insights to what this may be?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds VERY suspicious of an allergy (most likely a food allergy) to me (with secondary pyodermatitis, which is why antibiotics help while she's on them), but some other important things need to be ruled out as possible underlying causes.

      In my experience, Baytril is not a very good antibiotic for dermatitis, despite what the manufacturer claims. Cephalexin IS....but is often underdosed, and for too short a duration. (Average recommended treatment length for dermatitis is 4-8 weeks in a row, but most DVMs don't prescribe that much for fear of "sticker-shock" to the owner.) Neither one of them is considered to be particularly 'strong,' however. They are two of our most basic antibiotics.

      If not already done, she needs:
      1. A skin scraping. Older dogs sometimes 'spontaneously' develop demodex. I've seen cases that were treated for almost 2 years with antibiotics, and no one ever bothered to check for the mites because of the older age....so I did. Once found and treated, the problem went away. :-)
      2. A skin impression smear to look for yeast. It might be a primary or a secondary pathogen.
      3. A fungal culture (DTM) to rule out ringworm. (Just b/c no one in the family has caught it, doesn't mean it can't be there.)
      4. Based on the pattern you describe, it doesn't really sound like this....but are you sure that thyroid function was checked in those blood tests? ("Bloodwork" is very vague....it can indicate a single blood test, or over 00 worth of blood tests. I seriously doubt that they've tested for all of the endocrinopathies that can affect the skin....and there is no blood test for specific types of cancer, so it's not possible to test negative for it.)
      5. A skin biopsy is where I'd go if the above doesn't turn up anything. This is probably the most informative test that can be done. Special stains can be done to look for autoimmune skin disorders, and based on what is seen, the pathologist can often find telltale signs of other systemic problems.
      6. Food allergy trial and/or testing. (I'd reverse the order of #5 and #6 if this weren't a geriatric dog.) Most food allergies develop as a result of repeated exposure to the same food source (ingredient) over time....not due to a sudden change as most people think.

      Also...."medicated" shampoo is very vague. There are at least a dozen types, with several variations of each type. The biggest mistake I see people make is not letting it soak in direct contact with the skin for long enough, or frequently enough. Most labels will tell you 5-10 minutes, but it really takes a good 20 minutes (by the clock), in order for the medication in the shampoo to "tell" the skin to cut it out. (In other words, to stop overreacting to whatever it's reacting to.) When it's bad, that needs to be done every 2-3 days for up to 3 weeks, then adjusted based on response.

      Skin problems are usually chronic and become a matter of control, not cure. But if you don't feel you're getting anywhere with your DVM, it's time to ask for a referral to a board-certified veterinary dermatologist....who will probably tell you what I just did above. ;-)

  38. QUESTION:
    She is constantly getting yeast infections in her ears...?
    Has anyone used a powder to keep their dogs ears dry? I clean her ears regularly, but she keeps getting infections. She has the floppy ears and her vet told me that was the cause of the infections. Short of getting her ears cropped (which I would never do), I don't know what to do for her.

    She is going to the vet today and I was going to ask about getting a powder for her. She does have two different kind of drops we use to treat the infection, but I am wondering about preventing them.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? Home remedies? Anything?

    Also, she is on a home made diet due to allergies and we added yogurt to her diet every day, but it hasn't helped.
    Yes, she does bite her paws. They are usually red because of it. This is the reason for the home made diet. Not that it really helped with the allergies, but we kept it up because it seems healthier than what we can buy in the store. It also helps because she has digestive problems and would get diarrhea all the time.
    Wow, Thanks everyone...Great links and giving me alot more questions for her vet this afternoon.

    • ANSWER:
      Ppl have already posted 2 excellent links for treating ear infections. This site explains how yeast infections effect the whole body & how you can help control it.

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

      Reading all 3 links will give you a great start on treating & controlling the problem. You may need to switch your dog food to a grain-free allergy formula. I suggest Natural Balance allergy free formula. I have quite a few clients who use it for their dogs with great improvement all over from allergies & yeast issues.

      http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/dogformulas/PandD.html

      This is their link & you can try several different varieties to find one that works for you.

  39. QUESTION:
    Why do Shih tzu dogs smell so bad???!!!?
    Uggghhh my roommate has 2 Shih tzu dogs and they are the sweeeeeetest things, but I CANNOT stand being around them because they smell so bad!! I feel horrible because they follow me around the house and wanna be right with me every step I take, but I can't stand the smell of them. Even when I give them, baths they will smell like the shampoo for one day and then its back to the old stench. My mom also has 2 shih tzu dogs and she treats them like GOLD and always has them clean & groomed, but even when I hold them, I still have to wash my hands after. Its not as bad as my roommate's dogs, but its still a funky odor. Why do Shih tzu's smell different and more odorous than other dogs? Is there any kind of shampoo maybe that is specifically for super stinky dogs? I swear it must be a genetic thing... I'd imagine there is a shampoo for Shih tzu odor. ANY HELP?? =)

    • ANSWER:
      One of the big 'stinkys' with Shih Tzus when they are younger is the fur growing on that short little nose pokes right back into the eyes, irritating the eyes to death and causing mass tearing which then falls under the eye, sits on the lower eye area and becomes hugely infected. It is VERY important to be clipping that fur under the eyes and on the top of the nose area very frequently so as to stop the vicious circle.

      Many times when a shih tzu turns middle aged and older, they develop allergies which seem to ooze out from their skin and they get very 'yeasty' with yellow ick oozing from the toes, throat, back and ears especially. It is usually a systemic yeast infection and I would bathe with Chlorahexadine medicated shampoo but that is only treating the results of whatever is inside tearing them up. The best treatment would be going to the vet for the internal remedy so the whole mess will stop destroying the skin organ.

  40. QUESTION:
    What is going on with my dog's skin, is it the shampoo?
    Here's what happened. Last month I noticed my dog's skin was very pink. To make the story short, he is diagnosed with a fungal infection and is allergic to the fungi... this explained the red, bumpy spots all over his body... it's not just yeasty ears.

    The first vet took a skin scrape and looked at it under the microscope and said it was fungal. She recommended an antifungal shampoo for pets with 3 ingredients, 1 of them is miconazole (I think that is how you spell it).

    The thing is, after a week or so I didn't think the shampoo was enough to clear it. Plus the vet did not really advise me to do anything else aside from the shampoo and switch to Holistic dog food.

    I went to see a second opinion. The vet took samples and it turned out it really was a fungal infection. So now that one is cleared up, she gave my dog 2 shots, one for the fungus and the other is an antibiotic to treat the "secondary" infection caused by bacteria.

    I was so happy because in just a few days his skin really improved. I did pay a lot though because that was one of the most expensive animal hospitals where I'm from. Still it's worth it. The vet told me to still maintain the medicated shampoo, and since it's miconazole instead of ketaconazole, it's unlikely my dog is allergic to the shampoo (she said some dogs are actually allergic to ketaconazole, the stuff in Nizoral). Another prescription premium dog food was recommended.

    It's been 2.5 weeks now that I've been washing my dog twice a week with the medicated shampoo, as recommended. I noticed that every time after the bath and I'm drying the dog, the red spots become very obvious and bumpy...like he broke out with chicken pox.. Earlier in the morning I totally noticed it again after bathing him. It freaks me out because why are the red bumps coming and going?? And right now, it's evening.... the red spots are hardly visible and his skin color is more of a pale pink than a very bright, reddish pink. It's as though he's totally cured again.

    Are the bumps a normal reaction to the anti-fungal shampoo? It's confusing for me because I actually think the combination of the injections and shampoo are working but maybe the skin reaction is temporary and just part of treatment?

    Thank you in advance for your input, would really appreciate it...
    BTW I live in a tropical country, it's either warm or rainy season..maybe that might be important info.. for 3 years my dog never had skin problems though.
    Thanks for giving your perspective on this. I would love it if the infection was entirely cleared, but it's just hard to believe if he got the injections only few days ago... it may look much better but maybe not "past" the infection. Of course we are seeing the vet again soon, that is part of the maintenance. 2 different vets recommended the bath twice a week and even to leave the shampoo on for more than 5 minutes (one said 15 mins. the other said 10 mins.), which left me to give them a bit of trust since I don't claim myself to be an expert on dogs.

    • ANSWER:
      It does sound like a reaction of sorts, possible a type of hives, to something in the shampoo. How long did vet tell you to continue the shampoo? No, I am not aware of red bumps being a normal reaction to shampoo.

      What type of food are you feeding? Have you done any research into the BARF diet (raw food and bones) ? Does your food contain grains, potatoes, yeast ? Feeding raw changes the Ph of the body so as to not enable yeast to thrive. A commercial diet of meat, grain free, no potatoes, and no yeast can also have benefits. You might also want to look into apple cider vinegar (google apple cider vinegar in terms of systemic yeast infections) and the MANY benefits and uses of this, as far as changing the PH of the skin making it a very inhospitable environment for yeast to live.

      One further thought. Yes, your environment makes a difference...warm, humid weather can absolutely play a part in the yeast situation. But you state that dog was ok for three years. His immune system is unable to fight off opportunistic yeast now. Diet change would be first thing I would check into (raw has many benefits) unless you feel that his diet is good as it is right now, as well as researching other types of things that support and strengthen immune system...and there are many options to research.

      Check out apple cider vinegar; I think it could help this situation, especially if used in conjunction with other things aimed at eradicating a systemic yeast overload. And check into raw to see if you would consider it. The benefits are huge, especially when the main problem here is that the dog's skin is supporting yeast growth, and the way to turn this around is to make it so that skin will NOT continue to provide this area where yeast will flourish. While there are things that work from the outside like the shampoo, things that address the issue inside out (like food, supplements ) absolutely work to change Ph of the body.

      I do not believe for one minute that this problem is done. Some yeast may have been eradicated, as well as an overlying bacterial infection. Stay on this with your vet and I truly belive that there are ways to work with this when you start to truly understand that the problem is partially one of the immune system and the body's inability to fight it off, and the skin providing a breeding ground for yeast overload.

      Good luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    What is the best sensitive skin shampoo for dogs?
    I have two dogs. One pure breed blue Pitt, Ashley, (about 3 1/2 yrs old) and also a bull mastiff mix of some sort, Sticky, (about 4 1/2 yrs old). Sticky has always had skin problems since he was a puppy. My vet who i trust very much pretty much just said that some dogs have allergies to anything a human can, and believe me he has quite a few. Hes been pretty good since I've been using free&gentle detergents to wash his bedding in and since I've been feeding him Blue, and also had to change from stainless steel food bowls to ceramic because they gave him dog acne. But every time i give him a bath he breaks out in all these little bumps all over his body. It's been going on for a couple of years now, and at first Ashley never had a reaction, but now or the past year she has been too. It's weird, it's almost like she caught it from him... not that i would think that's possible, but it just seems weird to have the same reaction. He acts like he isn't affected. but I know he has to be. Some times the bumps scab off every once in a while. I've tried soooo many different kinds of shampoos. Maybe it's the way i wash them? I don't know. I feel bad giving them baths but they get to stinky to skip them. If anyone has a suggestion, pleeaseee let me know what to do. Any brands of anything. Thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Nicki, first of all - NEVER use human shampoo. For your dogs I highly, highly recommend NEEM pet shampoo. It is fantastic for dogs with skin issues, and even dogs without issues. Love the shampoo. Better than any other I've come across out there including Oatmeal formulas. With that said, Sticky has systemic yeast. Please, please, please contact me through my blog. I want you to change their diet and I can give you the resources you need to get them healthy. I rescue dogs and work in canine nutrition. Many people come to me after their vets fail to help. In fact, vets often want to prescribe antibiotics and/or steroids for "allergies" and this makes the condition 100x's worse. You can really change their situation through diet and Sticky may benefit from a natural detox. Just contact me through my blog and I'll give you several options and suggestions because if you don't get things under control now, they will get worse over time. A skin problem is a symptom of something bigger happening on the inside. In Sticky's case, I'm guessing excessive candidia in the GI tract but I'll know better after I get some more info from you. My best, Timi

  42. QUESTION:
    Dog with demodex mange?
    I am fostering a dog with generalized demodectic mange. She's doing really well now. She is approximately 2 1/2 years old and there's really no way to know when the mange became an issue so I don't know if this is something she's had since she was a puppy or it began as an adult dog. I do know this makes a difference in their ultimate prognosis. Her skin is back to normal and her fur is coming back but she does still have a bit of a smell (nothing like it was). She's on antibiotics and ivermectin, a skin supplement and skin sensitive food.

    My questions are for anyone who's dealt with demodex in an adult dog. How long did it take for them to be completely healed, how long did your dog have to be on meds? Did it come back?

    • ANSWER:
      As a rescuer, I deal with and treat it regularly. I can tell you this, I never put a dog on Ivermectin. Time and time the vet would tell me, "He won't get better without it. You're hurting the dog by not giving the meds" and yet, I cured each rescue successfully without it. I highly, highly recommend the Demodectic Mange kit I link to below. Additionally, I would suggest that you either put the dog on the Yeast kit I link to below or choose to get the "multi-vitamin" (micro-algae). I get it, he's already on Ivermectin so, what can do but that med is soooooo toxic and creates other health issues. The benefit of the Yeast kit (which will rid the smell as the dog has a systemic yeast infection in the GI tract, that is where the smell comes from and why you can't wash it away)...anyway, the benefit is that it will help boost your dog's immune system - which Ivermectin breaks down. The Holistic F3 (micro-algae) is HIGHLY effective and even if you only afforded to use it for 2 months, it'll benefit the dog and the recover immensely. The Demodectic Mange kit I recommend, that actually DOES rid the dog of the mange and in a natural way.

  43. QUESTION:
    dog losing hair on back?
    I had to let my first dog down because he was getting old the other day, and now my other dog is starting to lose hair on his back and when i look there is bumps that have black scabs on it.My first dog lost almost all of his back hair, and they said it was fleas or ticks, i cant remember. Now my other dog is itching it constantly and when i look at it , its as if it is hurting him. The scabs look as if i can pull them off but i don't want to hurt him. What is this? Please answer ASAP
    and he is also flaking
    well i found fleas on him, could that be it?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm running out the door so I'll provide you links below to refer to. You can even call the staff and they will help you Monday-Friday at no charge to you so - I'd call! I refer many to them and deal with these issues weekly for clients. Their number is on their customer care page. If the dog tested negative for mange, you are looking at systemic yeast. "Flea/tick allergies" is a SYMPTOM of systemic yeast and vets have always proven clueless to this condition. They want to pump dogs with antibiotics and steroids and it never works. Too many people come to me after their vets failed to cure their dogs from this problem so as I mentioned, I'm running out the door but have provided you the links below in the source section. Check it out, call the staff and I'm confident you'll get the help you need. If the dog does test for mange, you'll still want to rid the GI tract of yeast and you can contact me through my site at TimiTalks.com because there is an AMAZING, non-toxic alternative to the horrific meds usually used for mange. I have used this non-toxic treatment on over 20 rescue dogs with 100% success. I did NOT provide a link to that though as I don't have time to pull it but you can contact me if mange is an issue but again...refer to links below.

  44. QUESTION:
    Cleaning schedule for a dog with allergies?
    My dog was diagnosed with environmental allergies about a month ago. He also exhibits symptoms of food allergies, although my vet will not agree with me about that. He itches himself terribly in the morning, he chews his back paws and legs, he has itchy ears that smell a little off, he rubs his snout in the carpet, he had a bad episode of eye discharges, and he had an episode of vomiting a little while back.

    In an effort to minimize his itching, I switched him gradually from home-cooked food (prescribed to him after his vomiting episode) to California Natural lamb meal and rice. He's been eating the dry food only for the past 3 days, but the itching has not stopped or subsided yet.

    I bought a new vacuum cleaner yesterday with a sealed HEPA filtration system and bags from Arm and Hammer that are supposed to trap 99.7% of all allergens. So, after cleaning the house throughly from top to bottom, I washed his bed in hot water and dried it in the highest temp possible.

    My questions for owners of allergic dogs are: 1) how long until I see some improvement in his itching? and 2) how often should I vacuum the house to keep it allergen free or at least allergy friendly?

    I have no kids, so it is a household of two adults, 1 dog and 2 cats that shed moderately but not too much.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      It takes weeks before the food will make a difference. It is advised to try a new food for 6wk before determining if it has made a difference or if you need to try a different food. Everything else sounds good with keeping the allergens down & be sure to use Ivory detergent to wash bedding & nothing with scents or dryer sheets. Read this site for additional helpful info. With those type of allergies they commonly get a yeast infections effecting their whole body - like the ears, eyes, skin etc. It will get you some more insights on what to try & look out for.

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

      Good luck! I have worked with many dogs with their allergies & it is tough to beat.

  45. QUESTION:
    My dog has a yeast infection!!!?
    Last week my dog was found to have a yeast infection the vet gave us pills and cream to put on his paws (which they shaved) we are going back tomorrow but I saw him licking his paws again do you think it's still bad?! Some days I forgot and the cream but the pills he always got.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is an article you really should read. Yeast growth will never get better unless the diet is adjusted. Yeast feeds off of sugary and starchy foods like potato, wheat, corn, gluten, and white rice. A low glycemic, low starch, hypoallergenic food will help. Keep up with your vets directions too.

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

      Foods you can use:
      Nutrisource grain free (not large breed)
      Innova Prime
      Precise Holstic Grain Free
      Nutrisca
      Natural Balance Legume & Duck

      My dog, who has yeast problems, does best on Nutrisource.

  46. QUESTION:
    What causes and cures Yeast Stomatitis in dogs? What are the symptoms?
    My 12 year old dog has become a picky eater, his gums bled when I brushed his teeth and his breath smelled like a dead mouse. I googled this and found a possible culprit: Yeast Stomatitis
    He was recently on doxycycline for tick borne diseases. Now he is on clavamox prior to a dental cleaning (with planned anesthesia). This weekend I noticed his breath is not so bad and the gum bleeding has almost disappeared.

    Could the clavamox be fixing a systemic problem that was caused by the doxycycline?

    My vet is hot to do the dental cleaning and though my dog clearly has some brown on his teeth, the onset of the bleeding and the bad breath was sudden -- as was the recovery of both. I brush his teeth every other day and am familiar with what's normal for him.

    His pre-anesthesia bloodwork didn't show any problems. He also had a pre-anesthesia heart ultrasound because of a murmur which he has had since I adopted him 5 years ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay he is 12 so this is normal for a dog. More so for the little dogs who are more prone to dental issues not matter how good you take care of there mouth.

      You shouldn't be brushing his teeth like we do. Just massaging the gums. ALSO wet canned food does this as well. IT sticks to their teeth and pallet of their mouth. That is why they say just feed kibble but as they get older it doesn't matter as much since their teeth are becoming weaker with age just like people.

      Dental should be given to a dog either yearly or every two years.

      I honestly don't believe its any meds though it can play a part in it but its just old age. You can get breath spray and just do dentals as recommended by your vets. Feed treats that will clean his teeth.

  47. QUESTION:
    My dog is sick/old! help!?
    Hi,

    I live in South Africa, so that = winter
    My dog is 10 years old!

    For the past 3 years she has had back leg problems, problems with walking, and also hair & weight loss... I took her to the vet like a year ago, they said she had mange like she did, and they treated her.

    She is really struggling to move, her back legs.
    Now she has been for no injections for the past 10 years (besides mange) but she has not had her rabies shot, nor flu injection, nor the 7 in 1 injection.

    Now she doesn't look sick (not really) but her legs are old & score. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you certain that the mange was treated 100%? If not, this ALL NATURAL product is an amazing option: http://www.petsbestrx.com/mange/ The most important, and truly only, help you can give your dog is by affording her the supplement BioPreparation F3. It looks like this, but you'll have to find a source that sells it in your country: http://www.pawchicboutique.com/store/WsDefault.asp?One=373

      To be honest, you should really detox your dog's GI tract and immune system because if she had mange, she also suffers from systemic yeast. With you being outside the USA I don't know where to tell you to buy but check out this site: http://nzymes.com/pc/

  48. QUESTION:
    My dog has chronic ear infections.?
    My sweet little beagle is 7 years old and all his life he has suffered from ear infections(usually 1 to 3 a year). He's on an organic, no grain, food. So we've essentially ruled out food allergies as the issue(although he does suffer from seasonal environmental allergies). I don't mind taking him to the vet and getting the antibiotics, but he's been using the same one for 7 years now and I wonder if it will start to become ineffective soon. I was wondering if there's a way to treat these infections without antibiotics(it's always the same kind, yeast). I'm also not a huge fan of antibiotics myself, as I avoid using any type of medication unless absolutely necessary. I have a cleaner that I use to clean out his ears, but he always manages to get an infection at least once a year. I do not want my boy to suffer, so if there isn't another way, I am more than happy to take him to his doc and get it taken care of :)

    • ANSWER:
      You should read this article:

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

      The potatoes and tapioca in most grain free formula's make yeast problems worse. Try Nutrisource Grain Free Lamb, or Nutrisca grain free foods. If you are able, switch to a commercially prepared raw diet.

      My own dog has the same issue and has done amazing on the Nutrisource grain free lamb. A customer of mine had a dog with terrible yeast growth on the skin. She switched to Northwest Naturals raw food and the yeast was 100% gone in one week.

  49. QUESTION:
    bald itching spots on my dog?
    I have had my dog for 3 years now, 5 months ago i was in the process of buying a house, which i let my dog live with my mother in law while i was fixing things, she was there for roughly 3-4 months, with in that time she had gotten pregnant by my brother in laws dog. thats not what im worried about(just figured id tell the whole story) when my dog left she had a beautiful coat nice and chocolate brown, when i got her back she is missing fur , alot. she had spots on her face and some are bleeding, she had bald spots on her butt, and the hair on her spine and her sides and thinning out,she is always biting and scratching even after i bathed her. the day i got her back from my mother in law i gave her a good bath and flea medicine(no fleas since)and used hot spot medicine( i got her back october 30) on that day she gave birth to her 13 puppies, so i can no longer use the hot spot medicine. im wondering what you guys can think this is, i know yall will say bring her to the vet, and im working on it, but i need some sort of temporary treatment or something. at my mother in laws they kept her outside, and they have red dirt. if you guys have any ideas what this might be and some treatment ideas please let me know

    • ANSWER:
      Like humans, when dogs get pregnant they can get a whole lot of odd problems that weren't present before the pregnancy. It could be an allergy to a food, to the ground, or to something else. Also, depending on the environment and possibly even the food, it could be something called systemic yeast infection which causes the dog to become red, itchy, dry, and can make them chew their hair out (sometimes it comes out because of the skin's condition). It could be a fungus as well. If you know your dog is not allergic to, or will not have a bad reaction to 20/25 mg Benadryl (or the generic version), i recommend giving 1 or two tablets depending on the dog's size, just to see if it helps with the itching. If that cannot be done, just wait until you get to the vet and see what he/she says about it. My golden retriever used to get hot spots because of a horrible skin allergy and we never did find out what she was actually allergic to, but every autumn and spring she'd chew her hair off of her sides trying to get rid of the itch.


systemic yeast in dogs

Yeast On Skin Cure

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. QUESTION:
    How to treat a skin yeast infection without prescription?
    I was diagnosed with a skin yeast infection last summer and was given a prescription to cure it but the medication gave me headaches. It was severe enough that cremes did not work. It came back this summer and it is on my chest, a little on my back, my arms and creases of my armpits and stomach. I was wondering if there are any at-home anti-fungal medications in pill form or a spray that would be effective in clearing this up. Any inquisitions are very much appreciated.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Whether this is your first or your twentieth, we've got ten simple skin yeast infection home remedies that you can use today to start feeling relief almost instantly! The great thing about these, aside from being easy and effective, is that they are all natural and therefore safe to use on anyone at anytime! And all you have to do is apply them to the affected area approximately four times a day until the infection has completely cleared up.

      Here they are:

      1. Garlic oil
      2. Probiotic yogurt (Plain and all natural)
      3. Bergamot Oil
      4. Tea Tree Oil
      5. Apple Cider Vinegar
      6. Honey
      7. Acidophilus powder (mix with a little bit of water to make a paste)
      8. Oil of Oregano
      9. Myrrh
      10. Gentian Violet

      All of these skin yeast infection home remedies are easy found in health stores, online health stores and even in some groceries. Most pharmacies now carry a range of natural products including many of the essential oils found on this list. They're inexpensive, easy to use and sure to work. If you combine any of these along with keeping your skin dry and clean and working to keep your immune system healthy, then you will be well on your way to curing your skin yeast overgrowth and hopefully never having to deal with another one again.

      Take care!

      Mama Bear

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

    • ANSWER:

  4. 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.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to treat pigmented skin and acne face?
    Im pakistani and my skin has gone darker over the past 5years however only the face but my body is light (like my face used to be) and I have a face full of acne and dry skin, any tips to reverse this change. Its a nightmare. It stuff like exercise, diet (vitamin c and fruits) and drinking water help

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      First let me explain briefly that no topicals will ever, EVER.. CURE acne. This is a fact backed by the Health & Pharmaceutical industry.
      Have you ever wondered why anti-biotic supplements can treat acne even though nothing topically changes ? The answer is simply because acne is caused internally, therefore no topical will cure it!

      The cause of acne is Toxins. The manufacturer of these toxins are: candida, parasites & yeasts. Once the latter are removed the internal organs are not burdened and are able to eliminate via the primary channels of the body, namely the kidneys, liver & lymphatic system.

      When toxins within the body are excessive the body is no longer capable of eliminating via the primary channels and must therefore resort to using the skin as an elimination channel.

      The result is toxins surfacing to the 3 layers of the skin. The only way to CURE acne is to eliminate the manufacturers of toxins: parasites & yeasts, additionally reducing candida to its natural balance.

      I have personally created a site which WILL help every acne sufferer across the globe. There is no intention to profit on people's vulnerability. This is the only way to cure acne. Please remember acne is not a "condition" or "dis-ease" it is a Symptom!

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

    • ANSWER:
      At least 5 days.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Here are some safe, natural cures you can implement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  7. QUESTION:
    What all the things will be cure or prevented by using resveratrol?
    Tell me what all the things will be cure or prevented by using resveratrol. And also tell me is that resveratrol supplement is use to prevent the cancer , blood sugar , inflammatory …

    • ANSWER:
      What is Resveratrol? The excitement surrounding Resveratrol is understandable. Having the capacity to deliver cardio-protective and chemo-protective properties are not simple health benefits that you can find on food nutrients. In demonstrating promising results to recent laboratory tests in promoting overall well-being, the nutrient has been making round of headlines in newspapers as well as in numerous health magazines. Perhaps an in-depth discussion of its properties will be helpful in understanding what is Resveratrol.

      Resveratrol is a nutrient that is found abundant in plants. Popular sources include red wine, grapes, blueberries, and peanuts. In food supplements, it is found in pills containing red wine extracts, grape seed extract and polygonum cuspidatum extracts. Originally, the substance was isolated by Takaoka from the roots of white hellebore. Later on, the substance was discovered to be present in Japanese knotweed. In 1992, along with the popularity of the health benefits of drinking red wine, it was suggested that perhaps the secret behind those benefits is its high Resveratrol content.

      Muscadine is the variety of grapes that is widely used in making red wine. In its skin, Resveratrol serves as its shield and protection against diseases. Resveratrol is actually produced at the outer layers of a plant and its fruits to serve as their first line of defense against the diseases brought by pathogens. The substance was found to be effective in fighting the adverse effects of invading fungi and bacteria in plants. Hence, it protects against infections. While Resveratrol is found present in the vines, stalk and fruit of grape plants, the fermentation of plant extract improves Resveratrol content. The fermentation process of plant extract is an important determinant of Resveratrol content. In this light, grape juice is not a good source of Resveratrol, but red wine is!

      Among the other plant sources of Resveratrol, red wine contains the highest levels of this nutrient. Regular and moderate intake of red wine is therefore essential in ensuring sufficient Resveratrol intake. Red wine typically contains 0.2 to 5.8 mg/L depending on the variety of grapes used. Generally, red wine has higher Resveratrol content than white wine. Red wine is fermented with the skins of the fruit while white wine is fermented after the skin was removed.

      Scientific studies were performed to determine the extent of Resveratrol's health benefits. the addition of Resveratrol to the diet of yeast, mice and fish have shown positive results such as increased life span by up to 50%, lowered cholesterol, increased activity and minimal cell damage as related to the rate of aging. In many cases, the nutrient's ability to fight cancer was proven. It inhibits tumor activity and the initiation, promotion and progression stages of cancer.

      These results have concluded that the nutrient has enough properties to help prevent or manage cancer and cardiovascular diseases and other related conditions, particularly those that are age-related. On the other hand, the physical benefits of Resveratrol are helpful in enhancing athletes' performance. In effectively maintaining healthy levels of insulin and glucose, it helps establish excellent metabolism rate which allows the body to produce enough energy and strength to bear with the physical demands of sports training.

      With the scientific community's continuous pursuit to optimizing the health benefits of Resveratrol, we can expect more of its significant health benefits in the future. For now, it is nice to know that it only takes a sip of a relaxing red wine and a pill of nutrient supplement to enjoy the benefits that Resveratrol brings.

      Visit this site

      http://best-resveratrol-supplements-usa.blogspot.com/

      to learn more about the benefits of resveratrol supplements.

  8. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to kill oral yeast infection with garlic?
    I have heard that garlic kills yeast infections. How long does it usually take if one uses garlic often?
    doesn't the sugar from the cranberries (no matter how natural) feed the yeast bacteria?
    doesn't the sugar from the cranberries (no matter how natural) feed the yeast bacteria?

    • ANSWER:
      how long it take is depend on your method, whether or not you are doing it correctly or wrong way.
      here is some correct way you must do it.

      what if you were suffering from the painful itching, burning and sores that often come with excessive yeast in your body. You would probably be looking for the best remedy to solve your problem. Well, enter garlic.

      How do we use garlic to cure a yeast infection? Well, if you are a women suffering for a vaginal yeast outbreak, you can insert a garlic clove directly into the vagina for the best results. So that it doesn't slip out, it is best to do this before bedtime so that the garlic can do its job while you sleep.

      If you have a penis, skin or oral yeast infection, the garlic clove won't really be as effective as there is no place to really put it. Instead, consider using garlic tabs, such as Shaklee's Garlic Tabs internally. Other options are taking liquid garlic (that you can purchase at your local health store) internally. You could also eat raw garlic as well. Whatever the method - getting garlic into your body will help to combat yeast.

      I got an amazing resource that can help you understand what i am talking about in a lot more precise detail. I leave the link to this resource below if you are interested.

      Hope this help you and good luck

  9. 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

  10. QUESTION:
    How to cure bacterial vaginosis without an antibiotic?
    I was diagnosed with BV, the doctor gave me pill called metronidazole 500mg and from what i have been reading this drug has very severe side effects( that sound worse than BV). I cannot afford to be sick at work. I was wondering if there are natural remedies that actually cure this infection. I have heard about eating yogurt and taking folic acid and probiotics. Does anyone know if any of these remedies work? Has anyone had this issue?

    • ANSWER:
      What is metronidazole?

      Metronidazole is an antibiotic. It fights bacteria in your body.

      Metronidazole is used to treat bacterial infections of the vagina, stomach, skin, joints, and respiratory tract. This medication will not treat a vaginal yeast infection.

      NOTE: If you want to cure your bacterial infection you have to use it. Your doctor is absolutely correct. An untreated bacterial infection can wreak havoc with your body and even leave you infertile.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it true you can cure a yeast infection with garlic?
    I was reading this question someone had asked about natural home remedies for getting rid of a yeast infection. One lady said to leave a clove of garlic in your vagina overnight. Does that really work?

    • ANSWER:
      I would not use a whole glove of garlic, but you take the garlic sections and skin them and thread some string through the tops and insert them overnight and pull on the sting to remove what is left. Some people will insert yogurt but this needs to be plain live active yogurt from the health and natural department. Eating alot of this yogurt should be a regular part of diet. Eat lots of fruits and veg.
      You need to know if your body had a yest infection and why- we have a natural amount of yeast in our bodies and sometimes people have an excessive amount of it. I would suggest taking acidophilus 5 billion - milk free with FOS. This will help put the natural flora back into you system and help control the situation. Also drink alot of fluids. If it continues and becomes bothersome then it is time to see the doctor but continue taking the acidophilus. Hope that heps

  12. QUESTION:
    How to cure lips that are cracked at the corners?
    With the change in the weather, my lips have cracked at the corners, and won't seem to heal. (I'm assuming because every time you open your mouth, the cracks re-open). Does anyone have a cure for this? I've tried all kinds of over-the-counter lip ointments, as well as vitamin E. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Most chapped lips are actually because the saliva has digestive enzymes that "eat" the skin on the lips. Then bacteria takes over, causing the itching and irritation. I've found that balms actually extend chapped lips conditions. The best cure I've found is applying hydrogen peroxide to the lips. Sometimes the lips are cured and silky smooth the next morning.

      Apply glossy lipstick on you lips, Use unflavored lip balm on your lips, Avoid flavored tooth paste, Use a humidifier to humidify your lips, Increase intake of water and other non alcoholic liquids, Rub cucumber slice on your lips, Apply margosa leaf extract on your lips, Put some aloe vera gel on your lips, Take a saline bath

      Vitamin A is very important for the growth and repair of the skin. See to it that your diet provides you with sufficient quantity of vitamin A. Carrots, tomatoes and green leafy vegetables are the good sources of vitamin A.

      Make a vitamin rich juice by adding 1 tbsp. of water cress, carrot and spinach juice, 2 tbsp. wheat germ oil, one glass of tomato juice, and 1 tbsp. of nutritional yeast. Eat whole grains, legumes and nutritional yeast.

      If home remedies do not work than it is advisable to see a dermatologist as soon as possible.

  13. QUESTION:
    What would help cure my partner vagina infection with these symtoms?
    My partner has this irritation for few days I'm in need on what can help her vagina. So has some itching, soreness, burning when peeing, tenderness, some swelling, some bleeding on skin, some redness, & theres been once she had discharge while peeing. What applicants can be used?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like it could be a urinary tract infection or a yeast infection which you would need antibiotics for both. I would just go to the doctor because I'm assuming you would need a prescription either way.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the best medicine i shoud get from cvs for my yeast infection?
    i dont have a really bad one but i know i have a yeast infection because my vagina itches and there is thick whit discharge so somebody please tell me which one to get.

    • ANSWER:
      It is estimated that over 75% of women suffer from vaginal yeast infection at least once in their lifetime. It is a minor problem that is cured within a couple of days for some, and some women are known to suffer from this fungus for years. It has been noticed that women who have vaginal yeast infection for years have usually not sought medical help, neither have they tried out any proper home remedy to eradicate the fungus.

      Some symptoms of vaginal yeast infection are:

      •An unusual thick, odorless, whitish vaginal discharge
      •Unexplained pain during sexual intercourse
      •Uncontrollable itching and a burning sensation in the vagina and the skin surrounding the vagina (vulva)
      •Unexplained swelling of the vulva
      •Burning sensation during urination.

      If you suspect that you have vaginal yeast infection and it is the first time, it is advised that you visit your gynecologist and get it checked. It may be some more serious type of vaginal infection or vaginal inflammation such as trichomonas, or bacterial vaginosis.

      Home Remedies for Treating Yeast Infection

      Vaginal yeast infection can either be cured orally or by vaginal insertion. Most of these home remedies have been tried and tested for their efficacy. You can usually cure yourself in the privacy of your home without the need to visit your gynecologist.

      Tea Tree Oil

      Tea tree oil is a known natural antifungal. Pour a few drops of undiluted tea tree oil on a tampon coated with a lubricant and insert into vagina. Keep it for at least half an hour. Do this every morning and night for a couple of days. This will surely get rid of the infection.

      Garlic

      Make a paste of garlic pods and apply to skin around the vagina. It may burn a bit, but is very effective. This paste can be used for yeast infection in other parts of the body too. Another way to use garlic for vaginal yeast infection cure is to cut a few garlic pods fine and wrap it in a cheesecloth. Insert into vagina for about 20 minutes leaving part of cheesecloth hanging out for easy removal.

      Yogurt

      Dip a tampon in yogurt and insert in vagina. Do this twice a day, once in the morning and at night till symptoms go away. Another way is to take a tablespoon of yogurt and inset into vagina. This is best done at night just before going to bed. Regular douching with yogurt has proved effective. Along with these cures it is also advised to eat plenty of yogurt. It is good for your entire system and will cure the fungus too. Buttermilk gives good results too. Drink a glass of buttermilk in the afternoon, and one at night.

      Honey

      This is probably the most sticky and uncomfortable way of curing vaginal yeast infection, but it is said to work wonders. Take half a cup of honey into the bathroom. Pour a liberal amount of honey on all affected portions, while sitting on the toilet seat. Be seated this way for about 20 minutes. After this you can have a bath with warm water. Dry the vaginal area thoroughly using super absorbent paper. You will feel much better. Do this twice a day, morning and just before going to bed at night.

      Vinegar

      Vinegar is renowned for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Fill a bathtub with warm water mixed with 1 cup of vinegar. Soak in this bath solution for about 20 minutes. Dry the vaginal area thoroughly using super absorbent paper. Any vinegar will do, but the best results have been found using apple cider vinegar.

      Precautions to Avoid Yeast Infection

      Prevention is better than cure. Taking these precautions will ensure that you do not suffer from vaginal yeast infection.

      •Avoid wearing clothing made of synthetic material
      •Avoid wearing leotards and pantyhose daily
      •Avoid wearing tight fitting panties
      •Avoid wearing tight jeans daily
      •Avoid remaining in wet clothes for too long
      •Wear clothes made of natural fibers
      •Wear well-fitting cotton panties
      •Change wet clothes immediately to dry ones. Wipe yourself clean, especially the vaginal area with super absorbent paper.
      •Avoid using sprays and perfumes in the genital area. Also stay away from deodorant sanitary pads and tampons.
      •After using the toilet always wipe from front to back, never back to front.

      Source(s):
      http://www.buzzle.com/articles/home-reme…

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of old acne marks on my skin?
    I had a break out of acne on my chest during the winter. The pimples are gone now, but there are still red marks where they were. I know they go away on their own eventually, but I'm going on a trip in a few weeks and wanted to get rid of it and have clear skin in case I go swimming or something. Is there anything I can use to speed up the process of them going away? Any certain products, lotions or other remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Home Remedies For Acne
      How to Cure Acne with Natural Treatments

      * Cook oatmeal and apply on face for fifteen minutes, then wash.
      * Make a warm bath with blanch of nettle and rosemary to reduce the acne.
      * Home remedy for acne: Apply equal amount of lemon juice and rose water with a cotton ball, leave for half an hour and wash. Repeat for 15-20 days.
      * Rub the acne with garlic cloves several times a day.
      * Natural remedy for acne with avocado: Wash face with avocado paste mixed with water.
      * Bedouin meds:
      o Eat a medium grated radish with every meal.
      o Drink 2 cups of rosemary tea.
      o Drink 3 glasses of water with squeezed lemon and honey.
      * Mix 1 tablespoon of dried or fresh yeast with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice; apply on face, wait until it gets hard (try not to move), peel or wash with warm water.
      * Clean your skin: soak a cotton ball in either lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and apply on face.
      * Mix 2-3 tea bags to some basil and cook in boiling water for 10-20 minutes. Then apply on the acne with a cotton ball.
      * Saturate lettuce leaves in water, use water to rinse face and acne.
      * Grind bay leaves and blanch in water, Cool and apply on the acne.
      * Boil water in a pan, add some apple cider vinegar. Cool, put a towel on your head and bend over the pan.
      * Clean your face every morning with cotton ball soaked with vinegar; might sting; try on a small part first.
      *
      Acne Products
      * Herbal remedy: use lavender compresses to relieve inflammation.
      * Drink Carrot/ cucumbers juice or eat carrots or cucumbers.
      * Dip a cotton ball in egg whites and apply on clean face, wait a few hours and wash.
      * Mix and cook 2-3 tea bags with dried basil for 10-20 minutes. Then apply on face and acne with a cotton ball.
      * Squeeze cucumbers and apply the juice on the acne with cotton wool pads.
      * Take1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of white sugar wet a little and rub face.
      * For acne scars: Mix 1 tablespoon of sour cream ( 0% fat for oily face), 1 tablespoon of yogurt, 1 tablespoon of grind oatmeal and 3-4 drops of lemon juice. Apply on face, leave for 10 minutes and wash off.
      * Blend 1 peeled apple with 1 tablespoon of honey, half a cucumber and 1 tablespoon of yogurt (use a blender). Apply on face, leave for 20 minutes and wash off with warm water.
      * For buttocks zits: Smear some salty water and tan the area.
      * Apply some toothpaste on the acne. Do NOT apply on skin because it will make it dry, only on the acne spots.
      * Whip the egg white and put on face acne until it drys and then wash with cool water - by R.Lorena
      * Apply Sandal Wood and Neem powder mixed with Rose water before bed and clean it off in the morning

  16. QUESTION:
    How can I cure from candida yest infection ?
    I have observed that evrytime i treat candida with fluconazol, oral dose, once a week during 4 weeks, my hair, skin and my digestion system get a real improvment, but the condition comes back again and I am worried of doing this treatment for more than once a year. There is any other suggestion?

    • ANSWER:
      Why don't you add probiotics to your diet. Have yogurt every day or go to the health food store and buy probiotics in tablet form.

      The term "probiotics" refers to dietary supplements or foods that contain beneficial, or "good," bacteria normally found in your body. Although you don't need probiotics to be healthy, these microorganisms may assist with digestion or help protect against some harmful bacteria.

      There is growing public and scientific interest in probiotics. Researchers are studying whether probiotics taken as foods or supplements can help treat or prevent illness, such as:

      Vaginal yeast infections
      Diarrhea following treatment with certain antibiotics
      In addition, recent research suggests a number of new potential uses for probiotics. One study in Sweden found that a group of employees who were given probiotics missed less work due to illness than did employees who were not given probiotics. Other studies have found probiotics to be helpful in managing the signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

      Some of the probiotics currently being studied include:

      Enterococcus
      Lactobacillus acidophilus
      Saccharomyces boulardii
      Bifidobacterium
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/probiotics/AN00389

  17. QUESTION:
    what is the fastest way to cure candida?
    i have all the supplements for it but i was wondering about what to eat. some websites say fruit, dairy, and grains are ok and others are against them. also what about sugar substitutes? I would love to do some type of fruit fast to cure this. some sites say apples are ok and some say grapes are. i really don't know what to do but i just want this gone! any help will be appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Candida is a yeast infection - (it can affect your vagina - the inside of your mouth and also on your skin.)

      Where is the infection?
      For a vaginal yeast infection - otc Monistat cures most , in 3 or 4 days

      Some yeast infections require prescription treatment that you have to obtain from you physician.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Here are some safe, natural cures you can implement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  19. QUESTION:
    How long do you think it'll take to cure a male yeast infection?
    It's basically all over the skin under my stomach and in between my legs and in that region, it's been untreated for a while. I have some Nystatin (or something) cream to use 2-3 times per day. If I follow that treatment how long could I expect it to take?

    • ANSWER:
      You can attempt to self-treat if the yeast infection is not severe by using an anti-fungal cream such as those used to treat female yeast infections (such as Monistat). You can also use genitan violet, but it stains everything it comes into contact with, so use caution. Coconut oil and oregano oil have also been used, as have probiotics for yeast.

      In clinical settings, yeast infection is commonly treated with antimycotics – the antifungal drugs commonly used to treat yeast infections are topical clotrimazole, topical nystatin, fluconazole, and topical ketoconazole. Most of these can be found in your local drugstore and you don’t need a prescription. If you read the words “for intravaginal” don’t get embarassed they are just the same stuff as female are using. And in fact it is the same yeast infection that affects every human population. Doctor’s advised is not to use antibiotics taken orally, this will only lowers your immune system. visit http://maleyeastinfectiontreatments.net/ for more info

  20. QUESTION:
    What do you use for healthy skin and longer lasting tans?
    I am 19, I go to the tanning bed about once a week. I was wondering what kinds of lotions I should be putting on before and after. Becase my skin tends to get a bit dry.

    • ANSWER:
      Apply virgin coconut oil daily on your body its a natural oil for skin care i have been using MeritVCO extra virgin coconut oil extracted from coconut milk.

      Benefits of Virgin coconut oil for external health

      1. Virgin coconut oil and acne or pimples

      Acne is common during the stage of adolescence due to some hormonal changes experienced in puberty. One of these hormonal changes is the abnormally excessive secretion of oil (sebum) by the sebaceous glands. When bacteria mix up with sebum, then there is acne eruption.

      Virgin coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids that boost the metabolic process in the body. Ingesting Virgin coconut oil can improve metabolism that enhances cell and hormonal functions. As a result of better digestion, there is regulated excretion of oil by the sebaceous glands.

      Putting coco oil on your face also melts bacteria clogged up in the pores.

      2. For dry scalp

      Healthy scalp would mean healthy hair. Lauric acid converted into monolaurin is one of the antimicrobial properties of Virgin coconut oil. This acid is also found as ingredient in soaps and shampoo. By applying coco oil, your scalp is kept moisturized and protected from fungi that cause dandruff.

      3. Virgin coconut oil for hair

      Healthier and shinier hair is also one of the Virgin coconut oil benefits. To keep your hair from being dry and unmanageable, spread an ample amount of coco oil from the roots to the tip of damp hair. Do not put too much or your hair might get greasy.

      4. For skin

      Many people experience dry skin. Untreated dry skin can cause premature wrinkling and ageing in the long run.

      A solution to this is applying virgin Virgin coconut oil as alternative to your other body lotions. The usual lotion that you use primarily contains water that easily evaporates, thus, drying your skin. Virgin coconut oil prolongs the moisture on your skin making it smooth and soft the whole day.

      To add to that, Virgin coconut oil also strengthens by holding your skin tissues together and protects the skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. The antiseptic composition of Virgin coconut oil kills fungi and yeast that cause athlete’s foot, diaper rash, and candidiasis

      Eczema

      Virgin coconut oil cure can also be true to eczema. Eczema, an inflammation of the epidermis, is caused by hereditary factors, allergens like dust, pets, or plant pollens, and irritants like smoke or solvents. As a result, a person experiences itching, flaking, dryness, or even bleeding of the skin. Moisturizers are very important treatment for eczema and Virgin coconut oil is best for lasting moisture for the skin. This same effect of coco oil also treats psoriasis.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can vaginal yeast infections spread to the anus?
    I have a vaginal yeast infection from taking antibiotics and am starting to have the same feelings & itch down the back area. I was wondering if its possible for the yeast infection to spread to the anal area?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. They can spread anywhere moist and dark, including your armpits, your mouth, and any fold of skin. Take a yeast infection cure, and in the future, always eat active culture yogurt while taking antibiotics to keep repopulating the healthy bacteria in your body. You can eat some now to help the yeast infection cure work better.

      Good luck.

  22. QUESTION:
    Food additives: How much does the benzoate added in wonton or dumpling skin affect human health?
    I have been making Chinese potstickers that people were going crazy for, but I noticed that in the ingredients, Benzoate is added to keep the freshness of the product. How much do they usually put in one package of dumpling skin(approx.42pieces)??

    • ANSWER:
      I think benzoate (sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate) acidifies the dough a little to prevent bacteria and fungus growth.

      You're worried about it in wonton skins, yet benzoate is quite common and you probably ingest more through soda than eating wontons.

      From this website, most foods use at most 0.1% (by weight, not volume). So for every 1 ounce (28.35 grams) of wonton skin, there is at most 0.001 ounces (0.028 grams) of sodium benzoate.
      http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/2000-09/969376641.Ch.r.html

      Preservatives http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/foodic.html
      Prevent food spoilage from bacteria, molds, fungi, or yeast (antimicrobials); slow or prevent changes in color, flavor, or texture and delay rancidity (antioxidants); maintain freshness

      Products
      Fruit sauces and jellies, beverages, baked goods, cured meats, oils and margarines, cereals, dressings, snack foods, fruits and vegetables

      Name of Chemicals
      Ascorbic acid, citric acid, sodium benzoate, calcium propionate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite, calcium sorbate, potassium sorbate, BHA, BHT, EDTA, tocopherols (Vitamin E)

  23. QUESTION:
    How long does a rash from a food allergy stay on the skin?
    I've had some sort of food allergy & am experiencing red blotchiness & hives. There is no other effect being caused & i'm trying to work out exactly what was causing it.

    However the rash has stayed now for 48-54 hours, should the allergen not be out of my body by now & the rash clearing up? Unless of course i'm still exposing myself. So how long do food allergic reactions on the skin take to clear up?

    • ANSWER:
      Hives and rashes usually go down in swelling as soon as the irritant is gone, but the damage and "burns" can linger for a week or so. If you're still experiencing raised bumps or welts, you might have an allergy to something external (laundry soap, fabric softeners, new shower products, new furniture). If the rash is isolated to one area like hands or feet, or face, that should help narrow down the list of suspects.

      If it's all over, take some benadryl to halt the histamine reaction and eat squeaky clean for a few more days (nothing with yeast or that was cured in the open air, nothing with more than 5 ingredients, cook your own food)... if it's something you recently introduced or recently developed a sensitivity to, it should clear up.

      Hope you feel better soon!

  24. QUESTION:
    I have a skin condition called Rosacia. Would appreciate if some one could give me a good home remedy ?
    Rosacia has made my skin on my cheeks, chin and nose become red. (really red). There is no real cure in allopathy it can only be controlled. DR adviced me to take Antibiotic for 6 months to reduce it but there is no guarantee that it will be cured. So would appreciate if any oen can give me a herbal /home remedy for this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Ameena

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue.

      Quick Action Plan for SKin Issues

      1. Massage your skin, where needed, with bergamot, camphor, geranium, juniper, lavender, or neroli essential oils.

      2. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend making a paste of ½ tsp each of turmeric and sandalwood paste with enough water, and applying to pimples. Also, drink half a cup of aloe vera juice twice daily until skin clears.

      3. Eat an organic whole foods diet, with plenty of organic cooked and raw vegetables, and whole fruits. Reduce animal fats and stressor foods such as caffeine, refined sugars, and alcohol, as well as colas, candies, and frozen and processed foods. Include more high fiber foods.

      4. Drink eight glasses of pure, filtered water daily. Also, daily have two glasses of raw juice, combining carrot, beet, and celery juice, or, carrot, cucumber, and lettuce (not iceberg), and spinach, with carrot predominating.

      5. Add 3-5 drops of crab apple flower essence to pure water and drink during the day. Rescue Remedy® is good for stress.

      6. Combine the tinctures of herbs such as sarsaparilla, burdock, and cleavers in equal parts, taking ½ tsp three times a day. Drink an infusion of nettle several times a day and apply tea tree oil topically. An infusion of calendula mixed with equal parts of distilled witch hazel can be used as a cleansing wash. Steam sauna your face with red clover, lavender, and strawberry leaves.

      7. Useful homeopathy remedies are Pulsatilla, Silicea, Berberis, Ledum, Sulfur, Arsen alb., Belladonna, and/or Carbo veg.

      8. Enjoy full body immersion hydrotherapy treatments such as steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation, hot and/or cold compresses, and steam sauna your face with red clover, lavender, and strawberry leaves.

      9. Useful supplements are vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin B complex, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc. Also include omega-3 fatty acids, brewer's yeast, chlorophyll, and pancreatic enzymes with meals.

      10. Expose your face to sun and air at least 30 minutes a day, and exercise daily. Keep your skin clean by washing your face three times a day with soap made from the herb calendula officinalis, or using other alternatives to soap. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Keep the skin free of oil and use water-based products. Get sufficient sleep.

      11. Make facial masks from natural products; leave on overnight to help dry the skin if the issue is caused by excess oil.

      12. For long term relief and health be sure to do a colon cleanse. This clears out the toxins in the blood and excess waste in the body. Colon cleansing will healp clear up a lot of issue, expecially skin issues.

      Cause
      Skin Issues may be worsened at adolescence, during the pre-menstrual and/or mid-menstrual cycle due to hormonal action, and when under stress, on contraceptives, eating a poor diet that causes an over acidic system, or taking prescription and non-prescription drugs.

      Skin Issues may suggest the need for better hygiene, or magnesium and vitamin A. Also some skin issues are suggesting vitamin B1 deficiency or absorption problems. Consistent raised spots on the outside of the arms and sometimes even the thighs, resembling "chicken skin," may suggest need for magnesium, vitamin A, or essential fatty acids or the need to avoid foods that inhibit the absorption of these nutrients, such as trans-fatty acids found in margarine and hydrogenated oils, such as cottonseed oil and palm kernel oil.

      Food allergies, allergies to facial creams, soaps, shampoos, makeup, and excess intake of refined sugars, can all cause or contribute to skin issues. Certain foods can also aggravate skin conditions because of their high-acid forming effects on the body, especially fried foods, trans fats, iodized salt, alcohol, hot and spicy foods, all processed foods, chocolate, fruit juices, carbonated beverages, caffeinated beverages, and dairy products. Excessive long-term intake of seafood or other high iodine foods may also cause issues in some people.

      Coexisting gum problems suggest the need for folic acid. A separate skin condition may occur in women 30-40 years old due to physical exercising or working all day with face makeup, lowered resistance due to stress, or hyper-response to bacteria or hormone problems. Another skin problem, acne rosacea (reddish spots in a pattern over nose and cheeks), may be a sign of low B vitamins or low hydrochloric acid in the stomach.

      Best of health to you

  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:
    What vitamins should I take after a chemical peel in order to speed up the healing process?
    Lysine is said to help promote healthy skin, and Vitamin C helps support the immune system. Will taking these two supplements after a chemical peel help speed up the healing process? And if not, which vitamins would be best? And how much of it should I take? Also, are there any vitamins I should avoid during this healing process? Thank You!

    • ANSWER:
      Nature care has some helpful remedies to provide immediate relief and for continuous use to make the skin prevent disorders such as peeling skin.

      Here is a compilation of some such known home remedies that one can use for curing peeling skin. It is important to note that if desirable results are not achieved it is wise to consult a physician.

      -Grated cucumber applied over the affected areas for 15-20 minutes has been found to be effective especially for the skin on the face. Regular application prevents dryness of the skin.
      -Applying the juice of fresh mint every night on affected areas of the skin can help prevent dryness. It is also a suggested remedy for eczema and dermatitis.
      -Honey, olive oil and a mixture of turmeric and sandalwood paste are very effective in rejuvenating dry, parched skin
      Diet for Peeling Skin
      Peeling Skin : Home Remedies suggested by users
      Replenish essential vitamins to deal with Peeling Skin
      Diet plays a very important part in nurturing a healthy skin. Skin disorders usually surface due to diet inconsistencies. This can be avoided by having a healthy and nutritional diet that nourishes the skin and keeps disorders at bay.

      A good diet must include important nutrients for the well-being of the body. It must include protein, carbohydrates, fats, essential fatty acids, and all essential vitamins and minerals.
      Peeling of the skin is sometimes caused due to deficiency in Vitamin A, Iron, Iodine or Vitamin B. While proteins and Vitamin C, prevent infections and accelerate healing. Replenish the skin with these basic essentials by including them as part of the regular diet.

      Here is a list of sources of these essentials vitamins:
      Vitamin Sources
      Vitamin A: Cream, butter, fish liver oils, eggs, carrots
      Vitamin B: Meat, yeast, unpolished cereal grains, liver, eggs, cheese, milk.
      Vitamin C: Citrus fruits, green peppers and tomatoes
      Proteins: Meat, fish, cereals, dairy products, nuts, lentils, pulses and some vegetables.
      Iron: Red meat, almonds, baked beans, broccoli, kidney beans, peas, raisins, rice etc

      Other Suggestions for Peeling Skin
      Dos and Donts of Peeling Skin
      Some simple situations best avoided can accelerate healing.

      Here is a compilation of the certain preferred and most avoidable situations one can note when faced with peeling skin:

      Do’s
      -One may snip loose ends of the peeling skin but avoid cutting skin bound to the skin.
      -Moisturizing peeling skin may help. Soothe dry the peeling skin and moisturize it with any good moisturizing cream or lotion.
      -For all-over peeling, a soak in an oatmeal bath is a helpful remedy.
      -Drink plenty of water about 10-12 glasses a day.
      -Use sunscreens when out in the sun.
      -Use mild soaps instead of strong and harsh soaps

      Don’ts:
      -Resist the temptation to pick or scratch the peeling skin .It may damage the skin further.
      -Avoid taking a hot water bath as it drains the skin of its natural oils. Warms baths are milder and causes less damage to the skin.
      -Stay out of the sun during Peek UV Radiation times such as: during mid day 11.00am-2.00pm.

  27. QUESTION:
    How to cure an infected belly button?
    I pierced my navel two months ago, & now it's red, and painful. My friend pierced it with me & hers isn't painful nor that red anymore. Mine has a lot of pus coming out of the piercing hole everyday. But I use dettol soap to clean it daily! I think it's infected. How can I cure it before it gets worse?

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure that you are wearing high-quality, hypoallergenic jewelry to eliminate the chance that if could be an allergic reaction. 14k or higher karat gold, titanium, niobium, IMPLANT GRADE surgical steel, or platinum. Do not use anything other than the following products to clean your piercing:

      LIQUID ANTIMICROBIAL / GERMICIDAL SOAP
      These soaps not only kill germs, but also remove the residue of dirt, skin oils, cosmetics, cigarette smoke, and natural discharge. Healing piercings discharge secreted lymph, blood and blood plasma, and dead cells. This is a normal part of healing. Medicated soaps such as Satin and Provon are most effective and available from your piercer and some pharmacies. If these are unavailable, use a mild, additive-free and fragrance-free liquid soap. Stay away from harsher, commercially available anti-bacterial soaps, especially soaps containing triclosan (such as Dial). These soaps can be very irritating and less effective over time.
      To clean your piercing, first wash your hands. (Never touch your piercing with dirty hands. This is the easiest way to get an infection.) Lather the soap in your hands--do not apply directly to the piercing--and then lather the piercing and the surrounding area. Make sure to remove any discharge on the jewelry. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry during the cleaning.

      WARM SALT WATER SOAKS
      Warm salt-water soaks can be very helpful in healing piercings. They help to draw out discharge, stimulate blood circulation, soothe irritations, and help heal/prevent infection. To soak, tip the container against your pierced area creating a seal, or simply submerge your piercing in the container. It is strongly suggested to soak your piercing as least once a day, and more often if healing is difficult. Soak your piercing for 5-15 minutes...the longer the better.
      With some piercings, it's nearly impossible to fully submerge it in a container of the solution, in which case you can hold a drenched cotton ball to your piercing instead. However, as long as you are physically able [even if it's uncomfortable!], submerging your piercing is very important since it allows the solution to flow through and flush out the wound.
      Afterwards, rinse with water [preferably along with one of the liquid soaps mentioned above] and pat dry with a clean cloth or paper towels. Make sure you clean your container very thoroughly before you use it again for a soak.
      Make a soaking solution by mixing 1/4 tsp. sea salt and 1 cup warm water. Use pure sea salt (non-iodized) and not table salt, which contains extra chemicals (aluminum, magnesium, iodine, etc.) that can irritate your piercing and dextrose (sugar) that can cause yeast infections. When buying salt, read the label: if it contains only sodium chloride (salt), or just salt and calcium, it's good. It can be purchased at most grocery and health food stores. Do not use Epsom salts.

      SALINE WOUND SOLUTION
      [Such as H2Ocean and Blairex]
      Sterile saline solutions are NOT a substitution for sea salt soaks, but are a convenient, portable cleaning solution. While saline rinses or soaks do not remove skin oils, discharge, dirt, or residue around a piercing as effectively as soaps, they are more convenient and are not as prone to irritate your piercing. To use, liberally spray the solution, thoroughly irrigating and rinsing the piercing. Sterile saline pads are also good for on-the-go cleaning. Your jewelry does not need to be rotated, and the sterile saline solution does not need to be rinsed off.

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

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

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

  29. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural cures for a bladder infection?
    I believe I have had a minor UTI for a year or so and I just dealt with the pain. Now that it's a bit worse and Ive informed my guardian she doesnt believe me and refuses to let me go to the doctor. I also believe I have a yeast infection because dead skin comes from out of my vagina in a mucus. It doesnt smell or anything however. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you need to make a call to your doctor yourself. If you don't have transportation, call anyway because your doctor could explain to your guardian that you really need to get appointment.

      It's never a good idea to leave an infection unchecked, especially something like a UTI because it can easily become systemic once it gets into your bladder and even worse in your kidneys. You definitely need to get some diagnostic tests run and a prescription for an antibiotic.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why is it that some skin under my penis is always moist and sometimes it itches me?
    If it is been caused by any form of bacteria,what is the best way of curing it and will it affect my sexual performance?

    • ANSWER:
      you could have a yeast infection on the fore skin, from not drying your penis well enough after showers..ask your doctor for a topical anti fungul cream./. wont hurt your performance but you will pass the infection to your partner,,

  33. QUESTION:
    My skin peeled after using Retin-A and its really red, how do i reduce/prevent irritation?
    It seems like anything I put on it makes it sting (including lotion).

    Except if I wash it with the Axe body wash with 2% salicylic acid.

    However it makes it really dry and flaky, what can I do to not irritate the new skin? How long will it take for the color of the new skin even out?

    • ANSWER:
      Remedies for Peeling Skin
      Peeling Skin home remedies and natural cures, Questions and answers

      Home Remedies to cure peeling skin
      Nature care has some helpful remedies to provide immediate relief and for continuous use to make the skin prevent disorders such as peeling skin.

      Here is a compilation of some such known home remedies that one can use for curing peeling skin. It is important to note that if desirable results are not achieved it is wise to consult a physician.

      -Grated cucumber applied over the affected areas for 15-20 minutes has been found to be effective especially for the skin on the face. Regular application prevents dryness of the skin.
      -Applying the juice of fresh mint every night on affected areas of the skin can help prevent dryness. It is also a suggested remedy for eczema and dermatitis.
      -Honey, olive oil and a mixture of turmeric and sandalwood paste are very effective in rejuvenating dry, parched skin
      Diet for Peeling Skin
      Peeling Skin : Home Remedies suggested by users
      Replenish essential vitamins to deal with Peeling Skin
      Diet plays a very important part in nurturing a healthy skin. Skin disorders usually surface due to diet inconsistencies. This can be avoided by having a healthy and nutritional diet that nourishes the skin and keeps disorders at bay.

      A good diet must include important nutrients for the well-being of the body. It must include protein, carbohydrates, fats, essential fatty acids, and all essential vitamins and minerals.
      Peeling of the skin is sometimes caused due to deficiency in Vitamin A, Iron, Iodine or Vitamin B. While proteins and Vitamin C, prevent infections and accelerate healing. Replenish the skin with these basic essentials by including them as part of the regular diet.

      Here is a list of sources of these essentials vitamins:
      Vitamin Sources
      Vitamin A: Cream, butter, fish liver oils, eggs, carrots
      Vitamin B: Meat, yeast, unpolished cereal grains, liver, eggs, cheese, milk.
      Vitamin C: Citrus fruits, green peppers and tomatoes
      Proteins: Meat, fish, cereals, dairy products, nuts, lentils, pulses and some vegetables.
      Iron: Red meat, almonds, baked beans, broccoli, kidney beans, peas, raisins, rice etc

      Other Suggestions for Peeling Skin
      Dos and Donts of Peeling Skin
      Some simple situations best avoided can accelerate healing.

      Here is a compilation of the certain preferred and most avoidable situations one can note when faced with peeling skin:

      Do’s
      -One may snip loose ends of the peeling skin but avoid cutting skin bound to the skin.
      -Moisturizing peeling skin may help. Soothe dry the peeling skin and moisturize it with any good moisturizing cream or lotion.
      -For all-over peeling, a soak in an oatmeal bath is a helpful remedy.
      -Drink plenty of water about 10-12 glasses a day.
      -Use sunscreens when out in the sun.
      -Use mild soaps instead of strong and harsh soaps

      Don’ts:
      -Resist the temptation to pick or scratch the peeling skin .It may damage the skin further.
      -Avoid taking a hot water bath as it drains the skin of its natural oils. Warms baths are milder and causes less damage to the skin.
      -Stay out of the sun during Peek UV Radiation times such as: during mid day 11.00am-2.00pm.

  34. QUESTION:
    Can taking a Vitamin A supplement daily help improve skin?
    I had severe acne and i've been on minocycline for two years, doxycyline for another and have been using topical treatments as well [face washes and tazorac]. I still have break outs, moderate, and i want to try everything i can before resorting to acutane. Will vitamin A improve my skin?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can, not by itself but with a healthy diet(that already includes all the vitamins/minerals that you need) and there are other vitamins that can help too. You should take fish liver oil capsules for vitamin A(it should say retinol vitamin A under the ingredients). You should eat a lot of vegetables, essential fatty acids, protein, and drink lot of water.
      I've just recently changed my diet and stopped eating all junk food and artificial sugars.....and I'm seeing improvements in my skin and my acne is slowly disappearing and the acne scars are actually fading pretty quickly.
      A healthy diet is really important, because supplements just provide a little extra support on their own they don't do much.....these are the supplements I'm taking, maybe they can help you:
      Calcium and Magnesium(in equal amounts)
      Vitamin E (dry form)
      Shark liver oil (for the 10,000 IU Vitamin A)
      Carlson Cod Liver Oil
      Vitamin C
      Nutritional Yeast Flakes (for the vitamin B-complex)

      Also maybe you have a food sensitivity: you can try keeping a food log to see if something breaks you out. Also some people get acne from dairy foods, gluten, or sugar.....so pay attention to when you break out the most.
      If you have hormonal acne then the best way to manage that is with a healthy diet and exercise.

      Before trying natural treatments for acne I was on Solodyn for 4 months only....and the antibiotic really messed me up and made my acne so much more resistant to other treatment, that I would really discourage anyone from going on antibiotics or accutane. And I keep reading online how people stay on antibiotics for years and years destroying their immune systems....and if they get off it for a while they get the acne back. Antibiotics don't treat the root of whatever problem you have that is causing this acne and by taking all these drugs you might get some serious health problems. So, if your acne is a big problem for you and you sincerely want to cure it, you wouldn't mind completely altering your diet and becoming more healthy. However, if you do decide to go back on antibiotics or accutane you should definitely take a probiotic and drink kefir/eat yogurt daily to avoid getting candida. Since, you've been on minocycline for 2 years it might take you a little longer to get your skin completely clear....but don't give up.
      ~you might want to try NuCelle Mandelic Serum 15% 2 fl oz (I think you can only purchase it online....it is around with shipping). It helps fade my scars, take away the redness, and makes the pimples heal a little faster.(it does make you skin peel a bit).
      ~also you might as well try the oil cleansing method(it won't clear up severe acne problems, but it will help. Also don't do the serum and the oil method at the same time, try one thing for a month then switch to another option if one doesn't help)
      http://www.acne.org/messageboard/OIL-CLEANSING-METHOD-Hi-t141871.html

      I found a lot of great information on acne.org
      here is a pretty great post from that website, and I'm following this diet/routine right now: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/Diet-isn-t-related-acne-t222897.html&st=200

      and here is another website full of natural treatments that have helped people: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/acne.html

      Best of luck!

  35. 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.

  36. QUESTION:
    What are these itchy bumps on my finger?
    Hi! I have these little skin colored bumps on the top of my index finger that itch A LOT! I get them from time to time only on my finger but then they go away. What do you think they could be?

    • ANSWER:
      4.Dyshidrosis. (cheiropomphylox) Google images and dermnet.nz ...... does it look like this?
      It is allergy to a dermatophyte, which is any kind of skin loving bug. mold, yeast, bacteria, virus, parasite, pollen. It could be anywhere on your body. The rash on the hands(or feet) is just a red flag. Take anti-histamines for immediate relief. Fexofenadine 180mg, and 12 hours later 60mg, then every 12 hours 60mg. This is not the cure. But it will stop the itching. Go to dyshidrosis@yahoogroups for treatments and information.

      People who have eczema are 'atopic'. Very sensitive to all kinds of irritants. This is your immune system over-reacting to the presence of a dermatophyte. The most common dermatophyte is Candida in it's dimorphic, mycelial form in the intestines.
      The cure is really simple, but I very much doubt you can get your doctor to prescribe it for you.
      You need a two week course of NYSTATIN by drops, 4 million units daily. then a 2 week break, then repeat. If this does not work (and I would bet the cost of your doctor visit it does.) you need a drug called Toctino, to be taken for 90 days. This is expensive, you will find a cheaper way on the links at Dyshidrosis@yahoogroups.com. (You may find your eczema goes away too. I am betting you are 14/15.)
      am studying this condition, also called the 'Id reaction". Can I ask you to tell your dermatologist to refer to page 651, chapter 17 in the 1st volume of the Textbook of Dermatology by Rook, Wilkingson and Ebling.?

  37. QUESTION:
    how do i cure chronic bacteria infections?
    is there a natural cure or remedy for chronic bacteria infections? ive tried preventing them in all of the typical ways doctors tell you to and nothing works. the medicine is useless too. i would appreciate some info on any at home remedies. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I dont know where exactly are you having this infection but try the following stuff

      a. Yogurt:

      b. Douching:
      A boric acid douche is an ideal alternative to acidify the vaginal pH. Can be used for vaginal infection. A vinegar douche, made by mixing one tablespoon of vinegar per quart of warm water, is also as effective.

      c. Beta-dine and gentian violet:
      Beta-dine and gentian violet are excellent in countering Candida vulvovaginitis. Betadine is an effective antiseptic iodine solution.

      d. Oxygen healing therapies:
      Oxygen healing therapies have proven successful for treating candidiasis with intravenous hydrogen peroxide.

      e. Homeopathy:
      The all encompassing homeopathy comes to the rescue here too, as over the counter homeopathic treatments are readily available. Common ingredients used in its preparations are pulsatilla and sepia. Specific treatments can also be designed for treating individual cases.

      g. Nutritional supplements:
      The antioxidants in vitamins, like vitamins A, C, D and E, as well as, B complex, help in treating bacterial infection. Topical applications of vitamin E from prepared creams or powdered capsules help relieve itching.

      h. Dietary restrictions:
      Foods that yeast organisms thrive on, like cheese, alcohol, chocolate, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, fruits, fermented foods or those containing molds, like blue cheese, should be avoided.

      i. Warm bath:
      An ordinary warm bath or a shallow sitz bath can be very soothing. But don’t use soap, as it leaches out the skin’s natural oils that act as the body’s natural lipid barriers against germs.

      j. Cold compresses:
      If swelling and itching is making you feel miserable, cold compresses can help. When you place a cold washcloth across the affected area, it causes the blood vessels to constrict and makes the area less red and swollen.

      Get well soon!

  38. 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.

  39. QUESTION:
    What if I keep getting yeast infections?
    Okay so in spring break 2010 I got sugery and had to take antibiotics ad after I stopped taking them I got a yeast infection and I got treatment but ever since then they keep coming back. What does this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Recurring yeast infections are a common problem in diabetics and in those who consume a high sugar diet. When you have more than four infections in a year, you have a condition known as recurring yeast infection. Birth control is one of the most common causes of recurring yeast infection in some women. Both in women and men, another cause of recurring yeast infection is food, especially sugars and sweet treats. If the level of these sugars are not controlled well and allowed to get high, you will likely experience recurring yeast infection.

      Moisture trapped around the vagina can also be the cause of recurring yeast infection. One of the last causes of recurring yeast infection is a change in the immune system. Women who have HIV are also at risk for recurring yeast infection. It is also important for recurring yeast infection sufferers to become familiar with the possible causes of their infections. For those with recurring yeast infections, the simple touch, tingle, or pain in the genital or pubic region can be the earliest alarm that the infection has returned. While many patients with recurring yeast infections are eventually placed on prescription medications, medical professionals are reluctant to use this course of treatment because of the possibility of becoming immune to the drug.

      It is often suggested that recurring yeast infections be treated by alternating over-the-counter medication for one course, and a prescription for the next. One of the most common prescriptions for stubborn or recurring yeast infections is Diflucan, in varying strengths as needed. When might a recurring yeast infection happen. For example, an individual taking doxycycline or tetracycline for the prevention of acne is at a higher risk for developing recurring yeast infections. The problem with conventional medicine is that it generally does not restore a healthy body ecology, allowing a recurring yeast infection. The antibiotics can kill the good along with the bad bacteria in your system allowing yeast infections to thrive and reoccur without proper prevention and treatment.

      Skin infections involving Candida species can become a recurring yeast infection whenever the conditions leading to the infection do not change. If those with recurring yeast infections of the skin do not keep the affected areas clean and dry, even after the infection is treated, recurrences are likely. Perhaps the most severe form of a recurring yeast infection is that which affects the bowels. Candida overgrowth in the colon may not affect the bowel function but, instead, provide a reservoir for recurring yeast infections in other body areas, especially in the urogenital tract.

      A proper diagnosis is very important to ensure you receive the most appropriate and effective treatment to cure your yeast infection. Some products merely relieve the symptoms, and others cure the infection. When choosing the treatment for your yeast infection, select a cure so you have the best chance to eliminate your yeast infection. If you're treating a yeast infection, you should abstain from sex during the course of the treatment and cure (about seven days). Prescribed medicines may cure yeast infection but if you experience recurring yeast infections don?t ignore it as it may lead to chronic yeast infection.

      Hope this helps.

  40. QUESTION:
    My son has a yeast infection what is the best over the counter medicene to get rid of it?
    My 8 yr old son now has his second yeast infection, his first one was actually on his penis, and that was about 3 months ago. Now he has a yeast infection in one of the folds of skin between his genital are and his leg. It is raw, and he is quite uncomfortable even limping because it hurts him to walk. I myself am a 27 yr old female who has never had a yeast infection, so I know nothing about any of the over the counter medicenes. I have been trying to research what medicene to use on the internet, but I would really like some advice from someone who has maybe had to use this kind of medicene before. Which medicene would most likely work best?

    • ANSWER:
      hello there,

      you know what, my baby brother has one like right at this moment and this is something my mom does to help with the itch and soreness. (by the way my brother is 9 months old.) Just put your son in a warm bath(let him sit) and put some baking soda in the water and that will clear it up within 5 maybe 6 days. And u can also buy some vitamin e clear gels for him to put on it and that will stop the itching as soon as it is put on there. These are some home remedies that my mom and grandmother use. U will know that the yeast infection will be going away when u see that the area is turning a different color from the original skin color. That just means that it is healing. but this is just a great way to help him without spending so much money on over the counter drugs. just use wat u have at home. and i guarantee u that this works because my brother has only had his for 4 days and his is already going away its just a little spot left . so just try that and i hope it helps your son.

      oh yeah make sure he sits in the tub every night with a little baking soda in it.....it wont burn or anything it just a natural medicine to cure his yeast infection.........Hope this helped!!!!

  41. QUESTION:
    What are the signs & symptoms of a yeast inf. What other infections can a woman get down in her female area?
    afraif I might a yeast inf. but she doesn't itch so she thinks it might be something else. her crouch smelled like imitation crab seriously so what couldit be it'sfine now after she took a shower she's very clean person takes a shower everyday.

    • ANSWER:
      A vaginal yeast infection is an excess growth of yeast cells in the vagina. Yeast infections are very common in women of childbearing age but can occur at any age. Although they can be uncomfortable, vaginal yeast infections rarely lead to serious health problems.

      The most common symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are:
      Vaginal itching
      Irritated genital skin
      Pain or burning in the genital area with urination or sexual intercourse
      In some cases, white vaginal discharge that is usually curdlike and odorless. Some women have no noticeable discharge.

      Yeast infections can be treated and cured sometimes with over the counter medications like Monistat. You can also visit your doctor and get some anti fungal medication like fluconazole (brand name: Diflucan).
      http://health.yahoo.com/ency/healthwise/hw61044

      Bacterial vaginosis (BV) and urinary tract infections (UTI) / bladder infections are also really common in women.

      Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a change in the balance of bacteria that are normally present in the vagina, which can cause bothersome symptoms. The most notable symptom of bacterial vaginosis is an excessive, bad-smelling, grayish-white vaginal discharge. A "fishy" smell, which is usually worse after sex, is a telltale sign of BV.

      BV is usually treated and cured with metronidazole (brand name: Flagyl), which needs to be prescribed by your doctor.
      http://health.yahoo.com/ency/healthwise/hw53097

      A urinary tract infection ususally occurs when germs get into your system through your urethra—the tube that carries urine from your bladder to the outside of your body. The germs that usually cause these infections live in your large intestine and are found in your stool. Once the germs are inside your urethra, they can travel up into your bladder and kidneys and cause an infection.

      You may have an infection if you have any of these symptoms:
      You feel pain or burning when you urinate
      You feel like you have to go often, but not much urine comes out when you do
      Your belly feels tender or heavy
      Your urine is cloudy or smells bad
      You have pain on one side of your back under your ribs
      You have fever and chills
      You have nausea and vomiting

      UTIs can be treated and cured with antibiotics.
      http://health.yahoo.com/ency/healthwise/hw57226

  42. QUESTION:
    What Are All The Signs Of A Yeast Infection?
    I was wondering what the signs of a yeast infection are. Could you PLEASE give me the most detailed answer possible?
    btw, if u know any good websites for this, let me know plz!

    • ANSWER:
      Female and male yeast infection symptoms are quite alike; there is the same unbearable itch, the same painful burn when taking a leak, and the same white discharge that is almost like cottage cheese. But in men, the penile area can turn red, develop sores, and even have dry, cracking skin which makes the condition extremely painful.

      it is easy for men to get the infection. If the glans is often moist and warm (think inside your swimming trunks) the yeast has the perfect environment to develop. With men that are sexually active, they can get it from a partner that has a genital yeast infection, through oral sex from a person with thrush, or through anal sex with a partner that has a perianal yeast infection.

      Here some idea you can cure it keep yourself dry. Jock itch is a form of the infection and the best way to avoid that is to change your shorts when they get wet. Watch your sugar intake - yeast feeds on blood sugar and that gives them the food to go multiply. This doesn't just mean sweets; alcohol has a high sugar content, too. Be extra careful when you're sick and taking steroids or antibiotics. These meds mess up your immune system by killing all the bacteria in the body, including the good ones.

      I got an amazing resource that can help you understand what i am talking about in a lot more precise detail. I leave the link to this resource below if you are interested.

      Have a nice day and wish you the best Devon

  43. QUESTION:
    Does long term treatment of psoriasis eventually cure it?
    I have palm psoriasis in both hands. They say that there is no cure for it, but long term treatment could eventually make the symptoms fade away for some time. Does it mean that it could be cured with proper treatment but for a long time?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sadly not all areas of the world have the internet, and can not find out how psoriasis is cured in Japan.

      Yes stress is the root cause of eczema in many cases.

      I have been helping a friend get rid of his psoriasis’ on his skin, it covers about 2 square feet of his arms and hands.

      He has been spraying on 2.5 PH water for about a month now, and it is working. He is also drinking 9.5 PH water. His wife has MS, and is also drinking the 9.5 PH alkaline water, and is doing much better.

      You can get free alkaline water - place a wanted add on http://craigslist.com Place a add to ask for 8.5 PH drinking water, and hope that the person can also make 2.5 PH water. Drinking the alkaline water will help, even if you can not spray the 2.5 PH water on your skin – as shown in the video below.

      Here is a demo video to watch for the eczema cure as seen in Japan. Sorry but the hospitals in the United States and Europe are not this advanced at this time.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxLW-HKgQzU&feature=PlayList&p=262C30FDF046ADAB&playnext=1&index=4

      Allergies to food include shellfish, garlic, and others. Stop eating things like cheese, then milk products, then anything brewed (beer, yogurt, breads made with yeast). When it goes away, then you have some idea of what you should stop eating.

      Or use the process developed in Japan, and eat what you want to.

      Exposure to UV light can also help many who have eczema. Yes walking out in the sunshine, without UV protecting sunblock on will expose your skin condition to UV light.

      Good Luck !

  44. QUESTION:
    what is the best thing to use for vaginal itching?
    Ive tried monistat and vagisil, but it doesn't really work during the nights, I stay up because the itching is so harsh that I give in and end up breaking the skin in the area. I heard that Alka seltzer works, but I don't know if it does. Anyone know a effective home remedy that would work for at least a few days?

    • ANSWER:
      Vaginal itching can be caused by many different reasons. The most common of them all is infection specifically infection that is caused by the fungus candida albicans. In candida infection, one of its cardinal symptoms is vaginal itching. This kind of itchiness can cause a lot of discomfort thus prompting sufferers to look for immediate cure such as those home remedies to stop vaginal itching.

      Vaginal itching can be relieved through a number of different ways. A household item commonly used for this is garlic. Itching can even be relieved through consumption of Alka-Seltzer. The problem with this though is that it will only relieve the itching temporarily. It will come back again and again since the source of the itching is still not solved. Since this is the case, the best way to stop vaginal itching is through eliminating the cause which is the candida infection.

      Home remedies to stop vaginal itching [http://stop-candida.blogspot.com/2007/09/how-to-cure-candida-yeast-infection.html] through eliminating candida infection can be done through dabbing apple cider vinegar mixed with garlic and water. In this concoction, the vinegar part will try to control the growth of the infection while the garlic temporarily stops the vaginal itching. It would also be better to use organic apple cider vinegar. With this home remedy, both infection and itching are given focus. This method is one of the best home remedies to stop vaginal itching as well as its infectious source.

  45. QUESTION:
    Sensitive skin occational pimple, how to properly treat it?
    I'm allergic to most acne medications/washes. I have VERY sensitive skin. Right now I have a pimple in the corner of my mouth (no, it isn't a cold sore I am clean), what is the best way to not have this pimple for long? Right now it is at the dry/hurting stage. What can I do to tame these pimples down? Should I just simply leave them alone?

    • ANSWER:
      How to Cure Acne with Natural Treatments

      Cook oatmeal and apply on face for fifteen minutes, then wash.
      Make a warm bath with blanch of nettle and rosemary to reduce the acne.
      Home remedy for acne: Apply equal amount of lemon juice and rose water with a cotton ball, leave for half an hour and wash. Repeat for 15-20 days.
      Rub the acne with garlic cloves several times a day.
      Natural remedy for acne with avocado: Wash face with avocado paste mixed with water.
      Bedouin meds:
      Eat a medium grated radish with every meal.
      Drink 2 cups of rosemary tea.
      Drink 3 glasses of water with squeezed lemon and honey.
      Mix 1 tablespoon of dried or fresh yeast with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice; apply on face, wait until it gets hard (try not to move), peel or wash with warm water.
      Clean your skin: soak a cotton ball in either lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and apply on face.
      Mix 2-3 tea bags to some basil and cook in boiling water for 10-20 minutes. Then apply on the acne with a cotton ball.
      Saturate lettuce leaves in water, use water to rinse face and acne.
      Grind bay leaves and blanch in water, Cool and apply on the acne.
      Boil water in a pan, add some apple cider vinegar. Cool, put a towel on your head and bend over the pan.
      Clean your face every morning with cotton ball soaked with vinegar; might sting; try on a small part first.

      Herbal remedy: use lavender compresses to relieve inflammation.
      Drink Carrot/ cucumbers juice or eat carrots or cucumbers.
      Dip a cotton ball in egg whites and apply on clean face, wait a few hours and wash.
      Mix and cook 2-3 tea bags with dried basil for 10-20 minutes. Then apply on face and acne with a cotton ball.
      Squeeze cucumbers and apply the juice on the acne with cotton wool pads.
      Take1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of white sugar wet a little and rub face.
      For acne scars: Mix 1 tablespoon of sour cream ( 0% fat for oily face), 1 tablespoon of yogurt, 1 tablespoon of grind oatmeal and 3-4 drops of lemon juice. Apply on face, leave for 10 minutes and wash off.
      Blend 1 peeled apple with 1 tablespoon of honey, half a cucumber and 1 tablespoon of yogurt (use a blender). Apply on face, leave for 20 minutes and wash off with warm water.
      For buttocks zits: Smear some salty water and tan the area.
      Apply some toothpaste on the acne. Do NOT apply on skin because it will make it dry, only on the acne spots.
      Whip the egg white and put on face acne until it drys and then wash with cool water - by R.Lorena
      Apply Sandal Wood and Neem powder mixed with Rose water before bed and clean it off in the morning

  46. QUESTION:
    What is a natural cure for miliary dermatitis?
    He is 4 years old, had this last year and it cleared up. he has longish hair, and had a real bushy tale, but it has lost much hair from constant licking, He also threw up 6" hair balls, but not lately. Now he throws up food occasionally, right after eating it. I started giving him a raw egg yolk, organic and free range. Is that good? also a little avocado, separately. His mother was feral and very sick while precgnant but I was able to cure her. My other cat who was feral, won't touch those items

    • ANSWER:
      Feline miliary dermatitis is not really a specific disease itself but a set of symptoms which can be caused by a vast number of diseases. The causes include:

      Allergies, e.g., food allergies, atopy - such as allergies to pollens, and flea allergies
      Bacterial infections
      Fungal infections
      Yeast infections
      Parasitic infections of the skin, e.g., mites, lice
      Hypersensitivity to intestinal parasites
      Autoimmune diseases
      Nutritional disorders e.g., biotin or fatty acid deficiencies
      Hormonal abnormalities
      Unknown causes
      The hard part is determining the cause of the problem. Sometimes, the location of the lesions is helpful. If the lesions are at the base of the tail, fleas are a common cause. If the lesions are around the head, there is a stronger possibility they could be caused by mites. use a flea comb and careful examination to determine if the cat has fleas, the most common cause of miliary dermatitis. In addition to fleas, flea dirt (feces) may be found on the cat. The feces, or flea dirt will dissolve into a red color when moistened; this is because it is primarily digested blood.

      Fleas, lice, and some mites could be treated with a product containing pyrethrin. In addition, the environment should be treated as part of the flea control. Injections and special dips may be used for the other types of mites.

      Ringworm would be treated with oral and topical medications containing a fungicide, and again the environment would need to be treated.

      If intestinal parasites are found, the appropriate medication will be given.

      If it is found that the cat is allergic to certain foods, the diet will be changed to eliminate those foods. The cat will need to be on that diet for the rest of its life.

      If bacteria or yeast are causing the feline miliary dermatitis, antibiotics or antifungal medications would be given, and the cat may be bathed in special shampoos.

      If the cat is scratching or the cause of the dermatitis is an autoimmune or allergy problem, steroids like prednisone are usually given. The cat may need to be on a high dose at first, and then it can be tapered down. Additional treatment for allergies can include antihistamines, fatty acid supplements as described below, and baths or sprays. Additional testing can be done to determine what the cat is allergic to and then 'desensitize' the cat with regular injections.

      A fatty acid supplement is often recommended as part of the treatment. In addition, extra biotin may be added to the cat's diet.

      If you are still reading this, hopefully you see that it is not a one dimensional issue......hence no simple answer.

      Get rid of fleas if present, get a different hypo allergenic food to feed (Lamb and Rice is no longer considered a hypo allergenic diet since it is available everywhere.), get the reccommended supplements. None of this is quick, it takes weeks if not a month or 2 or 3 to get to the bottom of it all.

      Good luck trying this on your own.

  47. QUESTION:
    What kind of facial cleanser can I use to control mild acne?
    I have very mild acne but I want a cheap facial cleanser to use everyday to help control my 1-2 breakouts per month. I have very pale and sensitive skin.

    • ANSWER:
      Let me tell you RIGHT NOW. Do you notice how most responses involve you purchasing a product ?
      Now I will tell you right now that to CURE your acne you must trust what is below.

      Hi there,

      First let me explain briefly that no topicals will ever, EVER.. CURE acne. This is a fact backed by the Health & Pharmaceutical industry.
      Have you ever wondered why anti-biotic supplements can treat acne even though nothing topically changes ? The answer is simply because acne is caused internally, therefore no topical will cure it!

      The cause of acne is Toxins. The manufacturer of these toxins are: candida, parasites & yeasts. Once the latter are removed the internal organs are not burdened and are able to eliminate via the primary channels of the body, namely the kidneys, liver & lymphatic system.

      When toxins within the body are excessive the body is no longer capable of eliminating via the primary channels and must therefore resort to using the skin as an elimination channel.

      The result is toxins surfacing to the 3 layers of the skin. The only way to CURE acne is to eliminate the manufacturers of toxins: parasites & yeasts, additionally reducing candida to its natural balance.

      I have personally created a site which WILL help every acne sufferer across the globe. There is no intention to profit on people's vulnerability. This is the only way to cure acne. Please rememver acne is not a "condition" or "dis-ease" it is a Symptom!

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  48. 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.

  49. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of fever or headache?
    How would you guys get rid or fever and headache? What can I do to get rid of it? Is there something to eat that help cure it? Anything will do, all information are needed.

    • ANSWER:
      Try the following:

      Cure / get rid of headache without pills

      * Tip your head slowly to the sides and stretch out the muscles of the neck.
      * To massage the aching spots works temporarily if you also at the same time try to figure out where you got to relax in order to get rid of the pain more permanently.
      * Exercise. The human body needs physical work. Nothing is better against physical tension than running uphill a ski-slope for instance. Painful in the beginning but a pleasure after a while when you realize that you can make it - and to be able to run up a ski-slope is self-esteem and prestige everywhere.
      * Drink enough water - but not too much. Headache is also often a result of dehydration, but also the opposite, that some nowadays drink too much water and thus dilute the nutrient fluids in the body causing abstinence of sorts.

      Home remedies to cure headache

      acupressure: reduce headache pain by squeezing the web of skin between the thumb and pointer finger as hard as you can; or use both thumbs and apply pressure under the bony ridges at the back of the head

      meditate: imagine the pain flowing out of your head; you may combine this with the deep breathing exercise

      Use an ointment with heat(for example Ben-Gay or Icy Hot) and rub it on your forehead or base of your neck, wherever it hurts. It will burn slightly and give a warm feeling to your head

      Listen to relaxing music while you lie down

      Although not medically proven, you can try the following:

      B6 or B complex vitamins can prevent headaches or lessen their severity

      Two tablespoons brewer's yeast can cure headaches

      1200 milligrams of lecithin capsules daily can prevent migraines(cleck with physician before using)

      Peppermint Tea can calm you and ease the pain


yeast on skin cure

How To Treat Dog Skin Rash

Do you generally see your dog biting, licking and scratching his dry skin? If yes then you would definitely love to help your pet and like to find out a solution that can overcome such a common problem. In this situation, the idea of taking him to the vet seems like an unnecessary expense. However, it is true that you look out for an immediate alternative to treat your dry dog skin.. The best idea would be to enquire how to safely resolve the problem in order to render a feeling of relaxation to both you and your loving pet.

This article primarily focuses on providing you with the information on two major treatments for dry dog skin. They will definitely help make your little buddy feel better once you use them in a proper manner. Let's have a keen look at them.

It is quite essential to cure your dry dog skin early. Remember, your little buddy skin can suffer from infections under the surface called "hot spots" if it is left untreated. To be very precise, the irritation of the skin is continued by these hot spots until open sores develop. Hence, try to take a positive action as soon as possible.

Well, if you are giving a regular bath to your pet, then there is also a possibility of experiencing a dry skin. This is because most grooming shampoos can cause the dry skin as they strip away oil from your dog's fur. In such situation, your pet's fur exposes to dandruff.

Moisturizing Shampoos-Honestly speaking, using a reputable moisturizing shampoo you can resolve your little buddy's skin problem to a great extent before he develops hot spots and rashes. If your selected shampoo does not work properly then you are strictly advised to instruct your groomer to use the specific shampoo type.

Change Your Pet Food: Undoubtedly, most problems of your pet's skin directly relate to diet that you are giving him. Personally speaking, you can give your little buddy a complete moisturizing skin by giving him a higher ratio of wet dog food. The idea of upgrading his diet really works when it comes to treating your loving dry dog skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the outcome of not treating cushings?
    I draged my dog from vet to vet for a bad skin rash until finally one suggested to take her to a specialist. They took all kinds of tests and finally told me she may have cushings.I declined.That was at least 4 years ago. She has been doing fine. Two days ago she went to the vet for choclate poisening and it was recommended again. My dog has been fine for the last four years. Is someone out there who had the same experiance ? My dog is a cocker/dachs mix and is 16 yrs old.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a dog with cushings - diagnosed at age 12, although she probably had the problem for many years. She was very fat and and always overheated. Anyhow, they put her on Lysodren (one pill each day) and after a few weeks she embarked on a second puppyhood - it was amazing. We put her on a diet and she reached a normal weight in a few months. She gained all sorts of energy and became more active. She lived to be almost 19 years old.

  2. QUESTION:
    How do I cure my dog's skin rash?
    I have a 5 year old border collie named Lucky. He's been plagued by an awful skin rash for as long as we've had him. We've taken him to the vet but it doesn't help. He's an outside dog. And he's not losing his hair or anything. When you give him a bath he's good for a couple days. Then if you lift his hair, you can see a red rash with scales and sometimes they even have some ozzing or pus. The vet just recommends a shampoo and food that he sells. It's expensive and it doesn't work. My mom bathes him in vinegar to help with the stink. Does anyone have ANY suggestions? Please I would appreciate any help so I can treat AND cure this.

    • ANSWER:
      If that's the best your vet can do i would seriously consider changing your vet.
      You need to get to the bottom of what he's allergic to.
      Fleas?
      Enviromental or food?
      I would imagine that if you dog has sores that are oozing then vinegar probably stings like mad!

      Try some aloe vera for the worst of the sores and then please get him to a different vet.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to feed two dogs, two different kind of dog foods?
    We have two puppies. The older one is 13 months old and the younger one is 3 months old. We feed the older one Hill's prescription diet because he tends to get a skin rash. The younger one gets puppy food plus an additive for tears. Clearly they should not be eating each others foods and we have a good handle on it when we're home. But when we're not home, its a free-for-all. They both eat well, just not their own foods. They treat it like a buffet.

    Does anyone have any useful tricks or strategies that can solve our problem?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Feed separately.
      Mine are fed in their crates. I feed morning and evening; measure out 1/2 their allotted portion for the day and put it in their crates. (I do not shut the doors, though you may need to with yours.)
      If you don't have at least one crate, put them in separate rooms. After 5-10 minutes, pick up any uneaten food and put it away. They will quickly learn to polish it off before it disappears for the day.
      DO NOT free feed (by that I mean leave it out in the bowl all day)

  4. QUESTION:
    How should I treat my dogs rash?
    My dog has a somewhat lumpy rash in his left armpit and he won't stop scratching, chewing, and licking it. He's had it for more than a month now and it hasn't gone away. I've tried rubbing alcohol and Aveno anti-itch lotion but those haven't helped. I don't have money to take him to the vet so that's out of the question. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Stop the Itching
      There are a variety of solutions available to stop the dog's itching. One of the first lines of defense is a good shampoo. Oatmeal, aloe and tea tree oil can help to ease itching. You can use medicated shampoos to wash your dog, and many dog shampoos will kill fleas and mites as well. However, do not use human shampoo on your dog; it may be too harsh for canine skin. You can also use an antihistamine, such as Benadryl, to stop the itching. As always, check with your veterinarian if you have any doubt about the best treatment.
      Heal the Skin
      Tea tree oil can be a good solution for healing your dog's skin. You'll also need to prevent the dog from scratching and biting the irritated area. You may need to use the "Elizabethan collar" to keep the dog from scratching. If your dog has mange, check with your veterinarian to determine the best solution.
      Prevent Rash and Hair Loss
      Because flea allergies are a common cause of skin irritation, use consistent flea prevention. This may include topical applications to your dog's skin, as well as controlling fleas inside and outside your home. There are also various homeopathic remedies, such as neem oil.

      Read more: Best Way - What to Do for Dog Rash & Hair Loss | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/way_5138566_do-dog-rash-hair-loss.html#ixzz0xfYpbf3V
      http://www.superk9.com/article-doghealthcare06.asp

  5. QUESTION:
    Any tips to get my dog to take pills?
    He's on 16 pills a day right now, 8 in the am and 8 in the pm. He's been really sick lately with a staff infection and skin rashes. Thankfully he's much better, but I have to continue with the antibiotics for 2 weeks. Everytime I try to hide the pill with peanut butter or meat he spits the pill out. I'm getting frustrated!

    • ANSWER:
      Your poor baby!! I am so glad to hear that he is feeling better, and good for you to recognize that the entire course of treatment must be completed, even though he is feeling better.

      Many dogs dont like to take pills to begin with, & such a regimen is probably trying his patience as well as yours.

      One 'treat' I found worked well when my geriatric pooch lost her appetite was to smoosh the pills in a strongly flavored cheese spread. I used Merkts Bacon-Cheddar, it smelled & tasted good to her.

      Please, DO NOT CRUSH the medication unless your vet has given the OK.

      However, if it is ok to crush pills, & open capsules, many times it is helpful to break them down to the powder form & mush them into the cheese spread. This way, there is no swallowing of an item needed, & they can be given in one 'dose' of cheese.

      Since you mentioned antibiotics, talk with your vet about a pro-biotic paste or other formula to help your dogs digestion. Antibiotics will wipe out the natural bacteria in their gut that aids in processing their food, & will cause them to lose their appetite & possibly suffer from diarrhea.
      Pro-biotics will replace this natural bacteria. An alternative to the paste (which you can get from your vet) is acidophilus capsules which can be opened over food, or plain/vanilla yogurt. Check with your vet to make sure this will not interfere with the course of treatment, but since your pooch is on so much medication, it may help him feel better even faster, & if he has lost his appetite, may help get it back & be interested in peanut butter again!

      Good luck, & he is a lucky pooch to have such a loving person.

  6. QUESTION:
    What are other causes of canine staph infections due to a skin rash other than allergic reactions?
    My daughter's dog (a boxer/collie mix) was diagnosed as having a staph infection. The dog has a rash on her skin but no other symptoms other than scratching. The dog does not have any fleas and is an indoor dog for the most part (goes on walks to take care of business). The vet indicated that if the cause of the staph was not from fleas, something really serious was wrong. We're wondering what else could cause this? The vet prescribed a number of different antibiotics to administer as well as an injection of another type of antibiotic. The dog is approximately 1 year old and appears healthy otherwise. She was also recently spayed.

    • ANSWER:
      Staph is a kind of bacterial infection that's why your vet gave you antibiotics. Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections not allergic reactions.
      Your dog just got an infected scratch or wound just like people can get, and it became contaminated with Staph, just like people experience.
      Staph is everywhere. It's a very common infection and is generally easily treated if the animal is in good health otherwise.
      Just be thankful that you got it treated in time because if you hadn't noticed it for a while and it had a chance to grow it could spread to other parts of her body and could become a worse infection that would be harder to treat and could possible cause some damage.
      Thank goodness that you are an attentive owner.

  7. QUESTION:
    What signs do you consider to mean your dog needs emergency care?
    I've seen so many q's on Y!A that don't acknowledge the dog is in an emergency. I've also seen people in severe distress over a non-issue (dog at 1 M&M for example).

    So what tells YOU that a dog needs IMMEDIATE veterinary assistance? Maybe we can educate some owners. ;)

    • ANSWER:
      I normally think, "if this was me would I go to the doctor?" there are lots of things you can do to treat your dog at home and every ailment does not need a trip to the vet. however there are things that do.

      so off the top of my head:

      Vomiting, if it continues for more then 24 hours.
      Diarrhoea, if it continues for more then 24-48 hours.
      if the dog isn't eating for more then a 24-48 hours
      if the dog isn't drinking.
      any serious cuts(less serious cuts can be treated at home)
      any broken bones or suspect broken bones
      dog liming or having difficulty walking, and it does not seem to be getting better after a few days rest.
      blood in the stool, particularly if its large amounts and persistent.
      rashes or skin problems that don't go away, and aren't responding to home treatment.
      if the dog is lethargic for more then a day or two
      any unusual lumps in the skin
      seizures or fainting.

  8. QUESTION:
    what do i put on dog skin irritations?
    He's a little doggy :) and had fleas for quite sometime due to my lawn being made of nothing better, sand. so now ive treated the fleas and he has this rash not red and puffy, more like little brown dots on his rear and between joints etc, where fleas infest. i've put aloe vera on it because its great for skin, but is there anything else that may relieve it faster? or even better?

    will it heal itself? any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like the bites have already scabbed over and are healing. You can get some moisturizing dog shampoo and give your dog a good bath. As long as he is not scratching, the bites will heal soon.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the best food to buy for my itching dog?
    I give her Pedigree and its not working. She gets a bad rash on her tummy area and scratches all the time..

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog could have a food allergy and that is why she is scratching so much to cause a rash. You may want to talk with your vet about getting her allergy tested. Also you can try Avoderm dog food it is formulated for dogs with skin problems there is a 4 step system. Food-crystals that you sprinkle on the food-shampoo- and conditioning spray. It makes a huge difference. I was a vet surgery assistant and I have worked with many animals for several years. It is a little expensive and you can only get it in a pet food store, not grocery store. Also dont give her any table food, just her dog food, if it is a food allergy you could be upsetting her system by introducing table food or treats to her diet. Best to stick with a good quality dog food ( designed for skin problems) and get the itching under control first.

  10. QUESTION:
    Help! My 3 year old English Bulldog/Beagle mix is driving me crazy! She is constantly crying and scratching at?
    her butt, their are no fleas or any signs of bugs on her, she is front-lined and our yard is treated. I've looked on her skin and I see no skin rash either. She's spoiled so sometimes I wonder if she does it for attention because she'll be crying and digging and all of a sudden just lay down and go to sleep. Any suggestions before I have to make the trip tp the vets office?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds as though she has impacted anal glands. You can take her to a groomer or vet to have them squeezed out. Dog, like babies, cry when something is wrong. A trip to the vet won't hurt and sometimes they do the anal glands at no charge.

  11. QUESTION:
    How did my dog catch scabies?
    I took my Jack Russell to get nuetred and was told that he has scabies. I was wondering how this happened? The doctor told me that they gave the dog a skin treatment and he should be brought back in within 7 days...Also, can this be transferred to my children and what should we do to prevent this again for the dog and my family???

    • ANSWER:
      I just went thru this problem. Your dog can get scabies (or mange as they call it on animals) from just laying in the same spot another animal did that has them. That simple. Scabies are a microscopic mite. Yes your children and yourself can get them very easily. If you or any of your family members have them, they can look like anything from a rash, pimples, to a sore. It's very common to get a secondary infection from scabies such as infected sores. They usually itch especially when the area they're in gets warm, like when you shower for example. Also, they're more active at night. I would suggest that you treat all family members for scabies. Wash all linens, clothes, pillows, ect. in hot water and hot dryer for at least 20 minutes. Don't forget all beds and stuff animal toys for the dog too. Vaccuum all floors and furniture. You can get a prescription cream from your family doctor called Permathrin for all family members. Also, you can go to www.naturasil.com to purchase a more natural cream for you and your family, shampoo for your dog, and a spray that kills scabies. With your dog getting shots and all of this info., you should be able to rectify the scabies problem and be able to prevent it from happening again. Signs that your dog may be reinfected are....excessive scratching, chewed up ears, scabs on ears, rashes on skin, sores on skin.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can Snow cause a rash on a small dog ?
    My small dog has a rash or break out on and around his private area and I took him to the vet and she said it was from the snow. I have been putting medicine on it but its not getting any better. Any help or ideas of what this could be ?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. You need to treat it with peroxide & Tea Tree Oil then make certain your dog has a good moisturizer on it before going out. Skin barrier protection is what's needed. Try Balmex or even vaseline for this.:)

  13. QUESTION:
    How could i treat my min pincher red rashes all over its body?
    He is starting to devlope these red spots...and its like dry skin looking and it even peals off..but leaves it a red spot. i dont know what it is or what could cause it

    • ANSWER:
      i have a min pin who has allergies too. I can give her a half tablet of benedryl (about 12 mg) every 4-6 hours. If it gets too bad, your dog may need antibiotics and/or cortisone medication, which my dog needed.

  14. QUESTION:
    How does lyme disease physically effect my dog?
    My 18lb chihuahua/terrier (3 years old) mix was diagnosed with lyme a few months ago. He has received his shot and has had 2 series of pills to treat it. I noticed sometimes he limps and was just wondering what other physical effects the disease may have on him. He has also had some trouble with using the bathroom lately (i.e. going in the house!!!) I'm not sure if this could be associated with the lyme.

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of Lyme disease in animals are similar to the symptoms in humans. Although you will not see a skin rash on your pet, they can experience a range of symptoms:

      In dogs: Some infected dogs do not experience any symptoms of Lyme. Symptoms include lethargy, arthritis (displayed as joint pain, shifting from foot to foot, and lameness), loss of appetite, fever, fatigue, kidney damage, heart disorders, and neurologic disorders (including aggression, confusion, overeating). Symptoms can become chronic.
      Hope This helps and good luck ...
      Get your dog on a good Flea and tick prevention
      I like Frontline For Tick in dogs ...Does not help with fleas much so i use sentinel for my heartworm Prevention great combination

  15. QUESTION:
    What happens to animals that are tested on for cosmetics?
    Example: When testing skin products, some animals get rashes or go bald.
    I want to know what other things happen to them and the cause. Like testing mascara or eyeliner, could they go blind?
    Wouldn't they test mascara and eyeliner on the animal's eye? To see how the eye would react if the product got in it?

    • ANSWER:
      Every year, millions of animals suffer and die in painful tests to determine the "safety" of cosmetics and household products. Substances ranging from eye shadow and soap to furniture polish and oven cleaner are tested on rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, dogs, and other animals, despite the fact that test results do not help prevent or treat human illness or injury.

      In these tests, a liquid, flake, granule, or powdered substance is dropped into the eyes of a group of albino rabbits. The animals are often immobilized in stocks from which only their heads protrude. They usually receive no anesthesia during the tests.

      After placing the substance in the rabbits' eyes, laboratory technicians record the damage to the eye tissue at specific intervals over an average period of 72 hours, with tests sometimes lasting 7 to 18 days. Reactions to the substances include swollen eyelids, inflamed irises, ulceration, bleeding, massive deterioration, and blindness.

      During the tests, the rabbits' eyelids are held open with clips. Many animals break their necks as they struggle to escape.

      The results of eye irritancy tests are questionable, as they vary from laboratory to laboratory-and even from rabbit to rabbit.

      Acute toxicity tests, commonly called lethal dose or poisoning tests, determine the amount of a substance that will kill a percentage, even up to 100 percent, of a group of test animals

      In these tests, a substance is forced by tube into the animals' stomachs or through holes cut into their throats. It may also be injected under the skin, into a vein, or into the lining of the abdomen; mixed into lab chow; inhaled through a gas mask; or introduced into the eyes, rectum, or vagina. Experimenters observe the animals' reactions, which can include convulsions, labored breathing, diarrhea, constipation, emaciation, skin eruptions, abnormal posture, and bleeding from the eyes, nose, or mouth.

      The widely used lethal dose 50 (LD50) test was developed in 1927. The LD50 testing period continues until at least 50 percent of the animals die, usually in two to four weeks.

      Like eye irritancy tests, lethal dose tests are unreliable at best. Says Microbiological Associates' Rodger D. Curren, researchers looking for non-animal alternatives must prove that these in vitro models perform "at least as well as animal tests. But as we conduct these validation exercises, it's become more apparent that the animal tests themselves are highly variable." The European Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods' Dr. Michael Ball puts it more strongly: "The scientific basis" for animal safety tests is "weak."

      No law requires animal testing for cosmetics and household products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires only that each ingredient in a cosmetics product be "adequately substantiated for safety" prior to marketing or that the product carry a warning label indicating that its safety has not been determined. The FDA does not have the authority to require any particular product test. Likewise, household products, which are regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the agency that administers the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), do not have to be tested on animals. A summary of the CPSC's animal-testing policy, printed in the Federal Register, states, "[I]t is important to keep in mind that neither the FHSA nor the Commission's regulations require any firm to perform animal tests. The statute and its implementing regulations only require that a product be labeled to reflect the hazards associated with that product."

      Testing methods, therefore, are determined by manufacturers. The very unreliability of animal tests may make them appealing to some companies, since these tests allow manufacturers to put virtually any product on the market. Companies can also use the fact that their products were tested to help defend themselves against consumer lawsuits. Others believe that testing on animals helps them compete in the marketplace: Consumers demand products with exciting new ingredients, such as alpha-hydroxy acids, and animal tests are often considered the easiest and cheapest way to "prove" that new ingredients are "safe."

      Such arguments carry little weight with the more than 500 manufacturers of cosmetics and household products that have shunned animal tests. These companies take advantage of the many alternatives available today, including cell cultures, tissue cultures, corneas from eye banks, and sophisticated computer and mathematical models. Companies can also formulate products using ingredients already determined to be safe by the FDA. Most cruelty-free companies use a combination of methods to ensure safety, such as maintaining extensive databases of ingredient and formula information and employing in vitro tests and human clinical studies.

      Tom's of Maine went one step further. For seven years, the cruelty-free company petitioned the American Dental Associ

  16. QUESTION:
    If dogs are allergic to food what ingredient are they allergic too?
    I have a chihuahua/terrier and he has rash on his skin, is losing a lot of hair (idk if its the hot summer that makes them shed like crazy or what), also he sneezes a lot.

    I am feeding him science diet. But since it is so expensive here in Hawaii I would like to switch to something a bit better than science diet.

    Im afraid he may have a food allergy though but not sure what ingredient he may be allergic too?

    any ideas, tips would be helpful too.

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs can be allergic to anything, just like people can. Most frequently, corn and/or wheat is an issue. The first ingredient in the food you are feeding is probably ground yellow corn, and it is probably responsible for what's going on. Find a food with no corn and no wheat. Make sure that the treats and extras you feed to your dog also have no corn or wheat. I expect his skin will begin to improve soon.

      The sneezing is more likely to be an allergy to something like a pollen or plant or something else environmental. If it isn't severe, I probably would not be overly worried about it. If it seems to be a big deal, he can have one milligram of plain Benedryl per pound of his body weight, twice a day.

  17. QUESTION:
    What treatments are available in UK for dog incontinence?
    My female dog has had this problem he whole life, but it has become worse since being spayed.
    What are the treatments available and names of drugs used? If treated with medication will she need it her whole life? Are there any surgical options to treat it long term?
    I have heard there are side effects linked to many of the drugs used, are there any alternatives?

    Any info much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      I imagine the meds are the same in the UK as they are in the US. There are 2 meds commonly used for female canine incontinence. One is Phenylpropanolamine (PPA), it's a decongestant, brand name is Proin & the other is Diethylstilbestrol (DES) a synthetic estrogen. You can research the drugs on line & read about side effects. Yes, once the dogs are on meds they do need to take them their whole life. I don't know if there are any surgical procedures to treat female incontinence in dogs. My vet has never mentioned them if there is. About the only alternative is to live with the incontinence. Use pads to cover beds & such or have the dog wear diapers. I know a female sheltie that her skin was scalded in the back, like a raw diaper rash from constant leaking. So sometimes meds are the best choice. My one spayed BC girl has had issues with incontinence since she was 3. It has gotten worse with age. She's 9 1/2 now. It got bad enough we put her on meds about a year ago. We started with Proin. She was still having problems on a low dose. I didn't like how nervous she got on the higher dosages. We put her on DES. You build up a blood level & then cut the dosing back. She takes a pill 2x a week only. Works great. No problems since. We did need to get followup bloodwork done, apparently it can cause bone marrow depression & anemia or low platelet counts. Not much of a risk with very low dosage. Hope this helps some.

  18. QUESTION:
    My dog has a rash in this genital area who knows what it is?
    It is around the genitals and it looks like a rash.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a number of things, but your best option would be to take it to the Vet. Sounds to me like a dermatalogical problem, what shampoo do you wash it with??? Make sure you only use pet soap and never human soap or shampoo... You can get from most Vets and Pet Shops special shampoo for sensitive skin.. Its important to make sure when you wash the dog you dry it properly , especially around folds of skin and genital areas, so that bacteria doesnt build up.... Your dog could also have a flea allergy which can be treated with frontline etc...

  19. QUESTION:
    What can be done for a dog that has stepped on a bee?
    It's almost midnight Friday,(no vets available) and our dog came in limping and licking his paw. When I tried to check it, a bee flew up from it. We can't find the stinger,but it still seems to be hurting.

    • ANSWER:
      Remove the stinger with tweezers. Or scrape out the stinger, moving parallel to the skin surface, to reduce the chance of pumping more venom into the dog�s skin.

      * Bathe the stung area with a solution of baking soda and water.

      * Immediately apply ice packs to reduce swelling (lining the pack with cloth or a thin towel). Do this frequently for 5 minutes at a time.

      * One way to treat bee stings is to give the dog Benadryl (diphenhydramine) by mouth. Typical dosages: for cats and dogs under 30 pounds, give 10 mg...dogs 30 to 50 pounds, give 25 mg...dogs over 50 pounds, give 50 mg. Use only the plain Benadryl formula.

      * A swollen muzzle often indicates a bee sting.

      * Stings and bites can cause severe reactions. If there is major swelling, or the animal seems disoriented, sick or has trouble moving or breathing, go to the vet immediately. Even if your pet seems fine, watch him carefully for 24 hours.

      * Dogs with short and thin fur are more prone to spider bites and scorpion stings. The venom can be very dangerous.

      Remedies for Various Skin Ailments:

      * Some ways to soothe insect bites, hot spots, and other skin conditions:

      ** Dab with milk of magnesia to calm irritated skin.

      ** Aloe vera from plants and creams. Apply gel directly on the spot. Or dilute with water, put it in a spray bottle and spray it on the spot.

      ** Dab with organic apple cider vinegar.

      ** Saturate a cotton ball with witch hazel and apply on hot spots for several days.

      ** Apply a mixture of baking soda and water to the affected areas. This also helps soothe itchy human skin in case you, too, have a sting, rash or poison ivy.

      ** Epsom salt: mix 1 teaspoon in 2 cups of warm water for drawing out infection and bathing itchy paws and skin.

      ** Combine 3 capsules of sage, 1/4 teaspoon of Epsom salts and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Cool to room temperature, then strain out the sage. Store in a spray bottle or jar in the refrigerator to keep fresh. Apply to the affected area several times a day.

      ** Emu oil is a natural, soothing substance that helps treat canine skin ailments such as ringworm, flea bites, bee stings, rashes, hot spots and lacerations. Apply on the affected area.

      ** Aveeno. Mix a package of Aveeno oatmeal bath powder with 2 cups of water, wet the dog down with cool water, then apply the Aveeno mix. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse off with cool water and towel dry.

      ** Petkin Reliefstick, which comes packaged like a stick deodorant. It contains natural ingredients to cool the skin as well as reduce redness and swelling and promote healing -- plus a safe licking deterrent.

      ** Petroleum jelly or Bag Balm � use either to seal in moisture. Also excellent for chaffed paw pads.

      ** Brewers yeast: one pill for every 10 pounds of the dog�s weight; just add the pills into the dog�s food.

      .

  20. QUESTION:
    why does my dog have a rash on the inside of his back leg?
    My dog has a rash on the inside of his back leg. It does not seem to bother him what so ever. They are little red bumps, it just popped up about a day ago. Any ideas why he would have these?

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a few different things..but your vet can determine if its an allergy to something or fleas...which can be easily treated usually. If the vet does suspect something else such as mites or ringworm..they will need to do a skin scraping and a fungal culture. Good Luck :)

  21. 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.

  22. QUESTION:
    What would be the best answer for hair loss in dogs?
    My boxer dog has been losing fur for two weeks and she has been itchy and has developed a rash on her left ear, it's red around it, not in it, but around it. She's a year and a month old, and we'd really like to know the cause of fur lose.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a flea allergy, could be mange mites.. could be some other sort of irritation/allergy - we can't diagnose on line! You need to get your vet to have a look - he will probably take a skin scraping to look at under a microscope - this will give him an idea of what is causing the irritation, and he can prescribe the appropriate lotion/cream/flea treatment then.

      Take her soon - the itching will be upsetting her, and the longer you leave these things, the harder they are to treat.

  23. QUESTION:
    What do i need to ask when getting a puppy?
    We`re about to get a golden retriever puppy (she`s giving them away for free) but what questions do i ask about the puppy. It will be our 1st dog but we know what we`re getting ourselves into. And after we`ve picked up the puppy, do we need to take it to the vets to be checked and how much will that cost? And what papers do i need look at from the breeder?

    • ANSWER:
      Golden Retrievers are truly lovely dogs! I am a bit suspicious though, why the breeder is giving the puppies away for free.

      There is many questions you should ask the breeder before you bring your new pup home!

      First of all the puppies should be at least 8 weeks old before they leave their mother, as by then they will have been fully weaned.So if the breeder tells you to take them home any younger than that, they are not breeders you can trust and I would suggest not to buy from them.

      Also check to see if they are registered breeders (not backyard!). Backyard breeders normally do it for the money and do not care about the dogs health and well being.

      Puppy farms are just as worst. They treat the dogs like dirt and also do it for the money. They will also breed the female a lot and she will be kept in bad conditions, with not space to run or play and will probably never experienced the love of having a loving, caring owner. Many of the dogs will carry diseases aswell and you may experience death at an early age.

      Here is a list of questions to ask the breeder:

      Have the puppies recieved their shots? - the breeder should have answered yes. All puppies should have recieved at least their first shots.

      Has the puppies been de-wormed? - The answer should be yes. All puppies should have been de-wormed.

      Doe the puppies have any health problems? - Do not choose a puppy that is sick!

      Are there any common health problems in the breed? - All breeds have possible health problems. Any breeder who says there is none is lying.

      Does the breeder breed a female dog more than once a year? - The answer should be no - this is bad for the dog. (Male dogs can be bred more than once a year though.)

      Does the breeder breed more than 2 breeds? - The answer should be no. Good breeders will normally only breed one or two breeds.

      Does the breeder show her dogs or do other doggy sports or activities? - Doing activities shows that the breeder is interested in her dogs.

      Can I return the puppy if it does not work out? - All good breeders will want their puppy back if a problem does occour or it is not working out in it`s new home.

      Make sure that you ask for any proof of vaccinations and the puppies being de-wormed.

      After asking these questions the next step is to choose a puppy.

      Here is a list of things to check to see if the dog is healthy:

      - clean, clear bright eyes
      - Slightly moist nose
      - No thick coloured or crusty discharge from eyes or nose
      - is not wheezing, sneezing or coughing
      - No red, hot, inflamed ears
      - No dark, crumbling debris inside ear (ear mites)
      - Be wary of a puppy who is shaking or tilting his head, pawing at his eyes or ears, or repeatedly scartching or licking at a particular part of its body
      - No flakes and scales, sores, rashes and bare patches on skin
      - No fleas around base of tail or groin area
      - No strong, offensive odour coming from skin, the ears, or the mouth
      - Coat is soft and clean
      - No excessive oiliness or dryness on skin
      - Nice dense feeling about when the puppy is picken up
      - Lumps, bumps and swelling should be viewed with suspicion
      - Not bony
      - Not thin with a pot belly (worms)
      - No sharp cries when moving or being handled
      - Not limping or favouring a limb
      - Isn`t a very quite, still puppy (may be in pain)
      - Isn`t hanging back, hiding, trembling or growling (meeting new people for the first time - not a good sign!)
      - Dosen`t act uneasily or openly fearful of the person or persons who have been caring for him

      The breeder should allow you to see the mother of the puppies. Make sure she is friendly, healthy and is not aggresive. Most times it is unlikely that you will be able to meet the male.

      The puppies should have been raised indoors in a warm, dry environment not outdoors, in remote locations, in cold damp surroundings, or on bare ground.

      Make sure you ask for a sample of the food the owner is currently feeding the dog and if you want to change to another brand please do it gradually.

      Once you are certain that you are buying from a good breeder then should you take the puppy to its new home.

      Yes as soon as you get your puppy, take it to the vet to be examined and make sure it is healthy. He will probably discuss about vaccines and other general things.The price I would not know. It all depends where you live and what vet you go to.

      I hope this helps. Good luck!

  24. QUESTION:
    Do you know of skin problems with Italian Greyhounds?
    My dog has a weird rash. At first I thought it was rug burn but now its on other parts. It's not fleas. Does anyone know other insects that bite? It looks like he has tiny scabs on him...I'm scared!

    • ANSWER:
      I have seen several Italian Greyhounds with demodectic mange, but without actually seeing your dog, doing a skin scraping and looking at it under a microscope, a positive diagnoses would be impossible.

      You usually see demodectic mange in dogs under 18 months old. The exact cause is unknown since dogs normally have the mite on their skin, but some dogs either have an allergy or immune deficiency to the mite, but it is thought to be an inherited skin problem.

      Take your dog to the vet. If it is demodectic mange, there is a treatment and it's much easier to treat if it is diagnosed early before there are secondary bacterial infections.

      There is also other skin problems it could possibly be such as allergies and even Sarcoptic mange. A vet is your best best for an accurate diagnoses.

  25. QUESTION:
    My shih tzu has a horribly bad skin irritation what can it be caused from, any suggestions on what i can do?
    He has been struggling from this for quite sometime and the vet has prescribed him drugs and they just don't seem to work.. The spots are red and his skin is always hot. Do shih tzus normally have bad skin?
    I really dont have much money to take him to vet for second opinions so any other suggestions

    • ANSWER:
      Shi's are especially prone to Hot Spots. Looks like a rash but when they bite at it it can get infected pretty quick. The vet probley put the dog on a cortisone cream and antibotics (oral). You can also ask the vet for a cotisone shampoo. Our dog has 2 or 3 outbreaks a year. It happens more with nerves than anything. When we go on vacation when always have the meds avalible for the kennel people. Also when we had new carpet put in it flairs up. When you get it under control ask the vet for the shampoo. only use it when you see her just starting to get the hot spot. It helps soothe the skin before it gets out of hand. Also a cool bath helps sooth the skin too. But once you get the infection it is hard to treat without the vet.

  26. QUESTION:
    Can human hair or body, get infested with animal fleas?
    I am treating my dog (bichon), for flea control, as it has gotten bad;( Is it possible for fleas to infest human hair or bodies?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, TEMPORARILY!

      Fleas are highly specialised in their needs. Therefore a human-dwelling flea prefers humans to dogs and vice versa.

      Whilst a dog flea will jump on to a human host, it will jump back once it realises its mistake........ unless the dog has escaped, so to speak. THEN it can become a real nuisance!

      Fleas tend to live as parasites to the host, so it is in the flea's interest to become as benign as possible, so it has evolved digestive juices, which do not cause a problem to the host. If it lands on a strange host though, it digestive juices can cause allergic and even toxic reactions.

      When you see a neglected dog suffering mange and the like, what you are probably seeing is an animal, which has had to associate with other animals, which carry an inappropriate flea species. The "mange" is actually a skin complaint caused by foreign fleas.

      It can happen to well-cared for dogs as well. We cannot keep a dog, because we have hedgehogs in our garden! Hedgehog fleas cause all sorts of skin diseases and rashes to dogs. Cats, for some reason, avoid the problem.

      A tip, when bug hunting on your dog, do it outside and with thin clothing on. As long as your skin temperature is lower than that of the dog, the fleas will not be attracted to you........... now you know why Lap Dogs were so popular in times gone by!

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it true that pet food contains meat from dead cats and dogs?
    I recently heard that manufacturers are putting dead cats,
    dogs ,road kill, in our pet food.
    If you see the word "meat" that means cat or dog bodies (meat).
    If this is true, I will NEVER buy dog or cat food again!
    So, please answer factually........does canned pet food
    contain meat from dogs or cats?
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Yep.

      If you see the word "chicken meal," "meat meal" or "meat and bones meal," this is the dry byproduct of a lot more gross stuff than dead (SICK) dogs and cats. Throw in their flea collars, the plastic bags their dead bodies were in, the dead cows that didn't make it to the slaughterhouse, roadkill, etc. It is unbelievable what these manufacturers are allowed to put into our pet food! There was an outcry, but the practice goes on.

      Animals are fatty, so in the process of creating the meal, they skim off the grease, and you'll find this byproduct in the pet food as well -- "chicken fat (preserved with ... )." Gah...I feel like retching.

      You'll find links to the information at http://www.raising-rabbits.com/raw-cat-food.html, and http://www.raising-rabbits.com/raw-dog-food.html.

      The best thing we can all do is refuse to buy dry kibbled pet food (I think canned pet food is somewhat better than dried, however the word 'meal' is the dead giveaway in any case).

      What our dogs and cats really need is raw meat and bones. They'll be so much more healthy when they eat real food that is appropriate for their species. Their skin rashes and allergies all clear up, their health begins to glow, and even the fleas head for the hills. At least, I haven't treated my cats for a year...and I haven't seen a flea in all that time. Amazing. The research is at that rabbit website, because you can feed raw rabbit to dogs and cats, too.

  28. QUESTION:
    my dog has a huge sore on his back that never heals, Any info?
    The sore gets big flaky crusty scabs on it. The skin is hard and thick under neath, his ears are yeasty and stink like cheese. His bottom lip is always crusty and chaped too. He never heals. His eyes are crusty too. We've been to the vet but they told me they don't know what it is, and charged me a good bit of money to say that. Any one got a yeasty crusty beasty like mine? Whats wrong with him.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like the oily form of seborrhea. Can't say for sure since I can't see it (or smell it, thankfully), but I'd recommend finding a Vet that has either an "interest" or specialty in dermatology. Some forms of seborrhea are idiopathic, meaning there is not an underlying cause to be diagnosed or treated.

      *******NEVER EVER PUT MOTOR OIL ON YOUR PETS!!!
      In older times, some 30 years ago, dipping dogs with mange in motor oil was a popular home remedy. Skin exposure to motor oil can cause rashes and skin destruction in severe cases. The hydrocarbons can be absorbed through the skin and cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure. If motor oil is licked off the coat, resultant vomiting can lead to aspiration of motor oil into the lungs and pneumonia. Kidney and liver damage can result from motor oil dipping. And as always, death can occur.

  29. QUESTION:
    what are the causes or the kinds of foods that gives a labrador retriever skin allergy?
    i have a 1yr&5mos. old labrador retriever. i notice that his skin is pinkish & itchy and he has red rashes inside his left ear. vet says that it's due to meinge & he should avoid foods like beef, chicken etc. well what can you say about this. what will i do with my dog?
    right now i am feeding him lamb&rice dried meal. what is the best food or diet that i could give my dog?

    • ANSWER:
      They are caused by an allergic reaction to ingredients or preservatives in food. Some of the more common food allergens are:

      horse meat
      eggs

      beef
      fish

      pork
      corn

      lamb
      soy

      poultry products
      preservatives and dyes

      dairy products
      rawhide chews and dog biscuits/treats

      In dogs, beef, dairy products, and wheat tend to cause most of the problems, with chicken, lamb, and soy following. In cats, beef, dairy products, and fish account for most of the food allergies. Premium dogs foods can contain these products, so just because you are feeing a higher quality or more expensive food doesn't mean that food will not cause a food allergy.

      Dog owners commonly go to pet stores to get food to stop their pet from scratching. Pet store employees will recommend a specific food to stop the itching because they are under the assumption that this is the main type of allergy that causes skin conditions in pets. Unfortunately, by a large margin, food allergies are the least common of the allergic skin problems we diagnose.

      It is estimated by some veterinary dermatologists that food allergies account for only 10% of all the allergies that cause allergic dermatitis. In those pets that truly have food allergy, a high percentage also have atopy at the same time. Cats might have more food allergies than dogs.

      Canine atopy is a genetically determined predisposition to produce IgE antibodies when exposed to an allergen. Re-exposure to this same allergen in the future causes allergic skin disease (you learned the mechanism above). Depending on the study, it is estimated that between 3% and 15% of dogs have atopy.

      Common allergens that cause this reaction are ragweed, pollen, house dust, house dust mites, mold, animal dander, feathers, grasses, trees, and shrubs. The allergens can be inhaled, pass through the pads of the feet, and even possibly ingested. Since these compounds are in abundance everywhere, it is apparent that preventing exposure in the first place is impossible.

      If fleas are not a factor, atopy accounts for up to 90% of the allergies that cause allergic dermatitis. Only a small percent of these pets with atopy also have a food allergy at the same time.

      Golden Retriever has significant redness (erythema) on its ear flaps. Chronic ear inflammation or infections can be a sign of atopy.

  30. QUESTION:
    Fungus treatment question: by using over the counter treatments will I create more resistant fungus?
    I have successfully treated my own fungus skin infections, or so I thought, with over the counter medications, but it always came back a while later.

    Just now I read that I should treat it with over the counter product till it's gone and then treat it once a week for two years and it won't come back. Is this good advice or will there be bad results?

    • ANSWER:
      The fungus may infect just one area of the body, or there may be several infected areas.
      Fungal infections of the scalp or beard can lead to hair loss. Fungal rashes can sometimes be confused with other skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.
      Causes
      A number of things can make fungal infections more likely. You'ree more at risk from fungal infections if you:
      have recently taken a course of antibiotics
      have been taking oral steroids
      have diabetes
      are obese
      are African-Caribbean
      have a history of fungal infections have a weakened immune system caused, for example, by cancer or AIDS. Moist skin encourages fungal infections. This means fungal infections are more likely when skin isn't dried properly after sweating or bathing, or when it is covered with a material that doesn't allow sweat to evaporate. Damage to the skin surface, such as a cut or graze, can also encourage fungi to grow.

      Fungal infections inside the body can cause more serious health problems than those on the skin. These infections only affect people whose immune systems aren't working properly - either as a result of another illness such as AIDS, or because of immunosuppressant medicines, such as those taken after having an organ transplant.

      How do fungal infections spread?
      Fungal infections can be spread between humans. For example, athlete's foot is thought to be spread in communal areas, such as gyms and swimming pools. Contact with bed sheets or towels can also spread fungal infections.

      It's also possible to catch fungal infections from animals such as cats or dogs, and, more rarely, cattle. Ringworm is occasionally caught this way.

      Diagnosis
      Sometimes fungal infections are easy for doctors to diagnose from the appearance and location of the rash, such as athlete's foot. Sometimes your doctor will take a skin scraping, or a fragment of nail or hair, and send it to the laboratory to confirm the diagnosis.

      Treatment
      Since most fungal skin infections are surface infections, antifungal treatments are usually applied directly to the skin in the infected area (topical treatments).

      There are a variety of treatments available in the form of creams, lotions and medicated powders. If the rash covers quite a large area of skin, or affects the nails or scalp, then tablets may be required.

      Some treatments are available over-the-counter from a pharmacist, without a prescription. For example, sprays are available for treating athletes foot. Ask your pharmacist for advice.

      Stronger forms of topical treatments and antifungal in tablet form are only available on prescription. You may also be prescribed antifungal shampoo for scalp infections.

      These treatments are usually effective. Like any drug, they can occasionally cause side effects. These may include skin irritation or an upset stomach. It isn't unusual for the rash to return, even when it seems to have been treated. The treatment may need to be used for at least four weeks to prevent the infection from coming back.

      If you are buying an over-the-counter antifungal treatment, you need to be sure that you have a fungal infection. You may recognize the rash from a previously diagnosed fungal infection. But if there's any doubt about your diagnosis, or if over-the-counter treatments don't work, then you should seek advice from your GP.

      Prevention
      Taking the steps listed below may help to reduce the risk of getting a fungal infection.
      Dry your skin carefully after bathing.
      Wear loose fitting clothes and underwear.
      Avoid sharing towels, hair brushes, and combs, which could contain skin fragments that harbors fungal colonies.
      Change socks or tights daily.
      For athlete's foot, alternate shoes every two or three days so that they have time to dry out.
      Choose fabrics that allow the skin to "breathe" - natural fibres such as cotton are better than nylon or polyester for underwear.
      For sportspeople, synthetic fibres that "wick" the sweat away from the body, helping to keep the skin dry, may be preferable.
      If you have diabetes you need to keep good control of your blood sugar (for more information see the Bupa factsheets on Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes).

      Now we are going to treat the infections with natural Medicine and things we have around the house. Of course if there is infections out of control you have to go and see and MD General Practitioner or Dermatologist do not wait until the infections are out of control.
      Things you need to do:
      1. Go to a health Food Store and get a body desintoxication program.
      2. Then after finishing the program get something to rebuild your immune system.
      3. Get a natural Antibiotics
      For example: Echinacea & Goldenseal capsules and Neem capsules , Tea Tree capsules are natural antibiotics.
      4. Aloe Vera caps

  31. QUESTION:
    What other options do I have for treating my dog's allergies?
    I have a 4 pound miniature poodle with allergies to molds, weeds, dust, and cat dander. I have been giving him injections of a very expensive serum created from a blood test. It doesn't seem to be doing anything and it has been over 4 months. I am looking for some serious good remedies that may help him. Thanks for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      I was in the same boat as you. I have a golden retriever with HORRIBLE allergies. I did everything.... spent prolly upwards of ,000 in 5 years trying to get her feeling better. She has been tested and it was all weeds, trees, etc. She has always been on great holistic food. then a year ago I got my answer. I had tried herbal and holistic routes in the past but I found something called CEDSA screening (Certified Electro Dermal Stress Analysis) The technician can scan ur dog and find any imbalance in it's whole body. Then the computer program reccomends homeopathics and herbs that will help your dog to get well. With Amber, she had to be on an actual Allergy detox, and on top of that her liver was toxic, so with your liver being a filter in your body... anything she took in her liver couldn't filter and it came out as skin irratation. I followed the protocol to a T, and now she is 99% allergy free... This screening is so cool cuz its for people and animals... I found it worked so well, I went to school to become a CEDSA Tech and that is now my career. I know you may think I'm crazy to believe in an all natural route... but it worked for myself, my Amber, and now many of my clients. please let me know if you would like more info. Hope this helped!!

      Also with the allergy shots... they do take a while to work if they are going to... my vet said they work on about 50% or a little less of dogs.

      sorry this is so long one more thing... the awesome part about cedsa scanning is that it gets down and finds what is causing the main issues... not oh theres a rash lets put some cream on it, but oh theres a rash what is causing it... lets fix the cause, then the rash will go away.

  32. QUESTION:
    6 month english bulldog with horrible skin rashes. any home remedies anyone can suggest ? ?
    I've tried bathing her and putting poroxide and a&d ointment on it . Currently just changed dog food has anyone treated this before ?

    • ANSWER:
      Might be allergies to fleas even the tiny fleas that you can hardly see. clean or thow out the dog's bedding and keep the fleas away. Aand D ointment traps dirt and and fungus and debris, not a healthy thing to use and the dog while scratching and licking may inhale the petrolium product and get some really nasty breathing problems some dog breeds are sensitive to chicken products read the labels.

  33. QUESTION:
    what would be a good way to treat poison ivy short of going to the Doctor?
    OUCH! i was walking my dog around this patch of potato vines, tall trees and some unidentified plants. when i went inside i noticed some itchy hives on my feet. me and my mom soaked them in vinegar and added some hydrocorizone cream then wrapped them in plastice wrap ( don't ask). i would like to know if what we did was right and if there are any other suggestions out there. they would be much appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      I think your mom may have been trying to get rid of all the residual oils from the poison ivy.

      Best is to take benedryl orally, and use a lotion that has an antihistimine in it. Calamine is an old stand by, by it is not very helpful for the itching. There are a number of products in the drug store for poison ivy, look for the ones that have antihistimine to reduce the itching.

      Here are some pics of poison ivy so you can recognize it.
      http://images.google.com/images?q=pictures+of+poison+ivy&hl=en&um=1&sa=X&oi=images&ct=title

      If you don't have benedryl or an antihistime creme, and can't get any, the way to relieve itching is to put a wash cloth in hot (as hot as you can stand) water. Wring it out, and place it over the rash. It causes the skin to release histimines, and the itch will stop temporairly.

      Good luck!

  34. QUESTION:
    What can I do to make sure my shar pei gets rid of itching and dandruff?
    My 6 month old shar pei puppy has always had dandruff, and now she has itching and a rash. I've brought some anti itch tea spray, benadryl, omega 3, chlorhexiderm 2% shampoo, and aloe/oatmeal conditioner, all from 1800PETMEDS.com. How many times should I shampoo and condition her and am I doing what I should? I'm trying to avoid an expensive vet bill.

    • ANSWER:
      okay reat this link to FIX the problem for real rather than treating a symptom

      http://www.gomestic.com/Pets/What-is-in-Your-Dogs-Food.77020
      if you can fix it before going to a vet - all the better

      60 % of skin problems are from poor food.
      30 % poor genetics
      10 % poor grooming

  35. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a dobermans heat rash?
    Hi,

    I have a 6 yr old Doberman...he is healthy aside from a smelly heat rash he gets. It's look extra red today I usually treat it with baby powder. Has anyone else had this happen to their dogs? What did u do to sooth it?

    • ANSWER:
      If you haven't done so I would call my vet and ask what to do. But I would try putting sun block him. Another thing that I would try is putting some aloe on his skin.

  36. QUESTION:
    Can humans get worms from dogs or cats?
    We recently got two kittens and had to have them de-wormed. My kids asked if people could get worms from dogs or cats and I honestly don't know.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes.
      There is a term for diseases that are passed on from animals to people. It is called zoonosis.

      Infants and small children are more susceptible to catching parasites and diseases from pets as they have immature immune systems and often poor hygiene.

      It is possible for humans and especially children to become infected with worms from cats and dogs. It is important to teach your children to wash their hands before eating. Equally important is to regularly treat your pets for worms infestations.

      Roundworm are the most common parasite of the digestive system in cats and dogs. Roundworm can only spread to humans by ingesting roundworm eggs. This can happen when a child comes in contact with contaminated soil or sand and then transfers eggs to the mouth via contaminated fingers or by putting contaminated objects in their mouths.

      Visceral larva migrans also known as Toxocariasis is a potentially serious disease that can affect the eyes and other organs. The disease is caused by Toxocara canis (dog roundworm) which lives in the intestine of dogs and Toxcara cati (cat roundworm) which lives in the intestine of cats. Dogs have been known to be infected with Toxcara Cati after eating the feces of cats.

      After the eggs are inadvertently eaten they hatch in the human intestine. The larvae from these eggs are then released into the bloodstream and find their way to all parts of the body, including the liver, lungs, heart, brain and eyes.

      Most human patients are children between the ages of two and four years, who become infected after playing in sandboxes or soil contaminated by pet feces. The eggs can survive in soil for as long as seven years.

      Toxocariasis can be prevented by keeping children from playing in soil contaminated by animal feces and by teaching children to wash their hands before eating. Toxocara eggs can only become infective if they have been in the environment for approximately two week, so direct contact with an infected animal generally does not result in transmission.

      Hookworm is an intestinal parasite found in cats and dogs but is more common in dogs. Hookworm are most commonly found in tropical and subtropical areas. In animals the hookworm attaches to the inside of the intestinal wall by means of a hook-like mouth and feed on the blood of the host. The eggs are excreted in the animals feces.

      Hookworm is transmissible to humans via soil contaminated by cat or dog feces. Hookworm eggs are deposited into the soil. The larvae which hatch from the eggs can infect a human either by ingestion or by penetrating the skin. In skin penetration humans can develop into a characteristic itchy rash called cutaneous larva migrans, or creeping eruption. The rash can take the form of a snake-like tract with blisters which is caused by the hookworm larvae traveling under the skin. In humans when the hookworm enters via the skin it does not find it's way to the intestines.

      Children or adults can become infected through the soles of their feet by walking barefoot in a hookworm infected area or on the buttocks by sitting in a infected area.

      Ringworm is very contagious and can spread from cats, dogs and other animals to humans and visa versa.

      Threadworm are NOT caught from pets. The most likely transmission of threadworm is from other children.

      Dipylidium Caninum is the most common tapeworm in dogs and cats. It is not common for a human to become infected with tapeworms from their pets. In order for a human to become infected with Dipylidium Caninum they must ingest an infected flea and this doesn't happen often. Pets on the other hand often ingest fleas whilst grooming.

      To help protect your family from the possibility of catching worms from your pets it is essential that you de-worm your pets regularly.

  37. QUESTION:
    My dog has a weird stomach rash. Does anyone know how to get rid of it?
    I have a husky that has had this weird belly rash for over 6 months now. He keeps biting at it and it's making his skin all rough and a darker color. He is also losing fur from the sides of his stomach. Does anyone know what might be causing it or how to treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      I would at least start by shaving his belly since Huskys have very thick fur and can get a rash from moisture being trapped against their skin. Then wash it with a hypoallergenic shampoo and make sure that he always has a clean, dry bed. If this doesn't fix it, then it's not going to be an easy, at-home fix and you should see a vet.

  38. QUESTION:
    My dog has a bad rash on her belly and my vets are giving her a ointment that has something she cant take.?
    the medican she is perscripped..... she has an allric reacation i told my vet but he said it is the only thing for her rash.....what can i do with out getting sick?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many things that you can use for rashes. My reccomendation is that you stop the ointment, and get a 2nd opinion. Rashes can be itchy, but I don't think that it is a life threatening emergency if you chose not to continue treatment with what you have been given. There are some oral anitbiotics that can help clear up a skin infection, and a rash. Most rashes can cause a secondary bacterial infection, and that is what the antibiotics are used for. This year has been very bad for pet allergies, so you are not alone in the dog rash ownership world. Try to keep the dog from scratching or licking the area as it will make things worse. May I ask what it is that you have been given? There are also sprays you can use on the area such as dermacool and gensis spray that work to "calm" the area down. Then oral anitibiotics or low dose steroids can be used to treat the rash. Good luck to you!

      have you tried Benedryl tablets or capsules to control the itchyness? You will need a dose from a vet, but some dogs do respond well to it. Others do not.

  39. QUESTION:
    How often should I bathe my puppy?
    I recently got a 46 days old husky...
    It's my first dog so I barley know anything about it.
    Help
    Thanks to all for the great answers!!

    • ANSWER:
      before you do anything else, you need to do research. erm, like right now.

      huskies aren't necessarily for inexperienced dog owners, but can flourish with you if treated properly and have their needs fulfilled.

      in terms of bathing one, doing it too often can cause problems, like skin irritation, rashes, etc. over bathing can take away their natural oils that protect them. you shouldn't bathe her more than once every 4-5 months. any more than that will be harmful.

  40. QUESTION:
    If my dog is allergic to plastic dog bowls?
    Will he develop a skin rash inside his legs and on his chest as well as on his face and paws? I'm trying to find out what his allergies are because hes losing his hair and going really red where he lost the hair. he is a white pitbull.

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog appears to have symptoms of 'mange'. See the links below for pictures.

      Pitbulls tend to have a higher sensitivity for mange so I would not be surprised if this is your dog's problem as your dog's symptoms match it very well.

      I used the mange control formula from florapetnaturals to treat my pitbull with fantastic results. I was stunned at how quickly it worked for my dog.

      My dog's mange stopped spreading right away and within a week the skin looked completely normal. By that time I could see that the hair had started to re-grow.

      It is very simple to apply. Just spray it on.

      It is an inexpensive treatment but more importantly, it is completely natural and it is also safe since it has no pesticides that can harm your pet. Most vet treatments have pesticides.

      You can check this treatment at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/

      What is Mange?

      http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://s3.hubimg.com/u/761554_f520.jpg&imgrefurl=http://hubpages.com/hub/All-About-Dog-Mange&usg=__KL27_fOgrdV0auhzsRgo0778oQY=&h=389&w=520&sz=28&hl=en&start=5&zoom=1&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=JokO-gnO7cHNfM:&tbnh=98&tbnw=131&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dmange%2Bdog%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26biw%3D1259%26bih%3D607%26tbm%3Disch&ei=laUcTvTyKpCmsQPf_LG1BQ

      http://www.dogchatforum.com/mange-dog.htm

  41. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know anything else I can do about flea allergies in dogs?
    I have 4 dogs at my house.. two of the four dont have any allergies but the other two constantly scratch and itch like crazy. It is one thing for an animal to scratch every now and then but these dogs cant stop. We give them flea meds and also regular baths. Does anyone know anything else I can do/

    • ANSWER:
      Canine allergies are a lot like human allergies - dogs can react to things in the air, in their food or on their skin. Learn to recognize canine allergy symptoms, then provide your dog with needed relief. Here are a few steps to alleviate your furry friend's allergies.

      Step 1
      Look for allergy symptoms in your dog. The most common signs of an allergy to inhalants or fleas are frequent itching, chewing and biting, especially on the tail, the stomach, and the insides of the hind legs, as well as licking and chewing the paws. Inhaled allergies can also result in sneezing, coughing and watery eyes. Vomiting and diarrhea are usually symptoms of food allergies. Hives and rashes can be symptoms of various types of allergies.

      Step 2
      Consider the season: Inhaled allergies erupt in the spring and fall. Flea allergies are most prominent during the flea season. (Summer is flea season in most areas.)

      Step 3
      Take your dog to a veterinarian if you observe any of the above symptoms, especially vomiting or diarrhea, as they could be caused by a more serious underlying medical condition.

      Step 4
      If you suspect an allergy to food, realize that typical canine food allergens include corn, beef, dairy products, wheat and soybeans. Talk to your veterinarian about putting your dog on a special protein diet to determine which food your dog is reacting to. Follow the veterinarian's guidelines to gradually introduce other foods into the diet until the allergen is found. Your veterinarian may also recommend food allergy tests to find the allergen.

      Step 5
      If you suspect an allergy to inhalants, vacuum and dust frequently. Culprits include dust, mold spores, pollen grains, and household chemicals such as carpet cleaner and air fresheners. Treat your dog to a cool bath, and shampoo or rinse with aloe vera or oatmeal to help soothe the itchy skin. Your veterinarian may also recommend antihistamines or drugs to keep the itching at bay while the skin heals and the allergen is diminished.

      Step 6
      Check your dog for fleas, as your dog could be suffering from flea bite dermatitis (an allergy to a flea's saliva). Careful grooming and frequent examinations, not only for fleas but flea droppings, can help alleviate this allergy. Ask your vet about flea products such as sprays, shampoos, topicals and pills. Again, an oatmeal or aloe vera bath can help soothe the itching.

      Step 7
      Consider the possibility of contact allergies. Some dogs are allergic to bedding (cedar wood chips and wool are two possible offenders), grass, or plastic food bowls. If your dog has acne on his chin and uses a plastic feeding bowl, consider switching to a steel, glass or ceramic feeding bowl

  42. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give any advice about helping my dog?
    I have a 9 month old Shi Tzu. He has demodectic Mange. My Vet currently suggested this new medicine like front line that you apply to their neck once a month. Its an 8 month cycle and im only on my 2 month. I havent noticed any change. Does anyone have any suggestions on what more i can do for my dog to help with this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Mange is a sod of a problem when dogs or even humans get it - so watch out for that, always wash your hands thoroughly after you have petted your dog. You've done the right thing in going to your vets, but mange is really hard to get rid off so of course you have not really seen much change in the poor little dog. Your vet is treating the dog internally which is the best cure, so keep up your faith in the vet.

      If your from the USA, and in a warm part of the country, then I would suggest you by an Aloe Plant - can get them here in the UK too, but its just that in the warmer countries they grow all over the place so you could whip one out of the ground for free. Anyway, cut off a bit of the aloe plant, open it up, so you got all that smelly goo (yes I know it stinks horrid), and rub it over the dogs skin. Best do this in the yard. OK the dog will stink to high heaven for 20 minutes or so, but the Aloe juice will get into the skin and dry, and I bet you a thousand dollars, you will see a change in the dog within a week to 10 days.

      I have a little westie, and she has bad skin problems, so when I lived out in Barbados for 2 years, I learnt the trick with the Aloe Plant - her red rashes almost cleared up over night, her coat became even whiter than it already is, and it soothed her itchy skin. So even if your from a colder climate, just buy an Aloe Plant and do as I described above, with hand on heart I can promise you, your dog will improve very quickly.

      But remember about washing your hands - Mange can be passed over to us. And if you end up smelling even slightly of ALoe's then you'll end up having no friends.

      Good Luck and I really hope you do what I suggest because it truly does work. Works great on us too when we get burned int he sun, and stops the skin from scarring.

  43. QUESTION:
    Bald spots and red bumps on my dogs back?
    He recently had a flea problem and has been treated with frontline and is currently flea free. We noticed the bald spots on back during the flea problem and after researching, found out they were commonly associated with fleas. It has been a few days and now are noticing the skin where the bald spots had occured are red and bumpy. We are planning on taking him to the vet but wanted to get some other opinions on what it could be, since it is not seeming to bother him at all. (Some sites said it could be just a rash, or an allergy.)

    • ANSWER:
      My thought (and its just my opinion) is from having a few dogs in my life - sometimes when they scratch they scratch the hair off. The flea bites are red bumps so i really think what you are seeing is the end result of the fleas dying off and him probably having a good scratch when u arent looking!

      I think he sounds ok - when dogs are sick u can tell. I would suggest though that if the condition changes or in a week the spots are still there then maybe get back to the vet and have him checked.

      Sounds fine though I think! You did the right thing so uve done your best for ur pup!!!

  44. QUESTION:
    My cat just started swishing his tail alot.Started 2 days ago, at the same time that he developed a skin rash?
    Rash may be reaction to a flea collar - made for cats. I removed it & am treating the rash with topical applications of calamine and benadryl. He is an Aids kitty,

    • ANSWER:
      Flea collars do absolutely NOTHING for fleas. And they contain chemicals that can harm or kill cats - especially if they get wet. I would take this cat to the vet. Benedryl is used in cats and dogs for allergy issues, but you need to know how much to give or you can overdose the cat. Stop the calamine because if the cat licks it, it can make your cat sick or worse.
      You need to get your cat in to the vet.

  45. QUESTION:
    Homemade dog food recipe for severe allergies?
    My 10 year old Chihuahua has had allergies since I got him when he was 2. They occur all year and Benadryl doesn't seem to help. I've talked to many vets and none of them can figure out what it is that makes his allergies act up. He eats grain-free food. My vet thinks his "bumps" as I call them are a bit different than normal allergies. When his allergies act up he gets raised bumps all over his body (not scabby bumps, more like a mosquitoe bite), has red rashes everywhere, is constantly itching, and sometimes coughs (sounds like he's coughing up a hairball) or throws up slime.

    I've tried giving him baths in prescribed anti-itch shampoo and spraying anti-itch spray on him and nothing seems to help. The vet prescribed Prednisone to give him only when it acts up, but the problem is the last year or so it acts up about 3 or 4 days a week, which makes him miserable all the time. I was thinking about trying to make his food myself and see if that helps at all. Below is the diet I came up with for him.

    •1 can of salmon - 14-15 ounces (remove bones)
    •1 beaten egg
    •3 tablespoons brown rice
    •1 tablespoon coconut oil
    •1 sweet potato
    •1 carrot
    •¼ cup cooked green beans
    •1 tablespoon mashed bananas

    Does this diet look okay? I was just guessing on the portions and ingredients from what I've read online. Also, I know he will also need vitamins. Do you suggest getting him a multivitamin to put in his food everyday? Or how should I make sure he's getting the vitamins he needs? Of course before starting anything I will go over this with my vet.

    I really appreciate any feedback. I feel so bad that he's always so miserable and I'm willing to try anything to make him feel better. Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      Without knowing what he is allergic to(they can do tests to find out--have they?) it's impossible to know what food would be best and all you can do is experiment until you find one that works. You didn't say what he's been eating, aside from grain-free which doesn't say much because dogs can be allergic to all kinds of meats as well as some vegetables. Fish, however, is very unlikely to cause an allergic reaction so salmon is a good one to try. There is no need whatsoever to remove the bones. They are very soft in canned salmon and are a good source of calcium. You can mash them with a fork if you want. I'd leave out the egg. And that's too many vegetables. Dogs don't need that much. A little rice is fine, and maybe one or two vegetables. I'd choose the green beans and the sweet potato. His food should be at least half salmon. The vegetables must be well cooked. Uncooked, your dog can't digest them too well. What's the coconut oil for? The salmon has a fair amount of excellent fat in it. Don't worry about the vitamins. If you feed good food, the dog shouldn't need them. If you can find canned mackerel, it's good(though ugly-looking) and can be much cheaper than salmon.

      A dog can become allergic to almost any food, but they usually become allergic to something if they keep having it. You want to choose a protein source that he hasn't had before. Luckily, with such a small dog, cost isn't an issue. There are dry dog foods made with all kinds of meats like duck and venison.
      My last dog did very well on a herring and potato dry dog food, supplemented with a bit of canned salmon.

      Whatever you do, be patient. It can take at least two weeks before the effects of a new diet take effect. My last dog would re-act almost exactly two weeks after I changed his food, while we were trying to figure out what was best for him. You can do what's called an elimination diet. Feed one food only for a few weeks, see if there's a reaction. If not, add one more food, wait a few weeks to see if there's a reaction, and so on. And you must be very strict about food, if your dog has allergies. That means that all treats have to follow the diet as well as the regular food. One slip, feeding the wrong thing, and the dog is back to the starting point so you cannot allow him to have anything at all except the approved diet. My last dog got into the cat food a couple of times. Two weeks later after each time his skin was all bothered again.

  46. QUESTION:
    My dog has a full body rash, can I help her in anyway before taking her to the vet?
    I don't know how she got it and it's really becoming serious. She is begining to smell and her skin is so dry it looks as if she has dandruff. What can I buy to help her skin?

    • ANSWER:
      She most likely has a food alergy...feed her lamb and rice food as it will help her skin. She could also have an allergy to something else...like a treat you gave her or something she got into outside.

      You can do several things:

      Give her an oatmeal bath....no shampoo

      The best thing would be to use essential fatty acids. Some shampoos have them, you can also buy food additives.

      Good luck

  47. QUESTION:
    I love cats but im allergic to them?
    I think cats are so cute ^-^ But im allergic to them, if i cuddle one, my skin gets so itchy, then it leaves ugly rashes. I was planning to get a sphynx cat, they dont have furr. But i dont know. Sphynx cats are cute. But i have a jackrussel puppy so i dont know if they will get along.

    • ANSWER:
      People with animal allergies are actually allergic to the pets dander, rather than the hair. Sphynx cats actually have a very fine layer of hair and are not totally hairless. Because of this, they are probably the worst cats to get for allergies. You should seek cats with denser coats, even curly hair. Maine Coons, Rexes, Himalayans... Some ideas to look into. Over time, you may even get immune to the allergen.

      As for animals, usually if you slowly introduce the animals overtime to let them get used to each other, they will get along. It also helps if they are introduced at young ages. My dad had a cat and dog that pretty much grew up together and they were best friends. Usually cats adjust better to puppies and puppies learn how to treat cats.

  48. QUESTION:
    why does my dog keep scratching himself?
    I have a 2 year old Staffordshire bull terrier and he keeps scratching and trying to bite one part if his body- just above his left leg on his ribs. when I touch it it's very sensitive and he starts to scratch again.
    he has a bath once a month and gets flea drops every month and wormed every 3 months. He gets fed Burns or James wellbeloved. it looks like little scabs and feels a bit like a rash under his fur ( a bit raised to the rest of his body)
    please help :( and thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, you know when you itch yourself, you find that your skin goes redder and itchier?? this maybe what is happening to him. He started by nibbling at it and it has now become a habit. I would maybe try him with one of those bucket collars for a few weeks (can get them from the vet or pet shop for a small price), treat him for fleas etc, but make sure that the scabs have gone away and the skin has healed before you take it off him again. In this time he will hopefully break the habit of itching.

  49. QUESTION:
    Dog has rash on stomach and chest?
    I have a 6 year old mini schnauzer/poodle mix. Yesterday i noticed him scratching his stomach a little more than normal but today he's been scratching constantly. I looked at his stomach and he has what looks like small spotches of a red rash all over his stomach and chest area. What could this posibly be? Is there something I could do to help relieve the itching?

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching and lesions. Either he has an allergic reaction (to fleas, the treats or the food you give him, or the grooming products you are using), a fungal or bacterial skin infection, or mites.

      ALLERGIES

      Check for fleas. You may not be able to see them directly because they like to hide but you can always see the debris they leave behind that look 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 harmful chemicals of Frontline and Advantage which will harm him sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally
      Also, you can get rid of fleas in your yard where he roams by dusting it with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. See this link for more info on its use to control fleas http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check the ingredients of the food and treats you give him. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Do not give him anything with wheat or corn. If the treats contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. If you have recently changed the food you give him, discontinue it and get food that has no grains and contains at least 50% crude protein.

      If you just introduced a new grooming product, discontinue it immediately.

      SKIN INFECTION

      Dogs that are allergic to flea bites get secondary infections often due to the scratching. Scrapes can also lead to skin infections.

      To treat the bacterial infection use an over the counter full spectrum antibiotic cream. If this does not help, try an over the counter antifungal cream.

      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.

      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 in the long run. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend a safe, natural, effective, easy to use, and inexpensive spray treatment which you can get at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html


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