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Dog Food For Yeast Allergies

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is it a good idea to feed dalmatians pasta?
    We are looking after my in-laws two dalmatians for a few days. My father-in-law feeds them either pasta, chicken & vegetables or rice, chicken-necks and vegetables in the evening, and pellets or pasta with wet dog food in the morning.

    I am thinking that pasta can't be very nutriotional for them, as it is just empty carbohydrates, and that potatoes or sweet potatoes would be a better alternative.

    Are there any nutrional experts out there, or someone who can point me to a great website about feeding your dalmatians a healthy and balanced diet?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      there are alot of human foods that are toxic and can poison a dog...
      here is a list of foods to avoid:
      1. Pear pips, the kernels of plums, peaches and apricots, apple core pips (contain cyanogenic glycosides resulting in cyanide poisoning)
      2.Potato peelings and green looking potatoes
      3. Rhubarb leaves
      4. Moldy/spoiled foods
      5. Alcohol
      6. Yeast dough
      7. Coffee grounds, beans & tea (caffeine)
      8. Hops (used in home brewing)
      9. Tomatoes, and tomato leafs/stems
      10. Broccoli (in large amounts)
      11. Raisins and grapes
      12. Cigarettes, tobacco, cigars
      13. chocolate
      14. onions
      15. garlic
      16. macadamia nuts
      17. milk or dairy (most dogs and cats are lactose intolerant)
      many of the above mentioned foods can cause kidney failure, chronic diarrhea, cardiac arrest, cramping, bloating, gas, chronic stomachaches, and other health issues
      keep off this list and you should be better off...
      I have heard that pasta is not healthy for dogs because it can swell up and cause them to have bloating in their stomach however I have never found any articles or text in a book that provide evidence for this claim, so I'm not sure
      if you want to feed your in-laws' dogs human food, it can actually be healthier for them than dog food; if you consult your vet first to be sure what you are feeding them is safe as well as nutritious
      here is an article about dangerous foods for dogs:
      http://www.petalia.com.au/templates/stor...
      from my understanding most people who feed their dog human food as a vet approved diet will commonly feed their dog things like baked chicken breast off the bone, with cooked rice, and steamed vegetables (such as broccoli and carrots)...
      here is a website where feeding all natural human food to your dog instead of dog food is discussed as a healthy alternative (especially for sickly or elderly dogs, or dogs with food allergies):
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/sa...
      personally, unless the dog has food allergies or another health concern which caused the vet to reccommend a diet of human food, then I would just feed the dogs regular dog food, here are some articles which will help you find a more balanced diet for your in-laws' dogs:
      http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/category_summary.cfm?dept_id=0&siteid=12&acatid=235
      hope this helps!
      ps, since they are not your dogs, I suggest discussing this with your in-laws before making the dietary changes, otherwise the subject could cause some ruffed feathers between you and them...really the diet that your in-laws have them on is not at all healthy for them, and I would expect them to have complications as they grow older (including premature death); however if the dogs are well loved and your in-laws aren't doing anything illegal in their treatment of the dogs then it can be hard to talk to a person about these kinds of things (most people become very defensive); good luck

  4. QUESTION:
    what brand of dog food does NOT contain ground, yellow corn, OR any yeast product?
    i have narrowed my dogs allergy down to these two ingredients, could be one or the other. i cant seem to find a dry dog food that does not have these products in them.

    • ANSWER:
      Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula (dry food) does not use animal by-products and their gluten-free recipes do not contain any artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Their food also does not have corn, wheat or soy, which have been known to trigger allergies.

      You can go to the website: http://www.bluebuff.com and read more about the products they have and request a free sample (and a coupon)!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. QUESTION:
    My dog has allergies please help?
    I have a 10month old american bulldog, she has terrible allergies she scratches herself till she bleeds and just crys all the time. Parts of her skin goes brown and gets these hive like bumps. She licks her paws and they get infected. Ive taken her to the vet multiple times and theres nothing they can do but put her on steroids which will shorten her life darasctily and i herd they are very bad for her she was on steroids for two weeks and it cleared her up atraight away but i domt really want to keep her on them. At the moment she is on benadryl having regular baths with allergie shampoo and eating a natural grain free dog food. She is also on homeopathic remedies but nothing helps her. Is there anything anyone knows that i could try please help?!?

    • ANSWER:
      I've been there, done that. My dog is a 7 year old mixed breed (Shepherd/Hound) that has had allergies since she was around a year old. I tried everything... vet recommended hypo-allergenic dog kibble, benadryl, prednisone, cortisone injections, special shampoos and conditions, going grain free. She scratched all the time, year round, and sometimes bled. She also chewed her paws a lot.

      I highly recommend getting your dog on a raw food diet before it gets any worse. The fact that your dog licks her paws tells you that it is likely a food allergy that is related to the protein she is eating (the meat - chicken, beef, etc.). Since switching my dog to a raw diet, she rarely scratches anymore or licks her paws, her coat is beautiful and soft, nice teeth, small and firm stools.

      A raw diet doesn't contain all the preservatives, fillers, and food colourings that are in a commercial kibble (even the expensive ones). It is all natural. For a dog with severe allergies, I would recommend feeding a pure raw meat diet, as opposed to one that has raw vegetables and fruit mixed with it.

      My dog is fed pure raw turkey (meat and ground bones), with a bit of pure rabbit mixed in to help keep her stools from becoming hard. I used to use pure beef or pure lamb for this, but found that she is allergic to those two meats (her scratching increased). I also give her pure salmon occasionally for variety in her diet, and mix in a powdered vitamin and mineral blend made specifically for dogs.

      Allergy dogs also need a digestive enzyme supplement, as well as herring oil mixed with their food. If your dog's coat feels greasy to the touch or smelly, it should help to bath her about once a week with a gentle natural shampoo to help get any yeast off her skin (which is itchy).

      If you aren't very familiar with raw feeding, or unsure about it all, head over to my website to read more: www.precision-dog-training.com/raw-dog-food-diet.html.

      All the best!

  8. 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!

  9. QUESTION:
    what kind of dog food do you use? what is the best the most flavor full allergy free dry dog food?
    thining of switching my dogs dog food...what is healthy? what do you use for your dog?
    she has been on natural balance for about 3 to 4 mnths but i dont think she likes it!?

    • ANSWER:
      California Natural and Natural Balance are two of the best for dogs with allergies (of course, it depends on what the dog is allergic to). A few others that allergic dogs can do well on: Taste of the Wild, Pinnacle, Evanger's.

      The most common allergens for dogs are corn, wheat, soy, dairy, beef, chicken, eggs, and yeast. If you don't know what your dog is allergic to-start by finding a food that doesn't include any of these things.

  10. 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

  11. QUESTION:
    What is a dog food that will help my dog's skin and coat?
    Price is a factor. My dog is a one year old golden retriever and suffers from dry, flakey skin. I need a good quality food tht will help her coat improve.
    Murray c, this isnt the place to advertise. And you techincally didnt help me. I already knew that adding eggs was good, and i wouldnt give it raw anyways because my dog could get salmonella poisoning.

    • ANSWER:
      Get the best food you can afford, this is a good guide:

      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/

      Stay away from wheat, corn and soy. They're not good for the coat and are the leading culprits when it comes to food allergies, which can cause Atopic Dermatitis.

      Add an Omega 3 Fatty acid (a fish oil supplement) to your dog's food. You can get this at a pet food store or you can get human grade at the drug store (ask your vet for dosage). If you get it at a pet food store, read th ingredients some of them have wheat in the ingredients.

      Make sure you read the ingredients for your dogs treats and biscuits. I was buying a treat that said 'Lamb and Rice' on the front and it still had wheat in the ingredients.

      If your dog's problem is just as simple as the food, you will see a change in her/his coat in less than 2 weeks. The dandruff will be gone, the coat will be softer and less shedding....and if your dog has had that "dog" smell...that will be gone too.

      ADD: Atopic Dermatitis can cause secondary conditions like yeast ear infections and bacterial skin infections.

  12. QUESTION:
    Which good quality dried dog food do you think is the best?
    I have been looking at Hill's Science Plan, Royal Canine, James Wellbeloved and Iams. Which do you thinks the best? Or are there any other good ones i should look at? I have a 2 year old English Cocker spaniel who loves food and will eat anything!

    • ANSWER:
      Science Diet and Iams are GARBAGE!!! Royal Canin is a good food, but it is not the best for every dog, and very overpriced. Cockers are genetically predisosed to skin issues, ear infections, yeast problems, and allergies- which makes it even more crucial to stay away from the brands that contain ANY if the following: Wheat (#1 culprit for food allergies/sensitivities) Corn, Soy, by-products, unspecified animal fats, and surags. Oatmeal, Barley, Brown Rice (as long as there are no more than 2 forms listed) are OK. My personal favorites, which my dogs have rotated on for years, are Merrick and Innova. Both are holistic, US sourced and Manufactured (except 4 lamb, they are healthier in New Zealand) and Acai berris-they are grown in South America. ALSO- Always make sure that whatever meat is listed is also followed by a meat meal. (ie- Turkey, turkey meal) It takes 4 cups of meat to make 1 cup of meat meal. If not followed by the meal, it will drop from ,say, thje 1st ingredient down to about ingredients 5 after cooking. No matter what process they use to cook their foods.

  13. QUESTION:
    What should you feed a 8 week old pomapoo?
    I heard I should feed the dog food that contains no corn or wheat. Can expert verify this?

    • ANSWER:
      That is true! Look at the ingredients lists. Meat (not meal) of some type should be the first ingredient. There should be no corn, wheat or by-products. Innova, Wellness, Orijen & Merrick are a few of the good brands out there.

      To find a premium quality dog food, read the ingredients list.
      Do not pay attention to advertising, they all claim to be great.
      Manufacturers of the poor quality foods are not going to say,
      "We use total garbage in our food but buy it anyway." Also a
      point to remember is when a pet food advertises "vet approved"
      the company has a vet, on staff, paid to recommend the food.
      Not such a good recommendation after all.

      Just like with humans, better nutrition means better health.
      The better quality your pets food is the better off your pet is.
      As a bonus if you use a good quality food that is not made with
      fillers your pet will have a smaller, firmer stool.

      The very first ingredient in a good quality food will be a specific
      meat. It will read: "Chicken", "Turkey" or "Beef" Not chicken meal,
      turkey meal or beef meal. A type of meat, or fish, will be the first
      ingredient. No exceptions. If it simply says "Meat" stay clear,
      don't buy it. Meat is not specific.

      This is a list of some of the things you should try to avoid.

      1 - Corn, in any form (corn, corn meal, corn gluten...etc) should
      be avoided. As soon as you see corn in the ingredients list you know
      it is not a good food for your pet. Corn is simply a filler, no nutritional
      value for your pet. Dogs and cats do not digest corn, it just passes
      right through them so your pet gets a larger, stinker stool.
      Some dogs are also allergic to corn, it will cause itching and
      skin problems.

      2 - Wheat, only because it is common for dogs to be allergic
      to it. If your dog does not have a wheat allergy, wheat is fine.

      3 - By Products. That is what is left over after everything "good"
      is removed during processing. It not only contains cow hooves
      and horns, fur and feathers and feces it can contain sawdust and dirt
      from the floor. By products can also contain diseased tissue,
      cancerous tissue. It is anything from the animal not fit for
      human consumption. This stuff can sit around for days,
      un-refridgerated, waiting for pick up. Frankly, I would not
      feed pet food containing by-products to a stray, let alone
      my own beloved pets.

      4 - "General", non-specific ingredients, like animal digest and meat
      meal should be avoided. You have no way of knowing what they
      are and we probably don't want to know. Look for specific
      ingredients like chicken fat or lamb meal. That tells you what it is.

      5 - Preservatives such as propylene glycol, BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin
      are all cancer causing. Look instead for Mixed tocopherois, a natural
      preservative.

      6 - Soy, in any form is another filler and also another ingredient dogs
      can have severe allergies too.

      7 - Brewer's yeast. Again, causes problems. Watch out for skin and ear
      infections if the food contains this product.

      8 - Flax is another ingredient some dogs have a problem with, usually
      as a stool softener.

      Again, read the ingredients lists. Yes a premium quality food will cost
      more than the poor quality ones. Common sense, Meat costs more than
      corn. On the other hand, a healthy dog needs less trips to the vet
      than one suffering allergies and infections caused by the food being fed.
      So find a premium quality dog food and have a healthier dog!

  14. QUESTION:
    What is causing my dogs uncontrollable scratching and screeching?
    My dog is about 95 years old in dog years. She lives outside for the most part. She's constantly scratching her ears uncontrollably and screeching really loud then she shakes her head as if she's shaking out her ears. Does anyone know what can be causing this or how I can provide relief for her??

    • ANSWER:
      Ear infection, ear mites, allergy induced ear infection, "cheatgrass" or "foxtail" lodged in her ear, an insect bite/s, an injury, a piece of fur.

      Could be any of those things.. The first thing you should do is take your dog into a well lit area, get a magnifying glass and a flashlight/lamp, if you don't have a magnifying glass you can use a magnifying make-up mirror instead. Get your dog to lay down and relax, if you can give the dog a toy or chew(so long as your dog doesn't have possession aggression) calm the dog first and then gently lift up the ear flap and look inside making sure you have a bright light so you can see, look into the ear canal.

      It should be healthy pink or grey skin with no crusts, or dirt or waxy buildup. It should be shiny and clean deep inside.

      If you see black/brown/reddish "dirt-like" build up in the ear canal take a cotton ball and wipe some out.. put a dab of water on it.. if it turns bloody red it's most likely your dog has "Earmites". They cause intense scratching, pain, and can lead to infection, inflammation and skin disease.

      You can buy effective and reasonably priced OTC earmite medication from your local pet store. I reccommend taking the dog to a vet for a conclusive diagnosis but if you are unwilling or unable, OTC meds will work to cure ear mites, you can even try a home remedy if that's all you can manage... Home Remedies.. http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/ear_mites.html

      More info about OTC and vet meds and more about ear mite symptoms and treatments.. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ear_mites.html

      If you look in the ear and it is dirty, waxy and with a brown/dark discharge, and a sour, foul scent.. it's most likely an infection.. bacterial. In that case you will need to bring your dog to the vet to conclusively find out what bacteria is causing the infection so you can treat it. Yeast smells yeasty, like beer or bread dough and has a yellower discharge. Again if you are unwilling or unable to go to the vet, you can try OTC ear meds or a home remedy.. Keep in mind the reason you need to see a vet is to know exactly what it is, otherwise you are just guessing and it may not work.

      Home remedies... http://www.petherbalinfo.com/pet-health-concerns/home-remedies-for-dog-ear-mites-and-ear-infections/

      Vet info.. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ear_infections.html

      If it is allergy you will see/smell almost the same thing as an infection, except it will keep coming back no matter what you treat it with, until you determine the cause.. Could be food, inhalant, environment. In this case you should change your dogs diet to a food that has NONE of the same ingredients as the old food. If it is environmental you will need to find out the source and remove it from the dogs environment. If it is inhalant you will need to treat the dog with an anti-histamine. For more about allergies and treatment go here.. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_food_allergies.html
      Inhalant allergies... http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_inhalant_allergies.html

      If it is cheat grass or foxtail, or hair.. the ear will appear healthy and clean except you may be able to see pieces of grass or hair deep in the ear canal, your dog may have also injured herself scratching or shaking her head. Either way she will need a vet to safely remove the grass/hair and treat the injuries with antibiotics etc.

      Hopefully your dog didn't shake her head too much and give herself an Aural hematoma.. if that is the case her ear flap(the outer flap) will be filled with liquid like a small balloon and hot to the touch. This is a very painful condition caused by a broken blood vessel in the ear due to shaking of the head. It could easily cause a dog to cry out in pain. My dog had one, and trust me it is best if you take the dog to the vet and get the ear surgically drained and sutured open to allow it to drain and head. Again if you can't go to the vet, you can drain it yourself using a sterile syringe or razor blade to drain the ear. You will have to clean it and drain it daily and make sure it doesn't get infected. It's best to leave that to the vet but it's possible to do it on your own if you have no other choice. They also can be left to heal on their own but it leaves the ear deformed and thickened.. I know my dog's previous owners did this to her and her ear was ruined. It is thick and lumpy.

      More on Aural Hematomas.. and their treatment. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_aural_hematoma.html

      Good luck, hope I helped you help your dog..

  15. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know anything about the dog food Natures Recipe?
    I have a 12 month old boxer and have been feeding him a quality food called Bil Jac very expensive food!! He used to love it but lately he has not been wanting to eat it and his gas has gotten extremely worse boxers have gas anyways but its gotten bad!! So im thinking of switching him to the food called Natures Recipe still a quality food and a little less pricey and wondering if anyone know anything about this food?

    • ANSWER:
      First, any time a dog goes through a change like that it is time to see a vet.
      Second, Bil Jac is not a good dog food.
      Chicken By-Products (Organs Only including chicken liver), Chicken, Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Brewers Dried Yeast, Cane Molasses, Egg Product, Salt, Sodium Propionate (a preservative), DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin, Biotin, Choline Chloride, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Menaione, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganous Oxide, Inositol, BHA (a preservative), Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Cobalt Carbonate, Potassium Iodine, Sodium Selenite.

      It has by products as a first ingredient and that should not be there at all. Corn should not be there at all. Of the first 3 ingredients 2 of them should not be in a dog food.
      Natures Recipe is not the worst food, but certainly no amoung the top brands.

      Our pets need quality pet food. Read the ingredients list and learn what the stuff on there is and what it does (or does not do) to/for our pets. A quick pet food 101. If the pet food contains corn/corn products or by products it is a poor quality food. Corn is a filler that can trigger skin problems. (allergies, skin problems, itching and excessive shedding) By products is anything from an animal not fit for human consumption, including cancerous tissue. Do not pay attention to advertising, they all say there food is great. "Vet approved" means they have a vet on staff to approve their product. In other words, someone paid to approve it. Same with foods most vets recommend. Salesmen "gift" vets then the vet recommends the food. Most vets are not nutritionasts! Quality foods have meat as the first ingredient. Wellness, Solid Gold, Innova and Merrick are a few of the best brands available. If you want to learn more check out: http://www.sagekeep.com/petfood.htm www.api4animals.org/facts?p=359& more=1 http://animalark.eapps.com/animal/PetFoods.nsf/$$PetFoodsByRating?OpenForm

      Boxers are deep chested dogs which are prone to bloat. I do hope you are not feeding him only once a day. Divide his feeding into 2 or 3 times a day.

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

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

  17. QUESTION:
    which kind of dog food is good for dogs with really bad allergies?
    I've been feeding my dog Canidae, it was good, but he has allergies and Canidae has a lot of different ingredients. I changed to eagle pack (fish), to isolate some ingredients and he was doing good. He's been getting itchy again.

    Recently I went on vacation and his caretaker gave him pedigree because she ran outta the food I gave her. I picked him up yesterday and she told me she had to buy some food. I had a bad feeling about feeding him something different. So he could be itchy because of the pedigree or he could have developed allergies from the eagle pack.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you know which ingredient your dog is allergic to? If you know that, the rest will be easy. Here is how to find out. The number 1 thing in the diet that dogs are allergic to is wheat, followed in order by corn, beef, and chicken. The way to find out is to start with wheat and feed a diet that is wheat free for a month. You will have to read everything - food, treats, etc. It takes a month to get a food worked out of the system. If after a month you are still having problems, move on to the next item - corn and so forth. In the mean time, benadryl will help with some of the worst of the itching as will brewers yeast. When you go through the entire list, if the itching is still going on and you go to the vet, at least you have done the first things he would have you do and this will save you and your dog time and you money. Good luck

  18. QUESTION:
    what does a food allergy and yeast infection look like on a dog?
    my dog stinks, when i pet him my hands stink and he has bumps all over his body mostly his belly and his legs.

    • ANSWER:
      The only person that can help you is a vet!If your short on funds phone the vet and ask if there are any animal help groups in your area.If there's more than 1 call them all,each will contribute towards the vet bill.Your dog could have mange or some other very treatable condition.Good luck

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

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

  20. QUESTION:
    Which Purina Brand dog food is best for a puppy?
    Out of all the Purina dog food brands (Beneful, Pro Plan, Purina One or Puppy Chow) which is best for a puppy?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends what available and what you can afford, they aren't fantastic, but proplan and purina one are better then pediigree. Eagle pack and Eagle pack holistic are better then both! Look for one that has meat as listed as the 1st ingredient.

      I'm australian, we have very few Holistic brands, Optimum and Eagle Pack & Eagle Pack Holistic. We also have innova evo got a free sample, suppost to be a fantastic food, . She such a gentle, loving, friendly and well manner dog.
      but when i tried ONE single kibble, my dog suddenly turned aggressive and tried to attack an elderly couple, as well as trying to eat another dog. Never had this reaction before, NO history of aggression.

      Dogs can be allergic to corn, but its actualy NOT toxic to them. Its the WHOLE corn cob that can be lethal to dogs, as when cut in half, they can be swallow whole! Which requires surgery to remove it!

      Beneful healthy growth is crap.

      INGREDIENTS
      Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), chicken, rice flour, milk, soy flour, sugar, sorbitol, tricalcium phosphate, water, animal digest, salt, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, sorbic acid (a preservative), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, added color (Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 2), calcium carbonate, dried peas, dried carrots, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, DL-Methionine, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin A supplement, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, copper sulfate, brewers dried yeast, biotin, garlic oil, thiamine hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, sodium selenite.

      Puppy food
      For large breeds
      http://www.proplan.com/products/LargeBreed_DryPuppy.html

      For small breeds
      http://www.proplan.com/products/SmallBreed_DryPuppy.html

      Honestly i used Proplan and Purina one on my dog, due to its affordability. I'm an not a rich person, but i usually spend about 9 on 17.5kg bag of Proplan. this is stretching it though!

      I haven't had any problems with allergies no gunky eyes, alert and active, lol even though she now 10years & 8months old! lovely thick shiny coat and it feel like silk to touch!

      I fed another good brand called Advance due to it being even cheaper, however my dog develop allergies to the alfalfa. She devoped gunky eyes and lack of energy. Which means NO matter how matter how great Eagle Pack holistic is, due to alfalfa she get a allergic reaction to it

      I cannot afford the more fancy holistic stuff, plus i've discovered my dog allergic to alfalfa and most holistic brands have this ingredient in it!

      it just depends on the dog. But proplan work for me & so does purine one.

  21. 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

  22. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog scratching so much?
    I have a 2 and a half month shih tzu puppy named mekia.. She have been scratching her neck and chewing on her paws allot.. He put her on a new kind of dog food and that didn't help we also tryed a hypoallergenic puppy shampoo but that wasn't the problem either. We also have recently bought Melissa's Aloe pet which is a all natural pet supplement and that ain't helping either.. Can someone help if your pet had anything like this or if you have any home remedies to help the dis converted

    • ANSWER:
      Itching and skin irritation can be caused by factors such as:

      - Allergic reactions to flea bites, food/treats, grooming products or house-cleaning products, etc.
      - Mites
      - Fungal/Bacterial infections (ringworm, yeast, staph etc.) See a remedy below
      - Steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot')

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections with associated bad odor.

      ALLERGIES

      To allergic dogs even one flea can cause havoc. Even if not visible, you can always see the debris fleas leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If placed in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas with natural methods to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will cause harm sooner or later. For recommendations see http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where your dog roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html
      and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check ingredients of food/treats. Dog's digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Discontinue any with corn, wheat, etc. Get ones with no grains with meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      Discontinue the use of grooming products or house cleaning products that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and anticeptic properties and the smell disappears quickly after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.asp

      MITES

      Three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      Avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals which will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. Search the Internet to find them. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including skin problems.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal), I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is there a medicine i can take for cat allergies?
    I have allergies towards cats, and i am going to work at the ASPCA, and i want to know if there is any medicine i can take to help with my cat allergies. It can be over the counter or by perscription. I just want some ideas. Thanks.
    I have asthma and i use my medicine for that. But i just want soemthing to stop my watery eyes and difficulty breathing and runny nose.

    • ANSWER:
      You might consider going the "homeopathic" way. My husband is allergic to cats & dogs & always suffered all the time (we have 3 inside dogs) until he started using Animal Hair & Dander allergy relief by bioAllers. It contains all natural ingredients & small doses of cat, dog, horse, & sheep wool allergens in a liquid form that is applied under the tongue per their recommended dosages (there are also special ones for children ages 2-12, highly sensitive persons & asthma sufferers). Within a few days of usage, we started noticing a world of difference since the formula provides fast short-term symptom relief and builds up long-term resistance to specific allergens. It is available at health food stores and there are also other formulas for grass, grain & wheat, & tree pollen as well as mold, yeast & dust allergens. *** For best results consult a Dr. of Naturopathy in your area-if possible- & If Pregnant or Nursing ALWAYS consult the corresponding health care professional. ***

  24. QUESTION:
    Is it bad to only feed your cat dry cat food?
    I only feed my cats dry cat-food. I hate the smell and look of canned food. Is this bad? They do have water to drink as often as they want.

    I figured dry cat-food is good for keeping their teeth healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are hoping dry food will help with tartar on their teeth, unfortunately that is a myth. Their teeth should be brushed with kitty tooth paste and checked in their yearly check up with their vet.
      Dry food can be just as good as wet food, if you buy the best quality available. Price is not the best key for searching for that. Just like with your own family, look at the nutrition content and guaranteed analysis. Not all brands are equal. You want to look at the food label though to make sure it is healthy.
      Cats are carnivores, not like dogs, they have to have a meal high in easy to digest protiens to be healthy,happy, and long living (cats and dogs are easily capable of living to 20+).
      First you need to know what should never be in any cat foods. That means no :-

      -Corn, Soy,Wheat, gluten(cerial grains are highly indigestable protiens, low in nutrition value, but help companys meet protien level guidlines; They also are associated with loose stool,extreme stress on kidneys, gas, kitty inactivity, obiecity, diabetes, and even allergies so bad some cats have to go on steroids)

      - Meat By-products
      - indigestable protiens such as chicken beaks,intestines, feathers, heads, feet, bones, hides, diseased and contaminated meat and hair...ugh would you put that in your mouth?!?!

      - Animal Digest
      - that is exactly what it sounds like...stuff that was going to be excreted by the dead animals

      - Meat and bone meal
      -sounds healthy, but leagaly includes diseased pets and animals that could have been uthanized or died of diseases etc.

      - Deadly chemical preservatives such as:-
      -BHA and BHT-known to cause kidney and liver disfunction, and are know carcinogins
      -Ethoxyquin is a known RUBBER STABILISER!!!
      These are being used to keep food from spoiling for 2+ years so companys can keep profits up, after being stored in un-regulated tempratures in warehouses and un-atended semi's for 18+months before your even get them on store shelves)

      Artifical flavor and color
      -Causes animals to get addicted to foods with low nutritional values(Like eating Mc. Donalds and etc. everyday), and colors just add extra toxins to there fragile system.

      Healthypetnet.com sais that what you do want to look for is:-

      - Premium All Natural Chicken, Liver, and Turkey Meals, Catfish Meal, and Eggs provide high quality easily digested animal protein sources to support strong muscles, healthy organs, and overall health.

      - Chicken Fat, Catfish Meal, Eggs, Flaxseed Meal, and Fish Oil provides a natural balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids to promote healthy skin and shiny coat.

      - Whole Brown Rice provides an excellent source of highly digestible carbohydrates for short-term energy and dietary fiber that is gentle on the stomach.

      - Green Foods Phytonutrients satisfy your cat's natural craving for plants; such as, wheatgrass and alfalfa sprouts, which fulfill certain nutritional and digestive needs.

      - Beet Fiber, Brewers Yeast, and Natural Bacteria Cultures help the digestive system work at peak efficiency, allowing your cat to get even more nutrition from our wholesome food.

      - Enhanced with Natural DHA and ARA to support good vision, a strong heart and healthy central nervous system.

      - Free from Artificial Colors, Flavors and Preservatives. Contains a blend of natural antioxidants helping to maintain a healthy immune system as well as keeping food stay fresh for longer.

      It also says,"FIRST 5 INGREDIENTS - Ingredients in pet food products are listed on the product label in descending order of weight. This can be deceptive because some manufacturers practice "ingredient splitting” in order to give some ingredients more prominence than others. For example, chicken meal can appear as the first ingredient in a food even when there are actually more grains in the product, which can total a higher percentage of protein than the chicken meal. We believe the primary source of protein in all pet foods should come from meat or animal, not vegetable protein or grains. Foods that list 2 or more grains in the first 5 ingredients may have more vegetable protein than animal protein."

      I hope this is informative to all pet owners of dogs and cats. I am not a sales person or anything, but i did my research for months before i chose my two shelter kittens. I am glad i did. I have had multiple cats for over 20 years, and this website has the most nutritionaly sound pet food. It is formulated by a top Vetrinarian, and has the most informative info about pet food out there.
      As you can tell, I spoil my kitties to death, and only want the best for them. But i find this pet food is the most cost effective also, think of the decrease of the ammount of food needed since it is so much more nutritious; used throughout all life stages; gives animals the most balanced, quality diet; reduces vet bills later in life;and helps them much happier, longer lives...Oh and their excriment is firmer, and much more compact since the food is much more digestable(meaning alot less to scoop up, clumps faster, and ultimeatly saves you alot of kitty litter...I pearsonally use Feline Pine and only have to toss it out every 3 weeks+1 litter box+2 kittens(3mo,6mo)+4 litter scoops a week= A Very Happy Woman!!!). I know everyone loves their pets, so please, i beg of you, check out lifes Abundance pet food. I know i sound like an add or something...lol...but its just that I love animals beyond words and want the best for them. I hope this helps as many people as I possibly can.

  25. QUESTION:
    How do I get my dog to loose weight?
    I have a nova scotia duck tolling retriever and she is about 20 pounds over weight we went to the vet and they didn't know what to say and we never feed her table scraps and we give her iams weight control food and we take her for walks everyday does anyone know what we should do?

    • ANSWER:
      ~ Iams is horrible!!! Look at the ingredients. Change your dogs food. This stuff is junk in a bag.

      Corn Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Ground Whole Grain Barley, Dried Egg Product, Chicken Flavor, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Flax Meal, 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), Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Caramel, DL-Methionine, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Choline Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract.

      Guaranteed Analysis
      Crude Protein, minimum 20.0
      Crude Fat, minimum 10.0
      Crude Fat, maximum 12.5
      Crude Fiber, maximum 5.0
      Moisture, maximum 10.0
      L-Carnitine, minimum 30.0 mg/kg*
      Omega-6 Fatty, Acids minimum 2.0*
      Omega-3 Fatty Acids, minimum 0.2*

      *Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

      Iams® ProActive Health™ Weight Control Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance.

      Registered: October 2005
      Posts: 3534
      Review Date: Sun February 3, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0

      Pros: None
      Cons: Byproducts, inadequate meat content, mixed quality grain, controversial filler

      The main grain and main ingredient in the food is corn. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value and that is commonly associated with allergy problems. Sorghum is decent quality, as is barley, but these are minor ingredients and this product is very heavy in grain content with little meat included for the canine.

      The second ingredient is byproducts. 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. The fifth ingredient in the food is a named meat product. This is not a meat meal, but is inclusive of water content (about 80%). Once this is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. As ingredients are listed in order of weight, it is thus unlikely that this is truely the first ingredient in the food, but would be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list as a minor ingredient in the food.

      Beet pulp is a controversial filler. 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 fibre is required. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food.

  26. QUESTION:
    How to clean my dog's eye discharge?
    Hello, I own a pomeranian dog and he has some frequent red eye discharges i'm wondering what is the proper way to clean it?

    Help is greatly apperciated!♥
    ***** I mean't red discharge not eye *****

    • ANSWER:
      I use Eye Envy it is all natural and will not hurt your baby's eyes. If you get it in the eyes it will not hurt at all and it really works great. I buy it from a great lady on ebay. I am putting some questions and answers from her site here.
      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: What causes excessive tearing and staining:
      A: Staining can be caused by a variety of things:

      1. Clogged or Shallow Tear Ducts: Studies indicate that 20-25% of small dogs and cats are born with closed of shallow tear ducts. Tears overflow because there the eyelid space is not deep enough to contain them.

      2. Excessive Tearing: When the face hair is wet from excessive tearing, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast infections (AKA: Red Yeast, which causes deep reddish-brown stains); Low grade bacteria infections may also cause excessive tearing.

      3. Cutting Teeth: Cutting teeth may cause changes in the head & mouth structure of your pet, placing pressure on the tear ducts.

      4. Irritation & Allergies: Some animals get hair or eyelashes into their eyes causing irritation. Many breeds are susceptible to allergies. Shampoos and other chemicals can also irritate their eyesSome foods cause allergic reactions; animals may also build an allergic reaction over time to a type of food.

      5. Water: Water with high mineral levels causes staining

      6. Food & Treats: Diet can play a significant role in tearing. Many commercial foods contain additives, preservatives and food coloring. This could lead to staining.

      7. Fleas: Fleas survive in moisture, which they get from the eye or moth area. This could cause irritation and in addition red stains left behind may be from flea feces. These are just a few reasons. There are MANY more!!

      Q: What is Eye Envy so different that all the other products that I've bought and don't work?
      A: Eye Envy works at the true problem, a bacteria infection. Eye Envy contains a cleanser, an astringent (to dry the area) and herbal flower extract (acts as a natural antibiotic) and an antibacterial.

      Eye Envy is a topical tear stain remover. Other products are often masked as palatable supplements, taking months to work and requiring your pet to ingest antibiotics (e.g. tylan, tylosin as tartrate, collidal silver).

      Q: What if I've used bleach or peroxide to clean the area around the eyes?
      A: Bleach/Peroxide make the hair shaft very pourous, causing the stain to set into the hair. Eye Envy will only lighten the areas previously damaged by bleach or peroxide, but all regrowth will be clean.

      PLEASE do not use peroxide, bleach or woolite on your animals.

      Q: Is Eye Envy safe to use on my pregnant dog or cat?
      A: Yes. Since Eye Envy is applied externally, it is 100% safe to use on pregnant, lactating and even small kittens (over the age of 7 weeks).

      Q: Should Eye Envy be refrigerated? If so, how long is it's shelf life?
      A: No we carry the new formula and it does not have to be refridgerated. The shelf life in the refrigerator approximately 3-4 months.

      Q: Is Eye Envy applied inside the eyes?
      A: No. Eye Envy is to be applied externally only.

      Q: What happens if a small amount gets into my pets eyes?
      A: There is nothing to worry about is some solution gets into your pets eyes. The ingredients are safe and have been tested.

      Q: How many pads come in a jar?
      A: There are approximately 28-30 pads per jar. Our pads are made of special material to avoid any "fuzz" from getting into your pets eyes.

      Q: Can I use Eye Envy on my dog/cats legs, tail, mouth area? Is it safe?
      A: Yes. The ingredients will not harm your animal. Also, EE can be used for chin acne and urine stains.

      Q: Should I refrigerate my product when it arrives?
      A: NO WE NOW CARRY THE NO REFRIGERATION REQUIRED FORMULA. It's shelflife outside of the fridge is 2-3 weeks, so you product should be refrigerated immediately.

      Q: I have a white dog, do you recommend the powder?
      A: Yes! With any white animals it is recommended to use both the solution and the powder.

      Q: Does Eye Envy fade/bleach colored animals?
      A: No. The produt does not contain any peroxides or bleaching agents. Your pets hair will not discolor.

      http://stores.ebay.com/S-B-PET-PRODUCTS

  27. QUESTION:
    My new dog has a flea allergy problem, can I use a cortizone cream?
    Some one gave me an older Chihuahua and he has an obvious flea allergy, so I bathed him in an Oatmeal bath to soothe him and kill the fleas that were there. I can't get an appointment with my Vet for 2 weeks and he's chewing himself raw even though he NO fleas now, I feel so bad for him. Can I buy something to easy the itching until I get him to a Vet? He has advantage on now, but he's still chewing and wont let himself heal up. Is Cortizone Cream harmful to him?

    • ANSWER:
      You can use brewers yeast and garlic in the dogs food to help repel the fleas. Grate a clove or two into the dogs' food. Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon of brewers yeast on the food.
      You can try aloe vera on the raw spots.

  28. QUESTION:
    What dog food is best? Name brand, pricey stuff, or will purina suffice?
    I have an English bulldog that is about 8 months old. He eats alot, and the Science Diet is breaking my bank... should I suck it up, or can I switch him to a cheaper-but-just-as-healthy dog food?

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is a resounding no. You shouldn't even be feeding him Science Diet. Bulldogs are notorious for having bad food allergies and the some of the top ingredients are big no no's for food allergies. The top allergens for Bulldogs are Corn, Soy, Yeast, not to mention that the rendered animal fats in Science diet make your bulldog prone to put on weight which could potentially harm him in the long run as well as that if you don't mix the Science Diet with yogurt or beano, you are bound to have horrible gas problems too. I feed my bulldog either Merrick Turducken kibble or Wellness Super 5 Chicken Kibble.

      My bulldog does not really care for wet food out of the can, but on occasion I will make him a wet style food out of 1 lb of raw ground chicken, a handfull of raw spinach, some baby carrots, a whole apple, brown rice cream, Uncle Sam's Oatmeal with Flaxseed, and I used to use water and run it through a food processor until it was the consistency of paste, but I may wind up using Yogurt in lieu of the water.

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

    • ANSWER:
      I would take him to a vet.

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

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

      Its also important to avoid chicken too.

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

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

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

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

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

  31. QUESTION:
    A dog that is believed it have had a tick and now has an open wound, how do we treat it?
    I've just been given a dog to look after for a month, now this dog is 7 years old and has infection in its ears. After looking at the infection we believe theres been a tick there and the dog has had no proper treatment as the wound it circular and is open. This is also causing the dog to scratch its ears from irritation we believe. Is this a tick wound and what can we do to help it heal?

    • ANSWER:
      Ear infections are a common problem for dogs. Consequently, ear mites are often a problem that accompany an infected ear. The two most common infections are otitis externa, infection of the ear canal, and otitis media, the infection of the middle ear. The cause of the ear canal infection, is most commonly bacterial or yeast related. It can also be a result of wax build up, thick or matted hair in the canal, debris, impaired drainage of the ear, mite infestations are a secondary result of another bodily infection.

      Otitis media, an infection of the middle ear, is a common result of the spread of an infection from the ear canal, where debris, ulceration, or improper cleaning ruptures the eardrum moving the infection into the middle ear. The discomfort your dog or cat experiences from an ear infection is often displayed in shaking his/her head or scratching of the ears. Often the infection causes red and inflamed ears with an offensive odor and perhaps some yellow/black discharge. If discomfort is observed and the dog often tilts his/her head this may be a sign of an infection of the middle ear.

      When dogs have repeat ear infections it's often because of underlying allergies. Here's the deal: Either flea allergies, food allergies, bacterial allergies,or inhalant allergies (also known as atopy) ...or any combination of these allergies irritate the mast cells that are concentrated in the canals of the dog's ears.

      You have to determine what ear infection the dog has to treat it properly. Since you have no experienced this before, it is best to have a vet check it out. It can be as simple as an ear cleaner or some vinegar/water mix to as complicated as flushing the ear and giving the dog medication. Consult a vet.

  32. QUESTION:
    Can an allergy to mold make you allergic to cheese?
    I used to be able to eat cheese all the time. I've had the allergy to mold since I was a baby, but lately eating cheese does not agree with me. So I was wondering if it is my allergy to mold. I am not lactose intolerant because I can eat and drink all other dairy products.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. It can be possible because molds are used to make certain kinds of cheeses and can be on the surface of cheese or be developed internally. Cheeses such as Brie and Camembert have white surface molds. Other cheeses have both an internal and a surface mold. The molds used to manufacture these cheeses are safe to eat.

      Here are some mold foods to avoid:
      *all types of cheeses including cottage cheese, though you might not have as much of a response with hard cheeses as you do with soft cheeses
      *sour cream, yogurt and buttermilk
      *alcoholic beverages like beer and wine
      *sauerkraut
      *ciders
      *pickled and smokes meat and fish like bacon, sausage and hot dogs
      *all dried fruit and dried meats like jerky
      *any type of store bought canned tomatoes
      *sugar
      *yeast foods like baked goods and desserts.

      Important – people with mold allergy often are advised by their doctors to avoid eating mold-ripened cheese and restrict themselves to processed cheeses.

  33. 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!

  34. QUESTION:
    What is the best dry dog food for my blue american staffordshire he is a puppy, 8 weeks old?
    I don't want to do raw diet!.. just the best dry food?

    • ANSWER:
      To find a premium quality dog food, read the ingredients list.
      Do not pay attention to advertising, they all claim to be great.
      Manufacturers of the poor quality foods are not going to say,
      "We use total garbage in our food but buy it anyway." Also a
      point to remember is when a pet food advertises "vet approved"
      the company has a vet, on staff, paid to recommend the food.
      Not such a good recommendation after all.

      Just like with humans, better nutrition means better health.
      The better quality your pets food is the better off your pet is.
      As a bonus if you use a good quality food that is not made with
      fillers your pet will have a smaller, firmer stool.

      The very first ingredient in a good quality food will be a specific
      meat. It will read: "Chicken", "Turkey" or "Beef" Not chicken meal,
      turkey meal or beef meal. A type of meat, or fish, will be the first
      ingredient. No exceptions. If it simply says "Meat" stay clear,
      don't buy it. Meat is not specific.

      This is a list of some of the things you should try to avoid.

      1 - Corn, in any form (corn, corn meal, corn gluten...etc) should
      be avoided. As soon as you see corn in the ingredients list you know
      it is not a good food for your pet. Corn is simply a filler, no nutritional
      value for your pet. Dogs and cats do not digest corn, it just passes
      right through them so your pet gets a larger, stinker stool.
      Some dogs are also allergic to corn, it will cause itching and
      skin problems.

      2 - Wheat, only because it is common for dogs to be allergic
      to it. If your dog does not have a wheat allergy, wheat is fine.

      3 - By Products. That is what is left over after everything "good"
      is removed during processing. It not only contains cow hooves
      and horns, fur and feathers and feces it can contain sawdust and dirt
      from the floor. By products can also contain diseased tissue,
      cancerous tissue. It is anything from the animal not fit for
      human consumption. This stuff can sit around for days,
      un-refridgerated, waiting for pick up. Frankly, I would not
      feed pet food containing by-products to a stray, let alone
      my own beloved pets.

      4 - "General", non-specific ingredients, like animal digest and meat
      meal should be avoided. You have no way of knowing what they
      are and we probably don't want to know. Look for specific
      ingredients like chicken fat or lamb meal. That tells you what it is.

      5 - Preservatives such as propylene glycol, BHA, BHT and ethoxyquin
      are all cancer causing. Look instead for Mixed tocopherois, a natural
      preservative.

      6 - Soy, in any form is another filler and also another ingredient dogs
      can have severe allergies too.

      7 - Brewer's yeast. Again, causes problems. Watch out for skin and ear
      infections if the food contains this product.

      8 - Flax is another ingredient some dogs have a problem with, usually
      as a stool softener.

      Again, read the ingredients lists. Yes a premium quality food will cost
      more than the poor quality ones. Common sense, Meat costs more than
      corn. On the other hand, a healthy dog needs less trips to the vet
      than one suffering allergies and infections caused by the food being fed.
      So find a premium quality dog food and have a healthier dog!

      A few of the best brands are Blue, Orijen, Wellness, Merrick, Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul, Halo

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

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

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

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

  37. 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

  38. QUESTION:
    Best dog food for schnuazer with allergies?
    My mini. schnauzer has allergies and licks and itches his feet constantly. Was wondering if I switched his food, it would help. He eats Royal Canin for mini schnauzers. Also anyone have any tips or suggestions that have helped relieve their dog of the itching? I've tried bathing him with medicated shampoo, soaking his feet in epson salts, giving him benedryl, and nothing helps!! Thankyou!

    • ANSWER:
      The most common allergens are corn, wheat and soy (including soybean oil). Make sure your food has none of those in any form, especially corn gluten meal. That is the protein part of the corn and it is the protein (not just meat protein) in foods that dogs are allergic to. Also foods that use corn gluten meal are using it to boost the protein percentage cheaply since corn is much cheaper than meat, but only meat has all of the amino acids in the proper proportions. Other common allergens are yeast, dairy products, eggs, chicken and beef. A food high in Omega 3 fatty acids also helps the skin. Most foods have plenty of Omega 6 but not nearly enough Omega 3. Look for a food that has a ratio of at least 5 to 1. The closer to even (one to one), the better and the ones from fish oil are the best.

  39. QUESTION:
    I have a shorty jack russell, he itches all the time, can anyone help me. We have had him on steroides, & oth?
    We have also changed dog foods, no corn, wheat or soy products, only dry dog food with meat.
    The steroids were for the itching. We have taken him to 3 vets no help, they want to draw blood to try to find a disease. He is on antihistamines right now, not helping. No fleas sorry. Any other suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog could be allergic to you LOL LOL or the environment my dachshund (male 7 yrs old ) is allergic to grass not a joke he has cost me several trips to the vet and around 1000,00 bucks to discover he can;t be in fresh cut grass or for a few hours after something in the type grass we have just tears the dog up & he scratches like crazy all the time.I have a special shampoo I use from his vet. Now your dog may be allergic to something in your home yard or garden it may not be his food can get your vet to do some tests to see what if any thing he is allergic to then again it may be he is over ridden with fleas if you live in an area with flea populations.Such as the south. Have you ruled out plain old dry skin ?? Some shampoos that are used on pets do dry the skin out.

      Pruritus:::::(could be)
      A chemical reaction that occur in the skin & stimulates the nerves causing the itch factor the act of scratching may stimulate these inflammatory reactions in the skin & make it all worseANY skin condition that causes inflammation can acuse pruritus!!!!This is also associated with other skin diseases secondary bacterial skin infections (pyocerma) also may have secondary yeast infection. The main skin condition are allergies & skin parasites ask your vet to do diagnostic tests, or may have to do some blood work to find the under luing condition.Have your vet do
      1)Complete & through medical history on your dog
      2) A through physical examination
      3) Do a skin scraping to rule out mange, mites, or other parasites
      4)Do a fungle culture of the hair to rule out dermatophytes (ringworm)
      Antihistamines, supplements, shampoos and corticosteroids ALL temporary relief for this dog.
      Flea allergy is the Most common in the USA.
      Insect allergies, scabies, cheyletiella mites, and lice are also some commen reasons for itchy skin in animals.
      To best help this dog (your buddy) is to find the under lying cause.
      This is a frustrating problem with so many causes treatments are the same alot to tryIts extremely important you keep in close communications with your vet(s)
      Here is what I buy for my dog
      Sulf Oxy Dex shampoo
      12 fl oz can ask your vet for this good Luck

  40. QUESTION:
    My dog is scratching alot can her food be the problem please help with any suggestions?
    I thought it was allergies but I don't belive it is any more. My dog is a black lab springer spainel mix she also has little red spots on her belly and is constinly itching and biting at it what should I do.

    • ANSWER:
      Almost always these problems are diet-related. Allergies are really a sign of immunity problems. 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. 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. 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. 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 is http://www.greatlife4pets.com

  41. QUESTION:
    How can I stop my dog from shedding so much?
    I have a rat terrier and I know that it's their breed and they will shed but how can I significantly reduce that. I'm doing things like brushing him, putting vegetable oil in his food, and giving him brewer's yeast tablets but it doesn't seem like anything is working? Does anyone else have any new advice that I haven't tried?? Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      hi,

      as seen in this post:
      Dogs have been a reliable household buddy for ages and almost every family in town has one. Perhaps one of the reasons why the few others who resist in keeping dogs as pets is hair shedding that has been a common concern among pet owners. Though common, this does not really impose any threat to the family, unless they are very particular about tidiness around the home or members of the pack with allergies.
      here's the complete blog:
      http://blogs.dogtime.com/pet-articles/2008/09/doggy-hair-day-preventing-the-shedding

      hope this helps.

  42. QUESTION:
    How to reduce the discoloration of tear staining?
    I have four maltese dogs. They all have really bad tear staining. I wash their faces everyday and try to keep them dry as much as possible. I was told to give them distilled water and it's not helping. Is there any good products out there to reduce the red/brown stains?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there is a wonderful natural product not carried in pet stores because it has no perservatives and cannot be stored in a warehouse for months on end. I use this on my shih tzu's and love it. It has no bleach peroxide and nothing that will hurt the dogs eyes if you wipe across the eye area. It also comes with a powder that keeps the moisture from being absorbed by the hair. The lady who runs this site is wonderful and will answer any questions you have. I am posting some questions and answers from her site hope this helps.

      Eye Envy is the most effective product for curing runny, ugly tear stains on your dog or cat. Our solution removes tearstains effectively, safely and gently. Eye Envy is an eye treatment solution that is non-irritating and proven to prevent eye leakage and discharge, quickly and through an easy to use method that your pet will thank you for. Eye Envy also comes in an herbal version. It is guaranteed to be effective, endorsed by veterinarians, catteries, and groomers the world over. If your pet is prone to tearstains, Eye Envy is for you. It is also effective in treating urine stains, red yeast infections, food stains, helping droolers, and of course for that unsightly brown goop around the eyes that affects dogs and cats everywhere.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: What causes excessive tearing and staining:
      A: Staining can be caused by a variety of things:

      Clogged or Shallow Tear Ducts: Studies indicate that 20-25% of small dogs and cats are born with closed of shallow tear ducts. Tears overflow because there the eyelid space is not deep enough to contain them.
      Excessive Tearing: When the face hair is wet from excessive tearing, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast infections (AKA: Red Yeast, which causes deep reddish-brown stains); Low grade bacteria infections may also cause excessive tearing.
      Cutting Teeth: Cutting teeth may cause changes in the head & mouth structure of your pet, placing pressure on the tear ducts.
      Irritation & Allergies: Some animals get hair or eyelashes into their eyes causing irritation. Many breeds are susceptible to allergies. Shampoos and other chemicals can also irritate their eyesSome foods cause allergic reactions; animals may also build an allergic reaction over time to a type of food.
      Water: Water with high mineral levels causes staining
      Food & Treats: Diet can play a significant role in tearing. Many commercial foods contain additives, preservatives and food coloring. This could lead to staining.
      Fleas: Fleas survive in moisture, which they get from the eye or moth area. This could cause irritation and in addition red stains left behind may be from flea feces. These are just a few reasons. There are MANY more!!
      Q: What is Eye Envy so different that all the other products that I've bought and don't work?
      A: Eye Envy works at the true problem, a bacteria infection. Eye Envy contains a cleanser, an astringent (to dry the area) and herbal flower extract (acts as a natural antibiotic) and an antibacterial.

      Eye Envy is a topical tear stain remover. Other products are often masked as palatable supplements, taking months to work and requiring your pet to ingest antibiotics (e.g. tylan, tylosin as tartrate, collidal silver).

      Q: What if I've used bleach or peroxide to clean the area around the eyes?
      A: Bleach/Peroxide make the hair shaft very pourous, causing the stain to set into the hair. Eye Envy will only lighten the areas previously damaged by bleach or peroxide, but all regrowth will be clean.

      PLEASE do not use peroxide, bleach or woolite on your animals.

      Q: Is Eye Envy safe to use on my pregnant dog or cat?
      A: Yes. Since Eye Envy is applied externally, it is 100% safe to use on pregnant, lactating and even small kittens (over the age of 7 weeks).

      Q: Should Eye Envy be refrigerated? If so, how long is it's shelf life?
      A: NO WE CARRY THE BRAND NEW NO REFRIDGERATION REQUIRED PRODUCT. THIS PRODUCT HAS A SHELF LIFE OF 3-4 MONTHS.

      Q: Is Eye Envy applied inside the eyes?
      A: No. Eye Envy is to be applied externally only.

      Q: What happens if a small amount gets into my pets eyes?
      A: There is nothing to worry about is some solution gets into your pets eyes. The ingredients are safe and have been tested.

      Q: How many pads come in a jar?
      A: There are approximately 28-30 pads per jar. Our pads are made of special material to avoid any "fuzz" from getting into your pets eyes.

      Q: Can I use Eye Envy on my dog/cats legs, tail, mouth area? Is it safe?
      A: Yes. The ingredients will not harm your animal. Also, EE can be used for chin acne and urine stains.

      Q: Should I refrigerate my product when it arrives?
      A: NO WE CARRY THE BRAND NEW NO REFRIDGERATION REQUIRED PRODUCT. THIS PRODUCT HAS A SHELF LIFE OF 3-4 MONTHS. .

      Q: I have a white dog, do you recommend the powder?
      A: Yes! With any white animals it is recommended to use both the solution and the powder.

      Q: Does Eye Envy fade/bleach colored animals?
      A: No. The produt does not contain any peroxides or bleaching agents. Your pets hair will not discolor

  43. QUESTION:
    How to stop my dog bite her back all the times?
    Last years the Vet cost me over 5 for her allergies, so is there any way I can put on her back to stop it?
    I am just asking.

    Thanks.
    @Loyal Person@ LoL, I never mention about shot.
    Beagle.

    • ANSWER:
      Are there any other symptoms besides her biting her back? Skin sores or lesions? A rash?

      My dog is extremely allergic to flea & tic saliva, and this was exacerbated by her diet, which had a lot of grain in it. She was virtually a tic magnet! Her skin turned pink & swelled, a *lot* of her thin coat fell out, and she would nip at even me if I touched her, because it was very painful.

      I got her a flea-tic treatment that they put on their skin, to kill both fleas & tics for a month. Then, noticed that --although the continual itching was greatly reduced-- she would still have *terrible* scratching & biting spells for one hour after every feeding. . . she was having an allergic reaction to something in her food. (I suspected the grain.)

      So, I switched to a *NON*-grain dogfood, which does *NOT* heat the omega-3 oils, but adds them to the other part after they have cooled. She has *no* bad reaction to that.

      I also have to supplement her diet with: MSM, *Raw* Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar, and Organic Expellar Pressed Coconut Oil. The MSM and the Vinegar normalize the PH of the body, so that the tics & fleas do not find her inviting. . . .

      This year was reported to be a VERY BAD tic infestation, yet, the only time I found any on her, was when she had recently missed a dose of either MSM or 'ROUACV'. Her skin never turned pink, or swelled, or became painful . . . and, her coat remained intact throughout the summer (except when she went a few days without her MSM/'ROUACV', when she began biting her back legs again).

      The Coconut Oil improves digestion, calms the nervous system, is anti-inflammatory,
      and improves allergic conditions . . . among other great attributes.

      I feed her twice daily, and she gets 1/2 dose of each supplement with each meal.
      (*It is **important** NOT to give too much MSM, as that can cause diarrhea!)

      MSM and DMSO: Alternative Health Group
      http://alternative-health-group.org/msm-dmso.html

      MSM & Parasites
      http://www.msm-info.com/

      Recommended dosing is given here:
      www.wolfcreekranch. net/msm_42.html
      (Remove the space-^-before hitting 'Go!', after copy-pasting the web-address to the URL box.)

      My 60 lb dog does well with a regular dose of *3/16 of a tsp with each meal* (a total of 6/16 tsp daily).

      Regarding the vinegar . . . At first my dog was sensitive to it, and I suspect that she had yeast. But, after treating her with the MSM and the Coconut oil --both of which are anti-yeast-- she now eats it with every meal without any reaction. . . .

      Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs (uses; dose)
      www.earthclinic.com/ Pets/acvfordogs.html
      (Copy paste^ to the URL box, & remove the 1 space in it before hitting 'Go!'.)

      "...Coconut Oil for PETs!"
      www.onlynaturalpet. com/products/Nutiva- Organic-Coconut-Oil /255005.aspx

      An ounce of *Prevention* is worth a TON of 'cure'!!! (;

  44. 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/

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

      You can get rid of the fleas on your dog with natural methods so that he is not exposed to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will harm him sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where he roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check the ingredients of the food/treats you give him. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. If they contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. Get food/treats that have no grains and that have meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

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

      MITES

      There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      If the reason for the itching is mites, avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals that will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend a natural, effective, easy to use, and inexpensive spray treatment that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Vets nowadays assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal) such as the ones commonly caused by the use of steroids like Prednisone, cortisone or the so called “allergy shot” or any secondary infections caused by flea bite allergy or mites, as well as cuts, scrapes, etc. I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  46. QUESTION:
    How do I make my Pomeranian eat his food?
    He is so picky when it comes to food. He doesn't eat dry food, so my mom boils chicken and pasta and smooshes them together. He is tired of eating it, and he need more flavoring in his food.

    He is allergic to to onions. And I read somewhere that dogs can't eat garlic or tomatoes so I never tried it on him. When making our dinner we use a lot tomatoes and garlic. So I have no idea what to add.
    *hes allergic to rice

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog should never eat alcohol, avocado, candy, cat food, chocolate, citrus oil extracts, corn on the cob, grapes, raisins, currants, hops, macadamia nuts, walnuts, milk, garbage, spoiled food, mushrooms, onions, garlic, persimmons, raw eggs, raw meat, rhubarb, salt, yeast dough, or xylitol.

      Anything else is fair game. If your god is allergic to rice, then he probably has a gluten allergy. There is gluten in many things, not just rice. I would give your dog just chicken and veggies. Boil them all together, let them cool a bit so they aren't steaming, then give them to the dog. They don't need any seasonings or butter, and they don't need to be mashed up. You can switch out the chicken or other meats and use any types of veggies.

      Be sure to talk with your vet when it comes to feeding your dog people food. Usually, it is just fine as long as the portion is the right size and all nutrients are provided.

  47. QUESTION:
    Has anyone dealt successfully with Clarida yeast infection in a dog?
    It seems to start with a flea allergy, goes into hot spots, then darkening smelly patches usually under forearm area and neck creases. I feed her enzyme rich food.(Eagle Pack) Have tried adding yogurt to her diet and tried many skin remedies for the intense itching.

    • ANSWER:
      My dog has major allergies as well and gets that stupid yeast infection in her ears all the time. Cortisone shots seem to help but that can get expensive. I give my dog benadryl and that works great, simply sleep has the exact same ingredients and sometimes is cheaper. No need to go with the name brands the cheap stuff works just as well. It makes her a little sleepy sometimes and other times she gets wound up. I put a little peanut butter on a cracker and stick the pill in the peanut butter. Also for her skin I use an oatmeal shampoo and when she is still a little damp I rub cocoa butter with shea butter lotion into her coat and skin. She absolutely loves this routine and likes the rub down with the lotion. At first she tried to eat it all off but then discovered she felt so much better with it in her skin. Good luck.

  48. QUESTION:
    What are the best ways to keep my labrador retriever from getting any diseases?
    i know how labs are sometimes prone to diseases when they reach older ages and I want to keep my dog around for as long as i can so,any ideas on how to keep her happy and healthy?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a lab, too, so have researched this a lot....

      We are waiting to neuter our lab until he is full grown (2 years). There is research that suggests sex hormones and growth/bone development are related. In other words, if you neuter a lab before they are done growing, it can change their growth... they will be taller, but have weaker bone structures (thus leading to hip problems). This is controversial research... people tell you to spay and neuter right away to prevent pet overpopulation. Our lab is never out of our care, so we prefer to wait until he is fully developed. We will neuter him when he is an adult (there is a risk of testicular cancer in the older years if they aren't neutered).

      For females, this is much more complex. I think if we had a girl, we would spay her before her first cycle.... there are potential health risks for waiting. Early spay and neuters in labs have been linked with thyroid problems and obesity, though... both of which my golden retriever has and she was spayed at 6 months.

      Also, for hips and joints... we don't allow our lab to jump very much. We do walk and run him and get him plenty of exercise, but we haven't taught him to jump on couches, beds, etc... we help him up. Being easy on the joints and hips may help. When you play with him, don't pull on his legs either... be gentle on the joints.

      It is also important to keep him in a healthy weight range. You should see the belly "tuck" before the hind legs. Keeping your dog at a healthy weight is very important. If he seems hungry, you can supplement his food with green beans or something along those lines.

      In addition, we supplement our dogs diet with Calcium, Glucosamine, and Chondroiton (pills or low-fat treats). All of these promote healthy joint and hips.

      Labs are also prone to have sensitive stomachs. If your dog's stool is runny, you may need to swtich foods. For us, California Natural is good. It is high quality but has few additives.... that as why we add the dietary supplement, though. I have read the "chicken" should be the first ingredient.... there are a lot of articles on this. We are also considering switching our lab to a "grain-free" food as he gets a little older. Grain Free foods are said to more closely mirror what they would actually eat in the wild... wild dogs eat more protein, not grain. I have heard labs stomachs often do very well with grain-free foods. I would wait until your dog is at least a year, though. Sometimes grain-free food is too much for a puppy's tummy due to the protein content being too high for them.

      Labs also tend to get ear infections a lot. We bought medicated cleaner from our vet. Any time we take him swimming or bathe him, we clean his ears. Also, if they ever look a bit reddish, we clean them and it does the trick.

      Finally, labs sometimes get allergies. For dogs, allergies often manifest through skin irritations (itchy feet, sores on skin, yeast infections in ears). Just be watchful of this. If it is bothering your dog, the vet can give you allergy meds (oral and/or topical).

      Finally, as you probably know... annual trips to the vet are always important. Enjoy your lab. They are awesome. We love ours!

  49. QUESTION:
    Can you recommend Dog food for a dog with allergies?
    My dog has allergies, ie; dry flaky skin, ear problems yeast, lots of scratching at himself. What is a good brand and type of food I could give him that is not rediculously expensive. He is a 55 lb dog. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      My Samoyed girl had terrible problems with yeast infections in her ears because of food allergies. Her coat was also terrible. I've been feeding her Canidae for over 7 years now, and haven't had any more ear infections. It's made from all human grade ingredients.

      I highly recommend it. My girl is going on 17 years this year. I attribute much of her longevity to the quality of the Canidae food.

      It's not incredibly cheap, but when you factor in what you're paying in vet bills for the ear infections, it's much cheaper in the long run. Another advantage to higher quality foods is the dog doesn't need to eat as much because it's higher in nutritional value and is more filling for the dog. Bags last longer.


dog food for yeast allergies

Chronic Yeast Infection Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I have suffered with chronic yeast infections?
    I have suffered with chronic yeast infections, including rashes, weight gain, insomnia and acne.i am looking for alternative remedies after trying conventional medical treatment with poor results.

    • ANSWER:
      While diet is an important factor for tackling candida yeast infections, it's definitely not enough to overcome such a deep rooted condition. Diet does not eliminate the cause of candida infection and the same goes for anti-fungals such as oregano oil or olive leaf. Anti-fungals may kill the candida in your intestines but because this treatment fails to address the REAL cause of the yeast overgrowth, you will still experience yeast infections after a while. Taking probiotics will yield the same temporary effect. Moreover, in order to fully control candida infection you have to know which anti-fungals to take, for how long, how much and when to take them. You also have to know which probiotic to take and when and this is just a small piece of the puzzle.

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

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

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

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

      Hope this helps!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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

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

  7. QUESTION:
    What does one do with a "chronic" yeast infection?
    Here's the scoop:
    I've been to my doctor multiple times to try to resolve this issue (pap smear and all), but nothing comes up.
    I've tried multiple yeast infection medications, but nothing works for more than 2 days (after the treatment is finished).
    It's just leaking all the time... And the discharge is not healthy, but according to doctors I have nothing.

    Yeast infection? Any sure-fire ways to cure them?

    • ANSWER:
      If they are soing smears (i.e. looking under a scope) and finding yeast, then they simply need to try either mulitple medications at once, a medication that is more specific to the type of yeast that is present (there are 8 that are common) and/or they need to try something for a longer period of time.....

      Have they checked your blood sugar levels, estrogen levels, etc?

      Is it that there is nothing showing up on the scope?
      In which case you simply have a discharge you aren't crazy about - thats quite common. IF that is the case, you might want to try rephresh gel - its available at walgreens/walmart - I'll include the link so you can read up on what its about - since typing it would be redundant ;)

      http://www.rephresh.com/Content/How_It_Works.aspx
      Good Luck

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

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

  9. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get a yeast infection from being allergic to a condom?
    one of my friends has a yeast infection but we don't know where she got it from. so is it possible to get it from being allergic to a condom??

    • ANSWER:
      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.

      It can be any of those... Hope she gets treatment ASAP....
      Good Luck : )

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. QUESTION:
    How to control yeast Infection while pregnant?
    Is there anyway can i stop getting yeast infection?why pregnant womens are getting yeast infection,any reason for that?

    • ANSWER:
      pregnancy and thrush seem to go hand in hand. This is because of the changes that are experienced in the vaginal environment—especially during the last 3 months of pregnancy—when you are at your biggest and most uncomfortable!

      These changes to the acid and sugar levels are responsible for giving yeast a favourable place to grow and it won’t always be possible to prevent them. However, you can try to cut your risk of getting yeast infections during pregnancy by following a few simple suggestions.

      Keeping the area clean and dry is important to prevent yeast infection while pregnant or not because we want to make the area less appealing to the yeast. As well, eating a proper diet to help keep your immune system strong will help you in your fight against yeast infection during pregnancy and keep your baby healthy. Also, because you are at risk of chronic yeast infections during pregnancy, it is highly possible that you have passed it on to your partner if you are having sex. Therefore, having your partner get treatment is crucial in preventing passing it back and forth.

      There are several treatment options available, though you should seek a proper medical diagnosis before proceeding with any treatment when it comes to thrush and pregnancy. As well, you have to consider the health of your unborn child when treating thrush and pregnancy friendly options need to be sought.
      Some of the symptoms that may be present with a yeast infection include:

      -Vaginal burning, itching, redness and swelling
      - White, thick discharge that may be odourless or smell similar to baking yeast
      - Painful or frequent urination (as though you need more of that when pregnant!)

      When it comes to thrush and pregnancy; using a treatment that is applied externally offers the lowest risk, though most natural remedies have not shown a risk either. Try consuming foods that will help you get your body’s environment healthier to fight off yeast is your best bet. This can be done by consuming cranberries or concentrated cranberry capsules. As well, yogurt containing live cultures is seen as the best natural cure for yeast infection and can be taken orally or applied to the affected area to offer soothing relief and healing.

  13. QUESTION:
    Is There really a way to cure Yeast infection naturally, at home?
    Found some information on the web about how to cure yeast infection at home naturally, what is the best way and does it work?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Grace, About 2 years ago, I developed a severe case of vaginal yeast infection that would not let up. The itching, burning and swelling of my labia were simply unbearable. I have purchased several over-the-counter treatments, including Monistat cream to subside the symptoms. While it worked initially, eventually things wore off and left me with an even worse infection than before. The same goes for the antibiotics I took with the advice of my doctor. I felt horrible.

      After doing some research online, I found out about a program called 'natural cure for yeast infection' . Turned out to be a very effective way to cure yeast with only Natural means. In less than 7 hours, I felt a tremendous relief. Two weeks later and I became completely free from the unbearable vaginal itching, burning, swelling and discharge. Using your methods, I have kept my chronic yeast infection at bay ever since. No more drugs or OTC’s for me.

      You can read about the treatment and why it works so well on this website: www.natural-yeast-infection-cure.org I would wholeheartedly advise you to do as I did. It Helped me and from what I am able to judge from their site, countless other people.

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

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

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

      There are many things you need to start doing and addressing if you are suffering from a yeast infection. To start, do the following:

      1. Wear loose clothing and undergarments, oxygen kills yeast, going commando and wearing nothing down there if possible is even better.

      2. Get some unsweetened yogurt and rub it onto a tampon, insert the tampon and do this continually until the yeast infection is gone.

      3. Cut out any and all sugar, alcohol and yeast from your diet. All three will promote the infection further.

      4. Start drinking cranberry juice, pure not from concentrate with no added sugar, I know this goes against the no sugar thing but the acid content in the cranberries will alter the PH balance of your vagina and cause the yeast to die off.

      5. If you can tolerate it, use a raw garlic clove and apply it to the infection, this may burn so dilute it with some olive or coconut oil, both of which can also help eliminate the yeast, especially the coconut.

      6. You can also try taking some vitamin B3, many women find their infections resolve quicker when they are taking 300mg/per day.

      7. Take a probiotic with at least 50 billion live cells per pill, this is key in redistributing good bacteria throughout your body, and effectively end the yeast infection. You must do this continually until you have eliminated your yeast infections and Candida entirely.

      8. Lastly if all else fails, begin adding 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to a bath. Only fill the tub up high enough to submerge your genital area. Stay in the tub for 20-30 minutes at a time.

      Hope this helps, the yogurt is the key really, by putting good bacteria directly on the area you will eliminate it quickly. Make sure it is unsweetened and ideally keep an eye out for a variation called Kefir which has even more beneficial bacteria in it to snuff out the infection.

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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)

  19. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
    what are the symptoms of yeast infection what does the discharge look like does your vagina swell and get sore I only see discharge when I look inside theres none on my panties and no odor

    • ANSWER:
      Vaginal Yeast Infections

      Vaginal yeast infections are numerous but the most common is itching which can be severe or mild.

      Other symptoms are:-
      * swelling of the vulva of the vagina;
      * the vagina may have a rash;
      * redness and burning of the vagina;
      * soreness and pain during sex;
      * a white and cottage cheese-like discharge, usually thick and without odor;

      When treated promptly with over-the-counter medicine it's likely to go away. Sufferers may have some or more of the symptoms above. Sufferers should be careful though. If these symptoms are persistent it may mean something serious like yeast syndrome has developed.

      Sometimes the usual candida yeast infections symptoms are accompanied by hidden signs which might be evidence of yeast syndrome. This is a dangerous condition which can be a silent killer when combined with life-threatening opportunistic diseases. There's a very interesting and informative yeast infections article explaining this further on EzineArticles.

      Many people have not realized yet that the cure of chronic yeast infections especially, requires more serious and comprehensive attention. The condition needs a holistic treatment and a change of lifestyle to permanently get rid of the vaginal yeast infections.

  20. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection Question: How to tell if your treatment is working?
    So i'm using monistate 3 day treatment, and i'm on day 2 but it seems like the yeast infection is more clumpy when i pee, So how do you tell if it's working, is the yeast all coming out now thatit's getting cured or what?!

    • ANSWER:
      You should start feeling relief within about 24 hours of taking the medication. Those creams did not work for me. I was then prescribed diflucan which worked great the first couple of times and then stopped working. I guess I developed an immunity to them. That can happen over time, especially if you get chronic yeast infections.

      Natural remedies is what worked for me. I have not had a yeast infection in over 5 years now. I highly recommend the website below if you would like to know more.....

  21. QUESTION:
    Are my reoccurring yeast infections truly a sign of diabetes?
    Hello. I am 30 years old and have always been prone to getting yeast infections. But in the last year I have noticed they are more frequent and difficult to treat. I am getting them every 2-3 months and the over the counter treatments are not effective anymore. My old doctor just reminded me about wearing cotton panties, eat yogurt, don't wear tight clothes, etc. I am careful of all of these things and I still get a yeast infection like clockwork. I am going to a new Doctor now, and she ordered a blood panel for me, to check for diabetes! I was totally shocked when she even mentioned it, and I just thought that she is ruling things out. But now that I am waiting for my results, I can't help but wonder and do some research and I am alarmed by how many symptoms of diabetes I relate to. I went to RealAge.com and compared myself to their list of 10 symptoms of diabetes:

    1) Feeling overall fine. Which I do. I feel healthy but I do get tired a lot, and one thing with me is I get SUPER cranky when I get really hungry.
    .
    2)Thirst and frequent urination. This absolutely applies to me. I drink a lot of water during the day as it is, but I also take medications at night so I get up at least 3-5 times every night to urinate.

    3)You're tired all the time. This is absolutely true. I am constantly feeling tired and fatigued. I have always blamed this a lot on the medications that I take for my epilepsy which is controlled.

    4)Frequent Yeast Infections. Well, this is why the diabetes tests are being done, I never would have even thought of it! But yes, I get one every 2 months or so. I don't take baths, I don't like hot tubs....I am clean and take care of myself. And the over the counter formulas don't work for me anymore.

    5)Cuts and bruises heal slowly. I am not sure about that... I really don't think that that's an issue for me but I have never thought about it.

    6) Frequent Cold and Flu. This is true for me. Last year I got the flu BAD 4 times!! and then I got a couple of nasty colds too. This spring I got the flu... and I have had good luck this fall. I always joke that I get sick just looking at sick people. I have always been very susceptible to getting sick for some reason.

    7)Your vision is blurred. I have noticed this a lot especially lately. I keep telling myself that I need to get my eyes checked but I actually think I have really good vision. My eyes get blurry at night, especially when I am tired. I go to school at night so I notice it there a lot.

    8)Unexplained weight loss. I wish!!! I keep trying to loose a few pounds and it keeps coming back. The medications I take for my epilepsy is commonly used for weight loss, and I have gained since I started taking it. So go figure...

    9You're always hungry. Yes, this is true. I am a total grazer.

    10)Numbness, tingling or pain in your feet and hands. This is something that I have not noticed an issue with.

    I have no genetic history of diabetes in my family.... so can someone please tell me.... do you think my doctor is just ruling it out? Or is this possible???

    Thank you so much for your time and for reading.

    • ANSWER:
      If you suffer from chronic vaginal or yeast infections and medications don`t seem to work, you may have been misdiagnosed.

      A recent study of 30 women, who were diagnosed with chronic yeast infections and who experienced a return of symptoms after they completed their medication, found yeast was not the culprit. All had an extremely high incidence of condyloma -- more commonly known as venereal warts.

      Also could be a Bacterial infection.

      Take care

      Ben Trolled

  22. QUESTION:
    Are you able to use regular yeast infection cream during the day?
    Everything that I read says yeast cream is messy during the day because it runs out of you but does it still do its job if you do use it during the daytime? I dont get a lot of sleep each night so i'm wondering if it benefits in the day too then.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You are wasting your time using these messy creams, at best you may find some relief from the yeast infection symptoms, but overall you aren't treating the root cause of the symptoms and you are not curing the actual infection.

      There is an eBook about the Natural Cure for Yeast Infections that teaches you how to actually cure a yeast infection so you don't suffer from chronic yeast infections. You also find immediate relief from the symptoms of the yeast infection as well as cure the yeast infection. You can start noticing the healing effects immediately and there is nothing on the market that can compare.

      The eBook doesn't use any wacky alternative treatment plans, no drugs are involved, and you won't be encouraged to use herbs at all. This treatment actually works and once you read the book you will understand why thousands of people agree that the information in the eBook is priceless. It also offers a money back guarantee and the payment method is through ClickBank, the nets #1 safest payment method.

      This link will take you directly to the site to find out more

      http://0db27f1mm4iugt6a-9y8bm3v6m.hop.clickbank.net/

  23. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of a yeast infection?
    And what would happen if treatment was prolonged?
    I mean, if you get a yeast infection but do nothing about it.

    • ANSWER:
      Leaving a yeast infection untreated can increase the severity of the symptoms that you already have. You may also be increasing your chances of developing chronic yeast infections. It's not a good idea to go untreated as everyone is different and some people experience the severity of the symptoms far worse than others.

      In extreme cases, you could develop sepsis (toxicity of the blood.) Although that is a rare situation, it is not a good idea to leave your health to chance.

      I eat yogurt at least 3 times a week, yogurt helps prevent yeast infections from occurring, it, also, prevents the yeast infections that often follow antibiotic treatment, however, eating yogurt will not cure a yeast infection. I haven't had a yeast infection in years because of eating yogurt..hopefully you like the taste of yogurt, its truly a miracle food..

      If you have any other questions regarding yeast infections, I'll help you with an answer.

  24. 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

  25. 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!

  26. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of a bacterial infection of the skin from tanning booths?
    bacterial infection
    the bacteria isnt like MRSA its more like white blochs on my skin that dnt get any color like dry patches?

    • ANSWER:
      Tinea Versicolor is what you probably have. They can be white, brown, or a red color. It is not due to the tanning bed. It is from bacteria that is naturally on everyone's skin. Most people can not see it until they develop a tan simply because these spots do not tan. Heat can help them develop but will not cause the bacteria. Dandruff shampoo can help if the bacteria hasn't developed much.

      Tinea versicolor is cause by a yeast type of skin fungus, which is present on normal skin. If the skin is oily enough, warm enough and moist enough, it starts to grow into small "colonies" on the surface of the skin. In these colonies the yeast grows like crazy and leaks out an acidic bleach. This changes the skin color. The patches are lightly reddish brown on very pale skin but they don't tan. Because of lack of any tanning, they look like white spots on darker or tanned skin. This is most often seen on the neck, upper chest, upper arms and back. There may be a fine, dry scale on it.

      Usually the infection produces few symptoms, but some people get itching, especially when sweating. The warmer the weather, the worse this condition gets. Tanning booths are warm places, so avoid them. The reasons why some get this problem and others do not are not known.

      A dermatologist can easily recognize this infection, but occasionally it can be mistaken for other skin conditions. If there is any doubt a 'KOH prep', a test done quickly in the office, will confirm the diagnosis.

      The infection is treated with either topical or oral medications. In very mild cases, non-prescription antifungal creams (Lotrimin-AF, Micatin) will work. Prescription antifungal lotions and sprays (Oxistat lotion, Lamisil spray) may work better. The most economical effective treatment is to apply an antifungal shampoo (Nizoral, Excel) to the body as if it were soap, but leave it on for some minutes before rinsing.

      For severe, extensive or recurrent cases, a few tablets of Nizoral pills will clear things up. A newer pill, Sporonox, may replace Nizoral for this problem. These will eliminate the fungus and relive any itch and scale. The uneven color of the skin will remain several months, perhaps until one gets a tan again in the next summer.

      Remember, since we all have some of this fungus, no treatment can prevent one from picking it up again forever. In many people, the rash reappears for the next few years. To prevent recurrence, preventative re-treatment with the same medication may be advised. This condition is not seen beyond mid-life, so rest assured it won't keep coming back forever

      http://www.skinsite.com/info_tinea_versicolor.htm

      I. Definition:

      Tinea versicolor is a chronic skin condition caused by a yeast living on normal skin of all people. In most people, the presence of this yeast on the skin is not visible. In some people, for unknown reasons, the yeast grows more actively and causes an itchy scaling rash.

      II. Causes:

      Tinea versicolor is caused by a yeast called Pityrosporon orbiculare.
      People who have tinea versicolor are genetically predisposed to developing a rash when this germ is present on the skin.
      When the yeast grows on untanned skin, the rash is pink to brown. When the yeast grows on tanned skin, the rash looks white because the yeast blocks out the sunlight and the skin where the yeast is growing does not tan. When growing on Asian or African-American skin, the rash can look darker or lighter than the surrounding skin depending on the patient

      III. Treatment:

      There is no permanent cure for tinea versicolor.
      Selenium sulfide 2.5 percent should be applied to the skin, between the neck and the knees, before bed every night for 2 nights and washed off the following morning. After this, use the selenium sulfide once a week to once a month in the above manner to keep the condition under control. MY NOTE: Selenium sulfide is the active ingredient in Selsun Blue

      Resistant cases can be treated with an antifungal cream applied directly to the skin.
      Some doctors use pills to treat this condition. We do not do this because the pills have side effects and offer no permanent solution.
      The uneven pigmentation that can develop from this condition can be improved with daily alpha hydroxyacid lotion application to the involved areas for several months.

      http://www.drgreene.com/21_677.html

      Tinea Versicolor
      What is tinea versicolor? How is it treated?

      Tinea versicolor is a mild, superficial fungal infection, somewhat similar to ringworm (true ringworm can also result in white patches). Since the affected skin doesn't change color well with sun exposure, it usually becomes apparent as white patches during the summer months. In the winter it may seem to disappear, or even seem to become slightly darkened patches as the surrounding skin gets paler (this is where the name versicolor comes from).

      Tinea versicolor is most common in adolescents and young adults 15 to 30 years old (although it can certainly happen at any age)

  27. QUESTION:
    What are the causes of chronic vaginal thrush?
    I have had vaginal thrush now for over two years. Anti fungal treatment works like a charm but as soon as I stop taking it, it comes back with a vengeance. If anyone has any ideas as to what could be causing it please tell me because my doctor and I are stumped and I'm going insane!

    • ANSWER:
      Generally a chemical imbalance.

      Things you might want to be tested for: Diabetes (which may not be showing in ANYTHING but your yeast infections), proper flora in your bowels (sometimes you'll be missing an important baterium that helps break down things in your body), body acidity (if you're too low, this can happen), and sometimes your thyroid can cause this too.

      If you're not having any other symptoms (such as UTIs or diarreah) it may be an issue with your vaginal secretions. If they're not acidic enough on their own, fungus will grow, and never properly go away. Changing your diet and exercise levels may help, but there are also treatments to help with that.

      In the meantime, making sure that you're wiping front to back, wearing cotton panties (with a panty liner that you can remove when it becomes damp) and wearing LOOSE clothing over your pubic area will help you with preventing recurrances. Of course since it's chronic, you probably know all that and probably do all that without my telling you to. XD

  28. QUESTION:
    What can be done about a reoccuring yeast infection?
    I am 19 years old. And I am married. Every month right after my period I get a yeast infection. What can be done to prevent these darn things. I heard perfumed tampons will do it, so I quit using them. Then I heard dushing isnt good, so I quit that, but still its reoccuring. PLEASE HELP!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      It is not just perfumed tampons it is any tampon as tampons prevent normal vaginal cleaning functions, give bacteria a place to multiply and in the case of commercial tampons they also contain chemicals that will affect normal vaginal pH. This is also true of commercial pads, these not only contain chemicals but also due to synthetic materials they prevent aeration making your vulva a moist warm sweaty place where yeast and bacteria can grow out of control. If you have reoccurring infections it is best you choose safer menstrual options such as menstrual cups, softcups, organic pads, cloth pads or free-flow methods.

      I believe you mean douching, yes again this will contribute to infections as well as contribute to other issues that can effect vaginal health such as increased risk of STD's and deeper infections that can cause problems with your fertility. It is not just douching, anything chemical you put into your vagina will affect your vaginal pH, when this is affected it means that in turn the normal vaginal flora are also then knocked out of balance which is what causes such infections. All you should ever wash with it just plain water, using your hands to wipe between your inner labia to remove dirt, soaps or feminine washes are very common causes of vaginal infections, you may also want to watch out for other possible causes such as bubble baths, detergents, and anything that could come in contact with your vagina.

      Menstruation can bring about infections, not just because many menstrual options can be harmful to vaginal health but also because of menstruation itself. Menstrual blood is actually a different pH to your normal vaginal environment so if your normal vaginal pH is a little off this could push it over the edge, menstrual blood is also very nutritious so a big plus for bacteria and yeast present in the vagina. As a side note semen is also a different pH so can also trigger off infections, some women simply have bad reactions to their partners semen, even if they were fine with other partners semen.

      Yeast infections are not complicated things, reoccurring cases are more often than not due to something you are doing that could harm vaginal health – using tampons, using soap to wash with, wearing tight clothing, wearing synthetic clothing, wearing g-strings, etc. However there are cases when there is something more serious going on, for example chronic yeast infections are often signs of diabetes (side note – avoid alcohol and sugars when you have a yeast infection). As such it is important you see a doctor, although many doctors are ignorant about a lot of things regarding female sexual health they should be able to look into a few things to rule them out, such as diabetes and gut health, which can also affect vaginal infections.

      You may want to work at improving the balance of bacteria and yeast in your vagina; yogurt is always suggested because live pro-biotic yogurt contains lactobacillus acidophilus that is bacteria naturally found in healthy vaginas, it produces hydrogen peroxide that helps to kill off excessive yeast in your vagina. It can be eaten of course to introduce this 'good' bacteria into your gut, but also put plain yogurt into your vagina before bed (good hint – freeze yogurt into little suppositories to avoid mess), washing out in the morning, will also help – make sure it is plain pro-biotic yogurt and not sweetened (the sugars would feed the yeast). Drinking cranberry juice, again important to get unsweetened, will help you too. Another idea is tea tree oil used as preventative yeast treatment, just a few drops into your vagina should help kill off yeast and 'bad' bacteria, although be careful not to use too much as it may sting, garlic also has similar properties when a clove is inserted into the vagina (eating can also help), although if you have a husband this may not be the best aphrodisiac ;oP

      As a side note I'd strongly suggest looking around online not just for information on yeast infections but also general vaginal health, at 19 years old and married you should already know a lot of these things – i.e. tampons and douching = bad for vaginal health, it is your responsibility to care for your sexual health.

  29. QUESTION:
    How to treat chronic yeast infection? [embarrassing]?
    l was rapped & it caused me to have chronic yeast infection. l tried lots of things to fix it. l tried yeast infection sprays & creams. My doctor said it's just too serious too fix it forever. She told me to stop taking baths w/ soap. & take showers instead. l tried that for a couple months & came back to the doctor. She said "The soap issue is gone but U still have it. Oh my god, l didn't know it was that bad. The yeast infection is serious. l never seen it that bad." l told her the real story, she said "l don't know what to do w/ that. lt's usually caused by habits. But that's serious. Sorry."
    People notice it sometimes [l don't know why they have the balls to tell me] but it's embarrassing. l tried to spray body spray on my pants near the spot [outside of pants] to cover the smell but it smells too bad. lt's so strong that it wakes me up @ night sometimes. My dog smells it a lot when l hug him, he doesn't even want to play after. lt's embarrassing!!! lt's a little worse when l start my period but it can't get much worse. Even doctor prescribed ointments & treatments weren't strong enough.
    [l love being a woman!...... NOT!!!!!!!!!!!].
    Sorry for the graphic details but l need specific help for specific issues & the main issue.

    • ANSWER:
      You want to stay food that have sugar because sugar gives more yeast infection. Make sure you clean down there with plain water. Do not put anything that doesn't go there. Buy some Monistat 7 because it treats most yeast infection. Good Luck.

  30. QUESTION:
    What causes a man to be sterile?
    What causes some men to be sterile? Can a yeast infection that he caught from his wife cause this? And what are the signs of a yeast infection in men, is chunky semen one of them???

    • ANSWER:
      It is rare and never been known to Sterilize the semen of a male.
      or a female in that fact.

      BALANITIS

      What is balanitis? The term Balanitis is used to describe all inflammation of the skin covering the foreskin and/or head (glans) of the penis.

      Symptoms
      •reddening of foreskin or penis
      •rashes, white bumps, on the head of the penis
      •pain or soreness of the penis and foreskin
      •pungent discharges

      Causes

      The male yeast infection symptoms – redness, inflammation, irritation – are all consistent with this general condition. However, many problems other than yeast infection could be the cause.

      Balanitis is usually caused by poor hygiene especially in uncircumcised men. The inflammation can also be due to a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection, caustic soaps, or failure to properly rinse soap off while bathing. Another common cause is from allergies, such as those of latex and chemicals used in condoms or skincare products. Several other diseases, including Reiter's syndrome and lichen sclerosis, erythema multiforme, can also cause balanitis.

      Causes of Male Yeast Infection
      There are a number of causes of yeastinfection in men. These include:

      Diabetes. Elevated sugar in urine encourages bacterial and yeast growth.
      Low immunity, which can result from other conditions, such as an under-active thyroid gland, chronic stress, Lyme disease, and HIV.
      Sexual transmission from a female with a vaginal yeast infection. Although yeast infections are not considered a sexually transmitted disease (STDs). While it is possible to contract one through sexual relations, sex is a rare source of infection.
      Antibiotics. An antibiotic can kill beneficial bacteria found on the penis and in the crotch.
      Condoms with nonoxynol-9 added to the lubricant may contribute to an anal yeast infection.
      Continual masturbation.
      Poor personal hygiene.

      Reasons for Extra Caution
      Men who are not circumcised should be even more careful with their personal hygiene. This includes cleaning properly beneath their foreskins. This is because the warm, moist folds of the foreskin create an ideal environment for yeast to thrive. The area must be kept clean and dry to help prevent an infection. If symptoms appear, a physician can treat it and suggest a cure, including a natural remedy.

      Effects of an Untreated Infection
      Treating a yeast infection is very important. Otherwise, the result is discomfort and inconvenience. You may also end up passing it to your uninfected partner. Although a recurring yeast infection tends to be uncommon and is considered relatively minor, it is still important to pay attention to the signs and symptoms.

      A male yeast infection can be easily treated with a male yeast infection home remedy, such as antifungal creams or ointments. Anti-fungal preparations are available with or without a prescription. To make sure, it is always best to get a diagnosis from your doctor first before you treat it. It is also recommended that you avoid sex during treatment. An oil-based cream treatment also tends to weaken or break condoms.

      wish u luck

  31. QUESTION:
    what if a person already has a lot of yeast in their body? Is Kombucha tea good for them?
    My husband has toe nail fungus and also has white knees from yeast. Will this tea help him? He has tried just about everything we know of.

    • ANSWER:
      Has he seen a doctor to know the root cause of this. It would be advisable for him to get his blood sugar checked to be sure he does not have diabetes if he has not already done so. A chronic yeast infection is sometimes an indicator of diabetes.

      Toenail fungus is notoriously difficult to remove. There is paint you can paint on these days but it might not work if the infection is chronic. His doctor can prescribe a special kind of antibiotic also that can be taken for 6 months or so but his liver function has to be monitored. As a last resort surgical removal of toenails under a local anaesthetic is supposed to be very effective. Alternatively there might be laser treatment available.....I just found this:
      Laser treatment for toe and nail fungus:
      http://www.neatfeetnow.com/
      And a UK article on that: with a list of 6 clinics in the UK that offer that treatment:
      http://www.euroinvestor.co.uk/News/ShowNewsStory.aspx?StoryID=10509069

      It might also be worth looking into colonic irrigations also. But find a reputable practitioner.

      Always check credentials of those offering treatments whatever you decide on.

      Best wishes.

  32. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what causes chronic vaginal bacterial infections?
    I seem to have an issue with having constant vaginal infections. I am very clean and shower everyday but I still have an odor and discharge everyday. Is this normal. I am 26 and have 3 children. I am married so I only have one sexual partner. I have had this problem for as long as can remember. Do you think it is possible that his siemen is causing me infections? What can I do to treat the problem without constantly see my GYN.

    • ANSWER:
      I have this too, and I am 27 married with 2 kids. You're not alone. Treating each one as a yeast infection works for me, but it may not be yeast. I'm seeing a urogynocologist now. The current treatment I am trying is a 4 week session of daily diflucan pills. After I finish this, if I am able to go for 4 weeks without an infection, we'll consider the problem solved. Here's what my doctor told me are the different possibilities-
      1. Chronic yeast infection- This could be due to frequent use of antibiotics for another problem, such as frequent UTI. The antibiotics have killed off so much of the good bacteria that yeast is growing out of control throughout your body, and making itself known in the vagina. This is why I'm using the diflucan. If that doesn't work, a regimen of acidophilius supplements is also a possibility.
      2. Chronic bacterial infection- Since we're both at low risk for STD, thats probably not it. If you haven't done it already, ask for some blood testing to check for immune system problems that could be causing your body to be unable to fight the infections. If it's not that, then it could just be that you are more succeptible to the infections, and you're getting them from things that other people can do without having to worry about it, so there isn't much you can do but treat each infection. Examples of simple causes would be sweaty clothes after exercising, wearing tight clothes/nylon a lot, etc. Also, my doctor thinks it is likely that the spermicide I have been using with my diaphragm is at least part of the problem, so considering different birth control if you use spermicide may help.
      Hope that helps. Don't feel like your dirty or gross, it happens to a lot of women around our age and with a few kids.

  33. QUESTION:
    Has anyone out there ever experienced chronic yeast infections following leep procedure ?
    I had leep procedure done in Jan -cinII- got a clean margin. Have experienced yeast infections monthly since May. (Now August) Not sure if it goes away completely or if symptoms get less noticeable. LNP said sometimes happens following procedure. I had never heard of this before. Just needing a little reassurance that this too shall pass.

    • ANSWER:
      To answer your question there is most likely no connection between your leep and your yeast problem. The simple fact of the time span should tell you that. Your leep would have been long healed and forgotten before the yeast problem started. Considering the time of year I might suggest that you have added more sugared drinks and foods to your diet this summer which can cause yeast problems to increase. Also if you are treating these yeasts OTC you might not be completely eradicating it and even though you see relief it comes back easily. On the other hand you could have a bacterial infection that is simply mimicking a yeast. You really should be seeing a doctor for proper evaluation and treatment.

  34. QUESTION:
    How long after completing antibiotics treatment can I go back to nursing?
    Unfortunately I got sick and had to take strong antibiotics for a week to get rid of the infection. Since the dosage was quite high, I stopped breastfeeding in fear that it might affect my baby, so I have been expressing and throwing away my breastmilk. Now that I am about to complete my treatment, I was wondering how long should I wait before I can go back to nursing?

    Thank you,
    Eana

    • ANSWER:
      Antibiotics that are used to treat a bladder infection are safe to take while breast-feeding. While it's true that many of the medications ingested by nursing mothers are passed to their babies through their breast milk, most antibiotics have been checked and have the seal of approval from the American Academy of Pediatrics.A nursing woman may be at an increased risk for bladder infections because while lactating, she often is producing less estrogen, the vaginal mucosa is thinner, the vagina's pH changes, and there's an overgrowth of less-than-normal bacteria. To add to this, thanks to the thinned-out mucosa, the bacteria can more easily enter the urethra (the opening to the bladder) and migrate up to the bladder during intercourse. If these bacteria then adhere to the bladder wall and multiply, a full-blown infection occurs and voila! — you have a honeymoon-style infection, though I'm assuming you're not on your honeymoon. The types of antibiotics used to treat this infection, which include sulfa-based antibiotics, Cipro and its derivatives and nitrofurnation, have all been found to be safe to use while breast-feeding.

      The only potential side effect in infants whose mothers are breast-feeding and taking antibiotics such as penicillins, cephalosporins, macrolides, and aminoglycosides are changes in their intestinal flora (bacteria that are normally present in the intestines). This may lead to loose stool and diarrhea in the infant, but these side effects are temporary.

      You should also note that one of the antibiotics used to treat certain vaginal infections, called metronidazole (brand name Flagyl), has been associated with an increased risk of cancer in rodents. However, no studies have found this cancer association in humans, including studies of infants who were exposed to this drug while breast-feeding. The worst-case scenario would be loose stools or yeast overgrowth in infants whose mothers are breast-feeding and taking Flagyl. The American Academy of Pediatrics, while rating Flagyl as safe, suggests that nursing women discard their milk for 24 hours after taking a dose of the drug, since a large percent of Flagyl ends up in the breast milk.

      There is one rarely prescribed antibiotic that should not be given to breast-feeding women — it's called chloramphenicol. This drug is used to treat various serious infections by bacteria that don't like oxygen (called anaerobes). If passed to the infant in breast milk it can cause bone marrow suppression in the baby and induce “gray baby syndrome.” This is a serious disorder in which hepatic liver enzyme function is damaged and as a result the baby can develop low blood pressure, turn blue, and even die. So this antibiotic is absolutely out.

      Finally, we've all heard that babies should not be given the antibiotic tetracycline. Indeed, chronic use of this drug (some women use it or its derivatives for acne) can stain the immature teeth of infants. However, short-term use of this antibiotic while breast-feeding, has been guardedly approved.

      Here's a list of various drugs considered safe to use while breast-feeding:

      * Acyclovir (including Zovirax and Valtrex). This drug is used to treat a herpes outbreak or to reduce the secretion of the herpes virus
      * Cephalosporins, including cefazolin, cefotaxime, and cefoxitin
      * Ciprofloxacin
      * Clindamycin
      * Erythromycin
      * Fluconazole (an anti-yeast drug)
      * Gentamicin
      * Kanamycin
      * Nitrofurantoin
      * Ofloxacin
      * Quinidine
      * Quinine
      * Streptomycin
      * Sulbactam
      * Sulfadiazine
      * Sulfisoxazole
      * Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole
      If you need to take an antibiotic while breast-feeding, know that in most cases it is safe. At the most, the baby can develop short-term loose stools and diarrhea. But if you have any further questions, of course, check with your doctor.

  35. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of migraine headaches?
    I suffer from chronic migraines and I can't afford health insurance but I make to much to get free medical help, is there way to get rid of migraines other then over the counter meds b/c they don't work? I watch what I eat and drink I know some of my triggers but not all (No bananas, avocados, peanuts or diet soda). Any alternative methods?

    • ANSWER:
      This is one of my favorite topics! Wanna know why?

      Because I've suffered from migraines for 2 years, and my unique position as an herbalist and acupuncturist has allowed me to learn about and experiment with a number of home migraine remedy you may not have heard of.

      Chinese herbal medicine is still new and unknown to most westerners. I've found some effective solutions from China that few people know about.

      And now I get to share them with you!

      On this page, I'm going to talk exclusively about home migraine remedy - if you want to read more about migraine symptoms, causes, and acupuncture, check out my previous articles:

      What is a Migraine, anyway?
      It's more than a headache. It's a neurological configuration - any number of symptoms can show up, and more than one thing can cause it.

      It's as if you tend toward this neurological configuration, called migraine - like you're already on the edge of it, and certain things can push you over.

      Or, it's like you're filling a water glass, but you can't stop pouring, and it overflows. In this analogy, the water is all the factors that cause your migraine, and the overflow is the migraine itself.

      How do you stop the Migraine tendency?
      The way to prevent it is to balance the imbalances that lead to migraine. Your home migraine remedy should take care of at least one of these imbalances.

      I'm going to suggest our basic home migraine remedy, called "Relieve Constraint" that will help with a number of the causes of migraine.

      Here are the major migraine contributors,
      with at least one home migraine remedy each:

      1. Stress and emotional constraint: Relieve Constraint herbal formula

      2. Sinus congestion and sinus headaches: Relieve Constraint herbal formula, and possibly a sinus infection home remedy

      3. Indigestion and dysbiosis: Relieve Constraint herbal formula, get any complicated or chronic digestive problems diagnosed and treatment by a natural medicine specialist

      4. Inflammation: Relieve Constraint herbal formula

      5. Neck misalignment and tension headaches (this is your author right here, sitting at a computer): Chiropractic and acupuncture, stress reduction, and Relieve Constraint herbal formula

      6. Food allergies: Get good IgG and IgE food allergy tests, make sure you don't also have systemic candida, and avoid/rotate the foods you are allergic to.

      If you can't afford the 0 food allergy test from your alternative medicine provider, you can instead try going 1 month each without wheat, dairy, and yeast. Those are the most common offenders. If any of them is involved, you should notice a difference!

      7. Irregular eating: Eat more regularly. Identify and deal with hypoglycemia - research shows, and specialists know that hypoglycemia can cause rebound migraines. See below for eating tips.

      If you don't have a regular appetite, Relieve Constraint will help somewhat, but you may want to consider medical-quality enzyme supplements.

      8. Fatigue or lack of exercise: If exercise makes you worse, then you need strengthening herbs. However, you may have to wait til #1-6 above are better before you can tonify yourself.
      If exercise makes you better, then you're stagnant. Keep exercising, especially aerobic like basketball, running, or swimming, and take Relieve Constraint.

      Dietary Home Migraine Remedy Options:
      As mentioned in the chart, hypoglycemia can lead to rebound migraines. There's some research to back that up - see the references at the bottom of the page.

      How to control your hypoglycemia:

      * Increase the amount of protein in your diet (meat, poultry, fish, nuts, beans) and eat smaller meals more frequently during the day to sustain energy.
      * Never go for more than four or five hours without eating � preferably no more than three hours.
      * If you sleep in on weekends, but find you wake with the beginnings of a migraine, keep a starchy snack by the bed.
      * Eat small, starchy snacks, but not sugary or processed foods, on a regular basis. Crackers, rice, bread, and pasta are all good, as are fruits and nuts.
      * Many migraine sufferers find that strenuous or prolonged exercise lowers their blood sugar levels and makes them more prone to attacks. Try taking a glucose tablet (or a teaspoon of glucose) before exercising, and a starchy snack within half an hour of finishing. This may help compensate for lost energy. However, once your diet has been corrected, glucose tablets shouldn't be necessary.
      Not having an appetite is a problem!

      Most people worry about their weight and want to get rid of their appetites. But for a migraineur, not having an appetite is a problem. Whether you are enzyme deficient, or your gastrointestinal system is all backed up, or both, you need to fix it.

      If you don't have an appetite, you won't eat enough (leading to hypoglycemia), and even if you do eat enough, you won't be able to digest it properly. Indigestion will create more problems, like acid reflux or intestinal stagnation. Since everything in your body is connected, and migraineurs are so sensitive, all of these things can contribute to a migraine.

      Herbal Home Migraine Remedy Options:
      Let me tell you about a modern migraine formula, called
      Relieve Constraint.

      This is a modern Chinese herbal formula, a home migraine remedy. It comes from a book by Philippe Sionneau, a famous European Chinese medicine translator and author. Philippe translated it from the Chinese article written by Dr Cao De Ting in the Shan Dong Chinese Medicine Journal (1988, #1).

      The full name of this home migraine remedy is the "Order the Qi and Resolve the Depression Decoction." It's based on what has become one of my favorite Chinese herbal formulas, "Yue ju wan," also known as the "Escape Restraint Pill." This formula was written by herbal master Zhu Dan Xi in the 14th century A.D.

      The Relieve Constraint home migraine remedy relieves all 6 types of constraint (with the herb for each):

      qi (cyperus)
      blood (ligustici)
      dampness (atractylodes)
      food (shenqu)
      phlegm (atractylodes)
      heat (gardenia)

      Added to the basic Escape Restraint Pill (to make the Relieve Constraint home migraine remedy) are several other herbs for emotional constraint, nourishing, moving the excess qi and blood down out of the head, relieving tension, and stopping pain. These herbs are chrysanthemum, cassia, tribulus, uncaria, peony, and licorice.

      How do you use it?
      Take it when you know a migraine is coming, or even before that after one of the migraine contributors has occurred in your daily life. It can help once the migraine is already there, but as with other home migraine remedy, it's much more effective the sooner you take it.

      Depending on how bad and how frequent your migraines are, you might use this home migraine remedy every day, or every few days. If they're really bad, I'd take it every day for a while (2-4 weeks) until it's much better. Then, you still may need it occasionally unless you eliminate all migraine triggers, move to the countryside, and live a perfectly relaxed life ;-)

      Nutritional Supplement Home Migraine Remedy Options:
      Here are some nutrients suggested to be very important in the Balch's Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing:

      Calcium and Magnesium: 2000 mg daily Ca, 1000 mg daily Mg
      CoQ10: 60 mg daily
      Essential Fatty Acids
      Multivitamin and mineral formula
      Vitamin B3 (niacin) plus niacinamide: 200mg 3x daily of niacin, 800mg daily of niacinamide - but do not take if you have a liver disorder, gout, or high blood pressure
      Rutin: 200mg daily

  36. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of a yeast infection forever?
    doing a report on yeast infection and trying to find how you can cure it and keep it from not coming back again

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      I believe I'll be able to answer both your questions.

      First though I'll provide how to cure it initially with natural treatments and following that I'll explain how to get rid of a yeast infection forever.
      There are many natural vaginal yeast infection treatments I can recommend. They are easy to do, safe and 100% natural.

      There are many things you need to start doing and addressing if you are suffering from a yeast infection. To start, do the following:

      1. Wear loose clothing and undergarments, oxygen kills yeast, going commando and wearing nothing down there if possible is even better.

      2. Get some unsweetened yogurt and rub it onto a tampon, insert the tampon and do this continually until the yeast infection is gone.

      3. Cut out any and all sugar, alcohol and yeast from your diet. All three will promote the infection further.

      4. Start drinking cranberry juice, pure not from concentrate with no added sugar, I know this goes against the no sugar thing but the acid content in the cranberries will alter the PH balance of your vagina and cause the yeast to die off.

      5. If you can tolerate it, use a raw garlic clove and apply it to the infection, this may burn so dilute it with some olive or coconut oil, both of which can also help eliminate the yeast, especially the coconut.

      6. You can also try taking some vitamin B3, many women find their infections resolve quicker when they are taking 300mg/per day.

      7. Take a probiotic with at least 50 billion live cells per pill, this is key in redistributing good bacteria throughout your body, and effectively end the yeast infection. You must do this continually until you have eliminated your yeast infections and Candida entirely.

      8. Lastly if all else fails, begin adding 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to a bath. Only fill the tub up high enough to submerge your genital area. Stay in the tub for 20-30 minutes at a time.

      Hope this helps, the yogurt is the key really, by putting good bacteria directly on the area you will eliminate it quickly. Make sure it is unsweetened and ideally keep an eye out for a variation called Kefir which has even more beneficial bacteria in it to snuff out the infection.

      Now the way to get rid of a yeast infection forever is to address its root cause and allow your immune system to become 100% optimal. Every woman that suffers from yeast infections also suffers from Candida. I suggest you research Candida further if you want to get all the details on how it causes chronic yeast infections.

      To eliminate Candida you need to use some natural therapies that eliminate it head on as well as associated health conditions that allow it to thrive. It can take some time but once accomplished not only will you eliminate localized yeast infections but may also eliminate other health conditions caused by a Candida Overgrowth such as Asthma, IBS, Arthritis etc.

      The rabbit hole goes very deep and the pharmaceutical industry tries to blind the public from the real causes to their health problems. If you do your own research you can come to your own conclusions but I suggest flat out that your doctors advice is about as good as dirt when it comes to actually "Curing" a long standing chronic health issue.

      Sorry to go on so long, I just get sorta passionate about this issue and the next thing I know I'm rambling on.

      Ok so I'll provide 2 links below, one will go to a website that contains additional yeast infection remedies and the other has a free online test to determine if you have Candida. Good Luck with your research and always keep an open mind and make your own conclusions.

  37. 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...

  38. QUESTION:
    my female friend suffers from chronic yeast infections, what should she do?
    she's been to the doctor before and follow his treatment suggestions, but the infections keeps coming back. not as frequent but enough to be annoying.

    • ANSWER:
      I used to get them at least once a month, but then I started to take acidophilus pills once a day and garlic pills three times a day and I haven't gotten one in 6 months. The acidophilus colonizes the yeast and garlic is a natural anti-fungal agent.

  39. QUESTION:
    Whats the difference between bv and a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Bacterial Vaginosis and Yeast infections, such as thrush, may have similar symptoms but the cause and therefore the cure are very different. Put simply, Bacterial Vaginosis or BV is caused by a bacteria or bacterial imbalance and a yeast infection is cased by a yeast imbalance or excessive growth of vaginal fungi. BV is the more common of the two conditions, affecting more than ten percent of the female population. It often presents no symptoms and often goes undetected.

      When symptoms are presented, they can range from mild to chronic and like a yeast infection sore inflamed skin around the vagina and vulva can cause severe discomfort. Sufferers of Bacterial Vaginosis and yeast infections may suffer from an unusual or abnormal vaginal discharge and it is by examining the discharge that we discover the main difference that makes correct, immediate diagnoses possible.

      Bacterial Vaginosis discharge is usually thin, greyish in colour and extremely foul smelling. Women who have a yeast infection will find that the discharge they have is thick, curd like, white and usually odour less.

      Although soreness and itching can be a symptom of both infections, they are more likely to be suffered by those women with a yeast infection. Both ailments are equally unpleasant and need to be treated as soon as possible if you want to prevent the condition worsening or causing long-term damage.

      Neither BV nor yeast infections are classed as sexually transmitted diseases. Bacterial Vaginosis, however, seldom affects virgins or women outside of 'child bearing ' age. Thrush or other yeast infections can occur at any stage of a woman's life. It is wise to ask your partner to consider using some form of Bacterial Vaginosis treatment or anti fungal remedy if you are having frequent re-occurence or re-infection. Applying a cream or herbal preparation for a few days will usually do the trick.

      Ironically, prescription antibiotics, often used to treat Bacterial Vaginosis can actually disrupt the natural vaginal yeast balance and leave the vagina prone to a yeast infection. It is obviously more sensible to opt for natural or homeopathic remedies when treating either condition or work towards restoring the natural balances instead of disturbing one in order to 'fix' the other. Also Bacterial Vaginosis and Yeast Infections are apart of Women's Health. Why it is in the Men's health is beyond me.

  40. QUESTION:
    What are the differences between sclap psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Eczema?
    What are the differences between sclap psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Eczema?
    1) What are the differences of sclap psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Eczema (on sclap) ?
    2) Can you same treatments for both conditions ?
    3) Out of the two sclap conditions, Which is worst to have?
    4) Do they go away after teenage pubrity?

    • ANSWER:
      Seborrheic eczema, (or dermatitis) involves the scalp, eyelids, nose and lips and is associated the the presence of pityrosporum yeasts, and is common in patients with AIDs.
      Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease in which itchy scaly red patches form on the elbows, forearms, knees, legs, and scalp, and other parts of the body. Psoriasis is one of the most common skin diseases, affecting about 2% of the population, but its cause is not known. The disorder often runs in families and may be brought on by anxiety; it is rare in infants and the elderly, the most common time of onset being is childhood or adolescence. It sometimes occurs in association with arthritis (psoriatic arthritis). Occassionally, the disease may be very severe, affecting much of the skin and causing considerable disability in the patient. While psychological stress may cause an exacerbation of psoriasis, the only significant event that precipitates the disease is a preceding streptocccal infection. Drugs such as lithium or beta blockers may occasionally be responsible.

  41. QUESTION:
    Why do i keep getting thrush and why is it getting worse?
    I got thrush a few weeks ago and treated it and it cleared up. over the last few days it has flared up again but much worse and it seems to be around my anus too which is just too embarrsing for words! my boyfriend swears he hasnt got it and wont have treatment, i dont know why it keeps coming back ive never had it before now.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you mean Vaginal Thrush, which is a yeast infection?
      He does need to get treated, because if you do end up getting rid of it, and he doesn't get treated and still has it (and oftentimes guys don't get noticeable symptoms), then he can pass it right back to you. You need to get it treated properly, not just with Monistat but with Antibiotics or a medicated cream. You may need to try more than one kind of Antibiotics, since one type may not work for the particular strain you have.
      On a more serious note, chronic yeast infections can be a symptom of Diabetes

  42. QUESTION:
    Do you know of anyone who has been diagnosed with orthostatic hypotension?
    My friend is 59 years of age and is getting no treatment because her GP said there is no treatment available other than wearing special socks to increase blood pressure slightly. Symptoms include lightheadedness when she stops moving and she feels the blood leaving her upper body and needs to sit down.

    She is asking her GP to refer her to a cardio-vascular specialist, but he is reluctant.

    • ANSWER:
      What Causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
      The cause of CFS is not yet known. Current research is exploring the possibility that people with CFS may have a dysfunction of the immune and central nervous systems. Scientists are also studying various metabolic abnormalities and risk factors (including genetic predisposition, age, sex, prior illness, environment, and stress) that may affect the development and course of the disease.

      Some researchers have suggested that a virus causes CFS, but this theory has not been proved. At one time, researchers thought that Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) played a role in the development of CFS, but many people who are diagnosed with CFS have no evidence of EBV infection. However, a viral cause for CFS is still suspected because the symptoms of CFS often mimic a viral infection, such as chronic infectious mononucleosis. Researchers today are hard at work trying to prove a possible viral link to CFS.

      Other theories suggest that one of the following factors may be to blame for CFS:

      iron-poor blood (anemia)
      low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
      environmental allergies
      a body-wide yeast infection
      psychiatric or neurological problems
      endocrine dysfunction
      hypotension (low blood pressure)
      Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
      Because the symptoms of CFS are so vague and can vary widely from person to person, the CDC developed a detailed case definition in 1994 to help doctors diagnose it. According to that definition, in order to be diagnosed with CFS a person must have both:

      severe, chronic fatigue for at least 6 months or longer that is not alleviated by rest, with other known medical conditions having been excluded by a doctor's diagnosis
      four or more of the following symptoms:
      - forgetfulness or difficulty concentrating

      - sore throat

      - tender lymph nodes in the neck or armpit

      - muscle pain or multi-joint pain without swelling

      - headaches of a new type, pattern, or severity

      - unrefreshing sleep and vague feelings of illness or depression after exerting oneself, lasting more than 24 hours following exertion

      - tiredness that lasts longer than 24 hours

      In addition, any of the above symptoms associated with the fatigue must have occurred for at least 6 or more months in a row. Also, continuous fatigue should have been the first noticeable symptom of illness.

      Other symptoms of CFS can include mild fever, blurry vision, chills, night sweats, diarrhea, and fluctuations in appetite and weight.

      For more information on this link just click below?

  43. QUESTION:
    My daughter is 3 years old and has chronic yeast infections. Any advice on what to do or not to do?
    I have tried vagisal ( outer areas only) with a layer of hydrocortizone cream. It relieves it temporarily but it come right back.
    No, she doesn't go to a babysitter. I have asked her doctor. Maybe it is time to seek a new dr.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, the vagisal and hydrocortizone cream are only treating the symptoms and not the infection. Only medication can do that and since over the counter treatments are for adult use only, may I suggest calling her pediatrician.

      I wouldn't jump the gun automatically thinking it's abuse. There are a few things to consider in order to help prevent or reduce the likelihood of more infections.

      This time of year (summer), kids spend a lot of time in pools and water activities in tight bathing suits made of synthetic fabrics that don't allow skin to breathe and air to circulate.
      Yeast thrive in moist, warm areas (genital, anal, oral, under arm and skin folds). If she's spending a lot of time in a wet suit, you may want to think of making sure she dries thoroughly or is out of the suit as soon as she's done getting wet.

      Soaking for a long time in a bubble bath can trigger an infection too. Some soaps can be irritating and if not rinsed well, the residue left behind can causing itchiness and we know what kids do to an itch. They scratch and scratching creates tiny, tiny openings for infection to enter. Consider a bubble bath with oatmeal or chamomile in it. It's gentle for kids.

      Also, make sure after she uses the bathroom, either one or two, that she is clean and dry.

      Lastly, diet plays a part too. Our intestinal system naturally has "good" bacteria that helps with digestion and regulation. Dairy products, either too many or too few servings, can effect the flora bacteria levels and cause yeast infections. That's why yogurt is great in anyone's diet. It's nutritional and aids in balancing the flora bacteria we need.
      Also, a sugary diet can cause yeast infections as well.

      Hope this helps a little. Just some things to think about.

  44. QUESTION:
    I'm a male and I think that I'm getting thrush from my partner on a regular basis is that possible?
    They say men don't get thrush, but we were tested for other sti's and all were negative. But as soon she completes her treatment weeks later after sex it just seems to return. I jet a itch and stains in my underwear in the morning and also notice a little rash. Like I've said we keep getting checked for sti's but nothing.

    • ANSWER:
      Men can get yeast infections, they just usually are transient. If she has chronic yeast infections this could lead to repeated irritation for you. If she has been getting repeated yeast infections she should go to her doctor and get tested for yeast, have a culture to find out what type it is, and get a prescription to cure it. This will make both of you more comfortable!

  45. 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.

  46. 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

  47. QUESTION:
    when using acidophilus to cure BV, how long should I continue the use? How long does it take to be balanced?
    In other words, how long will I have BV systems and when will I be back to my normal self?

    • ANSWER:
      Using the sups as a vaginal suppository, it'll be hard to tell that the issue is resolved WHILE you're doing the suppositories (because of the increased discharge I noted in my previous answer.)

      After a full week of twice daily treatment, stop the suppositories. By the next day, the symptoms should be 100% resolved .
      ------------------
      Abby - good stuff! Boric acid is an excellent and highly effective method to treat BV. It can be used for UTIs and yeast infections, too!

      One suppository cap per day for about a week should do it. Again, there's the increased discharge issue while you're using the suppositories, so sometimes you have to discontinue and wait a day to see the results.

      The boric acid method is particularly good for chronic sufferers.

      And you could do the boric acid for 1 week then follow-up with 3 days of probiotics to really give that infection a knock out punch! :)

  48. QUESTION:
    What is a natural way to cure a headache?
    Is there something I could use at home? I don't like taking pills for simple things like this, but I get a lot of migranes. Is there anything that I can do to cure these naturally?
    I don't usually have a lot of caffiene, I don't drink coffee, cola, or anything similar. If I were to have any it would be through chocolate, and I also don't drink alcohol or smoke ... so most of the time I don't know where I get these headaches from ... should I be concerned? My aunt has brain cancer, do you think I may be at risk? I know she gets a lot of headaches, too. I also drink quite a bit of water a day, usally three to four 500ml bottles, so around 2 litres. Is this good? Should I drink more or less?

    • ANSWER:
      If we offered you a miracle remedy that cures "Headaches/Migraine Headaches" would you buy it? Certainly you would. You won’t find it in a Pharmacy but at the Grocery Store.

      Try the Natural Cures for Headaches/Migraine Headaches.

      The common causes of headaches are allergy, emotional reasons, eyestrain, high blood pressure, hangover, infection, low blood sugar, nutritional deficiency, tension, the presence of poisons and toxins in the body, and migraine. Allergy is an often-unsuspected cause of headache, vary in different individuals. The foods to which some people are allergic and which can trigger headaches are milk and milk products, chocolates, chicken liver, alcohol, and strong cheese. Sneezing and diarrhoea are further indications of an allergy.
      Intense emotions often cause headaches. Many people who outwardly appear to have a pleasant disposition may actually be simmering about a job, or may bear resentment towards a person or something. This hidden hostility may manifest itself as headache. It is important, therefore, that negative feelings should not be bottled up, but should find some safe means of expressions.
      Eyestrain is a common cause of headache. In such cases, an eye specialist should be consulted and proper treatment taken. Simple eye exercises such as moving the eyes up and down and from side to side, palming, rotating the head, with neck outstretched, forward and backward three times, then thrice clockwise and thrice anti-clockwise, can relieve eye-strain. High blood pressure can cause pounding headaches. The headache usually starts at the back of the head on getting up in the morning. A safe method of treatment for this is to immerse your legs to calf-level in a tub of hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. This draws the blood away from the head and down to the feet, giving relief from the headache.
      Many people get a severe headache after consuming alcohol in excess. Alcohol causes the blood vessels to swell, resulting in a painful headache. The best treatment for this is to avoid excessive consumption of alcohol. A hangover headache can be avoided by taking a vitamin B-1 (thiamine) tablet with the drink.
      Headaches may occur if there is an infection, such as a cold, virus and fever. Here, it is the infection that should be tackled. Vitamin C therapy is the best all round method. For a cold, high doses of vitamin C should be taken at hourly intervals with the appearance of the first symptoms like a sore throat, runny nose, etc. Vitamin C has worked miracles, and is considered a natural antibiotic.
      Low blood sugar is one of the causes of irritability and headache. Sugar is not a cure for low blood sugar, though it may raise the blood sugar temporarily and make one feel better for a while. Low blood sugar is the result of an abused pancreas which over stimulates the production of insulin in the body. It can be controlled by eating smaller meals at short intervals rather than the standard three large meals daily. The intake of carbohydrates should be cut down to the minimum and coffee should be eliminated as it over stimulates the pancreas.
      A lack of iron, resulting in anaemia, is a common cause of headache. The headache sometimes appears before the onset of anaemia, due to a chronic iron deficiency. Brewer’s yeast is an excellent source of iron and anaemia can easily be prevented by taking a few teaspoons daily. Headache can also be brought on due to the deficiency of B vitamins, namely pantothenic acid, B-1 (thiamine) , B-12 and B-6 ( pyridoxine) and can be cured by taking these vitamins.
      B-complex range to one’s diet in some form such as Brewer’s yeasts, liver, wheat germ, etc., otherwise too much of one factor can throw the other factors into imbalance, resulting in other problems. Actually, the entire B complex group itself serves as protection against headaches, including migraine.
      Tension headaches are probably the most common of all, and are caused by emotional conflicts which result in stress. Stress causes the muscles of the shoulder, neck and scalp to tense unconsciously. Persons who are irritable, tense and lose their temper quickly usually get this type of headache. It increases gradually and passes off with the release of tension. One should try to relieve the stress which produces the headache.
      Poisons and toxins admitted into the body through food, beverages and water, as well as through breathing, polluted air, can cause any number of disturbances. A headache may be the first warning that a poison has entered the body. Additives in foods and in many cases, cosmetics, skin and hair products are also serious offenders in bringing on headaches. In addition, there are toxic air contaminants which are too numerous to mention.
      Migraine Headache: Migraine is an ancient and formidable malady. It bothered such distinguished persons as Caesar and Freud. It has assumed alarming proportions under modern conditions of living and is now believed to afflict about 10% of the world’s population.
      Migraine can be defined as a paroxysmal affection, accompanied by severe headache, generally on one side of the head and associated with disorders of the digestion, the liver and the vision. It usually occurs when a person is under great mental tension or has suddenly got over that state. Migraine is also known as "sick headache" because nausea and vomiting occasionally accompany the excruciating pain which lasts for as long as three days. Migraine usually gives warning before it strikes: black spots or a brilliant zigzag line appears before the eyes or the patient has blurring of vision or has part of his vision blanked out. When the headache occurs, the patient may feel tingling, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg.
      Migraine sufferers have what is known as a "migrainous personality". They are compulsive workers and perfectionists, who feel that they have to do everything right away. When they complete a task, they are suddenly laid down from a state of temporary tension to a feeling of utmost relief. Then comes the migraine. It is a purely physiological process. The head and neck muscles, reacting to continuous stress, become overworked. The tightened muscles squeeze the arteries and reduce blood flow. When a person relaxes suddenly, the constricted muscles expand, stretching the walls of the blood vessel. With every heart beat, the blood being pushed through this vessels expands them further and causes incredible pain.
      When a headache strikes, one should stay on one’s feet in the daytime and do simple chores which do not require too much concentration or walk, move around and get some fresh air. The best remedy to prevent headaches is to build up physical resistance through proper nutrition, exercise and constructive thinking. As a first step, the patient should undertake a short fast. During the fast, citrus fruit juices, diluted with water may be taken six times daily. By taking the load of digestion, the patient will at once save nervous energy which can be utilised for more important purposes. The blood and lymph will also be relieved of a great burden. After a short fast, the diet should be fixed in such a way as to put the least possible strain on the digestion. Breakfast should consist of fruits, both fresh and dried. Lunch should consist largely of protein foods. Starchy foods such as whole wheat bread, cereals, rice or potatoes should be taken at dinner along with raw salads. Spices, tomatoes, sour buttermilk and oily foodstuffs should be avoided. Drinking a glass of water (warm water in winter and cool water in summer) mixed with a teaspoonful of honey the first thing in the morning, is also a good remedy.
      Water Treatment: There are certain water applications which help relieve headaches. Copious drinking of water can help, as do the cleansing enema with water temperature at 98.6 o F, the hot foot bath, a cold throat pack, frequent applications of towels wrung out from very hot water to the back of the neck, a cold compress at 40 degrees to 60 degrees F applied to the head and face or an alternate spinal compress. Hot fomentations over the abdominal region just before retiring relieve headaches due to stomach and liver upsets.
      Yogic kriyas like jalneti and kunjal, pranayamas like anuloma-viloma, shitali and sitkari and asanas such as uttanapadasana, sarvangasana, paschimottanasana, halasana, and shavasana are useful in the treatment of headaches.
      Hope this helps, Good Luck.

  49. QUESTION:
    Is this a Yeast Infection of another type of std?
    About two months ago i woke up and the tip of my penis was red and itchy. I got really scared. I read off the internet and the symptoms matched with a yeast infection. I went to Wallgreens and bought Anti fungal spray(Miconazole) . The symptoms went away but i noticed that under my foreskin there was white stuff. That went away but a couple of days ago i had frequent urination and my pelvic area was bothering me. Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infection is not an std- however you must seek timely and swift treatment failing which it can become a chronic issue. Yeast infection natural cures provide relief from the condition permanently without any adverse side effects.

      http://ezinearticles.com/?4-Mistakes-Which-You-Must-Avoid-to-Cure-a-Yeast-Infection-Naturally&id=5049084


chronic yeast infection treatment

Skin Rash Yeast

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how do i get my doctor to see beyond blood tests?
    as i said on another question i suspect i have pcos,my doctor has run blood tests for these,and blood sugar-diabetes,thyroid etc.
    as far as my doctor is concerned because blood tests dont show anythinng up i am fine.
    basiclly my syptoms dont exist as far as she is concerned !my syptoms are menstual differculties,very light,with pms,weightgain,skin rashes ,yeast infections,tiredness,sugar cravings, spots.
    have treated myself with herbal remedies,but my weightgain ,worrys me and i feel if she gave me a diagnosis she would be able to prescribe metformin to bring my insulin levels down so i can lose weight easier.have a family history with diabetes,aunt with type 1 and father with type 2 although he wasnt overweight until they started him on insulin,so i am worried i may be headed the same way.should i turn to natural practioners instead ?
    thanks for any advice :)
    also just to say it very differcult to change gp in my area ,all the surgerys are oversubscribed.a friend of mine had terrible trouble changing,and her new isnt much better.i like the surgery im with not the doctor .also no i havent had a three day test what is that ?had an overnight fasting one around 10yrs ago? :)
    i dont eat a lot of sugar,altough i get sugar and carb craving s.i eat a relativaly healthy diet! :)

    • ANSWER:
      If you feel that your doctor is not giving you the proper attention you feel you need, I suggest getting a second opinion. If you like your current doctor and don't want a new one, atleast see a different doctor regarding this issue and then continue to see your regular Dr. when needed.

      My mom was having her own set of issues a couple of years ago. It took her three doctors until she found the one that actually listened to her and didn't think she was making up her symptoms. Turns out she needed surgey.

      Always trust your gut instinct!

  2. QUESTION:
    How do you know if you have a yeast sensitivity?
    I'm trying to figure out what to do about a skin rash that comes and goes. One doctor said it was caused by yeast. How do I find out if I have a yeast sensitivity or allergy and what kind of doctor should I see?
    Shaerae's answer is great. I'm just wondering how it's different from gluten sensitivity, if the two are related, and if you need a special doc. to get tested for it.

    • ANSWER:
      i am allergic to aw yeast (found out after working at a pizza restaurant for a week). i had a BAD rash all over my body and it took a week to figure out what it was. i was placed on a series of antibiotics and steroids for like 3 weeks. plus i got anti itch pills. my regular physician figured it out. you can do a yeast test by rubbing a golf ball size amount on your fore arm wet or dry yeast will do, as long as its raw(un cooked) and wait. if it itches, swells or a rash comes up, tell ur doc and im sure he will know what you need to overcome this. i know what u are going through though. good luck!

  3. 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 .

  4. QUESTION:
    I have a skin rash and wanna get rid of it?
    I have a skin rash on my right bicep. Its small red little bumbs and sometimes itches but not much. I was wondering if i could put something on it so it will go away faster or if i should just let it naturally go away?
    i heard vitamin e oil is good and thats all i got so should i use it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      These are my thoughts of what might be happening - I have not been educated to be an M.D. - just a lifelong learner.

      What I have learned is that my stresses have oftentimes caused me to do things or to eat things or to inhale things that have more toxins in them, or that have 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 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-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 = 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.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 – a self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

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

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between a diaper rash and a yeast rash on a 12 month old?
    Is a diaper rash only red in color w/o bumps? is a yeast rash both red skin and include bumps in the vaginal area? My daughters poop has also smelled different the last 2 times she pooped.

    • ANSWER:
      My daughter had a diaper rash that didnt go away for over a week, so they said it was a yeast rash and gave us an RX to use on her diaper area and it went away real quick. Nystatin.
      We had tried Butt paste, a & d, and destin.
      With diaper rashes they can be linked to milk and food allergies, I only say this since your daughter is now 12 months and probably trying whole milk for the first time. I would keep an eye on it, and if it doesnt get better with over the counter diaper rash ointments within about 3 days, make an appt to see the MD.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the best thing to put on a diaper rash?
    How can you tell the difference in a diaper rash and a yeast infection? My baby was just put on antibiotics. Can that cause a rash?

    • ANSWER:
      i have two boys and i use the same thing with both of them. First wash their bottom with warm water and a very mild soap. Allow to air dry for about 10 minutes. Then i put neosporin with pain reliever in it.(buy it at you local cvs, ekerd, ect) Then i put desitin on top of that so that when they go again its there as a barrier and won't burn or scald their skin.

  7. QUESTION:
    What kind of doctor do I see for candidiasis?
    I have bad rashes and yeast infections from candida under my boobs and in creases of my skin. What kind of doctor should I see for this? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Kara,
      A Dermatologist. Dermatology is the branch of medicine that is concerned with the physiology and pathology of the skin.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  8. 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.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for a diaper rash caused by yeast?
    My nephew has sensitive skin and is very prone to all sorts of "diaper rashes". Now he is dealing with one caused by yeast. He scratches, then it spreads to other parts of his body. What are some home remedies I can try.
    Yes, we change his diaper frequently, change his diet. He is alergic to milk products and we can not use yougert. He is also allergic to other topical products.
    He has seen his Dr. several times. |This is a cons1tant battle for him.

    • ANSWER:
      Try using an athlete's foot cream like Lotrimin AF Clotrimazole 1% (Antifungal). It doesn't have to be the namebrand, store brand works just as well. Athelete's foot cream works excellent on yeast/fungal diaper rashes. You should take care of his rash A.S.A.P. because if he gets yeast infection in his eyes, that could be REALLY bad. I had a friend whose baby I used to watch, who ALWAYS had diaper rash, and sometimes it would bleed. I'd put some Lotramin AF on it, and by the time she would come get him, it was already no longer bleeding and starting to look better. I've also worked as a prechool teacher with toddlers, and have lots of experince with babies and toddlers. Good luck.

  10. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if your body produces to much yeast?
    My Dermotologist said that my skin produces to much yeast and my body tries to pick a fight with it, which in turn makes my skin break out on my arms and face neck shoulder area. Has anyone heard of this?
    He gave me selenium sulfide that I have to wash with and he said ever so often we might have to add an antibiotic to it but thats about it...and the stuff jsut isnt working

    • ANSWER:
      It means your body's (immune) system is out of balance. To have a balanced system, you have to have a certain amount of microbes (harmless) to keep the "rebels" (in this case, yeast) under control. When the number of microbes, or good bacteria, is decreased, the yeast takes over the body, internally. The amount of the good bacteria is wiped out by: use of antibiotics, endocrine imbalance (insulin as in hyperglycemia or diabetes), or another kick to immunity. The thriving yeast will cause a yeast infection in women. That's usually the first sign we notice. The truth is, by then, it's probably throughout the body. We normally have yeast on our skin, but it is controlled by the good bacteria. Since the yeast is now in control, it will advertise it's arrival by becoming a rash on the skin. Now, the inside is overrun and we begin to get illnesses because we can't fight them off without our good bacteria.
      We've got to replace the good bacteria, which lives mostly in our gut. To do this, we ingest them by way of supplements. There is a natural product called Flora Q (may need a Rx) that replaces this bacteria; it contains millions of good bacteria which goes straight to our gut. Then there is a Rx drug called Diflucan that your Dr. can Rx which will help restore normal flora. Then to increase our chances of keeping the body healthy - diet. Eat less sugar and yeast products, eat yogurt that contains "active live cultures", take acidopholus capsules and Pau d' Arco to balance the system.

  11. QUESTION:
    What causes a white rash on the inner part of the vagina?
    Theres parts of the skin that are whiteish by the clitorous and the clitorous seems to be shaped a little different.

    I'm going to the doctor on Friday but I was hoping to get some type of idea before then.
    Yeast infections are usually a white discharge not the actually skin, right? So I don't think its that.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a yeast infection.

  12. QUESTION:
    Rash that looks like a lot of bug bites between my scrotom and upper thigh? Help?
    I have had this rash on my upper thigh and the base of my balls. it almost looks like poison ivy but isn't. I've been putting cortisone cream on it but it doesn't really do much. i have a new school schedule where we play and hour and a half gym if that changes anything. does anyone no wat this is and how i can fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      See a ‘good’ doctor about it and become a ‘good’ doctor yourself from sites like the following is the best advice anyone can give you. [SEE: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016 AND http://dermatology.about.com/cs/dermphotos/a/dermgallery.htm ]

      IF you are interested I will share what I know about itch and rash problems with the hope it might help you today or someday in your future.

      I have seen them all to be either all nutritional and ‘dryness’ related or partly nutritional and/or viral or bacterial or fungal or parasitical lice etc or an allergic reaction to some things that are toxic in one’s food or air or skin applications or meds. If meds are needed Monostat 7 for yeast infections has worked for me for moist jock itch regions also.

      So some react allergically to the chlorine or fluoride that is being re-absorbed through the skin after the hot water washes out all the skin oils or to a skin lotion or meds or toxins in one’s foods. In addition to toxins in these things I have also become allergic to the Vitamin Palmitate enrichment within milk products. I suggest organic cow’s milk or organic goat’s milk for babies until they can be weaned to solid food like green beans, lentils, or boiled/de-acidified spinach.

      When my liver started to become severely weakened from bad nutrition and too many mineral supplements that were toxic and I never knew it, the first sign was rashes and itchings when I became a little warm under the covers at night, in the backs of my knees and inside the arms that eventually spread to other places.

      My own problems with my fragile liver began to become ‘very’ severe after several months of eating considerable nutritional yeast that had much too high of copper %DV's. After having a severe copper taste for several weeks I eventually recognized that the base grains %DV's did not have near as much copper. So I concluded that the super high copper %DV’s was not a non-toxic plant source of copper within the grain, but was a toxic metallic copper from the pots the yeast was brewed inside.

      IF I may let me explain further why if I were you I would make the choice to look for "toxic-triggers" and to reduce them in order to allow the skin/organs to become stronger.

      In the past I also have had many problems with asthma and with skin rashes and itchings. I have learned that all the things that trigger these problems are very very toxic to everyone's health and I have learned to ‘run’ from them.

      I also 'eventually' learned that my nutrition was below what it needed to be, so that I could easily have an allergic reaction to something that was toxic, AND my skin and/or lymph and/or kidney and/or liver organs were not strong enough to deal with it quickly, so the rash/itchings were a continual 'warning.'

      I have since learned that better nutrition will make the skin and 'purifying' organs stronger in order that they can more easily deal with toxins that we all might have a hard time identifying and running from. (Google browse: “Pellagra-Wikipedia”)

      I know this from my own experiences with myself and others since these were also my triggers and when we are all under stress we usually consume-apply things that are more toxic to us, whether alcohol, cigarettes, pharmaceuticals, or eating too many calories or high- glycemic calories from carb-sugar-starches.

      Toxins include chlorine and fluoride in the drinking and shower water, or pesticides preservatives nitrates chemicals synthetics or enrichments in foods, or pharmaceuticals you have consumed or applied on your skin, or molds or smoke or aerosols.

      It took much research and money and sufferings to learn that all of my triggers were due to poor nutritional choices. My hope is that you will learn from my past experiences for the sake of your future health and longevity and would methodically look for your own triggers and would thoughtfully consider the nutritional component and then make the choices to become stronger.

      My best to you,

      A1 – nutritionist

      Source:

      IF you are interested, I feel I have become a quasi-expert on rashes and pruritus itchings after many years of off and on flare ups. 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 nutrition is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091016160457AAkysKW
      . I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them. My best to you and yours. A1- nutritionist

  13. QUESTION:
    Why your skin continuted to rash after you use the Scabies Cream?
    I have a scabies, and my doctor offer me a scabies cream. I used it. But myskin continute to rash. Not the old part that before I use the creambut the new part. Does anyone have a scabies like that? HElp!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Although I think the present problems are 'most-likely' from 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

      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 Scarlet_fever Thrush Yeast_infection Jock_itch Ringworm Impetigo Athletes_ foot 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 >[(-:]

  14. 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

  15. QUESTION:
    How can I treat a baby with a really bad diaper rash?
    My neice comes over every two weeks and I don't know how to treat her bad daiper rash. I'm really worried about her and I think i should take her to her doctor but maybe theres a remedy I can do at home for her. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      This may not be diaper rash. It may be a yeast infection which is common on infants as yeast grows in dark damp places. She needs to go to her doctor and get treated for it. It may be bad enough for a dye medicine that they use that goes right on their butt. If it has been constant it may be bad. Does it look like little red raised skin in like cluster shapes that run together? If so it probably is yeast. If it isn't that then her parents need to pay more attention to it and realize that she needs her diaper changed every 4 hours at the most to help get rid of this. Hope this helps you a bit.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have a skin allergy to semen?
    Even though I've been sleeping with my boyfriend for 3 months now, I've just started noticing a rash between my thighs and on my breasts where he usually ejaculates. Is the rash from his semen or could it be from something else? If it is because of him what should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a yeast infection men carry it on the outside of their penis.

      I was going to say yes to be funny because you could get pregnant over the pull out method, I did, but figured your getting enough slack over that. Hey be careful he might have given you an STD.

      Although I don't think it is all that bad I do think you need a pill antibiotic probably from a yeast infection especially if it itches. But you have to see a doctor tell them your sexually active maybe they will give you a prescription for the pill too, and you can always tell your parents it is because of acne the doctor recommended it to you

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

    What do you think it is?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      ITCHINGS & RASHES/BLISTERS CAN BE CAUSED BY EITHER:

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

      * fungal bacterial = thrush yeast_infection jock_itch ringworm etc.

      * viral = measles smallpox etc.

      * parasitical = scabies_mite lice etc.

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

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

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

      My best to you and yours,

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

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

  18. QUESTION:
    How to treat Chronic Skin Rash all over body, yeast?
    My mom, in her 80's cannot sleep properly, has itching on her arms legs and back that feels like bees sting you. Im sure its yeast. I have tried olive leaf extract but its hard to get her to do enough to do any good...

    Im not interested in a topical treatment or referring her to a dermatoligists, she's been there. They said dermatitis and yeast. Dermatitis wow! Then prescribed 0 a tube medicine that wouldnt last 1 day and whose sample did no good. Topical treatment are only temporary. I need to get to the cause of the problem..

    I have suggested a colon cleanse, or colonics but she wont listen..

    Has anyone had similar experience, how did you treat it, and how do you get someone that won't listen because "thinking about it makes her itch and she's scared of doing to much.. Doesnt understand herbal treatment..

    I am open to medical rx treatments but not topically..

    • ANSWER:
      how about some good tasting yogurt with some powdered probiotics added into it.

      there are many anti fungals on the market, but expensive, as you already know. i would be cautious with the diflucan as it can be contraindicated if you are on certain other medications.

      try decreasing if not eliminating wheat from her diet.

      warm baths with ten drops of pure lavendar oil, or tea tree oil are anti fungal, anti viral as well as anti bacterial.

  19. QUESTION:
    What is this rash that is popping up all over my body?
    I have lots of little patches all over my body. They are red and dont itch at all. They look like tiny little love bites on my skin. They dont get irritated, just look weird. Could this be an allergic reaction to something or a specific skin condition?

    • ANSWER:
      seen this one earlier it is sweat rash, aka heat rash

      Sweat rash is extremely common. Unfortunately it can affect anyone at any time but there is no reason why it should cause long-lasting discomfort. This irritating condition is caused by candida, a yeast that occurs naturally on your skin. Trapped perspiration can sometimes upset the natural balance of the skin allowing candida to cause an irritating, sometimes itchy and often unsightly red rash. It's difficult to know when it might strike as everyday things such as sweating it out at the gym could potentially lead to this common fungal skin infection. Common areas where this tends to appear are where the skin rubs together: under the arms, backs of the knees, groin and under the breasts.

  20. QUESTION:
    What causes a infants skin to burn when his stool touches it?
    What can i use on his skin? Should I change is formula? etc...My Grandson is 1 month old, he is suffering from chemical burns as soon as his stool touches his skin. This burning is immediately. Please, I need some new things to try to help give him some relieve!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hmm...it's the stomach acid that causes that. You really need to ask him doctor what to do. Until then..rinse his bottom after diaper changes, blow dry it on cool and apply a thick layer of triple paste. My son has had many cases of severe diaper rash. Also if it looks blistered it is probably a yeast infection. You will need a prescription to get rid of that.

  21. 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 .

  22. QUESTION:
    I have tiny skin colored bumps on my face and arms?
    I have tiny little skin colored bumps on my cheeks and upper arms. I'm in 7th grade and its really embarrassing when people point them out. I've had them for about two years now and they're not acne. When I scratch them just white hard stuff comes out, but its not puss. I clean my face regurally but they don't go away. Do I need to moisturizer? I don't even know what they're called. Please help. I'm tired of these stupid things. 10 points to the best answer.

    • ANSWER:
      HELP HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!!!!!

      I had this for years, my mom told me it was eczema. Most people say eczema is a name used for tons of different dry skin conditions that doctors can’t diagnose. I used eczema creams all through Jr. High and High School, all that did was make me feel greasy and uncomfortable with zero results.

      You probably have what is called Keratosis pilaris, Keratosis pilaris is a common, genetic follicular condition that causes the appearance of rough bumps on the skin. It most often appears on arms, thighs, hands, legs, sides, buttocks, or face (which on the face are often mistaken for acne). Worldwide, Keratosis pilaris affects an estimated 40% of the adult population and approximately 50%-80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men. There are several different types of Keratosis Pilaris, including Keratosis Pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), Keratosis Pilaris Alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), Keratosis Pilaris Rubra Faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.

      Keratosis Pilaris is caused by Hyperkeratosis: when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin, which is cream colored, surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore, resulting in rough clogged pores. The openings are often closed with a white plug of encrusted sebum, the oily, waxy substance produced by glands in the skin to keep it from drying out. Hyperkeratosis is most likely caused by your body having a vitamin A & E deficiency.

      I started taking vitamin A & E pills at dinner every night and 90% of my white bumps on my cheeks, arms, and legs cleared up. My boss also had white bumps on her arms and tried taking the vitamins too, it worked nicely for her. You could try taking the vitamins, but if you stop taking them, your body will go back to being deficient in them unless you start eating more foods naturally containing vitamins A & E:

      Vitamin A: Liver, Red Pepper, Cayenne, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Dried Apricots, Cantaloupe, Spinach, Squash, Dried Herbs, Papaya, Mangoes, Green Peas, Tomatoes.

      Vitamin E: Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Pine Nuts, Peanuts, Dried Apricots, Pickled Green Olives, Cooked Taro Root, Wheat Germ/Flax Seed/Corn/Canola/Soybean Oils, Hazelnuts, Broccoli.

      Both A & E: Paprika, Red Chili Peppers or Powder, Spinach

      If the bumps (clogged dry rough crusty pores) have a red or pink ring around them, it could just be that they are inflamed, or it could be some sort of skin infection, such as yeast, which lives on the skin naturally but could become an infection, or bacterial. If they are a little pink or red I would try an antibacterial soap.

      Antibacterial soaps are full of chemicals and poisons, some are so harmful they cause muscle weakness, such as in the heart and tongue, and should not be in stores. A natural alternative is a soap or lotion containing Tea Tree oil. Tea Tree oil has natural antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities. It also has beneficial cosmetic properties. Tea Tree oil has a faint medicinal scent to it like eucalyptus, which is why I would suggest a soap instead of a lotion. Products containing Tea Tree oil can be found in abundance at health and natural and heath stores, but is also available in main stream store such as Wal-Mart for as low as around .

      So in short, vitamin A, vitamin E, soap, and you should be good (: I wish you luck

  23. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for skin to heal?
    I play basketball, and I have always had problems with blisters on my feet. Last week I got a really bad blister like thing on my toe and I left it be.

    After my game today the skin ripped off. (It didn't bleed) Its not just one layer, it is quite a few layers.

    What can I do to help it heal faster and not get infected?

    • ANSWER:
      Aha. The white tongue can indicate thrush, which is an overgrowth of candida albicans, an naturally occuring yeast that is present in the intestines. When we take strong doses of antibiotics, the medicine kills both bad and GOOD flora and creates an environment for thrush to develop and grow.

      For a second degree instance of road rash , it will take 7-14 days to heal with a new layer of skin. Here are some other tips for treating the wound:

      Use a semipermeable dressing (Tegaderm, Bioclusive or Second Skin, for instance) to cover the wound and attach the dressing to dry healthy skin with adhesive tape. The dressing should be changed every few days. Keep the wound moist until it has healed. A moist environment promotes healing, improves tissue formation and protects the area from infection.

      Read more: Skin Forum - how long for skin to heal http://ehealthforum.com/health/how-long-for-skin-to-heal-t151950.html#b#ixzz2BOaTcNeo

  24. 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.

  25. QUESTION:
    what is the best store bought treatment to use on a under the breast rash that keeps coming back?
    i get rid of this rash under my left breast then it shows up under my right breast and so on! what is the best over the counter cream to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      See a ‘good’ doctor about it and become a ‘good’ doctor yourself from sites like the following is the best advice anyone can give you. [SEE: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016 AND http://dermatology.about.com/cs/dermphotos/a/dermgallery.htm ]

      IF you are interested I will share what I know about itch and rash problems with the hope it might help you today or someday in your future.

      I have seen them all to be either all nutritional and ‘dryness’ related or partly nutritional and/or viral or bacterial or fungal or parasitical lice etc or an allergic reaction to some things that are toxic in one’s food or air or skin applications or meds. If meds are needed Monostat 7 for yeast infections has worked for me for moist jock itch regions also.

      So some react allergically to the chlorine or fluoride that is being re-absorbed through the skin after the hot water washes out all the skin oils or to a skin lotion or meds or toxins in one’s foods. In addition to toxins in these things I have also become allergic to the Vitamin Palmitate enrichment within milk products. I suggest organic cow’s milk or organic goat’s milk for babies until they can be weaned to solid food like green beans, lentils, or boiled/de-acidified spinach.

      When my liver started to become severely weakened from bad nutrition and too many mineral supplements that were toxic and I never knew it, the first sign was rashes and itchings when I became a little warm under the covers at night, in the backs of my knees and inside the arms that eventually spread to other places.

      My own problems with my fragile liver began to become ‘very’ severe after several months of eating considerable nutritional yeast that had much too high of copper %DV's. After having a severe copper taste for several weeks I eventually recognized that the base grains %DV's did not have near as much copper. So I concluded that the super high copper %DV’s was not a non-toxic plant source of copper within the grain, but was a toxic metallic copper from the pots the yeast was brewed inside.

      IF I may let me explain further why if I were you I would make the choice to look for "toxic-triggers" and to reduce them in order to allow the skin/organs to become stronger.

      In the past I also have had many problems with asthma and with skin rashes and itchings. I have learned that all the things that trigger these problems are very very toxic to everyone's health and I have learned to ‘run’ from them.

      I also 'eventually' learned that my nutrition was below what it needed to be, so that I could easily have an allergic reaction to something that was toxic, AND my skin and/or lymph and/or kidney and/or liver organs were not strong enough to deal with it quickly, so the rash/itchings were a continual 'warning.'

      I have since learned that better nutrition will make the skin and 'purifying' organs stronger in order that they can more easily deal with toxins that we all might have a hard time identifying and running from. (Google browse: “Pellagra-Wikipedia”)

      I know this from my own experiences with myself and others since these were also my triggers and when we are all under stress we usually consume-apply things that are more toxic to us, whether alcohol, cigarettes, pharmaceuticals, or eating too many calories or high- glycemic calories from carb-sugar-starches.

      Toxins include chlorine and fluoride in the drinking and shower water, or pesticides preservatives nitrates chemicals synthetics or enrichments in foods, or pharmaceuticals you have consumed or applied on your skin, or molds or smoke or aerosols.

      It took much research and money and sufferings to learn that all of my triggers were due to poor nutritional choices. My hope is that you will learn from my past experiences for the sake of your future health and longevity and would methodically look for your own triggers and would thoughtfully consider the nutritional component and then make the choices to become stronger.

      My best to you,

      A1 – nutritionist

      Source:

      IF you are interested, I feel I have become a quasi-expert on rashes and pruritus itchings after many years of off and on flare ups. 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 nutrition is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091016160457AAkysKW
      . I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them. My best to you and yours. A1- nutritionist

  26. QUESTION:
    Why do I still have poor skin after dieting for 3 years?
    I drink plenty of water, I exercise and eat right.

    My skin is still poor. I am beginning to think that having a healthy lifestyle has nothing to do with the skin.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many reasons you may have poor skin, and there are many skin problems which are caused by all sorts of things! Diet may or may not be contributing.

      If diet is a piece of the puzzle for you, allergies can trigger anything from acne to rashes to rosacea to dry patches. You may have a sensitivity you don't know about. I have both true allergies (the kind that cause anaphylaxis, and that an allergist can test for - some severe and others mild) and other kinds of sensitivities, which don't show up on that kind of allergy test but they are just as real.

      So your definition of eating right may be different from mine or other folks', and on top of that, you may have a sensitivity to something that you aren't yet aware of.

      When I was younger, I had severe cystic acne. It was painful. Doctors told me it wasn't related to diet, and gave me all sorts of drugs. Some helped for a little while; none helped long term. This lasted well into my twenties, when I realized I was allergic to soy! I had thought I was sensitive only to some forms of soy and not the oil or the lecithin. I eliminated all soy from my diet and I felt much better and my skin improved dramatically, right away. There are soy ingredients in most packaged foods, including soy oil, soy protein, soy lecithin, and all sorts of soy derivatives. I simply have to avoid packaged foods.

      Some folks are allergic/sensitive to additives like colors, preservatives, MSG and other flavor enhancers. Many folks are sensitive to gluten, a protein found in wheat and certain other cereal grains. Some folks are sensitive to dairy or eggs. These sensitivities often manifest with skin problems. Dairy doesn't just cause lactose sensitivity. Some folks are allergic to another component of dairy, called casein.

      When I eliminated soy, my skin improved a lot! But I still had a lot of sensitivities and got rashes and irritations. After many years and much experimentation, I shifted my diet to a carefully planned, well balanced, raw vegan diet. I look and feel better than ever! My skin is strong, my joints don't hurt, my energy is through the roof. I eat mostly leafy greens and other veggies and fruits, and a variety of raw nuts and seeds that have been soaked and/or sprouted. I eat a lot of sea vegetables, and also nutritional yeast which is delicious and full of B vitamins. This may not be the ideal diet for your body; every body's ideal diet and lifestyle are different. But I have discovered that this type of diet is the best for my body and for my skin.

      One of the best things about a raw diet for me is I can exercise more and longer than before because I don't tire as easily and my joints don't hurt like they used to. I've always enjoyed exercise, but when I was eating foods that caused inflammation in my body it was harder to work out as long and as often as I prefer to. When you find the best and most anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle for your body, your skin will clear up and you will find all sorts of other hidden benefits too!

      Good luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    what causes a penis rash 24 hours after sex?
    I had unprotected sex with a female and noticed some white secretions. Could this possibly be a yeast infection and could I have gotten it?

    • ANSWER:
      A yeast infection is common to uncircumcised men because fluids stay around longer under the skin which causes moister loving bacteria to multiply fast and cause odor and possible infection. Always try to urinate and wash especially after questionable partners. But seriously, a yeast infection is the least of your problems when you have unprotected sex with a stranger, weather it is a male or female. Ultimately, you could end up having to have your member amputated or worse!

  28. QUESTION:
    is there a possibility to get sexual disease witout having intercourse?
    worried that im having extra fluid recently. and my skin itchy & rashes.

    • ANSWER:
      Possible if your partner has one and touched him self immediately before touching your genitals or if he rubbed himself on you without penetrating. More likely it is yeast. The body has a small number of yeast present normally and if the balance between good and bad bacteria is off due to stress or a medication you might be taking or a change of soap or any number of small things then you can develop a yeast infection (increased number of yeast bacteria) that causes discharge, itching and possibly a rashy are from the irritation. See your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment. Don't be embarrassed, it happens to women all the time!!

  29. 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.

  30. QUESTION:
    What can i do for my daughters diaper rash?
    My daughter is 11 months and has diaper rash very bad, she trys to itch it. my girlfriends mom said it is yeast infection. the doctor gave us nystatin, and someone told us to try this aveeno baby bath stuff, but it is still red and raw i feel so bad for her.. it all started when we tryed pampers. anyone know wat else i can try?
    we usually use LUVS but i had my grandpa run and grab us some diapers so he got pampers, im back to luvs now but just seems like nothing helping her.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to keep the area clean (yeah, i know...hard to do in a diaper).

      Use the medication that your doctor gave you generously to the rash.
      if this all started when you tried new diapers, i would suggest not using them again. course this all could be from something she ate or drank too.
      acidic foods and drinks can cause diaper rash- things like, tomatoes, apple juice, carrots, etc.
      avoid acidic foods and drinks.

      letting her spend some time w/out a diaper is probably helpful too. diaper rashes (yeast infections of sorts) happen in damp places where little air circulates, that's a diaper to a T...so sometimes letting them run around for a few minutes w/out one is helpful so the air can circulate on the raw skin allowing the cream your doc gave you to help.

      i would avoid getting her wet too, so no soaking bathes. that will only make it worse.

      a lot of people swear by the rash cream called Butt Paste. i've used it on my kids and honestly don't see much of a difference in time it takes to heal, but i know it doesn't sting as much as the other kinds do, and it smells quite nice.

      your best bet is to try to keep her as dry as possible, even if that means changin her diaper constantly when she wets. the less moisture the faster that rash will clear up.

  31. QUESTION:
    Some parts of my skin feels like football leather?
    Where only talking quarter sized spots, there are 3 of them I believe, two on my right shoulder and one on my chest. By football leather im trying to describe the skin as little bumps, they're the normal skin color just raised skin in bump form. It doesn't hurt or itch or anything, its just there, any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      IMO - Monistat and better micro-nutritional absorption in the gut should clear it up.

      Sounds like the skin reactions that I was having two to three years ago right after I poisoned my liver from too much and too many toxic micro-nutritional supplements for too long. My sleep was terrible back then when I was having severe pruritus Urticaria allergic reactions to foods antibiotic-meds skin-creams shower-water and my own sweat and who knows what other toxins, that would then also promote fungal infections and lymph gland swellings from my weakened immune system.

      After several months I eventually learned to make more costly organic nutritional choices, that then allowed my immune system and organs to rebuild and get stronger so I could again get a fairly good night’s sleep.

      IF YI - my own skin-pruritus-Urticaria issues have cost about ,500 in the last three years to learn what I now know - which is that ALL skin diseases are a result of one's micro-nutrition and/or toxic ‘absorption’ from the air skin or gut and/or hygiene and/or parasites.

      Since petrolatum med steroid antibiotic pushing MDs 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 that more costly nutrition helps to heal one’s body - NOT meds or supplements.

      Poor quality and/or low cost micro-nutrition that will weaken one's immune system, will cause/ allow/ promote diabetes types of fungal infections and itch rash diseases and almost any other disease, even if one might be very very young or a toddler or has never been ‘overweight’ in their life.

      With my own liver disease, within five minutes to four to six hours after being triggered my allergic reactions will begin and will last for a few minutes to a couple of hours and would 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, along with a severely weakened immune and filter systems - that for some reason would not eliminate these strong toxins into a stool. [See heat rashes at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cholinergic_urticaria .]

      Monistat_7 and Desenex are moist-area anti-fungals and Monistat_Derm and Head_&_Shoulders are also anti-fungals, but you really need to do more internet research from the links I have given to better understand how difficult it is for meds alone to totally remedy serious skin maladies. After I began using too much of a thin petrolatum based skin cream I eventually checked into the ER one morning due to my ‘severely’ swollen lymph glands that made me think I might have contracted lymphoma. So only use med creams that are prescribed in a very-minimal way over a thin layer of wash water, so that one’s immune system and skin/ organs can repair and grow stronger ‘naturally’ without also poisoning one’s liver further.

      Since when I was an asthmatic teen and learned I would have severe reactions when I 'accidentally' inhaled or used 'any' deodorants, and could not eat cinnamon stuff without having an anaphylactic reaction - because cinnamon has some toxins that are strong enough to substitute for pesticides, 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.

      Lastly, 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 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 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 - a nutrition ranking I have learned about is posted at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091101184933AA0kQ63 . FYI - The most nutritionally ‘dense’ foods are expensive leafy green vegetables.

  32. QUESTION:
    My daughter has a rash on her upper chest that appeared 5 days after h1n1 vaccine.Is it due to the vaccine?
    My daughter got her H1N1 vaccine on the 6th of November. Five days later a rash of bumps appeared on her upper left chest. The rash is still there and she now meaning 11/12/09 is running a low grade fever. Is this possible it was due to the vaccine?

    • 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

      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 Athletes_ foot 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 >[(-:]

  33. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of a skin rash caused by yeast (Candidiasis)?
    Argh! I've never had this before and am at the end of my rope! I have a rash on my neck caused by yeast. My dermatologist is having me treat it with diet, supplements (acidophilous, garlic, zinc), and topical clotrimazole. It's working, but s-l-o-w-l-y. It's been over a month, and most of it is gone, but is seems to have almost stopped clearing- there are the same remaining bumps and brown spots where the bumps have cleared. Is there ANYTHING I can do to get over this last "hump"? I've been gently exfoliating and using a salicylic acid antibacterial cleanser, I was told it was safe to use. Anyone? I've searched the web for days and can only find stuff on how to cure diaper rash (almost all of which I've tried), not adults.

    • ANSWER:
      When I was a child, I had yeast infections that became red and raw in my belly button, behind my ears and in my knees and elbows. The creams the doctor gave us did not work for very long.

      My grandmother took all the processed sugar out of my diet (UGH!) and after bathing, she would douse me in cider vinegar -- the kind from the healthfood store -- the stuff with the "mother" in it. She made sure to get it into the yeast rash spots. OMG -- it hurt!! Makes my eyes water to think of it, but within week or so, all the rash spots cleared up. For a few years I had to keep on with the vinegar, or the yeast would come back, but eventually it pretty much went away. I don't have any lingering scars from it.

      A few years ago, I had an episode of the same rash in my belly button again. I didn't have time to go to the health food store and chase down the special vinegar -- so I just used generic cider vinegar right out of the bottle from my cupboard -- the same thing I use on salad. It went away in a few days, but I kept splashing on the vinegar after my showers as a deterent. Once it dries on your skin, there is no smell. Also -- if you are putting it behind your ears you invariably get some in your hair, that's fine, it helps rinse out soap suds. Which reminds me, Gram had me stop using bar soap. In general, I am an itchy person with allergy prone skin. When I am having any kind of rash, I stop using bar soap (the things that help the bar keep it's shape are harsh on skin) Currently, I use Cetaphil a non soap water rinsable cleanser.

      YMMV, but I often head off trouble with Tea Tree Essential Oil and/or Lavender Essential Oil. Just a drop of either one in your neck and face washing water may help. Tea Tree is anti-fungal. It is also a little harsh smelling, so I use it together with Lavender. Lavender helps heal burns and cuts without scarring, perhaps it will do the same for your rash.

      Get the rash under control, and then worry about the brown spots left behind by the rash. Until the yeast is under control, battling the spots will be a losing battle. Maybe they will go away on their own, but don't freak out if they don't. When you are ready to start fading the brown spots -- don't use a product with hydroquinone in it, don't use it even if your doctor prescribes it. Google "hydroquinone dangers" to see for yourself. Don't use HQ. There are lots of safe natural ways to lighten spots and fade scars. I have been using the Skin Lightening Report to fade rash scars with good results. You can find this at http://ladyh68.clarion8.hop.clickbank.net

      I think the garlic and zinc are a fine idea. Garlic is good for just about everything, remember to macerate the garlic well, the more you crush it, the more allicin it will release. If you think you can bear it, cut out the sugar -- I mean ALL the sugar, in your diet. Gram really believed in the sugar-yeast connection, and I've seen nothing to disprove it.

      Good luck with your rash. -- oh -- if it is itchy, bathe in oatmeal -- just regular oatmeal. Put a cup of it in an old sock, and let the sock hang in the water as you fill the tub with warm water. Use the oatmeal sock to rub oatmeal juice all over you, concentrating on the itchy spots. Pat yourself dry with a clean soft towel. Oatmeal baths can be done over a sink, too -- same procedure, just hang over the sink while you douse yourself.

      The person above is mentioning "gentian violet" -- yes, I have heard of that as a yeast cure. BTW, Gentian violet is an ingredient in angostura bitters. I do believe that I have heard it stains, but it is very gentle, gentle enough for babies. Ask your doctor, it's an old fashioned remedy, but some docs will go for things like that.

      I hope you feel better soon!

  34. QUESTION:
    Difference between staph and yeast diaper rash?
    Can a doctor/NP tell the difference between a staph diaper rash and a yeast diaper rash just by looking? What's the difference? I didn't think to ask for a test to confirm the diagnosis. I have a yeast infection in my breasts, so I was thinking her diaper rash was yeast.

    I just hate to put my baby on antibiotics if she doesn't need them.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast rash looks very similar to chaffing, or like a layer of skin is missing, and has little white bumps, like tiny pimples. It can also smell kinda weird.

      Yeast rash can easily be identified by the fact that if you smooth on a little plain yogurt, during diaper changes, (every 2 hours, wet or not) it will clear up a little within 6 hours.

      Staph looks more like abscessed skin, with lesions. While its possible for both to bleed, its more common in Staph.

      If using disposable diapers, test your baby. Wet the diaper with water, break open the inside, and rub the crystal-like substance on Baby's back, along with a piece of the cotton/pulpy lining. The back has pretty delicate, but resilient skin. Look to see if Baby breaks out with irritation. He/she may be allergic to the chemicals used for absorbency or one of the possible 25+ types of trees they may have used to make the diaper. This was the case with my firstborn who had a rash that got so bad and infected, no matter what we did it wouldn't go away. They told me it was Staph. It started when she was less than a month old.

      When the rash clears up, try using a diaper area wash like the one Burtsbees puts out, or the Diaper Lotion Potion by Kissaluvs. 1 bottle goes a very long way, and if you spray it at the first sign of redness, and use it for the day...it prevents both infections. The mild witch hazel formula, and tea tree (has wonderful antibacterial properties) prevents growth. I like them both equally, but think the Concentrate by Kissaluvs is a better deal. I use it on my 2 youngest children, when needed, and have had it for 5 months, with plenty left.

      Caution: do not use with open soars on bum, it stings!

  35. QUESTION:
    Impetigo or intertrigo are they the same skin disease?
    Is impetigo and intertrigo the same skin disease? If someone has this how long does it take for it to go away? What do you put on it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      'IMPETIGO,' (pronounced im - pet- EYE'' - go), is a specific infection of the skin with a particular germ called "Staph. aureus." It affects children especially, and I have heard the name mis-pronounced as "the infant tiger" . The infected skin produces a gold-coloured discharge which soon dries into a golden crust, on a red background, seen here to the right of a child's lip, http://www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/pics/impetigo_face.jpg , and here on the left side of a man's face, http://www.clinical-virology.org/gallery/images/non_viral/impetigo-1.jpg

      The gold colour of the rash is what gives Staph. aureus its name, (aureus = gold).

      This rash is prone to spread to unaffected skin once you have it, (see that chap's face), and it is also quite infectious by contact to others. Getting it better needs an antibiotic cream to kill off the germ, and sometimes an antibiotic by mouth as well. It then heals without leaving a scar.

      Impetigo affects exposed, 'flat' skin rather than skin-folds.

      "INTERTRIGO," (pronounced in- ter- TRYE''- go), although a similar-sounding name, is quite different and not such a "specific" germ problem. Intertrigo is a rash within a skin-fold, on opposite sides of the skin-fold. Such large skin folds include between the two buttocks, under the breasts in ladies, and in the armpits; also if you are very over-weight and have an 'apron' of tummy-fat, there is a big skin-fold 'under' the apron of fat.

      The reason that the insides of skin-folds are prone to problems, is because

      - - (1) the skin inside sweats away normally, but when the skin folds are touching together there is no way that air can get in to evaporate the sweat. So the skin gets soggy with un-evaporated sweat.

      - - (2) Also, the two sides of the fold make things worse by rubbing together, against each other, and scraping the skin surfaces. Then secondary germs can jump in too and cause an infection.

      Here is an intertrigo in between the buttocks... http://www.aafp.org/afp/20050901/833_f1.jpg caused by a secondary yeast infection; - - here is a rash between the fingers caused by secondary infection with a Pseudomonas germ; http://www.emro.who.int/Publications/EMHJ/0701/etiolo4.jpg ; and here is a rash under the breasts caused by a secondary yeast infection. http://www.skinatlas.com/candintertrigo.jpg

      What is fundamental to an intertrigo, is (a) the sogginess and scraping within a skin-fold caused by un-evaporated sweat, and (b) the follow-on skin infection. The germ which follows on is *not* specific, like it is in Impetigo. It can be a yeast,... a fungus,... or a bacterium.

      The treatment of an Intertrigo is first of all, against the yeast, fungus, or bacterium, - - but after that, there is still the problem of the sweating, and patients may need to put a cotton-wool or gauze into the fold to prevent recurrence.
      Excessive sweating in the armpits, can also be treated with a special aluminium paint.

      I hope this is of some help.

      Best wishes,

      Belliger (retired uk gp)

  36. QUESTION:
    What is this on my neck and under my breast?
    I have a rash or fungus of some type that only appears in these areas. I didn't develop this until after the tanning bed. I have a friend who had it that is black though and he told me to use head and shoulders. This worked only for a short time. It gets worse during summer, but always itches and is there even in winter just not as visible. If I could just gets some possible diagnosis I will research myself. Thanks.
    Is a yeast infection on those areas possible? EWWW
    By the way I have had this for three years. Just worse some years.

    • ANSWER:
      Ah you have the dreaded Tinea Versicolor. I had it for many years and I used Nizoral from time to time and it finally got rid of it. Also try taking Acidophilous(I think that's how you spell it). it helps to build your immune system against yeast that is affecting your skin. Clean all your clothes and bed sheets. You can also get lamisil spray from your doctor or buy the prescription pills.

      Tinea versicolor or pityriasis versicolor is a common skin infection caused by the yeast Malassezia furfur (formerly termed Pityrosporum ovale). This yeast is normally found on the human skin and only becomes troublesome under certain circumstances, such as a warm and humid environment. It is occasionally referred to by its colloquial Hawaiian moniker, "haole rot".

      The symptoms of this condition include:

      * Generally oval or irregularly-shaped spots of 1/4 to 1 inch in diameter, often merging together to form a larger patch
      * Occasional fine scaling of the skin producing a very superficial ash-like scale
      * Pale, dark tan, or pink in color, with a reddish undertone that can darken when the patient is overheated, such as in a hot shower or during/after exercise
      * Sharp border
      * Itching that can worsen with sweating or overheating

      These spots commonly affect the back, underarm, upper arm, chest, lower legs, and neck. Occasionally it can also be present on the face. The yeasts can often be seen under the microscope within the lesions and typically have a so called "spaghetti and meat ball appearance" as the round yeasts produce filaments.

      In people with dark skin tones, pigmentary changes such as hypopigmentation (loss of color) are common, while in those with lighter skin color, hyperpigmentation (increase in skin color) are more common. These discolorations have led to the term "sun fungus".

      [edit] Prevalence

      Tinea versicolor is a common condition. It is estimated that 2 to 8% of the population of the United States has it. This skin disease commonly affects adolescents and young adults, especially in warm and humid climates. It is thought that the yeast feeds on skin oils (lipids) as well as dead skin cells.

      [edit] Treatment

      Treatments for tinea versicolor include:

      * Topical antifungal medications - containing either 2.5% selenium sulfide (Selsun shampoo in UK, but not Selsun Blue which contains only 1%) or 2% ketoconazole (Nizoral ointment and shampoo) applied to dry skin and washed off after 10 minutes, repeated daily for 2 weeks. Other topical antifungal agents such as clotrimazole, miconazole or terbinafine are less widely recommended. Additionally, Hydrogen Peroxide has been known to lessen symptoms, and on certain occasions, remove the problem.[citation needed]
      * Oral antifungal prescription only medications include 400 mg of ketoconazole or fluconazole in a single dose, or ketoconazole 200 mg daily for 7 days, or itraconazole 400 mg daily for 3-7 days. The single-dose regimens can be made more effective by having the patient exercise 1-2 hours after the dose, to induce sweating. The sweat is allowed to evaporate, and showering is delayed for a day, leaving a film of the medication on the skin.[citation needed]
      * Recurrence is common and may be reduced by intermittent application of topical agents (such as tea tree oil) or adding a small amount of anti-dandruff shampoo to water used for bathing.

  37. QUESTION:
    What is the difference in Aveeno Oil and Lotion?
    I broke out in this wierd rash because of this medicine I was taking (not anymore) and so I went to get some lotion. I got Aveeno Creamy Moisturizing Oil. I didn't realize it didn't say lotion until I got home. It looks just like a lotion but it goes on much faster. What is the difference? I didn't know there were moisturizing "oils" until I accidently bought this stuff.

    • ANSWER:
      A lotion includes ingredients that will not aid in the heating of your skin. Do not put the oil on a sunburn or use it if you are going out in the sun and do not want to tan or burn faster. Oils for the body are great for conditioning, though. You picked a fine product, just try to put it on at night so that it doesn't aid in tanning or burning, since both sould be avaoided as much as possible for the future health of your skin. By the way, you might also try taking acidophilus pills or eating cultured yogurt if there is any chance that the rash is due to a variety of yeast infection. You might also find that bag balm helps heal your rash, too. It is fine for people and is a wonderful medicated barrier cream, meaning it keeps germs out and protects the skin until it heals. You may think this is odd, but it truly does works wonders on people even though it was first designed for cow utters and can probably be found in the pet aisle at Wal Mart. Strange, I know, but I even used it on my kids' bums instead of A&D or other baby bum healing ointments. It kept my hands from ever getting chapped, even in frozen midwest winters, too.

  38. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of my sons diaper rash?
    My son is going on 4 months and he was a diaper rash that has probably been there for a good week. I dont know what I am doing wrong that I can't get rid of it whats the best thing I could do for it? He doesnt seem to show any kind of discomfort but I know he could not be comforatable. I wouldn't say that is severe either...

    • ANSWER:
      I swear by Desitin diaper rash cream. Clears it up within 24 hours. Be sure that you're dealing with a diaper rash... it could be a yeast infection (yes, boys too).
      Make sure he is dry (his skin isn't damp) before you put the new diaper on and let his bum "air-out" as often as possible.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to put Lotrimin on my penis head under the foreskin?
    I have the red rash looking marks and it stings and burn, including when I urinate. Can I put Lotrimin on my penis head? Also will it help?

    • ANSWER:
      yes if you use the cream form. Lotrimin is the same stuff that is used to treat vaginal yeast infections and is an anti-fungal. Your best bet is to go see your doctor so that you can get a proper diagnosis but if you decide to go the lotrimin route be sure to use it for the full dosage term even if the rash goes away. This will prevent any micro-organisms from becomming resistant. Guys can get yeast infections too...especially if you just ran a course of anti-biotics. I encourage you to get a proper diagnosis though if you've never been diagnosed with a yeast infection and know what to look for. I took erythromycin as a teenager and got a yeast infection down there because of the anti-biotic killing the beneficial bacteria that normally keeps the yeast organisms that live naturally on our skin in check......and so since I personally know what a yeast infection looks like for me.....anytime I see it re-occur I know what it is to treat it. If you've never had a diagnosis before it may be unwise to self treat in case it is something different.

  40. QUESTION:
    What is this rash and how can I clear it?
    About three or four days ago, I had some minor irritation on the left side of my mouth going down near my chin. The next day, I woke up and had a brown (I'm Black) rash going down the irritated area and now the right side of my mouth and chin have a similar rash. Very small pimple-like bumps are forming and the area itches very much. The skin around it is also becoming very dry. What could this be? I've been stressed lately because of exams, so could it be stress related? What are some good remedies to get rid of it? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I doubt it is acne if changes the color and texture of your skin - my guess is some kind of fungus. Dryness is not exactly typical, but the fact that it appears under stress is. Go see a doctor on Monday. Until then, you may have some luck containing it if you cut down drastically on sugar (typical study food in my own experience) and carbohydrates in gerneral if it's a kind of yeast.

      Try not to scratch it; you may hurt the skin even more and help it spread. If it is a bacterial infection (like acne), try applying a mild desinfectant (I like chamomile tea bags for that). There may be analgetic salves that help with the itch, but I'd be careful around the mouth.

  41. QUESTION:
    How can I treat really stubborn diaper rash?
    My 7 month old has a horrible diaper rash. The doc had us try lotrimin and cortizone. We also tried different diaper rash ointments and switched from Pampers to Huggies. Nothing is working. It's bright red and itches her. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm a nurse and you NEVER put powder on a diaper rash. It causes yeast. Air is the best thing for diaper rash, but from what you are describing, she may have a yeast infection.( It's different than a vaginal yeast infection.) We all have yeast on our skin, just sometimes there is an overgrowth, especially in babies because the diaper area is warm and moist and acidic.Perfect breeding ground for yeast buds to grow.The creams you use for diaper rash just feed it and make it worse.Yeast on babies is red and itchy and even moist looking in some places. My son got a terrible one when he was about 10 mos. Air dried it out and I used genetian violet and monistat. Take her to her pediatrician if the zinc oxide doesn't help because it may be more than diaper rash, but please, never use powder on your baby.

  42. QUESTION:
    In alternative medicene, what can I take to rid my body of too much yeast?
    I get yeast rashes in the groin and under the breasts all the time, I use medications but it comes back all the time! Help, please!

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing and note that local infections are not full body infections.

      Has diabetes and other metabolic disorders been excluded? Is it defiantly a yeast infection you have? Ask your Doctor to take a swab to confirm and also to confirm the infection is caused by candida albicans, and not caused by a less common strain which isn't so easily treated with common anti- fungals.

      Candida prefers warm moist places and it can return if a favorable environment is created again. Make sure you dry the skin carefully after washing and try and wear cotton clothes.

      If you are overweight, you need to lose weight.

  43. QUESTION:
    What are the major characteristics of yeast?
    Hi, i need some help with this question,
    what are the major characteristics do yeast share or have in common?
    Thanks, David

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast are unicellular fungi. The precise classification is a field that uses the characteristics of the cell, ascospore and colony. Physiological characteristics are also used to identify species. One of the more well known characteristics is the ability to ferment sugars for the production of ethanol. Budding yeasts are true fungi of the phylum Ascomycetes, class Saccharomycetes (also called Hemiascomycetes). The true yeasts are separated into one main order Saccharomycetales.

      Yeasts are characterized by a wide dispersion of natural habitats. Common on plant leaves and flowers, soil and salt water. Yeasts are also found on the skin surfaces and in the intestinal tracts of warm-blooded animals, where they may live symbiotically or as parasites. The common "yeast infection" is typically Candidiasis is caused by the yeast-like fungus Candida albicans. In addition to being the causative agent in vaginal yeast infections Candida is also a cause of diaper rash and thrush of the mouth and throat.

      Yeasts multiply as single cells that divide by budding (eg Saccharomyces) or direct division (fission, eg. Schizosaccharomyces), or they may grow as simple irregular filaments (mycelium). In sexual reproduction most yeasts form asci, which contain up to eight haploid ascospores. These ascospores may fuse with adjoining nuclei and multiply through vegetative division or, as with certain yeasts, fuse with other ascospores.

      The awsome power of yeast genetics is partially due to the ability to quickly map a phenotype producing gene to a region of the S. cerevisiae genome. For the past two decades S. cerevisiae has been the model system for much of molecular genetic research because the basic cellular mechanics of replication, recombination, cell division and metabolism are generally conserved between yeast and larger eukaryotes, including mammals.

      The most well-known and commercially significant yeasts are the related species and strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. These organisms have long been utilized to ferment the sugars of rice, wheat, barley, and corn to produce alcoholic beverages and in the baking industry to expand, or raise, dough. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is commonly used as baker's yeast and for some types of fermentation. Yeast is often taken as a vitamin supplement because it is 50 percent protein and is a rich source of B vitamins such as niacin, folic acid, riboflavin, and biotin.

      In brewing, Saccharomyces carlsbergensis, named after the Carlsberg Brewery in Copenhagen, where it was first isolated in pure culture by Dr. Emil Christian Hansen (1842-1909) in 1883, is used in the production of several types of beers including lagers. S. carlsbergensis is used for bottom fermentation. S. cerevisiae used for the production of ales and conducts top fermentation, in which the yeast rise to the surface of the brewing vessel. In modern brewing many of the original top fermentation strains have been modified to be bottom fermenters. Currently the S. carlsbergensis designation is not used, the S. cerevisiae classification is used instead.

      The yeast's function in baking is to ferment sugars present in the flour or added to the dough. This fermentation gives off carbon dioxide and ethanol. The carbon dioxide is trapped within tiny bubbles and results in the dough expanding, or rising. Sourdough bread, is not produced with baker's yeast, rather a combination of wild yeast (often Candida milleri) and an acid-generating bacteria (Lactobacillus sanfrancisco sp. nov). It has been reported that the ratio of wild yeast to bacteria in San Francisco sourdough cultures is about 1:100. The C. milleri strengthens the gluten and the L. sanfrancisco ferments the maltose. For more information about sourdough see rec.food.sourdough FAQ.

      The fermentation of wine is initiated by naturally occurring yeasts present in the vineyards. Many wineries still use natural strains, however many use modern methods of strain maintenance and isolation. The bubbles in sparkling wines is trapped carbon dioxide, the result of yeast fermenting sugars in the grape juice. One yeast cell can ferment approximately its own weight of glucose per hour. Under optimal conditions S. cerevisiae can produce up to 18 percent, by volume, ethanol with 15 to 16 percent being the norm. The sulfur dioxide present in commercially produced wine is actually added just after the grapes are crushed to kill the naturally present bacteria, molds, and yeasts.

      The yeastlike fungus, Candida albicans, is commonly found in the mouth, vagina, and intestinal tract. Candida is a normal inhabitant of humans and normally causes no ill effects. However, among infants and individuals with other illness a variety of conditions can occur. Candidiasis of the mucous membranes of the mouth is known as thrush. Candidiasis of the vagina is called vaginitis. Candida also causes severe disease in persons with AIDS and chemotherapy patients.

  44. QUESTION:
    How do I tell if my child has a UTI and what may be the cause of a rash.?
    She is 3. She gets a rash on her buttock (appears to usually start in the fold of skin at bottom) and is also on her legs. She has icthy vagina. Just trying to figure out possible cause or if she needs to be seen.

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't ever herd of a child getting a rash from a UTI. She needs to see a doctor now. The rash may simply be an allergic reaction to something new she has eaten, drink or even new clothes. A new shampoo, body wash, laundry soap, fabric softener could also cause the rash. Check her arm pits measles usually appear on the warmest parts of the body first, and they are very itchy. Now for the UTI, is she having accidents? Is her urine dark yellow and smells funny? Does she says it burns or hurts to go pee? Is she refusing to get on the toilet when she has to go and tries to hold it as long as she can? Is there blood in the urine? These are all signs of a UTI. She needs to been seen as soon as possible. She may have some type of yeast infection, no matter what it is she needs to be seen by the doctor before it goes away so he can better diagnose it, and save your little girl alot of suffering.

  45. 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.

  46. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a rash from a bladder infection?
    I had a bladder infection and it must have burnt up my whole crotch. The doctor put me on antibiodics. So I am using cornstarch and diaper rash cream. BUT in keeping it dry so that it can heal, it gets SO itchy. I can only wear skirts and even then my legs rub together with every step and the cream comes off. It hurts alot... I am kinda glad I am going through this as my baby is due in 4 weeks and I am experimenting on myself what works and doesn't and I can relate to the pain of a severe rash when he teeths... but how to get rid of this???? Air drying is tough as I am fat and pregnant and my inner tighs are practically stuck together. I noticed that vaseline tends to create moisture and make it worse

    • ANSWER:
      oh that sucks!...
      my friends baby got a really bad rash as you are explaining yours... and he was in so much pain..
      his skin was peeling off and it looked all bubbly

      the dr told her to use the cream that women use for yeast infections.(canstine).. i think its called . and it worked really good...
      Im not sure what to say to you...
      once i had itchy down there and the weirdest thing ever worked!...
      baby cream LOL....
      also for my son i use aveeno baby ointment .. (for rashes).. its very very thick tho!... and its really hard to get off... it will take you a good 15 mns washing it off in the shower.. LOL...

      good luck i hope you get better soon and b4 you end up having your baby!...

  47. 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

  48. 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!/

  49. 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.?


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Dogs With Allergies

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can a dog develop allergies from a sudden change in laundry detergent?
    The onset of the dogs allergies seems to coincide with new laundry soap. Is this possible?

    • ANSWER:
      Very possible.

      Dog's have allergies just like we do. You can have a test done at the vet to determine what exactly he may be allergic to.

      My mom had her Maltese checked for allergies, she's allergic to pollen and grass. Crazy huh?

  2. QUESTION:
    What breeds of dogs can a person with dog allergies own?
    I myself don't have dog allergies, but my mother does.

    Although dogs as far as I am aware aren't aggressive depending upon breed but upon how they are trained, I am looking for a dog that will generally be friendly around other animals, as I also own a micro pig and my sister is currently raising kittens.

    Any info. would be greatly appreciated.
    She has allergies against the dander I believe. She says 'the fur' so I assume the dander.

    • ANSWER:
      Well no dog will be hypoallergenic (despite the outrageous claims made by many people), but some people have better luck with certain breeds.

      Allergy "friendly" dogs are those that don't have very much dander. Some people will tell you that dogs that shed very little are the low dander breeds, but Chihuahuas shed a TON but they're low dander. My fiance has two, they don't bother my allergies as long as I don't touch my face to them while cuddling)

      These breeds are considered "low dander." The dander is what causes allergies, not the fur.

      Airedale
      Australian Terrier
      Bichon Frise
      Bouvier des Flandres
      Cairn Terrier
      Chihuahua
      Chinese Crested
      Giant Schnauzer
      Irish Water Spaniel
      Italian Greyhound
      Maltese
      Miniature Schnauzer
      Norfolk Terrier
      Norwich Terrier
      Poodle (all types)
      Portuguese Water Dog
      Puli
      Schnauzer
      Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
      Tibetan Terrier
      Welsh Terrier
      Xoloitzcuintli
      Yorkshire Terrier

      Some people are only allergic to SOME breeds of dog (my mom can't be around German Shepherd at ALL of she breaks out in hives). I suggest researching the breeds on the list above to find out what their personalities are like. Once you've narrowed it down to some you would be interested in owning, call some reputable breeders near you and ask if your mom can spend some time with their dogs. If she's allergic to the breed, I'm sure she'll find out shortly thereafter. ;)

      As far as good with other pets goes, you want to avoid terriers. It is true, like you said, that the animals behavior is how they're raised... but terriers were bred to instinctively hunt small animals. My mom has a Yorkie/Maltese mix and he chases down our cat and chews on her... it's not aggressive... but it isn't pleasant either.

      Of the breeds above, the ones that have a reputation for being good with other pets (as far as I'm aware, others may be good too) are as follows:
      Bichon Frise
      Chihuahua
      Italian Greyhound
      Maltese
      Poodle

      Check this out, you can figure out a good breed for your family... it includes pet friendly and better for allergy sufferers.

      Good luck! Let us know what you decide!

      And just so you are aware, dogs that are mixed with poodle and something else, like a labXpoodle mix, are not always good for allergy sufferers. Like ALL inherited traits, the amount of dander produced can be from the labrador parent OR the poodle parent. There are some "labradoodles" out there causing intense allergies... JUST like a lab. Mix breed dogs can inherit ANY trait of EITHER parent.

      If you get a mix, try to find a mix of two or more of the dogs listed above. If mom has low dander, and dad has low dander... kid will have low dander. A lot of the smaller breeds listed above are frequently found in shelters... even mixed together! So you should have a good chance of being able to save a life if you choose to do so. :)

  3. QUESTION:
    What type of dog would be advised for someone with a dog allergy?
    Hi there

    My partner has a dog allergy and we would very much like a dog, can anyone suggest what type of dog we should go for that would not agravate him too much?

    • ANSWER:
      Bichon Frise could be good for you if you have a an allergy. The y do not go through the cyclical shedding process that most dogs go through and so it is less likely they will leave fur around the house.

      However, they are high maintenance and will require daily grooming. They are also very friendly and can be in your face so if they allergy is brought on by dog saliva - watch out!

      I would suggest a Bichon Frise is a good place to start - my Dad is allergic to dogs but copes very well with our two Bichons. However, it may be a good idea to try spending time with different dogs and see how you react as they will effect people differently.

  4. QUESTION:
    How likely is it that I will develop dog allergies?
    My whole life, I owned cats at dogs. I am now 20 years old. I had a cat for the past 6 years. Last year, after being away from her for 3 months, I returned home and became ill. After 6 months of being sick I went to the doctor and was sent for allergy tests. When the tests came back, I learned that I was allergic to my cat. It was devistating, and she now lives with my mother.

    I plan on getting a dog in a few years, but how likely is it that I will develop dog allergies now? I haven't owned a dog in 3 years.

    • ANSWER:
      Your greatest indicator will be your family history. Now, I've been told that children outgrow allergies, and then I've been told that allergies can worsen over time. Here's my experience.

      My aunt and great aunt both have severe hay fever (pollen bloom allergies), and when I was tested at about 14, it turns out my allergies were MAJORLY grasses, some trees, and some molds.

      Recently, I went and had another test done. I'm 26. I have even more severe grass allergies than before, but my molds and trees have gone down a little. I used to also have a mild allergy to cats, but that's gotten even more mild. Here's the part where I started to get a little choked up. My doctor told me I'm starting to develop an allergy to dogs. I about lost it in the clinic, because I love dogs so much, but fortunately, it's very mild and doesn't affect me too bad.

      So apparently it IS possible to develop an allergy to dogs, but a GREAT suggestion is to look for a dog with minimal dander. Golden Retriever? Yorkie? Shih Tzu? Pomeranian? All BAAAD choices. I'd stick with something hypo-allergenic like a pug, dachsund, beagle, or short haired chihuahua.

      Hope this helps! Vote for me as best answer, I'm trying to get my level up! ;-)

  5. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of dog allergies?
    Do you know anything, preferably can be done at home, that can help/stop my dog allergies? My dad has two dogs and they drive me nuts help please.

    • ANSWER:
      this isn't an answer..just a question..i'm dealing with either allergies or sinus..i think it may be my dog..do you mind sharing some symptoms you are dealing with..just to give me an idea..it's either the weather or the dog

  6. QUESTION:
    How to tell if child has dog allergies?
    My 16 month old son has little bumps along with patches of bumps that are a little red. He also has had stuffy noses a lot in the last month and a half. We got a dog about 2 months ago. Could these be signs of a dog allergy?

    • ANSWER:
      fsd

  7. QUESTION:
    Whats a good dog for a person with dog allergies?
    I have dog allergies and I really want to get another dog but i dont want one that makes my allergies act up. Whats a good dog for a person with allergies? (Im not intrested in poodles or any of those nasty rag dolls).

    • ANSWER:
      There are actually tons of dogs that are hypoallergenic. Many different sized ones too so you don't have to worry about being stuck with only a poodle.
      Here is a list of the ones that I can think of off the top of my head:
      Airedale Terrier
      Basenji (These are known for being yappy though)
      Bichon Frise
      Cairn Terrier
      Chinese Crested (Hairless)
      Irish Water Spaniel
      Lowchen (Known as "Little Lion Dog")
      Maltese
      Shih-Tzu
      Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
      Spanish Water Dog
      Standard Schnauzer
      Tibetan Terrier
      West Highland White Terrier
      Wirehaired Fox Terrier
      Yorkshire Terrier

      I know that there's more than that but there is a good start. : ) Hope I helped !!

  8. QUESTION:
    Is it okay for my dog's allergies to use Loratadine instead of benadryl?
    I heard give half a pill of benadryl could do the trick for my dogs allergies. But can I try half of Loratadine instead benadryl?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can use it but it's always a good idea to consult with your vet before selecting a treatment. The dosage for loratadine is .5mg per kg (your dogs weight in kg times .5) or approximately .23 mg per lb. (1 time per day).

      FYI, the dosage for benadryl is 2-4 mg per kg (or .91- 1.8 mg per lb). You would start with the lower dose and use the lowest dose that effectively treats your problem. Use tablets or liquid. (Two times a day).

      Make sure that you NEVER give a dog an antihistamine mixed with a cold medication such as a decongestant.

      Another tip, it's always a good idea to give your dog benadryl before any vaccinations (and for a few days after if your dog has ever had a bad reaction). Many vets give a benadryl injection a few minutes prior to vaccinations.

  9. QUESTION:
    Would Merrick Wilderness dog food be a good choice for a dog with allergies?
    My dog Murphy has been itching for a long time, and after many different treatments, my vet has suggested that he may be allergic to his food. He's currently on Purina Little Bites dog chow. I've been looking into healthier foods, that won't cost me an arm and a leg and Merrick seems to be pretty good. I'd like to know what others think of this brand of dog food. Is it any good? Should it help with my dogs allergies?

    Thanks!

    Oh, also, I've tried the Chicken Soup dog food before, they he really didn't like it.

    • ANSWER:
      That's what I use to feed and loved this food HOWEVER in the Summer of 2010 I acquired a dog that could not tolerate grains, so I figured I would just make the change of dog food for both of my dogs . Both of my dogs are now eating Taste of the Wild, and even though grain free, it IS a little cheaper than the Merrick. Taste of the Wild is a 6 star rated food out of 6 stars, and Merrick earned 5 stars. Merrick does have grains, but not the bad crap.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I give my dog allergy pills?
    My dog allergies has gotten worse and the vet told me to try another home remedy before we go any further. Im supposed to try claritin or zyrtec. Which one do you prefer first and how much should I give him? He recommended one pill per day. Im thinking, do I give him this pill everyday? Dog weighs 53 lbs

    • ANSWER:
      I did this with my dog when he had kennel cough. Take the pill, wrap it in pepperoni, and feed it to your dog. They absolutely love it. Just make sure they eat the pill and the pepperoni. Benadryll and Claritan both work as pills.

  11. QUESTION:
    Are Japanese Spitz's okay to have around people with dog allergies?
    I can't find much information on them.
    My husband and I want a dog, and are thinking about a Japanese Spitz, however I have Dog Allergies.

    Any help? Anyone know anything about this breed?

    • ANSWER:
      No, they aren't known to be "hypoallergenic." However, you should remember that ALL dogs can cause allergies. My advice is to spend some time around several different breeds to find out which ones YOU react to. Everyone is different, so a breed that irritates someone else you may be fine with.

      Good luck :)

  12. QUESTION:
    Can dog get allergies from the enviroment?
    I have a 6 month old Beagle who sounds like he has a stuffy nose (very similar to the snorts of a pug). This isn't constant but mostly when he lays down or when we pick him up. The vet has seen him and checked his lungs- which sound fine. He has been on antibiotics for kennel cough about 4 months ago. The cough is now gone. He has a runny nose most of the time. Is it possible that he could have allergies? Is this common? Do you know where I could get more information on dog allergies?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, see your vet

  13. QUESTION:
    Could somebody lose their hair because they have a dog allergy?
    Also how would a Doctor test someone to see if they have a dog allergy?
    If the person has lost their hair because of a dog allergy would we need to get rid of the dog or could it be treated another way?
    Just to clarify the person in question is a 15 year old girl

    • ANSWER:
      Nopes, unless you are tearing your hair out because of the sniffing and sneezing.
      As i am allergic to dogs, it is the fur from the dog that triggers a reaction, most of the time is is sniffing and sneezing orr

      Sneezing and a running or blocked nose.
      eye symptoms such as itching and watering eyes.
      asthma. Coughing and wheezing. (Children with asthma).
      Itchy skin disease with red patches.
      An itchy reddish rash.

      If you went to be tested, they would do what is called a prick test. That means they would dab a small amount of liquid on your wrist or hand, and get the tip of a needle and poke it so it enters your bloodstream and your skin. Then you must leave it for 15 mins without scratching, go back in and see if there is a red bump there, if there is, im sorry but you are allergic. The next step would be to give you anti histamines to reduce the symptoms. Get rid of the dog? The anti histamines should help control it, but if not that could be seen as a last resort.

      Good Luckk :)

  14. QUESTION:
    What is a good homemade dog food recipe for dogs with allergies?
    My dog has allergies. Tried other vet recommended things with no success. Now I want to make my dog's food myself to see if that can help. I need a healthy recipe for dogs that is gluten and grain free. One that is good for dogs with allergies, and well balanced.

    • ANSWER:
      You could try feeding raw if the thought of raw animal carcasses don't put you off. It is much cheaper than feeding commerical dog food and you know exactly what the dog is getting. Hopefully somebody will provide some links.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog food for dogs with allergies?
    I have 2 Shih Tzu's & they are eating California Natural. I was thinking of switching them to Chicken Soup For The Dog Lovers Soul or Taste Of The Wild.

    Which food is best for dogs with allergies?
    It doesn't have to be CSFTDLS or TOTW, any suggestions are appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      My present dog has allergies as well.
      We did a ton of research and found Solid Gold products to fit our needs nicely.
      Changed his diet and all the problems went away.
      Read the labels on the treats as well and adjust accordingly, as well as avoiding these same ingredients in their shampoos (if they're allergic to corn, avoid corn oils as well, not only in food but also in shampoo since this can be absorbed through the skin.)

      There are a lot of quality holistic foods out there...take a trip through a store that carries them and do a little research to find the one that fits your specific needs. Good luck.

      You can check out www.solidgoldhealth.com to find the stores that carry them in your area.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for dogs to be allergic to birds?
    I have 2 cockatiel and when they molt, it seems my dogs allergies act up. I mean it could be my imagination and certain pollens, or dust is present at the time....but it really seems to be my birds causing my dog to need his allergy medicine ( benadryl)
    Is it possible my dog has a bird allergy? Maybe just a bird dander allergy?

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely bird dander allergies. Many people have problems with bird dander also. Bathing your birds will help keep the dander down plus most birds enjoy warm baths.

  17. QUESTION:
    Are English foxhounds good dogs for someone who is allergic?
    My wife is allergic to dogs, but my kids are set on getting one and she is okay with getting one. I have been doing some research and am looking to adopt a dog. I really liked the English foxhound at our local pound, and have heard good things about the breed. I understand that no dog is truly hypo-allergenic, but I was just curious as to if these dogs would be okay for someone with a dog allergy. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      No. They are kinda-high shedding dogs, actually. The best dogs for someone with an allergy would be a non-shedding dog like a wirehaired fox terrier. However, even non-shedding dogs trigger allergy symptoms with people

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the most affordable grain free dog food?
    I am trying to get to the bottom of my dogs allergy without having to pay for expensive allergy testing. At the moment I am trying to rule out a food allergy by changing her food to a grain free hypoallergenic variety. I got her some Orijen, which she loves!!! But it is soooo expensive, and made in Canada. Ideally I am looking for a uk alternative that I can use for a while to see if it helps stop her itching/biting her inflamed skin.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know if you'll be successful in finding a cheap grain-free dog food. You could try going to your local pet food store and ask for some samples of different kinds, just to see which ones your dog likes. Then run with that brand and see if the allergy symptoms improve. In the long run a more expensive dog food tends to cost not much more than cheaper brands (imo) because they do tend to keep your dog healthier (less costly vet visits for problems) and most dogs tend to eat a bit less in volume of the better grade dog food.

      My border collie pup had been on Blue Buffalo - which is a higher-end food - but was having chronic diarrhea issues (my older dog too, also on Blue Buffalo, was displaying similar symptoms, though less in degree). So I switched both of them to Taste of the Wild, which is completely grain-free, and within less than a week my puppy's diarrhea disappeared - as did my older dog's - and both have been much healthier ever since.

  19. QUESTION:
    What is better- a toy poodle or soft coated wheaten terrier for allergies?
    In our family, 2 people have dog allergies. Although I really want a puppy, I'm trying to do some research. So, like my question, which should I look at? Toy Poodles or Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers? Or as some say, are poodles and Schnauzers really just the best? I hope S.C.W. Terriers are the best, but if they aren't dont give me false answers please! Truths only!

    • ANSWER:
      Try spending time with both breeds or get an allergy test done its only real way to know if you'll be allergic to the breed

  20. QUESTION:
    If Men and Dogs have lived together for thousands of years, why are some people allergic to dogs?
    My understanding is that men and dogs have hunted and lived together since prehistoric times. I'd think that would make humans having dog allergies nearly as unlikely as humans being allergic to other humans. But lots and lots of people are allergic to dogs.

    Are dog allergies as common in rural dwellers or among people in undeveloped countries?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sure allergies have been around for a long time.

      Consider bee sting or nut allergies: 100 years ago anaphylaxis would kill anyone allergic to them. Now we have medications to prevent death. These allergic people grow up have kids and pass on the allergy to another generation.

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the most suitable dog for me to get to be trained as a Hearing Dog for my 9 year old son?
    We both have mild dog allergies.
    We live in a medium sized house in the English countryside.
    We also have 3 cats.

    • ANSWER:
      Either a labador or a spanial would be nice Both lovely dogs with lovely natures

  22. QUESTION:
    I just found out that I am allergic to cats and dogs, the doctor prescribed me Singulair?
    He said that this is the best allergy medication for cat and dog allergy, but it doesn't seem to be working very well for me. Any other suggestions on brand of allergy medicine for this allergy? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      see Dr again=====hope you are staying away from the cats and dogs

  23. QUESTION:
    Can I take a 24 hour claratin pill for my allergies, and an ibeprofen for a cold?
    I take claratin every morning because I have dog allergies, but have 3 dogs living with me, but I am scared to mix the two medicines. I am always paranoid about this.

    • ANSWER:
      you are taking claratin for a allergies and the symptoms of the allergies are the same as a cold eg hay fever does not mean you are allergic to hay it is a allergy to many things including dogs symptoms runny nose sore throat watering eyes so do not take any thing else

  24. QUESTION:
    What should I do if my dog has allergies?
    I think my dog has allergies, he itches but doesn't have fleas. And he licks his paws a lot (which is a sign he does). Does anyone think I can give him anything like a benadryl or something? I know I should take him to the vet, but if it's something I can fix on my own, i'd rather save him the stress. I tried oatmeal wash and aloe vera (fresh plant) and listerine but it only helps temporarily. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Licking the paws is a sign of food allergies. What food is he on now? Try switching protein sources. Beef, wheat, and dairy are the most common allergens - try lamb and rice or fish and potato. Also, make sure that he isn't getting any treats that have the offending ingredients!

  25. QUESTION:
    Is nutrish a good dog food for a dog with allergies?
    Also are the Rachel rays just 6 treats good for a dog with allergies. The ingredients for the treats are. Rice flour, rice bran, chicken, oat fiber, olive oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols) and salt. It says made in the USA.

    • ANSWER:
      For a dog that has food allergies or food sensitivities, I recommend you feed a limited ingredient diet such as Nutro Natural Choice Venison Meal and Whole Brown Rice Formula. It is also available in a grain free formula if you prefer. The venison is a novel protein source that your dog most likely has not had before and it does not contain any corn, wheat or any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Nutro is the only company that actually guarantees you will see improvement in your dog's skin and coat or your money back. It says it right on the bag! Nutro also makes several grain free treats for dogs with allergies, too. I'm a pet nutrition specialist with Nutro and have been feeding it for over 25 years now to all my furry kids and it's always worked great. In fact I started feeding it back in the day when my lab mix was itchy and scratchy. Once she started eating Nutro her skin issues went away and I've been feeding it ever since. Here's a link to learn more about it and read some reviews. http://www.nutro.com/natural-dog-food/natural-choice-dog-food/grain-free-adult-venison-meal-potato.aspx http://www.nutro.com/natural-dog-food/natural-choice-dog-food/adult-dog-food-venison-brown-rice.aspx

  26. QUESTION:
    does local honey really help with dog allergies?
    clearly i'm desperate.
    i was just told that local honey has certain qualities that cures dogs allergies. It does something to their immune system and makes them stronger to their surroundings.
    IS THIS TRUE?
    i have a pit bull.

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    What's a good food to feed my dog with allergies?
    My dog has allergies and would like to change his food that will help his allergies and promote a healthy coat. I am willing to spend a good amount but also don't want to break my bank account at the same time. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      When you say allergies I assume you mean food allergies. Do you know what your dog is allergic to? Most of the allergy foods avaliable now are unique protin and carb sorces such as venison, kagnaroo, or herring, and oatmael or sweet potatoes. If you haven't identifyed what food your dog is allergic to one of those will be best. Dealing with the allergies should help his coat also. Any premium or super premium brand should be fine (nothing you can buy in the grocery store or walmart) If your dogs allergy is not a food allergy a change in diet is not likely to help.

  28. QUESTION:
    Why is it that German Shepherds are One of the Worst Breeds for People with Allergies?
    It's listed as one of the worst breeds for people with allergies in a 'sneeze free' book about managing dog allergies and stuff. So i was just wondering why it's so. And also if German Shepherds are really bad for people with allergies then are other dogs similar to GSDs also really bad then?

    • ANSWER:
      The German Shepherd Dog is a large dog with a dense double coat. This double coat sheds year round, and produces even greater volumes of fur when the dogs shed in the spring and Autumn. For some owners, this is not a trivial point, but if you have allergies or asthma its a big problem.I have no idea on other dogs as it depends on their fur and that particular breed of dog.I would think a husky would be very similar fur wise.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can you allergic reactions to dogs stop?
    When i get by dogs i get hives,itching on eyes and skin,and heavly breathing and coughing. My family wants a dog that sheds like a beagle because we don't like non-shedding dog breeds.Is there a cure or medicine to stop my dog allergies?

    • ANSWER:
      If you're allergic to dogs and your family gets a dog then your allergies will probably get worse. I used to get that sort of reaction to cats, and after a lot of exposure it turned into allergic asthma. There is no "cure" for allergies, although in some people allergy shots can desensitise you to the point where the allergy is no longer a problem - this takes a couple of years and can be quite expensive.

      It's also not the shedding that people are generally allergic to with dogs, it's the dander (skin/saliva on the hair). So, a non-shedding breed won't necessarily prevent your dog allergies, and a shedding breed won't necessarily give you allergies, it depends on their skin. Try being around different types of dogs to see if they make you react - I find with my allergies dogs that have wiry or woolly hair make me react less. We have a mini schnauzer and I'm not really allergic to him at all, but if I go anywhere near something like a labrador I sneeze and sneeze.

  30. QUESTION:
    How can i reduce dog allergies??( claritin doesnt work)?
    i have a really bad dog allergy,its hard to breath,chest hearting,caughing. I take claritin daily,its not working thought. I never had an asthma,im a soccer player. HArd to train now. please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      probably have to get rid of the dog.. (i am also sverely allergic to dogs and play soccer and softball so i bought myself a little shih tzu because theyre hypoallergenic.) i know that thats hard to do so go to your doc and talk to him about a prescription.. idk how long youve been taking claritin for but if you have been on it for a while, your body has probably become immune to it. if you dont feel like going to the docs, switch to Zyrtec. It works REALLY well ! allergies SUCK so i wish you all the best of luck in finding whats right for YOU =]

  31. QUESTION:
    What brands of dog food should I feed my dog with allergies?
    I took my 2-year-old goldendoodle to the vet today. He has some scabs on his face that he's been itching and irritating for a week. The vet told me he has dermatitis, and most likely allergies too. Besides the treatment for the skin issues, the vet recommended trying a different dog food, preferably an organic one with meat as the first ingredient. Can you recommend any brands of dog food that would be good to try for a dog with allergies?

    • ANSWER:
      A higher quality dog food might very well help your mutt.

      Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n' Bits, Beneful, Ol'Roy.

      Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature's Variety Prairie, Nature's Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timberwolf Organics.

      A great option is to go with an entirely grainless diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grainless formulas. Some good grainless diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Merrick Before Grain, Canidae Grain Free All Life Stages, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now!, Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Ziwipeak, and Taste of the Wild.

      If he still experiences problems, you may need a food specifically designed for dogs with food allergies. California Natural is a good, high quality allergy food and Natural Balance puts out a few allergy formulas as well.

      Darksong~

  32. QUESTION:
    What can I do about my dogs allergies?
    My dog has crazy allergies during this time of the year and I feel so bad for her. If anyone has a tip or trick that would help relieve them, please let me know!

    • ANSWER:
      So you say your dog has allergies eh.
      To help this you could try changing his diet, where he walks ect.
      I would know this, Im a vet

  33. QUESTION:
    What is the best food for a dog with allergies?
    My little furbaby is suffering terribly from what the vet thinks is a food allergy. I am currently in the “process of elimination” phase to figure out what she could even be allergic too. My vet suggested switching her food to find what helps her. The problem is, I won’t give my dog just any food – too many crap products out there. The food I am currently giving her is the generic form of Blue (or so I was told). The top ingredients are: Chicken, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, cracked barley, chicken fat, egg product.

    What are some other good dog foods out there that are good for dogs with allergies? I did talk to my vet about a raw diet and she was actually against that. Thanks in advance!!

    • ANSWER:
      Common culprits for allergies include corn, sometimes, wheat, dairy, sometimes soy protein and many times chicken protein (not to be confused with chicken fat).

      If you want to go through the process of elimination with individual ingredients, I would start with a diet that does not contain chicken protein. A quality lamb and rice formula would be a good start or even a fish meal and potato diet like Natural Choice makes which is free of corn, wheat, soy protein and chicken protein.

      Alternatively, you could go straight to eliminating everything and adopt a limited ingredient diet. A true limited ingredient diet will contain the fewest ingredients possible to provide your dog with complete nutrition as well as eliminate the number of possible sites of irritation. A LID should not be confused with a grain free, many grain frees still contain a blend of different ingredients.

      Natural Choice makes a good grain free/true limited ingredient diet. I have had a lot of success recommending this formula for dogs with extreme skin conditions from allergies. I have seen results in less than a couple of days in some severe cases.

      Hope that helps :)

      Olivia
      Pet Nutrition Specialist
      Nutro

  34. QUESTION:
    What is the best brand and most reasonably priced dog food for a dog with allergy problems?
    My dog has been licking and scratching like crazy and it keeps my husband and I up all night long. After doing some research I found that it could be allergies. I would like to try to switch her food, what is a brand of food that I could find at a grocery store that would be for dogs with allergy's and be reasonably priced?

    • ANSWER:
      Very few grocery stores carry anything resembling a good dog food. A few groceries carry Harmony Farms or Newman's Own which are decent foods but most of the foods carried in grocery stores are corn based. Find something with no corn, wheat or soy.

  35. QUESTION:
    How to determine if cross-breed dog is allergy friendly?
    I had a bichon who passed away a few months ago and am starting to consider getting another dog. Problem is, I'm allergic to most breeds. I'm not ready to get another bichon - I loved the last one too much to get a "replacement" for her - and I'm not the biggest fan of purebred poodles, so I'm a bit stuck when considering options.

    I'd love to be able to get a rescue or mutt this time around, and have have been thinking about poodle- or bichon- mixes. I am worried, however, about the allergy issue. Is there any type of "rule of thumb" for mixes that indicates whether they will be as allergy-friendly as the parent? Alternatively, is there any way to test a dog for allergy-friendliness (since I think the allergies are to dander, not hair)? I don't want to bring a dog home and find out I'm allergic to it - too emotionally stressful for both parties involved.

    Thanks for any insight you can provide. It's much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I would skip it entirely. There are no dogs that are completely hypoallergenic. Some people can have nasty reactions to even the saliva, which is pretty hard to stop. As a rule of thumb, I'd say no to hybrids and designer dogs. No one can guarantee what is in the mix. Puggles are basically Pugs and Beagles, two bad allergy dogs. Labradoodles/Goldendoodles shed terribly. I have a daughter who is a severe asthmatic. Personally she will never own a dog as she doesn't want to deal with the shots, meds and side effects. You can develop allergies too.

  36. QUESTION:
    My dog has allergies and eats Science Diet ZD Ultra. What is a good allergy free food?
    I was thinking of Merrick, Innova or Canidae. Are these good foods for a dog with allergies?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the allergies your pup has. My cat also has allergies; we finally had to have the vet do an allergy test to determine the allergens.

      In my cats case, in addition to several local weeds, she was allergic to rice, wool, milk, eggs, dogs and catfish! Try to find a dry cat food without rice! TUrns out there is one. Seriously, ONE. and that one does have some egg protein in it.

      After eliminating all wool blankets, changing food, telling the neighbor we could no longer baby-sit her dog, making sure the local weeds were not too local...we still had to give the poor kitty allergy shots.

      Long story short: consult your vet.

  37. QUESTION:
    How much does a labradoodle cost per year?
    How much does a labradoodle cost per year (food, grooming, etc) including accessories (chew toys, cages beds, etc). Also how time consuming is it, like does it require a lot of attention. And how much grooming does it require. Lastly, does it shed a lot and is it allergy prone, like if someone with general dog allergies were to own it as oppose to another type of dog, would he/she react as seriously?

    P.S. I know it depends on the dog, but generally speaking, is it easy to train?

    • ANSWER:
      My friend has a 11 month old golden labradoodle and it is very well behaved and gets along well with my dog even though my dog isn’t keen on him, her dog does agility, obedience and puppy training classes.on average they need 2 hours a day of exercise
      you can groom labradoodles your self with a basic dog grooming kit, cages can be expensive mine cost about $/£60 my dogs food is about £10 a week and he has wet food mixed with dry.
      chew toys vary and you will need to replace them when they become damaged.

      hope this helps in some way (:

  38. QUESTION:
    Is there an over-the-counter medicine that is good for dog allergies?
    Other than Benydryll, is there an over the counter med that is good for INDOOR (specifically dog) allergies!?!?

    • ANSWER:
      24 hr. Claritin does the trick for me. It's nice because you don't have to keep taking it every 4 hrs.

      good health,
      Mel

  39. QUESTION:
    How much do dog allergy shots cost?
    I recently got my dog tested for allergies from a blood test that will take 3 weeks to get back. She will then be put on allergy shots. Doesn't anyone know the cost of the allergy shots?

    • ANSWER:
      About a vial (they are multiple use) is what I pay.

      EDIT: I think that some people here are confusing immunotherapy with a one-time Prednisone shot. I am assuming that you are asking about immunotherapy-the long term series of shots that will help create an immunity to the allergens? THESE shots are safe long-term. Frequent dosing with steroids like Prednisone is not. My answer is for the I pay for a vial of immunotherapy shots for my English Setter.

  40. QUESTION:
    What can i give my dog for allergies?
    My dog had allergies really really bad. We give her benadryl but its not helping. How can we help her. She even has her nose rubbed raw.

    • ANSWER:
      good morning you can purchase this from doctor foster and smith.com phone 1-800-826-7206 it works premium plus allertabs in four days you will see result bye enjoy your day

  41. QUESTION:
    My dog has skin allergies. Is there any kind of natural herbs to get rid of that or something?
    My dog has allergies, she is not getting any better. I am hurting financially and I dont have the money to take her to the vets, My vet
    wants his money up front. They all do. Vets dont work out payments.
    Does anyone know any herbs to get rid of it or something to help her?

    • ANSWER:
      Are there no charitable organisations who could help with the cost ?

      Here in the UK the PDSA (Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals) will treat ANY animal regardless of their owners ability to pay. They are a charity organisation - relying on donations. Visitors are encouraged to donate - BUT they're not pressured in any way. Some people just cannot afford to pay for vet treatment.

  42. QUESTION:
    Is a miniature schnauzer the right breed for someone with severe dog allergies?
    my mom has really bad allergies and ive always loved dogs and do not want to wait until after i leave the house to get a dog. Besides allergies my mom is concerned that a dog will get lonely since both my parents work and i have sports after school.

    • ANSWER:
      If your mother has severe allergies, the best kind of dog is a stuffed one. There is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog, they just produce less allergens but if your mother is really allergic even the smaller amounts of allergens will bother her.

      Also, it would be mean to the puppy to leave it home alone all day long while you parents are at work and you are at school.

  43. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP IMPORTANT QUESTION ABOUT DOGS AND ALLERGIES?
    If you have a dog allergy that is really bad and you get acupuncture for it might this work and if so what type of dog is best to get afterwords? The reasons for getting that type of dog must be backed up; you can't just put any type of dog because you like it or you own it.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on what part of the dog you're reacting to. It could be dander or hair or saliva. Not all people with allergies react to certain breeds the same way.

      Generally Poodles and Bichons are considered somewhat less allergenic than most other breeds. The same is true of some terriers, such as the Wheaten. These dogs don't shed, so they spread less hair and dander around. They also require professional grooming to trim the hair neatly as it grows continuously.

      Your best bet is to either find a breeder of a breed that interests you and visit to see if you react or find a rescue that is willing to let you work with the dogs one-on-one or even foster it before committing.

      Also consider getting Allerpet shampoo and keep your pet well groomed. This can reduce allergens in all breeds.

      Here's a good article with additional suggestions:
      http://sweet-lucys.com/allergictodogs.html
      http://sweet-lucys.com/allergybreeds.html

  44. QUESTION:
    What kind of food would you give a dog with allergies?
    My friend has a dog that has pretty bad allergies. The poor thing is itchy - and yes it has been to the vet, and the only likely answer is allergies.

    However, the vet suggested Medi-Cal (similar to Science Diet) Hypoallergenic and that's what they have her on. It doesn't take a genious to notice that the food is crap, and likely making the allergies worse. It's not grain free and is full of filler.

    She realizes most vets don't know much about pet foods and is wanting to know a name of a high quality (grain free as well) food that would work.

    Does your dog have dog food allergies?
    If so, to grain, protein source or other?
    What food do you suggest?
    The food has Oat Flour and Rice as it's first ingredients ... I know, so bad.

    I was thinking Orijen Six Fish - grain free and uses an alternate protein source. Plus it limits the ingredients to natural ingredients like organic kelp, carrots, canbarries, blueberries, spinach, and etc. Plus has over 9+ protein source rather then one, with the first 5 being protein sources.
    I've looked into Diamond and it looked mediocre compared to most high quality dog foods but hey, if it's working for your dogs. Purina sucks, it's garbage.

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    what brand of dog food does NOT contain ground, yellow corn, OR any yeast product?
    i have narrowed my dogs allergy down to these two ingredients, could be one or the other. i cant seem to find a dry dog food that does not have these products in them.

    • ANSWER:
      Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula (dry food) does not use animal by-products and their gluten-free recipes do not contain any artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Their food also does not have corn, wheat or soy, which have been known to trigger allergies.

      You can go to the website: http://www.bluebuff.com and read more about the products they have and request a free sample (and a coupon)!

  46. QUESTION:
    Can you develop an allergy to dogs at any time?
    Is there a way to treat it without getting rid of the dog? Is it possible to be allergic to some dogs and not to others? What reactions do people have to dog allergies? Would you get a rash and no other symptoms? Thank you so much!!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can develop an allergy to anything at any time. Usually people with allergies to animals have breathing difficulty, puffy and watery eyes, sneezing. There is medication for this type of allergy. See an Allergist.

  47. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of a Natural fabric softener, something to prevent static cling?
    Can't use store bought fabric softeners or dryer sheets due to my dogs allergies.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the vinegar. You can even put it in the downy ball if you want to, that way you don't miss the rinse cycle.

      If you use baking soda do it in the WASH cycle, otherwise you end up with powdery residue on your clothes, you need to rinse that out.

      Vinegar smell dissipates after the clothes are dry so you don't walk around smelling like a pickle, actually it leaves a really fresh, clean, sweet smell.

      They may have some sort of ionic device in a ball, or whatever, that can go into the dryer. I have no idea.

      For static in the house overall, you can try humidifying the air with a pan of water, a steamer for your clothes, etc. This may help everything, even that scuffle-zap fun that you have with the cat.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is it common for dogs to have allergies and sneeze?
    My dog has allergy and he sneezed every time with a runny nose (the fluid is clear). Is it common for them to have it or does that mean my dog is unhealthy?
    Does it go away on its own or it happens EVERYTIME he's exposed to allergens?

    • ANSWER:
      30 minutes ago you said your pup was diagnosed by a vet to have kennel cough .. I gave you several links for kennel cough as well as for runny nose and sneezing ...http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AlNOXwleoFXGCmG2MXcx8Kjsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20110327183914AA2OAoS

      If you do not believe your vet then you take your dog to another for a second opinion but you can not self diagnose your dog and neither can we.

  49. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a dog to eliminate foods he has eaten from his body?
    I think my dog has allergies and I am in the process of testing different foods to eliminate the ones that could be causing his allergies. How long does it take for his body to rid itself of the food he may have eaten this morning, lets say. So I can try a new food? Please only answer if you know it to be true...(meaning you have been witness to it) Thank You!
    Thanks all, and Anna Marie, when you wrote signs are: boogy eyes, runny nose, & itching...did you mean signs of Pollen allergy or food allergy? Cause she has all those signs. The foods I am trying are homemade ie. chicken, beef, lamb etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Every dog is different. It could take up to 72 hours to eliminate food eaten. Puppies are different, approximately 15-24 hours.

      Having a dog with allergies I've become somewhat of an amature expert on this. Food allergies are very very rare. Food "sensativities" are far more common. Food sensativities can be enhanced by enviormental allergies... i.e. pollen.

      The first thing you should eliminate are two very common things that dogs are sensative too... 1. Beef and 2. Corn.

      Read ingredients and suspect everything. My dog is sensative to beef. Took her off all beef, still having reactions....I couldn't figure it out until I realized that her Heartgard was BEEF FLAVORED. Once I took her off that and put her on a different heartworm medication...problem solved. But her allergies often kick in in the spring and the fall....pollen. A lot of dogs have pollen allergies.

      You can tell by "eye boogies", a runny nose, scratching.

      If you dog also has pollen allergies, you want to eliminate wheat from their diet. Wheat makes allergies worse. Even in humans!

      Be very careful changing food.... a rapid change in food can cause digestive upset resulitng in gas, bloating and diarrhea... not fun.

      Try to switch to a unique protein source... Lamb, venison, fish. Find something with an oatmeal carbohydrate souce... a lot of allergic dogs are doing well with that.

      You also want to improve their immune system. The best food you can afford. Fish oil pills (they are anti-inflamatory), Ester C (I highly recommend Dr. Goodpets Buffered Vitamin C) and Digestive Enzymes (I also use Dr. Goodpets Digestive Enzymes), and a good canine multi-vitamin.

      It will take approximately 3 weeks to know if the new food is "working" or not. Anything before that is the adjustment period. If you dog is having a lot of gas right of the bat... the food isn't agreeing with him and I wouldn't persue it further. It should take at least a week to gradually switch your dog over to a new food.

      A lot of people feed a raw diet to allergic dogs and swear by it, but I don't know enough about it to comment on it.

      Hope this helps.

      EDIT:
      The eye boogy's, runny nose and scratching are indications of pollen allergies. Some vet perscribe Benydril (sp?) based on body weight, but I always found it to make my dog dopey. You can get the same results by eliminating wheat, adding fish oil pills, digestive enzymes and Vit C.

      Watch the beef. Most dogs with food sensatives have a problem with Beef, corn (including cornstarch in chewbones and cookies) and soy.


dogs with allergies

What Can I Take For A Yeast Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection affect when you start your period?
    I've had a yeast infection for the past couple days and I've been treating it with Clotrimazole to kill the fungus. What's weird is that I've had symptoms for my period for the psat week now, and I haven't started yet. Could this be a result of my yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      I've had more yeast infections than I can count and a yeast infection has never effected when I start my period.

  2. 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..

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of yeast infection and how do you cure it?
    What do you get yeast infection from? I've never had any kind of sex but I think I might have yeast infection :S Are there simple over-the-counter medicines you can buy without a prescription to treat it? How do they usually work?

    • ANSWER:
      You can get a yeast infection from being too moist down there or leaving wet clothing on too long. It really just depends. But you don't have to be sexually active to get one.

      You can actually find Monistat yeast cream in the female isle--where tampons and pads and condoms are--and you dont have to have an adult or a prescription to get them. They are very easy to get.

      There is a 1, 3, and 7 day treatment. I like 3 the best, but sometimes 7 works better.

      They work by putting a cream inside you with a applicator and it works to get rid of the yeast.

      It's under 20 dollars. If you have any more questions: contact me at: mrs.dontmesswitme@yahoo.com

  4. QUESTION:
    How do I use yeast infection pill without it falling out?
    I have recently been diagnosed with a yeast infection and have a prescription for the vaginal ovules that im supposed to use every night before bed. The past two nights I couldn't get them to stay in. Not sure if I am doing it wrong, or if the applicator isn't working properly. I don't have any yeast infection symptoms, but I would like to use the prescription properly. Any tips or suggestions would be much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      You can use the yeast infection pill, without it falling out, by avoiding to use it during your period. Also, do not walk or move for the next hour after you have used it...

  5. QUESTION:
    How long can you have a yeast infection before you notice it?
    Can you have a yeast infection for a few months,
    and not even notice?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections become apparent pretty quick. You will have itching and redness (sometimes sore also) almost immediately. Yes, I had a yeast infection for a year, but knew it was there. As soon as I found out that I was diabetic and got my sugar under control it went away and has not been back, thank goodness.

      best wishes..

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

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

  7. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection escalate to a cervical infection if left untreated? Or are they different?
    I've had both before, but can a yeast infection turn into a cervical infection if left untreated? Or are they different things?

    • ANSWER:
      They are different things, however...

      Candida, the microorganism that creates a yeast infection, can spread. Although it may not cause a Cervical infection by definition, it can cause cervical irritation if it gets bad enough.

      Candida is one of the most widely overlooked epidemics of this country. It is blood-soluble so if a yeast infection is left untreated, it can spread anywhere.

      Most common areas of infection for yeast infections are:

      1. The vagina or penis
      2. The lower digestive tract
      3. The prostate in males
      4. The brain (causes a symptoms known as brain fog)

  8. QUESTION:
    How do I know when a yeast infection is gone and I can eat a lil sugar again?
    i think my yeast infection is caused by too much sugar..when do i know for sure it's ok to eat a little sugar again without the infection coming back?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are prone to yeast infections from eating sugar, it will come back

  9. QUESTION:
    how long after a yeast infection can i start using tampons?
    i think tampons may have given me a yeast infection. it's been treated and the symptoms seem to have went away this past wednesday night.
    when can i start using tampons again?
    my next period should be in a few days to a week.

    • ANSWER:
      right away, but you might want to wait a few days because you are still sensitive up there, you might still be a little swollen.

      but if you think that the tampon was the cause of the yeast infection you dont want to continue to use them,
      you can be having an allergic reaction to the tampon ( the fabric thats used to make tampons)
      but also you can get a yeast infection from wearing tight pants, wearing a thong, eating to much yeast, leaving discharge on your panties, or even from taking antibiotics.

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

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

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

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

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

      Try

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

      Good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    What happens if you have a yeast infection and no antibiotics?
    What happens if you have a yeast infection and run out of antibiotics? Do you explode with the yeast of 10,000 bavarian hard pretzels?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have an untreated yeast infection, that is serious, you can later on come in contact with preblems conceiving a baby. Becareful with monistat it made me extremely itchy and i couldnt sleep alll night because of it. Putting plain yogurt on your area helps alot!! Sounds nasty but it helps

  12. QUESTION:
    How I can to eliminate my yeast infection forever?
    I have a yeast infection at my penis,and i want to eliminate it forever,but whitout drugs,or creams,lotions I want to get rid of it efficiently and fast.I am 17,and I don't want to tell this to my parents. If you know some methods such insurance could get rid of it, because I want resume my sex life with my girlfriend. I want my life back ! Please help me !

    • ANSWER:
      You dont need to go to a doctor for this or need a prescription. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/male-yeast-infection/HO00172

      More details: http://ezinearticles.com/?Over-The-Counter-Treatment-Products-For-Male-Yeast-Infection&id=471358

      However, make sure your sexual partner(s) have all be treated completely so you dont keep putting it back and forth.

      Also the fact that you have this indicates you did not have safe sex. Use condoms always as an STD, STI, and pregnancy prevention.

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

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

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

  14. 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.

  15. QUESTION:
    How long can you have a yeast infection?
    I've had yeast infection symptoms for about 6 months now. It's not that bad at all, but I think I should just get it checked out since it hasn't gone away. But I recently started worrying about it not getting treated for this long could have done damage. Is this possible?

    • ANSWER:
      no sweetie, it cannot cause damage. a yeast infection can last up to 14 days. whats probably going on is your body has one often, and doesnt completly go away. also if you are sexually active, your partner can be giving you one. hope this helps. if you have to go to the pharmacy and get an over the counter medicine, get miconazole 2%. good luck sweetie!

  16. QUESTION:
    What kind of yeast infection medicines should pregnant women use?
    I know pregnant women need to ask a doctor about medicines for a yeast infection, but is there even a problem for pregnant women to use something like monastat 7? Does a doctor have to be consluted first. I know it is recommended to do so, but I want to know if there was an over the counter medicine availble without a prescription.

    • ANSWER:
      You can safely use Monostat while you are pregnant. Follow the directions. You should also let your doctor know you have the yeast infection and what you used to treat it.

  17. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of my yeast infection going away and not coming back during and after my period?
    so, I've have had a yeast infection for about three days and just got my period. Will it go away after my period? I had been treating it. And also, any extra advice for this? Every piece of information is appreciated!
    also, is it best to use tampons or pads during this time?
    also, is it best to use tampons or pads during this time?

    • ANSWER:
      good chance. your period washes everything out. usually you won't have a yeast infection after, but then again it depends on how bad it was before. if you still have it, and you've had YI's before, go get some over the counter treatment for it. it'll be cleared up in no time.

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

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

  19. QUESTION:
    How to clear up a yeast infection quick?
    I always get a yeast infection after I take a antibioctic and I just finished one. This is the worst one ive ever had. I need help! Home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Try YeastClear! This might sound weird coming from a guy and all but I actually get yeast infections pretty frequently, and YeastClear clears em up every time so that I can get on my way. I won't use anything else. yeastclear.com

  20. QUESTION:
    How to prevent yeast infection when on antibiotics?
    Every time I am prescribed any anti-biotic, I get a yeast infection. Can a doctor prescribe something to fight off the yeast in advance or is there a reliable way to prevent it with home remedy or diet?

    • ANSWER:
      First off....CRANBERRY JUICE IS FOR URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS, NOT YEAST INFECTIONS!
      Now that I got that off my chest let me move on.....
      I too am a sufferer of yeast infections while on antibiotics, it is really a pain BUT, here are a few tips to avoid or deal with them!
      1.) Take acidophiles while on the antibiotic. Yogurt does NOT have enough alone to fight off the yeast from antibiotics. you'd have to eat a yogurt factory to actually help. Eating 1 container a day is only good for ibs (irritable bowel syndrom)
      I eat yogurt every day and still get yeast infections while on certain medications so, I would not suggest that as a cure for your problem, You need more than what these people are suggesting!
      Get the acidophiles that you store in the frig, from GNC with Live cultures, Take 2 in the morning and 2 before bed.
      2.) Explain to your doctor that you get yeast infections and ask for a pill Diflucan, that fights yeast while on this.
      3.) Get a couple boxes of monistat while on this.

      I know yeast infections are annoying while taking other antibiotics but, I have learned how to deal with them by the 3 above choices.
      Good Luck and happy healing!

  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:
    Can a combined yeast infection and bladder infection cause a delay in your period?
    I have a yeast infection and a bladder infection! My period was due around last week, but that's also when both of my infections had started. (The bladder infection could have started earlier.) I heard that a yeast infection usually doesn't delay your period, but what about both of them combined?

    I'm taking medication for both of them now as well.

    • ANSWER:
      I was always told that too. That a yeast infection never delays a period and blah blah blah blah.

      Ok, I've had about 4-5 if not more yeast infections and EVERY TIME it has delayed my period. I'm pretty convinced it does.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  24. QUESTION:
    What are the best ways to treat a yeast infection?
    I have a yeast infection and it won't go away. I'm allergic to monistat, but I have also tried diflucan, yogurt, and vinegar and water. Nothing works.

    • ANSWER:
      Go see the doctor. It is probably not a yeast infection.

  25. QUESTION:
    What causes you to get a yeast infection?
    What are the causes to a yeast infection? What are some home made remedies that can help cure it?

    • ANSWER:
      Candidiasis, commonly called yeast infection, is the most frequent infection acquired by women and is one of the most common reasons that women consult healthcare professionals. Yeast infections result from an overgrowth of a species of fungus called Candida albicans. Fungi are larger and more complex than bacteria. Yeast is unicellular fungus that thrives in warm, moist environments such as the mouth and vagina. Problems occur when there is an overgrowth of yeast, commonly occurring with pregnancy, use of oral contraceptives, poor nutrition, antibiotic therapy, diabetes, and other immunosuppressed disorders.

  26. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of a yeast infection without medication?
    I'm 14 and currently have a yeast infection (it isn't so bad, it looks like it 's been there for 2-3 days not so noticeable but i can see it and it itches), I don't know what to do! I don't want to tell my mom because it's embarrassing so I want to try home remedies first but if that doesn't help, I guess i'll have to tell her. It's just she'll think i'm sexually active and all. So, if you could please leave home remedies that work please tell me!

    • ANSWER:
      First off hun I recommend that you tell your mom because she can help you get certain medications to get rid of it alot faster than if you go with out. A yeast infection is a fungal infection, and what does fungus need to grow? Moisture. Keep your area clean and dry at all times. try not to wear tight clothing or anything that will constrict the area and keep moisture inside. Your area down there is a completely different place then other parts of our bodies, meaning we need to clean them differently. Do not put chemicals like soaps or lotions down there because that will effect the normal Ph balance that the vagina naturally has. You need to talk to your mom so that she can help you with the proper ways of taking care if it. Don't be scared. It happens even to women who are not sexually active.

  27. QUESTION:
    How should I use a garlic clove to help with yeast infection?
    I have yeast infection and I heard that garlic helps but how do I go about it? Oh and I wanna know if flavored yogurt can help too, cause I don't have natural plain yogurt right now.

    • ANSWER:
      Garlic Clove is something I have tried too, But it gave more of sideeffects than actually curing the Yeast Infection :/
      Yoghurt is good option but that as you said even I didn't have :P and also am allergic to that which I found out later on :)
      What worked for me was the 'Yeast Infection No More' which gave me great relief in under 12 Hours of using it.. :) I would highly recommend that to you too.. I bought it from here : http://www.boricacidyeastinfectioncure.com/

      Hope you get well soon :)

  28. 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.

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

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

  30. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
    I am 28 and I've never had a yeast infection. But the last two days I have been super itchy down south and it Burns like crazy! Does that sound like a yeast infection? Sorry to be so forward.

    • ANSWER:
      Itch and cottage-cheese discharge.

      Since you've never had a yeast infection DO NOT use anything from the store for it. Call your gynecologist for an appointment FIRST to rule out any other infection.

  31. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
    I'm just wondering, what are the symptoms of a yeast infection? I have white secretions coming out of my vagina, and sometimes the can look like little globs. Now I'm not entirely sure that is normal. Can somebody give their opinion on what it might be?

    • ANSWER:
      What you are experiencing could be a yeast infection, other symptoms to look for would be burning, itching, redness and any other sort of irritation. Just having white secretions is tough to say, I would err on the side of caution and assume it either is a yeast infection or one in development.

      In which case, here are some natural tips and suggestions for you.

      There are many things you need to start doing and addressing if you are suffering from a yeast infection. To start, do the following:

      1. Wear loose clothing and undergarments, oxygen kills yeast, going commando and wearing nothing down there if possible is even better.

      2. Get some unsweetened yogurt and rub it onto a tampon, insert the tampon and do this continually until the yeast infection is gone.

      3. Cut out any and all sugar, alcohol and yeast from your diet. All three will promote the infection further.

      4. Start drinking cranberry juice, pure not from concentrate with no added sugar, I know this goes against the no sugar thing but the acid content in the cranberries will alter the PH balance of your vagina and cause the yeast to die off.

      5. If you can tolerate it, use a raw garlic clove and apply it to the infection, this may burn so dilute it with some olive or coconut oil, both of which can also help eliminate the yeast, especially the coconut.

      6. You can also try taking some vitamin B3, many women find their infections resolve quicker when they are taking 300mg/per day.

      7. Take a probiotic with at least 50 billion live cells per pill, this is key in redistributing good bacteria throughout your body, and effectively end the yeast infection. You must do this continually until you have eliminated your yeast infections and Candida entirely.

      8. Lastly if all else fails, begin adding 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to a bath. Only fill the tub up high enough to submerge your genital area. Stay in the tub for 20-30 minutes at a time.

      Hope this helps, the yogurt is the key really, by putting good bacteria directly on the area you will eliminate it quickly. Make sure it is unsweetened and ideally keep an eye out for a variation called Kefir which has even more beneficial bacteria in it to snuff out the infection.

      When all is said and done I would suggest you research Candida and take a test to determine if you are suffering from it, as anyone who gets yeast infections has Candida, it's just a matter of how bad it is.

  32. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to catch a yeast infection from having sex?
    If my girlfriend has a yeast infection and we have sex what's the chance of me catching one? I caught a yeast infection and I have a feeling that my girlfriend has one and that I got it from her. But we've been having sex for a year, wouldn't I have gotten it earlier?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't "catch" yeast infections from having sex

  33. 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!

  34. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of a yeast infection?
    Ok I think my sister has a yeast infection but she dosen't want to go to the doctor ( she is only 13 and scared. ) How can I help her?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Lindsay,

      For years some doctors have advised women to insert live yogurt into the vagina to introduce Lactobacillus acidophilus bacterium and also produce a more acidic environment to help fight infection. Sometimes, freeze-dried Lactobacillus acidophilus bacterium containing pessary is inserted into the vagina for even more pronounced results. Continue this for an extra day after you get cured.

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

      For prevention, ask her to wash her panties with extra care as the yeast spores are left in the panties if you are infected and normal laundering won’t kill the fungus. Scrub the crotch of the panties with unscented detergent before washing. She may also put her panties in boiling water for sometime or soak them in bleach for 24 hours before wearing them. Hot ironing your panties is also a good idea as candida may die due to heat.

      Wear loose fitting clothes, made from cotton fiber if possible, to allow good air circulation. Fibers like polyester, plastic and leather trap the moisture inside and also render poor circulation. This makes the environment near your genitals prone to infections. Remember, try to sleep naked if possible, or at least remove undergarments (panties), to allow the vaginal area to become cool and dry. This shall provide you her immense relief equal to all the medicines combined.

      Hope all this helps

      Good Luck!

  35. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedys for yeast infection in dogs?
    My dog keeps getting yeast infections around her eyes and in her ears. I have taken her to the vet plenty of times. She is five years old, German Shepherd. It is costing me too much money. It cost me about 0 worth of medicine. I have taken her about four times. Once she has the medicine she is good for a couple months then it comes back again. What home remedies can I use to make it go away again and how can I make it stay away? It is a yeast infection. My aunt is a dog groomer, she said some breeds will catch stuff and it is hard to get rid of.

    • ANSWER:
      my dog used to have problems with yeast infections ... i switched her to a salmon-based limited ingredient grain-free diet (natural balance) and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble daily ... after that she had no more problems for the rest of her life ... you should google the benefits of organic apple cider vinegar ...

  36. 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

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I go to school with a yeast infection?
    I've had my yeast infection for 4 weeks now. I have missed two weeks of school, and I'm going to miss more if this thing doesn't clear up soon. It burns really bad, even with my prescription cream, so I have to hold an ice pack down there constantly. Any tips on how to survive school with this thing, or even clear it up? I will do anything to make this go away. I will do any crazy home remedies you suggest to me. Just please give them to me.

    • ANSWER:
      I found an article for you to look into with home remedies.
      http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/yeast_infection.shtml

  38. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection be passed on to a male partner?
    I have never had a yeast infection before and I didn't know if my husband should be taking some precautions to so he doesn't end up with it. What can he do to prevent it from spreading to him?

    • ANSWER:
      Theoretically, yes they are very contagious.

      So it would be much better to be on the safe side and make sure that you get rid of it first before having sex.

      That said, if he is circumcised male to have a yeast infection he is slightly less likely to get it than if he isn't but still it is only a small percentage change and the best bet is to keep the passion done and get him to keep the snake in the cage until things have passed.

  39. QUESTION:
    How long should i wait before having sex with my husband after a uti and yeast infection?
    I had an yeast infection and uti at the time. Want to the Doctor and got medication for both and everything seems find now. And my husband can't wait anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      If you use condoms you do not have to wait at all. The risk lies in passing the infection to your husband who will later reinfect you. Although this is rare (not impossible) with the yeast infection it is quite common with the UTI.
      It is actually quite important that he be checked for the infection and treated if necessary before resuming unprotected sex with him. Most of what the other people answering your question is correct in that you need to make sure that the infection is gone before resuming unprotected sex.
      Candida albicans, the same type of yeast that causes vaginal yeast infections can cause a condition called jock itch in males and sometimes females. In this way it can be passed back and forth between partners. Jock itch is external and can be eliminated with Selsun, Monistat or Clotrimazole. Candida albicans can also invade the male urinary tract and cause a condition called male yeast infection which causes itching at the tip of the penis.

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

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

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

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

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

  42. QUESTION:
    How should I tell my mom I have a yeast infection without it being awkward or embarrassing?
    I'm 13 and i'm pretty sure I have a yeast infection. I want to tell my mom I have it and for her to take me to a clinic but everytime I try, it gets all awkward and I end up changing the subject or just telling her "nevermind". It's real embarrassing.

    • ANSWER:
      First off, never feel ashamed or embarrassed about your body. You'll experience lots of changes over the next few years, and this conversation with your mother can become the first of many conversations you'll have with her in the upcoming years.

      Secondly, yeast infections are entirely normal. Young girls--even babies--can get them, as well as grown women. Think about how you would tell your mom that you had an infected cut on your knee? A yeast infection is no different (well it is a different organism--yeast instead of bacteria--but the concept is the same). There is no shame in a yeast infection, no more than there is any shame in the infection in a cut on your knee.

      A couple of approaches to try if you still can't ask straight up:
      * Ask about the signs and symptoms of yeast infections. Most moms would then ask "why do you ask" which gives you an opportunity to answer a question instead of bringing it up yourself.
      * Another signal to your mom could be talking about "a friend of yours who thinks she has a yeast infection . . ." Most people can figure out that the "friend" with the problem is actually you. Again, it could give you an indirect way to allow her to figure it out.

      It would still be best to just straight out tell her, since an open line of communication will be incredibly helpful for you as you navigate these upcoming years.

      ***A side note: Why do you think you have a yeast infection? Do you have the classic symptoms? If there's no redness nor itching, just a discharge that seems different to you, it may just be part of your natural cycle. Toni Weschler's book "Taking Charge of your Fertility" gives an excellent description of a woman's natural cycle. Yes, it's written for the adult who is sexually active, so this should be something for you to read with your mom. However, this book contains information I was never taught in any health class in school, and truly can help you appreciate and understand how the female body works. I was amazed to learn that certain "symptoms" that I had believed to be "yeast infections" were just natural fluids that are part of a woman's monthly cycle.

      Talk to your mom. Ask her about the female body. Perhaps you can learn together. Good luck.

  43. QUESTION:
    What is the safest and fasted way to cure Yeast infection?
    There's so many different things to cure yeast infection but I was just wondering if there's a fast and easy way to cure it? I am going out tomorrow and it's really irritating so I just want to get it over and done with. Any suggestions how to make it better?

    Thankyou :)

    • ANSWER:
      Just found a rockin Yeast Infection site for online deals
      http://www.yeastinfection-review.com/. The book will teach you how to kill these spores. It will also discuss to you the fact that many drugs only offer “Band-Aids” treatment which only masks symptoms and discuss to you as well the real kind of treatment you need to be healthy for life.

  44. QUESTION:
    How the heck does an insurance company consider a yeast infection a pre-existing condition?
    My insurance company is trying to dispute a bill because I had a yeast infection. They're claiming it's a pre-existing condition! WTF!!! A yeast infection? It's not like that is some serious condition that I knew about. I went to the doctor and found out I had one. What a rip off!

    • ANSWER:
      Here's what you need to know:

      When a claim is billed to the insurance company, the doctor's office uses an ICD-9 (diagnosis) code for the claim.

      The insurance company flags the claim to investigate whether its pre-existing based on the diagnosis code used. (Some diagnosis codes will flag for possible pre-existing, other diagnosis codes would never be considered possible pre-existing and be processed as normal right through the system.)

      They send you and/or the doctor a questionnaire asking if you've ever been treated for that diagnosis code before.

      Here's what you need to do/ask:

      1) Did you have continuous health insurance coverage prior to this plan? If so, then you should be exempt from a pre-existing clause. Just provide documentation of your previous creditable coverage to your insurer, and you'll never hear a peep about pre-existing conditions again.

      2) Did your doctor's office bill the claim with the correct diagnosis code? The code is just a number (for example, a yeast infection diagnosis code would start with 112), and a simple typo in that code can drastically alter a bill - make it seem like you were treated for something totally different.

      3) Do you truly have chronic yeast infections, or was this your first one? If its your first one ever (or in a very long time), then its not "pre-existing." You simply need to respond to the questionnaire that you've never been treated for that before. If you do truly have chronic yeast infections and a yeast infection happens to be a diagnosis that your insurance company flags for pre-existing, then there's not much you can do about that.

      The first thing I'd do though was provide my evidence of creditable coverage, as that will waive your pre-existing clause. (As long as you had continous insurance before this without a 63 day break in coverage.)

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

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

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

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

  46. QUESTION:
    How old do you need to be to buy over the counter yeast infection cream?
    I am 16, and I believe I have a yeast infection and could possibly have had it for a few months. I hate trips to the gynecologist and my mother always has to accompany me. I understand it's important to share things with your mother, but I just am not comfortable with this. I would like to try an antifungal over the counter cream to heal my yeast infection. Do you need to be 18 to purchase medical cream in Pennsylvania?

    • ANSWER:
      It's not smart to try and treat yourself without being properly diagnosed. I understand that you don't want to go to the doctor, but you do need to know for certain if you have a yeast infection or something else before you go self-medicating. Even the over-the-counter creams have side effects.

      Tell your mom you think you might have a yeast infection. Trust me, she knows more about that than you do, so don't be embarrassed.

      You can buy the creams at any grocery or drug store without age restriction.

  47. QUESTION:
    How long does yeast infection cream stay in the body system?
    I recently had my first yeast infection and i used a three day cream. After the treatment, the itching and white creamy discharge stopped but 4 days later I'm still having a yellowish discharge which looks like the treatment I used. I dont have any more discomforts, just the yellowish discharge which smells abit like the cream. Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      its probably still coming out. give it a week. anything after that see a dr. it could be a bacterial infection which is eerily similar to a yeast infection.

  48. QUESTION:
    What would be the best treatment for a vaginal yeast infection?
    My friend (not me>_<) has a vaginal yeast infection and she has been using vagasil disposable wipes and she wants to know if there is anything better to use? Also if douching would be a good idea?

    • ANSWER:
      Douching is the opposite of a good idea. Douching is one of the major CAUSES of yeast infections. Also, the vagisil disposable wipes don't cure a yeast infection and say as much in the packaging. They're only meant to relieve the symptoms on the outer vulva while you are getting treated. You need Monistat. Don't use the one day despite the temptation for quick relief. it's just a waste. The three day is OK, but the 7 day is really the one that works.

      She also can get diflucan, a prescription pill, from her doctor, but i still think the 7 day Monistat is better.

      That being said, it really sounds like her first yeast infection, in which case you really have to see a doctor because most people who think its yeast actually have bacteria and treating it with an OTC yeast treatment will make the bacteria worse and make future yeast harder to treat.

  49. 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.


what can i take for a yeast infection

Yeast Overgrowth In Dogs

When you are a pet owner and have a dog or a cat, there is a lot to learn. Most responsible pet owners want to know everything possible about taking care of their animals, and about keeping their animals healthy. This involves doing some research and taking the time to ask and learn the answers to some common health questions in respect to dogs and cats. The more information you read and learn about pet health questions, the better equipped you will be to understand what your pet needs from you to stay happy and healthy.

Common Dog and Cat Health Questions

There are many different questions related to the health of dogs and cats. Here are a few common questions and answers that people may have:

1) What does it mean when my dog or cat eats grass?

If your pet is eating a lot of grass, this can indicate that your animal has an upset stomach. If this occurs only occasionally, then your animal may simply have eaten something that did not agree with him. If your pet is routinely consuming grass, however- and especially if he/she consumes the grass and then vomits- then there may be a problem with digestion of the food you are feeding or another health issue that should be checked out.

2) What should I feed my dog or cat?

It is important to make sure that your dog or cat has a healthy and balanced meal and that he/she does not become overweight. Feeding good quality, premium dog or cat food can help ensure that your dog or cat gets all the nutrients he/she needs. While it is possible to make your own food in certain instances, it is important to follow an established recipe and dining plan if you choose this option to ensure that your pet stays healthy. You should also monitor the weight of your dog or cat and ensure that your animal does not become obese.

3) Is exercise important?

Dogs and cats need to exercise, just as humans do. Dogs typically enjoy running, chasing, walks and playing fetch for their exercise while cats might chase a string or a laser pointer around the home in order to have a chance to run around and play.

4) What if my dog is itching all the time?

If your dog is itching or licking himself/herself, this can be the sign for a number of issues. Your dog may be experiencing an allergic reaction to food or to products used on him/her such as dog shampoo or flea and tick medication. An allergic reaction to something in the environment is also possible, as is an overgrowth of yeast. Your dog may also have some type of mange that needs to be addressed by a veterinary professional.

5) What if my cat is throwing up hair all the time?

Your cat may have hairballs as a result of the natural grooming process. Brushing your cat more to minimize the hair he/she eats can be helpful. There are also special cat foods designed to minimize or help cats with hairball problems.

Getting Help

These are just a few of the questions you may have about dog and cat health. If you have specific questions, you should consider contacting your veterinarian or using an online service where licensed veterinarians answer questions posed by pet owners.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what are some powerful herbs that kill yeast in the skin?
    I would like to buy herbs that can be taken internally, are there any such herbs that really work against yeast overgrowth?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, u can buy Acidophilus in the vitamni section of any store that sells otc vitamins..... (walmart, kmart, cvs, etc.) Acidophilus can be taken n swallowed as directed on bottle n it works on ur intestinal tract by killing the bad stuff n in it n promoting health.... the same way that that Danactive claim to work.... also it has live stuff in each pill that eliminates n manages yeast in the body. Dr's tell woman to eat yogart if they have a yeast problem because it has acidophilus in it.... But only some yagart has it, the more expensive brands like yoplait. Point is u can take acidophilus to eliminate yeast n promote healthier living in ur body by a cleansed intestinal tract. They don't cost that much like .88 at walmart for 100 pills (I think) Also if ur taking this anyway it has been proven that if u take a magnesium pill and a vitamin d w/ calcium pill also (1 each a day) that u will reduce ur chances of catching any illness by 50% including the flu, swine flu, colds,.... everything. As soon as school starts my kids always bring germs home n we got sick llike 4 x's a yr.... I saw this on tv about 14 months ago about the 3 pills above... We have been taking them since n no one in my family has been the slightest bit sick in 14 months.... For my family of 4 thats 20 less sickness we have had to deal w/ n treat .... these vitamins r a much cheaper n healthier way of living... Oh n I have not had a yeast infection in that time either. I even put my dog on acidolpholus.... n it has controlled her problem as well.... Good Luck n hope u feel better!!!!

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the concern surrounding grain free dog food?
    I recently bought a bag of grain-free dog food and a salesperson asked if I had ever fed my dog grain free before. I have - he's on Natural Balance now and I'm hoping to switch him to Evo. I understand there's a higher protein level and the dog is fed less. We switched him to grain free in hopes of helping his dry, itchy skin. I'm just curious if there's something about grain free foods that I'm missing. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Grains can definitely be a source of itching. They are also very fermentable in the gut and are often the cause of gas and diarrhea. But not all grain free foods are equal. Often dog food companies will just switch out grains for another carb, which isn't really any better. Dogs don't have the ability to process carbohydrates very well. Bacteria and yeast feed on carbohydrates, so excessive amounts of carbs can cause an overgrowth throughout the body, which leads to itching. They can also stick like glue to the tiny hairs lining the intestines. This will decrease the body's ability to absorb nutrients so it compensates by thinning the intestine walls so nutrients can be absorbed directly into the blood stream. But the problem with that is undigested proteins escape into the body and cause an allergic reaction (the immune system goes crazy to attack those foreign proteins) which in turn causes itchiness. So its not only grains but any carbohydrate has the potential to cause itching. The best grain free foods are going to be low in carbohydrates and high protein. You also want to consider the carbohydrate source used. Potatoes and tapioca are high glycemic/sugar and offer very little nutritionally. All dry foods do need some sort of carbs though. Peas, sweet potato or yams are a better choice. EVO is a good brand. Their Weight Management formula it one of the lowest carb dry food formulas available, and it uses peas instead of potato.

      High protein is not bad for dogs. It's what they are designed to eat. It will not damage their kidneys or liver. And feeding a low protein diet will not in any way reduce the risk of kidney or liver disease. Dogs that already have kidney or liver disease may need to avoid high protein foods but for a healthy dog it will be no problem. The danger is really the quality of protein fed and low moisture. Low quality protein sources, like by-products, can cause liver/kidney damage. So you do want to use a good brand, preferably one that uses human quality ingredients. Also to process protein a lot of water is needed. Eating dehydrated foods is very harsh on the liver and kidneys. Dogs are really not very good at knowing how much water to drink since they are designed to eat high moisture foods. So its best to add water to dry foods. That way the organs will stay properly hydrated.

      Here is a vets explanation of a dog's protein requirement.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-MzXLdtAro

      Also some things you might want to consider for dry itchy skin is the addition of omega 3/fish oil, digestive enzymes, and probiotics. These are things that all dry and caned foods are lacking. Heat and air destroys the natural omegas, enzymes, and good bacteria. These things play a big part in skin health. And enzymes and probiotics will help repair any damage to the intestine walls. Also if you want something you can apply topically for the dry skin, try coconut oil. You can just use the kind you cook with. And it has the added benefit of being antimicrobial, so if your dog breaks the skin while itching, it will help keep it from getting infected.

      I know how you feel. My dog has been struggling with skin problems for a while. I saw no improvement with the first grain free food I tried. I figured out it was because it was still very high in carbohydrates. As soon as I switched to a low carb food I saw immediate improvements. But it can take quite a while for the skin problems to resolve completely.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is Aloe vera juice good for me and my dog?
    I drink it all the time and even give some to my dog sometimes but I hear differents things about it.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can give aloe vera juice to dogs too.
      Just start with 1 oz. and increase giving it in increments throughout the day. If diarrhea occurs cut back. Dogs apparently need about 1 oz. per 10 lbs of body weight....for helping immune function. :
      http://www.aloelife.com/AloeVeraPages/AloeFAQ.html#Anchor-19

      For more information about aloe vera juice for yourself read these FAQs:
      http://www.aloelife.com/AloeVeraPages/AloeFAQ.html

      It is is supposed to have many health benefits, however, people with certain medical conditions should consult their doctor before using or taking aloe vera juice....[ I think that would extend to dogs too ]:
      http://www.aloe-vera-studies.org/

      Potential benefits from certified organic aloe vera juice:
      http://www.liquidvitaminanswers.com/aloe-vera/aloe-vera-juice/aloe-vera-juice-drink.html

      *Ph Balancing Properties
      *Immune System Support
      *Collagen Repair
      *Soothes the Digestive System
      *Anti-Inflammatory
      *Full Spectrum Natural Nutrition
      *Impedes Yeast Overgrowth
      *Increased Energy
      *Overall feeling of Better Health and Wellness
      *Detoxification Benefits
      *Anti-Oxidant Rich
      *Supports;Cellular Restoration
      *Supports Good;Circulation

      Side effects that could occur [mostly if you take too much aloe vera juice]:

      - electrolyte loss
      - can delay healing of major wounds
      - can color urine pink when taken internally
      - fluid imbalance
      - intestinal cramps
      http://www.aloe-vera-studies.org/

      Hope that helps.
      Best wishes.

  4. 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/

  5. QUESTION:
    Can I feed cottage cheese and yogurt to my dog?
    Is it really healthy? If so, How often should I feed it to him? Do I feed it to him plain or is it best I mix it with his dog food?

    • ANSWER:
      There certainly are plenty of misconceptions on this one! Wow!

      Some dogs are lactose intolerant and have gas or indigestion from cow's milk products.

      Dogs have no need for sugars in their diet - this includes milk sugars. There is anecdotal evidence that sugars in a dogs diet contribute to cancers and yeast overgrowths.

      Yogurt contains live cultures which are beneficial to your dog. A 50lb dog can enjoy UP TO 1/4 cup per day. A spoonful here and there is appropriate.

      Yopu can feed your dog yogurt however your dog prefers it. My dogs love it plain. Yogurt is ideal for hiding medications - especailly powdered medications.

      The live cultures that are used in yogurt can be purchased in a dairy-free powder. One brand is Probios.

      Most dogs have no benefit from eating cottage cheese and it is more likely to upset a dog's digestion.

      Remember - the sugars are not beneficial, and are possibly harmful, so only use plain, unflavored yogurt.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      hope you feel better soon

      peace 2 you

  7. 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!

  8. QUESTION:
    anyone know what how to make safe homemade dog odour and coat shine spray using essential oils?
    i want to make homemade dog odour and coat shine spray that is safe and effective to use on my dog. something with a nice lovely smell that would benefit the skin and coat also. it must be 100% safe to use as obviously i wouldn't want any harm to come to my dog. ive tried using a shop bought one but it wasnt the most pleasent smell,also if i can make my own i know exactly what is in it.

    • ANSWER:
      Essential Oils Properties & Uses
      Bergamot Antifungal, soothing.
      Excellent for ear infections caused by yeast or bacterial overgrowth.
      Caution: Can cause photosensitization. Avoid the sun after use.

      Carrot Seed Anti-inflammatory, tonic, with moderate antibacterial effects.
      Good for dry, flaky, sensitive skin which is prone to infection.
      Can rejuvenate and stimulate tissue regeneration, thus effective for scar healing.

      Cedarwood Antiseptic, tonifying, circulation-stimulating.
      Good for skin and coat conditioning and dermatitis of all types.
      Flea-repelling.

      Chamomile, German Anti-inflammatory, non-toxic, gentle and safe to use.
      Good for skin irritations, allergic reactions, burns.

      Chamomile, Roman Antispasmodic, analgesic, nerve-calming.
      Good for soothing the central nervous system.
      Eeffective for relief of muscle pains, cramps, teething pain.
      A "must-have" oil for dogs!

      Clary Sage Nerve-calming, gentle when used in small amounts and properly diluted.
      Sedates the central nervous system.

      Eucalyptus Radiata Antiviral, anti-inflammatory, an expectorant.
      Good for relief of chest congestion.
      Effective in repelling flea.

      Geranium Gentle and safe, antifungal.
      Good for skin irritations, fungal ear infections.
      Effective in repelling ticks.

      Ginger Non-toxic, non-irritating and safe to use in small amounts, properly diluted.
      Good for motion sickness, aids digestion.
      Effective for pain relief caused by arthritis, dysplasia, strains and sprains.

      Helichrysum Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, regenerative effects; extremely therapeutic.
      Excellent for skin conditions and irritations (e.g. eczema).
      Effective for healing of scars and bruises.
      Effective for pain relief.

      Lavender Very safe and gentle, antibacterial, anti-itch, nerve-calming.
      Good for many common animal ailments, e.g. skin irritations, first aid.
      A "must-have" oil for your dog!

      Marjoram, Sweet Strong antibacterial, calming, a muscle relaxant.
      Good for bacterial skin infections, wound care, insect repelling.

      Niaouli Antihistaminic, powerful antibacterial properties, yet less likely to cause irritation than Tea Tree.
      Good for ear infections and skin problems caused by allergies.
      A "must-have" for dogs!

      Peppermint Antispamodic, stimulates circulation, insect-repelling.
      Good for arthritis, dysplasia, sprains and strains.
      Works well with ginger to treat motion sickness.
      Another "must-have" for dogs!

      Sweet Orange Falming, deodorizing, flea-repelling.
      Caution: Can cause photosensitization. Avoid the sun after use.

      Valerian Nerve-calming.
      Good for treating dog anxiety such as separation and noise anxiety.

  9. 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.

  10. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have a yeast infection?
    I have a pitbull she is 1 1/2 years old. She never licks herself. Last two days she has been licking constantly and she like smacks her lips after like shes still licking but isnt, like something is on her tongue. Is this a yeast infection? any home remedies for dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      i think so. especially if she is licking constantly. here is something that may help. Ways to Control Yeast / Fungus Overgrowth
      Treatment: External Problems

      Bathe: Use a sulfur-based or medicated shampoo for fungus, one with Ketoconazole - KetoChlor Shampoo by VirBac - have your vet order it for you.

      Then use a Baking Soda rinse after shampooing, it will be quite helpful with the overall itchiness, skin problems and inflammation.

      BAKING SODA RINSE RECIPE
      Mix two (2) teaspoons of BAKING SODA per gallon of warm water; make sure to mix it so it completely dissolves - poor over pet, do not rinse off.

      After bathing and animal is dry: Prepare a 2 % solution of Oxy-Drops (Mix 1 teaspoon with 1 cup (8ozs.) of distilled water). Use this to spray or wipe skin, ears, and feet with to prevent secondary bacterial infection. (order below). Some people report wiping areas with Listerine stops itching.

  11. QUESTION:
    dog bleeding from ears and head shaking a lot?
    we are taking the dog to the vet but any ideas what that could be.

    • ANSWER:
      Are the ear flaps all swollen with blood? That is called aural hematomas. It is caused by shaking the head. They do go away by themselves, but you have to find the reason for the head shaking. Usually it is a yeast infection in the ears. Any fungicide will kill the yeast overgrowth.

  12. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a natural cure for a female yeast infection?
    I am tired of using monostat, because I feel that it has to be bad for me in some way, and I want a natural cure.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to avoid all yeast and sugar products ......... sugar will literally feed the yeast overgrowth allowing it to flourish......... ditch the alcohol and sodas and diet sodas too if you drink any .....and pump up your intake of fresh filtered water to at least 2 - 3 litres per day ..... antiobiotics, especially broad - spectrum antiobiotics will also kill the helpful bacteria which you need for a healthy gut ........ supplement with a good quality probiotic to rebalance gut flora ......... eat more alkaline forming foods such as leafy and green vegies, cold water fresh fishes such as tuna, salmon, sardines and whiting, organic nuts and seeds such as almonds and brazil nuts........ all these foods are rich in magnesium and will thus encourage the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy aiding in digestion and effective elimination ........ eat organic brown rice and quinoa (prounounced keen ~ wah) as they are both a rich source of the B complex of vitamins and will provide you with the carbs you need for sustained energy and the quinoa is also rich in calcium and iron .......... Avoid sugars such as honey, molasses, fructose, maltose, lactose and fruit juices ...... avoid artificial sweetners and foods containing brewer's yeast - ie - alcohol such as beer, wine, brandy, whiskey, rum, ciders and root beer.... avoid baker's yeast ie ~ breads and rolls and pastries .... avoid mushrooms ... avoid fruits and vegies with any sign of mold growth on them .... avoid fermented beverages and condiments including mayonnaise, ketchup, pickled vegies and pickles, salad dressings (use lemon and olive oil instead), soy sauce and vinegar .... avoid all types of hard cheeses which are a pretty good source of mold.... avoid processed and smoked meats and fish, including hot dogs, sausages, luncheon meats etc....... these meats are processed with sugar, spices, yeast and other preservatives .... avoid canned bottled or frozen fruit and vegie juices cos they have loads of sugar and are commonly made from overripened or damaged produce; generally the skin of the fruit contains surface mold and rotten spots, which are pulverised into the juice... avoid dried fruits.... avoid coffee & tea as much as you can as caffeine will aggravate yeast overgrowth..................... you don't need to use medications to kill a yeast overgrowth ..... simply eliminate their food source and they will disappear on their own ...... if you normalise the bacterial flora in the gastrointestinal tract you will feel much better and in most cases won't need drugs ♥

      hope this helps a bit

      peace 2 u

  13. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to treat my dog ear infection at home?
    she keeps pawing her ears, there is a strong odor coming from her ear, and she is shaking her head alot! i know she has a ear infection and she has had a couple in the past! she is deadly afraid of the vet and i was wondering if there is anything i can put it in or should i take her to the vet? please give me things i can do to treat her ear infection at home if possible
    my dog eats innova and there r no grains in it! she is a golden retriever and they are just prone to ear infections! thanks everyone tried the vinegar and it helped!

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

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

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

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

  14. QUESTION:
    What do I feed my dog? Natural pet food better?
    I am scared out of my minds. I know I keep posting questions but I am terrified I might lose my little dog. She is my life.
    I feed my animals IAMS and after research today I am thinking thats not the best. I keep hearing natural foods....what do you suggest and why?

    • ANSWER:
      You should definately feed your dog natural dog food. The additives in Iams and other brands you can purchase at a grocery store are very harmful to dogs and can cause cancer and lots of other problems. Most of them have lots of fillers like corn and wheat which are harmful to your dogs digestive tract and can cause ear infections and overgrowth of digestive yeasts. The only thing about natural dog food is it can be pricey. But it is worth it. If your Broke try Nutro brand dog food. It is all natural, dogs love it and it isn't too expensive. you can buy it at pet stores everywhere (just not at the supermarket). I have also heard that in grocery store dog foods that are nat all natural, are made from uthanized dogs and cats!!!! go for NATURAL!!!

  15. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog chewing her paws?
    She is a 4 year old golden and she chews her paw whenever shes lying down and has a second to spare. Ive looked to see if there was anything in her paw (its always the same one) and there is nothing i can see. Also she has i nail that seems to be split but its the one that is slightly up the leg. Currently we have been trying to distract her but we cant constantly do that. Could she be allergic to her dog food?? she also has ear infections but that's common for goldens. All help and suggestions is appreciated!! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      This web site had a recipe for a home made ear cleaner. 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 anteseptic) 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/

  16. QUESTION:
    What should I do about my dog's skin problem?
    I have a 80 pound boxer and he has skin problems. Right under his neck, its blood red, and he barely has any fur there because he keeps scratching it. Anyone know why this is?

    • ANSWER:
      Boxers are prone to skin problems. Use a food that is high in omega 3 fatty acids, or add fish oil to the food. Bathe in a soap free shampoo and make sure you are using a flea preventative, such as Advantage or Comfortis (the latter being my favorite). He may have a skin infection caused by an overgrowth of yeast or bacteria, which a simple skin cytology will tell. Treat soon, or it will get worse. He will most likely have an issue for the rest of his life, so do a lot of research now.

  17. QUESTION:
    why might dogs get blood under their fingernails?
    my aunts dog has been peeing everywhere, and when she was holding him she noticed blood looking stuff under his fingernails.

    • ANSWER:
      Where on the nail was it (base or tip, inside or outside), and which nails was it on?

      Reddish brown pigment at the base of the nail can be a sign of yeast overgrowth. It doesn't necessarily have to affect all of the nails.

      I would take him to the vet and get him checked for a urinary tract infection as well, which would cause him to urinate all over the house. The vet can prescribe antibiotics to clear it up.

  18. QUESTION:
    My dog is scratching his ears uncontrollably?
    He has been scratching for a while now but when i've checked there's never redness our anything that appears unusual, it also doesn't seen to cause him any pain.

    • ANSWER:
      He most likely has a yeast infection in his ears. It is VERY common in dogs with floppy ears or really furry ears. Moisture gets trapped in the ear and naturally present yeast grows uncontrollably and causes itching and discomfort. If your dog has ANY discharge, swelling, or redness he must go to a vet ASAP as an infection or foreign object is likely present inside the ear. If not do the following.

      1. Buy pet ear cleaner from you vet or petstore. Ensure it is for dogs or cats.
      2. Clean out the ear well by; a) putting a fair amount of cleaner into the ear canal and massaging the ear. This may be uncomfortable for the dog but it will not hurt them. This step loosens the gunk that is probably deep in the ear canal. Kind of like putting a syringe full of fluid in your ear. It should make a squishing sound and that means there is enough in the ear.
      b) take a kleenx and rub out as much of his ear as you can with the kleenex around your finger. Don't push too hard that it hurts him. Don't worry about going too deep their ear canal is not straight down like a human and you cant puncture anything if you go straight down just be gentle.
      c) use Q-tips to remove as much junk as possible becareful and gentle, dont push too deep.
      d) if the ear was really dirty re-rinse with ear cleaner, or if you think it is clean now dry the ear out completely with a new clean dry kleenex. If you do not get it dry enough the yeast will just grow back. Do this ear cleaning every day for a week. If the itching persists or gets worse at any time during treatment your dog will need to go to the vet to get antibiotic ear drops to clear it up. If you must get ear drops daily ear cleans between treatments are also a must to remove the yeast overgrowth. Infection treatments will also require daily ear cleans. Otomax antibiotic ear drops work best for yeast infections.

      If you end up going to the vet and it turns out to be a yeast infection buy the largest bottle of antibiotic ear drops as once your dog has this yeast overgrowth once they will most likely get it again and if you notice itching in the future return to the antibiotic treament regime. In the future to prevent infection do a weekly ear cleaning in both ears. Ensure you use clean material for each ear as to avoid transfer of infection from one ear to the other.

  19. QUESTION:
    What is the low donw on the raw meat and bones diet being the best diet for dogs and cats?

    • ANSWER:
      I feed my dog raw meat, bones; lamb shanks/necks/pork hocks, raw chicken carcasses/legs/wings, raw eggs/ground raw egg shell, fish;sardines, kelp, vegies;grated carrots/sprouts/greens, occasionally over ripe fruit and organ meats.

      I avoid all grains.

      I also give fish oils, cod liver oil and brewers yeast.

      In the wild dogs get loads of fibre from skin, hair, fur, feathers, fish scales, grass, egg shells, stomache contents and droppings from herbivores. Fibre is important to keep the intestinal tract clean from bone debris, overgrowth of parasites and to clean and stimulate their anal sacs. A few grated vegies will help increase fibre.

      In the wild dogs also eat lots of herbivore droppings. This is very tasty, full of trace minerals and is predigested grass, my dog goes crazy over kangaroo poo! Cats have never been interested in it tho but most dogs I know wolf it down. Adding a bit of kelp or spirulina to the diet once or twice a week will help add these trace minerals.

      Heres a great website to read, click on the aticles at the top right and read the article "real food for cats and dogs".

      http://www.claremiddle.com

      Good luck with what you decide. X

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

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

  21. QUESTION:
    Doggy Odor even after a bath! He emits an awful odor from his coat after a bath?
    I have tried all shampoos, last one was oatmeal.I was wondering, could his dog food be causing his coat ( hair ) to smell so bad? He is a Lhasa,I groom him every day, brushing,but try not to bathe him too often because he has sensitive skin.
    Its bad ! Really bad! Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Mold is one of the most typical stinks that gets stronger after the fur is wet down and seems to go weaker after the coat dries unless you stick your nose right in the fur and smell for it when it is dry.

      Is the dog very long coated or thick coated? If so, and you have been just letting him air dry rather than blow dry completely, it could be mold. There is really no great way to get rid of the mold other than clipping the dog down short and then blow drying the dog after EVERY bath.

      Another thing that can cause an odor is an overgrowth of yeast in his skin.

      You need a vet to diagnose yeast and give medication for that but if your dog smells like a wadded up dish-rag that has been left on the side of the sink, it is likely mold and he should go to the groomer for a tight shave.

  22. QUESTION:
    my dog has a yeast infection on her skin how can i treat his at home?
    can i give her benadryl? what about a oatmeal bath? I know this hurts her can someone plase give me some ideas.
    Sincerly,
    Kirsten

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast overgrowths are tricky. Benadryl or experiment with other antihistamines to stop the itching and oatmeal shampoos are usually soothing. If your vet has diagnosed yeast overgrowth do some research on line, there are natural products that will make her more comfortable but you'll need to work with your vet. A friends dog had yeasty ears which were treated with a prescription from the vet. Good luck.

  23. QUESTION:
    Canadian Yeast Overgrowth home treatment?
    Can you treat canadian yeast overgrowth at home with out a special pill? or diet?

    • ANSWER:
      Candida do you mean?? geez hun, i know the pain all too well ........ you need to avoid all yeast and sugar products to kill a yeast infection ......... sugar will literally feed the yeast overgrowth allowing it to flourish......... ditch the alcohol and sodas and diet sodas too if you drink any .......... antiobiotics, especially broad - spectrum antiobiotics will also kill the helpful bacteria which you need for a healthy gut ........ supplement with a good quality probiotic to rebalance gut flora ......... this part is absolutely essential for without the good flora your system will remain completely out of whack ...... eat more alkaline forming foods such as leafy and green vegies, fishes such as tuna, salmon, sardines and whiting, organic nuts and seeds such as almonds and brazil nuts........ all these foods are rich in magnesium and will thus encourage the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy aiding in digestion and effective elimination ........the leafy greens and fishes are also rich in calcium and protein and the fish are a rich source of vitamin D too ....... eat organic brown rice and quinoa (prounounced keen ~ wah) as they are both a rich source of the B complex of vitamins and will provide you with the carbs you need for sustained energy and the quinoa is also rich in calcium and iron .......... don't forget about getting enough iron on a daily basis too ie ~ lean red meats ..... Avoid sugars such as honey, molasses, fructose, maltose, lactose (that means all milk and dairy products) and fruit juices ...... avoid artificial sweetners and foods containing brewer's yeast - ie - alcohol such as beer, wine, brandy, whiskey, rum, ciders and root beer.... avoid baker's yeast ie ~ breads and rolls and pastries .... avoid mushrooms ... avoid fruits and vegies with any sign of mold growth on them .... avoid fermented beverages and condiments including mayonnaise, ketchup, pickled vegies and pickles, salad dressings (use lemon and olive oil instead), soy sauce and vinegar .... avoid all types of hard cheeses which are a pretty good source of mold.... avoid processed and smoked meats and fish, including hot dogs, sausages, luncheon meats etc....... these meats are processed with sugar, spices, yeast and other preservatives .... avoid canned bottled or frozen fruit and vegie juices cos they have loads of sugar and are commonly made from overripened or damaged produce; generally the skin of the fruit contains surface mold and rotten spots, which are pulverised into the juice... avoid dried fruits.... avoid coffee & tea as much as you can as caffeine will aggravate yeast overgrowth..................... you don't need to use medications to kill a yeast overgrowth ..... simply eliminate their food source and they will disappear on their own ...... if you normalise the bacterial flora in the gastrointestinal tract you will feel much better and in most cases won't need drugs ♥

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

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

      hope you feel better soon

      peace 2 you

  24. QUESTION:
    Dog has red ear with brown gunk in it?
    My dog's ear has been red, and has brown fowel smelling gunk coming out of it. I have been cleaning his ear since I noticed this. But it isn't going away. Any ideas what it might be? I think it might be an infection. Would it be easy for a vet to pinpoint what it is without a lot of tests?

    • ANSWER:
      You hit it on the head - an ear infection. Dogs get ear infections when an overgrowth of yeast or bacteria develops within the external ear canal. All dogs are capable of getting an infection, but those with floppy ears or ones that have abundant hair within the canals (which should be plucked regularly) are more prone to it than others.

      Your veterinarian will take swabs from each ear, smear the exudate on a slide, stain it, and evaluate it for the cause of the infection. Brown, foul smelling exudate is often due to yeast, but it could be mixed with a bacterial infection, as well. Both yeast and bacteria can be identified under the microscope after staining.

      After determining the cause of the infection, your vet will be able to prescribe appropriate medication (and possibly a medicated ear cleaner to supplement this) to clear up the infection. If the outer ear is very inflamed, some steriods may be added to the therapy to reduce inflammation and make him more comfortable. The doctor will likely want to recheck his ears in a couple weeks to ensure that the problem has completely resolved.

      To prevent infections in the future, clean your dog's ears weekly, and after every bath/swim. Water in the ears provides a breeding ground for yeast and bacteria.

  25. QUESTION:
    If a dog gets frequent yeast infections could it be something serious?
    Where can I go online to get more information?

    • ANSWER:
      MALESSEZIA DERMATITIS
      (Yeast Infection of the Skin)

      WHY SUSPECT YEAST?

      Yeast infections are especially itchy, crusty, and smelly. Often a dog starts with a rash or with simple itching but the skin thickens to an "elephant" skin appearance. The itch is extreme and the odour can be especially troublesome. Parts of the body or the entire body can be affected. Mostly dogs are affected but cats can get yeast infections as well. Yeasts are the spore-like forms of fungi; Malessezia dermatitis is a fungal infection of the skin.

      WHERE WOULD A DOG GET A YEAST INFECTION?

      Yeast happily live on most normal skin and in ears and anal glands. To get a yeast infection, conditions on the skin surface have to change to favour the proliferation of the yeasts. The yeasts in small normal numbers are harmless but when the yeasts are present in large numbers, disease results.

      So what conditions lead to a yeast proliferation? An increase in skin oils (which often occurs in an allergic flare up) would be the most common situation. Sometimes there is an immune deficiency which allows the yeast proliferation. Some animals are battling seborrhoea (excessive oil production of the skin) and thus are naturally predisposed to the yeast proliferation. Some animals are actually allergic to the yeasts themselves. The most important thing to realize is that yeast infections are not contagious but they tend to recur unless the underlying allergy, seborrhoea, or whatever problem is controlled.

      The following breeds are predisposed genetically to yeast infections: the West Highland White Terrier, Basset Hound, Cocker Spaniel, Silky Terrier, Australian Terrier, Maltese, Chihuahua, Poodle, Shetland Sheepdog, Lhasa Apso, and the Dachshund.

      HOW IS THIS CONFIRMED?

      There are several testing methods to confirm the overgrowth of yeasts:

      Impression smear (pressing a microscope slide on the skin to collect yeast organisms)

      Scotch tape sampling (pressing a piece of clear tape to the skin to collect yeast organisms)

      Skin scraping with a blade (scraping the skin with a blade to collect yeast organisms)

      Cotton swab (rubbing a moistened Q-tip on the skin to collect yeast organisms)

      Skin Biopsy (removing a small plug of skin with a biopsy punch with a local anesthetic. This is the most invasive choice but provides substantially more diagnostic information)
      Very few yeasts need to be seen under the microscope to confirm yeast infection.

      HOW DO WE GET RID OF IT?

      Treatment can be topical, oral, or both. Topical treatment alone is not usually adequate but, since oral medications are expensive, often topical management alone is attempted first, especially if the pet is small enough for convenient frequent bathing or if only a small body area is involved.

      Shampoos: While degreasing shampoos such as the benzoyl peroxide (oxydex®, pyoben®) and sulfur/salicylate (sebolyte®, sebolux®) shampoos will help remove the skin oils feeding the yeast, there are shampoos that are specifically anti-yeast. We prefer the 4% Chlorhexidine shampoo called Chlorhexiderm Max as it both strips skin oil and kills yeast; however, other anti-yeast products include Selsun Blue, Miconazole shampoo, Nizoral shampoo, and more. The pet must be bathed twice a week to start and the shampoo requires a 15 minute contact time (meaning do not rinse the lather for 15 minutes).

      Spot Treatments:

      If only a small area is involved, it is probably not necessary to bathe the entire animal. Special acetic acid wipes can be used to cleanse the affected area. Mixtures of vinegar and water can be used but the pet will develop a distinct vinegar odour.

      Oral therapy: Ketoconazole (Nizoral®) rules when it comes to oral therapy. Typically a several week treatment is needed and there are numerous protocols involving different dosing schedules. Higher doses tend to be needed if recurrence is a problem. The extreme itch usually resolves within one week. This medication is expensive, especially in larger dogs, but often there is no way around its use.

      Treatment of the Underlying cause: It is important to realize that yeast overgrowth occurs in response to a primary problem be it allergy, seborrhoea or something else. If the underlying problem is not controlled, yeast dermatitis is likely to periodically recur.

      Veterinary Partner
      Web Site

      What is Malassezia dermatitis?

      Malassezia pachydermatitis is a common yeast organism that is found on normal and abnormal canine skin and ears. On normal healthy skin it causes no problems, but when the environment of the skin is altered for any one of many reasons, Malassezia can cause severe dermatitis or otitis (inflammation of the skin or ears respectively). Some of the factors that can lead to Malassezia dermatitis include moisture (as in dogs with skin folds or floppy ears with narrow ear canals), excessive waxy or scaly build-up (as in seborrhea), and allergic and bacterial skin disease.

      Not only is Malassezia a secondary cause of dermatitis in any dog with one of these predisposing conditions, but it may be the primary or initiating cause of skin problems in certain breeds of dogs. This may be related to an alteration in immune response to the yeast.

      Malassezia pachydermatitis is also known as Malassezia canis, Pityrosporum pachydermatitis, P. canis.

      How is Malassezia dermatitis inherited?

      Unknown

      What breeds are affected by Malassezia dermatitis?

      Malassezia can be a complicating factor in a dog of any breed with a skin condition, but dogs of the following breeds have a higher risk of Malassezia dermatitis or otitis: American cocker spaniel, basset hound, dachshund, English setter, poodle, Shetland Sheepdog, Shih Ezu, and many Terrier breeds including the West Highland White, Australian, Jack Russell, Maltese, and Silky.

      For many breeds and many disorders, the studies to determine the mode of inheritance or the frequency in the breed have not been carried out, or are inconclusive. We have listed breeds for which there is a consensus among those investigating in this field and among veterinary practitioners, that the condition is significant in this breed.

      What does Malassezia dermatitis mean to your dog & you?

      Malassezia ear and/or skin infections are extremely itchy. The problem may be confined to certain regions - generally the ears, lips, muzzle, inner thighs, or feet - and your dog may chew its feet or scratch in a frenzied manner at the muzzle or ears with its front paws. With ear infection there is often head shaking, pain if the ear is touched, and a waxy discharge. Dogs with more generalized Malassezia dermatitis have reddened, itchy, crusty skin, and are often greasy, scaly and smelly.

      Malassezia dermatitis often starts in the summer, corresponding to an increase in humidity and to allergy season, and persists over the winter.

      How is Malassezia dermatitis diagnosed?

      About 50% of dogs with this condition have an underlying problem, especially seborrhea, allergies, or a bacterial skin infection. Dogs with these conditions generally all have greasy, crusty, smelly skin but where there is Malassezia infection, there is also extreme itchiness.

      It is essential to sort out whether the Malassezia is the primary problem or is occurring secondary to another condition that can be treated. In either case the yeast infection must be cleared up, and then your veterinarian will look for an underlying cause. If none can be found, and the yeast infection quickly recurs, this suggests that the Malassezia is the primary problem.

      For the veterinarian: There are many differential diagnoses for this condition and most of them can also be associated with or can trigger Malassezia infection. This can make diagnosis perplexing. Malassezia-associated dermatitis should be considered in any persistent scaly, seborrheic, pruritic dermatitis where other differentials have been ruled out and there is a lack of response to treatment.

      Cytologic examination is a useful and readily available diagnostic tool. Samples are collected by vigorous rubbing of a cotton swab on affected skin, superficial skin scrapings or pressing a slide onto the skin. These samples should be heat-fixed, stained (NMB or Diff-Quik), and examined for numerous round or oval, budding yeast-like cells.

      Skin biopsies may also demonstrate the presence of the yeast. Culture is not a reliable way to identify a Malassezia infection.

      How is Malassezia dermatitis treated?

      This condition is treated with anti-fungal drugs and medicated shampoos. The itchiness usually subsides within a week, and the skin lesions within a few more weeks. Your dog must continue taking the drug for another week or so beyond that.

      Commonly there is recurrence of the yeast infection, although the frequency may be reduced if an underlying cause can be identified and treated or managed. Sometimes maintenance treatment is required to prevent frequent yeast infections. This may involve weekly medicated baths and your dog taking antifungal drugs once or twice a week. Your veterinarian will work with you to determine how your dog's skin condition can best be kept under control.

      Breeding advice

      Although little is known about the inheritance of this condition, it is preferable not to use dogs with severe or recurring yeast infections for breeding.

      For more information about this disorder, please see your Vet.

  26. 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/

  27. QUESTION:
    Does using diet as a method to cure yeast infections work?
    By dieting, I mean perhaps consulting a nutritionist to construct a diet thats free of sugar and yeast, etc.

    Has anyone tried it, did it work and if so, how much better would you say it was at curing thrush then just relying on medications?

    e.g. http://www.yeastinfectionadvisor.com/candidadiet.html

    • ANSWER:
      I sure have tried it buddy and it resolved a whole host of symptoms for me including an infection in my fingernails !! You most definitely do need to avoid all yeast and sugar products to kill a yeast infection ......... sugar will literally feed the yeast overgrowth allowing it to flourish......... ditch the alcohol and sodas and diet sodas too if you drink any .......... antiobiotics, especially broad - spectrum antiobiotics will also kill the helpful bacteria which you need for a healthy gut ........ hence they really aren't any good for resolving the problem but good at producing new ones ...... supplement with a good quality probiotic to rebalance gut flora ......... eat more alkaline forming foods such as leafy and green vegies, fresh fishes such as salmon, sardines and whiting, organic nuts and seeds such as almonds and brazil nuts........ all these foods are rich in magnesium and will thus encourage the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy aiding in digestion and effective elimination ........the leafy greens and fishes are also rich in calcium and protein and the fish are a rich source of vitamin D too ....... eat organic brown rice and quinoa (prounounced keen ~ wah) as they are both a rich source of the B complex of vitamins and will provide you with the carbs you need for sustained energy and the quinoa is also rich in calcium and iron .......... don't forget about getting enough iron on a daily basis too ie ~ lean red meats ..... Avoid sugars such as honey, molasses, fructose, maltose, lactose (that means all milk and dairy products) and fruit juices ...... avoid artificial sweetners and foods containing brewer's yeast - ie - alcohol such as beer, wine, brandy, whiskey, rum, ciders and root beer.... avoid baker's yeast ie ~ breads and rolls and pastries .... avoid mushrooms ... avoid fruits and vegies with any sign of mold growth on them .... avoid fermented beverages and condiments including mayonnaise, ketchup, pickled vegies and pickles, salad dressings (use lemon and olive oil instead), soy sauce and vinegar .... avoid all types of hard cheeses which are a pretty good source of mold.... avoid processed and smoked meats and fish, including hot dogs, sausages, luncheon meats etc....... these meats are processed with sugar, spices, yeast and other preservatives .... avoid canned bottled or frozen fruit and vegie juices cos they have loads of sugar and are commonly made from overripened or damaged produce; generally the skin of the fruit contains surface mold and rotten spots, which are pulverised into the juice... avoid dried fruits.... avoid coffee & tea as much as you can as caffeine will aggravate yeast overgrowth..................... you don't need to use medications to kill a yeast overgrowth ..... simply eliminate their food source and they will disappear on their own ...... if you normalise the bacterial flora in the gastrointestinal tract you will feel much better and in most cases won't need drugs ♥

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

      hope you feel better soon

      peace 2 you

  28. QUESTION:
    Candida overgrowth cause for over weight? Do you have experience?
    Hi guys,
    and thank for taking the time to read this.
    have you been treated or used candida tablets to get rid of candida and lost weight bc of it? What about other problems like dandruff etc??
    Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Once i dealt with my sugar and wheat addiction i lost 12 kilos in as many weeks........ it made me a bit ratty for the first few weeks until i got used to not eating processed sugar and wheat but i now have energy to spare and certainly don't have anymore weight to spare.

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

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

      Bad digestion would be indicated by a deep crack down the middle of your tongue.

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

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

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

      hope you feel better soon

      peace 2 you

  29. QUESTION:
    Will feeding my pit bull scraps kill him?
    My girlfriend and I have a pit bull. One of her friends came over and saw me put my left overs in his bowl and said table scraps can cause knots in his stomach. I have never heard of this an neither has my girlfriend. Is it true, could it really kill him? I mean it's not like we feed him chocolate or sweets or anything heavily seasoned.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, the first worry is that it's food that dogs can't handle.
      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1659&aid=1030

      Second is the food itself. While table scraps won't kill him, being fattening, loaded with grease, etc isn't good for him.

      What your friend described was bloat, and it doesn't come from table scraps.

      http://www.globalspan.net/bloat.htm

      Bloat is a very serious health risk for many dogs it is the second leading killer of dogs, after cancer.

      Bloat can occur with or without "volvulus" (twisting). As the stomach swells, it may rotate 90° to 360°, twisting between its fixed attachments at the esophagus (food tube) and at the duodenum (the upper intestine). The twisting stomach traps air, food, and water in the stomach. The bloated stomach obstructs veins in the abdomen, leading to low blood pressure, shock, and damage to internal organs. The combined effect can quickly kill a dog.

      Stress Dog shows, mating, whelping, boarding, change in routine, new dog in household, etc.
      Although purely anecdotal, we've heard of too many cases where a dog bloated after another dog (particularly a 3rd dog) was brought into the household; perhaps due to stress regarding pack order.
      Activities that result in gulping air

      Eating habits, especially... Elevated food bowls
      Rapid eating
      Eating dry foods that contain citric acid as a preservative (the risk is even worse if the owner moistens the food)
      Eating dry foods that contain fat among the first four ingredients
      Insufficient pancreatic enzymes, such as Trypsin (a pancreatic enzyme present in meat)
      Dogs with untreated Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) and/or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) generally produce more gas and thus are at greater risk New
      Dilution of gastric juices necessary for complete digestion by drinking too much water before or after eating
      Eating gas-producing foods (especially soybean products, brewer's yeast, and alfalfa)
      Drinking too much water too quickly (can cause gulping of air)

      Exercise before and especially after eating
      Heredity Especially having a first-degree relative who has bloated
      Dogs who have untreated Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) are considered more prone to bloat New
      Gas is associated with incomplete digestion

      Build & Physical Characteristics Having a deep and narrow chest compared to other dogs of the same breed
      Older dogs
      Big dogs
      Males
      Being underweight

      Disposition Fearful or anxious temperament
      Prone to stress
      History of aggression toward other dogs or people

  30. QUESTION:
    Thrush....?? What are some natural ways to get rid of it!!?
    Im 23weeks pregnant, and Im assuming its thrush!! Im really itchy down there and its driving me crazy because I dont wanna scratch it lol, Im afraid I'll make things worse!!
    What are some home remedies or something I can use or do to get rid of it!?? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Aww geez hun, i know the pain all too well ........ you need to avoid all yeast and sugar products to kill a yeast infection ......... sugar will literally feed the yeast overgrowth allowing it to flourish......... ditch the alcohol and sodas and diet sodas too if you drink any .......... antiobiotics, especially broad - spectrum antiobiotics will also kill the helpful bacteria which you need for a healthy gut ........ supplement with a good quality probiotic to rebalance gut flora ......... eat more alkaline forming foods such as leafy and green vegies, cold water fishes such as tuna, salmon, sardines and whiting, organic nuts and seeds such as almonds and brazil nuts........ all these foods are rich in magnesium and will thus encourage the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy aiding in digestion and effective elimination ........the leafy greens and cold water fishes are also rich in calcium and protein and the fish are a rich source of vitamin D too ....... eat organic brown rice and quinoa (prounounced keen ~ wah) as they are both a rich source of the B complex of vitamins and will provide you with the carbs you need for sustained energy and the quinoa is also rich in calcium and iron .......... don't forget about getting enough iron on a daily basis too ie ~ lean red meats ..... Avoid sugars such as honey, molasses, fructose, maltose, lactose (that means all milk and dairy products) and fruit juices ...... avoid artificial sweetners and foods containing brewer's yeast - ie - alcohol such as beer, wine, brandy, whiskey, rum, ciders and root beer.... avoid baker's yeast ie ~ breads and rolls and pastries .... avoid mushrooms ... avoid fruits and vegies with any sign of mold growth on them .... avoid fermented beverages and condiments including mayonnaise, ketchup, pickled vegies and pickles, salad dressings (use lemon and olive oil instead), soy sauce and vinegar .... avoid all types of hard cheeses which are a pretty good source of mold.... avoid processed and smoked meats and fish, including hot dogs, sausages, luncheon meats etc....... these meats are processed with sugar, spices, yeast and other preservatives .... avoid canned bottled or frozen fruit and vegie juices cos they have loads of sugar and are commonly made from overripened or damaged produce; generally the skin of the fruit contains surface mold and rotten spots, which are pulverised into the juice... avoid dried fruits.... avoid coffee & tea as much as you can as caffeine will aggravate yeast overgrowth..................... you don't need to use medications to kill a yeast overgrowth ..... simply eliminate their food source and they will disappear on their own ...... if you normalise the bacterial flora in the gastrointestinal tract you will feel much better and in most cases won't need drugs ♥

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

      hope you feel better soon

      peace 2 you

  31. QUESTION:
    whats the 12 hour fast easy natural cure for yeats infections?
    i was looking for this on the internet but i would have had to order the some e-book thing does anyone no what it is??

    • ANSWER:
      check out this link, it may be of use to you ~

      http://drhotzeblog.netymology.com/2006/05/26/yeast-and-the-weight-connection/

      ***edit***

      hmmm, that link doesn't appear to be working ... try this one ~

      http://www.hotzehwc.com/en/articles/printview.asp?97

      you need to avoid all yeast and sugar products to kill a yeast infection ......... sugar will literally feed the yeast overgrowth allowing it to flourish......... ditch the alcohol and sodas and diet sodas too if you drink any .......... antiobiotics, especially broad - spectrum antiobiotics will also kill the helpful bacteria which you need for a healthy gut ........ supplement with a good quality probiotic to rebalance gut flora ......... this part is absolutely essential for without the good flora your system will remain completely out of whack ...... eat more alkaline forming foods such as leafy and green vegies, fresh not tinned fishes such as tuna, salmon, sardines and whiting, organic nuts and seeds such as almonds and brazil nuts........ all these foods are rich in magnesium and will thus encourage the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy aiding in digestion and effective elimination ........the leafy greens and fishes are also rich in calcium and protein and the fish are a rich source of vitamin D too ....... eat organic brown rice and quinoa (prounounced keen ~ wah) as they are both a rich source of the B complex of vitamins and will provide you with the carbs you need for sustained energy and the quinoa is also rich in calcium and iron .......... don't forget about getting enough iron on a daily basis too ie ~ lean red meats ..... Avoid sugars such as honey, molasses, fructose, maltose, lactose (that means all milk and dairy products) and fruit juices ...... avoid artificial sweetners and foods containing brewer's yeast - ie - alcohol such as beer, wine, brandy, whiskey, rum, ciders and root beer.... avoid baker's yeast ie ~ breads and rolls and pastries .... avoid mushrooms ... avoid fruits and vegies with any sign of mold growth on them .... avoid fermented beverages and condiments including mayonnaise, ketchup, pickled vegies and pickles, salad dressings (use fresh lemon juice and olive oil instead), soy sauce and vinegar .... avoid all types of hard cheeses which are a pretty good source of mold.... avoid processed and smoked meats and fish, including hot dogs, sausages, luncheon meats etc....... these meats are processed with sugar, spices, yeast and other preservatives .... avoid canned bottled or frozen fruit and vegie juices cos they have loads of sugar and are commonly made from overripened or damaged produce; generally the skin of the fruit contains surface mold and rotten spots, which are pulverised into the juice... avoid dried fruits.... avoid coffee & tea as much as you can as caffeine will aggravate yeast overgrowth..................... you don't need to use medications to kill a yeast overgrowth ..... simply eliminate their food source and they will disappear on their own ...... if you normalise the bacterial flora in the gastrointestinal tract you will feel much better and in most cases won't need drugs ♥

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

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

      hope you feel better soon

      peace baby

  32. QUESTION:
    dogs ear red icthy and peeling dry kind of skin?
    my dog has been constantly scratching her let ear and its much redder thant the other ear it smells and its kinda peeling this dry skin thing is it an ear infection?

    • ANSWER:
      At this stage, your dog needs a vet visit and possibly antibiotics to clear up the infection. It is very painful and can lead to deafness.

      As a PREVENTATIVE, going forward, try this homemade ear cleaner. It has worked better for ear infections in my dogs that anything I ever got from a vet and the infections don't come back anymore. The ingredients are all available from a pharmacy without a prescription. Mix them in a 8 oz. bottle that had an applicator tip (like a hair coloring bottle from 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/

  33. QUESTION:
    Will a GFCF diet help with speech delay in a child that is not autistic?

    • ANSWER:
      The GFCF diet is just one of the first steps in the bio-medical approach to reversing the symptoms of autism. The approach also includes gastrointestinal healing, building the immune system and removing heavy metals (chelation). Many autistic children have an inability to digest gluten and/or casein. (Our DAN dr. has been in practice for 13 years, and out of all the autistic patients he's had tested, only 1 tested negative for gluten and/or casein intolerance). The theory is that an enzyme necessary for digesting these proteins is either missing (from genetics) or is rendered inactive (from an autoimmune mechanism due to heavy metal toxicity). This is not a traditional food allergy, but a T-cell response to these foods.

      Common symptom improvements reported by parents in relation to the GFCF diet include appearance of formed stools (rather than chronic diarrhea), improvement in focus and capacity for learning, better eye contact, fewer tantrums, and demonstrations of affection. However, most autistic children are also going through the gastrointestinal healing phase of the process at the same time as the diet. It is also common for autistic children to have problems with yeast overgrowth. This is where my son is in the process, and we have seen all of the improvements noted above, as well as an improvement in language. Prior to regressing into autism, my son had an extrordinary vocabulary for a child between 2 and 3. As his symptoms worsened, he gradually stopped using that kind of vocabulary and lost the ability to carry on complex conversations with adults which he once had. He is now beginning to add back some of those words, and every time I hear one, it's like my child is coming back. However, he never entirely lost his speech...just some of the vocabulary.

      I really don't know how this may be related to speech delay in a non-autistic child, unless your child has had a number of rounds of antibiotics. Antibiotics can destroy the good bacteria in the intestines, and yeast overgrowth can result from that, although it seems that in children with normal immune function, they would eventually level out. If you want to, you could have your child's urine or stool analyzed for candida albicans overgrowth.

      If you're looking for a one-step treatment that has had success in increasing language in autistic patients, you may want to check the following link:
      http://www.babycenter.com/204_hyperbaric-treatment-shows-promise-for-autism_10310687.bc?scid=momstodd_20090324:6&pe=2UvwXBj
      This article discusses the use of hyperbaric treatment for autism, and it seems to have success similar to that of DAN protocol.

      Other than the above, I don't know how old your child is or the extent of the speech "delay," but I would urge you not to compare him with others his own age or listen to "well-meaning" friends and family. Check out the Early Speech and Language Milestones section in the first source I'm providing. Out of my three oldest children, one was slower in speaking, but she was very physically busy and active. Then, when she finally started talking, her first "word" was a whole sentence -- "Can I have some juice?" It floored me...she'd been taking it all in, but was just too busy to say those cute little beginner words.

      Besides the recommendations in the source I listed (such as having a hearing test), I'm wondering if you or your pediatrician have checked your child's tongue for Ankyloglossia (tongue tie). This is a fairly common condition that can affect speech. My 13 month old is tongue-tied and uses only one word for most everything. Daddy, diaper, dog and several other things he says all sound the same. The only other word he really says is mama. He's having his clipped in two months. I also have a friend who had two children who were tongue-tied and no one realized it until they were older. It's not one of those things that people think to look for, so check that...the second source I listed is more about that.

      Good luck, and I hope some of this info is of help to you.

  34. QUESTION:
    What kind of eye drops should I use on my white poodle so he doesn't get stains?

    • ANSWER:
      As most tear stains are due to an overgrowth of bacteria and yeast, your best bet to eliminating them completely is to control and eradicate these organisms. One way is to add a teaspoon of white vinegar to your dog's drinking water, thus changing the pH and preventing the yeast and bacteria from growing.
      http://www.stainexpert.co.uk/TearStainsTheWhiteDogOwnersNightmare.html

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

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

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

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

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

  36. QUESTION:
    does my dog have an ear infection?
    lastnight i noticed that my dog kept shaking his head because of his ear, it's like he has something in it but can't get it and i know it's really bothering him because he keeps whimpering so i'm really worried. any thoughts on what it could be?

    mell.

    • ANSWER:
      Every dog has a natural level of bacteria and yeast growing in their ears. If this balance gets disturbed then an overgrown bacterial or yeast infection of the ears can occur. This overgrowth can cause a very intense irritation for your dog. Once you see the early signs that your dog is uncomfortable, then it is your duty to handle the situation appropriately - your dog is totally reliant on you.

  37. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy for Yeast Infection in dog's ears?

    • 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 Sally 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/

  38. QUESTION:
    Is there anything that you can put in dogs ears to keep them from getting ear infections?
    I have read some where that you can make a mixture of equal parts of water and white vigvighttp://answers.yahoo.com/question/ask?title=Is+there+anything+that+you+can+put+in+dogs+ears+to+keep+them+from+getting+ear+infections#

    • ANSWER:
      This web site had a recipe for a home made ear cleaner. The ingredients are easy to get from a pharmacy. White vinegar is one of them but the other ingredients (alcohol, boric acid powder, betadine anteseptic) 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 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/

  39. 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.”

  40. QUESTION:
    Feeding a dog small amounts of sherbert (one table spoon) per day-- is it harmful?
    IS SHERBERT HARMFULL FOR DOGS.

    • ANSWER:
      It certainly isn't going to kill her but sugar is not really good for dogs. Their systems cant handel it and it can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria and yeast in your dog's system. So why bother with giving it when there are so many other options out there. Try plain yogurt. Dog's love it an it contains beneficial bacteria that is good for dogs.

  41. 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...

  42. QUESTION:
    can my dog's ear infection spread to my other dogs?
    im worried about my dog....i checked his ear last night, it was red and smelled bad. i cleaned with this cleaner i got for my other dog. this dog is only about 4 months old. ive been watching his ear all day and no changes. hes acting normal, but hes warmer than usual. and its labor day week so i wont be able to see a vet til tuesday maybe....what should i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Try this homemade ear cleaner. It has worked better for ear infections in my dogs that anything I ever got from a vet because the infections don't come back anymore. The ingredients are all available from a pharmacy without a prescription. Mix them in a 8 oz. bottle that had an applicator tip (like a hair coloring bottle from 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/

  43. QUESTION:
    is there a natural remedy to help with ear infections in dogs?

    • 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 Sally 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/

  44. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of Candida?
    What foods do you add?

    What foods do you cut out?

    etc.

    • ANSWER:
      you need to avoid all yeast and sugar products to kill a yeast infection ......... sugar will literally feed the yeast overgrowth allowing it to flourish......... ditch the alcohol and sodas and diet sodas too if you drink any .......... antiobiotics, especially broad - spectrum antiobiotics will also kill the helpful bacteria which you need for a healthy gut ........ supplement with a good quality probiotic to rebalance gut flora ......... this part is absolutely essential for without the good flora your system will remain completely out of whack ...... eat more alkaline forming foods such as leafy and green vegies, fresh fishes such as tuna, salmon, sardines and whiting, organic nuts and seeds such as almonds and brazil nuts........ all these foods are rich in magnesium and will thus encourage the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy aiding in digestion and effective elimination ........the leafy greens and fishes are also rich in calcium and protein and the fish are a rich source of vitamin D too ....... eat organic brown rice and quinoa (prounounced keen ~ wah) as they are both a rich source of the B complex of vitamins and will provide you with the carbs you need for sustained energy and the quinoa is also rich in calcium and iron .......... don't forget about getting enough iron on a daily basis too ie ~ lean red meats ..... Avoid sugars such as honey, molasses, fructose, maltose, lactose (that means all milk and dairy products) and fruit juices ...... avoid artificial sweetners and foods containing brewer's yeast - ie - alcohol such as beer, wine, brandy, whiskey, rum, ciders and root beer.... avoid baker's yeast ie ~ breads and rolls and pastries .... avoid mushrooms ... avoid fruits and vegies with any sign of mold growth on them .... avoid fermented beverages and condiments including mayonnaise, ketchup, pickled vegies and pickles, salad dressings (use lemon and olive oil instead), soy sauce and vinegar .... avoid all types of hard cheeses which are a pretty good source of mold.... avoid processed and smoked meats and fish, including hot dogs, sausages, luncheon meats etc....... these meats are processed with sugar, spices, yeast and other preservatives .... avoid canned bottled or frozen fruit and vegie juices cos they have loads of sugar and are commonly made from overripened or damaged produce; generally the skin of the fruit contains surface mold and rotten spots, which are pulverised into the juice... avoid dried fruits.... avoid coffee & tea as much as you can as caffeine will aggravate yeast overgrowth..................... you don't need to use medications to kill a yeast overgrowth ..... simply eliminate their food source and they will disappear on their own ...... if you normalise the bacterial flora in the gastrointestinal tract you will feel much better and in most cases won't need drugs ........ i found that by eliminating potatoes (high in sugar)as well as all fruits it cleared up a lot quicker ........ when you go back to eating fruits eat low sugar fruits such as pears, strawberries, watermelon, blackberries.....;0)

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

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

      Go to your local health food store and ask the resident naturopath his/her advice on Grapefruit seed extract ....... they don't usually charge for off the cuff advice and are more than willing to share their knowledge ..... Grapefruit seed extract is a multipurpose (broad spectrum) compound that is currently being used in humans and animals alike to safely fight many types of internal and external infections caused from parasites (single and multi-celled), viruses, bacteria and fungi.

      Grapefruit seed extracts biggest benefit is due to it's multipurpose (broad spectrum) effect. It is effective even if the causes of the infections are known, unknown or misdiagnosed. By eliminating a wide range of dangerous pathogens grapefruit seed extract actually enhances the immune system

      also, get assessed by a nutritionally oriented physician or a naturopath as they can provide you with the chemical and food intolerance tests you need and can also guide you through an anticandida diet....... you definitely need to ditch all sugar and yeast in your diet and deal with any food intolerances..... unaddressed food intolerances will definitely contribute to a candida overgrowth.

      peace baby

  45. QUESTION:
    My dog has been itchy, what can I do?
    We got my dog about 2 months ago. He is a pointer mix and is only 7 months old. When we switched his foods, he got really itchy and no all he does is scratch, bite a lick himself. What can I do for him? It has happened before with my other dog (who we put down about a year ago)

    • ANSWER:
      I have a pointer as well. Her skin is so sensitive and she itches so bad that her skin gets infected. Itching can be allergies but its more likely due to an overgrowth of bacteria and yeast in the body. Switch to a low carbohydrate food. Most dog foods are so high in carbs it causes bacteria to grow out of control. Also bathe regularly with an antimicrobial shampoo like tea tree oil or chlorhexidine. Do not use oatmeal shampoos as they are a carb and can cause bacteria to grow as well. Also supplement with an omega 3/fish oil. Omega 3 improves skin health and resistance to allergens. It has taken a few months on a low carb food but finally she is no longer itchy, her infected skin has cleared, and no more bad odor, not even bad breath.

  46. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog stink so bad? We bath her regularly. But the smell is awful. Please help?
    Her crate that she sleeps in stinks really bad too. After my fiance and i gave her a bath we cleaned it out with bleach and cleaning supplies, but it stunk again the next morning. She also has a favorite spot where she lays on the carpet and that stinks really bad. We are desperate!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      You should consult your veterinarian about this. Reasons for stinky dogs are many. Rotten teeth (especially with infection), an overgrowth of yeast on the skin, not washing the dog well enough (use a shampoo brush, available at pet supply stores-they get down to the skin), not rinsing the dog well enough, bad diet (cheap dog food), and many more.

  47. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection on my tongue?
    I have a yeast infection on my tongue. My doctor gave me some nystatin but it didn't work, the infection is still there. What can i use to get rid of it?

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

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

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

      truly, eat loads and loads of green and leafy vegies, squeeze lemon juice over it to spice it up ....... crush fresh garlic and mix with your vegies for added flavor ..... garlic has powerfull antibacterial properties ........... and help torch bacteria and bolster both your immunity and digestive process ........ and cold water fresh fishes and brown rice / quinoa and watch it clear up........ oh, drink loads and loads of fresh filtered water to ... to ensure you are properly hydrated as the healthiest and happiest body will always be the most hydrated one .

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

      peace baby

  48. QUESTION:
    what diesease/ infection does my dog have?
    my dogs symptoms are chest pains, pain around his penis, trouble breathing, rash around penis, black spots around penis, and is weak. i tried to take him to the vet but they were closed please help me to know what he has.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeasts are single cell organisms, which are found on the surfaces of all living things, including your dog's body. Yeasts normally live on the mucous membranes of the digestive tract. One family of yeasts called, Candida albicans, live in the digestive tract and consume substances such as sugar and fats in order to survive. When our dog's immune system is healthy, the body is able to destroy the yeasts and keep them under control. However, when the immune system is weak, the yeast, being an opportunistic feeder, may produce in mass amounts causing toxins that disable the immune system and prevent it from functioning properly. At this point, the system becomes altered causing a host of health problems. So, It goes without saying that an overgrowth of yeast toxins will affect your pet's immune system, nervous system, and their endocrine system. Since these systems are all inter-connected, yeast toxins play a major role in causing allergies, bladder infections, skin disorders and many other health problems.

      Read more about dog health, http://pho.se/brl

  49. QUESTION:
    What causes Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus?
    I was wondering because one of my dogs might have it and it seems to be passing on to another one of my dogs.

    • ANSWER:
      Gastric Dilation-Volvulus, otherwise known as Bloat, is very common in large breeds.

      Causes:

      *Stress
      -Dog shows, mating, whelping, boarding, change in routine, new dog in household, etc. Although purely anecdotal, we've heard of too many cases where a dog bloated after another dog (particularly a 3rd dog) was brought into the household; perhaps due to stress regarding pack order.
      -Activities that result in gulping air

      *Eating habits, especially...
      -Elevated food bowls
      -Rapid eating
      -Eating dry foods that contain citric acid as a preservative (the risk is even worse if the owner moistens the food)
      -Eating dry foods that contain fat among the first four ingredients
      -Insufficient pancreatic enzymes, such as Trypsin (a pancreatic enzyme present in meat)Dogs with Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) and/or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) tend to produce more gas and thus are at greater risk
      -Dilution of gastric juices necessary for complete digestion by drinking too much water before or after eating
      -Eating gas-producing foods (especially soybean products, brewer's yeast, and alfalfa)
      -Drinking too much water too quickly (can cause gulping of air)

      *Exercise before and especially after eating
      -Heredity Especially having a first-degree relative who has bloated
      -Dogs who have Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) are considered more prone to bloat (gas is associated with incomplete digestion)

      *Build & Physical Characteristics
      -Having a deep and narrow chest compared to other dogs of the same breed
      -Older dogs
      -Big dogs
      -Males
      -Being underweight

      *Disposition
      -Fearful or anxious temperament
      -Prone to stress
      -History of aggression toward other dogs or people

      Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus is a condition that needs to be taken very seriously. You need to contact a vet and ask them what they think. You most likely need to get him into a vet right away. If not treated this is very fatal. It is the leading cause of death in dogs after cancer. And it is not contagous, but if your other dog has the same symptoms he could also have it. Please take your dog to the vet (or both if they have the same symptoms).

      ADD: Lost in US: Bloat is not congenital - dogs are not born with it. There are many breeds that are more likely to get it than others though. Bloat is common in the German Shepherd breed.


yeast overgrowth in dogs

Natural Remedy For Yeast Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    looking for natural remedies for yeast infection?
    I am hoping to find a natural remedy to aid in fighting my daughter's yeast infection. She is 11 months old and has had it for nearly a week. We have a Rx for yeast infection cream and it is working.. slowly. I was wondering if there are laternatives i could use along with teh medicated cream?
    I am a little concern putting so many chemicals on my daughter's skin.

    • ANSWER:
      I had yeasty babies too!

      It is best to avoid over the counter diaper rash cream or ointment if yeast is suspected. Powder also can become a problem by trapping the moisture. These provide a nice moist warm environment for the yeast. You can ask the doctor for yeast powder to make your own ointment too. He can give you Nystatin powder that you can mix with Desitin to make a quick treatment.

      It is important to bathe the baby and let her dry completely before diapering and dressing. Try not to scrub the area or dry it out with soap. Her natural skin oils are important to keep out infection. Keep the house warm and let her play naked as much as possible.

      For stinging painful rashes, you can dab on some Maalox liquid. (stuff and adult would drink for upset stomach). This can calm a stinging bum.

  2. 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,

  3. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  5. QUESTION:
    How long does a yeast infection take to go away?
    I've had one for the past week. It started with itching, but I didn't do anything about it because I thought I'd used too much detergent or something. Then the discharge came, so I knew it was a yeast infection. I started taking natural remedies, like acidophilus and yogurt tampons and garlic to help with itching.

    The discharge is completely gone, but the itching and irritation is still very bad. Should I start fresh with monistat pills and cream or something, or will the itching clear up on its own?

    • ANSWER:
      you need to get cream and actually treat it.

      otherwise, its really not going to go away.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it OK to masturbate while having a vaginal / yeast infection?
    I'm not having sex for some time now but I am feeling like I want it so I plan to masturbate. I've had this yeast infection for about 11 days now, sometimes it "seems" to go away if I drink lots of fluids. Today I used the yogurt remedy and the smell and discomfort disappeared for awhile.

    I was wondering if masturbating can complicate the infection. I am getting Monistat tomorrow, as I feel natural remedies are starting not to work for me.

    • ANSWER:
      i wouldnt because adding germs to the infection will only worsen it! it probably wont be a very pleasant feeling anyway!

  7. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to take probiotics during pregnancy?
    I'm pregnant and I need to find a natural remedy for a yeast infection.I was told to take probiotics,but I'm reluctant. Why are probiotics ok, but unpasteurized cheese and things like that not ok during pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      If the doctor was your gyno and said it was ok, then it should be. But you can also eat yogurt, buttermilk, and cottage cheese like that to help get rid of the yeast infection. And it will be healthy for your baby to get all that calcium.

  8. 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.

  9. QUESTION:
    You Know About Natural Remedy For Yeast Infection Story?
    I want to know about natural remedy for pyeast infection patient story. This natural remedy really can eliminate this fungal infection. I know a person who have recurrent yeast infection with poor respond to anti-fungal medication and antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:
      Some anti biotics actually cause yeast infection. Yogurt, probiotics, acidophillus and cranberry juice (real juice, not the coctail blend) should help

  10. QUESTION:
    What's the story with yogurt curing yeast infections?
    I have seen people write about how yogurt cures yeast infections - some say by eating it and others by actually putting it on the infected area. I'm all about natural remedies, but does this actually work?!

    • ANSWER:
      It's the healthy bacterias in yogurt that do the job.

      I may be a guy, but I know cuz my kid sister used to get yeast infections all the time and my mom would be all on her all the time about eating enough yogurt and enough of the right yogurt.

      The best yogurt that she ate was Yo-Baby. I guess it's made for babies pretty much but it comes with all the right cultures (bacteria) that promote your health. I've tried it and it rules! Only thing that sucks is that it comes in pretty small containers since it was originally intended for babies.

      Yes, it actually works.

  11. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies/preventative measures for yeast infection?
    I am so prone to yeast infections! Every time I take antibiotics, I get one. I have heard of some vitamins or natural remedies for preventing them, any ideas?
    Also, does eating yogurt (probiotic) while taking antibiotics help?

    • ANSWER:
      Concern: Yeast Infection
      Remedy: Garlic
      Garlic is known to fight infection and stimulate the immune system.
      How to use it: If the odor of garlic bothers you, try taking it in capsule form. If you are undaunted by garlic's pungent aroma, add more raw garlic to your diet. You can swallow a clove (cut it into pieces if a whole clove is too large to swallow), or mince it and sprinkle over salads, on toast or over pasta. Garlic can also be used internally ‑- make a suppository by wrapping a peeled clove in cheesecloth and tying it off with a piece of dental floss long enough to use as a string. Insert suppository before going to bed, and remove in the morning. Repeat until symptoms disappear.

      Other remedies to consider:
      Remedy: Probiotics
      Probiotics are the good bacteria that are normally found in our digestive tract. Yeast infections often occur when the balance of good bacteria versus bad bacteria (such as yeast) has gotten out of whack. Taking extra probiotics, such as acidophilus, can help restore balance and get that yeast on the run.

      How to use it: There are several ways to get probiotics. You can buy them in tablet form and take them as a daily supplement. Talk with a holistic ND or other health practitioner to determine the ultimate dosage based on your particular situation. You can also get probiotics from eating yogurt. Eating a cup of yogurt a day can reduce the number of yeast infections a woman will get.
      What to watch out for: Sugar feeds yeast, and many yogurts are chock full of sugar. Stick to the plain variety ‑- if it's too tart for you, sweeten it with honey. Honey's natural antimicrobial properties will help the fight against yeast and not hinder it like typical white sugar will.
      Eat organic, plain, yogurt with live/active bacterial culture.

  12. 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

  13. QUESTION:
    i just read antibiotics are used to cure yeast infections? i thought they caused them?
    i was just on antibiotics for a month and the day i stopped taking them i got the worst yeast infection known to woman. so i googled natural remedies and read something that antibiotics are prescribed for this....that makes no sense to me. anyone have an explanation?

    • ANSWER:
      ...not all antibiotics are the same....some do have the possibility of causing yeast infections, but there are medicines to cure those too. it's not like there's only one antibiotic that fixes the entirety of medical issues- there are different antibiotics for different things...hope this helps your confusion...

  14. QUESTION:
    best natural ways to cure a yeast infection?
    So I have had a yeast infection before and last time I took anti biotics that the doctor gave me. This time I am hoping to using natural remedies. I am not so much into the whole putting stuff on a tampon and inserting it just because tampons and I don't work out well together.
    I
    f you have any ideas on how to help cure a yeast infection please let me know.
    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      cranberry juice to drink and plain natural yoghurt inside the labia

  15. QUESTION:
    natural way to treat mouth yeast infection?
    do you have recomendations how to treat mouth yeast infection with natural remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest two things. First, use a little hydrogen peroxide, swish it around in your mouth. Then use your tooth brush on your tounge and gums (before rinsing) then rinse with water. This will break up and pentrate the worst of the coating.

      The second part is aimed more at the heart of the issue. Why did you get the yeast infection in the first place. As mentioned in one of the posts above - this is an issue with your digestive system. You should take some probiotics. These are basicly the good bacteria that are in your stomache. They help your body battle back to overcome the yeast. (These types of infections are very common in conjunction with or after antibiotic usage.) For the probiotic the best thing is a powder as opposed to a pill. If you swallow a pill it all goes to your stomahce. With a powder it begins working in your mouth and down your entire digestive track as opposed to starting with your stomache. (which is what you want if the issue is in your mouth.) You want to get it from a good health food store as opposed to the supermarket or a gnc type place.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is there any way to cure a yeast infections without inserting things "up there"?
    I've never had a yeast infection before, but am beginning to believe I do. I really don't want OTC medicines...are there any natural remedies?
    Infection****

    • ANSWER:
      The diflucan pill is the fastest, easiest way to cure a yeast infection. but it's not considered natural. it's a drug prescribed by a doctor. Most home remedy's require putting something up there because in order to cure the yeast infection the home remedy needs to get to where the infection is, and thats inside your vagina. Soaking in a warm bath with a cup of apple cider vinegar for 30 minutes helps a lot, and using natural, plain greek yogurt and putting it on a tampon and then inserting it inside you for a couple hours helps also. those are the two best natural remedies i've tried that work.

  17. QUESTION:
    Anyone knows about home remedy for yeast infection?
    Any review on home remedy for yeast infection I have been diagnosed with? Tips? I am always against medicinal drugs, creams for any ailments. So I am after solution to my infection via the natural remedy.
    Thanks.
    Phillis

    • ANSWER:
      I am fortunate not to have this problem but my boyfriend suffered from yeast infection around his waistline for a year until recently. I googled it and found this website with a good review for causes and symptoms. There is an ebook you have to buy for indepth details. But since my boyfriend's infection is mild we didnt get the ebook but it might be worth it. Good luck. Oh nearly forgot the site is:
      http://www.homeremedyforyeastinfectionreview.com/
      All the best!!!
      Lucy

  18. QUESTION:
    What are the best home remedies of yeast infection? Is tee tree oil an effective natural home remedy for it?
    Does Tea Tree Oil really work for yeast infection? Or is there another home remedy for it.

    • ANSWER:
      Getting rid of a persistent yeast infection can be quite challenging.It's estimated that three out of four women will have a yeast infection in their lifetime.
      Some natural remedies and home remedies that are used for yeast infection are
      1. Unsweetened yogurt
      2. Garlic
      3. Tee Tree Oil
      4. Honey
      5. Vinegar, etc.

      Tea tree oil is an effective medication for the cure of yeast infections which is extracted from the tea tree Melaleuca alternifolia, exclusively found in Australia. The active ingredient which kills the basic ground for the nurture of Candida is Terpinen4-ol.

      For more Information try the links

      http://www.findmedicaladvice.com/women-health/home-remedies-for-yeast-infection.html

      http://www.findmedicaladvice.com/women-health/tea-tree-oil-and-yeast-infection.html

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

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

  20. QUESTION:
    are there any natural remedies to cure a yeast infection?
    I am taking antibiotics and it causing me a yeast infection. Any ideas on how to cure it with natural products, and how do I prevent it from reoccuring. I will be on the antibiotics for a few months.

    • ANSWER:
      Well...yoghurt...and garlic cloves, actually. I've never tried it, but I've know women who swear by it.

  21. QUESTION:
    How do you treat/cure chronic yeast infection with natural remedies?
    My girlfriend has chronic yeast infection. She has taken many meds and is watching what she eats. What are some remedies and tips that you may have? thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Coconut oil is supposed to be a good rememdy for candida. You can now buy virgin coconut oil in the supplement section of you local health store. Don't buy the cooking type - it's not as pure and doesn't have the same benefit.

  22. QUESTION:
    looking for natural yeast infection remedy for a baby?
    I am hoping to find a natural remedy to aid in fighting my daughter's yeast infection. She is 11 months old and has had it for nearly a week. We have a Rx for yeast infection cream and it is working.. slowly. I was wondering if there are laternatives i could use along with teh medicated cream?
    I am a little concern putting so many chemicals on my daughter's skin.

    • ANSWER:
      colloidal silver!

      but since you got anti yeast cream then it works too but with the harsh chemicals of course

  23. QUESTION:
    Tips on home remedy for yeast infection?
    Hello All, does anyone know any PROVEN home remedys that will cure a yeast infection. I dont want anything store brand just natural home remedys. Thank you in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Proven home remedies are:
      1)wearing clean cotton underwear
      2)drinking lots of water
      3)Eating yogurt

      But more importantly, not eating particular food groups might help you more. Yeast infection is caused by a change in harmones in our body. this could be due to pregnancy, stress or change in eating habits.

      While consulting a doctor is always a good idea, some more of the natural remedies which seem to have worked for others can be found at the source.

  24. QUESTION:
    Natural or OTC remedies for yeast infection?
    can't see my regular doctor right now because i'm away from home are there any good remedies, natural, otc, whatever, to treat or deter the onset of a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes! There is! And it is the only thing that works permanently instead of - like medicine - working for a few weeks and making it worse the next time.

      It's Grapefruit Seed Extract which you can buy in health food stores everywhere. The cure is over 7 weeks and was developed by a French endocrinologist (a doctor specialized in the gland system). She had recurrent yeast infections and was fed up with what her colleagues prescribed for her and which either didn't work or had only had a temporary effect.

      The description of the cure is a bit long and rather detailed. If you are interested contact me by email and I'll send it to you.

      Wishing you all the best!
      Lisa J

  25. 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.

  26. QUESTION:
    Why is it that whenever I exercise, running, I immediately get a YEAST INFECTION!!!! ANY ADVICE?
    Natural remedies? They tell me to exercise, but then I get yeast infections that I have to Treat!!! If I don't pay tons of money to treat it, it will start to smell like shit.

    • ANSWER:
      Yep, it's because the sweat accumulates and makes a really damp area where yeast grows very well.

      My best suggestion instead of trying to fight it every time it happens is to PREVENT it from happening in the first place. Now, that may seem obvious, but a lot of people don't think about it because they don't realize that they CAN prevent it or how to.
      If you take a good probiotic product (like Acidophilus or a complex), it helps to create an environment in your body that is inhospitable toward yeast and makes it very difficult for it to grow.

      I've had dozens of customers (and coworkers) tell me how well probiotics have helped with their yeast infections, and we have thousands of customers that take them for various reasons. Many people also mention yogurt for yeast infections.... but they only work because of the natural probiotics in them. In general, a daily pill is easier to take than a cup of yogurt and yogurt can get old after a while... but if you like the taste, it's good to take. Good luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    How to Cure Yeast Infection using Natural Remedies?
    I have a bad yeast infection and I dont want to use pills or OTC Drugs. Please help?

    • ANSWER:
      This is going to sound extremely gross, but relief is instantaneous. First, go get yourself a massengil douche, preferably unmedicated. Also get a small container of plain unsweetened yogurt. It must be plain with nothing in it or you will be sorry. Open the douche and empty out the fluid. Cut the top off the douche bottle with a sharp serrated knife, being careful not to remove the threading where the applicator will screw on. Use a funnel and put the yogurt in the douche bottle. You will have to wiggle it, etc. to get it in there. Put the cap on the douche bottle. Before you are ready to go to bed, place a clean, good sized, preferably plush towel under yourself. Get into bed without any underwear, you will not leave the bed again til morning. Tilt the douche bottle down so the yogurt settles near the nozzle. Squeeze gently until you see that the yogurt is beginning to seep through the openings in the nozzle. Insert and apply. Try to apply all the yogurt with one firm squeeze. Let the yogurt fall out naturally through the night. In the morning shower and clean yourself normally, do not attempt to remove the yogurt your body will get rid of it on its own.

  28. 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.

  29. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedys for yeast infection in dogs?
    My dog keeps getting yeast infections around her eyes and in her ears. I have taken her to the vet plenty of times. She is five years old, German Shepherd. It is costing me too much money. It cost me about 0 worth of medicine. I have taken her about four times. Once she has the medicine she is good for a couple months then it comes back again. What home remedies can I use to make it go away again and how can I make it stay away? It is a yeast infection. My aunt is a dog groomer, she said some breeds will catch stuff and it is hard to get rid of.

    • ANSWER:
      my dog used to have problems with yeast infections ... i switched her to a salmon-based limited ingredient grain-free diet (natural balance) and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble daily ... after that she had no more problems for the rest of her life ... you should google the benefits of organic apple cider vinegar ...

  30. QUESTION:
    Are these signs of a yeast infection going away?
    On Saturday I had an allergic reaction to a condom(latex, lubricant, brand I'm not really sure which one) and developed a yeast infection. I started to treat with a natural remedy and the redness, itchiness, and cottage cheese discharge are gone. Now I have a creamy whitish discharge but it's only a tiny bit. Is this what happens when it's clearing up before it goes completely away? This is my first yeast infection so I'm not sure. If any of you have had a yeast infection please answer. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  31. 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 .

  32. QUESTION:
    Why is it that whenever I exercise, running, I immediately get a YEAST INFECTION!!!! ANY ADVICE?
    Why is it that whenever I exercise, running, I immediately get a YEAST INFECTION!!!! ANY ADVICE?

    Natural remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      you should start taking the bacteria "acidophilus" you can get it at a drug store and it is the natural bacteria that is found in yogurt. i have what is called "resistant yeast" and have to take it and it works great.
      good luck!

  33. QUESTION:
    I have been using garlic to treat a yeast infection. How long does it take to get over it w/ this remedy?
    Okay...so I have been under attack by the yeastie bastards. I treated the infection with Monistat Day or Night first; it didn't work. Then, after that put a dent in my bank (), but did not supply results, I used the Equate 3 day treatment. This didn't work either. I started looking online for natural remedies and found garlic was a enemy to yeast. I tried it and low and behold the infection seemed to clear up almost immediately. The next day I resumed sexual activity with my husband as usual, but afterwards I started feeling the itchy feeling and by the morning it had returned. I once again treated it with garlic and waited two more days before resuming intercourse, but when I did the infection again returned. How long does it take for garlic to get rid of this for good? I can't keep relapsing back into agony. I have had this for over a week now, but I can't go to the doctor on the account that I have no insurance and it costs a lot of money. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      In fact,there are HUNDREDS of Shocking, Dangerous,expensive and dangerous drugs on market.I am a nurse and I recently collected some NATURAL cure methods for Yeast Infection.It lays out a Step-by-step Treatment that can permanently cure your yeast infections by treating the root cause. You will be free for all time from the misery of this tormenting affliction.
      Here: http://www.toptop10.com/yeast_infection.htm

  34. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of my bv?
    Doctor tested me negative for bv and yeast infection. I'm still trying natural remedies, been doing apple cider vinegar for 2-3 weeks now.. not really helping and yogurt for a week now. any help? theres still an odor, yellow discharge isn't normal. help?

    • ANSWER:
      HI,

      You need to handle it with very carefully and maintained few basic rules for long term bases. For exmp. take yogurt as diet as regular. Wash your daily cloth, wash your vaginal area after every urinal pass and at the time of bath,drink enough water, fruit juice, fresh vegis .

      You can also read details symptoms, care, natural way to protect your health from
      http://www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/tc/bacterial-vaginosis-topic-overview or
      http://www.thebacterialvaginosis.com/bvnaturaltreatment.php

      Natural care is inexpensive and simple and obviously very useful.

      YOU MUST OVERCOME YOUR PROB.

      Best of luck

  35. QUESTION:
    What are homeopathic remedies for systemic yeast infection?
    I saw a program with a checklist for systemic yeast infection. I answered "yes" to nearly every question! I already know about yogurt and probiotics. What other things I should be incorporating?
    This is NOT for specific treatment of a vaginal yeast infection, rather an overgrowth of fungus throughout the body. Instead of "homeopathic" maybe I should have specified "natural" remedies instead -- such as certain foods, vitamins, or supplements to use.
    Thanks for all the suggestions so far!

    • ANSWER:
      This stuff. 98% kill of Candida Albicans. Triple blind placebo study completed in 1998 and found on Pubmed.org
      http://www.microbiologybytes.com/video/Candida.html
      Proof that Candida takes two forms and can become systemic.

      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7727934020345992708&q=candida+albicans+video&total=22&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=3 What feeds candida and what starves candida.

      What I did. http://www.glycoscience.org is real. Dr. Hudson Freeze used "Mannose" to help improve his genetic patients which is found in aloe and this company has as well. He was angered by the fact that one of his patients dropped out to take this complex from glycoscience web site and as a result, he has been on a campaign to put down the company that sells it because he wants to market glyconutrients. However, he has no patent and Oxford University has taken down his slamming article against the company that sells it, because he is proven wrong.

      In the interum, there is a triple blind pacebo study conducted by Doris Lefkowitz PhD who approves of medical dictionaries and this study shows that glyconutrient complex has a 98% kill of Candida Albicans... The mannose alone, has a 45% kill.

      Kalos, from your other answer tried to report me to Yahoo as a solicitation and once they saw my answer was helpful they restored my points and my answer.

      If you ever see Kalos Orisates answers again, feel free to report him if he calls osteopaths and chiropractors who have earned their degrees and have healed countless people in a non toxic manner quacks.

      This yahoo forum is to be of people of quality and its time for people to take charge and report those who slam natural healing to the extent that it is actually harming people, because side affects of OTC drugs is blindness and liver damage.

      It is the body, with the proper nutritional tools that are missing in the modern diet that can cure itself. Once your cells recognize the fungus, it eliminates it on its own safely with no side affects from drugs.

  36. QUESTION:
    Are there any good home remedies for a yeast infection?
    I have a yeast infection and the doctor gave me a prescription. But I want to know if there are any home remedies to ease my discomfort.
    First of all, some of the answers I'm getting are mildly offensive....I got this infection from the antibiotics I was taking for strep throat...so don't judge me. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Yogurt might help...
      But if you can, go to a store that sells herbs and buy one or both things...

      1) Bifidofolus
      2) Yeast killer (different names for it)

      These things are natural and works fast!

      Best wishes!

  37. 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any home remedies to cure a yeast infection?
    My friend did some research and found out she had a yeast infection. She's to ashamed to go to the doctor but,she would like to know how can sure cure it without prescription or over-the-counter medicines. So does any one have any home remedies she could use?

    • ANSWER:
      Put yogurt there. Like the natural kind without any sugar at least once a day but preferably two. Make a warm salt bath water and sit in it for a while. Make sure she gets a lot of fresh air up there so no tight pants(and no synthetic fabrics. cotton is best) and limit sugar from diet completely. Yeast loves that sugar!

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

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

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  44. QUESTION:
    what are some natural ways to get CURE a vaginal yeast infection?
    hi a am 17 and NOT sexually active and i think i have a yeast infection! anyways i was wondering if their was a natural and safe was to CURE it!!!!! preferably one that dosnt involve sticking something up my vagina!

    • ANSWER:
      Well that is where the problem is. There are many home remedies, but it is just as simple to go on down to your pharmacy/drugstore and get the correct medication for it. It is over the counter and you do not need a prescription.

      If you "hope" a natural remedy will work, it could get more serious and then need a Doctors attention.

  45. QUESTION:
    how do I naturally treat a yeast infection?
    I almost positive i have a yeast infection, but i want to treat it naturally. I heard that using yogurt will help, any other suggestions? Would antibiotic cream work?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use antibiotic cream - it can make a yeast infection worse! Yeast infections are caused by a fungus. Antibiotic creams only work against bacteria. There are actually some kinds of "good" bacteria living in your vagina that help keep the yeast fungus under control. In fact, the last time I had a yeast infection, it developed because I was taking antibiotics for another problem and as a side effect, it killed off the good bacteria.

      Yogurt is a good natural remedy (but not any old yogurt - you have to specifically look for one that contains active cultures). I've also heard that fresh, uncooked garlic can help (use it like a tampon), as can teatree oil.

      As for me, I've always just used monistat.

  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:
    What are natural ways to get rid of a yeast infection?
    Ok so I'm 13 and I think I have a yeast infection it itches and burns.. Im to scared to tell my mom about it so like how can I cure it myself and if not how do I tell my mom since we don't ever talk about this kind of stuff please help and no stupid answers..

    • ANSWER:
      The only way I know, is to put some plain yogurt 'up' there - as high as you can get it. It is a natural remedy, not always effective though - and will probably take more than one dose.

      Don't be embarrassed at all, every woman will get it at least once in their life - females are prone to getting things like this. I think you should say to your mum honestly "I'm pretty sure I have thrush" - I am 99% sure she would have had it before.

      Things like - antibiotics, g-strings, underwear thats not made of cotton can all cause thrush. Even the cleanest person on earth can develop it, and a virgin can too. So don't be embarrassed.

      There are over the counter medicines you can purchase - usually creams that have to be put high up in the vagina (not much fun)

      Every time I take penicillin based antibiotics - I get thrush. It gets really sore, painful and itchier with time - and if you itch it - it will worsen swelling and possibly cause some cuts/bleeding. So get it treated asap.

  48. 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!!!!

  49. QUESTION:
    How do you treat an INTERNAL YEAST INFECTION?
    I need to know if anyone out there has had an internal yeast infection, and what are some things I can do to treat one? I'm really looking for over the counter remedies that might help me! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I've felt your pain.
      Over The counter remedies are just a quick fix and it will come back.
      The hardest thing about yeast infections is the time it takes to cure it properly.This is a sure way to clean yourself up internally and trust me you will feel many benefits. this is not forever but for 3 weeks. Once you get past the first 3 days it is relatively easy.
      Be prepared for headaches and achiness if you are a major sugar or caffeine person. Again after 3 days you will feel the benefits.
      To go a more natural route look for a product called Yeast Gard to ease any discomfort. (found in most drugstores)

      You have to make a conscience decision to cut out all sugars this includes fresh fruit and juices in addition to chocolates and sweets and cookies and cake, any thing with yeast is out too. All wheat products, breads and carbs ie potatoes, white rice must also be stopped. Caffeine and alcohol must end too. Tomatoes are not to be eaten, and no vinegar or pickled products. No sauces, or cheese or nuts either. This is a fairly large list which leaves you to wonder what you can eat.

      Here is a list for starters:

      Eggs, Millet cereal with rice milk such as (Rice Dream) brown rice, all vegetables except any form of potato,fish is allowed but-NOT shellfish.
      Chicken and meat are your main source of protein and these are fine. Season only with sea salt and or other herbs and seasonings not processed. If you eat salad only olive oil and seasoning can be used.
      To do this requires great discipline but I promise it will work and you will end up feeling fantastic to boot!

      For snack you can have carrots, rice crackers, and plain yogurt. Cottage cheese is also allowed. Buy acidophilus tablets that have a large number of live cultures in it and take them daily as directed.
      Stop using soaps or body washes that have any perfumes in them and if you can, get air to the area....wear only cotton underpants and skip the pantyhose or tight fitting jeans.

      Hope this helps and you have the will power to see it through! It is so worth it.


natural remedy for yeast infection

Yeast Infection Information

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can you get a yeast infection from a beginning of an itchy vagina?
    if u have an itchy vagina, does that mean you have a yeast infection?
    or does that cause to have a yeast infection?
    any information is appreciated!!

    • ANSWER:
      You can add apple cider vinegar to bath water, or use a vinegar douche. IF you do that latter it stings for a bit, but is great.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of my yeast infection going away and not coming back during and after my period?
    so, I've have had a yeast infection for about three days and just got my period. Will it go away after my period? I had been treating it. And also, any extra advice for this? Every piece of information is appreciated!
    also, is it best to use tampons or pads during this time?
    also, is it best to use tampons or pads during this time?

    • ANSWER:
      good chance. your period washes everything out. usually you won't have a yeast infection after, but then again it depends on how bad it was before. if you still have it, and you've had YI's before, go get some over the counter treatment for it. it'll be cleared up in no time.

  3. QUESTION:
    How long does a yeast infection last? And how do you get it?
    These past two weeks I've had a serious itch in my vaginal area, just realized it's an yeast infection. I've dont some research but none of it gave information about about how long it could last. I've never had intercourse before but I have been fingered not sure if i could of gotten it from that. But let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      It will last until it is treated. You need an anti-fungal cream, or oral tablet to treat it. Yeast infections will not go away on their own, the yeast will continue to multiply. If this is the first time this has happened, I suggest you see your doctor, as other things can cause this sort of itching, some of which can be serious.

      You can get yeast infections in a number of ways, intercourse with an infected partner being only one. If you wear tight fitting underwear (especially if it is not cotton) or tights regularly, using strongly scented soap or shower gel, or from having diabetes (the excess sugar in your urine encourages yeast growth); this is one reason I think you should check with your doctor.

      Natural yogurt can help reduce the itch, but please get this checked out!

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the different yeast infection remedies?
    I had a problem regarding yeast infection... I would like to remove or get rid of this disease... I need some information or knowledge on how to eliminate or remove this... Thank you...
    Of course I am a guy, but I do have a yeast infection and this is a very bad one... I rally needed solutions... I really appreciate all help that may contribute to my recovery...

    • ANSWER:
      With regards to your problem, you can check my reference on the same problem with yours... I am also one of the victims of yeast infection... So just check this one up and you'll get satisfied...
      http://yeastinfection-remedies.com..
      Good luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    Is There really a way to cure Yeast infection naturally, at home?
    Found some information on the web about how to cure yeast infection at home naturally, what is the best way and does it work?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Grace, About 2 years ago, I developed a severe case of vaginal yeast infection that would not let up. The itching, burning and swelling of my labia were simply unbearable. I have purchased several over-the-counter treatments, including Monistat cream to subside the symptoms. While it worked initially, eventually things wore off and left me with an even worse infection than before. The same goes for the antibiotics I took with the advice of my doctor. I felt horrible.

      After doing some research online, I found out about a program called 'natural cure for yeast infection' . Turned out to be a very effective way to cure yeast with only Natural means. In less than 7 hours, I felt a tremendous relief. Two weeks later and I became completely free from the unbearable vaginal itching, burning, swelling and discharge. Using your methods, I have kept my chronic yeast infection at bay ever since. No more drugs or OTC’s for me.

      You can read about the treatment and why it works so well on this website: www.natural-yeast-infection-cure.org I would wholeheartedly advise you to do as I did. It Helped me and from what I am able to judge from their site, countless other people.

  6. QUESTION:
    How should I tell my mom I have a yeast infection without it being awkward or embarrassing?
    I'm 13 and i'm pretty sure I have a yeast infection. I want to tell my mom I have it and for her to take me to a clinic but everytime I try, it gets all awkward and I end up changing the subject or just telling her "nevermind". It's real embarrassing.

    • ANSWER:
      First off, never feel ashamed or embarrassed about your body. You'll experience lots of changes over the next few years, and this conversation with your mother can become the first of many conversations you'll have with her in the upcoming years.

      Secondly, yeast infections are entirely normal. Young girls--even babies--can get them, as well as grown women. Think about how you would tell your mom that you had an infected cut on your knee? A yeast infection is no different (well it is a different organism--yeast instead of bacteria--but the concept is the same). There is no shame in a yeast infection, no more than there is any shame in the infection in a cut on your knee.

      A couple of approaches to try if you still can't ask straight up:
      * Ask about the signs and symptoms of yeast infections. Most moms would then ask "why do you ask" which gives you an opportunity to answer a question instead of bringing it up yourself.
      * Another signal to your mom could be talking about "a friend of yours who thinks she has a yeast infection . . ." Most people can figure out that the "friend" with the problem is actually you. Again, it could give you an indirect way to allow her to figure it out.

      It would still be best to just straight out tell her, since an open line of communication will be incredibly helpful for you as you navigate these upcoming years.

      ***A side note: Why do you think you have a yeast infection? Do you have the classic symptoms? If there's no redness nor itching, just a discharge that seems different to you, it may just be part of your natural cycle. Toni Weschler's book "Taking Charge of your Fertility" gives an excellent description of a woman's natural cycle. Yes, it's written for the adult who is sexually active, so this should be something for you to read with your mom. However, this book contains information I was never taught in any health class in school, and truly can help you appreciate and understand how the female body works. I was amazed to learn that certain "symptoms" that I had believed to be "yeast infections" were just natural fluids that are part of a woman's monthly cycle.

      Talk to your mom. Ask her about the female body. Perhaps you can learn together. Good luck.

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

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

  8. QUESTION:
    How long does yeast infection medication take to fully work?
    I was prescribed pms-Fluconazole for a yeast infection (a pill you take once) and I took it on Tuesday. The package says that the symptoms should be gone within a couple days, and they are, but it does not say how long it takes to completely get rid of the infection. I know you shouldn't have sex while you have a yeast infection so you don't pass it back and forth and am wondering if I am clear for intercourse again or how long I should wait. Any advice would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      The information should come on the packaging or the instruction sheets for your prescription. You could always call the pharmacy- you don't have to give your name, and they would be the best ones to answer that question. Or call your doctor. If it was me, I would definitly wait a week from the time I started the medicine. But I am not a doctor, I can't give you the appropriate advice.

  9. 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.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to bleed a little in between periods when i have a yeast infection ?
    I've been researching and it looks like i have a yeast infection. Although i don't think one of the symptoms were bleeding in between your period. I may have overlooked it though. Help would be appreciated ! Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      The best way to know for sure is to visit your doctor. There is a lot of information available but just a professional will be able to tell you for sure. If you do have yeast infection you might want to start doing exercises to keep your mind away from it or you might want to get rid of it for that check my source box below :)

  11. 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.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the best home remedies of yeast infection? Is tee tree oil an effective natural home remedy for it?
    Does Tea Tree Oil really work for yeast infection? Or is there another home remedy for it.

    • ANSWER:
      Getting rid of a persistent yeast infection can be quite challenging.It's estimated that three out of four women will have a yeast infection in their lifetime.
      Some natural remedies and home remedies that are used for yeast infection are
      1. Unsweetened yogurt
      2. Garlic
      3. Tee Tree Oil
      4. Honey
      5. Vinegar, etc.

      Tea tree oil is an effective medication for the cure of yeast infections which is extracted from the tea tree Melaleuca alternifolia, exclusively found in Australia. The active ingredient which kills the basic ground for the nurture of Candida is Terpinen4-ol.

      For more Information try the links

      http://www.findmedicaladvice.com/women-health/home-remedies-for-yeast-infection.html

      http://www.findmedicaladvice.com/women-health/tea-tree-oil-and-yeast-infection.html

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the name of a doctor who checks your privates?
    This may sound like a silly question but I'm thinking of visiting one on my own (No Parents), I may have a yeast infection, anyway any information would be highly appreciated , its my first time going and I'm a little nervous, also would they allow a 14 year old to go in by herself?

    • ANSWER:
      In the US you'd see a gynecologist, but a family doctor can see you too. You can go into the exam by yourself, but unless you can go to planned parenthood, your parents would need to know about the appointment to be able to pay for it ( or it'll show up on there insurance).

  14. QUESTION:
    how long does fluconazole actually take to start reducing the symptoms for a yeast infection?
    I have never had a yeast infection before, unfortunately i was prescribed some antibiotics for a urinary tract infection, and the side effect was lo and behold...a yeast infection! I was given fluconazole by my doctor, but the itching that accompanies a yeast infection along with the nasty looking white, thick discharge has taken a while to dissipate. It is now, the fourth day since i took the fluconazole and my symptoms barely seem to be improving...so, i was wondering if normally fluconazole takes a while before it begins clearing up the uncomfortable symptoms that come with a yeast infection. I've read information on this, and the majority states that it DOES indeed take about 3-5 days to start making some serious improvements...is this really the case?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, having personally suffered the same thing you are, and also being a registered nurse that looks after people with infectious diseases ( which is infections) I do understand what you are going through.

      Firstly fluconazole is certainly a drug for yeast infections however it is an unusual one to be prescribed first off. Its almost like killing an ant with a huge sledgehammer!!!

      It does take at least three doses of any type of antibiotic or antifungal to see improvements. For this to really be fast though usually a pessary (small medicated capsule that is inserted into your vagina at night) is prescribed.

      The latest treatment is one pessary, once only, and the same medication that is in the pessary is also given as a cream to stop external inflammation and itching.

      This treatment however uses a different drug - cotrimoxazole. If you note.. the last part of that drug is "zole" which is the same as your fluconazole... it is in the same class of drugs.

      If you do not start seeing improvements then go back to your dorctor or to your pharmacy, I am here in Australia and the drug that I have mentioned can be bought over the counter.

      Good luck. I know how it feels.

  15. QUESTION:
    How do you spell the name for white vaginal discharge that's pronounced "lucharia" & isn't a yeast infection?
    So the doctor says it's probably not a yeast infection, but "lucharia." Went online to find out more information but can't seem to. I know it isn't spelled correctly but do know this is how you pronounce it. Thank you. :)

    • ANSWER:
      Leukorrhea

  16. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a yeast infection to start showing symptoms?
    If me and my boyfriend had sex while i had a yeast infection, and he contracted the yeast infection, how long would it take for symptoms to start showing?

    • ANSWER:
      i think you can get lot of information related to this from Guardian Silver Supplements website.they are the best.

  17. 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:

  18. QUESTION:
    I am almost positive I have a yeast infection, is a little bit of bleeding ok?
    I am almost positive that I have a yeast infection and I am spotting blood just a little bit. Nothing heavy at all. Is this normal? Could it just be from the irritation of the itchiness?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. bleeding from a yeast infection is actually a common occurence. This is due to the dryness. I've provided some additional information below...

      Candida is a bacterial fungus that lives in both men and women.

      More specifically called Candida Albicans, this fungus thrives in the digestive tract (as well as the vagina in women) and lives in harmony with acidic bacteria called Acidophilus.

      The acidophilus, being an acid regulates the Candida Albicans (a base).

      When people eat certain foods like complex sugars, the Candida Albican multiply and change the balance between the Candida and Acidophilus in the body.

      Suddenly, the acidophilus can no longer regulate the outnumbering Candida.

      This creates what is commonly known as Candida Overgrowth or a Yeast Infection.

      Symptoms include (for vaginal infections):
      - thick cottage like discharge
      - digestive troubles
      - burning
      - painful urination
      - itching
      - bleeding
      - soreness

      A Candida diet should consist of leafy greens, very little sugar, plenty of probiotics (found in yogurt and cottage cheese), drinking lots of water and eating plenty of fiber.

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

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

  20. QUESTION:
    Could I have given my boyfriend something other than a yeast infection? itchy rash?
    My boyfriend's penis has a painful, red rash, and the mouth area of his face is so chapped that its secreting yellow fluid that turns to crust.

    Since both his mouth and penis are affected, I want to believe that it's from me. However, I can only find information on yeast infections and STDs being transferable--I don't have a yeast infection or STDs. Have you had experience with this or know what it might be?

    • ANSWER:
      For the genital area it is probably a jock infection ( jock itch) it is really painful all you need to do is get over the counter cream as for the mouth I have no idea

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

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

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

  22. QUESTION:
    What supplement works better for reoccuring yeast infections: folic acid or garlic?
    I've had many battles with yeast infections. I've done a little research and what I've found states that both garlic and folic acid supplements help prevent these. I'm not quite sure as to which one has better results however. Any information is greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      caprylic acid (high mg form) and garlic(NOT DEODORIZED NO FILLERS) with goldenseal ROOT for 3 weeks, follow up with a once monthly or bi month tune up for one week of all three.

      control itching with vitamin e capsules directly on the 'area' . baking soda a cup in a tub of water soak in it and pat dry avoid stagnant warmth in the area, wear sundresses and "let your flower breathe" haha.
      get your diet on track and look up " candida overgrowth symptoms" you will have many of the symptoms not only affecting lady parts. it will also give you a candida 'diet' of foods to avoid. mainly sugar in any form and fermented or baked foods. do a summer garden diet/cleanse or just include these into meals to get a taste for them.

      also change your tampons and fem. hygeine products you may be allergic to synthetics or cotton make a switch and NEVER use fragranced products.

  23. QUESTION:
    Going to the doctor for a yeast infection?
    How is the doctors visit when going for a yeast infection? I'm not going to a gynecologist just my regular doctor. I'm 19 and I'm still a virgin so I'm a little nervous about the doctor having to look at vagina and possibly having to open it up and exam. Has anyone with the experience already?

    • ANSWER:
      hi,
      It seems that you are a bit disturbed while thinking to visit a doctor. Yeast infections can be cured using several home remedies which are very effective

      You can try these cures yourself at home, and none of the treatments has any side effects on your health.

      There are many resources available for reference and I found a source that could help you better in this regard. You can visit the resource given below to get more information to treat yeast infection yourself

  24. QUESTION:
    How to not get a yeast infection wearing tight pants!?
    I wear tight pants a lot and most of the time I get a yeast infection bc of this what can I do to prevent this?! Please help! And please don't say don't wear tight pants! Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible to wear tight pants and not have to worry about yeast infections. What you must do though is create an environment within your body where yeast cannot exist.

      This will take some commitment on your part but it is 100% possible.

      Take a look at the link below for more information...

  25. QUESTION:
    Is it true that many birth control pills cause yeast infections?
    I've been considering birth control pills, but I get yeast infections faily easily and I don't want to take the risk of getting put on birth control and have and explosion of problems.

    Does anyone have any information or advice for first time birth control users?

    Thanks in advance.

    (=

    • ANSWER:
      I just started taking the pill a month ago. I am also very susceptible to yeast infections and I haven't had a problem. I've never heard of birth control causing a yeast infection. Some antibiotics do, but to my knowledge, birth control pills usually do not. Until you start taking the pill though, make sure you use other forms of contraceptive to be safe!

  26. QUESTION:
    How do I know if I have just a yeast infections or an STD without going to the doctor?
    I have no health insurance and if I just have a yeast infection I would purchase something OTC.
    I am not having sex with anybody, last time I had sex with anybody was in June. I haven't been on any antibiotics because I have no insurance to go to a doctor. It's very itchy and red on the outside. The discharge I have is like a creamy white color and I have no odor down there. I have better days where it doesn't bother me and then there are days where all I want to do is just itch. Not sure what other information to supply you with but I hope this helps you more.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to webmd.com and read about the symptoms for yeast infections and other STDs. That website has some very good information.

      Yeast infections usuallu make you itch down there. If you are on any antibiotics, that can trigger it. If it has a foul odor, you might have a bacterial infection.

  27. 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 >[(-:]

  28. QUESTION:
    How 2 tell the difference between STD & yeast infection?-10 pts?
    How can you tell the difference between if you have a std or just a yeast infection?

    -10 pts

    • ANSWER:
      There are are three distinct ways to know about the yeast infection. to get more information about this visit below:

      Resources for Yeast Infection Causes, Cures, Symptoms, Treatment, Remedies:
      http://yeast-infection-guide.blogspot.com/2008/06/three-distinct-ways-on-how-to-confirm.html

      :)

  29. QUESTION:
    Will I get my period after a yeast infection?
    I have a yeast infection and I am woundering if I am going to get my period??? If you have any anwsers please tell me!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes ur period should be as usual even if u have a yeast infection.

      Get some more information about yeast infection:
      Resources for Yeast Infection Causes, Cures, Symptoms, Treatment, Remedies:
      http://yeast-infection-guide.blogspot.com

      :)

  30. QUESTION:
    Will using Monistat cream and Azo Yeast pills further help with a yeast infection, or is that unsafe?
    I am a female 18 year old type 1 diabetic, and so I am always getting yeast infections and I am tired of it. I did my research and both of these products will help in preventing yeast infections, as well as treating them. I was just wondering if using them together would be a good or a bad idea. Or even if anybody knows if one is more effective than the other. I would love some advice!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m working with the Monistat® Brand to address common misconceptions about curing yeast infections. In response to the question above, I want to share this video featuring Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, an OB/GYN, which we hope you’ll find helpful: http://youtu.be/968Lo2ubEdY.

      The information above has been provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or medical professional.

  31. QUESTION:
    What are the signs of a yeast infection?
    How do you know if you have a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Little P,

      Yeast infection in the vagina is characterized by thick, white vaginal discharge with the appearance of cottage cheese and discomfort while having sex.

      The most frequent kind of yeast infection is vaginal infection of which the typical symptoms include a burning feeling and itching especially around the vaginal area.

      Yeast Infection is first and foremost an internal problem. Like most chronic conditions, there is never one cause for this fungal problem and thus yeast infection cannot be permanently eliminated using medications or creams that work superficially and fail to tackle the root factors that trigger the formation of candida infection in the first place.

      Check the following source for more information. All the best.

  32. QUESTION:
    Could I have given my boyfriend something other than a yeast infection? itchy rash?
    My boyfriend's penis has a painful, red rash, and the mouth area of his face is so chapped its secreting yellow fluid that turns to crust.

    Since both his mouth and penis are affected, I want to believe that it's me. However, I can only find information on yeast infections and STDs being transferable--I don't have a yeast infection or STDs. Have you had experience with this or know what it might be?

    • ANSWER:
      Chlamydia is notorious for causing symptoms in men but not women. And you could have gotten it before you met him.
      Both of you go get tested-it's astounding he hasn't already!

  33. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to cure an yeast infection?
    I was prescribed an antibiotic a week or two ago and now I believe it has given me a yeast infection. What's the best way to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey,

      In my opinion your best bet is natural and holistic remedies, you would be best off to avoid pills, creams and suppositories. Check out this website it has tons of information about how to cure yeast infections at home with helpful tips and product information for natural treatment of candida. There is one really good article about why OTC over the counter prescriptions just dont work and why its actually becoming a problem in our society (bacterial resistance, pharma companies, etc). I dont know it just made alot of sense to me after I spent a few minutes reading around here, some good stuff. Keep in mind that this type medicine usually only provides a temporary or short term solution to your yeast infection, it will likely come back again
      http://www.cureyeastinfectionathome.com
      Goodluck!
      i hope this helps

  34. 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.

  35. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
    and does a rash sometimes break out on legs arms face and other parts from a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Many people assume that a yeast infection is manifest mainly by a discharge from the infected area. While this is certainly common, it is not necessarily the first sign that an infection has taken up residence. Soreness and itching in the general area are often examples of yeast infection symptoms that show up before any actual discharge takes place. This is very common with an infection that takes place around the anus or the genitals.

      When it comes to a yeast infection in the mouth, a sense of tenderness or even a burning sensation when eating certain foods may be present. It is important to note that the foods are known to have not caused a similar problem in times past, but only recently begun to create a burning sensation. If left unchecked, sore spots may begin to form soon after.

      Sores that are red and inflamed may appear as well. This is not uncommon when a yeast infection is present in both men and women. The vagina and vulva areas in women may become swollen and sore. With a man, the head of the penis may develop sore patches that are red and somewhat scratchy. A discharge that is somewhat a grayish white in nature may form shortly thereafter, although more women experience this type of yeast infection symptoms than men. Regardless of the type of symptoms that develop, it is a good idea to seek medical attention sooner rather than later. The longer that the infection has to settle in, the harder it will be to get rid of the infection and get back to a normal routine.

      For more information on causes of yeast infection and immediate relief, you may wish to read about them here : http://yeast-infection.best-health-remedy.com/

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

    • ANSWER:
      no here is information

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

  37. QUESTION:
    Can sex with my husband while he undergoing chemo cause me to get a yeast infection?
    My husband is undergoing chemo with cisplatin and etoposide! We waited to have sex Til 5 days after his 3rd dose of his 3 rd round! The next morning I felt like I was getting a yeast infection! Never had one but it burns and kind of itches when I urinate! Is it possible that if there were traces of the chemo in his sperm it could cause me to get a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Traces of chemotherapy drugs can be found in all secretions, including semen.

      A condom should always be used when undergoing chemotherapy.

      If further information is needed, the treating oncologist is the best person to advise as they know the full extent of the drugs being administered, the dosages and the likely side effects of indirect exposure.

      They are used to talking about these issues with their patients and their partners

  38. QUESTION:
    What causes yeast infections & can sex play any part in getting one?
    It seems like almost everytime I have sex with my husband, I end up with a yeast infection. Why would this be? What causes yeast infections???

    • ANSWER:
      Many people deal with yeast infections at some points in their lives. Yet, not everyone understands the severity of the situation, nor how important it is to contain the infection while treatments are administered. When it comes to answering the question of "is a yeast infection contagious?", the answer is that it can be very contagious.

      Perhaps the most well publicized type of yeast infection has to do with infection of the genitals or other parts of the body that are normally engaged in sexual activity. Both men and women may experience a yeast problem in and around the genitals. Such areas as the anus and the mouth may also be impacted. When one partner has a yeast infection in any of these areas, physical contact with another human being can open the door to sharing the infection. For this reason, sexual activity of any kind should be avoided until the infection is cleared up and a doctor confirms it is safe to resume sexual relations.

      For more information on causes of yeast infection and immediate relief, you may wish to read about them here : http://yeast-infection.best-health-remedy.com/

  39. QUESTION:
    Gymnastics causing me to get yeast infection?
    I wear a tight leo six days a week for at least three hours a day. I know to wear cotton underwear when I'm in a leo but the heat generated is still causing yeast to form I believe (from research I've done). I'm 19, have sex regularly, am on birth control.. all these things I know are not very good for my vaginal health. I clean that area with non-scented soap, I do not douche or do anything that could be harmful. Being a gymnast I obviously have to wear a leo and cannot stop. My vagina really stings when I urinate, have sex, and basically all the time even when I'm just laying in bed or sitting in my desk. It is also giving off a vinegar-like smell and I am discharging pretty heavily.

    1) is this a yeast infection?
    2) how can I treat it?
    3) how can I prevent it?

    Additional information:
    - I am not pregnant, I have regular periods and have taken two tests recently. Negative.
    - I do not have an STD, I have had one sex partner and we've been together for three years, and he has only had one sex partner, me.
    - I've had a pap-smear within the last few months and everything came back okay.
    - I have a long history of UTI's

    I appreciate the help!

    *Please don't criticize me about my sex life, I am very well educated and aware of all the risks and have complete knowledge of what I am doing. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Some girls just get more infections than others. I was in a swimsuit everyday for years and only got a couple. But other girls on my team had them lots. We were all in the same pool, etc.

      Yeast infections are normally itchy. What you describe is more like a low grade uti. They can become persistent and just generally make life annoying.

      Try treating for a yeast infection for a week or two. If it doesn't go away, or gets worse, its a uti.

      And don't sweat having sex - your a girl - its normal for us to have sex.

  40. QUESTION:
    Can a vaginal yeast infection be cured still if you let it go to long?
    I had a yeast infection for 3 years , I seen a doctor and been prescribed ketoconalzone , how long will it take to get cured when will the symptoms go away ?

    • ANSWER:
      Your gynecologist can answer all of your questions and should be the person you ask for information. No one online knows you or knows your medical situation. That is for a doctor to know.

  41. QUESTION:
    Effect of yeast infection after abortion on next pregnancy?
    I had an abortion over 3 years ago. After the abortion I had an yeast infection which was treated. But I got around 3-4 more yeast infections in the next year. I haven't had one since. I am starting to plan a family now and I am worried if the yeast infections after my abortion can cause any complications for my pregnancy now. Any information is appreciated.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The yeast most likely had nothing to do with your abortion. Try taking some acidophiles it helps with yeast or eat some live cultured yogurt..

  42. QUESTION:
    How do you get a yeast infection?
    I'm a 14 year old girl and like every other girl, I have discharge. But I heard if it looks like cottage cheese, it means you have a yeast infection. But if its like stringy it's normal. I noticed I have both. I'm worried I have a yeast infection, but I'm afraid to talk to my mom about it. Some one help please.

    • ANSWER:
      Your vagina contains various bacteria and yeast, as your vagina is self-cleaning it's very good at keeping these flora in balance - flushing out excess bacteria and keeping an acidic pH to help kill 'bad' bacteria while allowing 'good' bacteria to thrive. When thrown off-balance this is when infections happen, sometimes there is no obvious reason for this but most commonly it's down to chemicals coming into contact with your genitals (via soaps, washes, wipes, sprays, douches, tampons, commercial pads/liners, swimming pools, etc.) and with yeast infections it can also be due to improper air-flow so genitals get warm and moist which is perfect for yeast to grow.

      Symptoms of yeast infection include;
      - Thick, white and pasty discharge with small curds
      - Vaginal and labial itching and soreness
      - Redness and swelling of the labia or vagina
      - A foul odour or an odour of yeast.
      You don't always have all these symptoms, for example you can have a yeast infection without suffering from itching or redness. Discharge is normal and it will change with hormonal changes in the texture and scent, but if you have actual cottage-cheese like discharge it does suggest infection.

      You may have a yeast infection, there's no reason to worry about talking to your mom about it - simply say that you think you have a yeast infection, as long as you're not sexually active and you have no other symptoms it's almost certain that you have a yeast infection so all you need is over-the-counter creams or tablets to cure the infection. It's just like if you had a throat infection, you tell your mom and she buys you what you need from the pharmacy.

      I suggest you read these pages for more information;
      FBI Files: Candidiasis, AKA, Yeast Infections - http://www.scarleteen.com/article/infection/fbi_files_candidiasis_aka_yeast_infections
      Honorably Discharged: A Guide to Vaginal Secretions - http://www.scarleteen.com/article/body/honorably_discharged_a_guide_to_vaginal_secretions

  43. QUESTION:
    Can a one-time yeast infection anti-biotic cause you to miss your period?
    I had taken the 1 dose generic brand of Diflucan (yeast infection med) about a month ago. Today marks 2 weeks that I'm late. I've taken 3 pregnancy tests and they were all negative so I know I'm not pregnant. My periods are never more than 3 days late so this is very abnormal for me.

    • ANSWER:
      No an anti-biotic can not mess with your cycle
      If you are not pregnant, other causes of missed or irregular periods include:

      Excessive weight loss or gain. Although low body weight is a common cause of missed or irregular periods, obesity also can cause menstrual problems.

      Eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia. For more information, see the topic Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa.

      Increased exercise. Missed periods are common in endurance athletes.

      Emotional stress.

      Illness.

      Travel.

      Medicines such as birth control methods, which may cause lighter, less frequent, more frequent, or skipped periods or no periods at all.

      Hormone problems. This may cause a change in the levels of the hormones that the body needs to support menstruation.

      Illegal drug use.

      Problems with the pelvic organs camera, such as imperforate hymen, polycystic ovary syndrome, or Asherman's syndrome.

      Breast-feeding. Many women do not resume regular periods until they have completed breast-feeding.

  44. QUESTION:
    99% sure i have a yeast infection, but not positive what do i do?
    I recently switched birth control from the pill to the shot. Im pretty sure i have a yeast infection, i bought a monistat pack but have been scared off from using it because i have never had a yeast infection diagnosed by a doctor. I become extremely uncomfortable talking to doctors and sharing personal information and can't bare the thought of an exam. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      I know it's embarrassing and uncomfortable but you probably should just go to your doctor. Trust me, they've seen EVERYTHING before. You don't want to start self medicating with unnecessary ointment or your body may become immune to the effects.

      Symptoms of yeast infections are:
      - itching in feminine areas
      - thicker, whiter discharge
      - a change in smell
      - a fishy smell after using soaps

  45. QUESTION:
    Could cuts on vaginal lips be from yeast infection?
    I have been getting cuts on the inside creases of my vaginal lips. They do not bleed but are bright red and very sore. I was experiencing a lot of discharge, itchiness and discomfort as well. I have been to my doctor and they have done and STD test and everything came back normal.

    I asked for a yeast infection treatment from my doctor and that cleared up the itchiness and discharge but the cuts keep coming and going.
    I have looked everywhere and seen two OB/GYN's and they don't seem to know what it could be.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it's probably a yeast infection. I know when I get one, and it's itchy, the skin is already fragile and easy to tear. I ride horses, so it gets even worse. I usually have cuts on my labia as well. I rub Vaseline (the yellow, greasy stuff) over the cuts themselves, and if the itching still bothers me, then I get OTC itch stuff. These people have a lot of information on their website:

      http://www.vaginapagina.com/index.php?title=Yeast_Infection

  46. QUESTION:
    Would this have treated my yeast infection?
    I got a yeast infection a few days back from spending a day in a wet bathing suit. I didn't have time to buy /real/ Monistat, so I took some AZO Yeast pills and applied Monistat external cream that I had leftover. (The little tube that comes with Monistat) I didn't use either one today, yet I did not experience symptoms all day. Did that cure it, or is it only temporary relief?

    • ANSWER:
      Drugs, creams and lotions are designed to tackle the symptoms of yeast infections, not the real cause. This is why most conventional treatments for candida infection which work as a temporary band aid solution, fail to work in the long run. Even probiotic therapy which is considered an alternative, natural treatment that re-establishes the balance between the good bacteria and the bad bacteria in your digestive tract, fails to work in the long run simply because the root cause of Candida infection is still ignored.

      This video has information about natural treatment

  47. 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

  48. QUESTION:
    Where can I find extra disposable vaginal applicators that are used for yeast infection medication?
    Do you know where I can find extra disposable vaginal applicators that are used for yeast infection medications? I have asked pharmacies and they don't sell them. I have checked searched the web, but I have did find anything there either. Please reply if you have any helpful information.

    Sunshine

    • ANSWER:
      Use you finger or buy a new pack and save that one....

  49. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use Garlic if you don't have Yeast infection?
    You know the remedy put a glove of garlic in your vagina to cure yeast infection?
    Well I want to TRY to cure it before it gets bad and I HAVE to go the doctor. But im not sure if I actually have yeast infection. Is it still safe to try with the garlic if I dont have it?

    • ANSWER:
      Generally you are better make the garlic into a paste and apply to the infected areas. This is for more serious cases and the yogurt is probably the better option for now.

      Go to the doctor and get it diagnosed. You aren't the only one with the yeast infection they will have seen or will see in the future. There is no stigma attached to a yeast infection, they are quite natural and most women will have had one at some time.

      Check out this website for information on how they happen, some remedies to cure and how to stop it happening again. http://www.EasyYeastFreeDiet.com


yeast infection information

Yeast Infections In Dog Ears

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what is the sign of a yeast infection in a dogs ear?
    i have been doing research on the internet about yeast infections in my dogs ear and somethings match up but some don't. He shakes his head alot, paws at them constantly, smelly ears, and when i clean his ears he has brown sometimes black wax build up. I clean his ears everyday and he still has extreme amount of build up. Is that a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Shaking head repeatedly
      Smelly Odor
      Scratching excessivly
      Slimy looking wax or drainage

      If you go to www.ehow.com and search for yeast infection dogs, they have a great article about a home remedy to help for clearing it up. Not that I wouldn't recommend a vet, don't get me wrong, but still it doesn't hurt to read the article!

  2. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  6. QUESTION:
    Can I use Monistat for my dogs ear yeast infection?
    She is a Spaniel/Dachshund mix, and has long floppy ears. For about a month now her ears have been itching horribly and they have a foul odor. I have been cleaning her ears out with ear cleaner and it doesn't seem to be going away?? I have heard about using Monistat for ear yeast infections for dogs...I was wondering if anyone else has tried it and it worked!!Thanks for your comments and help :)
    **I also notice that when I look in her ears...it looks kind of dry and scaly looking?? Is that yeast or what?? My mother has a poodle and her ears get exactly like that, she took her to the vet and it was yeast infection, they gave her something similiar to Monistat and it cleared it up!

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't reccomend using Monistat for your dog's ear infection. There are several different types of ear infections....one being a yeast infection and another common type is a bacterial infection. My dog Rascal also has floppy ears that cover up the actual inner ear part and he is constantly getting ear infections. My advice to you is to you is to first take him to the vet and get the perscription from the vet for the proper type of infection that she has. Once you know what kind of infection it is and it re-occurs later you can always go to a pet med website and order the medicine directly from the website instead of going back to the vet a million times and get charged not only for the medicine but the exam. I would only reccomend you treating it this way if you know for sure it looks the same as the last time your dog got the infection. I know with my dog it looks the same and smells the same. Also another really important thing is to really keep the dog's ears clean. The first product i used was a wipe with stuff on it to clean the ears. However this product wouldn't reach down into the ear canal where all of the infection was at so my vet recommended a liquid ear cleaner that you can pour into the dogs ear and squeeze the ear and gently rub it deeper into the ear. After you do that you just wipe the excess liquid out of the ear. I would reccommend that now while she has the infection to clean the ear pretty good every day until the medicine you get from your vet starts making good progress. Always clean the ear first and let it dry before you put the medicine in otherwise it's pointless to use the medicine as it will be washed out and not effective. Also i don't recommend using q-tips or sticking anything down into your dogs ears that you can't see where its going...that might harm a dog's ears more than help them. Only a vet should be probing in your dogs ears with a cotton swab.

      If your dog is prone to getting ear infections over and over again i would clean your dogs ears out on a weekly basis after the infection is gone and keep a good look out for any signs of a new infection and really nip it in the butt before it is a full blown infection.

      Ear infections in dogs can be serious if left untreated or not treated properly. The end result could be your dog losing its hearing or even might require your dog to have ear surgery. Not fun for your pocket book or your doggie! That's why its sooooo important to at least go to your vet before you decide to start administering any kind of medicine. Also let your vet know if the medicine they prescribe is working and if its not let them know!!

      :)

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

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

  8. QUESTION:
    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.

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedys for yeast infection in dogs?
    My dog keeps getting yeast infections around her eyes and in her ears. I have taken her to the vet plenty of times. She is five years old, German Shepherd. It is costing me too much money. It cost me about 0 worth of medicine. I have taken her about four times. Once she has the medicine she is good for a couple months then it comes back again. What home remedies can I use to make it go away again and how can I make it stay away? It is a yeast infection. My aunt is a dog groomer, she said some breeds will catch stuff and it is hard to get rid of.

    • ANSWER:
      my dog used to have problems with yeast infections ... i switched her to a salmon-based limited ingredient grain-free diet (natural balance) and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble daily ... after that she had no more problems for the rest of her life ... you should google the benefits of organic apple cider vinegar ...

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

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

  15. 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

  16. QUESTION:
    What would be a good home remedy for dog ear infections?
    I was wondering What would be a good At home remedy for smelly ear infections in a dog. I believe it is a yeast infection again. Can anything make the dog feel better & what can i do about the smell?

    • ANSWER:
      though I would recommend a vet. I found this online
      http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/EarCleaner.html

      and here is another i found..all natural
      http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/go/index.php/419/dog-ear-infections

  17. 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.

  18. QUESTION:
    How do I stop my dogs ear infections?
    I have a black lab that has floppy ears. He continues to get yeast infections in them. We have been to the vet several times to no avail. It is so bad it smells like stinky feet. He doesn't get into any water so I can't see what would be causing it. He scratches his ears so much they bleed. I feel so bad for him cause we can't seem to kick this problem. Anyone know how to fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      My dog gets them all the time too. Our vet has us use rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball to clean out his ears. Soak the cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and clean out his ears, going as far in as you can without getting the ball stuck. (make sure this is a cotton ball, NOT a q-tip) The alcohol will clean and help dry out the ear canal. Do this once a week to prevent infection. Of course if he currently has an infection you will have to clear that up with a medication first. We medicate in the morning, clean the ear out in the evening and re-medicate. Do that for 10 days, then switch to cleaning only every week. This should help make the infections less frequent.

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

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

  20. QUESTION:
    what yogart is best choice for yeast infections in my dogs ear?
    i have heard about giving dogs yogart for ear troubles. so im thinking and wondering about witch yogart should i get. if i were to explaing to a sales associat what should i say?
    and should the dog take it oraly or putit in the ear?
    im being nickeled and dimed nearly to death by going to the vet!!!!!!!!!
    if it will taist bitter to my dog ill mix it with penut butter.

    • ANSWER:
      *palmtoface*

      your dog needs medical attention, not yogurt!

      lets say yo u had an ear infection...

      Would you:
      A: go to the doctor
      B; or eat yogurt

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

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

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

  22. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of a yeast infection in a dogs ear?
    My 5 year old chihuahua has never had ear problems. Last night she started yelping like she was in pain, wouldn't let us touch her, became agressive but also timmid. I took her to the emergency vet who said that she has a yeast infection of the ear. Not that I'm the expert, but I am just not buying it. Her pain seems so much worse. Any experience you have to offer?

    • ANSWER:
      Well since she wont let you touch her ear, there is deffinently something wrong with it. It could be an ear infection or something stuck in the ear canal itself.

      If its an ear infection and it is that painful, it has been there for probably a little while. There would be a foul smell coming from the ear and also there would be a black/brown discharge coming out of the ear. The dog will be itching it and shaking its head alot. And like you stated she will get aggressive when trying to touch the ear and it is very painful.

      What you can do is take your dog to her regular vet and ask the dr. to look in the ear. THey will probably recromend an ear flush, culture, and also, oral and topical antibiotics. If you dont want to spend a lot of money, try the brod spectrum antibioitics. If it doesnt go away after that (probably 10-14 days) then go with the culture and the flush.

      The cluture is going to be expensive but it will tell you exactly what type of bacteria is growing in her ear and the vet will know which antibioitic to perscribe to directly treat the infection.

      The flush is going to clean the dogs ear out they vet will probably give an oral sedative and clean the canal out all the way and get everything out of there.

      If you decide to go with the antibiotics and the flush they will probably give you the orals before the flush and then the topicals because there is no use in giving topicals in a dirty infected ear.

      Anways, I hope this helps. Just take her to your regular vet. so its not as expensive as the ER.

      Good Luck!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

  25. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard of/used athletes foot powder for a dogs ears?
    I have a 10 yr old dog with pendulous ears, therefore they stay damp. Several times she has gotten what the vet calls a yeast infection and prescribe expensive meds. My friend who has a farm, several healthy dogs and s knowledgable about vet issues says I should sprinkle some athletes foot powder lightly in her ears. Comments?

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't heard of such a treatment, but I can't see it being something BAD... but I'm not a vet. Could you ask your vet? Or perhaps a different vet in your area for ideas?

  26. QUESTION:
    My dog has a yeast infection in both his ears?
    I took my dog to the vet, and they said he has a yeast infection in both his ears. You can smell it if your sitting with him. They did not give me anything for it. So do any of you have any suggestions on how to get rid of the infection?
    I know, I don't know what to do. He is having surgery in 3 days to get a tumor cut off. Maybe they will give me something for it when i go there.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections are a sign of some other overall imbalance in the dog. Check his environment and his food. Is he scratching a lot? Got fleas? Using topical poisons on him? Over-vaccinating every year? On a cheap kibble with lots of corn? All of these things could contribute to a yeast infection coming on.

      That said, the others are right, the vet should have told you how to treat it yourself, or given you a topical. Unfortunately, many topicals actually make things worse, which begins a vicious cycle of multiple yeast infections. If you go the vinegar route, I prefer raw apple cider. However vinegar stings and is too painful if there are raw spots on your dogs ears. A plain saline solution is best for washing your dogs ears. Try this for a week twice a day before using any other products including the vinegar. You can make your own saline solution or buy it at the drug store. Most people I suggest this to end up being amazed at how successful and non-irritating it is to the ears. In between cleaning of the ears, a very light application of virgin organic coconut oil can be applied. Coconut oil is both antiseptic and antifungal! Amazing! I use it now for all my cooking and deep frying, and as my lip balm.

      Dont forget to check back with your vet if it does not clear up. Its really criminal that they sent you home with no info.

      Ro

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

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

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

  30. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection treatment left my dog's fur around her neck and ears greasy and sticky! How do I fix it?
    We applied Tri-Otic to her ears, the white creamy stuff them rubbed it into her ears, like the vet told us to. Now her yeast infection is resolved, but as a pomeranian the fur around her ears, neck, and head is all greasy. Sticky, clumpy, and wet looking. How do I get it off without using something too harsh? Anybody have experience with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Bath the dog in a good cleansing dog shampoo. Concentrate around the neck and under the ears. Make sure that he is properly brushed out before bathing.

  31. 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the optimum doseage for Diflucan for an ear infection thought to be a yeast infection in a Labrador?
    Dog has brownish substance and bitter smell in one ear. Amantadine was first used, and her ears were cleaned, and she still is showing signs of infection. I believe it is probably a yeast infection, and I would like to use some Diflucan to treat her. I don't know doseage for and 85 lb Labrador.
    I have many vets, and docs in my family, and I have diflucan on hand. I only have information on dosage for humans. I would only trust information that were consistant with information I already know... but thanks for the advice...
    Non Amantadine... Augmentin.... my bad... I am not a vet, but I have many who are in my family who will be glad to help my when they are not working. I have a doc bringing me some diflucan, and I am just trying to figure out the correct doseage
    I should've read the rest of the response before, but I needed to correct the amantadine mistake. As far as the topical goes, I have been using some Clotrimazole over the counter cream, but I am worried about going too deep in her canal. I also have worries about pushing any buildup down into her ear when I enter the canal with a swab. I would rather use oral and knock the infection out
    To Merlinandmeimei-

    If what you say is true, that is quite alarming. I understand that pretty much all store bought dog food is "junk" are mostly 50% filler (grain or rice). My dog would love nothing more to eat an "all meat" diet, and I would love to feed it to her, but there are also heath problems associated with that. Labs (and I think all dogs) have an inherent allergy to beef fat that causes theme to get ill in response to eating beef all of the time. All meat all the time will get expensive, too, can I put her on a meat and guts diet?
    ....Thanks for the information on how yeast may effect the overall health of a dog throught its life cycle, I will definately look into that information.
    .... As far as the Blue Star, perhaps subtracting the alcohol from the mixture (and using the substitute) might be best. I dont think that alcohol would kill the yeast, and might cause drying and inflamation. It is probably something other than the alcohol in the ointment. thks
    Merlinandmeimei-

    I have also seen yeast used as an ingredient in very many dog foods... What you say about yeast makes alot of sense...

    • ANSWER:
      Please contact your vet. He/she is the one qualified to tell you this. Take your dog in to see the vet. He can tell more from seeing her ears. He can also tell you definitely whether or not your doggie has a yeast infection and he can prescribe drops in the correct dosage for her weight and breed.

  33. QUESTION:
    looking for a home remedy for dog ear infection?
    can anybody suggest a cheap home remedy for a dogs ear infection? I have a cocker spaniel and she has some kind of ear infection but I am out of work so I am trying to avoid taking her to the expenisive vet.
    Has anybody had any luck with any home remedies for this? I have tried putting the fluids from a couple of vit. E capsules in her ear but I am not sure if it has worked or not...I have only just did this yesterday though.
    Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      There is NO home remedy - you need to get your dog to the vet, have the ear infection identified -- could be a yeast infection, could be ear mites.

      The vet will then give you the proper treatment for the problem.

      This is not expensive and absolutely necessary. Ear infections don't go away with home remedies, you've just made it worse with the E capsule.
      This isn't an option, it is absolutely necessary to get your dog treated by a vet - ear infections are painful, itch like mad, and can cause deafness and worse for your dog.

      Get that dog to the vet -- doesn't cost that much for the infection to be identified and the right medication given.

  34. 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

  35. QUESTION:
    My Dog has a yeast infection how do we get rid of it?
    We took our dog to the vet last week to find out she has a yeast infection. It smells so bad it is almost untolerable. (the smell seems to be mostly coming from her mouth but her years and anus/vagina smell bad too. The vet didnt prescribe her anything but said she needed to loose weight (Is this a load of crap? I didnt know a dogs weight influenced yeast infections..) anyway ... if anyone knows the fastest way to get rid of this infection please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      Plain,unsweetened yogurt,AZO Yeast Tablets ( these are made for women,but are safe for a dog) and put Monistat or an athletes foot powder all over her,just make sure it contains Miconazole,2%.Also,I cannot believe that the vet wouldn't give you at least an antifungal shampoo.There is a good one called Malaseb,I would ask the vet for some.My cousin's Golden had this,and finally got rid of it after two years,with Ketoconazole,which is an oral antifungal.Get some Panalog from your vet to put in her ears,but I don't know about her mouth;I've never heard of a yeast infection causing bad breath.And,is she spayed? If she has a bad odor or discharge coming from her vagina and she isn't spayed,it could be pyometra,an infection of the uterus,which is fatal if not treated. Good luck.

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

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

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

  37. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection treatment left my dog's fur around her neck and ears greasy and sticky! How do I fix it?
    We applied Tri-Otic to her ears, the white creamy stuff them rubbed it into her ears, like the vet told us to. Now her yeast infection is resolved, but as a pomeranian the fur around her ears, neck, and head is all greasy. Sticky, clumpy, and wet looking. How do I get it off without using something too harsh? Anybody have experience with this?

    • ANSWER:
      give her a bath with dawn dih detergent

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

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

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

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

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

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

  40. QUESTION:
    What brand of dog food would you recommend to change to?
    My 5 year old dog just came home from the vet with a yeast infection in her ears. The vet has suggested that we change her food and treats to help clear up the infection. She recommended that we change to food with rice, chicken, veggies or fish. Was looking for brands that others have tired? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      In general, any food your dog likes that is high quality should be fine. Buy high-quality and avoid foods with any kind of by-product, and avoid those with fillers, especially corn.

      Go to your local pet-food specialty store, and ask for their recommendations. Take the time to read the ingredients.

      Ask also if they have any trial-size or sample bags of the foods that you are interested in buying; you really don't want to spend or more on a huge bag of dog food and find out that your dog doesn't like it. Spending a couple dollars on a small bag allows you to see if your dog will like it. My dog likes Nature's Menu's dry kibble food, "Chicken, Ocean Whitefish and Sweet Potato" flavor, but the best food in the world won't help if your dog refuses to eat it.

      There are a lot of high quality foods out there, and you will find that many people have their own personal favorite. You'll need to take the time to find which food your dog likes best that fits in your budget.

      If your dog has floppy (down) ears, be sure to stay on top of keeping them clean and dry, even after the infection has passed.

      Good luck! To learn more about dogs and related issues, check out Sharon McCuddy's "Lucky Dog" series of articles at http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/320974/sharon_annette_mccuddy.html

  41. QUESTION:
    How do i tell if my cat has ear mites or a yeast infection in his ear? (without going to a vet)?
    He has black goo coming out of both ears. It is slimey and kind of looks like coffe grinds. It is dark brown in color. I have two types of treatment at home. One for ear mites and one for a yeast infection. I don't want to give both. Bringing him to the vet will cost me .00 for him to look at him and .00 for a lab fee- money which I don't have at the moment. Thank you for any help! Greatly appreciated! In the mean time, I have just been cleaning his ears with warm soapy water and cotton balls- not going inside the ear. His ears are just terribly dirty in there. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      With a yeast infection, the ears will produce a very strong 'yeasty' smell. if there is an oder in your cats ears, then its probably a yeast infection.

      go ahead with the yeast infection medicine, and be sure to clean the ears very well. dogs and cats ears are very VERY deep so do not be afraid.

      if it doesnt seem to make a difference after about a week, then try the mite treatment.

  42. 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 ...

  43. QUESTION:
    has anyone had theyre dog tested for food allergies-and did you get good results?
    my dog scratches his ears and gets yeast infections in them frequently,i changed his food many times with no luck,,,
    horrorwriter8-yes he has had patches on his skin too, vet says its staph infection from the allergy,,,,he was sure it was from meat protien so he told me to try vegetarian food, with no luck.
    toad- www.quantumalliance.com doesnt work-is the spelling right?

    • ANSWER:
      You can try an elimination diet for dogs. You get rid of everything including treats and you may even have to find another alternative to heartworm preventatives and flea/tick drops. Your dog should not have rawhide or anything else containing food products throughout the duration of the diet.

      You make home cooked meals using only the novel protein and novel carbohydrate and see if that works on getting rid of the itchiness. You can talk to your vet about using a plain, human vitamin instead of flavored dog one or just work without that while using the diet.

      You add in foods one by one to see what causes a reaction. The problem with commercial allergy diets is that they can contain different things to make them easier to produce into kibble that may be causing a reaction. They can give you a false positive.

      Some dogs will have ear problems just because of the structure of their ears. I use Zymox (online for about ) and it clears up periodic problems easily and painlessly.

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

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

  47. QUESTION:
    My dog has yeast infection in both his ears?
    My dog has yeast infection in both his ears. I know this because i took him to the vet. I have drops for his ears and an antibiotic but i dont know if theres anytihng else i should do to help the process? does it matter if he's in the heat or cold?

    • ANSWER:
      Antibiotics do NOT treat yeast infection. If anything, they will make the problem worse, as they kill the beneficial bacteria that attack yeast. You should clarify this with the vet, as I'd hate for a bad situation to become worse.

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

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

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

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

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


yeast infections in dog ears

Persistent Yeast Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is it OK to dry hump while you have a yeast infection?
    My wife has had a persistent yeast infection and therefore has kept things "off limits" for several months. So we basically do nothing now and I wonder if it is reasonable for us to kick things up just a little bit and pretend we're teenagers. Would this be a bad thing?

    • ANSWER:
      not bad but may be uncomfortable for the female involved....Try to avoid excessive rubbing or rough scratching down there. It is far too delicate and sensitive to be scratching at it

  2. QUESTION:
    For women with persistent yeast infections, could HPV be the cause?
    I'm curious to know how many women that have persistent yeast infections have HPV. Doctors blow it off with a shrug. I don't know how to get rid of it. Looking for a good doc too.

    • ANSWER:
      Women with HPV have been known to have vaginal or vulvar pain disorders (I'm one of them) but I have never heard of HPV causing excessive yeast infections.
      Have you had any blood tests done to rule out any other underlying medical conditions? If you have not had any tests done it might be a good idea to get that checked out just to be safe.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the best home remedies of yeast infection? Is tee tree oil an effective natural home remedy for it?
    Does Tea Tree Oil really work for yeast infection? Or is there another home remedy for it.

    • ANSWER:
      Getting rid of a persistent yeast infection can be quite challenging.It's estimated that three out of four women will have a yeast infection in their lifetime.
      Some natural remedies and home remedies that are used for yeast infection are
      1. Unsweetened yogurt
      2. Garlic
      3. Tee Tree Oil
      4. Honey
      5. Vinegar, etc.

      Tea tree oil is an effective medication for the cure of yeast infections which is extracted from the tea tree Melaleuca alternifolia, exclusively found in Australia. The active ingredient which kills the basic ground for the nurture of Candida is Terpinen4-ol.

      For more Information try the links

      http://www.findmedicaladvice.com/women-health/home-remedies-for-yeast-infection.html

      http://www.findmedicaladvice.com/women-health/tea-tree-oil-and-yeast-infection.html

  4. QUESTION:
    What should I do about yeast infection?
    So, I can't drive, and I need to get to the doctor cause of my yeast infection, but my mom keeps on sayings she will take me but that never happens. I am persistent about it but no. I have tried borax capsules, monistat, vagisil, and well a lot of other things, and all of them just burn and don't do anything.

    • ANSWER:
      are you sure its a yeast infection? and u should ask someone else to take uif she wont..

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
    what are the symptoms of yeast infection what does the discharge look like does your vagina swell and get sore I only see discharge when I look inside theres none on my panties and no odor

    • ANSWER:
      Vaginal Yeast Infections

      Vaginal yeast infections are numerous but the most common is itching which can be severe or mild.

      Other symptoms are:-
      * swelling of the vulva of the vagina;
      * the vagina may have a rash;
      * redness and burning of the vagina;
      * soreness and pain during sex;
      * a white and cottage cheese-like discharge, usually thick and without odor;

      When treated promptly with over-the-counter medicine it's likely to go away. Sufferers may have some or more of the symptoms above. Sufferers should be careful though. If these symptoms are persistent it may mean something serious like yeast syndrome has developed.

      Sometimes the usual candida yeast infections symptoms are accompanied by hidden signs which might be evidence of yeast syndrome. This is a dangerous condition which can be a silent killer when combined with life-threatening opportunistic diseases. There's a very interesting and informative yeast infections article explaining this further on EzineArticles.

      Many people have not realized yet that the cure of chronic yeast infections especially, requires more serious and comprehensive attention. The condition needs a holistic treatment and a change of lifestyle to permanently get rid of the vaginal yeast infections.

  9. QUESTION:
    How do i know if it's a yeast infection?
    All the websites i look at say yeast infections have vaginal discharge. But i don't. I have all the other symptoms, is it possible that it is still a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Vulvar pruritus is the dominant feature of vulvovaginal candidiasis. Women may also complain of dysuria (typically perceived to be external or vulvar rather than urethral), soreness, irritation, and dyspareunia. There is often little or no discharge; that which is present is typically white and clumpy (curd-like).

      Physical examination often reveals erythema of the vulva and vaginal mucosa and vulvar edema. The discharge is classically described as thick, adherent, and "cottage cheese-like." However, it may also be thin and loose, indistinguishable from the discharge of other types of vaginitis. Some patients, primarily those with C. glabrata infection, have little discharge and often only erythema on vaginal examination [20] . Evidence of excoriation and fissures may be present.

      DIAGNOSIS — The general diagnostic approach to women with vaginal complaints is reviewed separately. (See "Diagnostic approach to women with vaginal discharge or vulvovaginal symptoms").

      Office diagnosis — The vaginal pH is typically 4 to 4.5, which distinguishes candidiasis from trichomoniasis or bacterial vaginosis (show table 1). The clinical diagnosis should be confirmed by finding the organism on a wet mount of the discharge; adding 10 percent potassium hydroxide destroys the cellular elements and facilitates recognition of budding yeast and hyphae (show picture 1) [21] .

      Microscopy is negative in up to 50 percent of patients with confirmed vulvovaginal candidiasis [10] . Although empiric therapy is often considered in women with typical clinical features, a normal vaginal pH, and no other pathogens visible on microscopy, a culture should be obtained to confirm the diagnosis and avoid empiric therapy. In addition, culture will reveal the species of organism, which will help in choosing the correct antifungal agent. Culture should also be performed in patients with persistent or recurrent symptoms because many of these women have non-albicans infection that is resistant to azoles (see "Recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis" below). Sabouraud agar, Nickerson's medium, and Microstix-candida medium perform equally well [22] .

      We do not recommend routine culture as the initial diagnostic test or for all patients because it is costly, delays the time to diagnosis, and may be positive due to asymptomatic colonization (10 to 20 percent of women are colonized with Candida species and other yeasts).

      Substantial efforts have been directed at the development of non-culture based methods for the diagnosis of candidiasis. At this time, none of the antigen rapid detection methods are sufficiently sensitive and specific for clinical use. PCR tests are now available commercially, but offer no proven benefit over culture in symptomatic women [23] .

      Pap smear is positive in 25 percent of patients with culture positive, symptomatic vulvovaginal candidiasis [22] .

      Self diagnosis — Self-diagnosis of vulvovaginal candidiasis is frequently inaccurate [24,25] . This was illustrated in a study that administered a questionnaire to 600 women to assess their knowledge of the symptoms and signs of pelvic inflammatory disease, bacterial vaginosis, acute cystitis, vaginal trichomoniasis, and vulvovaginal candidiasis after reading classic case scenarios [24] . Only 11 percent of women without a previous diagnosis of vulvovaginal candidiasis made an accurate diagnosis of this infection; women who had had a prior episode were slightly more accurate (35 percent correct), but were likely to use over-the-counter preparations inappropriately to treat other gynecologic conditions that were potentially more serious.

      In another report, the actual diagnoses in 95 women who self-diagnosed vulvovaginal candidiasis were: vulvovaginal candidiasis (34 percent), bacterial vaginosis (19 percent), mixed vaginitis (21 percent), normal flora (14 percent), trichomonas vaginitis (2 percent), and other (11 percent) [25] . Women with a previous episode of vulvovaginal candidiasis and those who read the package insert for their over-the-counter medication were not more accurate in making a diagnosis than other women.

      Some consequences of misdiagnosis and inappropriate therapy include a delay in correct diagnosis and treatment, wasted monetary expenditure, and precipitation of vulvar dermatitis

  10. QUESTION:
    Gymnastics causing me to get yeast infection?
    I wear a tight leo six days a week for at least three hours a day. I know to wear cotton underwear when I'm in a leo but the heat generated is still causing yeast to form I believe (from research I've done). I'm 19, have sex regularly, am on birth control.. all these things I know are not very good for my vaginal health. I clean that area with non-scented soap, I do not douche or do anything that could be harmful. Being a gymnast I obviously have to wear a leo and cannot stop. My vagina really stings when I urinate, have sex, and basically all the time even when I'm just laying in bed or sitting in my desk. It is also giving off a vinegar-like smell and I am discharging pretty heavily.

    1) is this a yeast infection?
    2) how can I treat it?
    3) how can I prevent it?

    Additional information:
    - I am not pregnant, I have regular periods and have taken two tests recently. Negative.
    - I do not have an STD, I have had one sex partner and we've been together for three years, and he has only had one sex partner, me.
    - I've had a pap-smear within the last few months and everything came back okay.
    - I have a long history of UTI's

    I appreciate the help!

    *Please don't criticize me about my sex life, I am very well educated and aware of all the risks and have complete knowledge of what I am doing. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Some girls just get more infections than others. I was in a swimsuit everyday for years and only got a couple. But other girls on my team had them lots. We were all in the same pool, etc.

      Yeast infections are normally itchy. What you describe is more like a low grade uti. They can become persistent and just generally make life annoying.

      Try treating for a yeast infection for a week or two. If it doesn't go away, or gets worse, its a uti.

      And don't sweat having sex - your a girl - its normal for us to have sex.

  11. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of Candida Infection PERMANENTLY?
    Does anyone know of a natural way to get rid of yeast infection (candida) PERMANENTLY without using medicines?

    • ANSWER:
      Persistent Candida, or yeast infection is caused mainly by your diet. There are foods that feed the bug and foods that kill the bug. So your best bet is to cut down on foods that feed it and consume more of the foods that kill it.

      Foods that feed it (cut down on this stuff):
      sugar, potatoes, white bread, pasta, corn, fruits - most processed foods

      Foods that kill it (take more of this stuff):
      Plain (non-sugary) yogurt, green leafy vegetables, beer (non-alcoholic), unsweetened tea, black coffee

      Luke Lister puts out a really good book on the subject.

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

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

  13. QUESTION:
    I am a 58 year old woman who is experiening pain during intercourse. Is there treatment for this?
    I get urethra infections 50% of the time after intercourse. Low grade, treatable, but painful, none the less. I have had yeast infections in the past, but this is becoming very commonplace and persistent.

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest you ask your gynecologist , although this is a good forum for a lot of questions you may have , medical questions are best left for the professionals. Best of luck :))

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

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

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

  15. QUESTION:
    How can I get my dog to sit still to clean his ears?
    He has a yeast infection in his ears and the vet prescribed a cleaning solution twice a day, every other day for two weeks plus ear drops 5 minutes later. I couldn't get more than 1 drop of the cleaning solution into the ear canal before he freaked out and wouldn't sit still. Even with my husband and I as a team it was impossible to hold him down for the first cleaning or even first dose of drops. Any suggestions?!

    • ANSWER:
      Has your vet never heard of antimycotic drugs in pill or capsule form? They are usually much more more effective for persistent yeast infections than topical medication. Check with the vet or go to another one.

  16. QUESTION:
    Yeast Infection Medicine Not Working, what should I Do?
    My yeast infection medicine isn't working and I have two refills left. I just took it last night, should I order a second refill already or just wait a few more days. I am still having the persistent itching.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, I've been diagnosed with chronic yeast infections so I know what you're going through. The medication can take a few days to make you feel better. The itching is caused by the discharge because it irritates your skin. Wash yourself gently with lukewarm water and smear on some protroleum jelly (don't be shy about it-use far more than you'd put on chapped lips). Washing will remove the discharge that's there and the jelly will protect your skin from the discharge as it continues to ooze. When you have a chance, you can buy some anti-itch cream that's intended for yeast infections. Personally it think if you wash first, vasciline works fine until you're better. Also, my doctor suggested that I eat yogurt everyday or take a daily suppliment that has the same good bacteria as yogurt; it's called acidopholis. It adds bacteria to your system that can naturally fight off the excess yeast and reduce/prevent yeast infections.

  17. QUESTION:
    Anybody ever have persistent yeast infection? What cured it?
    Has anbody here been diagnosed with a persistent yeast infection? I.e. one that does not go away even with a 5 pack of Diflucan and RX strength yeast creams? I had one of over a year and it went away 3 years ago but I have another one that also wont quit and I want to see what may be new in addressing this. If it has happened to you, what did your OBGYN do to fix it? If you are a medical professional, what treatments are best or what should I do (refrain from saying "see your doctor, thats part of my problem Im not sure he is using the best methods)? What options are out there for me to talk to my doctor about? PS, I don't want to overdo the Diflucan becaue I know its not good for the liver. Thanks!
    PS, no I dont have an underlying medical cause fueling the yeast infectoin. I know persistent yeast infection could be a sign of HIV or Diabetes,but in my case its not - thats been ruled out. Thanks again!

    • ANSWER:
      Experts now recommend vaginal boric acid capsules as a treatment option for vaginal yeast infection, particularly infections that can't be cured by prescription or nonprescription antifungal yeast infection medications.2, 6 Boric acid is a white, crystalline chemical substance that has antifungal and antiviral properties. It is used in various pharmaceutical products and is also available without a prescription.

      Clotrimazole vaginal suppositories, 500 mg, once a week
      Boric acid vaginal capsules, 600 mg, twice a week.1, 4 Boric acid can kill types of yeast that can't be cured by azole antifungal medications.4
      Fluconazole, 100 to 150 mg, orally once a week
      Itraconazole, 400 mg, orally once a month or 100 mg, orally once a day
      Ketoconazole, 100 mg, orally once a day. Ketoconazole is associated with a rare but serious type of hepatitis. For this reason, it is not often used as treatment for vaginal yeast infections.5

      All this was taken from www.webmd.com it got some great articles on yeast infections and chronic yeast infections. Some of the medication I listed had be prescribed some of it didn't. For non-prescription medication read lable carefully and consult your doctor before using.

  18. QUESTION:
    My cats ears are icky. What can I do at home?
    I have four cats and we went around with this thing last year.The vet said at first it was mites but none of my other cats had it.The liquid he gave me did nothing.Then he said it was a yeast infection. He gave me antibiotic ear drops.I always thought antibiotics cause yeast infections? Anyway, that didn't work either.
    Now that same cat only has some goo in his ear. I cleaned it out with a Q tip dipped in peroxide.Some black dots and some yellow murkey stuff came out.
    Anyone have any suggestions ?

    • ANSWER:
      Your vet may be right. My parents had a cat that had a very stubborn yeast infection in her ears. Her ears were all gooey and smelled bad and they had to put this liquid medication in them for several days. Cleaning them out with a Qtip and peroxide is a good idea, my mom did that and it helped alot. YOu may also want to try pure Tea Tree Oil, it's a natural antifungal from Australia. It can be found at your drug store by the first aid products. Be persistent and keep at it. It may take several days to weeks. Good Luck.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a fungal infection under your finger nail?
    I received a fungal dark blotch under my pinky nail after wearing press on tips and am not sure how to treat the infection since it appears to be under the cuticule.

    • ANSWER:
      Fungal nail infection
      Definition
      Fungal nail infection is an infection of the nails by a fungus.

      Alternative Names
      Nails - fungal infection; Onychomycosis; Infection - fungal - nails
      Causes
      The body normally hosts a variety of microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi. Some of these are useful to the body. Others may multiply rapidly and form infections. Fungi can live on the dead tissues of the hair, nails, and outer skin layers.

      Fungal infections include mold-like fungi that cause:

      Athlete's foot
      Jock itch
      Ringworm
      Tinea capitis

      Fungal infections also include yeast-like fungi such as candida. Candida yeast infections include:

      Diaper rash
      Oral thrush
      Cutaneous candidiasis
      Some cases of genital rashes
      Fungal nail infections are most often seen in adults. They often follow fungal infection of the feet. Fungal nail infections may be difficult to treat and may recur often. Toenails are affected more often than fingernails.

      People who frequent public swimming pools, gyms, or shower rooms -- and people who perspire a great deal -- commonly have mold-like infections, because the fungi that cause them thrive in warm, moist areas.

      The risk of getting a fungal infection is increased by closed-in footwear, prolonged moist skin, and minor skin or nail injuries.

      Symptoms
      Nail changes on one or more nails (usually toenails):
      Brittleness
      Discoloration
      Loss of luster and shine
      Thickening
      Distortion of nail shape
      Crumbling of the nail
      Debris being trapped under the nail
      Loosening (detaching) of the nail
      Exams and Tests
      Your doctor will suspect a fungal infection based on the appearance of the nails.

      The diagnosis can be confirmed by scraping the nail for a culture, or a microscopic examination to identify the type of fungus.

      Treatment
      Over-the-counter creams and ointments generally do not help treat this condition.

      Prescription anti-fungal medicines taken by mouth may help clear the fungus in about 50% of patients. However, such medicines can cause side effects or may interfere with other health medicines the patient is taking.

      In some cases, the nail may be removed by the doctor. Nails grow slowly, so even if treatment is successful, a new, clearer nail may take up to a year to grow in.

      Outlook (Prognosis)
      Fungal nail infections may be difficult to treat and may become a reservoir for fungal organisms, causing them to return in the skin or nails. The fungal nail infection is cured by the growth of new, non-infected nails. Even with successful treatment, a relapse is common.

      Possible Complications
      Permanent damage to the nails
      Secondary skin infections, including paronychia
      Recurrent fungal infections of the nails or other parts of the body
      When to Contact a Medical Professional
      Call your health care provider if you experience persistent fungal nail infections, or if the fingers become painful, red, or drain pus.

      Prevention
      Good general health and hygiene help to prevent fungal infections. Keep the skin clean and dry. Take proper care of the nails (see treatment). Wash and dry the hands thoroughly after contact with any fungal infection.

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

      Review Date: 10/26/2006
      Reviewed By: Michael S. Lehrer, M.D., Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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  20. QUESTION:
    Oral thrush and a healthy immune system?
    I have a healthy immune system (went to doctor's to confirm), yet the past 3 times I tried to give oral sex to my boyfriend I get oral thrush within the week. He does not have any symptoms of a yeast infection though. Has anyone ever gotten oral thrush after oral sex? My doctor has no clue why I keep getting it since my immune system should fight it off. I even just had the flu and fought that off perfectly fine.

    • ANSWER:
      Even though your immune system is fine with fighting off bacterial and viral infections, it might not be up fully enough to fight off the fungal infection caused by Candida albicans "yeast infection", in your mouth (thrush). Men won't show signs or symptoms of a yeast infection, but they can carry them on the outer layer of skin on the genital and anal area. They could test your immune system by a blood test, CBC, but I know your doctor already did that probably with the flu diagnosis. You could tell for a possible fungal infection if the eosinophil primarily, and basophil counts are high, or above normal. I would still recommend that your boyfriend get treatment with nystatin ointment on and around his genital area for 2 weeks to kill any yeast that might be present on the external skin even though asymptomatic. If you have a persistent dry mouth "xerostomia", then there isn't enough active immunity in your mouth due to absence of saliva. Saliva carries some antibodies and IGa (immunoglobulin alpha), and helps fight, and prevent bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. Dry mouth could be caused by a wide range of medications, or could be due to genetics. In any case, has your Dr. been treating you with nystatin oral, or fluconazole (Diflucan)? I hope that you find a cause to the thrush infections, and that you don't get anymore.

  21. QUESTION:
    Persistent yeast infections during pregnancy?
    I have had a yeast infection my entire pregnancy (30 weeks) and I can't take it anymore, it is so uncomfortable and my sex life is dead and I would really like to be able to have sex before the baby's due in 10 short weeks.
    I have tried every cream and my doctor wants me to try the oral medication, but I'm very worried about taking it.
    Has anyone taken it while pregnant?
    What happened?
    Are there any other ways to get rid of a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast is common for some pregnant women. I've been dealing with it as well. My midwife has put me on the creams. She told me the pill is too risky, so I haven't went that route. Along with the creams, i wear cotton under wear, no tight fitting pants in that area down there. And I keep it as clean as possible, also try to avoid sugars at any cost. Sugar makes the yeast worst. Breads do as well. You could get that bath soak stuff, called sitz, and you sprinkle it in the bath water and litterally sit there. It helps alot too. and at night when you sleep, don't wear any panties at all, that allows that area to dry out. These are just the things I have done, that has helped me.
      best wishes, i know it sucks!!

  22. QUESTION:
    My shih tzu has yeast growing on her front legs and under her chin as well as really flaky skin, what can I do
    The yeast is also on her face, and back paws which she chews nonstop. For the yeast I've used Malaseb shampoo and for the flaky skin I've used NuSalt shampoo, both recommended by my vet. Both shampoos did the job for a while but now seem to be ineffective.

    • ANSWER:
      Miconozole helped my dog get over this, along with the dandruff shampoos.
      I thought my husband was nuts when he brought home the Miconozole "he's a boy, he hasn't got a vagina" is what I said, but the same thing used for vaginal yeast infections works for dogs' skin yeast infections. My vet said to use this, and it worked very well.

      You can buy the generic cream at Walmart cheaply - apply twice a day untilt he yeast infection is gone - you need to be persistent and keep doing it until all of the infection clears up.

      Good luck.

  23. QUESTION:
    Have a friend who tested positive for a yeast infection of lungs. Should he take diflucan?
    His culture grew 100 colonies of yest, but they did not specify if it was candida. Why does someone get a yeast infection fo the lungs? He has had persistent coughand sinus trouble for weeks. No fever....

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast are hungry little microbes that thrive in warm, damp areas. Lungs are warm and damp. Usually yeast prevail when something happens to the "good" bacteria in the body that "eat" the yeast. He needs to ask his Physician what could have caused the problem, but I feel it had something to do with the "sinus" problems. Which may have been a virus.
      Did they not give him any medication when they told him he had a yeast infection? If they didn't, he needs to call his doctors office and ask if they are going to give him medication, if they say no, then he needs to ask them to explain why. They may let it run it's course, but they should explain this to your friend. Tell your friend to be firm and demand answers. The doctor and his office should be glad to answer all your friends questions, if not, then your friend should find another doctor.

  24. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for Diflucan to completely clear yeast infections?
    I am talking about the white discharge mostly, as well as the swollen, itchy vaginal tissue and the redness. I've already completely used Monistat 3 day cream inserts, but the discharge is still coming out, as well as the tissue being itchy, swollen and red. I took the pill yesterday (11/29) around noon.
    Should I get another Monistat course?

    • ANSWER:
      sometimes 3 two week courses , it can be persistent

  25. QUESTION:
    Did any women experience multiple yeast infections before finding out you had diabetes?
    Anyone? If you could describe your other symptoms too, i'd appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      ANY persistent infection (yeast infections, infected toenails, recurring colds, wounds that won't heal, etc) is a sign of diabetes. it is ALSO the sign of a weakened immune System.

      ONLY your doctor can tell the difference, and provide a proper course of treatment.

  26. QUESTION:
    What causes vaginal itching and discharge?
    I'm not sexually active and haven't been for about 8 years. I'm 30 years old if that helps. It is persistent, i go to the doctor and they prescribe antibiotics and the itching and the discharge is still there. No rude answers please.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis. When you see the doctor, do they do a vaginal exam and collect a sample? The time I had really bad vaginal discharge and irritation, I had a combo of a yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis. The doctor did something similar to a pap smear and took a swab and checked the PH of my vagina to see what kind of infection it was. I was prescribed a pill for a yeast infection and it cleared up within a few days.

  27. QUESTION:
    What could cause both canker sores and a yeast infection?
    I'm wondering if its like a hormonal imbalance or my birth control cause I feel like its not a coincidence that I got one and then the next day the other. Any ideas? There has been no mouth to anything contact either.

    • ANSWER:
      A canker sore is an ulcer on the mucous membrane inside your mouth. The medical terms for canker sores are aphthous stomatitis, ulcerative stomatitis, or aphthae.
      Causes

      Recurrent canker sores are one of the most common inflammatory conditions of the mouth, afflicting about 20 percent of the general population. There may be a genetic predisposition for canker sores.

      It is not known what causes canker sores in all patients, although more than one cause is likely even for individual patients. Attempts to find bacteria or viruses linked with the disease have not proven fruitful, although an allergy to a type of bacteria commonly found in the mouth may cause some people to develop canker sores. The sores also might be an allergic reaction to certain foods eaten. Stress may trigger canker sores as well.

      Injury to the mouth - such as scratching by abrasive foods or a stray toothbrush bristle - can trigger outbreaks of canker sores, although these factors probably do not cause the disorder. Hormonal disorders can contribute to canker sores, as can deficiencies of iron, folic acid, or Vitamin B12. There may be an association of canker sores with Helicobacter pylori, the same bacteria that cause peptic ulcers, and they have been associated with the AIDS virus.

      Celiac sprue, a disease of the intestines caused by sensitivity to gluten (a group of proteins found in wheat, barley, and rye ), has also been associated with development of canker sores.
      Symptoms

      Canker sores begin as small reddish oval or round swellings, usually on the movable parts of the mouth such as the tongue and the inside linings of the lips and cheeks. These swellings usually rupture within a day, are covered by a thin white or yellow membrane, and become edged by a red halo.

      The size of the sores varies from being an eighth of an inch wide in minor infections to an inch and a quarter wide in more severe cases. Fever is rare and rarely there is an association of canker sores with other diseases.

      Usually a person will only experience a single or a few canker sores at a time. These sores generally heal within two weeks. Severe canker forms of the sore may leave scars. You should consult with your doctor if a canker sores continues or worsens for more than two or three weeks.
      Diagnosis

      Canker sores are very common and easy to recognize. Occasional canker sores merit self care only.

      Most doctors recommend that patients who have continual or frequently recurring bouts of canker sores undergo blood and allergy tests to determine if their sores are caused by a nutritional deficiency, an allergy, or some other correctable cause.

      Large or persistent ulcers may be due to drug allergies, acuteherpes simplex, or certain digestive diseases.
      Treatment

      There are a number of treatments that reduce the pain and duration of canker sores for individuals whose outbreaks cannot be prevented. These treatments include numbing preparations, such as xylocaine, that are applied on the sores when a patient has only a few, and anti-inflammatory steroid mouthwashes or gels for patients with several sores. Cimetidine (Tagamet) – a medicine prescribed for heartburn and peptic ulcers - is sometimes useful for treating canker sores, although it is not specifically approved for canker sores.

      Some doctors recommend applying ice to the canker sore, avoiding food that is irritating, and rinsing your mouth with over-the-counter preparations such as diluted hydrogen peroxide or elixir of Benadryl. Some people find relief by rinsing the mouth with a solution of ½ teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water.

  28. QUESTION:
    What would cause a clear or yellowish snotty, slimy vaginal discharge?
    I have been experiencing a snotty, slimy, mucous like discharge from my vagina, since I ended my period a week ago. I had been taking medication for a yeast infection the same time I was on my period. By the end of my period I noticed it was clear and a little white, and it resembled snot from one's nose. I see it every time I wipe myself after urinating.

    • ANSWER:
      Yellowish mucus or discharge is never normal. This is a definite sign of infection. Given your history, the infection is likely a recurrence of the infection you were treating.
      You could try over-the-counter yeast infection medicine. But since you seem to have a persistent infection, I strongly recommend you phone your doctor's staff before you begin.

  29. QUESTION:
    What is the best remedy for persistent yeast infections?

    • ANSWER:
      Canestan cream, they make ones for external and internal use. I think there are also tablets out now. Here in Australia they also sell an anti-fungal solution, it is a rinse that you put in the wash. Do that for a few washes until it sorts out, then every now and again.
      Then look to see if you can make your diet any better. Stay away from as many processed foods as you can, decrese alcohol, junk food, white bread and increase fruit & veges, cranberry juice, wholemeal and wholegrain breads etc.
      goodluck.

  30. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when your discharge is white and gooey and its seems like its overflowing?
    I have a white gooey discharge. Its very heavy and wet/gooey. Mine is never this heavy so its unusual. It practically soaks/covers my underwear and I have to change it because its gross. And I noticed a slight odor but idk if its just because its so heavy or if it smells like that. I had sex near the beginning of March and even had my period. Could I still be pregnant or is it an infection? Please give me answers!!! :(

    • ANSWER:
      If this is a persistent problem, the only way you'll know for sure, is through your doctor.
      But it sounds quite a lot like it could be thrush. A yeast infection.
      Try some Canesten (cream, or pill or both) from the Chemist.

  31. QUESTION:
    does the husband drinking beer cause the wife to have yeast infections?
    my wife says she gets yeast infections when I drink beer,I only drink a six pack a week.

    • ANSWER:
      nVarious conditions, such as bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted disease (STD), can cause vaginal symptoms similar to those of a yeast infection. If you need help determining which condition you have,

      What is a vaginal yeast infection?
      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.

      What causes a vaginal yeast infection?
      A healthy vagina normally contains many bacteria and small numbers of yeast cells. The most common bacteria found in the vagina, Lactobacillus acidophilus, help prevent other organisms, such as yeast, from growing in excess and causing an infection. About 70% to 90% of yeast infections are caused by a strain of yeast called Candida albicans. 1, 2

      When there is a change in the normal balance of organisms in the vagina, yeast can overgrow, causing symptoms. This imbalance can be caused by many factors, including use of broad-spectrum antibiotics for other conditions, high estrogen levels (as during pregnancy or hormone replacement therapy), or certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or HIV infection.

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

      How is a vaginal yeast infection diagnosed?
      Vaginal itching and a white vaginal discharge that is odorless and looks like cottage cheese are classic signs of a vaginal yeast infection. However, it's easy to misdiagnose a vaginal infection. If your symptoms are not typical of a yeast infection, you aren't certain of your diagnosis, or you're pregnant and have symptoms, see your health professional. A vaginal exam and possibly a culture of vaginal discharge can help diagnose whether another type of organism is present.

      How is it treated?
      A vaginal yeast infection is usually treated with a vaginal antifungal cream, tablet, or suppository for several days. While some women prefer taking a tablet by mouth, oral treatment may be reserved for recurrent infection that may be caused by yeast throughout the body. This is mainly because oral medication affects the entire body, and vaginal treatment limits its effect to the genital area. Oral antifungal medication can cause side effects such as headache, nausea, and abdominal pain; vaginal treatment is unlikely to cause side effects.

      Nonprescription vaginal medications are available for treating vaginal yeast infection; vaginal boric acid capsules are another option. If you have had a vaginal yeast infection before, are not pregnant, and are certain your present symptoms are the same as during the previous infection, you can self-treat your infection. If you have a yeast infection that keeps returning despite treatment, see your health professional. A recurring yeast infection can be a sign of another health problem.

      Yeast infections are common during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, do not use any medication without first discussing your symptoms with your health professional.

      Can vaginal yeast infections recur?
      Yes. A yeast infection is considered to be recurrent if you have four or more infections that cause symptoms and are unrelated to antibiotic use within 1 year. Severe or persistent yeast infections are a problem for about 5% of affected women and can be related to diabetes, pregnancy, or another health condition. 2

      If you have a recurrent vaginal yeast infection, your health professional may do a culture to confirm that yeast is present. You may also be tested for certain conditions that could be making you more vulnerable to yeast overgrowth, such as diabetes or HIV infection
      beer dont make a woman have anything ... she needs checked to see what kind of infection she has...

  32. QUESTION:
    Have you seen the commercial to keep your vag healthy?
    A few weeks ago I saw this commercial and can not remember the name or find the product but I really want it. It's some kind of daily pill (maybe vitamin or natural, pretty sure it was over-the-counter) and the point is to "take care" of your lady parts. I believe it balanced yeast levels or fungal levels or something to help people with persistent yeast infections or whatever. If you know of a similar product or know what I'm talking about please answer or email me, you can email me by clicking my name. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I think you may have seen a commercial for Pro-B by RePhresh, you can get probiotics for women at most pharmacies or health food stores and there are many different kinds that you can look through and see what you like the best.

      http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/catalog/shop_product_detail.jsp?skuId=478861&productId=478861&WT.mc_id=Shopping_Feed_Products_Google_Free_Listing

  33. QUESTION:
    What exactly is yeast infection and how can you tell when you have it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Jennifer here is some information pertaining to your question.

      What is a vaginal yeast infection?

      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.

      What causes a vaginal yeast infection?

      A healthy vagina normally contains many bacteria and small numbers of yeast cells. The most common bacteria found in the vagina, Lactobacillus acidophilus, help prevent other organisms, such as yeast, from growing in excess and causing an infection. About 70% to 90% of yeast infections are caused by a strain of yeast called Candida albicans. 1, 2

      When there is a change in the normal balance of organisms in the vagina, yeast can overgrow, causing symptoms. This imbalance can be caused by many factors, including use of broad-spectrum antibiotics for other conditions, high estrogen levels (as during pregnancy or hormone replacement therapy), or certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or HIV infection.

      What are the symptoms?

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

      How is a vaginal yeast infection diagnosed?

      Vaginal itching and a white vaginal discharge that is odorless and looks like cottage cheese are classic signs of a vaginal yeast infection. However, it's easy to misdiagnose a vaginal infection. If your symptoms are not typical of a yeast infection, you aren't certain of your diagnosis, or you're pregnant and have symptoms, see your health professional. A vaginal exam and possibly a culture of vaginal discharge can help diagnose whether another type of organism is present.

      How is it treated?

      A vaginal yeast infection is usually treated with a vaginal antifungal cream, tablet, or suppository for several days. While some women prefer taking a tablet by mouth, oral treatment may be reserved for recurrent infection that may be caused by yeast throughout the body. This is mainly because oral medication affects the entire body, and vaginal treatment limits its effect to the genital area. Oral antifungal medication can cause side effects such as headache, nausea, and abdominal pain; vaginal treatment is unlikely to cause side effects.

      Nonprescription vaginal medications are available for treating vaginal yeast infection; vaginal boric acid capsules are another option. If you have had a vaginal yeast infection before, are not pregnant, and are certain your present symptoms are the same as during the previous infection, you can self-treat your infection. If you have a yeast infection that keeps returning despite treatment, see your health professional. A recurring yeast infection can be a sign of another health problem.

      Yeast infections are common during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, do not use any medication without first discussing your symptoms with your health professional.

      Can vaginal yeast infections recur?

      Yes. A yeast infection is considered to be recurrent if you have four or more infections that cause symptoms and are unrelated to antibiotic use within 1 year. Severe or persistent yeast infections are a problem for about 5% of affected women and can be related to diabetes, pregnancy, or another health condition. 2

      If you have a recurrent vaginal yeast infection, your health professional may do a culture to confirm that yeast is present. You may also be tested for certain conditions that could be making you more vulnerable to yeast overgrowth, such as diabetes or HIV infection.

  34. QUESTION:
    My son is on amoxilcillin for a chest infection. What are the sideaffects?
    Hi I'm new to this so bear with me! My son is 9 months and has been put on amoxicillin for a chest infection. He was having sickness and diahorreah before he started the medication but it seem to be getting worse. Should we still be feeding him solids and milk or just water? Think the doctor just wanted to get us out and the next one in. wasn't very helpful! He is also teething so fun and sleepless nights all round!
    Thanks to you all for you assistance.

    • ANSWER:
      Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

      Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

      Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: dark urine, persistent nausea or vomiting, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes or skin, easy bruising or bleeding, persistent sore throat or fever.

      This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (pseudomembranous colitis) due to a resistant bacteria. This condition may occur weeks after treatment has stopped. Do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medications if you have the following symptoms because these products may make them worse. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, or blood/mucus in your stool.

      Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush or a new vaginal yeast infection (oral or vaginal fungal infection). Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge or other new symptoms.

      A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

      Amoxicillin can commonly cause a mild rash that is usually not serious. However, you may not be able to tell it apart from a rare rash that could be a sign of a severe allergic reaction. Therefore, seek immediate medical attention if you develop any rash.

      If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist

  35. QUESTION:
    Can tarragon vinegar be used instead of apple cider vinegar to treat a yeast infection?
    or just even regular vinegar for that matter? I tried the tarragon and I think its making things worst.

    • ANSWER:
      Hon, vinegar is not the answer for a yeast infection, if anything it will make things worse. It interrupts the natural ph balance inside the vagina that helps to clean it. This is why doctors no longer support the use of douches. To get rid of a yeast infection you need to either purchase an over the counter remedy such as monistat or if the infection is persistent, see your gynecologist. Good luck!

  36. 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.

  37. QUESTION:
    Anyone ever dealt with a Systemic Yeast Infection?
    What symptoms did you experience? How can you find out for sure if that's what it is, and what's the best way to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      bgroves, Candida albicans is a fungal (YEAST) organism that is present in everyone’s intestinal tract. It is normally kept under control by the immune system and by beneficial intestinal bacteria. This balance is upset when these bacteria are destroyed (typically by antibiotics), or when our immune function is impaired.

      Once that balance is upset, Candida begins to proliferate and invade and colonize our body tissues. It most commonly appears as a vaginal yeast infection or as oral thrush. But Candida albicans can also spread inside the body and become a systemic problem.

      Systemic candidiasis can be divided into 2 primary syndromes: candidemia and disseminated candidiasis (organ infection by Candida species). Deep organ infections due to Candida species are generally observed as part of the disseminated candidiasis syndromes and may involve one or more organs.

      Candidemia
      Candida species are currently the fourth most commonly isolated organism in blood cultures, and Candida infection is generally considered a nosocomial infection. The patient's history commonly reveals the following:
      Several days of fever that is unresponsive to broad-spectrum antimicrobials; frequently the only marker of infection
      Prolonged intravenous catheterization
      A history of several key risk factors (see Pathophysiology)
      Possibly associated with multiorgan infection
      Physical examination results may include the following:
      Fever
      Macronodular skin lesions (approximately 10%)
      Candidal endophthalmitis (approximately 10-28%)
      Occasionally, septic shock (hypotension, tachycardia, tachypnea)
      Other causes of candidemia without invasive disease include the following:
      Intravascular catheter-related candidiasis: This entity usually responds promptly to catheter removal and antifungal treatment.
      Suppurative thrombophlebitis: This is associated with prolonged central venous catheterization. Suppurative thrombophlebitis manifests as fever and persistent candidemia despite appropriate antifungal therapy and catheter removal. Sepsis and septic shock may develop.
      Endocarditis: The frequency of endocarditis has recently increased. Candida species, primarily C albicans and Candida parapsilosis (>60% of cases), are the most common cause of fungal endocarditis. The aortic and mitral valves are most commonly involved. The endocarditis may be exogenous (due to direct inoculation during surgery) or endogenous (due to hematogenous dissemination during bloodstream invasion. Candida endocarditis is associated with 4 main risk factors, including intravenous heroin use (frequently associated with C parapsilosis infection), chemotherapy, prosthetic valves (approximately 50%), and prolonged use of central venous catheters. The physical examination reveals a broad range of manifestations, including fever unresponsive to antimicrobials, hypotension, shock, new or changing murmurs, and large septic emboli to major organs, a characteristic of fungal endocarditis.
      Disseminated candidiasis: This is frequently associated with multiple deep organ infections or may involve single organ infection. Unfortunately, blood cultures are negative in up to 40-60% of patients with disseminated candidiasis. The history of a patient with presumptive disseminated candidiasis reveals a fever unresponsive to broad-spectrum antimicrobials and negative results from blood culture. Physical examination reveals fever (may be the only symptom) with an unknown source and associated sepsis and septic shock.

      Successful therapy for serious systemic Candida infections requires initiation of antifungal therapy as early as possible, as soon as adequate culture results are obtained.

      Different classes of antifungals are now available to manage any type of candidal infection. Azoles, fluconazole in particular,22 have become the mainstay of therapy over the past few years. These include topical and systemic agents. Posaconazole is the most recent addition to this group of antifungals. Polyenes include amphotericin B, liposomal amphotericin B formulations, and topical nystatin. Allylamines include terbinafine, which is formulated in a topical preparation and an oral tablet. The newest group of antifungals is echinocandins, including caspofungin, micafungin, and anidulafungin. Because of the excellent clinical efficacy of echinocandins, low incidence of adverse events, good safety profile, and ease of use, these agents may revolutionize the management of candidal infections in the near future.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is it possible that my daughter is allergic to her formula after being on it for four months?
    She's been on soy for over four and half months now and never had any problems. Recently she has developed a persistent diaper rash. The doc said might be bacterial so we tried bacterial cream, yeast cream. Didn't do much. A week later I noticed she had a very subtle rash that looked like prickly heat (almost not noticeable) flat, no texture. Then she came down with a stomach flu, and my husband was also sick a couple of days later (we're not sure if he had food poisoning from sushi though) no one else has been sick. Now the diaper rash is really bad becasue she has had bad poops. She is still recovering from the stomach thing no more throwing up but not eating as much. The doc seems to think the rash is viral and has been treating syptoms as though they are separate...I'm starting to wonder if she has developed an allergy to soy?
    She is five and half months. Wouldn't the yeast cream have cleared up a yeast infection?
    SHE HAS A STREP INFECTION AND IS NOW ON ANTIBIOTICS. THE RASH HAS GONE AWAY WITHIN TWLEVE HOURS. NOW I HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT LONG TERM EFFECTS OF UNTREATED STREP.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a yeast infection as well. The doctor should be testing rather than arbitrarily treating symptoms. I doubt she's allergic to the formula all of a sudden, but you could switch to a different formula. You don't say how old she is, that would be helpful also.

      Ask your doc about yeast, because sometimes internal yeast in the gut can manifest like a diaper rash.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is the white stuff coming out of my vagina?
    When I first started seeing my discharge it was more of a thick substance. Now it looks more like milk and my vagina burns on the lips around the opening area. Can someone please tell me what this is?

    • ANSWER:
      Vaginal candidiasis is an infection of the vagina involving overgrowth of a yeast, or fungus, known as Candida. This yeast is normally present in the mouth, gut and vagina, as are a number of other organisms. If the balance of microorganisms is disrupted, as can occur with taking broad spectrum antibiotics, hormonal fluctuations, and other conditions, an overgrowth of yeast can occur. Vaginal candidiasis, often referred to as a "yeast infection," is a common problem, affecting nearly 75% of adult women in their lifetime.
      Itching and a thick, white discharge are the most common symptoms of vaginal candidiasis. It can also make sexual intercourse and urination painful. The external tissue around the vagina, the vulva, may become red and swollen.

      Vaginal candidiasis can be treated with a variety of antifungal agents, some of which are available over-the-counter. Although the only way to unambiguously diagnose vaginal candidiasis is to see the yeast under the microscope, many women treat themselves based on their symptoms. Studies suggest that, of all the purchases of over-the-counter yeast treatments, as many as two-thirds are used by women who do not have vaginal candidiasis.
      Appropriate treatment usually results in a resolution of the symptoms. If symptoms remain or recur, it may signify that another condition is present or that the yeast has become resistant to the treatment that was used.

      Vaginal candidiasis is rarely associated with a medical emergency; however, symptoms similar to those that occur with vaginal candidiasis can be present with other, more serious conditions. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) for high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit), severe pelvic or abdominal pain, persistent nausea and vomiting, or bleeding while pregnant.

      If you have symptoms of vaginal candidiasis, but have never had it before, or if you have a fever or have persistent or recurrent symptoms despite treatment, seek prompt medical care.Women who have symptoms of vaginal candidiasis and are pregnant or are worried about sexually transmitted infections should also seek prompt medical care.

      .

  40. QUESTION:
    I get persistent discharge on a daily basis, how do i get rid of it?
    Ive been to the clinic and my tests have came back negative for chlamydia or gonorrhea but still i have about an egg cup full of discharge on a daily basis. It is really thick and really gets me down, how do i solve this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      you don't- Discharge is Healthy & Normal unless it changes color or itches- what you Do is Learn about how your body works----------------

      Vaginal discharge is normal and varies during your menstrual cycle. Before ovulation (the release of the egg), there is a lot of mucous produced, up to 30 times more than after ovulation. It is also more watery and elastic during that phase of your cycle. You may want to wear panty liners during that time.

      The things to be worried about include if the discharge has a yellow or green color, is clumpy like cottage cheese, or has a bad odor. If worried, see a doctor.

      Different Types of Discharge

      White: Thick, white discharge is common at the beginning and end of your cycle. Normal white discharge is not accompanied by itching. If itching is present, thick white discharge can indicate a yeast infection.

      Clear and stretchy: This is "fertile" mucous and means you are ovulating.

      Clear and watery: This occurs at different times of your cycle and can be particularly heavy after exercising.

      Yellow or Green: May indicate an infection, especially if thick or clumpy like cottage cheese or has a foul odor.

      Brown: May happen right after periods, and is just "cleaning out" your vagina. Old blood looks brown.

      Spotting Blood/Brown Discharge: This may occur when you are ovulating/mid-cycle. Sometimes early in pregnancy you may have spotting or a brownish discharge at the time your period would normally come. If you have spotting at the time of your normal period rather than your usual amount of flow, and you have had sex without using birth control, you should check a pregnancy test.

  41. QUESTION:
    what are the side effects of cephalexin?
    I use it for acne and i was wondering what are the side effects and how can you prevent the side effects, if possible?
    I was also wondering has it helped anyone?

    • ANSWER:
      Stomach upset, headache, fatigue, dizziness, or diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting, yellowing eyes or skin, dark urine, new signs of infection (e.g., persistent sore throat or fever), easy bruising/bleeding, change in the amount of urine. This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (pseudomembranous colitis) due to a resistant bacteria. This condition may occur while receiving therapy or even weeks after treatment has stopped. Do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medications if you have the following symptoms because such products may make them worse. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, or blood/mucus in your stool. Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush or a new vaginal yeast infection (oral or vaginal fungal infection). Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge or other new symptoms. 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, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

      a simple search on yahoo would of resulted you faster answers.....

  42. QUESTION:
    How can i prevent an infection...?
    Ok, so I just started having sex like almost a year ago, and my boyfriend (the one I lost my virginity to) had more sexual experience than I did. I had done nothing more than make out before him!! Anyway, he started going down on me, and at first I didnt like it at all. But then I really started wanting it. The only problem is that everytime he does it, I eend up with a yeast infection. Any advice on how to prevent this??
    we do not use condoms.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are having persistent yeast infections, you should see a doctor. I know it sounds like a canned response, but some women have reoccurring yeast infections and its normal for them and they use anti-fungal to prevent it. Also, i know you mentioned it was oral sex but you also need to take into account that he can be basically a "hamper" of yeast. Meaning he needs to treat himself with the yeast cream (If you are using condoms, then i am not sure if it can be in/on his mouth) so he does not just give it back to you after you treat yourself.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is it true that putting yogurt in your vagina will cure or prevent a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      An old remedy, very popular back in the days, when people didn't have many options... It has been proven effective, especially in women who have no access to pharmacies (in our country there villages where people have very poor health info access). It is not often recommended, since inserting a cotton pad soaked in yogurt can raise the question of hygiene maintenance.
      Anyhow, a vaginal antimoniliatic (medicine against yeast infection) should be enough to take care of the problem.
      If it persists, a combination of oral antimoniliatics and vaginal tablets should be considered.
      If the combination doesn't work, a stronger vaginal therapy (containing both an antimoniliatic and an antibiotic - such as Polygynax), together with a vaginal cream and oral treatment are advised.
      Whichever the treatment of choice, it needs to be done after a thorough exam. Treating persistent fungal infection needs to be done under medical supervision (a gynecologist) and needs frequent microbiological testing.

  44. QUESTION:
    What are some good fruits to give to my cockatiel (also a cockatiel problem)?
    My cockatiel HATES any other food except his seed diet. I tried giving him a tiny piece of peach (because I read that that was good for them) and carrots, but he will not eat it. I also read leaving them on a plain seed diet is bad and unhealthy. What can I do to get him to eat some fruits and veges?

    Thanks, I appreciate it!

    • ANSWER:
      When you uncover your birds cage in the morning you put in a dish with variety, not much and small pieces of vegis. Too much fruit, because of the sugar, can cause a yeast infection so low on the fruits. It is scared because it has never seen foods like that before. But first thing in the morning you offer the fresh foods. The night before you cover your bird you will have removed the seed bowl. He isn't going to eat in the dark so don't worry. I'm a vet tech and I ran a bird sanctuary years ago.After 2 or 3 hours you put the seed bowl in and take the fresh food out. Fresh food shouldn't be left in cage no longer than 3 hours than is starts growing bacteria.Birds are hungriest in the morning and more apt to try the fresh food. And you have to keep offering him the fresh. Only offering it to him a few times isn't going to work. Everyday for at least a month. Also letting him see you eat it may also help.
      Good luck. Be persistent and patient. There are also bird pellets that are good for our birds too.

  45. QUESTION:
    how do i tell if i have a uti or a yeast infection when i don't have no discharge?
    this is the first time anything like this has ever happen to me i have itching and buring in my vagina but i don't have no discharge how do i know if it is a uti or a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Itchiness is not a symptom of a UTI. UTIs are categorized by a persistent feeling of needing to pee, a burning sensation when peeing, passing small amount of urine frequently, and possibly having blood in your urine. If it were a yeast infection, you'd probably have discharge. I would put my money of bacterial vaginosis, based on what you've described. Either way, probably best to see a doctor.

  46. QUESTION:
    Does vaginal discharge occur without sex?
    My girlfriend has a yeast infection I believe and we've been having sex for a while with it, but I've never seen a discharge (white clumps) outside her vagina until tonight without us having sex. Is it possible for a woman to have a discharge that gets outside her vagina without sex or does this signify she is cheating on me?

    • ANSWER:
      Um, yes, women have vaginal discharge pretty much all the time. White clumpy discharge is a signal of an infection/unhealthy hooha...but less, you know, gross discharge, on a regular and persistent basis, is normal.

  47. QUESTION:
    Suggestions on how to ease breast pain from pumping?
    My first baby is 6 weeks old now. I've had difficulties getting him to nurse and have primarily been pumping so he gets the breast milk, using a Medela pump in style pump. My breasts just won't "toughen up" and are still very red and uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      Breastfeeding pain can be a discouraging and frustrating experience. It interrupts your nursing relationship with your baby, making this time of bonding less satisfying for both of you. You can ease breastfeeding pain in the comfort of your own home, while continuing to provide sustenance for your baby. Here's how to deal with the pain and correct the issues that can cause it.

      Soothe cracked, sensitive or bleeding nipples with pure lanolin or gel pads. You can also express a few drops of breast milk, apply it to your nipples and allow them to dry; breast milk is a natural antibiotic. Relieve tenderness around the nipple and aureole by wrapping a soft cloth around some ice and applying it to the breast. You can also try using a mild pain reliever that's safe for use while breastfeeding. Check with your doctor or midwife for brand names. Treat itching, burning, inflamed nipples with gentle home remedies such as Gentian violet or prescription creams. These symptoms indicate thrush, which is a yeast infection. You and your baby will need to be treated at the same time. Symptoms of thrush in the baby include scaly, white spots on the tongue that don't rub off and a bad diaper rash. See your doctor or midwife for evaluation and treatment. Change the position that you hold your baby in while nursing. The baby may be pulling or pinching your nipples due to awkward positioning. Try the cross cradle or football hold. When pumping, ask your lactation consultant to look at the shields your using, they could be an incorrect size, causing soreness. Correct your baby's latch, which is the most frequent cause of the first two sets of symptoms described above. The baby's cheeks should touch the breast, hiding her mouth. The baby's lower lip should be rolled back toward the chin, with the chin firmly planted on the breast. Baby's head should be slightly tipped back. Get help from a lactation consultant to correct a persistent bad latch. They can observe your breastfeeding position and the baby's latch in person and help you improve them for optimal comfort and effectiveness. (Of course if you're exclusivley pumping then this isn't an issue.) The most important thing is to keep on going, it does get better! Good luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    Is there a cure for dandruff? Is there something I can change in my diet?
    I get dandruff within two days of not washing my hair. I use an anti dandruff shampoo which works really well. But I still feel chained downed to this problem because I'm simply getting rid of the dandruff rather than curing it at the scalp. I'm male and 26 and have black hair. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Dandruff (Pityriasis capitis) is the excessive flaking of dead skin that forms on the scalp. Most cases of dandruff can be treated with specialized shampoos or common household remedies. Mild dandruff may be caused by overactive sebaceous glands. Other causative factors include family history, food allergies, excessive perspiration, use of alkaline soaps, yeast infections, and stress. Even the season of the year can contribute to the problem: Cold, dry winters are notorious for bringing on dandruff or making it worse. Symptoms of dandruff can also be aggravated by exposure to dust, UV light, harsh shampoos, and hair dyes. In rare cases, dandruff may be caused by over use of hair gel or spray. Dandruff can in some cases be linked to poor nutrition, particularly deficiencies in the mineral zinc. Some people mistakenly avoid washing their hair, believing that the drying effect of shampoo will worsen their dandruff. By washing the hair regularly, however, dead skin is in fact removed before it can build up into larger, more noticeable flakes. Using acid-based shampoos helps restore acidity to the scalp, breaking down oils and preventing dead skin cells from collecting into visible clumps.There are shampoo brands available specifically for those who have dandruff. The gold standard of shampoo brands is Selsun Blue with selenium sulfide.For more persistent or severe dandruff, as well as dandruff due to seborrheic dermatitis, shampoo containing 1% or 2% ketoconazole, such as Nizoral, can be used.Household remedies to get rid of dandruff are apple cider vinegar (the gold standard of household remedies), salt or lemon juice. Apply the liquid to the scalp and allow to remain for several minutes to several hours, even overnight, then shampoo and rinse clean in the shower. One good way to apply the liquid is from a spray bottle, or simply by pouring over the head. Apple cider vinegar can also be used as a rinse after shampooing: the vinegar will act as both a fungicide to fight the cause of the cell buildup, as well as a rinsing agent, which will rinse clumps of skin away before they appear large enough to be visible.

  49. QUESTION:
    How likely is it you wont suffer symptoms of acute HIV?
    like, a cold, rash, nausea or myalgia. Don't tell me to get tested, this is out of curiosity and maybe could be incorporated into a school project. I haven't had an incident in which I could of contracted HIV so I don't need to get tested I'm just wondering what the likelihood of not having any symptoms in the acute phase of HIV.

    • ANSWER:
      HIV/AIDS Symptoms

      Many people do not develop symptoms after getting infected with HIV. Some people have a flu-like illness within several days to weeks after exposure to the virus. They complain of fever, headache, tiredness, and enlarged lymph glands in the neck. These symptoms usually disappear on their own within a few weeks.

      Following initial infection, you may have no symptoms. The progression of disease varies widely among individuals. This state may last from a few months to more than 10 years.

      During this period, the virus continues to multiply actively and infects and kills the cells of the immune system. The immune system allows us to fight against the bacteria, viruses, and other infectious causes.

      The virus destroys the cells that are the primary infection fighters, called CD4+ or T4 cells.

      Once the immune system weakens, a person infected with HIV can develop the following symptoms:

      Lack of energy

      Weight loss

      Frequent fevers and sweats

      Persistent or frequent yeast infections

      Persistent skin rashes or flaky skin

      Short-term memory loss

      Mouth, genital, or anal sores from herpes infections.

      AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection. The definition of AIDS includes all HIV-infected people who have fewer than 200 CD4+ cells per microliter of blood. The definition also includes 26 conditions that are common in advanced HIV disease but that rarely occur in healthy people. Most of these conditions are infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and other organisms. Opportunistic infections are common in people with AIDS. Nearly every organ system is affected. Some of the common symptoms include the following:

      Cough and shortness of breath

      Seizures and lack of coordination

      Difficult or painful swallowing

      Mental symptoms such as confusion and forgetfulness

      Severe and persistent diarrhea

      Fever

      Vision loss

      Nausea, abdominal cramps, and vomiting

      Weight loss and extreme fatigue

      Severe headaches with neck stiffness

      Coma

      People with AIDS are prone to develop various cancers such as Kaposi sarcoma, cervical cancer, and cancers of the immune system known as lymphomas. Kaposi sarcoma causes round, brown, reddish or purple spots that develop in the skin or in the mouth. After the diagnosis of AIDS is made, the average survival time has been estimated to be 2-3 years.


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