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What To Do 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:
    What does it mean that a vagina is raw from a yeast infection?
    I went to the doctor to get treated for a yeast infection. He said the area looks raw then prescribed me Diflucan. I didn't think about it until after I left the office, but what exactly does it mean to have a raw vagina due to a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      The yeast makes your skin dry. It often gets red and cracks. You could also be scratching too much. Either way, don't listen to these people making jokes. Most women experience a yeast infection sometime in their lives. The word raw means the skin is cracking. Diflucan gets rid of the yeast infection, but you could also go to walmart and get some vagisil for relief of symptoms immediately. It helps with itching. Try not to scratch too much. Hope you get well soon.


what to do for a yeast infection

Dogs Yeast Infection Remedies

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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.

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

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 Read the can, it was originally made for farm animals.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

  5. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have a yeast infection?
    I have a pitbull she is 1 1/2 years old. She never licks herself. Last two days she has been licking constantly and she like smacks her lips after like shes still licking but isnt, like something is on her tongue. Is this a yeast infection? any home remedies for dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      i think so. especially if she is licking constantly. here is something that may help. Ways to Control Yeast / Fungus Overgrowth
      Treatment: External Problems

      Bathe: Use a sulfur-based or medicated shampoo for fungus, one with Ketoconazole - KetoChlor Shampoo by VirBac - have your vet order it for you.

      Then use a Baking Soda rinse after shampooing, it will be quite helpful with the overall itchiness, skin problems and inflammation.

      BAKING SODA RINSE RECIPE
      Mix two (2) teaspoons of BAKING SODA per gallon of warm water; make sure to mix it so it completely dissolves - poor over pet, do not rinse off.

      After bathing and animal is dry: Prepare a 2 % solution of Oxy-Drops (Mix 1 teaspoon with 1 cup (8ozs.) of distilled water). Use this to spray or wipe skin, ears, and feet with to prevent secondary bacterial infection. (order below). Some people report wiping areas with Listerine stops itching.

  6. QUESTION:
    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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. QUESTION:
    How to rest easy taking my elderly dog to vet?
    I've always had a fear of taking my dog to the vet because I feel her age (roughly 11) will just make the vet say "Oh she is so old you need to put her down". She's healthy, active and loving. I'm almost 19 years old and have had her since I was 6. Upon some home research of some itchy ear and dark brown wax research I concluded she might have a moderate yeast infection in her ears. I tried some of the home remedies that I found online to try to avoid the vet, but to no changes. So now just to end the suffering of an itch she can't scratch I'm considering taking her to the vet. But again, Shes pretty old, she's slowly going blind (but doesn't seem to really show it except the look to her eyes. she seems to see fine), and she's not the active puppy she used to be but more the lap dog that wants to lay with you and watch a whole season of family guy lol. So if any vets are here, will the vet just tell me to put her down, or try to help her? Can I refuse to put her down because she has NO SIGNS of pain or discomfort, just annoyingly itchy cropped ears. Cause I'm not going to put her down unless she's truly in pain to where he can show me every square inch of the pain. I know I may be over reacting, but this is my baby.
    Also she is a Miniature Pinscher, Female, roughly 11-12 years of age. No previous health issues other than one visit for ear mites(but that's not what this is now). Eats well, drinks well, sleeps well. Nothing to complain. Ears were very over cropped by last family standing only about an inch tall. Tail is cropped almost completely down, maybe 1/4 inch tall at the most.
    Also it may or may not help but I'm trying to put the best pic of her I have as my picture on here so you guys might be able to see just how much her ears are cropped
    I'm just estimating the age cause I don't know how old she was when I got her. All I know is her snout is white now, instead of tan and her eyes are glazing over mildly. But thank you guys.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't worry - no reputable vet would tell you to put an animal down just because of age. Vets do whatever they can to help their patients regardless of age. Small dogs can live to 20 years and beyond. Please take her in for a possible ear infection - tests will be done to find out what the exact problem is and medication will be dispensed based on what is found. Good luck - you sound like a very concerned and loving pet parent.

  15. 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.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the cheapest way to cure yeast infection in a dog's ears?
    Does anyone have any "home remedies"? I can't really afford to take her to the vet and get expensive medicine. I would appreciate any ideas.

    • ANSWER:
      I use Apple Cider Vinegar from the health food store. I use it straight and put it in a little cup and use a clean washcloth to dab in there. Ive also heard you can use an eyedropper with ACV {apple cider vinegar} and put 0ne or two drops in each ear-bi weekly. Check out the AWESOME website below that has many home-remedies for pet ailments!

  17. QUESTION:
    question about my dogs eat yeast infection?
    my dog has ear yeast infection, what are some home remedies to curing my dogs ear yeast infection without having to go to the vet and spending a fortune. could someone please answer this for me. my dad feeds him 5 hot dogs everyother day, ive told him not to but he just doesnt get how dangerous this is, & could someone also tell me what makes hot dogs bad for dogs???

    • ANSWER:
      Feed him yogurt. Take him to the vet as it could be more than a yeast infection.

  18. QUESTION:
    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

  19. QUESTION:
    What do veterinarians typically prescribe for a dog that has a yeast infection in its ears?
    I have heard this is a common problem and a lot of people use a home remedy of vinegar. How bout an over the counter human cream such as miconizole?
    Don't worry 'rm'...this isn't a case of someone not kowing. ;) This is not my dog and the dogs owner is experienced with this 4 or more times over. A home remedy is suitable here.

    • ANSWER:
      my vet prescribed an ear drop but i cant think of the name. it's not that expensive. maybe .

      also an ear wash

      1 cup water
      1 cup alcohol
      1 cup vinegar

      squirt a tsp. for large breeds, 1/2 tsp for small breeds into ear and massage for a second, then let them shake. it loosens that crap in their ears, then you can get a cotton ball to clean it out.

      i use this w/my Catahoula. he gets a yeast at least once a year..he's just prone to it.
      i love the wash, it really helps clear it up after he's done w/the drops.

      edit:
      i also found this site for you

      http://nzymes.com/L_pages/is_it_allergies_or_yeast.htm?gclid=CImlyZeVn5MCFQOIFQodQFP_3g

  20. QUESTION:
    Looking for home remedies to get rid of dog yeast infection?
    Have been to the vet cost lots of money for nothing.It is an external one.Have done the research and this is what it is.

    • ANSWER:
      How about Monistat? Tee Tree Oil?

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. QUESTION:
    Do women's remedies for vaginal yeast infection work for dog ear yeast infection?
    My dog, a Golden Retriever, has what it seems to be a bad case of yeast infection in both ears (not the first time). I have read that I should change his food etc. but first I need to clear his infection. I have been to the vet several times about this in the past and paid expensive medicines that seems to work just for short period of time. A co-worker suggested to use over-the-counter medicine to treat vaginal yeast infection. Does anyone has any experiense/comment/thought about this?

    • ANSWER:
      My husky developed some kind of rash on her ears too. They looked like flaky spots and would turn red and bleed a little if you scratched them.
      I figure that it was some kind of fungus eating the skin.
      I sprayed Tinactin (for athlete's foot) on the ears (On the affected area only, NOT inside the ear-canal).
      I cured it on one application. Her ears are very healthy now.
      My dog's ears are a little hairy on the inside and that helped to keep the Tinactin solution on the spots.
      What DaveSFV says on the previous answer makes sense if you give your dog some kind of internal medication for humans, something that the dog has to ingest, but in this case you are using a cream or liquid that has the same ingredients as many dog's medication. You can go to the store and compare ingredients on both medications. It is the same fungus that eat human and animal skin.

  24. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a dog's itchy ears at home?
    I think my dog has an ear infection or ear mites. Do you know of a good home remedy to treat the symptoms?

    I have already made and used a solution of 1/3 water 1/3 vinegar and 1/3 alcohol...

    Any suggestions will help. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Ear mites MAY be treatable with the use of Revolution from your vet. This is a prescription medication, so it will require that your dog has been seen within a year, and has had a heartworm/lyme test within that time.
      Yeast or Bacteria will require a topical antibiotic such as Mometamax, again, from your vet. You can't get rid of bacteria without an antibacterial. Products like Mometamax contain antibiotics designed to kill the bacteria that is commonly found in the ears.

      Yeast/Bacteria debris tends to be moist, while ear mites tend to have dry, crusty debris.

      The problem with oils (sorry) is that mites and yeast especially do very will in oil. While it may help with the inflammation, I've seen many, many yeast infections flourish with the use of oils and over-the-counter ear treatments.

      No matter what you choose to do, do not use Q-tips. You should never put anything larger than an elbow in any ear, as you risk permentantly damaging the ear. At the very least, pick up a pH-balancing ear cleaner, apply it to the ear, and mush it around to break up the debris, then use a chunk of cotton to wipe it out.

      Allergies often cause some sort of discharge as well, and itchiness. Again, only a vet could tell you what exactly is going on in the ears.

  25. QUESTION:
    The Vet is too expensive right now, I need a way to clean out my dogs ears from home?
    Any home remedies? It is a little infected and red. I cleaned it out with warm water, but any other ideas to clean it out all the way?

    • ANSWER:
      50% white Vinegar
      45% warm water
      5% gentle soap

      Works very well...I have a dog with chronic ear problems due to thyroid condition. It's a side effect of medication. Hope your pup gets better.

      But you have to find out what type of infection he has. This is a generic remedy that makes in inhospitable for bacteria, but won't work on a yeast infection.

  26. QUESTION:
    Anyone know a natural way to cure a dogs ear infection?
    I have a dog that gets chronic ear infections. Would like to know if anyone has a home remedy to either prevent them or cure them.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast is easily controlled with either rubbing alcohol or white vinegar or a combination of the two. I prefer rubbing alcohol. If you clean the dogs ears with it a couple of times a week the yeast (infections) will not regrow.

  27. 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.

  28. QUESTION:
    does anyone know any home remedies for a dog who has a yeast infection in their ears?
    our female english mastiff has an ear infection, and we want to know if there are home remedies or herbs we can use to clear it up, not something expensive we have to get through a vet or some website, something we can buy at a store and use at home.

    • ANSWER:
      since it is a yeast infection..don't laugh, it really works..monistat or any other feminine yeast product will work on your dogs ears! it has essentially the same basic ingredients as the mometomax that your vet will prescribe.

      no treatment will work however if you don't take precautionary steps to preventing another infection. first, clean the ear well with an ear solution (from pet store) and cotton balls. apply some of the monistat into the ear canal and massage the ear thoroughly (you want the medicine deep into the ear). clean and apply med once daily until a significant imporvement is seen, then move to once every other day, and ween off like that.. yest is caused by moist dark places, so do everything within your power to keep your pup's ears dey.

      good luck hope this helps :)

  29. 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.

  30. QUESTION:
    Can you safely give aspirin to an adult dog.?
    Merle is 10yrs old and weighs 100lbs. He has an ear infection. Yeast infection in his left ear. I appreciate any advice or home remedies, and Merle thanks you too.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, dogs can take aspirin. But it should be children's aspirin. Never give a dog Tylenol. I would also ask the vet how many children's aspirin you should give your dog while your there getting the ear infection treated.

  31. 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..

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

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

  33. QUESTION:
    How to cure a dog's ear infection?
    Natural remedies to cure a dog's ear infection. Have read about vinegar, garlic salt, alcohol, etc. Not sure if any of these would work.

    • ANSWER:
      maybe this will help you out.

      http://pethealth.petwellbeing.com/wiki/Dog_Ear_Infections

      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1591&aid=273

      or it could be a yeast infection in your dog's ear. this link tells you exactly what to do if it is a yeast infection.

      http://www.dog-health-guide.org/yeastinfectionindogear.html

  34. QUESTION:
    what to do for a dog with an ear infection?
    My dog has an ear infection, and I really don't want to spend a hundred just to go to the vet and have them diagnose it. Is there a good over the counter cream or drop that I can get from Petsmart, without having to go to the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      No, there are no over-the-counter remedies for ear infections. You are going to have to take him to the vet to be properly diagnosed and to get the right medication to eradicate whatever is causing the infection.

      You don't even know what you are trying to treat, so how would you be able to guess what medication the dog needs? Is it a yeast infection? A bacterial infection? If it's bacterial, which antibiotic will actually get rid of it? What if it isn't even an infection? What if it's an allergic reaction, or something in the ear, etc.?

      You need a vet for this one.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy that can be used to treat a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    I know it isn't mites because I have treated him several times and he still scratches at his ear. I've checked for anything unusual such as a tick or an abrasion.

    • ANSWER:
      I researched the internet and found a recipe of water and vinegar 50:50. It didn't work. I went to the vet's to get Ottomax. That works much better. Ask your vet.

  36. QUESTION:
    my dog has really dry bad skin, its a yeast infection or the mange or something, how do i get rid of it?
    we was taking her to the vet but the bill got a lil high for my income. my mom and sister keep trying these made up home remedies, like washing her with tresemme giving her benedryl. bt she isnt getting better, she's getting worse. And it doesnt make it better that they feed her table food all the time, yes she is a mixed breed dog, bt her skin is so sensative i dnt think she should be eating everything and doing all these human things. i need alot of help, they wont listen to me.

    • ANSWER:
      She needs to see a vet. Home remedies don't work in cases where you don't even know what the problem is, and shouldn't be done without a vet's guidance anyway.

  37. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies to get my dogs fur to grow back?
    My son sprayed some orange glow (furniture polish) on my dog and now his fur is falling out and he has a couple of scabs on his skin. Could this be a "chemical burn" or possibly mange? What are some home remedies that I can use to help him grow his fur back? Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      As soon as something like that happens to your dog you should immediately give him a bath using soap made for dogs or dish soap (if you have no dog soap). Never use human soap or shampoo, or flea soap.

      I would also take him to the vet to make sure it isn't mange, a skin yeast infection, an allergy, a hot spot, or anything else. Depending on what it is, they vet might give you antibiotics, steroids (in cream or pill form), or an ointment. Or the vet might recommend what you should put on it. They make special antibiotic ointment for dogs that is safe if the dog licks it (although if you can you want to keep your dog from licking the spot so that it can heal). I put plain human triple antibiotic ointment on my dog if he gets a cut or something from hiking. When his ears or nose get dry in the winter I use Bag Balm.

      Finally, I would keep the chemicals locked up where kids and dogs can't get to them.

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

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

  39. QUESTION:
    My dog has yeasty ear infections?
    Does anyone know what home remedies I can use for my Cocker spaniels ear infections? They are yeast infections. Can I use over the counter vaginal yeast cream? I have spent hundreds at the vet (several different ones over the years) and they dont seem to understand that this problem is recurring. I cannot give my dog three ear washed every day, plus steroids year round. I need a good, safe home remedy.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you looked at the dog's diet? Most reoccurring yeast infections are caused from allergies or sensitivities to foods. This includes treats too. Has a thyroid test been done to rule out hypothyroidism? Has a culture been done to rule out secondary bacterial infection? Have you talked to your vet about oral ketoconizole? It's something that has worked on my springer along with a diet change. I've tried the vaginal creme but it didn't work as Canida (human yeast) is different then Malassezia (dog yeast). I use a combination of ketoconizole, hypoallergenic diet, and an acidic based ear wash to keep this in check on my dog. It is a constant battle once the yeast issue turns chronic which is common in many spaniel breeds.

  40. QUESTION:
    What home remedy can I use to treat my dogs ear infection?
    I have a yellow lab that has a small ear infection. While I am more than willing to go to the vet, is there any cheap over the counter remedy that I can use to treat, obviously if it does not improve then would take to the vet, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You really need to go to a vet straight up. If there is a yeast or bacterial infection, the dog really needs medicated (antibiotic/antifungal) ear drops to clear it up. The other thing with ear infections is that it's important to check that a/ there is nothing down the ear that has triggered the infection (e.g. a grass seed) and that the ear drum is not damaged in anyway. If there's something down the ear, then the infection's not going to go away regardless of what it is treated with. If the ear drum is damaged, you have to be very, very careful about anything that is put in the ear- some products, even veterinary ear drops, can lead to problems such as deafness if they are put down the ear canal and are able to pass through into the middle/inner ear.

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

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

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

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

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

  42. 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.

  43. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for a dog with an ear infection?
    I have a rat terrier mix and she is already on 2 types of medication for seizures but she has an ear infection. I was wondering if there is a safe home remedy cure because the vet is expensive and it doesn't help when they try to rip you off. Any safe remedies?

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the type of ear infection.
      If it is a yeast infection then you can use an over the counter "feminine" yeast infection product. Just a small amount (like a pea size) and rub it into ears, also clean out the ear gunk (will be brownish/reddish and SMELLY) with q-tips.

      If it is just a basic ear infection you can squirt a little diluted vinegar (50/50 vinegar to water) into the ear and then clean it out with q-tips.

      If it's ear mites then check at your local pet store or grocery store and there should be an over the counter medication that's about .

      I would also suggest calling and asking the vet what at home remedies they would recommend, sometimes they can help and will understand the financial strain.

      GOOD LUCK!!!

      This has more on the vinegar remedy...http://www.seefido.com/online-dog-vet/html/ear_infections.htm

      ----edit-----

      Looking for a safe less expensive alternative to help your pet does not mean you love them any less. Also, just because you could 'afford' them in the beginning doesn't mean you always will be able to, sh*t happens, there is no shame in finding an alternative it does not make you any less of a responsible dog owner.

  44. 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...

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

    • ANSWER:
      Steroids are about the worst medication for both dogs and humans. However, many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better and earn their money at all cost even if it is just a temporary fix or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including chronic skin problems.

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

      If your dog has been on steroids, subsequent skin problems are most likely secondary skin infections resulting from steroid use, bacterial or fungal. For any skin infection I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

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

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

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

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

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

  46. QUESTION:
    What can be done for a dog that has stepped on a bee?
    It's almost midnight Friday,(no vets available) and our dog came in limping and licking his paw. When I tried to check it, a bee flew up from it. We can't find the stinger,but it still seems to be hurting.

    • ANSWER:
      Remove the stinger with tweezers. Or scrape out the stinger, moving parallel to the skin surface, to reduce the chance of pumping more venom into the dog�s skin.

      * Bathe the stung area with a solution of baking soda and water.

      * Immediately apply ice packs to reduce swelling (lining the pack with cloth or a thin towel). Do this frequently for 5 minutes at a time.

      * One way to treat bee stings is to give the dog Benadryl (diphenhydramine) by mouth. Typical dosages: for cats and dogs under 30 pounds, give 10 mg...dogs 30 to 50 pounds, give 25 mg...dogs over 50 pounds, give 50 mg. Use only the plain Benadryl formula.

      * A swollen muzzle often indicates a bee sting.

      * Stings and bites can cause severe reactions. If there is major swelling, or the animal seems disoriented, sick or has trouble moving or breathing, go to the vet immediately. Even if your pet seems fine, watch him carefully for 24 hours.

      * Dogs with short and thin fur are more prone to spider bites and scorpion stings. The venom can be very dangerous.

      Remedies for Various Skin Ailments:

      * Some ways to soothe insect bites, hot spots, and other skin conditions:

      ** Dab with milk of magnesia to calm irritated skin.

      ** Aloe vera from plants and creams. Apply gel directly on the spot. Or dilute with water, put it in a spray bottle and spray it on the spot.

      ** Dab with organic apple cider vinegar.

      ** Saturate a cotton ball with witch hazel and apply on hot spots for several days.

      ** Apply a mixture of baking soda and water to the affected areas. This also helps soothe itchy human skin in case you, too, have a sting, rash or poison ivy.

      ** Epsom salt: mix 1 teaspoon in 2 cups of warm water for drawing out infection and bathing itchy paws and skin.

      ** Combine 3 capsules of sage, 1/4 teaspoon of Epsom salts and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Cool to room temperature, then strain out the sage. Store in a spray bottle or jar in the refrigerator to keep fresh. Apply to the affected area several times a day.

      ** Emu oil is a natural, soothing substance that helps treat canine skin ailments such as ringworm, flea bites, bee stings, rashes, hot spots and lacerations. Apply on the affected area.

      ** Aveeno. Mix a package of Aveeno oatmeal bath powder with 2 cups of water, wet the dog down with cool water, then apply the Aveeno mix. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse off with cool water and towel dry.

      ** Petkin Reliefstick, which comes packaged like a stick deodorant. It contains natural ingredients to cool the skin as well as reduce redness and swelling and promote healing -- plus a safe licking deterrent.

      ** Petroleum jelly or Bag Balm � use either to seal in moisture. Also excellent for chaffed paw pads.

      ** Brewers yeast: one pill for every 10 pounds of the dog�s weight; just add the pills into the dog�s food.

      .

  47. QUESTION:
    how much does it take to treat ear infection for dog?
    Just like the question, how much does it usually take to treat an ear infection for dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends where you go. There is the office visit, some places require you be current on a rabies vaccine before you are seen, so you may have to get that. In order to find out what type of ear infection is going on you will need to do an ear cytology. This will allow the yeast or bacteria that is in the ears to be seen under a microscope. THERE IS NO WAY TO FIND OUT 100% WHAT IT IS BY JUST LOOKING AT THE EAR. Medication depends on what you find, usually it's some type of ointment and an ear wash. You will need to recheck in about 2 weeks to make sure the infection is gone and the medication does not need to be switched. Usually ear infections are a sign of allergies, so don't be surprised if they find anything else wrong w/ the skin and want to send home antibiotics. You do not want to wait for it to "get better on it's own" IT WON'T. Do not wait too long because if the infection is severe enough and the dog is shaking his head like crazy you may have an ear hematoma on your hands. That is MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE to treat, basically it's a broken blood vessel in the pinna of the ear (floppy part) and has to be treated surgically. Also, you do not want to apply any of the over the counter stuff-won't work. Do NOT apply water, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, or any "home remedy" that will just cause further irritation to the ear. Depending on where you go it may run from -0. Also, good idea to get your dog up to date on vaccines and heartworm test and prevention if not already on this. Pets are not cheap and if people cannot afford minimal care on them they should think twice before aquiring an animal.

  48. QUESTION:
    Puppy's ears are a little smelly, there is brown spotting, and she scratches. Is it an infection? ?
    My 6 month old bichon (doggy with floppy ears) has had the above symptoms. I know that these are possibly symptoms of an ear infection or ear mites but my bf thinks I'm overreacting. He doesn't think her ears are that smelly and thinks the gunk in there is just ear wax. She does scratch her ears a bit but she scratches in general. The stuff in her ears looks very oily and is a dark brownish-burgundy color. Am I worrying too much?
    To clarify, there isn't that much stuff in her ears. There is a bit of dark spotting in the immediately visible areas and lighter, oilier stuff inside.
    I took the little baby to the vet today and it turns out that she has a yeast infection. Thanks for the help, everyone!

    • ANSWER:
      dogs with floppy ears tend to get yeast infections in their ears. call the vet for a check up and medicine. but you will have to keep his ears cleaned out or it will happen again. you can buy ear cleaner over the counter to keep them clean after you get the infection taken care of, but you must take care of the infection first because it will get worse, be painful for your dog, and cost allot to cure when it gets out of hand. google "yeast infection in dogs ears" and you might find how to make a remedy yourself to save money.

  49. QUESTION:
    How to treat/get rid of yeast on a dog?
    I have 2, three year old dachshund's. One has a very bad smell all the time. The vet said it was yeast and to give her Benadryl for itching and bath her 3 times a week. This is not working. If someone knows how to remedy this, for God's sakes please help us. This dog is such a smart, and sweet dog that needs to smell better. She has lost a lot of hair, due to scratching.
    I have taken her to two vets. One said, change her food and offered some extremely expensive medicine that we could not afford. The second vet gave us some "prescribed" liquid bathing soap and said to give her the benydryl for itching. We have followed both of their suggestions and Lil Bit still has dry skin, most of her hair is gone from her legs and under body and neck area. I just wish there was someone out there that would see this post and give us the answer for relief for her and the odor it causes in our house.

    • ANSWER:
      For your dog's fungal infection I recommend an effective old time remedy - a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

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

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

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

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. When there is just a small area to cover like in the case of ringworm I prefer the latter.

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

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


dogs yeast infection remedies

Causes Of Dog Itching

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What shampoo works best for dogs with fleas?
    I Was wondering cause my dog keeps itching but i give her baths and then she keeps itching and she has like dandruf but idk what to do or what shampoo to use.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you actually seen fleas on her, or do you just keep washing her because she itches? If you haven't actually seen fleas, then the cause of her itching is probably dry skin caused by over-bathing her. Get her a good flea control product from your vet, and stop washing her for a while.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  4. QUESTION:
    I am a dog sitter and I watched a lady's dog who kept scratching and lost its hair, now she wants her money ba?
    She told me her dog has allergies when she dropped her off I did not cause her dog to itch and scratch her self, she said she wanted her money refunded even though I watched her dog for 3 weeks, she said she was going to take it to the vet but hasn't
    She said she would take me to court! I have watch a dozen dogs and none of them ever had this problem, it is the dog who was itching not my fault!
    Am I obligated to give her money back?

    • ANSWER:
      it is not your fault the dog has allergies but it was your responsibility to keep the dog health. The dog has allergies and you could of asked us like you did this question. It would have saved alot of trouble for everyone. That poor dog though got the worst. I hope her hair grows back. As far as giving her money back I don't think you should have to because the owner should have given you something to help the dog with her allergies she didn't get them overnight. U both were in the wrong. Just chalk it up to a lesson learned

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

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

  6. QUESTION:
    Can certain foods cause a dog to itch?
    For example: molasses in dog bisquits. The itch is not from fleas and there is no visible rash. I am just suspicious of the bisquits because it seemed to have started at the approximate same time as my giving him the new bisquits.

    • ANSWER:
      Some dogs are in fact hypoallergenic. My black lab is allergic to plastic and possibly other things. since I have changed my dog's food to boiled chicken(or duck) with rice and veggies I have noticed that his doggy acne has gone away...my vet is pleased...he's even offered me a job I start next week...SOOO HAPPY

  7. QUESTION:
    Besides an infection what could cause a dog to have an itchy ear?
    I've looked up all the symptoms of inner, middle, and outer ear infections, also the symptoms of possible tumors in the ear canal, but my dog doesn't have any of those symptoms.

    There is no smell at all from the ear, and not a drop of discharge or any visible sign of irritation.

    My dog is itching his ear a lot though, really digging into it with his back foot, and through out the day he will tilt his head like his ear is bothering him.

    What else besides infection or tumor could be causing this?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you know the difference between itching and scratching? Do you mean scratching?? Could be a sub-dermal infection, or tiny, tiny, ear mites.

  8. QUESTION:
    Do dogs get hot spots that make them loose hair?
    Lot's of dogs chew and scratch on certain ares of their body's , I heard somewhere it may have to do with ( hot spots ) So im curious as to what they are and what may cause em and if their is a remedy to relieve it . This has nothing to do with my dog a buddy mentioned to me about his dog itching and scratching to the point of the hair falling out around that area and something called ( hot spots ) on their body's . So any information would be appreciated so i can tell him about what it is .

    • ANSWER:
      Yes and the rapidity in which it happened what surprising. I first noticed a tiny clump of sticky hair on head which I spot washed and thought nothing more of it. By the morning it had spread half way down the side of his head, was showing discomfort by itching and taken straight to the vet.

      He was prescribed two types of oral antibiotics, hibiscrub wash (did nothing but regardless of washing affected area twice a day as advised) hair fell out in small clumps steroid injection and topical cream to replace the scrub by local vet and swab taken. The next day he was taken in to have his short hair shaved off under anesthetic down one side of his head to reduce moisture from infection being held close to the skin.

      Picture not pretty and taken before it worsened.
      http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm191…

      The diagnosis was confirmed as an idiopathic hot spot and of all the treatments given, shaving the hair and antibiotics produced the best result.

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  10. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a dog to be allergic to another dogs coat?
    I take my german shepherd every once in a while to play with an american bulldog. The american bulldog's owner told me that her dog stayed itching himself all night long after it played with my dog. My dog is free from fleas & ticks. The other dog is also free from fleas & ticks. Someone mentioned dogs can be allergic to other dogs coats. Is this possible?

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmm. A German Shepherd has a double coat. I would seem possible that allergens or pollen could adhere to the undercoat or to the outer coat. So, I guess my answer would be that the other dog could be allergic to something that is on the shepherd's coat, but not to the coat itself.

      It the shepherd goes for walks in any wooded area or rolls in the grass etc, then pollen could easily be found on the coat.

      My son' s dog is allergic to spruce pollen and he lives in Alaska. There are spruce trees all over the place up there.

      Pollen or allergens could cause a skin reaction or a nasal/cough type reaction depending on whether it was breathed in or rubbed onto the skin.

  11. QUESTION:
    Why do anal glands cause my dog to itch?
    My dog has been itching his back excessively and the vet says that it is due to an anal gland problem. He got them cleared today and he is still itching. My question is why does an anal gland cause this itching?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh, those pesky anal glands! Has your dog been very constipated or had some diarrhea? Anal glands are exactly waht they sound like. Small glands on eihter side of the anus that secrete an oily material with an odor unique to your dog and the species. When dogs sniff other dogs' butts, this is what they are actually doing - making sure it's another dog, and checking to see if they recognize this dog.

      The anal glands are emptied naturally when a dog defecates. But if he has constipation or diarrhea, the pressure put on the glands is uneven or inadequate and secretions build up, causing itching. You'll see dogs scoot on their butts.

      Some dogs just have pesky glands that either don't drain properly no matter what or produce more than they can excrete the usual way, and they have to be manually emptied or "expressed". If your dig falls into this category, your vet will show you how to do it and that will save you paying for a vet visit every other month.

      His butt should settle down over the next few days and then you might see him scooting again in a few weeks when the pressure builds. With one of my dogs, her scooting is enough pressure to help them drain (and no, they don't drain on the carpet - the pressure starts the secretions moving but not all over the carpet - and she controls it herself. Your vet will have to check it a couple of times to be able to help you assess what has to be done and how often.

  12. QUESTION:
    How can I make my dog stop itching?
    My puppy is constantly itching himself. We've taken him to the vet and it's not fleas. She said it may just be dry skin, and to put fish oil in his food. So we did, but he is still itching. I think it might be allergies. But i don't know. What can I do to make my poor dog stop itching?? He's miserable!

    • ANSWER:
      I would try switching his food because this itching could very well be caused by a food allergy. When looking for a food you want to stay away from by-products, ground yellow corn, and any artificial flavors or colors.

      Nutro makes an excellent food. No ground yellow corn, which is a filler and a big allergen among pups. No by-products, which can include heads, feet and intestines. Nutro also has the highest levels of essential fatty acids (Omega 3 & 6) to help promote healthy skin and coat and also reduce shedding. They are actually the only company that I know of the guarantees healthy skin & coat. And all of their foods are 100% guaranteed! So give it a few weeks, if you don’t notice a difference, return the food (with your receipt), and get your money back.

      Hope this helps!

  13. QUESTION:
    How can I stop dog itching so much?
    I have a 7 month old Shut tzu dog and her itching of her coat is unreal. I keep her groomed and she does not have fleas. I try to feed her an organic diet and I just cant understand what is causing this. The natural baths once a week or two does help. I use the natural oatmeal and Aloe bath formula.I want to remidy this situation as natural and chemical free as posible. Any suggestions??

    • ANSWER:
      Does the organic diet include any grains? Wheat is a common canine allergen. Make certain her diet is competely grain-free.

  14. QUESTION:
    Are dry scaly patches on dogs the mange and what causes it?
    What causes dogs to have mange?

    • ANSWER:
      Dry scaly patches are often mange. Of course, there are two different types of mange....demodectic and sarcoptic. Demodectic usually occurs in younger dogs and doesn't usually cause severe itching even though there will still be hair loss. It is not contagious. Sarcoptic mange is very contagious and will cause lots of scratching and chewing, as well as hair loss.

      Only a veterinarian can diagnose mange and suggest a good treatment plan. If you suspect your dog has mange, please take him to the vet as soon as possible. Here is a website where you can read more about both types of mange.

      http://www.sniksnak.com/doghealth/mange.html

  15. QUESTION:
    What could be causing my dogs severe itching?
    I have an 11 year old dog named Murphy. For a while now, he's been itching really bad. Sometimes he scratches so hard it makes him cry.

    He doesn't have any hair loss, scabs, red skin, or anything like that. His coat and skin looks perfectly normal. What could be causing this?
    I'm 100% sure it's not fleas. I brush him every day, and none of my other pets are itching.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get him into the vet to rule out any health issue that could be causing it. Have a geriatric blood panel done and include a free T4 to check his thyroid.

      If everything checks out, it could be allergies to either something in the environment or his food. Have you been using any new cleaners or carpet treatments/powders in the last few months? If no, you could do a food trial with him. Get him a good grain free diet with a novel protein such as rabbit , duck, or venison. Wellness, Diamond ( free of corn, soy and wheat) Taste of The Wild or Earthborn are all good to try. Feed him nothing but the new food ( no treats, table scraps etc) for 3 weeks and see if there is any change. Also adding an omega-3 supplement to his food could help.

  16. QUESTION:
    I think my dog might be allergic to his collar help?
    I noticed a few weeks ago that my dog was itching himself really hard to the point where he ended up making his chest raw. I took his collar off him because I think it might be why he's itching. This didn't happen with his old collar but when ever I put his collar back on he starts itching again. Is he allergic to the metal from his tags? What should I do so that he stops itching? I can't have him walking around without tags or a collar! Please,please help me

    thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      First point would be, make sure to microchip him. Next, you just have to experiment to find out what's causing the itch. Wash the collar and tags thoroughly, then try the collar alone for a few days, then add the tags, etc. If it's the collar, try another fabric or leather. A rolled leather collar is thin but strong and may be the best solution here. Brass may be better than nickel for clasps, etc. Take a couple of weeks to address the problem and I'm sure you'll find a workable solution.

  17. QUESTION:
    I believe my dog is allergic to grass. Has anyone heard of rubbing sulfur on a dog to stop the itching?
    An allergy test cost 9. A coworker said she used sulfur on her dog for itching and it helped.

    • ANSWER:
      from experience with dog allergies i have one right now a dog an akita which i had tested it cost me closer to 0 but it really helped me to find the cause of the itching you might think it is grass but it can likely be the food you are feeding him which i found out. a few things i found were my dog is allergic to wheat oats many types of grass trees fleas ants turkey chicken and many more . if you do the testing now i know it cost alot but it will save you money in the long run because you will be at the vet all the time they will charge your visit a different med every time trust me i learned the hard way hopefully you can afford to get this done it will be very helpful. i wish you the best of luck with you dog

  18. QUESTION:
    What kind of sicknessess on dogs causes bumps and itching along their body?
    My moms dog has bumps all over his body and is itching really bad. Their was only a few on his left side when i noticed them around 10 this morning now at 2:14 60% of him has them. I dont know if dogs can get chicken pox or what it is. Does anybody know what kind of sicknessess causes these symptoms on dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a staph infection. Needs to go to the vet.

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

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

  20. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my dog has fleas?
    My dog has been itching himself more than usual lately (the last week or so), but I never considered fleas until today. I noticed that he has little white things on his black fur. I can't tell if they're moving or not. Are fleas white? Can you see them with the naked eye? Can a groomer take care of the fleas, or do I need to take him to the vet? He's never had fleas before. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Fleas are black, and their dirts (poos) are also black. Their eggs and larvae are microscopic; you can't see them.

      These white specks are likely to be flakes of skin (dandruff) caused by any number of skin conditions. To find out if he has fleas, run a flea comb through his fur, particularly around the belly, neck and armpits. Look at the fur on the comb; does it have any black specks on it? These are flea dirts. You can also comb over wet white paper; flea dirts turn red when wetted.

      You do need to get flea treatment from a vets. From what I've heard, groomers only seem to use flea shampoos, which don't work. You need proper treatment like Frontline, Advantage, Advocate or Revolution.

      It's a good idea to treat your dog regularly. If it isn't fleas, you definitely need to get him to a vet to find out what's causing the scratching; it could be mites, hormonal imbalances, allergies - many things!

      Chalice

  21. QUESTION:
    Can any1 suggest a good antibiotic cream or spray i can use on my dog to treat a cut?
    The cut is on the dogs back and i think anything ii'm using is just causing my dog to scratch the area and this is causing bleeding.

    • ANSWER:
      buy a medicated shampoo and clean the area as and when needed you can buy a medicated shampoo with calamine in it to help prevent itching.

  22. QUESTION:
    is it bad to put calagesic lotion on my dog for his itching?
    I know there are some things you can put on your dog to stop itching.
    I have already taken him to the vet. Right when I got him . He has scabies and miss being treated with this medication called revolution. The medication is suppose to kill the scabies but it doesn't treat his scabs or welts. I need an answer to my question not advice on how to take care of my own dog. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      It would be far better to find out why he is itching and deal with the problem, not its symptom. Take him to the vet for an examination.

      EDIT: If you had bothered to mention in your badly-phrased question that the dog was already being treated, you would have received a more helpful response. The itching is caused by his allergic reaction to the proteins in the skin, saliva and feces of the mites. You could try an oral antihistamine such as Benadryl or, better still, Claritin, but check with your vet for dosage as you don't mention your dog's size. If your vet is 100% sure this is sarcoptic mange, you could try an oral steroid to help with the itching. Again, check with your vet as a steroid would make demodetic mange much worse. The problem with Calagesic is that the dog would lick it off. You would be better off using a pramoxine spray (same ingredient but more easily applied and absorbed) which is available from your vet, but the relief is only temporary.

      Finally, next time you post, provide some more information about your dog, i.e. size, age, breed (Revolution could make a Border Collie or Australian Shepherd very sick), and what the veterinary diagnosis is. You will get much better answers

  23. QUESTION:
    What causes the dogs to kick their legs in certain spots?
    Every dog I have come in contact with has had an itch spot where if you itch it, the dog starts kicking it's leg. What causes this?

    • ANSWER:
      It is caused by an excited nerve. Rather like when someone tickles your foot by firmly swiping one finger down the length of the bottom of your foot, you twitch because a nerve was excited by the finger swipe.
      Cat`

  24. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural remedies for my dogs skin?
    My dog has recently been itching and chewing on his back but we haven't seen any fleas or bumps. We have been spraying bitter tasting spray where he chews and we've been putting medicine on the spots he itches and chews but nothing is working. He's had baths, vet trips, and medicine but now we are looking for natural remedies that will help his skin.

    • ANSWER:
      It would help if you knew what was causing the itching in the first place. It's pretty important. What does your vet say is causing it?

      Dogs can have allergies to food, their environment and of course fleas.

      If your dog has seasonal allergies then you can buy a really good natural product that you mix with water and cider vinegar. I think it's called Itch Relief. I use it on my dog in Spring and Summer and it works well. Just spray it 2-3 times a day. You can buy it online from http://www.holisticanimalmedicines.com/

      They ship worldwide I believe but if you have a holistic vet in your area they should be able to mix you up something just the same.

      If your dog is starting to get scabs and is still itching then more than likely he will have an infection too and that has to be treated by the vet with antibiotics. They will take a skin scraping to let you know what's going on. I hope it doesn't get to that stage because then you have two problems to deal with.

      Good luck!

  25. QUESTION:
    How do I make my dog stop chewing on her paws?
    My dog chews on her paws constantly. Everytime we leave her alone for a minute she is chewing/licking her paws. When we leave her alone for hours at a time she chews on her paws and slobers on everything. We have tryed cleaning her paws, putting a bad tasting spray on her paws, and most recently muzzling her, but nothing helps. Is this separation anxiety? What can we do to make her stop chewing on her paws?

    • ANSWER:
      several reasons why a dog would do that:

      - boredom: does she have toys, challenging activities during the day, enough exercise?

      - allergy: my dog does that in the summer, and she now takes allergy medication for it.

      - eczema: how does it look? is the hair off? is it red?

      - parasite dermatitis (flea, tick, mosquitoe) but that would be also on the rest of teh body - not just paws.

      no one can tell you exactly why your dog does that, you need to go to a vet for a real diagnosis.
      all 4 options above are not life-threatening situations, but it would be great for your dog to see a vet because your dog can create a wound by focusing in one spot, and paws are easily accessible for infections (walk in the park, streets etc)

      good luck!

      here is what I found online:

      Although several skin conditions can cause a dog to lick her feet, allergies are commonly at the root of this behavior. Airborne allergens cause atopic dermatitis (or atopy) in dogs. Basically this means that the pollens and molds that cause stuffy noses, sneezing, and respiratory problems in people make dogs itch. Atopic dermatitis is marked by excessive licking, biting, or scratching of the paws, face, armpits, and groin. Plant pollens, molds, dander, dust mites, and even smoke can cause a dog to itch. Some of these allergens are seasonal, but if your dog is allergic to lots of different plant pollens and molds that are present during different seasons, her allergic reactions may span the entire year.

      A veterinarian will have to determine if your dog suffers from atopy, a food allergy, or some other skin condition. If atopic allergies are the cause, possible treatments include antihistamines, steroids, and hypoallergenic injections ("allergy shots").

  26. QUESTION:
    How do I treat for fleas (without poison) with a 6 month old baby in house?
    I noticed my dogs itching about a week ago, treated them with Frontline but began to feel fleas on my legs this afternoon (YUCK!). I really prefer to avoid using the flea-house-bomb things..... PLEASE HELP.

    • ANSWER:
      First let me tell you that I own a pest control company and what I will recommend is the complete treatment that should help you completely get rid of the fleas. I understand your hesitation about using chemicals, but the fleas are a bigger concern than the products that I recommend. Everything that I recommend is commercial strength and I use it regularly.

      First, treat the pet with Capstar. This is a pill that you get from the vet that will kill all of the fleas that get on the animal for the first 24 hours. Second, use either Frontline or Advantage, these can also be purchased from the vet. Frontline can be used on pets 12 weeks old or older. Advantage can be used on animals as young as 6 weeks. If the pet is old enough for either product, switch back and forth between the two. One month use one, the next use the other. The reason I recommend this is that there are two main types of fleas that infest pets. One product works better on the first type and the other product works better on the second type. By using both, you make sure you have covered all your bases.

      Once the pet has been treated, you must treat your home and yard. The best products to do this would include not only a killing agent, but also a sterilization agent. Inside, I would use Ultracide, if you can get it. (Many on line sites sell it.) Follow the instructions on the label! Wash all animal’s bedding and vacuum frequently. Throw out the vacuum bag or dump the catch container after every vacuuming. You can never vacuum too much! DO NOT STEAM CLEAN YOUR RUGS! This can hatch flea eggs and make your problem worse.

      Outside I would use Demon WP mixed with Gentrol or Nylar, carefully following label instructions. Treat the entire yard, paying special attention to under bushes and low hanging branches. Most of these products can be bought at any Do-It-Yourself Pest Control company either on line or in a store.

      Treating your house and yard is just as important as treating the pet!

      It is also very important to stay away from the grocery store or box store products like Zodiac or Hartz. Many of these products can cause severe allergic reactions in animals.

  27. 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.

  28. QUESTION:
    What causes a dog to get a yeast infection all over her body?
    She lost her hair.Her skin felt like elephant skin.She couldn't stop itching.
    I took her to the vet but they gave me no specific reason she may have got this infection or what may have caused it.

    • ANSWER:
      There are certain breeds that are predisposed to this disease such as cocker spaniels , basset hounds, and dachshund. It is usually caused by conditions of high humidity, and temperature, your dog could have a hypersensitive condition such as allergies especially food allergies, there could be defects in the normal way the skin sheds making it more susceptible for a yeast infection, certain hormonal diseases also could contribute to this as well it could also be a genetic predisposition. It would be important to rule out allergies because it is likely to recur if the cause of the allergies are not determined. Just to note yeast infections are not diagnosed by skin scrapings but by impression smears from the skin.

  29. QUESTION:
    Could my dogs possibly be alleric to wheat?
    My dog tends to itch alot but the other one does'nt.Could he be allergic to the wheat bread we give him every morning?

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely! The most common allergies for dogs are wheat, corn, soy & beef. Interestingly, those are the same ingredients that often cause a problem & recall for dog food & treats. So, if you stay away from those things, you'll be safer all around.

      There are good website that tell you how to read a dog food label. Basically, you want the first ingredient to be a meat source & not in "meal" form (that means they bought it from someone else that processed it...and who knows for what & when!) The second can be meal, since that would be that they processed it & now it is meal.

      Then, you want to stay away from things that are just "filler". Like wheat and corn...or maybe other grains.

      Hope that helps some!

      My doggie has allergies too! We stay away from the items mentioned & only shampoo with Oatmeal (gentle, non-perfume) shampoo.

  30. QUESTION:
    How long will it take before a cortisone shot helps with my dogs itching?
    My dog got a cortisone shot today around 12pm and he's still itching. When will it start working?

    • ANSWER:
      For me the bigger question would be, will it help? Vets often resort to cortisone and steroids when they haven't a clue as to what is causing the problem. Was yours diagnosed with anything in particular? What are all the symptoms? Does the dog have hair loss? Blackened skin? Red areas? Rash? All dogs react differently so no one can offer you any answer other than how long, perhaps, their dog took to respond but again - you'll get a more helpful response if you offer more information.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can Ol' Roy dog food cause dogs tohave allergic reactions like itching and chewing theirselves?
    The pet store near me said that alot of dogs that eat ol' roy dog food have been having allergic reactions from it, like chewing theirselves and itching and scratching. My dog is doing the same thing and he said it is the dog food and the dog food company is in big trouble because they are putting dead animals in their food. Is this all true?

    • ANSWER:
      Consuming the right food is vital for your health. You can try supplementing your diet with acai berry, it's not solely a widely tested and acknowledged weight loss compound, it's a superfood too. There's a risk free trial available at http://rikump.fatfreestore.info I have been using it for 2 weeks now and it is definitely having an effect!!

  32. QUESTION:
    What is making my dog itch like crazy?
    I have a 10 year old Pom mix, and he is itching like crazy. I've tried a cortisone shot, and he is now on Benadryl, but nither have helped, in fact I think the cortisone made it worse.

    I'm on SSI and I can't afford to take him to the vet until the 1st.

    What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Typically Cortisone and benedryl should cool them down. A prednisone pack which is inexpensive should work. Sometimes dogs are very allergic to fleas, . . so one bite can really cause a flare up.
      Start your dog on Omega 3 dietary supplements (gel pills). You can stick some cream cheese on it so he'll swallow it gladly. Do it daily . . it's good for their system. and does help. Also you can make some tea and apply the liquid to affected areas if he's scratching certain areas raw. It also works to cool down skin. There is also a salve you can get called animax and it contains anti-inflammatory medicine combined with antibiotic if he has raw spots.(requires prescription). But if you have had your dog in to the vet's a couple of times and you're not getting any satisfaction from the remedies, you might consult the desk there and ask if they can give you a break or give you a different prescription and waive an office visit, as it's a financial burden at this time. The worst they can do is say no. Some times they'll hand out medications free of charge.

      But I do think you need to talk to the vets office staff and let them know your dog is still suffering while letting them know you're strapped.

  33. QUESTION:
    Staffordshire Terrier that constantly itches?
    Any remedies to stop the dog itching? have been to the vet but they do not have a solution. Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog may have allergies. They could be environmental or food. Talk to your vet about giving your dog benadryl (what the dose would be). There's also a hydrocortizone for dogs.

      If your dog has food allergies, the usual suspects are wheat and corn. You want to feed your dog a diet to promote a healthy coat and get rid of the dry skin. The itchy skin can lead to secondary problems like yeast ear infections and bacterial skin infections.

      Feed your dog the highest quality dog food you can afford...make sure it's wheat and corn free. You usually can't get these at you major department store...you have to get them at a dog food store or a feed store.

      Add an Omega 3 fatty acid to your dogs diet. Fish oil or flax seed oil are great sources. If you buy fish oil at a dog food store, read the label...I've found some that contain wheat products. I will also buy human grade from a pharmacy if it's on sale or clearance.

      Wash your dog with a oatmeal shampoo, don't over bathe, this too can cause dry skin. Bathing once a month is fine...well unless your dog like to roll around on fish carcases (I had a dog that did that at least once a week).

      Make sure you brush your dog at least once a week. It will help dispel loose hairs and help distribute the natural oils.

  34. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of my dogs itch and smell?
    My dog constantly bites everywhere on herself; her back, tail, legs, belly. She scratches and bites so much she causes herself to go bald in some spots (shes a pommeranian). On top of that, my mom says she can smell a foul oder coming from the dog. How can i stop the scratching and smell??

    • ANSWER:
      dogs dont like 2 bathe but just giv her a thorough bath!!! use as much soap n shampoo (dog ones r seperate) as possible!! giv her a bath evry 4-5 days 4 nearly 2-3 weeks!! den start givin her a bath once every 8-10 days!!! if d smell n itchin dont go away by dis consult a vet!!! perfectly normal thin !! nuthin 2 worry abt!!!
      hope dis works!!

  35. QUESTION:
    What are the most common external parasites dogs can get?
    I am rather curious as to what other parasites dogs can pick up, besides fleas, ticks, and mites. I noticed something on my dog the other day but she is not showing the signs of fleas (scratching and self-mutilation), mites, and no ticks. Are there parasites that are attracted to dogs or insects?
    I live in a semi-city environment but there are parks and unmowed areas in my neighborhood. Tecnically speaking, it is called a temperate woodland area. What should I be watching out for? Are there insects that inhabit neighborhoods that are pests to dogs that have the potential become a problem? Also, are there any good prevention ideas that help me and my pet out?

    • ANSWER:
      That's pretty much all of them - well, ringworm too. This is a type of fungus, characterised by patched of baldness and kind of a red ring. Some types of mites cause mange, and not all types of mange are itchy.

      Not all dogs itch when they have fleas - like humans they have differing levels of sensitivity. Did the thing you saw look anything like this?:
      http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/md/pictures22/flea.jpg they're about this size: -

      Sort through your dogs fur, or comb it and look at the fur on the comb - look for black specks, These are flea dirts which you see much more often than the live fleas.

      I would go to a vet if you think your dog has parasites - get them identified and treated.

      Chalice

  36. QUESTION:
    How to stop my dog from constantly chewing himself?
    My dog is a westie cross with a miniature German schnauzer and is forever chewing his skin. It's so bad he makes himself bleed and the vets have run out of options. Is it just my dog? And is there anything we can do to stop it?

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching. Either he has an allergic reaction (to flea bites, the treats or the food you give him, or the grooming products you are using), a fungal or bacterial skin infection, or mites.

      ALLERGIES

      Check for fleas. Many dogs are allergic to flea bites. You may not be able to see the fleas directly because they like to hide 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 harmful chemicals of Frontline and Advantage which will harm him sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can get rid of fleas in your yard where he roams by dusting it with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. See this link for more info on its use to control fleas http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check the ingredients of the food and treats you give him. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Do not give him anything with wheat or corn. If the treats contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. If you have recently changed the food you give him, discontinue it and get food that has no grains and contains at least 50% crude protein.

      If you just introduced a new grooming product, discontinue it immediately.

      SKIN INFECTION

      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, 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. Among many other uses, it has been effectively used as a remedy for bacterial and fungal infections. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money.

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

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

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

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

      MITES

      There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange.

      If the reason for the itching is mites, avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals that will harm your dog 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

  37. QUESTION:
    My dog has an itching problem what could it be?
    my chihuahua will not stop itching and biting her back. She does not have any fleas as we take care of that. She goes through this ever once and a while. Her back is so red and scabbed up because she will not stop constantly biting at herself. what could be the problem? How can i fix it and how can I stop the biting.
    She is currently in heat as well if that would ahve anythign to do with it.
    like it states in the details she does not have fleas. this is something with her skin.

    • ANSWER:
      What are you feeding her? Any foods that have Corn, Wheat and Soy...her chances are high with have food allergies. Corn and Wheat are the number one cause of allergies besides some meats.

      Science Diet, Purina, Mighty Dog, Pedigree, Alpo, Iams, Eukanuba, Beneful and anything eles you can get at the grocery stores or Walmart; has grains, meat by-products, and Animal Fat. It's not nutrious and very nasty foods.

      I recommend: Wellness, California Natural, Wysong, Merrick, Chicken Soup, Avodern, Natural Balance, Solid Gold, Timberwolf, Canidae. There's soo much more out there too. Just look at the first 5 indgredients. If they have Corn, Wheat, Soy, meat by-products, Animal Fat, put it back and look at a different brand that has none of those.

      You dog will be so much more healthier, poop less and less vet visits. If none that helps, then I strongly recommend going to the vets and get testing done to see if it's mange or something eles. Good luck and hope she gets better!!

  38. QUESTION:
    How long after first sarcoptic mange treatment until dog can be around other dogs & people?
    Assuming our abandoned dog gets his first treatment this week, how long until he can safely be around us (my husband, my baby and myself) as well as our dogs without fear of us getting scabies and the dogs getting mange too?

    • ANSWER:
      Sarcoptic Mange
      Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.

      Sarcoptic mange, commonly known as canine scabies is caused by the parasite Sarcoptes scabiei. These microscopic mites can invade the skin of healthy dogs or puppies and create a variety of skin problems, the most common of which is hair loss and severe itching. While they will infect other animals and even humans, they prefer to live their short lives on dogs. Fortunately, there are several good treatments for this parasite and the disease can be easily controlled.
      Who gets sarcoptic mange?

      Sarcoptic mange can infect all ages and breeds of dogs. While it prefers to live on dogs, this particular mite will also infect cats, humans, and foxes. Cats, foxes, and humans all have their own particular species of mite within the Sarcoptes family. Each species of mite prefers one specific kind of host (e.g.; dog), but may also infect others. Since all of these species of mites have a similar life cycle and respond to the same treatment, we will assume that the vast majority of dog infections are caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei and treat accordingly.

      What is the life cycle of Sarcoptes scabiei?

      The mites usually spend their entire life on a dog. The female mite burrows into the skin and lays eggs several times as she continues burrowing. These tunnels can actually reach the length of several centimeters. After she deposits the eggs, the female mite dies. In 3-8 days, the eggs hatch into larvae which have 6 legs. The larvae mature into nymphs which have 8 legs. The nymph then molts into an adult while it is still in the burrow. The adults mate, and the process continues. The entire life cycle requires 2-3 weeks.

      The mites prefer to live on the dog, but will live for several days off of the host in the environment. In cool moist environments, they can live for up to 22 days. At normal room temperature in a home, they will live from 2 to 6 days. Because of the mite's ability to survive off the host, dogs can become infected without ever coming into direct contact with an infected dog.

      What are the symptoms?

      The symptoms are varied but usually include hair loss and severe itching on the elbows, ears, armpits, hocks, chest, and ventral abdomen (belly). The mites prefer to live on areas of the skin that have less hair. As the infection worsens it can spread over the entire body. Small red pustules often develop along with yellow crust on the skin. Because of the severe itching and resultant scratching from the dog, the skin soon becomes traumatized and a variety of sores and infections can develop as a result. The itching seems to be much worse in warm conditions such as indoors or near a stove or heat vent. If the infection goes on untreated or is mistakenly treated as an allergy, the skin may darken due to the constant irritation, and the surrounding lymph nodes may become enlarged.

      Sarcoptic mange is a somewhat common infection and many cases have often been misdiagnosed as severe atopy (inhalant allergy). Any time we see a dog who does not have a prior history of allergies and develops severe itching, or if the itching is not seasonal but year-round, we have to suspect sarcoptic mange.

      The intense itching caused by the sarcoptic mite is actually thought to be caused from a severe allergic reaction to the mite. When dogs are initially infected with Sarcoptes they do not develop itching for several weeks. If the animals are treated and then reinfected at a later time, severe itching starts almost immediately, which indicates the itching may be due to an allergic reaction. However, the standard treatments for allergies generally will not decrease the symptoms of scabies, and will do nothing to cure the disease.

      How is sarcoptic mange diagnosed?

      Trying to get a diagnosis for scabies can be very frustrating. The standard method is to perform a skin scraping and then identify the organism under the microscope. Unfortunately, on average, only twenty percent of the infected dogs will show Sarcoptes mites on any given scraping. Therefore, if a dog has a positive skin scraping the diagnosis is confirmed, but a negative scraping does not rule out sarcoptic mange. Therefore, most diagnoses are made based on history and response to treatment for scabies.

      How is scabies treated?

      There are several ways to treat scabies. In the past, the most effective treatment had been to clip the dog if he had long hair, bathe him with a benzoyl peroxide shampoo to cleanse the skin, and then apply an organophosphate dip (Paramite). Amitraz dips and Mitaban (also organophosphates), and lime sulfur dips (Lymdip) have also been used effectively. The animals are usually dipped once every two weeks for two to three times. While effective, these dips are very unpleasant to apply for both the owner and the dog. Because the dip must come in contact with the mites and many mites live on the face and ears of dogs, great care must be exercised when applying these dips to these sensitive areas. The dips can be toxic to humans and are not suitable for very young, old, or debilitated animals. In addition, there are some reported cases of resistance to these dips in some cases of mange.

      Fortunately, there are several other products that have been extremely effective, safe, and convenient in treating sarcoptic mange. Selamectin (Revolution) is a newer product, which is a topical solution that is applied once a month and provides heartworm prevention, flea control, some tick protection and protection against Sarcoptic mange. Liquid ivermectin is another alternative that is sometimes used. It is used at much higher concentrations that are found in heartworm preventives (e.g., Heartgard). Ivermectin should not be used in Collies or Shetland sheep dogs and should be used with caution in the herding breeds. In dogs that are sensitive to ivermectin, some veterinarians have been having success using milbemycin oxime (Interceptor) at an off-label dose. Both ivermectin and Interceptor should only be used under direct veterinary supervision and care.

      In addition to treating the dog, the environment can be treated with a residual insecticide (e.g.; permethrin).

      How is sarcoptic mange prevented?

      Because your dog does not have to come into direct contact with an infected dog to contract scabies, it is difficult to completely protect him. Places where large numbers of dogs congregate are obviously more likely to harbor the mange mite. Since fox and the environment in which fox may spend a large amount of time can transmit the mite to dogs, keep dogs away from fox and these areas. In my experience, dogs that are well groomed, eat a good diet, have a healthy skin and coat, and do not spend much time with other dogs or where dogs are brought together, are less likely to contract this disease. With the new product Revolution, we have an approved product that will help prevent Sarcoptic mange.

      Can I get Sarcoptes from my pet?

      Yes, although when humans get Sarcoptes scabei from animals, the disease is generally self-limiting, causing only temporary itching. There is a human race of Sarcoptes, which is transmitted from person to person. This human race of sarcoptic mite causes a rash on the wrists, elbows, or between the fingers. In infants, the rash may appear on the head, neck, or body.

  39. QUESTION:
    What do I do if my dog is always scratching?
    My dog is always scratching. It's not just in one particular spot. It's basically everywhere. My dog is a 6 month old bichon frise. We are changing his shampoo and food to see if that works. Is that enough or do I need to do something more?

    • ANSWER:
      First off, how often are you bathing him? Once a month can be too much for certain dogs as it dries their skin out (which causes itching just like in a human).

      Food allergies are a high possibility as well. What kind of food do you feed? If it's purchased at a local grocery store, it's not a good quality kibble and is FILLED with products that cause food allergies. If possible switch to RAW, BARF or a kibble called Candidea (sp?). Those are excellent choices, especially for food allergies.

      Fleas aren't common this time of year but still highly possible. And it could very well be only one flea. If your poor dog is allergic to flea saliva, even one flea bite will cause intense itching (like my dog).

      There are a number of possibilities for intense itching. You can use trial and error (if the food doesn't correct it, move to flea products, if they don't help, move to something else and so on and so forth). Otherwise, a visit to the vet for a check up and a possible antihistimine.

      Good luck!

  40. QUESTION:
    Is there a healthy dog food I can buy at the grocery store or Target?
    My dog has terrible itching- and while I would LOVE to buy him an expensive food from a pet store, we cannot afford that.

    Are there ANY I can buy at Target or Walmart that would help? If not, whats the best priced one?

    • ANSWER:
      Your best bet would to see a vet to diagnose the cause of the itching. A food change might not have any effect on chronic itchiness! For example, if your dog is flea-infested or has sarcoptic mange, food will play no role there. If he has an allergy to something in the environment, again, the food won't change anything. If he has an allergy to a food ingredient, you could inadvertently purchase a food that contains even more of the unknown allergen.

      So get the cause of the itching diagnosed before you undertake a food change.

      You didn't mention what you are feeding now, but if you have to get your food from WalMart or Target, look for the higher end Purina (ProPlan, ONE, Selects) or Iams/Eukanuba products. Yes, they are almost all full of corn (except the Selects) but plenty of dogs do just fine on corn-based foods and that's all you are likely to find in WalMart and Target.

      Might you have a Tractor Supply or Feed Store in your area? Many of those also carry good dog foods at very reasonable prices.

      A few good food choices at the lower end of the price ranges and that you can often find at independent pet food stores and Tractor Supply stores: Canidae, Merrick Whole Earth Farms, some of the Diamond brands.

      If you have a Costco, Kirkland is decent and affordable.

      But again, diagnose the cause of the itching FIRST, then worry about foods.

      ETA: Although people here love to say that grains are the biggest food allergens in dogs, Beef and Chicken are the number one and number two food allergens in dogs.

      Grains do cause allergic reactions in some dogs, yes, and they are often used as cheap sources of proteins. But they are not the most common allergens in dogs, not by a long shot.

      Environmental allergies are the most common. In food allergies, it's Beef and Chicken.

  41. QUESTION:
    How do you prevent my dog from scratching himself?
    My dog had to be shaved for a fungal infection. But now he's all scarred up from his own scratching. Putting a cone around him didn't help.

    • ANSWER:
      First check with your vet. If there are raw spots or sores they will need medication. Search the web. I have found that dog's PH balances are different than ours and that can cause itching. Some people use Apple Cider Vinegar to help correct the PH problem. I use it diluted (by half) in water as a rinse after I wash my dog. I have heard that others have also given it to dogs in their food - research that - I have never tried it.

      Good Luck!

  42. QUESTION:
    Why am I allergic to some dogs and not others?
    I know that I'm allergic to cat dander but when I'm around certain dogs like pugs I itch and sneeze like crazy. I've grown up with dogs all my life and haven't reacted around most of them. Do they have a different type of fur that I could be allergic to?

    • ANSWER:
      Cat dander is very lightweight-it floats around in the air more. Dog dander tends to settle to the floor. If you are allergic to dogs, you are allergic to all of them. You'll be allergic to proteins in their saliva and urine, as well as their dander...all dogs produce all 3 of these. Some reasons that some dogs cause a reaction and some don't:
      1. Cleanliness of the home...vacuuming daily, having minimal to zero upholstery in the house, regular washing of bedding/curtains/carpets, having a great furnace/air conditioner filter that is changed at least monthly, having an air purifier, etc. can make a huge difference as to whether you have a reaction.
      2. Cleanliness of the pet...a dog that is full of dander will be more likely to cause a reaction. A healthy diet, regular grooming, shampooing with a moisturizing shampoo and using a humectant can reduce dander. Dogs can also carry outside allergens in their fur, such as pollen from outdoors.

      I am guessing that since you haven't reacted to most dogs, it may be that you're not allergic to them, but to something in their environment...the only way to know is to visit an allergist. Hope this helped give you some ideas as to what could be bothering you.

  43. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies to soothe dog itching?
    So my dog has been itching her fur off for about 2 months now. We've taken her in to the vet twice in that period as we've tried to find the cause but so far nothing has worked. We've switched her food to all natural and organic, tried flea medicine, anti-histamines etc but nothing has kept her clear for very long. I was planning on giving her a bath today and I was wondering if there is anything I could use as a shampoo to at least soothe her red skin on the areas she has itched her fur off. Thanks! If anyone has any suggestions about safe remedies for her itching, I'm all ears too
    We have tried some shampoos but thats the problem is she isn't scratching one area, its basically any where she can reach

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    What kind of food do you recommend feeding a dog with skin allergies?
    My friend's poodle has major skin problems... They have medication for her but they want to feed her the best kind of food that will help her with the issue. What kind of dog food is really good for dogs with skin allergies?

    • ANSWER:
      My dog as well has really bad skin problems which the vet says are related to allergies. I've been doing tons of research on it and have finally got the problem under control with diet.

      You want a low carbohydrate high protein food that is highly digestible. If they are feeding kibble then there has to be some carbs in it. Make sure there are no grains, also potato is not a good idea. Skin problems have a lot to do with digestion. Things like grains and potatoes and soy contain lectins. Lectins survive digestion and bind to the tiny hairs in the intestines. This decreases the dog's ability to absorb nutrients. The body tries to compensate by thinning the intestine walls so nutrients can be absorbed directly into the blood stream. But the problem is undigested proteins escape into the blood stream too. The body's immune system goes crazy attacking all those foreign proteins which releases histamines into the body and causes inflammation and itchiness. This causes the dog to itch like crazy giving rashes and skin infections. So the key to overcoming these skin allergies is improving and healing the digestive tract.

      Switch to a highly digestible high quality species appropriate food. The problem with kibble is it is not very digestible. It raises the ph of the stomach so it ends up moving to the small intestines before it even starts to digest, which is where the damage occurs. But if you must stick with kibble there are some things you can do. Choose a high protein low carb food without the offending ingredients. Adding water to it will make it more digestible. Adding digestive enzymes and probiotics will help aid digestion as well. Cooked dog foods completely lack enzymes to help break it down and dogs are not very efficient at making their own. Especially the enzyme that breaks down carbs. You can also add some raw apple cider vinegar which helps to dissolve all the gunk stuck to the hairs/villi and also raises the acidity of the food which helps with digestion.

      I had some good results with switching to a low carb dry food, but my dog is doing even better now that I switched her to a homemade raw diet. A good low carb kibble would be EVO Weight Management and it uses peas instead of potatoes. Wysong Epigen 90 is also good but a bit more expensive (Epigen 60 uses grain proteins). There are also a lot of low carb canned foods you could try. Bravo Balance is a great commercial raw food which is very low carb. Primal is also very good too but a bit higher in carbs. It will take a while to heal the digestive tract, sometimes a year but you should see immediate improvement after switching to a better quality food. Have your friends so some research on leaky gut syndrome and lectins, and here are some excellent resources that really helped me.

      http://dogtorj.com/?page_id=3295
      http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2009/07/02/does-your-pet-have-allergies-what-you-need-to-know-and-do.aspx
      http://www.healthexcel.com/base/DrLauraPowerLectinArticle.pdf

  45. QUESTION:
    what can i do to relieve my dogs itching?
    he has no fleas or allergies. i think it maybe from the cold. He has dry ashy skin that is red becasue of his itching all over his body.... today i noticed some hair loss behind his ears... is there anything i can do to stop the itching to regrow his hair? he is a 2 year old german shepherd.

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing you do is take him to the vet for a check up. The vet will determine if there are allergies, it could be to filler in his food if you're not feeding a good quality dog kibble. Lots of dogs are allergic to things like corn, wheat, pork, and even chicken. I have a dog who is and I feed her a grain-free duck and potato kibble that she does well on.

      You don't want to over-bathe your dog either. That in itself can cause itching so if you're shampooing your dog on a regular basis, that could be the reason. A dog should never be bathed more than once a month but for most, a bath only if their fur has gotten oily or smells very strongly should suffice. Daily brushing will take care of most everything else, including any mud in the fur or debris.

      There is also a natural product you can purchase called Dr. Goodpet's Scratch Free. You give them 15 drops twice daily orally and it can be quite helpful but I would *NOT* do this without your vet's knowledge and consent.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me with my dogs skin irritation?
    My dog has some slight hair loss, the hair that is left is getting a reddish tint, and her skin is getting discolorations. The hair that is turning red is only in the spot of the discoloring skin.

    • ANSWER:
      Dog Health:
      Hot Spots

      Hot spot(s) occur usually in the dog, and are characterized by red, inflamed patches of skin which can ooze a clear or yellowish discharge.

      These areas are extremely sensitive to the dog, and actually are a result of the dog constantly licking, biting, or scratching an area of skin until raw and inflamed. The cause of a hot spot can be a number of things, but usually anything which can result in the release of histamine or other "mediators of inflammation" as in cases of allergies, can start the process.

      Stings from insects, scratches, small scrapes or wounds, all can be enough to cause the release of these inflammatory mediators, which start the itch-scratch cycle. What makes a hot spot different from another self-induced skin lesion known as an acral lick granuloma, is that the hot spot is usually created within hours. The acral lick granuloma takes days to months to form.

      Also, the hot spot can occur anywhere on the body, and is less likely to occur on the limbs, where acral lick granuloma tends to form mainly on the limbs. Both of these conditions however, can be started from the release of inflammatory mediators in the area on the skin affected.

      Treatment of the hot spot usually involves clipping the hair around the area of skin affected. This region is then cleansed with mild soap and water, and topical cortisone products, or anti-histamine products are applied. The main emphasis of treatment is geared towards keeping the dog from scratching at the area, as this is what started the hot spot in the first place.

      Sometimes covering the area if possible, or putting a sock over the dog's foot to prevent scratching is advised. Clipping the nails helps as well. If an underlying cause is found such as an allergic condition, treatment with oral medication is then advised. Usually this is associated with multiple hot spot lesions. Single small lesions tend to respond well to topical therapy alone.

      http://www.vet4petz.com/articles/hot_spots.htm
      http://www.prodoggroomingsupplies.com/dog_hot_spots-3.htm
      Your Pet's Skin & Coat Health

      One common malady that occurs with temperature changes is problems with a dog or cat's skin and coat.

      Let's define "healthy skin and coat" so we're clear about what is considered "normal." Don't confuse "normal" with "common."

      Every day in my practice I see pets that have unhealthy skin and coats (usually due to improper nutrition) - so less than optimum is actually quite "common." I've often thought a normal skin/coat condition was actually quite uncommon! Using your senses of touch, vision and smell you will begin to recognize the character of a "normal" or "healthy" skin and coat
      http://www.petcaretips.net/skin_coat_health.html

  47. QUESTION:
    How do I know if my dog has skin allergies?
    She's got a few fav spots she started itching, and she's a little red. My roomie said it was skin allergies but I'm not sure what to look for. I bathed her last week and the redness disappered for a day, but then returned.
    Thanks for any insight.

    • ANSWER:
      It is most likely some form of skin alergies, or even just dry skin. This could be caused by the food you are feeding your dog. If you are buying cheap brand food (pedigree, purina, ect.) than most likely your dog is only eating junk and not getting the proper nutrients she needs. These brands are loaded with carbohydrates and not enough protien. Cheaper brand dog food is like feeding your animal "McDonalds".
      The concept is simple...if you put down a piece of bread and right next to it a piece of raw meat...what will the dog choose every single time? I hope you said the meat. Why? because dogs are carnivors and their diet calls for plenty of protien and fat.
      A good dog food will be filled with plenty of protien and natural fats. This is essential to any animal and helps with their skin and coat. Check the food that you are feeding them, and if does not have plenty of protien...I would definitly try changing it up.

      Hope this helps!

  48. QUESTION:
    Can regrowth of fur in dogs cause itching?
    My dog has demodectic mange, which I know can be itchy but she's been on an antibiotic for 2 weeks now and her skin is finally clearing up. She's also on ivermectin for the mites. I'm just curious since she's still so itchy if it's still the mange? Also, does regrowth of the hair cause itching like it does in humans? What have been others experience with this?

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my dog is producing enough milk for her pups?
    My dog had her first litter of 2 pups last Friday. This past weekend, the vet said everything looked great. She is on vitamins and calcium supplement. I guess I'm just paranoid, but how can I make sure my dog is producing enough milk for her babies? One side of her teats seems to be sagging much more than the other. Not all teats constantly have milk, and sometimes I can only squeeze one little pinch of milk out. Can the pups suck more out than I can squeeze? The pups still seems to be doing great, I just want to cover all my bases! Any signs I should look out for in the pups... crying too much, too little, etc.?? Also, the mother dog is now getting her energy back, and sometimes seems to want to play with us and our other dog than stay in the box with her puppies? Is this ok, as long as she is still checking on the puppies every so often?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, first of all giving calcium supplements is not a good idea. You can actually cause more harm then good with that. You need to be feeding her a good quality food and I don't mean anything you pick up at WalMart or the local grocery or farm store..
      SInce there are only 2 pups she doesn't need a bunch of milk and her body will automtically regulate that. The reason that she has fuller teets on one side is likely because she consistently lays on that side to feed the pups so those will reflll to occomodate that fact.
      She should be spending the majority of her time with the pups at this age and it is not a good idea to distract her from that to much by playing games. I have never had a b-itch willing to leave the room for more then a minute for the first 2 weeks.
      If the pups look good and are happy/not crying, then they are getting enough to eat.


causes of dog itching

Yeast Infection Ears Dog

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:
    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! :)

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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..

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedys for yeast infection in dogs?
    My dog keeps getting yeast infections around her eyes and in her ears. I have taken her to the vet plenty of times. She is five years old, German Shepherd. It is costing me too much money. It cost me about 0 worth of medicine. I have taken her about four times. Once she has the medicine she is good for a couple months then it comes back again. What home remedies can I use to make it go away again and how can I make it stay away? It is a yeast infection. My aunt is a dog groomer, she said some breeds will catch stuff and it is hard to get rid of.

    • ANSWER:
      my dog used to have problems with yeast infections ... i switched her to a salmon-based limited ingredient grain-free diet (natural balance) and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble daily ... after that she had no more problems for the rest of her life ... you should google the benefits of organic apple cider vinegar ...

  13. QUESTION:
    How can 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:
    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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. QUESTION:
    very difficult dog with yeast infection in ears?
    I have a shar pei dog who is very hard to deal with when it comes to treating him for any medical condition. He has a yeast infection in his ears and i've tried every way possible to get the medication in his years. I have got to get this infection under control. Does anyone have any tips on ways to hold him down/restrain him so that I can get this stuff in his ears? Thanks a lot!!

    • ANSWER:
      I keep mine occupied. Put a smear of peanut butter on the floor or somewhere and squirt while he works on the peanut butter. I put it on a long rubber toy and hold the toy between my legs while sitting on a chair so I can get to the dog's head easily. Good luck!

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. 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!!

      :)

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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:

  27. 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.

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

    • ANSWER:

  29. 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.

  30. 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!!!!

  31. 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    Getting rid of and preventing dog yeast infection?
    My dog has been having bad skin problems. He itches a lot, gets bald spots, smells bad, and has grey elephant looking skin. I took him to the vet a few months ago, and he did a test and determined he has a yeast infection. The steroids and antibiotics helped it get better, but it just returned once he was off them. What should I do for my dog? Dont I need to find the source? Could it be his food? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      you could try a grain-free limited ingredient diet and apple cider vinegar ... when i put my very allergic dog on that diet with the vinegar added to the kibble breakfast and supper, she never had another yeast infection (ear, skin, otherwise) again ... natural balance makes limited ingredient diets (try to pick a protein source your dog has never had before) and they make kibble, canned and treats ... use organic apple cider vinegar (raw and NOT heinz from the grocery store, if it has mothers, bonus) ... my dog was fifteen pounds and i added about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon on top of her kibble twice a day ... it is cheap and very effective ...

  33. QUESTION:
    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 ...

  34. QUESTION:
    How do I file a complaint and ask a rescue group to be investiagted?
    I have my 7 month old beagle scheduled to be neutered at a free mobile spay/neuter clinic. Had to cut down on costs, ever since we got him from a shelter in Missouri, (he's flown here to Los Angeles) we've been to the vet 3 to 5 times already. He suffered from Conjunctivitis, needs dental work because he has Gingivitis. He had yeast infection in his ears. He was on antibitotics because of UTI. Our vet bill is running high. The shelter we got him from fooled us. Didn't even send his immunization records to show that he was up to date with shots when we were promised that all his records will be included. On the site, she told us he's 4 months old but when we got him, health certificate and the vet says he's 6 months old probably older. I want to take steps against that rescue group. They should disclose any illness any dog they "rescue" have. Whenever I check on their site now, I begin to wonder if they are backyard breeders since every dog they rescue are beagles, puggles, boggles.
    If any of you guys can help me with the right ASPCA office to forward this complaint to, I'll greatly appreciate it. This "rescue shelter" is located in Missouri.
    Thanks for all the answers. I am not sorry we rescued Buddy. I am just angry at these irresponsible people duping other people. I immediately took him to the vet the next day after his flight from Missouri. And that's where the vet told us all his problems. We understand that he's a rescue puppy and there'll be problems but not to this extent. We were promised he'll be vaccinated but there's no proof he's up to date with his shots. I called the vet in MO who gave him his rabies certificate and asked them if they also did the vaccinations they said they never had any records. I told them to tell the rescue group to fax, mail or e-mail to me any record that they have to show proof that he indeed got his shots. The nurse tracked her down and she has the gall to tell her that she included all the papers I am supposed to get when she shipped our dog to us. She said she's going to call me, she never did! I just don't want this to happen to other people.
    You can check out www.nextdaypets.com click on the dogs for adoption link, search for beagles.
    Go check that they have pure-breed beagles for adoption, beagles mixed with chihuahas, with jack terriers, boston terriers. They even had a mixed beagle and aussie shepherd before.

    • ANSWER:
      That's a toughie. Missouri is a huge puppymill state and largely unregulated. Unfortunately they probably are a puppymill or broker.

      There is not a whole lot you can do. There isn't a national organization other than the USDA and even then it's iffy at best.

      These people make it very hard for the rest of us that run reputable rescues. I guess your best bet is not to get puppies off the internet and deal with a local, reputable shelter or rescue group.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. QUESTION:
    How to rest easy taking my elderly dog to vet?
    I've always had a fear of taking my dog to the vet because I feel her age (roughly 11) will just make the vet say "Oh she is so old you need to put her down". She's healthy, active and loving. I'm almost 19 years old and have had her since I was 6. Upon some home research of some itchy ear and dark brown wax research I concluded she might have a moderate yeast infection in her ears. I tried some of the home remedies that I found online to try to avoid the vet, but to no changes. So now just to end the suffering of an itch she can't scratch I'm considering taking her to the vet. But again, Shes pretty old, she's slowly going blind (but doesn't seem to really show it except the look to her eyes. she seems to see fine), and she's not the active puppy she used to be but more the lap dog that wants to lay with you and watch a whole season of family guy lol. So if any vets are here, will the vet just tell me to put her down, or try to help her? Can I refuse to put her down because she has NO SIGNS of pain or discomfort, just annoyingly itchy cropped ears. Cause I'm not going to put her down unless she's truly in pain to where he can show me every square inch of the pain. I know I may be over reacting, but this is my baby.
    Also she is a Miniature Pinscher, Female, roughly 11-12 years of age. No previous health issues other than one visit for ear mites(but that's not what this is now). Eats well, drinks well, sleeps well. Nothing to complain. Ears were very over cropped by last family standing only about an inch tall. Tail is cropped almost completely down, maybe 1/4 inch tall at the most.
    Also it may or may not help but I'm trying to put the best pic of her I have as my picture on here so you guys might be able to see just how much her ears are cropped
    I'm just estimating the age cause I don't know how old she was when I got her. All I know is her snout is white now, instead of tan and her eyes are glazing over mildly. But thank you guys.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't worry - no reputable vet would tell you to put an animal down just because of age. Vets do whatever they can to help their patients regardless of age. Small dogs can live to 20 years and beyond. Please take her in for a possible ear infection - tests will be done to find out what the exact problem is and medication will be dispensed based on what is found. Good luck - you sound like a very concerned and loving pet parent.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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

  45. 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.

  46. QUESTION:
    Do women's remedies for vaginal yeast infection work for dog ear yeast infection?
    My dog, a Golden Retriever, has what it seems to be a bad case of yeast infection in both ears (not the first time). I have read that I should change his food etc. but first I need to clear his infection. I have been to the vet several times about this in the past and paid expensive medicines that seems to work just for short period of time. A co-worker suggested to use over-the-counter medicine to treat vaginal yeast infection. Does anyone has any experiense/comment/thought about this?

    • ANSWER:
      My husky developed some kind of rash on her ears too. They looked like flaky spots and would turn red and bleed a little if you scratched them.
      I figure that it was some kind of fungus eating the skin.
      I sprayed Tinactin (for athlete's foot) on the ears (On the affected area only, NOT inside the ear-canal).
      I cured it on one application. Her ears are very healthy now.
      My dog's ears are a little hairy on the inside and that helped to keep the Tinactin solution on the spots.
      What DaveSFV says on the previous answer makes sense if you give your dog some kind of internal medication for humans, something that the dog has to ingest, but in this case you are using a cream or liquid that has the same ingredients as many dog's medication. You can go to the store and compare ingredients on both medications. It is the same fungus that eat human and animal skin.

  47. 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?
    That is really safe on animals?
    i found it but it is an extremely durable adhesive. Are you really saying to put this on my dogs face? Seriously?

    • ANSWER:
      use goop on the ears and then wash them with shampoo. You can find it in the auto parts section at most stores. Goop not anything else. I am a groomer and this is the safest most effective way to take care of this problem.

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

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

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

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


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Ear Drops For Ear Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I reduce the swelling from an ear infection?
    The swelling is blocking my ear canal, so I cant hear! If i pull on my ear i can open it up enough so i can hear fine. I am already taking prescription ear drops to get rid of this outer ear infection. What can I do about the swelling?

    • ANSWER:
      Peroxide and Sweet oil maybe

  2. QUESTION:
    Antibiotic drops for ear infection and the contraceptive pill?
    I have been prescribed some ear drops containing steroid and antibiotic for an mild ear infection. Will this interact with my contraceptive pill? The nurse said it would be ok but I am not too sure.

    • ANSWER:
      That is such a great question!I think as long as he doesn't stick it in your ear you will be fine.

  3. QUESTION:
    What to do if u always got ear infection after doing swimming training?
    I always got ear infection any advise how to help stop getting it after swimming ?
    Its so easy to get swimmers ear infection and for me its very rare to get middle ear infection what to do?
    What about in the shower what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      After you swim, you can try:
      -rubbing alcohol and water
      -peroxide and water
      -swimmers ear drops (can be found at local drug/grocery stores)
      -blow dry your ears with a hair dryer

      You can also use the wax ear plugs while you swim to keep the water out.

      I had swimmers ear once and I hated, so now everytime after I swim, I use the ear drops to prevent it from happening again. After I take a shower, I blow dry my ears out.

      Hope this helps! :D

  4. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to treat a ear infection with out medicine?
    I have a double ear infection, But I am on a lot of medicines now. I just had a baby last month and had a c section. I am wanting to know if there are some home remedies for ear infection?

    • ANSWER:
      The goals for treating ear infections include relieving pain, curing the infection, preventing complications, and preventing recurrent ear infections. Most ear infections will safely clear up on their own without antibiotics. Often, treating the pain and allowing the body time to heal itself is all that is needed:

      Apply a warm cloth or warm water bottle.
      Use over-the-counter pain relief drops for ears.
      Take over-the counter medications for pain or fever, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. DO NOT give aspirin to children.
      Use prescription ear drops to relieve pain.

  5. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for and ear infection/ear ache?
    I am pretty sure I have an ear infection. I need to know some home remedies, or where to go for the Thermo auricular therapy.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Ear-Ache (Otalgia) :-

      Sudden; due to exposure to dry cold wind Aconite 30 or 200, 2 hourly

      Throbbing pain with redness of face; hot feeling; rush of blood towards head Belladonna 30, 2 hourly

      Intolerable pain; worse by warmth, at night and after anger Chamomilla 30 or 200, 2 hourly

      Severe pain in eustachian tubes; with acute cold; worse indoors and warmth Allium cepa 30 or 200, 2 hourly

      Due to pressure in ears from collection of wax Spigelia 30 or 200, 10 min interval (3 Doses)

      Due to sinusitis; stringy phelgm Kali Bich 30, 4 hourly

      Due to boil in the ear; perforation, discharge of fetid pus; worse by cold Hepar Sulph 200, 10 min Interval (3 Doses)

      With thick yellowish discharge; better at cold place and cold open air Pulsatilla 30 or 200, 3 hourly

      For External Use: Mullein oil - Ear drops.

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications; thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless you..

  6. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of a ear infection?
    I just had a ear infection for maybe a week and finally i went to the doctor and got pills that i took. But then 2 weeks later something started to come out of my ear again. I dont want to go to the doctor again, what can i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Try gargling with salt water and a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in the ear 2-3 times a day.

  7. QUESTION:
    I have swimmers ear and other ear infections and I have a swim meet tonight. Should I go?
    I just got antibiotics and ear drops for my swimmers and other 2 ear infections yesterday. I have a swim meet tonight and really want to swim, but my ear still hurts. The doctor said I shouldn't swim, even with ear plugs and a cap. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't go, you don't want something worse to happen to your ear. Always listen to your doctor.

  8. QUESTION:
    Ear infection hurts in jaw and making me feel sick?
    I've had an ear infection since Friday. Been using eardrops, or salt water and a heating pad. Been taking Advil, tynoel. I don't have any insurance right now so the doctors is out. Any other remedies, other symptoms are fever, tiredness and sore jaw, and smaller appetite. Its throbbing in my ear and jaw and there's a stabbing pain by my ear when I talk.

    • ANSWER:
      The infection has spread down the eustacian tube an into your throat jaw etc this really needs a doctor. Mean while try hydrogen peroxide. Put a few drops in your ear andnit will start to bubble. Leave it there as it bubbles it will start to feel warm. That's okay too. I say about five minutes. That will help with the infection in your ear. To get at the part that is moving Into your throat and eventually your lungs try gargling with antiseptic Mouthwash and warm salt water. Oh btw after your five peroxide minutes are up drain the fluid from your eat and follow with some rubbing alcohol to dry the ear. Very important. Bacteria can't live in dry conditions. Best wihes on this p

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural remedy for ear infections in children?
    My 3 year old son has his second ear infection, we went to the gp and he took amoxycillin. It seemed to clear up, only to return again but much worse this time. His ear is oozing and is a little red. He has no temperature now and seems to be recovering but the ear is still bad.

    • ANSWER:
      This may sound strange to some, but if you have access to breast milk, it is one of the best remedies for ear aches and infections. I have used it many times on many different people and it works quickly and very well. I know a little boy who was on antibiotics, had a similar experience as you describe. His mom put breastmilk in his a ear, and after a few times, it was completely fine.
      It also works for conjunctivitis, and skin infections.
      If you don't have access to any, you could research an herb called Spilanthes. It is a super immune booster, an anti-viral, anti-fungal, and good for reoccuring ear infections.
      Also, I use garlic mullein oil, warmed, with a few drops in the ear. I am an herbalist and make my own, but one can buy it in most natural food stores.
      Also, you may want to give your son pro-biotics since he has been taking anti-biotics. This will promote healthy growth of intestinal flora, and prevent digestive and other health problems associated with anti-biotic use.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use someone else's prescription ear drops?
    I have old prescription ear drops left for an ear infection I had a while back. My grandma's ear is aching and my mom wants to use the drops on her. Is that safe?

    • ANSWER:
      Put simply: NO.

      It is neither safe nor appropriate to use a prescription that was intended for another patient.

      What type of ear infection did you have?
      Does your grandma have the same type of ear infection?
      Does you grandma even have ANY infection?
      What is the expiration date on the drops?
      How have the drops been stored since you used them?
      What is in your ear drops?

      The bottom line is that your grandma may not have an infection. It could be something completely unrelated.
      Do you really want to administer a drug to your grandma with no other information other than the fact that it was used on you because you have an infection?

  11. QUESTION:
    How can you ease the symtoms of an ear infection?
    My boyfriend has an ear infection and cannot get a doctors appointment for another 2 days, is there any thing he can use to help ease the pain hes in?

    • ANSWER:
      My absolute favorite are Ear drops that can help relieve the pain of an earache. A blend of mullein and garlic oil is a good choice because of its antiviral and antibacterial properties; St. John's wort and calendula can also be added. Ear oil can be found at a health food store. Wal mart sell something called sweet oil too. It will not have the healing properties as the other but warming it and putting it in your ear will help.

      Ibuprophen can be a great pain relief.

      Heat from a heating pad or a hair dryer set on low feel awesome too!

  12. QUESTION:
    How can get rid of this ear infection that keeps coming back?
    Okay, So I have this ear infection that will last for 5+ days then go away completely... After a day of this pain being gone, It comes right back... This is HORRIBLE. Does anyone know how to get rid of it? or Why it is happening?

    This is the fifth time of it coming back in a day or less of my ear infection going away. I need your help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your doctor, explain the problem, and request a topical antibiotic in the form of ear drops. Oral antibiotics have trouble getting into the middle ear for infections of this type. Ear drops solve that problem.

  13. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get an ear infection from diving in 9feet of water?
    during the 4th of July i got an ear infection either from swimmers ear or from itching my ear ( its completely healed now) now I have an ear infection in the other ear i've been wearing earplugs in our pool to prevent this from happening again...but it happened ...our pool is 9feet is it possible to get an ear infect from excessive ear pressure from diving down? I felt the pressure in both ears?

    • ANSWER:
      You may have an ear infection, but it has nothing to do with you diving to the bottom of a 9 foot pool. Pressure from diving underwater will do nothing but cause mild discomfort at those depths. The ear infection is caused by water getting trapped in your ear after you're done swimming. Wearing ear plugs probably isn't going to help anything because there is no way they're going to keep all of the water out of your ear. For pressure to "cause" an infection, you would have to be deep enough (30+ feet without equalizing pressure) to actually damage your ear drum, which would cause severe pain instantly and the infection would happen later.

      What you have to do is make sure you completely dry your ears after you're done swimming. You can buy ear drops that will do this, or just use a 50/50 mix of rubbing alcohol and plain white vinegar (regular clear vinegar from the kitchen). DO NOT TRY TO DRY THEM WITH A Q-TIP. Never put anything in your ear that is smaller than your elbow.

  14. QUESTION:
    if i use ear drops for an ear infection will it unclog my ears?
    i only have drops for an ear infection but my ear does not hurt but it is clogged and i cant hear. (its so annoying) will the ear drops unclog my ears?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the type of ear drops you use. A commonly prescribed ear wax remover is called Debrox, it may be available over the counter but im unsure. However, a typically cheaper and even more effective method of ear wax removal is Docusate Sodium drops. The liquid is available over the counter and its labled use is as a stool softener, but a common off lable use is for ear wax removal. A typical regimen includes administering 2-3 drops in each ear for 5 days then after the fifth day to flush.

  15. QUESTION:
    What do doctors do if you have an ear infection?
    I think I have an ear infection I'm deathly afraid of doctors and I want to know what they might do to me before I go. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      They look in your ears with a special light. If wax is blocking the view, they use a special wire loop to take it out, then look until they get a clear view of your eardrum and ear canal. If it's infected, but not perforated, they might give you oral antibiotics. If the eardrum is perforated they would give drops as well. If the eardrum is ok, but the canal is infected they may put cotton wool with cream inside and take it out after a few days, with drops as well. Sometimes the ear hurts from being blocked from a cold and then they might give medicine to help unblock it and advise steam inhalation. You might even try doing steam a few times a day and just take tylenol/panadol yourself for a couple days to see if that helps and save you a scary trip.

  16. QUESTION:
    How do you tend to an ear infection?
    I have an ear infection. I cant describe the pain, that's how bad it is. I've tried everything! Advils, motrin, anti-biotics, resting it on a heating pad, etc. WHAT CAN I DO?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had many ear infections since i was very young. Yes they are very painful, seeing a doctor is one of the best things to do. They will drain the ear if need be and give you ear drops which will help a lot!! The heating pad should also help after time. lay on the ear as much as possible as it will drain any fluids and will ease the pain.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can I take ear drops with the antibiotic pill that was prescribed for my ear infection?
    Ok I have a severe ear infection and my ear doctor prescribed me Cipro 250mg twice a day for 10 days. I also have prescription ear drops, which are OFLOXACIN OTIC SOLUTION 0.3% I am wondering if it would be ok to take the ear drops and the pill to get rid of this ear infection cause its so severe and painful. Or will it cancel out the oral medication? Please let me know. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Ear Infection! How long can they take to drain and hearing return?
    I am getting over an ear infection, started last Sunday, Doc put me on antibotics pain is gone but the ear still feels full and wet. Can it take a while for this to go away? Is there something more serious going on?

    • ANSWER:
      If you wait a couple of weeks like the last person said then the problem will become much, much worse....

      If you are on antibiotic drops the infection should go away in a few (3-4) days. If you are on oral antibiotics it may take a day or two longer. I'd wait about 5 days. If you still have that feeling in your ear, then go back to your doctor.

  19. QUESTION:
    What is a good antibiotic to treat an ear piercing infection?
    I've had an ear infection on my piercing for about a year now. Every time I take out the earring it hurts to put it back in and pus/blood comes out. I will NOT go to the doctor because I'm too scared and I've already had this re-pierced and I don't want them to tell me to take it out and let it heal :( so my question is, would rubbing alcohol or something else help? I'm looking for something that I can put on a q tip and disinfect the piercing with. I wish I had done something like this earlier when I first started noticing my infection.

    thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You can only get antibiotics prescribed by your doctor.

      Did you have your piercing done professionally or with a gun?
      This is a VERY important thing to consider - piercing guns are not at all safe and people who use them are not professional piercers so amongst many other risks there is a 75% risk of infection as well as risks of blood born STD's such as hepatitis and HIV - thus your doctor would be the best idea.

      Go to a professional piercer.
      Real piercers (as opposed to morons who use guns in mall stores like Claire's) go through a lot of training not just to make sure they know how to pierce correctly but also what to do if something goes wrong. They will be able to tell you exactly what is wrong - an infection for a year is very unlikely, chances are you're not caring for it properly or you've not done your research so have gotten this piercing done with a gun. They will be able to make sure you're using the correct jewellery to avoid allergic reaction or irritating the infected ear, and give you guidance on what is best to do.

      If the piercer tells you to go to your doctor then you go to your doctor, and if they tell you to remove the earrings then you do so - I nearly lost my ear when I was a teen as I didn't know better so I had it done with a gun and allergic reaction...losing your ear is worse than just losing the piercing!!

      A doctor will not tell you to remove the piercing.
      Provided your doctor is half way decent they will know that you shouldn't remove an infected piercing, also you shouldn't be removing it at night either as removing the piercing can allow the skin to heal over the infection so trapping the puss which will lead to a far more serious problem such as a severe infection, loss of your ear or septic shock. Constantly removing and reinserting the earring will just be irritating the piercing and introducing bacteria to the infected piercing.

      Check you're wearing the correct jewellery.
      If you had your piercing done with a gun then chances are that they used incorrect jewellery that isn't big enough and has groves that damage tissues, but also they commonly use incorrect materials such as gold or metals that contain nickel so you may actually be experiencing an allergic reaction. Make sure you're using the correct jewellery - stainless steel or titanium earring of the correct style and size - if you do't know what size you need then visit a professional piercer. Keep jewellery clean and do not wear anything made out silver, gold, or that contains nickel.

      Keep the piercing clean;
      Once you put the earrings (of appropriate style and material) in and left them in you clean them once to twice a day - do not turn the piercings, just wash your hands beforehand then gently clean with cotton wool. There are various after-care products you can use, but often the best way to care for a piercing is with simple salt water or saline solution, maybe occasionally add a few drop of tea tree oil too. General Aftercare Routine - http://www.bodyjewelleryshop.com/body_piercing_information/body_piercing_aftercare.cfm

      You can also use 'natural antibiotics' to help aid healing - note this is not the same as antibiotics from your doctor, and this will only help if you follow the advice given above on correct care - most health stores will stock the likes of colloidal silver or goldenseal - health store staff will be able to point you in the direction of a few helpful things, possibly including Manuka honey to apply topically.

  20. QUESTION:
    I have an ear infection and hear a rushing air sound in my ear?
    i went to the doctors yesterday and was told i had an ear infection because i spent too much time in the swimming pool and the water had gotten behind my ear. i was prescribed ear drops and a couple of hours later after putting the ear drops in, i started to hear a very irritating and constant sound of rushing air in my left ear? is this normal effect of the ear drops or does this come from an ear infection? should i be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      Is there pain? Sounds like maybe your ear drum may have ruptured. I suggest you call your Dr. or go in and get it checked out promptly. Put some warmth gently on the ear-heating pad on low for about 15 minutes with the "watery ear down on the pad.

      Hope you feel better.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can cold air hurt a ear infection in a child?
    My son who is 2 has a double ear infection.With the cold air here in indiana,can it hurt my child's ear? like do I need to covor his ears if we go outside.Is it a old wives tale about the cotton in the ears during the treatment of meds.

    • ANSWER:
      Having suffered many ear infections as a child, I recommend covering his ears to protect them from the cold. While it probably won't make the infection worse, cold air was always painful for me during an ear infection - something akin to drinking something really cold when you have a toothache. Your son would feel more comfortable without the cool air in his ears. Warmth also helps ease the discomfort so the covering will make him feel better.

      As far as the cotton with the meds, I believe this is to prevent the meds from running out without treating their target. Children have a hard time keeping their head angled for the drops to get down inside so the cotton helps. Ask your son's doctor about it and decide what to do after you get his input.

      Good luck. I hope your son gets better soon.

  22. QUESTION:
    Ear infection, weird substance coming out of my ear, should i be worried?
    I have been taking azithromycin tablets and Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates and Hydrocortisone Otic ear drops treating my ear infection for 4 days now. There is this pink ear waxy substance that is coming out of my ear now, I was just wondering if anyone knows if this is a bad sign or maybe just a sign to show that its healing. Thank you for any help you can give!

    • ANSWER:
      You shouldn't have anything coming out of your ear. If it's a pink waxy "stuff" it could be tainted with blood. I would suggest you call your doctor and ask him.

  23. QUESTION:
    What would you recommend for a dog's ear infection?
    My dog has an ear infection, and she is constantly itching it. I didn't notice it until she came back from the groomer, who also pointed it out to me. I have ear drops from a previous ear infection. Is there anything I can use to provide instant relief from the itch?

    • ANSWER:
      Vet trip time!

      You need to determine the underlying cause of the infection - mites, bacterial, viral, fungal/yeast, debris - before you know how to treat it properly.

  24. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies for pain from an ear infection?
    My three year old has ear infection and is in pain. Anything I can do for her besides Tylenol? Any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      When I was little I had a ton of ear infections. I would have use some RX drops. But I would lay on a heating pad until the the abscess would burst. This would relieve the pressure and make the pain go away. It was the best feeling and I would be 100% better. Some say if you use oil drops along with the heating pad it works well.

      I will tell you this.....if your child keeps getting ear infections please see a ear specialist. My mother had the chance to put tubes in my ears and did not so I kept getting the infections until I was about 10 and now I have hearing loss in one of my ears. Not that it impairs me but I would not have had gone though the pain the years before.

      Good Luck

  25. QUESTION:
    How long does ear infections last?
    I am having my first ear infection.

    • ANSWER:
      depends on how bad usually about a week though if you get ear drops and keep water out of that ear

  26. QUESTION:
    How serious is a dog ear infection?
    On my dogs annual checkup the vet said that my dog had a bacterial ear infection. I haven't noticed her ear bothering her at all. She has been acting perfectly normal. The vet gave me ear drops to put in both ears for the infection but since I have started giving them to my dog two days ago she has not been herself. She has had an upset stomach and just seems really tired... shes usually pretty energetic. I am going to call the vet but I was wondering if I should continue the meds or what?

    • ANSWER:
      Most ear issues are primarily yeast with a possible secondary bacterial infection from scratching. If he gave you the drops use them. I prefer rubbing alcohol to clean the ear to prevent yeast growth in the first place. If the ear is heavily infected, then the drops would help.

  27. QUESTION:
    How to cure an outer ear infection?
    I had an outer ear infection a few weeks ago and I went to the doctor and they gave me amoxicillin and some ear drops. Now my other ear is swelling up (just swollen - not draining or anything) and I am of course out of amoxicillin but I still have ear drops. The ear drops say they are a "ear suspenion sterile" on the bottle. Will this make my new ear infection go away or do I need to go back and get more amoxicillin? Is there anything else I can do?

    • ANSWER:
      Most ear infections clear up on their own without antibiotics. I would use the ear drops for a few days, it may not help but it won't hurt anything. If after two or three days there is no improvement and your ear is worse and has begun draining or hurting, then you should go back to the doctor's for more antibiotics.
      Curious: do you swim? Might you have swimmer's ear and not an infection? Because the amoxicillin wouldn't have just targeted your infected ear-- if there were other infections, or the start of one, it should've taken care of that as well.

  28. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of ear infection?
    My mom has had an ear infection for a couple of days now. She went to the point where she got a blow dryer and started blow drying her ear.. She said it feels like its all watery and she can't close the side of her jaw.. Anything besides going to the hospital and pain killers? We tried pain killers already.

    • ANSWER:
      An ear infection will not go away on its own, and if left untreated can cause scar tissue to form on the ear drum, which can affect hearing. I don't know if your mon swims alot, but she could have whats commonly called "swimmers ear". This also requires treatment from a doctor.

      Either way, I would get your mom to the doctor to either be put on anitbiotics or the drops for "swimmers ear", before things get worse.

      Hope this helps!

  29. QUESTION:
    How do I take the ear drops out after i put them in for an ear infection?
    ive had the infection for 4 days, so i put some ear drops in, tilted my head and let them soak for 2 minutes. now i cant get them out and i can hardly hear because of them. Its been like 12 hours. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      Sweetie...they're meant to be absorbed into the ear canal. Any excess will come out with ear wax when it's expelled from the canal (it might actually be a little 'runny' or 'loose' for the next couple of days).

      If you didn't have any hearing loss from the original ear infection, I would call your Dr. and let him/her know the new symptom (since you put in the ear drops) and see if that's a side effect you should worry about.

      goodluck!
      cj

  30. QUESTION:
    How do I take the ear drops out after i put them in for an ear infection?
    ive had the infection for 3 days, so i put some ear drops in, tilted my head and let them soak for 2 minutes. now i cant get them out and i can hardly hear because of them. Its been like 12 hours. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      You just need to put a little piece of toilet paper in there (big enough that it doesn't go into your ear) Then just lay on your side until it drains out. If that doesn't work after laying there for a while, then go to the doctor. And don't be put off by ear drops, they work really well you just need something to soak up the extras. Good luck!

  31. QUESTION:
    How do I take the ear drops out after i put them in for an ear infection?
    ive had the infection for 3 days, so i put some ear drops in, tilted my head and let them soak for 2 minutes. now i cant get them out and i can hardly hear because of them. Its been like 12 hours. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      They don't come out... I think maybe your ear infection got worse and is affecting your hearing. I think it would be a good idea to go to the doctor again.

  32. QUESTION:
    How do I treat an adult ear infection at home?
    I have some antibiotic ear drops from the doctor, but what else can I do to help clear up my ear infection? Also, how long does an ear infection typically last? I'm a 31-year-old female who's never had an ear infection!

    • ANSWER:
      Supprisingly ear infections can be viral as well as bacterial. If you have allergy symptoms as well your ear tubes may not be draining and you need a decongestant. If your ear infection has a fever or is getting worse and not better then you probably need an oral antibiotic.

      If they gave you topical antibiotic drops then the infection may be localized to the drun or external canal though some drops absorbe well through the drum.

      If the physician thinks it may be viral then tylenol or motrin for the pain combined with ear drops.

      Some people use warm (to body temprature) clove oil drops in the ear as a pain releiver. They should not be used at the same time as the antibiotic drops and you should consult with your physician to make sure that they wont cause more harm than good.

  33. QUESTION:
    What can I do to relieve an ear infection before I get to the doctor?
    I think I have an ear infection...ear ache, headache, dizziness etc...What can I do until I get to doctor(monday)?

    • ANSWER:
      ear drops. from the chemist.
      best thing to do on your own

  34. QUESTION:
    How long after an ear infection can you swim without ear plugs?
    I recently had an outer ear infection and the doctor gave me ear drops. I used those the prescribed amount of days and I feel all better. My prescription ended on July 2 and I have no more symptoms. On the 16th I will be going to visit family and we like to swim alot. Will I be ok to swim without ear plugs or do I still have to use them?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it's fine. I had an ear infection on holiday, I got some antibiotic tablets from the doc, and was swimming again the next day, no problem.

  35. QUESTION:
    How can you tell if you have an ear infection?
    I think i have an ear infection but i'm not sure

    how can i tell?

    • ANSWER:
      The only way to tell for sure if you have an ear infection is to have a health professional look inside your ear with an otoscope. There are, however, other things that can mimic an ear infection.

      Sometimes, when you have a cold, sore throat or allergies, it will cause swelling in your inner ear canal which will cause ear pain, but not an ear infection. Try taking a decongestant (like Pseudophed). It will reduce the swelling in your inner ear canal, thus relieving the ear pain. If this works, you don't have an ear infection.

      Water in your outer ear canal (as from swimming) can cause an irritation that causes pain, but not an infection. Your can get over-the-counter drops for your ear canal if you suspect this.

      Do all of your teeth feel fine. Tooth infections can sometimes cause ear pain. Also, have you been grinding/clenching your teeth. This can also cause ear pain.

      Ear pain that is increased while eating or chewing is usually caused by problems with your jaw joint.

      Try applying heat to the ear with a warm washcloth or heating pad to help ease the pain. You can also take Tylenol or Ibuprophen to help with the pain.

      Ear infections usually follow a cold, sinus infection or sore throat and will only clear up with antibiotics. There are many signs of ear infections, but not everyone will have all of the same symptoms. You need to go to the doctor if:
      -the ear pain isn't relieved with the above treatment after 2 days of home treatment
      -if the ear pain increases despite what you do
      -if you have a fever over 102
      -if there is any drainage from your ear
      -if there is redness or swelling behind or in front of your ear
      -if you have any other symptoms of a serious illness such as a headache with severe stiff neck or irritability.

  36. QUESTION:
    What can you do for an ear infection?
    My 3 yr old son has an ear infection. I don't mind taking him to the doctor, but we don't have health insurance right now, so I am wondering if there is anything I can try before I have to take him to a doctor? Can you let an ear infection run it's course or will it never go away without medicine? Thanks
    He is not in pain. We went to a school screening, and they looked in his ear and said it looked like he had one. He was and is showing no signs of being in pain.

    • ANSWER:
      I tried a product this weekend that I love. It's all natural and from Walgreens. It's called AURO, it really helps relieve the pain quickly. Just a couple of drops in the ear and within a few minutes it helps tremendously. It's safe for children, my sister-in-law who has children swears by it.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can you ride in a plane with an ear infection?
    I think I might have an ear infection.. And Im leaving for Iowa in 1 day. If I do have one.. Its not bad. Its not hurting THAT bad. Ill have pains every come out of nowhere.. But theyre kind of like little shocks. And theyre really painful. And I cant yawn without my right ear hurt.. And I cant touch it without it being sensitive. And when I drink something cold.. It hurts the inside of my ear. Its so weird. But the plane ride isnt that long. Like 5 hours with a 2 hour break inbetween the first 3[hours]. So, I should be fine, right?
    What kind of medicine would I be getting if I went to the docs for it. What would they do?
    What antibiotics/treatment would they do to me so I could still ride on the plane?

    • ANSWER:
      Get rid of the infection with 2 drops medical grade tea tree oil and 10 drops olive oil mixed. Put a couple of drops in each ear and it should disappear.

  38. QUESTION:
    How long after an ear infection can you swim wthout earplugs?
    I recently had an outer ear infection and the doctor gave me ear drops. I used those the prescribed amount of days and I feel all better. My prescription ended on July 2 and I have no more symptoms. On the 16th I will be going to visit family and we like to swim alot. Will I be ok to swim without ear plugs or do I still have to use them?

    • ANSWER:
      You should be ok, if you do get further ear infections from swimming your doctor could have this fixed with a small operation on your ear mastoid so you don't get any more.

  39. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for an ear to unclog after an ear infection?
    I am 35 and woke up with an ear infection 3 days ago. Went to see my doctor and she confirmed the infection. Started me on Amoxicillin and over the counter Pseudoephedrine. While my ear no longer hurts, my left ear is still as clogged as it was several days ago. Does anyone know how long it might take for my left ear to unclogged? I'm finding it difficult to do anything since my balance has been thrown off plus I can't hear! Thanks for you input!

    • ANSWER:
      your ear mite b inflamed put drops in it twicea day leave em in for 15 minutes an it should be gone in 2 weeks or so

  40. QUESTION:
    Is ear discharge with an infection a good thing?
    I've had an ear infection for around 6-7 days and have been taking antibiotics and nurofen. But last night I had a dark browny/yellow discharge from my ear while I was asleep.
    Is this a sign that the infection is going? Or should I go see a doctor again?

    • ANSWER:
      A Discharge from anything means something is not right, although its the body getting it away its self, I Think you should go back to your doctor and he will give you an Anti-Biotic Ear Drop.

      Doctor M Vallentine

  41. QUESTION:
    what are the effects of an untreated ear infection?
    How dangerous is an ear infection and what can it do to you if you don't go to the doctor and heal it, or take any kind of medicine for it?

    • ANSWER:
      You can do serious damage. If the ear infection is bad enough.

      You can do damage to the inner ear, ear drum, ect. Not just your ears, but you can also get a throat or sinus infection, because they are all connected. Chances of that are slim, but it's happened to me.

      I've had serious ear troubles from the day i was born, I was literally born with an ear infection. What I've done when I didn't have insurance or money to see a doctor was take some tylenol or ibprofurin for pain and to keep the swelling down. Also, you should lay down with a warm compress on your ear. (Warm moist washcloth for example) Make sure you have the infected ear towards the pillow, because when you put a compress on it, it will help it drain. You want that stuff going OUT not in deeper.

      I also have had trouble with vertigo due to damage from past ear infections, and trust me, that isn't fun. Vertigo is when your really dizzy, or have the "spins" and can't even walk straight, and almost always leads to puking. Not very fun at all.

      So if I were you, i'd pop a few IB, and put a warm washcloth on it. They also have some cheap ear drops at wal-mart, rite aid, whatever that you can use too, but those sometimes are more trouble than they are worth.

      Then again, sometimes they go away on their own without any antibiotics.

      Also, make sure you wear a hat when you go outside if its cold, because cold air will just make it worse, and can sometimes even be the cause!!

      Good Luck and I hope you feel better soon!!

  42. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of ear infection pain?
    I went to the doctor today and she said I have an ear infection, she gave me ear drops to get rid of it but it doesn't ease the pain. Anything I can do to help get rid of some of this pain?
    She also gave me an antibiotic... I'm not asking for an antibiotic right now, I'm asking for some pain relief!

    • ANSWER:
      What works for me Is 2 tylenol and 2 ibuprofen. The tylenol helps with pain and the ibuprofen helps with the inflammation. What also helps is a warm damp cloth held on the ear can help.

  43. QUESTION:
    I have an ear infection, what can I do to ease the discomfort and pain?
    I have an ear infection and the pain/pressure is unbearable. Any home remedies would be appreciated. I have already gone and seen a doctor and all she gave me was Floxin ear drops. I have taken Oxycodone, that worked for a little bit until it made me puke. Ibprofen 800's seemed to kind of work too. So did heat. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Please help.
    Oh my there are so many good answers I don't know how I will chose the best. Maybe I will start trying some remedies and pick the one that works the best.
    There are so many good answers. I have been taking plenty of showers and soaking my ear in hot water. I have been using a heating pad. I think the main thing I need to do is quit playing with it as suggested by one of the people who answered. The pee thing is a bit out there, but it sounds like one of those bizzare things that really do work. I just don't know how I would get the pee in my ear and plus I've been using prescribed ear drops which I don't want to screw up. I have heard of the smoke thing too. I remember seeing a cone thing in a store a while back that you light on fire and then blow out and it funnels the smoke into your ear, I just can't find it now. But the most common answer seems to be heat in oil and putting that in there with a q-tip so I might try that inbetween ear drops. Well thanks for the great answers everybody. I greatly appreciate your help. I kind of suck being able to only chose one best answer, especially with so many great responses.

    • ANSWER:
      Most importantly... stop messing with it!!!

      It's so easy to just poke at it and stick your finger in there, but take it from one who has had many ear infections, RESIST THE TEMPTATION.

      Take the maximum painkillers available and try to sleep if you can. If not, I find that being in the open air eases the pressure.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to drink alcohol while taking ear drops for an ear infection?
    I'm currently taking an antibiotic called Ofloxacin for swimmer's ear. I have to take two doses a day for a week. I know it's not good to mix antibiotics with alcohol but I was wondering if ear drops are any different than taking it in the form of a pill. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Any time you have an infection you should avoid drinking alcohol and ingesting lots of sugar as these things can feed the infection and make it worse, or resolve slower.

  45. QUESTION:
    How to avoid future ear infections?
    I currently have a very painful ear infection in my right ear and I would really rather never have to go through it again. Are there any possible ways to help avoid future ear infections? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Cutting out dairy foods from your diet would help. I recall having ear aches when I was a child, but it has been fifty years ago. Back then I drank a lot of milk and ate cheese, now I don't.

      One key to avoiding ear infections is to avoid the colds and sinus problems that often lead to ear infections. There, again, I have found that avoiding dairy foods, getting plenty of sleep, not hanging around smokers, and getting plenty of exercise helps one stay well.

      Dr. Mercola offers a wonderful, inexpensive home remedy in the link below: Crush some fresh garlic and soak it in olive oil for a while, then drop a few drops in the aching ear.

      Garlic is a natural antibiotic, in case you were wondering.

      To your health!

  46. QUESTION:
    What to do when your rabbit has an ear infection?
    My 12 week old mini lop is showing signs of an ear infection. She is constantly shaking her head and scratching her ear. She would lie down for a few seconds and then shoot back up doing it again She isn't drinking as much as she should. She is chewing on stuff bar her toys (but she is eating nothing but hay so that is good). I cant take her to the vets because its not open on a sunday, I don't have enough money to go to an emergency vet, because my mum is on benefits. We were planning on taking her to the PDSA in Newport, but it turns out the nearest one to us is cardiff. If anyone lives in wales and knows of anything i can do can you please answer this. (is there any pet shops that will sell ear drops, is there anywhere i can go that is cheap. Will she die if it doesn't get treated, IS IT EVEN AN EAR INFECTION AT ALL????) Any help appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like an ear infection, but the best thing you could do is call a vet to get their opinions. Then see if it'll be okay to wait another day.

  47. QUESTION:
    What can i take for my ear infection besides antibiotics?
    Currently, I can't take antibiotics because I have a yeast infection right now. I've been having the yeast infection for 3 months already and I'm finally getting it tackled.

    I do not want to take antibiotics, because of course antibiotics makes a yeast infection worst. I do not want to go through this again. But neither do I want an ear infection because those are very severe. Including I kind of have anxiety issues too so that kind of might trigger my ear infection a bit because stress or anxiety affects your immune system, but im working on it.

    Sorry for too much writing but in short words do you guys know any home remedies or anything that isn't an antibiotic that can treat an ear infection? because its already going down my throat and the ear drops aren't effective

    • ANSWER:
      I empathize with you, dealing with two competing medical problems simultaneously. I've been there (with different issues then yours, obviously).

      There are some home remedies for outer ear infections, but if the drops are failing that means it's probably inner ear. You'll have to see a doctor, or doctors. Y!A won't do it here. Everything becomes very different when dealing with multiple infections.

      Only a doctor can help you balance the pluses and minuses, and understand the risks of possible treatments. Some ear infections can lead to complete hearing loss, and so might be worth the antibiotics and misery. Perhaps an ear/nose/throat doctor has some way of getting the drops to where they're needed, or at least to clean out the ear.

      Or (cross your fingers) you may find out the infection is trivial, which will alleviate both the dilemma and the stress.

      Best of luck with this.

  48. QUESTION:
    Are ear infections always red or swelled?
    I was wondering if ear infections always have to look weird for it to be an ear infection. Do they have to be red, or swelled up, or can they just be itchy/painful?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Ear infections can be middle ear infections or ear canal infections. When the doctor looks into the ear canal, the eardrum is often red and can be bulging and is usually treated with oral antibiotics. If the ear canal is infected, often from trauma (most commonly from swimming or a q-tip), ear drops are often prescribed. An ear canal infection most commonly causes the itching/pain. Middle ear infections usually do not itch. But, it is possible to have itching without any infection being present.

  49. QUESTION:
    When should I go to the doctors for an ear infection?
    I've had a really painful ear infection for the last two days. Should I go tomorrow, or is it no big deal?

    • ANSWER:
      You should definitely go ASAP. In this way the doctors can give you antibiotics or ear drops which help relieve the pain. The sooner, the better!

      Sometimes even taking Advil or pain killers can help the pain as well


ear drops for ear infection

Ear Problem In Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do you get fluid build up out of a dogs ear?
    I have a dog that has had a servere ear problem for a few months. When you rub his ear you can hear fluid swishing around and it hurts him really bad. We thought it was ear mites but we're not sure. Is there any home remidies for this? I've tried ear powder to dry it up and relieve the ithching but it hasnt worked.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to take your dog to the vet and have the eardrums checked - it could be ruptured.
      At the least, it is probably an infection, and needs antibiotics.

  2. QUESTION:
    Any ideas to keep dog ears dry while swimming?
    My dog has had ear problems his whole life and it is caused by getting any kind of water in his ears. He has never swam before because of this. Not sure how long he has because of cancer so I have always felt like swimming would be something he would enjoy, but I don't want to further his pain by having him get an ear infection. I don't know if theres a such thing as a dog water cap or something like that. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      The reason water causes ear infections is because the ear canal is L shaped, so they can't effectively shake it all out. Once the moisture is in, it create a perfect breeding ground for yeast and bacteria. Find an ear cleaner with a self drying agent in it. Oticalm/oticlense are 2 good ones but there are LOTS more. Just squirt it in each ear after swimming or baths, it will do the rest. If you use it 1-2 times a week even with not swimming, it should prevent future infections. They are safe enough to use every day. Try to avoid ones containing alot of alcohol, it wont do damage, but if the ears are inflamed it will sting, making it an very unpleasant experience. Since your pup is prone to infections, look for one with ketoconazole in it (pharmasab/trizultra/ketomax) but you may need to go through a vet to get those.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for ear infections?
    My dog is showing all the symptoms of a minor ear infection and before putting her through a car ride and trip to the vet's office, does anyone know of any good home remedies for the treatment of ear infections?
    (If it matters, my dog is an 85 lbs American Pit Bull Terrier with no prior history of ear problems)

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, if she has an ear infection, you would be better off taking her to the vet. She most likely will need antibiotics to fight the infection. In the future, you could wipe out her ears with a 1 to 10 solution of vinegar and water to keep them clean. Only wipe the outer ear with a cotton ball; any further in and you can cause damage to her ear. It usually isn't too expensive to treat the infection, either.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to let your dog have his head hanging out of the car window?
    My dog loves to have his head hanging out of the car window, but I don't let him because of all of the things I have heard.

    I've heard tons of things:

    (1.) Your dog can develop breathing problems.
    (2.) Your dog can develop ear problems.
    (3.) Etc...

    ... The list goes on and on.

    • ANSWER:
      No, sadly it is not safe at all to let him hang his head out the window. In addition to lung and ear problems, your dog is at risk of being struck by anything, like a pebble, litter, etc. You are right to not let him do this, despite how much he may want to!

  5. QUESTION:
    I think my dog may have an inner ear problem?
    Okay so for the last week or so I've noticed that my dog (golden lab mixed with something about 8 yrs old male) has been walking at an angle and shaking his head like theres something in his ear. And yes I know take him to the vet, but I can't do that till Sunday or Monday. So in the mean time I am asking if anyone has any ideas about what is wrong with my dog. I think he may have an inner ear problem but could it be something else?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't put water in his ears - if he has a fungal condition or a perforated ear drum it will make him MUCH worse.

      A good rule of thumb is: If you would not treat your child or baby with something, don't do it to your dog.

  6. QUESTION:
    how do i get drops in my dogs ears and still keep my hands?
    my jack russel has chronic ear problems, hes on tablets and had his ears swilled out twice. infection keeps reccuring, he gets realy aggressive when i try to put drops in his ears. tried muzzle, im on my own so im realy struggling with just two hands. Its getting to be realy expensive now, and if i cant get the drops in hes heading for more ops. can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      I know I have a Jr Too and we took him to the vet on friday . There were huge rottweillers , staffs , and other dogs and he was the ONLY one that needed a Muzzle .

      The vet nurse thought I was joking . Till he went to Attack Ninja style the head vet lol.. Not good ...

      I think waiting till hes really tired is a good idea give him a treat to pre occupy him mouth too ... Good luck sweetie ..

  7. QUESTION:
    I have a 3 year old lab mix. She keeps getting yeast infections in her ears. How can I stop it?
    I have taken her to the vet 6 times in the last year for this ear problem. I dont understand what is causing it!

    • ANSWER:
      As already mentioned, regular cleaning is necessary. Preventative medicine is often necessary...ask the vet for a prescription for an anti-fungal that you can use once or twice a week as a preventative. Consider trying a "hypoallergenic" food, too...often yeast infections are caused by allergy (and food allergies are very possible). California Natural makes the best allergy formula for dogs. If your dog's food currently has chicken in it, try the Lamb & Rice formula. If the dog is currently on lamb, try the Herring and Sweet Potato formula. It's rather expensive per bag compared to many others, but my big dogs only eat 2 to 2-1/2 cups per day...making it affordable (rather than feeding 6 or 8 cups of a cheaper food).

  8. 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.

  9. QUESTION:
    Can acupuncture be used to treat behavior problems in dogs?
    My holistic vet used acupuncture to treat my dog's chronic ear infections when she was a puppy, with a lot of success. She is ten years old and has never had ear infections since. I heard the end of a story on NPR recently about acupuncture being used to treat behavior problems in dogs. Has anybody heard anything about this, and if so what?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it is going to depend on the type of behavioral problem and your vet's clinical experience with it. If the dog seems prone to fear or panic, has anxiety, or tends to be obsessive-compulsive, then I think acupuncture could be quite effective. In general, acupuncture has a calming effect on people and animals. And, it won't have the side-effects of the pharmaceuticals that are sometimes used to treat behavioral issues.

      Also, don't rule out massage for your dog ...
      http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/results.asp?WRD=dog+massage

      May I suggest you look at these resources:
      http://www.acupuncture.com/animals/dog.htm
      http://www.beaveranimalclinic.com/holistictreatment.html#veterinaryacupuncture
      http://www.beaveranimalclinic.com/educationalmaterials.html

      I think you should go back to your vet. Get a diagnosis for the behavioral problem from both the Eastern and Western perspectives. Ask if the vet has successfully treated that problem before with acupuncture or Chinese medicine. Ask about other holistic therapies, like Bach Flower Remedies and homeopathics. Ask your vet if massage (by you) could be an adjunctive therapy for your dogs problem.

      Good luck =)

  10. QUESTION:
    Dog suddenly has adverse reaction to music?
    My dog who listens to loud music all the time in my house suddenly had a bad reaction to the music today and actually gagged. I turned on the music again later and he instantly got up and went to the door. Could he have some kind of ear problem?

    • ANSWER:
      depends on how old he is. It may have an ear problem. Bring it to a vet. It may be geting old and be getting scared of music. They get weird changes, dogs, sometimes. I don't know why he gaged, maybe he doesnt like it or was choking on somethingg???? hope i helped! P.S i LOVE dogs! <3333

  11. QUESTION:
    Food suggestions for dog with allergies?
    My dog has food allergies, and because of this she bites and licks her paws incessantly and has chronic ear problems. What food alternatives are there that aren't too expensive?

    Thanks in advance :)
    We feed her science diet right now. Also, she is a 10 year old Australian Shepherd mix.

    • ANSWER:
      you need to get off the SD:

      I have researched this in depth since my poor dog died of kidney failure due to poor quality dog food!!(this is the only reason I answer these questions … to try and save a dogs life or at least to not let him/her suffer because of bad food)
      Fromm Dog Food is Great for dogs and cats …http://www.frommfamily.com/ - per 30 lb bag
      NO fillers….some good quality grains….NO corn….gluten or by-products or wheat
      ALL human grade food….fruits…veggies and probiotics!!WHOLE fruits and veggies!!!! Just like the kind we get at our grocery stores!
      check it out you wont regret it !FROMM 4 STAR product line is the best!!!!!!!FROMM is a 100% holistic dog food.FROMM also has a grain-free option called surf & turf

      http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/TOTW has a high protein content (not recommeded for non athletic dogs)
      Taste of the Wild contains Ethoxyquin which is a toxic fish preservative. (TOTW says that the cooking process kills all of it but it scared me away from their product)
      around for a 30 lb bag .... its the cheapest 6 star food ..

      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ lots of great dog food choices on this site !!

      Orijen and Welness are great but it is - for a 30 lb bag…high protein as well ..not good for non athletic dogsOrijen is WAY to high in protein for a non working/non-agility dog ..
      Fromm Is what my puppy gets it has a lower protein % and great ingredients! 5 outta 6 stars due to lower protein (but most dogs should not have high protein levels …. It makes their kidneys work overtime for no reason)
      You can get it online and if you go to the website you can find stores near you .. they wont be at walmarts and the like... they are in feed stores .. Agway..tractor supply stores etc

      IF your dog is not going to be a hard working/agility dog all this high protein can do more harm than good in the long run,,, you wont notice it now but it can take its toll on a dogs kidneys as it ages.

      http://4healthdogfood.tripod.com/
      there is also a brand called 4health at the tractor supply store.. it is only for a 30 lb bag.. and it seems to be of good quality. (not as good as the foods mentioned above but it good for the price if you are on a tight budget.)

      also of you go to http://www.tractorsupply.com you can get a printable off coupon!!
      they have tons of low and high end foods there(including TOTW and 4 Health)

  12. QUESTION:
    What should I do about my dogs ear problem?
    His ears are perfectly ok except the very tip on the outside. its covered in what looks like dry black tar...well it started out that way, then flys started coming around and now some blood showed. what should i do?

    • ANSWER:
      for now put neosporan on them and go to the vet.alot of pets are getting skin cancer from the strong sun and the ear tips are the first top get this.go to the vet asap or it will spread

  13. 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.

  14. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of ear mites in your dogs ear?
    I have part lab/rottweiller and i am wanting to know how to git rid of his ear mite problem without going to the vet.I use baby oil but they always come back.

    • ANSWER:
      You're going to have to visit a veterinarian to take care of your dog's ear issues. How are you sure it is mites unless you have a microscopic examination done?

      Have it properly diagnosed so that it can be properly treated.

  15. QUESTION:
    Any luck with remedies for dog's chronic ear problems?
    I have a Shih Tzu that has had chronic ear problems (yeast) she has been to the vet for this and was prescribed ear ointment and an ear wash. I clean her ears every other day and keep the hair plucked out. The ear ointment didn't seem to help much and what improvement that was there was not long lived. I've been looking up natural home remedies to help her and I was wondering if anyone had any luck with these or another method?

    • ANSWER:
      Take her back to the vet and ask them to do a swab, culture and identification. This means taking a culture from the swab to see which antibiotic is needed to stop all this. Putting a bit of this and that into the aural cavity often just makes for a nice moist place for bacteria to grow. And it will empty your Bank account faster than anything. And it's frustrating getting nowhere.

      It could also be worth looking at his diet. Sometimes these yeast problems can start out from a food allergy. Avoid anything with wheat in it.

      The final remedy would be to have what's called an aural resection done - surgery which involves a small nick under the ear to improve drainage, and air flow.

  16. QUESTION:
    When puppy ears take the normal adult position according to the breed?
    My four months old maltese is starting to have one of his ears completely dropped as a maltese adult but the other one is like pointing down but not flatened to the head, like I've seen in many maltese puppies. Is that normal, that an ear drops first that the other? When are they supposed to be in the adult position?.
    BTW: My puppy was seen yesterday by the vet and he's OK, no ears problem, it's just that I forgot to ask because it's mostly an esthetic issue.
    Yes, he's teething.

    • ANSWER:
      What Cleoppa said. Taping is a precaution only, as many puppies will develop standard ear position once teething is over.

      I don't know how taping is done for a Maltese (only familiar with taping for Shelties), but I do know it's different for different breeds. (I found this link that is supposed to be for both Yorkie and Maltese, but you might get better advice from a breed-specific message group. http://www.yorkie.org/dogs/grooming_yorkies.html )

      If you don't care about the "look", then no need to worry. However, if you would prefer your dog to have the "standard" look of its breed, then ear taping is a gentle and fairly non-invasive way to help achieve that.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is a breeder liable for vet bills if our puppy has a serious flea problem/allergy?
    We just bought a Cocker Spaniel puppy on Thursday night. I had specifically asked the breeder if the dog had fleas BEFORE I decided to buy him and he, of course, said "no." When we got the puppy, I noticed he was scratching his ears and he pointed out that dogs always get itchy. I didn't think anything of it because our cockers always had ear problems. However, the dog has been scratching non-stop because he has fleas. We have 2 cats and have NEVER had fleas in our house or yard. Now I have to put all the animals on frontline, wash everything, shampoo the carpets, treat the puppy for some sort of dermatitis reaction to the flea bites, and spray the house and yard. The vet bill was 5!
    I called the breeder on Saturday about the fleas and said how mad I was about the fleas. I asked for him to call me back. I've left 2 more messages since and he hasn't returned my calls! Can he be held liable for all these expenses? Please help! Thanks!
    He brought the dog to my house. It was at night, but I had a light on. I looked at the dog, but I couldn't see the yeast infection in his ears or any fleas on him as he has beautiful thick fur and it's black and white. He doesn't have tons of fleas that I can see, but he has tons of flea dirt. That doesn't get picked up from a house in less than a day (I defnitely didn't have fleas here, and I disagree with medicating animals unnecessarily; my cats are strictly inside animals). BTW, the breeder over-vaccinated the puppy and the vet said he had a yeast infection in his ears. Regardless of whether or not he pays me, I'm filing a complaint with the ASPCA.
    I know about the congenital health guarantee, but isn't a verbal agreement about the fleas standing? Thanks everyone for all the advice!
    BTW: I put the cats on Frontline today because it's pointless to put the dog on it and not treat the rest of the house/pets. I'm allergic to fleas and would have broken out from their bites if we already had them. His puppy dermatitis (or whatever they called it) only appears on his belly near his hind legs...not noticeable to most people.

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is YES! He lied to you about the flea infestation. I would hold him liable. The other problem is, you will have to prove your case in court. You will have to have all the documents, the bill of sale with date, the vets invoices with dates of treatment and possibly a witness besides yourself. This must have been a serious problem to have a vet bill of 5. Have a friend call this breeder, pretend to be a potential buyer, make an appointment to see the parents and other puppies. Then check for fleas on the parents and puppies, use a digital camera to take some photos for court. Make sure this person is willing to go to court with you to testify on your behalf. This breeder should be put out of business. Responsible breeders don't let their animals live in these conditions. At the very best he is a liar, at the very worst, a irresponsible back yard breeder, who only cares about the money not the animals.

      So what do you do if you win....well, you now have a judgment and are left to collect the money on your own. You must know where the person works, has bank accounts, etc. If they own property, you can put a mechanic's lien on his property. You won't get paid any money until the property gets sold. If you're lucky, People's Court will call you and if you win there, they will pay you immediately.

      I would also put an ad on Craigslist documenting the problem you had with the puppy from this breeder. Buyer beware!

      Good luck to you.

  18. QUESTION:
    How can you help if I can't afford a vet to put my dog to sleep?
    he is 15 and in pain a lot plus has ear problems that stink and no matter what I do to clean them the problem comes back he next day.he is suffering. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Usually if you go to your local shelter and sound super sincere, theyll do it for you. If they begin to say no, offer a small donation, or something. Bring the dog with you and explain the situation and show them his condition and tell them he just cant go on because its just too painful for him.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do I cure my dogs ear problem without going to the vet?
    My dog keeps shaking his head and rubbing his ear on my leg. I think its an ear infection, or ear mites but I don't want to go to the vet. It looks like theres alot of dark wax in that one ear.

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs don't get ear mites as commonly as cats. Don't treat for something unless you are sure of what it is!!!!
      You can at least get a dog ear cleaner and some cotton balls and clean the ear out REALLY well twice daily. You can get WAY DOWN DEEP into the ear cannal since the dogs ear forms a 90 degree angle. You won't hurt the ear. It may be very sore if there is an infection though. If you are cleaning it really well and it isn't getting better, or you can't get down far enough due to the pain, you need to see a vet ASAP!!! A ear infection is painful and the dog shouldn't suffer with something that can be easily treated!!!!!

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

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

  21. QUESTION:
    whats a good ear cleaner for a dogs ears?
    Have a cocker spaniel and of course he has the typical ear problems, I am wondering what other people use for ear cleaner.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a dog with ear problems and through much advice from others about what they try, I learned of zymox otic with hydrocortisone

      they do a with or without hydrocortisone..... and they certainly do it in the US as I got my first one sent over from there... since found it UK and get from there.

      I run it past my vet first before using it and she agreed on it. Seems to work very well and hopefully next summer when it is usually its worst I won't need him sedating and ears flushing as I usually do.

  22. QUESTION:
    How can I hold my JRT so I can put his ear drops in?
    His ears are irritating him so he needs his ear drops, problem is he is way too wriggly so I cannot do his ears properly. And good ways to restrain him while I do his ears? He gets snappy so he has a muzzle on too.

    • ANSWER:
      Ear drops.
      15/02/10

      Regardless of how well that you have trained your dog to accept handling and treatments, they are frightened when they hear the sound of drops being squirted into their ears.

      You can often avoid the necessity of treatment by checking their ears every week and by cleaning the ear flap. Nevertheless if ear medication is necessary, you don’t have to frighten your dog. Ask your vet to supply extra medication and soak this in a large pad of cotton wool. Drop the pad into the ear flap and massage the external ear flap gently, some of the medication will go down into the ear canal and this will also clean the ear flap. If your dog objects to the cotton wool pad, don’t attempt to continue, just throw him a treat, and he will then associate the cotton wool pad as a prelude to a treat.

      Ear drops are usually prescribed for use two or three times a day. However if you have attempted in the past to use ear drops, your dog might still be worried if you touch it ears. You can allay your dog’s fears by soaking several pads of cotton wool in cooled boiled water. Get on the floor with your dog and put the soaked pad near to its ear and then give him a treat. Do this several times a day and make it fun eventually he will not object to having his ears handled.

  23. QUESTION:
    I don't want to use a solution to clean my dogs ears. Is there something else I can use?
    I don't feel like squirting liquid in his ears helps anything. He is a two year old Chinese sharpei and has had ear problems since day one. I clean them but they are always irritating him. He constantly shakes his head and rubs his ears on the carpet. Sometimes he cries put I don't know if it's pain or if it just feels good to scratch the itch. I feel so bad for him he must be miserable! What else can I use to clean his ears? There has to be something else!

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    how to stop a dogs ears from spliting from the tips to the scalp?
    MY ENGLISH POINTER AND LAB HAS EAR PROBLEMS AND SCRATCHES HIS EARS WITH HIS BACK PAWS UNTIL THEY BLEED. ONE HAS SPLIT ALL THE WAY TO THE SCALP! CAN YOU HELP ME?

    • ANSWER:
      The very reliable rule of thumb;
      If you would take a child with the same symptoms to the Doctor, you should take your beloved dog to the Veterinarian.

  25. QUESTION:
    Natural way to clean my dogs ears?
    My dog has ear problems and stuff builds up in them. i was wondering if there was any natural way to clean them. they also smell really bad. is there anything that will help the odor as well?

    • ANSWER:

  26. 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!!!!

  27. QUESTION:
    My dog is acting very funny. She is very weak looking. Her head is bouncing around and she is tipping over?
    She looks like she is dizzy. She been eating just fine and drinking. This just started today. If she had a ear problem wouldn't she be pulling at them.

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest that you take her to a vet immediately

  28. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have a skin condition?
    A few months ago my 3year old golden/husky mix had a really bad ear problem.On the outside of her ear and around her eyes she was losing hair and her skin was red with tiny bumps where she lost the hair. Well i sprayed peroxide mixed with water on the infected area and it slowly went away. Now she has the same thing on her lower belly near her rear and on her inner thigh. Does anyone know what this may be ? I am open for any suggestions. Thank you for any help.
    I would bring her to the vet if i could but they cost a lot of money in which i dont have . thats why i am asking for help

    • ANSWER:
      Take the condition seriously! and bite the bullet!

      Your dog probably has a form of mange which is caused by mites that live and feed around hair follicles. You don't use the regular antibiotics to treat it. You should see a vet to confirm it's demadex mange. This is done easily by examining a sample scrapping of the infected area of the dog's skin under a microscope. Then ask the vet about giving your dog small daily oral doses of liquid ivermectin (it has a white milk-like appearance) over a period of 2 to 3 weeks.

      I know there is another medication to treat demadex but its hard to get and very expensive and may also not be good for the liver when its metabolized.

      That should take care the problem soon before it spreads because the condition can lead to worse problems and become harder to treat.

      If money is unavailable look up and call the animal shelters in your area. Tell them your situation and ask them if they can help. If they are unable to help, they still might know a vet who will help you for the costs of the medication.

      Oh, and one other thing, I recommend bathing your dog regularly-at least once a week with a medicated shampoo or a tar shampoo or a mixture of both with a small amount of flea shampoo added in. I think the aspirin (methyl salicylic acid) in the medicated shampoo together with the minimal amount of flea shampoo will help keep the dog-scratching episodes to a minimum.

      Please let us all know later in the comment section what you did and what happened.

  29. QUESTION:
    How to treat my dogs ear problem?
    my dog has stuff in his ears that I need to clean out once a week. His ears get hot sometimes as well. What is the best way to treat it and can it be treated so it won't come back?

    • ANSWER:
      It sure sounds to me like he's got an ear infection.

      Have you taken him to the vet for this? If not, please schedule an appointment for asap.

  30. QUESTION:
    Where can I find the best veterinarian in the Philippines?
    I took my dog to 4 vets already but none of them can solve my dog's ear problem.

    Please help my dog! Thanks
    I forgot to say that I live in Metro Manila

    • ANSWER:
      listing of some vet clinics around manila.

      http://www.petsintheweb.com/html/vet_listings/Veterinary_Clinic_MANILA.htm

      it would help you a lot if you have a better understanding of common ear problems for canines.

      http://animalpetdoctor.homestead.com/Ears.html

  31. QUESTION:
    How do I make my dog realize that my son is dominant?
    I have a new puppy who is REALLY great with my 10 mo old son. She lets him walk on her, pull her ears etc. The problem is that she thinks he's a puppy and she thinks it's ok to be dominant. I've tried alpha rolls and putting him over her but he just won't sit still. She takes food out of his hands and steals his toys. Any suggestions?
    I do discipline, rewards, etc. She is 13 weeks old and pretty well trained already (she can sit, come and lay on command already). I don't neglect training my dog. I don't leave my son unattended with her.

    I just want tricks to help her realize that he isn't a puppy and he is dominant. He is too young to do it himself so what do pack leaders do to get the underdog to realize that another dog is dominant?
    I don't let him do anything to her. I stop it at once. I am kinda feeling like all the answers are insinuating that I am either a bad pet owner, bad mother or both.
    Everyone gets attention in my house. I am a stay at home mom and my dog is LOVED. I am not ignoring my dog or my son. The problem is that she is stealing food out of his hands. It has nothing to do with attention. She gets lots of exercise, discipline and love. My son also gets all of those.
    Everyone gets attention in my house. I am a stay at home mom and my dog is LOVED. I am not ignoring my dog or my son. The problem is that she is stealing food out of his hands. It has nothing to do with attention. She gets lots of exercise, discipline and love. My son also gets all of those.

    • ANSWER:
      I can only suggest that you supervise puppy-kid time and punish puppy and kid for bad behavior, your kid shouldn't learn to pull on puppy's ears or climb on him, it is not ok, your kid will become a toddler and will beat the C out of your dog and of course the dog will snap back, doggie will go to doghouse because you thought it was a great idea to let your kid play rough with the dog.

      Supervise play time, both get punished for rough play, when your kid grows up he will learn your tricks to teach doggie to be submisive, for now you shouldn't teach your dog to hate your kid. Oh BTW, dogs know "young" by instict, your kid cannot be an alpha dog , he is "young" and has no place yet, just like puppy.

      And you are not a bad mom or a bad owner, you just need to understand a few things about dogs, right now there is nothing you can do, your dog will learn more when your kid grows, just get your training right the first time, your dog should learn to love your kid and the only way to do it is teaching him kid respects dog , dog should respect kid too. Give it some time.

      Oh and about the food, it is only natural, don't worry about it right now. Just don't let your kid eat close to doggie, dogs and cats will get any chance they have to get some food that's their job, don't take it too seriously at this point, just don't give puppy the opportunity to sin.

  32. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my dog has ear problems?
    I have a yorkie and too her with me shooting today. She has gone two other times but this time my brother brought his dog too. My dog has been very grumpy all day and has ignored me alot. I don't think it hurt her ears because she was fine before, I think she's just mad.
    Is there a way I can make sure she's okay?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like your dog has some hearing loss due to the noise of the gun. It could just be temporary but if you continue to take her out shooting, you need to ask your vet about ear protection for her. Yorkies have very sensitive ears and being with you while you are shooting when her ears are not protected from the sound is not a good idea. Watch and see what happens to her hearing in the next couple of days and if it doesn't improve, take her to the vet. :) Good luck!

      I'm not a vet and my answer is opinion only. Only a licensed vet can give you professional advise. :)

  33. QUESTION:
    How can I help my cat with his ear problems?
    My cat Johnny is a year old and he's been having problems with his left ear regularly since a very early age. He always scratches his left ear angrily and makes noises,as if being in great pain.I checked his ear for itch-mites,since my other cat had those once,but no sign of any desease. Can it be middle ear inflammation? Is it just a bad habit?

    • ANSWER:
      It's probably mites, the vet can check with a microscope and see things that you can't with just your eye. Another possibility could be a yeast infection. One of my dogs gets one every now and then so he has drops to use when it starts to bother him.
      There are some vaccinations your cat could use by now so give in and take him for a visit.

  34. QUESTION:
    How to fix dogs ear problem?
    Our 7yo golden retriever gets really bad infections(I think yeast, if I remember right) in his ear and he's already had surgery for it twice, but it doesn't stop coming back. We've tried changing his food, and the vet said eventually it would just go away, but his ear would be smaller. This is actually the 4th time it's happened so his ear is already smaller. What else is there to do besides surgery, changing his food, and waiting for it to just go away?

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend that you find a Vet who specializes in ear problems or one that specializes in allergies and infections. I say this because it is not good for your dog to have repeated infections and if it is not already deaf in that ear, it will be. Also, infections tend to travel so your dog's general health may be at risk. At 7 years of age, I'm sure you do not wish to have more repeated surgeries as surgery is dangerous to begin with and at advanced age becomes riskier. Seek out a specialist!!!

  35. QUESTION:
    Do you know any good natural vitamin for old dogs?
    I have a 10 years old Cocker Spaniel, she always been very sick and took hundred of medicines for ear mites, skin problems etc, so I don't want to give her anything industrialized.
    Is there a web site where I can find a recipe for some kind of vitamin for my dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Something great for dogs is flax seed oil. Flax seed oil provides nutrients (omega-3 fatty acids) that improve the health of both humans and dogs. If you do a quick search of the internet with flax seed oil and dog food you'll find a ton of references about it. Though this oil (as well as others) is known to be great for dogs, it's not added to many commercial dog foods, because the oil can become rancid. By excluding it the shelf-life of the food can be extended.

      Flax seed oil is particularly good for treating skin and coat problems. (It really helped my dog with her dry, itchy skin.)

      You don't have to buy the fancy stuff from the pet sites. Instead, you can buy flax seed oil capsules from any store that sells vitamins (I think I got the most recent ones at WalMart). Poke a hole in the capsule and squirt the oil on your dog's food.

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

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

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I get my dog to swallow his tablets?
    My dog has problems with it's ears and we have been trying to get him to swallow his medication. The trouble is that he always finds the medicine in the foods we hide them in. We also can't just put them in his mouth as he always bites. Does anyone have any solutions?

    • ANSWER:
      Put the tablet in a cheese or ham flat. Make up a second identical, but pill-less one and offer him the first, showing him the second at the same time so, with any luck, he'll swallow the first one fast, to get to the second one. Works every time with my more stroppy patients, although I have to say with most of mine, I could open their mouths, and lob a brick down, if needed!

      Why are you having tablets for ear problems? You maybe better to ask your vet to take a swab from inside the ear, get it cultured and identified, so the correct antibiotic can be found. That way you avoid all the 'try this try that' stuff, that doesn't work, but empties a Bank Account fast, to say nothing of providing a nice moist place in the ear, for whatever's going on, to multiply!!

      ps This medication may be available in liquid form which might be easier to add to his food, or get into him with a syringe?

  38. QUESTION:
    What type of inexpensive ear cleaner for dogs?
    I have 2 Golden's and we use the vet ear cleaner$. I'm looking for something as not a$ pricey and effective.

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly? Cotton balls/Cotton pads and saline solution should be plenty. Q-tips for the crevices, but don't enter the ear canal with them or you risk rupturing the ear drum.

      If your dog has a problem with recurring ear infections, then http://www.raisingspot.com/health-care/cleaning-dog-ear lists a couple homemade remedies to help prevent infection.

  39. QUESTION:
    Does getting a dogs ears cropped stop them from getting ear infections?
    I have a boxer, that gets ear infection a lot. I was told to get his ears cropped, and the ear infection problems would stop. Is this true? I wanna know more about it before I go and have my baby's ears chopped up. how painful is it for them?

    • ANSWER:
      Is your dogs ears cracking?
      I've seen a couple of boxers and APBT with cracked ears.
      I worked with a APBT that had really bad cracked ears and they would get infected. The owner ended up cropping his ears and the dog was a lot better. The dog was always in pain with his cracked ears.
      The vet said it was bad circulation.
      Are you talking about inside the ear?

  40. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of ticks on my dogs?
    I find them in my dogs ears, in between their toes, on their bellies. I used different soaps and shampoos. The ticks just won't go away! What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Frontline from the vet will do the trick. It is different from the stuff you can buy at the market. It actually absorbs into the dogs system and can not wash off or wear off. It will kill everything on the dog in a day(only a few hours really), and then work well as a repellant. Even if the dog gets a flea or tick on it later, that bug will die first time it bites the dog.

      You should also treat your yard, fleas and ticks live in the lawn and in trees. So spraying the yard down good with an insect killer will help with the problem a lot too.

  41. QUESTION:
    When my dog goes to a clump of grass his ear starts getting problems?
    I have a 3 Year old cross breed.
    His ear is fine, but whenever he goes out for a walk and smells a clump of grass or a bush his ear starts playing up. He'll start shaking his head, a musty smell starts and his pining when itching it.

    This happens whenever he goes near a bush or a large piece of grass.
    It can last for a day or two.

    What's going on?

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like a grass allergy! go to your veterinarian to confirm it though.

  42. QUESTION:
    Why does my recently homed stray pitbull have an enlarged vagina, tail between her leg and ears down?
    I took in a stray young pit-bull that started following me a few days ago, shes the most friendliest yet scared and timid dog I've ever seen. I am wondering if anyone on answers know if there is a medical or psychological problem with a dog if it has an enlarged vagina, tail constantly tucked, scared and timid. But still friendly?

    • ANSWER:
      In heat.

      Have her in for a vet checkup.

  43. QUESTION:
    How to stop aggressive behavior in a dog?
    Let me give you the details without making you read for hours and hours. Also, someone told me it's disrespectful to write in caps lock here, so if you're offended by that kind of thing, this question isn't for you.
    ME AND MOM WERE AT ANIMAL SHELTER PICKING A DOG.
    SIGN SAYS ANIMAL SHELTER IS FULL, ANY DOGS DROPPED OF WILL BE HUMANELY KILLED.
    WOMAN IS WALKING IN WITH A DOG.
    WE STOP HER, SAY WE'LL TAKE DOG.
    DOG IS AGGRESSIVE, NEVER BITES, BUT GROWLS.
    ONLY LIKES MY MOTHER, GROWLS AT EVERYONE ELSE.
    IT'S BEEN THIS WAY FOR YEARS.
    I WANT TO FIX IT.
    HALP.
    And if you're going to tell me to put her down, it's not gonna happen. But what can I do? She has some ear and leg problems the vet has tried and failed to fix for years, she's a sharpei, and the aggression has been going on for years. My mom is the kind of person that likes to hit animals, and I can't tell you how many times I've had to be the human shield for these little guys, but I have never, ever let it happen. She also yells at the dogs. A lot. So those might contribute to the problem.

    • ANSWER:
      The dog needs to spend some quality time with other people besides your mom. Try approaching the dog when it's in a place where it doesn't feel cornered, approach with your hand out and your head and chest facing away from the dog, submissive and non threatening. Offer some treats. Then you could try taking the dog for a walk or throwing a ball for the dog. DO NOT try to pet or touch the dog until you are succesful with the other things. This is what I would do, although I am not a professional.

      In fact your best bet is to seek help from a professional trainer if you have the money.

  44. QUESTION:
    Why do people crop the ears of dogs like dobermans, pit bulls, and rottweilers?
    Is it just for the look (which I wouldn't agree with) or is it a fix for some medical problem.
    I keep reading somewhere that people do get it done sometimes for a medical issue.

    • ANSWER:
      Rottweilers ears are never cropped. People like the look of cropped ears in Dobes and Pits. Some Pits are cropped for fighting.

  45. QUESTION:
    How to make my dog smell better but without giving her a bath?
    My dog smells, but not like a problem with her ears or anything more like a really dirty dog smell, I gave her a bath a week ago, but we've been taking her out a lot like outside and she smells like dirt and like a "dog", what can i do to improve her smell? Another bath or what? Please help, she stinking up the house.

    • ANSWER:
      Normally I recommend giving a dog a bath only once every two weeks though some can get away with once a week. Never anymore then that though, otherwise you can end up seriously drying out your dogs skin and causing problems like hot spots.

      Between baths there are any number of colognes and conditioning sprays you can use to help the smell or you can get some doggie bath wipes or a waterless shampoo to help clean her between baths. I actually use hypoallergenic (no perfumes or dyes) baby wipes on my dog if she gets particularly dirty. You can get them fairly cheap, it helps get them clean, and my philosophy is if it's gentle enough to use on a baby's skin it's gentle enough for my dog. Plus they're great to spot clean ears with and help get boogers from the corner of a dog's eyes.

  46. QUESTION:
    Oridermyl for fungal infection on dogs leg?
    I brought my dog to the vet yesterday as she has developed 2 bald patches on the backs of her legs. He said it was a fungal infection and prescribed Oridermyl to be applied to the area twice daily.

    I thought Oridermyl was for ear problems only and have googled it for use in skin fungal infections but cannot find any information on this.

    I was wondering if anyone else had ever been prescribed this medication for a skin infection in their dog and also it is very difficult to stop her licking it - is this dangerous. Many thanks for any information.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not familiar with that particular medication, however topicals used to treat fungal infections in canines should contain either one or all of these ingredients to be effective;
      clotrimazole
      chlorhexidine acetate
      miconazole nitrate

  47. QUESTION:
    What is the best breed of dog for a couple living in the city?
    We live in an apartment and are looking for a small to medium size dog. It can't be yappy as we do live in an apartment. I work from home, so could take the dog out during the day, as well we live right near a park, so could take the dog here frequently.

    If you could give your reasoning behind your answer - it will help us make a decision on what kind of dog to get!
    Also - we're planning on adopting an adult dog from a shelter - just wondering a good breed.

    • ANSWER:
      It really depends on the dog itself on they "yappy" trait. It depends on how it is raised or how well bred. But anyway, I love Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. I have one and she is the sweetest little puppy. They are small- medium size dogs. But they need a medium to small amount of exercise. But they love kids! My niece loves my King Charles. They negatives is that they need LOTS of grooming. And the ear problems due to their long ears. I have photos of some King Charles:

      http://www.muamat.com/adpics/4c8571ebae0f6c48980e81b9e.jpg

      http://www.campcavalier.com/cutecavalier2.jpg

      They come in 3 colors: Black & Tan
      Tri-color
      Blenheim
      Ruby

      Good Luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    What do dog fighters generally do with the ears of the dogs they intend to fight?
    I saw a pit-bull type dog at the shelter with ears that were docked very short to the head. Does this indicate that this dog was used or was intended to be used for dog fighting?

    What do dog fighters do with the ears of the dogs anyway? In old days didn't they used to dock them real close to the head?

    • ANSWER:
      Most people who get "fighting" breeds crop the ears with no intent on fighting. It just gives the dog a mean, watchdog look (even though they can be super sweet). But since it is at a shelter, why don't you see the staff if they know anything? I kind of doubt it because then it would probably have aggression problems with other dogs and all shelter dogs are tested for that.

  49. QUESTION:
    What to do about my dogs ear infection?
    I have a 3 y/o Black Lab. His left ear is very red, has a bad odor and a lot of discharge. I have tried to clean it with peroxide and a cotton ball. He doesnt really like it though. Is this something he should go to the vet for? I find it ironic I am taking him on Friday for his shots. Just dont know if he needs to go sooner.

    • ANSWER:
      You should get your dog to the vet, preferably before Friday if possible due to discomfort. If you can't, the dog will most likely be ok. Don't continue to use peroxide, as it can actually make some of the problems worse. You could get an ear cleaner from your vet, or from a pet store, to clean the ear. Do not buy any actual medications, unless your vet has prescribed them. Most likely, this is a bacterial +/- yeast infection, and will need prescription medication.

      When you go to the vet, make sure that you have them show you the proper way to clean your dog's ears, and ask how often you should normally do this. Labs tend to get a lot of ear infections, mostly because they like water, and have floppy ears. So it would be a good idea to clean them regularly, so that your dog gets used to it, and so that you can catch any infection really early.


ear problem in dogs

Infection Yeast

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to masturbate while treating a penile yeast infection?
    I've recently been prescribed an antibiotic to treat fungal infections (yeast infection), and it's to be used for 5 days. I usually lube up when I masturbate, so I'm not rough on my penis or anything, and before I started the prescription, I didn't irritate any parts of my penis, there was no pain or discomfort when I masturbated. Will masturbation hinder the healing process? Should I wait until the infection goes away?

    • ANSWER:
      It seems odd to treat a yeast infection with antibiotics. Surely an anti-fungal cream would be preferred?

  2. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  4. QUESTION:
    What's more severe: stomach infection or yeast infection?
    What's more severe: stomach infection or yeast infection?

    And how do you treat stomach infections? Is it really bad to have one? Will I need surgery or something serious? My dad who is a doctor (and also asked his friend who is also a doctor about my blood test results) says that I can take antibiotics now and won't need surgery as long as I take the antibiotics and get rid of it before it gets serious.

    • 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.

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

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

      Don't worry!

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to not start your period if you have a urinary tract infection or yeast infection?
    I had unprotected sex 6 nights ago. I am unsure if any sperm got inside of me or not, but the guy i was with gave me either a urinary tract infection or a yeast infection. I was supposed to start my period 2 days ago, and i havent. Should i be worried? I took a pregnancy test, but it was negative.

    • ANSWER:
      UTI's aren't actually given to you by the guy, its from the bacteria in your vagina in urinary tract. Its not a hygeine issue or anything but its not from him, you need to empty your bladder and shower after you have sex to help prevent these from happening...as for the lack of period with a UTI, its never stopped me from getting mine (I've never had a yeast infection so I can't comment there) you might just be late due to stress or something, I'd wait a week and if there's still no sign take another one, in the meantime get some antibiotics from the doctor to treat the infection before it gets worse or spreads (you can also ask for a pregnancy blood test, this will tell you for sure whether you're pregnant or not)

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

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

  8. QUESTION:
    Writing another paper... Is it Systematically possible for a severe yeast infection to cause dementia?
    Can a severe outer epidermis infection, IE, Yeast, Bed Soar, etc cause dementia in a patient? This is Pre-Antibiotic stage infection. Patient complains of visual oddities, hearing people speak when they are not there.
    I want to know if this is a possible symptom of the infection, or a precursor to dementia, patient is in their 60's, Male, 200lbs, relatively healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      Typically invasive infection manifests as delirium not dementia, the difference being delirium is fairly quick onset, involves most cognitive function (i.e. attention, memory, speech) and usually resolves when the underlying problem is fixed (ie. the infection)

      Dementia in that age group is typically caused by alzheimer's, recurrent strokes (vascular dementia), frontotemporal disease (pick's dementia), and combinations of the 3.

  9. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of a uti or yeast infection?
    My bf and I were messing around the other day and I was fingered for the first time.... But now my vagina stings and hurts really bad especially when I pee. If it's a urinary tract infection or yeast infection how can I get rid of it without a doctor?? :,( please help if you can!!! :,(

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    Can having a bladder infection and a yeast infection make ur period late?
    had a bladder infection and yeast infection, which was the first time i have ever had any kind of infectionn. any way im now 4 days late. i am taking cranberry extract pills 4 the bladder infection mayb thats making it late? also the day my period was due i had some extremly light spotting. if anybody can help i would appreceiate it

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    How do I prevent urine infections and yeast infections?
    I am a 23 year old woman with Spina Bifida. I have a history of UTI's an recently got a yeast infection.I cath myself and have to wear disposable underwear so I cannot wear cotton underwear like I've heard helps in that situation. What else can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      UTI I can't help with too much - just make sure you are cathing right because the germs on your hands can take root once delivered internally in the cath. Nice moist, warm, dark space, you know. But for the yeast beasts, eat yogurt, 6 oz cup every day, or drink buttermilk. Acidophilus will eat all its food and drive it out of your system. Won't be gone forever, but will be less frequent.

      With this constellation of stuff, get checked for diabetes, too, especially if you are thirsty all the time. Extra sugar grows extra germs.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are different kinds of fungus and infection besides yeast and vaginitos in the vagina?
    Besides the most common STDS, yeast infection and bacterial vaginitis....what are other infections of the vagina?....

    whats honeymoon disease?
    pelvic inflammatory?Any others?

    • ANSWER:
      my cousin has vajina (vagina pijos) lice on her cooch and she is BAN from mi casa.

      The most common is from prior infected partners.

      revenge-es loco y sickooooooo!

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between a yeast infection and a bladder infection (read details)?
    I had a yeast infection and i went to the doctor and the doctor gave me medicine but now it almost seems as if it has came back should i go back to the doctor or should i try self treatment first but i am almost afraid that it might be a bladder infection i know yeast infections and bladder infections have the same symptoms. i have done my research but i am still undecided.

    • ANSWER:
      No, they don't really have the same symptoms at all. A yeast infection is very itchy and usually has a thick white discharge. A bladder infection makes it painful to urinate and it feels like you have to pee all the time.

  14. QUESTION:
    Does a yeast infection have any affect on your urine?
    I have to give a urine sample to my doctor but i think i may have a yeast infection. Will the yeast infection affect my urine?

    • ANSWER:
      Tell them you have a yeast infection, and they can have you do a "clean catch" where they give you wipes to clean well before you give the sample if they feel it can affect it.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can yeast infection cream cause bubbly urine?
    I have a yeast infection and bought yeast infection cream to treat it.The three day treatment plan.After inserting it in for the first time last night, I have been experiencing bubbly urine. I assume this is normal? I mean I would think it is but just making sure it is normal.

    • ANSWER:
      I think it is normal because last time I used yeast infection cream it caused the same thing to happen to me. I think its just because the urine mixes with some of the medication and causes bubbles. After I stipped taking it I stopped having bubbly urine. Relax its normal :)

  16. QUESTION:
    Homeopathic yeast infection pills have yeast in them? How does that work?
    I actually am pretty sure I have bacterial vaginosis, but I got Nature's Cure homeopathic yeast control pills because they have yeast in them, which I figured would help. but it got me wondering... how in the heck is it supposed to work for a yeast infection??? I've seen other brands of remedies labeled "homeopathic" with candida yeast as a main ingredient, as well, so it's not just Nature's Cure being weird.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathy is based on the idea of curing illnesses etc. by taking what you are actually trying to cure ( a bit like the way vaccines work ). What you need to take is a probiotic with acidophilus and similar organisms. They are brilliant at preventing yeast infections if you are on antibiotics.
      I don't know how effective homeopatic remedies are for yeast infections. I know they can be quite effective for some problems but it always sounds weird to me the way they are supposed to work.

  17. QUESTION:
    I have a feeling of fullness of the bladder and vaginal burning, is it a bladder infection or yeast infection?
    I had a yeast infection 3 weeks ago and used a vaginal cream from the Dr.. Now I'm being treated for a bladder infection. I have been on antibiotics for 4 days yet I have a feeling of fullness in the bladder, very little burning at the end of urination, no urgency, yet I have external itching and burning. My concern is mostly the feeling of fullness of the bladder. What is your opinion?

    • ANSWER:
      I think neither... I mean this could be caused as a reaction to strong antibiotics. The feeling you described as "little burning at the end of urination" seems to be linked to medications you are talking.

      However, the external itching and burning can be a sign of infections so keep an eye on it. If it get to a point that you have extremely strong itching, you should go back to the doc and ask for help. There are some medicated creams that can be use to reduce the pain and itching.

      All the best!

  18. QUESTION:
    Whats a worse infection to have, a bladder infection or yeast infection?
    I've had both and I think a yeast infection sucks more, how bout you?

    • ANSWER:
      I thought a bladder infection was worse, actually. A yeast infection was annoying, but not as painful as a bladder infection, and I could get treatment at the pharmacy without having to go to the doctor first.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are the signs of a blatter infection?
    How can you tell the diffence between a blatter infection, urainary tract infection, and a yeast infections?

    • ANSWER:
      Painful and frequent urination and in very bad infections the urine can have a pink tinge to it due to the blood. There may also be severe low back pain, fever and nausea.

  20. 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.

  21. QUESTION:
    What yoghurt brands have live and active cultures?
    eyo! Just wondering. because apparantly yoghurts with live and active cultures are really good for urinary infection, yeast infection and other stuff, thanks guys ;-) by the way only uk products ! :D ;)

    • ANSWER:
      Rather than naming specific brands (since I can't) I'll tell you what to look for on the label. If you know what to look for you'll always get yogurt (yoghurt) w live cultures (LC). Check for lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus, there may be two or three other types of LC but these are the most commonly used. Even if the container is labeled that it contains LC, if you don't see them listed in the ingredients there are prob none. Bon appétit.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can yeast and vaginal bacterial infections stop you from conceiving?
    Someone told me if you keep a vaginal bacterial infection or a yeast infection too long it will stop you from conceiving. Is it true or will it just lower your chances?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, bacterial infections can cause infertility

  23. QUESTION:
    Can taking a round of macrodantin for a bladder infection cause a yeast infection?
    I've been taking macrodantin 4 x day for 9 days for a bladder infection. I've also been fighting a yeast infection at same time, it seems. Could the macrodantin have caused the yeast infection or be contributing to it now?

    • ANSWER:
      As ladies taking medicine in large amounts can cause a yeast infection.

      "ANTIBIOTICS are probably the leading cause of vaginal yeast infections in American woman, and are a great example of the important principle that by using technology to solve problems, we create other problems. Say you take an antibiotic to cure your sinus infection. The antibiotic kills the unwanted bacteria in your sinuses, but can also kill the "good" bacteria in your crotch, upsetting the balance of your vaginal ecosystem, allowing the yeast to take over. (Antibacterial deodorant soap can have the same effect.) Most wimmin have problems with only a few types of antibiotics, or with prolonged antiobiotic treatment. Others get yeast infections every time they take antibiotics. Unfortunately, I know of no way of preventing an antibiotic-induced yeast infection; you just have to treat it once it starts.

      hope this helps

  24. 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)

  25. 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!

  26. QUESTION:
    How do I identify what type of infection (yeast, bacterial) my belly button (an innie) has?
    I have a painful and smelly infection in my innie belly button. HOW DO I FREAKIN' FIND OUT WHAT TYPE OF INFECTION I HAVE? I've been looking all over the web for remedies, and they either say how to cure a yeast or bacterial infection. After I know I will be able to cure it because I have read like a BILLION (#hyperbole!) article in the past hour. HELP!

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    What would a prolonged yeast infection do to you?
    I honestly think that I have had a yeast infection for over two years, around when I started my period. But I thought it was normal for all ladies, so I never asked my mom about it. I'm constantly getting discharge and have to wear maxi pads that get completely wet (don't soak through to my underwear, though) and it smells rather foul.. embarassing, but yes. Though it isn't cottage-cheesy, but sometimes yellowish.

    Anyway, my question is, does this have a lasting effect on my health? And yes, I'm going to a gynecologist soon.

    • ANSWER:
      This does not sound like a yeast infection. Yeast in fections are that they have a yeasty kind of smell. If you have a fishy or other such foul odor with the yellow discharge this could be a type of vaginitis or even P.I.D. Left untreated certain infections can make reproduction impossible. If you are afraid to talk to your mom go to planned parenthood or your county health dept. It is important not to self diagnose when you are not 100 percent sure what it is. Seek treatment. See a Physician!

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. QUESTION:
    What are some at home remedies that help yeast infections?
    i got put on medicine for my yeast infection but it doesn't seem to help, what are some home remedies I can use while taking the oral prescription?

    • ANSWER:
      Plain yogurt can be very soothing and work well to help stop the beginnings of a yeast infection, or it can just help the itching if the infection is already established. Also, with any prescription medicine, you have to take it for the prescribed amount of time; it can take a while to work.

      The over-the-counter cream medications used to be prescription; they can work too; but again, they have to be taken as the directions state.

      Finally, if your oral meds haven't worked after you've taken all of them, you'll need to check back with the doctor; sometimes it's a somewhat different infection than yeast that you'd need a different med for.

  31. 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

  32. 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...

  33. 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.

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

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

  35. QUESTION:
    How to ell the difference between a yeast or infection?
    I have characteristics of them both but my doctor say's im okay, as far as infections so if yeast what to do about the itching, like its reAly unbearable even in my sleep what is this , i scratch so much im swollen and uncomfortable 34weeks prego,a little help please!!!!!!!soory for the TMI....

    • ANSWER:
      They sell creams for the itching at a CVS by the meds for a yeast infection, but seeing your pregnant i would check with a Doctor before you use anything!

  36. QUESTION:
    When my yeast infection goes away will I start to loose weight easier?
    I have had a butterfly chest yeast infection a while now and it is going away with the help of medicines called Threlac and some other kind of powder. I have also had some weight gain which is in part due to some medicines I have taken. If my yeast infection goes away will that help reduce my weight?
    I mean like it's shaped like a butterfly across my chest. It is going away. :) Just really slowly.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah you will lose the weight, once you get off the medication.

      But, more importantly, instead of using over the counter meds which only suppresses the bacteria for a while before it attacks again, I think its better to understand why you got the infection in the first place.

      Some of the food that we eat on a daily basis causes the dormant bacteria to become active!!

  37. 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..

  38. 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!

  39. QUESTION:
    Working yeast infection prevention tips?
    Hello,

    I am looking for some tips that works on yeast infection prevention. Yeast infection is a big problem for some people, men, women..

    Whats your best methods on treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Eat yogurt, which seems to keep it at bay

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. QUESTION:
    How to treat a yeast infection in the belly button?
    My friend has a yeast infection in her belly button and no insurance, so no doctor. So, is there any way to treat it and clear it up using over the counter things?
    She has been getting them since she was a teen (then she could go see a doctor though). Not overweight and not a hygeine problem either. It's only ever there too, never goes anywhere else on her.

    • ANSWER:
      use the same cream that is used for vaginal yeast. u sure that is the only place she has it? not in her mouth or vagina too? how do you know it is yeast? anyway.. try the cream for vaginal yeast. if that doesn't work, then go to a clinic that has a sliding scale system of payment.

  43. 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.

  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 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..

  46. 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.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of yeast infections and how do you treat it?
    I THINK i may have a yeast infection but i'm not too sure. And i really want to get rid of it if i do without making an embarrassing trip to the doctor, if possible. Can anyone help me?

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of Vaginal Yeast Infection

      * vaginal itching
      * vaginal burning
      * vaginal irritation
      * painful urination
      * painful sexual intercourse
      * odorless vaginal discharge (may be thick whitish-gray and cottage-cheese-like or may be watery in consistency)

  48. 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.

  49. 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


infection yeast

Yeast Infection In Dog Ears Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Use this --

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  3. QUESTION:
    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.

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

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

  5. QUESTION:
    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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?

  11. 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.

  12. 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?
    That is really safe on animals?
    i found it but it is an extremely durable adhesive. Are you really saying to put this on my dogs face? Seriously?

    • ANSWER:
      use goop on the ears and then wash them with shampoo. You can find it in the auto parts section at most stores. Goop not anything else. I am a groomer and this is the safest most effective way to take care of this problem.

  13. 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.

  14. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my dog has an ear infection or a yeast infection? or even Mites?
    Her right ear has this dark brown waxy stuff inside. It does have a sour odor to it. She shakes her head a lot but does not seem to be in any pain? Should I take her to the vet? I have Opi drops that I have been using 2 times a day. Thank you.
    Thank you so much for the help! I will be taking her to the vet!

    • ANSWER:
      Since ear mites are microscopic in nature, the only way to tell for sure is to take her to the vet. Yeast infections require a culture to see what kind, and infections also need vet treatment. The best thing to do for the dog is to take her to the veterinarian and find out what the problem is, then treat her accordingly. Good luck!

  15. 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.

  16. 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...

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

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

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

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the best Dog ear wash out there?
    Hey everyone. We live in a place without grass and my doggy gets this black ear wax. I've taken her in and had her ears cleaned many times. They use this tea tree ear wash and said they could not sell it to me. That I could find it online. I have found so many of them. I can't decide on which one to purchase. I mean her ears get caked in a matter of days. They keep telling me to do it at home. Any suggestions? The lady that cleans her ears keeps telling me thier ears are like an L and I'm not going to hurt her. Whatever that stuff is in that bottle they use works like a charm at breaking that stuff up. Then it just wipes out. She has such huge ears and I swear after fetch she catches everything in them. Thankyou much.
    Hey Thanks guys. I have to take the kitty in to get fixed. I will see if I can get her in the same day. They have checked her ears many times and showed me how to clean them with a cotton ball. When we throw the ball to her. She kicks up massive amounts of dirt. Then runs back to us in it. I don't think it is an infection, but I will take your advice and double check it by the vet.

    • ANSWER:
      What you might have is not just dirt in her ears. She might have a yeast infection. It would keep comming back if you just used cleaning stuff in it. Have you went to the vet and had them look at it? If it is a yeast infection they can give you a treatment for it (like Zymox is one brand) that will help it to stop getting so dirty.

  19. 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

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

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

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

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

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

  22. QUESTION:
    does anyone know any home remedies for a dog who has a yeast infection in their ears?
    our female english mastiff has an ear infection, and we want to know if there are home remedies or herbs we can use to clear it up, not something expensive we have to get through a vet or some website, something we can buy at a store and use at home.

    • ANSWER:
      since it is a yeast infection..don't laugh, it really works..monistat or any other feminine yeast product will work on your dogs ears! it has essentially the same basic ingredients as the mometomax that your vet will prescribe.

      no treatment will work however if you don't take precautionary steps to preventing another infection. first, clean the ear well with an ear solution (from pet store) and cotton balls. apply some of the monistat into the ear canal and massage the ear thoroughly (you want the medicine deep into the ear). clean and apply med once daily until a significant imporvement is seen, then move to once every other day, and ween off like that.. yest is caused by moist dark places, so do everything within your power to keep your pup's ears dey.

      good luck hope this helps :)

  23. QUESTION:
    Our dog stinks really bad! What could the odor be and what do I do to get rid of it?
    We have a Shi Tsu and recently got another Shi Tsu. Ever since the new dog came we have this horrible odor coming from both dogs. Help! We are gagging!
    I appreciate the advice telling me to give our dogs a bath. If I was that stupid, I probably couldn't work the computer.

    • ANSWER:
      take them to the vet. really! if they smell that bad then something is wrong. It could be that one has a dental problem and spreads that "infection smell" when they lick themselves or they could have a bacterial infection on the skin, yeast infection in the ears or yeast infection of the skin. I had a cocker that got yeast infections on the skin and the infections were caused by thyroid problems. Please do not waste your time and money on worthless shampoos and treatments from any store. Take the dogs to the vet and find out the specific cause so you can get the right treatment.

  24. 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!

  25. QUESTION:
    How can I clean scabs from my dogs ear?
    She gets the scabs from hematomas from shaking her head. Her ears are clean and she has no mites just shakes her head a lot and the ear flapping causes the hemtoma to occur at the tip of her ear and then breaks open whenever she shakes her head flapping her ears. I'm hoping to find a way to fix her ear so it will heal and hopefully stop the scabs from opening up. Any suggestions will be helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      She's shaking her head because she has a painful ear infection. Take her to the vet and have the vet take a swab to determine if the infection is caused by bacteria or yeast, or a combination of both.

      As long as she has the ear infection it will continue to worsen and she will continue to shake her head. She needs vet treatment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  28. QUESTION:
    How do you remove ear wax in dogs?
    I have a German Shepherd Dog/Yellow Lab cross whose ears slightly flap over. Recently he has has an abundance of ear wax. I treated him with OTC ear mite treatment, but his ears are still producing lots of dark wax and he's shaking his head. Unfortunately for both of us we live in a foreign country (not the US) and there is no veterinary care around. I don't know what to do!

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs rarely have ear mites.
      Zymox, available online without a prescription, treats bacteria and yeast infections.

  29. QUESTION:
    How do you clean a dogs ears?
    we have a 21/2 year old cocker spaniel...we keep her clean and her hair is cut off nice and short for the spring but not even 24 hours after coming home from the doggy groomers her ears were very stinky again...how do i fix and prevent this?

    • ANSWER:
      The groomer can only CLEAN the ears. Your dog's ears are INFECTED, most likely with yeast, which cause a bad odor, and possibly with bacteria, too. Your dog needs to see a vet to find out precisely what is wrong with the ears and to prescribe the proper treatment. You will need to tell the vet how long the ears have been stinky. The longer she has had the problem, the longer she may need treatment. Sometimes it takes more than one medication to resolve a long-term infection of the ears. If the ears are still bad after the first course of treatment, go back to the vet. Ear infections are painful and only get worse with time. I have seen ear drums totally eaten away by infection. If you bathe your dog at home, you must tell the vet so that the vet can advise you on what to use after bathing the dog and how to keep the ears protected. If your dog has allergies, you must treat them, too. Allergies can cause the ear canals to swell up, trapping moist air and debris, which makes a perfect breeding ground for infections.

  30. QUESTION:
    Can't get rid of yeast infection in my dog's ears?
    I have a black lab/border collie mix, he constantly has infection in his ears, I clean them use the medicine and wash and have had them flushed twice which can get expensive. The vet said it is common in this type of dog and it could be allergy too, which I think so because he has really itchy dry skin on his back. I just don't know what to do to help him, should I change his food? I have been to two vets they both just say to give benedryl. But it doesn't really work, and I feel bad for him scratching at himself all the time.
    The ear medication I used was called Mometemax drops and also used a cream, I cant remember the name but it was in a pale green tube. Also use Oti Calm cleansing solution.

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your vet to try him on a 3 week course of Ketoconazole ( oral anti - fungal) It's expensive,but it works wonders.Also,have you tried pulling his ears back? Use a men's tube sock,cut the end off and slip it over his head ( you may have to secure it with some athletic tape) This will get the air circulating in his ears and help to kill the yeast.Feed him yogurt (plain,unsweetened) everyday,and add at least 2000 mg. of salmon oil to his food every day. Benedryl may stop the itching,but it doesn't kill the yeast.May I ask what ear medication you use?

      Hmmm...Has the vet cultured the discharge from the ears? Perhaps a different antifungal agent is needed.You may also try a rinse of 1/3 white vinegar,1/3 witch hazel and 1/3 dostilled water,in addition to the sock/headband treatment.Have you ever used Panalog? It seems to do the trick,or ,you could even try Monistat ( yes,for vaginal yeast infections.) Clean the ears with the vinegar/witch hazel solution,let dry well,and massage a little of the Monistat cream into the ear canal.It won't hurt the dog;I did a search;here are a few links for you.
      http://animalpetdoctor.homestead.com/Ears.html
      http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art29091.asp
      http://www.vetinfo4dogs.com/dogear.html
      http://www.dermapet.com/articles/moeet.html

      Good luck in treating this frustrating problem.

  31. QUESTION:
    My dog has an ear hematoma, how much will it cost to fix?
    We've been fortunate to go through this dog's life without any kind of major vet bills. Through all the descriptions I've read, I'm sure he has an ear hematoma that the "travelling" vet will look at tomorrow. I've read so many different treatments. To treat or not to treat... Money is an issue, how much will it cost me?

    • ANSWER:
      You absolutely have to treat the underlying yeast infection that caused the head-shaking if that is the cause. Treatment of the hematoma itself is minor if the vet is conservative. They just give pain killers and use a steroid to take down the swelling. The surgery is not necessary. I read about vets pushing it often, but it is not necessary. Hematomas heal in about a month on their own if you treat the underlying infection.

      If the hematoma was caused by a bite from another dog in play or fighting, you will have to have some antibiotics too. You are looking at less than two hundred dollars for everything if your vet treats it with painkillers/steroids/antibiotics. If your vet pushes surgery, and you agree, then you are talking over 500.

  32. QUESTION:
    Dose my dog have allergies or a yeast infection?
    Her ear is very swollen and is oozing runny, yellow liquid.She itches it a lot.She cleans her paw and tummy a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      When the infection is already at this stage, i think it's best to bring your dog to the vet for a proper treatment plan.

      Here's a link you can refer to:
      http://lnk.nu/dogtime.com/v5x.html

  33. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog keep itching her ear?
    My dog has been having a problem with her right ear. She itches it a lot, I've tried cleaning it out with special pet solution from the pet store, when that didn't work, I took her to the vet and got them cleaned.

    It never helped though. It's been a couple weeks since the vet cleaned her ears and she is still itching, just the right ear though. I've looked in it, it doesn't look dirty, or infected, and it doesn't smell bad.

    Does anyone have any ideas about why her ear won't stop bothering her?

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog will need to go back to the vets office for a more thorough examination of the right ear of the cleaning didn't take care of the problem. Your vet will take a swab if he/she suspects a bacterial or yeast infection, or a scraping, if concerned it could be one of the types of mange. Itchy ears can also be caused by excess wax, ear mites, fleas, or food allergies. There are many things that can cause your dog discomfort of an ear,

      To try to treat it with stuff from a pet store - when you do not know what the problem is - never works. Each thing/condition requires a different treatment from the others.

      Call your vet for a recheck appointment on the ear and to find out what type of treatment the dog needs to get relief. Good luck!

  34. QUESTION:
    Dog food good for ear bacteria infections?
    Mixed rescued breed from the pound has abnormally thick ears with deep ear canals, yes I have taken her to the vet for treatment 6 or 7 times since I've had her in 2 years.
    German shorthaired pointer/ pitbull/ st benard maybe?

    • ANSWER:
      Grain free kibble has been shown to cut down on the number of bacterial and yeast infections. That said, you still need to clean the ears on a regular schedule and use a drying solution after baths, swimming, or other activities where the dog's head/ears get wet. Also, make sure you treat the current infection for the entire time specified by thevet (generally 14 days); the dog may seem better and the ears look better after only a few days,. If you stop the treatment early it will rebound worse and possibly mutate into an antibiotic resistant strain, as well as do permenent damage to the dog's ears.

  35. QUESTION:
    How to make sure a shelter cat is healthy before adopting it?
    Last year my freind adopted a a dog from a shelter. We were told the dog was healthy, and that there were no problems with it. It seemed a bit worn out, but we chalked that up to the shelter being outside in the blazing heat. However, when we took it to the vet after getting it home, we found out it have worms, stomach parasites, a yeast infect, and a couple of other health problems. After spending hundreds to get it fixed, my friend called the shelter for lying about the dogs health and not giving it the treatment it needed for all it's illnesses.

    Well now, one year later she is moving into a smaller apartment. Her dog was given to her parents because their older dog had died, leaving them with a younger dog who needed a playmate. Still wanting a pet, my friend decided to get a cat. Since her apartment wont have a yard, and it's so small, it seems better suited to a cat than a dog.

    We want to avoid the health issues we had last time though. So we were wondering, what are some things you should make sure you check when adopting a cat from a shelter to ensure that it's healthy? Any little bit of advice helps!

    • ANSWER:
      Cats are the masters of balance. A healthy cat's gait is steady and fluid. A cat showing signs of losing balance could be suffering from various health problems. It doesn't have to be as dramatic as cerebellar hypoplasia. Limping, difficulty with jumping, or any other problem related to movement, can indicate anything from nutritional deficiencies to fractures or even eye or ear problems.
      The cat's coat directly reflects its state of health. The fur of a healthy cat is smooth and pleasant to touch, and does not show bald patches, wounds, or cat fleas. A dry and coarse coat may be a sign of unbalanced nutrition.
      The cat's ears should be pink and clean. If you see a waxy brownish-black secretion in the cat's ears, check for the presence of ear mites (a miniscule ear parasite common among cats). Very often, a cat infected with ear mites will also scratch its ears and shake its head, and you may be able to see scabs in that area. You will not be able to see the mites themselves, as they are microscopic.
      The healthy cat's eyes are shiny and clear, and lacking any secretion. Cats have a third, inner eyelid, which is usually wide open and not exposed. If the third eyelid is not fully open, it can be seen covering a part of the eye. This situation can indicate a health problem, since it is often a sign of physical or emotional stress.
      The nose of a healthy cat should be velvety and pleasant in texture, and without any discharge. The nose can be moist to varying degrees, but never very wet.
      The cat's mouth should be pink, clean, and without any bad breath. The teeth should be whole, white, and without excess tartar. Other signs of possible mouth disease are drooling and an apparent grooming problem - cats that suffer from infections in the mouth area often avoid self-grooming.
      The cat's rear end and genitals should be clean - Dirt in that area might indicate a problem of diarrhea. Diarrhea may be a sign of poor nutrition, worms or even some form of disease. Even without diarrhea, worms can sometimes be spotted around the anus, particularly tapeworm, which often look like small white and soft grains of rice.

  36. QUESTION:
    Treatment for dog swollen ears and losing hair?
    My dog use to hide under the bed and dark places. Now maybe of mosquito bite or using excess dry shampoo, she is suffering from swollen ears and losing hair.

    I would like to know what treatment I should give my dog. Thanks...:)

    Kimi.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds more like a yeast infection than anything else. But you should get the vet to rule out a bacterial infection.

      Is she scratching, have red eyes or getting thickened skin where she is losing hair? These can be sure sign of yeast.

      This can be really hard to get rid of in the long term, One thing to try is 1 part apple cider vinegar mixed with 3 parts water. Use this to clean her ears and wash down with after a bath or in her itchy spots. Continue the ear drops daily for at least two weeks and then use twice a week after that.

      Another thing that seems to work well is a product called Zymox. I'm in Australia and had to order mine from the US but it seems to be working really well.

      One of the best things you can do to help prevent yeast issues is to not feed your dog any grains or high carb vegetables. This is harder than it sounds as most commercial foods use these as fillers. My dogs don't get any commercial food at all; I feed then a carnivore diet of meat, meaty bones and organs.

  37. QUESTION:
    Someone suggest a good ear medicine for my cat?
    Max is always shaking his head violently, and scratching his ear with his back paw. He's 13 weeks old - not too young for medicine, right? I need something that I can get at the local Walgreens. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Vet diagnosis best, but sounds same as the prob I get from time to time with some of my pups and not usually in both ears!....Yeast infection....common with all domestic pets. Don't recognise the name you mentioned of a store, so obviously we are on opposite sides of the world. You can get 'over-the-counter' drops (dog and cat do the same job) that are usually described as "cleaning and drying". Costs around $A12 in my part of the world - where everything tends to be very expensive compared to USA and UK.
      Yeast infections are caused usually by moisture in the animals ears. If you can't afford proper veterinary treatment/diagnoses straight away, suggest you: soak a cotton ball and squeeze almost dry with hydrogen peroxide and swab/clean the affected ear as deep down as you can with care and without causing distress to your 4 legged buddy. . Then, repeat same with cotton ball soaked and squeezed with methylated spirits. Peroxide is anti-bacterial and the metho also helps, as well as being an excellent 'drying' agent.
      Check the inside of your pets ears first though..... if looking raw the metho may cause him pain, though only momentarily. If red and raw - even if his ears feel a bit stiff/thick, the infection needs ear drops from the vet - prescription only in my part of the world, guess likely same in yours.
      My suggestions above are not something to use to avoid proper treatements - just something I have done with my darlings when unable to quickly get what they need - have been caught unawares with this ear problem even when checking weekly.
      My (pups) prescription only drops are called DERMOTIC but this is just the brand my local vet prescribes. The non-prescription/over the counter/pet supply shops ear cleanser/dryer - again what my local vet has available - is called MALACETIC OTIC. Again, there are different names/brands. Same stuff goes for puss as does for my pups.
      Please keep in mind.........if you don't get a proper diagnoses from a VET and don't maintain your furry friends ears, he could, quickly, (assuming he has a yeast problem) become deaf. Let alone the pain the poor bugger would be in with the infection!
      Please find a way to have your cat seen by a Vet. Hope all goes well and puss is OK!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  39. QUESTION:
    what is the best treatment for yeast infections for dogs?
    My Chow/Lab mix has a yeast infection in his ears and all over his body
    WHat is the best home treatment

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    My dog keeps getting sleeps arround his eyes, and then he's left with mildly bleeding sores. Any remedies?

    I don't have enough money right now to take him to the vet. Any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely it is a yeast infection. Colloidal silver is a alternative to traditional antibiotics. You can buy it at a health food grocery store like Bashas or Sun Harvest.

      It tastes just like distilled water and can be ingested or applied to the skin, in the eyes, nose, or ears, or any other body part that requires treatment. Treat a couple of times a day by placing a drop or two directly in the eye and also use a cotton ball or Q-tip saturated to clean off the eye goobers twice daily. It is completely harmless to the eye and will not burn the eye or the open sores.

  41. 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.

  42. QUESTION:
    Anything else I can do for dog with ear yeast infection?
    My German Shepherd has had a bad yeast infection for a few weeks now. I recently got him (a few weeks ago) so I don't know if he had it long before I got him. We took him to the vet and he got a shot of cortisone, perscription yeast treatment to squirt into his ears, and aloe cleaning fluid. We cleaned them as instructed, which wasn't extremely productive with cotton balls, and used the treatment. We've also been giving him probiotics for a week or two now. (The shelter was giving him antibiotics for it!!) We also had his ears professionally cleaned, but within a day the gunk was back. He holds his ear down half the time and scratches it a lot; it really bothers him. Should I take him to see the vet again? What else can be done? Or does it simply need more time with the probiotics and cleaning? (He's not on the prescription anymore, but we still clean them once a week.) (He is on grain-free dog food.)

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a good article for you http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      Not all grain free foods are good, and many are not good for yeast issues. Yeast feeds off of high starch, high sugar ingredients. Things like potato, tapioca, gluten, oatmeal, white rice, etc., will make yeast worse.

      First thing is to clear up the infection. Most of the time this means a course of antibiotics and daily ear cleaning. K9 Liquid Health is a great ear cleaner. Once the infection is cleared up again, put your dog on a raw or other fresh food diet free of any carb/starch source. Continue to use probiotics. Coconut oil is another helpful supplement to fight yeast. Your dog should improve and eventually stabalize on the raw diet. Once your dog is healthy and off medication, you can put him on a low glycemic dry food. Nutrisource grain free, Nutrisca, and Precise Holistic grain free are good choices.

      You will need to continue with frequent ear cleaning and probiotics long term. Good luck.

  43. QUESTION:
    How to help my dog's ear infection?
    I am positive that my dog (2 year old labrador retriever) has an ear infection. I have made her a vet appointment for tomorrow morning, but want to know if there is anything I can do in the mean time to help her be more comfortable. She is clearly in pain and very VERY itchy, she can't stop shaking her head. Is there a medication like benedryl I can give her? I just want her to be comfortable until she can see the vet tomorrow.

    • ANSWER:
      The ear problem needs to be evaluated by your vet tomorrow. The problem could be several things. This includes a yeast infection, bacterial infection, ear mites or a combination of any of these. The proper medication will be prescribed. Best not to give her any medication before she is seen but you may want to contact the office before the appointment and ask if she is that uncomfortable. The vet will also probably prescribe an ear cleaner to be used before any treatment, after a bath and as needed. He or a technician should show you the proper way to clean the ears - if not please ask. FYI - if it is mites note that they are contagious and every animal in the household will need to be treated.

  44. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my dogs ears?
    When my dog digs at her ears there is a bad smell comming from them, anyone now what might be up??? And she does not like them being touched!
    Just to let everyone know I just got her last week from our neighbors and she is going to the vet tonight, I just wanted a heads up !
    That comment is for 'its just junk'

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like an ear infection, probably yeast,,Quite common, especially in dogs with heavy floppy ears,,,ie Cocker Spaniel. Your vet will probably give you drops. I use Canaural...I put the drops in their ears & massage them gently, They are probably quite sore at this point, your vet should start you off by cleaning them really well, & showing you how to use them. My dogs have accepted this treatment quite well, they know that I am trying to help them. Kudos for you taking your pet to the vet...

  45. QUESTION:
    My Dog is Scratching so much he is going bald. Is there a Shampoo or something I can use to help him?
    He does nothing but scratch and chew himself. His legs are blad His ears are Bald and he looks Sad. I just want to make him feel better.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to take your dog to a vet for a thorough exam. This could be a number of things.Scratching dogs generally may suffer fur loss when they develop a skin allergies and infections from excessive scratching that can be caused by anything from mange, to flea bites to infections to thyroid deficiency, to any other number of things. Sadly this fur loss often is permanent, especially if the dog develops a yeast-type infection or bacterial infection in the skin. Your safest bet is to let the vet check the dog and do skin scrapings to determine what it is so he can give the proper treatment.

      Papaw

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

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

  47. QUESTION:
    How much does it cost at the vet for a dog ear infection diagnosis and treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      If your dog has a small and discharge from his/her ear, it probably does need a vet right away as it might need antibiotics. At my vet, this might cost 0 for office visit and meds. But if the symtoms are not advanced you might try this home made ear treatment. It has just been a miracle to my dogs when I found it. They don't get ear infections anymore, and neither does my Mom's llasa/terrier mix after I made some for her. 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…

  48. QUESTION:
    My dog's starting to get scabs on his neck and ears. He scratches at them and they get raw?
    His ears have scabs on them and he's losing a good amount of hair. (not going bald but has bald parts where his scab or open scab wound is) Please help me! Thank you and have a good day.

    • ANSWER:
      Can be a few things, ear mites, skin infection or a yeast infection.....You should consult a vet for the proper treatment... Hope it helps :)

  49. QUESTION:
    How do u get rid of fleas and ear mites on a dog?
    i.e. what is the most effective way to get rid of them

    • ANSWER:
      Revolution would kill both of those parasites, or get something like Frontline or Advantage for the fleas plus Acarexx for the mites. Have the vet check the ears, though.. yeast infections are far more common than ear mites in a dog. Yeast infections typically cause a large amount of sticky brown debris, where mites typically cause a large amount of crumbly brown debris. Both are very itchy. And dogs also often get bacterial infections or "combo" baterial and yeast infections, and each of the 4 possible ear infections require different treatment, so if the vet does an ear cytology, you can be sure to get the right medicine.


yeast infection in dog ears treatment

How To Heal A Yeast Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. QUESTION:
    What happends if a boy eats a girl that has a yeast infection?
    My sister told me that she was getting healed from a yeast infection but it wasn't fully healed yet and her boyfriend ate her out.. And everytime he's at our house he's always coughing and she said he was gouging an hour after but she's afraid he'll get something.. Is he going to get STD or something or is it just nothing..

    • ANSWER:
      He gets thrush in his mouth.

  4. QUESTION:
    What's the shortest amount of time to heal a yeast infection?
    Well my boyfriend fingered me and gave me yeast infection accidentally but I'm scared. I didn't tell my mom cus if I did ahead wanna check and I don't want her to know I lost my virginity . But it's really annoying and I just was curious how long would it take to heal

    • ANSWER:
      You can get over-the-counter creams and treatments for a yeast infection from most pharmacies. If used correctly, you can get rid of one in a week. I would highly recommend having the boyfriend wash his hands before any sexual contact. My ex used to give me urinary tract infections all the time that way. It is a horrible thing to live with.

  5. QUESTION:
    What kind of over-the-counter medication can I buy to get rid of a yeast infection?
    I used the AZO test strips and seem to have a yeast infection, but I'm lost on what to buy to heal the infection. Any suggestions??

    • ANSWER:
      Any over the counter vaginal anti-fungal cream, like Monistat, or Vagisil, will work in treating a yeast infection. You can also pick up some yogurt and it will help the infection go away more quickly.

  6. QUESTION:
    How fast does it take to cure a yeast infection with a 3-day over-the-counter yeast infection medication?
    This is my first yeast infection. I just got off antibiotics, and thus, I have a yeast infection. How fast does it take to heal with over the counters? Also, after four hours of taking the medication, I went pee and most of it came out, now what?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, acquiring a yeast infection while taking or just finishing a course of antibiotics is common. Antibiotics kill all bacteria, including the good ones that inhabit the vagina.
      A three day course of anti-fungal (ie monostat 3 ovule kit and cream) will require about a week.

      Finally, can you explain what you mean by "...I went pee and most of it came out..." What do you mean by 'it'. A yeast infection is not a single, solid blob, even if parts of it look pretty 'chunky' (sorry to be gross here)

  7. QUESTION:
    How long will a yeast infection take to cure without any special treatment?
    I recently had a urinary tract infection, due to unsanitary bathroom conditions at school, and took antibiotics. though the UTI was cured, a yeast infection developed and is now the main source of discomfort. I'm planning on picking up monistat from the store, but I'm also wondering if it is okay to just let it heal naturally... and how that would work and how long. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      you can,t you need med. or it,ll just get worse

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

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

      Read down

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

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

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

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

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

  9. QUESTION:
    How long does it take fluconazole to cure a yeast infection?
    Ever since the end of may i have had pain during sex. Finally last week i went to the doctors and on friday my results came in and i have a yeast infection. My doctor prescribed me fluconazole. on sunday i had sex and it still hurt. by having sex, it is the only way to tell if i still have it since i have no other symptoms. how long does it usually take for the yeast infection to fully heal? i'm guessing it was pretty bad since i've had pain during sex since may..

    thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      usually one week for complete recovery but resistant vaginal candidiases some times takes longer time 2or 3 weeks and some times patients suffer from mixed infections as fungal(yeast) and trichomonas any way u will need to visit your doc again

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I know if yeast infection is healing?
    I went to the doctor and they said i had a yeast infection. They gave me Terazol 3 suppositories that have to be inserted vaginally for 3 nights. Tonight is the last night and I was wondering how long it will take to completely clear up? It still itches a little but the discharge has almost gone away completely. Thanks for your help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Dani,

      First of all, it's a good thing that you decided to run to the doctor to get treatment for your yeast infection. As you know, most people who acquire that condition think that they don't really need to see a doctor or have themselves checked.

      With regards to your question, it is pretty easy to tell when a yeast infection is healing. First, you have to consider whether you have followed the doctor's prescription strictly. You can't expect healing totally from it if you have missed some doses of your medication or still ate foods that can aggravate yeast infection. A good sign that you are healing from it is that symptoms eventually start to wear out. That means, when you used to feel burning, soreness, itching, and have vaginal discharges before you underwent a treatment, they should all disappear or lessen in severity the moment you complete it. You should no longer feel those symptoms anymore if your body have successfully treated the bacteria that's usually causing yeast infection.

      Also, you should also begin to feel lighter, relaxed and rejuvenated since people who suffer from yeast infection tend to experience unexplained fatigue, muscle pains, and alike.

      I hope I answered your question and help you in any way.

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

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

  12. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to masturbate while treating a penile yeast infection?
    I've recently been prescribed an antibiotic to treat fungal infections (yeast infection), and it's to be used for 5 days. I usually lube up when I masturbate, so I'm not rough on my penis or anything, and before I started the prescription, I didn't irritate any parts of my penis, there was no pain or discomfort when I masturbated. Will masturbation hinder the healing process? Should I wait until the infection goes away?

    • ANSWER:
      It seems odd to treat a yeast infection with antibiotics. Surely an anti-fungal cream would be preferred?

  13. QUESTION:
    How long does a Yeast infection takes to heal?
    I realized that I had a yeast infection 2 days ago. Today I purchased Monistat 1 per request by my doctor. This is my first yeast infection and it was not that bad before. Not so much itching and burning. My doctor said that I caught it at a good time. But when I used the medication ointment, it just began to burn and itch and WAAAY more chunky discharge within the time frame of 3 hours! The ointment began to leak and the discharge became more frequent. Is that normal? Is that just the ointment doing its job? Every time I urinate, I see the discharge in the water. Is that the infection leaving my body? I am quite confused and kinda scared. Will the infection really be cleared up in one day? Can anyone help me?

    • ANSWER:

  14. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  16. QUESTION:
    Ways to get rid of a yeast infection in baby boys?
    My son is one (15 mos) and has a yeast infection AGAIN. He's got the little red bumps and is very red, blotchy on his penis/testicals. I took him to the doctor and was recommended lotrimen, which fine, worked okay last time. But it didn't work great by any means, I thought, so I was just wondering if there's any other, maybe more natural/fast-healing ideas you fantastic geniuses have out there? I am letting him air out more, and trying to be more careful about not letting his diapers get wet. I'd really appreciate it, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast diaper rashes are common in both boys and girls, so ignore the first person (as I assume you will)

      Firstly if you want to use OTC creams there are three main drugs so you might just want to use a different ones. I find Miconazole works best.

      If you are breastfeeding you should always treat mom and baby together (with natural treatments listed below there is basically no risks/side effects). If this is a recurrent problem for baby treating it orally is a must.

      Grapefruit Seed Extract is probably the most effective and most researched. It can be used orally and topically (and should probably be used both)

      Probiotics: returning the flora balance will kill of the yeast. It can be taken orally and applied topically. If you crack open the capsules most kids will just eat the powder no problem as it is quite sweet. Just be aware that most brands are sold in a lactose base, in case this is a concern. The dose I was told is 1 capsule twice a day on an empty stomach for adults, 1/2 capsule twice a day for kids. Though there really isn't a risk of overdosing.

      Vinegar: Some people take cider vinegar -don't know if that works. However vinegar douches are useful for women, and can possible be used for babies just use caution in case it burns (if the rash is severe). Also put 1/3 cup in the rinse of your laundry to kill yeast. Bleach in concentrations safe for laundry will not kill yeast. Vinegar is also a natural fabric softener and deodorizer, your laundry won't smell of vinegar.

      Baking soda in the bath water can also change the pH enough to kill Yeast and it will soothe and prevent itching.

      Note: Genetian Violet you will note I didn't mention this, and for very good reason it is NOT a natural cure, it is a commercial chemical that happens to kill yeast. It has been linked to mouth cancer though this is far from proven.

      http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/bf/thrush.asp
      http://www.mothering.com/discussions/archive/index.php/t-821.html
      http://www.kellymom.com/newman/c-candida_protocol.html
      http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/thrush/thrush-resources.html

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

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

      http://whit.me/yeast

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  21. QUESTION:
    For how long you must keep your penis head soaked in natural yogurt when you threat penis head disorders?
    For how long natural yogurt must be on your penis glans to take effect,when you want to heal male yeast infection,redness,pain or any other disorder?

    • ANSWER:
      Dude there are a load of things you cannot cure with plain yogurt at all:like an UTI.
      Then you need antibiotics.
      And have no clue how long to hang your dick in it to cure a yeast infection because I simply never had one
      Colors

  22. QUESTION:
    What are signs of yeast infection?
    i had sex for the first time two days ago. the left side of my vagina itches. the sorenes is gonna though. people keep saying its either the hyme healing [or however you spell it] or a yeast infection. HELP. and any home remedies to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      The signs and symptons of a yeast infection include itching and redness around the outer vagina (vulva), soreness, rash, and/or burning especially while urinating. Also, a cottage-cheese like discharge may be present.

      Here are some tips for women to prevent the onset of a yeast infection:
      •Wear natural-fiber clothing and underwear with a cotton lining.
      •Don’t wear tight clothing such as panty hose, tights, leggings, nylon underwear, and tight jeans.
      •If you are sexually active always use a condom.
      •Don’t stay wet after bathing or swimming and don't stay in a wet swimsuit for long periods of time.
      •Use feminine sprays or deodorants sparingly - especially if experiencing symptoms.

      Following are some of the more popular yeast infection home remedies:
      •Yogurt - The bacterium Lactobacillus acidophilus is naturally occurring in yogurt and is also found
      in healthy vaginas.
      •Garlic - Adding garlic to your diet will help kill yeast because it contains a natural anti-fungal
      substance.
      •Cranberries – Eating cranberries will lower the pH of your urine causing a rise in vaginal acidity as it
      passes through the vagina. The yeast infected areas will be “washed clean”.

  23. 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.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection affect a pap smear reading?
    I went to to gyno today to have a pap smear. She said it looked like I had a yeast infection. Will this affect the outcome of my pap smear results?

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

      http://whit.me/yeast

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

      ADDED: I just found out that that book was featured in the Oprah Winfrey show!

  25. QUESTION:
    Anyone have broken skin from scratching due to yeast infection?
    I am on my 3rd and last day of treatment for a yeast infection. Today I noticed that my labia is so raw that I actually have broken skin in one area, I assume from scratching it. Has anyone else experienced this? Any suggestions on how to heal it? I have been using the monistat cream but it seems to sting a little.

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes you can have two problems at once. I have extremely sensitive skin and this same thing happened to me once. It turned out I had a skin condition called lichen where the skin gets so irritated that it starts to thicken because you've scratched so much (I have psoriasis, too). The skin becomes extremely tender, irritated, and in some cases, can bleed. I would suggest seeing a dermatologist if the problem continues as it may be something more than just the yeast infection.

  26. QUESTION:
    Should we still try to get pregnant if im pretty sure I have a yeast infection?
    We have been ttc for 6 months, pretty sure i have a yeast infection but my fertile time is now!!!!! We both want to get going for it but is that a good idea? Can i treat a yeast infection if I am pregnant and will it affect anything?

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

      http://nutshellurl.com/5qk

      This website on Yeast Infection will help you. I had a Yeast Infection a few weeks back and that website gave many good details. I got the book and it helped me cure my Yeast Infection within 10 hours without the use of drugs!
      It was featured in the Oprah show before! Oprah Winfrey praised the product and was featured in her book club!

  27. QUESTION:
    Can putting a garlic clove hurt your vagina for curing a yeast infection?
    I have read on the internet that a good remedy to cure a yeast infection is to put a fresh garlic clove in your vagina, but i also read that it can hurt your vagina and leave sores that will never heal properly. I really need to know if this is true.

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to stop itching when you have a yeast infection?
    So, I have a yeast infection and I'm taking medicine to clear the infection, but until the infection is gone, I want to know how to stop the external symptoms because the itching/pain is driving me bonkers. I've tried Vagisil, but the itching just starts up again five minutes later. Does anyone know how to stop the itching until the infection is gone?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the drugstore and get some over the counter pills. I think AZO has a good one for yeast infections. I use the over the counter pills with antibiotics because the antibiotics heal the infection, but sometimes it takes a little while for the itching and burning to stop. They have stuff like this that goes for UTIs, too! Usually the itching will go away very quickly. To help yourself out in the meantime, use a clean, cool washcloth (with ice, if you're daring!) to relieve some of the itching and pain. Trust me, it helps a great deal.

  29. QUESTION:
    What should I do about Doxycycline induced yeast infections?
    This is the second time it's happening to me and it bleeds a tiny bit. Very faint red when I wipe with toilet paper. I am male and it's in my "taint" area. It's not too too painful but kind of stings a little when I shower. Doctors told me it was a mild yeast infection and gave me a cream. It went away for a week or two and then came back?

    Do I need a different cream? I am not sexually active *haven't been for a year* any advice is appreciated!

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

      http://nutshellurl.com/5qk

      This website on Yeast Infection will help you. I had a Yeast Infection a few weeks back and that website gave many good details. I got the book and it helped me cure my Yeast Infection within 10 hours without the use of drugs!
      It was featured in the Oprah show before! Oprah Winfrey praised the product and was featured in her book club!

  30. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a yeast infection to go away?
    I got a yeast infection due to using antibiotics and i was given a pill which i drink only one of and then cream which i use for six nights. At the end of this regimen will the infection be gone? what can i do to help along the process? how do i know when it's fully cured? and how long after must i wait to have sex again? i also seemed to bruise myself due to the dryness how long would that take to heal? And if a guy caught a yeast infection how would he know and what can he do about it?

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms may disappear in 1 or 2 days but that doesn't mean that the infection is gone, so if your symptoms clear up, continue to finish the medication as directed and by the time you are done with all of the medicine, it will be fully cured. While you are taking the cream, you are supposed to abstain from sex. So when you are finished with everything you can have sex again. To help cure it, you can eat yogurt and drink water, I was always told that it helps.

      If your partner was to get the yeast infection you would know because, after you had sex again, your infection will most likely come back. So if you have the same symptoms again a couple days after sex, then you'll know he has it. Usually men don't have symptoms, but when you go back to the doctor, you can ask your doctor if they will prescribe your partner some medication too.

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

    • ANSWER:
      hello there,

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

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

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

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

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

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

  33. QUESTION:
    How long after taking medication for a yeast infection can you have sex and NOT pass it to your partner?
    I just found out that I not only have a UTI but I also, probably because of the antibiotics i'm on, have a yeast infection. I started taking FLUCONAZOLE today and my symptoms have already gotten better but how long until it's safe to have sex with my boyfriend without giving him the yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Just so that other users are aware, guys can get yeast infections.

      Now, to answer your question... Ideally, you should wait until your vagina has healed before having sex, even if your symptoms are improving. Usually, this takes around 7 days according to most of the medical related sites on the Internet. Medications, like Flucanozole, really only treat the visible symptoms of a yeast infection. If you want to get rid of your yeast infections for good, then a great site to visit is http://www.homeopathicremedyforyeastinfection.com

  34. QUESTION:
    How long should miconazole nitrate sit in your vagina while having a yeast infection?!?!?
    so i have a yeast infection and i inserted the applicator in my vagina and about 2 hours later i woke up to use the bathroom. Can this mess up my vagina from healing/clearing up from the thrush?

    • ANSWER:
      Miconazole nitrate should sit in your vagina for at least 5-6 hours while having a yeast infection...

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

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

    Thanks for your help!

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

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

      You can try a couple of things.

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

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

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

  36. QUESTION:
    Am I most liekly getting a yeast infection now, after taking antibiotics ?
    I have been taking Bactrim and some other type of antibotic for over 2 weeks now because I was suffering from 3 merca infections (staph) on my legs. Now they are pretty much healed up and gone. I know taking antibiotics causes yeast infections afterwards. The past 3 days my vagina feels like its itchy (sort of inside, near my labia area). I don't see alot of white things in it. (i ve had a yeast infection once before about 5 years ago). Do you think the itchiness is b/c of that?

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    does miconazole nitrate cream 2 % work to heal yeast infections?
    well i've never had a yeast infection before and i know that they say go to a doctor. but i dont have the money to go to a doctor. so does that stuff work to clear it up or what
    and what is the percentage of me giving it to my husband?

    • ANSWER:
      Number one- do not have sex while you have a yeast infection, you can easily pass it on to him. Try getting the stuff from the store, i've only had 2 yeast infections before and have used store stuff, they worked both times. If you don't notice an improvement within a few days, then see about a doctor. There are other things you can use, i've heard of women using plain yogurt but not sure about the effectiveness of that one, try googling self or home treatment of yeast infections or all natural treatments. If it doesn't improve within a few days, it may actually be a bacterial infection, not a yeast in which you would need to see a doctor for that

  38. QUESTION:
    Causes and cures of vaginal yeast infection?
    I got a yeast infection about 3/4 days ago.. The burning now is not as intense as it was then, but it still bugs me a great deal.
    This is the first time this has happened to me, so I dont really understand what causes a yeast infection.I heard that tampon pads may cause it, if they do, could I use tampons again. Also, I know that you can buy over the counter medicine like Vagisil and Monistat, but could this infection heal by itself? Does yogurt help?

    • ANSWER:
      Get Monistat, it helps insert it before you go to sleep, so it can stay up there a while. It does help. Eat yogurt, it definitely cannot hurt you. If you are not better with those two things(in a few days) call your family physician or gynecologist.

  39. 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.

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

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

      http://whit.me/yeast

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

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

  41. QUESTION:
    How long does a yeast infection last?
    I noticed symptoms of a yeast infection on Friday. I immediately went home and used a one day treatment kit. The major symptoms went away about a day later - no more discharge or itching ... but I still dryness and the area is still tender. How long does that usually last?

    • ANSWER:
      I honestly never had much luck with the one day treatment and hated yeast infections so much that I would go for the 7 day just to be sure that it was gone, gone. You sound like you are in the healing process from the infection and hopefully will be completely better in a few days. Eat some plain, unsweetened yogurt and that might help get the good bacteria back in your system quicker.

      best wishes..

  42. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to have sex with my husband while getting rid of yeast infection?
    Is it okay to have sex with my husband while getting rid of yeast infection or is that just disgusting?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm in your boat. The medication I'm taking (otc monistat) advises against it for the simple fact that having sex will remove the medicine from its proper place. We're just waiting it out.

      If you do want to, make him wear a condom so at least he's protected from the infection, but it could still slow your healing.

  43. QUESTION:
    If you develop a yeast infection during pregnancy, is any harm done to the baby?
    Does the baby get any bacteria from tha Y.I? Are over the counter products safe, such as vagisil screening kit to first test you, then follwed by monistat products to heal the itching & burning. I think I have a yeast infection. But not 100% sure...help please.

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    are you not supposed to have sex while using yeast infection meds?
    I am on my 5th day of yeast infection meds and had sex and used a condom. Nothing seemed to go wrong, it didn't hurt or anything. Is this bad?

    • ANSWER:
      Very bad.
      Nothing is supposed to go in your vagina when healing from a yeast infection. Stuff is touching it, just spreading the bacteria, and it can still get to the male anatomy.
      Don't have sex until you're done having a yeast infection.

  45. QUESTION:
    I think I burned the tip of my penis with vinegar to cure yeast infection?
    I was putting monostat cream on the tip and I read the you should mix it with vinegar (diluted but I didn't). I tried it, went to doctor, no yeast infection, but now the tip of my penis is red at the opening and it stings when I pee. I think I burned it, anyone know how to lessen the burning while it heals?

    • ANSWER:

  46. 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

  47. QUESTION:
    What to do for continious yeast infections?
    So i get yeast infections around my period. Iv had them on and off for about 3 monthes. Iv tried monistat, yeast guard, probiotics, changing clothes often, more showers, and even garlic. I dont know what to do. This is getting sooooo annoying and stressfull. Please help somebody!!!!!!! Tell me if you have the same problems and what worked fro you!

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

      Tea Tree Oil
      Tea tree oil is a known natural antifungal. Pour a few drops of undiluted tea tree oil on a tampon and insert into vagina. Do this morning and night. A couple of days should be sufficient.

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

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

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

      Prevention is better than cure. Some precautions can help prevent yeast infection.

      -- Avoid wearing leotards and pantyhose daily.
      -- Avoid wearing tight fitting panties or jeans daily
      -- Avoid remaining in wet clothes for too long.
      -- Wear clothes made of natural fibers.
      -- Wear well fitting cotton panties.
      -- Avoid using sprays and perfumes in the genital area. Also stay away from deodorant sanitary pads and tampons.
      -- After using the toilet always wipe from front to back, never back to front.

      You can also hear some ex-yeast sufferers talk about their healing experiences:

  48. QUESTION:
    Does your Menstrual Cycle help a Yeast infection?
    I have a yeast infection and i was wondering if the menstrual cycle can help heal it? I cant seem to get rid of it even with over the counter medication/creams. I have not been able to get to a doctor yet i know i need to but i was just wondering if it helps it or makes it worse?

    • ANSWER:
      no. once your period is over the yeast infection will be there just as it was before. i no you said you tried the over the counter creams but i used to get them all the time and i get the over the counter tube full of cream the you put up in you and i get the "one night" instead of the seven night one and i get 2 of them and i use them back to back. use one one night and use the second one the second night because just one wont get rid of it but i promise it works. hope i helped, good luck.

  49. QUESTION:
    Is there a home test i can take to see if i have a yeast infection?
    I don't want to go to the doctors because that means i have to ask my mom to take me to the doctors and that would be awkward to me, so i was wondering if there is like a home test i could use to see if i have a yeast infection or not. Also, what is the cost?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      No there isn't. (it is usually pretty obvious) But you can buy the medication without a prescription so it's all good. They almost never test or even look for thrush. You just say your symptoms and they believe you and give you the meds for it. They would only look or swab if it didn't clear or was recurring.
      Anyway you can say no. If you are bothered about your mom knowing then make something up, perhaps a urine infection set of symtoms would be a good alternative. Thrush can/does cause UTI like symptoms anyway.

      FYI you should get over your embarrassment, you will need to sooner than later.

      The cost is real cheap, but I don't know where you live. But it's cheap.
      You can buy healing cream to help the itch, or a tablet that you swallow that treats your whole body, or even one that you insert down below...


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