Treatment For Dog Yeast Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

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

      Good luck.

      Note:

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

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

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

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

  2. QUESTION:
    What 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.

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

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

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

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

      Good luck and all the best!

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

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

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

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

  6. 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.

  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:
      give her a bath with dawn dih detergent

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  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:
    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.

  17. 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!

  18. QUESTION:
    Can supplementing a dog with omega fatty acids aggravate a Candida(or yeast) infection?
    My dog is recovering from what I belief to be a yeast infection(Vet wouldn't say.. She simply said "Secondary infection from flea allergies".) It is almost gone, but where it is/was, it was always super oily, not dry like most skin infections.. So I'm assuming supplementing an oily dog with oil would be bad, right? Just checking, because I've read about all the other benefits of giving dogs omega fatty acids.

    • ANSWER:

      Derm caps may actually help.
      Derm caps are a balance of omega 3 and 6 with vitamin e.
      Try a shampoo like hylyte 2 days after flea prevention treatment.
      Make sure to fully rinse the dog and brush.
      Brushing daily will help stimulate the oil glands to work properly.
      If oiliness continues I would try an anti seboreahic shampoo from the vet.

  19. QUESTION:
    Anyone who had any personal experience with these dog diseases?
    I wondered if anyone can share some personal experience of these dog diseases. Like symptons, treatment and just anything important like what happened with the dog, did it survive, did it better fast or worse fast etc?
    Here they area:
    Skin Fold Dermatits
    Pyoderma
    Ringworm
    Abscess
    Allergies
    Skin Cancer
    Hot Spots
    Folliculitis
    and
    Yeast infection of the skin

    I wanna know exactly what the differences between them are like how you would differentiate pyoderma from hot spots etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Infections of the skin (pyoderma, skin fold dermatitis, folliculitis, and yeast) generally appear as rashes:
      Pyoderma and folliculits appear as groups of reddened spots, and can look like a really bad case of acne.
      Skin fold dermatitis appears, as you may have guessed, in the folds of the dog's skin, especially if the area is typically moist (i.e. around the muzzle), and may have red and irritated appearance.
      Yeast may be moist, red, and irritated, or flaky/yellow in appearance, and are best determined by your vet due to it wide variety of appearances.

      Ringworm is a fungus (which is CONTAGIOUS) that *typically* appears as round patches of hairless skin which may have some irritation underneath. The hair loss may not be perfectly round in some cases, and may be widespread on the dog. Sometimes (esp. in cats) it is not this obvious, an no hair loss is present.

      An abscess is an infection, and typically looks like a large angry and irritated pimple. If it is bad enough it may be accompanied by a fever. It may be dry, or it may weep pus.

      Allergies may cause any number of skin conditions, but the most typical is itching of the rump, abdomen, and feet.

      Hot spots look like wet, reddened, irritated areas of skin, typically with matted hair around the site and hair loss where the sore is present. It may scab over and re-open. They are painful and itchy, so the animal may have a hard time not rubbing on it (which will just irritate it more and slow the healing process).

      Skin cancer can take many many forms and is best discussed with your veterinarian if you suspect it. It is more common in dogs with light colored and less dense fur (think pale, light haired people on the beach with no sunscreen).

      The treatment for each will depend on how severe the problem is. Infections may require antibiotics. Allergies can be dealt with by finding their source (chicken? soy? dust mites? grass pollen?) and either eliminating it or giving allergy injections (just like some people get). Ringworm and yeast infections often require special medicated baths. Skin cancer may not be treatable.

      All of the conditions listed would need a veterinarian to properly diagnose and prescribe medications. They will get worse if you let them go, so it's best to have them addressed ASAP.

  20. QUESTION:
    What are the treatment options for Malassezia dermatitis for dogs?
    I know that topical chlorhexidine and miconazole (Malaseb and VetXX) may be used. Could you please let me know regarding your experience with these medications? Do you have any other ideas or experience that have helped you with curing this yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.rottweilerhealth.org/pdfs/august_malasszia_paters_02.pdf

      Try going there. :)

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

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

  22. 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?

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

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

      Papaw

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

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

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

  25. QUESTION:
    How do 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.

  26. QUESTION:
    Can elephant skin on dogs be cured?
    Our dog has suffered from yeast infections for several years. After spending hundreds of dollars and going to the vet countless times, I have finally been able to get his itching under control. However, he now has bare patches of skin and thick, ugly skin that the vet says is "elephant skin". I don't need to know how to stop the itching. All I need to know is is there a way to get rid of the thick ugly skin or will he have that for the rest of his life? My vet has been able to provide any suggestions/treatments.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your vet about prescribing a systemic anti-fungal. My yeast infected dog is on ketoconizole. It does work quite well for her. Much of her elephant hide has started to become normal and the skin is growing hair. She also gets a fish oil capsule daily. and is fed a diet with very little grain. Make sure that your dog's thyroid is normal. In order for the elephant hide to be decreased, the yeast in the skin has to be killed and prevented from coming back. Liver issues can be a problem when using ketoconizole so blood work needs to be run often to check for that potential side effect.

  27. 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.

  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:
    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..

  30. 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

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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!

  34. 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.

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

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

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

      Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  36. 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!

  37. 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.)

  38. 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.

  39. QUESTION:
    What can I do about dog losing hair on tail?
    My 7 year old Chihuahua keeps biting the hair from her tail and backside. I keep taking her to the vet and I've gotten answers from allergies to impacted anal glands to yeast infections to heredity but no consistent relief for her yet. The last time he didn't even send antibiotics home for her (she bites and makes sores on her skin), but gave her the routine shot in the office and some prescription shampoo and leave on conditioner. Well now her tail has bloody sores all over it again. She's been spayed and is on flea treatment so I can rule those two issues out. Her mother and sister did had similar problems so I do wonder if it's hereditary. Anyone else have any experience with this? I know it hurts/aggravates her and she looks pitiful. Even if it is just bad genes shouldn't there be something to help her?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried spraying her tail with something that tastes bad. I saw some stuff at Petsmart. I think it was yuk or something like that. It said that it did not sting but was made to stop the chewing of sores. However if this is compulsive, she might still do it anyway. But if you can get it to heal that might help relieve it. It is worth a shot if you haven't tried it already. You would still need to find the root cause though.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  45. 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.

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

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

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

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections sometimes coupled with a bad odor.

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  47. 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.

  48. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of itchy skin on our dog?
    our dog which is 8 has always had skin problems she has been to different vets and they have tried numerous things including cortisone shots. she gets like dandruff and her hair falls out and she really smells no matter how many baths she gets. any ideas out there?
    the skin around where the hair is falling out is brown and scaly.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you considered she has food allergies?
      2 of my dogs had dry skin and problems with their fur - I switched them all to Canidae chicken and rice from Science Diet, which is mostly corn meal and artificial preservatives.
      In the year and a half they are on Canidae, they have nomore skin issues.

      The bad smell would indicate a yeast or fungus infection - your vet doesn't know that? Miconyzol (what is used for vaginal infections in humans) applied twice a day to the problem areas and washing twice a week with a good dandruff shampoo heals the fungus - and better food keeps it from coming back. Your vet should have some ideas as to treatment - this is what my vet advised, and it worked beautifully for my dogs.

  49. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a Pit Bull with sensative skin?
    Boland is 2 years old and white. He has very sensative skin. Can anyone recommend treatment for his itching. I am giving him an allergy pill in the am. and a Benydril at night.

    • ANSWER:
      The only treatment for allergies is avoidance of the allergen. So you have to figure out what's causing his allergies. Probably be best to take him to the vet. If your vet can't give you some helpful feedback and guidance (not just prescribing steroids), ask to be referred to a veterinary dermatologist. Go to the American College of Veterinary Dermatology site to find a dermatologist in your area:
      http://www.acvd.org/

      My white boxer also has allergies and very sensitive skin. Right now we're fighting a yeast infection that seems to be secondary to her allergies, from all the licking and scratching she does. Make sure your dog hasn't developed an infection. If he has, that will need attention in addition to controlling his allergies. Try your best to keep him from further irritating his skin.

      These are just a few common allergens that dogs can be sensitive to:
      * Trees
      * Grass
      * Weed pollens
      * Fabrics such as wool or nylon
      * Rubber and plastic materials
      * Foods and food additives such as individual meats, grains, or colorings
      * Milk products
      * House dust and dust mites
      * Flea bites

      So... make sure he's eating a decent quality kibble, wash his bedding in HOT water, wipe his feet/stomach/whatever when he comes in from outside, only use stainless steel bowls for his food and water, keep him on a good flea preventative, and bathe him often (yes, that's right) to keep the allergens that he picks to a minimum. Make sure it's a mild shampoo that doesn't irritate him, and always be sure that it's thoroughly rinsed out.

      Here are some articles on dog allergies and the various causes of itching. Lots of info, but most definitely worth your while.
      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2082&aid=503
      http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/itch.html
      http://www.peteducation.com/category.cfm?c=2+2082


treatment for dog yeast infection

Home Remedies For Yeast Infections

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  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:
    What are the best home remedies of yeast infection? Is tee tree oil an effective natural home remedy for it?
    Does Tea Tree Oil really work for yeast infection? Or is there another home remedy for it.

    • ANSWER:
      Getting rid of a persistent yeast infection can be quite challenging.It's estimated that three out of four women will have a yeast infection in their lifetime.
      Some natural remedies and home remedies that are used for yeast infection are
      1. Unsweetened yogurt
      2. Garlic
      3. Tee Tree Oil
      4. Honey
      5. Vinegar, etc.

      Tea tree oil is an effective medication for the cure of yeast infections which is extracted from the tea tree Melaleuca alternifolia, exclusively found in Australia. The active ingredient which kills the basic ground for the nurture of Candida is Terpinen4-ol.

      For more Information try the links

      http://www.findmedicaladvice.com/women-health/home-remedies-for-yeast-infection.html

      http://www.findmedicaladvice.com/women-health/tea-tree-oil-and-yeast-infection.html

  4. QUESTION:
    What 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.

  5. QUESTION:
    Anyone knows about home remedy for yeast infection?
    Any review on home remedy for yeast infection I have been diagnosed with? Tips? I am always against medicinal drugs, creams for any ailments. So I am after solution to my infection via the natural remedy.
    Thanks.
    Phillis

    • ANSWER:
      I am fortunate not to have this problem but my boyfriend suffered from yeast infection around his waistline for a year until recently. I googled it and found this website with a good review for causes and symptoms. There is an ebook you have to buy for indepth details. But since my boyfriend's infection is mild we didnt get the ebook but it might be worth it. Good luck. Oh nearly forgot the site is:
      http://www.homeremedyforyeastinfectionreview.com/
      All the best!!!
      Lucy

  6. QUESTION:
    Are there any good home remedies for a yeast infection?
    I have a yeast infection and the doctor gave me a prescription. But I want to know if there are any home remedies to ease my discomfort.
    First of all, some of the answers I'm getting are mildly offensive....I got this infection from the antibiotics I was taking for strep throat...so don't judge me. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Yogurt might help...
      But if you can, go to a store that sells herbs and buy one or both things...

      1) Bifidofolus
      2) Yeast killer (different names for it)

      These things are natural and works fast!

      Best wishes!

  7. QUESTION:
    are there any good home remedies to a yeast infection?
    i already know i have a yeast infection and that i should go to a professional but i dont have enough money to go to the doctor or for the medicine. so are there any good home remedies for this? im already trying honey but i need a few backup remedies too. also if youre going to tell me to go to the doctor you can just leave this page because i already know i should but i cant.

    • ANSWER:
      "There are no boundaries."
      - Kris Allen, American Idol 2009

  8. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for a yeast infection?
    I want to know if there are any home remedies for yeast infections that don't involve douching, or...you know...sticking anything up there.

    • ANSWER:
      A yeast infection need something [ sticking up there ]

      Plain yogurt is good for a yeast infection

  9. QUESTION:
    are these symptoms of a yeast infection or something more serious?
    i apologize in advance if this is TMI, but i really need some advice. i feel mild and random jabs of pain during sexual activity and while i pee. and my vagina itches randomly, though not very badly. and there's an odd, watery, white, discharge. and there is also an odd smell, not unpleasant or fishy or anything, but not usual either. i've been trying home remedies for yeast infections (yogurt, probiotics, etc.) for about four days, and there is no noticeable difference. is my self diagnosis wrong?

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

  11. QUESTION:
    what are home remedies to get rid of a yeast infection?
    a day before my yeast occured i had sexual intercourse with my boyfriend and we used alot of ky jelly...can ky cause a yeast infection and what are some home remedies

    • ANSWER:
      It was probably the ky jelly, it can destroy the good bacteria in the vagina the same way some douches do.

      You need to restore the normal balance of healthy bacteria to kill the yeast.

      The most popular and useful of the probiotics is Lactobacillus. Several forms of this “nice” bacterium can be used to treat yeast infections naturally.

      If you want to use Lactobacilli to treat your yeast infection, you have the option of using it as an oral supplement or as a vaginal suppository. Acidophilus, a member of the Lactobacilli family, is the key ingredient that makes yogurt work! With this in mind, it makes sense to eat plenty of yogurt when battling a raging yeast infection.

      If you need immediate relief, try using yogurt as a topical cream. Simply soak a tampon in unflavored yogurt that contains active cultures and insert it as usual. If you don’t wish to use a tampon, you can simply wipe the yogurt on with a finger.

      Tea Tree Oil and Other Treatment Options

      This oil is taken from the tea tree and has apparently helped with yeast infections. However, tea tree oil is too strong to use without first diluting it a good deal. There is some debate about the safety and value of tea tree oil when used in this fashion.

      Garlic cloves are well-known warriors in the fight against yeast infections. They can even be used as suppositories, provided the cloves are first wrapped in something soft and porous before being inserted.

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

      Also apple cider vinger diluted with water can be applied to relieve itching and kill the yeast.

  12. QUESTION:
    What Are Some Home Remedies To Cure A Yeast Infection?
    I am 16 years old, and I am 99.9% positive that I have a yeast infection, I have most of the symptons. The itch is really unbearable, its dry, and I am having alot of discharge (but it doesn't smell).. For the first two years of my period I wore pads, but I didn't like it, so I begged my mom to get me tampons and she did. Now 2 weeks later I have a yeast infection and I don't want to tell my mom or go to the doctor.. and I am a virgin so I know it cant be anything sexual related. So are there any home remedies to cure this? And if not, will it go away by itself? and how long will it take?

    • ANSWER:
      You can use about 3 drops of Tea Tree oil on a tampon. It works really well. Be careful not to use more and never take tea tree oil internally!

      Here's wehre I get mine:
      http://www.healthfoodemporium.com/wyndmere/essential-oils.html

  13. QUESTION:
    How to treat and prevent a yeast infection (home remedy)?
    I had a yeast infection before and I simply treated it with the medication pill you can buy at the store. They're really expensive and I just started feeling somewhat uncomfortable down there again. I need a home remedy because I do not have that extra money right now. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Well people seem to think putting a clove of garlic up there helps. Obviously take it out as well, but you have a chance of not getting it back out again. Maybe contacting your doctor for home remedy's would help. :)

  14. 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.

  15. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies for the rash on my inner thighs, possibly yeast infection?
    I'm 4 1/2 months pregnant and have peeling and itching on the crease in my legs, where my underwear sits. I think it's maybe a yeast infection...is there any home remedies to help with this? I've gotten it every time I've been pregnant... Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Natural live yogurt works . Or just go to the doctors

  16. QUESTION:
    Tips on home remedy for yeast infection?
    Hello All, does anyone know any PROVEN home remedys that will cure a yeast infection. I dont want anything store brand just natural home remedys. Thank you in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Proven home remedies are:
      1)wearing clean cotton underwear
      2)drinking lots of water
      3)Eating yogurt

      But more importantly, not eating particular food groups might help you more. Yeast infection is caused by a change in harmones in our body. this could be due to pregnancy, stress or change in eating habits.

      While consulting a doctor is always a good idea, some more of the natural remedies which seem to have worked for others can be found at the source.

  17. QUESTION:
    Are yeast infections are side effect of anything?
    I've been taking a lot of antibiotics for other infections and thought maybe this has triggered it. but if not are yeast infections a side effect of any other illnesses/causes?

    I have booked another doctors appointment for next week but until then, are there any home remedies for yeast infections down there? Thanks

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy for a yeast infection?
    I have a yeast infection and i bought the 3 day suppositories, but i forgot and skipped a day and now the infection is back. Everyone tells me to get a pill from the dr and do that.I would rather stick to older things on the market or home remedies,i did hear vinegar and yogurt mixed for a douche was good to use, has anyone ever heard of this?I may just call my dr. monday and get the pill but for now and tomorrow i wanted some relief. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      Both Vinegar and yogurt can be used and you can mix them together and create a douche as well, but I would try some of my other suggestions first before aggressively douching.

      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.

  19. QUESTION:
    good home remedies for yeast infections?
    My girl friend has a really bad yeast infection and cant get a doctor appt - any good home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections aren't that easy to permanently get rid of. Many products can temporarily relieve the symptoms, but a long term treatment approach will be your best bet to completely elliminate it.

      One of the more popular and effective homeopathic solutions is yeastrol. It's very effective at treating vaginal, penile and oral yeast infections.

      What you can also do to speed your recovery is to change you diet in a way that will starve the yeast organisms (Candida).

      Things that you should remove from your diet are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour,
      alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold.

      Things to add to your diet are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice, rice and oat brans

      Another thing to keep in mind is that both you and your partner should consider the diet change/yeastrol treatment as you can be passing the infection back and forth between you.

      Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

      I've included the link to their website if you're interested

  20. QUESTION:
    is there a home remedy to relieve the itch of a vaginal yeast infection?
    I am sure i have a yeast infection but unable to get treatment from the pharmacy until friday so i need to know if there are any good home remedies i could use to relieve the itching

    • ANSWER:
      Eat cultured products such as yogurt, soak a tampon in buttermilk and insert it normally as if you were having a period,,, do this about every 4 hours during your waking hours and yes you can even sleep with one. This is what the health department reccommended for me and it works great... 30 years later and Im still using it with good results,, I always use this after antibiotic treatments.

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

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

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

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

      First are you sure you have a yeast infection?

      "The symptoms of vaginal yeast infection include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      It's about .

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

      http://www.monistat.com/

      They are around to .

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

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

      Good luck!

  22. QUESTION:
    Would a yeast infection cause bleeding during sex?
    Also what does a yeast infection look like? And are there any home remedies to cure a yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a yeast infection on the butt?
    Ok so I believe my yeast infection spread to my buttcrack. Please, are there any home remedies and how can I make yeast infections stop reoccuring

    • ANSWER:
      plane Yogurt it great for it to and a doctor will tell u the same

  24. 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.

  25. QUESTION:
    I am on my last day of treatment and I still have a yeast infection?
    I have been using the off brand Monistat 7 and tonight is my last dose but I still have a yeast infection. Can someone please tell me what the most effective way of treating a yeast infection is and how to prevent them? I am open to home remedies as well. Also, what causes yeast infections. I know antibiotics can because I get one every time I am on antibiotics but what else causes them?

    • ANSWER:
      As you may already know, candida, the bacteria that causes yeast infections lives in the vagina. There is always a small amount of it but because the vagina itself is acidic with a Ph between 3-4 it is controlled, and doesnt bother at all. Ok, so you know about antibiotics, but any other factor (like soap, ovulation, condoms or any type of birth control ) that changes your vaginas Ph and makes it less acid is giving the candida a environment that is perfect for it to grow.

      Now about the remedy, give the monistat some time to work, but I recommend you to take Some Apple cider vinegar dilute it in some fresh water and sit on that mixture, in a tub or in a bucket, allowing your legs to be just a little open. Believe me THIS WORKS.
      Do it at often as you can :)
      Hope I helped!

  26. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a yeast infection?
    I think I have a yeast infection, but I can't afford to buy the expensive products like monistat. Any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Kim their or no home remedies for a yeast infection, however their are unproven treatments such as tea tree oil, taking garlic supplements. I did hear that eating yogurt is good for assisting in preventing. But...if you have never been diagnosed with a yeast infection I recommend you see a doctor before buying monistat at, it could be a bacteria infection. Good luck

  27. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for yeast infection? Ways to prevent them?
    I had a yeast infection for the first time about a month ago, and I noticed that I got it a couple of weeks after having sex for the first time. I treated it and it went away within a week, but now I have another one. Are there certain things that often cause you to get a yeast infection? Like what are some ways that I can prevent them in the future? Also, what are some home remedies that will help soothe it or make it go away. I'm not able to make it to the doctor any time soon.

    • ANSWER:
      What I did was I put a small amount of diluted tea-tree oil on a tampon, which I kept in for about an hour or so. I then took it out, waited another hour or so, and then put some more tea-tree oil on another tampon which I kept in for an hour.

      Alongside that, after every bath/shower, I made sure that I blow-dried down below.. Sounds really stupid but if your vagina is moist, it's the perfet breeding ground for bacteria. So make sure that you dry yourself properly before putting underwear on :)

      Also, remember to wear loose-fitting clothes; avoid leggings and skinny jeans etc, try wearing skirts or loose-fitting trousers for a while.

  28. QUESTION:
    How to treat a yeast infection at home?
    Hello.
    So I think I may have a yeast infection..
    I do not want to tell my mom about it, nor do i want to go to a gyno...
    Are there any home remedies I can try so I don't have to do either of those things?

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to treat a yeast infection with yogurt while pregnant?
    I am currently pregnant and will be 9 months May 15th. Before I was pregnant I had a couple of yeast infections and treated them with the whole yogurt on the tampon remedy and it helped to cure it, but is it safe to do this while being pregnant? And if not are there any other home remedies that you could do to treat it thats safe for me and my baby?

    • ANSWER:
      I had thrush whilst 8 months pregnant. I phoned my GP and he said it was safe to use a Canestan Pessary which I did. Baby was fine and infection cleared straight away. Speak to your GP.

  30. QUESTION:
    Is it true you can cure a yeast infection with garlic?
    I was reading this question someone had asked about natural home remedies for getting rid of a yeast infection. One lady said to leave a clove of garlic in your vagina overnight. Does that really work?

    • ANSWER:
      I would not use a whole glove of garlic, but you take the garlic sections and skin them and thread some string through the tops and insert them overnight and pull on the sting to remove what is left. Some people will insert yogurt but this needs to be plain live active yogurt from the health and natural department. Eating alot of this yogurt should be a regular part of diet. Eat lots of fruits and veg.
      You need to know if your body had a yest infection and why- we have a natural amount of yeast in our bodies and sometimes people have an excessive amount of it. I would suggest taking acidophilus 5 billion - milk free with FOS. This will help put the natural flora back into you system and help control the situation. Also drink alot of fluids. If it continues and becomes bothersome then it is time to see the doctor but continue taking the acidophilus. Hope that heps

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. QUESTION:
    is there any home remedies 4 a yeast infectoin?
    I have a yeast infection and i am wondering if there is any home remedies to cure it because i am 2 embarrassed to tell my mom or go 2 the doctors.

    • ANSWER:
      yes, and it does not hurt even if it sounds like it

      take a big garlic clove (organic if you can)and peel it. run a thread through it and knot the ens like threading a needle. Insert into vagina (you can also put a few slits in it to increase strength) remove via the string..insert new one ever day or two

      some people insert yogurt research on google but I used and preferred the garlic method that I learned from Dr Richard Schulze, maker of the save your life videos

      I would try the garlic method and follow it up with yogurt internally and externally (plain organic yogurt not flavored internally) be sure it says it has active cultures on the container

  34. 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.

  35. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for a yeast infection in women?
    What is the Best Home remedies for a yeast infection in women...anybody, please help

    • ANSWER:
      Mixing apple cider vinegar and water with some garlic extract is also one of the most effective natural remedy for yeast infection. It will provide you almost immediate relief from vaginal itching.

      Another method is to dip a tampon in plain yogurt and place in the infected area for an hour, two to three times a day. This will restore the bacterial balance in the vagina.

      http://yeastinfectionhomeremedynow.com/yeast-infection-home-remedy-methods-for-holistic-cure.html

  36. 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.

  37. 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!

  38. 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.

  39. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of yeast infection without going to the Dr?
    My daughter has a yeast infection and she is so stubborn like her father and doesn't want me to take her to the doctor she just turned 15 and we know for a fact she got it from her bathing suit Are there any home remedies that we can try with out inserting anything in the vagina because she is terrified about the whole inserting things in her vagina. Please help me and thank you !

    • ANSWER:
      Ideally, she should visit her doctor however you can get canesten tablets / lozenges from your local pharmacy that will treat vaginal thrush. Saying that, if you leave it a few days her immune system may get rid of it without any treatment.

  40. 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!

  41. QUESTION:
    home remedies for a yeast infection?
    I'm only 14 and I have a yeast infection and I'm too embarrassed to tell my mom or anybody about it so I was wondering what are some home remedies I could do to get rid of my yeast infection? Also if I ever work up the courage to go to the store by myself to buy some of the medicine to cure it, could I buy it? Or do I have to be 18 and over to buy it? Thanks(:
    Also what would happen if I didn't cure it or get medicine or anything? Would any long term damage happen?

    • ANSWER:
      you can find the answer at this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5t6MHbkirc

  42. QUESTION:
    Can I use shredded garlic instead of a clove for a yeast infection?
    I only have the shredded garlic in the glass tub to treat it. I have a yeast infection and Im too embarresed to ask my dad to buy me over the counter treatment. Any home remedies I could use for a quick cure? Would the shredded stuff still work if I just smeared it on my vagina?

    • ANSWER:
      Then ask your dad for the money to get something at the store, and go get yourself an antifungal cream.

  43. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to get rid of a yeast infection on the penis area. I have used things like probiotics,?
    yogurt, monistat, and they haven't really worked. Does diet really play a big factor into curing the yeast infection or is it a matter of using the right ointments, pills or home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      My wife will sometimes give me an yeast infection on mine. Best course to take when treating it is with Monistat.

      Sounds like you did not continue the treatment long enough to cure it. I usually treat it for 7 days and it works good for me.

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

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

    Pls help?

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

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

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

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

  45. QUESTION:
    Home remedies for a male yeast infection?
    What is the Best Home remedies for a male yeast infection..anybody, please help

    • ANSWER:
      Anti fungus medications for Athlete's Foot, available from you local pharmacy or supermarket.
      This is most affective for the tinea infections (ringworm, athlete's foot, jock itch). For candida infections (thrush) there are alternative off-the-shelf creams.
      Also, Head & Shoulders, ZP11 and other anti-dandruff hair shampoos also contain anti-fungal agents so you might try these first as they are usually easily at hand.

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

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

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

  47. QUESTION:
    Is honey effective in relieving yeast infection symptoms?
    I read that honey can be used as a home remedy for the itching caused by yeast infections, because of it's anti-fungal properties. However, I know honey is high in sugar, which is what the yeast feeds on. It seems like it would cancel itself out.

    I was wondering if any one has tried it, be it putting directly on the vagina, or eating it. Did it help any, or did it make it worse?

    • ANSWER:
      DON'T put sugary substances around or inside your vagina! I have never heard of this remedy, it doesn't sound very accurate. A good at home remedy for yeast infections is to eat yogurt, not the flavored kind, the plain kind. Or you could just run up to your drug store and get vagisil or something to relieve the itching.

  48. QUESTION:
    Bathing in yogurt to treat yeast infection?
    So I was reading online about some home remedies for a vaginal yeast infections. They said to eat a certain amount of yogurt for a full week, and to even apply plain, sugar free yogurt to the area. Which sounds a little weird, but it's less expensive than buying a kit. So I was thinking.. would adding a bunch of plain yogurt to a bath be effective also? Or would that kill any of the good germs in the yogurt that would help with my yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      it's possible, but it has to be active yoghurt with living bacteria in it like a probiotic drinking yoghurt, as the bacteria in the yoghurt can cancel out the yeast for a few days
      you should ask your doctor for some over the counter remedies such as Monistat, or call your doctor and tell them you need a prescription for Diflucan. It usually cures a yeast infection in one dose.
      but it could be that it isn't a yeast infection,
      it could be bacterial vaginosis, or just the natural cleansing of the vagina.
      but there's a number of things you can do to stop the smell, and help.
      i heard that to put a yeast infection in order patting on a bit of yogurt might help and it i advised this to one of my patients who claimed it works! after a few days the smell should vanish, do the yogurt thing every few days, and when your on your period dip a tampon in yogurt before insertion. but it has to be a yogurt with ACTIVE bacteria in it, not the flavored dead kind.
      but DONT douche, it can make it worse and can lead to all kinds of infections etc.
      just rinse it with water every day, dont rub it hard,
      i've been told bathing in apple cider vinager cures bacterial vaginosis in one go, but sometimes it can worsen matters if used incorrectly (being inserted into the vagina)
      loose/cotton pants, don't sleep in underwear, it helps to 'air' it
      avoid tight clothing, but a panty liner will absorb allot of odour and discharge
      talcom powder is really good at taking away smell
      take a bath to help cleanse the area, wiggle around
      i've heard that rinsing it in salt water is good for it,
      canesten cream and pessaries are really good for clearing yeast infections
      try vagisil products, the wash, cream, wipes etc.
      drink water lots and lots of water, stay away from beer, sugars and carbs,
      drinking pinapple juice can apparently help,
      and instead of using loo roll use female hygiene wipes, or make-up wipes.
      this isn't a fullproof method, just a few things i picked up at medical practice, but if symptoms persist after a few weeks you should go see your doctor or a gynaecologist
      hope i helped
      -Dr Bobble :)

  49. QUESTION:
    How to cure a yeast infection?
    She has had the yeast infection more than 6months. She has also went to the doctor and they prescribed her some pills. They haven't helped and so she has used cream and has applied it outside.

    What should she do?
    Is there home remedies to use?
    We have researched and found something about pudding? If so, what kind of pudding.
    Please be as specific as you can with your answers!
    I actually ment yogurt my bad. And she is a virgine and she can't insert anything inside.

    • ANSWER:
      More than 6 months? That is rather long. Must have been dreadful for her.

      Anyway I found this list of cures off a website. Hope it helps!

      Cure No. 1 - Douche with diluted apple cider vinegar (Vaginal Yeast Infection)

      The use of Apple Cedar Vinegar can help restore the natural pH of the vagina.

      Option 1: Fill your bathtub (if you have one) with warm water. Then, add approximately 3 to 4 tablespoons of vinegar into it. The point here is to dilute the apple cider vinegar so that it isn't too strong. Bathe in it for 15 to 20 minutes and this will likely relieve symptoms.

      Option 2: Fill a douche (syringe with a detachable nozzle) with diluted apple cider vinegar. Half a teaspoon to one glass of warm water should be an approximate ratio. Proceed to rinse the vagina with the douche.

      Cure No. 2 - Tea Tree Oil (Vaginal Yeast Infection)

      Tea tree oil is commonly used to treat fungal infections as it is natural and contains antibacterial properties.As it usually comes in a concentrated form, you need to dilute it fully to prevent damage to the vagina. I would recommend the use of a tampon. Dip it into the fully diluted solution and insert into the vagina for hours at a stretch.

      Cure No. 3 - Garlic

      Garlic has excellent anti-fungal properties. For vaginal infections, try inserting a clove of garlic into your vagina for a few hours at a time and you can feel the symptoms disappearing, especially the redness and itching.

      Cure No. 4 - Yogurt

      Make sure you get the unsweetened kind. Pro-biotic yogurt contains good bacteria and can help to restore your body's natural balance. Try eating once a day after lunchtime and this can help to provide relief.


home remedies for yeast infections

Candidiasis

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is candidiasis and its treatment. Is there any herbal treatement for this. ?
    I was diagonized diabetic at 27 and that is the time I started experiencing itch on my private parts. I am now on insulin and candidiasis is really a problem. Any cure?

    • ANSWER:
      Candidiasis is the term used to describe what happens when the yeast that normally populate the gut become pathogenic and reproduce uncontrolled, resulting in an infection that is almost parasitic in nature.

      The yeast cell is normally round, and at healthy levels they help to keep things moving along in your digestive system. When disbiosis occurs (an imbalance in the normal gastrointestinal flora, or bacteria and fungi that populate the gut) the yeast cells can grow unchecked and may become pathogenic (or cause disease). When this happens, the yeast cells develop rhizoids (or flagellates, little tail like appendages) that they use to burrow into the intestinal walls in search of food. Get enough of them in there and you may end up with leaky gut syndrome, a condition in which the intestine has become permeable and undigested food particles and waste products from the yeast can make their way into the bloodstream where they are treated as toxins and an immune response is triggered. This can make a person feel very sick.

      The diabetic diet should go a long way toward starving the candida, as it feeds on sugar. It is tantamount that you keep your blood sugar levels under control to have any measure of success in battling a yeast infection.

      But, that alone isn't a cure. In severe cases, strict adherence to the anticandida diet is required (this includes total avoidance of sugar, both natural and artificial, as well as moldy and yeasty foods such as cheese, all vinegars except ACV, mushrooms, pickles, and alcohol), and may be for several months or even years before a balance is achieved.

      A good probiotic is also necessary to help repopulate decreased levels of the healthy bacteria normally present in the gut that keep yeast in check.

      In addition, antifungal therapy may be necessary, such as a prescription medication (like diflucan or nystatin powder) or herbal remedy (such as oil of oregano, pao d' arco, or other herb with antiviral properties).

      Digestive enzymes can go a long way toward starving yeast because they help to break down food before it reaches the intestine, where the yeast are feeding.

      Usually a comprehensive (or multitier) program works the best, and long term therapy is required to acheive a good result. Diet, probiotics, antifungals, and digestive enzymes together should give a good result if the program is adhered to faithfully.

      Keep in mind that if you kill off too many yeast cells at once you may experience what is known as a herxheimer response. This happens when too many dead yeast cells and their byproducts are killed to be comfortably filtered by the system. If this occurs, simply let up a bit on the therapy and go at it a bit more gradually.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is there a non-over the counter drug to cure cutaneous candidiasis?
    I have a stubborn case of cutaneous candidiasis (yeast infection), I have been to the dermatologist for it many times have have tried many things. Verdeso was the only thing that worked but it came back after my sample was done. Then he put me on something else that doesn't work at all. I was wondering if there is anything that you could buy non over the counter that anyone has found to treat this. Thank you.
    DTD, you are correct... it is a skin infection.

    • ANSWER:
      Not yet, there is a couple working their way through the red tape though.

  3. QUESTION:
    If Oral candidiasis is caused by a medicine will it go away after the medicine isn't taken anymore?
    If Oral candidiasis is caused by the side-effect of a medicine will it go away after the medicine isn't taken anymore?

    • ANSWER:
      sometimes, but who want's that, it can be painful to swallow, or eat. just get diflucan or nystating or mycelex troches. I like Diflucan, don't like Nystating swish/spit/swallow. I want it gone, but can be caused by steroid inhalers/asthma/ antibiotics/inhaled /oral. some women get vag yeast infect instead. get Rx.

  4. QUESTION:
    CandidiasisIs - it wrong to wash inside the vagina to avoid candidiasis?
    Is it wrong to wash inside the vagina to avoid candidiasis? If I dont wash there wont I smell?

    • ANSWER:
      if you cant see it dont wash it unless its behind your ears then you can wash it

  5. QUESTION:
    can vaginal candidiasis be transmitted to a male?
    if i have vaginal candidiasis, will this affect my partner? or is it possible that he is the carrier and he just infected me? i am very worried about this! i don't want him to be infected because of me! i have no idea how to tell him about this! help me!

    • ANSWER:
      Candidiasis is better known as a "yeast infection" and occurs when the pH levels of your vagina (or penis) go a little bit whacko, causing yest to grow a little out of control. In all honesty, your body is covered in a small amount of yeast, and it's healthy for it to be there. But when it gets out of control in those certain areas, it can cause itching, burning, redness, that disgusting odor, and white discharge. There are plenty of creams you can use to treat and get rid of the infections, and many are available over-the counter if not through prescription. Using yogurt also helps, since it has natural bacteria which combat yeast. I've also heard that honey helps, and it did help relieve the symptoms of a yeast infection I had early last year.
      Almost all women and many men do get yeast infections. They can be caused by douching, poor hygiene, and, yes, they can be "transmitted" through sex. It is not, however, and STD. It's just a very very common (and slightly unfortunate) female problem.

  6. QUESTION:
    how can you cure candidiasis in the mouth?
    I was diagnosed having fungal infection in my mouth called "candidiasis" this june 8, 2008 after my canker sore was healed.perhaps i think, it was the antibiotic that i was taking that compromise the candida to over-growth which means it must have caused to bring imbalance in flora.

    • ANSWER:
      You should call your doctor and ask for Diflucan, it works great!

  7. QUESTION:
    Can a drug designed to cure Candidiasis if ingested by a healthy person, induce it's syptoms by antiibodies?
    In other words, can the drug create syptoms of Candidiasis by making the immune system produce antibodies which in turn induce syptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Only if the 'drug' immunologically mimics Candida. I am not aware of any drug that mimics Candida in this manner.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can having sex with someone cause Tinea and candidiasis?
    Can having sex with someone cause Tinea and candidiasis?

    • ANSWER:
      Both tinea and candidiasis are caused by a fungus. Normally, our body resistance is capable of resisting the effects of these organisms. Having sex with someone that has tinea of candidiasis will not transfer the disease provided that the body resistance is normal.

  9. QUESTION:
    How bad can candidiasis be?
    I caught candidiasis from my ex 4 months ago, the doc gave me 1 diflucan pill and canesten (clotrimazol) to put on my glans for 1 week. I did as he said and all the symptoms went away.
    2 months ago I started having moderate chest/lung pain which made me go to the hospital several times, diagnosed with
    anxiety disorder that would go away with some prozac. I also did a x-ray and an ecg which accused nothing. I've also have shortness of breath, headaches, congested nose and the described chest/lung pain stills here.
    Today, i noticed that horrible red spots that i had from candidiasis 4 months ago were in my glans again, and i figured that maybe my treatment wasn't so successful after all because there was still some redness after i ended the treatment. I also performed fellatio on the girl that got me candidiasis.
    Is it possible that candidiasis is the responsible for my chest pain and the other symptoms? If so what shall i do? Can it spread from the genitals to other organs?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You can get a systemic yeast infection. This can be seen in chronic fatigue sufferers also. Your partner needs to be treated for yeast also. Diflucan is a powerful anti-fungal but yeast is also hard to kill completely. There is a probiotic called Three Lac ( buy on-line) that will help kill the yeast infection. Start with one packet and work up to 2 packets a day. Don't take any probiotics at the same time as your anti-fungal medication. I suggest removing yeast from your diet and lowering the amount of sugar also. You can find yeast-free -bread at the whole foods market. Doing this will help starve the yeast.

  10. QUESTION:
    How can I tell the difference between a interstitial cystitis flare up and a bladder infection?
    I had interstitial cystitis about a year ago, but now I am having similar symptoms again. I am taking Dyflucan for systematic candidiasis, whih I started taking recently. Medications can tend to flar up the IC, but I also had a bladder infection recently and this feels similar. Besides going to the doc, is there another way to distinguish between the two?

    • ANSWER:
      Many people suffer from different bladder conditions but it can be hard to tell if the difference between Interstitial Cystitis and a bladder infection. Often times, people are too quick to label the problem as a bladder infection without getting the proper diagnosis. Let’s take a look at the differences between IC and bladder infections, to help you better understand the problem you are having.

      IC or Interstitial Cystitis is when the bladder becomes inflamed. This can be caused by an autoimmune disease such as lupus, scleroderma or fibromyalgia or it can be a stand alone condition with no known cause. Some of the symptoms that you may experience with Interstitial Cystitis (IC) include bladder frequency, very painful bladder spasms, low bladder capacity, and sometimes even incontinence. Many times people that suffer with IC often go miss-diagnosed. Many doctors diagnose the problems as a common bladder infection. Doctors have even diagnosed such symptoms as stemming from emotional problems.

      Now let’s take a look at what a bladder infection is all about. A bladder infection is also known as a urinary tract infection or UTI. It's caused from bacteria and is a bacterial infection that affects any part or all of the urinary tract. Many get confused as urine contains many bi products of waste from our bodies but none of which is bacteria. Urine can contain many different fluids such as waste products, water and salt, all of which are bacteria free. When bacteria get into the bladder it multiplies fast in the urine and causes a bladder infection.

      There are many different symptoms that come with a bladder infection. An urgent need to urinate is perhaps one of the main symptoms that characterize a bladder infection. The bladder will feel full and you will feel pressure as if you have to urinate immediately and quite frequently. Many also feel a pain or burning sensation when they empty their bladder and often times little to no urine actually come out. Some people may even be able to see the bacteria in the urine as the urine will appear cloudy and can have a foul odor. A fever may also be present.

      Hope you feel better. : )

  11. QUESTION:
    What is a good dosage of garlic for a yeast syndrome sufferer?
    I have severe chronic candidiasis and would like to try garlic to control it. I have garlic pills that are a 1000 mg each.

    • ANSWER:
      Freshly crushed cloves of garlic mixed throughout your green vegies and lentils or brown rice, beans, salads etc....... will help enormously in eradicating parasites and fungus overgrowth..... garlic are a powerfull natural antibiotic, antiparasitic, antifungal, antibacterial..... generally, people who are tolerant to garlic can take 4 - 5 garlic cloves crushed through their food daily....... you would need to slowly build up to that amount or risk gastric distress .......... if you are intolerant to fresh garlic symptoms such as nasty stomach aches, brain frizz, achy bones, vomiting and nausea may occur....... listen to your body after you have garlic to ascertain whether your system can stand it....... the garlic pills would of course be an alternative but wouldn't be nearly as effective as fresh garlic.

      Other powerfull natural antifungals are .... Oil of Oregano ~ antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antiparasitic ..... it has strong antioxidant and antiflammatory effects and is quite effective in eliminating Candida ....... not regular oregano but a wild form (wild mountain oregano, Origanum vulgare species) ..... your local health food store may be able to help you with this one... Oil of Oregano has no side effects and oregano is compatible with any other natural remedy or prescription drug....... the active compounds in Oil of Oregano also act as free radical scavengers thus prevent further tissue damage while encouraging healing.

      Grapefruit Seed Extract ~ Go to your local health food store and ask the resident naturopath his/her advice on Grapefruit seed extract.. they don't usually charge for off the cuff advice and are more than willing to share their knowledge ..... Grapefruit seed extract is a multipurpose (broad spectrum) compound that is currently being used in humans and animals alike to safely fight many types of internal and external infections caused from parasites (single and multi-celled), viruses, bacteria and fungi.

      Grapefruit seed extracts biggest benefit is due to it's multipurpose (broad spectrum) effect. It is effective even if the causes of the infections are known, unknown or misdiagnosed. By eliminating a wide range of dangerous pathogens grapefruit seed extract actually enhances the immune system.

      Ask at the health food store about other natural antifungals such as Colloidal Silver, Powerded Vitamin C with bioflavonoids, Olive leaf extract too.......... ;0)

      Read a book called "Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook" ~ Revised 2nd Edition by jeanne Marie Martin with Zoltan P.Rona, M.D... fabulous reading there for you..... good health to you buddy and good luck.

      And, of course, complete and total avoidance of any food or drink that contains yeast or sugar ......... fanatical label reading or simply don't eat from a package and prepare fresh fruit, vegies, rices, beans, lentils, some lean meats, organic nuts and seeds yourself ..... and drinking plenty of fresh filtered water .... hydrating yourself properly ..... some people find success by also eliminating natural sugars such as fruits and raw honey...... that's the final route i had to go ..... eliminating all fruit sugars ... even the low sugar ones like pears and strawberries ..... and raw honey .....;0)

      peace baby

  12. QUESTION:
    How can i find a Recommended Naturopathic Doctor in my area?
    I live in Pensacola, i want a doctor who treats Systemic Candidiasis(Candida) and fibromyalgia possibly, im seeing a doctor at the VA hospital since im a veteran its free, but he doesnt believe Candida can exist in people without HIV or other Autoimmune diseases or ... something like that. But i have read too many articles online where naturopathic doctors treat this condition differently. Please help me ; ;

    • ANSWER:
      Contact your local support group for local doctor. A D.O. is usually more open than an M.D. & has much more training.

      Here's a yahoo link to 6 Naturopathic doctors in Pensacola.

      Only one doctor is listed in Pensacola for ACAM. There are quite a few in Florida but none other near you.

      Integrative medicine combines conventional care with alternative medicine to improve patient care. Rather than practice one type of medicine, integrative physicians will often combine therapies and treatment approaches to ensure the best results for their patients. ACAM physicians do not shun western medicine, in fact they practice western care everyday. Our physicians are unique in that they incorporate appriopriate and proven alternative treatment options.

  13. QUESTION:
    Do men suffer from candidiasis and what are the symptons.?
    For married people for example can a man transmit candidiasis to a woman and what can you advise a couple to do because to avoid accusing another for infidelity.

    • ANSWER:
      this is not a sexually transmitted disease, so strike that notion from your mind.

      it is no different from athlete's foot. It is a fungus that is always present on the skin - but if give the proper growth conditions it will cause irritation of the skin, discharge, and itching.

      yes, men can get candida on the penis - it happens only to uncircumcised men who have poor hygeine, especially if there is some chronic urinary leakage that allows the glans to be wet all day. They do not catch it from their wives. Symptoms are little red dots on the glans, some burning and itching. Sometimes they'll have minor irritation when voiding.

      Likewise, women do not "catch" yeast from their husbands.

  14. QUESTION:
    I am sufferring from oral candidiasis.Where can i get Grape seed extract,olive leaf extract in pune/india.?
    I am suffering from oral candidiasis since last 2 years.Problem is chronic and reoccuring.Can some body tell me where can i get Grape seed extract,olive leaf extract,oregano oil in pune/india.

    • ANSWER:
      Oral candidiasis can be treated with topical anti-fungal drugs, such as nystatin, miconazole or amphotericin B. Topical therapy is given as an oral suspension which is washed around the mouth and then swallowed by the patient.

      Patients who are immunocompromised, either with HIV/AIDS or as a result of chemotherapy, may require systemic treatment with oral or intravenous administered anti-fungals.

      Herbal medicine (from Grape seed extract,olive leaf extract) is not as effective as the above medicines used in oral candidiasis. Herbal medicine may complicated the oral cadidiasis, may cause chronic thrush.

  15. QUESTION:
    Should I tell my new boyfriend the real reason why I won't have sex or keep making up excuses?
    I have candidiasis (reoccuring yeast infections) and sex is very painful for me. I've been working on finding a solution, have seen my doctor numerous times, and I'm finally setting up a gyno appointment sometime soon. I recently just started dating someone new, we're still getting to know each other and I don't want to scare him off and gross him out. Should I tell him the truth?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't really have a choice....and now he will find out you've been telling him stories...

  16. QUESTION:
    Could you develop oral thrush from performing oral sex on someone with a yeast infection?
    If a woman has a yeast infection, but doesn't realize it, and her boyfriend performs oral sex, could he develop oral thrush?

    And in repercussion, could he then transfer the thrush back to the woman orally?

    Simply put, can candidiasis be transfered from vaginal location to oral location, or is oral thrush a different strain of yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      yes you can...just clean your mouth with mouth wash and eat yogurt...if the trush is resistant just go to your doc...and get some prescription pills or wash for your condition

  17. QUESTION:
    Is candidiasis an STI? If it is, does it result in infertility after a long time before treatment?
    what is the cause of candidiasis(a whitish substance or fluid found in the vagina or tongue)? where can it be treated apart from the hospital?
    what sort of drugs can be obtained from the pharmacy?

    • ANSWER:
      Frustratednurse is right. Yeast is a fungus and can be treated by over-the-counter antifungals such as Monistat. If you use the Monistat and symptoms return you should seek the attention of a physician because it is probably not yeast.

  18. QUESTION:
    Ecology question having to do with types of symbiosis?
    The yeast, Candida albicans is a part of the normal gut flora. The relationship is described as "commensal." My question is, when conditions in the body change, say in immunocompromised individuals, and a fungal overgrowth occurs resulting in candidiasis, is the relationship then described as "parasitic." How would you define the symbiosis of this organism?

    • ANSWER:
      This is an example of opportunistic parasitism.

  19. QUESTION:
    I am 18 years old and have thrush on my penis, a rash on my anus and bad acne. could it be candida?
    i have been reading about candida albicans and candidiasis. and those are all symptoms. so not sure? also, if it is candida. are there any pills i could take to cure it. because i have found that the gel for such infections is difficult to apply and i figure i may be leaving out affected areas. thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Acne type lesions are generally not caused by candida, also known as a yeast infection. If you are circumcised and healthy it is unlikely that you have a yeast infection. It grows in warm moist areas and the penis is too dry. Under the foreskin is warm and moist though. Anal rash could be yeast, but it is uncommon in healthy individuals. Thrush is the term used for a yeast infection in the mouth. There are pills, but surface yeast may be managed with an acidic solution like vinegar diluted in water and applied to the skin. There are skin conditions that can happen on the penis and perianal area so if your treatment doesn't work, see the dermatologist. A simple scraping can prove or disprove the yeast.

  20. QUESTION:
    where do i get a test for yeast overgrowth?
    i've had suspicions that i might have candidiasis but don't know where to get tested... i'd rather know for sure before i do the diet
    i went to my gyno and they said they didn't really do it. they do for yeast infections that are vaginal but that's not really what 'm referring to.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      I'll provide one in my source box. The Candida diet and everything that comes with it is a challenge at first believe me.

      After struggling with Candida for about 6 years I finally eliminated it using a variety of treatments. The one thing for sure though is if I didn't stay disciplined with my diet it would have all fallen apart. This isn't to say you have to eat all raw vegetables but you MUST eliminate sugar as much as possible. The next step beyond this is actually eliminating grains fully, I tried that for a while and made huge progress but I'm relatively lean so from a calorie perspective it wasn't realistic.

      All in all, you need to ask yourself if you want to eat toxic food that currently tastes good to you or if you want to actually get better. The diet doesn't have to be permanent but it should be a major change that following your Candida elimination you try to stick to as best as you can.

  21. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had a severe yeast infection before?
    Like, with a bad rash and lesions/sores? Specifically called "cutaneous candidiasis"?
    I've already had one, and it was HORRIBLE. It lasted for about 2 weeks. I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced it and how bad theirs was

    • ANSWER:
      I've had odd thigs happen to my vagina all the time.
      Have you shaved recently down there? Sometimes that can be a cause of things.
      I've been checked constantly for infections and I've had:
      Rashes
      Lesions/Sores
      Aches
      Irritation
      Bumps
      Even Pimples

      It depends on how long you have yours though. If it's been like...three weeks and it hasn't gone away, that is a bad sign. My advice is to wait for a few more weeks and see if it goes away. If it worsesn then obviously see a doctor.
      God bless my sweet.

  22. QUESTION:
    How can I live with always being exhausted?
    I have these periods in my life about 4 times per year when I feel so exhausted and drained from the inside the core of my body that its all I can do to drag myself through my daily routines. I was tested for Lupus and that came back negative. I am constantly fighting candidiasis, body aches and pains, urinary tract infections, kidney stones (till i tried Apple cider vinegar). My husband doesnt understand it and says I'm just lazy and need to exercise more. I exercise for 1 hr at least 3 times a week. I dont know what to do to cope with my life. I get so frustrated and miserable, especially when I cant get it all done. On the bad days, I work, then rest, then work, then rest... its slow going but thats how i manage to get it done. Any one have any suggestions what may be wrong, or what I could do to cope better? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      Probably when you were tested for lupus, you had all manner of other blood tests too? Were they all equally normal, I wonder.

      Hopefully you have had a full physical, medical examination, - a full check up? Do all your body systems check out as normal too. I note your waterwork and vaginal problems. Hopefully you have had colposcopy and cervical smears done. Any recent kidney scans or kidney X rays. Any excess of calcium in your blood?

      It would be nice to confirm that you have 100% kidney function, - that your stones and infections haven't reduced that. We would need to know your latest Glomerular Filtration Rate, commonly known as your GFR. This figure is on every routine blood test for your kidneys. By complete coincidence, the best value for GFR is 100, so your actual value expresses your remaining kidney function as a percentage. Normal is over 60, (60%).

      The other general test is your ESR blood test, or your C-reactive protein (CRP) blood test. They both test for any inflammatory disease in your body. Both should give values of less than 10. If you have a high ESR or CRP, something is demonstrably wrong somewhere.

      There's a lot we don't know, and that must devalue any advice. But in general, I would recommend that you take general, but sensible supplements to boost your immune system. Vitamin C tablets and Zinc tablets would be at the top of my list. If you want to be exhaustive, there is some evidence that Selenium tablets, Magnesium tablets, and Vitamin D tablets, (Vitamin D would depend on your calcium, kidney-stone status) - are a positive help for the immune system. I don't believe in herbs, but then I wouldn't as a conventional doctor.

      My general advice is that you don't give up on this, - - if you have this problem then something is wrong, and don't let anyone tell you any different.

      I hope this is of some help.

      Best wishes,

      Belliger
      retired uk gp

  23. QUESTION:
    How often should I take Diflucan?
    I've been suffering from esophageal candidiasis for almost a year, so I decided to take Diflucan. I just found out that overseas Diflucan 150 mg is given one time only or once every three days for a week. Here in the US it is given everyday for 10 or more days. Why do American doctors prescribe it for a long time since it might affect the liver, and which way is more effective?

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    how can i get treatment for systemic yeast or candida?
    I believe that a have a systemic yeast problem, which I really want to get sorted out. I have nutritional supplements and follow an anti-candida diet but i've heard that you really need nystatin to completely rid yourself of the yeast problem.
    but doctors don't believe in candidiasis, so how can i get a prescription for nystatin?
    has anyone tried any of the yeast diets with success?
    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      yes, there are antifungics in systemic presentations.-
      but they have to be prescribed by your doctor cause most of them are toxic for the liver an kidney.-

  25. QUESTION:
    Do I have an STD or just something milder?
    Here are my symptoms:
    1. Pain during intercourse
    2. Abnormal and smelly vaginal discharge
    3. Vaginal itch inside on the lining/wall
    4. Unusual rougness of the vaginal wall.

    I used to have candidiasis, but it was treated years ago. Do I have it again or is it STD?

    I only ever had two sexual partners,and I have been in a monogamous relationship for almost 4 years now. Started t notice the symptoms early this year.

    Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like something is going on. Stds can stay dorment for a few years aparently

  26. QUESTION:
    Chronic headaches with congestion and ear pressure?
    I have spent the last several years with constant nasal and chest congestion with chronic headaches and earaches. All of the sudden about 6 days ago I got a severe headache with ear pressure and it hasn't gone away since. The pain and pressure is constant. I've had a doc tell me that my headaches were probably caused by chronic candidiasis, but this sudden flare makes me think there's something else wrong. I need some relief!

    • ANSWER:
      It is my undoctored view that you are suffering from chronic allergy problems. The chronic allergy problems are causing the nasal congestion, chest congestion, chronic headaches and earaches.
      The sudden increase is due to a superimposed ear infection.

      You can read more about headaches here: http://www.healthmad.com/Conditions-and-Diseases/Headaches,-Common-Causes-and-Cures.-Listed-in-point-form.-Self-Learn-Series..2739/2

      http://www.healthmad.com/Conditions-and-Diseases/The-Common-Cold.-Signs,-Symptoms-and-Cures-and-Myths..2438

  27. QUESTION:
    Is my itchy bum vaginal yeast infection die-off or an anal yeast infectionm?
    Hi there! I have a vaginal yeast infection. I've had some Canesten and have been trying at-home remedies as well. I also have an itch around the outside of my rectum. I don't think it was there at the beginning and it is getting worse, especially at night time. Now, it could be worms or something, but given the fact that this itch happened around the time that I got a yeast infection, I think the itch is related to the Candidiasis. I have read that my itchy bum could be a symptom of the yeast die-off. My dilemma is that it could also be an anal or perianal yeast infection. If it's die-off, I'll put some aloe vera around my bum and wait it out but if it's an anal yeast infection, I will probably buy some antifungal cream and use other remedies as well. I don't know which treatment to do... I took a couple baths with apple cider vinegar, and that seemed to remove some yeast (from my vagina, I do believe), but it did not help my butt itch which makes me think that perhaps it is Herxheimer's reaction. I also put poured some apple cider vinger onto some toilet paper, and held it on the outside of my anus. There was no pain, nor was their relief. Anyway, I would appreciate any input, anecdotes, or opinions. If it does not get better within a few days, I will go to the doctor.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Maddy,

      I'm sorry for your pain and discomfort I have experienced this first hand. If not treated right away it can be a long lasting infection. I have tried every treatment out there, most things help but none have worked as well as a product I found called Dermariche Anti fungal. This worked way better then the Prescription my Dr gave me. It works fast to kill the infection, heal the skin and sooth the god awful itch/pain. Other things that have helped is wearing loos fitting bottoms without underwear.

      Good Luck

  28. QUESTION:
    Can I take terbinafine and itraconazole together?
    At the same time, can I take itraconazole to cure vulvovaginal candidiasis, and terbinafine to cure nail infection? Will it cause conflict?

    • ANSWER:
      This is Alternative Medicine...what you are describing is REAL medicine.

      My epocrates program says there are no known interactions between the two.

  29. QUESTION:
    how do i get a financier for vaginal douching paste i invented with univasal mkt potential?
    I am a doctor of natural medicine and have inveted
    this unique herbal formula that is effective in fighting vaginal candidiasis. trchomoniasis infections it also freshens and firms up the vagina back to its original virgin state. making the woman fresh, clean ,firm and pure like a virgin.

    • ANSWER:
      You are a disgusting troglodyte, and I hope everyone sees that you're nothing but a charlatan. Shame on you for endangering women's health with a quack product that couldn't possibly do all the things you claim. Worse yet, you shame women for having natural vaginas, then try to trick these shamed women into giving you money. You are a sick man!

  30. QUESTION:
    Weird mucus type stuff on my teeth and gums after brushing teeth?
    Idk if anyone have experienced this, one of my friends have, but it's like this mucus type stuff on our teeth and gums. I get it after brushing my teeth with Crest Pro Health. I never got it using Colgate, but my friend uses Colgate and she still gets it. It feels like the inner lining of my mouth is "shedding."
    This stuff is white, opaque (not transparent; clear) and has a mucus, jelly texture to it. No smells. This isn't oral candidiasis (yeast infection of the mouth) bc my tongue isn't covered in white stuff.
    Any thoughts as to what you think it might be?
    I'd ask my dentist but i don't see them til april...

    • ANSWER:
      I get this sometimes, too.
      I haven't asked my dentist about it but it doesn't appear to be causing any problems, so I don't think it's anything to worry about :)

  31. QUESTION:
    Where can I be tested for all the STIs and STDs in London?
    I would like to be tested for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Hepatitis, Chancroid, Herpes, HIV and mainly for HPV and Candidiasis as I have symptoms for these last two.

    • ANSWER:
      At your GP's office. Alternately, UK hospitals have GUM clinics that do STD testing.

  32. QUESTION:
    How to treat difficult thrush?
    I have vaginal thrush.
    I tried six days of Canesten pessary and it does not improve.
    Vaginal swab confirmed candidiasis.

    I stopped eating/drinking all dairy or fermented products for two weeks now.
    I bath everyday and change my underwear everyday.
    I tried one single oral tablet of fluconazole but thrush persists.

    What should I do next?

    • ANSWER:
      The next step would be a longer course of Diflucan.

      If it STILL persists, an infectious disease consult may be indicated.

  33. QUESTION:
    What foods help cure Thrush in mouth?
    I think I may have thrush(Candidiasis or yeast) in the mouth and want to know what food I should avoid and what foods I should eat to help get rid of this. I heard yogurt was good. True?

    • ANSWER:
      Cut back on sugary foods and beverages. Also eat yogurt, as the Lactobacillus acidophilus will displace the Candida. A doctor once told my aunt that the prescription medication at the time was found naturally in buttermilk.

  34. QUESTION:
    what would motivate you to investigate the toxicity of your body? what would you do about high toxicity?
    Toxins may be defined as substances which produce physical, emotional, and psychological imbalances in an individual. We are consistently exposed to toxins every day. There are two types of toxins: exogenous and endogenous. Exogenous toxins are present in the outside environment, whereas endogenous toxins are produced as a result of imbalances in our metabolism.
    There are two types of illnesses caused by toxicity:

    1) Nonspecific illness

    This includes poorly-defined symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, insomnia, bad breath, muscle stiffness, depression, allergies, etc. this group is very difficult to categorize, with many combinations possible. Many of these symptoms are also labeled as hypoglycemia, candidiasis, food allergies, and stress.

    2) Specific illness

    This includes better-defined syndromes having a characteristic set of symptoms. Some examples are: migraine, arthritis, psoriasis, influenza, sinusitis, immune deficiencies, tumors.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not so scientific, but my line of work exposes me to the worst germs, toxins, yucky stuff one can imagine.
      After I had been working in this stuff for a few years, I happened upon a "cleansing" vitamin drink called "Clear Flush". It is about 50.00 per bottle and can be ordered on line.
      The directions are complicated, but promises 99% to cleanse your blood, and fluids. The first time I went by their prescribed "Cleansing", I felt better than I had felt in 20 years! I was surprised.

      good luck & blessing

  35. QUESTION:
    Do candidiasis cause severe back pain?
    i always feel sick have sore throat,nausea, headache, severe back pain, react with sugary foods, loss of memory, sight problems,white vaginal discharge, itching and rash could it be candidiasis and how can i cure it?

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    can poor hygiene and malnutrition be risk factor of candidiasis of large skinfolds?
    what are the poor hygiene? what are the nutrition that are lack in that patient? what type of food should be encouraged to prevent and to treat candidiasis of large skinfolds? thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Poor nutrition isn't as big of factor as poor hygiene and lack of thoroughly cleaning and drying the skin folds. The folds need to be cleaned AND dried to prevent yeast infections. Yogurt intake might help to prevent them if they are being more hygienic.

  37. QUESTION:
    Are Chickpeas (Garbanzos) OK to eat for someone who has Candida?
    I have Candidiasis in my gut. I know which MEATS and veggies to eat, but no one seems to know which beans or non meat products containing protein I can safely eat.
    Does anyone here know?

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely, all nuts and beans are fine. When I was on that diet, I made hummus all the time as a substitute for mustard or a dip. Are you on the right diet? Our Candida diet is specific, but taken with the supplements only takes 2-3 weeks, then you can go back to eating normally. Here is our Candida diet: http://fibromyalgia-irritable-bowel-candida-support.com/anti-fungal-diet.aspx
      It is very important that while you stop feeding the Candida with the diet, that you kill the Candida with the supplements Morinda Supreme, Melia Supreme and Takesumi Supreme. Learn all about that at http://fibromyalgia-irritable-bowel-candida-support.com/about-candida.aspx

      Good luck and enjoy the garbanzos!

  38. QUESTION:
    how to cure vaginal candidiasis pls help?
    before i was diagnosed a vulvar warts and bacterial vaginosis , then i was cured then after few days i had this vaginal candidiasis. i was so depressed about it pls. help

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    Have you or anyone you know been diagnosed with hypochlorhydria?
    If so, what treatments were you prescribed? Were they effective? Describe your experience. I highly appreciate authentic answers. Thank you!

    Key words: intestinal gas, candidiasis, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation

    • ANSWER:
      Low stomach acid?? No mate, no Allopathic Doctor i ever went to regarding my vast array of digestive issues, mood swings, achy bones, nausea, cramping, evil stomach aches, headaches, constant respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, bloating, gassiness, acid reflux ....... ever ever ever pinpointed them as being directly related to the fact that i'm coeliac, lactose intolerant, soy intolerant blahblahblah ad infinitum ........ i did, however, get diagnosed with disorders ranging from IBS to rheumatoid arthritis, bipolar, schizophrenia !! pffft, food intolerances was the bottom line.... simple as that ..... i had to do the research myself mate and such a fine job i did too !! Waaaaaah !! sorry, i can just feel your distress here mate.

      Get yourself off to a fully qualified Naturopath and have them fully assess you. They only charge about .00AUD per consultation.

      With alternating diarrohea and constipation i would say that's a big red flag that you are coeliac ..... intestinal gas,heartburn, constipation would indicate to me that you are lactose intolerant ...... animal protein is notoriously hard to digest and if it is left unattended will cause your food to remain undigested in your digestive system to ferment and produce symptoms such as bloating and gassiness, acid reflux, irritability and moodiness, fatigue and exhaustion.

      Avoid the foods that cause you discomfort.

      Try ditching the milk and dairy products first for a few days and take note of how you then feel. Ensure that you pump up your intake of leafy and green vegies ... which aside from being rich in magnesium (the antistress mineral) are also rich in calcium... magnesium will increase the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy and aid in digestion thus relieving constipation bloating, gassiness and constipation...... other foods rich in magnesium are wholegrain breads and cereals such as brown rice, fresh fish such as salmon and tuna, organic nuts and seeds like almonds, brazil nuts and sunflower seeds ... organic with the nuts and seeds to avoid the nasty sulfites and other chemicals they use to "preserve" the commercial varieties.

      The fresh fish is also rich in vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) which is essential for effective calcium assimilation and the essential fatty acids...... EFA's will bolster your immunity, soothe the inflammation in your digestive tract, dramatically level out your stress levels and any mood swings you may have and help to lower blood pressure.

      Fresh fruits and vegies are also rich in calcium and contain a more useable form of calcium than milk and dairy products...... oranges, carrotts ...... leafy greens .. far better for bone health.

      When you've ascertained that milk and dairy products upset your system ..... then you can try the wheat ..... i know it's a big ask to simply ditch all products containing lactose cos i've done it and recovered from all my "diseases" miraculously .... well worth the effort.

      Simply put i can't eat out of a package anymore...... i eat a couple of bowls of green vegies and brown rice each day, some lean meats and fishes, organic nuts and seeds and low sugar fruits such as strawberries, watermelon and cantaloupe.

      I supplement with a B complex daily. I supplement with powdered vitamin C (containing bioflavonoids to bolster the power of vitamin C) reduce inflammation, stimulate the immune system and restore and maintain the mucous lining of the gastrointestinal tract.......... In addition, vitamin C creates an environment in the digestive tract that helps control the overgrowth of yeast, bacteria and parasites.

      Vitamin C deficiency can contribut to digestive problems, as well as bleeding gums, increased susceptibility to infection, joint pain, unexplained bruising and lack of energy..... hmm, vitamin C the magical potion i reckon.

      I also take the Olive Leaf Extract daily.

      The reason it's a bit tough to ditch milk and dairy is because of all the sugar that they lace everything with ..... same with packaged breads.

      But it's your health and vitality at stake here mate.

      Take a multi B complex supplement to bolster healthy neural, immune and digestive functioning........ get one containing all the B's as they work best as a group... a liquid supplement wouldbe the easiest for your body to assimilate........ taking a B complex supplement will help you enormously in dealing with the everyday stress we are all exposed to at some level.

      Take olive leaft extract to help eradicate the candidasis...... in a liquid form two or three times daily just before food..... buy the natural flavored variety as the flavored ones contain less concentration of the active ingredient oleuropein... Olive leaf extract has been used as a natural antiotiobic for thousand years, but is only recently that scientific research has shown that its active ingredient oleuropein, has the ability to fight a broad range of infective microorganisms.... Oleuropein has been found to be effective in fighting bacteria, fungi, yeasts, parasites and viruses in laboratory studies.

      ♥♥

      Eat foods and condiments that are natural antiobiotics too ~ raw garlic, onions, leeks, shallots, radishes, fenugree, fresh gingerroot, chilli and plenty of raw salads and fruits and their juices......... ifyou find it difficult to eat hot spicy things try eating them with plenty of food and even small amounts of these things can help to expel infected mucous from your body....... try grating raw garlic or expelling its juice in a garlic press or chop it into tiny pieces and mix through cooked foods and salads thus a little easier to tolerate...... or add some fresh garlic juice to your vegetable juice cocktail.......... raw garlic and other plants from the onion family are superb powerful naturall antiobiotics and can help to eradicate and control infections from any part of the body.... even in cases where there is resistance to antiobiotic drugs....if you absolutely hate raw garlic and its odor then you can use the garlic capsules which aren't as effective.

      Check out this link, it may be usefull for you ~

      http://www.oliveleafextract.com/contents...

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

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

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

  40. QUESTION:
    what is candidiasis? how can a person be infected with it and what is the cure for it?
    i want to know what candidiasis is all about, if it is a sexually transmitted diseases or not. i also want to know the symptoms of a person with candidiasis and finally the cure for the disesase

    • ANSWER:
      Candidiasis is pretty much just a yeast infection. Symptoms are usually burning and itching sensation, thick, white cottage-cheese like discharge, pain and discomfort around or inside the vagina. There are lots of ways to treat a yeast infection. First, there are over the counter medications (like Monistat) that usually help clear up yeast infections completely IF used properly. The 5 or 7 day treatments usually work better than the 1-day IF it is completely finished. DON'T just use them until you feel better.There are also creams that can help bring some relief for your symptoms while you're clearing up the infection itself. Next, you can contact your doctor and ask for a prescription for Diflucan, a one time pill that helps cure yeast infections systemically. The doc will usually want to see you before prescribing this med though, so be prepared for an exam. There are also homeopathic remedies, such as a pill caused AZO Yeast, sold mostly at drugstores, like Walgreens. It is completely natural and helps relieve symptoms of yeast infection and if taken daily, helps maintain healthy balance of bacteria in the vagina. Lastly, alterations to your diet can also help relieve and ultimately keep yeast infections at bay. One solution that I found most effective is yogurt. Most yogurts contain active yogurt cultures like L. Acidolphilus, which help keep the normal bacteria in the vagina living in harmonious balance.If you're repulsed by the idea of consuming yogurt, Acidophilus is also sold in pill form(although I've never used it and can't confirm it's effectiveness, so ask your doc).Also certain things in our everyday diets(like sugar)help the Candida albicans bacteria thrive in our bodies. They actually feed on sugar, so cutting back on sugary foods and consuming lots of water can help.At the risk of sounding like a preachy health-nut, improving your diet greatly affects how your body works. If you take care of it, it will take care of you. Eating lots of green veggies and fruits, protein, and fiber and drinking water more than anything else will prove most helpful. The body has a way of naturally healing and cleansing itself if fed the right things.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are the nursing implications for candidiasis if any?
    I am trying to write a paper and it's asking me for nursing implications of this disease and I can't find any. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      some nursing implications can be characterized by the occupation or "vector" in which you operate in, this can range from dangers of handling patients with candidiasis, to formal effects of it.

  42. QUESTION:
    what can b the reason for white thick snail like lesions on the tongue dorsum n lateral side?
    asymptomatyic,patient aged 15 male,he is not bothered bt as a dentisit i want to fiollow the case,neither leukoplakia,candidiasis nor indentation marks,please enlight me bout it.

    • ANSWER:
      Auto immune condition

  43. QUESTION:
    How can you tell the difference between leukoplakia and oral candidiasis by inspection?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi.
      I have seen both patches of oral hairy leukoplakia and oral candidiasis.
      The lesions of OHL are always darker in appearence and look more like mold on the tongue and the hard pallate. The lesions have rounded edges and are always multiple in numbers.
      The lesions of oral candida are always pink in the middle with concentric whitty pathces on the edges which gives them a whitty appearence on the edges.
      They are also round edged and are are more on the hard pallate.

      The other important observation is that aral candidiasis hurts and the person with it will complain of pain during chewing and swallowing (Dysphagia). while the lesions of OHL do not hurt and sometimes the person does not know they are there untill an oral exam is done or during oral hygiene.

  44. QUESTION:
    can someone who has medical knowledge interpret this for me?
    The transcription factor AIRE (for autoimmune regulator) enables the expression of a portfolio of tissue-specific self-proteins by thymic medullary epithelial cells. The expression of these proteins permits the elimination of T cells that recognize specific tissue antigens (autoreactive T cells).

    The human autosomal disorder called autoimmune polyendocrinopathy-candidiasis-ectodermal dystrophy (APECED) is associated with a mutation in the AIRE gene and is characterized by the autoimmune destruction of endocrine organs, the inability to eliminate Candida yeast infection, and the development of ectodermal dystrophic tissue.

    • ANSWER:
      That's pretty clear, what's to interpret? The first paragraph explains what the AIRE gene is and what it does, and the second paragraph says that the disorder APECED is a mutation of the AIRE gene and what that means for the patient.

  45. QUESTION:
    If a person with Candidiasis takes only probiotics will the Candidiasis get better or worse?

    Thank You for your side note newwavepony. I've tried eating lots of yogurt but did not help much.

    • ANSWER:
      It may be unaffected or go either way. While probiotics can replenish bacteria and yeasts that should exist in your body, they will probably not correct an existing imbalance by themselves. In order to cure candidiasis, you may be prescribed an antifungal drug such as fluconazole (Diflucan). However, since candida bacteria are usually present in and on your body in smaller quantities, your goal isn't to eradicate them altogether: ideally, you just allow other microorganisms to co-exist, and reduce uncomfortable symptoms of candida overgrowth.

      As a side note, I would like to mention that home remedies such as eating yogurt are generally ineffective in helping candidiasis. While alternative treatments and home care are promising, this is one situation where there isn't really a gentler option than pills.

  46. QUESTION:
    what is the pathophysiology of candidiasis?
    urgent: pathophysiology of candidiasis? how candidiasis causes itchiness, cheeselike discharge and other manifestations to human body? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There's this wonderful site : www.google.com. You type in what you want and it spits out sites that fit.
      It's really good for URGENT requests.

      http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/213853-overview#a0104

  47. QUESTION:
    candidiasis and hypovitaminosis A in birds is known to give them foul smelling breathe please explain?
    can anyone describe the different smell. I know it often comes part and parcel with each other and i know the different signs in the mouth. but have never had 2 separate birds with each problem. i know the poop is like british racing green with white urates but it the smell off there breathe im interested in. also the formation of their feathers on their chest sit differently.

    • ANSWER:
      There should not be any smells with either of these type deficiencies
      Candidiasis:
      Is caused by yeast, AKA thrush, crop mycosis, or moniliasis. This effects the crop, upper digestive tract can effect the skin,respiratory central nervous system and soon the organs.No smell with this but look for white plaques in the mouth, also watch for regurgitation and anorexia.
      Hypovitaminosis A :
      Is a dericiency of vitamin A best for the birds eyes,skin,bones,hearing, and mucous membranes it helps to grow tissue and repair it.The best thing for your birds is a trip to a avian veterinarian.

  48. QUESTION:
    what is candidiasis? how can a person be infected with it and what is the cure for it?
    i want to know what candidiasis is all about, if it is a sexually transmitted diseases or not. i also want to know the symptoms of a person with candidiasis and finally the cure for the disesase

    • ANSWER:
      (can·di·di·a·sis) infection with a fungus of the genus Candida, especially C. albicans. It is usually a superficial infection of the skin or mucous membranes, although sometimes it manifests as a systemic infection or endocarditis; any form can become more severe in immunocompromised patients. Called also moniliasis and candidosis.

  49. QUESTION:
    what can cause the blockage of a fallopian tube?
    i want to know what kind of infection that can cause a
    blockage ie candidiasis, urinary tract infections or a dc
    matured answers needed pls.

    • ANSWER:
      The correct answer is that there are many different things that can cause the Fallopian tube to swell shut...anything from a simple yeast infection or urinary tract infection to something more serious, like a sexually transmitted disease. A visit to the gynecologist will provide the answer you seek, not this forum.

      Good Luck


candidiasis

Untreated Yeast Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

  2. 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.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can you get HIV from an untreated yeast infection?
    Is it possible to get HIV from an untreated yeast infection or any untreated infection from sex?

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      Open wounds will make HIV easier to transfer from an infected person to another.

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

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

  5. QUESTION:
    Can an untreated vaginal yeast infection lead to a systemic yeast infection?
    I'm getting scared..I left a yeast infection untreated for a long time and only getting it sorted out now...I have a couple of other symptoms of systemic infection too but only about three or four and some of them, like fatigue and muscle aches might just be something different as I don't get them often.
    Please help, I'm scared! Going to the doctor next week but I just want to know if it's possible if an untreated vaginal infection leads to a systemic infection?!

    • ANSWER:
      Systematic yeast is caused by severe immune disorders like HIV. It isn't caused by leaving a yeast infection untreated. I'm pretty sure your fine, if your still concerned, have your doctor test you for systematic yeast.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can a untreated yeast infection affect other parts of your body?
    My friend has a yeast infection, but because she has diabetes her doctor says nothing can be done about it to get rid of it completely. She has experienced severe pain in her head for the past week, can this be due to her yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections can spread from your vagina to your bladder, from your bladder to your kidneys, and from your kidneys into your bloodstream. When the infection is released into the bloodstream, it can be spread to all organs. This is called septicemia. It can lead to any number of fatal conditions, including endocarditis (infection of the heart) and meningitis (infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord). Your friend should definitely see a doctor as soon as possible!

  7. QUESTION:
    what happens when you have an untreated yeast infection?
    i contracted a yeast infection when i was about 8 years old, it went untreated. now i am 20 and i have a lot of reoccurring "minor" medical problems and im concerned that its from the yeast infection spreading. help!

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  8. QUESTION:
    Will an untreated yeast infection cure itself or cause bigger problems?
    I was taking antibiotics for an infection in my eyelids and ended up with a yeast infection (happens to me every time I take amoxicillin). I cannot afford to buy the cream to treat it, period. Because you can buy the cream OTC now, my insurance company will not cover with a prescription. Will it eventually go away on it's own?

    • ANSWER:
      Just ask your MD to write for rx only diflucan. An untreated yeast infection will not cure itself.

  9. 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)

  10. QUESTION:
    I have a very very mild yeast infection, and all the local store had was Monistat 1?
    I don't really want to use it since I feel like that would be like using a grenade to get ride of a spider, but I don't want to leave my yeast infection untreated. Should I just use the cream for now and order the 3 or 7 day online, or should I suck it up and use the 1 day now? Please help with this. (Yogurt is not an option. Yogurt does horrible things to my body.)

    Thank you for your help everyone.

    • ANSWER:
      Is it the yogurt or is it the milk? If not than try taking acidophilus pills, acidophilus is the main ingredient in yogurt that helps the good bacteria thrive. Monistat is horrible, it's never helped me and has always made things worse. I've actually heard of women putting a little bit of garlic in the area. Good luck yeast infections are torture.

  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:
    What will happen to me if I leave my yeast infection untreated too long?
    Okay, this is awkward, but I kind of need to know.
    I've had this yeast infection for quite some time now and I've been to the doctor for it and I've been given medicine. I'm very afraid to use it though because it's like an applicator with a suppository inside and you insert it into your vaggg. What can happen if I wait too long? Is there anything else I can possibly do to get rid of it instead of using that stuff because I'm very afraid of it? lol.

    • ANSWER:
      If you leave it for too long, it will keep growing and then it will be sooo hard to get rid of.

      I really would just use the applicator. There is nothing to be afraid of. just every night before you go to bed, put whatever into the applicator, lay on your back, insert it slowly into your vagina and insert.

      It's not a big deal at all, trust me. You've got to do it if you want to get better.

      Don't let your yeast infection get too bad, you will regret it.

      I once had one and i didnt realize it and i had it for 2 weeks before my mom realized. It took me two months to get it gone.

      If you have any question email me at: mrs.dontmesswitme@yahoo.com

  13. QUESTION:
    What harm can come from a yeast infection?
    I've had a yeast infection for almost a month, and i've tried several things to get rid of it. But nothing.
    Is it bad to leave it untreated? Its not itchy and it doesn't hurt.. Its just the discharge and cotton cheese look to it. (sorry tmi)
    Any answers are very much appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      Leaving it would cause quite a lot of discomfort. If you have tried using anti-yeast preparations but they have not worked then there is a chance that it is not thrush that you have. You could have another infection. The best thing would be for you to see your Doctor. He will take swabs and then provide treatment accordingly.

      Most yeast infections are caused by Candida albicans. However, 1 in 10 bouts of thrush are caused by other strains of Candida such as Candida glabrata. This type of thrush may not respond to the usual anti-thrush medicines. If this is the case, your Doctor can give you appropriate treatment.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can i leave a yeast infection untreated?
    I think i have a yeast infection. Im 13, almost 14 and i told my mom but she thinks ill be fine because she told me you get discharge before ur period but. Mine only lasts 4-5 days but a week before of after my period, i get discharge. It is not clumpy and does not look like cottage cheese. If i wear colored underwear the discharge turns a milky purple color. If i wear white underwear it is brown or white. If i do have a yeast infection and i leave it untreated, what will happen?

    • ANSWER:
      Is it itching? If not, chances are it's just your normal discharge.

      Once you start puberty a white and/or clear wet mucous discharge is normal. In my day they just called it discharge, now they call it cervical mucous/leukorrhea. It's part of the female reproductive cycle. The vagina is self-cleaning. This same discharge increases the closer you get to ovulation and when you are sexually aroused. Trust me, you don't ever want it to go away. It is what makes sex possible. You will also have your own unique musky scent and it will smell stronger to you than to others.

      You can have this normal discharge for weeks, months or even years before getting your first period. It will also continue after you get your period, after puberty and for the rest of your life. Some girls do produce more discharge than others. You can wear a pantyliner if it bothers you. The amount and consistency can vary due to hormones, diet, water intake, exercise, illness and medication.

      Your normal white/clear discharge will turn yellow or dry yellow when exposed to air. If it is coming out yellow, then you probably have a bacterial infection and need to see a doctor.

      Different Types of Discharge:

      White: Thick, white discharge is common at the beginning and end of your cycle. Normal white discharge is not accompanied by itching. If itching is present, thick white discharge can indicate a yeast infection.

      Clear and stretchy: This is "fertile" mucous and means you are ovulating.

      Clear and watery: This occurs at different times of your cycle and can be particularly heavy after exercising.

      Yellow or Green: May indicate an infection, especially if thick or clumpy like cottage cheese or has a foul odor.

      Spotting Blood/Brown Discharge: May happen right after periods, and is just "cleaning out" your vagina. Old blood looks brown. This may occur when you are ovulating/mid-cycle.

      Different types of infections, which a girl can get at any time:

      Signs of yeast infections:
      White, cottage cheese-like discharge
      Swelling and pain around the vulva
      Intense itching
      Buy Monistat 7 over-the-counter

      Signs of bacterial vaginosis:
      A white, gray or yellowish vaginal discharge
      A fishy odor that is strongest after sex or after washing with soap
      Itching or burning
      Slight redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva
      See a doctor

  15. QUESTION:
    What if a yeast infection goes untreated?
    i think i have a yeast infection, but im leaving tomorrow for 3 weeks to a foreign country, so what will happen in those 3 weeks? ive had it for maybe 5 days, but noticed only now.

    and what over the counter products can i get that actually work?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to try to get to the doctor. It's very important that you do not leave a yeast infection untreated for 3 weeks. The symptoms may get worse. Also, you will be unfamiliar with where and how to receive medical treatment in this foreign country. It would be for the best to get a prescription to take care of it.

  16. QUESTION:
    what if this cheesy look on the penis is yeast infection and is left untreated?
    what if this cheesy look on the penis is yeast infection and is left untreated.How dangerous is this?

    • ANSWER:
      put it on nachos

  17. QUESTION:
    What will happen if I let my yeast infection go untreated?
    I have had this yeast infection for about a year now and I am really embarrassed to tell my parents about it!

    • ANSWER:
      It will go away on it's own in two weeks or less. If it persists longer THEN you should see your doctor. Here is what you do: Use a warm wash cloth to GENTLY cleanse the vaginal area about 3 times a day. Get some panty liners (not pads) and always keep one on. Change about every hour or so. This will keep any discharge from further irritating your skin. Also, using wet wipes when you go to the restroom instead of toilet paper will be more soothing. Yeast infections usually are not serious and usually DO clear up on their own in a week or so.

  18. QUESTION:
    Do i have a yeast infection? What will happen if i do not treat it?
    I randomly get itchy in my vagina, right around the intercourse hole. It is not constant or every day, just random days it will be very itchy. I do no notice a difference in scent or discharge... just the itching. Does this sound like a yeast infection? I can not go to the doctor because i currently do not have health insurance and it will be too expesive, so that is not an option. Any advice? Also, if i do have an infection, what will happen if it goes untreated?

    • ANSWER:
      yes - it looks like you have yeast infection!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      good luck!

      Working in women's health - Gynecologist + personal experience

  19. 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!

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

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

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

  21. QUESTION:
    How do i know if i have a yeast infection?
    Hi i'm 15 weeks pregnant and i'm just wondering how do i know if i have a yeast infection? Whenever i go to the doctor they don't do any tests or swabs, they just ask me about any symptoms i have. What happens if a yeast infection is left untreated during pregnancy? And what is the safest cream to use? Monistat or Gynazole?
    I just dont want to use anything if i don't actually have an infection.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You can use Monistat 3 or 7, but symptoms usually are burning, itching, cottage cheese discharge...but no foul smell. If you cant get rid of it the obgyn will prescribe prescription strength. Yeast infections are very common in pregnancy's. If your having foul smell then its not a yeast infection and must get treated. (like BV) Good Luck

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between yeast infection and a bladder infection? How do you get them?
    I been having a pain down there like if I cut my self shaving. I burns when I pee or just walk around. I have asked a couple of people and they say it might be a bladder problem and the others say it might be a yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:
      A yeast infection is caused by yeast. It grows where it is warm and mosit and is caused by a fungus. You will have a lot of itching & burning. There is often a white discharge.
      A bladder infection is caused by bacteria in the bladder. You can get both from sexual intercourse. A bladder infection will cause burning while you urinate, stomach pain, fever, dark & cloudy urine, and sometimes blood in the urine.
      If you notice more of a problem with itching & odor, it is probably a yeast infection, which you can treat with an over the counter remedy. (Monistat, for example) If you have a lot of burning WHILE you pee, you should see your doctor for testing & antibiotics. Left untreated, it can travel to your kidneys and cause scarring.

  23. QUESTION:
    What happens if a yeast infection goes untreated for 10 years?
    Ive had a yeast infection for the past 10 years and it never seems to totally go away. I go to the Dr. and she gives me medicine. The last time I went she said it turned into vaginitis, but I'm unable to get rid of it. I was wondering what this is doing to my body.

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  24. QUESTION:
    If you leave a yeast infection untreated for a long time? Can you get white bumps?
    basically, I think I have had a yeast infection for 2 months from the antibiotics from a UTI. Now I see tiny TINY white bumps if I stretch the skin of my labia.occasionally they itch, but not very much. Is it common to get white bumps from a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      No.
      See a doctor now.

  25. QUESTION:
    How to be sure if you have a yeast infection?
    I think I may have a yeast infection (pungent/weird aroma from the -area- and weird mucus like discharge sometimes) but I'm not sure because I don't feel any pain when I urinate or have any redness. I would like to be as sure as possible before going to see a doctor about it, as it means asking my father to take me and I would rather not talk to him about taking me for this reason unless I am sure.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, people experience different symptoms. I have had yeast infections with no symptoms, and I have also had yeast infections with painful symptoms. It can happen any way it wants to.

      The only way to be 100% sure is to see the gynecologist. The reason for this, is because bacterial vaginosis has the same symptoms as yeast infections, but is also more common than yeast infections. Lots of the time, women will just get Monistat thinking they have a yeast infection, only to find that they had BV all along and they just aggravated the condition further.

      That's why they say, if this is the first time you experience the symptoms, go to the doctor. Yeast infections aren't a big deal... uncomfortable, but not putting your reproductive health on the line or anything like that. If it's trich, or BV, or any other kind of infection, if left untreated, it could put your reproductive health on the line. Go to the gyno

      You don't have to tell your dad... he doesn't need to know everything. Just say, you need to go to the doctor.

      In the meantime, you can fill the tub up to your hips, and pour in 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar (NOT NOT white vinegar! bad for the vag). Sit in this for 20 minutes. It can help symptoms and it will help prevent BV and yeast. You should never douche.

  26. QUESTION:
    What happens if you don't take care of a yeast infection?
    I don't THINK I have a yeast infection... I don't know though.... but, after my period I usually have a thicker white discharge, kinda clumpy (I don't really think it looks like cottage cheese) it doesn't have an odor really. Sometimes it's very slightly yellow.

    Anyways, it happens all the time but I've never gotten anything for a yeast infection. Doesn't itch, either.

    If it is in fact a yeast infection can anything bad happen?

    • ANSWER:
      Im not a doctor but I think that vaginal discharge changes throughout the cycle. I tend to notice that about a week after my period, I get slightly thicker discharge. I think that this might be the time when I am ovulating and this could be the same for you. I think that if it is a yeast infection and it is left untreated then you will eventually get the horrible itching and it will become more obvious to you. If thrush is left untreated then it should not cause any serious complications and it should eventually sort itself out....just prolongs any discomfort for you. No harm in mentioning to a doctor though just incase it is something other than thrush

  27. QUESTION:
    How does a yeast infection last?
    I just got a yeast infection about 3 days ago. I did take an oral capsule to get rid of it and the capsule I used was Monicure. I take the capsule on the first day. And now its the 3rd day and its still itchy! How long will it take to go away? Also what can I do to make it less itchy! Its swollen because I've been itching it so much! Please help! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Untreated it should last 5-7 days and with treatment should last 5 days

  28. QUESTION:
    Can my abnormal pap test be the result of an untreated yeast/uti infection?
    I have had yeast infections and UTIs before. Age 22.
    I was clear for about 3 years and then one morning I woke up and I had the painful urination and contast need to urinate. This was due to intercourse. I can't tell the difference between yeast infection and UTIs, but I received anti biotics and it cleared up although I didnt finish the medication(forgot- I had a stupid moment). But since then, on the first days of my period I get slight discomfort while and after urinating. But only would happen for a short while on the first day of my period. The infection from before probably did not totally clear up, I'm guessing. This has been going on for about 4 months and now my pap test came back as abnormal. I have no symtpoms of HPV, although I know that most of the time you don't. And I use condoms and for the past 8 months have had the same partner. What is the likelihood that the test showed bacteria?
    I'm going back to the gyno soon.

    • ANSWER:
      Abnormal paps can be due to lots of things: infections, inflammation, recent sexual activity, etc. You absolutely need an HPV test and probably a repeat pap soon.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is yeast infection the same or different from UTI'S ?
    I keep getting this burning pain when I pee and when I feel like I have to pee I don't and it hurts, and somethimes when me and my Boyfriend have Sex, I sometimes get the burning feeling. I don't know if its a UTI or a Yeast infection. Or I don't know if its all the same. I need some help for the next time I get it I would know what I need to take for the pain.

    • ANSWER:
      UTI's and yeast infections are different. A UTI is bacteria growing in your urinary tract. A yeast infection is an overgrowth of yeast in your vagina. Important: your vagina is not part of your urinary tract, no urine comes out of there.

      A burning when you pee and feeling like you have to pee when you don't are symptoms of a UTI. There are over-the-counter pain pills you can find in the tampon aisle next to the yeast infection treatment stuff. However, you should go to the doctor and get antibiotics for it because if it goes untreated the bacteria can travel up into your kidneys and give you a kidney infection. Kidney infections are much harder to treat and more damaging than UTI's.

  30. QUESTION:
    Can stomache pains be a symptom of a yeast infection?
    Ok. So I have the disharge, a normal symptom of a yeast infection, but can a yeast infection make ur stomache hurt?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think so...although I think if a yeast infection is left too long it can eventually cause bad abdomnial pain, as would any untreated infection.

  31. QUESTION:
    is it dangerous to let a yeast infection go untreated for a couple of days?
    I just realized this morning that i have a yeast infection, i have a doctors apointment on monday with my gyno anyway so i figured i would just wait and see what she wants me to do before i go and spend a bunch of money on the treatment from the store, is that safe?

    • ANSWER:
      crap
      that stinks
      probably more 'uncomfortable' than dangerous, as long as it's only a day or 2-
      but it can get pretty bad pretty quick
      just the gentlest generic drug store brand of a treatment shouldn't be that much
      u can also eat yogurt, or apply it to increase essential bacteria and decrease the harmful bacteria

      edit-i can vouch for ty4nothing and darby-i used plain yogurt because the same thing happened to me, but it was late at night, so i just used what i had, and it worked like a CHARM

  32. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a male yeast infection to go away?
    im pretty sure my boyfriend has a yeast infection i want to know how long it will take to go away cause it really hurts him and do you know anyway for it too go away faster please help

    • ANSWER:
      He needs to have it checked out by a health care provider to make sure that is a yeast infection. It will just reoccur if left untreated.

      Yeast infections usually clear up with topical antifungal treatment.

      If you are having sex, he can give it to you. It's best to delay sex until after treatment has been completed. For one thing, antifungal medications have been known to destroy latex condoms, and, likely, polyurethane ones as well. Sex also makes the inflammation worse. Of course, you may feel too sore from your infection to have sex anyway.

  33. QUESTION:
    HELP. How long does it take a yeast infection to go by itself?
    I've had a yeast infection since Saturday and only yesterday I've started to have the discharge. I'm really embarrassed about it so I really do not want to tell my mom or doctor about it.
    Two months ago, I had an oral thrush, and that cleared up in a week and it was really mild. I think this yeast infection is really mild too.
    How long does a yeast infection take to clear naturally? And is there anything at home I can use to stop the itch because it is seriously ruining my life -.-
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      you should go to walmart and get the cream sometime a yeast infection can go away on its own and if left untreated it possible that the infection can get so bad it gets in ur blood stream and u can get very sick

  34. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection cause blood tinged discharge?
    I'm 37 weeks and have a wicked yeast infection (going out to get some monastat in a little bit), but when I last went to the bathroom I noticed a little bit of blood in my discharge (which is yellowish green). It wasn't a lot, just enough to notice. Anyone had this happen?
    Sorry if tmi

    • ANSWER:
      The Short Answer: Yes, it can.

      An untreated yeast infection can develop root-like structures called rhizomes which are capable of penetrating tissue and entering the blood stream.

      I am not a doctor, but in my opinion since you described what I imagine is a pinkish, instead of the typical yellow-green discharge that this condition may have already set in.

      Unfortunately, many of the creams and pills that can be obtained from your doctor or a pharmacy will only temporarily mask the problem, but not cure it.

      Congratulations on your baby! Best of luck.

  35. QUESTION:
    If i think I have a yeast infection can i just take the medication or do I have to get checked first?
    I am uncontrollably itchy in my vaginal region but that's the only symptom. I dont believe it could be an STD like crabs bc there's no hair down there. But I am sexually active so It could be a possibility. But I really think that it's a yeast infection, so if I juat got the medication and took it would it be safe? Or do I have to get checked first?

    • ANSWER:
      •A vaginal yeast infection is irritation of the vagina and the area around it called the vulva (vul-vuh). Yeast is a type of fungus. Yeast infections are caused by overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans. Small amounts of yeast are always in the vagina. But when too much yeast grows, you can get an infection.
      Yeast infections are very common. About 75 percent of women have one during their lives. And almost half of women have two or more vaginal yeast infections.
      The most common symptom of a yeast infection is extreme itchiness in and around the vagina. Other symptoms include:•burning, redness, and swelling of the vagina and the vulva •pain when passing urine •pain during sex •soreness•a thick, white vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese and does not have a bad smell •a rash on the vagina. Should I call my doctor if I think I have a yeast infection? Yes, you need to see your doctor to find out for sure if you have a yeast infection. The signs of a yeast infection are much like those of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like Chlamydia (KLUH-mid-ee-uh) and gonorrhea (gahn-uh-REE-uh). So, it's hard to be sure you have a yeast infection and not something more serious. How is a vaginal yeast infection diagnosed? Your doctor will do a pelvic exam to look for swelling and discharge. Your doctor may also use a swab to take a fluid sample from your vagina. A quick look with a microscope or a lab test will show if yeast is causing the problem. Why did I get a yeast infection? Many things can raise your risk of a vaginal yeast infection, such as: •stress •lack of sleep •illness •poor eating habits, including eating extreme amounts of sugary foods •pregnancy •having your period •taking certain medicines, including birth control pills, antibiotics, and steroids •diseases such as poorly controlled diabetes and HIV/AIDS •hormonal changes during your periods. Can I get a yeast infection from having sex? Yes, but it is rare. Most often, women don’t get yeast infections from sex. The most common cause is a weak immune system. How are yeast infections treated? Yeast infections can be cured with antifungal medicines that come as: •creams•tablets •ointments or suppositories that are inserted into the vagina. These products can be bought over the counter at the drug store or grocery store. Your doctor can also prescribe you a single dose of oral fluconazole (floo-con-uh-zohl). But do not use this drug if you are pregnant.
      Infections that don’t respond to these medicines are starting to be more common. Using antifungal medicines when you don't really have a yeast infection can raise your risk of getting a hard-to-treat infection in the future.
      Is it safe to use over-the-counter medicines for yeast infections? Yes, but always talk with your doctor before treating yourself for a vaginal yeast infection if you: •are pregnant •have never been diagnosed with a yeast infection
      •keep getting yeast infections. Studies show that two-thirds of women who buy these products don’t really have a yeast infection. Using these medicines the wrong way may lead to a hard-to-treat infection. Plus, treating yourself for a yeast infection when you really have something else may worsen the problem. Certain STIs that go untreated can cause cancer, infertility, pregnancy problems, and other health problems. If you decide to use these over-the-counter medicines, read and follow the directions carefully. Some creams and inserts may weaken condoms and diaphragms. If I have a yeast infection, does my sexual partner need to be treated? Yeast infections are not STIs, and health experts don’t know for sure if they are transmitted sexually. About 12 to 15 percent of men get an itchy rash on the penis if they have unprotected sex with an infected woman. If this happens to your partner, he should see a doctor. Men who haven’t been circumcised are at higher risk. Lesbians may be at risk for spreading yeast infections to their partner(s). If your female partner has any symptoms, she should also be tested and treated. How can I avoid getting another yeast infection? To help prevent vaginal yeast infections, you can:•avoid douches •avoid scented hygiene products like bubble bath, sprays, pads, and tampons •change tampons and pads often during your period •avoid tight underwear or clothes made of synthetic fibers •wear cotton underwear and pantyhose with a cotton crotch •change out of wet swimsuits and exercise clothes as soon as you can •avoid hot tubs and very hot baths. If you keep getting yeast infections, be sure and talk with your doctor.
      What should I do if I get repeat yeast infections? Call your doctor. About 5 percent of women get four or more vaginal yeast infections in 1 year. This is called recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (RVVC). RVVC is more common in women with diabetes or weak immune systems. Doctors most often treat this problem with antifungal medicine for up to 6 months.

  36. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection and/or bacteria vaginosis go away on it's own?
    I was just curious about if a yeast infection or bacteria vaginosis get left untreated does it ever clear up on it's own. If they do not go away then can it do harm to your body? I would like to know for both afflictions.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      A yeast infection can resolve on it's own and often does when the period starts, anything that will restore the natural balance of the vagina can do this. A bacterial infection requires antibiotics to eliminate it, it will not resolve on its own.

  37. QUESTION:
    Are yeast infections supposed to hurt this much?
    I'm itchy and all like normal yeast infections cause, but I'm also in extreme pain "down there". It's swollen and it hurts just to put medicine on it. Is this normal for a yeast infection? This is my first one ever and I really don't know how to go about treating it with OTC meds.

    • ANSWER:
      You may also have a urinary tract infection, and TRUST ME those are things you want to start treating right away. They can be insanely painful and agonizing to deal with if you let it go untreated. go to the doctor they'll give you a quick urine test and be able to tell you right away if you have a urinary tract infection. if you do, you just get a simple pill that'll clear it all up in less than a week. dont leave it untreated. also until you can get to a doctor try this product called "azo" its a cranberry tablet that will help get rid of the bacteria that causes the UTI. you still need to go to the doctor though right away.

  38. QUESTION:
    how do you know if you have a yeast infection?
    How do you know if you have a yeast infection? And what happens if you've had one for a long time (like 2 months) but didn't realize so it went untreated?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      It's pretty obvious. Your vagina (or at least close to the vuvla) will get very very red/pink and raw. It will sting to touch and itch so bad you feel like crying and scraping it with a fork! You'll have a lot of discharge; this may be clear or yellow, but is most likely to be white and, as it progresses, become cottage-cheese like, appearence wise. Sometimes you won't know about the discharge because it doesn't drip out; other times it feels almost like your period! Lots of pain during intercourse, and often a faint but foul odor.

      Overtime it will probably have increased symptoms, but should not be so severe as to spread. See a doctor though!!

      A fantasic homeremedy that always works for me is 1 tbsp salf, 1 cap apple cider (or, if not posible, white) vinegar, and about 1 cup or two of HOT water. You can, my fave, douche it (and make a home-made douche bag, buy one, or use an empty, never-used, unlubricated enema), get the SOFTEST wash cloth you have and wipe it all down (including around the lips, as this is often crusted with discharge as well), or soak a tampon in the mixure and then insert it for ~3 hours.

      Eat lots of yogurt and keep the vagina dry when possible!

  39. QUESTION:
    can you get a yeast infection from having a bladder infection?
    i think my doctor said that could happen but idk. i had a bladder infection that started about a week ago and now I have itching and burning and I had sex and it didnt feel good at all, but i dont have that cottage cheese discharge. Do i have a yeast infection now?

    • ANSWER:
      Ryleew, NO, you do NOT get a yeast (Monilia fungus) infection from having a bladder infection (almost always caused by a bacterium called E. coli). However, you can get one after the other. The bladder infection is in the urinary bladder, mainly. If untreated, it can spread to the kidneys and blood stream. The yeast infection is in the vagina, not the bladder. Sadly, both Monilia and E. coli are very common on the skin of the groin and usually do not cause any troublesome infection. Both should be treated after a correct diagnosis.

  40. QUESTION:
    Can having sex while having a yeast infection make it go away?
    I recently had a slight, very mild yeast infection. It was just enough to be uncomfortable after using the bathroom, but other than that I wouldn't feel it the rest of the day. I have been using monistat external cream. It was still somewhat uncomfortable the other day. That evening I had sex with my boyfriend. It wasn't just a quickie, but lasted a while and we went a second round later that night. The sex was good, but at times I could feel the irritation from the infection. Oddly enough, this morning I woke up and it felt like it was gone. There was no irritation anymore and no itch. It was as if the sex had caused it to go away? Has this happened to anyone else before? Is it because the orgasm flushed out your system and by having enough of them, it just cures the yeast infection? I know that may sound odd, but it's just a though I've had. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You can't treat a yeast infection with antibiotics. Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections, whereas a yeast infection is a fungal infection. Antibiotics kill both the bad and the good bacteria in your body, and it is this good bacteria that helps to keep your body's natural yeast in balance. So antibiotics are a bad idea, as they can actually CAUSE yeast infections.

      But to your initial question: No, having sex while having a yeast infection will not make it go away. If anything, having sex while you have a yeast infection is only likely to pass it along to your partner, and then you'll be passing it back and forth between yourselves. You might have been feeling better this morning because of the Monistat, or it may have been the combination of your bodily fluids helping soothe your lady bits. In any case, this is most likely only temporary and you should seek treatment. It is not common for yeast infections to go away on their own if left untreated. You should consider using the Monistat internal suppositories instead of just the external cream. The external cream is great to help relieve itching and irritation externally (the labia), but you want to get rid of the yeast infection from the inside, not just relieve the itching and irritation on the outside.

  41. QUESTION:
    Can chronic yeast infections affect menstrual cycle?
    Can recurrent or chronic yeast infections change the menstrual timing?
    Thx!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, absolutely they can. But if you're having them that much, I really hope you're going to the doctor, so ask her about this. Also, there are STDs, like Chlamydia, that can act exactly like yeast infections, and cause you serious damage. If those go untreated you can have huge problems and sometimes lose your ability to have kids someday.

      So please go see that doctor if it's that often.

  42. QUESTION:
    Pap smear came back as lsil. Can lsil be caused by a yeast infection or by the nuvaring?
    I had a yeast infection a few days before my pap smear. By the time I had the pap smear, I had been off medication for a couple days. I have been using the nuvaring since my last pap smear, which was normal.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm afraid that's unlikely. This stands for low-grade squamous intrepithelial lesion. These are early precancerous changes. Yeast infection and Nuvaring use would not result in ISIL. Your doctor will probably do HPV testing to confirm you have this virus, and then either do a colposcopy to remove the abnormal cells or have you come back in later for recheck. If you wait for treatment be sure you make your followup appointment. If this lesion is left untreated and doesn't regress on its own it could result in cervical cancer.

  43. QUESTION:
    After getting off of Accutane, do the constant yeast infections go away?
    I've been on Accutane for 3 months and it's made me have constant yeast infections. Will that go away as soon as I get off of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe. I went and looked through a few boards and it seems the ladies complained of it - and some of the ladies said the infections stopped. My suggestion would be this...See your gynocologist now. Waiting could be a very bad thing to do. Many of OB/GYN's are familiar with dealing with dermatological issues, and many of them act as primary care providers (actually, I like the idea; women aren't just small men) - so she will know what to do in terms of dealing with the accutane, but I digress....

      See a gynocologist who isn't afraid to yeast aggressively. Yeast that is allowed to "fester" for months has a tendency to make the vaginal tract hypersensitive to freaking EVERYTHING.
      This is what can develop inside of 3 months of untreated/re-occurring yeast.

      Candida vulvovaginitis
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=candida%20vulvovaginitis

      It can make life downright painful...
      Candida vulvodynia
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=candida%20vulvodynia

      There is a tendency (on the part of practitioners) to say "oh look, we treated it for seven days, the pH and the cycle will take of the rest so we should back up and let nature take care of the rest" but the problem is, nature DOES take care of the rest - and nature can be a viscous bitch lemme tell you! So they need to treat that as if it were any other aggressive infection, not something passive.

      I would however, suggest that ask your doctor to stay away from the diflucan, or at least ask them to look at the data regarding it for long term treatment for yeast - I remember that there was some buried data that it might increase vaginal hypersensitivity. Minor chance of increase isn't a chance I would be taking if it were me. I would be happy to post a link but I'm at home and I don't have full access to Springerlink from here.

      You have your part to do too - don't think that it will go away on it's own. Don't let them intimidate you with authority. Don't let them treat you and say "let' see how this is in a couple months" tell them "No, swab it and scope it now, let's make sure it's dead!". Be pushy if you have to....Better than that having burning pink parts, right?

      Good Luck

  44. QUESTION:
    is it ok to treat a yeast infection if your not sure you have one?
    i think i might have a yeast infection and ive already gotten that test kit and it didnt work too well but i was wondering if you could treat a yeast infection even if your werent sure you had it. i just wasnt sure if there would be any bad side affects if i ended up not having one. also, which is the best treatment b/c i know there is diff. kinds of each product.

    • ANSWER:
      NO go to the doctor if you cant afford try a free clinic if left untreated it can get worse.

  45. QUESTION:
    How Long Do Yeast Infections Last?
    I have been suffering from a yeast infection for about a week. I got a tablet Tuesday to take. How much longer will this last? And how much longer will it be before I can have sex?

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely don't have sex until the infection is gone. Go buy some monistat or vagisil or something. If left untreated, it will not get better on its own, only worse. Should go away within a few days (3 or 4) if you begin treating it now. In the meantime, use gentle soap. Eat yogurt that has natural cultures. Avoid using body sprays/powders down there.

  46. QUESTION:
    What happens with an Untreated yeast infection?
    I'm -14 years old. And I went to the doctor and said i had a yeast infection she just gave me antibiotics &, then weeks past and they were gone, but the yeast infection didn't go away? They never checked me down there either. But my Vagina doesn't itch or anything. All it does is smell. (Really bad) and my underwear i have like stains. Idk if they're pee stains or other stains. They look like pee stains but I NEVER feel myself pee so?? and it's SOOO annoying! I've had it for like a year now. Should I go back? I'm embarrassed too. And my mom doesn't know. She thinks i go for a urine infection (lol) but I don't want the yeast infection too stay with me forever. Will it go away? :( I really hope so. I also have yogurt, I heard that helps. But please help me. Will it go away?? I really really want it GONE! I'm so uncomfortable whenever I hug people because I have a feeling they'll smell my yeast infection..

    • ANSWER:
      If it is a yeast infection, it needs to be treated properly. It won't just go away on it's own. And you shouldn't have been given antibiotics anyway, that's not what you get for a yeast infection. So you really need to go back to the doctor so they can give you a proper exam and find out if that's really what it is.

  47. QUESTION:
    Will my yeast infection go away on its own?
    Is it posibble that my yeast infection will go away on its own, or do i need to go to a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      No, and if it does seem to subside it comes back like a raging wild fire. As SOON as you thing you have a yeast infection fix it ASAP. Don't suffer through it. if untreated could give you a UTI and possible kidney infection.

  48. QUESTION:
    can having a yeast infection make you have an misscarriage?
    can having an yeast infection or vaginal bacteria
    cause you have a missscarriagelike before you get pregant and when you get pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      no

      Yeast infections are more common during pregnancy than any other time in a woman's life, especially during the second trimester of pregnancy. You may be noticing an increase in the amount of thin, white, odd smelling discharge. This is common and a normal symptom in the second trimester. If you think you may be experiencing a yeast infection, the following information will prepare you to discuss the possibility with your doctor. Though yeast infections have no major negative effect on pregnancy, they are often more difficult to control during pregnancy causing significant discomfort for you. Don't waste time in seeking treatment.

      Your body is going through so many changes right now, and it is difficult for your body to keep up with the chemical changes in the vaginal environment. There is more sugar in the vaginal secretions on which the yeast can feed, causing an imbalance, which results in too much fungus.

      During pregnancy physicians recommend vaginal creams and suppositories only. The oral medication, Diflucan (a single-dose medication), has not been proven safe during pregnancy and lactation. If left untreated, yeast infections can pass to your baby's mouth during delivery. This is called "thrush" and is effectively treated with Nystatin.

      It may take 10-14 days to find relief or completely clear up the infection while you are pregnant. After the infection has cleared up and any sores have healed, it may be helpful to use a starch-free drying powder, or Nystatin powder to prevent a recurring infection.

      Most yeast infections can usually be avoided by doing the following:

      Wear loose, cotton, breathable clothing, and cotton underwear.
      After regular, thorough washing, use your blow dryer on a low, cool setting to help dry your genital area.
      Always wipe from front to back after using the restroom.
      Shower immediately after you swim. Change out of swimsuit, workout clothes or other damp clothes as soon as possible.
      Don't douche; and don't use feminine hygiene sprays, sanitary pads, and tampons that contain deodorant, bubble bath, colored or perfumed toilet paper
      Include yogurt with "lactobacillus acidophilus" in your diet
      Limit sugar intake, as sugar promotes the growth of yeast
      Get plenty of rest to make it easier for your body to fight infections

  49. QUESTION:
    A question about yeast infections and pregnancy?
    A doctor told me that if a woman suffers too long (or too often) from a yeast infection, she'll become infertile. How true is this? This doctor is not very reliable, so it got me wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      No they can't, though other urine infections such as bacterial vaginitis, which if untreated can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, and infertility.


untreated yeast infection

Info On Yeast Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  4. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection from diabetes be transmitted sexually?
    I didn't believe the article I received saying that my yeast infections could be from eating too much sugar until I noticed I started having some symptoms right after eating candy ( Yeah, I know I shouldn't eat it). Anyhow, the symptoms seem to go away when I control my sweet tooth better. But would the same thing happen with someone who got the yeast infection from me. I mean, would the yeast infection be treated (with antibiotics) as an STD?

    • ANSWER:
      Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body relative to the good bacteria. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off, and once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold

      Changing your diet will definitely get you on the road to balancing the yeast and good bacteria, but what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution to help naturally speed up the process.

      I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.
      Best of Luck!

      Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

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

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

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

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

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

  7. QUESTION:
    Does Yeast infection go away when you have your cycle?
    I had a yeast infection last week. I knew it was a yeast infection because I had thick whte discharge and irritation. So I bought over the counter meds but my period came. Since you can't use tampons while using the applicators I decided to wait until after my period. But now that my period is over the discharge and irritation is completely gone? Should I take the monistat anyway? I would want to pass a yeast infection onto my boyfriend.

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, the burning may be caused by an allergic reaction. A small percentage of woman are allergic to one of the active ingredients in monistat called micanazole.

      If you're suffering from an allergic reaction you should let your doctor know so he/she can recommend another cream to use. If you self diagnosed your infection, it would probably be a good idea to stop using it and try something else.

      Personally I think the best approach is the natural way. Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans.

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold.

      You can change your diet in conjunction with using the creams that you've been using and that will speed up the recovery significantly. But what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution instead. I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Well your info is not particularly good.

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

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

  9. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of my reoccurring yeast infection?
    I have been having yeast infections for about 3 months now. They will come and go, but it's been here for a very long time. I have gone to the doctors many times. I tried the diflucin pill 3 times, i have tried monistat 1, 3 and 7 day and I have taken acidophilus pills, and nothing seems to be working. It will go away for a couple of days and come back. SOmeone help me! I feel like I can't do anything!

    • ANSWER:
      Some people get really stubborn, chronic or recurrent yeast infections; if your doctor isn't familiar with this type of condition, you may want to see a different OB/GYN for a second opinion; they are really difficult and stubborn to treat, but it is possible! Usually, the protocol for treating a stubborn recurrent infection is to be put on high dose antifungal pills, like Nystatin or Amphotericin B, that you take daily for AT LEAST 4 weeks; sometimes it's necessary to continue these pills for up to 6 months! Diflucan can be used instead, but isn't usually as effective.

      Your doctor should also rule out immune diseases, such as HIV, and test for diabetes and certain endocrine disorders, as diabetics and those with certain other problems (like thyroid) have a much harder time with yeast infections than others.

      Also: Are you taking birth control pills? If so, they are notorious for causing wicked, recurring yeast infections, and sometimes there's no way to get the infections under control without stopping the birth control.

      Secondly, it's really, REALLY important that your doctor put you on a "no sugar, low refined carb" diet. Meaning, when you have yeast that's coming back, your diet can trigger the problem. Yeast feeds on sugar and refined carbs like white bread and pasta. It's really important to cut out sugar and switch to whole grain, complex carbs ONLY. It's also a good idea to lower fruit intake as well, since it can also "feed" yeast.

      In order for acidophilus to work well, you generally need to not only take relatively high doses, but you need to take the right strain as well! There are hundreds of different strains of acidophilus, and usually the kind that's in most of the acidophilus pills is not the kind that lives in your vagina, and that's why most acidophilus supplements don't help vaginal infections. I take a special kind - usually I take Pro-B, by Replens, from the feminine section of the drugstore; I feel this one is the most effective, but it's expensive. GyNaTren, (from the health food store) works almost as well.

      Also; have you ever heard of a "vaginitis referral center"? Several major hospitals have them; the first one originated at Temple University, then the concept kind of caught on and spread to other institutions. They're specifically for people who have recurrent yeast or other vaginal infections that their own Ob/GYNs have had a hard time treating; here's a link to the one @ Temple, as they may be able to refer you to one closer to you (or you may want to call the closest university medical center to ask as well). http://www.drexelmed.edu/Home/DrexelUniversityPhysicians/MedicalPractices/ObstetricsandGynecology/OurServices/VaginitisCenter.aspx

      Supplements such as Caprylic Acid and Grapefruit Seed Extract can work wonders for helping get rid of chronic yeast; however, it's best done under a physician's guidance, as you tend to need pretty high doses. (You need at least 1500-2000mg of Grapefruit Seed Extract daily in divided doses, and about 1000mg per day of Caprylic Acid).

      Here's another site, this one has more info than I could possibly give you in one answer, and I know many people who used to see the physician behind this site (in the medical world, he's kind of the "yeast infection guru") so I wouldn't hesitate to trust his recommendations, advice, or other guidelines. He also has a place where he'll help you find a knowledgeable physician in your area that deals with this stuff too. http://www.yeastconnection.com/

      Other things that may help:
      - Regular use of Rephresh vaginal gel between yeast infection treatments (helps balance the pH)
      - Monistat 1 Day and Night (it has the highest rate of delivery of strong medication of any over the counter yeast med; has to be the Day & Night though, and you still need to use it overnight)
      - Avoiding all of these: douche, scented pantiliners, using soap in the vaginal area (clean with WATER ONLY), sprays, lotions, or other chemical/scented products, wearing tight or damp clothing for too long (change out of wet bathing suits and damp workout clothes ASAP)
      - Use cotton underwear ONLY; change it twice a day if possible
      - If you use pantiliners, use the breathable kind only - I think Carefree is the only brand that makes them
      - Avoid spermicide in any form - inserts, jelly, or even on condoms! If you DO use condoms, use regular condoms WITHOUT spermicide or lubricant, and add your own lubricant (use K-Y water based - the plain kind ONLY); spermicide and chemical lubricant is a BIG cause of yeast infections
      - Add a really high quality multi vitamin to your diet; I like Rainbow Light Womens One personally, but it can be anything you like

      Good luck! I know how uncomfortable it is - I struggled with chronic yeast for a LONG time!

  10. QUESTION:
    How long until I notice my Yeast Infection meds are working? Any Side effects?
    I went to the gyno yesterday for a yeast infection. My doctor prescribed Diflucan and a cream to insert in my vagina before I go to bed for 3 nights. Today is day one and I have only taken Diflucan so far, and will be taking my first dose of the cream tonight. How long until I start noticing any results. Also, has anyone experienced any irritation from the vaginal cream? Any side effects from either prescriptions?

    • ANSWER:
      Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body relative to the good bacteria. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off, and once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold

      Changing your diet will definitely get you on the road to balancing the yeast and good bacteria, but what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution to help naturally speed up the process.

      I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.
      Best of Luck!

      Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body relative to the good bacteria. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off, and once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold

      Changing your diet will definitely get you on the road to balancing the yeast and good bacteria, but what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution to help naturally speed up the process.

      I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.
      Best of Luck!

      Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, antibiotics often cause yeast infections. The reason you get a yeast infection after using antibiotics is because antibiotics kill all bacteria in the body, both the bacteria (the ones that you took antibiotics to get rid of) and the good bacteria (the ones that help your body fight off yeast infections). As a result the yeast is left to grow without any good bacteria to ward it off. Many people take OTC creams like monistat to treat the yeast infection, but often times that only temporarily fix the problem. More often than not you'll just end up with a reoccuring yeast infection. The best way to stop it permanently is to re-establish your body's balance of good bacteria and yeast.

      Personally I think the best approach is the natural way. Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans.

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold.

      You can change your diet in conjunction with using the creams that you've been using and that will speed up the recovery significantly. But what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution instead. I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      try this for more info

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      ALL DONE!

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

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

      :)

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

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

    • ANSWER:
      no here is information

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

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

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

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

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

    I'm miserable!

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      I would take him to a vet.

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

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

      Its also important to avoid chicken too.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      This home remedy is for vaginal yeast infections.

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

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

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

      Now you're curious, aren't you?

      But seriously now,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Happy Health!

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it can.

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, antibiotics often cause yeast infections. The reason you get a yeast infection after using antibiotics is because antibiotics kill all bacteria in the body, both the bacteria (the ones that you took antibiotics to get rid of) and the good bacteria (the ones that help your body fight off yeast infections). As a result the yeast is left to grow without any good bacteria to ward it off. Many people take OTC creams like monistat to treat the yeast infection, but often times that only temporarily fix the problem. More often than not you'll just end up with a reoccuring yeast infection. The best way to stop it permanently is to re-establish your body's balance of good bacteria and yeast.

      Personally I think the best approach is the natural way. Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans.

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold.

      You can change your diet in conjunction with using the creams that you've been using and that will speed up the recovery significantly. But what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution instead. I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.

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

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

    I cant bare the itch Anymore!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body relative to the good bacteria. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off, and once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold

      Changing your diet will definitely get you on the road to balancing the yeast and good bacteria, but what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution to help naturally speed up the process.

      I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body relative to the good bacteria. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off, and once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold

      Changing your diet will definitely get you on the road to balancing the yeast and good bacteria, but what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution to help naturally speed up the process.

      I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.
      Best of Luck!

      Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks!

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

      Good luck,
      Stefan. :)

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

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it can. Both Yogurt and Kefir can help fight yeast they have Probiotics (the good bacteria) in them... but you would need much higher doses of those Probiotics to try to treat it quickly. If you wanted to try a good Probiotic supplement, I would go for one with 30+ billion viable organisms from several strains. In addition to Probiotics, Caprylic Acid and Grapefruit Seed Extract also help to fight yeast growth directly, so those three together are a very good combination to fight yeast infections. Once you're over the infection, you could go down to a maintenance dose with 3-5 strains and 4-6 billion organisms daily to keep it away.
      You can find more info at http://jn.nutrition.org/content/141/9/1698.abstract that lists more details about what can make yeast worse (in other words, what to avoid). ;-)

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Yes! Very bad!

      Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body relative to the good bacteria. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off, and once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold

      Changing your diet will definitely get you on the road to balancing the yeast and good bacteria, but what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution to help naturally speed up the process.

      I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.
      Best of Luck!

      Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

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

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

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

      Personally I think the best approach to permanently stopping yeast infections is the natural way. Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans.

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold.

      You can change your diet in conjunction with using the creams that you've been using and that will speed up the recovery significantly. But what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution instead. I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some excellent brands:

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

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

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

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

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

      Good luck :)

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.

      Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.

      So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body relative to the good bacteria. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.

      Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.

      Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off, and once again and you get a yeast infection.

      Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans

      Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold

      Changing your diet will definitely get you on the road to balancing the yeast and good bacteria, but what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution to help naturally speed up the process.

      I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.

      There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.
      Best of Luck!

      Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

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

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

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

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

      Look up this info and decide for yourself.

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

      Peter

      Circumcision, the gift that keeps on giving.

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

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

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

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

      No need to feel guilty!!

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

    Here's more info.

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

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

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

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

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

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


info on yeast infection

Yeast Infection Treatment Natural

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Try

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

      Good luck!

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

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

      Don't worry!

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

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

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

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

      http://whit.me/yeast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Hope this helps!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      good luck!

      Working in women's health - Gynecologist + personal experience

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Tea Tree Oil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      A few tricks to avoiding those pesky yeast infections.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  22. QUESTION:
    How likely is it to get a yeast infections before you even know your pregnant?
    Me and my husband have been ttc and im 5 days past ovulation and have suddenly gotton my first yeast infection. So i was wondering if its common for a lot of women to get a yeast infection before they now there pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      I apologize up front as I can't really say for sure in answer to your question, it would seem to be an indication since pregnant women are more prone to yeast infections. I would go more based on the fact that its been 5 days. If you are congratulations.

      I figure you wouldn't mind having some additional help to eliminate the yeast infection you currently suffer from. I have some natural treatments you can try that are 100% safe, natural and effective.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Which Medications to avoid:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      ....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      good luck!

      Working in women's health - Gynecologist + personal experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sarah,

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

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

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

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

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

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

      http://whit.me/yeast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      good luck!

      Working in women's health - Gynecologist + personal experience

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

    Thanks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Please help!! Thanks :)

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      yes! you can!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      good luck!

      Working in women's health - Gynecologist + personal experience

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

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

      Don't worry!

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

    • ANSWER:
      yes! it is possible...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Pls help?

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      good luck to you

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

    - VERY dry vagina, no natural lube present

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Good luck!


yeast infection treatment natural

Symptoms Of Yeast Infection In Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

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

  3. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of a yeast infection in a dogs ear?
    My 5 year old chihuahua has never had ear problems. Last night she started yelping like she was in pain, wouldn't let us touch her, became agressive but also timmid. I took her to the emergency vet who said that she has a yeast infection of the ear. Not that I'm the expert, but I am just not buying it. Her pain seems so much worse. Any experience you have to offer?

    • ANSWER:
      Well since she wont let you touch her ear, there is deffinently something wrong with it. It could be an ear infection or something stuck in the ear canal itself.

      If its an ear infection and it is that painful, it has been there for probably a little while. There would be a foul smell coming from the ear and also there would be a black/brown discharge coming out of the ear. The dog will be itching it and shaking its head alot. And like you stated she will get aggressive when trying to touch the ear and it is very painful.

      What you can do is take your dog to her regular vet and ask the dr. to look in the ear. THey will probably recromend an ear flush, culture, and also, oral and topical antibiotics. If you dont want to spend a lot of money, try the brod spectrum antibioitics. If it doesnt go away after that (probably 10-14 days) then go with the culture and the flush.

      The cluture is going to be expensive but it will tell you exactly what type of bacteria is growing in her ear and the vet will know which antibioitic to perscribe to directly treat the infection.

      The flush is going to clean the dogs ear out they vet will probably give an oral sedative and clean the canal out all the way and get everything out of there.

      If you decide to go with the antibiotics and the flush they will probably give you the orals before the flush and then the topicals because there is no use in giving topicals in a dirty infected ear.

      Anways, I hope this helps. Just take her to your regular vet. so its not as expensive as the ER.

      Good Luck!!!!

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

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

  5. QUESTION:
    My 4 month old golden retriever has red itchy bumps under arms and scratches constantly.What is the cause?
    He scratches and bites and no fleas are present only little red bumps and rash like symptoms under his arms, on his belly, and under his neck. I need answers this is not good. Is it a yeast infection or something else i don't know about?

    • ANSWER:
      Take your pup to a vet, they are best at diagnosing and treating pet skin ailments. A yeast infection is possible because yeast does live in the moist areas but my guess is that this is unlikely. More likely it is fleas, mites, scabies or some other biting critter. Check the base of the tail for signs of fleas. The mites are too small to see so the vet will do a skin scrapping (painless) and look under a microscope. The good news is all these things are treatable. The bad news is that if you don't treat the dog, you may get them next.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    What do you think it is?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      ITCHINGS & RASHES/BLISTERS CAN BE CAUSED BY EITHER:

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

      * fungal bacterial = thrush yeast_infection jock_itch ringworm etc.

      * viral = measles smallpox etc.

      * parasitical = scabies_mite lice etc.

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

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

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

      My best to you and yours,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections sometimes coupled with a bad odor.

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  18. QUESTION:
    What can I give my dog for an ear infection?
    Okay so my dog (1 1/2 yr old golden retriever mix) has been shaking and showing symptoms of an ear infection after I took him to the beach about 2 months ago. A month ago however, I took him to the vet for it, and I explained to the vet what was wrong and that he was showing symptoms of it, he checked him out EXTERNALLY but he never bothered with the ears and just agreed with me about it and prescribed him with some very expensive medicine which I payed for of course! I was suppose to give him 3 pills a day for 2 weeks, and so I did. For a week after that it seemed like it had worked. However, now he's been shaking and bothering with his ear again! I really don't know what to do because I am broke at the moment and don't get my check 'till 2 weeks from now!
    So can someone please help me out and tell me what I can do to minimize his pain 'till I get my paycheck??? I'm desperate I hate seeing him in pain :(
    or if any medicine/home remedies I could try at a local store or pet store that will work for this?
    pleaseee help, I've been told that the infection could spread to his brain, I'm super worried :(

    I WILL TAKE HIM TO THE VET WHEN I GET THE MONEY, so don't give me crap that I don't care about my dog, if I didn't care I wouldn't be bothering right now.
    So please, if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say it at all; I need helpful answers right now, not childish ones.

    • ANSWER:
      Please do not try any over the counter medications - you do not know what the problem is. You may want to find another vet and perhaps try to work out a payment plan. Times are hard for a lot of people right now. Perhaps a rescue league, ASPCA, animal control, etc. can work with you also. The vet should take an ear swab and check under the microscope. This could be a bacterial, yeast infection or mites. It may be a combination of 2 or even all three. Medication is dispensed based on what is found. Occasionally they may recommend a culture and sensitivity to find out exactly what bacteria it is. The infection cannot spread to the brain. If you can find someone to help you please get him seen soon. He is in pain and needs some relief but before giving anything for pain relief you need to check with the vet as a lot of human medications can be toxic to dogs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the best dry food to feed your dog when they have stomach issues?
    I have a 1 year old female yorkie. Every so often she has digestion issues. She has been to the vet had tests run and she is healthy. We are thinking that it is food allergies. What dry food would you recommend for a 6 pound yorkie (pretty picky)? When she is having her issues (mild spiting up or vomiting) what is a good thing to feed her? She is acting fine..........and still hungry but we are still in the testing stages of finding out what she is allergic to so she has the occasional vomiting.

    • ANSWER:
      Without knowing what your dog currently eats for food and treats, it is impossible to make a recommendation. Here are a few things you should know though.

      In dogs, there are allergies and intolerance's (like people being lactose intolerant). Allergies usually manifest in skin conditions, like hot spots, hair loss, itching, sores, ear infections, paw licking, and tear stains. Intolerance's usually show up in stomach problems, like vomiting and diarrhea. Both are diagnosed the same way, but an intolerance will clear up within days and allergy symptoms take up to three months to go away. Allergies can also be to things in the environment.

      First, you need to choose a food that has only one meat and one carbohydrate, both of which your dog has never eaten or not eaten in many months. Make sure to change or eliminate the treats as well. If the dog improves, then the current ingredients are ok, and you can try adding additional ingredients one at a time to see if you can find a trigger. If there is no improvement, your dog is allergic or intolerant of one or both ingredients, or has environmental allergies. If there is no improvement, you can try the trial again using different ingredients, or get medication from the vet to treat for environmental allergies.

      No matter what, you should start your dog on probiotics. Probiotics help support proper digestion and improve the immune system. This will help with allergies and general health. Fish oil is another important supplement. Fish oil is a natural inflammatory and can reduce swelling.

      Other possibilities are systemic yeast, acid reflux, or just plain eating too fast.

      If you suspect it is dietary, here are some brands to look into. Always read ingredient labels carefully, as each variety within the same brand can be drastically different.
      California Natural, Natural Balance (LID formulas only), Taste of the Wild (salmon or lamb only), Nutrisca, Nutrisource grain free, Innova Prime, Precise Holistic grain free, Orijen 6 fish, Acana pacifica, Go Natural.

      Here is a good article for you on allergies and systemic yeast
      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      hope you feel better soon

      peace 2 you

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

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

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

      Many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks.

      If you want to get your dog cured for good, stop the steroids and try the following remedy. For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal) such as the ones commonly caused by the use of steroids like prednisone, cortisone or the allergy shot or any secondary infections caused by scratching, I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

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

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

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

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

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

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

  25. QUESTION:
    Do you know any ways to help my dog stop itching?
    Well I have a Rottweiler, he's 2 now. He's always itched and chewed his butt but it never made a big difference, but during the summer I left for boot camp for 3 months then came home. When I got home my dog was missing lots of hair above his butt. I have 2 other pits and 2 cats, they all don't have this problem. We do have fleas. The vet said he was allergic to fleas. We're trying to get rid of fleas but it's hard. And I have him on a cone so he doesn't itch his but. He gets a bath every other week. I feel bad because he's on a cone 24/7 unless he's eating. My dad said I have to get rid of him unless I can help him. I don't have much money. He chews above his tail, his front legs, scratches his back legs, chest, neck and upper body, always trying to rub his face on the couch or anything he could. He also sneezes alot and shakes his head alot too. I was just wondering if he has symptoms for something other than flea allergies. Also if there is anything I could do to help the itching and soothe his skin, maybe something to stop him from itching from the vets. Thanks, anything helps.

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

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

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  27. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog scratching so much?
    I have a 2 and a half month old shih tzu puppy.. She has be scratching her neck alot and has scores there now she also been chewing on her paws alot.. We switched her to a hypoallergenic shampoo and that didn't seem to be a problem.. We also took her off her puppy cow and put her on Ultra grain free formula shes been on that now for a week and still no change.. We also have her on Melissa's aloe pet which is a all natural pet supplement for hot spots, itchy skin, and allergies and this still don't seem to be working.. She is in alot of discomfort.. Can someone please help if your dog had something similar or know of any home remedies to help her feel better.. She was also left into a barn when she was a pup.

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

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION AND ITCHING REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  33. QUESTION:
    My dog has itchy flaky skin and excessive licking and course hair falling out?
    My dog has flaky scaly skin and coase hair falling out

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

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Heres some bad ones:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      For your dog's skin issues I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur'). This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Among many other uses, it has been effectively used as a remedy for bacterial and fungal infections. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

      You can get rid of the fleas with natural methods to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will cause harm sooner or later. For recommendations see http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where your dog roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html
      and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check ingredients of food/treats. Dog's digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Discontinue any with corn, wheat, etc. Get ones with no grains with meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      Discontinue the use of grooming products or house cleaning products that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and anticeptic properties and the smell disappears quickly after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.asp

      MITES

      Three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      Avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals which will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. Search the Internet to find them. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including skin problems.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal), I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  38. QUESTION:
    My dog has a white, yeasty, thick liquid in her vagina. What is it?
    I thought she may have a bladder infection, but after I looked up the signs she doesn't show any of the symptoms. She is a spayed great dane who is 2 years old. Any idea what else it could be?

    • ANSWER:
      dogs can get yeast infectsions as well.
      i'd take her to the vet and get it checked out.

  39. QUESTION:
    My pet maltese has recurring yellow gunk on his eyes?
    We're not sure what is causing it. We don't try to give him any human food and buy him organic food. The vet here (we live in a developing country) gave us some medicine and eye drops but instead of trying to treat the symptoms, I'd like to find out the cause. Could it be a protein allergy? This sounds odd for an animal that is basically a carnivore. Does anyone know what might be causing this and how to treat it/avoid it in the future?

    • ANSWER:
      This is very common to the breed - you probably already know that - and there seems to be a genetic predisposition with certain dogs that makes it more pronounced. Your vet provided you with some meds that are likely for treating infections. Yeast infection is the most common.

      Diet can affect tear production, but you say the diet is already good. Have you thought about the water? Water high in mineral content can cause more tearing and staining in maltese. Purified water may help to reduce it somewhat.

      There are several products that may help. "Maltese Stay White Tear Stain Remover" gets good reviews, but I don't know how available these will be in your country. "Angel Eyes" is another common product.

      There is a commonly held belief that a single pip of orange daily will help. I guess the thinking might be due to the vitamin C? I don't know whether it is true or not. Other people say dogs shouldn't have oranges at all. Westies are also prone to eye gunk/stains and beard stains too. Our Westie breeder told us to feed a single orange pip per day. Our dog's eyes are perfectly clear and he has no beard or eye stains. It is anecdotal evidence. My wife believes in the orange thing, I am more skeptical and think it may be just the happy chance of genetics. But, I can't rule out the possibility that it is the orange. I know others that say the orange thing works and some that say it doesn't.

      Anyways, you know that the problem is common. Anything you do is not likely to eliminate it, but it may relieve it a bit.

      Considering the breed and what you describe, I am dubious about any allergies. Of course, neither can I rule it out.

  40. QUESTION:
    My dog itches his butt side and legs?
    I don't think it's anything contagious as we have another dog is he allergic or something?

    • ANSWER:
      Itching and skin irritation can be caused by factors such as:

      - Allergic reactions to flea bites, food/treats, grooming products or house-cleaning products, etc.
      - Mites
      - Fungal/Bacterial infections (ringworm, yeast, staph etc.) See a remedy below
      - Steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot')

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections with associated bad odor.

      ALLERGIES

      To allergic dogs even one flea can cause havoc. Even if you do not see fleas, you can always see the debris they leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If placed in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas with natural methods to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will cause harm sooner or later. For recommendations see http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where your dog roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check ingredients of food/treats. Dog's digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Discontinue any with corn, wheat, etc. Get ones with no grains with meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      Discontinue grooming products (or house cleaning products) that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and anticeptic properties and the smell disappears quickly after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.asp

      MITES

      Three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      Avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals which will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. Search the Internet to find them. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including skin problems.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal), I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  41. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my dog is allergic to her food?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a distinction that needs to be made between food allergies and food intolerances. Food allergies are true allergies and show the characteristic symptoms of itching and skin problems associated with canine and feline allergies. Food intolerances can result in diarrhea or vomiting and do not create a typical allergic response. Food intolerances in pets would be similar to people that get diarrhea or an upset stomach from eating spicy or fried foods. Fortunately, both food intolerances and allergies can be eliminated with a diet free from offending agents.Common food culprits

      Several studies have shown that some ingredients are more likely to cause food allergies than others. In order of the most common offenders in dogs are beef, dairy products, chicken, wheat, chicken eggs, corn, and soy. As you may have noticed, the most common offenders are the most common ingredients in dog foods. This correlation is not a coincidence. While some proteins might be slightly more antigenic than others, many proteins are similar in form and the incidence of allergic reactions are probably associated with the amount of exposure. For example, pet foods have historically been made up of beef, chicken, corn, and wheat. In an effort to combat food allergies, several companies produced a diet made of lamb and rice. There was nothing special about lamb and rice diets except those two ingredients were normally not present in pet foods. Animals had not eaten lamb or rice before, and therefore, had not developed an allergy to it yet. If the main ingredients in pet food become lamb and rice, then it would stand to reason that the most common problem foods could become lamb and rice. The determinant of whether a food is likely to cause a food allergy or not is based on the structure and size of the glycoprotein in the food. In addition, many lamb and rice-based foods contain many other ingredients, and if the animal has a food allergy to any of them, this lamb and rice food will do nothing to treat the food allergy. In addition, while many people criticized and blamed preservatives and flavorings as a source of food allergies, studies have shown that they are not the causes, and while we may not have justifiable health concerns about preservatives, food allergies is not one of them.

      Symptoms

      The symptoms of food allergies are similar to those of most allergies seen in dogs and cats. The primary symptom is itchy skin. Symptoms may also include chronic or recurrent ear infections, hair loss, excessive scratching, hot spots, and skin infections that respond to antibiotics but reoccur after antibiotics are discontinued. There is evidence that dogs with food allergies may sometimes have an increased incidence of bowel movements. One study showed that non-allergic dogs have around 1.5 bowel movements per day where some dogs with food allergies may have 3 or more per day.

      It is difficult to distinguish an animal suffering from food allergies from an animal suffering from atopy or other allergies based on physical signs. However, there are a few signs that always make me suspect food allergies. One of these, is a dog with recurrent ear problems, particularly yeast infections. Another, is a very young dog with moderate or severe skin problems. A third tip off, is if a dog suffers from allergies year-round or if the symptoms begin in the winter. And the final clue, is a dog that has very itchy skin but does not respond to antihistamines or steroid treatment.

      Diagnosis

      The diagnosis for food allergies is very straightforward. But due to the fact that many other problems can cause similar symptoms and that many times animals are suffering from more problems than just food allergies, it is very important that all other problems are properly identified and treated prior to undergoing diagnosis for food allergies. Atopy, flea bite allergies, intestinal parasite hypersensitivities, sarcoptic mange, and yeast or bacterial infections can all cause similar symptoms as food allergies. Once all other causes have been ruled out or treated, then it is time to perform a food trial.

      Elimination diets and provocative testing: A food trial consists of feeding an animal a novel food source of protein and carbohydrate for 12 weeks. A novel food source would be a protein and carbohydrate that the animal had never eaten before. An example would be rabbit and rice, or venison and potato, or duck and rutabagas. These are homemade diets but there are several commercial diets available on the market. Special Foods produced by Hill's and Purina, and a food named EXclude are used by many dermatologists. Regardless of the diet used, it must be the only thing the animal eats for 12 weeks. This means no treats; absolutely nothing but the special food and water. Young growing pets have special dietary needs and a homemade diet that only contains one protein and one carbohydrate with no multivitamin or fatty acid may not be suitable even for only twelve weeks. For puppies undergoing a food trial, a balanced commercial diet like the ones listed above is recommended.

      A food trial consists of feeding a dog a novel food source of protein and carbohydrate for 12 weeks.
      Veterinarians used to recommend that a pet only needed to be placed on a special diet for 3 weeks, but new studies show that in dogs, only 26% of those with food allergies responded by day 21. However, the vast majority of pets responded by 12 weeks. Therefore, it is very important to keep the pet on the diet for the entire 12 weeks. If the dog shows a marked reduction or elimination of the symptoms, then the animal is placed back on the original food. This is called 'provocative testing' and is essential to confirm the diagnosis. If the symptoms return after going back on the original diet, the diagnosis of a food allergy is confirmed. If there has been no change in symptoms but a food allergy is still strongly suspected, then another food trial using a different novel food source could be tried.

      We must reiterate that placing a dog on a commercial lamb and rice formula dog food is not an acceptable way to diagnose or treat food allergies. Lamb and rice are no longer considered novel food sources and most commercial lamb and rice diets also contain wheat, egg, corn, or other ingredients that can be the cause of the food allergy. Despite the implication by dog food companies to the contrary, these foods do not prevent food allergies nor are they considered adequate for diagnosis. While these diets may provide adequate nutrition, they are not a substitute for a true, novel protein source diet.

      http://www.dogsonly.org/FoodAllergies.html

  42. QUESTION:
    My dogs white fur is going red in places and she is scratching a lot?
    I have a white shitzu just over a year old. Her white fur on her bottom is going red, as is on the joints underneath her chest. We have treated her for fleas but yet she is still scratching . Please can anyone help with advice

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching. Itching can be caused by an allergic reaction (to flea bites, the food or treats you give her, the grooming products or house-cleaning products you are using), mites or steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot'). Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

      Many dogs are allergic to flea bites so even one flea on an allergic dog may cause a lot of havoc. You may not be able to see the fleas directly but you can always see the debris they leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If you see these and put them in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas on your dog with natural methods so that he is not exposed to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will harm her sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where she roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check the ingredients of the food/treats you give her. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. If they contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. Get food/treats that have no grains and that have meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      If you just introduced a new grooming product (or a house cleaning product), discontinue it immediately.

      MITES

      There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      If the reason for the itching is mites, avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals that will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend a natural, effective, easy to use, and inexpensive spray treatment that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Vets nowadays assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains.

      SKIN INFECTION AND ITCHING REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal) such as the ones commonly caused by the use of steroids like Prednisone, cortisone or the so called “allergy shot” or any secondary infections caused by flea bite allergy or mites, as well as cuts, scrapes, etc. I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  43. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have an ear infection?
    I was going to clean my dog's ears but I read on numerous websites that if they're infected he should be taken to the vet. My dog only has two of the five common symptoms (his ears stink and he always scratches them, but he doesn't shake or tilt his head, and he's not sensitive about his ears. They're also not irritated looking). I was wondering should I take him to the vet or just clean them at home. I don't want to take him to the vet if he doesn't need to go because he really doesn't like it :( but if he needs to go I don't want to put it of any longer.

    • ANSWER:
      you can buy a simple ear wash from the vet without making an appointment. I don't know if its available at petstores because i've always gotten mine by going to the vet office and buying it. Sometimes just flushing the ear regularly will keep the problem under controll or nip it in the bud when it starts to come on. There are other things that can go on in their ears besides infection, foreign body, lesions, growths, fungus, yeast. It wont hurt to try to fix it with the ear wash before seein a vet. Many times when you take your dog to the vet for an ear infection and its too dirty to get a look inside they will just send you home with an ear wash regimen for a week or 2 weeks so that the ear will be clean then and they can see what is going on inside.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is there any way to get rid of tinea on your torso?
    Is there anyway to get rid of tinea besides using selsun blue. That doens't work for me.
    It is tinea versicolor. When I go to the tanning bed I always get it, or can at least see it better. I saw a doctor for this a few years ago, and it wasn't the ringworm tinea. I forgot what he prescribed me, but I remember it took forever to get rid of it.

    • ANSWER:
      Tinea meaning ringworm is a contagious (with the exception of Tinea versicolor) fungal skin infection. Although its name means ringworm, in reality the skin condition is not caused by a worm but the name is derived from its characteristic pattern of distribution which refers to series of rings as it spread to the surrounding areas. Tinea infection is quite common among children and is contagious. The mode of transmission is usually through direct skin-to-skin contact, as well as contact with potential contaminated items. Soil is usually the source of the fungus but animals such as cats, dogs and rodents are carriers. The most often primary source of the fungus is from the infected persons. Minor skin trauma (e.g. scratches or excoriations and abrasions) and poor skin hygiene increases the potential for tinea infection. Over-the-counter topical creams, ointments, power and spray are the usual drug forms used to eradicated most of the fungal elements once diagnosed with tinea infection. The doctor most of the time recommend an antifungal topical ointment for ringworm of the skin or an oral medication for those with ringworm of the scalp and nails. It is very important that washing then drying first of the affected area is done first using a clean towel before the application of antifungal topical preparations. Clothing is advisable to be changed especially the underwear daily, particularly in cases of jock itch. The treatment is usually for a period of 2 weeks, even if the symptoms disappear. This is to prevent recurrence of the infection. Tinea Versicolor . Often abbreviated as TV, this condition is due to a sudden overgrowth of a yeast ubiquitous to human skin. Often abbreviated as TV, this condition is due to a sudden overgrowth of a yeast ubiquitous to human skin. The culprit, Malassezia furfur, is a yeast that grows on everyone’s skin. M. furfur is not contagious and is typically an organism we never realize is there. So the condition is not contagious. For a creature found on 90-100 percent of adults, it’s only a nuisance to some 2-8% of all Americans. However, since heat and humidity do play a role in developing this condition, Southerners are far more likely than Northerners to develop TV. And in some humid tropical countries, the rate of developing TV approaches fifty percent! In keeping with the name versicolor, the eruption is most commonly characterized by an odd assortment of flat, scaling multi-hued creamy and brown patches, which polka dot the upper torso, shoulders, neckline and sometimes the lower face. Edges of the dime-sized patches may coalesce, merging into larger patches. Sunlight makes the rash far more noticeable, explaining why so many TV patients seek out the dermatologist each summer. The yeast can stimulate melanosomes (packages of the skin pigment melanin) to be come larger. Once sunlight strikes the area, pigment darkens the affected portions of the skin. Imagine each polka dot tanning.
      On the flip side, some patients suffer from lightening of the skin affected by the rash. While this is actually due to the M. furfur producing a skin-lightening acid, it is easy to visualize as a bad tan line. The skin around it darkens from getting tan, exaggerating the spots assaulted by a loss of pigment.
      Two less common forms of the tinea versicolor rash exist. In patients who are immunocompromised, the rash may be “inverted”, affecting nontraditional areas such as the face, extremities and flexures of the arms. Finally, M. furfur can cause an infection of the skin surrounding the hair follicles of the torso, arms and legs. Difficult to differentiate from a bacterial infection of the hair follicles, it can appear as red bumps or pustules. A culture can rule out the diagnosis a bacterial infection. Patients who use steroids or antibiotics, are diabetic or receiving chemotherapy or live in a very humid climate may be more likely to experience this folliculitis. So now we know what it looks like, but why does it happen to just some of us? M. furfur is normally a “couch potato” type of normal flora. It’s a yeast that simply hangs out on the skin minding its own business. In fact, in its routine state it is incapable of causing tinea versicolor. This yeast must literally change shape in order to be capable of causing a rash. Tinea versicolor is not medically concerning or life threatening. In fact it is technically a “cosmetic” concern (unless you’re the one suffering from it in which case it’s a disaster). So calling the problem-causing form of the yeast “disease-causing” seems a stretch. Be that as it may, factors known to trigger the yeast to change into its “disease-causing” form include genetics, hot, humid weather, suppressed immunity (HIV, cancer, diabetes, etc.), malnutrition, steroid use and Cushing disease. But remember, the vast majority of people who develop TV are perfectly healthy. Of course, everything needs sustenance and M. furfur is no different. It’s not merely the form of the yeast that’s problematic; it’s the nutritional source to keep it thriving. That would be us. Malassezia furfur is a lipid-loving yeast, thriving on areas of the skin rich in sebum such as the back and chest. Young adults between the ages of 15 and 24 have the highest levels of surface skin oils, and hence are more likely to suffer from TV. Prepubescent children don´t make sebum and as one reaches menopause, sebum levels are also reduced. It is very uncommon to see tinea versicolor affect preteens or seniors.
      It’s been shown that is not the amount of sweat and sebum produced that triggers tinea versicolor. Rather, it’s been suggested the yeast flourish because of something in the sebum. At one time it was thought that perhaps affected individuals produced sebum with higher lipid (fat) levels. Now the theory is that perhaps amino acids found in the sebum may factor into the conversion of the yeast into a form capable of causing the rash. Diagnosis is usually quite obvious to the trained eye of the dermatologist. However, when in doubt, a microscopic test called a KOH is performed. This consists of the doctor painlessly performing a light skin scraping with a small blade. The scales are placed onto a glass slide, a droplet of liquid (potassium hydroxide) is placed onto the slide and then it is examined under the microscope. A positive test shows what we fondly call the "spaghetti and meatballs" sign under the microscope. Hyphae and spores from the yeast are both present and provide that creative appearance. Sure, everyone would love to pop a pill and put an end to struggling with tinea versicolor once and for all. Ketoconazole (Nizoral), fluconazole (Diflucan), terbinafine (Lamisil) and itraconazole (Sporanox) are the preferred prescription oral medications. But the reality is that while the rash may clear, the medication doesn´t prevent the inevitable recurrences.Treatment is aimed at controlling the condition on a chronic basis. If we don’t, the problem will likely come back. Ease of treatment is imperative as well as trying to keep it aesthetically pleasing. Interestingly enough, although M. furfur is most commonly associated with tinea versicolor, it has been linked as a trigger factor with other common dermatologic concerns including seborrheic dermatitis (aka seborrhea or dandruff), psoriasis, perioral dermatitis and some forms of atopic dermatitis. That’s why treatments for one disease can be beneficial for another. Dermatologists have long turned to "off label" (not officially approved by the FDA) options to treat tinea versicolor. Part of this is that they simply work; the treaments are also easily available to patients who don´t have access to physicians or must wait for an appointment. When consulting with such distinguished resources as the Merck Manual to the National Library of Medicine and NIH Medical Encyclopedia, lengthy lists of officially "off label", yet tried and true dermatologic therapies are listed for TV. Lamisil Cream and Spray were once available only by prescription. At that time they carried the FDA indication for treating tinea versicolor. When the product went OTC Lamisil AT Athlete´s Foot Spray and Lamisil AT Cream - For Women, the indication was dropped. Likewise prescription Lotrimin is indicated for the treatment of tinea versicolor; OTC in the same strength, it is not. Prescription 2% miconazole cream (Monistat-Derm) also carried the FDA indication for treating tinea versicolor. Again, now that 2 % miconazole is OTC, it no longer carries this indication. Prescription creams available to treat TV include: Spectazole (Econazole Nitrate), Mentax (Butenafine Hydrochloride) and Oxistat (Oxiconazole Nitrate), Loprox (Ciclopirox) and Naftin (Naftifine Hydrochloride). Dandruff shampoos are a longstanding favorite of ermatologists in TV therapy. Patients wash their bodies with dandruff shampoos that contain selenium sulfide, ketoconazole or pyrithione zinc once a day for 2 weeks. It is good to note that prescription Nizoral 2% Shampoo is indicated for treating tinea versicolor. These active ingredients help kill yeast. Pyrithione zinc has been medically proven to kill the yeast that live upon the skin and drive this (and other) dermatologic conditions. Kill the yeast, clear the skin. Continued use creates an environment hostile to their regrowth and keeps skin looking clear and healthy. Independent clinical trials results found DERMAdoctor Born To Be Mild Medicated Face & Body Cleanser 100% as gentle, non-irritating and non-drying as Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. So no worries about drying or irritating the skin which is often seen when skin is washed with a dandruff bar or shampoo. It is an "off label" treatment that I recommend to my patients. This is an additional step to keep in mind for anyone prone to recalcitrant tinea versicolor. Reducing the amount of oil on the skin may help clear resistant TV. Try applying DERMAdoctor Tease Zone Oil Control Gel daily to affected areas. Cleansing with a glycolic acid cleanser to dissolve excessive torso oils such as DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge Antioxidant Enhanced Glycolic Acid Facial Cleanser 1 or performing a home glycolic acid peel with MD Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Body Peel may also be helpful.
      I hope this has all been of help too!
      Matador 89

  45. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog keep doing this?
    My dog, a 3 year old female Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, can be an absolute "spaz" sometimes. When she sits up straight, her knees bend out. Also, when she walks, she appears to be wanting to scratch her stomach, as her back right leg is always trying to reach her stomach. Lastly, she always licks her right paw like it may be hurting, but we've gone to 2 different vets and they don't think there's a problem with any of this.

    • ANSWER:
      This could be one of many problems. It could be something as simple as an allergy, ranging to something more serious such as Syringomyelia.

      Constant scratching and licking of paws seems to fit the symptoms of an allergy more than anything else. Have you asked the vet to take skin scrapings and blood tests to rule out mites, yeast infections, allergies etc? If not, I would recommend doing this first.

      If you have these tests done and the results all come back clear, I would advise you to take the dog to another vet. I don't want to scare you, but syringomyelia is very common in Cavaliers. Read up on the symptoms of it, one of them is obsessive scratching whilst the dog is walking. Syringomyelia is where the dogs skulls malforms and in effect, the brain becomes too large for the head. This is apparently more common in Cavaliers than most other dog breeds.

      Eitheway, a visit to a vet is definantly in order.

      Try this website:

      http://www.baywood-pets.co.uk/cavalier-info2.html

  46. QUESTION:
    Can a bulldog be allergic to beef?
    I have a client that believes his bulldog is allergic to beef and beef flavored dogfood. He thinks that the beef gives his dog a reaction that makes the dog's ears seep liquid causing discomfort and possible ear infection. I don't think this is because of the beef flavored food.

    • ANSWER:
      An animal could be allergic to anything, and believe it or not, beef is a common food allergen in dogs. 90%+ of allergies are not to food, though, but to environmental stimuli (weeds, pollen, mold, soaps, etc.). Beef, eggs, wheat, chicken, corn, soy, dairy products, and yeast are the most common of food allergies in dogs.

      Ear infection is a common sign of food allergy. Environmental allergies often produce symptoms of itchiness all over the body-food allergies often create ear problems and itchy paws. If the dogs ears are seeping liquid, an infection is much more than a possibility, it's nearly a certainty. Your client should either try an elimination diet or see a vet for allergy testing to determine exactly what the cause is, and to work out a treatment plan (immunotherapy is the best course).

  47. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog tilting and shaking his head?
    My dog is suddenly walking with his head tilted and then he shakes it like something is wrong

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like it could be ear mites.

      "What are the symptoms?

      Dog with ear miteswill scratch around their ears and/or shake their heads. The amount of scratching and shaking depends on the severity of the mite infestation. With more advanced infestations, the ear canals will bleed and either fresh or dried blood will appear inside the canal. Dried blood resembles coffee grounds. If you peer into your pet's ears and notice a build-up of a material that looks like coffee grounds, then your pet probably has ear mites, although a bacterial and/or yeast infection is also a possibility.

      Ear mites are very common, but still SERIOUS. Left untreated, they severely damage the ear canals and eardrum and can cause permanent hearing loss.

      If mites spread out of the ears to other areas of the body, the animal may or may not scratch the area.

      What is the management?

      Various commercial ear preparations are available to kill the mites. These products contain an insecticide, usually pyrethrin. Ear products without an insecticide will not kill the mites. Ivermectin, fipronil (Frontline), and selamectin (Revolution) have also been used by some veterinarians. Milbemycin (Milbemite) and Acarexx, a form of ivermectin are approved for the treatment of ear mites in cats. Depending upon the medication used, the ears may need to be treated two to four weeks until all mites are killed. As previously mentioned, many ear mites live all over the body, including the feet and tail. These areas should also be treated. Most products designed for fleas and ticks such as sprays, dips, and shampoos, which contain one of the above ingredients will be effective. Be sure to use products approved for use on dogs, and to treat the tail. This is because while sleeping, the tail is curled around the puppy's body where it lies in close contact with the ear. Because mites are very easily transferred between pets, it is best if all pets in the household receive simultaneous treatment. Most types of mites do not survive long off the pets, so the treatment of the house and yard is usually not necessary."

  48. QUESTION:
    Has my yeast infection turned bad, or is it just me?
    A few days ago I found the dreadful symptoms of a yeast infection. My first one, after coming back from a trip abroad. I bought a Monistat 3 day pack. First night was fine. The day after that night, I saw a dog get hit by a car which created depression and stress. The same day I went in a house with bad black mold infestation. I had all the symptoms from black mold (headache, confusion, sore throat). Today, the day after all that trauma, I feel like crap. I have a temperature of 98.1 (even though i feel feverish) with shakiness, stomach ache, shoulder pain.

    I read my Monistat instructions, and I have two of the warning signs that they tell you to go to the doctor for...shoulder pain, stomach ache.

    I have no discharge or back pain, no smell either.

    I am fighting between the idea of my yeast infection worsening or if its the black mold I came into contact with. Can black mold leave you with a flu like cold? OR do I have a bad infection resulting from the yeast?
    It is also hot outside (which makes you dizzy), I'm trying to stay in the airco.

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like a few unrelated issues. usually when your body is fighting to get better from something, its got a weakened defense against new problems. i would check with your doctor. theres too many symptoms for us to guess at on yahoo answers.

  49. QUESTION:
    My chihuahua is losing small chunks of hair?
    My chihuahua is about 5 or 6 years old (he has about 35% grey hair-and shelter never knew how old he was exactly) and he is losing small chunks of hair about 1/4 inch and has bumps on those spots. I haven't really changed their diet so I don't know if this is due to age? But he has also gotten some sort of crust on the sides of his mouth before and swollen paws with bloody claws. The vet has given him antibiotics but it only goes away while the medicine lasts.

    Any ideas as to what it might be?

    • ANSWER:
      May be atopy. Nail bed infections and discharge can occur with this common environmental skin allergy. How long have you had him? Did you adopt him as an older adult recently? So he could be 8 or 9? A 5 or 6 year old Chihuahua is still quite young, as tiny breeds have longer lifespans, and unlikely to be greying at such a young age.

      Sounds like he has a secondary skin infection at a minimum currently, and needs some antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication at a minimum. Corticosteroids on a tapered dose for 2-3 weeks usually helps once their infection is so severe alopecia, collaretes, pustules, and infected nails are evident. The antibiotics should be given for 2-3 weeks minimum, and if he's already had a round without completely "clearing" the infection, he needs a culture and sensitivity test done on a sample of his skin to see which antibiotic will successfully eradicate his infection. Cephalosporins, such as cephalexin and Simplicef (cefpodoxime), are the primary treatment choices of the many antibiotic choices available for dogs, when dealing with skin, post-op, and superficial wounds. I prefer Simplicef because it is a once daily med and has much less GI side effects associated with administration.

      Secondary yeast infections are very common, so an impression/tape prep slide of affected skin areas is necessary to make sure he only has excess bacteria in these areas, and not excess yeast also. Both bacteria (Staph) and yeast (Malasezzia) are abundant on skin, but infection colonies are much more prolific than naturally occurring colonies. He may need oral antifungals (ketoconozole or fluconozole) in addition to a round of antibiotics. Chi's are so small, they usually must have these uniquely compounded at a separate pharmacy from your vet or human pharmacy.

      Infections will keep recurring as secondary symptoms of a dog with allergic atopy. Otherwise, checking for endocrine dysfunction/disease is good diagnostic practice for dogs with recurring skin practice, to rule out hypothyroidism and Cushing's disease (hyperadrenocorticism).

      After one round of a cephalosporin, checking for yeast, then atopy, then for endocrine disease, are next in a good diagnostic work-up, as each is ruled out in step-wise fashion. Get back to the vet, as the sooner you follow up, the less it will cost your wallet and your dog's health. Vets often only charge recheck exam fees or zero the exam fee, when you are a consistent, compliant client with a good veterinary/owner relationship.


symptoms of yeast infection in dogs

Fungal Infection

Your children are your wealth..!! Their future is the hope and inspiration that lets you dedicate your entire life for their well being. As obvious as it could be, you would never want anything on this earth affecting your little ones. Watching your child go down with as petty and loathsome thing as fungus, you would definitely lose your cool.

In several gone years, there has been a marked increase in the frequency of opportunistic invasive fungal infections in children.

Children are often more susceptible to fungal infections as compared to adults. This can be attributed to their compromised immune system, intensified chemotherapy, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), cancer, or HIV infection.

This article below would briefly explain some fungal infections your child might get exposed to. Plus, it would also throw some light on why these infections are considered a growing threat now days.

1. Invasive Candidiasis (IC):

This is caused by Candida spp. of the fungi. This mostly affects children with bloodstream infections. The most frequently affected organs in children with disseminated candidiasis are lungs, liver, kidney and brain. The affected kids have to serve a longer stay in the hospital than they have to with other infections, adding to the agony.

2. Invasive Aspergillosis (IA):

Causative agent here is Aspergillums spp. of fungi. This disease is common with the patients with immunodeficiency. The common underlying condition was malignancy with highest occurrences in patients with acute myeloid (bone marrow) leukemia and immunologically incompatible HSCT. It also affects patients with chronic granulomatous* disease.

3. Hyalohyphomycosis:

The infection mostly occurs in children with impaired immune system. This infection is mostly caused by fungi from Fusariam spp.. These fungi may enter the body through respiratory tract, sinuses or skin. The signs and symptoms may include urinary tract infection, blood stream infection, sinus infection or even meningitis.

4. Penicillosis:

Caused by fungus Penicillium marneffie, it mostly affects children with HIV infection. The symptoms include pneumonitis, acne-like skin lesions on the face, body, arms, and legs.

5. Phaeohyphomycosis:

This one is a large category of fungal infections. This includes infections from various species of fungi such as Bipolaris, Curvularia, Exserohilum, Pseudallescheria, and Scedosporium spp.. These infections affect sinus, nose, and skin. These may also attack brains bones and heart. Children with good immune defenses may just have superficial infections. Grave infections may result in children with weakened immune systems.

6. Trichosporonosis:

This one again is a disease affecting lung, heart, and bloodstream. The fungus Trichosporon beigelii is the causative agent. This too particularly affects children with unsound immune system.

7. Zygomycosis:

Just like above mentioned diseases, this infection also targets children with weak immune system. The causative agent here could belong to any one of the following fungal species: Rhizopus, Mucor, Absidia, and Rhizomucor species. Children affected with it may show signs of a fever, nasal congestion, and sinus discomfort. If the infection spreads, it can affect the lungs and brain. Furthermore, in the worst cases, it can cause pneumonia, infection of the brain, seizures, paralysis, and death.

These infections initially may not show very prominent symptoms. You might misconceive them as rash, skin irritation or just normal infection. Plus, infections on children tend to be much more complex, in the context of its treatment. Now the onus of your kid's protection is upon you. Using anti-fungal bath soaps in your daily bathing routine would help alleviate the burden on you.

Furthermore, if you manage to find a good triclosan-free soap that fights fungus, it would add to the benefits. On account of its potential harmful side-effects, triclosan scores a very low on its daily usage front. So, you should be better off without it.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What can happen if fungal infection is left untreated?
    My younger sister is having fungal infection on her left ankle. It is there for more than 2 years. She did not took proper treatment at that time. The medicines & anti fungal cream were not applied time to time as prescribed by the doctor as she is immature & careless. Hence today that fungal infection has worsen. It looks very ugly and I fear of getting that same infection as she lives in the same house. Is there any home treatment for it? How serious this infection can be if left untreated? Can it lead to a surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      It will definately get worse and fungal infections are highly contagious. Also, it can eventually cause tissue viability and skin fissures, which can lead to other bacteria coming in and infecting it. Cellulitis can also occur, which is limb-threatening.

  2. QUESTION:
    How long can a betta fish live with a fungal infection without any treatment??
    I believe my betta has a fungal infection. He was fine yesterday, but today when I woke up he was covered in this white, flakey stuff that came off of him in peices when he got moving. Now that he is woke up, there is not as much on him, but still a white film. He was staying at the bottom of the tank, then coming up for air to the top, then back to the bottom. He wasn't swimming normally, kind of clumsy looking. Now he is just staying at the top of the tank by wedging himself between the glass and the thermometer with his little fish mouth at the surface. We are iced in at the moment with another 4 days till any hope of leaving the house. I'm fairly sure this fish won't make it even today. I've only had him for a couple of days and I'm new to the whole fish thing. Did he probably have this infection before I bought him? He looked healthy and was eating when I first brought him home. Any home remedies I can try? Poor thing.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh, your poor fish! If you got him at a pet store, it's likely he did have an infection prior to you getting him. A lot of pet stores keep bettas in those tiny cups and don't change the water in them. It's really sad. Anyway, I'm going to list some sites that have been very helpful to me in caring for my betta. They have pictures and descriptions of fish illnesses so you can be sure your betta indeed has a fungal infection. They also have a lot of advice on what to do and what medications to use if your fish is sick. They may have some home remedies on them, like using aquarium salt and heating the water. A lot of the advice, though, is about medications you can purchase once you are able to leave the house, if your fish is still alive.

      I would place your fish in a clean 1-2 gallon "sick tank", which is basically a clean bowl with no decor in it, and put in some fresh, treated water. You'll have to disinfect his old tank as it's now contaminated. The websites give directions on how to do this. Then add additional aquarium salt and try to keep the water around 80 to 85 degrees. Aquarium salt is basically sea salt with NO iodine in it. It's the same sodium chloride you cook with, but make sure it is NOT IODIZED salt, as that is harmful to your fish. (I've used the sea salt in my kitchen before in a pinch, and my fish was OK. Kosher salt is OK, too.) Keep the sick bowl out of bright lights and active areas of your house to reduce stress on your fish.

      When you are able to go to your local fish shop or pet store (like Petco or PetSmart) and look for Jungle Fungus Eliminator. All the breeders recommend this medication in treatment of fungal infections. If you can't find Fungus Eliminator, Jungle also makes dissolving Fungus Tabs that have the same medication and are very good, too. (I used the tabs once to treat my betta's mild fin rot, and they really helped.) Then follow the package directions, and adjust dosage as necessary for your smaller tank.

      I wish you and your fish lots of luck.

  3. QUESTION:
    How long after fungal infection is contracted will symptoms appear?
    i recently came into contact with someone fungal infection. probably candida how long after exposure should i see symptoms. rash or watever it is

    • ANSWER:
      jake, of course there is the possibility that you did not get any fungal infection despite your contact. Candida (also known as Monilia) is the most common fungus infection because it is so widespread in many people will no ill effect and escapes detection. It can cause anything from thrush mouth in infants or immune-compromised persons to vaginal discharge. Symptoms, usually visible, include white patches which are this fungus growing in colonies or patches within 3 to 10 days. If so, contact your doctor for simple and effective treatment. By the way, the next most common body skin fungal infection is roundworm (also called Tinea) which is not a "worm" but is a fungus instead.

  4. QUESTION:
    How easy is it for fungal infections to spread?
    I have a fungal infection on my underarms. I was applying anti-fungal cream the other night and afterwards put emollient cream onto my exema. Will this have been enough to spread the fungal infection or will it be fine?

    • ANSWER:
      Fungal infections are extremely contagious. Good luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of this fungal infection on my skin?
    I've had this fungal infection (tinea versicolor or tinea nigra) on my stomach for quite a while now and frankly nothing I have tried on it seems to work.I'm getting really inpatient with this.I'm even thinking of ripping off the huge patches on my skin.I'm tired of it.It itches like hell when I sweat.Please anyone, HELP ME!
    Tinea nigra
    I did all of those.

    • ANSWER:
      Tinea versicolor and tinea nigra are caused by two different strains of fungi. Which one do you have? And, have you been to a dermatologist to verify that you indeed have a fungal infection, by having the areas scraped and identifying the organisms under the microscope? If not, you might not be dealing with a fungal infection at all, and obviously, if you are treating the wrong disorder, the treatment won't work.
      Since you say that the condition has been verified to be tinea nigra, it should respond to itraconazole.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can a fungal infection of the skin drain your energy?
    I've had a fungal infection all over my body, which I've been treating with medication that is applied to the skin. The medication does not mention anything about drowsiness. Could it be the actual infection causing me to be sleepy?

    • ANSWER:
      yeah i would say its possible. any body sick with anything...their bodies are trying to fight infection..of course it would make you sleepy. its also your body hinting on that you need to rest up and relax so that you CAN get better!!!

      hope you feel better soon

  7. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of fungal infection?
    My jock itches all the time, I suspect I have fungal infection there. I tried all kinds of over the counter medication for fungal infection. Nothing works. Is there a herbal medication for this? Im embarrased to see a doctor. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If you truly have jock itch, then wearing looser underwear will be a first step, as tight underwear increases the moisture in the area which the fungus loves. After washing/showering, make sure you dry the area well.

      When you are using over-the-counter antifungal creams/sprays, you need to realize that you will need to take it for at least 2 weeks before you really have any good effect as the fungus is hard to remove - it is imbedded somewhat in the top layers of the skin.

      If after two weeks of use and you are not noticing any significant improvement, then three possibilities exist.

      1) You need to see your doctor and may need to take an oral form of antifungal medication

      2) You don't have a fungus infection but possibly something else (perhaps pubic lice/crabs)

      3) The itching is because you just shaved your pubic hair and its beginning to grow back.

      If you aren't sure, consult your regular physician.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is there any solution to Permanently cure Fungal Infection in ears?
    I have problems with my ears. My ear lobes are giving itching and dry skin. Doctors said that it is fungal infection. I treated with medicine and ointments, but only temporary relief occurred. When I stop ointments, it again started spreading...Please give me a permanent solution for this.

    • ANSWER:
      It is very difficult to cure fungal infections unless continuous personal care is taken. My friend also had a similar ear infection. He suffered a lot almost for 10 years after he has joined his career at 35 yrs. He had problems in executing his professional assignments as everybody inquired about his ear patches and also it gave irritation. He tried with many skin specialists who treated with medicines and ointments. He also restricted several common food items. In spite of these, he could not get a permanent cure.

      One of our friends told him to follow a long term application of a preparation in a method as suggested by a chemist in email : curefungus@gmail.com. He spent about 450 Rupees and got finally cured permanently. It is only by the way of personal and continuous effort made by my friend in applying the preparation.

  9. QUESTION:
    My dog was diagnosed with a fungal infection on her nose.?
    My dog was diagnosed with a fungal infection on her nose. The vet prescribed some antifungal wipes to apply twice a day. My dog would immediately lick off all of the medication. The problem has gotten worse (extremely dry and cracked nose) are there any other home remedies I could try?

    • ANSWER:
      she needs alot of water to start, a dry nose is a sign of de-hydration. here is a site all about fungal infections.
      hope this helps!

  10. QUESTION:
    How to deal with African Dwarf Frogs fungal infections?
    I have an ADF that has a fungal infection, he has stopped swimming and just hangs out at the bottom now. His eyes aren't glazed but Im concerned because he is not moving and he used to be very active, always swimming and floating. I cleaned his bowl yesterday but nothing has changed, he is also not eating. This is my first ADF so Im not familiar with these problems. I had another ADF but he died Monday. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      The word "bowl" concerns me greatly. ADFs need heated, filtered tanks. Keeping them in a bowl or similar container is bound to lead to problems such as lethargy or bacterial and fungal infections. At this point, there is really nothing you can do. ADFs are very sensitive to medication, and you can't dose an unfiltered setup anyways.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is there a general anti-fungal cream that treats many types of skin fungal infections?
    I believe I might have a skin fungal infection, but not sure which one, as they all look the same in pictures. Is there some general anti-fungal cream that works on different types?

    • ANSWER:
      Ketoconozole Cream. But you can't get it without a perscription.
      Its for fungal infections.

  12. QUESTION:
    Natural ways to get rid of a fungal infection?
    I have a fungal infection and i've been to the doctor multiple times for it. I am pregnant so I guess that limits the meds they can give me. I need to know some natural ways that I can kick this stuff. I have been taking galic tablets and vit. C for my immune system. What else can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      look into tea tree oil ? you would have to check on line and see if it is safe for you and the baby. I also read in the newspaper, that some man used vicks vapor rub...no kidding, in that Dr.Gotts section of the paper.

  13. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to a fungal infection?
    I'm Black moor has what i believe is a fungal infection, i'm treating him with Aquamaster Multicure, and i was just wondering approximately how long it will take before it is visibly effective and he is cured.

    • ANSWER:
      That all depends on his environment - that's going to make all the difference (and how advanced the infection is)

      20g bare minimum tank with double the filtration and keep on top of water parameters during and after treatment

      I would imagine 2-3 weeks give or take. It's hard to pinpoint a time as above mentioned all makes a difference

      If you have an optimal environment it most likely won't take long, but if you Don't - it could take awhile and be a vicious circle as far as dealing with disease/illness

  14. QUESTION:
    Does masturbating worsens a fungal infection on the genitals?
    I've been diagnosed with a fungal infection (even though my cream isn't being effective) in my penis and I'd like to know if masturbating can be bad to it.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, believe it or not, masturbating CAN make an infection like this worse.it can actually spread it and cause it to itch more. .Masturbating can make a yeast infection in women itch more too. You may want to stop until your infection is completely cleared up....

  15. QUESTION:
    How to increase dog immunity to fight fungal infection?
    Our Labrador dog is very sensitive to skin fungal infection. For two years ,it has been to clinic to get medicine from vet very often almost every two months. When stop antifungal drug (normally 1 month of treatment), the skin problem come up again. Please kindly suggest and help.

    • ANSWER:
      go to the vet and get it checked out and you will be able to

  16. QUESTION:
    How to increase dog immunity to fight fungal infection?
    Our Labrador dog is very sensitive to skin fungal infection. For two years ,it has been to clinic to get medicine from vet very often almost every two months. When stop antifungal drug (normally 1 month of treatment), the skin problem come up again. Please kindly suggest and help.

    • ANSWER:
      I think they feed some sort of sulphur , but you should consult a vet ,

  17. QUESTION:
    How to treat a fungal infection by yourself?
    Hi, please help me. I don't think I can afford to see a doctor, I would like to know how to treat a fungal infection by myself?

    • ANSWER:
      Just go to any drug store, and they have cream that treats most common fungal problems (ringworm, athlete's foot, and jock itch). Its OTC so you don't need a prescription. Just look in the aisle with the neosporin, and wart treatment stuff. If its on your scalp (or if its ringworm which can spread to your scalp) you might want to buy some head and shoulders as well, because it contains pyrithione zinc which is an anti-fungal. Use the cream twice a day, and the shampoo ATLEAST twice a week.

      Keep all of this up for 3 weeks to cure it, and an additonal 2 weeks to make sure it doesn't come back.

  18. QUESTION:
    What medication should I use, my fish has a fungal infection?
    Hi, my columbian tetra has a small fungal infection at the start of it's tail. I used Pimafix as suggested by my local aquarium shop. BUT my sump foamed up that much that it is all over the room and I'm still mopping it up.
    Could you please suggest another medication, perhaps tablets or powder that wont look like I poured bubble bath into my sump. FYI, it's a freshwater community tank, no real plants.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. FYI Pimafix and Melafix will cause foaming if you put them into a tank or sump that has a high flow of surface movement or bubbles in some way, it's not the best medication to use if you have a sump, as you found out.

      I would suggest Maracyn, Fungus Cure, Methyl Blue, but be careful when using the treatments with coloring they may stain your silicone and other items in your tank.

  19. QUESTION:
    What might be the cause for this recurrent fungal infection?
    Hi, I have a problem that I don't know how to deal with. Couple of months ago I had some problems with my cheeks. It was a kind of an inflammation that was very disturbing, so I went to see a doctor. He told me I have a fungal infection. He prescribed some medicine that helped me. But, after a while the infection came back. Should I see the doctor again? What might be the cause for this recurrent fungal infection?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many things that can make you vulnerable to a fungal infection; it could be genetics; it could be environment, or it could be something like a vitamin deficiency. Talk with your doctor to see what he/she would suggest to prevent a recurrence.

  20. QUESTION:
    How contagious is a fungal infection of the feet? If you wash socks of the infected along with other clothes?
    How contagious is a fungal infection of the feet? If you wash socks of the infected along with other clothes?
    If you wash socks of the infected along with the other clothes of uninfected, on a warm/cold cycle of the washer, will it affect the others who are uninfected when they wear their own clothes or their own socks (not the socks in question per se)?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think that cross contamination is possible that way, particularly if you are drying the socks in the dryer on high heat.

  21. QUESTION:
    How long does it take from when you get vaginal fungal infection till the symptoms begin to show?
    I want to know the duration from when you get the vaginal fungal infection till the symptoms of itching and burning begin. Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      It really depends on the infection but anywhere form 5 to 7 days after exposure

  22. QUESTION:
    How to regain a patch of hair fallen off due to fungal infection?
    I am 16 years old,male.
    About 12 years ago,I had a fungal infection on my head due to which a patch of hair fell off and hair never grows out in that area.I tried many things-gave onion juice but it was not effective.

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    How do you cure a Fungal Infection on the skin?
    Are there any remedies for curing a Fungal Infection on the skin in the groin area?

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    How do I tell difference between shedding and fungal infection for a Red Eared Slider?
    My RES has clear, strandy, cotton material growing around his neck and legs. I don't know if this is fungal infection or shedding. If it is fungal infections, can you give me advice on treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      Please check here for complete info:

      http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/emergencies.htm

  25. QUESTION:
    Natural Remedies to help with a Fungal Infection to the ears of a dog?
    My Rottweiler has a Fungal Infection in her ear and is starting to get it in her other. Is there any natural Remedies to help treat and cure this??
    Any info as to why she got this in the first place?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't know if you'd call this "natural" but it sure does work:

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

      INGREDIENTS:
      16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
      4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

      Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
      You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.

      TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all.

      Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.
      Shake the bottle each time before using.
      Put cotton balls or similiar absorbent material under the ear.
      Flood the ear with solution, (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue.
      Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage.

      The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue, cotton ball, etc as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.

      The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows:
      Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
      Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
      Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)

      All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy.
      The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear.
      The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent.
      The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker.

      After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls.

      The success rate for this treatment is 95-99%.

      If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site.

      This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and wateR(warm)

      Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2 x per week.

      They have found the Blue Powder Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots.

      Remember it is for external use only ..so be careful not to get into the eyes.

  26. QUESTION:
    Can I use Gelmicin cream on a fungal infection instead of Ketaconazole cream?
    I'm taking Lamisil tablets for a fungal infection on the side of two of my fingernail, and already have a tube of Gelmicin cream. Will it make a difference if I use it, instead of Ketaconazole cream? It seems to be helping the soreness in my fingers. It's all I have right now, so I'm just wondering what the difference would be.
    What is the difference? That doesn't tell me what the difference is! Will it get rid of the fungus faster? If it will, I'll buy some.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can use it on the fungal infection, and it will work just fine.

      Gelmicin is a topical cream made up of 3 different ingredients :

      Betametasone is a topical steroid to reduce inflammation -
      Clotrimazol is an anti fungal ingredient
      - and Gentamycin is an anitbiotic for bacterial infection .

      "Ketoconazole is very lipophilic, which leads to accumulation in fatty tissues. The less toxic and more effective triazole compounds fluconazole and itraconazole have largely replaced ketoconazole for internal use."
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketoconazole

      So save yourself some money and use what you already have handy.

      I hope this helps....

  27. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a fungal infection?
    About 5 years ago I had a skin prick test for allergies. The test for mold and plants left red bumps that spread all over my back. I have seen several dermatologists who have said it is a fungal infection and given me steroid creams, yet nothing has removed them. I want to know if this is actually a fungal infection and if there is a way to cure whatever it is.

    • ANSWER:
      If its truly fungal athletes foot cream will help it is an anti fungal medication it's how you cure ring worm as well which is fungal

  28. QUESTION:
    How long should treatment continue after a fungal infection clears?
    I have recently treated a fungal infection on my face for the third time. Each time afterward more difficult to get rid of. I have used monistat to cure the infection because ive been told it works fantastic. And for the most part its true within a week my face clears. However it keeps coming back, monistat is such a strong antibiotics I'm not sure if its safe to continue using it everyday even after my face "appears" to be free of infection. Is it safe to keep using it? And if so how long???

    • ANSWER:
      i have same problem many time taking prescription for this from last 14 years and nothing happen it goes look like completely gone and than comes again better increase ur immune system

  29. QUESTION:
    What are some good remedies or products to get rid of fungal infections?
    What are some things or products i can use to make it go away? However, it's not foot fungal infection, it's on my stomach, right where the ribs are, and under my arms.

    • ANSWER:
      You should have it checked out to make sure it's what you think it is and not something more serious.

      In the event that it is a fungus infection, Oil of Wild Oregano works great on this kind of thing. It's a natural extract from the wild oregano plant (not the same stuff you'd see in spaghetti sauce). It's very potent and good for both internal and external uses.

      You can buy it on ebay at around for an ounce bottle.

  30. QUESTION:
    How can i stop hair falling and scalp problems coz by fungal Infection?
    How can i stop hair falling and scalp problems coz by fungal Infection.
    what is scalp fungal infection?

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    What is a fungal infection in the lungs/lymph nodes called?
    I had to see a pulmonologist today about possibly having sarcoidosis, but when he found out I was from Kentucky another possibility arose. I can't remember the name but he said is was a type of fungal infection and it begins with a H- and ends with -osis. Does anyone know what it is?
    I thought he may have gotten the wrong idea when I said Kentucky. Not all Kentuckians live on farms or in the hills. I am not a country girl really at all and was not in the river valley or near many birds.

    • ANSWER:
      Histoplasmosis

      What part of Kentucky you'refrom may be more indicitve of your likelihood of having Histo. It's found in river valleys and soil, where bird or bat droppings accumulate. The spores of the fungus are released into the air when contaminated soil is disturbed (for example, by plowing fields, sweeping chicken coops, or digging holes) and the airborne spores can then be inhaled into the lungs
      .
      The fungus is so common that in parts of Kentucky and Tennessee nearly 90% of adults show evidence of exposure by a positive histoplasma skin test.

      Here'san easy to understamdarticle: http://www.medicinenet.com/histoplasmosis/article.htm

  32. QUESTION:
    How long should a fungal infection last, and how do you get rid of one?
    Earlier last month I went to the hair salon and I got a haircut, a few days later my head started to itch, upon further inspection I realized I had a fungal infection. The pharmacist gave me a medicine and told me to use it when I used it for two weeks I stop, because the itching stoped but then the itching started back. Should I use the medicine for a month before stoping what should I do.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a real problem. You need to call the doc and tell him or her, or the pharmacist. Then STAY ON whatever they tell you...for as long as they tell you.

      If you don't, you may cause the infection to get used to the treatment, become resistant to it, and then it's going to be a lot harder to get rid of. That is so with any antibiotic or similar treatment. Folks feel better and stop taking the meds, or miss a few times. Antibiotic treatments must be taken correctly or you are buying sickness.

  33. QUESTION:
    How long do fungal infections take to clear up?
    I had a rash in my armpit that has become a fungal infection. The doctor has given me daktacort for it. Does anyone know how long it'll take to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      HI, IT VARIES ON THE SEVERITY. YOU SHOULD SEE AN IMPROVEMENT IN A FEW DAYS. WILL PROBABLY BE GONE IN A WEEK OR SO. YOU CAN CALL THE DR.THEY MAY BE ABLE TO TELL YOU .

  34. QUESTION:
    Can Antibiotics make a FUNGAL infection worse?
    I am sick right now and was prescribed antibiotics for my Flu. I ALSO have an athletes' foot fungal infection. Ever since taking the antibiotics the athlete's foot has gotten far worse. I know that most Antibiotics are made from fungus (penicillin is derived from mold) so could this make a fungal infection worse?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Asker!

      Candida, or Candida albicans, is a type of fungus that is generally found in the regular flora of the skin, intestinal track and the mouth, rectum, and vagina. Although Candida is naturally present in the body, it can cause problems if there is an overgrowth, resulting in Candidiasis.

      Candidiasis usually occurs when there is a disruption of bacterial flora in the body, and in people who have compromised immune systems. There are different factors which can lead to Candida overgrowth such as a person’s diet. However, research is finding that prolonged use of antibiotics can also play a major role in the development of Candidiasis.

      Why do antibiotics cause Candidiasis? Antibiotics are designed to eradicate the bad bacteria that cause certain diseases and infections. While antibiotics destroy bad bacteria and stop the spread of infection, they also destroy the good bacteria that help to keep the Candida in the body under control.

      Prolonged or strong doses of antibiotics can lead to an imbalance in gut flora, an imbalance that allows bad bacteria, yeasts and parasites to overgrow in the stomach. If not controlled, the affected person can begin to suffer a slew of negative side effects and yeast infections including:

      Oral Thrush (“oropharyngeal Candidiasis”) - is an infection that occurs along the lining of the mouth and/or the throat, and characterized by inflammation of the tongue, which is also coated with bluish-white or creamy patches.

      Intetrigo, Athlete's foot – Skin irritation that is caused by two moist surfaces adjacent rubbing against one another and accompanied by a fungal or bacterial infection.

      Vaginitis (“Candida vulvovaginitis” and “Moniliasis”) - Commonly referred to as a “vaginal yeast infection”, it is characterized by a thick white or yellow, odorless discharge. It often causes itching in the affected area and may cause burning or pain during intercourse.

      Systemic yeast infections – Dangerous infections that often affect the vital organs of those with compromised immune systems such as people with AIDS, diabetes, or those receiving chemotherapy.

      Note: Over 90% of Thrush and Vaginitis is caused by Candida overgrowth.

      How can you protect yourself against developing Candidiasis from antibiotics?

      Don’t take antibiotic treatment unless it is absolutely necessary – Illnesses such as the common cold, flu and sinus infections do not require antibiotics unless they prolong for more than two weeks, cause irregular symptoms, or produce a high fever.

      Unfortunately, many people believe that antibiotics are a fast way to get rid of common infections. Although this may be true, those who take antibiotics for these illnesses do not allow their immune system the chance to fight off the infection and become stronger. Instead, they allow their body to become dependant on antibiotics. The result – eventually they will develop a resistance to these medications, and will require a higher dosage the next time they become sick.

      In addition, antibiotic overuse is exceptionally bad for children. Children are in a state of constant growth which makes them highly susceptible to common viruses. A child who is administered antibiotics to treat every infection they experience only causes their immune system to weaken and develop poorly. Essentially, by the time they are adults, their body will depend on antibiotics to be cured from the smallest infection.

      If you must take antibiotics keep the following in mind -

      Eat a healthy balanced diet - limit your intake of yeast and sugar and drink plenty of water to help clean your system of impurities.

      Eat yogurt – Yogurt contains active cultures that can help restore the good bacteria your body requires.

      Exercise – Exercise helps keep your body and immune system strong

      Talk to your doctor - Find out if you can take a lower dosage of antibiotics or complimentary treatment.

      Hope that may help you!
      Good luck!

  35. QUESTION:
    How to permanently cure fungal infections ?
    I'm 17 and facing fungal infections. First I had seen genital ring worms now they have grown into rashes and ringworms are all over my body. My dermatologists said that this cannot be cured permanently. Is that true. I maintain proper hygeine and wash my genitals properly yet i face such issues ? How can this be permanently cured ?

    • ANSWER:
      Waters should know that bacteria is not fungus.

      Secondly; the dermatophytic infections are known world wide and there are treatments available as well. The dermatologist that you have seen about resolving your fungal infection has made an incorrect statement telling you that ".... this cannot be cured permanently.."

      Is he self-proclaimed dermatologist or a properly qualified mycologist?

      Try going to a teaching hospital that has a medical mycologist on staff and discus this issue about your fungal infection. I can tell you the names of few fungal agent that can be used some locally and others orally as well. BUT I must warn you do not buy these antifungal agent from the shelf. Have antifungal agent prescribed by the doctor.

      The names of fungal agents are:
      1) Fluconazole
      2) Itraconazol
      3) Turbinafine
      4) Posaconazole
      5) Amphotericin B
      6) Nystatin
      7) Griseofulvin
      8) Monostatin
      9) Variconazole
      10) 5-FU

      These are the common antifungal agents used to treat superficial or systemic fungal infections. In order to get your clinical condition treated with antifungal agent, you first find a properly qualified medical mycologist i.e. dermatologist.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get a fungal infection of the vagina through oral sex with a healthy male?
    I performed oral sex on my girlfriend after having a spicy Indian meal, and the doctor says that the bacteria present in my mouth as a result of eating the spicy food was transferred from my mouth to her vagina and caused her to develop a fungal infection down there. She has been given anti-fungal cream and medication, and I have been advised to use a mouthwash before oral sex in future. Has anyone heard of this kind of problem?

    • ANSWER:
      i have yes i had the same use natural yogurt too

  37. QUESTION:
    Can a 15 year old virgin boy get a fungal infection?
    Hi. I have a dry foreskin and glans and when i masturbate the skin flakes. Apparently this could be a fungal infection however, i an a virgin and only 15. Is this possible or have i just got dry skin? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Fungus is everywhere. It could be from gym class, or not changing your underwear daily, or excessive moisture in your underwear. Go see a doctor.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can I leave a fungal infection of the scalp untreated?
    I understand that the itchiness and the excessive scratching can cause hair loss.

    But I find as long as I wash my hair every other day, the pimples and sores on my scalp do not get itchy.

    I suppose its best to cure the fungal infection completely, but as long as i wash my hair often, and do not scratch, can I leave it untreated?

    • ANSWER:
      Not really as it will only linger and may even spread deeper in to the scalp,i too have this, so does my mum but after trying lots of different shampoos,we are now on anti fungal tablets for it, and its now clearing for us,and it takes a while to clear,you could try an anti fungal shampoo such as Nizoral for it but if it wont clear with that, you will need the tablets too, but it will take a while to go even with the tablets,and the longer you go without treatment, the longer it will take to go even with treatment, so its best to start treatment now.

  39. QUESTION:
    why does my son keep getting a fungal infection?
    so i've got a 16 month old boy and he has this fungal rash on and around his penis, even on his bum (and no it is not diaper rash. i checked with his doctor) now, he has prescribed nystatin, and ketoconazole cream to treat it and it still hasn't gotten better, in fact its gotten worse..

    dont tell me to go to the doctor, i already have an appointment but its not for a month..

    what causes fungal infections? and how come he's never had it before he was a year? and why is nothing helping?

    i've tried, every type of diaper cream, every type of baby powder, yogurt, baking soda, and different diapers..

    apart from sleeping, he has been running around diaperless for 3 days straight...

    any suggestions?

    and dont tell me to get another doctor. he is a very very good doctor, just busy.
    um yea i use baby wipes not tissue.. u obviously dont have kids..

    its not the diapers. i've tried every kind there is.
    i think its funny that people dont read exactly what i wrote.. someone actually said "let him run around diaperless"

    um, yes. i've done that for 3 days....
    his doctor assumed it was fungal, he didnt test it or anything.

    dont tell me that i'm not cleaning him properly, i always disinfect my bathtub and bathroom and everywhere else before i let him play in anything.

    you can get infections that have nothing to do with cleaniness.

    • ANSWER:
      Is your doctor SURE it's fungal (has he taken a culture of it and tested it?) or is he just ASSUMING it is because of the way it looks? My older son went through something similar when he was about a year old. We tried everything we knew to do, and quite frankly, I was getting sick of taking him to the doctor. The different medicines we tried did nothing...it wasn't fungal, it wasn't bacterial, it wasn't this it wasn't that. Finally, we took him to a pediatric dermatologist, and it turns out it was a reaction to an antibiotic he had taken about a month before for an ear infection, and he said it would clear up on its own (which it did, two weeks later).

      I'm not going to tell you to find another doctor, especially if you like the one your son currently sees, but if you can, I strongly suggest you call back and try to get on a waiting list or cancellation list so you can get your boy in sooner. Can you imagine (if this is a fungal infection) having one for over a month? That would be like having a yeast infection for a month.

  40. QUESTION:
    Does my slider turtle have fungal infection?
    I have 4 little baby sliders and 2 maybe 3 of them have these little fuzzies on their butts. You can't see the fuzzies when the turtle is outta the water though.. Is that fungal infection?

    • ANSWER:
      No it's absolutely normal.

  41. QUESTION:
    Can smoking cigars help cure fungal mouth infections?
    I have a fungal infection in the mouth and am currently taking the proper medicine for it. I was wondering though, if possibly smoking cigars may help to kill the infection while I am on the medicine. It would seem to make sense to me, but this is not my area of expertise.

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely not. Smoke is not a fungicide. The only thing the smoke will kill is your healthy lung bronchioles, leaving the fungal infection uneffected.

  42. QUESTION:
    How do you avoid fungal infection with fake nails?
    i heard fake nails can give you fungal infections, how do you avoid it?

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure that you dry your nails and hands thoroughly when you wash them.

  43. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of fungal infections on the feet?
    My boyfriend has terrible feet and doesn't take good care of them. He has fungal infections on most of his toenails and on the skin of his feet as well. I'm looking for ways that we can get rid of the infection. Preferably hollistic but I wouldn't mind buying some sort of anti fungal cream if anyone knows of anything. I've heard that teatree oil can help. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      First he needs to use something to get rid of the existing infection,
      but he also needs to change his shoe wearing habits. He needs to go barefoot as much as possible. The problem is caused by having his feet encased in closed shoes for too much time each day. The spores of the fungus are found everywhere, but the reason they usually only take hold on feet is because they only thrive in a warm, sweaty, enclosed environment.

  44. QUESTION:
    How to treat a fungal infection on my puppy?
    I have rottweiler puppy who is 3 months old. under her hands she have some fungal infections, now it is lighltly spreading. What should I DO. Answere mainly preferred form India because iam living kerala

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get your puppy treated by a vet, this is not something you can treat yourself. Left untreated it will get worse and spread, better to get it sorted before it gets worse and becomes more expensive to cure.

  45. QUESTION:
    how do i tell if my fish is beginning to get fin rot or a fungal infection?
    i recently asked if my fan-tail goldfish's tail would grow back after it was bitten off by my turtle, i isolated the fish, removed the turtle, kept the fish in cleaner water, but i think my fish is getting fin rot or a fungal infection. how do i tell?
    some of her scales have turned black

    • ANSWER:
      Keep it in it's own aquarium, keep it fed, keep it clean, and if it doesn't clear up, buy anti-fungal drops.

  46. QUESTION:
    I am looking for an alternative to lamisil tablets to fight nail fungal infection. What can I use instead?
    The lamasil treatment will take 3 months. Taking a pill every day for 3 months doesn't sound too good. I don't like taking a lot of meds. Is there anything out there that can defeat this nail fungal infection that won't ruin my liver?

    • ANSWER:
      What can be done about fungal nail infection?

      Because the fungus grows slowly, it can be hard to eliminate. Anti-fungal medications are available to combat fungal infections; however, they are strong oral medications that must be taken consistently for months in order to be effective. The medications also have potential side effects to other body organs (especially the liver, skin and/or bone marrow).

      To monitor side effects your physician must order periodic blood tests (usually monthly) during treatment. Any of the symptoms (listed below) suggesting organ damage should be reported immediately to your physician.
      Unusual fatigue

      Severe loss of appetite

      Nausea

      Yellow eyes

      Dark urine

      Pale stool

      Skin rashes

      Bleeding

      Enlarged lymph glands

      Signs of infection
      Unfortunately, anti-fungal creams applied to the nail do not penetrate the nail bed to kill the fungus at its source and are generally ineffective.

      Back to top

      How effective are medications at curing the fungus?

      The anti-fungal medications usually suppress the nail infection when taken as directed. Unfortunately, they cannot guarantee a permanent cure. At least 1 in 5 patients, or 20 percent, will have a recurrence of the original nail infection at some time, making re-treatment with medication necessary.

  47. QUESTION:
    I have a mini daschund and she has fungal infection. Is there human medication to give to her?
    My dog has been bleeding out of her nose and I have taken her to the vet almost every weekend. It seems as though there are no solutions, just more bills. Is there any human medication out there for fungal infections? I have read about Lotrimin/Clotrimazole, but does it work? Anyone have gone through this? Please help, need answers instead of paying out for nothing!

    • ANSWER:
      Try another vet (meaning another opinion). Don't try anything for humans without asking the vet. You can even call in and talk to an assistant at the vet's office about trying something new.

  48. QUESTION:
    using dial soap for a fungal infection on my big toe?
    I have a fungal infection in my big toe. I was told to put dial soap in hot water and soak my feet - that it would draw out the infection. Now i am having an allergic reaction on my feet - a rash which has turned itchy - any advice to deal with the fungal infection would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Help me in curing fungal infection called jock itch near groin?
    plz Help me in curing fungal infection called jock itch near groin and thys,i've it from past 4 months and shown to many doctors but no use so plz suggest me a good remedies to follow..plz help me

    • ANSWER:


fungal infection

Cure Yeast Infection In Dogs Ear

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I cure the yeast infection on my dog's ear ?
    What are the symptoms of dog ear yeast infection and how do I cure it?

    • ANSWER:
      I dont think its called yeast infection if its a ear...but normally a dog with ear infection has yellow discharge coming from the ear, also it will have a pretty ba smell, it will seem like dogs body smells bad. Look inside the ear, and if its full of black spots or black dirt its a infection. You will need antibiotics from the vet, because some infections can cause deafness or death.

  2. QUESTION:
    When using vinegar and water to cure a yeast infection in my dogs ear, does it have to be apple cider vinegar?
    I have looked into homeopathic remedies for my dogs ear infection and many say apple cider vinegar and water. Does it have to be apple cider vinegar or will white vinegar be ok to use?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use just vinegar, start with this, if it doesn't work try the raw apple cider vinegar. NOT white vinegar, that won't work.

      Use this --

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

      INGREDIENTS:
      16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
      4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

      Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
      You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.

      TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all.

      Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.
      Shake the bottle each time before using.
      Put cotton balls or similiar absorbent material under the ear.
      Flood the ear with solution, (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue.
      Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage.

      The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue, cotton ball, etc as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.

      The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows:
      Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
      Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
      Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)

      All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy.
      The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear.
      The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent.
      The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker.

      After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls.

      The success rate for this treatment is 95-99%.

      If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site.

      This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and water(warm)

      Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2 x per week.

      They have found the Blue Powder Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots.

      Remember it is for external use only ..so be careful not to get into the eyes.

  3. QUESTION:
    How to treat/cure a Yeast infection in my dogs ears?
    My pit bull mix keeps getting a yeast infection in her ears. I keep them VERY clean but for some reason it comes back every 4-6 weeks
    I am using Epi-Otic which I got from my vet for cleaning, and when she's tearing at her ears I use DV Max which is a prescription that I got from the vet, however even though it seems to work...after it clears up it starts all over again in a few weeks....by the way...thanks for the info you already sent and anymore that you do send is greatly appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      If your dog has a yeast infection in it's ear, it needs antibiotics.

      Sometimes ear infections will recur after successful treatment. Primary inhalant or food allergies causing secondary ear infections should be considered. But usually, with proper treatment, a yeast infection can be cleared up within two weeks.

      I have found that chronic ear infections ususally have some underlying cause.I don't know if your mixed pup is known to have an anatomy problem that contributes to ear infections, but that is always a possiblity. It is best to purchase a product from your veterinarian to clean out your dogs ears prior to placing the prescribed antibiotic drops in the ears, such as Epi-Otic. I have found that some medications don't work well in the presence of a lot of dirt or discharge. Keeping the hair plucked out of the ears also helps keeping the ears cleaner.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a home method of curing a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    He is a dachshund. I know it is a yeast infection because my dad's beagle has the same problem. His ear is constantly itching and it smells like feet or cheese. Also, there is a black stuff coming out of his ear. My dad has taken his dog to the vet numerous times and has paid lots of money on creams but it doesn't seem to work. I actually used one of those ear candles on him but that didn't help very much. I have heard that placing plain yogurt on the effected area would help. Or using vinegar water. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no home remedies for your dog's condition, so bring him to a vet as soon as possible. Stop assuming that this is what he needs because the truth is he needs a vet who will look after his real condition. If you want to make him well as soon as possible, see a vet.

  5. QUESTION:
    Question about curing my dogs ear yeast infection?
    my dog has dog ear yeast infection, im using white vinegar and peroxide, ive been cleaning his ear with it for about 1 week (if that long) , and his ear still isnt cured.. how long will it take before its cured, & what other home remedies can help cure this ? ( ive heard raw apple cider vinegar works).

    • ANSWER:
      Cleaning your dog's ears with vinegar is good as a *preventative*, not a cure for a full-blown infection.
      Your dog needs to see a vet.

  6. QUESTION:
    How can I cure a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    I have a shih tzu who has chronic yeast infections in his ear. The vet isn't helping. The infection keeps coming back. What are some natural remedies I could try?

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox Otic with hydrocortisone is an enzyme treatment. It treats yeast and bacterial infections. Available online without a prescription.
      Feeding a grain free food also helps.
      Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Taste of the Wild, Canidae grain free, Wellness Core are some good brands.
      Eliminate grain in treats.

  7. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a dog yeast infection?
    My dog has a reoccurring yeast infection in his ear. I want some natural remedies to cure it, please. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      http://healingdogs.blogspot.com/2008/06/treating-ear-problems-in-dogs.html

      All natural no steroid Itchy Ear drops from the UK available in the USA

  8. QUESTION:
    How to cure my dogs yeast infection?
    My dog has a yeast infection in both of his years. What is the best home cure that I can do for him? He's going to the vet at the end of the month. I want to try and help him before that so if it works he doesn't have to go through this anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      He needs to go to the vet now so the vet can do an ear swab and find out what kind of yeast (or other pathogen) is causing the problem. You can medicate a dog for a month for candidiasis and it will do nothing to alleviate malasezzia, orr vice versa. Most yeast infections in dogs are easily treatable but have to be diagnosed correctly.

      Bonzie 12, you don't treat yeast or other fungal infections with antibiotics. This often makes them worse as it kills friendly bacteria that help to fight the yeast infection. You have to use a different class of drugs called antimycotics.

  9. QUESTION:
    Anyone know a natural way to cure a dogs ear infection?
    I have a dog that gets chronic ear infections. Would like to know if anyone has a home remedy to either prevent them or cure them.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast is easily controlled with either rubbing alcohol or white vinegar or a combination of the two. I prefer rubbing alcohol. If you clean the dogs ears with it a couple of times a week the yeast (infections) will not regrow.

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the cheapest way to cure yeast infection in a dog's ears?
    Does anyone have any "home remedies"? I can't really afford to take her to the vet and get expensive medicine. I would appreciate any ideas.

    • ANSWER:
      I use Apple Cider Vinegar from the health food store. I use it straight and put it in a little cup and use a clean washcloth to dab in there. Ive also heard you can use an eyedropper with ACV {apple cider vinegar} and put 0ne or two drops in each ear-bi weekly. Check out the AWESOME website below that has many home-remedies for pet ailments!

  11. QUESTION:
    Is there an over the counter medicine that I could clean my dogs ears out with?
    He has very stinky ears & we think he may have a yeast infection but can't afford to take him right now.

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox Otic will cure an ear infection. Go to Amazon and read the reviews on it. I use it for my girl who has chronic ear infections and it clears them up everytime. Zymox also makes an excellent ear cleaner.
      Most of the local pet stores now carry Zymox Otic so you shouldn't have to wait for an online store to ship.

  12. QUESTION:
    How to cure a dog's ear infection?
    Natural remedies to cure a dog's ear infection. Have read about vinegar, garlic salt, alcohol, etc. Not sure if any of these would work.

    • ANSWER:
      maybe this will help you out.

      http://pethealth.petwellbeing.com/wiki/Dog_Ear_Infections

      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1591&aid=273

      or it could be a yeast infection in your dog's ear. this link tells you exactly what to do if it is a yeast infection.

      http://www.dog-health-guide.org/yeastinfectionindogear.html

  13. QUESTION:
    Can my german shepherd go deaf and is it possible his ears will never stand up?
    ok i just found out my 10 week old gsd had a yeast infection in his ear. according to the vet since he got it so young the chances are high that it will come back again and if bad enough his ears wont stand. i also had someone tell me he could go deaf. is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      With the right treatment another yeast infection can be cured early enough to prevent damage or even be prevented from occuring at all. Remember not all shepherd ears stand up anyway, and unless you are showing the dog it doesn't really matter. It's possible he could go deaf, but in my experience that only happens if he gets an infection and you leave it for months, or even years.

  14. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog's ear flap and why is it purple?
    I have a chihuahua her ears have always been pointing up and now one of her ears flap and on the tip of the ear is blue/purple and crusty. I have read that its a yeast infection but i want to know what to do, and I don't have the money to take her to the vet right now. Please help. If theirs any natural remedies to cure it i would like to know.

    • ANSWER:
      you can always go to the vet and explain the situation.im sure they would understand.most vets would let you pay later.you could also take him to the clinic at the local animal shelter.they might treat him for free.

  15. QUESTION:
    question about my dogs eat yeast infection?
    my dog has ear yeast infection, what are some home remedies to curing my dogs ear yeast infection without having to go to the vet and spending a fortune. could someone please answer this for me. my dad feeds him 5 hot dogs everyother day, ive told him not to but he just doesnt get how dangerous this is, & could someone also tell me what makes hot dogs bad for dogs???

    • ANSWER:
      Feed him yogurt. Take him to the vet as it could be more than a yeast infection.

  16. QUESTION:
    What do dogs ear mites look like?
    a pic would be nice. My dog has gotten mites before but these look diffrent. It is all over his ear. not on the outside though. I was wondering if it could be a yeast infection>> also a pic would be nice.

    • ANSWER:
      Just take your dog to the Vet.

      I know when something itches in my ear or around it, I go crazy. Get some medication from your Vet to help cure it.

  17. QUESTION:
    Do women's remedies for vaginal yeast infection work for dog ear yeast infection?
    My dog, a Golden Retriever, has what it seems to be a bad case of yeast infection in both ears (not the first time). I have read that I should change his food etc. but first I need to clear his infection. I have been to the vet several times about this in the past and paid expensive medicines that seems to work just for short period of time. A co-worker suggested to use over-the-counter medicine to treat vaginal yeast infection. Does anyone has any experiense/comment/thought about this?

    • ANSWER:
      My husky developed some kind of rash on her ears too. They looked like flaky spots and would turn red and bleed a little if you scratched them.
      I figure that it was some kind of fungus eating the skin.
      I sprayed Tinactin (for athlete's foot) on the ears (On the affected area only, NOT inside the ear-canal).
      I cured it on one application. Her ears are very healthy now.
      My dog's ears are a little hairy on the inside and that helped to keep the Tinactin solution on the spots.
      What DaveSFV says on the previous answer makes sense if you give your dog some kind of internal medication for humans, something that the dog has to ingest, but in this case you are using a cream or liquid that has the same ingredients as many dog's medication. You can go to the store and compare ingredients on both medications. It is the same fungus that eat human and animal skin.

  18. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know about a home remedy to treat and cure yeast infections in dog's ears?
    Over the counter products perhaps?

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of a natural ear infection remedy for dogs?
    My Basset Hound has had a couple ear infecions caused by yeast and she has another one now. In the past she has used prescription Mometamax. Is there a natural remedy that will treat and cure the infection? I want to avoid taking her to the vet again if at all possible.
    I dont need smart assed answers please, I know what my dog has, I know that Basset Hounds are susceptible to ear infections, I take care of her and Im a big believer in natural cures. If you cant answer my question with a logical, polite answer dont answer at all.
    THANKS in advance for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      My bulldog Bulldozer used to get sore ears and they smelled like cheese. So my vet said to try vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Fifty percent of each or half and half.
      The vinegar breaks down the gunk and the alcohol dries up water from say a bath. I used it after every bath and some times in between. Do not use it more than once a week. Too much drying can be painful. Also the smell of funky ears can draw flies that will bite and aggravate you puppy.

      Best to do this outside and only if your dog really trusts you. I had someone else pour in the medicine I would hold him still and hold his ear open. Then we would filler up. Flop his ears closed and massage the sides of his head and then let him go. This is the gross part he would shake his head and any thing loosened up would come out. Every thing would fly out. So we did this outside and in not our best clothes. With a floppy eared dog you will need to wipe away the excess after he shakes his head. Towel drying his head if he goes out in the rain or sprinkler etc is also a good idea. They don’t sweat but their skin and ears produces oil like ours.

      Do not use this solution if your dog has open sores the vinegar and the alcohol will sting.

      You could get bit or he may never let you touch his / her head again.

      Never never ever use hydrogen peroxide. The foaming action causes pressure and can damage their ears permanently.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for my chocolate labrador?
    He gets repeated ear infections in one ear and the vet keeps giving him anti biotics. He had skin disorders and the vets didn't know what to do about this ...but a man walking his lab told us to give a daily fish oil tablet...and his skin condition is cured. Maybe someone has used something that works for the ear infections?

    • ANSWER:
      due to labs having floppy ears they get allot of moister in their another thing is that with him having the skin problems it probably indicates he has allergies their is a couple things you can try
      cleanse the ear with a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water The vinegar acts to break down the wax in the ear, and creates a pH in the ear which prohibits the growth of bacteria and yeast. If the dog already has the infection keep him on the oral anti biotics and use Ear Relief by Veterinarian's Best retailing for .99 at petsmart.com but if he does not have a infection right now use the vinegar regularly to prevent any from coming it worked really well in my dogs due to our climate and the fact that they love the water all of my dogs have gotten infections from time to time until i started using the vinger treatment it keeps them at bay I may only get one infection every now and then and mostly because i slack off on cleaning their ears out we have a border collie a sheltie a springer spaniel a Pekingese and a German Shepard any way good luck hope this helps . Amy

  21. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for a dog with an ear infection?
    I have a rat terrier mix and she is already on 2 types of medication for seizures but she has an ear infection. I was wondering if there is a safe home remedy cure because the vet is expensive and it doesn't help when they try to rip you off. Any safe remedies?

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the type of ear infection.
      If it is a yeast infection then you can use an over the counter "feminine" yeast infection product. Just a small amount (like a pea size) and rub it into ears, also clean out the ear gunk (will be brownish/reddish and SMELLY) with q-tips.

      If it is just a basic ear infection you can squirt a little diluted vinegar (50/50 vinegar to water) into the ear and then clean it out with q-tips.

      If it's ear mites then check at your local pet store or grocery store and there should be an over the counter medication that's about .

      I would also suggest calling and asking the vet what at home remedies they would recommend, sometimes they can help and will understand the financial strain.

      GOOD LUCK!!!

      This has more on the vinegar remedy...http://www.seefido.com/online-dog-vet/html/ear_infections.htm

      ----edit-----

      Looking for a safe less expensive alternative to help your pet does not mean you love them any less. Also, just because you could 'afford' them in the beginning doesn't mean you always will be able to, sh*t happens, there is no shame in finding an alternative it does not make you any less of a responsible dog owner.

  22. QUESTION:
    What natural remedy can cure my dogs ear infection?
    Obviously I took it to the vet . A MILLION times..but that doesnt seem to help her. Plus all they do is remove the hair from her ears and give her medicine for me to put in her ears that stings the hell out of her. (I see like her eyes get all watery) : *(
    Can some1 PLEASE tell me something I can make that well help her, without it being so harsh?????

    • ANSWER:
      I like what Winter's Child (above) recommends and will try it, too.

      I have the same problem with my cocker spaniel. I have had it with the ear infections and that stupid ear stuff they give you that doesn't work and she hates.

      Here is what I found that is natural.
      Pau D’Arco---gets rave reviews!
      http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/go/index.php/419/dog-ear-infections/

      Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil) -
      Rosmarinus officinale (Rosemary) -
      Calendula officinalis (Marigold) -
      Marigold
      Verbascum thapsusis -
      Website: Pet Alive Ear Dr. for dog ear mites and ear infections.

      Keep the ears dry.

      Make sure her diet contains no grains. Use a grain-free product.

      Reduce her allergies (ones she breathes in, too) because that seems to be related.

      The article below gives the advice that is helping me the most. It gives natural remedies. The second link suggests vinegar...again...the same stuff they recommend for women's yeast infections.

      If it is yeast and not bacteria...anti-biotics only make it worse. Steroids are a bad solution as well, as they shut down the animals immune system.

      Go to a naturopathic vet. Call around or look on the web for someone who will address this problem for you. Make sure their website and protocol look something like this one who understands that it may be yeast. http://animalpetdoctor.homestead.com/Ears.htmlhttp://animalpetdoctor.homestead.com/Ears.html

  23. QUESTION:
    what should I do if there is dried blood in one of my 10 month pitbulls ear?
    I've been realizing that my dog has been scratching his one ear with his paw here and there about 3-4 times a week. Didn't think anything of it really and I looked yesterday and about half way into the ear there is dried blood around the ear canal but barely any visible on the sides of his ear. Any in-home suggestions before i visit a vet? Or any idea of what this could be?

    • ANSWER:
      Clean his ears with vinegar and water. Do not use q-tips only cotton balls. A dog scratches at their ears from infection or ear mites, or they just have an itch, but cant tell easily without a vet doing a swab and stain, unless you know what you are looking for. It can be bacterial, yeast or mites. (or just an itch, but this is after all the other are ruled out) If the cotton ball is coming out clean it is most likely an itch. If its coming out dirty- redish nasty color (other then the blood being cleaned from the scratch)- smelly- specks then you have some type of problem. Mites can be cured with ear drops from the pet store. Yeast can be with ear cleaning with the vinegar and water. If its bacterial then the dog needs antibiotic drops for his ears. If none of the above the dog may just have itchy ears! There are ear cleaning solutions at the pet stores that keep dogs ears dry and helps alleviate itching and irritation.

  24. QUESTION:
    How do u cure yeast infection in dogs ears naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      If you clean the ears with rubbing alcohol 3x a day it will kill the active yeast. Yeast is recurrent, so you have to clean them once a week or so to prevent regrowth. Some people use an alcohol/vinegar combo. I think the alcohol works better. Just lie the dog on her side, pour a capful into her ear canal, make her lie a moment then let it run out onto a tissue. Do the other side the same way. It will clear up yeast within a week or less.

      It doesn't help mites. but any monthly flea spot on or monthly heartguard prevents mites.

  25. QUESTION:
    How To Treat Skin Condition and cheese smell on a Cocker Spaniel?
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/716/bentley1.jpg/

    This little man in the pic above is suffering from an ear infection to the point where he won't let anyone touch the top of his head unless he really trusts them. He's constantly scratching and the ear canal is inflamed. His ears give off a particularly pungent odour of very, very strong cheese.

    Also, his back has nodules or bumps on them.

    He's a pretty calm dog, and aside from the ear sensitivity, scratching, etc, he seems a fairly happy pup.

    He has been eating hypo-allergenic dog food and taking ear drops and meds for his condition, but nothing seems to help. It seems to get worse when he gets his shots. The vet hasn't been able to cure or control this problem to any significant degree.

    Can anyone help with this? Bentley says please!
    @Bonnie - I'm a guy. I don't do portraits or techie stuff or things like that. LOL.
    @PaintedPony - so how do you get a dog to stop chewing at or licking his feet?

    • ANSWER:
      This sure sounds like a yeast problem. Yeast has a very "cheesy" distinctive odor and the ear infection can be caused by an overgrowth of yeast, which can be food related. Even certain shampoos containing oatmeal supposed to soothe the skin, can feed a yeast problem.

      Has the vet completely flushed his ears to get all the way too the bottom? I've had a few dogs in my time with severe yeast problems - both ears and even skin yeast issues. There are a few good shampoos on the market to combat the skin yeast issues and good plain yogurt added to his diet can help as well.

      You might want to get in touch with a specialist since your vet has not been able to get a handle on this.

      ADD: Dogs can also harbor yeast on their feet between their toes - does your dog chew at his feet? Scratching with yeast infected feet can also spread the problem to other parts of the body.

      ADD #2: That's why I'm suggesting a specialist. Once the yeast proliferation takes over the dog's entire body, you really need to get a specialist to take on the whole dog. - ears, feet, body, etc. They can prescribe special foods, shampoos, diets, probiotics, even prednisone to halt the progression and spread. Unless you can get the yeast issue under control (if that is what it is, and it does sound like that) you won't fine relief for her. Ask you vet for a referral - I doubt that he will mind since he has not been successful so far. Once you have done that then maintenance is much easier. You really can't get her to stop itching or scratching or chewing 'cause she itches!

  26. QUESTION:
    How to remove my dog's ear hair at home other than plucking ?
    I was thinking if I can use men's hair remover for nose ?
    or is it better to just trim it ?
    i try to clean everyday but it still stinks.. ther'es no redness or drainage at all.....
    i have a toy poodle by the way...
    what was your dog's reaction when you pulled his/her hair ?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your vet. Your dog's ears shouldn't smell bad, EVER. The smell is a yeast or bacterial infection (only your vet can know for sure) and they will give you the correct medicine to cure it.

      I would never think to pluck a dog's hair, anywhere, but especially the ears or face. That can't feel nice. Why not ask them to trim it while you're in the office anyway? They will be able to do this without causing pain for your dog.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is there a connection between a dogs dental condition and returning ear infections?

    My dog is on a prescribed diet of Urinary SO, made by Royal Canin.

    • ANSWER:
      Almost always these problems are diet-related. Your dog is showing signs of a weakened immune system, which is manefesting in allergies. Most of the grains in dog food are not digestible for dogs, are allergens and cause tartar build-up on teeth (humans, too). Most of the immune system is located in the GI tract, where nutrients are absorbed (seen the DanActive commercial?). When you screw up its workings with non-nutritive dog "food" you see all kinds of problems, like ear and skin problems, gas, GI upset, etc. What I mean, are the filler ingredients you see in most commercial dog foods. These include corn products, wheat products, soy products, peanut hulls, sugar, colors, flavors, salt, beet pulp... I could go on, but I won't. You see many of these non-food ingredients in well-known, vet-recommended prescription foods, too. Why are those ingredients in dog food: they're cheap. CHEAP=CRAP.

      My diet of preference, that rises far above any other is raw. Although domesticated for thousands of years, a dog's gut still works the same as the wolf. They have the acids, enzymes and flora that are designed to digest raw meat and bones. What they don't have are the enzymes to digest grains (wheat, corn, etc). A balanced raw diet will cure most, if not all of your dog's problems. My dogs have sparkling white teeth, because the enzymes in the raw meat actually clean their teeth. Also, I live in FL where we have a flea problem year round. In my house there are 7 cats and 3 dogs, non of which need treatment for fleas. They don't need any chemicals because they are so healthy, they repel fleas on their own. When I think how expensive raw diet is, I just think of how much I save on flea prevention and treatment. For info:
      http://www.auntjeni.com
      http://www.drpitcairn.com

      If you really have trouble with raw, here are some other suggestions. It's a cut and paste from another question that I answered some time ago:

      Sometimes a meat and rice recipe will work, but some of the problems that you're having will respond better to a high-quality grain-free diet. All kibble, which is cheaper than canned or raw, must have grain, potato, or tapioca in it to hold it together. Potato would be cheaper than tapioca, and potato is better than grain.

      HIgh-quality means that most of the ingredients are of HUMAN-GRADE quality. None of the recall products were human-grade. If it's not good enough for me, it's not good enough for my dogs.

      The first ingredient should be a meat. It shouldn't be a meat by-product or a meal. Neither of these are human grade, nor can they be measured for there nutritional content. That's because the company cooks down a bunch of different animal parts that's different each time.

      Don't get anything with wheat, corn, soy (or soybean oil), BHA, BHT, ethoxoquin, artificial flavors and colors, salt, sugars (including sucrose and fructose).

      A lot of these poor-quality ingredients are cheap fillers, flavor enhancers, and preservatives. They offer a low source of nutrition, and weaken the immune system. That's what causes allergies. The only reason they're in the recipe is because they serve a purpose for the company, not to keep your dog healthy.

      I suggest you read dog food labels carefully. Look at foods like Evo (made by Innova), Timberwolf Wild & Natural or Ocean Blue, Barking At The Moon (made by Solid Gold). They're more expensive, but they would seriously cut down on the allergies, which would mean less trips to the vet. I also suggest adding a cold-water fish oil, like salmon, krill, anchovy or sardine. This will help a lot with the ear problem and the yeast. You could also add probiotics and dygestive enzymes.
      One product that has salmon oil, pre- and probiotcs, and digestive enzymes is Positive Health by Great Life. They also make an excellent food, but is expensive. Their website http://www.greatlife4pets.com

  28. QUESTION:
    Puppy's ears are a little smelly, there is brown spotting, and she scratches. Is it an infection? ?
    My 6 month old bichon (doggy with floppy ears) has had the above symptoms. I know that these are possibly symptoms of an ear infection or ear mites but my bf thinks I'm overreacting. He doesn't think her ears are that smelly and thinks the gunk in there is just ear wax. She does scratch her ears a bit but she scratches in general. The stuff in her ears looks very oily and is a dark brownish-burgundy color. Am I worrying too much?
    To clarify, there isn't that much stuff in her ears. There is a bit of dark spotting in the immediately visible areas and lighter, oilier stuff inside.
    I took the little baby to the vet today and it turns out that she has a yeast infection. Thanks for the help, everyone!

    • ANSWER:
      dogs with floppy ears tend to get yeast infections in their ears. call the vet for a check up and medicine. but you will have to keep his ears cleaned out or it will happen again. you can buy ear cleaner over the counter to keep them clean after you get the infection taken care of, but you must take care of the infection first because it will get worse, be painful for your dog, and cost allot to cure when it gets out of hand. google "yeast infection in dogs ears" and you might find how to make a remedy yourself to save money.

  29. QUESTION:
    i have a 3 year old beagle that get yeast infections in his ear.How can i cure it ?
    he has had ear infections for about 2.5 years.The infection will clear up for about a day or 2 and then come back.I don't know what 2 do.

    • ANSWER:
      if gone only a day or two, it isn't really gone.

      contact a vet, and make an appointment.

      other things you can do in the meantime, to help the dog out:

      **use white vinegar and water 50/50 solution on 4x4s to clean any goo out. (wet, wipe, discard, get new one... wet, wipe, discard)
      **check your dog's food. If corn or soy is in the first 4 ingredients, look into a better food.
      **give the dog 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt once a day.
      **find a way to clip or "scrunchie" their ears back so that air can get to their ear canals.

      breeds with pendulous ears (like beagles) are prone to yeasty ear infections, largely due to lack of airflow to the ear canals.

  30. QUESTION:
    home cure for yeast in dog ears?
    My dog is prone to yeast infections of the ears and I cannot afford to be taking her to the vet constantly and the medications are always expensive. I have heard of many home cures but not the recipes or ratios for them or application guidlelines. Can you help me?

    • ANSWER:
      i put my dog who also had repeated ear infections on raw, organic apple cider vinegar ... after putting that on her food morning and night she never had another ear infection for the rest of her life ... my dog was 14 pounds and i put 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon onto both her breakfast and supper ... you can google it and read up on it but i was very happy with the results ... i did read about using it topically and about adding it to their drinking water but my dog did not like the water with the vinegar in it so i put it on her kibble which she ate just fine ... if they take it internally it changes the acidity of the body making it inhospitable for yeast growth ...

  31. QUESTION:
    My mini Shnauzers ear is red, it seems irritated, and there is dry skin in it?
    My little schnauzer boy Boo had a yeast infection in both of his ears a few months back, but he was supposedly cured. his right ear seems to be fine but his left ear is driving him crazy! Hes itching it really bad and there is dry skin inside, i looked in it and hes scratched it so much he cut himself a couple times. Whats wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      They probably didnt cure it properly. I would go see the vet again and tell him or her the problem. If you payed to fix two of the ears, she may just fix it free this time, most likley not. My friends dog had the same problem with the ears. Well a relavent problem. She payed and one ear wasnt cured what so ever so she got it done free.

  32. QUESTION:
    My dog has smelly itchy ears and her breath does not smell good.. treated her already but it came back?

    - My dog is half long haired chihuahua/ 1/4 pom/ 1/4 shitzhu
    - My dog is half long haired chihuahua/ 1/4 pom/ 1/4 shitzhu

    Could it be the food i'm feeding her? I feed her Royal Canine and sometimes Beneful dry food

    what can I do to get her better?

    • ANSWER:
      This will sound strange and I've never tried it, but if you think your dog has a yeast infection in its ear you may want to try putting organic plain yogurt in the ear. Once a day for a few days.
      Yogurt has natural enzymes that keep yeast from growing. Women have used it as a holistic way to cure yeast infections. I wouldn't see why it couldn't work for ears. Its inexpensive and won't hurt anything.

  33. QUESTION:
    For the past few days my dog keeps scratching his ears and vigorously shakes his head.?
    I dont see any infection in his ears. Please advice.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be ear mites or a yeast infection in his ear, you don't necessarily see that.

      Please take your dog to the vet to find out which problem he has and to get the right medication for it - both problems are very annoying and downright painful for your dog and, if left untreated, can cause deafness or worse.

      It's simple enough to find out the problem and get the cure --- but you need to have your vet check him out.

  34. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have an ear infection?
    She's always scratching her hears, and when she does a really strong foul oder comes from them. Sometimes she yelps also, when she's scratching them. She will not let me get near her ears (to clean them out, or even just look) without throwing a complete fit! I don't know what I should do. Should I take her to the vet and see if she has an ear infection? She is 2 years old and a cocker spaniel, so I hear ear infections are common for this breed. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like an ear infection that has gotton worse because it was not treated quickly. It is painful to your dog, and can lead to impaired hearing, and will probably require antibiotics to clear it up. Once the current infection is cured, try this homemade ear treatment to keep it from recuring: The ingredients are easy to get from a pharmacy. White vinegar is one of them and will reduce the ph so yeast won't thrive, but the other ingredients (alcohol, boric acid powder, betadine antiseptic) make a more effective combination. I would make some up and use it every day when you see your dog scratching their ear or if it smells or has discharge. Squirt some in and massage the ear canal well. When is cleared up, use it weekly for prevention. Try to trim any hair from the opening in the ear to help air get to it. http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/EarClean…

      Also go read the ingredients panel on your dog food as grain allergies (grains with gluten, similar to celiac disease in a human) might be contributing to yeast overgrowth and ear infections. Most vets were not trained in pet nutrition and will recommend popular foods (or the Science D*** they sell) but not tell you to eliminate grains. Check these sites to understand good dog foods:

      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/

  35. QUESTION:
    My male Labrador who is now 3 years old, keeps getting fungal infection in his front right paws. Help?
    Everytime his infection gets cured he gets it the very next week, he is not able to walk properly because of this. What should i do ? I applied the medicine given by the vet, but he gets the infection again.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to www.Petnat.com and ask them for help. They make amazing all natural healing ointments. I would bet money they can heal it for you.

      They might already have something that will work - they make an ear drop formula that manages my dogs chronic ear infection much better than the steroid based cream the vets prescribed that I had to use every single day.

      I use the Petnat itchy Eardrops when the weather is humid or rainy because it brings the yeast infection back. Less than once a week - the side effects of the steroid cream was deafness!

  36. QUESTION:
    Dog is always scratching one ear, what could be possible problem?
    My daughter has a 1 1/2 year old part Shih Tzu, part terrior. The last couple of days we have noticed that it is scraatching one ear quite a lot. And seems to be really digging in sometimes so that that she'll whimper. My wife and daughter has looked in the ear but have found no hair growing or a sign of infection or anything for that matter.

    I have noticed that even when the dog is walking that ear is kinda hanging down. To me it's like she has something a little deeper inside the ear like an infection.

    Anyone have any dogs that have shown similar signs? We live about 6 hours drive from the nearest vet so we really don't want to make the long journey unless we need to.

    Maybe someone has had the same problem and a simple remedy. Thanks for any help.

    • ANSWER:
      could be a few things.

      the first vould be ear mites, as suggested above. ear mites feed off of the ear and cause it to become red and swollen and can be cured with a medicine perscribed by your vet.

      it could also be a yeast infection which also causes the ear to be red and swollen. yeast infections alsso have a bunch of brown/black gunky buildup in and around your dog's ear canal. if this is the case, then the vet should also be contacted.

      HOWEVER i will tell you what to do at home. first off, visit your local pet or feed store and you can purchase an ear cleansing liquid. squirt it into the dog's ear canal and massage the base of the ear (you'll hear a squishing noise) for a few minutes. then gently clean the outside and inside of the ear canal. do this once daily for a week and see if it clears up.

      if not, it could be a yeast infection. a simple home remedy is to apply monistat or other yeast infection medication into the ear canal and massage thoroughly. i am not telling you to do this because you are unable to distinguish the difference, you still should visit a proper vet clinic.

      in order to prevent this condition in the future, keep hair out of your dog's ears, and do not allow the ears to get wet (be especially careful at bathtime) because bacteria LOVE wet, dark breeding grounds.

      hope this helps :)

  37. QUESTION:
    i have a dog (boxer) and i was wondering if u no any ways to cure his ear ache(besides the vets) ???
    he also has a sore throat, do you have any home remedies for my dogs(boxer) sore throat, also!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      He might have a sore throat from the ear infection...Ever heard of a Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor?

      You don't wanna play around with home remedies unless you really know your stuff. Get him to the vet, more than likely it's a yeast infection. Talk to the vet to find out what caused it. Some breeds are more prone to ear infections then others. Or, your dog could be like mine and might Atopic Dermatitis (like dry skin) if that's the case, you get secondary conditions like yeast ear infections and bacterial skin infection.

      Once you find the cause, be pro-active. Clean your dog's ears once a week with ear wash. In my case I also had to change my dogs food (no wheat, corn, soy or milk) and I add an Omega 3 fatty acid supplement for her coat.

  38. QUESTION:
    how do I cure my black labs ear infection w/out going to the vet?
    My black lab has an ear infection. She has had it for a while. They kinda stink and they hurt her when touched. I really would like to try to cure her with out going to the vet.

    Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes, if caught very early, you can "cure" ear infections yourself at home simply by thoroughly cleaning the ears once or twice a day. However, this only works if you catch the infection at the VERY beginning when it is very mild and there aren't many organisms in the ear. If her ears "hurt her when touched" you have let it go far too long to fix this problem without going to the vet! You need to know exactly what kind of ear infection it is before you can even attempt to treat it because the treatment for a bacterial infection will select for yeast infection and treatment for a yeast infection will usually select for a bacterial infection...so if you use the wrong treatment you can very easily make the infection much worse. Not to mention that the type of bacteria or yeast that is present will make a difference in what medication will be most effective. Without a microscope and a trained eye you are not going to be able to determine what kind of infection your dog has without going to the vet. It's not worth your dog's continued suffering or the loss of her hearing to try treating this at home yourself.

  39. QUESTION:
    What can I use for my dog's ear infection?
    So I got a new dog from a shelter and he was ok for the first week because they cleaned his ears right before giving him to me, but now his ears are infected again, so he's always scratching and shaking his head. I have ear cleaner at home because my other dogs would get ear infections, but I'm going to be at school for another 2 weeks. I plan to use the stuff I have at home once I get there, but is there anything that I can use while I'm here... not to cure it, but just to make him feel a little better until we get home and can cure it? Could I use hydrogen peroxide or would it hurt him? I know it would be best to take him to the vet, but the vet is at home too... and I can't get there until I go home in 2 weeks. Thanks!
    this is what I hate about this board... you post a simple question and get yelled at about how you're not caring for your animal. I assure you, I care... that's why I'm asking. I'm simply asking if there's anything i can do without going to the vet. I know it's an infection and I have the stuff to treat it... it's just that it's not here. I was simply hoping there was something quick and easy I could do to help him before I get to go home. I asked whether anyone knows if I can use hydrogen peroxide because I'm not sure. I know it won't get rid of the infection... I want to use it to clean his ears to relieve some of the irritation. I know cleaning it doesn't cure it, but I know it must help because the shelter cleaned his ears and he was ok for a week.

    • ANSWER:
      The short answer is that you need to take him to the vet; there has to be one where you are.

      The longer answer is that the scratching and shaking could be caused by a variety of different things (yeast, ear mites, allergies, etc) and each is treated differently.

      If the ear is actually infected, cleaning it is not going to clear up the infection. You'd need antibiotics.

      If you wait 2 weeks, the infection is going to get worse and more painful for the dog. If he keeps shaking his head, he could end up with a hematoma (think an Ultimate Fighter's ears), which would require surgery to repair.

      For the dog's sake (and for the sake of your wallet), you need to go to a vet now.

      Re: Additional Information

      Of course you care about your dog.

      However, you don't have the stuff to treat it--you have the stuff to treat what your other dog had, some time ago. Not all infections are the same or treated the same way.

      You'll find those who say hydrogen peroxide is ok and those who say it's not. You're better off going to a pet store and buying a commercial ear cleaner. Follow the directions on the bottle.

      And, please, don't wait 2 weeks to see a vet.

  40. QUESTION:
    i notice my shihtzu loses a small part of hair in her left ear?
    what are the possible causes??
    yes, she scratches her ear.

    • ANSWER:
      Is she scratching her ear a lot?? The scratching could cause her to lose the hair. The problem could be ear mites or yeast. Does her ear have a nasty odor?? Does the inside look dirty, or have what looks like dirt or is blackish?? Mites and yeast look like "dirt". Yeast usually has a very nasty odor. Yeast is a fungus, and there are also other fungi that your dog can get in her ears. Shih Tzu's ears are floppy, and are prone to fungus infections.
      Fungus or mites are easily treated. So a vet visit may be in order to determine what it is. There are drops and shampoos. OTC products help, but don't always cure the problem.
      Depending on what it is, will depend on the treatment.

  41. QUESTION:
    Dog has yeast infection in ears?
    I am almost out of the prescription ear flush. The vet is closed till Monday. Is there anything at home that will work as a good ear flush until I can get to the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      Did your vet give you an anti-fungal for the infection too? If your vet only gave you a flush, then the vet isn't doing a very good job. Just flushing out the infection won't cure it, it needs to be treated as well.

      Yeast infections form in a dog's ears when they are warm and moist, and don't get aired out well enough. Dogs who have folded ears are more prone to them, as are dogs lower to the ground (since they are more likely to kick stuff up off the ground into their ears). The key to treating a yeast infection in a dog's ears is to balance the pH in the dog's ears.

      Vinegar is a great way to do this. Vinegar is a natural enemy of fungus and bacteria, it destroys the fungus while balancing the pH within the ear. You can apply vinegar 2-3 times a day, making sure that it all drains out and doesn't pool in your dog's inner ear... otherwise you'll be dealing with an ear infection later on.

      My advice would be to soak a washcloth in vinegar, then rub it gently(!!) on the inside of the dog's ear where the infection is. Make sure the area is good and soaked in the vinegar. You can rinse it out with water if you like, but that's not really necessary - the vinegar doesn't sting, it actually reduces the itching, it will just smell strongly if you don't rinse it out. The dog won't mind the smell too much, but you might. You can also use the vinegar the way you use the flush, again making sure that it all drains out and doesn't pool in the ear.

      I had a dog with recurring yeast infections in his ears, the creams they gave us didn't work or only worked for a week or two, nothing seemed to help. I started using vinegar in his ears and voila, within 2 weeks his infection was cured and it never came back. I strongly suggest it - it's all natural, won't hurt your dog at all, and it does work.

      Good luck!

  42. QUESTION:
    dogs constant yeast infections in ears?
    I have a 10 year old retriever/ cross mix. He has had chronic ear infections for about 3 years. I have taken him to multiple vets. He has been put on so many different medications, ear washes, and drops. Nothing has helped him and I have wound up spending a ton of money. He is miserable and so am I! What can I do to help him, is there a cure or something that works better than what I've been told?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a similar problem with my dog (a big, floppy-eared Newfoundland). I'd find a yeast infection in his ears about every couple of months, warm or cold weather, it didn't matter. He'd get some medicine. It would go away for a month and come back.

      I found the answer, at least for my dog...clean out the ears with 100% alcohol, not the watered 50% or 75%, but the total alcohol container.

      To get rid of the existing yeast, wipe out ears, every day, with cotton balls dipped in the 100% alcohol. It'll be sore, especially if there is broken skin, but it'll heal soon enough. Once the infections are died down, you should be able to back off to once or twice a week.

      My dog hasn't had infection for two year now, and wipe his ears once a week.

  43. QUESTION:
    Yeasty ear infections in dogs, has anyone ever tried?
    Has anyone ever tried a human prescription female yeast medication in an attempt to cure a persistent dog ear infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use human meds unless you check with your vet first. Here is the recipe for an ear cleaning solution that work really well;

      16 oz. bottle isopropyl alcohol (or witch hazel)
      4 tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 drops Gentian Violet 1% Solution

      People have been using this for years with great results. You can ask your vet about it.

  44. QUESTION:
    Cure for foul oder in my dogs ears?
    I rescued a 2 year old Lhasa Apso . Her ears smell so badly that when she rolls around or shakes her head it makes the whole room smell terrible. She has had her ears cleaned and been treated for ear mites and does not have an infection. Why does it smell so bad? The rest of her body smells fine, like shampoo, it's just her ears. How can I make the smell go away?
    Her vet ruled out infection, the smell is like dirty dog only intensified. It is not cheesy.

    • ANSWER:
      Try this homemade ear cleaner. It has just been a miracle to my dogs when I found it. They don't get ear infections anymore. The ingredients are all available from a pharmacy without a prescription. Mix them in a 8 oz. bottle that had an applicator tip (like a hair coloring bottle from Sally Beauty Supply. Try to get one that has measurement lines on the outside). I would make some up and use it every day when you see your dog scratching their ear or if it smells or has discharge. Squirt some in and massage the ear canal well. When is cleared up, use it weekly for prevention. Try to trim any hair from the opening in the ear to help air get to it.

      6 oz. isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol (try to get the 91% alcohol )
      1 ½ teaspoons boric acid powder
      **Mix well until the powder dissolves**
      add 2 oz. white vinegar, then add one teaspoon of Betadine antiseptic
      **shake well now and every time before using**

      Also go read the ingredients panel on your dog food as grain allergies (grains with gluten, similar to celiac disease in a human) might be contributing to yeast overgrowth and ear infections. Most vets were not trained in pet nutrition and will recommend popular foods (or the Science D*** they sell) but not tell you to eliminate grains. Check these sites to understand good dog foods:

      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/

  45. QUESTION:
    Dark brownish smear has started coming out of my sharpei's ear again. What to do?
    She has had this problem forever. It's a recurring infection and although I manage to control it for months of a time, it always returns with a vengeance. She doesn't seem to be in pain though. I absolutely don't want to have to go back to antibiotics! I would appreciate your ideas and recomendations, guys. Thanks a lot!

    • ANSWER:
      Ear mites are very rare in dogs... and they typically don't cause any type of discharge but rather a 'dirt' seen inside the ear. If it is an infection (and been diagnosed as such before) there really isn't a lot else that you can do. Antibiotics luckily aren't as overused in dogs as the are with people, so that is likely your best option. Cleaning the ears using some of the above recommendations will help, but none of them will cure a major ear infection... and depending on what exactly is going on, some of them may aggrivate and irritate the infection making things worse on your dog.

      Is there actual fluid coming out of her ears? If it is more just a brownish stuff inside the ear you might be able to treat it on your own (yeast infections are common), if there is actual discharge I would just let your vet treat it.

      Do you routinely clean her ears also? Have someone (if they haven't already) teach you how to properly and safely clean her ears with a cotton swab and you can also add a disinfectant like chlorohexamine (sold in pet stores as ear cleaning solution) once a week. But after you have this infection under control. Some of the powders sold as ear cleaner can help too... keeping the ears dry and clean is the best way to prevent infections.

  46. QUESTION:
    how to prevent/cure a dog ear infection?
    i have a maltese dog and it has an ear infection! ]: im so sad!
    its the second time my dog got it, and the inside of his ear has like dried blood looking things/little red grainy stuff inside

    i cleaned her ear and put ear mite treatment in it, but i dont know if its the best way to help!
    when i clean her ear, she tries to bite me and get really mad, so i had to hold her down really firmly to clean her ear
    i also pulled out some of the inner ear hair (that had alot of the red stuff on it) , cause my vet told me that i should do it when my dog has an infection

    is it an allergy thing? do i need to change his food? i read other answers that it might have to do with his food...that the food might be giving her allergies > ear infection..
    right now shes eating Pedigree food with the "meaty inside nuggets"

    please help my poor doggy! im really scared that she'll get really sick ]':
    i dont want to go to the vet really cause it costs so much and my vet place is soo far!

    help please! ty~
    okay just because my dog has an ear infection doesnt mean i am a "cruel & selfish" owner (plynn_03 ) thats just harsh, youre being cruel yourself

    i keep my dog's ears clean and somehow my dog got an infection and im just asking for some tips to help him get better, not judgmental/rude comments

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it could have to do with food, it could also be a yeast infection. Schedule an appt, the dog may have to be put under to really clean and determine the source.

      Food.... if you can buy it at the grocery store DON'T FEED IT TO YOUR DOG!!!! Wheat is the #1 allergy for dogs, and it will generally show up at the ears. red inflamed ears, itchy skin. Dull coat all signs. (note they do not have to have all 3 signs)

      Move your dog to a holistic formula, duck & potatoe, fish and potato

      brands,

      Pro Plan
      Solid Gold
      Timberwolf
      Evo
      Nature's Variety
      The Honest Kitchen

      Link listed, go to products.

  47. QUESTION:
    how to clean my westies ears ?
    I have a westie and iv been cleaning his ears for a couple of days now and iv noticed that in one of his ears that there's brown and white goo I don't know how to disinfect hes ear....
    I cant afford to take him to a vet, is there a natural cure?

    • ANSWER:
      You say you have been cleaning his ears for a couple days.Why?Ears do not need to be cleaned daily.This will upset natural balance in ear.If he has brown and white goo it is probably a yeast infection,He needs antibiotics for his ear.Vinegar solution with an infection will cause him pain.It will burn his tender ear.AFter it is treated then leave ears alone unless they are dirty. A healthy dog will not need the ears cleaned that often.

  48. QUESTION:
    what's the difference between allergies and infections?

    • ANSWER:
      allergies is something that you are allergic to like pollen dogs food etc,,

      and infection is like a yeast infection where they require more enhanced medication like an std is a viral infection so some infections are difficult to cure ear infections require antibotics so it really depends on the infection----Infection is something that breaks down the cells in your body and begin to produce and their own cells body in the process the infection depending on what type can destroy your organs in your body if not treated properly and promptly

  49. QUESTION:
    What do you want to ask about dogs?Fungus infection ears of springer spaniel?
    Chronic infection..has been treated with many medIcations but continues and reoccures...why? and should I do what to get a lasting cure?? REB

    • ANSWER:
      I have a dog that has the same issue, but not a springer. He is a lab and we discovered that a change in his food worked wonders. Try a grain free food. Most of the time it is from yeast that causes the most problem. Avoiding grains and brewers yeast will help.

      Good Luck


cure yeast infection in dogs ear

Dog Itch

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    My elderly female dog itches and scratches constantly, what do I do?
    My elderly female dog itches and scratches herself to the point of bleeding and balding her entire rear end and "lower back". The vet said she was allergic to fleas, but she doesn't always have fleas when she does this. I bathe her w baby shampoo like the vet said but even the infrequent bath seems to aggravate the problem.

    • ANSWER:
      Hopefully you give preventative flea medication to your dog monthly. My son's dog has the same problem. He has found bathing the dog too often dries the skin out and the dog scratches more. He has changed his food to Science Diet and this has helped also. You might want to check out the dog food at Pet Smart..or whatever pet store you have in the area for an alternative food. One other suggestion..go to HSN.com, home solutions, pet products then select Royal Treatment..the shampoos are very good for the dogs skin. It does moisturize the skin and helps with the itching. There are many reviews you can read from people who have used this product. We use it on our pets and wouldn't use anything else. I don't promote websites but this is worth mentioning for your particular problem. When your dog is miserable, so are you! Good luck and hope this helps in some small way.

  2. QUESTION:
    my dog itches her eyes and shortly after the corners swell. What is this called?
    My dog itches hers eyes sometimes and when she does the corners swell up. Just recently she scratched one and it hasnt went back down. usually they go back down it a hour or so. Why do they do this? what is wrong with her?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it may be allergies as well. Have you changed your dogs food recently? Many times that is the cause of allergies. She may also be allergic to something in her environment such as cleaning products or even a type of plant. There is some good info on this site for help with allergies- hopefully it will help you out! http://www.mycanineallergies.com

  3. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a solution for dog itching around the tail?
    I've bought Revolution, Front Line, flea sprays, allergy shampoos and vet shots and still can't seem to find my dog itching relief? I have spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars trying to stop it. Please help my dog.

    • ANSWER:
      Knee jerk reaction is to think anal glands. But surely your vet has checked that out. Is that the only place he's chewing? Is it at the base of his tail, or closer to the end? Have you ruled out fleas completely? It only takes on flea to jump on and then off to send a dog into a chewing frenzy with allergies to them. Try using a flea comb to double check for any "flea dirt". If you find any, more than likely that's your problem. If you're sure there's no fleas and anal glands are in the clear, might be easier to decide if you could take a picture.

  4. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog itch and bite till he bleeds everywhere?
    Why does my dog itch and bite till he bleeds everywhere?Its not fleas, its not dry skin, its not allergies, i just dont know i have a golden 150lb retriever who sits around just biting himself until he bleeds and ive also tried different foods as well.Please help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Has your VET told you it's not allergies? Because it sure sounds like it. It's not uncommon for dogs to be allergic to fleas. My Pitt was doing this to herself. To the point where she would bleed. Took her to the vet and he told me it was a flea allergy. Gave her a shot and then i went home and gave her a bath. If i ever see her chewing he told me to give her 1mg of benedril for every 2 pounds of body weight. (25mg pill for 50lb dog.)

      The different foods you've tried... are any of them holistic? It's also not uncommon for dogs to be allergic to corn, wheat, or soy. Which is common filler in cheaper dog foods. Holistic foods don't contain any of these fillers.

      And if you haven't taken the dog to the vet... I would do that first.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is there are any home remedies for skin allergies for dogs?
    My dog itches a lot after she goes outside. her tummy gets red and she itches a lot. I don't want to bathe her after every time I take her out. Is there any home remedies to stop the itching? I have heard of giving her baby bendryl but it just makes her sleepy.

    • ANSWER:
      I have heard of using brewers yeast to help with skin irritation in dogs.... putting it in their food... check with the health food store.

  6. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of psoriasis on a dog?
    My dog itches his rear end. I've tried Selson Blue, lotion, grease, eggs; and stuff to make him stop itching.

    • ANSWER:
      Its caused by a weak immune system or a food allergy usually.
      A change in diet or the sadding of a supplement might help.
      Primrose oil in the food ( Omega 6 fatty oils) is usually quite effective and very safe to use.
      Coal tar is also good - u can get it in lotions.
      Sunlight is also very good - it kills off activated T- cells as psoriasis occurs when t cells divide too rapidly.

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I stop my dog itching?
    My dog is itching like crazy, it started with her tail and now it is her stomoch and back legs. I took her to the vet but he just gave her cream to rub on the tail where she had grazed it.
    She has been fleaed, bathed,I have had her anal glands empied, and she is now on antihistamine (allergy relief tablets) but at least 5-6 times a day she goes crazy itching. Please, can an anyone suggest something .....

    • ANSWER:
      now, i'm not an anyone, but i'll suggest this anyway. get her a little bird, ya know, like the african elephants have. and it'll sit on your dogs back all day and eat all your dogs fleas n stuff that make her itch. alternatively, change her shampoo.

  8. QUESTION:
    My dog is itching and shedding really badly?
    Ok so its cold where I live and my dog usually gets dandruff between season changes. Are there supplements and sprays out there to help alleviate my dogs itching? She has chewed bald spot almost raw on her back legs and is leaving large amounts of shedded hair around her kennel. Does this sound like its something normal for some dogs to go through? She is a newfoundland collie mix. She is not itching anywhere else except her back legs.

    • ANSWER:
      You'll want to add an Omega3 Salmon oil supplement to her fur to help her coat, bathe her with shampoos and conditioners meant for dogs with dry skin. Talk to your vet, and see what they would recommend.

  9. QUESTION:
    Can a dog be allergic to cat poop?
    My dog itches constantly but has no rash or raw skin. With the Vet's help I have her on a special diet and even thyroid medicine. Still itchy. I put her on 3V caps. Still itchy. She is now half way through her Atopica treatment. It is still not better. The only thing I can think of is her tendency to eat cat poop out of the catbox when I am not looking.

    • ANSWER:
      Considering that its still itchy it might be fleas or it is allergic to the cat poop

  10. QUESTION:
    What would cause my dog to itch stomach, inner part of back legs, ears and itching abdomen Any ideas?
    Vet has said no mites possibly allergies. Gave new vet food, changed blankets and pillows, gave baths with no purfume for dogs. Ears itch so much they bleed along with abdomen and underside of tail, and also pulling skin off of area by nails

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like contact dermatitis - you might like to take a look at the following link and see whether the description fits, then discuss it with your vet.

      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1587&articleid=508

      Our previous cavalier was diagnosed with atopia (allergic to two of the most common mould types) and improved with prednisilone (sp?)

  11. QUESTION:
    Why do my dogs scratch and chew on themselves so much?
    I am looking for some suggestions or possibilities as to why both of my dogs itch so much. They get a bath once a week, sometimes once every other week with a medicated dog shampoo that is supposed to help with dry skin, yet they seem to chew on themselves and scratch all of the time anyway. Is it possible both of my dogs are allergic to something in the dog food? Or could it be something else? All opinions are welcomed. Thanks!
    ***Update: Thank you for everyone who has answered so far. One thing that can be ruled out for sure is flea's. My dogs do not have fleas.

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same thing before on my dogs. Both are male and they were scratching every minutes and the older dog always lick himself until his fur all gone. My husband and I were frustated because we thougth it was his old age. That was silly thought though.

      Anyway, we showered him with only medicated shampoo from the vet but you only need to use a bit and scratch his body while its foaming. Try to let the medicated shampoo in his body for about 10minutes either just rubbing around or scracth it. Then wash it with water.

      Our vet suggest that we should only shower our dogs once a month and follow by the frontline (flea treatment) afterward in between the dog's shoulder.

      My younger dog has wax in both of his ear, they both just keep scracthing and drove us crazy.

      Our vet then gave us a bottle of medicated sulfur lime treatment. It is very strong scent with only 4oz of it and mix it with a gallon of water. Pour this sulfur mix on the dogs body right after we shower them and let it dry by it self. It is only work while it drips. Although, their fur not as soft as usual because of the sulfur, it worked.

      both of my dogs are now healthy and less itchy, even my younger dog no longer has any wax at both of his ear. I feel so relief. Now, I can shower them like normal with medicated shampoo resulted in softer fur and healthier shiny looking coat.

      If you dog is allergic to his food, you will know by his poop (runny).

      hope this information will work for you.
      It best when you are not sure, you should visit your vet.
      Every simple little things with your dog could result a big thing at the end and cost you even more.

      It is best to prevent it rather than to treat it, trust me!

  12. QUESTION:
    What brand of dog flea & tick medicine do you like to use and why?
    We tried Revolution, only to find fleas and ticks on our dogs (who are between 13 and 20#). Then we switched to K9 Advantix and not only is much more product used per application, but the spot is very gooey for a long time. Plus, the dogs itch at the application spot so obviously it won't work in the long run. What have you used successfully?

    Should we give Revolution a 2nd try? Is there something additional I can give my dogs so that they won't itch from using Advantix? What about Frontline or Advantage or others?

    • ANSWER:
      Advantage is essentially the same as advantix as far as the oily spot. I would try frontline, we use that on our dog and have never had a problem. Are you bathing the dogs after you put it on? Because revolution and advantage/advantix can both be washed off by shampoo or just water... frontline cannot (which is another of it's nice features). Also, when you apply it, do it in a few spots down the back instead of just one, that'll help with the oil spot :)

  13. QUESTION:
    stuff to use at home for dog itching?
    is there anything to possibley use at home for my dog itching? she has little spots on her where hair is missing and i would like for her to stop itching i cant take her to the vet untill dec 10 so plase help me.

    • ANSWER:
      you can get pet shampoos that are medicated. get pro stuff at vet, or get hertz medicated at pet store (cheaper but works well for dry skin or other minor skin irritations)!
      hmm...bald spots...
      sounds like mites... they cause stuff like mange, which may be the cause of the itchy bald spots.
      what breed? some have more sensitive skin that others (labs, for example, have sensitive skin, so they can't be brushed too much and are more susceptible to little stuff like hot spots.)
      at pet supply store, see if you can find something like "bitter apple"(C). it is to prevent itching and licking bald spots and hot spots.
      where are the bald areas? hot spots are most common on areas like the abdomen and on legs (esp. at the bend of the 'knees')--areas that come in contact the most with ground surfaces when the dog lies down. some floors + carpets are too rough or haave cleaners or solvnets on them that bother the skin.
      go to vet ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! why not till dec. 10?

  14. QUESTION:
    how do i tell if my dogs alergy is a yeast infection or a true allergy?
    my dog itches and scratches constantly benedryl doesnt control it. She has lost her hair in a couple spots and the skin has turned black.

    • ANSWER:
      The only way is to have her allergy tested. It gives a very effective diagnosis these days but it's not cheap.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are some good ingedients to make a dog stop itching?
    Like ingredients such as flour eggs corn...etc., what helps stop dogs from itching? Cuz my dogs are like itching non-stop and I have tried some products but I would like to make them somethin in the kitchen that has ingredients to help them stop itching...Any ideas?
    I know for a fact thought that they dont have fleas...Its just one of those things that dogs itch...Cuz like humans itch their head but they dont have lice...

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a recipe I use. Works for me:

      10 pounds hamburger meat [the cheapest kind]
      1 lg. box of Total cereal
      1 lg. box oatmeal
      1 jar of wheat germ
      1 1/4 cup veg oil
      1 1/4 cup of unsulfured molasses
      10 raw eggs AND shells
      10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
      pinch of salt

      Mix all ingredients together, much like you would a meatloaf.

      Divide into 10 quart freezer bags and freeze.

      Thaw as needed and feed raw!

      Uses

      "I take a frozen pack to dogs' shows with me, kept on ice, and never have had any trouble with it spoiling, even in the heat"

      "All my dogs go crazy over this stuff...but you have to be careful, it will put weight on the dogs pretty fast if you feed enough....I feed a pack a day...half in am , half in pm."

      "When I want to increase the weight on a dog, I feed more; so far I haven't got to the point where they won't eat anymore, and believe me, Satin has eaten a lot at one setting. It will put on the weight, make the coats soft and blue black (on black dogs at least, that's all I have)."

      "The dogs stop all the itching and chewing at their coats/skin, their eyes get this bright look and the energy level goes out the roof (not that Belgians need any more energy)."

      "The bitch that I got this recipe for is a picky eater, but when she in on the food (I long ago stopped trying to "bury" it the other food; they just hunt it down to eat first, and making a mess trying) she eats much better. It seems to whet her appetite."

      Comments

      Per the information received after having the Satin Balls recipe checked by several vets/labs:

      Satin Balls is a total canine diet. It can be feed by itself or as a supplement, for however long you wish. My dogs have been on Satin Balls for over a year; the only time that I have fed it alone is when I had a sick dog needing to be built up or an underweight dog that I plan on showing.

      The only problem with feeding it by itself is figuring out the amount. It will put weight on a dog in a few days...that's why it is so great to feed just before a show. If you have a dog that is in good weight, but you just want to build coat/endurance, you would have to figure out how much to feed (cal per kg), or you would end up with a fat dog in a very short time. At one point, I let Satin eat as much as she wanted, just to see how much she would consume. I never got to that point! After a pound pack, she was still looking for more, so I stopped. I have been told a dog will stop eating when full on it, and that you can then gauge the amount needed to maintain weight!

      I just find that per the pocketbook and ease, my dogs do very well on it as a supplement. I give about a 1/4 pound each night to maintain beautiful coats, energy level, and a full appetite...no picky eaters here.

      Just don't try to hide it in the kibble...they will make a mess throwing out the kibble, digging for the Satin Balls! My dogs have never gotten sick on Satin balls...not even when I am at a show and feed only that. I feed less kibble, so I save money there. There is also less stool to pick up as the dogs are able to digest all of the Satin Balls.

      I have been playing with the recipe. I now use the Knox Joint Gelatin instead of the plain Knox unflavored gelatin. Since this is high in Vitamin C and protein, and is good for the joints, it would be good for the dogs. They don't seem to mind the added flavor.

      I am also adding Flaxseed oil. They probably don't need the added oil, but so far I have not seen it hurt anything.

      Fix some up and let your dogs enjoy. They will love you forever and forever!

  16. QUESTION:
    My dog as horrible dry skin what can i do?
    My dog itches all the time. I was looking at his fur and near his tail he has skin flakes everywhere. He even has scabs and hunks of skin. Its really gross. The groomer said to give him Children s Bendryl and that doesn't seem to help very much. What should i do? Is it time for a trip to the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      Try giving her omega 3 capsules- any fish oil.

  17. QUESTION:
    What could my dogs excessive itching be?
    My dog is itching its bottom an awful lot lately and it's only at night. At first I thought it could be worms but then I figured out that two days ago I washed my dog and shampoo must have gotten there and after I had finished washing my dog it kept wiggleing it's but like crazy. Could it be the shampoo irritating it or is it worms
    ?

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching. Itching can be caused by an allergic reaction (to flea bites, the food or treats you give him, the grooming products or house-cleaning products you are using), mites or steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot'). Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

      Many dogs are allergic to flea bites. You may not be able to see the fleas directly but you can always see the debris they leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If you see these and put them in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas on your dog with natural methods so that he is not exposed to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will harm him sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where he roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check the ingredients of the food/treats you give him. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. If they contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. Get food/treats that have no grains and that have meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      If you just introduced a new grooming product (or a house cleaning product), discontinue it immediately.

      MITES

      There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      If the reason for the itching is mites, avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals that will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend a natural, effective, easy to use, and inexpensive spray treatment that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Vets nowadays assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal) such as the ones commonly caused by the use of steroids like Prednisone, cortisone or the so called “allergy shot” or any secondary infections caused by flea bite allergy or mites, as well as cuts, scrapes, etc. I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  18. QUESTION:
    How can I make my dog stop itching?
    My puppy is constantly itching himself. We've taken him to the vet and it's not fleas. She said it may just be dry skin, and to put fish oil in his food. So we did, but he is still itching. I think it might be allergies. But i don't know. What can I do to make my poor dog stop itching?? He's miserable!

    • ANSWER:
      I would try switching his food because this itching could very well be caused by a food allergy. When looking for a food you want to stay away from by-products, ground yellow corn, and any artificial flavors or colors.

      Nutro makes an excellent food. No ground yellow corn, which is a filler and a big allergen among pups. No by-products, which can include heads, feet and intestines. Nutro also has the highest levels of essential fatty acids (Omega 3 & 6) to help promote healthy skin and coat and also reduce shedding. They are actually the only company that I know of the guarantees healthy skin & coat. And all of their foods are 100% guaranteed! So give it a few weeks, if you don’t notice a difference, return the food (with your receipt), and get your money back.

      Hope this helps!

  19. QUESTION:
    Do dogs get hot spots that make them loose hair?
    Lot's of dogs chew and scratch on certain ares of their body's , I heard somewhere it may have to do with ( hot spots ) So im curious as to what they are and what may cause em and if their is a remedy to relieve it . This has nothing to do with my dog a buddy mentioned to me about his dog itching and scratching to the point of the hair falling out around that area and something called ( hot spots ) on their body's . So any information would be appreciated so i can tell him about what it is .

    • ANSWER:
      Yes and the rapidity in which it happened what surprising. I first noticed a tiny clump of sticky hair on head which I spot washed and thought nothing more of it. By the morning it had spread half way down the side of his head, was showing discomfort by itching and taken straight to the vet.

      He was prescribed two types of oral antibiotics, hibiscrub wash (did nothing but regardless of washing affected area twice a day as advised) hair fell out in small clumps steroid injection and topical cream to replace the scrub by local vet and swab taken. The next day he was taken in to have his short hair shaved off under anesthetic down one side of his head to reduce moisture from infection being held close to the skin.

      Picture not pretty and taken before it worsened.
      http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm191…

      The diagnosis was confirmed as an idiopathic hot spot and of all the treatments given, shaving the hair and antibiotics produced the best result.

  20. QUESTION:
    How can I tell what my dog is allergic to?
    My dog is itching and licking a lot, which I figure are allergies. How can I tell what she is allergic to, and are there any home treatments for allergies in dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      The best place to start in dealing with a dog with allergies is to take a long close look at the dog's diet.
      Look at the bag of kibble you are feeding the dog and read the ingredients. Chances are some of the first five to seven ingredients lists corn, wheat and or rice?
      Get the dog off of such a food, gradually and replace the food with a higher grade of dog food that does not contain any corn or grains what so ever.
      Find a kibble with low glycemic vegetables. Such as Go naturals, Salmon Formula. This has done wonders for my dog who had allergies with similar symptoms. My dog loves vegetables too but I will not feed her any carrots, peas or sweet potatoes anymore either. She is doing much better now.
      The best place to start is with your dogs diet. Usually a vet will prescribe a medication but usually always contains an ingredient which in the long run only aggravates the allergy problem. Best to start from the inside out and work with the dogs diet.

      If you feed your dog a whole food diet then you can find out what the dog is allergic too by process of elimination. Look this up on Google by searching elimination diet for dog with allergies and research this technique.

      I can honestly say however that if you read the ingredients on your dog food bag and find corn, wheat or rice, by finding a food that eliminates these ingredients, you will see a difference in your dog with in a few weeks. If you can not get Go naturals, Salmon Formula, try to go in to the California natural Line. They also supply a decent dog food that is also low glycemic and grain free.

      Gradually Change Food Formula
      http://www.thedogbowl.com/PPF/category_ID/35/dogbowl.asp

      Go naturals Salmon Formula
      http://www.petcurean.com/index.php?page_id=42

      California naturals
      http://www.naturapet.com/brands/california-natural.asp

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of fleas and keep th away for good?
    i hate to see my dog itching all the time. What is the best and safest way to get rid of them and keep them away. By the way I have a chiuaua

    • ANSWER:
      Immediate treatment-
      If your dog has just picked up fleas, we recommend a fast kill approach using products such as Hartz UltraGuard Plus On Pet sprays, powders and shampoos. These parasite-control products have active ingredients that work immediately, killing fleas fast.

      Infestation control-
      If the number of fleas is great and you have noted a flea problem on your dog before, choose a more thorough Hartz flea control treatment to ensure that an infestation does not grow.

      Steps for controlling a flea infestation:

      1. Use topical drops or flea collars, Dr. Melinda recommends Hartz UltraGuard Pro Flea & Tick Drops for Dogs and Puppies or Hartz® UltraGuard Plus Dog Collars. Both products begin killing fleas immediately and continue to work over time.
      2. To ensure that your home is not a haven for fleas, also use Hartz UltraGuard Plus In Home products, such as sprays and carpet powders.
      3. If your flea problem is severe and wide spread, try Hartz UltraGuard Plus Home Fogger.
      4. Re-inspect areas of your home within 24 hours and continue to make regular inspections to ensure that a bigger flea infestation doesn’t lurk in hidden places.

      Infestation prevention-
      Prevention is the best method, especially if you know your dog is in areas where fleas often thrive, including the dog park or your own yard. Infestations that start on your dog can also start growing in your home. If left unchecked, such infestations can continuously produce biting adult fleas that not only endanger your dog but also you and your family.

      Steps for protecting your pet and home:

      1. To bring an existing infestation under control and prevent future infestations, choose a product that contains active ingredients that kill both adult fleas plus flea eggs and flea larvae, thus breaking the flea life cycle.
      2. Additionally, Dr. Melinda recommends either Hartz UltraGuard Pro or Hartz UltraGuard Plus lines of topical drops, collars and In Home products which also contain ingredients that break the flea life cycle.

  22. QUESTION:
    how do I find someone that will rescue a bloodhound in need of a vet in houston texas?
    the dog itches non stop to the point of bleeding. I have no money to take her myself or I would. I'm having to move from my home into an apartment and need to find someone that will love her and take care of her. She is about two years old.

    • ANSWER:
      Tri-State Bloodhound Rescue
      7215 Airport Blvd.
      Houston, TX 77061
      Phone: 713-641-2992
      ____________________
      South Central Bloodhound Club
      Houston, TX 77061
      Phone: 713-641-2992
      Email: tamarashelby@sbcglobal.net

  23. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a dog to be allergic to another dogs coat?
    I take my german shepherd every once in a while to play with an american bulldog. The american bulldog's owner told me that her dog stayed itching himself all night long after it played with my dog. My dog is free from fleas & ticks. The other dog is also free from fleas & ticks. Someone mentioned dogs can be allergic to other dogs coats. Is this possible?

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmm. A German Shepherd has a double coat. I would seem possible that allergens or pollen could adhere to the undercoat or to the outer coat. So, I guess my answer would be that the other dog could be allergic to something that is on the shepherd's coat, but not to the coat itself.

      It the shepherd goes for walks in any wooded area or rolls in the grass etc, then pollen could easily be found on the coat.

      My son' s dog is allergic to spruce pollen and he lives in Alaska. There are spruce trees all over the place up there.

      Pollen or allergens could cause a skin reaction or a nasal/cough type reaction depending on whether it was breathed in or rubbed onto the skin.

  24. QUESTION:
    Good Shampoo for my dog who is itching?
    My dog itched a spot on her face and it seems like it is bleeding so we put some antibiotic ointment on it. We will monitor for a few days and if it gets worse we will take her to the vet. So what is some good shampoo to use. Will this help her ithcing? I gave her a bath a few weeks ago. She is a short haired breed.

    • ANSWER:
      she could be allergic to something...get some shampoo from the pet store...they have many for different kinds of problems.

  25. QUESTION:
    Good Shampoo for my dog who is itching?
    My dog itched a spot on her face and it seems like it is bleeding so we put some antibiotic ointment on it. We will monitor for a few days and if it gets worse we will take her to the vet. So what is some good shampoo to use. Will this help her ithcing? I gave her a bath a few weeks ago. She is a short haired breed.

    • ANSWER:
      Oatmeal

  26. QUESTION:
    How can I stop dog itching so much?
    I have a 7 month old Shut tzu dog and her itching of her coat is unreal. I keep her groomed and she does not have fleas. I try to feed her an organic diet and I just cant understand what is causing this. The natural baths once a week or two does help. I use the natural oatmeal and Aloe bath formula.I want to remidy this situation as natural and chemical free as posible. Any suggestions??

    • ANSWER:
      Does the organic diet include any grains? Wheat is a common canine allergen. Make certain her diet is competely grain-free.

  27. QUESTION:
    Can certain foods cause a dog to itch?
    For example: molasses in dog bisquits. The itch is not from fleas and there is no visible rash. I am just suspicious of the bisquits because it seemed to have started at the approximate same time as my giving him the new bisquits.

    • ANSWER:
      Some dogs are in fact hypoallergenic. My black lab is allergic to plastic and possibly other things. since I have changed my dog's food to boiled chicken(or duck) with rice and veggies I have noticed that his doggy acne has gone away...my vet is pleased...he's even offered me a job I start next week...SOOO HAPPY

  28. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of ear mites for my dog?
    Hello, My name is Amber and some friends have moved in with my family and I. Well there dog started itching her ears just recently and we think she might have ear mites. Some friends have given us slight ideas on how to get rid of the mites but none have worked. If you could please help me that would help.
    Thanks,
    Amber =]

    • ANSWER:
      My dog had a problem with ear mites last summer. I took her to the vet and all the vet said was to pick up a bottle of mineral oil, put it on a cotton swab or paper towel and wipe the inside of her ears down with it. So if you know for a fact it's ear mites, that's the cheapest thing to do. If you're not sure, you might want to consider taking the dog to the vet to find out.

  29. QUESTION:
    Staffordshire Terrier that constantly itches?
    Any remedies to stop the dog itching? have been to the vet but they do not have a solution. Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog may have allergies. They could be environmental or food. Talk to your vet about giving your dog benadryl (what the dose would be). There's also a hydrocortizone for dogs.

      If your dog has food allergies, the usual suspects are wheat and corn. You want to feed your dog a diet to promote a healthy coat and get rid of the dry skin. The itchy skin can lead to secondary problems like yeast ear infections and bacterial skin infections.

      Feed your dog the highest quality dog food you can afford...make sure it's wheat and corn free. You usually can't get these at you major department store...you have to get them at a dog food store or a feed store.

      Add an Omega 3 fatty acid to your dogs diet. Fish oil or flax seed oil are great sources. If you buy fish oil at a dog food store, read the label...I've found some that contain wheat products. I will also buy human grade from a pharmacy if it's on sale or clearance.

      Wash your dog with a oatmeal shampoo, don't over bathe, this too can cause dry skin. Bathing once a month is fine...well unless your dog like to roll around on fish carcases (I had a dog that did that at least once a week).

      Make sure you brush your dog at least once a week. It will help dispel loose hairs and help distribute the natural oils.

  30. QUESTION:
    what human medications can i put on my dogs skin?
    my dog is itching and scratching herself raw. what human ointments can i use on her skin? what home remedies can i try?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to know why your dog is doing this. If it's fleas then the pooch needs to get some sort of bath or flea treatment. If it is dry skin then oatmeal baths and other shampoos can help. Aloe Vera is also helpful if the dog does not lick it off. If it is mange then you need to see a vet about treatment. If it is boredom then you need to give the dog more attention and exercise to get them tired out.

      My dog has allergies that are seasonal. He will scratch and bite himself until the point of wounds. I give him Benadryl. 1 pill every 12 hours and he is 40lbs, (I get 100 pills of generic for 5 bucks at Walmart) call a vet to ask about the amount your own dog should use. Yes, my vet put us on this prescription and it is very common to be on a Benadryl regiment.

      Knowing why is the most important part of fixing the problem, and will save you money from trying everything and coming up sort in the long run.

  31. QUESTION:
    I believe my dog is allergic to grass. Has anyone heard of rubbing sulfur on a dog to stop the itching?
    An allergy test cost 9. A coworker said she used sulfur on her dog for itching and it helped.

    • ANSWER:
      from experience with dog allergies i have one right now a dog an akita which i had tested it cost me closer to 0 but it really helped me to find the cause of the itching you might think it is grass but it can likely be the food you are feeding him which i found out. a few things i found were my dog is allergic to wheat oats many types of grass trees fleas ants turkey chicken and many more . if you do the testing now i know it cost alot but it will save you money in the long run because you will be at the vet all the time they will charge your visit a different med every time trust me i learned the hard way hopefully you can afford to get this done it will be very helpful. i wish you the best of luck with you dog

  32. QUESTION:
    My dogs is getting swelling randomly for day to day it changes spots?
    A couple days ago my dog was itching her ear later that night her ear was swollen, the next day the ear that was swollen wasn't anymore the other one was! So day 3 comes both ears aren't swollen anymore, the swelling has moved to her eye. Does anyone know what this could be? Please spare me by telling me to take her to the vet, I'm not going to do something that doesn't need done, that's y I'm asking this question.

    • ANSWER:
      It really sounds like an allergic reaction to something. You can try giving your dog Benedryl. My vet told me that the proper dosage is 1mg of Benedryl for every pound of dog. If that doesn't calm things down, you really need to take your dog to the vet. She's allergic to something.

  33. QUESTION:
    I think my dog might be allergic to his collar help?
    I noticed a few weeks ago that my dog was itching himself really hard to the point where he ended up making his chest raw. I took his collar off him because I think it might be why he's itching. This didn't happen with his old collar but when ever I put his collar back on he starts itching again. Is he allergic to the metal from his tags? What should I do so that he stops itching? I can't have him walking around without tags or a collar! Please,please help me

    thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      First point would be, make sure to microchip him. Next, you just have to experiment to find out what's causing the itch. Wash the collar and tags thoroughly, then try the collar alone for a few days, then add the tags, etc. If it's the collar, try another fabric or leather. A rolled leather collar is thin but strong and may be the best solution here. Brass may be better than nickel for clasps, etc. Take a couple of weeks to address the problem and I'm sure you'll find a workable solution.

  34. QUESTION:
    Besides an infection what could cause a dog to have an itchy ear?
    I've looked up all the symptoms of inner, middle, and outer ear infections, also the symptoms of possible tumors in the ear canal, but my dog doesn't have any of those symptoms.

    There is no smell at all from the ear, and not a drop of discharge or any visible sign of irritation.

    My dog is itching his ear a lot though, really digging into it with his back foot, and through out the day he will tilt his head like his ear is bothering him.

    What else besides infection or tumor could be causing this?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you know the difference between itching and scratching? Do you mean scratching?? Could be a sub-dermal infection, or tiny, tiny, ear mites.

  35. QUESTION:
    My dog keeps itching, we have flee'd him several times and its not that he has flees?
    My dog, itches, bites himself, licks himself. We have treated him a lot of times to see if its flees but it isn't the problem. My dog don't have flees so i'm running out of assumptions of what it could be. It's making him bleed because he's itching that much and i feel so sorry for him...

    • ANSWER:
      I would try switching his food because this itching could very well be caused by a food allergy. When looking for a food you want to stay away from by-products, ground yellow corn, and any artificial flavors or colors. Also switch up his main protein source. A lot of times it is the protein source that dogs are (or become, even after many years) allergic to. So if he is on a chicken based food now switch to lamb, venison, or herring. I would try a venison based diet first just because it is something different and not too many dogs are allergic to venison. Nutro Natural Choice Venison Meal & Whole Brown Rice is an excellent food. No ground yellow corn, which is a filler and a big allergen among pups. No by-products, which can include heads, feet and intestines. And no artificial colors or flavors. Nutro also has the highest levels of essential fatty acids (Omega 3 & 6) to help promote healthy skin and coat and also reduce shedding. They are actually the only company that I know of the guarantees healthy skin & coat. And all of their foods are 100% guaranteed! So give it a few weeks, if you don’t notice a difference, return the food (with your receipt), and either get another formula or get your money back.

  36. QUESTION:
    Can you use Sulfodene skin medication for dogs on their face?
    My dog constantly itches and rubs his face. Is it okay to use that stuff on is face and around his lips?

    • ANSWER:
      only if your vet ok'd

  37. QUESTION:
    Dogs like to itch in the morning?
    When I get up in the morning, I notice my dogs itch like they have fleas, I just applied flea meds a week agi so I thought it wasn't working, but then I looked through both of them and see no fleas at all. They are fine the rest of the day though, so what is the cause of the morning itch?
    Lol but one one of my dogs is a girl!

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    how to get blood out of my dogs white furr?
    my dog itched his ear realy bad and it started bleeding! hes better now and hes completely find thank the lord but he looks like he has been stabbed or something cuz thiers blood stians that have dripped from his ear and just dried up he got some on his paw to so is thier any solution besides baking soda to help get it out please help!

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    How often do you use flea shampoo on a dog with fleas?
    I found out my dog had fleas and bought a flea shampoo that said it killed the fleas and the eggs, but it said on the bottle to use it once a month. I see that my dog still itches should i use it again? Or could it be that the shampoo over dried her skin? Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi! You may want to check these links for more information on how to get rid of fleas.
      http://lnk.nu/dogtime.com/s1f.html
      http://lnk.nu/dogtime.com/uyy.html

  40. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of FLeas?
    My dog itches and bites her tail a lot. I think she might have fleas. Is there a way to get rid of them, besides going and getting her groomed? I just know she probably is miserable and irritated.

    • ANSWER:
      You really should see your vet. They have a lot of good products to eliminate fleas or see whatever it might be.

  41. QUESTION:
    How do I treat for fleas (without poison) with a 6 month old baby in house?
    I noticed my dogs itching about a week ago, treated them with Frontline but began to feel fleas on my legs this afternoon (YUCK!). I really prefer to avoid using the flea-house-bomb things..... PLEASE HELP.

    • ANSWER:
      First let me tell you that I own a pest control company and what I will recommend is the complete treatment that should help you completely get rid of the fleas. I understand your hesitation about using chemicals, but the fleas are a bigger concern than the products that I recommend. Everything that I recommend is commercial strength and I use it regularly.

      First, treat the pet with Capstar. This is a pill that you get from the vet that will kill all of the fleas that get on the animal for the first 24 hours. Second, use either Frontline or Advantage, these can also be purchased from the vet. Frontline can be used on pets 12 weeks old or older. Advantage can be used on animals as young as 6 weeks. If the pet is old enough for either product, switch back and forth between the two. One month use one, the next use the other. The reason I recommend this is that there are two main types of fleas that infest pets. One product works better on the first type and the other product works better on the second type. By using both, you make sure you have covered all your bases.

      Once the pet has been treated, you must treat your home and yard. The best products to do this would include not only a killing agent, but also a sterilization agent. Inside, I would use Ultracide, if you can get it. (Many on line sites sell it.) Follow the instructions on the label! Wash all animal’s bedding and vacuum frequently. Throw out the vacuum bag or dump the catch container after every vacuuming. You can never vacuum too much! DO NOT STEAM CLEAN YOUR RUGS! This can hatch flea eggs and make your problem worse.

      Outside I would use Demon WP mixed with Gentrol or Nylar, carefully following label instructions. Treat the entire yard, paying special attention to under bushes and low hanging branches. Most of these products can be bought at any Do-It-Yourself Pest Control company either on line or in a store.

      Treating your house and yard is just as important as treating the pet!

      It is also very important to stay away from the grocery store or box store products like Zodiac or Hartz. Many of these products can cause severe allergic reactions in animals.

  42. QUESTION:
    Dog itching with red bumps and dandruff?
    My dog has small red bumps on the upper part of her chest and a few on her back (mostly on the sides). She has dandruff and scratches all the time. I've tried giving her a bath in special shampoo, but it doesn't seem to be working. Any ideas?
    No, she doesn't have any bald patches... I think it's just dry skin, but obviously don't want to take any chances... She's had it for a while, and it hasn't gotten any worse, so I'm really not sure what to do... I'd like to avoid the vet if at all possible.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there tink your dog having skin problem... please bring ur dog to the vet .. most likely will be on medication n u will have to use medicated shampoo

  43. QUESTION:
    Is it natural for my dog to be itching himself alot?
    My dog itches himself all the time and i found 1 flea on him this morning.. although we gave him flea medicine a month ago

    • ANSWER:
      If it's not the fleas (they live in your house and outside, NOT on animals--so finding one means there are probably more), he may have an allergy. A lot of dogs have allergies lately because of the kind of food they eat. What are you feeding him? For example, my dog has allergies to both chicken and corn, so he can't have *any* of the department store brands (not that I would feed that junk anyway, but that's another story). He's on Natural Balance, and I rotate the proteins. This month he's eating duck, and next month it's venison. Rotating proteins helps prevent allergies.

      So, try changing his food to a bland diet for a few weeks. Make him some human-quality chicken, ham, lamb--it's up to you, really--with a side of rice or oatmeal. If he stops itching, then it's probably a food allergy. Switch his food.

      If it turns out to just be dry skin, try adding more fish oil and omegas to his diet.

  44. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of my dogs itch and smell?
    My dog constantly bites everywhere on herself; her back, tail, legs, belly. She scratches and bites so much she causes herself to go bald in some spots (shes a pommeranian). On top of that, my mom says she can smell a foul oder coming from the dog. How can i stop the scratching and smell??

    • ANSWER:
      dogs dont like 2 bathe but just giv her a thorough bath!!! use as much soap n shampoo (dog ones r seperate) as possible!! giv her a bath evry 4-5 days 4 nearly 2-3 weeks!! den start givin her a bath once every 8-10 days!!! if d smell n itchin dont go away by dis consult a vet!!! perfectly normal thin !! nuthin 2 worry abt!!!
      hope dis works!!

  45. QUESTION:
    What shampoo works best for dogs with fleas?
    I Was wondering cause my dog keeps itching but i give her baths and then she keeps itching and she has like dandruf but idk what to do or what shampoo to use.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you actually seen fleas on her, or do you just keep washing her because she itches? If you haven't actually seen fleas, then the cause of her itching is probably dry skin caused by over-bathing her. Get her a good flea control product from your vet, and stop washing her for a while.

  46. QUESTION:
    what is the best thing to use to clean my dogs ears for mites?
    my poor dog itches her ears allot some times shakes em like shes possessed is there any thing we can get to help her with mites or just to help clean the inside of her ears out.my husband tried to clean it with a soft wash cloth no way wont allow nothing near her ear.i thought maybe theres some drops or even home remedy stuff. suggestions please thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, you can buy an over the counter ear mite ear cleanser from 1-800-petmeds.com called Eradimite. I worked in a Animal Hospital as a Vet tech and that is what we normally told our pet owners to buy for ear mites. Use it every two days or until the q-tip is clear. Hope this helps.

      Pharmacy &Vet Tech

  47. QUESTION:
    Have you ever noticed how your dog smiles when they itch that itchy spot?
    My dog Sheba itches that itchy spot
    and makes the cutest smile. Like a
    relief smile lol. Does your dog do that???

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah my pit/boxer mix does that if you scratch the side of his neck. It's so cute! His face gets all wrinkly, and you can see his doggy grin! I especially love it when he turns his head to the side and does it!!

  48. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog itching and why does she smell bad?
    My dog has been itching a lot for the past 3 days. She also started to smell a few days after her bath. Right now she smells very bad and has been itching.

    Is there anything I can do for her??? Like a shampoo or something???

    • ANSWER:
      She might have a skin infection, or mange may be creeping in..I would contact your vet.

  49. QUESTION:
    WHat can I do to alleviate the itchiness of my dog?
    SO my dog is itching, licking, biting , and he is pretty red. I think it's due to allergies. I m taking him to the vet tomorrow, but is there anything I can do to alleviate the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Try and oatmeal dog bath and for a small dog you can give them 1/2 of a 25mg Benadryl Tab and for a larger dog one tab. Yes, please take them to the vet tomorrow.


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