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CHRONIC YEAST INFECTION

Hello Dr,
Please help me.Im 26 yr old lady who is suffering from chronic vaginal yeast infection since 6 months. I have tried all flucanazole tablets, suppositories etc but i get temporary relief and it comes back! I am in monogamous relation since past 9 years and since 5 months I have abstained from sex but it still comes back.i have tested for other stds and diabetes but negative. I am highly stressed as i read that it could be 1st sign of HIV in women. I have never had any encounters except with my husband who is healthy. Im unable to live my life due to fear and am nearly suicidal. I used 2 get yeast infections in past but only 1-2 in a year. but this time it is chronic. I have to pee every 1 hour and the next day my vulva becomes red and i get the curdy discharge (all this seems to start right after periods and seems to last the entire mnth till next period ) I have had positive c albicans yeast cultures. I have tried yogurt, garlic, everything!!! please please tell me whats going on wiith my body? I am very very scared
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Go the homeopath route.  You have nothing else to lose at this point.  Also, continue to work with your doctor as well.  There are studies that show homeopath in conjunction with antibiotics or medical treatments will help increase healing.  I'm not sure what the combination is with yeast infections, but I read a lof of stuff about prostatitis, so there my be some literature about yeast infections.  

What I mean is,certain supplements will increase the uptake and effectiveness of the medicines into the body, making them more effective.  There must be something out there on yeast infections.  
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I haven't seen anything that indicates this is a 1st sign of HIV in women.  It may facilitate HIV transmission when in advanced stages of yeast overgrowth, but since you're in a monogomous relationship, you have no worries there.  

I'm no expert in yeast infections but what I have heard is that you can get some relief by changing the diet and supplementing with homeopathic remedies.  I know this is supposed to be a medical forum but I've heard that these two things combined with prescription anti fungals should help clear it up.  Sorry I can't be more help.  
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sometimes it just sucks to be female :(  chronic vaginitis is actually fairly common and isn't a reason to think that you had to have contracted hiv. if you have hiv concerns, by all means get tested for it so you can stop worrying about it!

continue to follow up monthly with your providers as needed for this. multiple different medications you can try alone and together to try to get to the bottom of this. also if you and your partner aren't having protected sex, give that a try too. sometimes keeping your partners semen out of your vagina, helps keep the ph of your vagina better to ward off fungal infections vaginally.

fem dophilus by jarrow is a probiotic I and many others here have had good luck with. it has been proven to colonize the urogenital tracts of women consistently to help keep the "good" bacteria at levels high enough to keep the "bad" bacteria under better control. You use it with prescription medications to battle the issue from both sides of things. You can buy it on amazon even if your local health store doesn't have it. store it in your fridge and take it 2x/day until you've been vaginitis free for a few months.  might be worth the trouble of getting it to have less vaginitis!

this really is not a std related issue so if you have further issues with yeast, the women's health communities are much better suited for it :)

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Grace - That was a great answer!  That's good stuff to know.  
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I can tell you this.. before I had my son (10 years ago) I had 2 yeast infections in my whole life.. I had him when I was 23.. after I gave birth to my son I have had numerous.. countless yeast infections. I read that some women are just more prone than others to having them. I recently had one of the cottage cheese type infections and was startled but my husband told me he's noticed them before.. he just says that he thinks it's because I'm fixing to start my period or I'm fixing to have a "real" yeast infection (ya know, the kind where ya itch and it makes ya wanna jump through the roof, lol ;)

and the peeing.. I can tell ya.. is from stress.. I just went through that myself.. long story..
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wow!! u guys are really supportive n helpful..i hope i can work it out..
@grace: yes i hate being a woman...i wish there was some way to put an end to all these infections. i recently ordered 5lac..heard its good.. but ya il try that fem dophilus.
Im glad to know im not alone and i hope some day we women get permanent relief from all this.
BTW: im in usa but im frm a foreign country..d medical bills are too high.. n d gynaecs dont seem to help..one insisted that it was common and wanted me 2 insert monistat all month round!!
every night i pray to god to give me strength to face it..
anyone who has had chronic yeast infections and has found a solution plzzzzzzz help me
thanks
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the probiotics in that product appear to be the ones that colonize the bowels, not the urogenital tract.

not unusual to do long term yeast treatments when you can't seem to get rid of it. about the same price for oral diflucan as it is monistat so I usually ask for the oral pill so I have less mess to deal with.

when you tried the garlic, did you insert it vaginally nightly for 2 weeks?

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no grace..i used to eat garlic clove whole... im anemic too..is that what must be causing the chronicity? im gonna start homeopathy soon..hope that works for me....
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I'll give ya a couple tips I've learned over the years that helps me. When I get a yeast infection I get the regular 3 day miconazole suppositories (I even use the generic brands like equate and rexall). That does the trick for me if I use it correctly (do NOT miss a night), until another infection rears it's ugly head. I've just got used to the infections after 10 years and don't go to the doctor anymore about it. Also keeping everything clean down south is very important. Don't use vaginal wipes, scented soaps or anything like that to clean with.. I just use dial antibacterial soap and I make sure to rinse completely then I take my hairdryer on a cool setting and make sure I"m dry before putting any underwear on. I ONLY wear 100% cotton underwear also. You should try sleeping with only loose fitting clothes on and no underwear.. Let that area get plenty of air.. no tight fitting clothes.. it's not recommended to douche either.
My yeast infections have lessoned in number greatly since I've formed a routine of taking better care of myself. Try your best to lower your stress.. even if you have to get on meds like anxiety pills or depression meds. Stress hinders the body from recovering and encourages yeast growth.. and speaking of yeast infections I just getting over one (my last infection was in March). Last night was my last night on the miconazole and it's gone now.
One thing I like to do when I start feel an infection arising (burning, itching) is to take my hand held shower head and clean myself real good with that, with water as hot as I can stand it. It relieves the itching and I really believe it kills off those nasty buggers because sometimes I don't even have to use medicine to treat the infection!! I actually wash the yeast out with the sprayer. If you dont' have a hand held sprayer then you could buy a douche bottle (it's actually a bag with a hose on it) at the store and fill it with very warm water to clean yourself out... no vinegar or nothing else. Sorry to sound gross but it works for me. This time I was using the sprayer and my yeast infection was going away but I decided to use medicine anyway (especially since I have ALSO been on my period, lol.. when it rains it pours ;) Best of luck.. hope you feel better soon!!
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eating garlic doesn't help with vaginal yeast infections dear!! It needs to be inserted internally nightly for 2 weeks. instructions for how to do so are on the 'net if you google it.

I don't recommend showering with really hot water either - it doesn't kill the yeast, it causes damage to the skin as well as if you are douching with a handheld shower nozzle or with a regular douche, it actually screws up your protective flora and just makes a bad problem worse :(    it's not cleaning yourself out, it's disrupting the natural protection you have as well as shoving bacteria further up your urogenital tract to do more harm !
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yes i agree with grace..its a very bad idea to shower n try to clean it..
I am so frustrated.. i recently tried tea tree oil intravaginally and also yeastguard supposataries.. but to my dismay today im starting to get the cottage cheesy discharge again... ive lost all hope..wht is wrong with me:((
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I am just saying what has worked for me after suffering for 10 years from yeast infections. It has made me feel so much better and has helped decrease my infections.. has never made my infections worse. I'm talking about using straight water.. no douches.
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please someone help me...im just not recovering from it...seems like i have an infection d entire month... fed up of using creams n pills.. :(((
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Go the homeopath route.  You have nothing else to lose at this point.  Also, continue to work with your doctor as well.  There are studies that show homeopath in conjunction with antibiotics or medical treatments will help increase healing.  I'm not sure what the combination is with yeast infections, but I read a lof of stuff about prostatitis, so there my be some literature about yeast infections.  

What I mean is,certain supplements will increase the uptake and effectiveness of the medicines into the body, making them more effective.  There must be something out there on yeast infections.  
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thanks shakentocore...
im still worried so as to why my body doesnt seem to heal these infections..i have no other health problems otherwise(touchwood) but i take too much stress and am a very emotional person, im praying a lot to god to heal me from this yeast so that i can resume my Normal life again:(
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these things happen to people and it becomes very emotional.  No on knows why for sure, but everyone is different and our immune systems react differently.  For some reason or another you're more suseptible to this form of yeast.  You will find a way to beat it, just be persistent.  Good luck and let us know if you make any progress.  
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thanks stressed...
i hope i can fight it..im keepin faith...i want to hv babies and be happily married:(((
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thanks stressed...
i hope i can fight it..im keepin faith...i want to hv babies and be happily married:(((
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aarrgghh... again im peein like every half an hour... what has increased urination got to do with yeast infections? I gt tested for diabetes ..negative... only thing left is hiv..but im not mentally prepared for it:( im really scared people.... why is my yeast not gng :((
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This is not a symptom of HIV.  If you really can't get it out of your head, tell your doctor and test for it.  

Try not to stress too much and keep working with your doctor.  I know it's easier said than done, but I know what you're going through.  
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im so thankful for ur efforts to help me... ur  words mean a lot to me:)
as i said i really dont have the courage to test for this..t im in d usa but im a foreigner here..ive cum to study further here... and my husband..my mom dad..everyone is back home.. its very tough to struggle on my own.. the doctors bills are so expensive here..my student insurance wont cover such problems:( im at a loss:( i have asked for homeopathy medications from home..its on d way...i reallyyy am keepin my fingers crossed.Hope that helps me out:/
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why does this thing crop up whenever i search the net?????????/


"Repeat infections that occur immediately following treatment, or a persistent yeast infection that does not respond to treatment, may be the first or, at least, an early sign that an individual is infected with HIV."

im paranoid please help
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no reason to think you have hiv just because you keep getting vaginitis. vaginitis is very common in females and frequent recurrences isn't unusual at all either.

you need to go and be seen today and get some basic urine testing done as well as get retested for yeast vaginally. at this point I would not self treat at all and make sure you are getting properly tested for yeast. would be a shame if you had yourself all worked up like this over something not worth being worked up about. not all discharge is yeast and if you are having such a hard time with things, being seen each time you have discharge is a good idea.
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thanks grace.... but 2 months ago i had gt a culture done 2 mnths ago n it was + for c albicans. im getting the same symptoms now..n my gynaec is not at all good.She told me 2 keep using monistat wenever i get it again..so does that mean i need to insert monistat 30 days a mnth :(((( n another culture wud mean more than 1000s of$$..im at a loss in life:(
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Use the 3 day treatment... at night when you're sleeping ofcourse. I have used the 3 day treatments for 10 years and they work everytime as long as I don't miss a night.. there's no way I'm going to keep going to the doctor everytime I get an infection.. my insurance would probably drop me on my @$$! lol

I know EXACTLY how you feel when it comes to getting an HIV test.. you might try getting some medicine for anxiety first and then get the test done. Your stress is only adding to your physical problem and it looks like the only way you're going to get some real relief is by getting a negative HIV result which I think you're going to get!! I read that stress is a big factor in causing the overgrowth of yeast in our bodies. Try your best to try and relax and get the necessary testing done. The sooner the better. You're not alone.. I'll say a prayer for you!! Be strong!

Oh, get this.. yesterday I noticed a white dot on my right thigh... very small one. I ofcourse googled it and guess what it's a possible symptom of?? You guessed it.. HIV!! I've already had a negative HIV test.. looks like everything is a sign of HIV.. good grief!! lol I'm about done googling crap!!
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that was very sweet of u :) thanks for keeping me in your prayers:) yes i guess i will have to take that step to get crap out of my mind n then only will i be able to relax in life!
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i have just started homeopathy... praying to lord like anything
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i gt my husband tested..hes negative!!!!!!!!!!!!!! n since im in a monogamous relation with him since years.. n i have not shared any iv drugs... i m gnna b negative too :)))
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i just discontinued d monistat (actually tryin 2 wean frm it) n today i doscovered tht im gettin really a lot of slimy n yeasty discharge (sorry 2 sound grose ) but this is d kind of discharge tht i get just bfore d clumpy thing starts to come :((( ne help?
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this may not be yeast related at all.

follow up this week if discharge continues.
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BUT how cum my culture was positive for yeast?? :(
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you can have more than just yeast going on. having been tested + for yeast 2 months ago, doesn't mean it's still a yeast issue.

when you have frequent issues, you need to be seen each time for proper testing. it's a pain I know but it's the best way to get to the bottom of things.
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@grace: i was tested for chlamydia, gonorrhea, BV & CV last time... all were negative.. according to u wht else mst b gng wrong here?? ne idea???
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you need to be seen and get proper testing done and go from there.  if it's not yeast or bv, it can be normal discharge as well as allergic issues and even an overgrowth of "good" bacteria in the vagina.
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yup...d problem is that my gynaec doesnt even suggest/recommend such tests.. she is so passive..it is only after i ask her questions that she would answer..tht too just 2 d point...n it costs me a bomb!! (insurance wont pay :( )..well i guess i better change my gynaec..
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definitely go elsewhere if your provider isn't making you happy and doing what needs to be done.
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:( always unhappy.......this thing never leaves me.. i am on homeopathy for 2 weeks..but i  think its 2 early for me 2 judge coz iv heard homeopathy takes a long time 2 show effect..
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yes, do not let  a doctor tell you that you don't need this test or that test.  A good doctor will be willing to explore all possible options with you, althought they may start with the most probable stuff, they will eventually begin whittling away by the process of elimination via testing.  A doctor who says, "I don't think, therefore I won't test" is not a good doctor.  

Stay positive, homeopat does take time.  Whereas antibiotics may work within a week, homeopath may a month or two.  

Hang in there.  I know what it's like to be dealing with a persistent condition that no one can get to the bottom of.  It sucks the life out of you, but you have to keep being persistent as well.  
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thnx shaken.... for all d support... im so happy to b on this forum where there are such wonderful ppl:)
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ok people seems like my life is a living hell. I have compleed 1 month of homeopathy bu i see no improvement. I also insert monistat 7 day creams on alternate days.  The discharge is reduced(maybe bec of monistat) but I have a new problem.I feel he urge to pee every hr sumtimes even every 15 minutes. I experience pain in suprapubic area. when i pee, the pain/burning reduces but returns with the next urge to pee. are these symptoms of Interstitial cystitis/painful bladder? or is this yeast related??
please help.I am severely depressed bec of all these things going on.
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also the yeasty discharge is back :(
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any help? anyone havin similar problem?
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have you went back to your provider yet for further work up?  sounds like it's way past time to do so again.
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as i said i dnt hv health insurance..d provider will repeat the same tests and waste my $$. I dont knw whts hapening to me. i get bladder pain and 2day im having fever:(
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In regards to not having the money to be seen (I totally understand that), I would suggest calling your local health department. They will charge you based on your income and if you can't afford to pay at the time of the appointment, they will still treat you and you can pay later.

If you have never been seen at your local health department, sometimes a different medical professional will present a different view point.
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I know it's hard when you don't have insurance but we can only help so much on an online forum. Nothing replaces being seen, getting a physical exam as well as some basic testing when you have ongoing symptoms like this.

definitely call the health department as sunshineone suggested. If you don't have a clinic near you, they can hopefully help recommend a low cost place to be seen. Planned parenthood also charges on a sliding scale too and they can do basic testing and exams on you also.
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thanks:) il try that.. but does any1 have a clue why i feel like urinating every half hour(i do not hav diabetes, been tested) my homeopath sayz its all yeast related. whenever i get this urinating sensation, the feeling is that of burning/painful stabbing in my bladder. IT DOES NOT BURN MY VULVA ETC WHEN I PEE but as i said the sensation is painful.
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Have taken a course of Tindamax or Flagyl?  I don't see anything in the text above that mentions you took one of those meds, but you may want to try a course, as they are typically given for vaginal infections.  It may be worth a try.  
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I'm not a huge fan of homeopathy myself. follow up properly on this to check for infections. it is not your yeast infections causing you to urinate all the time like this.
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I haven't logged into my account for a month or so.. sorry for the delay. I am so thankful your husband tested negative for hiv.. that is wonderful! So, you should be much more relaxed now knowing you too are negative ;)

Well, I hope I read all these threads correctly so I can try and help. It is possible that your husband is passing the yeast infection back to you because the man can catch it from you.. it goes back and forth. You could try and get him treated for  a yeast infection also. On the other hand, you may just be an unlucky one like I am who all the sudden gets yeast infections too often. I have used prescription yeast medicine (cream and pills) and also the 7 day monistat.. nothing has worked better for me than the 3 day miconazole supositories. Yes, my infections come back but not as often now that I have learned how to manage them myself. The most important step I have taken is to make sure I keep myself clean daily and wearing 100% white cotton underwear. Washing out with very warm water when I sense a yeast infection coming on has been very relieving and has even helped me to not have to use the medicines. I know some people advise against that but what can I say? It works for me.

The creamy discharge you mention could be ovulation??

Earlier this year when my anxiety was at it's all time peak I did find myself urinating ALOT.. stress can do so many things to our bodies it's not even funny. I have learned that all too well this year. I don't know about your bladder pain or how severe it is but that may be all psycholigical, hopefully. It could also be a urinary tract infection but you would KNOW if you had that. It burns like hell when you pee if you let it get bad enough. I had one many years ago when I was a teenager. Luckily it is easily treatable and I believe prescription medicine is the only treatment.

Try your best to relax and just know there are many many women who suffer from yeast infections often. I am one of them as you know. Remember, as I said earlier on, stress can cause yeast overgrowth, so relax.. you know it's not due to hiv :) yay! At one time a doctor even tried putting me on birth control because she tried basing my recurrent yeast infections on hormones..

Most health clinics will allow you to make small payments and if you're a legal US citizen you should be able to apply for a medical card.. it will depend on you and your husband's income.
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@countrygal: i guess im also d unlucky 1 who gets it w/o reason..btw im abstinence since 6 mnths( my hubby is overseas)... i just dread tht wen my hubby wil b back how wil i ever get intimate with him!! i hav started grapeseed extract... takin  garlic pills n niaciinamide(heard all these r antifungal) so hope for d best..
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I hope for the best for you also. I believe I did read you can use cloves of fresh garlic as a suppository for vaginal yeast infections.. you might want to look that up also.

Just talk to your husband about your concerns.. everything will be okay.. I hope he returns home safely.
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i am so frustrated..i feel sick all the time..im getting the urge to pee every hourly along with a painful/burning sensation in the bladder which is temporarily relieved by pee. I also get red burning vulva. IS THIS ALL YEAST RELATED?? im sick n tired of all this! please women who have similar issues/know women having similar issues plz help :(
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you need to return to be seen again.

no, this is not all yeast related.
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i have a strong feeling the recurrent candidiasis and insertion of antifungal creams/suppositories have damaged my vulva skin. i am going to go see a gynaec soon but waiting for my insurance to start again (will take around 2 more weeks)
I dont know a good gynaec. ANY one knows a good gynaec in jersey city area??
ps: i constantly have a dull pain in my vagina :( do i have vulvodynia?
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i guess i have cystitis:(
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I have had these recurring yeast infections and the antibiotics from the doctor only worked temporarily for it came back either after a month or two to three months. I read that Apple cider vinager kills yeast......I do one tablespoon a day and you can put the tablespoon in an 8 oz glass of water(best if water is cold) or drink some water before and do a tablespoon of apple cider vinager and then drink some more water right afterwards.  I have not had a yeast infection since I have been taking apple cider vinager....except one time after I had done it for a while and then stopped and quite a few months later I got another one but now even though some days I skip it so far I have not had anymore. I am sure from the doctor though, that it was a yeast infection and nothing else. You can bathe in it as well by pouring it into your bath water for relief if you currently have one. Also read up on the wonders of garlic......it kills bacteria ....
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A Tablespoon full of apple cider vinager a day keeps the yeast away!! It has worked for me. I read it that it kills yeast and I tried it and have not had a yeast infection since. I guess you can bathe in it also by putting in in your bath water!
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