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begonia
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I get yeast infections fairly frequently and decided this time to try to treat it with garlic. Usually I use a tampon soaked in coconut oil.

I had had an oral yeast infection a few years ago while on a very long course of antibiotics and I treated that with garlic, so I figured it would work. I did as recommended and inserted a clove of garlic into my vagina. This was at about 8:00 last night, and I removed it at about 11:00. When I woke up this morning my labia was VERY sore, and I noticed three small bumps on my labia near the vaginal opening. My question is could there have been bacteria on the garlic which has caused an infection, and these are the symptoms? or is this just a normal reaction to using garlic to treat a yeast infection? I know this seems far fetched, but I just wanted to be sure. (it is also possible that those bumps could have been there before and I'm just now noticing them)

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Heather
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Garlic is pretty intense stuff, and I'd expect what it was was just a reaction to it. Some folks who use garlic as a suppository for yeast infections wrap it in cheesecloth first for that reason. As well, if the clove is cut or nicked in any way, I'd expect some kind of reaction like this, and a feeling of burning, because again, it's strong, especially when any of the juice gets out.

I don't know of any risks to worry about with this, save the risk that -- like any yeast infection treatment, honestly -- it won't work. Garlic is an anti-bacterial, so unless it's left in too long, I'd not personally say bacterial infection is a concern.

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begonia
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Thank you so much for your response.
I did do as some one suggested and strung the garlic on a piece of thread and in hindsight that probably released alot of the garlic juice.
Thank you again! I thought the probably of an infection was unlikely, but I just wanted to get some advice.

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Heather
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I'd just keep an eye on it, both with an issue because of the garlic, and obviously, because you also have a yeast infection.

So, if your yeast symptoms don't go poofie in a day or two, or get far milder -- or if they get worse -- and/or the changes you noticed after using the garlic don't subside or get worse, I'd take a visit to a sexual/repro healthcare provider.

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Btw, if you're trying to DIY it, if you can get your hands on a good acidophilus supplement -- the kind found in the refridgerated section -- that also helps some people combat yeast infections.

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