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Member # 58116
posted 04-03-2013 11:06 PM
I have now seen 4 different medical providers about my monthly yeast infections, and all of them just prescribe Diflucan, which clears up the infection temporarily, only to return several weeks later. (They have tested me for all STIs as well as BV, and yeast is the only thing that shows up positive). I have also tried the OTC creams, yogurt, garlic, pro-biotics, and a no-sugar diet.
It looks like there is only one thing left to try: boric acid suppositories. I can't find these at any pharmacy, and I also want to make sure this is safe to do in the first place since I thought boric acid was a poison/toxin? Please let me know how this works!
Member # 101745
posted 04-04-2013 12:19 AM
I'm sorry to hear that you're having so many yeast infections; they're certainly no fun at all. =(
I hadn't heard of boric acid suppositories to treat yeast infections before, but I did a general search and have seen it mentioned a few places with references to some clinical trials. I know it's toxic when eaten or applied to open sores, but topically it seems to be ok for some people. Having said that, I'd probably consult with a doctor before you give this a try, even though you've seen several already. When you've seen all these different providers, have you explained to them how often you get them, and the fact that Diflucan (and other remedies) haven't been working for you? I think at this point, when you've had this problem for a while and most remedies haven't been helpful, that this deserves more attentive care from a doctor. I know you've posted about these for a while and I'm sure this is SUPER frustrating to have to keep dealing with, but I do think at this point that it's going to take one doctor (who's willing to really listen to the problem and look for a cause vs. just writing another Diflucan prescription by reflex) to do some investigating to find out the problem. By all means, ask a doctor if they think the boric acid would help! It might! I just think a more in-depth medical opinion would be helpful too.
Member # 3
posted 04-04-2013 10:32 AM
I'd also want to know if any of these doctors have evaluated your diet extensively, as well as done any screenings for food or other allergies and any screenings for other general health issues which can be associated with chronic yeast.
If you happen to have a sexual partner who is the same partner throughout all these infections, I'd also want to make sure they have been screened for yeast.
Member # 58116
posted 04-04-2013 08:07 PM
My partner's doctor will not do a test on her unless she has symptoms, which she doesn't. However we have stopped direct genital contact just in case. (I miss it though!) What should I ask my doctor in terms of diet and allergy testing?
Member # 20094
posted 04-04-2013 08:21 PM
Conditions like diabetes can sometimes cause recurring yeast infections, and often allergies or sensitivities to foods containing gluten or lactose (so most grains and dairy products). Start by asking your doctor to do screenings for the most common allergies and health conditions likely to result in chronic yeast, and go from there.
In terms of your partner getting tested, is there somewhere else she could go? It is possible for yeast to be passed back and forth even if one partner doesn't show any symptoms. I don't know where you are or what your options are for healthcare beyond basic medical care, but you may also want to consider seeing a naturopath or someone who can look at your typical diet and whole lifestyle and see if there are any contributing factors there. Generally, changing your diet to help deal with yeast involves a lot more than just cutting out sugars from the usual sources, and there are healthcare providers who can help you figure out what to eat if that's something you want to try again.
Member # 58116
posted 04-04-2013 10:23 PM
I'm actually recovering from an eating disorder and my therapist and I agree that following any sort of restrictive diet would be triggering and risky for me. It's even been somewhat problematic to get rid of refined sugars, as I have lost more weight and started to have obsessive food thoughts again, so I don't think that route is a good option for me. I will ask for a diabetes test although last time I mentioned it the doctor said since I'm young and thin I'm not at risk.
Member # 3
posted 04-05-2013 10:01 AM
This might actually be related to having had an eating disorder, so if you're seeing a specialist about your ED, I'd ask them about this, too.
The good news on that is that the answer there is usually just eating a well-balanced diet, so while I know it might be emotionally challenging, what would probably be advised isn't restricting, but likely eating more, just so long as the "more" is more of the good stuff. [ 04-05-2013, 10:04 AM: Message edited by: Heather ]