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my personal cure for a yeast infection or UTI


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If you have a UTI or yeast infection and don't want to go to the doctor*, you might try what I do. I combine certain supplements with drinking a lot of water and avoiding sugar and acidic drinks (sadly this includes coffee). I haven't needed antibiotics/antifungals for a UTI or yeast infection since I figured out this regimen.

Food: avoid sweet or very processed foods: go for raw veggies & cooked grains, stuff with lots of fiber.
Drink: avoid sweet or acidic drinks: go for water.
Supplements: take these throughout the day:
* cranberry 25,200mg, 3x the daily serving size
* garlic oil softgels, 1,000mg pills at 6-10 per day
* oregano oil softgels at max daily dose
* betacarotene 25,000 at max daily dose
* vitamin e softgels 800-1000mg daily
* evening primrose oil softgels 1000-1200mg daily

Note: this works best if you use it as the infection is coming on, before it gets too intense. If you take the garlic and cranberry right at the start and drink plenty of water you may not need the others.

for me, the ONLY cranberry that works is the one that has 25,200mg from concentrate. Nature's bounty triple strength is the one I most often use, but Azo also works (most others don't). I take triple the daily serving size, spaced throughout the day.

along with this I take odorless garlic oil softgels, 1,000mg pills at 6-10 per day (they're tiny if you get the oil ones) -- again it depends on the brand and type for them to be useful. BRI Nutrition and Nature's Bounty are good for me (most others give me awful burps). Take these with food.

Then, if it's already an infection, I also take oregano oil softgels at whatever the maximum daily dose is. Sometimes these are sold with parsley in them too and that works just as well. Take these with food.

If there is dry/irritated/inflamed skin, I also recommend betacarotene 25,000 (NOT vitamin A made with retinyl palmitate because you can overdose on that but you can't overdose on beta carotene because your body only converts what it needs) and vitamin e softgels 800-1000mg, and evening primrose oil softgels 1000-1200mg.

Another thing that helps me -- and this is weird but it helps SO MUCH -- is getting in the shower, applying plain (NOT flavored or sweetened!) yogurt to the outside, letting it sit a minute, then rinsing the area with lukewarm (not hot!) water. Soap will make it worse for me but this helps a lot. I'm not willing to use the yeast-killing creams so this is my solution. Also, airing out the area daily, while odd and potentially uncomfortable, helps too.

The cranberry and garlic I mentioned (taken as specified on the bottle) can work together as a great preventative. I have tested it out when I had to take antibiotics, and one of my friends tested it out too when they had to take antibiotics, and it helped both of us a lot. For me at least, taking meds for a yeast infection tends to bring on further problems so I want to avoid that if possible.

Speaking of antibiotics, I always take Florastor along with any antibiotics. It is a beneficial yeast which is not killed by antibiotics and it helps keep the bad yeast from overpopulating in the absence of the bacteria being killed by the antibiotics. It is expensive (about a dollar per once-a-day pill) but if you can afford it, it's worth it, especially if you tend to always get infections and/or gut problems after a course of antibiotics.

As you take it, keep in mind that all probiotics need fiber and a low-acid environment to survive, so you should take it with some raw fruit or vegetable and a full glass of water. (Cooked food has less fiber than raw) Also whenever you take antibiotics it is a good idea to avoid sugar and simple carbs like white bread because those feed the bad microbes.

*a final note of caution: if it doesn't improve noticeably within 3 days, or if it gets worse despite doing these things, I would encourage you to go to the doctor because if UTIs get really bad they can spread to your kidneys, which can be dangerous. If you have upper back and side pain, fever over 101f, chills, nausea, or vomiting that develops along with a UTI or yeast infection please go to urgent care and do not waste time trying this method!

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Original ★ stay wilder than the wind
ragnarok_08 ══╣Original ★ stay wilder than the wind╠══
Thanks for the post!
callmebee ══╣╠══
I have chronic yeast infections, and interstitial cystitis. It is terrible. I have an overgrowth of yeast almost all the time, which gets worse from the point I ovulate to the point I menstruate.

However, it seems that big life changes or climate changes ignite an overgrowth so intense that even 3 rounds of anti-fungal cream in 2 months does next to nothing.

It was confirmed by a Dr. a week before I left to North Dakota from New Mexico that I had a candida over growth and I brushed it off because I always do until I got off the airplane and had open sores from the infection that NEEDED treatment immediately.

the first treatment seemed to help, but it came back 2-3 weeks later. The second treatment for longer. The third treatment did literally nothing. SO. I'm going to change my diet for a while and probably follow some of your supplement plans because I am desperate.

Thank you for sharing!
artless
belenen ══╣artless╠══
if you don't mind getting messy, one thing that I have done is puncture a betacarotene capsule and applied the inside liquid to my crotch skin (after "washing" with yogurt and rinsing thoroughly and air-drying). As long as it is betacarotene (NOT retinyl palmitate) it is safe and it worked astonishingly well for me -- it made my hpv outbreak clear up in a few weeks when I applied once a week. A friend of mine also tried it after they got cracked skin due to a yeast infection and they said it helped. It will stain clothes though, and will stain your fingers for about a day (if you wash them as often as I do).

Also in addition to Florastor I would take Pearls "women's" probiotics daily. Of course this is all assuming you can afford the supplements and tolerate swallowing a bunch of pills.

If your doctor prescribes a cream three months in a row they don't know what they're doing. Diflucan is a one-time pill that kills all the fungus in your body and they should have given it to you already! but I had a gyno that wanted me to just use a cream too so I had to specifically ask.
callmebee ══╣╠══
I have chronic yeast infections, so I often treat them myself without bothering to talk to a doctor.

In fact, my last doctor was really shocked when they pointed it out my "infection" on my labs from my annual exam and I just sort of shrugged and went, "Its always like that." Because it is.

But on the airplane to ND it got so bad that I ended up with sores on my labia, which has never happened before.

Another doctor recommended I my own probiotic suppository (basically) by breaking open a PB8 capsule and making a paste with it and using my finger to apply it. I can't say it doesn't help, but it's messy.

I have requested Diflucan in the past and the doctor I spoke to at that point (in 2010) told me that the amount I'd have to take for how bad my problem is would damage my liver. Granted I had over growths all over my body (in my mouth and sinuses specifically) so perhaps that is an option this time.

I'm going to call my OBGYN today because this cannot go on. I'm afraid the damage being caused to my vagina. Diet changes make a drastic impact within a few days, so hopefully that helps sustain it. I may have to consider a permanent diet change that reduces sugar and processed carbohydrates drastically. I guess that wouldn't hurt my overall health in general, I just despise having dietary restrictions because I find them triggering.
garrulous
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
if you're not ready to reduce sugar and simple carbs yet, simply increasing the amount of water you drink and raw veggies you eat will help even without that, because the water makes it a less hospitable environment for the bad stuff and the veggies help the good ones to multiply.

For me, water is number 1 over anything else (I drink at least 96 oz a day when I'm combating an infection, but I do sweat a lot and I am quite a large person).

I really really hope you get a good visit w your doc that helps a lot!
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