I searched for this topic and found some helpful results but figured I ought to start a new topic as the one I found was rather old, and I thought you ladies may have some more up-to-date input. :)
My issue... I've had a more or less constant yeast infection since OCTOBER 2008. My bloodsugars had been out of control for a year or more... like constant 200's and 300's which would explain the yeast. But I've never heard of anything so long-lasting... and now I've got a good doctor and some self control and a wonderful pump and I am doing a lot better (its been about a month maybe?). But I was wondering if anyone had similar, chronic issues and how they dealt with it.
I'm taking probiotic acidophilus and doing periodic ointment treatments but nothing seems to help. There have been a couple lulls in symptoms, but nothing major. Bahhh this is so frustrating. I figure it will take some time to come under control, but I was hoping it would get a little better by now! Help me girls, I'm distressed!
As sick and unfun as this issue is, I'd almost choose it over the challenges that men have with sexual function and diabetes. I'm not sure which is the lesser of two evils really but I wouldn't wish either on anyone in their "prime" tee hee.
Hi Danni, I don't quite know how to answer this because I'm currently fighting a chronic candida problem myself. I thought I should let you know that there are doctors out there who deal w/ this (candida is yeast). It's hard to find them though. You're probably going to have to be really aggressive with this. Unfortunately there are a ka-jillion different treatments floating around the web. Personally I didn't know what to believe, so I (thankfully) found a doctor who has helped a lot of people through this. I was in your same situation Sept. of last year. Figured out my high sugars were caused by food allergies which are caused by a yeast problem in the intestines. And then the high BS keeps feeding the yeast. It's a crazy circle.
So, I currently don't eat the foods I react to & am on an anti-candida diet. My BS average is at 120. Much better than it was. If this resonates with you, let me know & I'll explain more.
Actually, the yeasts in bread and food are a whole different species of microorganisms than the kind that infect the female reproductive tract. It's a fad thing to cure yeast by not eating yeast. It does not really work.
The drug resistant yeast is something named candida glabrata. Bread is made with saccheromyces cerevisiae not even a member of the candida.species.
I'm taking acidophilus twice a day, it seems to not be helping. :(
And its no question that it started due to high bloodsugars... but now I'm on a pump, with more stable bg's and I check my bg allll the time, but its not going away. Very stressful.
Here's one I've heard about: garlic suppositories. Use a small te@bag or mulling spice bag to keep it from getting lost. Never tried it myself, though intuitively it sounds reasonable.
If you're having sex it can definitely be passes back and forth. I would also add that your SO puts their mouth anywhere near there and they've had anything yeasty to eat/drink (beer/wine) ... you get the picture. I learned this one the hard way :/.
Changing underwear frequently can help too, in addition to wearing cotton undies, especially during the summer.
Good luck fighting it all away!
Before i got diagnosed i had this problem alot, and of course aftewards. I hate them just as much as uti's. When i was younger i used to take a hot bath and put vaseline, but that stopped working before i was diagnosed with diabetes. I've taken the oral pill, which seems to work pretty good,but you'd have to bunker down and ask your doc about what to about reoccuring one. Good blood sugar is of course important so i avoiding sex till it clears, eat yogurt everyday!, never tried putting yogurt on but i heard it works, i would take a hot bath if it hurts (no bubbles), drink water, if it itches put vagisil on, very important to wear lose fitting clothes, cotton underwear, and i go as far to wear a panty liner (especially with the vagisil), and carry extra underwear on you just case, and i would go ahead and buy some loose fitting jeans for when it does happen
For this particular issue I have a whole lot of experience!
The number one thing that helped me was getting my blood sugars under control. If you need help, ask your doctor about symlin--it was the only thing that helped me virtually eliminate post-meal highs.
Second: There are a couple of strains of yeast that normal OTC's or Rx's are resistant to--you might need to go with the big guns. Definitely get your doctor involved in this.
Third: I don't buy it that foods with yeast in them cause yeast infections. I am also resistant to the idea that yogurt everyday helps. The reason I am resistant to this idea is because what happens to the yeast when it goes through your GI system. It dies. And how could dead yeast (which, in bread is a totally different species (saccahromyces cerevisiae verses Candida) than the one in your vaginal system) grow and cause infections? The best advice if you are trying to avoid foods that foster YI's is certainly to avoid processed foods, but only because then you can control your blood sugar levels better. Certainly you can try to help keep your body pH correct (which is why yeast thrive anyway: Blood sugar increases causes the blood pH to drop, and the environment in your vagina becomes more acidic, which kills off the good bacteria that normally compete with the yeast for resources. When the good bacteria dies, yeast go crazy and reproduce). Caffeine and soda may help to eliminate that acidic environment.
I know this is an old thread. I'm so behind in the times. But, I read that diabetics are very prone to yeast infections. something like 15-20% of diabetics will get a systemic yeast infection, which is ugly. Anyone out there have this problem? If you get this as a diabetic yogurt won't work. It's all hardcore meds
I definitely was in this club for about a year. I had an A1c over 9% for a year and it was so hard to break that plateau. Fortunately, though, I havent had any yeast issues since brining my A1c down below 8% Currently, I'm at 6.8%. It took a while to level out my body, but eventually, it did level out.
Just hang in there. I frequently got up in the middle of the night to drink water and wash with soap to relieve the itchy burning sensation. No medications helped me during those times.
It's yet another side effect we have to deal with. :) Good luck and stay strong.
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