Are you a Yeast-infection-sufferer?

Some women don’t ever get vaginal yeast infections.  Some women seem to never be WITHOUT a vaginal yeast infection.  A new study gives options to get rid of chronic yeast infections.

First we, physicians, need to make sure that the culprit is yeast.  About 70-80% of so-called yeast infections aren’t yeast at all.  Your doctor can perform an exam and send a sample to be cultured in the lab.  The lab will confirm that it is yeast.  We all have yeast on our skin, but some immune-compromised (those with diabetes or cancer) are less able to fight it.

Probiotics have shown effectiveness against

  • chronic Candida,
  • thrush (yeast in the mouth),
  • and vulvovaginal Candida.

It is thought that the probiotic secretes a surfactant that keeps the Candida from adhering to the tissues.   The study, published in the journal Mycoses 2012, showed patients taking probiotic of Lactobacillus rhamnosus and L. fermentum had significantly less yeast after 4 weeks than those that did not take it.

Hope this helps.

About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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