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#1 cordy

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 11:01 AM

Hello
This is my first post. I have been diagnosed with CREST for about 4 years now. I believe that's what I have even tho' one rheumatologist said it was UCTD since I didn't have enough of the symptoms of CREST. Well, I have cREsT that's 3 and it's enough. Anyway, I haven't posted as I didn't feel like I was sick enough or hurt enough. I'm here now.
So, I was diagnosis with a yeast infection last week. It is sore. I'm on FemHrt so I didn't really think it was all that dry there...guess it is. I read that yeast infection is caused mostly from a weakened immune system. I came here to find out if this is just another aspect of the crest/autoimmune mess I have.
So, my gyn gave me Diflucan a week ago; 1 pill. It's still sore, but not so itchy. What kind of home remedy would you recommend? Would yogurt do anything?
Thanks to anyone who might reply.
Cordy/Suffolk, VA.

#2 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 11:31 AM

Hi Cordy,

Welcome to Sclero Forums! I'm sorry you have scleroderma but I'm glad you found us.

There are many possible causes of vaginal yeast infections. See:
http://www.medicinen...yeast_vaginitis

It's not a symptom of scleroderma and does not "count" towards diagnosis. It's frequently caused by medications, such as antibiotics or immunosuppresants. However, about 20% of the people with scleroderma also have Sjogren's syndrome, which is a related autoimmune disease.

Sjogren's attacks the mucus membranes, causing dryness. The dryness disrupts the normal flora and can lead to yeast infections in the mouth and/or vagina. So the answer is no, yes, maybe, sorta...
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#3 Snowbird

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 12:14 PM

Hi Cordy

I was on an antibiotic for another reason but my doctor said that antibiotics will cause yeast infections. Anyway, the pharmacist told me to eat active yogurt in between medication times (not right when I took it or right after taking the medication) because it could count act the medication and cause it not to work. I'm guessing you may also have an over the counter cream you need to use for a week or two as well if what you are taking is an antibiotic? Hope that helps some.

By the way, it's nice that you joined us...I think you'll find a lot of support and helpful advice from people on this forum. Good luck, hope you feel better soon!
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 09 May 2008 - 12:31 PM

Hi Cordy and welcome!!!



I'm really sorry to hear you have CREST and that you're dealing with a yucky yeast infection. Shelley gave you a great link, I hope you have time to review it.



So glad you've joined in with posting and I look forward to knowing you better.
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Posted 09 May 2008 - 10:01 PM

Hi, Cordy. I can't add anything to the excellent information you have already been given, but I do know that yeast infections can be a nightmare. I had problems with them in the past whenever I had antibiotics. These days, I take a daily yogurt probiotic drink which seems to keep the normal flora in a good balance. Welcome to the forums - I look forward to reading more of your posts.
Warm wishes,
Jefa

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 04:26 AM

Hi.
I got a yeast infection from the antibiotics and the steroids I've been put on. I did on of those 3-a-day things and it cleared it all up, then started taking garlic pills. You may want to do some research on tree oil suppositories and garlic pills as I hear they may "naturally" help yeast infections.

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#7 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 04:53 AM

And here is a Mayo Clinic article on garlic, describing many other uses for it as well, but also cautioning, "Multiple cases of bleeding have been associated with garlic use, and caution is warranted in patients at risk of bleeding or prior to some surgical/dental procedures."

As always, it's a gread idea to disclose and discuss all your vitamins and herbs with your medical team, as many of them may affect scleroderma symptoms or treatments, and its important to keep everything in balance.
Warm Hugs,

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