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Question: I am hoping that you may have some advice for me. I am a 34 year old single mom who has been having recurrent yeast infections since high school. I've been on oral contraception on and off since high school. I've tried to modify my diet by cutting out sugar and starches, but this is very hard for me to do completely. OTC and Rx meds provide temporary relief and then a month may go by before I have another yeast infection. Please help!!! Are there any supplements that I can take? (I already wear cotton underwear and I avoid using irritating products) Thank you for your time.

Answer: First, are you sure that you are actually having yeast infections? Have you been told by your doctor that your cultures are positive for yeast on more than one occasion? I am asking because women sometimes assume that a certain discharge, without itching, is a yeast infection, when in fact it is a normal change in their discharge. And there are many other potential causes for vaginal itching. I suggest that you see your gynecologist for a culture the next time you think you have a yeast infection.

If your main problem is itching, you might have a skin condition. See a dermatologist to rule out a condition like eczyma that might be the cause of your problem.

One natural treatment that I recommend for yeast is Acidophilus. You can find it at a health food store. Taking it every day may decrease yeast infections as will eating a cup of natural unflavored yogurt with live cultures every day. And ask your doctor to check you for diabetes, a common cause of repeat and chronic yeast infections. --Dr. Hilda

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