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Have candida developing just before periods. What is the best treatment?

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Hi doc, I hve candida for all my life no treatment is curing it. It comes especially just before my periods. Now my husband is sufferring also. What do I do.
Posted Thu, 5 Dec 2013 in Vaginal and Uterus Health
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 2 hours later
Brief Answer: Following measures can help you. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for trusting us with your health concern. Having treatment for vaginal discharge multiple times without being relieved of discharge is distressing. Vaginosis is usually associated with super added fungal infections and if not treated vigorously is notorious for recurrence. A common reason of recurrent infections is simultaneous improper treatment of the partner which keeps on reinfecting the female partner repeatedly. A vaginal swab culture sensitivity will be helpful in determining the antibiotic which will be most suitable for your infection. In recurrent case, you have to eliminate certain predisposing factors like: 1) Diabetes by doing one blood sugar (PPBS) test. 2) Recent change in sexual partner or having multiple partner, presence of any type STD. 3) Using any contraceptive pill/ Cu-T (IUD), douching or inserting any foreign object. 4) Concurrent practice of vaginal and anal intercourse in alternate way during same session. 5) Other co-existence factors- irregular diet habit, psychological factor, hormonal imbalance, non-maintenance of genital hygiene during period, cervicitis/ atrophic vaginitis etc. It may be aggravated by using chemical substance like lubricant/ jelly with condom or soap/ detergent/ other bath products, causing repeated friction & irritation inside vagina. In this scenario, you must consult with a gynecologist regarding this for proper guidance through pelvic examination (with or without speculum), relevant investigation (like STD profile, vaginal swab test, complete hormone assay etc). Take suggestive measures with supportive medication accordingly. Following life style changes are helpful to prevent future recurrence: 1) Take healthy diet with anti oxidant (like Vit-E/ C, selenium, zinc, lycopene etc) supplements. Drink plenty of water/ juice for better systemic circulation. 2) Do not touch/ wipe out genital area too much. Also avoid inserting objects or douching inside vagina. 3) Maintain genital hygiene with proper shaving & cleaning. Do regular physical exercise by means of jogging/ walking/ treadmill etc. 4) Wear only clean & cotton underwear. Don't wear any tight fitting clothes or pants to avoid repeated friction/ irritation. 5) Avoid using any type of chemical cosmetics or soap or condoms. Try to avoid any type of sexual activity for at least 3 months. 6) Avoid stress/ tension/ mental upset by regular deep breathing (20-30 times)/ yoga. Take a sound sleep for complete relaxation. Please feel free to discuss further. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Rakhi Tayal.
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Follow-up: Have candida developing just before periods. What is the best treatment? 4 hours later
Thank you doctor, I can identify with many of the causes. What about my husband what must he do or avoid.
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Maintaining general cleanliness will help. Detailed Answer: Hello. Thanks for writing again. Your husband also needs to maintain good general hygiene, clean his genitalia after retracting the foreskin, avoid having sex till completely cured. Hope my answer is helpful. If you do not have any clarifications, you can close the discussion and rate the answer. Wish you good health. Regards
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