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Is there any cure for candida? If so, what is

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Posted on Thu, 21 Mar 2019
Question: Is there any cure for candida? If so, what is it?
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (1 hour later)
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There are treatments for candida, but they depend on the location of the candida.

If candida is in the mouth (thrush), a treatment for that is oral Nystatin.

I can't tell if you are male or female (name XXXXXXX but listed male for gender). It makes a difference in terms of treatment:

If candida is on the penis causing infection and swelling of the foreskin, treatment is an antifungal, and if the foreskin can't be retracted, then urgent urological consult is needed.

For women with a "yeast infection" of the vagina, there are over the counter creams to insert into the vagina. Creams containing Terconazole are effective against candida.

A bath with a cup of apple cider vinegar added to the bath water can also help.

If for a woman, yeast infections are recurrent, boric acid powder suppositories can be used.

For very severe cases of candida overgrowth, there is an oral medication called Diflucan, but this medication has risks of being hard on the liver, so it is not a "first line" treatment.

I hope this information helps.


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Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh

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Brief Answer: Information Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome to 'Ask A Doctor' service, There are treatments for candida, but they depend on the location of the candida. If candida is in the mouth (thrush), a treatment for that is oral Nystatin. I can't tell if you are male or female (name XXXXXXX but listed male for gender). It makes a difference in terms of treatment: If candida is on the penis causing infection and swelling of the foreskin, treatment is an antifungal, and if the foreskin can't be retracted, then urgent urological consult is needed. For women with a "yeast infection" of the vagina, there are over the counter creams to insert into the vagina. Creams containing Terconazole are effective against candida. A bath with a cup of apple cider vinegar added to the bath water can also help. If for a woman, yeast infections are recurrent, boric acid powder suppositories can be used. For very severe cases of candida overgrowth, there is an oral medication called Diflucan, but this medication has risks of being hard on the liver, so it is not a "first line" treatment. I hope this information helps.