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Please don't mess around with a yeast infection, get a prescription to kill of the yeast. You can cause damage if you allow the yeast to go unchecked.

If you are looking to add some acidopholous to your diet you could try it in capsule form.
 

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From my understanding, yeast itself is harmless, and is always present. It rarely causes any real problems. Only if it's bothering you does it need treatment. What damage do you feel it causes and can you site any resources that confirm this?

Bacteria and yeast keep each other in balance in the vagina. I'd be concerned about medically treating a mild yeast infection because you could OVERkill the yeast, and end up with a bacterial vaginal infection. I've successfully gotten over yeast infections with acidophilous. If you're close to your period, it may go away with your period as well because your vaginal pH goes up with your period, killing the extra yeast.
I'll tell you about my experience with vulvodynia that I believed was caused by yeast. Last year I was put on an antibiotic, as a result I got a yeast infection, my first ever at age 36. I bought an OTC product and thought it was cured but it kept coming back. My doctor gave me diflucan which cured the yeast infection but the damage had already been done. For the last year I have been dealing with a severe burning pain in my vulva, the nerve endings are exposed without any protection from collagen. Doctors prescribed steroid creams that only made my skin thinner. I tried lidocaine, prilocaine, and gabapentin for pain relief. Finally, about a month ago my doctor gave me some estrogen cream and have had some relief from the constant pain as the collagen is starting to regenerate.

I know many women can get over a yeast infection by taking acidophilus but it doesn't do anything for me. I have had to quit eating any proccessed sugar because I am afraid of yeast infections.
 

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Problem 1 here is that you aren't supposed to home treat if you've never had a yeast infection before. I personally can't use OTC topical stuff. I get horrible allergic reactions, thus if I get a yeast infection I have to get a diflucan, or home treat if it's minor.

Your experience is certainly unfortunate, but everything I've read says that yeast infections are harmless, they're just annoying. (There are rare exceptions to this, as with everything in life) If you have some research backing up the fact that they are routinely dangerous, then certainly share it, otherwise it is best not to scare people about their health without any scientific proof to back it up.
Well, I wasn't trying to scare anyone but all the reading I have done on vulvodyina suggests that yeast infections can be a cause. I did find this study:

http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/art...tid=1431685#R5

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Self-report of chronic yeast infections and urinary tract infections (each defined as three or more infections within 12 months) were the strongest predictors of vulvodynia in both univariate and multivariate models. Consistent with this finding, nearly 30% of cases believed that their vulvodynia was caused in part by yeast infections. As with any case control study, the potential for recall bias is acknowledged; cases may better remember past exposures, a particular concern in the instance of vulvodynia and vulvovaginal infection history. The literature also supports an association between vulvodynia and yeast infections,4, 5, 18, 21-24 with limited discussion on urinary tract infections,21 but the nature of these relationships is not well understood. Like our current study, previous research has relied upon self-report of infection history without laboratory confirmation of the diagnosis.
 
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