Help...Recurring Thrush!

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  1. Just wondering if anyone had suggestions on getting rid of thrush and keeping it away! I am solely pumping..the babies have been checked and they do not have thrush. I sterilize all bottles and pump pieces after every use...I have had two doses of diflucan and I have been using the gentian violet. The first bout of thrush lasted about a week, then a week later came back. Any suggestions would be appreciated! I am not letting the nursing pads get damp either...this is getting very frustrating! Between the bouts of thrush I had mastitis!!

  2. I don't have any advice, but I know that there were several threads in the last year about this. Maybe if you search back through the old threads.
    Good luck.

  3. My doc had given me 7-10 diflucan pills and I was to take one each day. It might be that you need more of it then just 2 doses.

  4. LLL has a good fact sheet on thrush:

    Be persistent! Yeast can be very difficult to get rid of, but you can do it. You also need to be sure you continue all treatments (boiling pump parts, etc.) for two weeks after thrush seems to be cured.

  5. Here's an excerpt from that fact sheet:

    Points to Consider with Recurrent Yeast
    Avoid sugar, including fruit and artificial sweeteners, anything with yeast including breads, anything fermented, like wine and vinegar, and dairy products, except yogurt with live cultures. Cut back on high carbohydrate foods.
    Set your dishwasher to heat the water hot enough to kill yeast on glasses, dishes and utensils for oral yeast in family members using these dishes. If you handwash, dip the dishes and utensils in a bleach solution first.
    Eliminate the use of Natural B vitamins such as Brewer's Yeast for a time.
    Brush your tongue as well as your teeth.
    Replace toothbrushes regularly. Boil or soak in a 10% bleach solution after each bout of thrush.
    Disinfect dental or orthodontic appliances each and every time they are removed from the mouth.
    Discard roll-on or solid deodorant after the initial yeast outbreak has cleared.
    Use regular, rather than antibacterial soap. Killing bacteria can make yeast overgrowth more likely.
    Check for yeast growing in or under/around finger or toenails, under arms or breasts, in the groin or baby's diaper area. Does baby suck thumb, finger or knuckles? Check them carefully. Wash baby's hands frequently. Also check the finger and toenail beds and where skin touches skin for the entire family.
    Take precautions to avoid the spread of yeast with family underwear, bras and towels.
    Wear pantyhose with a cotton crotch, cut the crotch out of the panty or wear thigh-high hose.
    Avoid synthetic underwear and tight jeans.
    Change quickly out of sweaty exercise clothes or wet swimsuits.
    Notice any correlation between your menstrual cycle and thrush reoccurence, particularly a few days before menses starts.
    Ask your partner to be checked for a yeast infection.
    Wash your hands every time you use the toilet, handle your breasts or milk, put your fingers in your own or your baby's mouth, change diapers (nappies).
    Treat every single thing possible that you put in your mouth or your children put in theirs to kill yeast.
    Disinfect inhalers or breathing treatment machines for asthma or other conditions between uses.
    Replace makeup after clearing up a yeast infestation. Yeast can live on lipsticks, lip and eye liners, eye shadows, mascaras, foundations and powders. Disinfect or replace makeup applicators.
    Check everyone in the family for cracks in the corner of the mouth.
    Have a veterinarian check animals for yeast. Pets with fur can harbor yeast, particularly in their ears. Feathered pets can have yeast overgrowths, too.
    Avoiding Sugar in the Diet
    Yeast feeds on sugar, so those who suffer recurrent yeast infections may wish to try to avoid sugar in their diets. This can be difficult because those with yeast infections often crave sugar.

    Check labels of all processed foods carefully. Sugar and other sweeteners can be listed as corn syrup, corn syrup solids, sugar, malodextrose, dextrose, fructose, levulose and maltose. Honey, molasses, raw and brown sugar as well as artificial sweeteners such as calcium saccharin (Sweet 'n Low), aspartame (Nutra-Sweet) or acesulfame potassium (Sunett) or those made from kiwis (Ki-Sweet) also feed yeast.

  6. Rinse with a light vinegar water mixture and take lots of probiotics. I dont know if its permitted but I used Cendex to kill the yeast and then followed up with (after a 2 day course) with a good probiotic - the ones from teh fridge. I took the probiotic 4 times daily.

  7. Thanks for the ideas everyone!

  8. Take Culterelle - it is OTC (a probiotic).

  9. Jules, I responded on the PG board.

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