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Please suggest a lab test by which I can know if my vaginal infection is caused by yeast or by other pathogens n if its a yeast infection ,what lab test can confirm if its caused by candida albicans or other species of candida?

Dr. Sujata Sinha 97% (2221 ratings)
M.B.B.S, Post Graduate Diploma In Maternal & Child Health
Gynaecologist, Bokaro
Actually, there is no such lab test. Most of the times it is a mixed infection. If you have a problem, just go to a local doctor for check up and treatment or else take online consultation.
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Candida Skin Infection - How It Can Be Managed?

Dr. V.Sethu Raman 88% (237 ratings)
MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
Candida Skin Infection - How It Can Be Managed?

Fungal infection of the skin and mucous membranes is very common. The most common species of fungus causing these infections is Candida albicans. They are present in abundance in the skin and mucous membranes and have a protective function. However, when immunity is compromised, these grow to a significant number and infection results. Some of the most common candida infections and ways to manage them are outlined below.

Athlete’s foot, nail fungal infections, diaper rash, jock itch, oral thrush, and vaginal yeast infections are the most common candida skin infections. Though they can occur anywhere, they are most common in the intertriginous areas, where two skins come in close contact, like the groin area, the armpits, the corners of the mouth, area between the toes and between the fingers. Sweat and mucous facilitate their growth further, as they provide a moist environment for their growth.

In addition, poor hygiene, hot/humid weather, and constricting clothing can lead to increased chances of developing candida infections. Patient conditions like obesity, infants, diabetics, hypothyroidism, inflammatory disorders, pregnancy, damp weather, and immunosuppressed conditions like AIDs are definite risk factors. Identifying the infection is the biggest step towards treatment. There could be rashes, patches, flaking, cracks, soreness, and erythema, white or red lesions in the mouth or genital area.

Management:

A little precaution can help in preventing infections and there are definitely ways to treat the condition also.
If someone is immunosuppressed or has other predisposing factors, it is advisable to take precautions as listed below to avoid candida infections.

  1. Keep the intertriginous areas clean, could be by bathing more frequently or using sponge baths
  2. Wear loose clothing so the skin in the areas like groynes and armpits are not irritated
  3. Diaper skin management
  4. Keep the toenails and feet area clean
  5. During pregnancy, wear loose clothing and dry thoroughly after showers to avoid infection
  6. Frequently change inner garments and socks
  7. During warm weather, wear open-toed footwear so there is adequate aeration
  8. Take supplements like multivitamins to maintain good immunity levels

Treatment:

While treatment of one-off candida infections is not uncommon, people who are prone to recurrent infections need more stringent management. In one off infections, topical anti fungal agents like lotions, powder, ointments or creams are sufficient. These could contain anti fungal agents like ketoconazole or fluconazole. It is important that these stay in touch with the skin surface for about 10 to 15 minutes.

In moderately severe infections, a course of oral anti fungal agent is used, sometimes for up to 2 weeks depending on the severity of the symptoms. IV anti fungal agents may be used in more severe and widespread cases like seen in AIDS patients. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dermatologist.

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I ve got vaginal candida infection can I use molinia albicans for vesicular eruptions on labia? Or how can vesicular eruptions on labia are treated?

Dr. Karuna Chawla 97% (84883 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Noida
Do the following-- 1. You maintain high grade of personal hygiene. 2. Do change your undergarments at least 2 times a day 3. Wear cotton underclothes. 4. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids. 5. Keep the area dry. For more details you can consult me.
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Hi, I do use wash daily. But still, it's not helpful and to treat the infection I use candid cl.

Dr. C S Hiremath 90% (456 ratings)
BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Dharwad
Dear lybrate-user, candida albicans is a naturally occurring microorganism in the vaginal area, is called candidiasis. This infection is may be due to the following reasons: -use of antibiotics (they decrease the amount of lactobacillus [“good bacteria”] in the vagina) -pregnancy -weak immune system -poor eating habits, including a lot of sugary foods -hormonal imbalance near your menstrual cycle -stress -lack of sleep. Follow the following: -have well-balanced diet -have yogurt or taking supplements with lactobacillus -wash underwear in hot water avoid the following: -wearing tight pants, pantyhose, tights, or leggings -using of scented tampons or pads -sitting around in wet clothing, especially bathing suits -sitting in hot tubs or taking frequent hot baths homeopathy has got complete cure for these kinds of complaints by constitutional treatment and holistic approach. Which brings complete cure without any side effects by improving immunity naturally. I suggest you to take an appointment for consultation so that detail case can be discussed and rule out the cause and proceed further for treatment. You can consult online for treatment. Thank you.
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Using candid v gel for treating yeast infection what are the doses ?and how many days I have to take it?

Dr. M V S S Ramakrishna 92% (870 ratings)
BHMS & MD, MCAH
Homeopath, Vijayawada
Using candid v gel for treating yeast infection what are the doses ?and how many days I have to take it?
Dear lybrate-user ji, candida albicans is a naturally occurring yeast microorganism in the vaginal area. This yeast infection is may be due to the following reasons: -use of antibiotics (they decrease the amount of lactobacillus [“good bacteria”] in the vagina) -pregnancy -weak immune system -poor eating habits, including a lot of sugary foods -hormonal imbalance near your menstrual cycle -stress -lack of sleep. Follow the following: -have well-balanced diet -have yogurt or taking supplements with lactobacillus -wash underwear in hot water avoid the following: -wearing tight pants, pantyhose, tights, or leggings -using of scented tampons or pads -sitting around in wet clothing, especially bathing suits -sitting in hot tubs or taking frequent hot baths homeopathy has got complete cure for these kinds of complaints by constitutional treatment and holistic approach. Which brings complete cure without any side effects by improving immunity naturally. I suggest you to take an appointment for consultation so that detail case can be discussed and rule out the cause and proceed further for treatment.
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I've had a candida infection since more than 2 years now. The infection is in my mouth, bowel and genital area. Is it true that candida infections can cause cancer?

Dr. Sreepada Kameswara Rao 97% (22612 ratings)
DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopathy Doctor, Hyderabad
Candida albicans is a normally harmless yeast infection found in the mouth, intestinal tract, and genitals. Candida infections are rarely serious in otherwise healthy people. In rare cases, it may spread through other parts of the body if the patient's immune system is not functioning properly. Very good treatment is available in homoeopathy for your problem. No side effects. Please take homeopathic medicine nitric acid 200 once daily in the morning for 5 days. For further prescription and treatment, consult me through “Lybrate text consult”.
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I had amniotic fluid leaked at 26 wks I am worried why this happened. I didn't have any symptoms prior to it. And lost my baby. I would like to know are there any thing serious. And vaginal swab says I have candida albicans infection. Please do help me if any precautions I have to take.

Dr. Vandana Walvekar 91% (1860 ratings)
MD
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
Pl see a gynaecologist with next pregnancy early as 10/12 weeks ausg at 16 weeks will help and importantly pl check the cervix and avoid sex during 2nd half of pregnancy.
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I have candida I get some antibiotics and a candid v6 vaginal insert I just want to know how long does the candid v6 take to work?

Dr. Girish Dani 93% (10794 ratings)
MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, FCPS, DGO, Diploma of the Faculty of Family Planning (DFFP)
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
V6 means use for 6 days then reassessment. No antibiotics preferably should be used as it increases chances of fungal infection
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Are You The Right Candidate For IVF?

Indira Ivf 86% (51 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
IVF Specialist, Udaipur
Are You The Right Candidate For IVF?

One of the major milestones in a woman’s life is the entry into motherhood. For most women, when this does not happen in the natural logical sequence of things, there is anxiety and lot of pressure from family and friends.

However, with advancements now, there are options like intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilisation (IUI and IVF) available, which can help increase the chances of conception and pregnancy. IVF is where the egg is retrieved from the woman’s womb, fertilised externally and then transplanted back into the uterus where it grows to full term. However, there are always unanswered questions like how long to wait before going for IVF, is it the right procedure for me, etc.

Read on to know to find answers to some of these.

  1. Maternal age: As a woman reaches 35 and a man reaches 40, the fertility rates drop significantly. The chances that a woman at 35 will conceive is about 20%, which goes down to 5% if the woman is 40. However, this rate can be significantly increased by using IVF. The quality of the egg would gradually deteriorate, and so if a woman is nearing 40, it is better to consider IVF as the ovarian reserve would be optimal with IVF.
  2. Failed intrauterine insemination: In couples who have problems with the sperm reaching the uterus, intrauterine insemination (IUI) is first attempted. However, if 3 or more attempts of fail, it is time to consider IVF.
  3. Duration of inability to conceive: While some couples conceive quite promptly in a month or two, most take about 6 to 8 months of unprotected sex to conceive. Therefore, IVF can be an option if you are failing to conceive even after a year. Less than a year, don’t fret. Take it easy and it might just do the trick.
  4. Medical health: Both the partner’s medical health should be taken into account. Lifestyle changes like smoking, alcohol abuse, drug abuse should be considered, which can account for poor sexual performance and therefore lead to an inability to conceive. Health conditions like diabetes and heart disease can also lead to infertility. Hypothyroidism in women is another thing that must be ruled out, as it often leads to an inability to conceive.
  5. Sexual problems with the partner: One of the first things to do before going for IVF is to check that the male does not have any issues. Be it erection issues or ejaculation issues or sperm issues, they need to be ruled out. Sperm quality, quantity, and motility have to be analysed, and if they are optimal, IVF can be considered.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Who Is A Good Candidate For IVF?

Ivf Spring Fertility Centre 87% (10 ratings)
IVF Specialist, Mumbai
Who Is A Good Candidate For IVF?

What is IVF?
IVF or In Vitro Fertilization is the process in which the egg and sperm are fertilized outside the body and then implanted in a woman’s embryo. The treatment does not take place in a single procedure but in several steps over a period of time or cycle. An IVF procedure involves several careful steps:

  1. Any IVF treatment begins with Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), where the women are administered hormonal medication or injections to produce more eggs. Then the eggs are monitored.
  2. The egg is retrieved from the women’s embryo.
  3. Sperm is collected and thawed.
  4. After careful monitoring and proper screening, both the collected egg and sperm are fused together and allowed to mature.
  5. The last and final step is placing the embryo in the womb of the women for pregnancy to take place.

Who is Good Candidate for IVF?
IVF has become very common with many couples opting for it in recent times, and also there has been a proliferation of fertility clinics and centres. However, it is better for couples thinking about going the IVF route to know whether they fit the criteria of an IVF candidate:

  1. Couples trying to conceive for a long time - If you can’t get pregnant naturally, then you can go for the IVF treatment.
  2. Women who have been unsuccessful with other fertility treatments - Couples who have opted for IUI (intrauterine insemination) and fertility medications and have been unsuccessful should consider going for the IVF treatment.

Couples suffering from other types of infertility or problems can also opt for IVF. They include:

  1. Fallopian Tube - If your tubes are scarred, blocked or damaged, then IVF is the way to go. The fallopian damage or blockage may be caused by an inflammation of the fallopian tube due to chlamydia (sexually transmitted disease). Going for IVF is ideal as the treatment bypasses the fallopian tube completely.
  2. EndometriosisIt is a condition where the endometrium tissues lining the uterus are displaced all over the pelvic region. This results in preventing the fertilized egg from travelling to the uterus. Women suffering from this condition can opt for IVF treatment.
  3. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) - Women suffering from PCOS have difficulty in getting pregnant sometimes. For these women, IVF is an excellent option.
  4. Male Infertility - Men suffering from low sperm count or low motility can take the help of IVF treatment.

As there are good candidates, there are also couples or women who might not benefit from an IVF procedure. They include:

  1. Women who are not producing healthy eggs and also not willing to use a donor.
  2. Conditions in women that can affect the IVF treatment like fibroid tumours, uterine abnormalities or ovarian dysfunctions.
  3. Obese women have very high BMI (body mass index) and are told to lose weight to increase the chances of getting pregnant.
  4. Women who are past 40 years of age have a greater chance of having a miscarriage.

If you are considering going for IVF treatment, go to your doctor and talk to him about all the pros and cons involved in the process before finally taking the plunge.

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