Is it OK to take the over the counter supplement acidophilas to help control yeast infections? I am a recently diagnosed diabetic and have been suffering from yeast infections. I am getting my blood sugar levels lower, so I know this will help, too.
As you know, high blood glucose levels can predispose one to yeast infections so it it is essential to improve your diabetes control to help treat and prevent these yeast infections. Although ingestion of lactobacillus (acidophilus) will decrease yeast in the gastrointestinal tract, there are no definitive studies suggesting that they are beneficial in the treatment of skin yeast infections associated with high glucose levels in diabetes. However, there are effective topical medications to treat skin yeast infections, such as clotrimazole, miconazole or nystatin. You should discuss with your health-care provider which topical medication he or she would recommend and also what you can do to better control your blood glucose levels.