donnafe

Q:

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.

Dr. William Sullivan

A:

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.

1 reply

1lovedgrandma
1lovedgrandma 2012-04-24 12:18:18 -0500 Report

I suffered with yeast infections for a year, I would get Floconanzole take it then the next month the infection would be back, my sugar was way out of control because i was on the wrong meds. Went to a new doctor I thought these infections were gonna kill me because they can get into you organs, and your brain. I started having severe Vertigo it was horrific . When I got on the new meds for my Diabetes everything stop and it's been gone for three months now. GET YOU BLOOD SUGAR DOWN THAT IS THE ONLY WAY!!!