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Thrush and type 2 diabetic

Discussion in 'Other Health Conditions and Diabetes' started by pollybostik, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. pollybostik

    pollybostik Type 2 · Member

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    I have had thrush for about 5 months now and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on Monday was told that its all part of having this condition and must learn to manage things :( I asked about cream to use and was told a nappy cream but after almost a week its no better and I just wondered if anyone has any ideas how to "manage" this
     
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    Susiebabs · Well-Known Member

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    They should be able to give you a single dose tablet to help clear the thrush (never heard of nappy cream being a 'cure' ... because it isn't). I would be asking for a proper treatment from your GP. Unfortunately repeated doses of thrush can be an indicator and symptom of diabetes.

    Raised blood glucose levels can lead to outbreaks of thrush as the sugar puts your bacterial balance out of whack. The good news is that if you get your bloods better balanced (meds and/or a low carb diet should help) then the thrush outbreaks usually resolve.

    I've never used live yogurt to treat but I'm sure someone else here will have and can advise.

    Best of luck with getting effective treatment and relief.


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  3. LauraJayType1

    LauraJayType1 · Active Member

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    A natural yogurt really really helps! I wouldn't listen to the nappy rash cream advice cos i wouldn't recommend using nappy rash cream as don't think it will help.


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  4. pollybostik

    pollybostik Type 2 · Member

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    Hi Ladies

    Thank you for replying. I am going back to the Doctors first thing Monday morning as they have a drop in surgery I really can not stand this much longer nappy cream in the bin.
     
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    LauraJayType1 · Active Member

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    Good on you! Thrush is awful, get better soon and i hope they help.


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    BobCornelius · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Polly,

    Canestan Duo, ( cream and tablet ) should sort out the thrush, and then, as above better control of blood glucose levels will help prevent re-occurrence!


    :)

    Bob
     
  7. MCMLXXIII

    MCMLXXIII Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Get your doctor to do a swab for beta strep x
    (Just in case). Its treated with antibiotics.

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    viviennem Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Natural live yoghurt - eat it, and also apply it to the affected area. It balances the bacteria.

    High blood sugar is often the cause of thrush in diabetics. You need to cut down on your carbohydrate intake somewhat - all the carbohydrate we eat is turned into sugar in our blood, and some of it is excreted in our urine. That means the genital area is attractive to bacteria because of the sweetness in the area; they overgrow, and that causes the thrush.

    Whatever you do, don't add sugar to the yoghurt you eat! It must be "live"; I go for sheep's or goat's if I can get it, and if it's too acidic I sweeten with powdered Splenda. Other sweeteners are available! :wink:

    Viv 8)
     
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    Paul_c Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Please note, men can also get thrush... so men folks, this topic is also applicable to us...
     
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    welsh_kev · Active Member

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    i had awful trouble with thrush pre-diagnosis, tried all sorts of treatments. only thing that has really sorted me out is being diagnose t2 and getting things under control. thrush cleared up and seems fine

    kev
     
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    cheryl james Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hi!! you can buy a tablet plus cream from the chemist!! thrush is awful and painfull, hope this was some help x
     
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    Whenever I get put on antibiotics I get an attack of thrush. My Dad says the canesten advert with the cartoon woman standing on her head is based on me!

    Anyway, I agree with the rest of the posters, you need a specific treatment especially if it has become unbearable. Natural yoghurt is soothing and can definitely help in mild cases but if you are feeling like the cartoon woman then ask for canestan duo as already mentioned. The cream is almost instant relief and the pessary sorts out the problem.

    I hope you get it sorted.
     
  13. MCMLXXIII

    MCMLXXIII Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Try getting the oral tablet over the counter at the chemist.
    Its easier asking for hard drugs.

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    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    Lots of people recommending Canesten here. Great for many people, but please do be aware it can cause awful problems for some unlucky people eg vulvodynia and excruciating skin burning, which persists for months or even years. My gynaecologist, who has seen a number of cases, warns everyone now so they can choose whether to take it or an alternative if they haven't used it before.

    The alternative he offers is called Diflucan and is a tablet. I'd never risk Canesten personally. Sounds scary and painful. I don't care how low the risk is, it's not worth it, in my opinion.

    Check out all the alternatives and then make an informed choice about what's best for you. Don't let them palm you off with what they always use if you think it may not suit you.

    (and yes, the nappy cream sounds weird!)
     
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    MCMLXXIII Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    That's the oral tablet i tried to get hold of for the wife over the counter a few years back and they were very cagey and wouldn't give me it for her.
    Things may have changed now though.

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    Hi Poor Fellow Thrush Sufferer,

    I have thrush on and off all the time and yes Caneston Due does help but you can also get a course of oral tablets or one single tablet which seem to keep it a bay for a bit longer. Also as a Diabetic you should not be paying for your prescriptions so do not buy this expensive treatment over the counter. My Specialist Diabetic Doctor also said that as you get better control of your sugar levels the Thrush gets better, this is true but as we all know our sugar levels can be all over the place. Expecially when you are unwell and maybe taking antibiotics. As for the nappy rash cream advice, it does not even deserve a comment, keep that for the babies.

    I have now just accepted that Thrush is another thing to contend with as a Diabetic !
    Marion
     
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    kerrie03 · Member

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    Canestan HC cream seems to be working for me
     
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    Before my diagnosis, it was a recurrent problem (surprised they didn't test me earlier, 2 gestational diabetic pregnancies and two Type 2 parents, but that's another story)

    Ask for Diflucan x 3. You take a tablet 1 a week for 3 weeks. Use Vagisal to numb the discomfort.
     
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    Hi - my name is Candida, which is latin for thrush! Anyway, I also hadthrushall the time before I wasdiagnosed, and if my levels go highfor more than a day I get it again and you need a little dose of antibiotic like Canestan and the cream or thefire will not go out and you could pass the thrush on to a partner and get it back. Drinking lot to flush itthrough helps, but nappy cream will not kill the bacteria. Ridiculour - probably trying to save money by not giving you a prescription as you wouldn't pay for it, and if you buy from the shops it costs a fortune. I keep a prescription ahead for this with as my diabetes is not very controllable and having my lady garden in flames is awful!
     
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    That must take the prize as the most shockingly bad piece of advice I've ever heard! Firstly, nappy cream does NOT treat thrush. As others have said, there are various creams you can buy such as canestan. Also live yoghurt eaten and applied to the area. Remember that it can be passed back and forward between sexual partners. Avoid bubble baths, nylon underwear, and tight trousers.

    And as for the idea that its part of having diabetes and so you must just learn to manage it! Yes, it is a symptom of uncontrolled, untreated diabetes. When your blood sugars are so high that they spill into the urine (I think usually around 11mmol or over) it puts you at a very high risk of thrush because the yeast feed on the sugar. As soon as treatment and/or a low carb diet bring your sugar levels down closer to normal, then you will longer be at risk of thrush (or no more than anybody else, anyway). And if your GP is saying that levels of 11mmol+ are just "part of diabetes", then they should be ashamed of themselves.


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