gentian violet for thrush

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Registered: 04-28-2003
gentian violet for thrush
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Fri, 10-19-2012 - 12:47am

Sorry, with the new format I couldn't find the search function...

I'm pretty sure I have thrush.  My nipples burn badly for an hour or so after feedings, but not during, and sometimes even longer.  LO does not show any signs of it, other than MAYBE excess gas (but it's not all that bad and may be very normal).  I did some research and it seems gentian violet is the most effective and fastest way to get over this.  I've had symptoms for about 3-4 weeks.  LO is 5 weeks old. 

I've read how to treat my nipples and I feel pretty clear on it, but I also read we need to treat both of us.  If LO doesn't have sores etc... how do I treat him with it?  Or should I call the ped for a Nysatin script for him? 

Oh, and how do you pronounce "gentian"??

TIA for the help.

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Fri, 10-19-2012 - 12:39pm
Becca, welcome to the board and thanks for stopping by! Yes, you definitely need to be treating both of you. While gentian violet is definitely an effectively way to treat thrush, I'd actually recommend starting with something a little less invasive just because GV can be a big huge mess. It stains everything in creation purple include your breasts, baby's face and everyone's clothes. You may want to consider starting off with acidophilus for both of you and some basic antifungal cream (like OTC Lotrimin) for your nipples. You may also want to start with some hygiene measures like boiling whatever goes in his mouth and doing vinegar rinses. Here are a few good links to read through regarding thrush treatment. If you do end up going with GV, just paint it on your nipples and have him nurse it off. Believe me, he'll get plenty that way. Dr. Jack Newman (big bf guru) recommends that GV only be used in conjunction with other treatments after other things haven't done the trick. http://breastfeeding.hypermart.net/thrush.html http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/yeast.shtml http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12:candida-protocol&catid=5:information&Itemid=17 Are you having any itchiness or shininess on your nipples or areola? I hope this helps. I know thrush treatment can be confusing so definitely check back if you have additional questions.
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Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Fri, 10-19-2012 - 12:40pm
And by the way, I believe it's pronounced "JEN-shun". Dana
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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-21-2009
Sat, 10-20-2012 - 7:16pm

I agree, definitely get your physicians involved. Some doctors will treat with Diflucan (a oral medication) and combine it with a antifungal cream for the nipplels. Call the baby's pediatrician too and tell him;/her that you are being treated for nipple yeast and usually they will want to treat the baby too.

Keep using any cream for at least 2 weeks after you feel better.

Keep us posted. Hope you feel better soon.

Warmly,

Kathy Kuhn IBCLC

iVillage lactation consultant

and Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas and Charlotte

Kathy Kuhn IBCLC ivillage lactation consultant Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas, and Charlotte