Thrush Treatment?

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Registered: 10-16-2011
Thrush Treatment?
Sat, 03-31-2012 - 10:36pm

So 4 or 5 days ago I started having pain in both my nipples, it increases when I nursed. They are burning and itching like crazy. They also had what looked like very small(pinprick size) blood blisters. I did a little research and I believe I have thrush. I am trying the Gentian Violet. I started it last night and have applied it and Lansinoh before each nursing session today and have washed and reapplied afterwards. I have tried letting the "girls" breathe as mush as possibe today, but I have older DS running around and am self conscience about that. How fast is it supposed to work? The stuff that I read said I should continue treatment for at least 5 days after I am symptom free, but didn't day how long it would take for the stuff to "kick-in"

Do you think that I should be doing anything else? Do you think it could be something other than thrush?

DS is 9 months next weekend. He and I both were just on 10 day rounds of antibiotics(him strep, me ear infection/ruptured eardrum). Plus the AC in my office has been broken and I have been sweating like a dog for the last 2 weeks, which I know that yeast thrives on the sweat.

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Registered: 07-15-2007
Sun, 04-01-2012 - 4:45am
The experts will chime in but lanolin harbors thrush ... not sure that's the best. I do know you have to treat the baby at the same time. :( good luck....sounds like you all have been through the ringer!
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Registered: 06-10-2008
Sun, 04-01-2012 - 6:58am
Serenity, I'm so sorry you're having so much pain. I do agree with the itchiness and just coming off of antibiotics that thrush is a fairly likely scenario. That being said, thrush can be a tricky beast to get rid of and treatment can be a little confusing. We've also found that thrush responds best to layered treatment, meaning using a bunch of things at once rather than trying one treatment at a time.

LANOLIN: Jess is correct that lanolin harbors thrush so it's not a good idea to use while you're dealing with thrush. If you find you need some kind of moisturizing, olive oil does have antifungal properties.

PROBIOTICS: The very first thing to consider is using probiotics/acidophilus for both you and baby. This is easy to find OTC in a pharmacy or discount store. I've heard the refrigerated kind is more effective but to be honest, I've never sought that out and have always just used the capsules from Target. Any time either mom or baby has to use antibiotics, it's really important to use probiotics at the same time to reduce the risk of thrush. I'm sorry you didn't get that information from your dr. You can take the capsules directly. For baby, break a capsule open and divide it into 3 parts. Give 1/3 of the powder in the morning, 1/3 midday and 1/3 in the evening. Some moms mix it into solids or ebm in a bottle. However, I would just wet my finger, dip it into the powder and smear it into baby's mouth. Here's some info on probiotics:

OTHER THRUSH TREATMENT: There are some less messy (than gentian violet) treatments you can also be trying to combat the thrush. Another good first step is using All Purpose Nipple Ointment (APNO) on your nipples or at least some Monistat cream. The APNO would need to be mixed by a pharmacist.

Is baby receiving any treatment right now? It's important that both baby and mother are treated even if one or the other is not showing symptoms. Otherwise, you run the risk of passing it back and forth.

Below are some links with thrush treatment plans. I know it's a lot to take it. A few thing you may want to think about starting with are Monistat on the nipples, acidophilus, vinegar rinses and grapefruit seed extract. I personally typically tell moms to hold off on the GV until these other things haven't worked, just because GV is so messy. If the OTC stuff doesn't cut it, you can think about going back to the dr and asking for a Diflucan script. That's the big guns. Take a spin through these links and let us know what questions you might have. Hang in there!
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Registered: 10-16-2011
Mon, 04-02-2012 - 11:42pm

I started using olive oil instead of the lanolin and it seems to be working now.Plus they got they AC fixed at work so no more sweating. NO itching all day!

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Tue, 04-03-2012 - 5:02am

Antibiotics can allow thrush to take hold if you are susceptible. A good idea to take the probiotics as soon as you have to take any antibiotics. Also yoghurt especially natural yoghurt can be good. Make sure it says it has live cultures.