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Hi, I'm currently travelling in South America (Peru and then Chile). I recently stopped anti biotics and now am suffering with serve vaginal thrush. I have no idea what I need or how to ask for it in Spanish. Please help.

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Category: Infertility Specialist
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Thanks for writing to with your health query.

It is very common to develop thrush ( yeast infection ) after taking antibiotics, as antibiotics deplete the normal vaginal flora.

It is always better to confirm the diagnosis with a gynecologist before beginning treatment, as if it is some other infection / other cause for infective symptoms - then the wrong medications might aggravate it. Hence, I strongly recommend a gynaecological examination before beginning the treatment.

If this is absolutely impossible, I can outline the treatment, but again the reminder to insist on a check up before commencing treatment.
First - do not rub, itch, or handle the area excessively.
Second - avoid intercourse till you heal.
Third - have your blood sugars tested.
Fourth - You can use Clotrimazole vaginal suppositories for 6 weeks, and local Clotrimazole ointment ( am not providing brand names as you would have to procure the available products from the pharmacist , or get them on prescription from a gynecologist ).
Fifth - Alongwith the antifungals, also use probiotics for a month to restore the normal flora.

Wash the private parts with warm lukewarm water.
Do not use any douches, cleansers , medicated or perfumed soaps and cleaning agents.
Wear soft cotton / organic underclothes.
Use local neosporin powder to keep the area dry and non damp .

All the best.
Please feel free to ask for further clarifications.

Dr. Aarti Vazirani
Category: Infertility Specialist
Residency: Obstetrics & Gynecolog, BJMC,Civil hospital, Ahmedabad, 2008
Post Graduate: MS (Obstetrics & Gynecology), B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2008
Medical School: MBBS, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, 2004
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