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I'm getting more discharge than usual and it kind of smells a little too. Is it yeast infection? There is no itching or burning yet. It all started after I used a douche of Massengill of water and vinegar. Could it have messed up the pH level? Any suggestions?

I wouldn't dream of douching. Totally makes a mess of your delicate system. And wierd to boot...

Here's a quick quiz to help determine if you have a yeast infection.
http://www.colonhealth.net/free_reports/...

"Candida albicans is a yeast that lives in the mouth, throat, intestines and genitourinary tract of most humans and is usually considered to be a normal part of the bowel flora (the organisms that coexist with us in our lower digestive tract)...Candida albicans prefers people. Candida enters newborn infants during or shortly after birth. Usually, the growth of the yeast is kept in check by the infant's immune system and thus produces no overt symptoms. But, should the immune response weaken, the condition known as oral thrush can occur as a result. By six months of age, 90% of all babies test positive for candida . And by adulthood, virtually all humans play host to Candida albicans and are thus engaged in a life-long relationship.
Candida coexists in our bodies with many species of bacteria in a competitive balance. Other bacteria act in part to keep candida growth in check in our body ecology . . . unless that balance is upset. When health is present, the immune system keeps candida proliferation under control; but when immune response is weakened, candida growth can proceed unhindered. It is an "opportunistic organism," one which, when given the opportunity, will attempt to colonize all bodily tissues. The uncontrolled growth of candida is known as candida overgrowth. "
http://www.healthexcel.com/docs/_cand1.h...

"Candida is a yeast that lives in the human digestive system. It has the ability to change from a yeast and become a fungus. As a fungus it operates in a similar fashion to any other fungus such as athletes' foot fungus, etc. Candida is kept at low levels by the friendly bacteria that also reside in the digestive tract. The friendly bacteria feed on the Candida, thus a balance in the body is maintained. Modern medicine's "gift" of antibiotics, birth control pills, cortisone and chemotherapy kill this friendly bacteria as do street drugs, alcohol, and junk food diets. Once this friendly bacteria has been destroyed, the yeast begins to overgrow and take over the digestive system. Left untreated, it becomes a fungus and grows into a plant-like structure complete with roots. These roots can break through the intestinal walls, allowing the yeast to travel to other areas of the body such as the sinuses, throat, reproductive organs, the lungs and skin just to name a few. It is capable of producing over 100 symptoms. " http://www.becomehealthynow.com/article/...


Here are some of the symptoms and treatment for Candida.
"Infection of the penis often results in balanitis (inflammation of the head of the penis).
An infection in the bloodstream can affect the kidneys, heart, lungs, eyes, or other organs causing high fever, chills, anemia, and sometimes a rash or shock. Candida can cause the following problems depending upon the organ infected:
in the kidneys can cause blood in the urine
in the heart can cause murmurs and valve damage
in the lungs can cause bloody sputum (mucus discharge)
in the eyes can cause pain and blurred vision
in the brain can cause seizures and acute changes in mental function or behavior" http://www.healthscout.com/ency/68/312/m...

"If you have candida, you may experience some or all of these symptoms depending on the severity of this parasitic invasion:
constant fatigue
sinus problems and lots of mucus
interrupted sleep
flu like symptoms
aches and pains in the joints
especially tight neck and shoulder and increased headaches
dental problems
dark circles under the eyes
low grade fever
constipation and or diarrhea
gas and abdominal bloating
mouth and your eyes feel dry
unexplained rashes
dry brittle hair and nails
feeling foggy
restless leg syndrome
irregular heart beat
numbness or tingling in the extremities
feeling faint or light headed
lack of concentration and short term memory loss
shortness of breath
sexual dysfunction
sugar cravings
white coating on the tongue
intolerance to smells such as perfume, chemicals and insecticides
digestive disorders
depression
irritable or easily angered
intolerance to alcohol or gluten
asthma
hay fever
ear infections " http://www.anysubject.com/candida-treatm...

http://www.haelan.co.uk/remedies-candida...
http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/396_yst...
http://www.formerfatguy.com/articles/can...
http://www.pureliquidgold.com/candida-di...
http://ezinearticles.com/?doctor,-why-ca...

And don't forget to take your caprylic acid, the only known cure for a candida invasion once it strikes...
Go to the doctor and make sure that it is a yeast infection. And PLEASE DON'T douche. No one needs to. Your doctor will tell you. Our bodies have things that are naturally there and we need some of that bacteria. I have had ONE yeast infection in my life (I am 40), I got it after a friend suggested using a douche. I haven't used one again, and I have never had that problem again. My friend gets them regularly- and she douches regularly. If you dont' want to go to the doctor- they do have medicine over the counter that you can try. Good Luck! And please- don't use that garbage again.
Go to see your Dr. and have them check you out. I am a nurse. It could be a yeast infection or some other infection especially if you have been sexually active. This needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Tammy
www.tammystendertouches.com
Discharge that smells or has picked up in amount is a sign of infection. The only way to no for sure is to be seen by a doctor so they can do cultures. Reason why is becuase any dischagre and or smell can also be a sign of an STD . And some infections such as bactieral infections can only be treated by antibiotic. Also PID.
Most doctors would tell you to NOT mess with dushing.

Get a doctors appointment. Or try an over the counter yeast treatment. Eat active yogert. Cut back on sugar.
I used to douche for many years til I was advised by a dr not to as our vaginas are self-cleaning organs. It is very possible that you could have a yeast infection but like the other posters I recommend making an appt with your dr to check to see if this is a yeast infection or BV (bacterial vaginosis, and the smell with it is like a fish).
GO to see your DR. or go to http://www.toptop10.com/yeast_infection....
also can tell you.
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