Herpes Or Yeast?
At the early stages of herpes , the symptoms of herpes and yeast infections can seem very similar.
Both can cause intense itching and if left untreated, yeast infections can actual cause small blisters. The difference between the two is that untreated a yeast infection can go on and on and make your life miserable. With genital herpes, the itch will fade away as the herpes outbreak appears and it will become more sore than itchy (although yeast infections can ALSO cause soreness). Best thing to do if you are unsure is get tested for HSV2 while taking active steps to treat any vaginal infection.
And if you indeed have herpes (which let’s hope you do not!) the following treatment for yeast (and any other bacterial vaginal infection) will help ease any of the symptoms of female genital herpes. (for more information on vaginal herpes, visit this link)
Bottom line: The following will not hurt you and will relieve any itching.
OK, the issue with yeast is that it thrives in a moist warm environment and thrives on sugar. Yes, alcohol (wine for me, please!) is basically sugar in a bottle. What keeps yeast in check is “good bacteria” or “probiotics”, and when you have a vaginal infection it means that your good bacteria has dropped to extremely low levels. As such, you need to replace them.
First you buy some pro biotic capsules (make sure they are high quality and that when you buy them, the store has them in the FRIDGE). You start taking them internally. Two a day is fine.
Second, you have to get the probiotics into your vagina because this is where the problem is. GOOD health food stores will actually sell vaginal ovules that you insert into your vagina at night. This will actually clear up the entire problem by the time you wake up in the morning! However, these are expensive for what you get. Here in Canada it’s like $30 for 10 – 14 ovules which last 7 – 14 days, and you really only need one or two.
I do love my red wine so I get these yeast infections about once or twice a year. I keep the ovules in the fridge (you always have to keep good bacteria cold), and use them if I have them but sometimes they expire. In these cases, it is a little messier (but still as effective) you OPEN one of your regular tablets (the ones you swallow), and mix the powder with a little olive oil and push it into your vagina. This works well too and is obviously cheaper (but messier).
As for instant relief, you can use a bit of tea tree oil mixed with olive oil and spread it through your labia. It is so relieving and works quickly. Also, crazy but true, mix about 4 parts warm water with 1 part apple cider vinegar and find a way cover the entire area. You can lie down and use a squirt bottle or at the drugstore they often sell these funny buckets you put on your toilet and sit in (I got mine from the hospital after giving birth). You DO NOT need to do these relief things. The probiotic treatment will be the ONLY thing you need to absolutely cure you (shame the Doctors don’t know this) but sometimes if you wake up with a yeast infection and won’t have time to the whole vaginal insertion thing, it’s nice to have instant relief for a few hours until you can find the time.
Hope this works for you. I’m sure it will.
Oh, and if worse comes to worse, and you actually do have HSV2, you can click here to read about living with herpes and dating with herpes.