Why Does Monistat Burn? What are Painless Alternatives?
Posted Mar 22 2010 7:04am
Many woman using Monistat experience a mild to sever burning. Particularly on the first day, while some women just push through the pain others just have more pain than they can stand. The descriptions of the side effects range from slight discomfort or itching, all the way to "I feel like I sat on an ant hill" and "my hoo-hoo is on fire!".
We'll cover why it burns, what a yeast infection is and what the alternatives to Monistat are. Thankfully, there are things that can be done which don't involve any pain.
Why Monistat Can Cause Burning
The common misconception is that the reason it's burning is because it's killing the yeast. I would have to guess the reason anyone would think that is because so many woman have experienced the burning discomfort. In reality killing yeast does not have to require ANY suffering on your part. Don't get me wrong, when all goes well Monistat works great. I just don't think that women should think that the burning is normal and a necessary part of the recovery process.
The burning can be do to increased sensitivity in the area because of the infection. Your skin is already irritated and applying anything to it is can cause discomfort.
It may also be caused by an allergic reaction. A small percentage of woman are allergic to one of the active ingredients in Monistat called micanazole.
If you're suffering from an allergic reaction you should let your doctor know so he/she can recommend another cream to use. If you self diagnosed your infection, it would probably be a good idea to stop using it and try something else.
Take a look at the diet recommendations below to get you on the right track to recovery.
What is a Yeast Infection and How Did I Get It?
The simplest way to describe a yeast infection (also called Candida) is, it is an imbalance in your body between the yeast and good bacteria. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body. As soon as either goes out of wack, your body reacts.
Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.
That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and the good bacteria is off once again and you get a yeast infection.
It's also why if you over use the Monistat creams, or incorrectly self diagnose your yeast infection you may end up with a bacterial infection. You may have had an over abundance of yeast before treatment, over did it with the Monistat and now your on the other side of the spectrum with a deficiency of yeast.
While there are a few different kinds of yeast infections (systemic, skin, vaginal, penile and oral), they all stem from the same problem a yeast to good bacteria ratio that is off in the body. The only difference between them is where the infection is located.
Why Did The Yeast Infection Come Back?
This is why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body. And actually sometimes it ends up making things a lot worse. Until the balance between the yeast and the good bacteria is regained, you will continue to have infections. If you have the reoccurring infections, I would recommend trying an oral medication. It may be that the yeast infection is not limited to your nether regions and can be a systemic infection wear a more thorough solution is required.
A change in diet will definitely be a good place to start, read below for some diet pointers.
Did I Get My Infection From My Partner?
Well, maybe. And vice versa, you can also pass your yeast infection to your partner. Keep in mind that we all have yeast and good bacteria in our bodies. It's not limited to women. You're partner may have an infection and not know it and you can definitely get it through sexual contact. If both you and your partner seem to have symptoms of a yeast infection, you should both consider treating it at the same time. Otherwise you may end up playing tag your it with the yeast infection and keep re-infecting each other. While you are both treating the infection, it's probably also a good idea to avoid sexual contact until the symptoms go away.
Despite the ability for yeast infections to spread through sexual contact, a yeast infection is not a sexual thing. Children and infants can get yeast infections as well, again it's an imbalance that causes it. The infections occur typically where there is moisture, so in a child or infant that can be the mouth or diaper area.
Also, since you and your partner may be passing the infection back and forth, you should both consider the diet change/yeast treatment described below.
Things You Should Change In Your Diet To Help
Since a yeast infection means you essentially have too much yeast in your body, the natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body. Yeast feeds on sugars, so reducing your sugar consumption will help in that area (it will also help in other areas, but that's for another article :) ).
Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are:
live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus)
plenty of water
lots of protein rich foods
nuts and seeds
rice and oat brans
Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are:
foods containing white flour
alcohol (especially beer)
any product that has yeast or mold
You can change your diet in conjunction with using the creams that you've been using and that will speed up the recovery significantly. But what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution instead.
What Is An Alternative To The Over The Counter Creams?
I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. As a society we are conditioned to think the only cure for things is the stuff the big pharmaceutical companies make, and that is often not the case. The alternatives are often simple, more effective, side effect free and healthier for you in the long run. It's just a matter of understanding the true nature of the problem.
Personally, I have had a much better success with the change in diet I described above along with taking a natural oral treatment.
There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and that was very effective for me was is yeastrol. It seems to be fairly popular and I think that once people understand what a yeast infection actually is, the natural treatment of it will be the obvious choice over the OTC creams.