Why Does Monistat Burn? Information about Yeast Infections and Alternatives to Monistat
Introduction: Does it Burn When You Use Monistat?
Does it burn when you use Monistat? While many may claim that's a part of the healing progress when using an over-the-counter product, this isn't true. The pain can actually be avoided.
This article will clarify common misconceptions and demystify yeast infections and their causes. Most importantly, know this: pain doesn't have to be a part of the healing process!
Why Does Monistat Cause Burning?
As mentioned, burning doesn't need to be a part of your yeast infection-healing process. Sure, there are varying degrees of discomfort, ranging from slightly uncomfortable to oh-my-God my hoo-hoo is on fire! However, no matter the degree of discomfort you're experiencing, it can be totally avoided once you understand what a yeast infection is and how you can heal it.
Before we get to that, let's tackle the question of why Monistat burns. There are a couple of explanations for the discomfort/burning feeling you may be experiencing from your Monistat treatment:
- An allergic reaction. A small percentage of woman are allergic to one of the active ingredients in Monistat, miconazole. If you think you're suffering from an allergic reaction, you should consult a doctor who can prescribe or recommend a cream. If your infection was self-diagnosed, you should stop using it and look for a more natural, less harsh alternative.
- An irritation. Another possible reason for your burning or discomfort down there is that it could be an irritation. Monistat may just be reacting with your already sensitive skin.
Either way, should Monistat burn? Absolutely not. If Monistat is causing you to experience burning, you should stop using it and look into other alternatives.
Yeast Infection: Explanation and Causes
A yeast infection (also called Candida, thrush, candidiasis, Candida Albicans, or Candida Tropicalis) is basically an imbalance in your body between the yeast and good bacteria. A healthy person has a good balance of yeast and good bacteria in their body. As soon as either goes off balance (when there’s too much of one relative to the other), your body reacts.
Basically: If there's too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. If there's too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.
- Using antibiotics? Why are we prone to yeast infections after using antibiotics? Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body—both the good and bad. Since they kill the bad bacteria, they also skew the ratio between the good bacteria and the yeast heavily toward the yeast. This increases the odds of a yeast infection.
- Yeast deficiency. On the flip side, this is also why incorrect usage of Monistat creams, or incorrectly self diagnosing your yeast infection may lead to a bacterial infection. You may have had an over-abundance of yeast before treatment, but after overdoing it with the Monistat, you may now be 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. The varying yeast infections' primary difference is where the infection is located. So, if you think you have a systemic yeast infection, focus on regaining that balance sooner rather than later.
Did I Get My Yeast Infection From My Partner?
It's possible that you've contracted your yeast infection from your partner. In turn, it's also possibly that you can pass on the infection to your partner. This applies to both men and women. Your partner may have an infection and not know it—you can definitely get it through sexual contact.
- Start treatment at the same time. If both you and your partner seem to have symptoms of a yeast infection, you should both start treating it at the same time. Otherwise the yeast infection can keep going back and forth between each other.
- Avoid sexual activity. While you are both treating the infection, it would probably also be a good idea to avoid sexual contact until the symptoms are gone.
- Simultaneous diet changes. Also, since you and your partner may be passing the infection back and forth, you should both consider trying the diet change and yeast treatment (described below) at the same time.
Also, remember that just because yeast infections can spread through sexual contact, a yeast infection is not exclusive to sexual transmission. Anyone can get them—even children and infants. since it stems from an imbalance between the yeast and good bacteria. The infections occur typically where there is moisture. On a child or infant, this is typically the mouth or diaper area.
Why Would a Yeast Infection Come Back?
Yeast infections come back often when you use the over-the-counter creams. These creams don't actually permanently stop your yeast infection, they are merely killing the yeast they come in contact with to preserve the balance. In fact, sometimes these creams can end up making things a lot worse. Until the balance between the yeast and the good bacteria is regained, you will continue to have either yeast infections or bacterial infections.
If recurring infections are a problem that you are constantly facing (more than 3-4 times a year), 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 (and more serious) where a more thorough solution may be required.
Looking for healing and preventative measures? I strongly recommend a change in your diet as a good place to start. Read below for some diet pointers.
Diet Changes Needed to Fight a Yeast Infection
Because a yeast infection means you have too much yeast in your body compared to the good bacteria, the best and more permanent way to treat it is to bring back that balance by starving the yeast and introducing more good bacteria into your body.
Yeast feeds on sugars. So, by reducing your sugar consumption you will help kill off the excess yeast. Of course even if you aren't trying to get rid of a yeast infection it's always a good idea to minimize the sugars in your diet.
Here are things you should add to your diet to help promote good bacteria:
- live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus)
- protein rich foods
- whey protein
- raw garlic
- nuts and seeds
- rice and oat brans
- plenty of water
- fresh vegetables
On the other hand, here are things you should remove temporarily or avoid in your diet to starve the yeast:
- fermented foods
- all sodas
- foods containing white flour
- alcohol (especially beer)
- any product that has yeast or mold
What Are Good Monistat Alternatives?
Although you can keep using the creams along with the diet change to speed up the recovery, I would recommend that you go for a more permanent, natural solution instead of the creams. There are many oral treatments you can buy that would help in restoring the balance in your body.
Generally speaking, the more "natural" method is and should always be preferred over a more chemical process. The natural alternatives to Monistat are often simple, more effective, side-effect free, and healthier for you in the long run. It's really a matter of understanding the true nature of the problem, and finding the solution that will correct the problem instead of just temporarily treating it. Changing your diet and looking for a more natural oral treatment is the best way to start, and often the quickest way to permanently restore the balance.
There are a few natural oral treatments out there, check your local store. Personally, I've found Yeastrol very effective for me. It's fairly popular and shouldn't be hard to find. Remember, it's always best to go the more natural route when it comes to your body.
I hope this article helped you understand your yeast infection more and hopefully helps minimize the pain in the healing process.
Here's to your health! :)