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    baking soda = yeast infection

    i've been really excited because baking soda dissolved in water has really helped me when i'm in a flare. only problem is, i've suddenly been getting all these yeast infections and they coincide exactly with the baking soda! so then i thought about it and i was like oh duh baking soda is practically food for yeast, yay. does anyone else have this problem??? the baking soda is great for flares but i get really bad yeast infections so it's almost not worth it! *sigh*
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    Have the yeast infections been cultured to verify that it's yeast? I've never heard of soda causing a yeast infection --- it's an interesting concept.

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    I used to use baking soda all the time for flares...years in fact. I have only had one yeast infection in my life and that was a long time ago before I discovered the baking soda secret.

    But I would definitely talk to my doctor about it.

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    Anything is possible, so I would talk to your doctor about it. I mean if you notice that you get a yeast infection every time you do the baking soda thing, then I would tend to think there is a link there as it would be too much of a coencidense otherwise. But again, maybe ask your doctor.
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    Yes, actually, that is something that came up recently with a patient that I researched. Yeast is kept in check by your body pH. A slightly acidic pH will repel an overgrowth of yeast. Therefore, a more alkaline body pH will encourage yeast production.

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    There are some vaginal treatments that help the ph of your vagina such as Boric Acid, Aci-gel so that if you increase your bodies Ph to alkaline you can keep that slightly acidic vagina. You may want to try them so that you don't have to give up baking soda. Julie is right...the problem is the ph. Hope you feel better soon!
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    well i took a cooking class a few years ago and learned that baking soda is actually the agent that causes yeast to flourish... that's why baking soda is put in dough - so the yeast will eat it and therefore make a byproduct that causes the dough to rise. i'm really surprised no one else has problems with this... i've never had major problems with yeast infections, but it's definitely yeast and it definitely occurs whenever i use the baking soda!! i try to fight it with meds and yogurt and such, but that only solves the problem once it's started. oy
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