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Thrush Ointment

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Candidiasis (Thrush)

The Bottom Line Candidiasis is a very common yeast (fungal) infection. The fungus normally lives in the body. It cannot be eliminated. The best way to avoid an outbreak of candidiasis is to strengthen your immune system by taking antiretroviral medications (ARVs). Most candida infections are easily treated with local therapies. In people with weakened immune systems, these infections become more persistent. Systemic anti-fungal drugs can be...
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whitfields ointment and PEP

Would using whitfields ointment (benzoic acid and salicyclic acid) as a topical ointment for rash, be absorbed through the skin into the blood and reduce effectiveness of PEP (aspen lamzid)? ...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for posting.Drug interactions can affect HIV medications. So, it's good to make sure of this possibility before mixing medications and supplements (especially if there's no benefit to the supplement). A good place to start is the... Read more »

Antibiotic Ointment?

Hi there,A couple days ago I cut my finger at work. When I went to patch myself up, I used some polysporin antibiotic ointment that was in the first aid kit. I put some on a band aid, and didn't think about it until a few days later. I'm...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
Ointment does not transmit HIV or hepatitis. Please put your mind at ease. If this sort of experience troubles you, next time squeeze out a tiny amount of the ointment onto a tissue and discard it so that the ointment you apply to yourself will not... Read more »

HIV infection risk from tainted medical ointment?

Hi, I'm having hemorrhoid and anal fissure treatment at a Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic where the doctors use forceps to insert ointment coated swabs into the anal canal. I think that occasionally the instrument is dipped into the...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi HIV begins to die once it leaves the body and becomes unable to infect. The risk of HIV transmission happening during this procedure is extremely low to no risk at all. There would have to be a significant amount of blood in the ointment that... Read more »

kenacomb ointment + side effects

Hi Dr Henry and thanks for all the great work you do. I am 33, male, HIV+ for 9 years.CD4 322 VL 25000. As my CD4 count dropped below 350 I started to develop fungal rashes on my nails which were quite mild but the fungal rashes on my groin were...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Kenacomb ointment (combination of corticosteroid and topical antibiotics) usually is not very effect for fungal nail infections (often needs long term-3 to 6 months of potent topical or oral anti-fungal drug). Kenacomb may help relieve the symptoms... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
does anyone know a website that shows a picture of what thrush looks like?

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Information needed--Thrush

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
What is thrush? Does it appear within the ARS period ?

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Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does anyone have information about Thrush and asthma inhalers

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Yogurt for mild thrush

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I've noticed that regular yogurt (with acidophilus) seems to help with mild thrush. Could this be my imagination or does this really work? Read more »