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    Hi everyone,

    My name is Carol, and I am losing hope..
    On my husband's birthday, we went to celebrate to a winery, where we had a lot of cheese and wine. A couple days later I noticed that my 13 month old son's (Nick) became red. It wasn't bad, so I used a little bit of oil and went on with my day. Next day, I noticed a little something on my nipples, and Nick's bottom became ever more red, with clear defined edges. After a quick search online I realized it was a thrush.
    My friends have recommended to use gentian violet on my breasts for 3 days to help treat the thrush. I have washed all Nick's toys with vinegar, washed all cloth, changed bed every day, and kept our house extremely clean for those few days. I used gentian violet for 3 days, several times a day, and dipped nipples in salt with water mix; Nick's bottom I treated with oils. 3 days later and the bottom was no longer red, and Nipple's seemed to feel much better with no cracks or signs of thrush. They just looked a bit inflamed...
    Few days later they were getting more irritated... and more.. and more.
    First thing I did is to get a LLL leader to look at the problem. She assumed that it was due to a bad latch. We tried to fix it, but problem persisted. So I called a doctor - pediatric, who was a lactation specialist. She did take a sample from the nipple to check if there was any thrush or any fungus left at all, so that she can prescribe a correct solution for me. She prescribed me a steroid - Triamcinoione Acetonide Ointment USP, 0.1%. Since the results came negative (no fungus), I started using that steroid (she said if I did have thrush, steroid would make it worse). It did help things for a little bit, but not long. After a few days of getting better, it started to get worse again and became painful to breastfeed. I visited that doctor again and she prescribed antibiotic to use with steroid, in case there is a bacterial infection (she assumed that the problem was skin inflammation). She prescribed Mupirocin Ointment, USP 2%. Using both, seemed to really help and in a few days it was almost gone...
    In a few days it seemed like it was all gone and I did not use the drugs in the beginning of the day it seemed to fully heal. Second part of the day and problem came back. I continued to use both drugs and it kept getting worse and worse so I stopped using them to see what happens. I have tried quitting almost everything food related. I drink no coffee, eat no sugar, no wine, no dairy, no meat, no eggs, i quit eating peanut butter although I am not allergic to it, etc. After several days problem came back in full and it was becoming painful to breastfeed again. I called my doctor and she referred me to a dermatologist. After 1 week of waiting for the appointment, the dermatologist took a sample of my skin and tried to see if she can find anything. She found nothing.. but insisted that it was candida. She prescribed me Oxistat Cream, 1% and said to use it for a week. It not just didn't get better, in 3 days it got SO bad, I had extreme pain when breastfeeding. I had to gather my strengths before every feed. I was suffering...
    So I stopped using it and went back to the steroid + antibiotic - and it helped again. In few days my cracked nipples healed almost entirely, but before the did heal fully, it started to get worse again. I am still using both a few times again, but the problem won't disappear...
    It has been over 2 and a half months and I am desperate for help...
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    Last edited by @llli*carol1978; December 4th, 2013 at 09:28 PM.

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    Default Re: Breast Inflammation After Thrush... for 2 months?!

    oh carol this sounds so awful!
    Is there Any correlation to things your baby eats? Like an contact allergic reaction? I know a mom who recently had an alergic reaction on her nipples because her son edit- nursed - edit after chewing on oak leaves. It drove her nuts too until she figured it out.

    Have you ever been prescribed oral abs? It sounds to me as if the one consistent thing is it gets worse when you treat for thrush, and better when you treat for bacterial infection. But not better enough. So to me, that sounds like maybe a bacterial infection that needs to be treated more aggresively maybe?
    Last edited by @llli*lllmeg; December 5th, 2013 at 12:46 PM.

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    Default Re: Breast Inflammation After Thrush... for 2 months?!

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*lllmeg View Post
    Have you ever been prescribed oral abs? It sounds to me as if the one consistent thing is it gets worse when you treat for thrush, and better when you treat for bacterial infection. But not better enough. So to me, that sounds like maybe a bacterial infection that needs to be treated more aggresively maybe?
    Did anyone ever do a culture for bacteria?
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    cursed after chewing on oak leaves.
    NURSED. not cursed. Note to self-proofread, spellcheck cannot be trusted.

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