Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
For years, I have suffered from chronic thrush, vaginal redness, and vaginal irritation. I have been to a dermatologist, and I have tried many treatments, including cutting out yeast and sugar and taking acidophilus capsules daily. Nothing has helped with my condition. What can I do?
A: I would first of all recommend testing for STDs, as it is essential to rule these out. Additionally, I recommend evaluating your hygienic habits, including the detergent you use to wash your clothes. There seem to be two combined situations occurring here. First, your immune system is compromised, either due to chronic infection or immune suppression. Second, you have a certain sensitivity that continually triggers the immune reaction.
There are several Chinese herbal remedies that may be effective for your condition. Fructus cnidii, Pericarpium zanthoxyli, and Radix stemonae can be combined to be used as a topical sitting bath. As internal medication, a good prescription may be Gentiana decoction to drain the liver.
I recommend you consult a licensed practitioner to obtain proper diagnosis and treatment protocol.