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sammy
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I've been struggling with a topical yeast infection for about 2 mo now.

It started under my PICC dressing on my Left arm. Tried treating with Nystatin Powder, increased the frequency of my dressing changes, then added Diflucan.

At this point i've done 8days of Diflucan, then 14days of Diflucan, and now in September i've done 2 days per week.

My skin seemed to be healing then I had problems with my PICC leaking and it flared up again.

I had my PICC removed 11days ago and have had the site open to air for 10days now. I've been using Nystatin Powder (generous amounts TID or BID) and it seems to be looking better again but it is far from good.

Now my Right arm is itching, I have a red raised rash near my new PICC dressing and some red areas developing under my the PICC dressing. (I just got this PICC placed on tues.)

What should I do? I've been applying Nystatin powder to both arms and i'll take Diflucan as usual this weekend.

Is it normal to take so long to heal? Should I ask my doctor for a different antifungal?

I would like to hear any experiences or suggestions. Thanks so much!

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Geneal
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Is it possible that it could be something else?

Maybe an allergic reaction to the PICC dressing...

Just a thought.

Hugs,

Geneal

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If it's yeast, sounds like you need a different treatment. When my daughter was an infant, she had a bad yeast infection all over her privates. Treated for a long time with a pediatrician but spending alot of money and it wasn't getting better.

Took her to a different one and his exact words were "right diagnosis, wrong medication". But you know that was 29 yrs ago, and can't think of the medication right now. It may come to me, but anyway, it cleared up right away.

It has to be either a wrong diagnosis or the wrong med. Hope someone can be of help to you, it's bad enough dealing with piccs anyway.

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sammy
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When I had my f/u earlier this month the rash was improving but I had not yet finished the 2wk Diflucan course. My LLMD did not seem concerned. There were many other issues discussed at that appt.

I do use a Biopatch at the insertion site of my new PICC so hopefully that will prevent any line infections. No matter how bad the rash got on my other arm the area under the Biopatch remained clear.

I've also been alternating Caprylic Acid and a combo herbal anti-fungal called "Yeast Cleanse" by Solaray. I take one for a couple weeks then switch to the other.

The thing with fungal cultures is that it can take several weeks before you have any definitive results. I would hope that this would be better by then.

It doesn't help that it's been raining for the past 7 days. I can't escape the humidity.

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I would definitely contact your LLMD and let him/her know it's not improving. You need to get a handle on it.

Watch your diet too.. may help.

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Carol in PA
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Allimax, 100% Allicin Powder Capsules
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Allicin Inhibits Enzyme Activity in Yeast

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sammy there is a great topical oil that can work really well with yeast. Pretty much gone in a few days. I personally know an MD southwest of Columbus you can get this from.

PM me if interested.

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Sammy,

What are you using to clean the picc site and as a dressing over the picc site area?

I think you got some good answers when you posted a tread a couple weeks past regarding what was causing the problem. It is either the cloraprep and/or skin barrier and/or tagaderm. Until you stop using those items you will prolly continue to have the red/yellow crusty itchy bumps.

Many here have experience the same problem you decribe and when we elimated the problem it went away. I would hate for you to have the same problems on your new picc line.

If you do a search here you will find the same answers. It doesn't sound like your yeast protocol is really working for this problem. I have never heard it referred to as a yeast problem. It is an allergic reaction to cloraprep, skin barrier, and tagaderm. My reaction didn't start until week 3 and only got worse until I eliminated the problems.

What worked for me and others is to use betadine and alcohol to clean the site instead of cloraprep and use a breathable dressing like covaderm, primapore, or iv3000.

I hope it clears up for you soon.

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sammy
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Thank you all for your suggestions.

My Left arm (old PICC site) is looking much better. I think that it is healing well now. I'll continue using the Nystatin powder BID until things have been clear for a couple days.

My Right arm rash has also gotten better with the Nystatin powder. To clarify, this rash extended about 2in below the bend of my elbow and about 2 above the bend and up to the edge of my new PICC dressing.

The area under the PICC dressing (one corner, about the size of a quarter) has not gotten worse. It flares if I am in a warm or moist environment (shower or outside). But when I return to a cool environment is calms down and is less red and itchy. I've pealed back the dressing in this area to start treating it.

This morning I also contacted my infusion company and ordered some IV3000 Opsite dressings and some SorbaView dressings to try.

I used Primapore dressings for about 2wks prior to the removal of my old PICC. I also stopped using the skin prep and switched to alcohol cleanser instead of chlorprep. These things didn't seem to help much at the time but I made the changes just in case.

The rash was almost gone when my old PICC sprung a leak. That was a huge setback. I think the moisture must have made it flare full force again.

Hopefully these new dressings will be more breathable and hypoallergenic. The SorbaView has some extra moisture wicking features so I will try that dressing first.

Thanks again for all your help:)

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Hydrogen peroxide!
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