Gentian Violet


Gentian violet is a popular remedy for oral and nipple candidiasis (thrush) in the breastfeeding world. There are some things to consider about this medication in order for you to make an informed choice.

Gentian violet is derived from coal tar and is not meant to be ingested. Gentian Violet
It is carcinogenic and potentially toxic to mucus membranes which can result in ulcers in the mouth and throat. Gentian Violet Use While Breastfeeding

It is imperative that if you choose this to use to treat thrush while breastfeeding you do not use the 2% concentration, 1% has been the recommended dosage. Jack Newman has an article dedicated to the proper usage of gentian violet. Using Gentian Violet

What are some other ways to bring yeast back to normal levels?
Fluconazole medication in combination with all purpose nipple ointment.
Nystatin, although candida albicans has become resistant to this medication.
“Raw Apple Cider Vinegar diluted 50/50 with water and adding 1-2 drops of grapefruit seed oil extract. Mom then uses a qtip to paint the areas directly 3-4x/day” –Dr. Ghaheri
Avoiding excessive amounts of sugar and processed foods.

These are just *some* of the ways to treat thrush. Make sure to link up with your healthcare provider and an IBCLC to see which treatment would be most effective for you!


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