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Natural Treatments for Treating Yeast Infections or Candida

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What is a yeast infection?
Often women with yeast infections will see Dr. JJ because they have vaginal yeast infection (Candidiasis: vaginitis caused by Candida albicans (a yeast).

This is a very common complaint for women. Causes could include their immune system being compromised or stressed and some women get it from their partner. Dr. JJ has had some patients where he has treated their yeast infection and it has cleared up, but keeps coming back. They then test their partner only to discover that he has a yeast infection (yes, males can get yeast infections too). A man can have a yeast infection and not show any symptoms.

There is another diagnosis of a "whole body yeast infection" or "systemic yeast infection" called Candida, which Dr. JJ does not agree with. This is usually a group of general symptoms that are then labeled as candida or a yeast infection. Dr. JJ believes that these symptoms are usually due to digestive problems and not having a well-balanced gastrointestinal flora.

There are a number of things that can affect the balance of your flora, including anti-biotics. While there are many instances where it is necessary to take an anti-biotic to fight an infection, it is also important to take a pro-biotic when you are taking anti-biotics (not at the same time, take the probiotic a few hours after taking the anti-biotic), to help replenish the good bacteria. Once the full prescription of anti-biotics has been taken, Dr. JJ will often recommend his patients continue to take probiotics for up to a month.

What are some common symptoms of yeast infection?

Yeast infection symptoms for women include vaginal discharge, itchiness and pain during sexual intercourse. For those with "candida" or gastrointestinal imbalance they may have gas, bloating, itchiness around the anus. In babies, cancer patients and HIV patients yeast may present itself orally as thrush (white spots on the tongue, or a white coating on the tongue that doesn't go away).

Men often don't show symptoms of yeast infections (they are asymptomatic). So a man can have a yeast infection and not realize it.

How do you diagnose a yeast infection?

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I started having chronic re-occuring vaginal yeast infections about 2 years ago. I went to my western doc and she gave me scrips for anti-fungals, over, and over, and over again. I'm not a person who runs to the doc for a scrip evertime I get sick so I thought this was not really helping the problem. I haven't taken anti-biotics in 20 years, I was tested for all sorts of dis-ease and no diabetes, I eat a very healthy diet. On my own, since my doc wasn't helpful (it's just your age, yes, it happens to a lot of women, oh, it could be the start of perimenopause, you'll just have to keep taking these anti-fungals...etc) I turned to first to the internet and then to a friend who is a naturopath. She suggested starting with a candida cleanse and then the candida elimination diet. I did the cleanse. No relief. I don't eat much fermented, processed food or sweets, so going on the Candida diet was pretty easy. After 6 months, nothing had changed. I added all sorts of pro-biotics to my diet...still nothing...I had my partner tested, he was negative...no change...My partner and I broke up and I was sexually inactive for a while...no change. My naturopath finally suggested garlic. First, she said to take a fresh raw clove of garlic, cut it into swallow-able pieces and swallow that 3 times a day for the first week. Let me tell you, the burning and itching disappeard in 4 hours! After the first week, she told me to switch to a Kyolic type of garlic (aged garlic that doesn't make you stinky) and take 6 capsuls a day, 3 2x a day or 2 3x a day. For me, this is the only thing that has worked. Unfortunately, if I stop taking it for any length of time, the yeast eventually comes back. The garlic keeps is away, but I"m not really sure this is a "cure." It sure has been the only thing that's made me feel better though.

October 3, 2010 - 11:42am

Thank you for the very well-researched information on Candida overgrowth and natural ways to combat this. I used to suffer from an excess of Candida, manifested through painful vaginal yeast infections. However, if it goes untreated a candida infection can manifest in strange, seemingly unrelated ways such as irritability and confusion. I managed to overcome Candida overgrowth with a diet low in sugar and through a detox and I also take a probiotic supplement sporadically (but always following antibiotic treatment). I have never felt this good!

March 24, 2009 - 8:21am
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