In addition to reviewing the patients symptoms, there are some tests to determine if a patient has a yeast infection. For women, a doctor would do a vaginal smear on a slide and look at the slide to see if there are a lot of yeast cells, to determine if they have a yeast infection. For men, a doctor would analyze a seminal fluid discharge to determine if they have a yeast infection.
Jennifer was diagnosed with Candida from her holistic dentist. Then dentist took an oral sample of Jennifer's saliva and examined the sample under a microscope. From the sample, she could see an imbalance in the bacteria. Dr. JJ explained that Jennifer had an imbalance in the bacteria and the microflora in her mouth and digestive tract. So, the healthy bacteria levels were out of balance. Candida occurs naturally in everyone, so calling the imbalance candida is not accurate.
What are some natural treatments for yeast infections?
Natural yeast infection remedies include probiotics and an elimination diet:
A simple natural cure for yeast infection is taking probiotics orally. This helps put the good bacteria levels back into balance. There have been a number of positive studies on probiotics, including one where pregnant women took probiotics orally to prevent bacterial vaginosis. Probiotics can also be taken vaginally as suppositories.
When Dr. JJ has a female patient that has had chronic yeast infections, he will typically do a week of Probiotic suppositories, followed by one month of taking probiotics orally.
There is a Candida diet as well, but Dr. JJ does not recommend this to his patients, because he finds it to extreme. He will typically put his patients on a good detox (elimination diet is a good basic detox). In the elimination diet you avoid foods like wheat, dairy, sugars and alcohol for a short period of time. This is effective because a lot of the opportunistic pathogens like sugar, so eliminating these foods interrupts their food source.
Dr. JJ has found the candida diet too severe, and a lot of his patients who have gone on the diet have become so sensitive that when you try to reintroduce a normal diet, they get flare-ups.