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Is Candida Overgrowth Real
Yeast overgrowth: Candida is a very common yeast found in the mouth, intestine, vagina, and skin. It can occasionally cause infection such as vaginal yeast infections. Less commonly infections of the mouth (thrush) and esophagus also occur. Candida overgrowth is a diagnosis often given by naturopathic doctors and has very little science or evidence to support it as a true infection or disease. ...Read more
What do you mean?: If you have it on a mucosal surface or your skin, your pharmacist can recommend a few remedies or you can get prescription-strength Rx. If someone has persuaded you that you have 'systemic candida' to explain vague symptoms, you've been deceived. If you read the blogs, people who buy into this fad diagnosis spend their lives taking meds but are never cured. Be smart & find what's really the matter ...Read more
Oral white thrush: A candida fungal infection can manifest in multiple ways, depending on where in the body the infection is. You can have oral "thrush", which is a white plaque that does not go away on your tongue or the back of your throat, that can be painful. Another common presentation is a white thick vaginal discharge with itchiness. ...Read more
Points of view...: Great question- your strong conviction on this subject is important. Many doctors are unfamiliar of the concept of candida overgrowth- it is still an area we are still trying to understand. With our increasing knowledge of how an imbalance of our normal human microbiome can cause an overgrowth of certain organisms-including yeast/candida, we will able to discuss this subject more thoughtfully. ...Read more
Hundreds of problems:
Candida overgrowth leads to increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome) which can cause food allergies ; autoimmune problems ; result in fatigue,
"brain fog, "muscle ; joint pains, hormonal imbalances, frequent infections (sinus, lungs etc), abd. Pain, gas, constipation, skin rashes etc. See http://www. Yeastconnection. Com/pdf/yeastfullsurv. Pdf
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consult a holistic doc. ...Read more
No such thing: Please forgive my frankness. After forty years of talk, the vast majority of people in the scientific community -- the most cutthroat of all truth-seekers -- believe that "systemic candida" is a cruel myth. Once a person thinks they have this, they NEVER feel well again, since no one is ever cured. Please get with a sensible practitioner -- perhaps an evidence-based holist. ...Read more
Why ever?: The idea of candida overgrowth is a myth. The yeast is a common occupant of the intestines and is as much as 5% of the dry weight of your poo. I have seen some mega labs, one specifically, that advertises their test of submitted stools samples for their "normals" and advises folks to seek treatment. They always suggest you repeat the test $$$ to be sure you are better. ...Read more
You don't: Real candida is either a local infection with the diagnosis being obvious (skin, mucosal surfaces) or a grave systemic illness in people with severe immunosuppression. 'Systemic candida' is a 'pop' diagnosis made to explain vague symptoms. Accept it, and you'll not only not discover your real problems, but you'll spend decades trying various things & never be cured. Be a savvy adult. ...Read more
Is an overgrowth of candida something that can be treated medically or can you only treat it by change of diet?
To successfully treat candida one must kill candida using antifungal agents which can be herbal or pharmaceutical, replace it with probiotics, and eat a low sugar ; starch diet. All of these are necessary- you could take the strongest antifungals ; it won't help if you eat sugar; sugar feeds candidia and you can't put out a fire if you are pouring gas on it!
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Can candida overgrowth be the cause of my weird BMs? Mornings after I wake BMs are soft loose or loose mushy. Now & then hard formed.
Possible-rare: Not unless you have a sever intestinal infection. ...Read more
Primary care doctor: Each person should have a primary care doctor, who can usually treat the basic problems seen in medicine. Primary care means pediatrics, family medicine, general practice, or internal medicine. The doctor can examine the body part with the symptom, and decide if it is due to overgrowth of candida yeast or due to something else. ...Read more
I can only answer with a few questions: 1 is it two separate, unrelated questions? 2 where is the candida overgrowth? 3 what is it that you can not eat, and why?
If you could ask again, making more clear those points, it would be easier to answer specifically. This far, the best answer should be: see your dr. ...Read more
Fluconazole: Yes, fluconazole is an anti-fungal proven effective against candidal infections of various sites and is NOT dependent on gender. Persons who are immunocompromised (due to diabetes, chemo/radiation therapy, chronic steroid use, HIV, or extremes of age, etc.) are more susceptible to developing candidiasis. Common sites of infection include the mouth, genitalia, urinary tract, and esophagus. ...Read more
Go to a believer: The only way to get diagnosed with this "condition" is to go to a doctor who believes it exists. However, I don't recommend that approach, since there is no scientific evidence that candida overgrowth is a real medical condition. We have words for that kind of doctor, but they're not kind. ...Read more
Hey I'm taking gnc 10 bilion probiotic complex becoz yeast overgrowth. Is taking gnc 25 bilion or 50 bilion is for fast recovery from candida overgrowt?
No: That cannot be assumed to be true, because almost NONE of the probiotic supplements have scientific studies proving a particular supplement at particular doses can lead to "fast" recovery from a particular disease. "Yeast overgrowth" is very vague, because it does not say HOW MUCH overgrowth, nor even WHERE in the body the overgrowth is, or which TYPE of yeast. Usually, supplements are "untested". ...Read more
See below: Cancica is almost universal and any over expression or under expression of antibodies may cause cancica to cause symptoms. ...Read more
Not usual: It has been my experience that there is no relationship between candida and fatigue. You would have to have one overwhelming case of candida to cause your fatigue.......And why do you have the overgrowth. The fatigue may be a sign of an underlying problem which could be related to the candida. ...Read more
Independent thinkers: This is not a mainstream diagnosis, and i'd be cautious especially if you've self-diagnosed based on something you've read. Your best move now would be to get with an evidence-based holistic physician in your community who can help guide you through an area that i'll be the first to admit is confusing to all of us. ...Read more
Urban myth: Apparently you didn't like my previous reply. Sorry, but it's true: there is no evidence for candida overgrowth as a significant health problem. There probably are few if any doctors on HealthTap who believe in it or can recommend treatment. As suggested previously, you'll do best by seeing your regular doctor and having whatever symptoms you have professionally evaluated and treated. Good luck. ...Read more