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There are two things that can make the overgrowth of Candida yeast so challenging. First, this type of infection can be both systemic and digestive. Second, doctors will often treat only the associated symptoms and not the underlying cause. When Candida yeast begins to grow out of control, it will quickly spread while impacting the body's immune system. This means as the infection grows the body begins to lose its ability to fight the infection, creating a double-edged sword.
Many times, a person will visit one doctor after another, complaining of symptoms that include fatigue, headaches, muscle and joint pain, mood swings, and weight gain, only to be treated for the wrong thing. Considering the diagnosis for Candida yeast is so simple, a blood test or stool sample along with medical history, this is a serious injustice. Even worse, if the overproduction of Candida yeast is not corrected, it can cause serious organ damage and in severe cases, death.
The bottom line is that an overgrowth of Candida yeast will destroy your health and possibly life. However, when diagnosed and treated, you can have a full recovery, leading to a long, healthy life. The interesting thing about Candida yeast is that it grows naturally in the body and is considered good bacteria. However, due to various contributors, once the yeast begins to grow too fast and too much, it actually changes itself from bacteria to a type of fungus.
When maintained at proper levels, Candida yeast works within the digestive tract in helping a person absorb nutrients. This type of bacteria also grows in a woman's vagina, where it can be beneficial, as long as the levels are low. The problem starts when a woman starts taking birth control pills or people take antibiotics long-term. Other factors that can cause problems include having chemotherapy or taking cortisone. As these substances are put in the body, they begin to kill good bacteria. As a result, Candida yeast goes crazy, literally overpowering the digestive system.
Again, if Candida yeast is treated right away, it is still bacteria but if left untreated, it transforms into a fungus, similar to a plant with actual roots. Over time, these roots begin pushing through the mucosal lining of the intestine. When this occurs, the Candida yeast will spread throughout the body, reaching the throat, skin, lungs, sinuses, reproductive system, kidneys, lungs, nervous system, and brain.
With the spread of Candida yeast, more and more symptoms begin to appear, making it even more difficult to diagnosis. While there are times with antibiotics, cortisone, and even birth control pills are necessary, taking in high doses or over long periods is straight out dangerous. Therefore, if you are ever prescribed any of these drugs, talk to your doctor about alternatives so you can avoid dealing with an overgrowth of Candida yeast.
Most medical professionals feel strongly that testing is the key to bringing the problem of Candida yeast overgrowth under control. Again, the symptoms are often treated without proper testing being done. This means although some symptoms may subside or even go away for some time, the yeast is still growing and wrecking havoc on the body. On the other hand, if more aggressive testing were done, the overproduction of Candida yeast would be identified early, saving the patient tons of health problems and mental frustration.
Considered an aggressive type of parasite, Candida yeast has a unique ability of attaching itself to the intestinal wall where it becomes a permanent part of the body. This problem has become so serious that experts now estimate some 30 million Americans live with the effects of Candida yeast overgrowth. Even more frustrating is that if only symptoms are treated, meaning the problem is not completely corrected; the yeast overgrowth problem will return 95% of the time.
The bottom line is that Candida yeast literally poisons the body's tissues by sending out more than 75 known toxins. As the tissue becomes contaminated, the body's immune system starts to break down, followed by other organ shutdown. The roots that grow from the fungus will break through the intestinal wall, as mentioned. When this occurs, the toxins begin to leak in what is known as Leaky Gut Syndrome. Remember, the mucosal lining is known as the first line of defense or a protective barrier between the intestines and bloodstream.
That means if the barrier is altered, toxins and other foreign waste products start to pollute the body. In addition to the toxins flowing freely in the body, the other challenge is that the body is no longer able to absorb nutrients. Interestingly, many people with high levels of Candida yeast will struggle with excessive weight gain but they are also not getting proper nutrition, they are actually living with malnutrition. As the intestinal wall is compromised, the digestive system is mechanically and chemically altered.
While having an overgrowth of Candida yeast is devastating, there are ways of bringing the problem under control. Talk to your doctor to see what methods he or she would recommend. More than likely, you would be placed on a special diet, given a list of herbs and supplements to take, and go through some type of colon cleansing process. As soon as the Candida yeast is back to normal levels, you will feel so much better.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it bad to take yeast infection medication if you don't have a yeast infection?
I can't tell whether or not I have a yeast infection. I'm a little itchy, but not like I usually am when I have a yeast infection. I tried to buy a tester kit at CVS, but they didn't have any. I'd prefer to just take some Monistat just in case, but is that bad for me?
I wouldnt think it would hurt! Just in case i would wait to get a test first try walmart! 24hrs mostly!
How can you safely relieve a yeast infection when pregnant.?
I have a yeast infection and I am 9 weeks pregnant. I'm positive it isn't an STD because I just took STD tests as part of prenatal care. I also just got off antibiotics, and did one of those Vagisil tester things. I am seeing my doctor, but not until Thursday, and if you have ever had a yeast infection, you would understand why I don't know if I can wait until then for relief. Is there anything safe I can use until Thursday when I see the doctor?
Basically the reason you have a yeast infection is because there's an imbalance in your body. A healthy person has a balance between the yeast in their body and the good bacteria in their body.
Too much yeast, you have a yeast infection. Too much bacteria, you have a bacterial infection.
So, when you have a yeast infection you essentially have too much yeast in your body relative to the good bacteria. The natural way to treat it and bring back that balance is to starve the yeast and introduce more good bacteria into your body.
Oh and BTW - That's why you often get relief from using the over the counter meds temporarily, and then the yeast infection comes back. The creams aren't changing the source of the problem. They are just killing the yeast they come in contact with, and not balancing the yeast/bacteria in your body and actually sometimes end up making things a lot worse.
Oh BTW2 - That's also why many times you'll get a yeast infection after using antibiotics. Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your body, the good and the bad. When that happens the balance between the yeast and good bacteria is off, and once again and you get a yeast infection.
Things you can add to your diet (to help promote good bacteria) are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans
Things you should remove from your diet (to starve the yeast) are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour, alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold
Changing your diet will definitely get you on the road to balancing the yeast and good bacteria, but what I would also recommend is to use a homeopathic solution to help naturally speed up the process.
I always feel if there's a natural way to do something, then it's best to avoid the chemicals. I would look for an natural product, that can be taken orally to promote re-growth of the good bacteria in your body.
There are a few out there, I think they are probably all pretty good. One that I have used and was very effective for me was is yeastrol.
Best of Luck!
Hope this helps and best of luck!
I added the link I used if you are interested in finding out more.
YEAST INFECTION? what is thisssss!!?
okay first of all, im on bc pills and am sexually active.
and i try my best to urinate after sex. theres only 2 in like 5 times i dont.
i dont know if its just my natural vaginal discharge, or if there really is something wrong. the discharge white-ish yellow most of the time. and it can get thick sometimes. and it smells like yeast. i dont know what it is. this has been going on for awhile now,
so when it got too annoying i went to walgreens and bought an at home PH tester. the test said i most likely have a yeast infection or like something else, i donr remember what it was called.
so i went to the doctor and she took a urin sample and said it was probably a yeast infection. so she gave me a pill for vaginal infections and i took it. it worked for a few days it seemed like, but the yest smell and weird discharge came back.
so i went again about a month later and she gave me the same pill and said to take it at the same time as some anti-fungal cream stuff that you insert into your vagina with a seringe type thing. (so i could "attack it" from both ends, if ya know what i mean lol) i did this. that was over a month ago and ive had the same problem ever since then. it never went away. it seems like nothing is working.
also, it seems like the smell and expecially the discharge is more when it's hot. i dont know why. but it is.
can someone please help me. im going to the doctor again soon. but i would like some input or answers from you guys because i wont be able to get in to the doc for while.
has anyone gone through this? helpppp!
A normal discharge should be whit clear or light yellowish..Mines is always white, & smells weird 2...But its perfectly..Just as long as it doesnt smell 2 strong.
Yeast infections are wen Of course your vagina is infected with a certain usually harmless bacteria..It is very itchy & if noyt well maintained can get worse & may need serious special treatment.
Yeast Infection gone wrong? (Please don't be rude)?
I was on antibiotics for a tonsil infection when I started noticing I was very itchy in my vaginal area and was having a lot of odorless, white, clumpy discharge. I bought the Vagisil pH tester and the results said that my pH level was indicative of a yeast infection. It was my first, so I just made an appointment with my OB GYN and bought some Vagisil anti itch cream. The doctor wasn't able to see me until the following week. And, by that time the itching and irritation had become so unbearable, that I went out and got some Monistat 3.
I just finished the third treatment and there is little to no itching or discharge. However, I must have been scratching myself in my sleep, and I've basically scratched myself raw. I have 6-7 cuts/raw spots and the pain is HORRIBLE. It's so bad I can barely walk, move, or sit down. I tried putting neosporin on it, and it just seemed to make the stinging worse. I've just been taking warm showers, and drying it thoroughly (with a fan). But, the pain is still really intense. I can't even pee without being brought to tears.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I was a little worried about the neosporin because it is an antibiotic cream, and antibiotics were the reason I first contracted the yeast infection. However, I don't know if neosporin would have the same effects as amoxcilin. I'm not sure what to do. I just want to relieve the pain, because these spots seem to be healing at a snail's pace.
Ouch! I feel ya sista! Ok so what you need to do is first. Where some gloves to bed so hopfully if you start scratching you'll wake up before you do any damage. Take warm sea salt baths. This is not going to feel that awesome at first but it will heal you quicker. When you get out of the bath use neosporin and lay,legs spread, in front of fan. Only Oral antibiotics are strong enough to mess with our PH balance. Amoxcillin is a really strong one too. Use warm washclothes for itching and dont foreget the gloves! I hope you start feeling better... ~ tons of love~
I think I may have a yeast infection?
I have a problem I went to the doctor awhile ago, did a urine sample and it turned out I had a bladder infection. She gave me pills for it, but I didn't take them properly.. (i know, i should have..) but they were SO hard to swallow. I have a hard enough time with pills already, and these ones were extremely bitter + did not slide down my throat easily. it actually hurt. but anyways i couldn't take it any longer so I just started taking them normally a couple days ago. It doesn't burn when I pee anymore but.. the pain in my vagina has not gone away. So, I looked up the symptoms of a yeast infection, and i have them all. the burning, irritation, that white liquidy stuff. I've also had a fever. The thing is i really REALLY don't wanna go to the doctor about it.. I'm 15, never had a physical done or anything and I know if i go in about this.. she'll have to "examine" me. And I'm just not comfortable. at all. its kinda scary actually what do you think i should do? keep taking the pills for a couple weeks and see if it goes away? Apparently they have these tester things you can buy at the store that tell you if you have a yeast infection.. should I get one of those? Then get monistat if i do have one?
You should get the test and take it right away. Then call a gynecologist and explain your symptoms and let them know if the test came out positive or negative. They'll probably want you to get an examination. I know its embarassing but if kept for too long, a yeast infection can turn nassstay. Or it could be some kind of infection. Don't want to scare you but you need to get it straightened out. Good luck