Looking at Systemic Yeast Infections – Part Two

Diagnosis
When diagnosing systemic yeast infections there are some simple tissue and blood tests the doctor can do. He or she may also take a stool sample to analyse as a way to verify it is a yeast infection. Light microscopy is another method, where a microscope is used to look closely at a small piece of an infected part. A culture can also be taken by swabbing an affected skin surface with a sterile swab. The culture is then incubated at a temperature of a human body so that colonies develop from the yeast. Looking at its characteristics such as its color is a way to see how severe the infection is, and what type it is. The latter two methods are used usually when the infection is an external and visible type.

Treatment
Antibiotics are not a viable treatment for systemic yeast infections. There are two main ways to deal with it. One way is using a systemic drug, (active all over the body) and the other way is to use a topical drug (applied to an infected area). Topical drugs may include clotrimazole, miconazole, econazole, ketoconazole, amphotericin B suspension and others. They come in different forms, ointments, mouth rinses, lozenges, creams for example and prescription of them is based on where the infection is and how severe it is. Systemic therapy is usually done after a topical treatment has been tried but there are still some traces of the disease left.

The best thing to do is to not let an infection happen! Prevention is the key. Your diet is important as the body’s pH levels are affected by the infection so to control it eat no sugar or a diet low in it. If already infected cutting it out completely is the way. Yeast also feeds on carbohydrates, and protein intake also needs to be reduced. Even fruit sugar needs to be avoided and eating more probiotics is a must.

Before you make any changes to your diet though, discuss it with your doctor. You will find with quick diagnosis and a diet change partnered with treatment will control and cure a systemic yeast infection.

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