Ten-Step Yeast Infection Cure Program

This ten-step program focuses on yeast infections of skin and mucous membranes in people with normal WBC counts. Guidelines are based on clinical studies published in medical journals. To achieve a cure, you must follow all ten steps. If you follow only a few steps, you are likely to experience relapses. This program explains tests, treatments, and preventive self-help approaches for overcoming candidiasis. This summary is an excerpt from Dr. Crandall’s 180-page Candida Information Packet, which discusses the spectrum of yeast-related diseases. Reading the packet will empower you to ask your doctor for medical care appropriate for your individual case.

Step 1. Diagnostic Tests:
While questionnaires are helpful for screening people, yeast infections cannot be diagnosed based on symptoms alone. You need specific diagnostic tests for Candida, and a clinical evaluation that only a physician can provide. Results from tests for yeast infections, allergies, and other disorders will allow your doctor to accurately diagnose you. Warning: Don’t self-medicate with supplements or prescription antifungals before specimens are collected, or your results might be falsely negative. Test before treating!

Diagnostic tests for Candida infections include microscope smears, yeast cultures, species identification, antifungal susceptibility, and blood tests for Candida antigens, Candida immune complexes, and anti-Candida antibodies. Detailed descriptions, interpretation of results, and a list of laboratories that offer these tests are in Dr. Crandall’s packet. (19 pages)

Step 2. Antifungal Treatments:
If your test results indicate a yeast infection, ask your doctor for antifungal treatments appropriate for your case. Superficial yeast infections are treated with topical or oral antifungals, sometimes both in stubborn cases. Intestinal candidiasis is treated with oral antifungals, either absorbed or systemic, sometimes both together.

Worsening of symptoms at the beginning of antifungal therapy, called “yeast die-off,” occurs in people who are allergic to Candida, or have heavy yeast overgrowths. Read how to avoid this unpleasant reaction in Dr. Crandall’s packet. Short-term antifungal treatment does not cure all superficial yeast infections because yeasts grow inside tissue cells where they are protected from antifungal agents and the immune system. Hence, long-term, daily antifungal treatment is often needed to achieve a cure. (24 pages)

Step 3. Precautions:
Warnings are given about possible antifungal side effects, contraindications, development of antifungal resistance, liver toxicity, and interactions with other medications and alcohol. Systemic antifungals increase blood concentrations of certain other drugs to dangerous levels. Hence, you need follow-up office visits so your physician can monitor your side effects and liver function, and discuss your recovery. Because of potential complications, never self-treat with systemic antifungals bought on the Internet without a prescription, and don’t take multiple drugs and herbal remedies concurrently unless approved by your physician. (10 pages)

Step 4. Anti-Inflammatory Drugs:
Itching, burning, redness, and swelling of skin and mucous membranes are symptoms of inflammation caused by yeast infections or other irritants. Inflammation is treated with creams containing anti-inflammatory drugs such as corticosteroids or immunosuppressants. Warning: Don’t use anti-inflammatory creams by themselves because they decrease your immunity to yeast infection. Use an antifungal at the same time to prevent your yeast infection from worsening. (6 pages)

Step 5. Immunotherapy for Allergy:
Candidiasis is not just an infection; it is also an allergy to the infective agent. Candida allergy predisposes people to develop recurrent or chronic Candida infections. Ask your personal physician for a referral to an allergist so you can obtain skin testing. Allergies to yeasts and molds are diagnosed by scratch and intradermal tests. The packet discusses in detail what tests measure allergy and immunity to Candida, and what tests are better for people who are extremely allergic.

Candida allergy is treated with shots of Candida extract, which decrease allergic reactions, and enhance immunity to Candida. Hence, Candida allergy shots act like a vaccine. Sublingual immunotherapy for Candida allergy may be effective for people who had a bad delayed skin reaction to testing. (3 pages)

Step 6. Avoid All Risk Factors:
Most yeast infections are caused by medical treatments. Of these, antibiotics are the number one risk factor for candidiasis. Other prescription medications that predispose people to develop yeast infections include antacids, immune suppressants, and estrogen. Yet most physicians prescribe these drugs without regard for the consequences.

Since everyone is different, you must identify your individual susceptibility factors before you can figure out how to prevent recurrent yeast infections. Read about conditions that predispose to candidiasis such as medical treatments, physiological states, diseases, and transmission of Candida. Remember: If you avoid all risk factors except one, it may trigger another episode of candidiasis. (8 pages)

Step 7. Lifestyle Changes:
Certain behavioral activities, sexual practices, and birth control methods predispose people to yeast infections. Tips are given for lifestyle changes to avoid these risk factors. Follow these self-help steps while under a physician’s supervision. (11 pages)

Step 8. Candida Diet:
Yeast infections cannot be cured by diet alone. Before starting a restrictive diet, obtain diagnostic testing for Candida infection and allergies. If your results are positive, obtain medical treatments tailor-made for your case. Some yeast symptoms can be reduced by restricting sweets. If you test positive for allergies to yeasts and molds, don’t consume fermented foods and beverages. If you get sick every time you eat, you need medical help. Don’t blindly follow an unbalanced diet that advises against eating all carbohydrates including whole grains and fruit. This may cause other health problems such as constipation and dangerous weight loss. (11 pages)

Step 9. Probiotics:
Nutritional supplements that contain “friendly” bacteria are called probiotics. They help restore normal intestinal flora killed by antibiotics. Yogurt with active cultures also contains “friendly” bacteria. Probiotics may release substances into the intestines that inhibit yeast growth. (3 pages)

Step 10. Antifungal Prophylaxis:
If you have had yeast infections in the past that means you are susceptible. Hence, you should ask for antifungal medicine to prevent a recurrence when your physician prescribes antibiotics or other medications that predispose to candidiasis. The packet explains intermittent suppressive antifungal therapy that helps prevent yeast infections from returning. (3 pages)

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