I have suffered from Candida for nearly 10 years. As a matter of fact, I admit to being one of those women who heard the term “yeast infection” and immediately thought of a vaginal infection or oral thrush and thought there were no other forms. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I did some research and learned exactly what Candida is and how it impacts the body, so I wanted to share some of what I’ve learned with you.

What is Candida?

My chronic yeast infections and low energy levels were becoming an issue in my life. It was, believe it or not, my father who finally said to me, “You need to find out what is causing your symptoms instead of letting your doctor treat the visible symptoms.” What he said didn’t make sense to me at first. After all, a vaginal yeast infection is what it is, right? Wrong. According to emedicinehealth.com yeast infection can spread everywhere in the body, it is pretty rare but highly fatal (45% of people may die).

I eventually stumbled on probacto’s blog and realized that everything I thought I knew was wrong. Vaginal yeast infections are caused by Candida albicans, a yeast organism that exists naturally in the human body – in everyone’s body, regardless of gender. If the yeast level gets off balance, different conditions can occur. For some people, it’s as simple as a vaginal infection or oral thrush; maybe even ringworm or jock itch for the guys. For others, the yeast runs rampant throughout the entire body and before you know it you have a raging systemic infection that mimics other medical conditions.

What Causes Candida Infections?

Here’s where things get tricky. A lot of things can cause the balance of good bacteria vs. Candida in your body to go off balance. Some examples are:

  • The overuse of antibiotics. Antibiotics kill both the good and bad bacteria in your intestines, but the good bacteria helps to keep the yeast organism in check as well.
  • A depressed immune system. This can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Those who have autoimmune disorders tend to suffer from yeast and fungal issues.
  • Lack of exercise. In this modern day and age, many people tend to want to do everything without lifting a finger. A lack of exercise makes many people unhealthy and overweight, with poor blood circulation.
  • An unhealthy diet. Those who have strong immune system can usually fight off Candida. MedlinePlus by the NIH says that repeated yeast infections are a sign of an immune system deficiency. If you’re already having trouble and you continue to eat foods with sugar or yeast, you are actually promoting an environment in which Candida can grow. You’d be surprised at the foods that contain ingredients that promote yeast growth – including condiments, coffee, most processed foods, and even some vegetables.
  • Stress is a major contributor as well. Those who are under continued stress produce Cortisol within the body. Psychology Today ranks stress as public enemy number 1 for health. When the body produces cortisol, your immune system is immediately depressed and your blood sugar level rises. Candida loves sugar, and continued stress over time will allow it to thrive.

These are just a handful of the things in your life that can cause Candida to thrive. And the symptoms are even worse. If you develop a chronic candida problem, you’ll start to feel depressed, fatigued, and in some cases hyper. You’ll crave carbs and sweets, lose some of your coordination, and develop a wide variety of gastrointestinal symptoms. Your skin will get itchy and you might even develop fungal nail infections. Your breath will smell bad and your skin might, too. You might cough or develop flu-like symptoms. You may have vision or hearing problems and you might develop symptoms similar to a UTI or vaginal yeast infection; you might gain weight; and you might have headaches or migraines.

So what can you do?

Like I mentioned before, I had stumbled up on probacto’s blog, and then their candida questions forums. They have experts writing advice for free as well as answering any questions you may have. I was astounded by the wealth of information offered for free on the, and I made the decision to purchase some probiotics and antifungals from them.

That was the best thing I’ve ever done. They really give you all the tools necessary to completely cure yourself from Candida. They do not charge for any information, and they do have a probiotic for sale, but it’s the best one in the business. I bought it because I wanted to support their efforts as well as there really is nothing better after researching hundreds of others.

Using their probiotics and antifungals was easy, just take it when it’s time, but the difficult part was following the diet. The first week was the toughest, I craved carbs and sweets but I knew that what I was doing would ultimately make me feel better. I cut out processed foods and sugars, worked on eliminating foods that caused me allergies or intolerances, and then reintroduced foods that didn’t bother me. The process took months. I also took a few herbal supplements and completed a couple of detox cleanses for my liver and kidneys.

I can honestly say I’ve never felt better. I know a lot of people think Candida itself is a myth, but it’s not. It’s just that most doctors don’t understand it at it’s core. The thing is thousands of people have done a Candida cleanse and have never felt better, and I am glad that I trusted probacto to help me with my Candida, I’ve never dealt with a better company.

yeast infection

Yeast Infection Treatment – Click Here To Find Out – HOW TO EAT YOUR WAY OUT OF YEAST INFECTION by Eric Bakker the Candida Yeast Infection Specialist

Genital tract of female is prone to be infected during menstruation, pregnancy, sexual intercourse and during delivery. The organisms commonly infecting the vaginal tract are bacteria (Treponema pallidum, mycobacterium, Niesseria gonorrhoea), virus (Herpes, human papilloma virus), fungus (Candida) and protozoa (Trichomonas).

Fungal infection of genital tract is commonly caused by yeast like fungus known as Candida. Its various species infect the genital tract like Candida albicans, Candida glabrata, Candida tropicalis etc. Among these C. albicans is the responsible for Candida vaginitis or vaginal thrush. It is a gram positive fungus which develops pseudo mycelia thread with septate division. It resides in acidic media (pH 4.0- 5.5) and needs carbohydrate for survival. It is widely distribution in the body especially in the mouth, perianal area and in the vagina but is mostly non pathogenic.

The pathogenic property of Candida increases in pregnancy, diabetes mellitus, use of oral contraceptives and broad spectrum antibiotics. In all these condition the normal flora of vagina gets disturbed and growth of Candida supervene in vagina. In pregnancy the vaginal secretion contains high amount of carbohydrate and the acidity of vagina increases which tends to destroy other bacteria. The use of immunosuppressive drug or antibiotic also increases the risk of yeast infection. Sometimes, females may also develop oral thrush along with vaginitis. This infection can occur through sexual intercourse with a man suffering from urethritis or balanitis. The infection may also be transmitted from a male having asymptomatic yeast infection.

A combination of Candida and Trichomonas vaginitis (a protozoan infection) is quite common; the dual infection is most probably being sexually transmitted.

The main symptom is vaginal discharge and pruritus. The discharge is thick curdy white in colour. These are adherent to vaginal wall which on separation leads to multiple haemorrhagic spot. The pruritus is out of proportion to the amount of discharge. The vaginal wall and vulva are reddened and oedematous. The local soreness leads to difficulty in sexual intercourse. The infection may also be transmitted to the partner who may complain of itching of external genitalia after an act of coitus.The woman who is infected in late pregnancy may also infect the baby during its birth and leads to Candida stomatitis in the newborn.

The diagnosis of Candida infection is suspected by colour of the vaginal discharge and the feature of pruritus. It is confirmed by visualization of yeast cell in vaginal discharge. A preparation of vaginal discharge observed under microscope can identify the presence of yeast cell and exclude the presence of other organisms. A 10 percent potassium hydroxide preparation is used for preparing the slide which dissolves the red blood cell and white blood cell and helps in proper visualization. If on direct microscopy large number of white cell are seen and pH is greater than 4.5, mixed infection is suspected. If WBC is absent and pH is less than 4.5 antifungal treatment should be started. If direct microscopy do not show yeast cell then vaginal swab can be sent for culture. Recently the dual infection of Candida and Trichomonas can be detected by use of Feinberg Whittington medium which permits the detection of both Candida and Trichomonas in one specimen.

The aim of treatment is removal of aetiological factor like discontinuation of oral contraceptive temporarily, control of diabetes and stop misuse of broad spectrum antibiotic followed by use of local or systemic antifungal treatment.

A wide variety of highly affective imidazole agents are now available. Topical preparation are available as pessaries and cream as for example Miconazole 100 mg vaginal pessaries to be inserted daily at bedtimes for 6 night or 2 tablets daily for three night, Clotrimazole 500 mg vaginal tablet is administered as single dose similarly Ticonazole 300mg is inserted once daily. Vaginal cream is used with an applicator include 2 percent Miconazole or 1percent Clotrimazole for 7 nights. Cure rate against Candida is in the range of 80 – 90 percent. Mild to moderate burning sensation can occur with topical use.

Local application of Gentian violet solution was used in the past. Although effective in treatment it is messy and can cause severe local reaction with exfoliation of superficial of epithelium.

Oral systemic antifungal imidazole achieve comparable or marginally higher therapeutic cure rate. Most of the vaginal yeast infection can be cured with single dose of 150mg fluconazole. Itraconazole in higher dose and for longer duration has to be given for resistant cases. With respect to topical imidazole oral agent are more convenient, less messy but may have more side effects e.g. all imidazole are contraindicated in pregnant and nursing mother. Oral ketoconazole may lead to nausea, vomiting, hair loss, gynaecomastia and hepatotoxicity.

Severe local treatment may necessitate adjunctive topical treatment for the first 48 hour. A douche of 1 percent sodium bicarbonate can relieve the pruritus. A combination of topical antifungal with topical steroid is useful if vulva is erythematous is inflamed and erythematous. Single dose therapy is effective in mild to moderate disease. Severe or recurrent disease may need once weekly regimen of either Clotrimazole suppositories or ketoconazole 100 mg daily till the symptom subsides.

Strict control of sugar level by use of oral drugs or insulin is important in case of diabetics to treat the infection. The use of other method of contraception should be practised in place of oral contraceptive. The use of broad spectrum antibiotic should be for shorter duration and irrational use should be condemned. These measures help in controlling yeast infection.

In cases of dual infection with Trichomonas and Candida, metronidazole is prescribed for treatment of Trichomonas in a dose of 2 gm single oral dose for both partner or 400mg tablet given twice daily by mouth for 1 week along with antifungal for control of Candida infection.

The imidazoles are fungistatic agent and non albicans strains of Candida respond poorly to Fluconazole. Ticonazole has been shown to be effective in treating infection with Candida glabrata and Candida tropicalis.