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Is there really an effective treatment plan for Candida yeast overgrowth?

by Soula

I have been on the Candida diet for 2 years, lost 58 lb. It was a good year until the last few months after unsuccessful treatment with antibiotics, for what we thought was a UTI, (doctor's consultation was always over the phone, with me describing the symptoms), now the diagnosis is yeast overgrowth.

I was given 2 of pills Fluconazole 150mg each to take 72 hours apart. No improvement. Then 1 Fenticonazol soft gel suppository. No improvement. Now I am taking Fluconazole capsules 200mg each every two days ( I've taken 4 of them already). No improvement.

I was taking Canxida supplements for a year and I was hopeful to stay well. Out of desperation, six weeks ago I switched to Balance One CandAssist along with Liver One and a Probiotic.

Is there an answer? Is there help for some relief? With thanks and appreciation for your time, any suggestions or help.


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Nov 27, 2023

by: Dan

Hello Soula,

The Candida diet usually only works for very mild infections or ends up just keeping yeast infection symptoms some what under control. Moderate to severe infections will always require supplements or prescription medications to resolve. It sounds like you have been dealing with this problem for a little over 2 years so this wouldn't be considered a mild infection.

Studies show that 98% of women that suffer from chronic vaginal yeast infections have an overgrowth of yeast in their intestines. This overgrowth simply transfers from the colon to the vagina, which results in constant re-infection of the vagina. In order to get the vaginal infection under control you have to get the intestinal infection under control as well. When those symptoms are at their worst it can also be influenced by hormone imbalances, which may need to be corrected.

Fluconazole is so well absorbed into the blood stream that it does not work in the intestine. There are also species of Candida, such as C. glabrata and C. krusei that are extremely resistant to fluconazole. Fenticonazol only works for C. albicans and Malassezia furfur, and some bacteria such as Trichomonas, it has no effect on other Candida species.

If your doctor would take a vaginal swab and send it to a lab, they could identify the species and what medications are effective. A stool test to verify intestinal overgrowth, good and bad bacterial levels, and if there are any parasites present, could be done as well. If pathogens are detected on the stool test they can test medications and depending upon the lab, effective herbs.

You didn't mention which Canxida supplement you were taking so I am unable to comment other than it obviously hasn't worked. Based on the ingredients, CandAssist would not be my first choice of herbal supplements, the herbal mixture is not broad spectrum enough. Not all probiotics work either, some bacteria are much better at controlling yeasts than others. It appears you haven't been taking anything for the biofilm as well, or at least you didn't mention it. After 2 years the biofilm will be working at its best to defend the Candida yeast from herbs and medications.

You also didn't mention any symptoms, which would be helpful in determining species, and treatment options, if you are unable to do the lab testing. For now, I think the best thing for you to do is email me through the contact page of this website and we can discuss further details of your infection. Based on our private discussion, I can put together a treatment plan tailored to you.

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