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I am a 28 yrs female, I have been suffering from repeated vaginal infection since last one year..got 6-7 infections since then including quite severe ones. Also since 7-8 months i got pimples all over my face and they become severe when i get vaginal infection, prior to that i never had any pimple problem.Pimples are a bit itchy. Also suffering from constipation and gastric along with itchy skin allergies on my arms. I also got toe nail fungus since last 2-3 years which doesn't seem to go. I have been experiencing blurred vision at times since last 7-8 months.I have to study a lot but having issues with concentration, dont know if it is related to this. I would be grateful if you suggest a treatment for me.
[message edited by JoeG2 on Fri, 03 Oct 2014 20:42:26 BST]
  JoeG2 on 2014-10-03
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
take a dose of Graphites 200 and wait for three days. Your constipation should clear by that time. Rest of the problems will go away slowly. Do not eat or drink anything sour till treatment is over.
telescope 8 years ago
Dear JoeG-

Are you using probiotics?

Once you have taken antibiotics, the Gastro
flora is destroyed- this lets Candida in the
gut run wild. We all have candida, but the right
Flora keeps it in check.

You must take the probiotics for 3 months to
get the right flora back working. Many times
one must experiment with different brands as
to what works well with you. It is good to get
one with 7 to 8 strains in it and start slow.

Also are you using birth control pills?
Bc these can have different effects on people.

The diet has to be cleaned up as the fungus
feeds off sugar and carbs, bakery items and
starch. People will crave sugar. So you have
to be strict on having protein and veggies for
simone717 8 years ago
Dear telescope, thanx for replying. Do i just have to take a single dose? After 3 days, do i need to wait or take another medication. Are all these problems related to yeast overgrowth only?
JoeG2 8 years ago
Dear simone717, are these problem related to candida overgrowth only? I havent tried taking any probiotic yet.
JoeG2 8 years ago
Also since 3-4 days the problem has increased with cconstipation, bloating, itching in vaginal and anal area and mild itching all over body. My pimples have also gone worse.
JoeG2 8 years ago
Your constipation, bloating and pimples are not on account of candidiasis.The possible causes of candidiasis have already been explained to you by Simone. With respect to medicine there is a change as you now mention that there is bloating. Please take Lycopodium clavatum 200 instead of Graphites 200 in the first half of the day. Lycopodium must not be taken between 4pm--8pm as that is its aggravation time. Only one dose and please do not repeat on your own.
telescope 8 years ago
Yes Joe G, Candida can do most of what you have.
You have to go at it from all fronts -see the below diet
advice, do probiotics, I would try the caprylic acid tablets-
and if your tongue is coated white in the morning- I would
take Kali Mur Cell salt 6x- 3 times a day ( at whole foods
-vitamin shoppe)

If you are on birth control pills that could be a big factor. Below is from a functional medicine MD in the usa.

You might be wondering, What on earth is candida? Candida is a fungus, which is a form of yeast, and a very small amount of it lives in your mouth and intestines. Its job is to aid with digestion and nutrient absorption but, when overproduced, candida breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body and causing leaky gut. This can lead to many different health problems, ranging from digestive issues to depression.

How do you get candida overgrowth?

The healthy bacteria in your gut typically keep your candida levels in check. However, several factors can cause the candida population to get out of hand:
Eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar (which feed the yeast)
Consuming a lot of alcohol
Taking oral contraceptives
Eating a diet high in beneficial fermented foods like Kombucha, sauerkraut and pickles
Living a high-stress lifestyle
Taking a round of antibiotics that killed too many of those friendly bacteri

Here are 10 common candida symptoms
Skin and nail fungal infections (such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus)
Feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
Autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis
Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD and brain fog
Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
Vaginal infections , urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching
Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings

How do you test for Candida overgrowth?

Blood test

You'll want to check your levels for IgG, IgA, and IgM candida anti-bodies. These can be checked through most any lab. High levels indicate an overgrowth of candida. I find in my clinic that these can often be negative even when the stool or urine test is positive.

Stool testing

I find this to be the most accurate test available. This will check for candida in your colon or lower intestines. The lab can usually determine the species of yeast as well as which treatment will be affective. (Note: be sure that your doctor orders a comprehensive stool test rather than the standard stool test.)

Urine Organix Dysbiosis Test

This test detects a waste product of Candida yeast overgrowth known as D-Arabinitol. An elevated test means an overgrowth of candida. This test will determine if there is candida in your upper gut or small intestines

How do you treat candida overgrowth?

Effectively treating candida involves stopping the yeast overgrowth, restoring the friendly bacteria that usually keep them in check, and healing your gut so that candida can no longer enter your bloodstream.

Getting rid of the candida overgrowth primarily requires a change in diet to a low carbohydrate diet. Sugar is what feeds yeast, so eliminating sugar in all of its simple forms like candy, desserts, alcohol and flours.

And reducing to only one cup a day of the more complex carbohydrates such as grains, beans, fruit, bread, pasta, and potatoes will prevent the Candida from growing and eventually cause it to die. I would recommend eliminating all fermented foods as well.

Using diet alone could take three to six months before the candida is back under control. Because of this I use an anti fungal medication such as Diflucan or Nyastatin for a month or longer with my patients. If you are self-treating you can take a supplement of caprylic acid. Caprylic Acid comes from coconut oil and basically 'pokes holes' in the yeast cell wall, causing it to die.

You may read that some people recommend herbs such as oil of oregano. Oil of oregano can be very effective, but it can also kill good bacteria so I don't recommend it. The anti-fungal medications and caprylic acid are very specific to yeast and will not harm your good bacteria.

It's a must to restore the healthy bacteria that typically keep your candida population under control, you should take probiotics on a regular basis. Taking anywhere from 25 to 100 billion units of probiotics should help to reduce the Candida levels and restore your levels of good bacteria. Finally, healing your gut by eliminating inflammatory foods that can harm your GI tract and introducing foods that aid in digestion and nutrient absorption, will prevent candida from working its way through your body, and will dramatically improve your overall health.

If you would like to find out for sure if you have candida overgrowth, consider seeing a functional medicine doctor who is trained in detecting and treating candida.
simone717 8 years ago
Also JoeG,

On sugar-salt.

Read the labels on everything you buy ( when you
eat out of course you are going to get overloaded
on things bc you don't know what is in there)

1. LImit fast food

2. Stop diet soda-you can get soda with Stevia in
it at whole foods etc or just go for water.

3. For example-

if you want to buy a regular rootbeer- it has 75 grams
of sugar in there- even the health food store ones
have that amount unless you look for Stevia ones.

There is about 4 grams of sugar in one tsp.
So just one soda is as if you put in 18 tsp of sugar in
there. Same for store lemonade and OJ and other
drinks. Even if you think you can have one candy
bar a week- look at the sugar count- it is shocking.

On salt- the right amount for a person is around
1500 mg of salt a day. Again read the labels,
A 1/4 cup of spaghetti sauce has 350 mg of salt.
Just a normal plate of pasta could max out your
salt for a day. Too much salt causes imbalance in your system,
bloating and so on. I don't want to even think about salt content
in fast food, probably one meal has enough salt for 4 days.

I am saying this bc you could think you are giving up sugar
or limiting it- and you won't be if you do not read labels.


simone717 8 years ago
Dear Simone, i am not on any birth control pills or antibiotics. Probably poor diet and stress might have contributed to it. Should i take yakult probiotic drink or some supplement?
JoeG2 8 years ago
Have you had antibiotics in the past?

What did they say the vag infections are-
yeast infections? or?

Yes you can start with Yakult, but there
are way better probiotics depending
where you are. Are you usa, and are you
near Whole Foods?

I think you need to fill out the form so that your health
history can be evaluated in full ( more questions will be asked)

[message edited by simone717 on Tue, 07 Oct 2014 05:51:37 BST]
simone717 8 years ago

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