If you suffer from chronic yeast infections of any type (vaginal yeast infection, athlete’s foot, jock itch, nail fungus, etc.), then it may be that your problem is not a localized one, but rather a systemic one. That’s right–that vaginal yeast infection that keeps coming back could actually just be a symptom of an infection that is affecting your entire body, known as systemic Candida. Candida albicans is a fungus that can grow out of control and pose a serious threat to your health and well being. Because Candida albicans is a fungus, it is generally treated with an antifungal medication, and there are a number of options to choose from. If you have questions regarding candida then head over the candida questions and answers here. Yeast infection doctors and specialist help answer a lot of candida questions.
In the past I recommended Dr. Eric Bakker but he is rather slow to respond so use that probacto candida questions and answers section.
Azo Yeast Tablets
This oral medication contains a good dose of the healthy bacteria that can fight off Candida overgrowth in your body. When used regularly, Azo yeast tablets can be taken to alleviate the outside symptoms of systemic Candida, treat the cause of the systemic Candida symptoms, and prevent future occurrences of systemic Candida.
This line of antifungal drugs operates by lodging in the fungal cell wall and halting the synthesis of gluten in the cell, thus damaging the fungal cell so that is can no longer function efficiently. Echinocandins are considered to be the “first line” of therapy for systemic Candida infections, because they work very efficiently and are associated with the least side effects. They include the drugs Anidulafungin, Caspofungin, and Micafungin, and they are generally administered either orally or intravenously.
Administered either orally or intravenously, Fluconazole is currently the most standard treatment for systemic Candida. It is first loaded into the system with a high dose, and then the dose is lowered for the continuing treatment, which generally lasts about two weeks (or until blood culture test results indicate the infection has subsided). Amphotericin B deoxycholate is a drug that is often used in place of Fluconazole.
The antifungal medication Voricanazole is often used for patients who are not neutropenic (meaning, they do not exhibit an abnormally low count of a specific type of white blood cell that fights Candida albicans). As with the other commonly used antifungal treatments, it is typically administered either orally or intravenously.
It is worth noting that antifungal treatments are only one aspect of an entire strategy for conquering systemic Candida, and that the majority of these treatments are administered in a clinical setting. Therefore, if you suspect that systemic Candida may be to blame for your recurrent yeast infections, you should speak with your doctor about how you can incorporate the antifungal treatments listed here into your overall treatment plan.