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How Should I Treat My Chronic Yeast Infection?

By    |   Friday, 19 Dec 2014 04:52 PM

Question: I have a chronic yeast infection that never goes away. I have taken oral medicine, antiviral medicine, and always take probiotics. What can I try? 
 
Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Three simple pointers are important to note here:
 
No. 1: Antivirals do not treat fungal and yeast infections. They only combat viruses. Some, like HIV antivirals, are used to control viral loads sufficiently so that the frequency of fungal infections is reduced by an improved immune system. But in general, antifungal medicines won’t relieve yeast infections.
 
No. 2: Probiotics are also ineffective in treating fungal infections, but they can indirectly help people whose “healthy” bacteria have been killed off. Probiotics help maintain a healthy balance of gut bactgeria, which can keep yeast in check, strengthen tissue integrity, and reduce foreign bacterial invasion.
 
No. 3: Not all oral anti-fungal drugs are able to penetrate to the tissues affected, and combination treatment is often the most successful way to go after yeast infections.
 
You should consider seeing a specialist in infectious diseases for management of your yeast condition. Internal chronic yeast infections are fortunately not very common. Chronic external yeast infections do occur, but almost all are controllable by appropriate anti-fungal treatment, sometimes in combination with topical, oral, or intravenous medicines. Some treatments may involve immune-suppressing therapy, and may take weeks or months. Recurrences usually occur because of inadequate dosing or because of an unaddressed underlying disorder that may require a longer-term antifungal program.
 
Yeast flora is common on skin surfaces, in the colon, mouth, and vaginal walls of women. In a healthy person, overgrowth of yeast inside the body is not normal and can become rapidly life-threatening if it invades the bloodstream. Since chronic yeast infections can evade our immune systems, they can last longer than we might expect.
 
A yeast infection in the mouth of an adult usually means a problem with immunity, and most often is associated with HIV or other infections. Our intact immune systems vigorously defend against foreign bacterial, fungal, or viral infections. But occasionally our bodies’ protective defenses are disturbed by the use of antibiotics, surgery, injury, or immune deficiency.

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Yeast infections usually indicate an immune-system disorder and can be treated in various ways.
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