I was just wondering if any one has tried the whole thing about taking Diflucan every three days (as it supposedly stays in the body for three days). What sort of dosages are people taking to treat candida in the gut and systematic problems such as jock itch and fungal nail infections? (Of which I have both).
I have just read over William G. Crooks "The Yeast Connection" - what a fantastic book! He repeats alot of things over and over but it is highly informative none the less. He talks of Nystatin being a highly useful drug. HOWEVER after reading "Candida Albicans: Could Yeast Be Your Problem?" by Leon Chaitow (Also a fantastic book) I am sort of sceptical over Nystatin. Chaitow quotes Crooks as saying (in fewer words) that: he (Crooks) has treated people with Nystatin, and when they have come off Nystatin they ended up with a sort of flare up of yeasts. Nystain is yeast based itself but I'm sure if this is the reason people have flare ups when they stop taking it. I wonder if people who are yeast sensitive or have yeast allergies are actualy affected by Nystatin?. However Nystatin sems to be such an integral part of so many Candida programs...
I may well have leaky gut (awaiting several test results). I think it would possibly be wise for people with leaky gut to go on a program to heal the gut membranes before they try anti fungal drugs/herbal treatments as leaky gut increase your allergenic potential (people can become allergic to oregano). In theory though, anything you eat (including supplements) you can become allergic to. Rotation seems to be the key.
Welcome to the boards. There is so much information here.
I have used diflucan and my yeast infection did clear up.... for a while... but returned. Diflucan is not the answer for the long term, as your problem will return, just a quick fix or perhaps to get things under control until a proper long term strategy is in place.
The general thinking is that yeasts will continue to morph and change and after a while, diflucan will not work. Also, and very importantly, diflucan is VERY HARD ON THE LIVER. Sorry for the caps, but you need to know this. My view the best thing to do is get your diet and nutrition reviewed and make sure you are eating very wholesome and nutritious foods, daily. Reduce Sugar and white carbs (rice, white bread) as much as you can. Increase vegetables of all kinds and get yourself onto a good multi vitamin and especially mineral program.
Cyle natural anti fungals so your body does not get used to any particular kind; here are some suggestions to cycle:
. Olive Leaf extract
. Oil of oregano
. Pau de arco
Be ready for 'die off'; an unpleasant but necessary reaction when fungus dies in your body. Make sure your elimination pathways, i.e, your colon is clean and you are having daily bowel movements. If you aren't having daily bowel movements, do a Bowel Cleanse first before you start using anti fungals. Also recommended is a parasites cleanse too as these two problems (parasite infection and yeast infection) usually go together.
Lastly, visit the candida board here in Curezone for some more advice.
Everyone has different experiences in acheiving results so please read as much as you can.
For your leaky take "Glutamine" which you can get from your health food store.
I have a fairly strict diet. No sugar, lots of complex carbohydrates, 60-80 grams a day. No more than this as it seems to flare up problems with the Candida. No fruit or fermented foods and no foods which are likely to contain surface molds....and the list goes on really!
I also take MSM (powder), P&B shakes, Multi Vit, Vit C (powder), B-Vit Complex, Mineral complex (powder), Biotin (to prevent Candida conversion to aggressive form) and Slippery Elm (powder).
My specilaist recommends taking Diflucan for no longer than one month then testing the liver. Afterwards then switching to herbal anti fungals/nystatin or continuing with Diflucan with caution on frequency/dosage, and checking the liver regulary. I don't really have the money or courage (nevermind the strain on the liver) to be taking Diflucan for any longer than one month.
So, I think I am going to take one Diflucan pill every three days to the equavalent of taking one Diflucan everyday for three weeks. It seems to be the only anti fungal which can reach the Candida which is burrowed deeper into the intestinal membranes which is likely to be a problem for me. I also have systematic infenction so it should hopefuly help that as well.
After I have finished that course do you think the following herbal anti-funglas on a rotated basis will be enough to keep things under control? (Along with an appropriate diet of course!);
Olive Leaf extract
KandidaPlex (Vitamin Research product)
Oil of oregano
Pau de arco
Good idea to read up on each of the herbs you decide to use. Some you will need to take breaks from, others you may want to pop like candy.
My experience with Diflucan so far. 150mg qd clears it up within three days - almost like magic. Works systemically as well. Some recommend taking an initial dose of 800mg followed by 400 then 200 then 150mg every day or every other day (it stays in your system longer than 24 hours). I was on it for three weeks, and within seven days of going off, yeast came back with a vengeance. Now back on it. Whether using herbs or drugs, you will want to make sure your bm's are frequent because that plus drinking a lot of water will make you much less miserable. The stuff really does die out, and you will feel amazed at the relief when you have a bm and get the toxins out.
Your best bet is to map out a supplement plan and stick to it. Discipline is really important if you want to beat this.