Candida / Yeast Sensitivity Syndrome
Few would doubt there has been a widespread increase in allergic conditions over the last 50 years and the reasons for this are complex and multi-factorial. This syndrome argues that sugar/yeast sensitivity is an aggravating factor in many common medical conditions and may be a contributory factor to increased allergies in general.
Q. Why is this condition becoming more common?
A. The past 50 years have been unique in the history of lifestyle and medicine. Frequent use of antibiotics, contraceptive pill and the high intake of refined sugar all predispose to fungal infections. There are also genetic factors involved in that people’s overall immunity can be normal, but they are vulnerable to yeast/fungal infections.
Q. What are the most common symptoms?
A. Patients with this syndrome may have a variety of symptoms e.g. Vaginal thrush, Irritable bowel syndrome, hormone imbalance, joint pains, Eczema, Urticaria, chemical sensitivity. They may also have generally decreased energy and well being. Not all of these conditions are related to yeast hypersensitivity, but this approach is worth considering in patients with a relevant history.
Q. How is this condition treated?