Candida and asthma occur frequently together as a result of antibiotics and steroid therapies. Antibiotics eliminate the beneficial bacteria flora found in the lungs, intestinal tract, and throughout the body, thereby eliminating the inhibition of  candida colonization. Additionally, antibiotics and steroids temporarily suppress the ability of the immune system to respond to the spread of candida, allowing for unchecked growth. The end result can be a lifelong imbalance that creates discomfort and restriction, and sensitizes the lungs to other allergens.

Asthma is a far too common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways of the lungs with symptoms of wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Over 24 million Americans and 300 million people worldwide. The chronic inflammation and presence of candida creates sensitivity to many internal and external triggers that cause asthma attacks. Asthma attacks are marked by spasms of the muscles surrounding the airways of the lungs, causing reduced airflow to the lungs. Attacks can last for minutes or days.

Inhaled steroids and intermittent antibiotic use provide temporary relief and ensure the ongoing cycle of inflammation, candida growth, and asthma attacks. The use of both drugs creates further complications through a list of side effects that can number in the hundreds. Adrenal suppression, osteoporosis, cataracts, and glaucoma are common to steroid use. Obesity, diabetes, allergies, cancers, life-threatening colitis, digestive imbalances, and other symptoms and long-term effects are associated with antibiotics. Obesity in children has been linked back to asthma, thus the cycle continues. Both drugs speed candida colonization in the body.

Oral and Esophageal candidiasis (thrush) are two of the most common symptoms associated with steroids. As prescriptions of steroids has increased, so has the occurrence of esophageal candidiasis. The pro-inflammatory presence of candida adds to the severity of symptoms through promotion of Th2 and Th17 immune system pathways. Candida promotes both pathways and both pathways are associated with asthma. Once colonized by candida, the airways become sensitized to candida, fungal spores, and other fungal byproducts.

Diet high in fruits and vegetables has been shown to be a factor in reducing and repairing lung conditions like asthma. Epigenetic studies have shown the ability of fruit and vegetable-based diets to reverse lung conditions and other diseases. Antioxidants such as the vitamin C found in Detox Essentials have also been found to be beneficial. Regular sweating in a sauna and hot bath can decrease the load of toxic irritants in the lungs and improve lung health.

The effects of antibiotics and steroids have to be countered and repaired in the body, as continued use leads to vicious cycle of disease and symptoms in asthma.

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Dr. Jeffrey S. McCombs, DC, is founder of the McCombs Center for Health, the Candida Plan, the Candida Library, and author of Lifeforce and The Everything Candida Diet Book.