The case against inhaled steroids seems to be getting stronger all the time. With the latest research, inhaled steroids are being implicated in the creation of systemic fungal candida infections. While antibiotics continue to be the number one cause of the systemic form of fungal candida that creates a multitude of various symptoms from skin rashes to arthritis to diabetes and cancers, steroids have also been found to play a significant, but lesser, role.

Steroids suppress the immune system and can lead to many imbalances in the body. In hospitalized patients, immune system suppression plays a role in creating systemic blood-borne candida infections that place patients at a higher risk of death. Those with lesser degrees of immune system suppression can exhibit a variety of fungal candida symptoms.

A study done at the Nagasaki School of Medicine demonstrated that “The amount of Candida spp. was significantly greater in asthmatic patients taking inhaled steroids” than those who didn’t, as well as being “significantly greater in asthmatic patients.”

The combination of steroids and antibiotics creates a systemic fungal candida infection at a much faster rate. A common risk that very little doctors will discuss occurs when a patient on an inhaler is given antibiotics for some other condition.

The approach can’t be to just give another medication for the fungal infection created by steroids, antibiotics, or the combination of the two. An earlier study has shown that antifungal medications were ineffective against Candida in patients on steroid inhalers. In fact, antifungal medications can actually create fungal infections, an effect called the Paradoxal Effect.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that the millions of Americans who use steroids daily do no better than those who use them as needed. Given the additional risks created by steroids in the development of systemic fungal infections, better options should be available. Switching to an “as needed” approach can produce less damaging results. Considering healthier alternatives altogether would be the best approach.

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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.