Yeast Infections – The 3 Most Important Things To Know
Before you start treating the wrong condition, here are the 3 most important things to know about yeast infections.
#1 – It’s a bacterial infection.
The majority of yeast infections are actually bacterial infections! If candida is going to play a role at all, the normal bacterial flora has to be gone, which means that bacterial infections are always the one component that has to be addressed, if you’re looking to successfully treat a “yeast” infection. Why medical doctors commonly call it a yeast infection is beyond anyone’s understanding, as chances are it is always going to be a bacterial infection. Why not just call it a bacterial infection? Is it any wonder that 67% of women surveyed thought that yeast infections can never be cured. Treating “yeast” infections won’t cure bacterial infections. A temporary shift in symptoms can occur before the real infection bounces back.
#2 – It’s never a yeast infection!
Even on those rare occasions when it is a “yeast” infection, it’s not! It’s a fungal infection. Candida in its beneficial form is a yeast and in its problematic form is a fungus. When candida is involved, it’s a fungal infection, not a yeast infection, yet all you’ll ever here about from medical doctors and online commercials is the dreaded yeast infection. You’re just about as likely to find a yeast infection as you are the Loch Ness monster or Bigfoot.
#3 – How To Treat
Making the right treatment choice with “yeast” infections can alleviate symptoms faster and will be the best way to avoid a re-occurrence. With bacterial infections being the most important aspect to consider, we need to understand that there are two components to vaginal infections – systemic and local.
Both of these components are affected by antibiotic use, as antibiotics wipe out the healthy bacterial flora and replace it with drug-resistant strains and fungal candida. Fungal candida will determine which good bacteria can grow back after antibiotic use and which ones won’t. The ones it doesn’t allow to grow back are the ones which play a major role in controlling the pH of the vaginal tissue. Vaginal tissue should be acidic. Without these acid-producing bacteria being present, harmful and bothersome bacteria set up house and wreak havoc. Once the antibiotic-induced changes take hold, other factors such as stress, hormones, diet, and temperature will play a role.
Reversing the systemic effects of antibiotics requires restoring candida back to its normal beneficial yeast form and boosting the correct immune responses. This can be accomplished by following the Candida Plan.
Addressing the local component requires restoring the proper tissue pH. Both harmful bacteria and fungal candida require a more alkaline pH. Increasing the tissue acidity helps to restore beneficial bacteria and eliminate symptoms. There are several ways to accomplish this that can be found here.
It’s important to be proactive and take positive actions toward restoring and taking control of your health.
OTHER RELATED ARTICLES:
1. Yeast Infections – (HERE)
2. Vaginal Yeast Infections, Sinuses, and Systemic Candida – (HERE)
3. The Average Candida Patient – (HERE)
Dr. Jeffrey S. McCombs, DC, is founder of the McCombs Center for Health, the Candida Plan, the Candida Library, and author of Lifeforce, The Everything Candida Book, and The Everything Guide to Autoimmune Diets. Check out our podcast, “The Candida Chronicles” on iTunes and SoundCloud.
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