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 Posted: Wed Dec 2nd, 2009 04:16 am
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Hey Everyone,

Hopefully my post will help someone who is, or might be suffering from Candida. For me, I had no idea I had Candida until I was 25 years old, but I suspect I had had it since I was a child. I had many symptoms of Candida, such as IBS, chronic fatigue, problems focusing, fuzzy headedness, cravings for yeasts and sugars, etc. But the one symptom I had that was above all others was bad breath. If it weren't for that symptom, I don't know if I would have ever known I had a Candida infection. Basically, this is my story below, the short version.

1. First became aware of my bad breath when I was about 7 or 8 years old (my father actually told me my breath was bad and taught me how to brush my teeth, a great father son bonding moment.:?) I didn’t pay much attention to it though cuz I was so young, and my dad never said anything to me about it again.
2. When I was 15 or 16, my friend sat me down and told me that I had bad breath often and I should go to the dentist and have a check up to make sure there wasn't any problem. Of course I went to the dentist and was told there was no problem with my teeth or gums.
3. After my friend told me about my bad breath, I became very self-conscious about it.
4. I spent the next 10 years focusing only on my mouth thanks to the advertising gimmicks of the toothpaste, mouthwash, and dental industry. I thought that my bad breath was coming from my mouth (which I found out later it wasn’t)
5. I endured most of my teenage years and early twenties dealing with bad breath. People I knew and strangers would make comments about it, and I could tell by their body language (holding hands to nose when I was near, moving away from me, etc.)
6. When I was 25 years old, I finally decided enough was enough. I wasn’t going to stop searching until I found the cause of my bad breath. Up until that point I had only focused on my mouth, buying product after product of useless toothpastes and mouthwashes and internal breath fresheners, etc…
7. I researched everything I could find online about bad breath. THANK GOD FOR THE INTERNET!
8. I discovered that after the mouth, the second largest reason for bad breath is the digestive system.
9. I went to a gastroenterologist (a doctor that specializes in the digestive system).
10. The doctor did an endoscopy on me (where they stick a tube down my throat [esophagus] all the way down into my stomach and take pictures to make sure everything is ok)
11. The doctor found white patches on my esophagus.
12. The doctor took a sample and sent it to the lab to be tested. The white patches turned out to be a Candida infection. See my pictures below. These are actually MY pics!







13. Candida is a fungus. If it is in your esophagus, it causes bad breath. Since the infection is in your esophagus, it doesn't matter how much you brush or floss your teeth, or use mouthwash. The bad breath comes from deeper down. You can brush your teeth all you like, but it won't do any good.
14. The doctor prescribed me Biozole (a generic version of Fluconozole. Biozole is cheaper but it’s the same medicine).




15. I took the Biozole for 2 weeks.
16. I went back to have a second endoscopy to make sure Candida was gone. See pics below.





17. The Candida was gone.

After this, I noticed a change in people’s behavior. No longer were people holding their noses when I was near them, nor were they moving away or covering their nose when I would speak to them. I asked my mother to smell my breath at different times of the day repeatedly for about 2 weeks. She would smell it sometimes in the morning, sometimes after a meal, sometimes in the evening. During the whole 2 weeks she said she couldn't smell anything. No bad breath.

So, that’s my short version story. I found out I had a Candida Infection because of bad breath. After I was treated, the bad breath disappeared. Nowadays, I just try and make sure I lead a healthy life. I eat better than I used to, lots of whole foods and yogurt (with live active cultures, not that crap they sell in the grocery with tons of sugar), I take vitamins, minerals,and probiotics, and I drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest as well as exercise. I do not eat bread anymore, or any products that contain wheat flour, white flour, or yeast. I also don’t eat any mushrooms as they are a fungus. I take good care of my mouth, I have very good oral hygiene (but since oral hygiene was not the cause of my bad breath to begin with this is a mute point)

Anyway, if you have any questions feel free to message me or reply to this post. If you think you are suffering from Candida, I encourage you to get tested for it by a doctor. If it hadn't been for my doctor who did the endoscopy, I don't think I ever would have found out I had a Candida infection.

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For those of you who might do some online research regarding Candida infection in the esophagus, the majority of websites you visit will tell you that the primary reason for the infection is due to being HIV positive and having a suppressed immune system. Also if you ask your doctor about it, he or she might tell you that Candida infection can only happen to people with HIV or who have some other disease which suppresses the immune system. That is why they might immediately dismiss your questions about Candida infection as being "silly" or "unwarranted".

While this can be true for some patients, it is not the case for me. I do not have any disease which suppresses my immune system, and I do not have HIV. The doctor gave me an HIV test after she found I had a Candida infection, and then I came back 6 months later to have another HIV test just to make sure. Both tests were negative. (See pics below)






After I had the first HIV test, the doctor also had me go to another doctor who specialized in allergies, to see if I had a normal immune response to Candida. That doctor gave me an allergy test (three injections just under the skin on my forearm). She injected a little bit of Candida in one spot and two other allergens in two different spots. All three spots where she injected the allergens had a normal allergic reaction, including the spot where she injected the Candida. Surprisingly enough, the spot where she injected the Candida healed 100% a few weeks later while the other two spots where she injected the other allergens never fully healed and left two little scars on my arm. See pics below.





This shows that my immune system was functioning normally. The doctors had no idea why I had a Candida infection in my esophagus. They couldn't explain WHY it happened. I guess some people are just more susceptible to it than others.

Anyway, I hope this helps anyone whose doctor might dispute Candida infection as a possibility.

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 Posted: Fri Dec 4th, 2009 08:27 pm
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HI,

Wow, your story is very interesting. May I ask if you've had any other symptoms hair loss, skin, mouth  problems? What are you doing to heal this?

I am now strongly suspecting I have Candida over growth because my symptoms continue to grow, hair loss, ear infections, dry aging skin, digestive problems.....

I would like to hear how you progress!

Thank you

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 Posted: Tue Dec 15th, 2009 09:43 am
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myreview wrote:
HI,

Wow, your story is very interesting. May I ask if you've had any other symptoms hair loss, skin, mouth  problems? What are you doing to heal this?

I am now strongly suspecting I have Candida over growth because my symptoms continue to grow, hair loss, ear infections, dry aging skin, digestive problems.....

I would like to hear how you progress!

Thank you

B


Hey myreview,

Sorry for the delayed response. I was on vacation for about a week and didn't have internet access during that time.

Regarding your question about other symptoms, I did have other symptoms of a Candida infection such as foggy head, chronic fatigue, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, problems focusing, etc. I also had a white coating on my tongue. It wasn't a really bad white coating, but it was still there nonetheless.

About the healing part, as I mentioned in my post, my doctor prescribed me a round of antifungal medicine which I took for 2 weeks. After that I altered my diet a bit, cutting out foods like breads, mushrooms, and sweats while adding natural foods and supplements that are well researched to be antifungals (such as probiotics and virgin coconut oil).

Anyway, those pics are 2 years old already. I had the endoscopies done in 2007. I can say that after I was treated with antifungals and altered my diet, I haven't had a reoccurrence of Candida infection.

Let me know if you have any other questions. :)

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thats a very inspiring story,
I took fluconazole before but it was just a single one dose tablet from canesten and it didnt seem to do anything, only i did notice some dead yeast come out of my pee, but it didnt improve my symptoms at all, maybe if I get a 2 week course it would make a difference,

is Biozole an antibiotic or does it destroy any good bacteria?

cheers



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u_can_do_it wrote:
thats a very inspiring story,
I took fluconazole before but it was just a single one dose tablet from canesten and it didnt seem to do anything, only i did notice some dead yeast come out of my pee, but it didnt improve my symptoms at all, maybe if I get a 2 week course it would make a difference,

is Biozole an antibiotic or does it destroy any good bacteria?

cheers


BioZole/Fluconazole is not an antibiotic, it is an antifungal. Therefore it doesn't destroy any bacteria in the body.

A single dose is not enough to clear an esophageal Candida infection. Single dose Fluconazole (also marketed as Canesten in the UK) is intended for vaginal yeast infections. For esophageal Candida like I had, the recommended does is 200mg of Fluconazole for 14 days.

I've heard that Canesten is really expensive in the UK, like anywhere between 4 to 10 british pounds per pill! Will your insurance cover you if you got 14 pills?

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wow tnx for ur help,
im just wondering if its ok to take a lot of these tablets, bcoz on the shelf they say its a one dose thing, so to take a lot could be a bit risky, u can get a less recognised brand for £5 which i did, or pay £10 for canesten, the guy at the chemist said they were the same. on the instructions it warned of hair loss and other side effects which is kind of scary. The size of a canesten tablet is 150mg

chat soon


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u_can_do_it wrote:
wow tnx for ur help,
im just wondering if its ok to take a lot of these tablets, bcoz on the shelf they say its a one dose thing, so to take a lot could be a bit risky, on the instructions it warned of hair loss and other side effects which is kind of


As with any prescription drug, there are always possible side effects. I took the BioZole/Fluconazole for 14 days, and I didn't have any side effects, but that's just me. I think generally though they are well tolerated in most people. You should just be aware of any health conditions you have that fluconazole might complicate.

u_can_do_it wrote:
u can get a less recognised brand for £5 which i did, or pay £10 for canesten, the guy at the chemist said they were the same.

Oh my goodness, are you serious! £5 for one pill of fluconazole is crazy expensive. The recommended treatment period for esophageal Candida is 200mg for 14 days. That would be £70! They are so much cheaper here in Thailand.

u_can_do_it wrote:
The size of a canesten tablet is 150mg

My doctor prescribed me 200mg.

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Hello Keeptrying,

Thanks very much for taking the time to post all those photos and info to try to help us. I also have had bad breath for years but didnt have any dental problems and yet I did suspect intestinal problems as I have severe bloating. But again there is no access to the correct path to take on this. I went to my doc and he gave me a tablet and I took it. It didnt work and so he said if it hasnt worked you don't have candida. So I believed him :(

Many years later I am trying a anti candida diet with caprylic plus other antifungals, and recently Threelac. None of it has worked at all. Perhaps it's just not strong enough.

Did you have any intestinal problems such as bloating, or was your problem just in the oesophagas?

:dude:It's no party

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CheshireFogHead wrote:
Many years later I am trying a anti candida diet with caprylic plus other antifungals, and recently Threelac. None of it has worked at all. Perhaps it's just not strong enough.

Did you have any intestinal problems such as bloating, or was your problem just in the oesophagas?


Hey CheshireFogHead,

To answer your question, yes, I had intestinal problems too. IBS, bloating, gas, alternations between diarrhea and constipation, etc.

About your doctor giving you only one pill, might I ask what kind of pill it was?

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Hi Yes, the doc gave me a Nystatin tablet, a one off treatment. As it didn't work I went back for more. That was when he said if it hadn't worked then I don't have candida. So since then (10 years ago) I have presumed I didnt have it and lived with whatever it is, while trying to understand whats wrong.

Interestingly I am now self-medicating with the antifungal regime (diet, caprylic, enzymes, linseeds etc) and have intensified the regime. I am not eating any wheat.

What's confusing is that one day I can eat a slice of wheat/gluten free bread and get burning and gnawing afterwards (intestinal) and the next day I am symtom free after eating the same.

It seems to hinge on how stressed my body is. Good day = few symptoms Bad day = worse symtoms.

I may not even have candida, just food intolerances brought on by years of ill health. Maybe I should concentrate on diet alone rather than ingesting lots of dietary supplements which are expensive.

:dude:Or maybe I should knock back a glass or two of a cheeky little Merlot!!


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Ugh, that's unfortunate your doctor was so misinformed about Candida. If you have a Candida infection it takes a whole lot more than one Nystatin tablet to clear.

It's definitely true that stress plays a role in your overall health. It can also suppress your immune system which can lead to a Candida overgrowth.

About the food intolerances, have you asked the doctor to do a food allergy test on you? I think it's quite easy to have that done nowadays.

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Hi, you mentioned besides the bad breath you also experienced bloating and digestive symptoms as well. Did you also experience nausea from the Candida? I have bad breath and a white coating on my tongue as well but my main symptoms are bloating and nausea. I have to take an antacid for my acid reflux (Protonix) and sometimes the nausea is so bad I need to take Zofran. I'm seriously considering taking a prescription anti-fungal medication because although I follow a strict diet and take pro-biotics, I still don't feel as good as I would like. Did you experience any side effects from the fluconazole? Now that the candida is gone are you still following the strict diet or were you able to bring in carbs, sweets, and alcohol?

Thanks.

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HI Meryl,  Apologies for the late reply I have had a flood in my property!

I hope you are feeling much better now, but in case not, here is my contribution.

Yes I did have constant nausea, very severe bloating and white tongue. The fluconazole gave me no side effects but didnt cure the problems either.

To cut a long story short I have found out that my problems are not candida related at all. They were caused by stress as I have got Chronic fatigue Syndrome (M.E.).

I found my cure accidently. I took The Gupta Programme (for M.E. sufferers) and leaned how to rest and relax more. I started going to bed early instead of late, and limiting everything I did, including amount of time on computer, watching tv, and keeping within my limitations instead of always wanting and trying to do more. I relaxed my mind, did some N.L.P. (mindfulness and awareness of stressors) and LO AND BEHOLD as a result of my new relaxed self, my bowels became less stressed too. I was 'going' regularly, no IBS, no bloating (for the first time in my whole life) and no nausea or white tongue. I can now eat whatever I like.

The relaxation for me was the first key. And the next thing I did was a bowel detox to get things working properly again as my intestinal situation had got out of order for many years. I used Garlic, oregano oil, linseeds, vitamins, not much milk or dairy, very small liquid meals (soup or porridge with water and yogurt, apple and a few oat flakes), fish, not much carbohydrates (rice or potatoes etc). Use digestive enzymes for your main (small) meal and use any digestive aids you can.

After a couple of weeks once the whole digestive tract is improved and cleaned(imagine a blocked drain or pipework as your intestines) you can introduce probiotics. Keep to small meals, low carb consumption, mindfulness of your body. If bloating starts then you are getting too stressed or eating the wrong things, the wrong amounts, or eating at the wrong time. Do not eat if you are not hungry. Do not binge.

Sorry to ramble on but I feel so much better I had to share it.  

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I took Cefdinir medication of my throat infections. This medicine belongs to a group of drugs called cephalosporin antibiotics. Bio-equivalent drug for Cefdinir is Generic for Omnicef. Cefdinir 300MG works by fighting bacteria in body. Now relives gradually.

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Ammycin wrote:
I took Cefdinir medication of my throat infections. This medicine belongs to a group of drugs called cephalosporin antibiotics. Bio-equivalent drug for Cefdinir is Generic for Omnicef. Cefdinir 300MG works by fighting bacteria in body. Now relives gradually.



Why on earth would you take an antibiotic to clear up a Candida infection!?!?!? Candida is a yeast/fungus, not a bacteria. If anything taking the medicine you recommend would help fuel Candida, not fight it.

If you want to take a medication for a candida infection then you're better off taking an anti-fungal such as Fluconazole or something similar.

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suffering4toolong wrote: Ammycin wrote:
I took Cefdinir medication of my throat infections. This medicine belongs to a group of drugs called cephalosporin antibiotics. Bio-equivalent drug for Cefdinir is Generic for Omnicef. Cefdinir 300MG works by fighting bacteria in body. Now relives gradually.



Why on earth would you take an antibiotic to clear up a Candida infection!?!?!? Candida is a yeast/fungus, not a bacteria. If anything taking the medicine you recommend would help fuel Candida, not fight it.

If you want to take a medication for a candida infection then you're better off taking an anti-fungal such as Fluconazole or something similar.

While it sounds kinda goofy to take an antibiotic to help clear a throat infection, there are times (like in connection with ear infections, bladder infections and urinary tract infections) where the candida problem has potentially triggered a weakness in the body and a bacterial infection is the result.

But obviously using some sort of anti-candida product in the long-term to help stop the possibility of triggering a bacterial infection in some part of the body would be a good thing.

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Keep Trying,

Thank you for sharing your story. My mom had severe bad breath such as you described for many years. Then it suddenly went away. I'm not sure if she had candida or not but now I wonder.

I wish I knew exactly when it went away but I know that she did use some probiotics when we went to an iridologist and she stopped eating anything with sugar after she developed Type 2 diabetes. So maybe she got the candida under control by eliminating the sugar.

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Very similar story to mine. On a recent endoscopy the doctor found mild thrush in my esophagus . He said this is very rare for a male and I may have HIV. I was devastated and what makes its worse is you then troll through the net and it all says the same. Weakened immune system HIV HIV HIV. Until I got my results back which were Negative I lost 5 kgs in weight due to stress, Had already told my wife and for sure I thought I was 100% HIV Positive.

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is keeptrying still on here??. does anybody know?

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