How Do I Tell If I Have Yeast Overgrowth Syndrome?

By M B Laloli

Many people are of the opinion that yeasts such as Candida albicans not only cause the typical symptoms of superficial yeast infections, e.g. vaginal Candidiasis, oral Candidiasis and skin infections, but that Candida is also the cause of a large number of non specific and different symptoms which alternative medical theorists call yeast overgrowth syndrome. It is hypothesized by these alternative medical proponents that yeast overgrowth syndrome is a systemic condition involving the gastrointestinal system.

So how do you tell if you have yeast overgrowth syndrome?

The physical symptoms associated with yeast overgrowth syndrome are many and varied, and the problem is that they are not very specific. What this means is that they could be caused by a large number and variety of different reasons or illnesses which makes it quite difficult to diagnose. Some of the symptoms reported in association with yeast overgrowth syndrome are:

– abdominal bloating
– reflux and gas
– diarrhoea
– constipation
– migraines
– headaches
– memory loss
– a feeling of vagueness
– irritability and moodiness
– dizziness
– spots in the vision
– ringing in the ears
– asthma
– bad breath
– premenstrual tension
– muscle pain and/or stiffness
– fatigue
– depression
– psoriasis
– sexual dysfunction
– food intolerances
– and much, much more

Often these symptoms appear even when there is no obvious clinical sign or physical symptoms of a yeast infection. The most common cause of yeast infections and yeast overgrowth syndrome is Candida albicans, a yeast which normally resides on the body surface in areas such as on the skin, the vagina, the mouth and in the gastrointestinal system.

The theory is that the yeast colonises the gut and causes the yeast to overgrow in the gastrointestinal system. When the right conditions are established in the gut, the yeast releases certain toxic metabolites which are absorbed through the bowel into the blood stream. These yeast toxins cause the variety of symptoms listed as being related to yeast overgrowth syndrome.

Because yeast is carried as part of the body’s normal flora in a large proportion of the population it is very difficult to diagnose with laboratory tests so the answer to the question “How do I know I have yeast overgrowth syndrome?” is very difficult to answer. If yeast is reported from swabs or from other clinical samples, it may be difficult to interpret whether it is just the normal yeast flora carried at the site or if it is representative of a yeast infection.

The subclinical signs and non specific symptoms are not medically recognised as a condition caused by the yeast Candida albicans, and many of the symptoms can also relate to a number of other diseases such as Coeliacs’ disease.

It is recommended that you are checked out by a doctor to rule out and treat any other underlying illnesses you may have. If the cause of the non specific symptoms is not clearly obvious, then treatment for systemic yeast overgrowth is advisable. Treatment with anti-yeast medications in many individuals suffering chronically from these non specific symptoms has lead to permanent relief from symptoms. This response reaffirms that the condition was most probably yeast overgrowth syndrome.

Sometimes the non specific symptoms listed above may also be due to Candida hypersensitivity otherwise known as yeast allergy. In this case very small numbers of yeast may trigger an allergic reaction in a sensitive person resulting in local inflammation, swelling and pain. This reaction is much the same as an allergy to food products or bee stings. With the incidence of Candidiasis yeast infections now affecting about one third of the population and about 80-90% of the population at risk because they carry the yeast Candida, the possibility of yeast hypersensitivity is quite high especially in those who are highly sensitive and allergic to a number of food products.

The medical fraternity has not readily accepted the possibility of yeast overgrowth syndrome. Not enough medical research has been done on the subject and a conspiracy theory has been raised by some that the medical universities and the medical reviews that inform doctors are funded and controlled largely by the pharmaceutical companies who just want to pocket the profits from the sale of their medications. Doctors are conditioned to prescribe scientifically proven medications for the treatment of thrush and follow a standard treatment protocol.

Whilst many doctors are aware of the alternative theories relating to yeast overgrowth syndrome, more research is required to fully investigate the theory before there is more acceptance of the syndrome and a standard treatment protocol developed for it. Most doctors will, of course, support their patients in their search for alternative remedies for treating recurrent thrush or for treating the symptoms associated with yeast overgrowth syndrome. But at this stage it is up to you to raise the possibility and request treatment for this condition.

Or you can of course conduct your own research and manage your own treatment. It is recommended that before you embark on this pathway, that you do get a full medical check up from your doctor to make sure that there are no other obvious causes for your symptoms. When no other cause or cure for your chronic non specific symptoms is identified, then you may be really surprised about the long term relief you may find by treating yourself for yeast overgrowth syndrome.

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How Do I Tell If I Have Yeast Overgrowth Syndrome?