Choosing a capable, trustworthy, supportive, kind and caring healthcare provider is very important. It is even more important when you are experiencing chronic health problems, as chronic conditions usually require you to be in constant contact with your healthcare provider. Many individuals with chronic healthcare conditions such as candidiasis are not under the care of such an individual, which becomes extremely frustrating for the patient and leads to poor health outcomes.
If you suspect that you have candidiasis finding a healthcare provider that is supportive and understands your condition is imperative. Candidiasis is a chronic medical condition characterized by an overgrowth of Candida albicans, a typically benign type of yeast present in our digestive systems. Candida albicans is present in all of our bodies in small amounts and ideally will work in conjunction with beneficial types of bacteria to create a unique microflora to help keep our bodies healthy. Unfortunately, external factors such as overuse of antibiotics, birth control and diets high in processed/sugary foods can create an imbalance in this microflora. When this balance is disrupted Candida albicans then morphs into an opportunistic organism and begins to release toxins throughout the body. These toxins then create a wide array of seemingly unrelated health problems such as, chronic yeast infections, chronic bacterial vaginosis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), depression, joint pain and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Most healthcare providers unfamiliar with or who doubt the validity of candidiasis will only treat the symptoms rather than the underlying conditions. A supportive healthcare provider will not only treat the symptoms but attempt to treat what is causing the symptoms in the first place.
Candidiasis is very difficult to treat. The cornerstone of treatment is typically extreme dietary changes often referred to as the candida diet, anti-candida diet or yeast free diet. The candida diet seeks to cut off the food supply to Candida albicans therefore forcing it to die. This process can take quite a while and requires giving up numerous foods and ingredients such as, glutinous grains, vinegar, sugar, processed foods, fermented foods and even fruit. Making these dietary changes are the most important component of candidiasis treatment. Adhering to these dietary changes depends solely on individual efforts but the right healthcare professional can help with other aspects of the treatment.. Testing for food allergies, prescribing anti-fungals and recommending what supplements in which doses are all parts of the candidiasis treatment that will require the help of a health care provider. There are a few different types of healthcare professionals that will help treat candidiasis. Try to find one that specializes in the treatment of candidiasis so you can avoid those that will only demean your concerns.
There are some MDs and DOs that believe in the validity of the candidiasis and are interested in treating patients who suffer from this condition. Do a quick Google search for doctors that treat candidiasis in your area. This is just a warning that many of the doctors do not take insurance so out of pocket costs may be high.
Naturopaths sometimes have MD or DO credentials but they choose to practice alternative treatments not always recognized by mainstream medicine. Most naturopaths do treat candidiasis and are very familiar with the condition. There may also be some insurance issues here as many of there services are not covered by insurance companies.
Chiropractors are a great resource for people suffering from candidiasis. While they do not prescribe medication many of them have vast knowledge about and may even been certified in nutritional medicine. If you see a chiropractic for regular spinal adjustments anyway this may be a good resource for your candidiasis.
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