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What is the Yeast Syndrome?

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  • Written By: Felicia Dye
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 30 October 2018
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Yeast, in health settings, is often referred to as Candida. Yeast syndrome is, therefore, commonly referred to as chronic Candida. This condition is characterized by numerous symptoms believed to be caused by the overgrowth of yeast. Symptoms that can mark this condition include fatigue, intestinal discomfort, and headaches.

Some medical professionals do not recognize this condition at all, despite increasing amounts of evidence supporting the claims of those who do recognize the condition. The use of the term yeast syndrome or the diagnosis of this condition is informal. This is because solid scientific confirmation of chronic Candida is lacking.

A universally accepted definition of the condition, therefore, is not available. The condition is most commonly described as a collection of symptoms caused from Candida overgrowth. It is important to realize that, according to most definitions, yeast overgrowth alone does not signify the condition.

The chronic recurrence of yeast overgrowth also does not usually indicate yeast syndrome. Generally, there must be a group of symptoms caused by the overgrowth. A wide range of ailments are recognized in this regard including fatigue, depression, and rashes.

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Many people believe that yeast is only found in women’s bodies, but men are also hosts of yeast. The presence of yeast in various parts of every human body is natural. When yeast overgrows, conditions such as vaginal yeast infections and thrush arise. Since the overgrowth of Candida is most commonly found in the form of vaginal yeast infections, however, it is more common for women to believe that they are suffering from yeast syndrome.

There are numerous factors believed to trigger or aggravate the condition. These include using cortisone, taking antibiotics, and taking birth control pills. Conditions that adversely affect the immune system may also allow the condition to arise or make treatment difficult. Commonly noted on this list of conditions are human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Treatment for this condition commonly involves eating according to a yeast syndrome diet. This eating program eliminates simple carbohydrates. This includes sugar, cereals and syrups. A person adhering to such a diet is also usually instructed to avoid foods containing yeast, such as bread, mushrooms, and cheese.

The regimen for the condition often involves several other lifestyle changes. People with chronic Candida are usually advised to abstain from alcohol and cigarettes. They are commonly encouraged to regularly exercise. Treatment can include either prescription medications or alternative remedies.

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