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Identification of abnormal levels of specific yeast species in the stool is an important diagnostic step in therapeutic planning for the patient with chronic gastrointestinal inflammation and extra-gastrointestinal symptoms. Yeast sensitivities to a variety of prescriptive and natural remedies are provided when yeast is cultured at any level. This provides useful clinical information to help plan an appropriate treatment protocol including the addition of specific probiotics such as acidophilus bifido factor, and beneficial E. Coli.
Infection with yeast species such as candida albicans can cause a variety of symptoms, both intra- and extra- gastrointestinal, and may escape suspicion as a pathogenic agent in many cases. Controversy remains as to the relationship between Candida infection and episodes of recurrent diarrhea. However, episodes of yeast infection after short-term and long-term antibiotic use have been identified in patients with both gastrointestinal (leaky gut) and vaginal symptoms (yeast infection).
There is some evidence linking yeast infections with
more chronic extra-gastrointestinal conditions. Studies suggest that the
production of antibodies against Candida Albicans may contribute to atopic
dermatitis in young adults. Other studies have identified the potential
role of candida in chronic fatigue syndrome.
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