I need your help.
Yesterday I received an email from a concerned UC’er who has been having an awful lot of trouble with chronic yeast infections. This is a topic that has not been discussed in any detail so far on the site, but I’m really hoping that some of you might be able to shed some light on the subject and in turn help out the person who emailed me.
Below is the message that I received and if you have any input or ideas, please leave a comment. Hopefully, together, we can get to the bottom of this.
I have a question for you and I haven’t been able to find anything on your website regarding it…have you ever spoken to any females diagnosed with UC who began having chronic yeast infections shortly thereafter? I have had chronic yeast infections since shortly after my diagnosis seven years ago and have been to several doctors to try to figure out the cause. I’ve been checked for everything under the sun and most recently went to a functional medicine doctor who did a stool test. It was found at the time that I do not have any elevated levels of yeast.
While researching online I found blogs in which a couple people, who also have chronic yeast infections, talked about the connection between yeast and sulfur drugs. When I was diagnosed, I was immediately treated with prednisone and sulfasalazine.
My gastro says they’re not related, however, I beg to differ. This is really frustrating and I’m getting nowhere with doctors.
Again, if you have any insight or ideas, please let them be known.
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