Candida Question #54 Can I Buy OTC AntiFungal Cream For Itch?

Of course you can. There are many different creams and lotions and potions you can use for yeast infection. My recommendations are for you not really to use the pharmaceutical approach where you’re going to use a vaginal applicator and a pharmaceutical cream. I don’t find women often have success with these products. They tend to get recurring thrush, recurring yeast infection, which require recurring applications. And often times, a doctor will prescribe these creams along with an applicator, along with an anti-fungal like fluconazole.

You can see some of my case histories in my book, Candida Crusher. Some of these women take these products for 2, 5, and 10 years or more and get no relief. And as soon as they stop, the problem keeps recurring.

What I think about in my mind when you use a product and a proper protocol, you should get a resolution from your problem. You shouldn’t have to be continually relying on a product to keep a problem not just at bay but to eradicate it. If you need to keep using these creams, there’s something not right here. You’re not doing something right.

Have a look at my book, Candida Crusher, Chapter 5, Chronic Vaginal Yeast Infections. There’s some brilliant ideas in there to show you how you can actually cure this condition, get rid of it for good.

So, you can use over-the-counter creams, but why would you recurrently use a cream. Using a cream and getting rid of the condition short term is good, but relying on a product is no good. A good cream you could try out, for example, would be a tea tree-based cream. There are creams made with many different herbs and products with tea tree are very good products that you could use.

What about a tea tree suppository? I recommend those. You can read about those in my book. There are many different douche or cleansing protocols I’ve written about, particularly useful in conjunction with my Candida Crusher diet.

So give that some consideration rather than just relying continually on creams. Thank you.

Candida Question #48 How Long It Takes For Fluconazole To Work?

Good day, Erick Bakker here, naturopath, author of Candida Crusher with another frequently asked question. This one regards a pharmaceutical drug of fluconazole, an anti-fungal drug that many people are familiar with.

The way for me to answer that question would be to ask you, have you taken it before? What results did you get with it before? What’s the shape of your body? What dosage are you taking? What’s the health of your digestive system when you take it? How bad is your yeast infection?

There are many variables here. But fluconazole doesn’t take that long to work. It can work very quickly, a matter of days. My concern with fluconazole is your body soon gets used to this drug and when the fungus comes back, it will come back stronger and mutate requiring longer fluconazole usage, high dosages of fluconazole, and some of my patients take this drug once a week for years on end; a ridiculous thing to do.

If something works and then stops working, you should stop taking it. You don’t keep taking higher and higher dosages. Fluconazole has a big effect on the body in general. It can create nausea and liver toxicity and multiple side effects. It’s not something I recommend that you take. There are many strong natural things that you can take which counter yeast infections.

I’d like you to have a look in my book, Candida Crusher, Chapter 7, particularly Section 4 of that book where I explain about the special foods and also the special dietary supplements which are going to counter your yeast infection much more effectively than fluconazole without side effects but also without the resistance that the yeast will build toward these things.

Candida Question #38 How Long Will It Take For Supplements To Treat Yeast Infection?

Note: This is FAQ 38 and not 39 I made a mistake in the video.

To answer that question, my question to you would be how severe is your yeast infection and how long have you had it for? And also how sensitive are you to taking supplements? Some people are sensitive others not sensitive and others are extremely sensitive

A way to reply to this question would be to say, you need to take the supplements as long as you derive benefit from supplements. But in my experience, many people are actually let down by their practitioners because they will be on a bottle or container of a product say two or three weeks and then that’s it. They won’t derive benefit from it, they stop taking it, and then they go onto another product or another doctor and this will happen for 1 to 5, 10 or even 20 years. The patient will be going from one supplement to another.

I’ve had patients come to me that are on 37 different supplements at the same time. And I’ve written about one such case in my book, an amazing amount of supplements. You can imagine how many tablets or capsules per day this would amount to and the cost factor is ridiculous. I believe supplements are necessary, but you need to take the right products in the right dosage and for as long as it takes for you to derive benefit from these supplements.

Many patients, unfortunately, will stop taking the products just as they derive benefit from them. Could it be a cost factor? Could it be because they forgot to take them? I don’t really know, but there are many reasons why people unfortunately stop taking supplements as they really need them. So if it is a cost factor, just reduce the dosage, take less, but be diligent in taking them regularly. Supplements are best taken three times per day generally with meals.

So another thing you can do to determine the level of Candida you have is to do my yeast infection survey. So go to and complete my survey to work out whether you have mild, moderate or severe Candida. This will give you a good idea also, not just on the severity, but on how much product you will need. And as you take them and your diet and lifestyle improve, you need less, but keep taking them until you no longer derive benefit.

How do you know? Easy, you just stop taking them for two or three weeks and then resume again. And if you get benefit again, you still need them. That’s one good way to gauge.

So I hope that answers your question, but you’ll find a lot more information on the correct dietary supplements in Candida Crusher, Chapter 7, Section 4. You can read all about the special foods and the right dietary supplements to take with a yeast infection.