What should I do if OTC medication doesnt get rid of my yeast infection?

Good day there, Eric Bakker, naturopath, author of Candida Crusher with another FAQ.

What should I do if I’ve taken my medication for my yeast infection, and it just doesn’t go away?

Well, what type of medication are you taking? Are you taking a pharmaceutical drug like fluconazole or Monistat? Are you taking something like Fungizone or Sporanox? Are you taking an antibiotic? What type of medication are we talking about here? Are we talking pharmaceutical or natural?

Any type of medication you’re taking and it’s not going away; you need to ask yourself a lot of questions. But by taking a pharmaceutical medication, particularly recurrently, is a real problem because you’re going to get drug resistance, and you’re going to get an increased virulence with a Candida population over time.

Drugs when taken recurrently tend to make bacteria and yeast tougher and stronger. It’s probably like sending soldiers into Afghanistan to fight the Taliban. They get smarter. They learn the better hideouts. They camouflage themselves better. They use tougher armor and better weapons. They get to be a quite clever enemy. And yeast is no different; they get to be quite clever. They start understanding how these anti-drugs work and they have better counter defense mechanisms to protect themselves against these mechanisms.

So taking drugs to kill a yeast infection is a stupid idea. You’re only going to make the yeast tougher and stronger. Using natural medicines makes more sense. The yeast tend to be susceptible to natural products like garlic, Caprylic acid and Selenic acid, clove, oregano, coconut; these things have been used for a long, long time. Long before pharmaceuticals came around, and there’s no evidence that the yeast strains become more resistant toward these things as they do toward the pharmaceuticals.

So if you’re taking a pharmaceutical and it’s not going away, stop taking the pharmaceutical. Look at natural treatment. Have a look at my book, Candida Crusher, in Chapter 7 you can read a lot about different types of treatments. In Chapter 6 I talk about the medical treatment and explain all the drugs. And in Chapter 7, in Section 4, I explain all about the natural treatments that you can use to counter yeast infections. It makes more sense to use natural measures. That way you’re not going to get drug resistance. You’re not going to get side effects, and it’s going to pay off a lot more long term.

But if your treatment’s currently not working, you need to make some changes. Go and see your natural health professional and have a good talk about why it’s not working for you. Remember the definition of insanity, doing the same thing over again and expecting a different result. So don’t be insane. If it’s not working for you, then stop and reassess and make changes.

I hope that answers your question. Thank you.