How Do I Know If I Have A Yeast Infection Or A Bacterial Infection?


Here’s a good question, an intelligent question.
I like intelligent questions because they require me to really think about giving quite
a reasonably good reply. This question comes from a lady in Australia. How do I know if
I have a yeast infection or a bacterial infection? What is the difference? How can I tell how?
How can the doctor tell? It’s a tough one. It really catches people
out and, in fact, it’s something I struggled with, too. To be quite honest, I don’t care
what kind of infection you’ve got. All I care about is trying to find out what caused the
problem and how I can fix it, how I can remedy the problem. The two key things that you look at with people
when they come to you presenting with problems are the signs and symptoms. I may have spoken
to you about this before. Symptoms are very important to me. Symptoms are subjective;
these are what the patients tell you. You can’t measure them. You can’t quantify them.
You can’t see them. You can only go by what the person is telling you, what they’re experiencing,
what they’re feeling; whereas, signs are something we can see with our eyes. We can test. We can see cuts. We can see wounds,
for example. We can see hair loss. We can see skin rashes. These are signs. Also tests
can pick up things, but sometimes these things don’t match; the signs and symptoms don’t
match. And with infections, it’s very difficult to try to piece the signs and symptoms together
because both of them can create a similar outcome. Bacterial infections can create fevers
in the body or temperatures that can create tiredness; all sorts of problems can occur,
so there’s no clear-cut way really of finding out. Some people will argue with me that there
is, but in the end, it’s not really important. The important thing is basically to find out
what got the person in this mess, help them overcome it, and prevent them from getting
into this mess again. So a couple of telltale signs that will determine
the Candida infection will be the sugar craving. The craving for sugar is the blood sugar drops,
particularly around meal times, they’ll have some food, they’ll go down really quick, they’ll
develop gut problems quickly, many of them after meals. These are things. So look at
the symptoms that are characteristic of Candida infection, which can point you in the direction
of that person having Candida, the itching, the bloating, gas, craving for sugar, the
vaginal infection, the jock itch, the toenail fungus, itchy anywhere on the body. It’s less
likely that the person’s going to have itching in and around their body if it’s a bacterial
infection, but it is possible. But in the end what you’re going to find is
that most people with a Candida infection will have a bacterial infection anyway, especially
in their digestive system. There will be parasites and bacteria and yeast infection there. All
of that needs treatment. Then it becomes less important to worry about what the person’s
got. After doing many, many thousands of stool
tests, I can tell you that nearly every patient I see with a Candida infection, we can culture
it and we can see it through a microscopy that that person will also have various kind
of dysbiosis or SIBO, small intestinal bowel overgrowth. They’ll have bacteria there. Probably
in about 15 or 20 percent of cases, there will be parasites like Blastocystis, Dientamoeba
fragilis; they’ll be present there as well as the bad bacteria. And the other thing that you probably haven’t
even thought about is what about the good bacteria? Because people with bacterial infections
may have not a bacterial infection, they may just have a lack of beneficial bacteria. And
in that case, the bacteria that are generally okay like e-coli may become pathogenic or
turn into criminals or “militants” as we call them today. Guys with their guns running around
shooting. We may get that scenario as well. As you can see, there’s a lot more at stake
here than just determining whether they’ve got a bacteria or Candida affecting their
body, and generally, most people will have both. When they’ve got a bacterial infection,
there’s often an element of Candida. When they’ve got a Candida infection, there’s often
a bit of an element of bacterial there. So the main thing is to treat through way of
diet and lifestyle and targeted supplementation, and you’ll see all about that in my other
videos. Thanks for tuning in.

4 Replies to “How Do I Know If I Have A Yeast Infection Or A Bacterial Infection?”

  1. Hey candida crusher how do you feel about urine analysis, I had one done the doc said I had high levels of nitrates (9.0), high ammonia levels (can't remember) and high carb, and the doc said I had cloudy urine said I had a mild candida over growth. And I'm really curiuos as to why I have high nitrates and ammonia levels what is that idicating. Thank you in advance

  2. Hello Eric! Very interesting video. I love your videos actually. I have a question. I have had rosacea and acne that got worse during pregnancy- I ate a high carb yeast marmite bread diet and suffered constipation. Not good. I suspect it caused an overgrowth. Fast forward to July 2017 and I got given metronidazole for a BV issue. It completely cleared up my acne and reduced my rosacea. I eat well now. But suspect I have leaky gut. A few spots appear when I eat carbs or sugar and face still light red.
    So…..Why do you think the antib's cleared my skin up? Initially and what can I do to help myself now?? Many thanks Charlotte

  3. How would you recommend treating bacterial vaginosis that keeps coming back? I have made all of the diet changes, decreasing stress, etc…but it keeps coming back.

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