Eriksgirl noted a few days ago that my tongue looked pretty white. Normally, that should have registered as a yeast problem, but I never even went and looked for myself. When I was at the doctor the other day they did a mouth culture (I did the swabbing; no mouth violating here 😉 to check for yeast; after looking in the mirror later what was the point of the swab. Regardless, I was shocked when she came back and said I had a yeast problem. I have been taking my probiotic (Acidophilus and Bifidus) correctly, and have been on relatively low doses of antibiotics so I thought the chance of a yeast infection was low. I am left to assume so antibiotics are much worse than others. Regardless, I now have a yeast problem.
Progressing on, the doctor’s office solution was to take a probiotic (already doing that, and a relatively “high dose” one at that) and to prescribe an anti-fungal (Diflucam). I admit that I know very little about the anti-fungals but I seem to recall hearing that they are hard on your liver (and maybe your kidneys). This is above and beyond the issue of cost (which is an issue) and I am about “pilled-out.” What I am doing instead is what worked well in the past. I am opening the probiotic capsule and emptying it in my mouth (it tastes like white flour, so not too bad). The idea is to let the good bacteria take care of the problem (unfortunately, I can’t remember where I heard of the suggestion to do this and give credit). The other thought is that the capsule that I was ingesting wasn’t really helping because the yeast in my mouth would immediately trickle back down. Combining this treatment with cutting out some sugar (e.g. Sunkist Orange, my new vice) should fix the problem without adding a nasty, expensive drug. Of course, I have a few other tricks before having to take the drug, but I really don’t think it will come to that.