My husband has no spleen and battling a drug reaction and too much yeast on the hands an feet. Someone told me that it would help him to take Acidophilus. Is this true?
It might help the yeast overgrowth. Candida infections, more commonly known as "yeast infections" are caused by overgrowth of an organism called Candida. Everyone has Candida on their skin and throughout the digestive tract. Normally there are "good" bacterias that keep Candida in check. Antibiotic use can lead to Candiasis (overgrowth of Candida) because antibiotics do not distinguish between "good" bacterias and "bad" ones. It kills them all off allowing ones unaffected by antibiotics to take over because the "good" ones that normally keep the bad ones in check are gone. This also happens in people with poor immune systems. There are not enough good organisms to fight off the bad ones. Acidophilus can help to repopulate the good organisms. You need to consume live cultures though. I worked for a naturopathic Dr and Culturelle was one of his favorites for this. You can get it at pharmacies, Walmart and health food stores. Yogurt with live cultures also is a good source for "good" bacteria. It is definitely worth a try. Another thing that can help is to avoid all "white" flour and "white" sugars. So avoid refined flour and sugar sources. Whole grains are fine. Candida or "yeasts" LOVE refined flour and sugar and consuming these products feeds and keeps Candida healthy so it helps to kill them when you take their favorite food sources away! Before you start any supplements, it is always a good idea to talk to your Dr to be sure it is ok though. I dont think the Dr would have any objection to acidophilus but it never hurts to run it by him or her!
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