Many asthmatics and other allergy sufferers find that after a few bouts of vaginal, oral or intestinal thrush, they become allergic to more and more foods. This often causes blood sugar fluctuations and hypoglycaemia sets in with its inevitable symptoms. As the immune system is overworked by its fight against the fungi, its ability to cope decreases and a vicious circle begins. The more allergies, the more blood sugar will tend to fluctuate — then less resistance causes more infections, and so on. To break the vicious circle one must do several things:Eradicate the Candida from the gut.Starve the yeast so it will not grow unchecked again.Increase natural resistance to the organism by normalising gut flora.The first step requires special anti-fungal medications; the second consists of special anti-candida diets free of fungi, moulds and ferments. The third step involves the administration of suitable nutrients, the differential diagnosis of coexisting bacterial, fungal, parasitic or viral intestinal infections and their possible effects, such as leaky gut syndrome, as well as the assessment of the liver’s capacity to clear endotoxins and exotoxins.Differential DiagnosisThe differential diagnosis of Candida syndrome uses a combination of several methods, including questionnaires, immunology tests, physical examination, symptomatology, clinical trials with special diets and/or anti fungals and a variety of allergy tests. Most important however, is what we call ‘the clinical picture’, a composite of the patient’s family and personal history, presenting symptoms and clinical evidence which may result from an examination. Far from being simply a matter of reading a questionnaire or asking to name a list of symptoms, the differential diagnosis of the Candida syndrome is a complex procedure requiring considerable diagnostic experience.Kinds of SymptomsThe wide variety of symptoms which Candida can cause fall into the following categories: Loose or irritable bowel, diarrhoea or constipation, alternate constipation and diarrhoea, excessive flatus, malabsorption, abdominal bloating, heartburn and nausea.Although these do occur in patients with other diseases, especially parasitic, viral or helicobacter intestinal infections, they are quite common with intestinal thrush. When they do occur in asthmatics the doctor must suspect that candidiasis is a major contributing factor. Naturally there must be a differential diagnosis to exclude other organisms and the possibility of food allergies or intolerances.Allergic SymptomsAsthma, sinusitis, hay fever, post-nasal drip, throat mucus, headaches, skin rashes, sneezing and chest or bronchial congestion.Again, these could be just signs of allergies to many other factors, including chemicals or foods, rather than Candida; so it is important to make an accurate diagnosis.Mucocutaneous SymptomsThrush; tinea; exzema; skin rashes; ear, nose, throat, mouth, vaginal and rectal infections, inflammation or irritation, discharges and itching; and nail infections, known as ‘paronychia’.Emotional/Mental SymptomsPremenstrual syndrome, anxiety, depression, agoraphobia, nervousness, short temper, poor concentration, poor memory, mood swings.These are common in both candidiasis and many allergies, as well as in hypoglycaemia. In addition, please remember that candidiasis, like viral illness and allergies, is a great masquerader, as we saw earlier, and can provoke a whole range of symptoms which mimic many quite different illnesses.Dermatological SymptomsTinea, skin rashes and skin, rectal, vaginal, ear and throat itchiness.These signs of candidiasis are also experienced by allergic individuals.*58\145\2*