Candida anyone?

I had yet another go at googling my strange stools, (that the gastroenterologist said were unusual but no - I could not have parasites) and lo! I must have used slightly different words because lots of familiar looking pictures, and the word Candida suddenly filled my screen!

Of course now I am kicking myself for not considering it before. I have no oral vaginal thrush so kind of assumed I was fine. But reading up on it Candida is pretty likely. And the symptoms overlap with hypo symptoms quite a bit, so if you are optimally medicated but still not right (like me) then it might be worth considering.

Anyway I have gone through quite a lot of the old posts but would like to ask if anyone has tried either lufenuron (CCWS) or Candigest. Since my parasite cleanse my sugar cravings are off the scale - I can't do the diet without help.

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  • No answers hun, but following this interesting post. by the way, could you post a link to what to look for in stools?

  • OK, not for the squeamish!

    Google 'fibre in stool candida'. I found something slightly different last time, including one that more closely resembled mine at their worst. So when I went to the gastro I showed her pictures where the poops were like walnut sized beads but were strung out along a string. When examined closely the 'string' was made up of lots of very fine fibres, poo coloured, not white. Quite strong strings too - not as strong as sewing thread, but not easily broken either.

    Since the parasite cleanse there have been loads of fibres, but they are shorter, so no strings of beads. And I have been quite religious about the psyllium husks too, so things aren't quite so small and hard.

    Dear Me! the things we discuss on this board!

  • Oh my bl**dy b*ggering god!

  • Actually, my doggies' poos sometimes seem to be encased in a mucous membrane. wonder if they have candida.

  • I have wondered the same thing. I suspect if its only occasional there must be other causes for mucous in poo - and if you have a gannet in fur they do eat quite a lot of stuff they shouldn't!

    It wasn't mucous that was worrying me, it was the macrame string!

  • Hi, same as Schenks , no answers but very interested in your stools pictures 😜

  • I looked into Lufenuron a couple of years ago but I took fright when I read this kind of information :

    Lufenuron is very lipid soluble – this means it is taken over five days and loads up into fatty tissues from which it is slowly released over four to six weeks. This maintains tissue concentrations high enough to kill all yeast, including candida, for at least a month and possibly longer.

    Source :

    Suppose I had taken Lufenuron then developed severe allergy reactions to it after a few days. I would have to put up with those for 4 - 6 weeks!

  • Its that, plus the fact that its a veterinary medicine that has worried me. However there seems no doubt that it helps everyone who uses it.

    I am thinking I will start with Candigest, which is much milder, herb based, and doesn't have the bad press, and will move on to Lufeneron if that isn't enough.

  • Good luck. It would be helpful if you could report back and tell us how things go. I'm going to have to tackle Candida at some point, but I'm a world class procrastinator.

  • Actually, would it surprise you that most of the medicines you take started out as veterinary medicines and are often put onto the human meds market without any alterations whatsoever? Quite honestly, when working as a veterinary nurse many years ago, I took a cough medicine meant for horses once and it cleared my bronchitis faster than any of the human applications would have, and I regularly took veterinary Penbritin for tonsillitis!

  • And of course our pets get far better health care, (including thyroid care) than we do. However, I do suspect there is less testing (is it possible to do less testing?) than for human medicines, and so they become the guinea pigs.

  • I haven't tried that no but I suffer from Candida constantly but I am now currently 9 weeks pregnant so having a major flare up. Love being a woman! I found a diet shake that helps calm it. Think mine is gut based.

  • Have you ever taken caprylic acid for candida? I think it helps me.

  • No, but I did buy some stuff for seborrheic dermatitis that had it in, and it brought me out in spots.

    Don't want spots in my gut.....

  • Ouch! I wonder if I'm spotty on the inside? :D

  • I doubt it. I have the most stupid skin, which breaks out with almost every normal moisturiser on the market. In fact for years I thought I was either not careful enough at cleansing, or eating too much sugar/junk and bringing my spots upon myself. Then one day I bought some cheap stuff from Boots when I ran out of my 'good quality' moisturiser, and all my spots disappeared!

    Boots discontinued the cheap stuff last year, and I have bought numerous others in an attempt to find something that didn't bring me out. The only thing has been OK is some cream for eczema.

    Nobody believes me, Liz Earle and Clinique are perfect, no-one reacts to them! But then I am the woman who reacts really badly to erythromycin but is fine with penicillin. Oh no dear! (Grrr!!!) you can't be allergic to erythromycin, its what we give the people who are allergic to penicillin.

    I hate being called by my christian name, or dear without permission, nearly as much as I hate being called a liar!

  • I have problems with skin products too. With the wrong stuff my dry skin turns unnaturally smooth, bright red and shiny. I usually only use liquid soap and water, and occasionally I use supermarket baby moisturising lotion that I can buy for peanuts in 1/2 litre bottles.

    My spot problems almost vanished when I improved my nutritient levels and my thyroid.

    I hope you find something that helps.

  • I had intestinal candida 2 years ago. I had the same stools and it completely freaked me out. I was so ill and the doctors kept testing for parasites but it's a fungal infection. I argued with the doctors and was eventually given a months supply of anti fungal medication. I also did the candida diet....really difficult to stick to but really did my best. I also took probiotics and digestive enzymes and ate lots of garlic and cooked with coconut oil.

    I am not sure if I have ever completely got rid of the infection and not sure if this infection has caused my low b12 and thyroid or if me getting ill caused the infection.

    I am still careful with what I eat and take probiotics.

    Good luck

  • I think it more likely that low stomach acid from hypo allows the candida to get into the system.

    Am unwilling to take anti fungals because of the effect on the liver. So I will start with the milder treatments. Not that I think lufenuron is exactly mild!

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