Raster, I wouldn’t be so sure that antibiotics are the ‘biggest’ cause simply because there are so many other causes to consider. For example, I hadn’t taken an antibiotic in over 15 years when I contracted Candida from the lack of flora caused by a high fruit diet which proved too alkalizing.
Diabetes is a major cause of Candida, and vaginal and penile Candida are practically a universal thing with men and women who have suffered from diabetes for a fairly long period of time.
Some of the worst causes are the typical American diet leading to nutritional deficiencies, birth control pills, flu shots, vaccines, extensive use of pain killers and cortisone, steroids, hormone replacement therapy, excessive sugar intake, excessive use of laxatives, and eating disorders.
A few other causes are Aspartame, MSG, chlorinated water, mold on our food sources like vegetables and nuts, mold in your home, mercury, contaminated seafood, fungal toxins, silver tooth fillings, and fluoride and/or chlorine in our water.
Children have Candida infestations as well; the most common cause with a child is being given commercial milk formulas or the lack of colostrum from breast milk.
The list of indirect causes of Candida is probably even longer, these are such things as nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, stimulants and depressants, pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizer, trauma and stress, additives in our food, in our soap, perfumes, shampoo and hair conditioner, skin lotion, laundry detergent,air fresheners, and fabric softeners. Then there are the environmental toxins to contend with which are absorbed into our skin 24 hours a day. We’re literally bombarded with toxins and additives every day of our life, and they all play a definite hand in a Candida infestation.