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Yeah I definitely feel you regarding the Canadian doctors, as I’m from Canada as well. One of my doctors thought I was pretty much crazy when I told him I developed food intolerances, including gluten intolerance post-antibiotic treatment and none of the antibiotics they prescribed helped get rid of my folliculitis. He just felt the food intolerances were completely unrelated to antibiotic treatment because lots of people do fine on antibiotics. I still have follicultis though I found a way to keep it under control. Oh and just like you, all the doctors and dermatologists I saw refused to do a culture because they said it would be a contaminated specimen.
I too would like a diagnosis, not just for Candida but to rule out other possibilities like parasites or bacterial infection but the gluten intolerance is what really makes me think Candida is at least, one of my problems. I am considering consulting a naturopath to at least get a hold of a CDSA from Doctors Data to rule out other cases. I’m considering the Candia5 test, but there doesn’t seem to be many reviews, so I’m not sure how accurate the results are. I may call Genova to see if they can recommend someone in Canada, because I’d really like to get the Candida Immune Complex test. I have yet to find an allergist in Canada who tests for Candida. My last allergist didn’t even believe that I had food intolerances since I tested negative for food allergies. Ideally though, I’d want a MD to prescribe antifungals since I’m intolerant to a lot of the natural antifungals.
My family doctor actually did have a patient who was cured by a naturopath when his own attempts failed to cure the patient. Supposedly he gave him a book on the ‘Yeast Syndrome.’ Despite this, he dismisses Candida/Yeast Syndrome. I even asked if he would be willing to consult Crandall (if needed) but still refusal. I think the misinformation on this syndrome, including people who falsely believe Candida is the root cause of every symptom is partially to blame for mainstream doctors to be reluctant to accept.