A fungal infection materialises when there is excess growth of bacteria, usually in the skin.Fungal infections can also occur internally, in your internal digestive system due to bacteria build-up. Internal fungal conditions can stem from a variety of factors such as overconsumption of alcohol, carbohydrates, sugar, or fermented foods; oral contraceptives; excessive stress; or antibiotics.The most common fungal infections are:
Fungal nail infection
Ringworm on the groin, body, or scalp
At the Australian Centre for Functional Medicine, the principle behind our Functional Medicine approach is simple: each patient is different and has a unique set of underlying problems that require a personalised treatment.
In order to properly treat fungal infections, it’s important to understand why they’re happening in the first place. Our practitionerswill analyse your unique circumstances through advanced questionnaires and diagnostic testing to get an understanding of what’s causing your fungal infection. Once we’ve got a clearer picture of where your issue is stemming from, we can provide advice and a treatment plan to treat your fungal infection naturally and for good
By now, we have all heard and read about the many facets of the human microbiome. The bacteria living in our gut and elsewhere in our body influence various aspects of our health. However, there is a little known and less studied microbiome living alongside these bacteria: fungi.
This microscopic ecosystem within our microbiome is referred to as the mycobiome. The so-called human mycobiome is a large community of fungal species that interact with the bacteria living in our body as well as with our own cells.
Much like the bacterial microbiome, our fungal inhabitants play important roles in our health. Under normal, healthy conditions, bacteria help keep fungal growth in check, keeping healthy levels.
Dysbiosis is one of the main sources of fungal-related diseases, and it occurs when fungi growth gets out of control. This is when disease occurs. Conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)1, Commented : clinicians or practitioners bacterial dysbiosis in the gut microbiome2or cystic fibrosis3are linked to our mycobiome. These fungi can also influence the functioning of the immune system4and cause infections in different parts of the body
Candida overgrowth usually appears in the following symptoms:
At the Australian Centre for Functional Medicine we take a holistic approach to health. This means we perform extensive blood, urine, stool testing, which reveal the key microbial species present, as well as give evidence of fungal overgrowth. Based on these results, we can take action to address your conditions.
Through a combination of diet and lifestyle changes, as well as potent natural antifungal remedies we have successfully eradicated many fungal infections.
Treatment differs slightly depending on your condition but may involve the following steps:
Remove excess bad bacteria or candida overgrowth. This is usually done via herbal medicine.
Eliminate inflammatory foods from your diet that encourage candida overgrowth, such as sugars, alcohol, and simple carbohydrates.
Replenish and rebuild healthy bacteria with probiotics and fermented foods.