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Yeast Infection After Taking Antibiotics

Updated on February 20, 2011

Yeast infections after a course of antibiotics are getting more common all the time. Antibiotics are now the biggest cause of yeast infections and other bacterial infections in the body because of what they do besides treating the infection they were taken for.

If you're suffering from a yeast infection and you've taken antibiotics recently then the two are connected. 

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Beneficial bacteria

We all have beneficial bacteria living in our intestines and on our skin. Taking antibiotics kills the beneficial bacteria because antibiotics don't discriminate against any bacteria. Unless the bacteria is resistant to antibiotics it will be killed off when a course is taken correctly.

Beneficial bacteria  is always working in your intestines keeping bad bacteria and yeasts under control. When the beneficial bacteria is killed off the yeasts can take over, and when they do they mutate, and that's when you start suffering from your symptoms such as itching and burning. 


Modern day diets

Our modern day diet helps the yeast take over when there the beneficial bacteria can no longer protect you. The Candida Albicans yeast loves sugar and refined carbohydrates, and these are in a lot of foods most people eat.

This feeding of the yeast helps it populate your digestive tract at a faster rate than friendly bacteria after a course of antibiotics. Once they mutate into a fungus they will affect the rate at which your friendly bacteria populates slowing their regeneration down even further. 

Your immune system

Your immune system is your body's second line of defense against yeast infections, and antibiotics will weaken your immune system if they have been taken a lot.

Your immune systems relies on your beneficial bacteria to keep it strong. Beneficial not only fights off yeast, but it also help you absorb the nutrient from your diet. It does this by breaking food down when you ingest it so it becomes easier to fully digest. This is why most people with yeast overgrowth suffer from bloating because they can digest their food properly so it causes it to ferment in the intestines.

When your body gets used to antibiotics being used it will give up trying to fight infections on its own because it knows the antibiotics will treat the infection. While this may seem good at the time, and it is good for your doctor because your prescriptions pay his wages, long-term it is not good for you. Taking antibiotics for infections that your body should cure naturally will have an effect on your good health, and you will in the end suffer from more infections than you ever have. 


To prevent a yeast infection from happening after a course of antibiotics its good to replenish your beneficial bacteria yourself. You can do this by taking probiotics.

You will need a good probiotic such as Threelac. Threelac is a powerful probiotic that can survive the journey through your digestive tract. Most cheep probiotics get killed off when they enter your stomach. The acid kills them so you need a probiotic that can survive stomach acid and get to the places where it will do the most work.

Threelac is micro-encapsulated so it is protected, and it contains three different strains of beneficial bacteria that keep your intestines free of yeast and other organisms that can upset your health and digestion. 


Your diet

Your diet plays an important role in your health. If you eat a diet filled with poor quality food that lacks nutrition you will continually feed the Candida yeast. This will allow it to continually mutate in your intestines so you will always be infected, and this causes recurrent yeast infections.

Sugar is the food that Candida loves the most. To prevent the yeast from taking over your intestines you should avoid any food that contains sugar until you have your intestinal flora back to the right balance.

Eating a balanced healthy diet will also strengthen your immune system. This not only protects you from yeast infections, but your overall health will improve so you'll have more energy and clearer skin.

Protecting yourself

Preventing a yeast infection after taking antibiotics is a lot easier if you start repopulating your intestines with beneficial bacteria as soon as you have finished taking the antibiotics.

The longer you leave the infection the more the Candida will be mutating in your body, and this will mean it takes longer to treat your infection and eliminate the fungus from your body.

As well as feeding on the food you eat the fungus will feed on your body. The itching in your vagina is caused by the fungus feeding on your skin cells. If the yeast is in your intestines it will feed on the walls of your intestines, and this can lead to a lot of unrelated symptoms that normally come with a yeast infection. 



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      7 years ago

      I have a horror story for you all that I hope someone can learn from.

      I started taking antibiotics for a throat infection about three months ago. I took the 7-day system as directed and ended up with a yeast infection. It was my first time taking antibiotics so I did not know I could get one, nor did my doctor warn me of it. As soon as I realized what it was I called my doctor and she prescribed me a pill to rid me of the yeast infection. A few weeks went by, all was well. Then I suddenly experienced a horrible pain in my side. I went to the ER and discovered I had a very bad bladder infection that was traveling to my kidneys, likely due to the destruction of good bacteria in my system after the antibiotics. The doctor again prescribed antibiotics, and again I ended up with another yeast infection. This time I took the pill to get rid of the yeast infection too soon--I was also not told not to take it until the antibiotics were finished. Once the antibiotics were done, the bladder infection stopped but I had a persistent yeast infection. So then I had to buy a cream. I used it as directed for 7 days and it finally cleared up.

      Now my throat infection is back, all because my doctor didn't tell me--nor did I think to question it myself--that the virus in my throat was strep and that by not throwing my tooth brush away, every time I brushed I was reintroducing the virus into my body with its immune system lowered by antibiotics destroying my good bacteria. Now I am having headaches, abdominal pains, my throat infection is back and I will have to go through antibiotics AGAIN. This time I am going to an ENT instead of a general physician and I know exactly what to do.

      Word to the wise: if you have a throat infection, throw away your tooth brush after you finish your antibiotics and buy a new one. Take your anti-yeast infection pill AFTER your antibiotics are finished. Last but not least, DEFINITELY take probiotics of some kind after your antibiotics are done, because your body will not be able to reproduce that good bacteria before you end up with another infection and the thieves in the medical and pharmaceutical industries will keep getting richer off of your illness.

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      8 years ago

      Antibiotics have been crafted from their inception to create fungal overgrowth of varying degrees of severity. They are proven to do it. It is a cold hard fact, but the FDA does not acknowledge this proven fact. In fact antibiotics were manufactured with antifungals added in one pill for prophylactic purposes by responsible manufacturers from the start, but were sued and the combo pill removed from the market. Not because it didn't work, but because the medical monopoly complex needs the candida to overgrow and produce conditions they can blame on new illnesses they have made new drugs to treat. In short the doctor is the mechanic and the antibiotics are the act of loosening bolts to create new problems to fix in the future. Candida though creates different symptoms in different people so it is a beautiful system of sickness and treatment based on lies. Doctors are for the most part no smarter than you or I. Their whole racket is based on the necessity that we the public believe they know better than you and I. My advice don't take antibiotics or steroids unless you are very sick and even then be very skeptical. I know from extensive and i mean extensive first hand experience the doctors are the enemy and all people would emphatically agree if they had just a glimpse of the truth behind their practices. Good luck. Don't go to doctors.

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      9 years ago

      just finished antibiotics for a kidney infection ... really wish they'd list aftereffects as well as side effects. that way we could take preventative measures instead of freaking out

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      9 years ago

      Dr tooka urine sample he found blood in my urine, I don't. Know why he prescribed. Me antibiotics and vaginal itching starded.

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      9 years ago

      that story on antibiotics is so beneficial 2 me...have been taking them since i had bacteria in ma stomach but little did i know i was overdosing i have a rush on ma skin n its so itchy but now applying a lotion i was progressive is now impresive....thanks a lot 4 this document be blessed.....from Kenya

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      9 years ago from London

      A great way to boost your immune system and help prevent yeast infections is with probiotic supplements.

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      9 years ago

      hi i have stomach HP Palory nd irresistable bowl syndrome my stomach becomes full of gas every now and then ..I feel hesitated to take the prescription of "Antibiotics" as I read about its side effects

      My worries that I would weaken my immune system more.. ..the course is fr 7 days

      I don't want to harm my stomach as i fear of ulcers or even bad transformations of cells God forbidden..

      the guilt is there ..Is ther any other alternatives/ do I need to accompany the course with complements tablets will it help from forming any side effect mentioned previously?

      what I read really scares mass destruction to good bacteria developing of yeasts though we have to take it!!

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      9 years ago

      I've got a yeast infection since, well, yesterday. The first day after I started taking antibiotic medicine for my bladder infection. No one told me that would be a possible side effect. Oh well, at least I know NOW. But I'm not done taking my antibiotics yet, so I guess I'll have to wait after tomorrow when I'm finished the antibiotics and then see a doctor again.

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      Jason K 

      10 years ago


      You need to see your doctor for a diagnosis of your infection. No one can help you on the internet. Once you have been given a correct diagnosis then you can treat your infection in the quickest possible time, and treat it correctly as well.

      Antibiotics should also only be taken when prescribed by your doctor.

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      10 years ago

      i was always using antibiotics so frequently after i caught a urinary tract infection...such dat any little rash, itch or discomfort, i took full doses of antibiotics.. even when nothin was wrong with me...recently i discovered sme rash dat come and disappear in a matter of days.. with ocassional itching . back then before the occurrence of the rash whenever i took interdoxycycline i noticed a burning/hypersensitive sensation in my anogenital regions, now with the onset of the rash i noticed that same burning sensation... is this similar to what you are talkin about? pls i need an urgent reply as i am scared


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