Many parents are familiar with chronic yeast overgrowth. I have nicknamed i the "yeast beast" in my house because it's often rears it's ugly head out of no where. Learning to manage fungal overgrowth is important and helpful to reducing symptoms.
First is it helpful to become familiar with the common symptoms of fungal overgrowth also called "candida". Some common symptoms are:
constipation, rashes, hyperactivity, stimming, self-limiting diets, congestion, thrush, and ear infections. We actually have a free symptoms worksheet to help you out because there are actually a lot more symptoms that can occur. This is it's such an annoying thing that parents want to avoid.
Most of us are familiar with a "yeast flare-up" which can happen for a variety of reasons but when parents hear that yeast might flare up with chelation, their apprehension to start chelation is completely understandable.
While this is very understandable it's important to know that fungal overgrowth is actually a symptom of other issues and it's common in mercury poisoning.
Thankfully there is a solution! While removing mercury does eventually lead to resolving this problem in the interim you do want to treat it to reduce symptoms.
You can safely and naturally manage fungal overgrowth and reduce or eliminate symptoms while you work on chelation. It does take time to learn to recognize what symptoms yeast causes for your child but these become clearer when you start treating yeast.
One important thing to remember is that probiotics are bacteria too, just good bacteria. Some of the natural antifungals are not selective enough to only kill bad bacteria so make sure probiotics are doses at least 4 hours away from antifungals.
Either way, remember to start only one thing at a time and go slow! Always raise slowly to avoid unpleasant die-off symptoms!
It does get better with adequate chelation. but it takes time. Yeast will become much easier to control with less anti-fungal and eventually it will go away entirely.
*for further information on treating natural fungal overgrowth see the Yeast Chapter in our second edition book.