Q: "Is there a test for candida? I’ve been told I have it and I’ve been given a strict diet of no yeast, sugar, dairy and processed foods. Will this help?"
Georgina Cornish, via email
A: Nutritionist Rose Carr responds:
“Candidiasis, often called ‘thrush’ or a ‘yeast infection’, is an infection caused most commonly by the fungus Candida albicans, which can be present on skin or in the mouth, intestinal tract and vagina.
The diet you describe is unproven and difficult to follow. The diet won’t do any harm in the short-term, but if you were to follow it for more than a few weeks, you’d need to find other sources of fibre and calcium, and B vitamins in particular. If you think you have candida, I’d advise you to visit your GP, who’ll discuss your symptoms and take a swab for lab testing. If candida is diagnosed, an antifungal treatment is usually prescribed.”