Too many yeast in the intestines (yeast overgrowth) is a common problem that occurs in those with chronic Lyme disease either during treatment or prior to beginning treatment. Yeast overgrowth can result in an ongoing systemic allergic reaction to the yeast that can suppress the immune system. It may also lead to inflammatory cytokine and oxidizing agent excess that lead to many of the Lyme disease symptoms and pain. Food allergies and sensitivities can be the result of yeast overgrowth too.
Healthy functioning intestines are populated with a balance of good bacteria and yeast. The yeast and bacteria compete with each other for intestinal territory. Good bacteria decline due to the use of antibiotics, environmental stresses, immune suppression from chronic illness, the use of steroids, and/or other factors. When this happens,