During the course of an effective treatment one will experience what is called the “die-off” or “herxheimer” effect. This die-off effect occurs when any anti-yeast agent kills high numbers of organisms within your system. As with anything that is dying, there is decay. It is surmised that the decaying organisms release neuro-toxins and other forms of toxic compounds that cause this effect. One must realize that the die-off effect can be from moderate to severe and can elicit any number of symptoms, including:
- a raspy sore throat sensation
- increase in post-nasal drip or sinus drainage
- fatigue or drowsiness
- increased itchiness
- increased vaginal discharge (color may vary from yellow to green)
- increase in bowel action and urination (color may vary and change)
You may notice more of these symptoms in the evening, especially before bedtime. Fungus is generally a nocturnal organism that loves cool and moist environments. During this intense, but usually brief period, one may have fears about getting more ill. This is not the case, however. The symptoms experienced in die-off are also related to “retracing” symptoms that one previously had, but were either suppressed or ignored, both of which lead to non-resolution and have to be brought up to the nervous system or brain for review in order for a proper resolution to occur. Again, these symptoms are usually intense and abbreviated – meaning that you don’t have to experience the full brunt, only enough for your body to feel what has to be done to bring about resolution.