As every GP knows IBS is a common clinical presentation (especially among women), and a mysterious one. For them, the diagnosis is one of exclusion – colonoscopy etc. They can find it difficult to control the typical symptoms: alternating bowel actions (loose or hard), bloating, flatulence, and abdominal pain or discomfort. Further questioning however will often reveal other symptoms: heartburn, indigestion, nausea, strange taste in the mouth, and itchy anus.
These customarily point to candida allergy. Other yeasts, and sometimes foods, can be implicated. An allergy-orientated approach to IBS would prevent many expensive investigations, and afford relief to many suffering patients.