I've had candida for at least 5 years. Mine is not what most other seem to have, related to the digestive system. Mine was sexually transmitted and the site of infection was the penis. It's gone systemic and has spread to my eyes, joints, ears, etc.
Several years ago, after much discussion with my allopathic doctor, he granted me a single dose of Diflucan. He didn't believe I had anything and I think he prescribed the Diflucan to appease me. It's prescription only, so I could only get it with his approval.
It worked extremely well. My candida was reduced by at least 50% on that single dose. I'm pretty sure if I'd been able to convince him to give me a couple more doses, it would have been eradicated. But I couldn't.
So I've had to continue to try to find other ways of dealing with it. The latest hope was Iodine, and I've been almost 9 weeks on around 100mg of Iodine, through Lugols, internally.
My candida has been thriving.
BUT: last week I decide to apply it topically to the site of infection. This is an extremely sensitive area so I expected some stinging. Boy was I wrong. It burned incredibly for several hours and then slowly reduced to something tolerable over the course of the day. Remained painful for days.
Then it began to blister and then crack and bleed.
Now, several days later, the blisters have healed and it seems the candida is about 50% reduced.
I'm trying to work up the courage for a second application...
So, to summarize, it seems to me like Iodine is only antifungal on direct application, at least in my case. Maybe taking it internally will help those who's candida is in the digestive system.
I DO NOT recommend this treatment. It was too painful and damaging, not to mention stupid. And it's probably too early to report whether it was successful or not.