This is a bit of a controversial statement, but it is not without its support. For instance, labs have demonstrated some synergistic activity of garlic along-side anti-fungal medication for certain Candida species. The allicin extracted from garlic has been demonstrated to possess systemic a nti-fungal activity with equal or greater potency than fluconazole , a common anti-fungal medication in the “azole” class of drugs ( 3 ; 4 ; 5 ; 6 ). In addition to being taken orally, a topical cream containing garlic and thyme was as effective as a clotrimazole vaginal cream for support of candida vaginitis ( 7 )
There has been no prior regular surveillance for adverse events following epidural steroid injections; however, infection is a known, although likely rare, risk that has been documented in the medical literature. Although CDC has received reports of illness in patients who have received the medications listed in the table above, including some patients who had evidence of meningeal inflammation, CDC and public health officials have no reports of laboratory-confirmed bacterial or fungal meningitis, spinal, or paraspinal infections caused by these products. The available epidemiological and laboratory data do not, at this time, support evidence of an outbreak of infections linked to usage of non-methylprednisolone NECC products.