The Dirty Details Of A Candida Yeast Problem

Candida albicans is a type of yeast that occurs naturally in everyone’s body. In a healthy body, Candida lives in balance with a number of additional microorganisms. When in balance, all of these microorganisms assist in the proper function of the body. However, many health problems occur when this harmony is thrown out of balance allowing the yeast microorganisms to grow unchecked. As the yeast takes over other beneficial microorganisms, noticeable symptoms may result.

The problems caused by Candida infection can be relatively minor or can cause extensive health problems when the yeast enters the blood stream or the body’s organs. In most cases, however, the yeast grows in the intestinal tract, genitals, mouth, or throat. If caught early enough, treatment is often effective in a fairly short amount of time.

The purpose of this article is to give you a comprehensive understanding of the many potential signs and symptoms of Candida infection. A person with Candida yeast overgrowth may not experience any symptoms at all, may experience just a few symptoms, or may experience many of the following symptoms depending on where in the body the candida infection is occurring or how extensive the problem is. Some of the following symptoms may occur soon after infection or may be the long-term results of Candida overgrowth.

Symptoms: Skin, Hair, Eyes

  • Fungal infections of the skin and/or nail, including vaginal yeast infection, athlete’s foot, fungal toe infections, ringworm, tinea versicolor (itchy eyelids), or jock itch (intense itch in the groin area)
  • Skin rashes, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, acne, cysts, hives
  • Body odor
  • Change in eye color
  • Pupils that stay dilated
  • Hair that is graying prematurely

Symptoms: Digestive System

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain, bloating
  • Acid reflux (GERD), heartburn
  • Rectal itching
  • Unexplained weight gain (especially around the abdomen) or unexplained weight loss
  • High blood pressure, high triglycerides or cholesterol
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)

Symptoms Related to Immune System

  • Recurring infections
  • Chronic allergies or asthma
  • Allergy to penicillin
  • Autoimmune disease such as hypothyroidism, lupus, or arthritis

Symptoms Affecting Emotional or Nervous System Health

  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Frequent headaches
  • Migraines
  • Poor concentration and/or memory
  • Panic attacks
  • Irregular heartbeat, such as a rapid heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Hyperactivity or attention deficit disorder (ADHD/ADD)
  • A feeling of not quite being in your body (floating sensation)
  • Sexual impotence or lack of desire, or excessive sexual drive

Additional Symptoms

  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Cold hands or feet
  • Night sweats
  • General feeling of being uncomfortable
  • Cravings for sweets
  • Cravings for alcohol

Common Symptoms of Candida in Young Children (About 8 Years or Younger)

  • Frequent infections such as tonsillitis, bladder infections, ear infections, and/or strep throat even after medical treatment
  • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
  • Early food allergies
  • Asthma
  • Excessive cravings for foods such as yogurt, peanut butter, milk, or cheese
  • Difficulty going to sleep, frequent nightmares, and/or sleeps very lightly
  • Autism
  • Frequently complains, does not interact well in social environments, aggressive, frequently cries or gets in fights with others (potentially from ongoing feelings of discomfort or emotional side effects from Candida)
  • Restless
  • Attention deficit (ADD)
  • Attention deficit with hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Pale complexion

Symptoms Commonly Experienced by Women with Candida

  • Chronic pelvic pain (endometriosis)
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Infertility
  • Toxemia of pregnancy (preeclampsia)
  • Miscarriages
  • Symptoms of vaginal yeast infection: burning, soreness, or itching in the vaginal area; vaginal discharge (white, thick mucus); pain during urination and/or intercourse

The Role of Candida Infection and Various Health Conditions

Vaginal yeast infection is the most common condition that people associate with yeast infections. However, today’s medical professionals now understand that Candida overgrowth is associated with an extensive array of health conditions, from physical health problems to mental health conditions. Minor yeast infections that can be easily treated to chronic illnesses that affect the systemic health of the body can be related to microorganism imbalances in the body.

In addition to well-known conditions caused by Candida overgrowth, many in the field of healthcare now believe that excessive amounts of yeast in the body may cause conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, alcoholism, irritable bowel syndrome, endometriosis, asthma, chronic pain, muscle and joint pain, food allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, hormonal imbalances, rheumatoid arthritis, recurrent urinary tract infections, attention deficit disorder, and much more.

Treatment

If you have a yeast infection, or suspect that you do, it is important to visit your doctor for a proper diagnosis. Discuss all of your symptoms with your doctor, including physical and emotional symptoms that you are experiencing. This will help your doctor to make an accurate diagnosis.

There are also many preventative measures that you can take to reduce your risk for Candida infection or to reduce the growth of yeast if you already have an infection. Following a Candida diet is an excellent first step in the right direction. This may include first cleansing your body of as much Candida as possible. A cleanse will also help in removing toxins from your body that are produced by Candida yeast.

Whether or not you choose to perform a cleanse, it is important to follow a diet that does not promote the growth of Candida yeast. This includes eating a diet that restricts your intake of sugars. Yeast thrives on sugar, and a high-sugar diet will allow Candida yeast to outcompete the “friendly” bacteria in your gut. It is also important to restrict your intake of alcohol, processed foods, dairy, and glutinous foods.

With a bit of research, you will find that there are many home remedies and lifestyle changes that you can follow that will help you to win the fight over Candida overgrowth. By restoring a harmonious balance of microorganisms in your body, you are sure to feel better, both physically and emotionally.

About the author

Michael Winicki has been helping people cope with candida yeast issues for many years.  In that time, he has worked with thousands of individuals and families.  For additional articles on candida yeast, please visit http://www.candidafitness.com

 

 

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