Candida Albicans is
a type of parasitic yeast like fungus that inhabits the intestines,
genital tract, mouth, esophagus, and throat. Normally this fungus lives in
healthy balance with other bacteria and yeasts in the body; however,
certain conditions can cause it to multiply, weakening the immune system
and causing an
infection known as Candidiasis. The fungus can travel through the bloodstream to many part
of the body.
Because candidiasis can affect various parts of the body the most common
being the mouth, ears, nose, gastrointestinal tract and the vagina - it
can be characterized by many symptoms. These
diarrhea, colitis, abdominal pain, headaches, bad breath, rectal itching,
impotence, memory loss, mood swings, prostatitis, canker sores, persistent
heartburn, muscle and joint pain, sore throat, congestion, nagging cough,
numbness in face or extremities, tingling sensations, acne night sweats,
severe itching, clogged sinuses, PMS, burning tongue, white spots on the
tongue and in the mouth,extreme fatigue, kidney and bladder infections, vaginitis,
arthritis, depression, hyperactivity, hypothyroidism, adrenal problems,
and even diabetes. Symptoms often worsen in damp and/ or moldy places, and
after consumption of foods containing sugar or/ and yeast. Because of its
many and varied symptoms, this
disorder is often misdiagnosed.
When candida infects the vagina, it results in vaginitis characterized by
a large amount of white, cheesy discharge and intense itching and burning.
When the fungus infects the oral cavity it is called thrush. White sores
may form on the tongue, gums, and inside the cheeks. In a baby, the white
spots of oral thrush may resemble milk spots. Oral thrush in an infant can
spread to a mothers nipples by
breast-feeding, and can lead to a situation in which mother and
baby continually re-infect each other. Thrush may also infect a babys
buttocks, appearing as a diaper rash. Candida infection may also take the form of athletes foot or jock
itch. Systemic Candidiasis is
an over growth of candida everywhere,
throughout the body. In most severe cases, candida can travel through the bloodstream to invade every
organ system in the body causing a type of blood poisoning called Candida Septicemia.
This condition almost
always occurs in persons with serious underlying illnesses, such as
advanced cancer or AIDS.
affect both men and women; however it is rarely transmitted sexually. It
is most common in babies (an infected mother may pass the fungal infection
to her newborn.) and in persons with compromised immune systems. Virtually
all people with AIDS have some type of fungal infection. Anyone who has
been on long-term antibiotics therapy, or has taken antibiotics often,
probably has an overgrowth of candida somewhere in his or her body.
Antibiotics weaken the immune system and also destroy the friendly
bacteria that normally keep candida under control. As it
proliferates, the fungus releases toxins that weaken the immune system
further. Other factors that increase the chances of contracting a yeast
infection include pregnancy and the use of corticosteroid drugs.
Very often, allergies to foods
are present in people with candida infections. Oral thrush, athletes foot, ringworm, jock
itch, fingernail or toenail fungus, and even diaper rash can develop as a
result of the combination of food allergies and Candidiasis Albicans.
The symptoms of a food allergy
can also mimic those of candidiasis. To further complicate matters,
some people with candidiasis go on to develop
environmental sensitivities as well. Many cannot tolerate contact
with rubber, petroleum product, tobacco, exhaust fumes, and chemical odors.