Candida is a fungal infection caused by yeast-like fungi. One yeast commonly found in humans is Candida albicans. This yeast is present in almost everyone as a normal resident of the skin, mouth, intestine and vagina and forms a certain balance with the bacteria present there. Due to various factors, this yeast can start to form threads. From that moment on one speaks of a fungus. This can happen under the influence of medication (antibiotics), when the immune system is weak or due to the presence of parasites.
In some cases, a Candida fungal infection is very persistent and rears its head again and again. It can be very annoying and persistent and come back often. A Candida infection is a common and underestimated problem that can be responsible for months or even years of chronic symptoms.
Although the yeast can be transmitted from one person to another (for example, from mother to child or vice versa, between sexual partners), it is not really an infection in the traditional sense of the word. Candida is therefore not considered an infectious disease, much less a sexually transmitted disease. Therefore, the partner of someone with a vaginal candida infection does not need to be co-treated unless he or she is also infected and has symptoms. For babies with thrush, or when a breastfeeding mother has a candida infection of the nipples, both mother and child should be treated because they can pass on the infection to each other.
Candida's are fungi that consist of several species. Candida albicans is the best known form. The collective name of different types of candida is called candidiasis.
A Candida infection can be accompanied by as many as 50 different symptoms. By no means are all of the symptoms listed present in all people who have a Candida infection. Also, not all symptoms are caused by Candida alone. The average Candida victim often suffers from multiple symptoms.
The first signs are often bloating, constipation, flatulence, abdominal cramps and anal itching. Since the genitals are close to the anus, this is one of the places where the Candida can cause infections (itching). At a later stage, the Candida breaks through the protective mucus layer in the intestines and enters the blood. It now travels through the body and grows into a true plague that can cause many symptoms.
The following is a list of possible complaints:
burning sensations on the body
Allergies (chronic blocked nose, asthma, hay fever, skin rash and itching)
constipation or diarrhea
menstrual disorders and premenstrual symptoms white blood
recurrent eye infections
spots in front of the eyes
earache and deafness
thrush (white deposit in the mouth)
joint pain and/or swelling
worsening of the symptoms due to moisture
itching in groin
fungal infections on the skin or nails
tingling and numbness, for example in the fingers
and malodorous hair
Complaints arising from certain odours, deodorants, perfumes, cigarette smoke, petrol vapour.
headaches and/or migraines
reduced sex drive
complaints that increase in damp, stuffy and mouldy spaces
cravings for sugar, bread or alcohol
inflammations on genitals
earache / infections
in oral asthma
constantly dripping and/or itchy nose
painful and/or tense feeling in the chest area
The symptoms can give a very confusing picture which makes it, even for the doctor, often difficult to make a correct diagnosis. A Candida infection is only detectable in the blood at a very late stage.
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