7 Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth and How to Get Rid of It

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Many types of fungi live in and on the human body, including the genus of yeast known as Candida. Candida is usually found in small amounts in the mouth, intestines, and skin. At normal levels, the fungus is not problematic. However, when Candida begins to grow out of control, it can cause an infection known as candidiasis. In fact, Candida is the most common cause of fungal infections in humans. In general, healthy bacteria in the body help keep Candida levels in check. However, if healthy bacteria levels are disrupted or the immune system is compromised, Candida can begin to overproduce.

Here are some factors that can lead to the overproduction of Candida:

– Take antibiotics
– Diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates
– High alcohol consumption
– A weakened immune system
– Take oral contraceptives
– diabetes
– high levels of stress.

When Candida begins to overproduce, it can lead to various health problems.

1. Thrush

Yeast infection that develops in the mouth or throat is called “thrush.” It is more common in newborns, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.
People with poor oral hygiene or removable dentures are also at higher risk. People with oral thrush usually develop white, raised patches on the tongue, inside the cheeks, gums, tonsils, or throat. The lesions can be painful and bleed a little when scratched. Oral thrush is also often associated with redness or pain in the tongue and mouth. In the most severe cases, it can spread to the esophagus and cause pain or difficulty swallowing.
Summary: When there is too much Candida in the mouth, it can cause white, raised sores, redness, and pain in the mouth and throat. This phenomenon is also known as oral candidiasis.

2. Fatigue and exhaustion

One of the most common symptoms associated with Candida is fatigue. Although there is no evidence that Candida causes fatigue, it can contribute to it in a number of ways.
First of all, candidiasis is often accompanied by nutritional deficiencies, such as vitamin B6, essential fatty acids and magnesium. Magnesium deficiency, in particular, is known to cause fatigue. Second, Candida infections usually occur when the immune system is weakened. A poorly functioning immune system can itself make you feel tired and tired. One study suggests that prolonged intestinal candidiasis could even be a potential cause of chronic fatigue syndrome.

3. Recurrent infections of the genital or urinary tract

Candida is found in the vaginal passages of most women. Its overgrowth can lead to vaginal candidiasis, also known as candidiasis. It is estimated that 75% of women will have at least one yeast infection in their lifetime, and half of them will have at least one recurrence. Men can also get genital yeast infection, but it is much less common. Symptoms of vaginal yeast infection include redness, swelling, itching, pain during intercourse, and thick, white vaginal discharge. Although much less common, candidiasis can also cause a urinary tract infection (UTI). Candida-related UTIs are more common in older people, people who are hospitalized, or people who are immunocompromised. Symptoms of a UTI include a burning sensation when urinating, frequent urination, cloudy, dark, or strange-smelling urine, and pain or pressure in the lower abdomen. Although other bacteria, such as E. coli, are more likely to cause UTIs.
However, if you have recurrent infections and you suspect they are due to Candida overgrowth, you can have a urine test to find out.

4. Digestive problems

The health of your digestive system largely depends on getting the right balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria that live in your gut. The “good” bacteria that normally reside in the gut are important for digestion because they help break down starches, fiber, and some sugars. When the bacteria in your gut are out of balance, you may experience digestive upset, including constipation, diarrhea, nausea, gas, cramps, and bloating. Recent studies indicate that Candida overgrowth is associated with several diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease (18

5. Sinus infections

The most common symptoms are runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of smell, and headache. Although short-term sinusitis is primarily caused by bacteria, many long-term chronic sinusitis are thought to be fungal in origin. A study conducted on a group of 210 people with chronic sinus infections found that 96% of them had fungus in their mucus. Antibiotics are the usual method of treating sinusitis. It may work for acute bacterial sinus infections, but not chronic fungal infections. In fact, treating chronic sinusitis with antibiotics may even make it worse. If you have sinus infections that last longer than a month, Candida may be to blame.

6. Fungal skin and nail infections

Just like in your gut, there are bacteria on your skin that keep Candida from growing out of control. All bacteria thrive in different conditions, including varying levels of temperature, humidity, or acidity. This is why a change in your skin environment can allow Candida to overproduce. For example, cosmetics, soaps, and moisturizers can alter skin conditions, especially the antibacterial varieties. Although thrush can affect any part of the body, warm, moist areas, such as the armpits and groin, are particularly prone to infection. Itching and a visible rash are the two most common symptoms of fungal skin infections. An overgrowth of Candida can cause conditions like athlete’s foot, ringworm, and toenail fungus. Although not life threatening, fungal infections of the skin can be very uncomfortable and significantly decrease quality of life.

7. Joint pain

If a Candida infection enters the bloodstream and spreads throughout the body, it can infect the joints and cause arthritis. This usually only occurs after surgery or when a Candida overgrowth goes untreated for a long period of time. Candida arthritis is associated with joint pain, stiffness, and swelling.
The hips and knees tend to be infected more often. Candida can also cause bone infections, or osteomyelitis, which can cause pain and tenderness in the infected area. Bone and joint infections are not very common, but once infected, they can be very difficult to get rid of.

How to fight candidiasis

The best way to treat candidiasis and prevent recurrent infections is to address the underlying cause. The foods you eat play an important role in maintaining the balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria in your gut. Refined sugars, carbohydrates, and dairy products that are high in lactose can promote the overgrowth of Candida and other “bad” microorganisms. Excessive consumption of these foods can promote infections if your immune system is weakened. On the other hand, certain foods have been shown to promote the growth of “good” bacteria and inhibit the growth of Candida.

– Garlic: Garlic contains an antifungal substance called allicin, which has been shown to work against Candida yeast in animal and test-tube studies

– Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, which has been shown to fight Candida infections in multiple test-tube studies.

– Curcumin: Test-tube studies indicate that curcumin can kill Candida yeast, or at least reduce its growth.

– Xylitol: In a test-tube study, xylitol helped fight Candida, decreasing its ability to stick to a surface and cause infection.

– Aloe vera: Aloe vera gel can inhibit the growth of Candida in the mouth and prevent infections.

– Pomegranate: A test-tube study indicated that plant compounds in pomegranate are beneficial against Candida yeast.

– Kombucha: Kombucha tea is rich in tea polyphenols and acetic acid, which has been shown to kill Candida in test-tube studies.

– Probiotics: Probiotics such as Lactobacillus can reduce the growth of Candida and protect against infections

* Presse Santé strives to transmit health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE, the information provided can not replace the advice of a health professional.

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