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Candidiasis

October 2011

Vaginal yeast infection, also known as candidiasis, is a brought about by the abnormal increase in the number of species of Candida, of which Candida Albicans is the most common culprit. A type of fungus, Candida Albicans is normally present on the human skin and in various areas of the body where it is generally warm and moist.

 

Under a variety of conditions, a change in the environment where they live in causes them to increase in quantity beyond normal, causing the infection. Among the signs and symptoms of vaginal infection include: itching, burning and painful sensation in the vaginal area; redness and soreness in the affected region; a noticeable discharge. Encountering these may help you properly identify the signs and symptoms of vaginal yeast infection.

 

Itching, burning and painful sensation

 

For some women, the easiest way to identify if she is suffering from vaginal yeast infection is that she itches severely in and around the vaginal area. The itching may not be present at all times. But when it does, it itches so badly a lot she finds it difficult to perform normal daily activities, such as to ambulate.

 

Urination may also go together with a burning sensation, or be generally painful for her to do so. But this bothersome urination may also be present with other forms of infections, such as urinary tract infection (UTI). One good way to tell apart the burning sensation that is caused by a yeast infection from that which is caused by a urinary tract infection is to notice when exactly the sensation is experienced. The urine is acidic in nature. So if the burning sensation is felt when the urine reaches outside, then it is most likely brought about by a yeast infection. Urinary tract infection, on the other hand, causes a burning sensation as the urine passes through the urinary tract on its way out.

 

Redness and soreness in the affected region

 

A slight to severe redness localized in the vaginal and vulvar areas is another sign of vaginal yeast infection. Soreness and irritation of the said areas may also be presenting symptoms, which make sexual intercourse an extremely painful experience for the woman.

 

Unusual seepage down there

 

Most women associate a thick discharge that somewhat resembles cottage cheese with "vaginal yeast infection". Its consistency may typically range from thick and not clumpy at all, faint yellow to white, and to thin and clear. The discharge may or may not have a starchy odor to it, something that resembles the smell of bread or beer. Yeast, by the way, is used in making bread as a leavening agent, and in the fermentation of beer.

 

Since not everyone who has a vaginal yeast infection gets a discharge, still the best and easiest way for a woman to tell whether or not she is experiencing yeast infection symptoms is that she itches in and around the vaginal area.

 

Yeast infection in other body parts

 

As mentioned earlier, Candida is normally present in the skin and in most areas of the body that are warm and moist. This means that signs and symptoms of candidiasis may also appear in different areas of the body in many different ways.

 

Yeast infection may occur in the mouth, in diaper areas and skin folds. And in people with weakened immune system, such as those with AIDS, yeast infection may also affect the gastrointestinal tract, such as the esophagus and the stomach.

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Types Of Yeast Infection Treatments

 

 

A "yeast infection" can strike anyone at any age.   It is a disease triggered by a fungus called Candida Albicans that causes the body to produce abnormal amounts of yeast. Although yeast is found in many locations throughout the body, too much of it can be dangerous.  The most common types of yeast infection are vaginal yeast infection, thrush, diaper rash and nail bed infection.  Yeast infection is a highly treatable disease that virtually goes away without any complications.  There are a lot of available yeast infection treatments for each type of infection and here are some of them.

 

 

Treating A Vaginal Yeast Infection

 

 

"Vaginal yeast infection" is easily treated with over the counter anti-fungal creams like Miconazole, Tioconazole, Butoconazole, or Clotrimazole which should be applied to the infected area for one to seven days.  Using birth control methods like a condom or a diaphragm is not advisable during this period.  For pregnant women it’s best to consult a physician for a remedy.

 

 

To prevent vaginal yeast infection from occurring, avoid using douches, feminine sprays, scented toilet paper and deodorant tampons.  It is also best to wear cotton underwear and avoid wearing tight pants or panty hoses.  When wearing a wet suit or a bathing suit, it is recommended to change out of it right away. 

 

 

Treating Thrush

 

 

The yeast infection of the mouth called thrush can be treated with medicated mouthwashes or lozenges that dissolve in the mouth.  A recommended mouthwash to use should contain nystatin that can kill the yeast fungus.

 

 

The best prevention for thrush is maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing the teeth at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day and using a mouthwash.  For those using dentures, clean them thoroughly before using it.  For breastfeeding mothers, it’s best to have a breast check up for yeast infections. 

 

 

Treating Diaper Rashes

 

 

Diaper rashes caused by yeast infection can be treated with over the counter anti-fungal creams that contain nystatin or through supplements like acidophilus.

 

 

Protecting infants or adults from diaper rashes means keeping the covered area clean at all times.  It also helps to allow the skin to breathe by not using a diaper at least an hour a day.  It is also recommended to use cotton diapers more often than the disposable ones since cotton allows the skin to breathe more easily.

 

 

Treating Nail Bed Infections

 

 

Yeast infections of the nail bed are more difficult to treat.  A prescription for an anti-fungal pill is needed but it can also be treated with anti-fungal lacquer which is only proven to work in mild to moderate infections when the nails have not yet been infected by the fungus.

 

 

To prevent this infection from occurring and recurring is to regularly keep the skin dry and clean.  It is also advised to avoid contact with anyone who is infected with this disease. Wearing gloves when gardening also lowers the chance of nail bed yeast infection from occurring.  Another way to go about this is to avoid sharing personal items such as nail clippers or socks.

 

 

Yeast infections and its different types are highly treatable and preventable diseases which should last an average of one to two weeks and any time exceeding this means a trip to the doctor.  Information on yeast infection treatments and preventions are available through online medical journals and medical sites but for highly advanced states of yeast infection it’s always best to consult a physician.

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Candida Symptoms

Posted by Candidiasis Oct 25, 2011

Candida Symptoms Can Also Be Yeast Infection Symptoms

 

If you are searching for Candida Symptoms, you can also try searching for yeast infection symptoms, or Candidiasis symptoms.  Although the phrase Candida symptoms has become a popular term when describing symptoms caused by Candida Infections, it is not necessarily the most correct phrase to use.  Candidiasis symptoms may be a better term to use since once Candida Albicans has reached the stage of overgrowth that causes an infection in the body, it is called “Candidiasis”

 

Candida is the yeast itself, rather than the infection.  And to take it a step further, Candida Albicans is the specific type of yeast that causes the infections.  There are at least 20 types of Candida yeast and very few of them cause, or are responsible for the symptoms in humans.   If you want to take your research a step further, then learning more about Candida Albicans is a good place to start, since it is most likely the cause of your “candida symptoms”.

 

There is another method that can be used to get deeper in to the specific symptoms you are seeking information about.  This method is to be more specific about the area of the body that you are experiencing these symptoms.  A search for “candida symptoms” will most likely return a whole host of various symptoms from various types of candida infections.  (again remember that candida is a very broad term used by some to describe Candidiasis infections, or yeast infections)

 

Candida symptoms for females could be referring to symptoms caused by a vaginal yeast infection.  Symptoms such as persistent itching, burning sensation while urinating, pain during sexual relations, or a foul smelling vaginal discharge.  (smells like yeast)  If you are a man, this type of search result may not help too much.  You would be better searching for “yeast infection symptoms in men”.  

 

Types of Candida infections can include jock itch, nail fungus, athletes foot, skin infections, Thrush, and many more.  Thrush is usually an infection of the oral or anal cavities that tend to affect infants and the elderly at a much greater rate.  However the term Vaginal thrush is used much more often in certain parts of the world when referring to vaginal yeast infections.

 

Many people searching for candida symptoms are looking for information about what happens internally when Candida Albicans is allowed to flourish beyond control.  Many conditions can lead to this occurring.  These reasons can include antibiotic use, birth control pills, or even hormonal changes as we age.  An improper diet and lifestyle can also lead to an environment of Candida Overgrowth in your body.  One thing is for sure, the symptoms can be quite debilitating for some people, especially if left untreated for an extended period of time.

 

The whole area of infections caused by Candida, or Candida Albicans can become pretty confusing, especially considering that different areas of the world may refer to them differently.  This article has included a few additional terms you can use in your search for information, that you may not have thought of.  Hopefully reading our articles and using these additional search terms will provide you with the information and treatment options for your “candida symptoms”, that you area seeking.

 

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Candidiasis In Men

Posted by Candidiasis Oct 19, 2011

Candidiasis in men refers to a medical condition when a man has an overgrowth of the yeast called Candida in the body. This condition is also called "Male Yeast Infection". Male Candidiasis can be detrimental to your health and can cause a whole host of physical and mental troubles. Since Candida was discovered, it has been shown to be responsible for many more infections and symptoms than we ever thought. This has been particularly true over the last several years as we begin to understand how potent Candida Albicans can be, when the overgrowth occurs. Candidiasis does not strike just men and is responsible for Thrush in babies and the elderly, as well as vaginal yeast infections in women too. Once Candidiasis takes hold of your body, getting rid of it can be a challenge. One specific method is the Candida Diet.

 

Symptoms of Candidiasis

 

Symptoms of candidiasis vary from individual to individual. The type of symptoms and their severity will also depend on how long you have had the condition. In the intestinal area, common symptoms attributed to candida include: constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloated, gas and itchiness of the rectum area. Once the condition hits the bloodstream and spreads to other parts of your body, it can cause food allergies, migraine headaches and muscle pains.

 

Candida has been known to adversely affect your endocrine system causing fungal infections, thrush, menstrual difficulties, weight irregularities, PMS, asthma, tiredness, joint pains, sinus allergies and more.

 

The state of your health and immune system will also affect the severity of the symptoms you feel. Some people may display very few of the symptoms above and in mild form, while others will experience a wide range of symptoms to a greater degree. Stress levels can also affect the severity of symptoms a person experiences as well as add to the weight of the condition.

 

What Is Candida?

 

In medical terms, candida is more commonly referred to as "candidiasis" - the excessive growth of candida yeast in the body. Candida yeast is produced by the body in normal amounts and is found in the intestinal tract, along with other bacteria and pathogens produced by the body. In proper balance, these substances aid in food digestion and production of essential vitamins that benefit the body. Your immune system helps to keep these various substances in check, so they cause no harm to the body.

 

However, when the production of these pathogens becomes imbalanced, they can pose a threat to your body. The overproduction of candida yeast can result in it becoming a fungal infection which is detrimental to your body. As the candida yeast grows out of control, it produces dangerous toxins that destroy body membranes and tissues. These toxins can tunnel through your intestinal walls to enter your bloodstream and the rest of your body, wreaking havoc wherever they go. The damage to your intestinal walls can cause severe abdominal pain, inflamed bowels, leaky gut syndrome and more.

 

Causes of Candida

 

An overgrowth of candida yeast can be triggered by a number of different causes. Some doctors attribute poor health and weak immune system as the main causes of the body overproducing candida yeast. Some common factors that contribute to weak immune system include excessive use of contraceptives, suppressive drugs, steroids or antibiotics; hormonal changes due to menopause, pregnancy or puberty; chemical poisoning; and stress. Any of these factors or a combination of them can disrupt body regulation, triggering overproduction of yeast or other body toxins.

 

Although doctors negate that the use of antibiotics alone can cause candida, it can be a prominent contributing factor. In the course of killing harmful bacteria in your body, antibiotics also destroy “friendly” bacteria. This causes an imbalance in the pathogens your body contains, which can trigger your body to begin producing more. People take antibiotics to fight off infections and disease, which means the body is already in a weakened state. Taking these factors into consideration, it is feasible for antibiotics to disturb body regulation in this way, prompting overproduction of candida yeast to reach unhealthy proportions.

 

Candida Diet

 

By following an anti Candida diet, you can help regulate your body to decrease production of candida yeast. This diet helps to detoxify your body and cleanse it of harmful toxins. It is a very stringent diet that restricts the types of food you can eat in order to deplete the energy supply of the fungus and stop it from growing. Many of these foods constitute a major part of most people’s diet, which may make it more difficult to follow. However, by focusing on the overall results to your health, it is a small sacrifice to make for the several weeks it takes to accomplish its purpose.

 

The following are some of the foods that should be avoided within the confines of the anti Candida diet: foods containing preservatives and additives; fruits and fruit juices; drinks with caffeine; alcohol; foods containing gluten; condiments; sugar; and oils and fats. After several weeks, you can begin introducing some of these foods back into your system as you see fit.

 

 

Candida Test

 

Individuals who suspect they may have candida should seek medical attention and undergo testing for confirmation. Online tests are available in the form of questionnaires to help determine if you may be infected with the fungus disease. Other tests include the Candida Spit test and Organic Acid Test. Your physician may be able to recommend further testing which can successfully determine the presence of the condition in your system and to what extent.

 

Candida is a potentially debilitating condition that should not go untreated for long. Due to complications which may arise, the condition is too complex for self help treatments alone. By seeking professional medical counsel, you can chart a better and more successful course for treatment that will eliminate both the symptoms and the disease. Medical doctors can help discover the root cause of your condition, make accurate diagnosis on its current state and prescribe tailor made treatments and solutions to the problem. Your physician can also help to monitor your response to treatments to ensure sufficient progress is being made.

 

 

Candida infections

 

Candida infections, also known as candidiasis, can be controlled and eventually eliminated through proper treatment and care. The longer you wait for treatment, however, the longer it may take to get the condition under control. Candidiasis is a fungal yeast infection that causes a wide range of additional health problems when not properly taken care of. By making an adequate assessment of your condition while it is still in the early stages, you can successfully eradicate the disease and live a happier, healthier life.

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