Candida Die-Off Symptoms Revealed
Candida die-off symptoms kick in when the yeast cells in the body are rapidly killed. The condition is also called a Jarisch–Herxheimer reaction. It results in the release of die-off by-products in the body. The by-products, which include ethanol as well as acetaldehyde. The release of these by-products usually has a negative effect on the body and has pronounced symptoms. What are these symptoms and how do they affect your day to day life?
Individual Die-Off Variations
It is essential to understand that the extent of the symptoms vary from one individual to another. This is especially due to the differences in the degree of prior infection. Therefore, do not be disturbed if your symptoms do not entirely match the description provided here. In other cases, you may not experience all the symptoms outlined. The number of symptoms experienced is also subjective and may range from a few symptoms to all of them. The occurrence of the symptoms also differs in terms of timing. Some experience die-off symptoms earlier than others. Note that the strength of your immune system, degree of manifestation of the candidiasis, your emotional state, the environmental factors and the weakness of the organs that have been affected have a great impact on the severity of the die-off symptoms.
Brain fog and fatigue
“Brain fog” is mainly caused by the release of acetaldehyde in the body. In extreme cases, acetaldehyde has been shown to cause death of brain cells. In addition, it has a negative effect on the red blood cells by damaging their membranes. This reduces the ability of the cells to carry oxygenated blood to the brain and other parts of the body. This consequently has a detrimental effect on brain functioning. The brain will therefore tire easily from minimal tasks.
Other Die-off symptoms
Nausea is commonly experienced, and it may be accompanied by bloating of the stomach, constipation or even diarrhea in some cases. In addition, you may have a lot of gas in your system. High levels of fever, profuse sweating, and occasional chills in the body. Or, a cold feeling in your extremities can also occur. You may also experience pain in the joints, muscle pain or fatigue. Recurring vaginal infections in women or prostate infections in men are also common.
Sinus infections, skin breakouts, itchiness in the body, rashes and hives are also some of the symptoms that may be seen. Some people may experience swollen glands. Others may experience instances when the heart rate is faster than is norm. Dizziness, headaches of a recurring nature and fatigue also manifest in some instances. Some patients may also have a manifestation of flu-like symptoms at some point during this stage.
Dealing with these symptoms is also quite subjective. The degree of these symptoms may necessitate abandoning or reducing the dosage of the drugs you had been taking. However, you should always consult a doctor before you change the dosage or abandon the treatment all together. Some of these symptoms may require medical attention while others may eventually clear up without any treatment. However, let your doctor guide you through this phase carefully.
In the following video, an experienced naturopath describes the timing of the symptoms (usually 2 days up to 7-10 days), and when to tell if you are truly experiencing a Candida die-off or something else is occurring.