Candida Common Knowledge
Candida, or Candida albicans, can be a minor problem, or may escalate to a serious health issue. Some Candida, or Candida albicans, can be a minor problem, or may escalate to a serious health issue. Some Candida common knowledge can help you understand the problem, so you can seek appropriate treatment.
What Is Candida?
Candida is a yeast genus, phylogenetically a member of the Fungi kingdom. It is most commonly seen as a yeast infection that affects the genital and mouth areas of the body. It can also affect a person’s blood, skin, eyes, esophagus, or digestive tract. It can affect both men and women.
Symptoms Of Yeast Infection
There are many common symptoms that can occur in individuals who have this yeast infection. Some of these symptoms include:
- weight loss or weight gain
- joint pain
- food cravings
Also, bumps or patches may appear in the mouth or on the skin.
Some symptoms are more severe, and may require immediate medical attention. Changes in one’s heart rate or urine output, confusion, seizures, pain, high fever, and lethargy are some examples of yeast infection symptoms. Oral cases of yeast infection are frequently given the term ‘thrush‘. There is a simple test that can be performed, called the ‘Candida spit test‘ which is a quick and easy diagnostic measure for Candida.
Is Candida Dangerous?
Candida is rarely dangerous, unless the person has a weak immune system. Women who have genital yeast infection during pregnancy risk passing the infection on to the baby during childbirth.
Risk Factors For Candida
While anyone can develop an infection, some individuals are more at risk than others. A weak immune system, diabetes, obesity, and pregnancy increase the risk. There are also some medications that can increase a person’s risk of developing a yeast infection. The most common of these medications are antibiotics and birth control pills.
How Is Candida Treated?
There are many different approaches for treating Candida yeast infection symptoms. You can purchase an over-the-counter product, or ask your physician for a prescription. Depending on the location and severity of the infection, you can use a topical agent or an oral product.
There are several holistic approaches to treatment. One popular example is a Candida diet. The diet emphasizes protein and vegetables, while cautioning the dieter to avoid carbohydrates, yeast, cheese, white flour, and sugar. The diet is one component of a Candida cleanse. The Candida diet is useful in eliminating Candida yeast infection.
Another natural approach is to increase the healthy bacteria in your body. One product used for this purpose is yogurt containing pro-biotics.
Apple cider vinegar is another natural product that can promote healing. You can place one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, and drink the mixture twice per day. If you do not like the taste, you can mix the vinegar in herbal tea, or add lemon to the beverage. A small amount of Candida is naturally present in a person’s body. When a yeast infection goes out of control, it can affect your health. It can compromise your general health, and may increase your risk of further health problems in the future. Candida overgrowth displays symptoms that should alert you to take action to treat this condition.
We also favor the holistic approach pioneered by Linda Allen in her “Yeast Infection No More Program.”
If you have symptoms of yeast infection, you can try one of these simple remedies. If the remedy is not effective, or if your symptoms are severe, consult with your doctor. Logically, if you experience symptoms during pregnancy, bring it to your doctor’s attention immediately.
You can have better health. The symptoms do not necessarily have to impact your everyday life, when simple treatment for Candida is available.
In the following video, some of the basic understanding of Candida biology, and treatments for yeast infection, are reviewed.
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