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Candida


Candida is a provisory-pathogenic fungus. Candida grows in the clinical laboratory as large, round, white or cream ( albicans is Latin meaning 'whitish') colonies on agar plates. The most essential being ( Candida albicans ) which may cause fungal infections ( candidiasis or thrush) in humans and other animals. Other species, such as Candida oleophila have uses as biological control agents in fruit.

Oral and esophogeal Candida infections are generally seen in AIDS patients. Few categories of drugs are effective against these fungal infections, and all of them have limitations with regard to effectuality and side-effects. It is all sorrounding us, normally found on skin, in the mouth, gut, and other mucus membranes. It causes infection when antibiotics or other factors minimise our natural resistance to it's overgrowth.

Candida dangles on a living host for survival. It is a normal denizen of the human digestive tract from early infancy, where it lives without causing any disease most of the time. Candidiasis or Candida Albicans giantism causes poor intestinal flora which can contribute to anxiety & depression. If it is not entirely removed and/or the body protected, it will continue to grow and will reduce your resistance to a host of physical aliments and complications.

Candida presents itself variously in every body. Most candida infections are uncritical, limited to mucus membranes. However, candida may live on a mucosal surface quite irreproachably. The most common genesis of Candida infection is the overgrowth of one's own yeast flora, the Candida yeast cells that live on our skin and in our GI tract. It may also reservely infect an underlying skin disorder such as psoriasis.

Candidiasis, also called as "thrush", is a common condition that is usually easily cured in people who are not immunocompromised. The imbibed yeast particles are thought to activate the immune system, resulting in an allergic hypersensitivity to Candida.

Candidiasis also may develop in the blood and in the genital tract. Women may linked the term "Candida" with yeast infections complete with itching, odor and betimes discharge. One of the most common Candida infections is oral candidiasis caused by acrylic dentures, chiefly in elderly denture wearers. Carpal Tunnel is much more regnant in those who have candida overgrowth in their intestines.

Causes of Candida

The common causes and risk factor's of Candida include the following:

  • Candida Albican - Albicans, a type of yeast.
  • People with brutalally weakened immune systems, such as those with cancer or AIDS, may develop Candida.
  • Smoking.
  • Diabetes mellitus, Cushing's syndrome and other endocrine conditions.
  • Wear dentures.
  • Immune deficiencies e.g. low levels of immunoglobulins, infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
  • Iron deficiency.
  • Have a compromised immune system.
  • Food allergies and intolerances.

Symptoms of Candida

Some sign and symptoms related to Candida are as follows:

  • Hair loss.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Bloating and indigestion.
  • Pain or difficulty swallowing.
  • Fungus on the finger or toe-nails.
  • Swollen lips/face.
  • Possible fever if the infection spreads beyond your esophagus.
  • Depression from feeling "bogged down" all the time.
  • Facial rash.
  • High sugar or mold foods drastically increase symptoms.

Treatment of Candida

Here is list of the methods for treating Candida:

  • Most candida infections can be cured at home with OTC or prescription medication.
  • Candida may be treated with antifungal medications which are used topically or with antifungal medications taken by mouth.
  • Repopulate the bowel flora with a high-potency probiotic such as Culturelle which contains 20 billion live bacteria.
  • Many women favour a single, oral dose of fluconazole for candidiasis, rather than topical creams.
  • For diaper rashes, use barrier creams and change the diapers frequently.