Candida Albican and Thrush – What Are They?

Candida albican and thrush. If you have never heard of these two afflictions, then allow me to educate you. As much as they sound like they are not related to each other, they ARE related! As a matter of fact, if you have one, you most likely have the other. Most people have heard of "thrush" but only associate it as a childhood disease. But believe it or not, adults can also contract thrush. Let's get to the bottom of this condition and its partner in crime – candida albican.

Thrush – To put it simply, thrush is a fungal infection of the mucous membranes. It is most easily recognized as white, cream colored deposits on the tongue and the back of the mouth. Thrush can be contracted to quite a diverse group. From newborn babies to diabetics to denture users, people with HIV to smokers.

Candida Albicans – Candida albicans is the REASON for thrush. This one fungus is the reason behind so many conditions. It is responsible for oral and genital infections. It is responsible for vaginal and penile yeast infections. (Yes men can get yeast infections!) It has been blamed for various conditions ranging from fatigue and mood swings to diarrhea, gas, and bloating.

Although candida albicans can be found in about 80% of the human population, many people go through life without any harmful effects. Some people experience a overgrowth of candida. This is known as candidiasis.
Candidiasis infections can range from skin irritations to vaginitis. A woman experiencing this condition can have itching, burning, and may even notice a discharge.

As you can see, the conditions of candida albican and thrush are related and responsible for a wide range of other conditions that can affect the human body. Now that you know what they are, you can make an informed decision on what to do if you ever become infected. Knowledge is key to combating candida.