Your intestinal tract, from mouth to rectum, contains a host of bacteria and fungi, including candida yeast species, which live inside this part of your body in relative harmony with one another and with us-the host "organism". When there exists a condition of homeostasis in our internal environment, we are unaffected by their presence.
In fact, many bacteria including candida are very beneficial since they help with a host of important functions such as further breaking down our food, secreting natural anti-biotic substances and even the production of essential vitamins. Once this state of homeostasis is disturbed and there is an intestinal imbalance or dysbiosis, over time this will develop into an intestinal Candida infection.
One of the largest causes of internal dysbiosis is the chronic use of antibiotics which severely disposes the intestinal harmony inside the gut. When the natural state of our intestinal environment is disturbed, candida can change from its benign state to a pathogenic form also called the mycelial form. The mycelial form develops long hyphens which puncture holes in the lining of the gut.
A "leaky gut", the result of this phenomenon, causes larger molecules of toxins and partly-digested food to enter the bloodstream. Because they are foreign particles, our body activates our immune system to neutralize this threat. Over time allergic reactions to these toxins or molecules become much more likely and chronic conditions can develop as a result.
The belief by some doctors that after using medications such as antibiotics, any candida overgrowth will simply take care of itself as healthy bacteria are reintroduced is simply untrue. Candida, when it becomes pathogenic and has had the change to take over large portions of the intestinal lining, will crowd out other organizations, preventing healthy bacteria to recolonize the gut.
Somebody suffering from an intestinal candida infection can have a multitude of seemingly unexplained symptoms. Many intestinal yeast infection symptoms are directly related to the digestive system and include a wide range of common problems such lactose intolerance, chronic diarrhea, excess gas and abdominal bloating.
Countless patients are misdiagnosed as having an irritable colon or "irritable bowel syndrome". Irritable bowel syndrome is defined as a condition of the symptoms mentioned above when all of the tests of the blood and bowel are normal.
Part of the problem in misdiagnosing a candida infection and mistaking it for an irritable bowel syndrome is that most doctors rarely request the proper tests. Without the proper testing, sufferers must get by on symptomatic treatment alone or on no treatment at all. The other problem is that detecting candida and making the right diagnosis is really challenging due to the fact that candida is a normal resident in our bodies. A comprehensive questionnaire using a screening system with a historical health review is a good way to indicate the likelihood of the intestinal candida.
Many of the other yeast infection symptoms related to an intestinal candida infection are triggered by an immune response. Pathogenic candida over time causes leaky gut syndrome which breeches the integrity of the intestinal wall.
Symptoms of allergies, facial rash, eye irritation, hives, sensitivity to chemicals, sinus congestion, and skin diseases are all a direct response to your immune system overreacting to the presence of candida and its related toxins. Sufferers or intestinal candida feel extremely fatigued and often develop generalized muscle weakness or bone pain due to the stress on their system.