Candida is the family name a yeast type fungus. The most common is called Candida albicans. Typically the infection is with Women, but Men can also contract Candida. The most common occurrence is Vaginitis for woman, others are oral thrush, athletes foot, jock itch, ringworm, nappy rash. Candida yeast can migrate via the blood stream which is then called a systemic yeast infection, which is rare.
The first symptom is usually the itch, which then becomes itchier and quite annoying. In the case of yeast vaginal infections a white discharge can occur, redness, swelling, with a burning pain and discomfort during intercourse. These are some other symptoms, Memory loss, sugar cravings, Headaches, Bad breath, Shortness of breath, Diarrhoea, panic attacks, Mood swings, blurred vision, Impotence, bloating, Rectal itching, Menstrual pain, Constipation, Dandruff, Severe itching, Sore throat, Abdominal pain, burning tongue, chronic dental problems, anxiety, white spots on the tongue and in the mouth, respiratory illness, diabetes, endometriosis, gas, Nagging cough, brown coloured mucus in the back of the throat, hyperacidity / acid reflux , kidney and bladder infections, Skin lesions, Canker sores, Alcohol intolerance, Food allergies, difficulty swallowing, Hypoglycaemia, tingling sensations, asthma
Systemic Yeast Infections. When the infections are left untreated, it becomes more difficult to treat. If a Candida overgrowth happens the fungus can travel via the bloodstream and tries to attack organs in the body. This is called systemic yeast infection and is a rare condition.
Causes of Candida Infections. Antibiotic drugs are good at killing infections, but in the action of wiping out the invader the side effect is they can also kill the good bacteria. These good bacteria help inhibit the fungus going into overgrowth. Fungus feed on sugar. If there is an over abundance of sugar, yeast will flourish. Hormones. For women, when there is a hormone imbalance of oestrogen and progesterone, this decreases the pH (more acid). Is a good this environment for overgrowth yeast infection. This is the reason why vaginal infections are common for pregnant women or women with other menstrual disorders. Stress and Anxiety makes the adrenal glands produce the anti-stress hormone called Cortisol. Other causes are Obesity, sugar cravings, Birth control pills containing Estrogen, high levels of mercury, lack of sleep, poor personal hygiene, excessive steroid use prolonged skin areas to water, fatigue.
Special Food Diets most of the time do not cure the problem. The general reduction in sugar and yeast based diets reduce the symptoms, and as soon as the diet changes the infection will return.
For immediate relief of Yeast Vaginal Infections using off the shelf products.
Briefly soak a tampon in the unsweetened yogurt with Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria and insert overnight until the symptoms clear. Or lightly apply Tea Tree oil to a tampon plus a lubricant like olive oil or KY Jelly, overnight until symptoms clear. For skin infections using natural antifungal agents like garlic paste upon on the skin or rub Tea Tree oil into the effected area, also good for nail infections.
For infections that are Systemic, Oxygen based therapy using Hydrogen Peroxide is a cheap product that kills Candida because it is rich in oxygen, and does not harm the beneficial bacteria. Food grade Hydrogen Peroxide can be taken orally. Your Chemist or Drug Store sells it at 35% concentration, which must be diluted first. For a do-it yourself recipe, for week one, mix 1 drops of Hydrogen Peroxide into 6-8 ounce (approx 200ml) of distilled water and drink 3 times a day on an empty stomach. For week two increase to 2 drops then 3 drops on the third week. This will detoxify your body, and cause stored toxins to come out quickly. This is usually unpleasant for the first few days (toxic flush syndrome), after this you will feel a lot better. Follow up with Probiotics after, ie not at the same time. Using Probiotics is also beneficial because Lactobacillus Acidophilus bacteria also produce Hydrogen Peroxide. There are many Probiotic products available at the grocery store or health store.
FYI: Also Candida Albicans has been spelled incorrectly color : as Candida Albican .