Candida albicans is a type of yeast that is present in every human body. Sometimes an overgrowth of Candida can cause what is called a yeast infection to develop. Candida symptoms can develop when your immune system is compromised or by eating unhealthy foods like too many sugars and carbohydrates. Candida symptoms can also appear due to taking an anti-biotic for a bacterial infection or because of hormonal changes in the body.
The most common Candida symptoms are:
Candida Albicans symptoms can occur in the mouth. Thrush is the term used to describe Candida in the mouth. When an overgrowth of yeast in the mouth causes an infection the symptoms are creamy white, lesions on the tongue and inner cheeks which may or may not be painful. Children can be born with thrush if their mother has a yeast infection during pregnancy. Thrush is common in infants and young children. Candida symptoms can also be found in the vagina and are described like a creamy white cottage cheese like discharge along with redness and intense itching. Most women will have at least one of these infections at some time during her life. Women know these Candida symptoms by the term “yeast infection’.
Before Candida symptoms can occur there has to be conditions that allow the yeast to overgrow at a rate where they can become an infection. Candida albicans can only overgrow in areas of the body that are moist, such as the mouth, vagina, and areas under the breast, arm pits and in between toes. Althetes foot is actually a Candida infection. The Candia symptoms in this case include skin irritation, redness and inflammation between the toes, discharge and an intensely itching rash. Another symptom of Candida can be a diaper rash in an infant. The rash will be red and flat and cause much discomfort due to the painful itchiness to the infant.
Candida symptoms can signal the presence of a serious disease like leukemia, auto immune diseases and diabetes. When Candida symptoms occur you should go to your medical doctor for a medical evaluation. Sometimes symptoms of Candida can be signaling an internal yeast infection. This can happen when an overgrowth of yeast occurs inside the esophagus and enters the stomach or lungs. People who smoke are more at risk for developing Candida in the esophagus.
Treatments for the symptoms of Candida often include oral medications, topical creams, anti-yeast mouth rinses, medicated suppositories for a vaginal yeast infection that kill the yeast overgrowth and topical medications for athletes feet. Most of the time symptoms of Candida go away with the proper treatment. The right kind of treatment will bring the yeast population in the body back down to normal. If a bacterial infection occurs because of Candida they can be treated as the doctor prescribes.
Repeated Candida symptoms can indicate more than just a yeast infection and should be an indication for you to go for a thorough check up to see what is causing it. People who are prone to yeast infections should eat yogurt that contain probiotic cultures. Probiotics are living microorganisms that help to keep the overgrowth of yeast in check. You can also buy supplements for probiotics to take in pill form as well. These products are in your local health food stores in the refrigerator section. You can also find commercial yogurts with probiotics now in local grocery stores everywhere.