Yeast Infection/Chronic Candida
Yeast infections, also called candidiasis, are very common. The yeast Candida albicans normally proliferates on the moist surfaces and mucous membranes of the body, including the mouth, throat and vagina. Although infection of these membranes predominates with candidiasis, more widespread and deep-seated infection involving internal organs can occur. Sometimes, however, the fungus overgrows in localized areas, causing minor forms of candidiasis such as oral thrush and vaginal thrush. Approximately 75 percent of all women will have had at least one vaginal yeast infection during their lifetime.
How does a yeast infection develop?
Normally Candida albicans yeast cells are kept in check by healthy bacteria. A yeast infection occurs when the normal balance in the body changes and the yeast cells overgrow, which can happen as a result of a change in hormone levels or antibiotics. This can reduce the bacteria that keep the yeast in check. Yeast cell overgrowth may also be brought on by substances such as the chlorine in swimming pools, nylon underwear, douching and even scented toilet paper, all of which can irritate the vaginal area. These substances change the vaginal environment and make a woman more susceptible to a yeast infection. Another contributing factor may be a change in blood sugar. Yeast thrives on sugar, and if blood sugar levels are high, the yeast can tend to overgrow. This is why yeast infections may be more common in diabetics. A final cause may be a lowered resistance to infection. Yeast infections can occur more frequently in people under stress or in individuals who have a condition that affects the immune system, such as HIV/AIDS.
What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
Symptoms of a yeast infection vary depending on the tissue involved. An infection in the mouth results in creamy white, painful patches to form inside the mouth. Patches in the esophagus can make it difficult to swallow or eat. An infection in the vagina will cause irritation, redness and itching. A discharge may also be present. If the condition is chronic, common symptoms may include sugar craving, poor memory, headaches, chronic body aches, terrible fatigue, loss of sex drive, PMS, depression and constipation.
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