Candida Yeast Overgrowth
The overgrowth of Candida yeast is a common infection known as Candidiasis. There are over twenty known species of Candida. There are several known types of Candida causing infections (oral thrush, moniliasis, balanitis, intertrigo, and systemic candida) in variable locations and having a variety of symptoms dependent upon the individual infected. Vaginal yeast infections are most commonly caused by the fungus Candida albicans .
Yeast Infections: The Types
Currently five types of known yeast infections exist, all caused by the same fungus, but act to affect separate parts of the body, all with similar symptoms.
Moniliasis: This yeast infection affects the vagina, it is associated with higher prevalence in individuals using steroids or antibiotics and in pregnant women.
Balanitis: Similar to moniliasis, only affects the penis.
Intertrigo: Similar to both moniliasis and balanitis, but is a yeast infection affecting the warm and moist areas of the skin.
Systemic Candida: Systemic yeast infection often localized to internal organs of the body. Typically requires prescribed treatments.
Thrush: This is a yeast infection of the throat and mouth.
Candida Yeast Symptoms
Candida yeast overgrowth is associated with several symptoms based on the particular type of infection.
Abnormal vaginal discharge
Abnormal/strong vaginal odor
Pain associated with sexual intercourse
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
The gastrointestinal disorder, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is often triggered by the ingestion of specific foods. It has several common names including: "irritable colon, spastic colon, and irritable bowel." Stress is correlated with increased symptoms. It is possible for untreated irritable bowel syndrome to induce further health problems. Essentially, irritable bowel syndrome is associated with abdominal pain relieved by passage of stool that is variable between constipation and diarrhea.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms
Irritable bowel syndrome is associated with several specific symptoms including:
Presence of mucus in stool
Alteration of stool texture/form/consistency
Controversial Connections: Candida Yeast and IBS
There is limited research connecting irritable bowel syndrome with candida yeast infections. Numerous physicians fall on either side of the controversial evidence, some supporting that connections exist and others stating such evidence is coincidental. Many physicians maintain the argument that the increase of general overall health habits is the cause for the decrease in candida infections and irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Other physicians have noted that Candiasis treatments typically decrease irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.
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We will do our best to give you some information about health and yeast overgrowth, but please remember that we are not doctors, and cannot make any sort of diagnosis. The best thing to do if you are concerned is to speak with a health care professional.
That said, we’ll try to address some of your concerns:
First and foremost, as long as you are not experiencing serious pain and discomfort, your symptoms are probably not indicative of a medical emergency. However, your description of the saliva test result points to Candida, or yeast overgrowth.
(1)Did I perform the test at the wrong time as I have just consumed alcohol 7 days ago?
From what we understand, as long as you did the saliva test first thing in the morning (without putting anything into or taking anything out of your mouth), you did the test correctly. Healthy saliva should not behave that way, even if you’ve recently had beer.
(2)With the above living habits, is it possible to achieve that result from the saliva test?
Although you do not like sweets, some of the other foods you eat habitually are high in carbohydrates, which are sugars. White rice is full of simple carbohydrates, which encourage Candida growth. The beer consumption is also a way to trigger Candida flare ups, as beer is full of sugars. Additionally, a lack of physical exercise can weaken the immune system, allowing the Candida to thrive.
3)What are the actual causes for this to happen for my case?
Candida overgrowth can be a gradual buildup that is not evident right away. It is likely that your diet and exercise habits are the underlying culprits. Other causes can be overuse of antibiotics or steroids, certain medications, or ill health, but from what you say, these are not possible causes for you.
(4)Do I have a very weak immune system or any other form of diseases or infection?
Obviously we cannot make statements about your specific health, but from the information you provide, it sounds like your immune system might be lacking the strength it gets from fresh fruit and veggies, limited simple carbohydrates (like white rice), and regular exercise and meal intake (eating lots of heavy food late at night is not easy on your digestion).
(5)Can anyone without any viral infection or medical background achieve such a result?
Certainly. Candida can happen to anyone, even if they’ve been healthy most of their lives.
(6)What are the symptoms in people with this kind of test result?
If you do in fact have Candida (only a medical professional can diagnose you), you may experience painless, white patches in the mouth or redness and soreness inside the mouth. Cracking at the corners of the mouth, known as angular cheilitis, may also occur. Symptoms of Candida esophagitis may include pain and difficulty swallowing. Other symptoms can include: Stomach and digestive trouble, skin problems, anxiety, mood swings, exhaustion, headaches, sweet cravings, and itching.
We strongly urge you to see your doctor, as he or she will be able to examine and diagnose you, if need be. In the meantime, observe a varied, nutritious diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, lean meat, and complex carbohydrates from whole wheat sources. Incorporate one half hour of walking into every day, and try to eat during the day, so that you can use the energy the food provides.
All the best, Eric! Commented on HelloLife · July 9, 2009 at 9:47 AM