Is it A Candida Symptom Or Something Else?

So, you are concerned that you have a candida symptom, or at least something that looks like one, but you cannot be sure?

Candida is a yeast infection, which normally lives quite happily in the digestive system without causing problems. However, if a situation arises where the Candida is allowed to grow unchecked then there are a number of complications and symptoms that can occur.

In most cases a simple course anti-fungal treatments along with a change in someone\’s diet can help to combat the effects of a Candida infection and prevent the Candida symptoms progressing. However, this does mean that the candida has already been diagnosed, and that is often the hardest part.

Most sufferers of Candida will be affected by numerous symptoms, the most common of which are:-

1. The skin to feels itchy and irritated, usually where there are folds in the skin. Candida can only really thrive in moist warm places, so can usually be found in the oral cavity, the vagina and in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

2. The mouth and tongue become dry and they may even suffer from a cracked tongue as well as bleeding gums.

3. In women as well as men they may find that they are suffer regularly from a form of urinary tact infection and find that not only are they urinating more often, it is also painful when they actually do urinate.

4. Whilst having sexual intercourse a woman may find she suffers from a burning and itching sensation in her vagina and there can be a considerable amount of pain.

5. Also, women may find that they have vaginal discharge, which has the appearance of cottage cheese (white and lumpy).

6. Women could find that during their menstrual cycle they have unusual cramps and pain.

7. Those who are suffering from Oral thrush (infection of Candida) of the mouth can find it very difficult to swallow and this may also mean that the infection has actually infected the esophagus.

8. Another common complaint is that the sufferer can often have indigestion or heartburn.

9. There can be abdominal pains as well as feeling bloated, as the fermenting candida yeast produces excess gas.

10. In some cases a person may suffer from either diarrhea or constipation or even both and may notice that there is mucus in their stools when they do have a bowel movement.

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Above are the more common symptoms associated with a Candida infection, however if left unchecked and allowed to multiply then the Candida symptoms can become far more severe.

In some cases an overgrowth of Candida can cause symptoms such as depression, anxiety, a lack of concentration along with headaches (including migraines), fatigue as well as difficulty sleeping.

Often, a number of the candida symptom items mentioned above are also similar to symptoms of other conditions. It is important that you keep track of all your symptoms and discuss them with your doctor to ensure an accurate diagnosis and reduce the risk of reoccurrence.

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