It is undeniable how the human body can have a plethora of fungi living in it. There are good ones that help the body fight off foreign invaders, and bad ones that harm and put the entire body at a serious health risk.
One most common fungal infection affecting Canadians today is candida. Although unproblematic at normal levels, if grown out of control, it can lead to candida overgrowth which is usually called candidiasis. Affecting both men and women, it’s important to know candida symptoms beforehand to overcome candida overgrowth.
What Is Candida Overgrowth?
Candida overgrowth or candidiasis is a fungal infection normally found in the mouth or vagina. The fungus typically lives in the human body, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract. Usually, it’s unproblematic to have candida. In fact, it plays minimal roles in keeping your digestion at work. This is because “good” bacteria help check in the fungus.
However, when the immune system is compromised, leaving unbalanced levels of healthy and harmful bacteria in the body, candida starts to overproduce.
Before candida grows uncontrollably, your body would send out some signals. So how can you tell if you have it? Pay attention to these 5 symptoms of candida.
1. Recurrent Oral Thrush
When candida is developed in the mouth, it is called oral “thrush.” It affects the elderly with a weak immune system, individuals with poor hygiene, and even newborns. Oral thrush manifests as white and rough patches that appear on the gums, inner cheeks, and throat, and they can even spread until it reaches the esophagus. Especially when the thrush is recurrent and causes you pain when swallowing, this is a clear signal for candidiasis.
2. Digestive Issues
Your gastrointestinal system should contain a complete balance of good and bad bacteria to properly break down food and absorb nutrients in your body. But when your gut is devastated with bad bacteria (candida overgrowth) you will generally experience digestive problems like diarrhea, bloating, cramps, or constipation.
Candida overgrowth concurs with nutritional deficiencies. This is because your body can’t break down food efficiently due to the imbalance gut microbe caused by candida. This is why you have a low immune system, resulting in consistent exhaustion and low energy. Additionally, magnesium deficiency often drives fatigue.
4. Frequent Genital or Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
In most women, candida is found in the vagina, and overgrowth can lead to yeast infection. Watch out for swelling, itching, redness, white discharge, and painful intercourse as these are the main symptoms of vaginal candidiasis.
Candida overgrowth can also cause recurring UTI for elderly people and immune-compromised individuals. Symptoms include burning sensation when urinating, constant urge to urinate, pressure or pain in the lower abdomen, and strange-smelling urine with dark colour.
5. Fungal Infection (Skin and Nails)
While skin and nails are home to species of healthy bacteria that help candida at bay, a change in the environment can tremendously affect these bacteria’s behaviour to protect your body from candida overproduction.
All bacteria, especially yeast and bad bacteria, can easily multiply in moist, high temperature, and acidity levels. When this happens, candida grows out of control.
Paying attention to these candida symptoms can help you better treat the infection and save your overall health. Before self-diagnosing, make sure to talk to a medical professional and get the right medication and treatment.