Candida Symptoms and Cures

November 12, 2012

Candida Symptoms and Cures

Is there any benefit to choosing natural remedies to cure Candida?

Candida is a fungal bacterium that occurs naturally in the body, when this fungus overgrows, for reasons that remain uncertain, it can cause an unpleasant yeast or fungal infection. So-called ‘friendly bacteria’ can be useful in controlling levels of Candida. Natural remedies are often the best choice for many conditions simply because they do not generally exacerbate the existing problem with the addition of ingredients that may cause irritation or inflammation. (Antibiotics, for example, are widely known to adversely affect the level of Candida in a healthy gut)

Candida symptoms- what to look for

An overgrowth of Candida can occur almost anywhere in the body – athlete’s foot is an example of fungal infection. Candida may also affect the digestive system, respiratory tract, reproductive system and even the nervous system. The major Candida symptoms include some or all of the following -

  • Abdominal gas

  • Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome including constipation and/or diarrhoea

  • Headache and migraine

  • Anxiety

  • Confusion

  • Depression, irritability and mood swings

  • Hyperactivity

  • Acne, eczema or athlete’s foot

  • Aches, pains and tenderness in the muscles

  • Thrush

  • Chemical sensitivity

  • Persistent cough and ear ache

  • Fatigue

  • Rectal irritation

  • Women may experience inflammation of the vaginal area and an increase in menstrual symptoms.

Over the counter

There are a number of over the counter treatments that are conventionally prescribed to treat Candida symptoms. These include topical creams and lotions and, if necessary, solutions for gargling and rinsing the mouth and throat.

Drugs, which may be prescribed for the treatment of Candida overgrowth, include those that block the production of Ergosterol or Amphotericin B.

Taking an alternative, holistic approach

Alternative methods of treating Candida symptoms tend to focus on achieving Candida balance through colonic cleansing and dietary modifications. The role of excellent personal and oral hygiene practices cannot be underestimated when seeking to prevent an overgrowth of Candida

  • Colonic cleansing – involves administration of plain water enemas or enemas with water which has been combined with an antifungal agent.

  • Dietary modification – for anyone suffering with Candida symptoms the most important dietary modification is to exclude sugar from the diet – it is sugar that is believed to feed the Candida albicans present in the gut. By careful monitoring of Candida symptoms and dietary intake, it may well be possible to identify those foods that are instrumental in causing any yeast infections. The goal of dietary modification should be to find the balance of the Candida albicans required to maintain a healthy gut and avoid the excess that will cause an overgrowth and resulting yeast infection.

Choosing fresh, unprocessed food will also help to minimise levels of Candida and some alternative health practitioners recommend the use of a garlic supplement and live yogurt.

Outlook

Anyone who experiences yeast infections can be reassured by an encouraging prognosis. Colonic treatments, dietary modifications and topical treatments are all useful treatments for mild to moderate Candida symptoms. Very rarely those with a compromised immune system are who are experiencing systemic yeast infections may require treatment as a hospital in-patient.

Tags:

Category: Articles