CANDIDA OVERGROWTH – CAUSES, SYMPTOMS &
You might have heard horror stories about Candida overgrowth. “It’s the cold that came, and never left,” some people complain. “I completely lost my sex drive, and I’ve got numbness in my legs!” say others. “I’ve got a lot of weird symptoms – a sore throat, dry skin, and constipation – what could be wrong with me?” All these things and more are Candida overgrowth symptoms.
The question most people ask is this: “What is Candida overgrowth, and how did I get it?”
The answer: Candida is an overgrowth of the yeast that is naturally present in and on our bodies. Symptoms do vary from one person to another, and since there are so many symptoms, the disorder often goes undiagnosed.
How do you get Candida overgrowth?
There are more than 20 different species of Candida. Everyone has a certain amount of yeast, which is a form of fungus, living on their skin, in their mouths and sinuses, and in their digestive tracts. Sometimes, in overgrowth or infection occurs, and spreads throughout the body.
Left undiagnosed and untreated, the disorder can even lead to death; although in most cases, it simply leads to critical illnesses that can happen one after another. Even worse, these illnesses can often be extraordinarily resistant to standard treatments.
Candida Overgrowth Symptoms
Here is a list of some of the most common symptoms. Keep in mind that you could have just a single symptom, or you may end up with an entire list of symptoms to check off.
- Difficulty concentrating and a poor short-term memory
- Flu-like symptoms
- Acid reflux
- Tight neck and shoulders
- Blistering in your mouth or throat
- A white coating or blisters on your tongue
- Chronic sore throat or sinus problems
- Dark circles under your eyes
- Excessive skin sensitivity to the point that being touched bothers you.
- Fatigue, even when you feel you’ve gotten enough sleep.
- Chronic headaches
- Eye pain
- Intolerance to alcohol
- Irritable bowel
- Chronic gas or constipation
- Chronic diarrhea
- Gluten and / or casein intolerance
These are just a handful of some of the most common Candida overgrowth symptoms. If you think you have Candida overgrowth, you should speak with a medical professional about it, as well as make some important changes to your diet.
How Can I Get Rid of Candida Overgrowth?
Treating Candida is not an easy process. In fact, many doctors believe that once you have a yeast infection, you will probably always suffer with them. There is actually a way to attempt to eliminate/treat the presence of Candida in your system. The following four steps can help you treat and hopefully cure Candida overgrowth
Step 1: Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet
Candida becomes a harmful organism when an imbalance occurs in your body. There are several types of medicines that can alter your hormonal balance and cause an overgrowth of yeast.
Antibiotics are prescribed to kill bacteria causing infection. The problem is that “good” bacteria are usually also killed in the process. Steroids, cortisone, and birth control prescriptions can also cause a system imbalance that can result in an overgrowth of yeast.
While it is recommended that you avoid these medications, you should not do so without your doctor’s approval.
Step 2: Follow an Anti-Yeast Diet
Perform any search on the Internet and you will quickly discover that the best way to treat a yeast overgrowth is by “starving” the organism. As with all living things, Candida require nourishment to live. Their nutrients of choice include sugar, yeast, and mold.
By denying the organism access to foods that contain these items, you basically starve it to death. For mild cases of yeast overgrowth, remaining in this stage until your symptoms subside may prove sufficient for completely eliminating the infection. If you suffer from recurrent yeast infections, you should continue to step 3.
Step 3: Restock Your Medication
In these times of instant access to information, self-diagnosis and self-meditating are becoming more common. Self-medicating is not recommended for any serious health condition. Candida overgrowth alone is not usually life threatening, but it can lead to more serious health problems.
It is recommended that you visit a health professional who can evaluate your condition. Depending on the prognosis, your doctor will probably want to prescribe medication to treat your condition. Anti-fungal medications, such as Diflucan and Nystatin are the most common treatment option for yeast infections.
If you prefer a natural remedy, Candex is a homeopathic medication that is also considered a beneficial treatment for a yeast infection. You doctor will assess your condition and prescribe the most suitable form of treatment medication.
Step 4: Rebuild Your Immune System
By the time you reach this stage of the process to treat Candida overgrowth, you should feel and see a significant improvement in your health well-being. This is not a time to quit.
Depending on the length of time you have been suffering with yeast infection, an abundance of yeast in your body can lower your immune system and make you susceptible to infections including recurrent yeast infections.
The last step of the process is to attempt to restore your immune system to a healthy state. You accomplish this by continuing to feed your body healthy foods and by taking daily vitamin and mineral supplements. The most important vitamins to strengthen your immunity include A, C, E. Daily doses of the mineral Zinc is recommended to prevent infections.
If you are suffering from Candida overgrowth symptoms, then it’s not “nothing”. It really is something – so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, even if those symptoms are vague. When your body is out of balance, not only is it a problem now, it can cause a host of other health problems as well.
By taking important initial steps to restore balance to the delicate mechanism that is your body, you can get rid of Candida overgrowth symptoms more quickly, and feel like yourself again.
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