It’s no secret that the human body is intertwined with fungi on a regular basis. In a normal situation, these fungi help keep our bodies running efficiently. One type specifically, Candida, is found in the mouth, intestines, and skin. But sometimes, an overgrowth can occur, which can lead to an infection called candidiasis. Join us in this two-part series on both the background on this infection and how it can be treated!

How Can You Get Candidiasis?

Normally, the good bacteria in our body are enough to keep Candida levels stable. It is only when that bacteria or immune system is disrupted when candidiasis occurs. Here are a few ways a Candida overgrowth can occur:

  • Antibiotics (which can weaken the bacteria in the gut)
  • A diet high in sugar and/or refined carbohydrates
  • High alcohol consumption
  • Poor immune system
  • Diabetes
  • High stress levels

Types of Candidiasis: Oral Thrush

As the name suggests, oral thrush occurs in the mouth and/or throat. In most cases, sufferers are:

  • Newborns
  • Elderly
  • Practice poor hygiene
  • Wear removable dentures
  • Have a weakened immune system

The most common symptoms of oral thrush are white bumpy patches anywhere in the mouth. Sometimes they are painful and can even bleed if provoked. Sufferers also note redness and soreness of both the tongue and mouth. In the most severe cases, swallowing is difficult, and the infection can spread to the esophagus.

Digestive Issues

We’ve talked about the microbiome before. And how the health of our gut is based upon the balance of the bacteria inside. When “good” and “bad” bacteria fall out of balance, digestive issues related to candidiasis can begin to occur. They include:

  • Nausea
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Cramps
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

Candida overgrowth in the gut has recently been linked to ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Skin Infection

Our skin also hosts bacteria as a means to prevent a Candida overgrowth. These bacteria either die or thrive in different varying conditions like temperature, moisture, and acidity. When the skin experiences a change in these variables, Candida can overproduce. Skin condition changes could be caused by a change in cosmetics, moisturizers, or soaps.

When the skin is infected, Candida overgrowth can occur on any part of the body. However, areas like the armpits and groin have a higher risk due to the fact they are normally warm and wet in nature. The most common symptoms include itching and rash. Athlete’s foot, toe fungus, and ringworm are all caused by candidiasis.

Urinary Tract or Genital Infection

Roughly 75% of women will contract a yeast infection within their lifetime. With that information, you may be able to conclude that this infection is caused by candidiasis. It doesn’t happen frequently, but men can also suffer from a genital yeast infection. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Pain during intercourse
  • White discharge

In regard to the urinary tract, Candida can also cause an infection there as a UTI. This fungus isn’t the normal cause of most UTI’s. However, it can be the culprit in cases of the elderly or those with weak immune systems.

Chiropractic Care with Zock Chiropractic

Part of achieving our best physical and emotional health is through chiropractic care and massage therapy. Chiropractic care is focused on allowing our spine and nerves to work to their potential. This results in not only allowing our organs to function but for them to function to their best ability. Dr. Zock would love to discuss your concerns in regard to resetting your health. Her vast knowledge of natural supplementation and body processes make her a great guide in helping you make the best choices for your body. Make an appointment in Cranberry today to schedule an introductory chiropractic treatment session. We can discuss your pains and needs as part of my initial chiropractic workup for you as a new patient to our practice!

* This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please contact a medical professional for advice.

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