An infection caused by the Candida is called Candidiasis. The most common is the Candidiasis caused by Candida albicans, although Candidiasis by other strains of the Candida is also fairly common. Candidiasis manifests itself locally around the genitals and as a systemic infection in other parts of the body. Candidiasis can cause morbidity and even mortality in humans, although the latter is fairly rare.
Candida albicans is the cause of 90% of all infections in human beings. Candida albicans is a yeasty fungus which is normally present in the mouth, oesophagus, genitals and gut. In low concentrations, it kills harmful pathogens and facilitates our digestive and excretory processes. It turns hostile to the system when -
- There is an overgrowth of the Candida triggered by imbalances in the external and internal environment.
- Candida is introduced by transmission from an infected person.
- The Candida has suited itself genetically by morphing into an invasive form consisting of leg-like structures called rhizoids that penetrate and damage the gut wall.
What makes the C. albicans so persistent?
Most cases of Candidiasis are persistent – characterized by recurrences and sustained presence of symptoms. This is primarily due to the fact that the Candida is genetically equipped to adapt to any attempt towards its elimination by artificial anti-fungal agents. It diversifies its chromosomal structure and swiftly develops resistance to anti-fungal drugs. Resistance-development means that the agents fail to kill the Candida after a few applications, and thus the Candida is there in your body to stay.
You have a good ground to suspect Candidiasis when –
- You exhibit leaky gut syndrome
- You experience bloating, burping, and brain fog
- You experience itching, burning, and irritation in your genitals accompanied by cottage-cheese-like discharge
- You have oral thrush
- You have frequent skin rashes
- You experience emotional imbalance, anger, and lack of concentration
- You have pain during urination and sexual intercourse
It is recommended to medically confirm the presence of excess Candida in your system and the severity of your Candidiasis.
Candidiasis may be caused by multiple factors and it cannot be traced to any single cause. Several imbalances in your body overlap to create an environment that fosters Candidiasis.
These include –
- Dietary imbalance: By consuming a lot of sugar and carbohydrates you over-feed the Candida. You don’t consume enough fibre to neutralize the calories and you don’t consume enough vitamins and minerals to flush out body toxins. In short – your body is filled with garbage and all the good stuff is depleted from your body.
- Immunological deficiency: It is not necessary to be an HIV positive patient to have low immunity. Even HIV negative individuals can be compromised on immunity due to illness, genetic issues, improper lifestyle, etc. A low level of immunity can’t fight the Candida when infection sets in, making you more vulnerable than someone with a stronger immunity barrier.
- Antibiotics: They are meant to kill your infectious microbes, but unfortunately they kill the good bacteria as well. Your body depends on a number of good bacteria to stay healthy and killing them creates an open field for the Candida to play. They also maintain the pH balance, and in their absence this balance tilts towards the acidic end and the Candida thrives in that kind of environment.
- Hygiene practices: Wearing tight, non-cotton clothes, not cleaning these regularly, using others’ clothes, not changing bed sheets frequently, and having unprotected sex with an infected person can cause Candidiasis.
- Hormonal imbalances: These are triggered by factors such as pregnancy, menstruation, sexual indulgence, injecting steroids, and consuming birth-control-pills.
Candidiasis cannot be permanently alleviated by using even the strongest anti-fungal agent, if your own system is internally compromised. To eliminate the Candida, you have to take care of ALL the above factors holistically. A compromise with any of the above will boost Candida infection. If Candidiasis is your problem, then holistic treatment is what you should choose in order to avoid the side-effects and to get a long-lasting solution. Working with the natural environment by strengthening it from inside is what holistic treatment is aimed at.