Candida Overgrowth and Infections Originate in Our Own Bodies
By Cesar Collado
Candida infections, also known as candidiasis, are fungal infections caused by the overgrowth of various candida species, but primarily candida albicans. These infections can manifest in various parts of the body, leading to a wide range of symptoms and complications. Our gut contains a microbiome of its own composed of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. The human gut microbiome and its role in both health and disease has been the subject of extensive research, establishing its involvement in human metabolism, nutrition, physiology, and immune function. The human microbiota consists of 10-100 trillion symbiotic microbial cells harbored by each person, primarily bacteria in the gut. It consists of 300-1000 different organisms.
Causes of Candida Infections
The main cause of Candida infections is the disruption of the microbial balance in the body. Candida is a part of the normal flora in the mouth, digestive tract, and vaginal area. However, factors such as weakened immune systems, antibiotic use, hormonal changes, and high-sugar diets can trigger an overgrowth of Candida, leading to infections. Invasive medical procedures, prolonged hospitalization, and certain medications like corticosteroids also increase the risk of candidiasis.
The symptoms of Candida infections vary depending on the affected area. In oral candidiasis, also known as thrush, individuals may experience white patches in the mouth and throat, leading to difficulty swallowing and discomfort. Vaginal candidiasis can cause itching, burning, and abnormal discharge. In systemic candidiasis, where the infection spreads to the bloodstream, symptoms may include fever, chills, and organ-specific problems.
Treatment of mild Candida infections typically involves topical antifungal medications. For mild cases of thrush or vaginal candidiasis, topical creams or suppositories are often sufficient. In more severe or systemic infections, oral or intravenous antifungal drugs are sometimes prescribed. These medications have a significant toxicity profile which should warrant hesitation by physicians with some individuals. It is crucial to complete the full course of any treatment to ensure the complete eradication of the infection and prevent recurrence.
Preventing Candida infections involves several strategies. Maintaining a balanced diet low in sugar and refined carbohydrates can help regulate the Candida levels in the body. Avoiding unnecessary antibiotic use and managing underlying health conditions, such as diabetes or HIV, can also reduce the risk. Agrumax, a proprietary blend of citrus seed extracts is an effective tool to drink, gargle with, and use in a nasal rinse system to help control candida overgrowth in the body.
Indoor mold also plays a role in the development and exacerbation of Candida overgrowth. When exposed to mold spores, the immune system is compromised and specifically our body’s ability to keep Candida in check. Furthermore, mold produced mycotoxins can have a detrimental effect on the body and contribute to the growth of Candida. Practicing good home and oral/personal hygiene, wearing breathable clothing, and using probiotics can support a healthy microbial balance and prevent candidiasis.
While testing for Candida in the environment is not a normal activity using PCR or other means, mold testing plates commonly yield results. This is because the person administering the test often breathes on the plates, or sheds Candida from their skin. Candida colonies develop in a distinguishable small white spec. When facing the notion of candida impacting your illness, doctors are unlikely to use mold test plates like a home inspector may. Simply breathing on a mold test plate, or tap testing your clothing after wearing, will yield results that can be taken to your physician. Learn about DIY mold inspections.
Risk Profile: Several factors can contribute to candida overgrowth and infection:
- Weakened Immune System: A compromised immune system due to conditions like HIV/AIDS, cancer, or organ transplantation can increase the risk of Candida infections.
- Antibiotic Use: Broad-spectrum antibiotics can kill not only harmful bacteria but also beneficial ones that keep Candida in check. This can create an opportunity for Candida overgrowth.
- Hormonal Changes: Fluctuations in hormones during pregnancy, menopause, or the use of hormonal birth control can alter the body’s environment and promote Candida growth.
- High-Sugar Diet: Diets high in sugar and refined carbohydrates provide an ideal environment for Candida to thrive.
- Prolonged Hospitalization: Hospital stays, or the use of invasive medical devices can expose individuals to Candida and increase their vulnerability to infections.
- Immunosuppressive Medications: Drugs like corticosteroids or immunosuppressants, used to manage certain conditions like autoimmune disorders or organ transplants, can weaken the immune system and facilitate Candida overgrowth.
- Poor Oral Hygiene: Inadequate oral hygiene can lead to oral candidiasis or thrush.
- Vaginal pH Imbalance: Changes in the vaginal pH, such as those caused by douching or certain hygiene products, can promote Candida growth and lead to vaginal candidiasis.
- Candida infected people contribute Candida to their environments by breathing and shedding. As a result, people are the source for reinfection. Mold plates are a very inexpensive and helpful means for testing. Mold plate results often show small colonies which are often Candida.
Candida Blood Infections and Mortality
The mortality rate associated with Candida blood infections (candidemia) can vary depending on several factors, including the patient’s overall health, the specific Candida species involved, the promptness and effectiveness of treatment, and the presence of underlying conditions. Historically, candidemia has been associated with a higher mortality rate compared to other types of bloodstream infections, particularly in individuals with compromised immune systems. Mortality rates could range from around 15% to 50% or higher, depending on the population studied and the specific circumstances.
Candida Receptor in the Brain
Mood changes and cognitive dysfunction can occur due to the candida receptors located in the brain. Candida patients claim to experience mood swings, anxiety, or depression as a result of Candida overgrowth. However, these symptoms are often non-specific and may be due to other factors.
Candida Overgrowth Conclusions
Addressing the underlying risk factors and practicing good hygiene and healthcare measures can help reduce the likelihood of Candida infections. If someone experiences persistent or severe symptoms, it is crucial to seek medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment.
It’s important to note that Candida infections are not typically contagious, meaning they do not spread from person to person through casual contact. Candida infections are fungal infections caused by the overgrowth of Candida species. They can occur in various parts of the body, resulting in diverse symptoms and complications. The disruption of the body’s microbial balance, along with certain risk factors, contributes to the development of these infections. Prompt diagnosis and appropriate antifungal treatment are essential to manage Candida infections effectively.