Many people are born with a systemic fungal infection or develop it after their first exposure to antibiotics. A pregnant woman may experience an increase in Candida growth due to hormonal changes. If she already has Candida an outbreak may occur in the birth canal. The baby will then contract it and become infected as it passes through the birth canal. What follows then is severe nappy rash, rectal rashes or infections, rashes in the genital area, and colic are the most common symptoms in babies.
The most common symptoms of a systemic fungal infection are:
- Sinus problems
- Digestive disorders
- Vaginal yeast infection
- Athletes foot
- Cracking sound in neck
- Stiffness in joints and muscles
- Failing eyesight
- Toenail fungus
- Nursing mothers can experience breast rashes
The above conditions are the result of systemic fungal infections. The location of the infection will determine the name of the infection but it is all candida infections.
To control Candida one should follow a Candida diet, take anti-candida remedies and replace the good bacteria in the digestive system. Avoid fruits, breads, pastas, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, sweets, cheeses, nuts, mushrooms and any other foods that are rich in carbohydrates or moulds because these provide an ideal nutritional environment for Candida. Food allergies are common in people with Candida. Allergies are, in reality, reactions due to the excess yeast growth and asthma or eczema can indicate Candida.
The athlete’s foot and toenail fungus are two of the most common candida problems. The candida infection which lives in tissues or bones in the feet is capable of traveling out through the moisture-rich skin between the toes. Ozonide is a specialised remedy that can eradicate the infection systemically, on the skin as well as the toe nails.
Do you have systemic symptoms of candida infection?
Fungal infections are very different from bacterial infections and they do not present at all the same. The signs of a fungal infection are very subtle.
Is Candida contagious?
Yes, it is through sexual contact. The fungus overgrowth is normally present in the mouth and vagina and it is recommended to treat your sexual partner for infection the same time as yourself.
What are the most common symptoms of Candida infection?
Symptoms include: abdominal bloating, gas, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation, foul smelling stools, bowel irritation, joint and muscle pain, heartburn, headaches, itching, bad breath, fluid retention, food sensitivities, allergies, sugar cravings, mental confusion (brain fog), fatigue, feeling chilled after a bath or shower, general ill feeling.
Candida manifests itself in five areas of the body with the following symptoms:
The Digestive System – indigestion, heartburn, bloating, intestinal gas, cramps, diarrhoea and/or constipation, and allergies to food.
- The Nervous System – abnormal fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, drowsiness, and difficulty in focusing, memory loss, depression, insomnia and mental fog.
- The Skin – hives psoriasis, eczema, excessive sweating, acne, and chronic fungus infection of the skin and nails.
- The Genital-Urinary Tract- in men: chronic rectal or anal itching, recurrent infection/inflammation of the prostate gland, impotence, genital rashes, jock itch and loss of interest in sex and in women, common symptoms include PMS (depression, mood swings, bloating, fluid retention, cramps, craving for sweets, headaches prior to menstruation), recurrent bladder or vaginal infections, yeast infections, and a loss of interest in sex.
- The Endocrine System- an intimate relationship exits in the body between The Immune System, The Nervous System and The Endocrine System. The thyroid and adrenal glands may be involved and it is not uncommon to find patients with hypo- and hyperthyroidism, also especially the autoimmune variety, can be linked to fungal overgrowth.
How can I protect myself against Candida infection?
- Healthy diet – vegetables, fruit, no sugar and no refined carbohydrates
- Disinfect showers with vinegar
- Always wear slip slops when in showers and/or public places
If these symptoms persists please contact your Integrative Healthcare Specialist.