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Candida Infection

Candida

A Candida infection, (often referred to as Thrush or Yeast infection) is a yeast organism that is normally present in the body. When conditions are right, Candida organisms take advantage and create an infection. Infections are more prevalent now than in the past in part because of the widespread use of antibiotics.

Symptoms

Candida occurs most frequently in the vagina, mouth, breast and penis. They can also sometimes affect the skin. Common symptoms may include itchiness, redness, burning during urination, a rash on the outer lips of the vagina or the head of the penis, white odorless vaginal discharge that looks a little like cottage cheese, pain during intercourse, a yeasty odor and white streaks in the mouth.

Symptoms of a more severe problem may include bloating, gas, intestinal cramping, chronic diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, chronic fatigue, depression, loss of memory, lack of concentration, muscular pain, itching in the rectum, allergies, impotence, prostatitis, aching joints, irritability, acne, mood swings, recurrent fungal infections like ringworm or athlete's foot and severe premenstrual system. These symptoms could mean the infection is now in your intestines.

Causes

Infections are usually caused by Candida albicans. These infections can be passed back and forth between sexual partners, so if one gets an infection, it may be best to treat both. Tampons can also increase the incidence of infection because they create an environment the yeast finds favorable. Candida albicans are naturally present in the intestines and it is when there is an imbalance, which can be caused by the use of antibiotics, corticosteroids, high sugar, and oral contraceptives.

Cautions

Severe Candida can infect the blood and deeper tissues, causing a life-threatening infection. See your doctor immediately if symptoms worsen. Diabetics may find themselves prone to infections. You should also see your doctor if you have repeated incidences of Candida infections.

Herbal Treatments

Herbal remedies can supplement standardized treatments.

Internal Applications

External Applications

Aromatherapy

Essential oils that may help include; Tea tree - add a few drops of tea tree oil onto a tampon and insert in the vagina to treat vaginal infection and; Lavender - simply add a few drops to your bath.

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