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9 Candida Symptoms & 3 Steps to Treat Them

9 Candida Symptoms & 3 Steps to Treat Them
Candida symptoms - Dr. Axe


Do you ever experience any of these health issues?
  • Exhaustion
  • Cravings for sweets
  • Bad breath
  • White coating on tongue
  • Brain fog
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Chronic sinus and allergy issues
  • Digestive problems (gas and bloating)
  • Weak immune system
  • UTI
If so, these are just some of the signs that you may have a fungal infection known as candida. In this article you will learn other candida symptoms along with what causes candida and the diet to naturally treat candida.
Are you suffering from candida symptoms? Click here for a PDF guide on how to cure candida

What Is Candida?

Candida can be very serious. Recently, a “superbug” candida species known as Candida auris has emerged as a dangerous health threat in several countries and many health care facilities in the U.S. This version of candida — which often spreads through candida biofilms on surfaces such as catheters and bedrails — has proven resistant to multiple drugs, resulting in serious illness.
Candida albicans is the most common type of yeast infection found in the mouth, intestinal tract and vagina, and it may affect skin and other mucous membranes. If the immune system is functioning optimally, this type of yeast infection is rarely serious. However, if the immune system is not functioning properly, the candida infection can migrate to other areas of the body, including the blood and membranes around the heart or brain, causing serious candida symptoms. (1)
Candida is a fungus that aids with nutrient absorption and digestion when in proper levels in the body. When it overproduces, typical candida symptoms may appear. In the digestive tract, if left unchecked, it breaks down the walls of the intestinal lining and penetrates into the bloodstream. This releases byproduct toxins and other toxins from your system, causingleaky gut syndrome.
When your body’s natural pH balance is upset, the candida yeasts can grow out of control, creating a systemic problem and unpleasant candida symptoms. Good healthy bacteria and a properly functioning immune system are essential when fighting this stubborn infection.
Candida overgrowth syndrome, or COS, is the term used when candida has grown out of control in your body. Make no mistake: This is a chronic health condition. In addition to candida symptoms, individuals who have never experienced a serious yeast infection can find they have developed new sensitivities, allergies or intolerances to a variety of foods. These foods include dairy, eggs, corn and gluten.

What Causes Candida Infections?

There are many possible causes of candida, including a diet high in sugar, refined carbohydrates and alcohol that help feed candida. To add to that, I’ve described six other potential causes below.

1. Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics

Sometimes, antibiotics are needed to fight a stubborn infection to kill the offending bacteria in your system. The problem with antibiotics and with overusing them (often creating antibiotic resistance) is that they don’t just kill the bad bacteria; they kill the good ones, too.
The good bacteria in your system are responsible for digestion and keeping candida under control. After a long course (or multiple courses over a short period), antibiotics can make your body a literal breeding ground for candida.

2. Birth Control Pills

Unlike antibiotics, birth control pills in and of themselves do not directly cause a yeast infection or candida overgrowth syndrome. However, when a woman consumes a diet high in refined sugars and has had a course of antibiotics, birth control pills can adversely affect her body, leading to a candida infection.
Some women find that birth control pills seem to instigate yeast infections — and even long after the initial infection is gone, once they start taking the birth control pills again, candida can take root.

3. Oral Corticosteroids

Individuals who treat their asthma with corticosteroid inhalants are at an increased risk of developing candida in the mouth, leading to systemic candida overgrowth. (2) It is imperative that individuals using corticosteroid inhalers for asthma follow the directions for swishing the mouth out after each use. If oral candidiasis is detected, it can be treated with the gargling of coconut oil and a drop or two of essential clove oil.

4. Cancer Treatments

According to the Department of Clinical Research at Merck Research Laboratories, candidiasis can become invasive in cancer patients and present a serious complication. (3) In this study, one-third of patients being treated for cancer had “invasive” candidiasis. Chemotherapy and radiation can both work to kill cancerous cells and tumors; however, they also kill off the healthy bacteria that naturally fight candida.

5. Diabetes

In a Type 1 or a Type 2 diabetic, sugar levels in the mouth and other mucous membranes are traditionally higher than in an individual without diabetes. Since candida is a type of yeast and sugar feeds yeast, it is understandable that those with diabetes are at a greater risk for developing candida overgrowth syndrome.

6. Weakened Immune System

Any individual with a weakened immune system is more likely to develop candida. This population includes infants, small children, the elderly, those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS (4), and other inflammatory and autoimmune conditions.

9 Candida Symptoms

Candida yeast overgrowth can be difficult for a physician to diagnosis. This type of systemic yeast infection presents different ways in different people. Below are nine of the candida symptoms to watch for if you are concerned you have candida, or candida overgrowth syndrome.

1. Chronic Fatigue

If you have fatigue or exhaustion that you simply cannot shake, regardless of the number of hours you sleep, you may have chronic fatigue syndrome. The disease is characterized by fatigue that lasts a minimum of six months and is often accompanied by other candida symptoms, including headaches, joint pain, difficulties with memory and concentration, and sore throat. (5)
Often one of the candida symptoms is chronic fatigue. While a candida infection is not the only cause of chronic fatigue syndrome, many physicians believe it heightens the risk of CFS.

2. Mood Disorders

One of the reasons it can be difficult to diagnose candida is that so many of the candida symptoms are common to other conditions, including mood disorders. Individuals with candida overgrowth may experience dramatic mood swings, anxiety, irritability, depression and even panic attacks.

3. Recurring Vaginal and Urinary Tract Infections

When an individual experiences recurring infections in the urinary tract or vagina, candida may be at the root of the problem. It is important to realize that candida can be sexually transmitted, and partners can spread it back and forth. For women, reduce the risk by avoiding tight-fitting underwear or pantyhose and avoid hot baths during an active infection. (6)

4. Oral Thrush

Oral thrush is actually a yeast infection caused by the same strain of candida that affects other mucous membranes, including the vagina. It’s most often caused by the use of prednisone or other oral corticosteroids as mentioned above. Left untreated, it may spread through the body, including the digestive tract, lungs, liver and heart valves.
Oral candida is communicable. Newborns can get thrush during birth; children can get it from sharing toys with other children; and adults can pass it back and forth through the saliva. (7)

5. Sinus Infections

As with many of these other candida symptoms, sinus infections are common today, and it can be difficult to pinpoint the root of the cause. Candida does affect the sinuses and can result in a persistent cough, post-nasal drip, an increase in congestion, seasonal allergies, and general flu-like symptoms. If you experience consistent problems with your sinuses, it’s time to check for a candida infection!

6. Intestinal Distress

Ongoing intestinal distress is one of the more uncomfortable candida symptoms. Persistent flatulence, burping, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, and stomach cramps may be caused by a lack of healthy bacteria in your digestive tract.
When yeast overtakes the intestines, healthy bacteria are undermanned, and cannot fight off the infection alone. When the bacteria in your gut are out of balance, it’s known as dysbiosis. Many individuals experience dramatic relief of chronic intestinal distress when effectively treating a candida infection.

7. Brain Fog

Along with mood changes and chronic fatigue, brain fog is often overlooked as one of the candida symptoms. However, candida overgrowth can cause a lack of focus, poor physical coordination, difficulty in concentrating on tasks and poor memory.

8. Skin and Nail Fungal Infections

Athlete’s foot and fungus in the toenail are common yeast infections, which stem from the same strain of candida. Continued infections may be a sign that you have a systemic candida infection.

9. Hormonal Imbalance

hormonal imbalance is one of the candida symptoms that presents in many other health conditions. However, it is important to recognize how an infection can cause early menopause, PMS, a low sex drive, migraines, endometriosis, water retention, mood swings and an inability to lose unwanted pounds.
While in the midst of candida overgrowth, your body becomes inflamed, causing the yeast to grow and spread beyond the digestive tract. One of the byproducts of candida actually can mimic estrogen, leading to a serious hormonal imbalance. (8)
Candida symptoms: 9 signs - Dr. Axe

Treatment 1: The Candida Cleanse

The candida cleanse helps to rid the body of excess candida through the flushing of the digestive tract, and the introduction of healthy candida fighters found in fermented vegetables and kefir.
You really have two options for a cleanse: a liquids-only cleanse or a more gentle cleanse with food. You may also opt the most thorough gut reboot: starting with the step one cleanse and then move to the step two cleanse. The whole process will set the stage for starting the candida diet as well!

Option One: Liquids-Only Candida Cleanse (Duration 1–2 Days)

Start by making a vegetable broth from organic onions, garlic, celery, kale, sea salt and pure water. Let simmer and strain. Discard the vegetables and refrigerate the broth.
Throughout the day, sip on the warm broth; it’s imperative that you drink lots of water to help your body expel all the toxins in your system. While this is not a long-term cleanse, it can be repeated as needed every few weeks. It can also be used as a jumpstart to the food cleanse below.

Option Two: Steamed Vegetables (Duration 3–5 Days)

By eliminating grains, sugars, fruits, starches and alcohol from your diet for three to five days, you can make great headway in your fight against candida overgrowth.
Mostly, eat fresh, organic vegetables that have been steamed. For this cleanse stage, keep away from any starchy vegetables like carrots, radishes, beets, sweet potatoes and white potatoes, which may contribute to sugar levels and feed the candida. Continue to drink plenty of pure water, a minimum of 72 ounces per day, to help flush the candida and byproducts from your system.
During this time — no more than once a day — you can eat salads made from leafy greens (like romaine) or bitter greens (like chard) and topped with just a bit of coconut oil and apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice).
During either of the candida cleanses above, you can use bentonite clay to help surround the toxins and efficiently remove them from your system.

Treatment 2: The Candida Diet

This is a diet to not just discourage candida; it’s the diet to help you rid your body of candida! This is also a great next step if you have already started with the candida cleanse.
1. The first step of the diet is to boost your immune system through the elimination of sugar, alcohol and refined carbohydrates. These items are contributing to the growth of the candida in your system.
2. Step two is to replace these foods with organic vegetables, including carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale and asparagus.
According to ancient Chinese medicine, warm starchy vegetables support the spleen in clearing candida from the body. While I don’t recommend these vegetables during the “cleanse” stage, the regular candida diet includes warming fall vegetables that nourish the spleen, such as sweet potatoes, yams, peas, mung beans, lentils, kidney beans, adzuki beans, carrots, beets, corn, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, acorn squash, zucchini, yellow squash, rutabaga and pumpkin. These should be the main sources of carbs that satisfy your cravings for sweets as well.
What about grains? Some grains like quinoa, barley, teff, sorghum and amaranth and a starch like corn can help to dry the overly damp gut, so one serving a day (no more!) of those grains can work for most people with candida.
The same story follows for cold foods, which shouldn’t be consumed more than once per day. Therefore, don’t have a gut-friendly smoothie on the same day you have a salad. Your candida gut will heal most from warm nourishing foods.
As with any food, however, it’s always important to monitor how you feel after consuming a meal when you have candida. Some people who suffer stomach distress after eating any kind of starch, for instance, should avoidstarchy vegetables like corn, peas, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, squash, zucchini and yams. Instead, they should eat non-starchy vegetables — typically the flowering parts of the plant — like lettuce, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, spinach, mushrooms, onions, peppers and tomatoes.
Also, keep fruit intake low as well as natural sweeteners like maple syrup or honey.
3. Add cultured dairy, preferably goat milk kefir, because healthy probiotic foods can effectively kill the candida in your system. Probiotics like kimchi and sauerkraut are good additions to your diet, as well as unsweetened cranberry juice, because they create an acidic environment that makes it difficult for candida to thrive.
Fermented vegetables contain microflora that help to protect the intestines. Regular consumption of fermented foods can help improve the immune system, making the body less hospitable for candida. Begin with a half cup per day of sauerkraut, kimchi or other fermented vegetables as part of a new eating plan dedicated to bringing your body back into a healthy balance.
The candida diet helps to provide beneficial bacteria, regulate appetite, and reduce your cravings for refined carbohydrates and sugars.

Treatment 3: Supplements, Essential Oils & Coconut Oil

Research shows that C. albicans, the strain of candida that leads to systemic candida overgrowth is often resistant to both fluconazole and itraconazole, the antifungal drugs most often prescribed for candida.
1. Coconut oil can effectively fight candida due to its antimicrobial properties. (9) The combination of lauric acid and caprylic acid found in coconut oil, kills off harmful candida through both ingestion and topical application.
2. Milk thistle supplements help to cleanse your liver from prescription medications (steroids, birth control, antibiotics, as well as others), environmental pollution, heavy metals, and the remnants from both chemotherapy and radiation.
As mentioned above, some prescription medications and cancer treatments can lead to candida overgrowth. Milk thistle, along with the candida diet, can help your body recover and create an environment where candida ceases to thrive.
3. Vitamin C helps to boost adrenal glands and helps to restore your immune system. I recommend 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C two or three times per day, taking a total of 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams daily.
4. Clove oil, oregano oil and myrrh oil help to kill a variety of parasites and fungi, including candida, in the body. Lavender oil also inhibits the growth of candida and is effective at preventing the spread of the infection. (10)
For example, by adding a couple of drops of clove oil or lavender oil mixed with coconut oil during your cleanse, you can help to kill off the offending candida. Because these essential oils are powerful, they should only be taken internally for 10 days or less.
Also, for oral thrush, use three drops of clove oil with one tablespoon of coconut oil and swish in the mouth for 20 minutes.
Do not give clove oil internally to children under 2 years of age. If you are pregnant or nursing, check with your natural health care provider before taking clove oil internally.
3 Ways to treat candida symptoms - Dr. Axe

Candida Die-Off Symptoms You May Experience

Rapidly killing off candida in your body creates a metabolic reaction that releases over 70 different toxins into your body. Symptoms that show the candida cleanse and the candida diet are working include:
  • Impaired brain function
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Intestinal distress including bloating, gas, constipation and nausea
  • Sweating and fever
  • Sinus infection
  • Skin breakouts (not limited to face)
  • Typical flu-like symptoms
When you start experiencing the candida die-off symptoms, rejoice! These symptoms usually clear up in seven to 10 days. The candida is leaving your body, and within just a few weeks, you will notice an increase in energy and focus, as well as relief from other symptoms you have experienced.
After your symptoms have subsided and you have completed the cleanse and the diet, you should continue eating a diet that is high in protein and high-fiber vegetables, and limit grains, fruits, sugar and high-starch vegetables like white potatoes. Continue to consume fermented vegetables and kefir to help your body stay in balance and keep the candida at bay.

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Skin Fungus Infection – Are You Treating The Cause or The Symptoms


Skin Fungus Infection – Are You Treating The Cause or The Symptoms


Skin Fungus

Skin fungus is a very common fungal skin infection caused by fungi, usually by a yeast-like fungi called candida.
Often overlooked, the most important step in the fungal infection treatment is to identify what is the cause of fungal infection on skin, as the needed treatment may be completely different. Treating fungal skin infection using antifungal creams or other fungal infection medicine without knowing its cause is the most common mistake and the main reason why the fungal infection symptoms keep coming back or become worse.
In this experts guide, we will cover how to identify the types of skin fungal infections you may have, their cause, and the proper way to treat the fungal infection. Special attention will be given to common critical mistakes in skin fungus treatment you should avoid.
Table of Content
  • 1  What is a skin fungus?
  • 2  Skin fungus causes
    • 2.1  Dermatophyte fungus
    • 2.2  Systemic candida overgrowth
  • 3  Candida overgrowth self test
  • 4  Fungal infection treatment
    • 4.1  Treat the cause of your skin fungus
    • 4.2  Soaps & creams for skin fungus

What is a skin fungus?

Skin fungus is a common fungal infection of the skin caused by fungi. Many skin issues are actually different types of skin fungal infections, where the fungal infection symptoms can appear all over the body, head to toe: common examples are toenail fungus, athlete’s foot, jock itch in the groin or inner thighs, fungal rash on skin with redness, itching or burning, even fungal infection on face.

Skin Fungus Causes

The most important step in the fungal infection treatment is to identify the skin fungal infection causes and types of fungal infections as the needed treatment may be completely different.
The 2 most common causes of fungal infection on skin are:

1 – Dermatophyte Fungus

  • Common signs: toenail fungus, foot fungus, hand fungus, fungal skin rash, itchy skin. No internal symptoms are present
  

Dermatophyte fungus are common fungi that can cause fungal skin infection as well as foot fungus, nail infection and toenail fungus. Dermatophyte fungus can spread by direct contact with other people, objects, soil or animals.
Since direct contact is the way they spread, Dermatophyte fungus usually occur when a body part is exposed to the fungi. For this reason, foot fungus or toenail fungus are very common when using swimming pools or public showers.
  • Wear shower sandals or flip flops when using public showers in order to minimize the risk of developing these fungal infections.

2 – Systemic Candida Overgrowth

  • Common signs: multiple fungal infections symptoms are present in the body (external & internal) in addition to the skin fungus issues
 


One of the most common causes of skin fungal infection issues is systemic candida and yeast overgrowth in the body. There are usually very clear signs of yeast infection on skin such as itchy skin, fungal skin rash (also known as yeast rash), dry peeling flaking skin, fungus on feet, nail fungus or toenail fungus.

The difference between skin fungus caused by candida-yeast overgrowth to Dermatophyte fungus, is that the source of the yeast infection on skin is a systemic excess yeast overgrowth in the body. This means that the fungal skin infection issues are only symptoms of a much larger problem, usually due to issues in the gut.
This leads to many mistakes in the fungal infection treatment, where only the skin fungus issues are treated topically, without addressing the root cause of the candida overgrowth. As a result, the yeast infections symptoms keep coming back and in many cases become worse as the infection in the body left untreated and evolves.

Candida Overgrowth Self Test

  • Are your skin fungus symptoms caused by systemic yeast and candida overgrowth?
  • Systemic candida overgrowth occurs when the balance between candida yeast and the good bacteria in the body is being disturbed. The good bacteria that typically limit candida from overgrowing can’t do its job for some reason, so you end up with excess yeast overgrowth in your body.
  • When this happens, candida changes into a more aggressive fungal form that spreads and releases over 80 different toxins. These toxins can get anywhere in the body, suppress the immune system and cause a wide variety of health issues all over the body. Nails and skin yeast infection issues (also known as candidiasis of skin and nails) are one of the most common signs of candida overgrowth. Most candida overgrowth and yeast infections are caused by a strand of yeast called Candida Albicans.
If you have a systemic yeast overgrowth, there are usually multiple fungal infection symptoms in the body both externally and internally. These symptoms may include:
  • External yeast infection fungus on skin: nail or toenail fungus, foot fungus, fungal skin rash, dry itchy skin, yeast infection in mouth, tongue and throat (oral thrush), vaginal yeast infectionsmale yeast infection.
  • Internal symptoms: digestive issues, bloatingconstipation, mood swings, low energy levels, brain fog, difficulties to focus, foods sensitivities and allergies, low sex drive.

Skin Fungus Treatment

  • Before starting the fungal infection treatment, find what is causing your infections:
The most important step before starting the fungal infection treatment is to identify what is causing the infections along with the types of skin fungal infections you may have, as the needed treatment can be completely different. As we mentioned, this is where many mistakes are made, causing the symptoms to keep coming back and even becoming worse as the source of the fungal infection evolves.
Special attention should be given in the following common issues of skin fungus:
(We included links to the relevant experts guides when applicable)
1: YOU STARTED A CANDIDA TREATMENT AND NOTICE WORSENING SYMPTOMS
how to cure skin fungusYou may have a healing crises from the dying candida and its released toxins. This means that the amount of toxins released by the dying candida is more than what your body can safely handle. Common symptoms of candida die off may include flu like symptoms often with fever, joint, muscle and body pain, fungal rash that becomes worse, itchy skin. The candida die off symptoms list is extensive, and can impact many different body systems.
  • To learn more on how to manage and avoid healing crises and die off symptoms see our:
    candida die-off symptoms experts guide.
2: YOU HAVE MULTIPLE FUNGAL INFECTION SYMPTOMS IN YOUR BODY
In this case of systemic candida and yeast overgrowth in the body, the symptoms of fungal infection usually come back or become worse if the source of the problem (excess candida yeast overgrowth in the body) is not addressed.
Treatment for systemic candida and yeast overgrowth typically include:
  • skin fungus treatmentCandida diet – avoiding foods that overfeed candida or weaken your immune system; consuming foods & remedies that help your body to naturally balance the overgrowth
  • Anti-candida supplements in order to balance the candida overgrowth in your body, along with key nutrients to help your body recover and heal
  • Topical skin fungal infection cream for skin fungus treatment to ease skin discomforts such as rash, eczema, skin irritation
  • Topical nail creams to help with the nail and toenail fungal infections
3: COMMON FUNGAL INFECTION ISSUES THAT REQUIRE SPECIAL ATTENTION
These common fungal infection issues can appear on their own or with additional fungal infection symptoms. Becoming aware of these issues and whether they are related to your symptoms is one of the most important steps required for a successful treatment. This may also help to avoid unnecessary discomfort and health complications due to wrong diagnosis.
4: YOU HAVE FUNGAL SKIN INFECTION SYMPTOMS WITH NO OTHER SYMPTOMS PRESENT
If you only have skin fungus issues without any other symptoms present, especially if these are caused by exposure to moist areas or by contact:
  • For a fast relief, using Ozonated olive oil moisturizer on the affected areas after the shower has shown to be very effective (covered in the next section)
  • To prevent the fungal infection from further developing, wear shower sandals or flip flops when using public showers
  • keep the affected areas dry and let them “breath” as much as you can. Fungi thrive on a dark moist environment.

Soaps & Creams for Skin Fungus

  • Important: skin fungus may cause your skin to be very sensitive and easily irritated. Pay extra attention before using any skin product to avoid additional irritation and further complications.
fungal infection creamIf you currently have fungus of skin issues such as skin rash, dry itchy skin, eczema, athlete’s foot, and looking for a relief, using Ozonated olive oil moisturizer on the affected areas after the shower has shown to be very effective in easing the unpleasant discomforts of fungal skin infections.
Based on our practice working with a very large number of skin fungus issues, Ozonated olive oil is one of the most effective and safe natural fungal infection cream, especially where fast relief is needed. Learn more
Using all natural kelp-coconut soap has also shown to help provide relief. Note that many soaps, moisturizers and other skin care products contain toxic chemicals, synthetic ingredients and allergens that can irritate your (already irritated) skin and should be avoided.

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