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What is Systemic Candida

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Yeast Infections: The Cause

The yeast infection, medically known as candidiasis, is caused by the fungus Candida. Over twenty known species of Candida exist with the most common infection being caused by Candida albicans. This fungus is normally present in low numbers on the surface of the body. Changes in the specific environmental conditions, typically of warm/moist areas of the body, allow for the over-growth of this fungus causing infection.

Yeast Infections: The Symptoms

Yeast infections are accompanied by a variety of signs and symptoms including:
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Vaginal discharge: typically thick and white in color
  • Vaginal irritation
  • Sexual intercourse pain

Yeast Infections: The Types

There are five types of yeast infections, affecting different parts of the body with similar symptoms.
  • Oral Thrush: Yeast infection affecting the mouth and throat. Typically painless, it is more common in infants and children, but is capable of infection at all ages.
  • Moniliasis: Common yeast infection of the vagina, more common in pregnant women and those on antibiotic treatments.
  • Balanitis : Yeast infection of the penis.
  • Intertrigo: Yeast infection of the skin, particularly warm/moist environments.
  • Systemic Candida: Yeast infection throughout the body, particularly to internal organs.

Yeast Infections: Transmission

Yeast infections usually occur due to environmental skin changes. The environmental change that most prominently leads to Candida infections is damage to the skin with the presence of a weakened immune system . It is possible for healthy individuals to develop yeast infections and over-the-counter medications exist for treatment of such infections. If symptoms are not relieved after one week of treatment, it is advised to consult a physician.

Yeast Infections: The Risk Factors

There are specific risk factors that cause certain individuals to develop Candida yeast infections at a higher rate including:
  • Steroid use
  • Antibiotic use
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth control pills
  • Sperm
  • Menstruation
  • Diabetes
  • Tight clothing
  • Hormonal changes
  • Frequent use of douches
  • Post-menopausal women
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Urinary catheter presence
  • IV port presence

Yeast Infections: Systemic Candida

The term "systemic" refers to a widespread condition, typically associated with internal organs. Systemic candida is termed appropriate when the Candida fungus has entered the bloodstream, effectively spreading the condition throughout the body. Once the fungus has infiltrated the bloodstream, it can affect many internal organs (lungs, kidneys, brain) causing major system malfunctions and failures.

Systemic Candida: The Risk Factors

Systemic candida does not customarily affect healthy individuals. The infection is prevalent in individuals with immune system deficiencies and/or weaknesses. Any characteristics or condition that suppressed the typical capabilities of the immune system will increase the general risk of Candida infections.

Systemic Candida: Treatments

Treatment of Candida infections are numerous and include lotions, medications, natural remedies, vaginal suppositories, troches, and creams. Systemic candida commonly requires treatment with polytene antifungals that must be prescribed by a physician. If you suspect the infection of systemic candida, it is recommended to seek the advice of a physician. Systemic candida is capable of causing serious medical complications and a general decrease in overall health. With proper treatment, systemic candida can be controlled, but the presence of a weakened or suppressed immune system does pose difficulties in treatment, sometimes allowing for the re-occurrence of infections.

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Sources: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/candidiasis-yeast-infection?page=5 http://www.webmd.com/brain/understanding-yeast-infection-basics http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/vaginal-infections

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