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Candida Albicans Treatment Options for Skin Infections

Posted in Candida on August 30th, 2007

The growth in numbers of people suffering from a yeast infection and particularly a candida albicans infection is increasing.  Much of this growth has been put down to the westernized lifestyle of a diet that is high in sugars and processed foods, low in foods that support a healthy immune response and gut flora, and a busy schedule.  So, what candida albicans treatment options is there currently available?

Firstly, lets look at what candida albicans is and how an infection may be spotted. 

Candida albicans is the most common form of candida yeast.  It lives naturally in the Gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and the warm, moist parts of our body, including the vagina, the oral cavity and where there are folds in the skin.

Generally speaking, candida albicans is not a threat to the health of the body.  In fact it has an important role to play in our intestines by recognizing and killing harmful bacteria in the gut. Without Candida albicans we would be prey to many pathogen bacteria.

It is only when the body’s immune system is weakened usually through poor dietary or lifestyle choices, certain medication and drugs or adverse medical condition that the candida can thrive.

Normally candida albicans stays in its yeast state, which is non-invasive and metabolizes sugars.  However, if allowed the thrive it changes to its fungal form, which is an invasive form that uses its tentacle like roots to penetrate the mucosa or the intestinal wall.  This can leave small holes, which allows toxins, bacteria from the gut and undigested food the opportunity to enter the bloodstream.

Although a candida albicans infection will generally occur in mucous membranes, it can happen anywhere on the skin. Candida infections, especially those infections found in the mucous membranes or genitals, are contagious and can be passed from person to person through sexual contact or even through indirect contact like shared flannels or damp towels.

Candida albicans is typically found in the folds in the skin, like on the genitals, around the groin, under the breasts or under the arms.

The signs of a candida albicans skin infection include the following:

- Purple itchy patches on the skin, with the itching sensation generally stronger on the outside of the patch.
- There may also be blisters that appear around the itchy patch
- There is likely to be a small amount of scaling

There are some people who have a greater risk of having candida albicans skin infections including:

Those people with a compromised or weakened immune system, whether through a medical condition or through taking medication or drugs.

- People who are overweight
- Women who are pregnant
- Those people who have diabetes, or another metabolic disorder
- Babies
- And, people who work in wet environments

So what can be done to naturally alleviate the problems?

The first thing to realize is that a candida infection on the skin is unlikely to occur if the body is in good health and hygiene levels are improved. So here are some tips to reduce the risks.

-Do not use other peoples towels or flannels
-Wear clothes that allow the skin to breathe and wick moisture like cotton
-Change clothes regularly so that only dry, clean ones are worn
-Wear leather shoes or sandals not trainers so your feet can breathe
-Dry skin well after a wash, and wash regularly.
-People who are overweight should be careful about drying the skin folds and under skin folds thoroughly.

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Did You Know About These Three Candida Cures?

Posted in Candida on August 23rd, 2007

If you were to do a search of the Internet for Candida Cures you would be amazed at the number of results you would get returned.

Not only are there the more traditional Western forms of treating and curing this infection through the use of anti-fungal treatments but also there are sites offering you information on holistic and natural cures.

In this article we will look at three different types of cures for Candida, which are available for anyone who suspects that they have a Candida infection.

However, before we go into more detail, it is important to remember that you need to identify the cause of the Candida growth.  It is key that the cause of the infection is treated, otherwise it could reoccur when the treatment stops.

1.  Tea Tree Oil

Although no formal clinical studies have been carried out on humans to show that tea tree oil is effective or safe for treating and curing yeast infections, it has been used for many years as a way of killing the yeast fungi when used topically.

It is important not use tea tree oil without diluting it, as at its full strength it can be an irritant especially on sensitive skin.

When applied topically to the vaginal area, or any effected area of the skin, it has shown potential as being a natural way of relieving Candida and killing yeast infections.  This effect has been attributed to a compound found in the tea tree oil known as terpinen-4-ol that has natural antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. But don’t forget to dilute.

2.  Probiotic Dietary Supplements

These supplements need to be taken orally normally three times a day, however it’s important to follow the instructions on the label. 

There are a number of preparations that can be taken for medicinal reasons; they include probiotic foods like “live” yogurts, drinks and tablets/capsules.

Each capsule contains large amounts of probiotic (friendly bacteria) which help to suppress the growth of Candida in the digestive system.

Generally a good quality http://www.eliminating-candida.com/candida-probiotics2.html”>probiotic supplement should contain around 35 - 50 billion bacteria in each capsule, anything less than this may be ineffective in trying to cure the Candida growth quickly.

If you feel uncomfortable taking a supplement such as this orally then there are probiotic suppositories that you can try instead.

3.  Anti-Fungal Medications

Anti-fungal medications are probably the most widely used candida treatment. However, there are alternative anti-fungal options like garlic, Horopito Aniseed and Pau D’Arco.

The anti-fungal medication can come in a number of preparations, including ointment or cream which is directly applied topically to the affected area, or they are used in pill form and taken orally.

They may be used in suppository form and inserted directly into the vagina.

Unfortunately there is a risk associated with using these types of cures as often they can be purchased directly over the counter from your local drug store and there is no need for you to seek your doctor’s advice.

This can result in a person misdiagnosing the cause of their infection and if they do actually suffer from a case of Candida infection in the future, they run the risk of the Candida having built up an immunity to the treatment and subsequent treatment can be ineffective.

This is one of the many reasons it is important before commencing use of any form of anti-fungal medication as Candida cures you seek medical advice and get a proper diagnosis for your problem.

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Is it a Candida Symptom or Something Else?

Posted in Candida on August 16th, 2007

So, you are concerned that you have a candida symptom, or at least something that looks like one, but you cannot be sure? 

Candida is a yeast infection, which normally lives quite happily in the digestive system without causing problems.  However, if a situation arises where the Candida is allowed to grow unchecked then there are a number of complications and symptoms that can occur.

In most cases a simple course anti-fungal treatments along with a change in someone’s diet can help to combat the effects of a Candida infection and prevent the Candida symptoms progressing.  However, this does mean that the candida has already been diagnosed, and that is often the hardest part.

Most sufferers of Candida will be affected by numerous symptoms, the most common of which are:-

1. The skin to feels itchy and irritated, usually where there are folds in the skin.  Candida can only really thrive in moist warm places, so can usually be found in the oral cavity, the vagina and in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

2.  The mouth and tongue become dry and they may even suffer from a cracked tongue as well as bleeding gums.

3.  In women as well as men they may find that they are suffer regularly from a form of urinary tact infection and find that not only are they urinating more often, it is also painful when they actually do urinate.

4.  Whilst having sexual intercourse a woman may find she suffers from a burning and itching sensation in her vagina and there can be a considerable amount of pain.

5.  Also, women may find that they have vaginal discharge, which has the appearance of cottage cheese (white and lumpy).

6. Women could find that during their menstrual cycle they have unusual cramps and pain.

7.  Those who are suffering from Oral thrush (infection of Candida) of the mouth can find it very difficult to swallow and this may also mean that the infection has actually infected the esophagus.

8.  Another common complaint is that the sufferer can often have indigestion or heartburn.

9. There can be abdominal pains as well as feeling bloated, as the fermenting candida yeast produces excess gas.

10. In some cases a person may suffer from either diarrhea or constipation or even both and may notice that there is mucus in their stools when they do have a bowel movement.

Above are the more common symptoms associated with a Candida infection, however if left unchecked and allowed to multiply then the Candida symptoms can become far more severe. 

In some cases an overgrowth of Candida can cause symptoms such as depression, anxiety, a lack of concentration along with headaches (including migraines), fatigue as well as difficulty sleeping.

Often, a number of the candida symptom items mentioned above are also similar to symptoms of other conditions. It is important that you keep track of all your symptoms and discuss them with your doctor to ensure an accurate diagnosis and reduce the risk of reoccurrence.

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How To Avoid Yeast Infection Candida Causes

Posted in Candida on August 9th, 2007

The sad truth is that the yeast infection Candida is often caused because of two main factors that destroy the friendly bacteria (probiotics) in our body that would normally suppress it. 

Unfortunately because of the lives we lead today Candida yeast infections have become much more prevalent. So much so that doctors believe that 3 out of every 4 women will at some stage in their life be affected by a yeast infection at least once. 

It has been found that there are over 20 different strains of Candida living in the human body and the most common of them all is Candida Albicans.

Generally this form of yeast lives on the surface of our bodies and in the digestive system without problems.  However, if at any stage the conditions change then the Candida yeast can multiply leading to a yeast infection. 

The most common types of yeast infections are vaginal yeast infections, thrush, skin infections as well as nappy rash and infections that can infect the nail beds.

It is often the dietary choices we make the lifestyles we live and if we have been taking specific medication that can increase our risk of a Candida yeast infection.

If our immune response becomes weaker (due to a repressed immune system) it can provide an ideal environment in which the yeast infection Candida can grow.  Here are two areas that increase the risk of someone suffering from yeast infections:-

1.  Diet

Diets that are very high in cooked and refined processed food can contain additives and preservatives, which place more strain on the digestive system as they struggle to process them.

Most of these products are highly acidic and contain large amounts of sugar which encourages Candida growth. 

So, it is important to remove sugar and sugary foods from the diet, as the yeast feeds on the sugar.  This means eliminating refined or natural sugars, including fruit, fruit juices, syrups and honey.

It is also essential to reduce the amount of food in the diet that contains yeast, or products made with yeast, including most breads and alcohol.

2.  Environmental toxins and medication

There are many toxins in the environment and in the food we eat.  Many of these are unfortunately introduced in the process of getting food and drink to your table. 

There are also toxins in the air we breathe and there are certain medications that can effect the environment in gastrointestinal tract, and also impact the immune system.

Toxins can build up in our system over time, which can impact on the immune system.  If this occurs, it can lead to an increased chance of the Candida yeast overgrowing and infecting the body.

The main source of many of the chemicals that we ingest today can be found in the food that we eat.

You only have to read the labels in order to see just how many chemical additives have been used in many of the processed foods that are available for purchase.

So it is important that if you want to keep the yeast infection Candida at bay you limit the amount of man made chemicals that you ingest by eating a diet rich in fresh, natural produce.

If you want to encourage intestinal and digestive health and discourage the sugar cravings caused by a candida yeast infection, then take a look at this natural Candida remedy that will help you eliminate candida and regain your health.

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Are Irritable Bowel Syndrome Candida Symptoms Linked?

Posted in Candida on August 2nd, 2007

What is the irritable bowel syndrome Candida connection?  Although there is controversy surrounding this question most physicians will say that Candida is not connected to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

There rationale for coming to this conclusion tends to be because they consider people most at risk of Candida overgrowth are those whose immune system has become repressed either through an illness, poor nutrition or through taking medication. 

Yet, there are a considerable number of discussions on personal forums, as well as personal stories from Candida and IBS sufferers to show that they have found relief from both conditions through a single treatment.

People who have been diagnosed and treated for Candida who then discovered that their IBS symptoms reduced would no doubt beg to differ with what the doctors and health officials are saying.

So, it seems that this particular argument will rage for a while longer. Until all the necessary evidence has been accumulated no definitive answer can be provided as yet.

What is IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)?

In simple terms it is a disorder of the large intestine (colon) and it effects the way that it functions.

Often a person with IBS will suffer cramps and abdominal pains, along with a feeling of bloating, they may also suffer from either constipation or diarrhea or even a combination of both!

Although it is classified as a functional gastro-intestinal disorder there is no structural or bio-chemical reason to explain the symptoms.

In fact when tested there is no evidence to show that the colon is diseased (there are no ulcers and it is not inflamed), and generally IBS will only be diagnosed once any other possible types of digestive disorders or diseases have been ruled out.

It is understandable that people have suggested that Candida (a type of yeast, which grows in the digestive tract) is what in fact causes IBS, or that it is closely related.  They both occur in the GI tract and both conditions can cause some similar symptoms like:

-  Diarrhea
-  Chronic gas
-  Abdominal cramps alleviated by bowel movements

However, it is also true that an increase in growth of Candida can result in certain symptoms occurring that are totally unrelated to IBS symptoms.

There are however some natural treatments that can be beneficial for both Candida and IBS sufferers that have been found to be effective, including changes in diet, reducing stress and anxiety and the introduction of certain natural food supplements.

The medical evidence to show that Candida is one of the potential causes of IBS is not strong.  But, as there are a number of steps you can take that can improve both conditions, then you can create a regime to potentially help your symptoms.

So, until further research and studies are carried out the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Candida link can not be confirmed, but this does not stop a sufferer embracing natural methods to ease symptoms of both these conditions.

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