Fungus Infection

A fungus infection can turn systemic if not treated. Candida is a genus of yeasts. Fungal problems can heal and respond well to antifungal drugs and essential oils.

Fact: Monilia was the former name for Candida.

There's treatment for many different forms of Candida yeast such as:

  • baby thrush (diaper rash or mouth fungus)
  • C. balantis (yeast infection in men)
  • C. parapsilosis (severe whole-body inflammation or wound/tissue infection)
  • C. esophagitis (infection of the esophagus)
  • cutaneous candidiasis (skin infection)
  • onychomycosis (nail fungus of the fingernail or toenail)
  • and C. tropicalis (cause of septicemia, a severe blood poisoning)

Now, we'll focus on the following topics:

Where the fungi live

Symptoms

What the fungi eats

Species

Support

Where The Fungi Live

Not all fungi are bad, in fact humans need yeast fungus to survive. The problem only occurs when the yeast get out of control. They are normally present on the skin and in the mucous membranes of the mouth, intestinal tract, and vagina. Though usually benign and kept in check by beneficial bacteria in the body, it can become pathogenic and grow beyond tolerance levels (bacterial overgrowth), causing diseases such as candidiasis and thrush.

Symptoms

In the vagina or penis, a fungus infection or, thrush as it is called, causes a white discharge and is accompanied by itching and inflammation. Symptoms can also persist in the oral cavity such as a white patchy tongue. A rash on the skin can be a sign of yeast overgrowth. Painful swallowing (odynophagia) is a symptom of candida in the esophagus. Some doctors believe that heavy infections in the gut can contribute to a wide range of different disorders, including abdominal discomfort, disturbed bowel function, soreness, and itching.

What The Fungi Eats For Survival

The fungi are thought to thrive on simple sugars (such as cakes, cookies, juice, etc), which form a large part of the modern diet. A person in good health can usually keep the fungi under control, but if the immune system is weakened by illness or stress, or if friendly bacteria are killed off (for example, by antibiotics) the opportunistic yeast fungus grows rapidly. People suffering from candidiasis (also technically known as candidosis, moniliasis, and oidiomycosis) often have cravings for sweets and yeast-containing foods and drinks, which makes weight control very difficult. Treatment consists of a special diet that emphasizes the avoidance of sugar, yeasty foods, and the foods on which yeast thrive, but doctors often use drugs, such as nystatin to stop the fungus infection.

Species

Candida albicans, is the cause of almost 70% of all yeast infections. There has been a recent increase in diversity of agents in infections due to use of, antibiotics, immunosuppressive drugs, and steroids, along with new and highly debilitating diseases such as acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Rarely encountered species in patient specimens like, C. parapsilosis, C. krusei, and C. guilliermondii, are frequently being isolated. Of additional importance is the fact that yeasts that have never been described as the cause of human infections, (for example, Blastoschizomyces capitatus, C. dubliniensis, and Trichosporon cutaneum) are now occasionally being associated with human disease.

Support

If you have tried over and over again to find a fungus cure or even if this is the first time you've ever had a fungus infection, there's plenty of support systems already in place. The internet is a great place to find other people who've suffered from mild to severe cases of yeast infections and are willing to help others by sharing their own stories. Candida doctors (doctors who specialize in alternative medicine) may also be a good choice when you're looking for support with developing a Candida diet.

Many people have lived with yeast overgrowth for a very long time and some to the point where it developed into more serious diseases such as a colitis. It's so disappointing to see people who have opted for surgery in some cases because they didn't know there was another option – another way out. I believe reaching out for answers any way you know how and finding them is the first step to fighting an illness or condition.

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