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What Do You Know About Candidiasis Symptoms

By Paul Rothbart


Fungi are forms of life that come in a wide variety, and some are even microscopic. Edible fungi such as mushrooms are delicious and good sources of protein. There are other types that are not so pleasant. Some fungi cause ailments such as athlete's foot. Itching and burning sensations, and sometimes pain, accompany these kinds of fungi and should be treated with antifungal medication. 


One of the most common types of fungi is candida. It grows nearly everywhere, including in the throat, on the skin, in the digestive tract, and in other parts of the human body. Generally, candida is harmless. The immune system and healthy bacteria usually keep candida growth in check. It is possible, especially when the immune system is weakened, for candida to grow out of control, causing an infection called candidiasis. This condition requires treatment. It's helpful to know the symptoms.

Infections on the Skin

Many skin infections caused by candidiasis are mild and appear as scaly patches of skin on the limbs, back, or torso. They are generally red, light brown, or white in color and itch, but clear up on their own. Bigger infections can create lesions that are rimmed in red around a defined area. They often occur in skin folds such as the armpits, the groin area, and between fingers and toes. The folds may develop a red rash that is itchy and moist.

Thrush

When candida overgrows in the mouth and throat it causes a condition known as thrush. Patches of white appear inside the cheeks, on the tongue, and on the roof of the mouth. They can also occur in the throat and in extreme cases, reach the esophagus. Affected areas feel irritated and usually swell. Thrush can make eating and swallowing painful.

Sinusitis

Allergies and bacteria are the most common causes of sinusitis but candida overgrowth can also cause the condition. Common symptoms are a runny nose, postnasal drip, facial pain, and an altered sense of smell. Mucus may thicken and have a bad taste and odor. A candida infection in the sinuses must be treated promptly as it can cause damage to tissues and bones. 

Infections of the Nails

Known as onychomycosis, candida overgrowth can also infect finger and toenails. The first sign is cuticles that become red and swollen. The nails may become pitted and develop white patches that are brittle. The nails usually weaken and break or split easily. If the infection is not treated, the nails may turn brown or yellow and the build-up of fungus under the nail bed may cause it to fall off. 

Fungi exist in nature in many forms. Some are helpful and even provide food. Candida is everywhere, even in the human body. As long as it's kept in balance, it's harmless but when candida overgrows, the resulting infection must be treated. Know the symptoms and see a doctor if they occur.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cape Coral, Fla.

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