Invasive Candida

Candida Albicans Intestinal

Candida Albicans Intestinal

In 2008, Jawhara S, et al. conducted an experiment on mice to bring forth the fact that if there was any kind of relation between Candida albicans intestinal infection and colonic inflammation with the help of Gal-3 (Galectin-3) which is a lectin that binds to some specific candida albicans glycan in our intestine, which contribute to inflammation and lead to intestinal Candida infection. They found the result to be positive and colonization of Candida albicans highly promoted inflammation in the intestine. Through TLR-2 expression, MPO activity, TNF-alpha they found that DSS induced Candida supplemented inflammation.

Another study showed that mice having Candida overgrowth in their intestines showed a much lesser rate of healing from gastric ulcers when they were treated with acetic acid, but the ones which did not receive any Candida albicans, they recovered much faster from the ulcer which indicates that colonization of Candida albicans can increase ulcers severely and blocks the healing of the ulcer.

So from the above two studies, we can see that Candida albicans colonization can reduce the healing power of our body and can increase inflammation in the intestine and its presence can also reduce the healing rate of other intestinal diseases like ulcer.

 

 

What Causes Intestinal Candida?

Candida Albicans IntestinalIntestinal Candida overgrowth occurs due to increased antibiotic use, stress, high daily consumption rate of alcohol, and intake of birth control pills. Steroids also suppress our immune system and using other hormones and dieting, the death of friendly bacteria occur within our intestines. The broad spectrum antibiotic drugs that we consume cannot discrimate whether the pathogens that they are suppressing or killing are friendly and beneficial or harmful. They kill many such beneficial bacteria which could protect us from various diseases that the harmful micro-organisms could have caused.

The patients who suffer from celiac disease also suffer from Candida intestinal infections due to the overgrowth of Candida albicans which is a kind of yeast. They are naturally present in our gut in a quite small amount that does not cause harm to our body. But when the number of this harmful organism increases due to unfavourable conditions they invade the lining of our intestine and it becomes damaged due to this inflamation. They promote malnutrition in the body, our immune system is suppressed and the composition of the gut flora in our gastro-intestinal tract gets disrupted due to which Candida albicans intestinal diseases take place.

 

 

Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth and Ways to detect it:

After the Candida intestinal disease has taken place due to overgrowth of harmful fungi within the body, it is not quite easy to detect or identify the specific species of yeast or other harmful micro-organism. Yeast mainly feeds upon the starchy foods and carbohydrates and they proliferate. It causes more and more cravings for such carbohydrates. As fermentation occur the yeast eliminate gases which cause diarrhoea, food intolerances, constipation and pain in the abdomen. There are also some life-threatening effects caused by the Candida albicans intestinal infection when they invade our bloodstream like lethargy, fatigue, depression, anxiety and irritability.

 

Intestinal Candida Symptoms

Wondering how to identify the outburst of intestinal Candida overgrowth? The general symptoms include, the victim feeling malaise in general. It is likely that the victim of intestinal Candida overgrowth will experience a feeling of extreme fatigue and craving for sweets. Here are the most common symptoms that indicate the excessive growth of Candida in the intestine.

 

Gastrointestinal Symptoms

It is likely that intestinal Candidiasis will trigger the issues like ‘gas’ that will trigger ‘bloating’ and ‘cramps’ of the intestinal muscles. In infants, diaper rashes and rectal itching are the common symptoms. There are high chances for the victims of intestinal Candidiasis to experience diarrhea and constipation in alternate intervals.

 

Thrush

With the victims of overgrowth of yeasts in the intestine, there are the possibilities for these microorganisms to trigger thrush, wherein raised white patches appear on the tongue. In some instances, these patches get scrapped to expose the inflamed tissue.

 

Symptoms related to the Nervous and Immune System

Candida Albicans hold the capacity to negatively affect the human Nervous and immune systems. The symptom regarding the nervous system can be depression as well as a feeling of irritability. Likewise, the victims of overgrowth of Candida in the intestine are likely to experience problems regarding mental concentration and the ability to focus.

As for immune system related symptoms, you are likely to experience the appearance of rashes and infections frequently and these troubles will persist, longer than usual. In addition, the skin may turn excessively sensitive towards some specific chemicals. There are cases, wherein it was observed that the victim of Candidisis in the intestine found it almost impossible to fight the attack of infection.
In addition to the symptoms discussed above, these instances affect the hormonal system and it likely to trigger irregularities in the menstrual cycle as well as retard the libido as well. Instances of frequent infection in the vagina and bladder is also common.

 

Tests of Candida Infection:

Stool or urine sample test can be an effective way to detect the overgrowth of yeast and by testing the Candida antibody levels. Apart from this blood test can measure yeast product levels in the blood, which includes the amount of alcohol and other organic acids.
One could also try out an at home Candida saliva test to check if they have an overgrowth of Candida, however the Candida saliva test wont always be able to detect Candida in the intestine as the types of food and drink we consume may alter the results. In which case, opting for a clinical test at your doctors practice is highly advisable.

A simple Candida spit test can be done by:

1) Filling a clean glass with 2/3 full of cold tap water, then spitting in it first thing in the morning before brushing.

2) Wait 5 minutes.

3) See what happens to the saliva in the water. If it starts sinking or specking down into the water then you may have Candida overgrowth. But if it just mains on top of the water then you don’t have an overgrowth of Candida.

 
 

How Can You Prevent Intestinal Candida Infection?

The yeast can be killed with the help of natural remedies or specific medication which are anti-fungal. To restore back the normal conditions in your body, you need to maintain strict prebiotic and probiotic diets that should be free from gluten. The food you consume should be free from sugar and starch to a large extent, along with taking some anti-fungal medicines. Remove any kind of food that will feed the yeast and lead to their growth. All kinds of junk foods like pizza, burgers, chips, pasta should be excluded from your diet. Baked, sugary foods should be avoided like cakes, pastries, cookies, brownies, muffins, etc. We should include nuts, and seeds, vegetables without starch like lettuce, kale, escarole, artichoke, endive, cauliflower, sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, squash, and cucumbers to our diet. Learn more about natural treatments for Candida here!

 

References:

  • Inflammation and gastrointestinal  Candida colonization – 2011 – Current Opinion in Microbiology Journal – by Carol A. Kumamoto
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3163673/
  • Intestinal Mucosal in Candida albicans Infections – 2013 – Microbiological Research Journal – by Lei Yan, Chunhui Yang, Jianguo Tang
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0944501313000293

 

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Candida in Urine

Candida in Urine

Candida Cure By Linda Allen

 

How Can Candida in Urine Effect the Body?

Candida fungus can cause urinary tract infection under a number of circumstances, which makes the growth conditions highly favorable.

The presence of a mix of fungal cell casts along with white and red blood cells is often a telltale sign regarding the presence of Candida in urine and a possible case of Candidiasis of the urinary tract. This condition is often quite difficult to diagnose because of the asymptomatic manner in which it occurs in a large percentage of the people suffering from it. Therefore, it would do a lot of people a world of good by becoming aware of this condition, and particularly those who fall under the high-risk group of contracting this disease. Candida is present in the vaginal tract in women, as well as on the skin surface and the digestive tract of most people to always carry a potent threat of causing an opportunistic infection under the right conditions for its overgrowth. Therefore, it ought not to come as a great shock that women are more at risk of suffering from Candida yeast infection in their urinary tract because of its close proximity to the vaginal region.
 
Women can become particularly susceptible after undergoing a prolonged antibiotic therapy. Similarly, people who have compromised immune capacity are also at a heightened risk of suffering from a bout of Candida in urine tract. Thus, people who are HIV positive, or have recently undergone organ transplant are particularly susceptible to having yeast in urine. Similarly, those undergoing treatment for advanced stages of cancer are also at high risk because of their weakened immune system to get Candida in urine as-well.
 
A number of other health conditions can also predispose a person towards carrying a higher risk of suffering from Candida yeast in urine. Advanced cases of diabetes mellitus can weaken the immune capacity, while an abundance of sugar in the body and even in the urine provides the perfect growth trigger for the fungus. Moreover, pregnancy, and other objects in the urinary tract causing obstruction can lead to the presence of the Candida in urine. Moreover, infection can spread to the renal region from the gastrointestinal tract through blood. Therefore, people suffering from any of the aforementioned health conditions ought to be doubly alert regarding the heightened chances of suffering Candida yeast infection in the urinary tract and renal system.  

 

Candida in Urine Symptoms:

Even though an alarmingly high percentage of cases of urinary tract Candidiasis remain asymptomatic in nature, quite few show symptoms in the form of dysuria, or increase in frequency and urgency of passing of urine.

Moreover, a fungus ball might be present which can lead to obstruction in the urinary tract.

In addition, some of the patients with this condition might experience high fever because of the yeast in urine infection.

 

How Candida Overgrowth Occurs:

Candida yeast likes warm, moist areas which explains why you can easily experience a vaginal candidiasis or penile thrush. Yet another critical areas where we generally have bacteria in the form of lactic acid keeping our system working in harmony and equilibrium is within the gut. If yeast grows unmanageable in the colon it may cause ‘leaky gut’ and the yeast can then move across the abdominal walls into the body flow and actually be moved around the human body where, if the bodily difference remains; it could cause a variety of havoc.
 
If the candida species does move across the intestinal walls and commence to take over colonies inside the internal organs of the human body it can potentially cause critical health issues. So treatment for candidiasis is necessary, but sometimes the normal at the counter solutions tend to be limited for giving permanent respite from the problem of Candida. So don’t ignore a candida albicans infection, especially when it is persistent. You’ll need to start a procedure of detoxing the body right away and subsequent an holistic treatment policy for regaining health and slowing the growth of candida in your system.

 

Treatment Options for Candida in Urine:

The use of antifungal medications can prove to be helpful at first, but then the candida may start regrowing back again if changes are not made to your diet and lifestyle. In which case, you may want to opt for a natural solution/remedy to fully destroy the presence of any such yeast overgrowth in the long term. Check out the: Natural 12hr Candida Treatment.

 

Other Medications:
Some antifungal medications include diflucan, and Amphotericin B. Moreover, in cases where it occurs because of the contamination of the urine catheter, reducing the time of catheterization will definitely help.
 
Thus, accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment is the best way forward for anyone having detected Candida in urine, which is a probable sign of urinary Candidiasis.

 

Urinary Tract Yeast Infection:

 
Urinary Tract
 
Candida or yeast can infect your urinary tract and cause urinary tract yeast infection. However, this disease is not very common.

 

How to identify Urinary Tract Yeast Infection?

The symptoms of the urinary tract yeast infection are similar to sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s).  You must immediately get yourself checked by your doctor in case of the following symptoms:
 

  • Itching while urinating.

  • Burning sensation while urinating.

  • Stinging sensation that occurs during urination.

  • The urge to urinate frequently.

  • Urine has unusual odor.

  • Pain in the lower back.

 

Causes of Urinary Tract Yeast Infection:

Most common cause of the urinary tract yeast infection is use of a catheter. However in some cases urinary tract infection can also be occur even when catheter is not present. Around 20 percent women have urinary tract yeast infection once in their lifetime.

 

Does it Cause Back Pain?

When there is yeast infection in the urinary tract, the function of bladder and kidneys is inhibited. Candida then makes its way inside the tissues of your organs and causes pain and discomfort in the back.

 

Diagnosis of the Urinary Tract Yeast Infection:

Tests can be performed to determine if yeast is present in the urine or is found in small amounts near the urethral opening.  To identify if the yeast are present in the opening or contained in the urine, doctors recommend several tests so that correct diagnosis can be made.

 

Worsening of the Symptoms:

The symptoms of the disease worsen when yeast spreads to other parts of the body internally. Yeast can also be found in the stool, as well as in the blood (candidemia). The advanced stages of the internal infections must be treated right away, as if there is a delay, the infection can harm the functionality of internal organs. So it’s recommended that you see your doctor if you have any such symptoms.

 

The Symptoms of the Advanced Infection are:

  • Diarrhea

  • Feeling of overall sickness.

  • Felling tired most of the time.

  • Body aches

  • The symptoms become worse on rainy days.

  • Persistent athlete’s foot and fungus in nails.

  • Mouth sores.

  • Body temperature is low.

  • Aches in ear and sinus.

  • Vaginitis

  • Repeated disorders of the digestive system.

 

There are several treatments available for treating yeast infections, and if you do discover any symptoms of urinary tract yeast infection on your body, it is advisable to seek treatment.

 

Candida in Urine Research:

A study published in ‘PubMed’ looked at Candida albican infections in the urinary tract. Glands like the prostate in men and periurethral in women showed signs of fungal growth. Candida growth on mucous membranes is hidden by natural flora. Infections include bladder, renal parenchymal and fungus ball. It also suggested that Candiduria (Candida in the urine) flourishes in cases of diabetes mellitus, or recent use of antibiotic and corticosteroid treatment.

A study published in the ‘Oxford Journals’ suggested that the signs of Candida in the urine in critically patients who are ill should primarily be regarded as a marker for invasive candidiasis. The occurrences of Candida casts within the urine are usually a sign of renal candidiasis.

Candida albicans is the most prolific candida species when it attacks the urinary tract. Both the above studies suggest that Candida in the urinary tract isn’t a very common occurrence in many people. But it may also occur in people with compromised immune systems, or if one is undergoing a long term illness.

 

References:

  • Urinary Tract Infections Due to Candida albicans Book – by: Oxford University Press – 1982

  • Candida Urinary Tract Infections – oxfordjournals – By Carol A. Kauffman1
    http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/52/suppl_6/S457.full

  • Urinary infections due to Candida – 1982 – by Fisher JF, Chew WH, Shadomy S, Duma RJ, Mayhall CG, House WC (Rev Infect Dis)
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6760338

  • Candida Urinary Tract Infections – 2011 – by Carol A. Kauffman, John F. Fisher, Jack D. Sobel, and Cheryl A. Newman (Clin Infect Dis)
    http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/52/suppl_6/S452.abstract?sid=90174fb4-d0a7-42b7-a8d2-7d990895b61d

 

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