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Candida

Candidiasis

Candidiasis or Candida is a fungal infection caused by an overgrowth of fungus belonging to the Candida species. Candida yeasts are normally present in the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, and vagina without causing symptoms. Sometimes, however, the balance between Candida and normally present bacteria becomes disrupted.

Candida Symptoms
Candida is such a difficult condition to diagnose because it can affect each sufferer in a different way. For this reason, Candida is often misdiagnosed and the symptom is treated instead of the underlying cause such as a yeast infection in woman where antibiotics are prescribed.
The consensus is that many more people are suffering from Candida than those few who are diagnosed correctly. You may find yourself suffering from any or all of the following symptoms if you have Candida:

Neurological

  • Inability to focus
  • Headaches
  • Poor memory, Brain fog, Irritability, Anger, Dizziness, Depression, Crying spells, Panic attacks
  • Low libido
  • Persistent extreme fatigue, Hyperactivity
  • Cravings for sweets and alcohol
  • Insomnia
  • Poor coordination

Your Digestive System

  • Acid reflux
  • Bloating, Flatulence, Nausea, Diarrhea, Constipation, Stomach cramps, Indigestion, Burping after meals
  • Mucus in stool
  • Hemorrhoids
  •  Itching anus

Your Skin

  • Acne
  • Cysts
  • Hives
  • Night sweats
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema, Dermatitis
  • Fungal infections of the nails & skin
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Body odor

Your Mouth

  • Thrush (white coating on tongue)
  • Swollen lower lip
  • Bad Breath
  •  Metallic taste in mouth
  • Canker sores
  • Bleeding gums
  • Cracked tongue

Your Respiratory System

  • Persistent cough
  • Mucus in throat
  • Sore throat
  • Sinus congestion
  • Chronic post-nasal drip
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Hay fever symptoms
  • Sinusitis
  • Asthma

Your Ears And Eyes

  • Eye pain
  • Itchy eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision
  • Bags under eyes
  • Ringing in the ears, Ear infections

Your Genital-Urinary System

  • Recurring yeast infections
  • Recurring UTI’s (urinary tract infections)
  • Cystitis (inflammation of the bladder)
  • PMS & menstrual irregularities
  • Fungal rash

Your Immune System

  • Frequent colds and flu
  • Allergies
  • Sensitivities to food
  • Sensitivities to fragrances and chemicals (environmental)

Your Weight

  • Inability to lose weight
  • Water retention

Other Symptoms

  • Heart palpitations
  • Chronic body pain and/or joint pains, Muscle aches and stiffness

Candida Misdiagnosis

Your doctor might confuse any of the following conditions with Candida. The reason is that the symptoms are often exactly the same, and Candida may manifest itself in any combination of those symptoms. We have listed here some of the possible misdiagnoses, together with the symptom that your doctor has focused on. Remember, your doctor is relying on you for an accurate description of your symptoms, so make sure you tell them everything!

IBS – abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, indigestion
Arthritis – joint pain
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – constant fatigue
Diaper Rash – rashes and itching in infants
Athlete’s Foot – Fungus on toenails
Crohn’s Disease – abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, indigestion
Gastroenteritis – abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, indigestion

A Candida misdiagnosis may actually worsen your Candida overgrowth. If your doctor believes that you have IBS, Crohn’s Disease or Gastroenteritis, he may prescribe the anti-inflammatory Cortisone. This introduces steroids to the gut, which can increase the growth of Candida colonies.

Testing For Candida

Candida is something of a controversial illness, and many medical professionals have not yet recognized it. Regretfully, this means that many patients are turned away and do not get the help that they need. There are tests available to help rule out candida. If you are tested positive we can work with you on a customized protocol to help eradicate the candida infection. Here are a few tests available.

Spit Test
Here’s a simple test that some Candida sufferers claim will diagnose your systemic Candidiasis. As we’ll mention below, the science behind this is a little suspect. Feel free to try the test, but don’t rely on this test alone.
1. When you get up in the morning, and before you brush your teeth, eat or drink anything, fill a glass with bottled water at room temperature.
2. Spit some saliva gently into the glass.
3. Come back every 20 minutes for the next hour and check for some of these tell-tale signs of Candida:
– ‘Strings’ coming down through the water from the saliva at the top
– Butty saliva sitting at the bottom of the glass
– Opaque specks of saliva suspended in the water

Candidiasis diagnosis is no easy task, but your best bet is to go with how your feel, and ask for some blood tests. Read below to find out which tests you should get to confirm candida:

Lab Tests

Blood Test
An Anti-Candida Antibodies, or Candida Immune Complexes test. There are 3 antibodies that should be tested to measure your immune system’s response to Candida – IgG, IgA, and IgM. High levels of these antibodies indicate that an overgrowth of Candida is present. This is the most reliable test for Candidiasis that you can find.

* IgG Panel for Food Sensitivity blood spot test from Great Plains Lab includes candida on their panel. We use this test frequently at Karmic Health with patients.

Stool Analysis
Your stool is directly analyzed for levels of yeast, pathogenic bacteria and friendly bacteria. However Candida often does not show up in this test, so the blood test is more reliable.

Urine Tartaric Acid Test
This test detects tartaric acid – a waste product of Candida yeast overgrowth. An elevated test means an overgrowth of Candida. Again, this test can be unreliable compared to a blood test.

Candida Questionnaire

Here is an abbreviated version of a questionnaire, created by Dr. William Crook and designed to test for Candida. The main difficulty with testing for Candida is that everyone has it! It is not the presence of Candida that is a problem, rather it is the overgrowth of Candida that gives you all those nasty symptoms.

Interpreting the Results

Women
A score of 10 or greater indicates that your health problems may be connected to a yeast overgrowth.
A score of 13 or higher suggests that they are almost certainly yeast connected.
Men
A score of 8 or greater indicates that your health problems may be connected to a yeast overgrowth.
A score of 11 or higher suggests that they are almost certainly yeast connected.

Question

Yes

No

1. Have you taken repeated or prolonged courses of antibacterial drugs? 4 0
2. Have you been bothered by recurrent vaginal, prostate or urinary infections? 3 0
3. Do you feel “sick all over,” yet the cause hasn’t been found? 2 0
4. Are you bothered by hormone disturbances, including PMS, menstrual irregularities, sexual dysfunction, sugar craving, low body temperature or fatigue? 2 0
5. Are you unusually sensitive to tobacco smoke, perfumes, colognes and other chemical odors? 2 0
6. Are you bothered by memory or concentration problems? Do you sometimes feel “spaced out”? 2 0
7. Have you taken prolonged courses of prednisone or other steroids; or have you taken “the pill” for more than 3 years? 2 0
8. Do some foods disagree with you or trigger your symptoms? 1 0
9. Do you suffer with constipation, diarrhea, bloating or abdominal pain? 1 0
10. Does your skin itch, tingle or burn; or is it unusually dry; or are you bothered by rashes? 1 0
11. When you wake up, do you have a white coating on your tongue? 1 0

Visit our page on The Anti-Candida Diet

 

* Karmic Health’s complete protocol will give you a detailed list of foods to eat and foods to avoid along with a nutraceutical regime to help eradicate candida. We work closely with you along the way to guide and monitor your progress. Our goal is to reach optimal health by alleviating symptoms related to candida.

Contact us today for an appointment: info@karmic-health.com or call 760.685.3154

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