Candida is yeast that usually lives harmlessly on the human body. However, sometimes it can start to grow out of control. This is usually because the immune system is running somewhat low, and has allowed the yeast to proliferate. For instance, there may be a lack of probiotics that usually keep the yeast in check.
Candida infections can be hugely problematic, and symptoms can range from mild to severe. There is a huge range of candida symptoms, so it can be difficult establishing whether you have an infection, or not.
There are tests that you can take to detect candida, but before you part with your money unnecessarily, you should be aware of the symptoms. This way, you can know beforehand if buying the test could prove worthwhile. If it’s clear that you have no candida-specific symptoms, then you know that buying a test will be a waste of times, and that you should simply look elsewhere for a solution to your particular issue.
OK, so what are some common candida symptoms?
1. Vaginal infections that itch are a common sign of candida. Discharge tends to have a cottage cheese like appearance. You do need to be careful here, because it is often mistaken with bacterial vaginosis, which is another type of vaginal infection. Here, you can buy tests that will tell you which of the two it may be. If you have symptoms of either, then take the test to make sure that you treat the correct condition. Both require different types of medicine.
2. Nail and skin infections, especially if they itch. If you have toe or fingernails that have a yellowish hue, and a crumbling texture, then it’s highly likely that candida is the culprit. Likewise, candida is responsible for athlete’s foot.
3. Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and lethargy. If people frequently call you lazy, and you have no idea how to find energy, then it could be that you’re suffering from a candida infection. It is particularly associated with difficulties in memory, concentration, and focus. Many people describe the phenomenon as “brain fog”. However, do be aware here that these latter symptoms are common with many different types of illness, and may not necessarily be due to candida. Nonetheless, it can be worth trying to tackle candida to see if it helps with these particular symptoms. We understand that they can be extremely debilitating, so it’s worth trying various avenues to try to establish a solution.
4. Problems with your digestive systems, especially bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhoea. All of these can be indicative of a candida overgrowth.
If you suspect that you have a candida overgrowth, then visit your local pharmacy and request a test. They have them on the shelves, so it isn't a test that you do at the pharmacy, but instead, can take it home to carry it out in comfort.
If you do have candida, then there are many options available. There are pills, supplements, creams, and pessaries that you can take to tackle the issue. Bear in mind that with severe cases you might require multiple treatments.
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