We all have the fungal strain called Candida Albicans in our bodies.
Candida is a sort of yeast, which is a form of fungus that is regularly present in the body.
Several conditions can lead to overgrowth, creating an infection.
What is the leading cause of candida?
Also, sugar is some of the most common causes of having yeast overgrowth in the body.
What are the symptoms of Candida Infection?
Symptoms differ from person to person and in severity, but common symptoms include fatigue, urinary tract infections, brain fog, digestive system issues like constipation, gas and bloating, and skin or nail fungal infections.
Your body experiences free radical damage when yeast overgrowth and produces a by-product called acetaldehyde.
At some point in life, almost 65 percent of women are likely to experience at least one candida infection in their lifetime.
Here are some signs of candida infection.
1. Brain Fog
Brain fog can also be one of the symptoms of candida overgrowth. Studies show that the inflammation caused by the excessive growth of candida can cause a significant disruption of the nervous system, especially in the case of neurotransmitters. (2)(3)
When this disturbance occurs, you will have short periods of brain fog. If inflammation worsens, brain fog may worsen.
In this case of candida overgrowth, you may experience a lack of concentration, focus problems, loss of coordination, and difficulties with memory.
2. Chronic Fatigue
If you always feel tired and exhausted, no matter how many hours of sleep you get, chronic fatigue syndrome may be the cause.
Other issues may also occur, such as joint pain, headaches, sore throat, and difficulty concentrating and memory.
You are at an increased chance of getting chronic fatigue syndrome if you all ready have a candidiasis infection.
3. Mood disorders
An intestinal Candida overgrowth can suppress the production of serotonin, which is one of the neurotransmitters that boost mood. An important chemical that is released both in the brain and the intestines to calm your nervous system.
Serotonin helps regulate mood, and its’ produces a happy, relaxed feeling, which is why serotonin was called happy hormone.
Lack of serotonin in the body causes the opposite, such as anxiety and depression.
People with candida overgrowth are likely to deal with anxiety, irritability or mood swings, depression, irritability, and panic attacks.
4. Digestive Issues
Your digestive system is full of good bacteria that help to digest your food. If you have an overgrowth of this bacteria, you may experience symptoms such as persistent bloating, flatulence, constipation, burping, gas, stomach cramps, and diarrhea may indicate a candida infection. (7)
The continuous intestinal disorder is usually a common sign of candidiasis, which is the result of yeast overgrowth the intestines and outnumbering the good bacteria in the gut.
5. Fungal infections on the skin and nails
Fungus in the fingernail infections, toenail infections, skin rashes, and athlete’s foot are some of the most common yeast infections caused by the same strain of yeast that causes candidiasis.
Yeast infections of the skin can cause a red rash, itching, and sometimes blisters and sores.
Fungal nail infections can lead to brittle, crumbly or ragged nails, can turn your whole nail white, yellow, green, or black.
However, if left untreated, it can put pressure on the region, cause pain and swelling, and also make the nail to separate from your finger or toe.
If you are dealing with continuous fungal infections of the nail, you may want to talk to a doctor to verify if an increase in candida causes it.
6. Oral thrush
Oral thrush is a common condition, is a type of yeast infection that affects the mucous membranes. (8)
When your immune system is declined, this fungus grows and forms creamy whitish patches on the inner sides of cheeks and the tongue.
Sometimes the infection can spread down into the esophagus, where it can make swallowing painful and difficult.
If left untreated, the infection can develop to the lungs, digestive tract, and heart valves.
If you have this infection, you can easily pass it on to others through saliva.
Babies and toddlers have the highest risk of developing oral thrush because their immune systems haven’t fully developed yet.
7. Hormonal imbalance
You may have to deal with hormonal imbalance because of overgrowth yeast in your body.
Experts believe that candidiasis may be a factor that causes early hormonal imbalance symptoms such as
- Loss of libido
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Menstrual irregularities like pain, bleeding, etc.
- The inability to lose weight.
- Weight gain
More signs of candida infection
- Sinus infections
- Joint pain
- Sensitivity to foods
- Yeast infections
- Itchy anus
- Itchy eyes
- Frequent bladder infections
- Interstitial cystitis (irritable bladder)
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Sensitivities to fragrances and chemicals
- Panic attacks
- Chemical sensitivities
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Sensitivity to light
- Bad breath
- Cracked tongue
Note: If you have been taking antibiotics and notice that you have any of the candida infection symptoms or signs, don’t ignore your condition. You have to see a doctor.