Candidiasis / Yeast Infection - Information About
Candidiasis (Yeast Infection)
are 3 levels of candidiasis
What is Candidiasis ?
Commonly referred to as a
yeast infection or thrush –
candidiasis is a fungal infection (mycosis)
of any of the Candida species. Other
technical names for candidiasis include candidosis, moniliasis and oidiomycosis.
most prevalent species involved in yeast infections is
There are three levels of candidiasis
unicellular yeast form of candidiasis
Yeast appears as a whitish plaque, discharge or
Is limited to mucosal membranes in the mouth or vagina -
is usually easy to cure in people who are not
High risk groups –
include newborns and adults over 65 years;
Vaginal thrush can be caused by frequent vaginal douching
addition to the causes mentioned above) - which disturbs vaginal pH, increasing
risk of yeast infection.
Tips to prevent the progression from this level
to the next more aggressive level
Oral hygiene is crucial -
the candida and prevent the yeast from becoming more aggressive, which can
happen over a period of years. Remember to brush your tongue, and rinse your
mouth with an anti-fungal solution (E.g. 3% hydrogen peroxide),
as well as brushing your teeth.
Ensure your body is
well-stocked with probiotics –
E.g. by either taking a good probiotic
supplement or eating a daily serving of an organic, multi-strain, live-culture
yogurt, containing around 20 billion organisms. This will increase intestinal
acidity, which deters Candida.
to increase body’s probiotic presence
C. Albicans in oval yeast form (no hyphae)
(2) Mycelial /Chronic candidiasiS
weakened immune system, Candida albicans can overgrow
and change into an aggressive fungus
In this aggressive form, Candida sprouts long root-like rhizoids -
hyphae, which it uses to anchor to
mucous membranes, such as mouth, vagina, sinuses, ears, nasopharynx,
respiratory system, genitourinary tract, warm moist skin areas (incl. under
finger and toe-nails) and the GI tract lining.
reoccurring ulcers, red patches, painful sores
“Leaky Gut Syndrome” -
Candida makes microscopic holes in the gut lining, through which
large food molecules, bacteria and yeast can pass into the bloodstream.
when undigested substances get into the blood, where they are not supposed to
be, they can cause allergies.
is involved in over half of Interstitial Cystitis (IC) cases - but
there are also other emerging species causing IC,
such as Candida glabrata.
Often no longer visible –
can not be medically detected in the small intestine –
at least, not until after you’re dead, when
the intestine can be cut open
C. Albicans in mycelial form (with hyphae)
Toxic - releasing toxins to many
parts of the body, it further weakens the immune system.
Candida Albicans produces
~100 different toxins putting a great strain on the liver -
then no longer adequately detoxify the body, resulting in extreme fatigue and a
general feeling of discomfort. These toxins produce pathological changes in
tissues and organs and interfere with proper immune function.
Candida toxins also cause allergic
reactions and are responsible for the debilitating symptoms of Candidiasis.
(3) INVASIVE CandidIASIS (IC)
Candida can penetrate the intestinal
walls, and gain access to
the bloodstream (called candidemia)
and thus can
travel to the central nervous system or organs - where, if untreated, it is
fatal in a matter of days.
Widespread throughout body -
Candida can contaminate the glands, kidneys, bladder, lungs, heart, liver,
skin, mucous membranes and the brain and nervous system
producing a large number of
Statistics - According to the Center for Disease Control, the
blood of ~ 8 in every 100,000 people become infected with invasive Candidiasis
(IC) each year in the U.S., and a
data from the National Center for Health Statistics and recent literature
determined that IC-associated mortality has remained stable since 1997, at
approximately 0.4 deaths per 100,000 population.
Persons at high risk for candidemia - include low-birth-weight babies, surgical
patients, and those with immuno-deficiency (E.g. AIDS patients)