Candida albicans is the fungal organism that usually thrives on the human skin without causing any disturbance to the human host. It causes candidiasis or moniliasis or thrush. Most of the humans carry this organism in their mouth, skin, and gastrointestinal tract and in vagina in the case of women. This organism usually lives in harmony with other microbes in the body.
When the candida proliferates intensely and exceeds the other healthy microorganisms, then the normal microbial balance in the body gets disturbed. Very rarely, yeast will spread very fastly and is known to create pain and swelling in the region it affects. The skin is affected by candidiasis. Candidiasis will further affect liver and spleen as well as the blood stream. The infections of candida trouble us a lot although they are not life-threatening.
Symptoms of Candida
Candida is found to be emitting around 70 toxins into the human body. Some people are prone to allergies with just the presence of yeast in their body. As the fungus spreads in the body it creates great problems leading to various disease conditions, maladies, syndromes and illnesses. Some of the candida symptoms are given under.
The candida infection will appear on the skin where patches with red and itchy skin surface are seen. These patches might ooze out some fluid from it.
The rashes are seen with scabs and pustules in the edges. The rashes are mostly found in the regions of groin, buttock folds, in the navel region and between the fingers or breasts or toes.
Thick, White discharge from Vagina
The infection of vagina results in the discharge of thick, white and cheesy liquid from the vagina. There might be burning sensation when the person urinates or participates in sex. There might be pain during the intercourse.
Red, Swollen Area Around Fingernails
The infection of the finger nails is due to the organism called Candidal paronychia. Candidiasis often affects people who keep their hands in water for longer time.
The infected area will appear as red, painful and swollen surrounding the finger nail. If the condition reaches a worse state, then there are possibilities that the fingernails might get separated.
Whitish, curd like patches are seen in the mouth, especially on the tongue, around the lip region and on the palate. The corners of the mouth sometimes become reddish, moist and cracked. Sometimes, these patches are painful and sometimes they are not.
Infections on Penis
The penis will be infected with candida very rarely. But, the infected region mostly in the tip will appear swollen, red and painful.
Abdominal Gas and Bloating
When the candida infects the intestinal tract it might lead to the formation of gas in the intestines due to which the abdomen dilates.
These symptoms might be because of indigestion. Rectal itching is also observed in some cases. Some cases will show up diarrhea or constipation.
Impact on Brain
The yeast infection might result in headache or migraine, anxiety, mood swings, depression, dizziness, poor memory and cognitive impairment.
The yeast infection might result in the formation of acne and eczema.
The yeast infection might also result in the sinus inflammation, persistent cough and even lead to the sore throat condition.