Women at sometime in their life have suffered with vaginal yeast infection. Usually this infection is very easy to identify and with the use of effective medication can be easily treated. Yeast infection is also referred to as candidiasis, because the candida species is the most common cause – as they don’t always limit themselves to one area of the body and don’t always announce themselves through readily identified symptoms. Under some of the circumstances, the yeast organism can multiply and spread in an uncontrolled way. This results in chronic infections that lead to a wide range of health problems, which includes weight gain and difficulty in losing excess pounds. Matter gets worse because the symptoms of candidiasis can be so varied, that physicians often fail to recognize the underlying difficulty and treat it appropriately. And by the time the physicians are able to find out the symptoms, the yeast penetrates and damages the body’s cell and may be difficult to eliminate.
Although you might be frightened to hear this scenario, but the truth is that no one has to suffer with yeast infections. As laboratory test have determine whether you have yeast overgrowth and a multileveled treatment plan can spell the end of candidiasis, restoring your well being and enabling you to enjoy a healthy body weight.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY YEAST INFECTIONS?
Candida is the yeast which is one of the billions of microorganism normally found in the mucous membrane o the body – in the mouth, the throat, the digestive tract and the genitals. When our body is working properly, growth of this organism is controlled by the body’s healthy bacteria, but when the body’s microorganisms get out of balance – which can happen for various reasons, yeast multiply and cause the infection which is better known as candidiasis. You must have heard about vaginal yeast infections, in fact, over millions of women in the United States alone develop this disorder every year. Even mouth can be infected with the localized infections, where the problem is known as thrush, whereas in the other areas of the body such as urinary tract. In very rare cases, yeast can even enter the systemic circulation and can spread throughout the body, producing a serious systemic infection that affects the blood, esophagus, eyes, heart, kidneys, liver, skin and spleen. Both men and women can be affected with this infection.
Yeast overgrowth can be due to various factors with antibiotics being the leading cause. As when these drugs used to kill disease causing bacteria, they also destroy the “good” bacteria that keep yeast and other microorganism under their control. As a result, the yeast is able to multiply and “take over’ the body. But the only cause of yeast infection is not antibiotics. Yeast overgrowth can be set off by just about anything that disturbs the body’s delicate balance of microorganisms or compromises the immune system. There are some possible causes and various contributing factors can include the following: –
- Birth control pills
- Chronic constipation or diarrhea
- Excessive stress
- Exposure to chemicals and toxins
- Genital irritations and abrasions
- High blood sugar levels
- Hormonal changes associated with the normal menstrual cycle
- Hypothyroidism (thyroid hormone deficiency)
- Infection from sexual partner
- Intestinal parasites
IF YOU HAVE THE FOLLOWING YOU COULD BE IN THE ARREST OF YEAST INFECTION
As now you have already learned that yeast infection remain very local or can spread throughout the body and affects more than one body system.
THE DIFFERENT SPECIES OF CANDIDA YEAST
You must have often heard about Candida albicans through most of the health professionals while discussing yeast infection. But it is true that this species is the most common of the candida yeast and therefore the most likely culprit when people develop yeast related problem. But there are around six different species of candida which are responsible for infections in humans.
Candida albicans: – The most abundant species of candida is Candida albicans. It is mainly responsible for vaginal candidiasis. Not only this, it is also responsible for 50 percent of other candida infections, as well.
Candida tropicalis: – The second most common yeast organism to cause infections in humans. Around 15 to 30 percent of blood infections from yeast is through Candida tropicalis.
Candida glabrata: – Oral yeast infections are caused due to Candida glabrata and are believed to be involved in 15 to 30 percent of all infections from yeast.
Candida parapsilosis: – It is a species which is on rise and is estimated to cause 15 to 30 percent of all yeast infections.
Candida krusei: – This species of candida is a fairly rare species of yeast, it only accounts for one percent of candidiasis cases. Infant diarrhea and systemic yeast infections are most often associated with this.
Candida lusitaniae: – It is another rare species of candida. It is believed to be responsible for around 1 percent of all candida infections.
This is the only reason, there is a wide range of possible symptoms of candidiasis. Below, you can find these warning signs categorized according to the area of the body that is affected by the yeast.
ALLERGIC AND UPPER RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS
- Blurred vision
- Body aches and tension
- Bronchitis (recurrent)
- Burning or tingling of the extremities
- Chemical sensitivity
- Chest pain
- Hay fever
- Nasal congestion
- Numbness of the extremities
- Painful, swollen, stiff joints
- Shortness of breath
- Sinusitis (sinus infection)
- Sore throat
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD / ADHD)
- Feelings of unreality
- Inability to concentrate
- Poor memory
- Mood swings
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Crohn’s disease
- Dry mouth
- Food sensitivities
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Lactose intolerance
- Oral thrush
- Rectal itching
GENITAL AND REPRODUCTIVE PROBLEMS
- Loss of sexual feelings
- Menstrual irregularities
- Painful intercourse
- Penile burning, itching, discharge or rash
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland)
- Recurrent vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina)
- Uterine cramps
- Vaginal burning, itching or discharge
- Vulvodynia (chronic vulvar pain)
GLANDULAR AND AUTOIMMUNE PROBLEMS
- Adrenal dysfunction
- Cold hands or feet
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Hypothyroidism (thyroid hormone deficiency)
- Low body temperature
- Lupus erythematosus
- Multiple sclerosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Athlete’s foot
- Diaper rash
- Dry skin
- Excessive perspiration
- Facial rash
- Fungus infection of the nails
- Impetigo (skin infection)
- Inflammation of hair follicles
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Tinea cruris (jock itch)
- Bladder infection (recurrent)
- Burning on urination
- Cystitis (inflammation of the bladder)
- Fluid retention
- Frequent urination
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Muscle aches or weakness
- Myasthenia gravis
If many of the symptoms in the above lists sound familiar to you perhaps yeast infection is contributing to your weight-loss problem.