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All You Need to Know About Treating Candida Naturally

Candida overgrowth can affect many people, resulting in mild to severe symptoms. In this review, Cliff summarises the evidence-based natural treatments available.

Key Findings:

Candida can affect many areas of the body with symptoms ranging from innocuous, to mil, to severe

At greatest risk are those with severe immune dysfunction

Sugar, ultra-refined foods, and trans-fats are likely to worsen candidiasis

Medium-chain triglycerides reduce candidiasis

Omega-3 fats are likely to aid the treatment of candidiasis

Many herbs exhibit anti-candida activity’

Mushrooms such as Reishi may also be of benefit to candida treatment

Candida albicans is a pathogenic yeast that is found in the gastrointestinal tract and mouth of at least 25% of healthy adults.1 It is the main Candida species responsible for candidiasis—symptoms caused by an overgrowth of these yeasts.

Candida is present in many people and may cause symptoms and effects that are mild to moderate (yet often very uncomfortable) in most people, through to very severe, and candidiasisis especially dangerous for those with compromised immune systems (those with HIV or cancer in particular) who are unable to adequately launch immune responses to deal with the yeast. In severe cases of immune dysfunction, candidiasis can be fatal. Candidiasis is typically treated with antifungal drugs amphotericin B, echinocandin, or fluconazole but nutrition may play a valuable role in helping to treat candida overgrowth. Candidiasis is known as ‘thrush’ (especially in the mouth) or as vaginal thrush or ‘yeast infection’ when found in the vagina.

In severe cases of immune dysfunction, candidiasis can be fatal

Candida albicans observed under a microscope. By David Arqueas https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Candida_albicans_(optic_microscope).jpg

Oral

  • White-to-yellow patches on the tongue or other areas of the mouth and throat
  • Mouth or throat soreness and problems swallowing
Human tongue exhibiting oral candidiasis. By James Heilman MD. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Human_tongue_infected_with_oral_candidiasis.jpg

Vaginal

  • Genital itching or ‘burning’ sensation
  • White “cottage cheese-like” discharge from the vagina

Penile

  • Itchy rash

Invasive

  • Itching skin
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Possibly many other symptoms

Candida is also one of the fungi known to be a cause of skin and nail infections known collectively as tinea.

Oncomycosis (fungal nail infection/tinea unguium).By James Heilman MD. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oncymycosis.JPG

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