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Candida

 

Is a fungal disease which affects many parts of the body, but is commonly to affect warm, damp areas.

What to look for

Itching and burning in the affected areas. This may be painful then the infection in the mouth causes medium white patches on the gums, lips and inside the cheeks.  Discharge. negative reactions to certain foods, anxiety, inability to concentrate, depression, diarrhoea or constipation, chronic fatigue, recurring cystitis and headaches

Causes

Candida bacteria which is an organism which is often on the skin or in the gut of most people. If the patient starts to get the symptoms, it is because there is another problem that caused the bacteria to expand more than usual. (Except in vaginal thrush - it can be healthy and still be afflicted with thrush). Most of the elderly may get Candida in there mouth. This is normally caused by ill fitting dentures, cuts or abrasions. Babies are likely to get thrush in their mouth areas and this is Very normal. Re-occurring thrush in women can because of reinfection from a sexual partner or because of the continued use of contraceptive pill.

Dietary considerations

It is very important to build up your immune system so it can fight off any overgrowth of the virus. Oil are helpful as well. Garlic tablets are good as well.

When to seek further professional advice

Thrush can normally be controlled by topical creams and adjustments to the diet.

Alternative/Natural Treatment

This condition is normally kept in control by other ‘friendly’ bacteria, but if you are ill, run-down, or being treated with any antibiotics, the fungus can grow. The virus does not live in acid environments. Barberry, comfrey, Echinacea or golden seal, thyme and rosemary are very useful herbs for this condition consult your doctor for the required doses.

Traditional Treatment

In the case of vaginal infection, pessaries and creams are available and Normally help to control the problem. If the infection is in the mouth it’s usually treated orally.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-18