Normally, there are various types of flora present in our body for the well-functioning of the whole system; among this there is a fungus called Candida albicans. Candida albicans is a part of the intestinal flora. This fungus when present in small controlled amount is benign. However, sometimes due to certain conditions, the healthy gut bacteria count is disrupted by the imbalance of the flora, and this mainly happens due to using high dosages of antibiotics, or using them over a period of time. There are few other triggers which include uncontrolled diabetes, diet which is too high in sugary products, and sometimes due to an impaired immune system. Symptoms related to this infection include lethargy, mood swings, poor memory, headache, increased craving for sweets and many more. The nature of the stool helps to diagnose the person who has been affected with intestinal Candidiasis. Candida stool can surely lead to further infection and affect the intestine as well.
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What Causes Candida in Stool?
When a Candida Stool infection is left untreated, extreme growths of the fungi takes place when it multiplies in large numbers, and thereby depositing itself inside the intestine and causing more infection. When these microorganisms causing infection increases in large numbers, the body tries to remove the excess through bowel movement, and it can be identified by having a milky or cream-like appearance in the stool confirming Candida Stool infection. The cheesy and stringy substance in the bowel movement indicates the presence of excess Candida yeast in the intestine.
In 2002, a study tried to find the role of soluble faecal substances on patients having diarrhea associated with antibiotic and the levels of faecal candida to the circumstances. To do this, a vitro study of stool fluids in diluted form was taken from patients suffering from antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) and normal subjects. A very significant amount of Candida albicans growth was found in the patients suffering from AAD in comparison to normal subjects (1:10). It was found that AAD itself was not the cause for the increasing count of Candida, rather the recent antibiotic treatment for diarrhea was the reason behind it.
This study showed that patients suffering from diarrhea when treated with antibiotics, showed a significant increase in Candida albicans growth. It goes to show that the antibiotic use caused the misbalance in the intestinal microflora, which keeps a check on the Candida level. But it’s important to note that using antibiotics doesn’t directly cause Candida overgrowth, but antibiotics do kill off the body’s natural friendly bacteria that controls the levels of Candida, which in-turn causes the Candida to grow rapidly inside the body.
In 2006, a study was conducted to find the symptoms and the complaints generally received from patients who had Candida present in their stool. 500 subjects took part in the study. The study consisted of a questionnaire that comprised of lifestyle choices, smoking habits, diseases and symptoms, apart from this, stool sample collection was also a part of the study. 308 of the subjects were found to have significant Candida in their stool. It was found that 45 of 78 with Candida were smokers and 68 out of the 230 were non-smokers.
This study was the first to find a link between smoking and Candida presence in stool. It was seen that smokers were more prone to have more Candida growth than non-smokers. So, giving up the smoking habit would be advisable when suffering from Candida infections.
What Does Candida Stool Look Like?
It is found that sometimes the stool may also appear like thin pieces, which are very similar to the ones of string cheese and sometimes they may appear like gel, which is clear and slimy. Candida Stool can also cause diarrhea and it may sometimes cause watery film like covering on its surface. It may look like as if oil is floating it. Candida Stool can also have texture similar to cottage cheese. Candida stool infection is generally not visible under naked eye. Sometimes due to this infection, pain may also occur during bowel movement.
A Candida stool test can be used in order to identify the presence of Candida in Stool. However, this test can only confirm the presence of Candida Stool only when the fungus is present in very large numbers, but in some people with low presence of yeast growth, the Candida stool test may not detect the presence of Candida effectively.
Treatment is done by the help of antifungal medicine. However, it is found that few natural treatment methods can also be used to treat the infection. These include eating unsweetened natural yogurt and taking probiotic drinks as they are very useful in order to restore the overall flora of the intestine, and they also contain acidophilus bacteria, which is friendly bacteria. As, this bacteria produces acid which help to keep the Candida yeast growth under control.
Food and Edibles
Generally, Fiber should be included in the diet and the use of flaxseed should also be encouraged. It is also advised to increase the intake of water to around 8 ounces on an empty stomach. Taking garlic in a form of capsule can also help to reduce the effect of infection. Sugary foods should be avoided as it can cause imbalance to the blood sugar levels, and the yeast thereby increase the spread of infection. Some other causes are the use of: immune suppressing drugs, antibiotics and steroids.
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