Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth in Women:
Constant itching sensation
Discomfort while trying to pass urine, or whilst haveing sexual intercourse
White/whitish-grey discharge of the texture of cottage cheese
Rashes appearing around the vulva area
Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth in Men:
Itching sensation alongside discomfort around the head area of the penis
Pain while passing urine.
Rashes around the head region of the penis
Other Candida Overgrowth Symptoms:
Creamy white film on the tongue, alongside a general discomfort in the mouth
Dryness of the lips & cracking at the corners of the mouth
Flat red rashes that comprises the appearance with scalloped edges
Itching & pain
Swelling of nail beds and abnormalities of the nails
Fever & chills, in the case of invasive Candidiasis
Diarrhoea, stomach cramps
Candida Overgrowth Symptoms on Babies:
Yellow pus-filled spots, alongside diaper rashes
Red patches in the diaper area including between the skin folds
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Why Does Candida Overgrowth Happen?
Candida overgrowth occurs when the Candida fungus, which forms a part of the natural microflora of the human body, experiences a spurt in its growth rate, and causes an infection. Thus, it would serve everyone well to become aware of the Candida overgrowth symptoms to be able to take remedial measures and prevent it from causing any further damage. Since, Candida overgrowth can take place in different parts of the body, the likely manifestation of this overgrowth also happens in a number of diverse manners. Knowing about each of these would be helpful in detecting any likely presence of Candida overgrowth anywhere in the body.
Genital Candida Overgrowth Symptoms:
Candida overgrowth is most common in the genital tract of women, and this is because of the favorable growth conditions that are on offer for this fungus. The vagina contains substantial number of this fungus in a significant number of women from across different ethnicities and regions around the globe. Moreover, anything such as administration of antibiotics or frequent douching that can destroy the bacterial population present there provides an ideal opportunity for the Candida yeast to grow rapidly and cause an infection. The major signs of Candida overgrowth symptoms in the genital region of women include presence of a persistent itching sensation, as well as, general irritation.
Moreover, women suffering from an overgrowth of the Candida yeast in their genital tract may also experience pain while trying to pass urine, or having sexual intercourse. In addition to that, a whitish or whitish-grey discharge with the consistency of cottage cheese may also occur in case of vaginal yeast infection. However, the discharge does not carry any particularly unpleasant odor, and it may vary in consistency as well by being watery in certain cases. Finally, rashes may appear in the vulva region, which along with the appearance of the discharge and the persistent itching sensation ought to be reason enough to consult a gynecologist at the earliest. However, not all these symptoms of Candida overgrowth are exclusive to this condition, and it is better to depend on laboratory based diagnostic tools before opting for treatment of yeast infection.
Candida overgrowth can also occur in men, and it is often a common misconception that only women are susceptible to suffering from genital yeast infection. In fact, men having unprotected sexual intercourse with women suffering from vaginal yeast infection are at a risk of contacting it, and this mode of transmission is not that rare. The most common Candida overgrowth symptoms in men include the itching sensation, which is present in women suffering from this infection as well. The itching sensation along with discomfort is most pronounced in the head region of the penis, the Glans Penis. Moreover, men suffering from this condition can also experience irritation while passing urine. The whitish discharge may also be present in certain number of cases of penile Candida infection in men. Other Candida overgrowth symptoms are rashes that may appear in the head region of the penis, and these signs provide an opportunity for the prompt detection and timely treatment of the genital yeast infection in men.
Oral Candida Overgrowth Symptoms:
Oral thrush or yeast infection of the oral cavity provides the early sign in the form of the appearance of white spots on the tongue and inside the mouth. As the infection progresses, milky white film appear on the tongue, along with general discomfort inside the mouth. Other symptoms of Candida overgrowth in the oral cavity includes dryness of the lips and cracking at the corner of the mouth where the upper and lower lips meet. Moreover, the yeast infections that started from the throat region or have spread to that area causes sore throat and difficulty in swallowing.
Skin Candida Overgrowth Symptoms:
Candida overgrowth can also occur on the skin surface since this fungus is present in quite a high concentration on the skin. The major signs of Candida overgrowth on the skin surface include the appearance of the red flat rashes, which contains the characteristic scalloped edges. Moreover, smaller patches or the satellites rashes can also be present in the area surrounding the focal point of these rashes. The moist body parts such as the skin folds are particularly susceptible to the breaking out of these rashes because of the ideal overgrowth conditions they provide to the Candida yeast. In addition, itching and even pain might be present along with these rashes.
Candida overgrowth can also occur in the nail bed, and cause considerable nail abnormalities. The major symptoms of Candida overgrowth in the nail region including swelling of the nail beds and deformities of the nails, while it can also spread to the web of the fingers, and it can cause itching, and discomfort there as well.
Moreover, this yeast fungus is the reason behind a significant number of diaper rashes, and the yeast overgrowth symptoms include the appearance of red patches in the diaper area including the skin folds. In addition to that, pus-filled spots yellow in color can also appear, and they often tend to break and become flaky.
Finally, Candida can enter the bloodstream and cause invasive Candidiasis. The symptoms of Candida overgrowth in various internal organs (intestinal yeast overgrowth) and bloodstream in general includes fever and chills that are common in such cases but refusing to go away even after administration of high dosages of antibiotics.
The aforementioned Candida yeast overgrowth symptoms provide an excellent opportunity for prompt diagnosis, and even self-detection to ensure that the yeast does not get an opportunity to get as far as it would love to.
Can Having Candida Overgrowth Show Diarrhoea Symptoms?
A 2001 study published in the ‘Oxfordjournals’ tested 395 stool samples, 98 patients showed antibiotic-associated diarrhoea and 93 who took antibiotics had no diarrhoea. Candida was far less frequent in the control subjects. The study concluded that the diarrhoea wasn’t due to antibiotic, instead it was due to Candida overgrowth following an antibiotic treatment.
Another study published in 1995 in the ‘Oxfordjournals’ found that colon examinations of sufferers did not show fungal lesions. Yet it is believed that symptoms like mucus and fever, nausea and vomiting, are associated with diarrhoea. A connection was found between Candida in stools and anti-fungal agent treatment. Thus, we may assume that Candida does provoke diarrhoea in most cases.
Both the above studies concern the role of Candida in causing diarrhoea and the answer is quite positive. Besides, the symptoms like abdominal cramps convince that it is indeed true, and antibiotic-associated diarrhoea is a reality too, as the first study shows. The second study also concludes that Candida was found during antifungal treatment. So, its safe to say that a sign Candida overgrowth within the body, can most likely cause diarrhoea in most people, especially after recent antibiotic use.
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Candida in Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhoea – 2001 – by Robert Krause1, Egon Schwab, Daniela Bachhiesl, Florian Daxböck, Christoph Wenisch, Günter J. Krejs and Emil C. Reisinger (J Infect Dis)
Candida-Associated Diarrhoea – 1995 – Jimmy Levine, Richard K. Dykoski, and Edward N. Janoff (Clin Infect Dis)