Candida Yeast Infections
First, a little
scientific background on candida yeast infections.
According to Wikipedia, the
genus Candida and species Candida albicans
were described in 1923 by
botanist Christine Marie Berkhout in her doctoral thesis
at the University of Utrecht. The classification of
the genera and specie has evolved over the
The genus Candida includes
about 150 different species. However, only a few are
known to cause human infections. The most significant of
these is Candida albicans. Others include Candida
tropicalis, Candida glabrata, Candida krusei, Candida
parapsilosis, Candida dubliniensis, and Candida
Candida yeasts are commonly
found in the human body, and their growth is usually
limited. Growth is
kept down by the human immune system and by other
microorganisms, including bacteria.
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Studies show that about 20% of
healthy women in developed countries have a small number of
Candida albicans in their vagina without having a noticeable
The normal vaginal flora
consists largely of lactic acid bacteria such as lactobacilli,
and if that balance is upset there can be an overgrowth of
Candida, causing a yeast infection.
Risk factors are:
- Contamination from the
- Lubricants containing
People are more likely to get
a Candida yeast infection if their immune system is
weakened. In extreme cases, the superficial infections of
the skin and mucous membranes may enter the bloodstream and
cause systemic Candida infections.
Male genital yeast infection
is much less common than that in females. The causes
include sexual intercourse with an infected partner along with
low immunity, the use of antibiotics, and diabetes.
The symptoms of a candida yeast infection vary depending on the
Infection of the vagina or
vulva may cause severe itching, burning, soreness, and
irritation, and a whitish or whitish-gray discharge, often with
a curd-like appearance.
Symptoms of yeast infection of
the male genitalia include red patchy sores near the head of
the penis or on the foreskin, severe itching, or a burning
sensation. Candidiasis of the penis can also have a white
discharge, although uncommon. In fact, having no symptoms
at all is common, and more severe symptoms may show up at a
Physicians usually use microscopic examination and/or culturing
to diagnose yeast infections.
When diagnosing by light
microscopy, a scraping or swab is taken from the area and
placed on a microscope slide. A drop of 10% potassium
hydroxide solution is added to the specimen. The
solution dissolves the skin cells but leaves the Candida cells
intact and allowing them to be seen.
For the culturing method the
swab is streaked on a culture medium and incubated at 37degrees
C for several days to allow the yeast or bacteria to
grow. The characteristics of the growths may allow an
initial diagnosis of the organism that is causing the disease
Candida is most commonly
treated with antifungal drugs in the form of pills, creams or
suppositories in the case of vaginal candida yeast
This treatment is usually
effective, but symptoms may reappear in several
To really stop the recurring
candida yeast infections permanently it’s important to change
and keep healthy the environment within the body, where the
yeast grows. These processes tend to require a holistic
and largely natural approach.
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