Candida Albicans Symptoms

Written by Patricia Skinner
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If you think you might be suffering from some kind of yeast infection, the first thing you need to do is identify the type of yeast. candida albicans is most likely to be the culprit, and you can check your symptoms with a list of candida albicans symptoms. Although there are some common manifestations, candida is actually capable of causing over 100 different symptoms, so it's not always easy to identify.

For this reason, although you can make a preliminary diagnosis from your list of symptoms, to actually ascertain for sure whether or not you have Candidiasis, it is necessary to make some tests. Blood tests can be inconclusive or inaccurate, apart from one blood test called a candisphere, which measures the level of toxic protein from the Candida released into the blood system. There is also a new test that can accurately assess the level of candida infestion, the amount of friendly flora present, and how well the digestive system is functioning.

One symptom that is common to most candida sufferers is an intolerance to perfumes and smells, particularly petroleum smells. Some sufferers even get violent headaches and pains around their sinuses when exposed to certain smells. Another common result of candida infestations is that damp, moldy conditions nearly always make symptoms worse. Of course, itchy conditions that often accompany a rash are common symptoms of candida, as are jock itch, vaginal itching or intense irritation along with a white, cheesy discharge. Athlete's foot and fungal infestations of the skin or nails are also common manifestations of candida. Once the body's resistance has been breached by candida, it tends to take a hold in several different areas at once, which is why sufferers often exhibit 20 or more different symptoms.

The Candida Craving Cycle

If you experience irresistible cravings for sugary or starchy foods, and eating them doesn't lessen your craving, chances are you're suffering from candidiasis. Unfortunately, the more you eat of these foods, the worse your candidiasis symptoms are going to be. This is the infamous candida cycle that for many people is very difficult to break.

Other symptoms of candida include joint pain, swelling and irritation, generalized aches and pains and flu-like symptoms, rectal itching or rash, which indicates that candida is in your gut. Other common signs of candida may be eczema, flatulence, diarrhea or constipation (may be alternating), impotence, loss of libido in men or women, memory loss, feeling spacey, numbness and burning or tingling in the limbs, exacerbation of hormonal conditions such as PMS. There may also be a worsening of allergies, many of which are even triggered by candida.

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