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What is Candida Albicans – Signs and Symptoms of Vaginal Thrush

August 12, 2019


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us. Candida albicans is an opportunistic fungus
(or form of yeast) that is the cause of Candida Related Complex and many undesirable symptoms
including fatigue, weight gain, joint pain, and gas. The Candida albicans yeast is a normal part
of your gut flora, a group of microorganisms that live in your digestive tract. Most people have some level of Candida albicans
in their intestines, and usually it coexists peacefully with the other bacteria and yeasts
that live there. But a combination of factors can lead to the
Candida albicans population getting out of control, establishing fast growing colonies
and biofilms, and starting to dominate your gut. At this point it can begin to affect your
digestion, weaken your immune system, and even damage your intestinal wall, allowing
its toxic byproducts to escape into your bloodstream and spread throughout your body. As they spread, these toxic byproducts cause
damage to your body tissues and organs, wreaking havoc on your health and wellbeing. The major waste product of yeast cell activity
is acetaldehyde, a poisonous neurotoxin that promotes free radical activity in the body. Acetaldehyde is usually broken down into acetic
acid within the liver. However, if this process is not working efficiently,
or too much acetaldehyde is being released, then it can circulate through your body and
cause unpleasant symptoms like headaches and nausea. What is vaginal thrush? Vaginal thrush (or vulvovaginal candidiasis)
is a common condition that is often chronic and can interfere with women’s sexual function
and sense of wellbeing. It is associated with vulvitis (inflammation
of vulva) and vaginitis (inflammation of vagina). It is a type of fungal infection – a yeast
infection – caused most commonly by the fungus Candida albicans (in over 90% of cases). Although C. albicans is part of the normal
flora that lives in the mouth, throat, intestine and vagina, it may become pathogenic and cause
symptoms such as vaginal discharge and pruritis (itchiness) of the vulva. This occurs when the normal environment of
the vagina changes as a result of several precipitating factors such as pregnancy, use
of antibiotics, diabetes mellitus, HIV, chronic debilitating disease etc which in turn allows
the fungus to multiply to abnormal levels and causes the signs and symptoms of vaginal
thrush. Other types of fungi which can cause thrush
include C. glabrata, C. tropicalis, C. krusei and C. parapsilosis. These fungi tend to cause recurrent vaginal
thrush and are resistant to commonly used antifungal drugs. Symptoms of vaginal thrush
Symptoms of thrush generally include: Itching of the vulva; vulva may be sore; vaginal
discharge which is white curd-like and cheesy; pain during vaginal sexual intercourse; and
pain when urinating. Symptomatic thrush can be categorised as uncomplicated
or complicated. Uncomplicated thrush occurs sporadically in
healthy women and is mild and caused by Candida albicans. On the other hand, complicated thrush is recurrent,
becomes more severe, occurs in women who are immunocompromised and is caused by non-albicans
Candida.

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