Candida is a type of fungus, specifically, a yeast. There are different species of candida, some more harmful than others. Some cause common, highly unpleasant but fairly harmless infections such as genital candidiasis, oral thrush, nappy rash or nail infections. Some however can prove life-threatening to those who are immunocompromised such as cancer, diabetes, AIDs, kidney dialysis or transplant patients when candida spreads through the blood. Systemic candida can attack the lungs, heart, oesophagus, spleen, kidneys, blood, brain or eye. Signs of systemic candida are fungal toenails, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, allergies, genital itching, skin issues such as psoriasis/eczema, digestive issues, poor concentration or depression.
Antibiotics are vital in some instances, for example in treating pneumonia, kidney infection, septicaemia. However, they have been frequently overprescribed such as in the case of treating acne with sustained use of full-spectrum antibiotics. The problem with antibiotics is that they kill good bacteria along with the bad. Good bacteria normally keep candida levels under control but when depleted, yeast can thrive, reaping havoc on the body. Many people are familiar with vaginal/penile thrush infections that follow a course of antibiotics. This is because post antibiotics, your body begins to try and replenish good bacteria and the candida is transported from the gut to the genital region. Candida can also affect the mouth (oral thrush) or infect areas of skin, particularly in creases and folds, as it thrives in warm damp environments, as you would expect from a fungus.
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