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How can I tell if I have candida overgrowth?

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What signs and symptoms should I look out for?
asked Aug 6, 2013 in Diet by ariana

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The signs and symptoms of a Candida overgrowth can vary greatly from person to person. Not only that, but a lot of the symptoms are commonly confused with other chronic disorders because they contribute to Candida or because Candida causes them as a symptom. This often leads  to a misdiagnosis or the treatment of a symptom instead of the underlying cause.

The obvious symptoms are the ones you can immediately attribute to yeast – vaginal thrush, oral thrush, athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch and other fungal skin infections. Most people can treat these with a single OTC treatment, but if you have them constantly or they recur stronger, you may have a deeper underlying overgrowth.

The less obvious symptoms of Candida can impact almost every single system in your body, so it’s important to pay attention to the symptoms. If you have a condition that doesn’t change with treatment, or that seems to go away but come back stronger, you may need to do some deeper searching for the root cause. Some symptoms to consider include:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (or general fatigue)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Increased levels of general anxiety or depression
  • Headaches and memory issues, or feeling “fuzzy”
  • Gas, indigestion, and heartburn
  • Diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, and other stomach complaints
  • Kidney infections, bladder infections, and fluid retention
  • In men, jock itch, prostatitis, difficulty urinating
  • In women, vaginal thrush, endometriosis, irregular menstrual cycles
  • Skin conditions like dryness, fungal nail problems, dandruff, psoriasis, and seborrhea
  • Muscle and joint aches and pains
  • Heart problems that cause palpitations, high pulse rate, etc
  • Persistent sinus conditions

These are just a sampling of the symptoms you may be experiencing, all of which can be traced back to a Candida overgrowth. Make sure you talk to a doctor or naturopath if you’re not finding relief with traditional treatments.

Please see here as well:

http://candidaquestions.probacto.com/228/i-heard-candida-is-a-hoax-how-do-you-really-know-if-you-have-it

answered Aug 6, 2013 by AdrianDole Trusted Candida Expert (8,120 points)
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