Here is more about Candida, which is your main concern. I have heard of candida many times, but I admit to knowing nothing about it until I found this amazing website:
Candida can perforate the intestinal wall & cause LEAKAGE into the blood stream????? Leaky Gut Syndrome is EXTREMELY SERIOUS !!!! I was always under the FALSE impression that this was just a minor vaginal problem. This website description of candida is REALLY scary.
Just What is Candida?
From Medterms.com; Candida albicans: A yeast-like fungal organism found in small amounts in the normal human intestinal tract. Normally kept in check by the body's own helpful bacteria, C. albicans can increase in numbers when this balance is disturbed to cause candidiasis of the intestinal tract, or yeast infections of other parts of the body. C. albicans causes thrush. Also called Monilia albicans. Candida albicans causes thrush and vaginal infections." more tech info
How do We Get It?
Many medical conditions in our modern world can compromise our immune systems: high use of Antibiotics
or steroids (like Prednisone), oral contraceptives, overly-acidic pH levels from poor diet and stress, hormone imbalances and exposure to environmental toxins (often molds). Our exposure to all these common modern conditions sets our bodies up for the fall into this fungal yeast overgrowth.
In this condition the normal yeast present in our bodies, called Candida, can "morph" from being a beneficial yeast into being a harmful fungus. This fungal yeast can quickly grow out of the balance that nature intended and overwhelm the beneficial flora (acidophilus type friendly bacteria) that normally keeps natural yeast levels in check.
This new fungal form of yeast develops rhizoids (long, burrowing legs). These rhizoids can puncture the colon and the small intestine walls. The rhizoids emit chemical waste products which can leak through the intestinal lining and lead to chronic systemic conditions.
This condition, called Leaky Gut Syndrome, allows partially digested proteins and the yeast itself to travel into the bloodstream where they become toxins.
As undigested foods directly enter the bloodstream this may further cause an immediate allergic reaction to certain foods. Once the Yeast infection has access to the whole body, you have systemic Candida or Disseminated Candidiasis.
What are the Symptoms of Candida?
Women may associate Candida overgrowth with vaginal Candida yeast infections (also called Vaginal Thrush) complete with:
vaginal odor and sometimes vaginal discharge.
Candida infection in men has become more prevalent too.
Male candida is not a misnomer
I didn't want to think of myself as having "Candida". I thought it was a woman's problem. Turns out I was wrong. Candida is simply an overgrowth of yeast in the body that can manifest in women or men. Women often experience this as a vaginal infection. For men, Candida often manifests as a rash on your skin. This could be on your arms, your face or the more closed and damp areas like your groin/genital area. Here are some symptoms:
Symptoms of Male yeast Infection
Irritation / soreness on the head of the penis
Reddish rash / itching on the head of the penis
Small blisters on the head and shaft
Rash that spreads into the groin and anus with itching and irritation.
Clumpy discharge from the penis.
Any of the above symptoms can also indicate an STD -- sexually-transmitted disease. Please check with your doctor and rule out any possible STD's. You may need specific medications to treat an STD.
You might wonder: how did all this happen? Why Me? Well, there are many possible causes and they are not always your fault.
A Yeast Infection Can Be Caused By
A weakened immune system from prolonged illness or high stress
Sexual Transmission from a woman with a vaginal yeast infection
that kill the beneficial bacteria in the gut. (This beneficial bacteria is what keeps the natural yeast in our bodies from growing wild!)
Lifestyle: eating -- or drinking -- lots of sugars and carbs.
Men with diabetes can easily develop yeast infections because high levels of Sugar
in the urine create an environment beneficial for yeast to overgrow
Can I really get it from my partner?
"In penile candidiasis, the causes include sexua| intercourse with an infected party, low immunity, Antibiotics
, and diabetes... However, yeast infection on the penis from direct contact via sexua| intercourse with an infected woman is not uncommon."
The Mayo Clinic's Answer on sexua| Transmission of Yeast Infection
"...women can also get yeast infections from men. So it's important to treat both partners if a yeast infection is suspected. To minimize the risk of passing the infection to a partner, it is generally recommended that you abstain from sexua| activity until all of your symptoms are gone."
Candida Yeast Overgrowth happens in a body that is "ripe" for it. As always, Knowledge is Power! There are many treatments that are NOT going to get rid of your problem. Topical creams may work temporarily -- but your rash will likely continue to resurface. Pharmaceutical antifungals like Nystatin will only temporarily help as they only treat the symptoms and not the cause.
For Men, the Yeast Infection story can get Worse
The fungus can start on the head of the penis and it can travel down the shaft, into the moist areas of the groin and onto the anus where it can develop into a painful itchy anal rash. Though rare, the fungus may even travel inside the shaft of the penis where it would then cause a yeasty discharge. This is a horrifying sight and creates painful urination.
You may also have the other symptoms of Candida yeast overgrowth, fatigue, stomach bloating / indigestion / burping, brain fog, fungal sinus infections, white film on your tongue, etc.
Candida Yeast Infection needs to be dealt with from the inside out. That is what the information on this website is all about. Taking a few minutes to understand this now can help you avoid years of frustration. Believe me, I know! If you don't go after IT, IT will continue to go after you (and get worse) until you do something about it!
There is an all-natural product that will not only get rid of your yeast problems but also keep them from coming back.
They discovered "Threelac" was extremely effective against Candida, 3 strains of probiotics that destroy Candida
Available at Amazon.Com
The Amazon.Com reviews are extremely impressive, one reviewer saying this product kills candida like nobody's business. Be sure to read the reviews. Buyer beware - I would not take this without extensive research.
Note: Threelac may not be problems free. Do a google search on Threelac & visit the Curezone Candida thread for more.
Now I have a real appreciation for Candida.
Hope this helps,