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Thrush - Candida Albicans

Thrush is a common side-effect of antibiotics, but there's a lot you can do at home to regain control of the fungus that naturally lives in your gastrointestinal tract. Eliminating sugars and other dietary changes will force the fungus to retreat and probiotics will help maintain the fungus at normal levels.

Causes of Candida

If you've taken antibiotics to try to treat a bladder infection, ear infection or skin infection, there's a good chance Candida Albicans has invaded other parts of your body. Candida Albicans is the fungus that causes Thrush or Yeast Infection. More accurately, the candida that lives naturally in your body has grown out of control. The antibiotics have killed off the bacteria that keep the fungus in check, and you are probably symptomatic as a result.

Symptoms of Vaginal Thrush (Candida Albicans)

  • Vaginal pain.
  • Soreness and irritation, topical or internal.
  • White curd discharge.
  • White fungal spots around the vagina.
  • Reddening of the vulva (the outer parts of the vagina).
  • Itching around the vagina (infectious vaginitis).
  • Swelling of surrounding tissues.
  • Indigestion from candidiasis (leaky gut syndrome)
  • Arthritis like symptoms.
  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Tiredness.
  • General malaise.
  • Pain during sexual intercourse.

Symptoms of Oral Thrush (Oral Candidiasis)

  • A nasty taste in the mouth
  • Gas or bloating
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Acid Re flux
  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Bad breath
  • Redness or bleeding inside the mouth
  • Creamy white coloured tongue, rising from the esophagus
  • Cracks at the corners of the lips (angular cheilitis)

Testing for Oral Thrush at Home

A simple home test will tell you if you have Thrush. Surprising accurate, just spitting in a glass of clean water will give a good indication of the presence of candida. If you have candida, several thin strands of spit will develop within a few seconds to a minute, dropping down from your spittle. If you don't have candida, that won't happen.

Treating Candida at Home

If you test positive, you can take immediate action to reduce your Candida back to a normal level. Changing your diet and boosting your immune system can help reduce the candida back down to manageable levels.

  • Eliminate all sugar and alcohol from the diet. Candida feeds on sugar. This may prove to be difficult, as just about all processed food, including most bread, biscuits, fruit juices and fizzy drinks, all contain either added or natural sugar. And you'll probably be craving sugar.
  • Eliminate grains, increase starchy carbohydrates such as beans, sweet potatoes and vegetables. Grains will convert to sugars, feeding the candida.
  • Boost you gut's good bacteria using quality Probiotics. Introducing good bacteria will help overpower the candida, reducing their numbers back to normal levels.
  • Increase sour foods such as acidophilus, apple cider vinegar, Greek yogurt and Kefir, and bitter foods such as cauliflower, artichokes, broccoli, lemons and limes.

Suddenly clearing your body of Candida is said to make you feel ill for a few days. We recommend you take it slowly and ask a good nutritionist for advice.

Preventing Candida

Thrush is a commonly reported side effect of antibiotics. If you've been prescribed antibiotics for cystitis, using D'Mannose as a preventative, may result in less dependency on antibiotics, resulting in less episodes of candida overgrowth.

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