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Symptoms of Candida

Symptoms of Candida

Symptoms attributed to Candidiasis include fatigue, abdominal pain with bloating and diarrhoea or constipation. Many of these symptoms are simply due to the fact that yeasts ferment sugar in the diet to produce alcohol and carbon dioxide. In addition there may be allergic symptoms – it has been suggested that patients can become sensitised to antigens in the organism and this can result in symptoms of inflammation, affecting many different organs. Damage to the bowel wall can cause ‘leaky gut’ leading to food intolerances and nutritional deficiencies. Candida has been shown to produce multiple toxins which can have a variety of effects and may cause metabolic abnormalities. Auto-immune disorders such as thyroid disease and inflammation of the ovaries can also be associated with Candidiasis.

Diagnosis of Candida

Diagnosis is suspected from the history, with patients typically having combinations of the many possible symptoms. It may be possible to identify Candida organisms from stool samples which need to be sent to specialised laboratories. However, the content of the stool may differ significantly from the level higher up the gastrointestinal tract so this may not be an accurate reflection of the true picture. Alcohol and its breakdown products such as acetaldehyde may be found in the blood, indicating the presence of yeast causing fermentation. Candida antibodies can be measured using a variety of techniques but there is lack of standardization making it difficult to interpret the results. In practice the most useful test is the therapeutic trial of a recognised anti-Candida regime for one to two months, although false negatives can occur.