The Candida Albicans is a form of yeast or gut flora that is found in all human beings. It is usually harmless but if its population grows out of control, it penetrates the intestinal walls and goes into the blood stream where it causes gas, a weak immune system, joint pains and unexplained fatigue. When the C. Albicans spreads throughout the body, then it leaves its toxic by-products, which cause tissue damage.
This is usually the cause of a weakened and overwhelmed immune system, which then paves way to opportunistic diseases. The major toxic by-product is acetadelhyde, which promotes the free radicals in the body. The free radicals that then contribute to extended cell and organ damage.
The signs and symptoms of Candida Albicans
How can you know that you have Candida Albicans? Some of the symptoms are easy to mistake with those of other diseases. However, you should be able to tell easily enough even before you go for diagnosis. Look out for symptoms like
Oral candidiasis, which is symptomized by bluish or creamy white patches on the tongue
Nappy candidiasis is a symptom of nappy candidiasis
White or yellow discharge, inflammation of the vagina walls is an indication of vaginitis
Inflammation of the head of the penis. If the infection has spread to the bloodstream, look out for symptoms like high fever, anemia, chills, and more.
Sometimes, depending on the organ affected, there will be different symptoms. For example, if the eye is infected, there will be swelling, redness and pain. If kidneys are infected, there may be blood in the urine and so forth. Even the heart can be infected.
A common symptom is allergic reactions where there was none before.
Classification of Candida Albicans
When the Candida Albicans grows out of control, then it causes candidiasis. There are several types of yeast in human beings but most of them are harmless and like the Candida, they pose no danger unless they get out of control. Candida is classified according to the infections that it causes. There are several categories
The oral candidiasis that causes thrush
- Candida vulvovaginitis that causes vaginal infection of yeast
- Chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis
- Perianal candidiasis
- Nappies candidiasis
- Candidal paronychia
- Candidal Intertrigo
- Many others
Candida Albican Causes
Everyone has Candida Albicans but not all people suffer candidiasis. The reason for that is because candidiasis only occurs when the yeast multiplies out of control. There are so many causes of candidiasis depending on different conditions.
- Vaginal candidiasis is mostly caused by use of soaps while washing and going to vaginal sex immediately after anal sex without cleansing.
- Eating simple carbohydrates may also cause oral candidiasis
- A weak or undeveloped immune system
- Other metabolic conditions like diabetes
- Diseases that are linked to candidiasis may also cause the conditions. Such are like HIV/AIDS
- Pregnancy and use of contraceptives
- Cancer treatments
Diagnosis for Candida Albicans
A microscopic test is done where a scraping or swab from the affected part is studied under the microscope. The doctor may also do tissue culture where a sterile swab is applied on the affected part and then the culture is incubated at 37 degrees Celsius until the yeast develops to determine whether it indeed is Candidiasis.
Treatment for candidiasis
Candidiasis is treatable and responds well and fast to the right treatment. There are many types of treatments available today and the good news is that they all work. The most common types of treatment today are clinical antifungal drugs. Most of the Candida Albicans treatments are orally administered.
Note that the antifungal treatments may develop resistance to the antifungal drugs and therefore others may be prescribed. It is important that you only get treatment after the diagnosis, only when prescribed by the doctor. If you do not see any improvement after taking the whole dosage, consult the doctor.
History of Candida Albicans
In 1923, Christine Marie Berkhout described the genus Candida and the species C. Albicans. Later, there have been many more descriptions and the latest is nomen conservandum. There are so many Candida species that are found in humans but the one with pathogenic characteristics is the C. Albicans. Since studies have not stopped, there will be more effective treatments in future. There has been tremendous progress since 1923 and today. Candida Albicans need not be a big threat. It is important to go for diagnosis as early as you suspect that you have Candida Albicans so that treatment can be administered early enough.
Candida Testing But Don’t Know What To Expect?
Relax, candida testing is nothing to worry about. We’ve listed questions you can expect from your doctor when going in for a candida test. As we mentioned in our “symptom of a yeast infection” page, there are several signs when you have a vaginal yeast infection. They are –
Abnormal vaginal discharge
Vaginal and labial itching, burning
Redness and/or inflammation of the vulvar skin
Pain with intercourse
When you see your physician about a yeast infection, she will ask you if you have any of the above symptoms. She will obtain your medical history as well as perform a physical examination as part of the candida testing.
Try the Candida Saliva Test!
First thing when you awake in the morning, before you put anything into your mouth, spit it into a clear glass of water (room temperature). In 1-30 minutes, check the water in the glass. If there are strings frming from your saliva, or if the water has turned cloudy, or if your saliva just sank to the bottom, you may have candida albicans.