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I created this website to be a comprehensive and informative resource about Candida yeast infections. I know how bothersome and frustrating yeast infections can be, and how at times relief seems impossible. I hope you will spend some time here and learn about the vast options for prevention, treatment and cure. Despite what you might have heard or read, rapid and lasting relief is possible. I cover all types of Candida yeast infections, including vaginal, oral, penile, skin, chronic, severe and systemic. I cover the many treatment options, including common medications, home treatments, natural remedies, treatments for men, and more.

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My goal is to present you with accurate information and helpful tips and tricks about the different kinds of Candida yeast infections and their treatment. I strive to present well-researched medical information, but I also let you know things your doctor might not tell you about how to treat your yeast infection, including information about alternative, natural, holistic and home remedies.

What Is Candida?

Candida albicans is a type of yeast that can cause infection in many areas of the body, most commonly the mouth, skin, penis and vagina. Yeasts are a type of unicellular fungi that reproduce by budding, which means that a small part of the organism breaks off and eventually grows to produce a whole new organism. In some cases, the bud does not break off, and instead creates long strains known as pseudohyphae. This classic appearance of "budding yeasts and pseudohyphae" is how your doctor may diagnose your Candida infection under the microscope. Candida albicans is actually considered part of the healthy "normal flora" of the body, especially within the mouth, gastrointestinal tract and vagina. About 50% of perfectly healthy people have Candida albicans in the body. However, this particular fungus has a tendency to invade and cause disease when there are imbalances in the body- this is called an "opportunistic infection."

There are many different Candida species that can cause clinical symptoms. In fact, there are over 350 different species of Candida, of which 13 are known to cause infection in humans. However, Candida albicans is the most common one to cause yeast infections. This is important because certain species of Candida are more resistant to certain treatments, such as over-the-counter and prescription antifungals.

What Does Candida Look Like?

Candida albicans

Under the microscope, you can see the characteristic budding yeasts and pseudohyphae of Candida albicans. This is what your doctor will see under the microscope when he or she is diagnosing your yeast infection.

What Kinds of Infections Does Candida Cause?

Many yeast infections are local, meaning that they only affect one specific area. For example, oral yeast infections, vaginal yeast infections, and yeast infections of the penis affect only one part of the body. On the other hand, yeast infections can also be systemic, which means that the infection has spread throughout the body and bloodstream.

Candida yeast infections can range from simple and benign infections of the mucous membranes, such as an oral yeast infection (oral candidiasis or thrush) or a vaginal candadiasis to severe, local invasive infections of the kidneys (pyelonephritis), heart (endocarditis), and membranes of the brain (meningitis). In the most severe cases, Candida can cause a widespread, systemic invasion of the entire body and bloodstream.

What Can Influence How My Body Reacts to Candida Yeast?

There are many signals inside a person's body that can can influence and trigger abnormal growth of Candida yeast. These include pH, temperature, hormones, oxygenation of the cells, and the density of Candida yeast within the body. In particular, when there is a decreased level of normal bacteria in the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts, these areas can be predisposed to develop an overgrowth of Candida. For this reason, external factors such as diet, probiotics, antibiotics and medications such as birth control pills can have a significant effect in improving or worsening your yeast infection.

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