Candidiasis is a general term for yeast and fungal infections, most commonly caused by several species of Candida, the most predominant being Candida albicans. Candida is a common organism in the human gut that can affect areas such as the gut, genitals, skin, throat and mouth.
What is Candida Overgrowth (Candidiasis)?
What are the signs of Candida Overgrowth (Candidiasis)?
The signs and symptoms of Candidiasis include:
Itching and irritation in the vagina and vulva
A burning sensation, especially during intercourse or while urinating
Redness and swelling of the vulva
Vaginal pain and soreness
Thick, white, odor-free vaginal discharge with a cottage cheese appearance
Watery vaginal discharge
What are the causes of Candida Overgrowth (Candidiasis)?
The fungus candida albicans is responsible for most yeast infections. The vagina naturally contains a balanced mix of yeast, including candida, and bacteria. Certain bacteria (lactobacillus) act to prevent an overgrowth of yeast. But that balance can be disrupted. An overgrowth of candida or penetration of the fungus into deeper vaginal cell layers causes the signs and symptoms of a yeast infection. Overgrowth of yeast can result from:
An impaired immune system
Taking oral contraceptives or hormone therapy that increase oestrogen levels
How do I know if I have Candida Overgrowth (Candidiasis)?
To diagnose candidiasis, your doctor may perform any of the following tests: Send a sample of vaginal fluid for testing to determine the type of fungus causing the yeast infection.
GI Mapping stool test