Yeast infections can manifest in many different ways. A common manifestation of yeast infections is vaginal yeast infections that plague millions of women throughout the world. The dry, inflamed, and itchy vaginal tissue becomes irritated by the presence of certain yeast that reside in the pelvic region. When host immunity is compromised, especially locally in the vaginal area, the yeast proliferate causing the uncomfortable symptoms described previously. Another manifestation of yeast infections is oral thrush. This is common in young children and individuals with poor immunity or poor oral hygiene. Yeast infections in the mouth give a white coating appearance to the tongue and cause inflammation along the gums and throat.
Yeast Infections in The Digestive System
A more deeper manifestation of yeast infections is the overgrowth syndrome that occurs when yeast in the digestive system becomes invasive and causes a lot of intestinal symptoms such as bloating, gas, loose stools or constipation. Yeast infections in the digestive system are often caused by a common yeast called Candida albicans. This particular yeast can naturally be present in small amounts in the digestive system, but when host immunity becomes compromised via other infections, i.e. bacteria or parasites, a diet to high in sugar, excess alcohol consumption, eating foods that cause allergic reactions, etc. the naturally present yeast take advantage and proliferate. This type of yeast infection can lead to a variety of health problems such as brain fog, fatigue, muscle aches and pain, and even certain mental disorders if severe enough.
Effects of Yeast Infections
It is known that the toxins produced by yeast infections can interfere with brain chemicals predisposing to depression. Many individuals on the autism-spectrum are neurologically sensitive to yeast infections and the toxic byproducts they produce. One such chemical called arabinose can be produced from yeast infections in the digestive system which cause various biochemical imbalances in the nervous system. It is important for anyone suffering from yeast infections described here to have some specific testing done.
Testing For Yeast Infections
A common test is the Organic Acids Test from Great Plains Laboratory. This test helps to identify the toxins produced by yeast infections, as well as other metabolic factors that can be a problem. Also, food sensitivity testing is important too as adverse food reactions can lead to the potential for yeast infections. Finally, yeast infections can be treated with various non-toxic medications and/or herbal/natural supplement remedies. Taking these, along with a change in diet, can make a significant difference in reducing and eliminating the problems with yeast infections.
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