Candida

Candida albicans is one of 70 different species of Candida yeast.

The term Candidiasis is applied to excessive proliferation of Candida albicans in the mouth, esophagus, intestines or vagina.  Systemic Candidiasis involves the over-proliferation of Candida albicans throughout the body.

Candida albicans is also known as: candidiasis, candidosis, monilia, moniliasis, oilomycosis, thrush, thrush fungus, vaginal thrush, yeast infection, vaginal candidiasis

Prevalence
Candida albicans inhabits all humans (in the mouth, throat, intestine and genital/urinary tract) but usually only in small amounts. Up to 33% of the people in the Western world suffer from Candida albicans over-proliferation.

How Candida Albicans Causes Damage

  • Immune System. If the Candida albicans yeast is allowed to proliferate, it changes from its normal Yeast-Fungal form to a Mycelial-Fungal form that produces Rhizoids. Rhizoids are long, root-like components that are able to pierce the walls of the Digestive Tract and break down the protective barriers between the Intestines and the Blood. This “breaking-through” the barrier allows many Allergens to enter blood circulation, causing Allergic reactions. These Allergens can cause further detriment if they break through the Blood-Brain barrier.
  • Toxin Production. Candida albicans proliferates by consuming and fermenting Sucrose and other Simple Sugars. A waste by-product of this fermentation of Simple Sugars is Acetaldehyde.  Acetaldehyde is a toxic Aldehyde that causes numerous toxic effects.  references

Forms of Candida Albicans Over-Proliferation (Candidiasis)

  • Superficial Candidiasis involves areas of the skin and mucous membranes, including the toes, fingers, nail bed, groin, mouth and vagina. It is diagnosed via clinical examination.
  • Mucocutaneous Candidiasis is a serious condition and may be associated with a genetic malfunction of the body’s T-Lymphocytes in which T-Lymphocytes do not respond to Candida albicans infection.
  • Systemic Candidiasis is a serious condition that occurs in persons with suppressed Immune Systems (for example, AIDS patients or persons who have undergone Chemotherapy).  This form of Candidiasis can affect the lungs, liver, kidneys and brain.
  • Candida Overgrowth (also known as Candida Overgrowth Syndrome or Candida Intestinal Overgrowth) involves bloating, itching and rashes.  It involves the excessive proliferation of Candida albicans in the gastrointestinal system.

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On October 17th, 2008, posted in: Patient Education Guide by

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