Most people associate yeast infections (candida) with oral or vaginal thrush but, in fact, they may be associated with several of the following [1, 2]:
Having any of the above symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have candida. However, if you have a number of them and they do not respond to treatment then you should, at least, consider the possibility. Becoming frequently acutely drunk from a very modest alcohol intake has been described as a useful pointer to yeast infection . Alcohol is produced from fermentation of sugars with yeast.
Candida is a fungal infection and fungi grow mainly as yeasts or
moulds. Ordinarily, everyone has a small number of candida organisms on
the skin, in the gut, mouth and vaginal area. These microorganisms grow
readily in the presence of carbohydrates  and so they flourish with
high levels of glucose. The typical Western diet is carbohydrate rich
(bread, potatoes, rice, cakes, sweets, ice cream, biscuits, chocolate).
Under normal circumstances the human immune system and the presence of
bacteria limit the growth of candida . Following corticosteroid or
antibiotic treatment, where even friendly bacteria are killed, the
opportunistic yeasts, multiply rapidly. In the gut, the yeasts can cross
the intestinal walls entering the circulation to infect any tissue or
cavity of the body [2, 5]. This is known as systemic candidiasis and it
can result in infections of the kidney, eye, liver, biliary tract and
brain (meningitis) to name a few.
The usual treatment for candida is anti-fungal medications which can have some very irritating side effects including local rashes and swelling. You may find yourelf returning to the doctor again and again because the infection is never completely treated. One thing you can do is completely cut out all yeast-based foods (such as bread) as well as carbohydrates such as sugar, potatoes and rice, which are broken down into simple sugars in the digestive tract. Click here for more information.
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