Candida Infection

Definition: Candidiasis is a fungal (yeast) infection caused by Candida species. While they are usually normal inhabitants of the skin, mucous membranes, gastrointestinal tract, and genitourinary tract, overgrowth of these organisms can cause illness.

  • Candidiasis presents most commonly as a vaginal yeast infection, oral thrush, or diaper rash.
  • Ethanol is one of the toxins produced by Candida species during the fermentation of sugars in the gut leading to the so-called “auto-brewery syndrome.”  This syndrome is characterized by symptoms of drunkenness after the ingestion of carbohydrates which is resolved after treatment with antifungal drugs.
  • Candida-related complex (CRC) refers to a non-systemic yeast infection that can cause a wide array of systemic symptoms and contribute to or exacerbate various disease conditions.
  • CRC should be suspected in patients with typical symptoms who have a history of recurrent vaginal yeast infections or oral thrush, have received multiple courses of antibiotics, or are taking oral contraceptives or glucocorticoids.
  • CRC is a clinical diagnosis since there are no definitive diagnostic tests for it. A positive response to specific antifungal therapy provides retrospective confirmation of the diagnosis.

Common CRC related signs and symptoms:

  • Mood issues such as depression, anxiety
  • Hyperactivity, irritability
  • Headache
  • Difficulty with memory and concentration
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Recurrent urinary tract symptoms
  • Decreased libido
  • Acne
  • Dry skin
  • Menstrual disturbances
  • Premenstrual tension
  • Increased sensitivity to foods, inhalants, and drugs
  • Worsening symptoms of certain diseases such as multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, thrombocytopenic purpura, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, myasthenia gravis, and schizophrenia

Risk Factors:

  • Impaired immune function
  • Diabetes
  • pregnancy
  • Medications such as antibiotic use, glucocorticoids (steroids) and oral contraceptives


Foods to avoid:

  • Sugar and Sweeteners
  • Alcohol, wine, and Beer
  • Dried Fruit and Fruit Juices
  • Fermented Foods and vinegar
  • Dairy products
  • Other potential offending food groups may include: gluten and grains, beans and other legumes, mushrooms, and starchy vegetables such as squash
  • Foods to eat more of include: coconut oil, garlic, cruciferous vegetables, ginger, olive oil, cloves, cinnamon, wild salmon, lemon juice

Certain medications and supplements may be useful in treating candida infections

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Carolina Integrative Clinic

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