What is candidiasis?
Candidiasis is a common yeast overgrowth that is linked to numerous health issues. Candidiasis usually occurs due to candida albicans however other yeast strains can be involved. Although candida albicans is a naturally occurring yeast within the gut, problems generally do not arise until the conditions are right for yeast overgrowth.
In young females it commonly causes vaginal thrush. In babies it is often seen in the mouth as a white plaque.
In young females the following will increase the likelihood of candida overgrowth:
- antibiotic use
- glucocorticoid use
- oral contraception use
- interuterine device use.
In older people, conditions such as:
- immune suppression
- hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating)
- chronic debilitation
will increase susceptibility.
To find out more about candida read the downloadable e-book version of How to Beat Candida & Thrush Naturally by Vivienne Savill.
Candida and the Skin
Candida of the skin is more likely to arise in tropical, hot environments. Similarly on the body, candida is most likely to arise in warm and moist areas.
Candida Intertrigo occurs in body folds such as:
- under the breast
- under tummy fat rolls
- in the groin
- in the armpits.
This is usually taking place in obese people. It can however, also be found in the webfolds of the fingers and toes.
The most successful treatment for candida will use dietary control, specific supplements plus topical agents to eradicate the persistent yeast overgrowth.
Candida can also be responsible for a type of folliculitis. Folliculitis is another skin condition where the hair follicles become blocked. A red, raised bump known as a papule can develop above the hair follicle. A pustules or pimples can also be scattered and seen at the site of a hair follicle.