Candidiasis is a fungal infection. One strain of fungi is called candida albicans, a yeast-like organism which can feature as an infection in the skin mucosa of intestine, genital tract, mouth. It can feature in quite diverse groups of individuals such as diabetics, children, pregnant women and users of oral contraception. Patients that have taken antibiotics or have lowered immune strength are susceptible to candida infection.
Candida albicans, exists as part of the normal microflora in healthy individuals without creating harm. However, in immunosuppressed individuals, it can convert from being un-harmful and co-existing in the body, to becoming harmful or pathogenic.
Candidiasis can become invasive within the body. Its’ presence should be taken seriously because it may be an indicator of HIV infection. Candidiasis can be resistant to anti-fungal agents and difficult to diagnose.
Candida is likely to provide stronger resistance to treatment against it, when patients are immunosuppressed. Its’ recurrence is a probable. Fatigue and muscle aches can be associated with systemic candida, and a weak immune system can be a contributory factor.
Candida can cause itching in vagina and discomfort in passing urine. Wearing tight clothing (eg., tight underpants) could be a candida aggravating factor, due to heat retained and a warmer environment for infection to thrive.
Candida can detrimentally affect individuals with prosthetic heart valves, with potential for endocarditis.
Western herbal medicine links persistence of candida to poor diet.
Allium sativa (garlic), has natural antifungal properties to destroy pathogens and establishment of normal bacteria flora.