Defining Invasive Systemic Candidiasis
Invasive systemic candidiasis is an internal fungal infection that can affect any part of the body. The infection is in the bloodstream of the individual who has it, but can show its symptoms in many ways, such as a yeast infection or thrush. Some of the symptoms of this condition are listed below.
- general feeling of being tired
- joint pain
- migraines or headaches
- frequent bloating and gas in the form of belching or flatulence
- worsening eyesight
- crackling of the knees or neck
- athletes foot
- bad breath
- yeast infections
Fungal infections thrive on the sugar in the bloodstream. That’s one reason that eating healthy is so important. Those with unhealthy eating habits and problems such as diabetes are prime candidates for these types of health problems.
Everyone has what are called flora in their digestive tract. These flora maintain the bacteria in the body. Healthy eating keeps these flora active and healthy in the body. However, when people take antibiotics, they not only kill the “bad” bacteria in the body, but also the “good” bacteria. Probiotics can be taken to boost the level of good bacteria in the body and help fight off the development of the bad bacteria. This fungus can also be transmitted through sexual contact which is why partners who are sexually active should be treated at the same time to be sure that the fungus is taken care of and avoid reinfection.
One of the problems with internal fungal infections is that they are often misdiagnosed and treated with antibiotics, which only clear the way for the fungus to thrive.
Treatment and Prevention
Invasive systemic candidiasis is usually treated with oral medication. Topical treatments may appear to work, but in reality they are only treating the symptoms which will continue to appear as soon as the topical treatment wears off.
Along with oral medication, the person who has this condition should do their best to improve their diet to avoid too much yeast and include things like yogurt with active cultures that will improve the state of their flora.
Again, keep in mind that this condition is often misdiagnosed. For this very reason, it would be prudent to take precautions in the form of healthy eating and proper exercise to assist in the digestive process. There are also a variety of probiotic supplements and fiber supplements that can assist in proper maintenance of the digestive tract.
References: Healthy Highway