When you hear the term candidiasis, more commonly referred to as yeast infection, you may automatically associate the term with the vaginal form of the infection, complete with its host of uncomfortable and awkward symptoms, including itching, burning and vaginal discharge.
But did you know that Yeast Infection can cause a great number of side effects and other symptoms?
Yeast or fungus, which thrives in warm and moist areas, can be found in many areas of the human body, especially the mouth, vagina and digestive tract where conditions are optimal for its growth.
And when this yeast becomes overgrown, usually due to an imbalance of microorganisms, it can produce infections in men and women alike.
These infections can produce a wide range of physical, mental and emotional side effects, some of which are rarely mentioned in other discussions regarding candidiasis.
To remedy this, in this article we will discuss candidiasis in some detail; including a comprehensive list of the potential side effects, these infections can produce.
Candidiasis: What Is It and Where Does It Occur
There are essentially three types of infections that can affect the human body:
Viral infections, caused by viruses;
Bacterial infections, caused by harmful and disease-carrying bacteria;
Fungal infections, caused by an invasion or overgrowth of fungus in the body.
Candidiasis has represented the latter of these three types, fungal infections.
The type of fungus that causes candidiasis is called the Candida fungus, and in most infections, it is the species Candida albicans that is the primary culprit. Candida albicans is a normally occurring fungus in the body, which is usually kept from proliferating and expanding by friendly bacteria.
However, when this balance is somehow upset when the friendly bacteria are compromised, an overgrowth of the fungus can occur, which is what causes the candidiasis infection.
Candidiasis can technically occur anywhere in the body, but because the Candida yeast prefers dark and moist areas, it tends to be more common in areas such as the mouth, vagina and digestive tract.
All forms of candidiasis can cause a variety of symptoms and side effects, ranging from mildly annoying to exceptionally severe.
In the following section, we will take an in-depth look at these side effects.
The Side Effects of Yeast Infection
Many of the side effects of the vaginal form of candidiasis are well documented – itching, burning, vaginal discharge – but these are only a small sample of the many potential side effects that candidiasis can produce.
Below we have listed the four main categories of Yeast Infection side effects, along with a few of the specific candidiasis symptoms that belong to each category:
Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Side Effects
Candidiasis can produce any number of gastrointestinal and genitourinary side effects. Gastrointestinal side effects include diarrhea, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, and gas, while genitourinary side effects can include recurrent vaginal yeast infections, itching, burning, vaginal discharge, PMS and a low sex drive or complete disinterest in sex.
Glandular and Organ Symptoms
Candidiasis may also bring about symptoms that affect the glands or major organs of the body, especially if the infection is left untreated. These can include infertility, menstrual problems, impotence, endometriosis, hypothyroidism and diabetes mellitus.
Another Side effect of The Yeast Infection is that it causes certain chemicals to be released into the bloodstream, and when these toxins are passing through the system it can cause several allergic symptoms – symptoms that often mirror seasonal allergies or the common cold.
These side effects include hay fever, headaches, sore or dry throat, acne, coughing, congestion, bronchitis, earaches, hives.
With candidiasis is present, the central nervous system can be quite involved with trying to fight off the infection, and because of this, those infected with candidiasis have been known to display psychological and emotional side effects such as short-term memory lapses, fatigue or drowsiness, poor coordination, a numb or tingling feeling, difficulty concentrating, muscle pain and weakness, confusion and major depression.
When treated promptly, candidiasis is usually no call for alarm, but if left untreated it may eventually cause any number of the above-mentioned symptoms. More importantly, because candidiasis is contagious, you may also run the risk of passing the infection on to others.