Candida is a fungus that lives in your mouth and intestines naturally, as well as on the surface of your skin. But in some cases, this fungus starts growing out of control. This causes various health issues and it requires treatment.
So what are the most recognizable symptoms of Candida overgrowth?
1. Genital Infections and UTIs
Yeast infection is really Candida overgrowth that happens in the vagina. Statistics say that three out of four women experience yeast infection at least once in their lifetime. Vaginal yeast infection is painful and usually comes with a white discharge.
Men can develop genital Candida overgrowth too. This is rarer, and it comes with a discharge as well. Candida is sexually transmissible, though there are many other ways you can contract it too.
Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, usually come from bacteria rather than fungal infections. But if you keep experiencing reoccurring discomfort during urination, Candida might be the culprit.
2. Sinus Infections
Chronic sinus infection is a common issue that impacts around 12% of the adult US population. A fungus causes these chronic sinus infections in almost every case.
3. Oral Thrush
This manifests in the form of white patches on the tongue as gums, as well as your inner cheeks. Oral thrush can also manifest on the tonsils and throat. These areas are covered in painful bumps that start bleeding very easily.
This condition is painful, and it usually includes swelling. In rare cases, it can make it difficult to swallow.
A Few Words on Other Dangerous Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth
Other symptoms of Candida overgrowth include digestive issues and joint pain. Candida can also cause various skin diseases, such as athlete’s foot. In all cases, the best thing you can do is get tested as soon as you notice any abnormality.