Oh, thrush, candidia, candidiasis, yeast infection. Whatever you call it it's very distracting in the least – debilitating at it's worst. So you know the main feeling, that intolerable itch, but did you know that there are other signs too?
Candidiasis causes trouble in three notable ways by affecting the;
- mucus membranes
- internal organs.
Let's start with the obvious;
A fungal infection on the skin is usually wonderful but still extremely annoying. Signs of a candidia infection on the skin are:
A rash in damp, dark places or in folds of skin for example – under the armpits, under breasts, behind the knees, between toes and in nailbeds. Diaper rash is also caused by one of the candida fungi family – as is 'ringworm'. Tinea and Jock itch are others. The rash is usually itchy and may be painful. Because fungi love damp, dark places the mucus membranes are a fungi heaven!
Whether in the mouth or down in the nether regions, candidacy in these areas should be taken seriously and treated promptly but carefully as these are prime sites for the infection to move internally from.
Symptoms of an oral yeast infection include ;
White patches on the knees and tongue, even in between dentures! (how cheeky is that?) The skin may bleed when the white growth is scrapped off. Infants in particular are prior to this and care should be taken when breastfeeding as it is easily transmitted from mother to baby. Of course the largest and some would say most cruel symptom of a yeast infection is when it affects the sexual organs.
Infections in the genitalia cause; a white discharge (often described as 'cottage cheese') that; itches and burns like nothing on earth and irritates the entire area. There may also be pain with sex and / or burning when peeing. In extreme cases small blisters may appear on the affected area.
Often there can be no symptoms, which is kind of scary because you may not even realize that these guys have attacked until they have moved into secondary infection.
When the candidia infiltrate the internal organs and systems they cause a list of symptoms that is both vague and varied. From a yeast infection in the esophagus causing ulcers through the digestive tract; to full on clinical systemic infection (like fevers, nausea or rapid spreading rash) to more nausea symptoms like joint pain, fatigue or migraines. Candidiasis may be attributed to them all.