The symptoms of Candida overgrowth are often difficult to pinpoint – like many other modern autoimmune/inflammatory diseases, the symptoms are vague, all over the place and are very specific to the individual. YOUR body telling you you have Candida overgrowth may – and probably WILL – look very different than another person’s symptoms of Candida overgrowth.
Unless you are showing the obvious signs like oral thrush and recurrent vaginal yeast infections, the symptoms are broadly defined and can be confused with a number of other illnesses. To recognize that you have a Candida overgrowth, it is very important to identify if you have a particular cause increasing your risk of Candida.
A Candida infestation can affect everyone in a different way; that’s the reason why it is such a difficult condition to diagnose. Doctors tend to treat the symptoms rather than addressing the underlying health problem.
Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth
Following is a fairly comprehensive list of the symptoms that are associated with a Candida overgrowth. Important: you do not need to have all of these symptoms to be suffering from Candida. Indeed, some of them may appear contradictory at first. For example, both constipation and diarrhea are symptoms of Candidiasis – how can this be true? Well, they are both signs of intestinal malfunction. And intestinal unhappiness simply manifests differently from one person to another.
recurring yeast infections (anywhere on the body)
Common symptoms: White lesions (may be slightly raised and have a cottage cheese like appearance) around your mouth, tongue and lips. You may also have cracked, red areas around the corners of your mouth.
Vaginal yeast infections
Common symptoms: Itching and soreness in the vaginal area. You may also experience pain during intercourse and a white, creamy to chunky vaginal discharge (it may be odorless or have a funk to it).
Penile yeast infections
Common symptoms: Itching and soreness on the head of the penis. Occasionally there may be also be a white, odorless discharge. If you see small red bumps on the penis, this can easily be confused with herpes.
Fungal skin infections
Common symptoms: Itchy, red skin rashes. These rashes may leak small amounts of clear fluid. (On the face: red and sensitive skin)
Fungal nail infections
Common symptoms: Pain, swelling around the nail. Sometimes the nail may turn yellow and weird looking and separate from the skin below it.
Stubborn, consistent acne!
Candida Overgrowth increases inflammation and toxic substances in the body, easily overwhelming the liver, our detox organ. When the liver is overwhelmed, we very often see the skin suffer.
Candida overgrowth can have some very broad-ranging effects on your mental health, ranging from a general feeling of sluggishness to outright depression. These symptoms are all related and are often caused by acetaldehyde, a neurotoxin that is one of the main byproducts of Candida Albicans.
During a Candida overgrowth, your liver simply becomes overloaded by all the toxins that are being released into your bloodstream (also helps explain why Candida overgrowth is so closely linked to acne – if the liver is overwhelmed with toxins, the SKIN is second in line to help the body remove toxins, which means lots and lots of zits!).
This is why we will DEFINITELY take into account proper detoxification as part of this Candida cleanse – more on this later but for now just know – the best/quickest way to get relief from your symptoms is to help your liver expel these toxins from your body.
Lack of focus
Yikes! I don’t know about you but I’m checking these off like crazy!
After a course of antibiotics or a sustained high-sugar diet, your gut flora can become imbalanced. As well as weakening your immunity, this can really affect the way that your body digests food. Those ‘good bacteria’ that normally reside in your gut are actually a crucial part of your digestive system, responsible for the processing of starches, fibers and some sugars NOT to mention helping the liver metabolize toxins as well! When the healthy gut flora is overwhelmed by Candida, your small and large intestine can start to malfunction.
Leaky Gut Syndrome can also occur. This is caused when the fungal Candida grows long branches (hyphae) that penetrate your intestinal lining (we talked a little about the 2 forms of Candida in post #1 – read here). If left unchecked, they permeate the intestinal membrane and allow food particles to escape. These are immediately identified as foreign substances by your immune system, and they are quickly neutralized. However, this can quickly lead to food allergies as your body begins to treat those healthy foods as threats to your health – the cause of IBS.
Consistent sugar cravings
Respiratory problems + allergies
A 2008 research paper linked Candida overgrowth to asthma. We’re not sure exactly how or why Candida can cause respiratory problems, but anecdotal reports show a correlation between Candida overgrowth and not only asthma, but a number of other respiratory problems too.
Hay fever symptoms
Sensitivity to perfumes and fragrances
Allergic reactions to jewelry
Itchy sore eyes
Illness + soreness
Candida undermines your immune system further, even though it is usually an ALREADY weakened immune system that allows Candida to flourish.
Frequent colds and viral infections
A chronic cough or post-nasal drip that won’t go away
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), usually known as bladder infections
Sensitivity to light
Joint pain (often confused with arthritis)
Various non-specific aches and pains
If you’re still not sure if you have Candida Overgrowth, consider these questions:
Do you crave sugar?
Do you have a feeling of being “drained?”
WOMEN: Are you bothered with vaginal burning, itching or discharge?
MEN: Do you have burning, itching or discharge from the penis?
Are you bothered by burning, itching or tearing of your eyes?
Do you regularly drink sugary sodas or fruit juice?
Do you eat a diet that is high in fruit or sugar or dairy?
Are you taking the contraceptive pill or do you use an IUD?
Have you had a yeast/ear/bladder/IUD infection or oral thrush in the past year?
Have you taken antibiotics in the last 2 years?
Are you diabetic or do you have high blood sugar?
Even if the questionnaire is a little vague for you, and/or even if you think you DO NOT have Candida overgrowth, doing a cleanse where you cut out sugar and nurture your digestive system is kind of a good thing to do for anyone!
PS Tell me in the comments – which are your TOP 3 symptoms??