The supportive role of vitamin D in the immune system is well documented. Many serious conditions are linked with vitamin D deficiency, such as diabetes type 1, multiple sclerosis and tuberculosis. However, there is no evidence that candida infections are affected in any way by vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D and Immune System
According to a review published in the journal "The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society," immune cells absorb and process vitamin D in order to activate antimicrobial responses. Also, vitamin D regulates the cells that produce antibodies and controls the function of T-lymphocytes. Vitamin D insufficiency is consistently associated with many autoimmune diseases as well as serious bacterial infections.
Vaginal and Esophagus Candidiasis
The causing fungus of vaginal candidiasis is Candida albicans. This fungus is present in small numbers in the vagina, skin, digestive tract and mouth without causing problems. Vaginal candidiasis is a very common condition; most women experience such an infection at some point. The U.S. National Library of Medicine mentions that antibiotics, pregnancy, obesity and diabetes are conditions that may cause vaginal infection.
Candida esophagitis involves infection of the esophagus by candida yeast. This condition is usually a sign of weak immune system and may indicate the existence of another serious condition, primary infection or immune disorder, such as AIDS, leukemia, diabetes and lymphoma. If you are receiving chemotherapy or have received organ transplants, you are at higher risk of developing this infection.
In cutaneous candidiasis the skin is infected by candida yeast. In theory any part of the skin can be infected, but yeast grows better in warm and moist areas, such as the groin and armpits. This type of infection is particularly common in people suffering from diabetes and obesity. Antibiotics can also favor the development of candida infections. Diaper rash, very common in infants, is also caused by candida infections. Babies that are not kept clean and dry often develop diaper rash. The use of antibiotics and frequent stools can cause this condition to deteriorate.
Prevention and Treatment
Proper personal hygiene is important for the healing of candidiasis. You should keep your skin dry, clean and, if possible, exposed to air. Wearing comfortable clothes made of natural fibers that absorb moisture can help eliminate candida. Weight loss can eliminate the problem from obese people. If you have diabetes, controlling your blood sugar can help improve the infection, too. Anti-fungal over-the-counter medications, such as creams and powders, can be used to treat skin candidiasis. Creams and ointments work well with vaginal infections, although vaginal suppositories and tablets can also be used. Your doctor will treat candida esophagitis with specialized oral or injected medications.
- Linus Pauling Institute; Vitamin D; June 2011
- “The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society”; Vitamin D and Immune Function: An Overview; M. Hewison; August 2011
- Pubmed Health; Vaginal Yeast Infection; November 2009
- PubMed Health; Candida Esophagitis; August 2009
- PubMed Health; Diaper Rash; August 2011
- PubMed Health; Cutaneous Candidiasis; September 2010