Intestinal candidiasis is a condition caused by the yeast-like fungus Candida albicans. Candida albicans is referred to as yeast and is normally present in the intestines, blood and vagina. In the gastrointestinal tract, the level of Candida albicans is kept in check by bacteria that is also normally present. An imbalance can cause an overgrowth of Candida albicans and result in intestinal candidiasis, a condition also referred to as the yeast syndrome.
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Intestinal candidiasis can produce a feeling of general malaise. It can also produce a condition of chronic fatigue and cause people to crave sweets.
Intestinal candidiasis can cause gas, bloating and intestinal cramps. With infants, there can be diaper rash. Rectal itching is another symptom. People who have intestinal candidiasis can alternate between being constipated and having diarrhea.
With intestinal candidiasis, Candida albicans can spread and cause thrush, a condition producing raised white patches on the tongue. These patches can be scraped off to reveal inflamed tissue.
Candida albicans can affect the nervous system. Symptoms can include depression and irritability. People with intestinal candidiasis may also have problems with concentrating or maintaining focus.
The symptoms of intestinal candidiasis include problems with the immune system, such as the appearance of allergies and sensitivities to certain chemicals. Also, there can be a reduction in the ability to fight infections.
Intestinal candidiasis can have an effect on the hormonal system. It can produce irregularities in the menstrual cycle and a decreased libido. There can also be vaginal yeast infections and frequent bladder infections.