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Candida Symptoms

The chronic Candida Related Complex or Syndrome is a series of vague, sometimes seemingly unrelated symptoms. Owing to the difficulty of physiological diagnosis, practitioners sometimes believe it is ‘all in the mind’ and patients may get referred to a psychiatrist to treat their neurotic condition. Routine blood tests do not usually show anything.
The clinical spectrum of Candidiasis or Candida Related Syndrome is very diverse. Almost any organ or system in the body can be affected. Candida infections can be localised and relatively superficial, as in vaginal Thrush, or deep-seated and disseminated throughout the body.

 Disseminated infections arise as Candida gets into the bloodstream and spreads throughout the body. It is thought that when the bodily environment changes to allow Candida to transmute into its hyphal phase, it then colonizes the intestines and in time penetrates the gut wall.  From there it is able to enter the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, of course, it has access to any organ or system in the body. It thrives in anaerobic or low oxygen conditions so its first targets tend to be the joints and the sinuses.

The range of symptoms which have been associated with Candidiasis or Candida Related Complex or Syndrome may be grouped as follows;

  • Vaginal. Recurrent episodes of vaginal Thrush, associated with the classic symptoms of itching, burning and discharge
  • Gastrointestinal. Heartburn, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Respiratory allergy.  Blocked nose, post nasal drip, excessive catarrh,  persistent cough, sore throat
  • Central nervous system. Anxiety, depression, memory deficits and/or loss of ability to concentrate
  • Menstrual abnormalities. Severe premenstrual tension and/or menstrual irregularities
  • Other Symptoms. Chronic fatigue, headache and/or irritability, aching joints

In particular it is claimed that an overgrowth of Candida in the body results in an increase in allergic reactions to the environment, which is particularly pronounced in damp conditions. As Candida is thought to interfere with the absorption of nutrients in the body, a general feeling of malaise results; a feeling of ‘not feeling quite right’ without being able to put your finger on it exactly.

Of course, many people may well suffer from many of the above symptoms at some point in their lives.  This does not necessarily point to Candida infection.  If however symptoms become chronic or you have many different symptoms, then it may be worth considering whether Candida proliferation is the causal agent.

Diagnosing Candida

There is no simple way to test for Candidiasis or Candida related Syndrome/Complex. The most common way is to take a clinical history.  The comprehensive questionnaire taken from Dr Crook’s book is referenced below. SCIO Hair Analysis may also help.   Stool analysis may help, but the jury is out on its true effectiveness. Could be worth a try.  

However, if you have tried everything else and still feel unwell and you suspect Candidiasis, it is probably worth following the ideas in the Treatments page (link).

 References

More About Symptoms

The physician responsible for highly publicizing the Candida syndrome is Dr. William G. Crook, M.D. The following are two of his books as listed on Amazon UK.

The following is his list of symptoms from the above books.  In ‘The Yeast Connection: A Medical Breakthrough’ there is also a quiz you can take to see if you are perhaps suffering from Candidiasis. Care should be taken however, as this is only one person’s perspective, and I place it here only for information and not recommendation
The list is quite extensive.

  • Feeling of being drained
  • Depression or manic depression
  • Numbness, burning, or tingling
  • Headaches
  • Muscle Aches
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis
  • Pain and/or swelling in joints
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Bloating, belching or intestinal gas
  • Women - Troublesome vaginal burning, itching or discharge
  • Prostatitis
  • Impotence
  • Loss of sexual desire or feeling
  • Endometriosis or infertility
  • Cramps and/or other menstrual irregularities
  • Premenstrual tension
  • Attacks of anxiety or crying
  • Cold hands or feet, low body temperature
  • Hypothroidism
  • Shaking or irritable when hungry
  • Cystitis or interstitial cystitis

Other

  1. Drowsiness
  2. Ittitability
  3. Incoordination
  4. Frequent mood swings
  5. Insomnia
  6. Dizziness/loss of balance
  7. Pressure above ears...feeling of head swelling
  8. Sinus problems...tenderness of cheekbones or forehead
  9. Tendency to bruise easy
  10. Eczema, itching eyes
  11. Psoriasis
  12. Chronic hives (urticaria)
  13. Indigestion or heartburn
  14. Sensitivity to milk, wheat, corn or other common foods
  15. Mucous in stools
  16. Rectal itching
  17. Dry mouth or throat
  18. Mouth rashes including :white" tongue
  19. Bad breath
  20. Foot, hair, or body odor not relieved by washing
  21. Nasal congestion or post nasal drip
  22. Nasal itching
  23. Sore throat
  24. Laryngitis, loss of voice
  25. Cough or recurrent bronchitis
  26. Pain or tightness in chest
  27. Wheezing or shortness of breath
  28. Urinary frequency or urgency
  29. Burning on urination
  30. Spots in front of eyes or erratic vision
  31. Burning or tearing eyes
  32. Recurrent infections or fluid in ears
  33. Ear pain or deafness

More

  • Inability to concentrate
  • Skin problems (hives, athlete's foot, fungous infection of the nails, jock itch, psoriasis (including of the scalp) or other chronic skin rashes)
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (constipation, abdominal pain, diarrhea, gas, or bloating)
  • Symptoms involving your reproductive organs
  • Muscular and nervous system symptoms (including aching or swelling in your muscles and joints, numbness, burning or tingling, muscle weakness or paralysis)
  • Recurrent ear problems resulting in antibiotic therapy
  • Respiratory symptoms
  • Lupus
  • Hyperactivity/Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Recurrent vaginal Thrush
Symptoms ascribed to intestinal Candida and symptoms published in research (taken from Candidiasis Syndrome).