• Candida albicans overgrowth is called Candidiasis, also know as thrush.
• An older name for it is moniliasis
• Recurring infection is a common problem.
• Candida albicans exists in the mouth, the gut, on the skin, and in the genital tissues, but it rarely spreads throughout the body.
• Candida albicans can get through the body’s defenses when the conditions in the body are right.
• Candida albicans can then become an overgrowth by locking onto cells.
• Once locked on, it puts down thread-like ‘roots’ (hyphe) which penetrate betwee the body’s cells.
• At this stage of its growth, it becomes the mold form. Now your body has a problem.
• Candida albicans has enzymes that dissolve the proteins that hold cells together.
This is how the infection begins to destroy healthy tissue.
• In search of nutrients, Candida Albicans then invades cells and burrows between
them, creating spaces where the mold growth reproduces.
You may not have wanted to know that Candida albicans takes such deep roots in your body. It’s an upsetting thought. But it’s important to ‘see’ this mold as something that really is invading your body. The picture of a growth with roots reaching deeply into your tissues is disturbing, to say the least.
Once you have this picture in your mind, you will understand why some of the
methods you have been using to get rid of the infection just haven’t worked.
This deep-rooted fungal form of Candida albicans becomes very difficult to eradicate, once established.116 It produces chemicals that change the tissues it’s invading to help it grow and survive. Reaching the deep-seated Candida albicans with antifungal treatments is a major problem. Some completely miss the overgrowth. Creams and ointments often do not penetrate far enough below the surface to kill the yeast. Pills and capsules often are not taken long enough to kill the yeast.
Because the yeast form, Candida albicans, is always in our body, anything that weakens any one of our four defenses will let the yeast multiply and cause infection over and over, again and again. If you don’t correct the underlying problem that has allowed the Candida albicans infection in the first place, you might as well send out invitations for it to come back as many time as it wants.
If the infection is occurring in someone with Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus with poor control of their blood sugar levels, the improved control of his or her Diabetes will help. If you are on Birth Control Pills (BCP) and experiencing recurring or recurrent yeast infections, you should consider an alternative form of birth control or different BCP’s. If you are using steroids, such as puffers for respiratory problems, you need to clean your mouth after use to help prevent oral thrush. If you are experiencing painful intercourse, using condoms and a water-based or silicone lubricant may help. If you are taking high doses of steroids such as prednisone, you must use them to treat your medical problem, but for as short a period of time as possible.
Whatever the underlying problem that is causing an imbalance within your body, you have to find it and correct it before you can be sure any cure will last. Always consider carefully the risk of using an antibiotic or any drug to treat a medical condition. Make sure you know about all the possible side effects first.
Note: Birth Control Pills are usually a combination of different hormones. Some are Androgens (Male Hormone) and some are Estrogen (Female Hormone). Different BCP’s have different amounts of each kind of hormone. It may be possible to change your BCP’s and eliminate recurring yeast infections. If you are sexually active, the use of a condom (penis or vaginal) provides extra protection, even if you remain on the BCP’s.