Intestinal Yeast Infection
Intestinal yeast infection is actually an infection caused by Candida species. These fungi can be normally found in human gastrointestinal tract. In healthy humans there is a balance between intestinal bacteria and these fungi. Once the balance is interrupted Candida starts to multiply rapidly and uncontrollably and the symptoms of the infection occur. The most common causes of imbalance are stress and prolonged therapy with antibiotics. This infection may additionally affect immunocompromised patients. Candidiasis is also common for people who are suffering from diabetes.
Symptoms of Intestinal Yeast Infection
The symptoms of this infection occur due to the overgrowth of Candida. Patients may complain about fatigue, which is particularly noticeable after eating.
Patients will also suffer from chronic bloating and intestinal cramps. Intestinal cramps usually occur several hours after the meal since then the food reaches intestines. Diarrhea or constipation occur as well.
Some patients may experience heartburn. Still, this is not a common symptom of intestinal yeast infection.
Patients who suffer from intestinal yeast infection often suffer from oral yeast infection and in women even vaginal yeast infection may accompany intestinal infection. This can lead to additional symptoms which are connected to inflammation of the oral cavity or vagina.
The symptoms are exhausting and some patients may become depressed since the cramps may interfere in sleep and regular daily activities.
Diagnosis of Intestinal Yeast Infection
Western medicine does not accept overgrowth of Candida as medical condition. There are not even tests available which may confirm the overgrowth since these fungi are normal part of intestinal flora. However, this does not mean that patients should not be given some advice about balanced diet and some tips of how to re-establish healthy and balanced bacterial flora of the intestines.
Treatment for Intestinal Yeast Infection
If there are symptoms and signs of intestinal yeast infection one should make several changes. First of all the diet must be specially created. It must not include carbon hydrates, or if they are taken they should be reduced to the lowest possible amount. This particularly refers to sugar since it can successfully enhance the growth of the yeast. Apart from carbon hydrates one should not consume milk and dairy products either. What is allowed in the diet is meat and vegetables. Fruit rich in sugar also needs to be avoided. Citrus fruit such as lemon, kiwi, or orange may be consumed.
A doctor should look for the underlying cause of this infection. And finally, if the patient is also suffering from oral or vagina candidiasis specific therapy with antimicotics is prescribed.