Fungal Infections are appearing more nowadays than in the past. People live longer and older people have weaker immune system then younger people. In addition, uncontrolled use of antibiotics can destroy beneficial bacteria and that causes developing fungi.
The most common fungi that causes infection is Candida. Candida can appear in the human digestive tract, mouth, throat and genital area. Candida is developing when the level of beneficial bacteria is low or the immune system is weak. People with a high sugar diet and people in hospitals are at risk. Candida can appear icertain areas, like the genitals, skin, mouth and throat. The most common are vulvovaginal infections. It causes Candida albicans. Symptoms are irritation, redness, burning and itchiness. Skin is usually affected between fingers, toes, on the penis and around the anus. Mouth and throat are affected by Candida on the lips, tongue, inner cheeks or mouth corners (perleche). Perleche is characteristic candida and causes cracks around the corners of the mouth. This Candida affects usually people with HIV disease because they have a weak immune system.
Systemic Candida causes fever and shock, low blood pressure, respiratory distress, systemic rush and skin peeling. This can be lethal and it is necessary to start medical treatment immediately. Invasive fungal infections can attack vital organs such as kidneys, lungs, liver, brain, heart.
Candida can be diagnosed by its symptoms, a biopsy or a blood test to measure antibody levels. There's also a test called Heidelberg pH Capsule Gastric Analysis, which can help to diagnose Candida. It measures the pH of the stomach and acid conditions. If acid conditions are abnormal, can develop fungi.
Treatment usually includes medications such as clotrimazole, butoconazole and nystatin. Vaginal fungi infection is treated with oral fluconazole. It can have side effects. Doctors advise patients to keep dry affected areas because fungi like moisture. In treatment can help antifungal shampoos and mouth rinses. Systemic fungal infection is treated with intravenous amphotericin in hospital.
Nutritional diet and food can help in treatment. Yogurt and probiotics have positive effect to nice bacteria Lactobacillus Acidophilus. Fructooligosaccharides are good for friendly bacteria Bifido.
Some nutrients inhibit fungi and bacteria or improve immune system such as goldenseal, lactoferrin, garlic, tea tree oil, essential oils from clove, cayenne, oregano. Goldenseal, lactoferrin and garlic are directly attacking fungi. Oils are good for treatment skin fungi and Candida.