Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-04-28

Candida syndrome

I just read about this syndrome in a magazine, and i realize that i might have... what are the common signs that one has this dreadful infection?

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Dear Anonymous
Candida is an organism that normally lives in the body in the bowel without causing any harm. If the balance of the intestinal flora is disturbed, by taking antibiotics, or if you have an immunity disorder like HIV, the Candida organisms can multiply and "take over" causing Candida infection. Candida infection is caracterized by a white discharge of the vagina that looks like cottage cheese, it can also cause a white infection in the mouth and a red rash on the skin ( like in nappy rash or a rash of the nipples if a mother breastfeeds a baby with candida infection of the mouth) If you google candida syndrome you will no find academic medical articles on it, as it is not regarded as a "disease" by academic medicine - it is a concept used by natural medicine and alternative medicine practitioners. You do get systemic candida and candida infection of the blood stream - in patients in ICU, on chemotherapy, in last stages of HIV but not normally in people with a fairly normal immunity system.
Dr Bets

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