This site has been posted by a patient to provide information about chronic candida, a group of symptoms which appears to be caused by the overgrowth of the yeast Candida albicans in the gastrointestinal tract. The patient database lists symptoms and treatment results submitted by visitors to this site.
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What is Candida?
Candida is a yeast-like fungus that causes superficial infections of the mucus membranes, such as vaginal yeast infections. It can cause more serious, systemic infection when a person's immune system is compromised by diseases such as cancer and AIDS. Candida infections are more common following use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, as these can kill off the normal microflora (bacteria) in the gastrointestinal tract, which (when present) confer a natural colonization resistance to overgrowth by candida. Candida albicans is the candida species most likely to cause candida infection.
Candida a normal resident of the human gastrointestinal(GI) tract, present in small numbers with no negative health effects.
What is "chronic candida"?
Chronic candida was first written about in 1983 by C. Orian Truss in his book "The Missing Diagnosis". It is a cluster of symptoms consisting mainly of fatigue, mental/emotional symptoms(such as irritability, depression, and difficulty concentrating), and gastrointestinal symptoms(such as bloating, GERD, and constipation). There is no medical test for the condition, and diagnostic criteria have not been scientifically established. It is not generally recognized by practicing physicians, and so it is not usually diagnosed. However, the minority of doctors who do recognize the syndrome as a medical condition will often diagnose it based upon a positive response to anti-candida treatment. Most people learn about chronic candida from books published in the lay press, which are based mainly on case reports. Since the condition hasn't been the subject of extensive medical research, most physicians will not diagnose it.
What are probiotics?
A healthy human gastrointestinal(GI) tract contains trillions of bacteria and other microbes. There are several hundred species, and their total numbers are estimated to be 10 times the number of cells that make up the human body. Because man has evolved with these microbes presenct in the GI tract, they are a necessary part of healthy digestion and immune function.
"Probiotics" are live bacteria administered to animals or
humans to supplement the microbes in the GI tract,
and in doing so, improve health. Medical benefits from specific
strains of bacteria have only recently been scientifically
Dozens of supplement products are marketed as probiotics, frequently capsules of freeze-dried Lactobacillus species. Research has shown that there are benefits to a healthy population of Lactobacilli in the GI tract, but the use of the term "probiotic" does not refer specificly to Lactobacilli or any other bacteria. It can refer to any microorganism meant to be used to promote health. It does not mean that a health benefits has necessarily been proven for that organism, either.
What is the relationship between candida and probiotics?
Probiotics are a popular treatment for chronic candida,
probably because that condition is thought to occur
(at least in some cases) after the protective GI microflora
has been reduced by antibiotics. There are
prescription antifungals for candida infection, but
some infections do not respond completely.
A recent animal study with mice showed that a
commercially available strain of probiotic
improved the response to candida
Last updated on: 2010-11-07
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