What Is Candida Albicans?
Written by Doc Walton   
The Candida albicans organism is actually normally found on the skin, the mucous membranes and digestive tract of human beings, including the rectum. Whenever a change occurs in the body's chemical or biological environmental makeup, there is always a slight danger that a Candida infection can occur.

It's known that antibiotic overuse can result in an overgrowth of candida and is quite often how the majority of people develop an overgrowth. Candidiasis, sometimes referred to as a Candida infection, is nothing more than a type of fungus that has grown out of control in the body. Therefore, it's easier to think of this organism as a fungus, within the yeast family, above all else.

Candida is a naturally occurring yeast, which lives mainly within our gastrointestinal tract in a commensal relationship. This simply means that it needs a host, our bodies, in order to survive but there's no real benefit that we get. It's important to note that most physicians have almost no Candida information at their disposal and often do not know how to diagnose this condition as the symptoms are many and they vary from person to person.

For ease of understanding, experienced doctors or other health professionals usually say that somebody who is suffering from Candida fungus issues are dealing with a Candida albican infection. There are also misconceptions surrounding a Candida bacteria, but Candida is actually part of the natural flora found in the intestinal tract and classified as a fungus.

Candida illnesses can occur in men, just as easily as they can in women. For men, the Candida albicans fungus can show up in a variety of ways including on the skin of the penis. It is true, however, that many more women seem to suffer from Candidiasis than do men, although Candida albicans overgrowth is an equal opportunistic infection. This is mainly because women often have much more fluctuating hormone and pH balances from menstruation and pregnancies.

What issues can a person who is suffering from Candidiasis expect to deal with? Well, the symptoms could quite possibly be some of the most far reaching than any other type of condition out there which make Candidiasis very difficult to pin down as the culprit. What's most true is that Candida infections, or Candida fungal infections, have more implications for women if they allow a Candida albicans infection to go without treatment.

The issues surrounding antibiotic usage is that antibiotics do not distinguish between beneficial or "friendly" bacteria and those that are harmful. These antibiotics kill both friendly and harmful bacteria within the intestine leaving the body defenseless against future onslaught. Often, in the absence of those beneficial microorganisms, Candida albican or some other form of candida (such as candida monilia) actually replace the "friendly" bacteria which normally keep Candida in check since they are usually unaffected by antibiotic treatment.

Candidiasis is also sometimes referred to as Candida monilia, which can present many and varied symptoms. In women, the most common condition of monilia is known as a yeast infection. Children who suffer from Candida monilia, especially when they are very young or are babies, are said to be suffering from diaper rash because that is where the Candida infection will most often present itself.

As far as Candida albican goes, it will most often present itself in women as vaginitis. The diaper rash that children experience is easily treated, usually with a topical cream. For males, the most common form of Candida infection will present itself in or on the penis. Known as "balanitis", it is not life-threatening, though it might be highly embarrassing to someone not armed with sufficient Candida information. In fact, most Candida fungus issues aren't life-threatening, though leaving Candidiasis to go untreated could cause possible sterility in a woman, as well as more severe complications in the future such as ulcerative colitis or Chron's disease.

The best methods for combating issues to do with the Candida fungus infection involve effective personal hygiene and diet, knowing as much as possible about Candida, and avoiding the overuse of antibiotic drugs. A person should never hesitate to speak to his or her physician if there are any questions involving infection with the Candida albicans fungus.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2012 21:39