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Candida is the popular term used for an overgrowth of the yeast, candida albicans. This yeast is normally present in a healthy person in small amounts and, if kept in balance, it doesn’t cause a problem. Numerous factors can upset this balance (see below). When the balance is altered, candida overgrowth may result which can cause symptoms of disease. Candida prefers the warm moist conditions found in the intestines and mucous membranes of the body, and is most common in the ascending colon, mouth, oesophagus and vaginal tract. There is no accurate data on the number of candida sufferers – many individuals may not realise their symptoms are a consequence of candida. Women are thought to suffer more commonly than men. The term candida is often used interchangeably with thrush, indicating an oral or genital fungal infection, often with soreness, itching and/or discharge. There can be candida overgrowth but no evidence of thrush, but other symptoms will be evident.

The most common indications of the presence of candida are: .Fungal infections – thrush, athlete’s foot, or fungal problems

of the skin or nails • Digestive problems – lethargy and bloating after eating; excessive wind; food cravings, particularly sugar, carbohydrates, yeasty food and alcohol; a worsening of symptoms after eating yeasty or sugary foods • Environmental sensitivity – food allergies and intolerances; hay-fever and increased sensitivity to smells and chemicals • Mental symptoms – foggy brain, depression, lethargy, fatigue and mood swings • Menstrual problems – irregular menstrual cycle; bleeding or excessive discharge between periods and pre-menstrual tension • Joint pain and arthritis –swollen, painful joints; muscle aching, tingling, numbness or burning • Ear, nose and throat symptoms – sinusitis, post-nasal drip, itching in nose or ears • Aggravation from damp weather, sugar, bread, drinking alcohol, exposure to chemicals, petrol fumes, perfume.

For further information on how to treat Candida with Homeopathy, contact Helen Lee

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