Our bodies contain bacteria and fungi. While these are pretty gross sounding terms, they actually are what make the world go round. Without them, our bodies wouldn’t be able to fight off infections and break food down; helping us keep what we need and get rid of the rest through waste. When these levels are interrupted and spiral out of control; this is when we are faced with a problem.
What Is Candida?
A microorganism found in all of our bodies is yeast. When levels are normal, everything is fine. However, when yeast produces in out-of-control levels, this is known as a yeast infection; also known as Candida.
Candida can affect areas of the body such as the vagina, mouth, and intestines. For people who have a weak immune system, this simple infection can spread throughout the entire body; so it’s important to get the situation fixed as soon as possible. Most commonly the vagina or oral cavity will become infected.
Even if you are pretty confident you have a simple yeast infection, it’s important to talk with your doctor to make sure there isn’t another medical condition causing your body to produce more yeast than normal.
When your immune system becomes compromised, this can lead to a yeast infection. If you are taking certain antibiotics, this can cause your body to increase its yeast production. Yeast thrives around glucose, so people with diabetes are more prone to getting infections; as are individuals who eat a lot of sugary foods.
The whole situation sounds pretty disgusting but it’s really not as bad as you think. For the average person, the problem is more annoying than life threatening. Simply taking medication or changing certain habits can quickly get rid of Candida and get you on with your life.
If you have a vaginal infection, it’s important to be very careful in selecting underwear. If you are wearing something tight that doesn’t allow your body to breath, this can cause Candida because this fungus thrives in warm, moist environments.
Bathing often is also very important to keep everything clean down there and dry. There are many anti-fungal medications that can be found over the counter. If you are prone to yeast infections and have talked with your doctor, you probably already know which brand you prefer.
These medications (some are creams, others are suppositories) will not only get rid of the infection but also help you maintain healthy yeast levels.
If you are trying to get rid of Candida of the mouth, there are a few simple things you can do. First of all, it’s always a good idea to rinse your mouth out often and well. Avoid things like antibacterial mouthwash or toothpaste because they will not only kill the bad bacteria but the good bacteria as well; leaving you more prone to bacteria.
Keeping up with dentist appointments is another great way to keep from getting Candida as well as preventing it from occurring in the first place. Eating yogurt is also a good way to keep your mouth clean because of the live cultures in the yogurt that help kill off bad bacteria. As mentioned with yeast infections, watch your diet; and lower your sugar intake as much as possible.