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Candida or Candidiasis is the medical term for a yeast infection. It is a fungal infection that can affect various parts of the body. The infection is caused by a fungus called Candida Albicans. This fungus is normally found inside the human body in very small amounts and is usually harmless. If the body’s immune system is functioning properly and efficiently, the growth of candida is kept at safe levels.
Eating too much carbohydrates and sugar can stimulate candida growth and aggravate any existing candida infection. If the infection worsens, it can lead to other health problems. Therefore, it is important that you know the most common candida symptoms in women so that your candida infection is treated as soon as possible. The vagina and mouth are the most common areas where candida infection occurs in women.
Oral candida (also known as oral thrush) is caused by candida overgrowth. Some of the most common symptoms of oral candida are:
Difficulty Swallowing – this happens when the candida fungus attacks your tonsils and the other important organs in your throat. If you have yeast infection in the throat, your throat will hurt every time you try to swallow food. The feeling is similar to a throat allergy. Painful, Bleeding Gums – Painful and bleeding gums are also common symptoms of oral candida. If your gums are painful and/or bleeding due to oral candida, avoid brushing your teeth vigorously and rinse your mouth with salty water. The salt water will provide relief from the pain and bleeding.
Loss of Taste – Many patients who have oral candida often complain that they have lost their sense of taste. This happens because the increase in fungal activity in the mouth prevents the taste buds from functioning properly, resulting in tastelessness.
Vaginal candida is more difficult to detect than oral candida because there are many other causes of vaginal infection. The symptoms of vaginal candida are a bit different from other types of genital infection. Some of the most common symptoms of vaginal candida are:
Menstrual Problems – Vaginal candida can cause menstrual problems in women. Vaginal candida can cause irregular menstrual cycles, severe abdominal pain, and excessive bleeding. If you are suffering from vaginal candida, your menstruation can become too frequent or too infrequent (e.g. twice a month or once in 3 months). Your menstrual blood may also appear to be thicker and accompanied by a bad odor.
Yellowish Discharge - Vaginal candida can also cause a thick yellowish discharge that is accompanied by an unusual or foul smell. The excessive discharge can be annoying and uncomfortable for women. The discharge begins when the candida infection reaches your uterus and interferes with your normal vaginal fluids.
Vaginal Swelling – Vaginal swelling and inflammation is the most common vaginal candida symptom in women. The swelling is not noticeable at first because it is painless. The swelling is sometimes accompanied with redness and itching. In some cases, your vulva may become painful and touch sensitive, causing pain while your urinate.