Yeast infection also referred to as candidiasis infection is one of the most frequent fungal infections found among humans. While it is generally believed that yeast infections are usually local problems, affecting either only the gastrointestinal tract or the skin, in some cases patients might suffer from systemic yeast infection resulting in invasive candidiasis. Systemic yeast infection refers to a condition wherein the yeast infection spreads beyond the skin and the gastrointestinal tract.
While localized yeast infections may affect any individual, systemic yeast infections are usually seen in individuals with poor immune system and weakened natural defense systems. Reports suggest that systemic yeast infection can affect different organs including cardiac tissue, bones and joints, central nervous system, lungs, kidney and urinary bladder, eye, pancreas, liver, spleen and gall bladder.
What Causes Systemic Yeast Infection?
Altered or reduced natural immunity is the primary cause resulting in systemic yeast infection. This condition frequently affects individuals with,
- Acquired Immuno-deficiency syndrome and HIV.
- Individuals undergoing major surgery.
- Individuals suffering from severe malnutrition.
- Individuals with terminal stage of cancer.
Symptoms Of Systemic Yeast Infection
In general, systemic candidiasis is a life threatening condition and the symptoms usually vary depending upon the organ that is involved. In general, yeast infection is associated with inflammation of the organ and results in rapid spread of the inflammation to surrounding organs. Some of the specific symptoms associated with organ involvement include the following,
- Yeast infection of the bones may be associated with demineralization of the bones resulting in decay and destruction of bones. The symptoms may include formation of sinuses discharging pus along with pain, redness and reduced functionality of the affected joint or bones.
- Yeast infection of the lungs may be associated with symptoms namely breathlessness on exertion and may be associated with swelling or pain on breathing.
- Yeast infection of the organs like pancreas, spleen and liver may be associated with gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, reduced appetite, etc.
- Involvement of the central nervous system may be associated with symptoms like tingling numbness, pain, irritation of the nerve, hyper or hypo-sensitivity, etc.
In general, systemic yeast infection may be difficult to diagnose and blood tests may not be very conclusive. The condition is associated with a drop in the white blood cell count (neutropenia) and occasionally presence of candidia in blood may be detected.
How To Cure Systemic Yeast Infection Naturally?
In order to treat and cure systemic yeast infection naturally, there are certain dietary changes that may be required, along with the use of home remedies,
- Carbohydrates are considered as an important source of energy for yeasts, as most forms of yeasts can feed only on sugar. Removing carbohydrates from the diet by excluding refined foods like pasta and bread can help in controlling the condition. However complete elimination of carbohydrates from diet is not recommended and hence it is suggested to replace refined carbs by natural carbs and proteins.
- Long term use of probiotics is also very beneficial in the management of systemic yeast infection. Sugars are absorbed in the intestine and long term use of probiotics can help re-populate the intestine with useful bacteria and naturally help in elimination of the undesirable yeasts.
- Certain anti-fungal compounds can help in killing the candidia fungi naturally. These natural products include garlic, coconut oil and grapefruit seed extracts. Including them in the diet can help hasten the elimination of yeast from the body.