Candida overgrowth is one of those difficult conditions that can often pass for other issues; the reverse is true, too: other issues can appear to be candida. For this reason, it is incrediblydifficult to diagnose. Add to this the confounding issue that it affects different people in different ways and it can feel nigh on impossible to find out if you have it, or not.
But, don’t worry. Armed with the correct information, you can easily work out if you have a candida infection. Here, we’re going to walk you through the process.
Symptom 1: How Do You Feel Emotionally?
Because candida can take a toll on the body, it can also take a toll on the mind too. When a person is chronically ill, or suffering long term, they can often become depressed or anxious. If you’ve been feeling low, hyper vigilant, angry, and irritable, then this could indicate candida.
Symptom 2: How Does Your Mind Feel?
Are you having difficulty concentrating and paying attention? Is your memory suffering? If so, you might be experiencing what others call ‘brain fog’. It’s a terrible cognitive affliction and it is associated with candida overgrowth. In fact, it is one of the main candida symptoms
Clearly, symptom 1 & 2 are nowhere near enough to diagnose candida, as these symptoms are indicative of many other issues too, including traumatic brain injury, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, and chronic fatigue. So, while a symptom may be the hall mark of a candida infection, that does not mean that every (or even a majority) of people suffering with that symptom have the infection. This is why it’s important to consider the rest of the candida symptoms, too.
Symptom 3: How Is Your Digestion?
When people have candida infections, they can suffer from a wide variety of digestive issues, including:
Of all symptoms, the last one tends to be the most common.
Symptom 4: How Is Your Skin &Mouth?
Certain types of fungal infection are associated with candida. These are:
•Fungal nail infection
•Some types of dermatitis
Your mouth can also develop fungal infections. When this happens, you will frequently see a white coating on the tongue or around the mouth. At later stages, you will develop issues such as sores at the side of your mouth, canker sores, and a cracked tongue.
Behind your ears, you might develop a thick white ‘scum’, which can sometimes smell like cheese. Some people also have problems with light sensitivity.
Symptom 5: Your Genitals
Finally, a clear sign of a candida infection are recurrent bouts of thrush. This is definitely a candida infection. However, occasionally people can mistake bacterial vaginosis for thrush, and then end up treating candida instead of the BV. Fortunately, you can buy special testing kits that tell you which you have.
Taken together, these symptoms are strongly indicative of a candida infection: especially symptom 5. If you think you may be suffering from a candida infection then please visit your doctor who will be able to provide treatment.