Yeast is something that your body makes naturally in order to help digestion and make it easier for your body to absorb nutrients.
However, if something causes an imbalance of yeast to spiral out of control, you can end up quite sick. Left untreated, a candida yeast infection can do things like penetrate your intestinal lining and enter your bloodstream. Then the problem may even turn chronic.
Despite the fact that candida imbalances are commonly caused by everything from a course of antibiotics or steroids (like the kind your doctor might give you for an ear or sinus infection) to diabetes, doctors routinely miss the symptoms and fail to treat their patients for the condition.
What symptoms come with a candida infection?
Victims may exhibit a variety of symptoms due to chronic candida infection:
- Mood disorders, including anxiety and panic attacks
- Urinary tract and vaginal infections that reoccur despite treatment (and that can be sexually transmitted)
- Chronic, relentless fatigue that goes well past being simply tired
- Thrush -- characterized by a white rash on the tongue and food that doesn't taste right, this condition can actually end up attacking your lungs, heart and digestive tract.
- Chronic joint pain
- Chronic sinus and allergy issues, including ear infections and fluid in the ears
- Fungal infections on your skin and nails
- Eye infections
- Difficulty thinking clearly
Ultimately, a simple yeast imbalance can actually evolve into something quite deadly -- especially if someone has developed some of the more severe symptoms or has a weakened immune system. It is considered a major risk for blood infections in the United States -- but doctors often miss the signs until a patient is in severe distress.
How can a candida infection be treated?
If caught early enough, antifungal medications are effective against candida. However, if the condition has persisted without treatment for a long period of time, you may have developed a number of other problems -- everything from infections in your heart to leaky gut syndrome -- that also have to be treated or managed. You may even suffer from some conditions permanently.
If your doctor has been overlooking your symptoms and dismissing your complaints until you ended up in the hospital with a candida infection with potentially lasting harm, make sure that you discuss your situation with an attorney.
Source: CDC.gov, "Invasive Candidiasis," accessed Oct. 04, 2017