Believe it or not, millions of Americans are affected by Candida overgrowth, more commonly known as yeast infection and manifested as Candida rashes found in different areas of the skin and infection in the intestines and in worse cases of Candida overgrowth, the blood stream.
Yeast infection or Candida infection occurs when the Candida fungi or yeast begins to overpopulate in our body. While Candida is naturally found in our body, its numbers are kept to normal levels by other friendly bacteria and probiotics. It is also kept under control by a good immune system.
However, the Candida fungi can begin to grow in numbers once the friendly bacteria is weakened or lowered, usually by the intake of antibiotics and in women, the intake of oral contraceptives. At the same time, once the immune system is lowered, as in the case of people with AIDS, Candida fungi infestation can increase to harmful levels.
It is at this point that it begins to manifest itself as rashes in skin folds and in the mouth as thrush. Thrush can affect both adults and infants. Thrush can be seen as white rashes on the palate or tongue. It can look like milk curds at first but it can make eating painful. Moreover, trying to remove it can cause lesions in the mouth, making it worse.
For women, Candida overgrowth usually occurs in the vagina, causing what is commonly called as vagina yeast infection. It causes and itchy feeling in the vagina and can emit a milky white discharge with unusually foul odor.
Once you experience these symptoms, it is important that you consult with your physician immediately so that you can get the right prescription for your yeast infection. While there are oral medication as well as topical skin applications like ointments, lotions and creams for the treatment of Candida, many experts would argue that nothing beats natural.
Several herbal and organic formulations are available for the treatment of Candida or yeast infection. Among the more popular Candida herbs for the treatment of skin rashes caused by Candida overgrowth are aloe, oregano, cinnamon and parsley as well as peppermint oil. They all have intrinsic substances that relieve itching while controlling fungal growth.
Garlic, in high potency formulation is also listed among the more effective Candida herbs. Garlic not only helps in killing Candida fungi, it also helps boost the immune system. A healthy immune system is essential as your body fights Candida overgrowth.
Aside from the Candida herbs, there are several natural supplements that you can take as you combat Candida fungal growth in your body. Most of these supplements, taken in capsule form or in juice, powder or oil contain similar herbal substances in addition to essential oils for the treatment of Candida infection. Many of these supplements also contain soluble fiber which in turn helps your body flush out toxins.
It is important to remember that taking these supplements should be accompanied by a diet that will not feed the Candida. This means reducing the amount of sugar and carbohydrates in your diet as both have been found to help Candida grow.