Reference medical centre for the diagnosis and treatment of Candidiasis
What is Chronic Candidiasis?
The candidiasis is a fungal infection that originates in the intestine from the growth of the fungus candida. and affects the mucous membranes of the body. The fungus - candida albicans is the most common variety - resides in our gut in balance with other bacteria, but overgrowth, especially after a disruption of the immune system, can upset the balance of gut flora with serious health consequences.
Under normal conditions, Candida fulfils its metabolic functions by eliminating unabsorbed food residues, fermenting sugars, absorbing heavy metals or maintaining the pH of our blood. However, when overgrown, it can lead to chronic candidiasis, a disease that even affects our brains..
What types of candidiasis are there?
Symptoms of Candidiasis
Chronic candidiasis, which originates in the intestine, manifests itself with a series of non-specific and varied symptoms mainly affecting the intestineThe main symptoms are: bloating and flatulence, constipation or diarrhoea and indigestion and intolerance to certain foods. Candidiasis also affects the state of mind as it can cause depression and irritation, headache or tiredness.
Specific symptoms of the other manifestations of Candidiasis include itching and irritation, whitish discharge, rash or redness.
Ultimately, the intestinal dysbiosis leads to candida growthThe disease affects intestinal permeability so that different toxic substances secreted by candida pass into the bloodstream, causing reactions in the immune system when it is weakened, and adding over time to nutrient deficiencies that are not properly absorbed. Chronic Candidiasis is often associated with people with a depressed immune system, but our lifestyle and diet are also increasing the risk of this disease..
Causes of Candidiasis
Up to 2,000 bacterial species live in symbiosis in our gut, in addition to candida.
The balance between all of them can break down for different reasons.
In some cases Candidiasis is contagious, and among the causes that can lead to an increased proliferation of the fungus are candida albicans are:
- diet high in sugars and refined flours
- frequent alcohol intake
- continued use of antibiotics and other acidifying drugs
- dysfunction of digestive functions
- alterations in the immune system
- presence of endocrine diseases
- external transmitters during hospitalisation
Diagnosis of Candidiasis
As specialists in Biological Medicine, we are committed to the causal analysis of diseases, so once the overgrowth of bacteria such as candida has been confirmed, we will look for the origin of this growth.
Medical tests for the diagnosis of invasive intestinal candidiasis that have been marketed so far have low specificity and sensitivity, and some of them are so difficult to perform that they cannot be used in clinical microbiology laboratories.
We have developed specific tests that allow us to detect intestinal infections by pathogenic bacteria and fungi.
We have two types of analysis: GutCHECK Urine and the test CANDITEST® with which we can measure fungal and bacterial overgrowth in urine, as well as intestinal permeability or metabolic and mitochondrial alterations caused by Candidiasis, among other parameters.
The high rate of toxicity in the tissues of the patient with this pathology is very important in these cases. In many cases it is very important to make a Heavymetalscheckto analyse hair for heavy metals; a Mycotoxincheckto identify mycotoxins accumulated by damp moulds, in particular mycophenolic acid, which greatly increases susceptibility to recurrent episodes of candidiasis; and a Toxic Chemical CheckThe aim is to quantify some of the chemicals that promote infection and its resistance.
Treatment of Candidiasis
In our clinic, we have a specific unit to respond to chronic Candidiasis. With a personalised treatment protocol and the most effective equipment and techniques such as the ozone therapy, the colon hydrotherapy, replantation of flora, immune activation, or the anti-infective serotherapyWe were able to stop the disease for good.
The treatment of Candidiasis also requires great commitment on the part of the patient and the regulation of their lifestyle, especially in terms of diet.