Systemic yeast infections are among the most common infections to affect humans. This is because systemic yeast infections are caused by fungi which are present in everything including food, the external environment and even in the human body itself. The systemic yeast infection is caused by the mycotoxins released by the fungi into the body. This poison can affect any part of the body without any correlation. Thus the systemic yeast infection may lead to adult acne, arthritis or even heart disease.
In humans, systemic yeast infection, also known as systemic Candidiasis, is most often caused by the fungi form of Candida Albicans which is commonly found in the mucous membranes of the body. Systemic yeast infection occurs when this Candida Albicans grow uninhibited and out of control. This proliferation of Candida is due to the failure of the immune system to keep check on the fungi or the overuse of antibiotics which cleans out all the other microorganisms except the resistant Candida. This allows the fungi full reign over the systems of the body from the digestive and respiratory system to the different organs like eyes, skin, brain, blood etc. Systemic yeast infection is considered to be a serious condition because it is spreads quickly to all the parts of the body and affects each in different ways. In a severe case of systemic yeast infection there is a serious effect on the normal daily functioning of the individual.
While we know that systemic yeast infection is to be taken seriously, its causes are not focused to one or two. There are several causes of systemic yeast infection both from within the body itself and from outside it. A systemic yeast infection spreads if the immune system has been compromised (like in HIV/AIDS), if there is a white blood cell deficiency, a previous yeast infection that hasn’t been treated, loss of good bacteria in the body etc. External factors causing systemic yeast infection include the excessive use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives like pills, tight clothing, sugar and carbohydrate rich foods which feed yeast etc.
Since systemic yeast infection spreads to the whole body, the conditions that it can cause are extremely varied and include some of the following – food allergies, arthritis, gout, irritable bowel syndrome, adult acne, depression, chronic heart conditions, acid reflux, indigestion, fatigue etc.
Earlier with a limited knowledge of systemic yeast infection, doctors considered treatment using a topical antifungal medication. Now, however, a more holistic plan is used involving medication and a change in lifestyle, eating habits etc.
Now for treatment of systemic yeast infection it is helpful to consult a doctor rather than self medicate. Generally in order to control and eliminate systemic yeast infection you have to make changes to your diet and eliminate those foods that are rich in sugars, carbohydrates and gluten as these feed Candida. Changes in diet also include taking in of green leafy vegetables, vegetable oils etc. Treatment for systemic yeast infection also includes stopping intake of antibiotics and birth control pills etc.