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Candida Cleanse

A Candida cleanse is available from many health product suppliers. There are several species of Candida. Candida is a unicellular fungus that lives in humans. Sometimes, Candida lives peacefully with a human host. Other times, the Candida harms its human host. A Candida cleanse may not be the best way to address a Candida infection. Candida infections outside the colon may not be benefitted by a Candida cleanse. As with any parasite, people with belligerent Candida infections should seek expert advice.

Candida Lives in Humans
Species in the Candida genus are yeasts. Yeasts are microscopic fungi that reproduce by budding. A Candida infection can be caused by any species from the Candia genus. Candida albicans is a common species in the Candida genus. Between 40% and 80% of healthy people have Candida albicans in their bodies. People all over the planet can host Candida. It can live in the vagina, intestines, and mouth of healthy individuals.

Candida can have a commensal or a parasitic relationship with the host person. In a commensal relationship, the Candida benefits from living in the host person but does not do any harm to the host. In a parasitic relationship, the Candida benefits from living in the host person and causes damage to the host.

Candida Can Harm Humans

Changes in the immune system, the population of microbes in the body, or physiology can cause Candida to switch from a commensal to a parasitic microbe. Conditions that weaken the immune system can allow the Candida to grow uncontrolled. Candida can become a problem when the balance of microbes is disturbed by antibiotics or steroids, because the Candia population will increase rapidly when competing species are eliminated. Physiological changes that accompany the use of catheters and cardiac surgery can lead to Candia infections.

Candia infections are most common on the skin or on mucous membranes that line some organs and body cavities. Candia infections can also appear in the lungs, heart, and blood. A doctor might collect samples from the site of a suspected Candia infection so it can be tested for that microbe. Most doctors prescribe fluconazole or itraconazole to treat Candia that has invaded the body. Infected catheters and artificial heart valves need to be replaced.

Facts about Candida
•    Many species of Candida can live in the body.
•    Candida albicans lives in 40% to 80% of healthy people.
•    Candida can be commensal or parasitic
•    Commensal Candida is harmless, but parasitic Candida damages the body.
•    A Candida culture can switch from commensal to parasitic.
•    Doctors commonly treat Candida infections with fluconazole or itraconazole.

Candida is part of the natural collection of microbes in humans. Certain changes can cause Candia to become harmful to a person. A Candida cleanse may not help with Candia that infects the skin, blood, heart, lungs, or mucous membranes. A doctor can test for Candida and prescribe medications that target Candida. To be certain, consult a health expert first before trying a Candida cleanse on your own.

References:

1. Mycology - Chapter 3: Yeasts. Microbiology and Immunology Online
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
http://pathmicro.med.sc.edu/mycology/mycology-3.htm