What is Candida Albicans Thrush?
Candida albicans thrush is not a very rare thing to have. The fungus is called Candida albicans and is found naturally in the human body. It normally resides in the G.I. tract and mucous membranes within the body.
It can also travel through the body via the bloodstream. Like all fungus, it needs moisture to survive, and is relatively safe in normal amounts within the body.
What causes it to overgrow?
Changes in the natural chemistry of the body often makes Candida albicans, or Monilia, grow out of control. This overgrowth generally starts to cause problems when the balance within the gut is upset. Some of the localized problems appear as a white, creamy substance accompanied by itching and discomfort.
Often, Candida albicans thrush is referred to as Monilia, especially when infection occurs in or around the mouth. Whenever there is too much yeast in a region of the body an infection can occur.
Yeast cells generally colonize in typical areas in the body, in particular, the mouth, intestines, and genital regions. There are a few major factors that can cause this imbalance to occur.
Causes of Thrush
The most common causes of thrush are the overuse of antibiotics without repopulating the body with probiotics, once the round of antibiotics has been completed. Antibiotics kill the friendly, yeast regulating bacteria in your body.
Unfortunately, it kills the good bacteria as well as the bad, but does nothing to kill yeast cells. This then can allow Candida yeast to flourish unregulated, since there is nothing to keep the yeast in check. The most common overgrowth’s occur within the mouth and the vagina. This happens because of the warmth, darkness, and moisture in these areas.
Thrush and Monilia
Thrush is when this overgrowth occurs in the mouth. This happens most often in the mouths of infants, but can occur in adults too. It can also spread from the mouth to the esophagus and digestive tracts. In some instances it can be caused by a problem with the immune system itself not functioning properly.
Monilia often appears as a white film with red or bleeding patches on the gum’s, tongue, and other soft tissues of the mouth. Cultures and blood tests are normally used to identify the type of Monilia.
Doctors will often know it by sight and the cultures taken are usually to confirm diagnosis and treatment of it. If the cultures say that it is Candida Albicans the doctor will generally prescribe antifungals such as Nystatin or Capricin.
Common, treatment for minor thrush problems generally require an over the counter medication. However, in severe cases, where thrush either is recurring, or there are other symptoms besides those in the mouth or throat, it is best to educate yourself on how to eliminate the root of the problem.
Generally, the root of the Candidiasis infection lies within the digestive tract, where colonies of yeast have overgrown beyond the bodies ability to regulate. In this scenario, it is best to adopt a particular anti Candida diet as well as adjust your lifestyle for a short period of time in order to aid your body in killing off the Candida.
The best treatment for Candida albicans we’ve found to date is the Restore 3 protocol. The program includes an easy to follow diet and supplements with the right balance of probiotics and enzymes to replenish your system.
Thrush is a relatively simple organism and is easily fixed. However, if left untreated for too long, it can become a very relentless and resilient problem to be rid of. Major changes in diet, hormonal balance and antibiotics are usually the cause, and correcting these changes can usually provide quick relief.