Intestinal candidiasis is a growing problem in developed countries and in our country, mainly due to the increasing use of highly processed foods and foods that have added sugar. The main cause is the fungus Candida albicans. A fungus that seems harmless can create a real mess in the human body. We discussed this disease with Dr. Tatjana Pesic, MD, a specialist in gastroenterology.
When it hurts
The presence of this fungus in large numbers in the intestine is now widespread in populations of various ages. Uncontrolled candida multiplication is influenced by all factors that weaken the immune system, and this finding is common in patients with chronic diabetes with corticosteroids and chemotherapy, and may occur in pregnancy. Often using antibiotic therapy, due to damage to intestinal flora – good bacteria, creates conditions for fungal reproduction. Inadequate long-term nutrition with a simple intake of sugar, white flour, carbonated juice, coffee, alcohol, and the presence of an ongoing stressful situation is also increasingly cited as the cause.
The most common symptom
The most common symptoms are bloating, frequent, soft stools, abdominal pain, less constipation, nausea … Common symptoms such as feeling weak, muscle aches, mood swings and allergic skin changes are possible. Candida is mainly diagnosed in stool samples but because it is a saprophy, the significance of the findings must be critically evaluated.