Perhaps you've heard the term "candida" in health news lately but don't know much about it. This is the scientific name for yeast, and high levels of it can lead to an infection.1 Generally this will happen when your immune system is under attack by a virus, as it is responsible for keeping yeast levels under control.
Since candida is found throughout the body, signs of an infection can be found in different areas. Common symptoms include:
- rashes and itching to an area of skin
- difficulty or pain when swallowing
- white patches in your mouth
- vaginal pain, discharge and itchiness
If one of these infections makes its way to the bloodstream, it can be fatal. That's why it's important to have signs checked out by a clinician for proper diagnosis, so that medication can be prescribed for treatment.
Individuals who consume too much sugar may be at risk of developing an infection due to high candida levels. Additionally, high levels of stress can increase the amount of yeast in the body, which may be troublesome. According to U.S. News & World Report, probiotics and omega-3 fatty acids may also be beneficial in preventing this type of infection.2