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Candida Symptoms

A person with Candida overgrowth may have only two or three of these symptoms, or may identify with many.

Candida albicans symptoms

Digestive System

  • Cravings for sugar, chocolate, milk, cheese, vinegar, pickles, alcohol, bread, nuts or fruit
  • "Metabolic syndrome" which includes the following: large abdomen (“beer belly”), adult-onset diabetes, high cholesterol or triglycerides, high blood pressure
  • "Beer belly," also called truncal obesity -- excess weight centered around the abdomen
  • Acid reflux/GERD (heartburn)
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Bloating, flatulence or abdominal pain
  • Rectal itching
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Excessively thin or anorexic/bulimic

Immune Disorders

  • Asthma and allergies
  • Recurring infections -- colds, ears, bladder, sinus
  • Autoimmune disease (lupus, hypothyroidism, arthritis, others)
  • Penicillin allergy

Mental / Emotional / Nervous System

  • Headaches and migraine headaches
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems -- difficulty falling asleep, or waking up in the middle of the night with a mind that won't calm down (typically between 1 and 3 am)
  • Irritability and confusion
  • Poor memory
  • Anxiety attacks, panic attacks
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Heart beating too fast or irregularly
  • Sexual problems -- impotence or lack of desire, or excessive sexuality
  • Attention deficit, hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD)
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness
  • Feeling of floating or not quite being in your body
  • Indecisiveness, difficulty organizing and cleaning messy areas

Skin, Eyes, Hair

  • Skin and nail fungal infections (current or past), including: athlete's foot, vaginal yeast infections, fungal toenails, ringworm, jock itch, tinea versicolor or itchy eyelids
  • Skin problems like eczema, rashes, psoriasis
  • Prematurely graying hair
  • Pupils always dilated

Candida albicans symptoms

Whole Body

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or joint pain, fibromyalgia
  • Cold feet, cold hands, sometimes cold nose
  • Sweating, especially at night
  • Uncomfortable at any temperature
  • Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS)

Women's Health Issues

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Endometriosis (chronic pelvic pain)
  • Infertility (female), some miscarriages, toxemia of pregnancy (preeclampsia)

Symptoms Seen Particularly in Children

  • Early allergies to foods like milk
  • Infections as a baby
  • Child had or has frequent ear infections, tonsillitis, strep throat or bladder infections, especially if these infections were treated with antibiotics
  • Cravings for milk, cheese, yogurt, macaroni and cheese, or peanut butter
  • Asthma
  • "Drama king" or "drama queen" -- complains quite vocally and often
  • Poor sleep patterns -- difficulty going to sleep, sleeps too lightly or has frequent nightmares, and wakes up too early (or sometimes too late)
  • Too thin or overweight
  • Attention deficit with or without hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD)
  • Aggressive, poor social interactions, can't stop moving, frequent fights or arguments, frequent crying
  • Autism
  • Pale complexion, dark circles under the eyes

By Kristina Amelong, CCT, CNC
I-ACT-Certified Colon Hydrotherapist
Certified Nutritional Consultant