Yeast infections can also be responsible for symptoms which may not at first appear related to the thrush overgrowth. The yeast overgrowth may ferment dietary sugars and starches in the gut, creating acids and gas, responsible for the gastrointestinal symptoms, along with alcohols which may cause headaches, dizziness, and faintness. Symptoms of vaginal thrush may include vaginal itching, vaginal odor, and sometimes a vaginal discharge.
Some patients suffer from a systemic candidiasis which can be extremely debilitating, and occasionally lethal, and cause myriad symptoms such as depression, fatigue, mood irregularities, joint pains, brain ‘fog’, visual disturbances, weight gain or loss, and hair loss. Some of these symptoms mirror those of Lyme disease which can make it difficult for patients to assess the success of treatment with antibiotics should they develop a significant post-Lyme disease yeast infection. Where a patient tests seronegative for Borrelia infection it may be worth considering that the persistence of their symptoms are actually due to Candida as a result of Lyme disease and its treatment. Long-term, or repeat antibiotics are likely to further compromise health by impairing natural immunity and allowing yeast infections to become yet more entrenched.
Leaky Gut Syndrome, Lyme and Candida
Longer-term candidiasis may result in leaky gut syndrome and affect the patient’s first line of immune system defence. Such an effect may lead to intolerances or allergies developing to foodstuffs that were previously unproblematic. In limiting dietary choices the candida may indirectly cause multiple nutrient insufficiencies and further symptoms. Patients who have been suffering from Lyme disease for a prolonged period without successful treatment, or those who have had long-term antibiotic treatment may already have issues of malabsorption, nutritional deficiencies, and gastrointestinal problems, all of which make candida overgrowth more likely and more difficult to eradicate. Lyme disease yeast infection is, therefore, a serious problem for many and deserves more recognition than it currently receives.
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