Candida is such a difficult condition to diagnose because it can affect each sufferer in a different way, on a different part of their body, in a way that may even be unique to that person. For this reason, Candida is often misdiagnosed and the symptom is treated instead of the underlying cause, rather like taking a lozenge for a throat infection. Practically, patients often have to diagnose themselves because the symptoms of Candida are so confusing and because there are so few doctors that are able to do it. The consensus is that many more people are suffering from Candida than those few who are diagnosed correctly. You may find yourself suffering from any or all of the following symptoms if you have Candida:
The way you feel: Inability to focus, poor memory, poor mental performance, brain fog, irritability, anger, dizziness, depression, crying spells, panic attacks, low libido, persistent extreme fatigue, hyperactivity, cravings for sweets and alcohol, poor coordination.
Your digestive system: Acid reflux, bloating, flatulence, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, stomach cramps, indigestion, burping after meals, mucus in stool, hemorrhoids, itching anus.
Your skin: Acne, cysts, hives, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, fungal infections on the nails, hair (picture E) and skin, body odor, skin rash, dry brownish patches, ringworm (picture D), jaundice (due to overloaded liver). In some cases, the roots can be seen visually at the surface of the skin for instance at the feet (picture A, B, C). When the roots in the intestine start growing they can for instance spread a long the legs and when they then hit the feet they can’t spread any longer. Instead they might hit the skinsurface when you get a relaps (see picture A). In that case, the roots can be seen as small light yellow/red stains that after some time will change into small punctate brown/dark wounds when the roots withdraws again (see picture B). Some patients with a serious systemic fungal infection has a very distinctive smell of fresh fungi/mushrooms from the sweat in their palms and forearms.
Your mouth: Thrush (white coating on tongue and gum, picture G), swollen lower lip, metallic taste in mouth, bad breath, blisters in the mouth after eating allergenic food (typically allergen reaction), canker sores, bleeding gums, cracked tongue, white rashes in the corners of the mouth, redness around the lips (picture F).
Patients with rootforming fungus in the mouth, will especially see the white coating at untreated Candida, where they eat a lot of sugar and allergens. When you then start starving the fungus by the help of the Candidadiet, the white coating on the tongue and gums usually disappear. However, this does not mean that there is no rootforming fungi left in your mouth - in some cases the rootfungi can be seen as a “groove” along the cheeks (picture H). This “groove” will be gradually narrower as you starve the fungi and healing progresses. When the fungus withdraws fully from the mouth, there will in this “groove” be formed a fine, dense network of small punctate wounds. These small wounds emerges in the houls where the roots previously sat in, to feed on carbohydrates from the diet. This dense, coherent network of fungiroots will, at a systemic rootforming fungiinfection, be found all the way through the gastrointestinal tract where they absorb sugar from food. The network is most dense in the intestines, where the food is completely or partially degraded, so that the sugar from the diet is more accessible and because there is always plenty of sugar here in contrast to for instance the mouth and anus. This is the essence of a rootforming Candidainfection; one big, dense, coherent network of fungiroots in the gastrointestinaltract and from here it can spread its roots to other parts of the body.
Your respiratory: Persistent cough, mucus in throat, sore throat, sinus congestion, chronic post-nasal drip, flu-like symptoms, hay fever symptoms, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis. Many different lung problems including with frequent pneumonia.
Your eyes and ears: The fungus is often found in the eye's mucous membranes. The result is sensitivity to light, eye pain, itchy eyes, blurred vision, bloodshot eyes and eye infection. Ringing in the ears and Ear infections.
Your genito-urinary system: Recurring yeast infections, recurring UTI’s (urinary tract infections), cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), PMS & menstrual irregularities, fungal rash, anus itch.
Your immune system: Frequent colds and flu, allergies, sensitivities to food, fragrances and chemicals, even airborne chemicals, particularly adult-onset allergies, herpes sores, genital warts, warts etc. In diseasestage 3 of a systemic fungal infection there will often be other, more local types of fungalinfections such as skinfungus, scalp fungus, nail fungus etc which the immune system under normal conditons can suppress.
Other symptoms: Headaches, heart palpitations, chronic body pain and/or joint pains, muscle aches and stiffness, cold extremities, diabetes 2 like symptoms etc. Nutrient deficience diseases because of low uptake from the digestive tract.
Some patients have only a few of these symptoms, but suffers nonetheless much during the disease, because it varies widely from patient to patient, how sensitive they are to the fungals stress on the body, the fungaltoxins etc. In some patients, the fungus never occurre either on the skin or in the mouth, but only in the stomach and intestines. It is first of all the occurence in the stomach and intestines that determines how you feel. However, it can make it harder to diagnose the disease if it is not visible, but this does not in any way mean that these patients suffer less than other patients. It depends on the individual's sensitivity to the disease.
A: Picture of rootforming fungus, where the roots just have hit the surface of the skin
at the footsoles because of a relapse in the disease.
B: A week later dark wounds/dots have been formed where the roots were,
because the roots now have retreated again.
C: Rashes and wounds from rootforming fungi above the ankle
D: Ringworm, often seen at systemic fungal infections due to E: Candidafungus in the scalp or eyebrows often occurs at
the immune weakening. systemic fungi infections.
F: Redness around the lips.
G: White coating from fungi in mouth, gums and throat
H: Fungi "groove" a long the cheeks. From here and all the way to the anus
the fungi can nourish on the food in the digestive tract.
I: Picture from inside the gastrointestinal tract. Mocous on the