What is Yeast in Urine (Candiduria)?
Candiduria is one unwanted form of yeast infection occurring in the urine of both male and female. One of the most prevalent and embarrassing form of yeast infection is Candida in urine. This is because it’s one of the most painful forms of Candida infection, and even medical practitioners find this infection very hard to deal with, but patients suffering from Candida in urine need not lose hope because it is curable over time. Candiduria can be insignificant at times and also show extreme symptoms which may lead to more serious infections if left untreated. It is always better to identify Candida in urine at the initial stage and start with the correct treatment.
Candida in urine has some similar symptoms like that of Candida Balanitis such as infection or contamination occurring at the genitalia, bladder, urethra or urinary track. The best way to prevent such infection is to take precautions and self-care measures to keep out yeast in urine. A person should maintain a good hygiene for the genital area. A woman is more likely to get a Candiduria infection for which it is suggested for women to use neutral soap to keep their vagina area clean. This helps in maintaining the pH of the vagina and keeps away from the contamination of yeast in genitalia. Men who are not circumscribed should keep their penis clean, especially under the foreskin where the bacteria can accumulate and pass into the urine through the urethra. One who is having a penis yeast infection should not eat food rich with sugar, yeast, carbohydrates and starch. These types of foods increase the yeast growth in the genital area, leading to the process of yeast in urine. Maintaining a healthy and natural diet can keep you away from Candida overgrowth.
During a test performed at Gwalior M.P. in India 80 samples of urine were collected from a hospital. All the patients were suffering from diabetes mellitus. During this study it was found that 50 out of 80 patients had Candida infection in the urine. This study also indicated that 70% non Albicans Candida in urine were also present in some patients suffering from diabetes. Out of the 50 patients that were found with this infection 35 were male and 15 were female. There were also 3 other female patients who had non-albican form of Candida infection.
Table showing the number of non Albicans Candida in the urine of some patients suffering from diabetes:
Thus, it must be said that various other different forms of Candida are also found in the urine of diabetic patients. And sometimes a particular anti fungal medication may not fully eradicate the Candida overgrowth in the body for non-albican forms of Candida, in which case one may need to try a different type of anti fungal medication.
It can be concluded here that patients with diabetes are more at a risk of having mycotic infections that is Albican germ forming Candida in urine, than people without diabetes.
It has been found that all human are somewhat colonized with Candida albicans and some are said to have been developing Candida through sexual intercourse. But it has been found that the species of Candidiasis in human beings can vary from person to person. Vulvovaginal Candida infection mostly occurs in healthy female, whereas candiduria occurs mainly in elderly men who are either hospitalized or not circumcised. Though there are on-going clinical studies and treatment experimentations going on this infection, questions on effective medications are yet to be proven. Therefore, prevention is the first step while you are infected or prone to such infections as they are easily transmitted through sexual intercourse from a person having Candida in urine. Opting for natural remedies can be more effective than medications for treating Candida in urine.
For patients suffering from severe Candida infection should initially be regarded as hosts of circulated candidiasis since the kidney is the first organ to be affected due to this infection among 80 % of patients in studies. Finding yeast in urine is the only clue that a patient has about the life threatening infection, but there may not be any visual signs or indications in most suffers. Is such a case a person should immediately seek a blood test to detect the fungal blood cultures, and start appropriate treatment.
Some symptoms are as follows:
- Smelly urine
- Very warm temperature of urine
- Color of urine
Dark colored urine mixed with blood is a clear sign of Candida in urine. It is suggested to not wait and exacerbate the infection in such situations, but instead to consult a physician and take the correct treatments accordingly.
Successful treatment for yeast in urine involves surgical intervention combined with the use of fluconazole. Studies of the appropriate treatment had given us many ideas as to how this noxious infection is controlled and treated. However there isn’t any convincing data that Itraconazole drugs can be used to properly cure Candida infection in urine.
Candiduria patient sometimes do not show symptoms, in which case the patient should not be ignored nor should be treated in a hurry, instead full attention must be provided, and care must be given to find out the real causes and proper treatment. The first and foremost step is to get the patient urine tested to find the fungal cultures.
Being casual or failing to take care of such infection can cause severe fungal illnesses in the future, so maintaining good hygiene is very high on the list. Learning more about the symptoms are also important to diagnose the infection early, as you would not want to be the host of such infection.
Non-albicans Candida in urine of diabetics- IOSR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences – 2013 – by Dr. Manish Pandey, Dr. Amita Pandey
Candida Yeast Infections of Genitourinary Tract – Clinical Microbiology Reviews – 2010 – Sasad – by Jacqueline M. Achkar, Bettina C. Fries