Candida is a form of the overgrowth of yeast that is present in the body. It is also known as Candidiasis. When the levels of Candida are normal they are good for the body. They help in the digestion process of the body and play a crucial role in getting rid of harmful bacteria.
The family of Candida Albicans lives in the mucous membranes which include the intestines, stomach, bladder, ears, lungs, eyes, vagina, etc. However, when Candida Pelliculosa tends to overgrow, then there can severe effects on the body. Candida pelliculosa is naturally found in soil, tree exudates, various fruits, and some organic compounds. In humans it is highly associated with people with very weak immune systems, like AIDS and HIV patients.
According to a study which reported the outbreak of Candida Pelliculosa an intensive care unit, 10 Candida pelliculosa bloodstream samples were identified from six infants who were hospitalized in the neonatal intensive care unit. The genetic relatedness and environmental study was performed for Candida Pelliculosa. It is common to note that Fungemia occurs in preterm infants with high morbidity and mortality. The in-vitro susceptibility of the samples was then analyzed by the broth micro dilution method. The infected infants were then given Amphotericin B and non infected infants were administered prophylactic fluconazole. The outbreak was caused by a single strain and controlled by stricter hand washing, and fluconazole mecidication. The findings of this study suggest that antifungal medications do provide great abilities to fight off Candida Pelliculosa. However, this is a very unusual fungemia and one should seek medical advice earlier to avoid any long terms effects of the infection.
In another study, various Candida species were identified in hospitalized patients. These include: Candida pelliculosa, Candida fabianii, and Candida utilis. Samples were collected from patients in the Olomouc University Hospital. The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) to nine systemic anti-fungal to patient age, yeast species, gender, and site of infection were compared. It was identified using mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) and biochemically. From the 163 clinical isolates, around 119 were biochemically identified as Candida pelliculosa.
Close to 40 samples were identified as Candida utilis. More than 50 samples were identified as Candida fabianii using the mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS). The results of the study showed that the mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) performed on samples found that Candida fabianii was the most prevalent.
Both the above studies clearly highlight the fact that Candida Pelliculosa is a very contagious disease and can spread even among infants. Proper hygiene and medication including Amphotericin B have to be provided to ensure that the fungus is controlled. It is advisable to have clean habits and good hygiene when one is diagnosed with Candida infections.
Symptoms Caused by Candida Overgrowth
When Candida Pelliculosa begins to overgrow, it causes several symptoms and health problems. The skin and nails tend to be affected the most. There can be pain inside the organs of the body as well. In some cases, even brain lesions can occur. On the skin eczema and hives can appear.
Few other symptoms caused by Candida Pelliculosa include:
You have allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities which become bad during rainy season.
You become intolerant to perfumes and odors. The body becomes intolerable to odors, cats, dogs, fumes, tobacco smoke, and other airborne substances.
You start to get athlete’s foot.
You start getting bruising easily.
The cheekbone or forehead becomes tender and painful.
You start developing low body temperatures.
You have digestive problems including constipation, diarrhea, abdominal distention, and bloating.
There is severe ear pain and aches.
There is redness in your eyes.
Women can experience problems like infertility, endometriosis (irregular or painful menstruation), vaginitis, unusual odors, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), cramps, menstrual irregularities, loss of sexual drive, discharge, painful intercourse, redness or swelling of the vulva.
You also have mood swings often. There is a feeling of irritability.
Proper diet and immediate medical attention can help in reducing the chances of getting affected with Candida. Diet must contain very little sugar or no sugar at all. That is because it feeds the Candida to grow in your body. Green vegetables, milk and seeds products can be consumed during this time. But, the food you consume for few months will have to be monitored if you want to get cured soon. Other food items to include in your diet: probiotics, natural yogurt (unsweetened), raw honey, apple cider vinegar. For more home remedies, Click Here!
You will want to make sure that the doctor you visit for treatment is reliable and experienced in the area. Certain forms of Candida rarely occur and when they are not able to detect it through the various tests, then it can cause extreme harm to your body. The best method to treat Candida is to seek treatment in the early stages, as leaving the problem untreated will further worsen the health.
Antifungal susceptibilities of Candida pelliculosa – Journal of Medical Microbiology – 2005 – By F Barchiesi, A M Tortorano, L Falconi Di Francesco
Outbreak of Candida pelliculosa fungemia – Journal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection – 2013
Candida pelliculosa after cataract surgery – BMC Research Notes – 2014 – By Haluk Esgin, Erkan Bulut
The prevalence of Candida pelliculosa – Epidemiol Mikrobiol Imunol Journal – 2016 – By Svobodova L, Bednarova D, Hamal P
Susceptibilities of Candida pelliculosa – Journal of Medical Microbiology – 2005 – By F Barchiesi, A M Tortorano, L Falconi Di Francesco