Acute candida most commonly affects the vagina and female genito-urinary region, where symptoms may include:
- Yeasty, vaginal discharge that is usually whitish in colour and smells unusual
- The affected areas experience redness, itching and swelling
- Painful reaction to sexual intercourse and/or urination
- White lesions such as mucous membranes on the vaginal wall
Thrush can also be experienced by babies and people with suppressed immunity and it commonly presents itself as white, creamy lesions on the gums, tongue, lips and inside the mouth that are unable to be scraped off. Babies can experience nappy rash as well.
Many natural therapists believe that an overgrown candida can also cause more long-term health issues. Symptoms of this condition, referred to as chronic candidiasis, can include:
Abdominal pain such as diarrhoea or constipation, bloating and flatulence
- Depression, irritability, lack of concentration and pre-menstrual syndrome
- Recurring cystitis
- Increased susceptibility to infections due to depleted immunity
- Adverse reactions or a worsening of symptoms after eating certain foods or being exposed to certain chemicals.