Candidiasis is an infection by unicellular fungus (yeasts) from Candida spp family, being Candida albicans the most frequent one. This type of infection, quite common in mucosae, frequently affects the genital area in both sexes, although it is much more common in women. Moisture conditions are favorable for the growth of these germs, especially with local pH deviations, usually associated to food and hygiene habits as well as immune system dysfunctions, not necessarily severe, like those caused by drugs (side effects), daily stress or different psycho-affective problems.
Treatment is not always easy. First it’s mandatory to isolate and correct the triggering events or conditions as well as maintaining proper hygienic, food and exercise habits. A combined treatment including topic and systemic drugs must be planned in order to maximize effectiveness.
It is very common that patients suffering from chronic vaginal candidiasis wander from one Gynecologist to another trying to find a solution to this annoying problem, as reinfections are frequent. A correct treatment planning aimed at avoiding recurrences and breaking the vicious circle represented by low mood – vulvar discomfort – low mood, is the key to success.
As a first measure, we recommend absolutely quitting sugar (including lactose) and refined flours from diet, which should be changed for natural sweeteners and whole grain products. A proper genital hygiene with specific intimate soaps, and avoiding dampness, are crucial measures. Sport helps releasing emotional burdens as well, so it can be part of the solution. But in case you find no ease of symptoms with these basic corrective actions, you’ll need gynaecological assessment followed by an intensive specific treatment.