|Candida are a genus of yeast or fungi which are frequently present in the skin, urinary organs, and digestive tracts of humans. Heavy growth of Candida can cause many health problems including diarrhea and food malabsorption, production of alcohol and other toxins in the intestines, and increased risk for asthma and skin rashes.|
Candida can also cause life-threatening systemic infections in those with compromised immune systems such as premature babies, severely malnourished patients, patients with cancer or HIV, or those on immunosuppressive drugs. Candida overgrowth is especially common in people who have had multiple antibiotic courses, have diabetes, are malnourished and/or on high sugar diets, or who are on immunosuppressive drugs like steroids.
A number of earlier studies have reported that oral consumption of probiotic bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium can reduce risk of both Candida related digestive problems such as diarrhea and Candida infections to the vagina/ vulva in women. Two recent papers have documented that oral probiotic therapy can be useful in both young and old patients.