Causes of candidiasis
The following are the typical causes of candidiasis (these will be explained further in the article that follows):
- Broad-spectrum antibiotics – Antibiotics are great when a bacterial infection in the body needs to be targeted and destroyed. However, broad-spectrum antibiotics do not target one kind of bacteria specifically, they target a wide range of invading bacteria, this can result in the good bacteria responsible for maintaining healthy levels of Candida within the body also being killed off. After a long course of antibiotics, this can create an environment suitable for the overgrowth of Candida.
- Birth control pills – A Candida infection can stem from birth control pills, although they are not a direct cause, they can lead to yeast infections as they can upset the natural fungal balance of the vagina. If birth control pills are also taken after a course of antibiotics and the woman in question also consumes a diet high in refined sugars, this can significantly increase her risk of the infection developing.
- Oral corticosteroids – These are used in inhalers for those with asthma and can lead to the systemic overgrowth of Candida.
- Cancer treatments – Radiation and chemotherapy work by killing off cancer cells but also tend to destroy other healthy cells of the body which can adversely impact the patient’s immune system.
- Diabetes – Those who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes tend to have higher sugar levels in the mouth as well as other mucous membranes. Seeing as Candida is a kind of yeast, and sugar is known to support the growth of yeast, this makes diabetics more susceptible to candidiasis.
- Weakened immune system – Those who suffer from autoimmune diseases are young or elderly or who have HIV/AIDS are at higher risk of candidiasis developing as their immune systems cannot always fight off the infection and control the levels of Candida effectively.