Maybe you have yeast?? Not the kind you eat the kind in the intestines the systemic type. Men and woman can have this:
Systemic yeast infections occur in people with severely reduced immune functions, such as people with AIDS, people who are on immune suppressing medication like high dosis cortisone, or have other, far advanced illnesses like cancer, after periods of radiation therapy and chemo therapy. Any state that weakens the constitution may cause systemic yeast infections. Typically, an antibiotic treatment may represent the start of the problem.
However,- in recent years it has been suspected that many health problems that were previously either non existent (remember sugar in the diet and the use of antibiotics sky rocketed from the beginning of the 1950's!) or diagnosed as something else, for example food intolerance, may actually be manifestations of systemic yeast infections. So anyone with the following symptoms and illnesses may actually have a systemic yeast infection:
Generalized: Fatigue, lethargy, migraine, weakness, dizziness, sensory disturbances, hypoglycemia, muscle pain, respiratory problems, chemical sensitivities.
Gastrointestinal: Oral thrush, diarrhea, constipation, rectal itching, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), flatulence, food sensitivities.
Genitourinary: Yeast vaginitis, menstrual and premenstrual problems, bladder inflammation, chronic urinary tract infections (UTI’s), bladder inflammation, cystitis, PMS.
Dermatological: Eczema, acne, hives, intertrigo, genital yeast infections.
Mental and emotional: Confusion, irritability, memory loss, inability to concentrate, depression, insomnia, learning disability, short attention span.
Autoimmune: Multiple sclerosis, arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, myasthenia gravis, scleroderma, hemolytic anemia, sarcoidosis, thrombocytopenic purpura.
Systemic yeast infections always start somewhere, and along with the generalized symptoms of systemic yeast infections, one may have symptoms from the specific organs, tissues or parts of the body where it all started, or where it has settled later, like the gastrointestinal tract, genital area, lungs, mouth, skin etc..
Let me start with a list of the most usual locations for yeast infections:
Types of yeast infections:
Genital yeast infections, including penile yeast infections, vaginal and vulval yeast infections
Skin yeast infections, including intertrigo, diaper rash
gastro-intestinal yeast infections, including oral yeast infections and intestinal yeast infections
systemic yeast infections (AIDS patients and other people with severely weakened immune system
All of these types of yeast infections may be divided into acute infections and chronic and/or recurring infections, due to their different presentations and symptoms, andmay be part of the scenarios of systemic yeast infections.
Symptoms of acute yeast infections:
Skin: rash, itchiness, whitish patches, red and inflamed skin-areas
skinfolds (intertrigo): red and inflamed skin-areas, white patches or streaks, weeping sores, rash
diaper area (diaper rash): red, sore and inflamed skin that is painful, weeping areas
mouth (trush or moniliasis): red, sore and painful mucous membranes, white coating. Bad breath and cracks in the corners of the mouth
oesophagus: Painful swallowing, heart-burn, sometimes sore throat
intestines: gas, indigestion and bloating are cardinal symptoms. Food intolerance, craving for sweets, which when ingested makes everything worse, diarrhoea and somtimes bloody stools
anal area: terrible itch, soreness and weeping areas, painful and sometimes burning when defecating.
female organs: whitish, cheesy discharges, itching, soreness, red, inflamed mucus membranes and skin, pain during intercourse and sometimes dysuria/pain when urinating.
male organs: itch, red areas on glans, sometimes covered by whitish layer, urethral discharges may manifest, and pain.
urinary bladder: painful and frequent urination, pain over bladder area, blood in urine (rare)
Symptoms of chronic, recurring or systemic yeast infections
All the symptoms mentioned under the specific acute infections
General lack of energy and fatigue
variable degrees of unwellness and severity of symptoms in general
pains anywhere in the body, especially joints and muscles.
moodiness, irritability and other emotional and psychological manifestations, like for example lack of concentration and many, many more.
just about any symptom from any and all organ-systems and tissues, in any combinations and degrees of severity.
(the complete list of symptoms is impossible to make, and would be too long for our purposes. The mentioned symptomes give you an idea.