Hi there, Eric Bakker, naturopath, author of Candida Crusher with another question I get asked.
What is the most common symptom of a yeast infection?
Well, there’s really no one common symptom. Symptoms usually come in clusters or groups. There are certainly several symptoms that are associated commonly with Candida infection. And the typical patient I would see would be a female between 18 and 55, she will have had a history of oral contraceptive pill or antibiotic use, she will have been under stress, she will have had children, or starting a family, young children or teenage children, probably earning a living, living in a relationship, maybe drinking coffee, drinking a bit of alcohol, this is a typical profile of somebody I see.
Many patients have some levels of fatigue or general malaise. Poor libido is quite common. Bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, rectal itching, sweet cravings, intestinal spasms or cramps, vaginal yeast infection would be common or thrush, urinary tract infection or recurring bladder infections; these are things I commonly see.
There could be some premenstrual discomfort or pain before the period. Thrush worse before the period or itching down there worse before the period is quite common. There could be depression or anxiety, poor memory, feeling spaced out, sleeping disturbances. There could be food allergies going on, environmental allergies. We could have sensitivities toward certain types of things like household cleansers or mold in the environment. There could be skin-related conditions. There could be coughs or colds or recurring infections.
As you see, there could be a whole lot of different things. So there’s not really one common symptom I would see with Candida. And many women present just with thrush. Others will come with a cluster of problems. So I can’t really say there’s one clear-cut common symptom that I would see.
So, yeah, I hope that answers your question to a degree. Thanks for your question.