What is CANDIDIASIS, its Identification and remedies
• Thick, white discharge from the vagina,
possibly with itching and discomfort on passing urine. In men, candidiasis causes inflammation of the head of the penis.
• Yellowish white, raised patches on the lining of the mouth. If the digestive tract is affected, symptoms include indigestion, nausea, bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, and itching of the anus.
• In babies, inflamed type of diaper rash.
• Other associated symptoms include a skin rash, aches and pains, recurrent sore throat, dizziness, fatigue, blurred vision, and headaches.
Candida albicans is normally present in the vagina and often in the mouth, but is kept under control by bacteria. Some drugs, such as antibiotics, interfere with this. Candidiasis may flare up if the immune system is compromised, as in AIDS, or if there are metabolic problems, such as diabetes. Oral contraceptives and immunosuppressive and progestogen drugs also encourage it to proliferate. Local factors may affect its growth (see Lifestyle).
Homeopathy is most effective in treating candidiasis in the genitals. A practitioner will study the reason for the proliferation of the bacteria. Choice of constitutional remedy will depend upon individual symptoms (see page 18), and especially the characteristics of the vaginal discharge. Arsen. alb. is prescribed for a burning, offensive-smelling discharge associated with inflammation; and Graphites for a profuse, thin, white discharge associated with inflammation. Medorrhinum is given for a fishy- smelling discharge that feels as though it is stripping the skin off the vagina; while Merc. sol. is indicated for inflammation and bleeding of the vagina with a greenish discharge, and for inflammation of the penis. Nitric ac. is used to treat blisters and ulcers on the genitals. Local remedies include Lycopodium, for an
irritating vaginal discharge that is worse after menstruation, with itching and thickening of the vulval skin from scratching; and Carbo veg., for an offensive-smelling, itchy, greenish, burning discharge that is worse for heat, and for cracking of the vulva. Kreosotum is prescribed for an offensive, sour-smelling discharge that stains underwear, with soreness and burning in the vagina; and Nux vomica, for an offensive-smelling discharge, especially during pregnancy, that is worse for heat, and is associated with frequent urination.