Candida Symptoms

Candida Symptoms: Identify these critical signs for the right treatment

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Candida Symptoms

Candida symptoms often present a challenge to many people and health practitioners, especially when it comes to the correct candida diagnosis and the needed treatment. In many cases, candida symptoms are treated individually and the root cause is left untreated. As a result, the candida infection spreads and evolves, the symptoms keep coming back, become worse and cause many unpleasant discomforts.

Also known as: candidiasis symptoms

  • In this experts guide: what can you learn from your candida symptoms about the root cause of your issues and exact treatment you need. After over 20 years of successful practice and many lessons learned, we are very excited to share this information with you, hoping it will help you to feel better as quickly as possible.
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Candida symptoms per body part

Candida Symptoms Checker

  • The type of candida symptoms you have matters!

Becoming aware of the candida symptoms you have, and how they are all related are the keys to a complete candida cure. It is very important to identify and address the root cause behind your candida symptoms rather than treating individual symptoms.

This is a very important step as the treatment you may need can be completely different.

What causes candida?

Common candida and yeast infection causes are antibiotics use or medication, diet high in sugars or processed foods, a weakened immune system and chronic stress. In other cases, there are less obvious causes such as food allergies you may not be aware of, heavy metal toxicity, chronic constipation and others.

To see if the top causes of candida overgrowth apply to you, see: top candida overgrowth causes.

Which of the following candida symptoms types apply to you?

Use this list as your starting point: Check the symptoms that you have, each of the links will refer you the the complete list of the relevant candida symptoms and treatment options. Many people are not aware that some of their symptoms may be related to a systemic candida infection in their body.

Multiple symptoms

Candida die-off symptoms: you started a candida treatment and notice worsening symptoms.
Candida overgrowth symptoms: multiple candida symptoms, usually in different parts in the body.

Symptoms per body part

Women: the candida infection affects the vagina.
Men: the candida infection affects the penis.
Skin and/or nails : the candida infection affects the skin and/or nails.
Oral thrush: the candida infection affect the mouth, tongue or throat.
Digestion: various digestive issues.
Respiratory: various respiratory system issues.
Well-being: mood, energy, brain function, pain.

Candida Overgrowth Symptoms

Candida overgrowth (also known as systemic candida or yeast overgrowth) occurs when the balance between candida yeast and the good bacteria in the body is being disturbed. Candida changes into a more aggressive fungal form that spreads and releases over 80 different toxins. These toxins can get anywhere in the body, suppress the immune system and cause a wide variety of health issues all over the body.

The symptoms of candida overgrowth usually affect multiple parts of the body, both internal and external:

Internal Candida Symptoms

Affected AreasCommon Symptoms
How you feel:Headache, brain fog, dizziness, increased sweating, fever, craving for sweets, mood swings or low mood.
Pain:Increased joint or muscle pain, systemic or chronic inflammation, muscle aches and overall stiffness.
Overall health:A weakened immune system, constantly sick, hormone imbalance.
Energy levels:Chronic fatigue, feeling constantly tired, exhaustion, adrenal fatigue.
Digestive:Intestinal distress and digestive issues:
indigestion, bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea, nausea, acid reflux, mucus and candida in stool.
Allergies:Allergies and food sensitivities, leaky gut syndrome.
Respiratory:Sinus infections, sinus drainage, asthma.

External Candida Symptoms

Affected AreasCommon Symptoms
Skin & Nails:Skin breakouts, acne, skin and nails fungal infections, itchy skin, candida rash, yeast rash.
Mouth:Oral thrush, coated tongue, bleeding gums, cracked tongue.
Women:Vaginal yeast infections, recurring yeast infections in 50% of the cases (source).
Men:Male yeast infection, low libido.
Additional symptoms:Body odor, itchiness all over body including itchy eyes, ears, nose.
Do you have multiple candida symptoms? Yes No

Multiple candida symptoms usually indicate a systemic candida problem in the body. The correct treatment for these systemic candida symptoms need to address their root cause, rather than trying to fix individual symptoms. This is important in order to prevent the symptoms from reoccurring or becoming worse as the root cause of the candida infection evolves. For more info see our experts guide for: Candida overgrowth treatment.

Unsure if you have candida overgrowth? see our candida overgrowth test.

Candida Symptoms that require special attention

If your symptoms include fever, chills, cold or flu like symptoms, you may experience a die-off reaction healing crisis due to the high toxins released from the dying candida. For more info:
Candida die off symptoms.

Candida Symptoms of Skin

Affected Body Parts: entire skin may be affected, especially feet, genitals, inner thighs, buttocks, skin folds, armpits, groin, yeast infection under breast, nipples (breastfeeding).
Treatment: systemic candida treatment, antifungal creams for relief.

Candida symptoms of skin may include:

  • Fungal infections in the skin such as athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm.
  • Fungal skin rash.
  • Candida rash or yeast rash: redness, sore itchy skin.
  • White patches on skin, yeast infection bumps, blisters or pustules.
  • Hives.
  • Dermatitis or eczema.
  • Excessive dry skin, peeling skin, soreness and pain in severe skin infections.
  • Acne.
  • Psoriasis.
  • Keratosis pilaris (KP or commonly known as “Chicken skin”).
  • Candida diaper rash (in case of newborns).
  • Erythema.
  • Water retention or edema.

Also Known as: candidiasis of skin, cutaneous candidiasis, yeast infection on skin, candida skin infection.

Candida Symptoms of Skin – Treatment

Skin onlyAntifungal creams
Skin & other symptoms in the bodySystemic candida treatment
Antifungal creams (relief)

Candida Symptoms of Nails or Toenails

Affected Body Parts: nails, toenails with or without other symptoms.
Treatment: systemic candida treatment, antifungal creams.

Candida symptoms of nails and toenails may include:

  • Thick toenails or fingernails.
  • Loose nails, separation of the nail from the nail bed (onycholysis), can be caused by the the thickened nail.
  • Crumbly brittle nails, easily breakable.
  • Fragile or cracked nails.
  • Ragged skin around the nail.
  • Toenail discoloration: yellow, white or black nails.
  • Unusual shape, changes in the shape of the nails.
  • Dry nails, dull, loss of shine.
  • Fungus infection of the skin around the nail.
  • Pain, uncomfortable itch.
  • Foul odor.

Also Known as: candidiasis of nails, cutaneous candidiasis, candidal onychomycosis, candida nail infection, nail fungus.

Candida Symptoms of Nails – Treatment

Nails/toenails area onlyAntifungal creams
Nails/toenails & other symptoms in the bodySystemic candida treatment
Antifungal creams

For more info: home remedies for nail & toenail fungus

Thrush Mouth – Candida Symptoms of The Mouth

Affected Body Parts: mouth, tongue, inner cheeks, gums, tonsils, throat, with or without other symptoms. Very common during breastfeeding.
Treatment: systemic candida treatment, antifungal creams for relief.

Oral Thrush Symptoms

Oral thrush symptoms may include:

  • Coated tongue, white tongue, yellow or white coating on the tongue.
  • White spots inside the mouth and on the tongue.
  • White bumps on the tongue, slight bleeding when bumps are scraped.
  • Cracked tongue.
  • Sore throat, redness, burning, soreness.
  • Difficulty swallowing, in severe cases difficulty eating.
  • Dry mouth, especially in the morning.
  • Bleeding gums.
  • Canker sores (Aphthous ulcer).
  • Dry lips, chapped lips (especially the lower lip).
  • Taste changes, metallic taste in mouth (Parageusia).
  • Teeth grinding (long term this leads to teeth that are flattened or fractured).
  • Bad breath (Halitosis).

Also Known as: oral thrush, oral candidiasis, thrush mouth, yeast infection in mouth, candida mouth, tongue thrush, candida tongue.

Oral Thrush Treatment

Mouth area onlyAntifungal creams
Mouth & other symptoms in the bodySystemic candida treatment
Antifungal creams (relief)

For more info: home remedies for oral thrush

Digestive Candida Symptoms

Affected areas: digestive issues, with or without other symptoms.
Treatment: See below

Digestive candida symptoms may include:

  • Intestinal distress, digestive issues, indigestion, gastrointestinal issues: bloating, gas, acid reflux.
  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea.
  • Bloated stomach or distended belly.
  • Colon or gut related symptoms issues.
  • Leaky gut syndrome.
  • Gut yeast.
  • Food allergies.
  • Strong cravings for sweets and sugars.
  • Irritable when hungry.
  • Blood sugar issues.
  • Weight gain or difficulty to lose weight.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Water retention.
  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Stomach flu symptoms, stomach pain, abdominal pain and other related issues: stomach cramps, stomach ache, upset stomach.
  • Mucus and candida in stool.
  • Anus Itching.

Additional digestive candida symptoms that often occur after eating may include:

  • Bloating after eating.
  • Burping after meals, belching.
  • Food allergies, skin rash in the stomach area after eating.
  • Persistent flatulence (Gas).
  • Hunger less than 2 hours after eating.
  • Tired after eating.
  • Eating disorders.

Also Known as: Intestinal candidiasis, digestive yeast infection.

Digestive Candida Symptoms Treatment

Digestive Issues Only
  1. Overnight toxins flush
  2. Elimination diet
  3. Digestive enzymes
Digestive issues & other candida symptomsSystemic candida treatment

Candida Symptoms in Men

Affected Body Parts: penis with or without other symptoms.
Treatment: systemic candida treatment, antifungal creams for relief.

Candida symptoms in men may include:

  • Reddish rash or itchy rash in the penis.
  • Dryness, peeling, dry white spots or blisters in the penis.
  • Lumpy discharge from the penis or under the foreskin.
  • Burning, itching and irritation on the head of the penis.
  • Pain during sex.

Male yeast infection symptoms can lead to many discomforts. As a result, it is common to see additional issues such as low libido, low sex drive, impotence, and erectile dysfunction that may be caused indirectly by the discomforts on the penis area. When left untreated, candida in men (also known as male candidiasis and thrush in men) can lead to urinary tract infection (UTI).

Also Known as: male candidiasis, male yeast infection, male thrush, yeast infection in men.

Candida in Men – Treatment

Yeast infection treatment for men (male yeast infection treatment):

Penis only.Antifungal creams
Penis & other symptoms in the body.Systemic candida treatment
Antifungal creams (relief)

Candida Symptoms in Women

Affected Body Parts: vagina with or without other symptoms.
Treatment: systemic candida treatment, antifungal creams for relief.

What is a yeast infection? Yeast infection in women looks like cottage cheese discharge which has a thick chunky curd like appearance. Yeast infection is usually odorless, although some people describe the yeast infection smell as similar to bread yeast. The discharge color is usually milky white or light yellow. A common sign when you have a vaginal yeast infection is the intense itchiness of the vulva with the need to scratch.

Additional signs of yeast infection and candida symptoms in women may include: (also referred to just as yeast infection symptoms):

  • Vaginal yeast infections.
  • Yeast infection discharge: milky white discharge, thick vaginal discharge, usually without odor, looks like cottage cheese.
  • Itching and burning in the vagina.
  • Rash, redness, cracks and swelling of the skin outside of the vagina.
  • Dry white spots on the vaginal wall.
  • Pain and soreness during intercourse.
  • Menstrual irregularities such as early menopause, PMS.
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI), pain or burning during urination.
  • Inflammation of the bladder (Cystitis).
  • Low sex drive.

Also Known as: Candidal vulvovaginitis, vaginal candidiasis, vaginal yeast infection, yeast infection in women, female yeast infection, yeast infection women.

Candida in Women – Treatment

Vagina onlyAntifungal creams
Prevention treatment
Vagina & other symptoms in the bodySystemic candida treatment
Antifungal creams (yeast infection relief).

To learn more about yeast infection treatment for women, see: vaginal yeast infection.

Candida Symptoms – Respiratory System

Affected Body Parts: mouth, throat, nose, lunges, with or without other symptoms.
Treatment: systemic candida treatment, lung cleansing herbs for relief.

Candida symptoms that affect the respiratory system may include:

  • Throat infection.
  • Sore throat that comes and goes.
  • Nasal congestion
  • Constantly clearing of throat.
  • Sinus infection (Sinusitis), sinus drainage.
  • Sniffles (sniff repeatedly).
  • Post nasal drip.
  • Chronic cough.
  • Excessive mucus in throat.
  • Asthma.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Tightness in chest.
  • Hay fever (Allergic rhinitis).
  • Flu or cold symptoms.
  • Allergies.
  • Itchy nose.

Special consideration should be given in cases of allergy to mold, especially if you may be exposed to indoor mold.

Candida Symptoms – Respiratory System Treatment

Respiratory onlylung cleansing herbs
Respiratory & other symptoms in the bodySystemic candida treatment
lung cleansing herbs (relief)

Candida Symptoms & Your Well-Being: Energy, Mood, Brain Function & Pain

Candida overgrowth can affect your well-being, especially your mood, brain function and energy levels. This is very common. It is very important to recognize these symptoms and whether they are related to the systemic candida overgrowth, in order to avoid treating each of these symptoms separately by medication.

Common candida symptoms that affect your well-being may include:

  • Low energy, always tired, lethargy, exhaustion.
  • Headache.
  • Migraine.
  • Anxiety, panic attacks.
  • Brain fog, poor memory, mental confusion.
  • Difficulty to concentrate, inability to focus.
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD).
  • Mood swings, irritability.
  • Depression.
  • Muscle or joint aches and pain.
  • Insomnia, bad sleep.
  • Night sweats.
  • Low Immune System. (always sick, constantly catching colds).
  • Chemical sensitivity. (sensitivity to fragrances, makeup, cleaning products).
  • Sensitivity to light.
  • Coordination issues.

Candida Symptoms List

Most common candida symptoms list:

  • Headache.
  • Brain fog.
  • Craving for sweets.
  • Oral thrush.
  • Dizziness.
  • Intestinal distress and digestive issues:  indigestion, bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea.
  • Nausea.
  • Increased sweating.
  • Fever.
  • Sinus infection, sinus drainage.
  • Chronic fatigue, feeling constantly tired, exhaustion.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Skin breakouts.
  • Skin and nails fungal infections.
  • Vaginal yeast infections.
  • Male yeast infection (Candida in men).
  • Mucus and candida in stool.

What is candida

Experts GuideTopic Covered
Candida albicans.What is candida? candidiasis info.
Candida cleanse.the complete guide to natural candida cure & yeast infection cure.
Candida diet.the complete candida cleanse diet guide: foods to eat, foods to avoid, candida diet recipes.
Candida to treat candida correctly, common mistakes to avoid in the candida albicans treatment.
Candida test.candida test & yeast infection test.
Home remedies for yeast infectionhow to cure a yeast infection using natural candida and yeast infection remedies.
How to get rid of to cure candida – a summary of the plan
Candida Specialists


  1. 5 stars
    I’m suffering from what appears to be candida overgrowth. It’s head to toe.. been diagnosed with scabies, MRSA, contact dermatitis, OCD, extraction causing sores, it’s changed over time acting and looking different in every stage. I have fibromyalgia this started in march of 2018 and has continued to get worse. No doctors have done any skin tests, stool, urine, blood test at all. While I suffer and in pain with now scars head to toe. It’s running ramped. I need help.

  2. 5 stars
    i have all the symptoms for skin and vaginal .. but also on my vagina there is sores.. need answers doctors apt friday

    1. Hi Danielle,
      Did you ever find out what the issue was? Did it end up being a candida overgrowth?

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