Candida UTI – How to Detect That you Suffer from Candida

Even though many UTIs are caused by bacteria, a Candida urinary tract infection is actually caused by a fungus. Candida and bacterial infections are similar in the sense that the infectious pathogen may already exist in low levels in your body.  That said, you will find that symptoms caused by Candida are a good bit different from those caused by bacterial pathogens. In fact, you may even be surprised to find that most fungal infections occur being treated for a bacterial UTI, or after various procedures that focus on the urogenital system.

Symptoms of Candida as a Primary Infection

If you have a Candida urinary tract infection in the bladder or urethra, you may not notice a burning sensation as you would with a bacterial urinary tract infection.  Rather, you may experience itching, as well as white discharge in the urine. While some people also notice an increased need to use the bathroom more often, others may not feel this, or other symptoms.  In a similar way, many people do not realize that a fungal infection has spread to the kidneys until they see blood in the urine. Unfortunately, by that time, the fungus may have begun colonizing the ureters, as well as developed into fungal balls that cause all kinds of blockages in the urinary tract.

Things to Know About Candida as a Secondary Infection

As you may be aware, the body has a number of immune system sells and other mechanisms for eliminating fungal infections.  When patients take antibiotics, have a catheter inserted, or undergo invasive tests of the urethra and bladder, Candida fungal spores can easily multiply and become a full scale infection.  In fact, a study published in Oxford Journals indicates that there is a direct link between the increased usage of antibiotics to treat a wide range of diseases and secondary outbreaks of Candida. No matter whether you took antibiotics for a respiratory infection, or some other issue, you will need to watch for signs of Candida overgrowth for several weeks after treatment is completed.

Individuals that contract bacterial infection can tell you that the UTI symptoms are so unpleasant, it is difficult, if not impossible to ignore them. While initial symptoms of a Candida infection may be far less disturbing, the long term consequences can be just as severe. No matter whether you wind up with fungal balls blocking the ureters, or kidney scars, you may wind up needing to take other antibiotics as well as undergo other types of treatment if the damages are extensive.   As may be expected, if you do not want to wind up with a Candida urinary tract infection, you will do what you can to avoid any and all situations that may lead to their outbreak.

References:
Fisher, John F, Candida Urinary Tract Infections—Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Treatment: Executive Summary, Oxford Journals, Vol 52, Issue Supl 6.