If you suspect you have yeast in your urine, you may have a condition known as Candiduria; which, is a yeast infection of the urinary tract. Candiduria is most typically caused by Candida albicans; and, if you’ve taken antibiotics recently, you are more likely to have problems with this yeast. Candiduria is often asymptomatic; meaning, you will not exhibit any symptoms that indicate you have a problem with yeast in your urinary system. However, if you notice white specks in your urine, this may be yeast. Yeast can even grow into large masses and form balls in the urinary tract. If you are having a hard time urinating, it could be that there is a ball of yeast, somewhat obstructing, your urine. You can use natural medicine to help heal your body and get the yeast out of your urine. Towards the bottom of this article, we will discuss such natural remedies, that can help to remove Candida in the urinary tract.
Candida in Urine
Candida can appear in your urine. If you see white specks floating in your urine, it could be this yeast. Candida has a white appearance; so, white particles in your urine, is one sign that you have Candida colonizing your urinary tract. A study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases [18.3 (1994): 440-442] stated 50 previous cases of fungus balls in the urinary tract have been reported. The study explains, that Candida albicans, is the colonizing fungus in these 50 cases. In the instances where balls of yeast formed, ureteral (the ureter is the tube carrying fluid from the kidney to the bladder) involvement, or bladder involvement, was seen. The study was reporting a new incident, where ureteral obstruction occurred, due to a ball of Candida tropicalis.
Another study, done on infants with urinary tract infections, also explains the prevalence of Candida in such health problems. This research paper, shows that balls of yeast were also present, in the urinary tract in some cases. The study was published in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal [16.2 (1997): 190-194]. 57 babies in the study, had a total of 60 urinary tract infections, during the examined period. Candida species were the cause of 25 of these infections. Fungus balls had formed in 7 of the 20 infants who had Candida infecting their urinary tract.
As a result of the various research on yeast in the urine, we can conclude that there will be cases, where enough yeast is present, to show up visually in the urine. In extreme cases, the yeast in the urinary system can become a mass, and disrupt the flow of fluids in the urinary system. So, if you have a difficult time peeing, and see white material in your urine, it could be a mass of Candida that is blocking your urine. According to a study entitled “Candiduria,” published in Clinical Infectious Diseases [41.Supplement 6 (2005): S371-S376], most cases of Candiduria are asymptomatic; i.e., people with this condition exhibit no harmful symptoms that could indicate they have a problem. This study also stated, that Candida infection of the urinary tract, are not likely to cause Candidemia (yeast in the blood) for typical asymptomatic individuals. Chances for Candidemia to develop from Candiduria are elevated, if, there is an obstruction from a yeast mass, or some mechanical instrument (such as a catheter) is present in the urinary tract.
Candiduria Risk Factors
The risk factors for Candiduria were discussed in two different studies. The first study, published in Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz [100.8 (2005): 925-928], focused on urinary Candidiasis of patients in an intensive care unit of a hospital. The study was done on 153 individuals; of the patients studied, 80 were males and 73 were females. The study found that of these 153 individuals, 68 of them tested positive for Candiduria. Of these 68 people positive for this condition, there were some powerful statistical correlations evident. All of the Candiduria positive patients had recently undergone antibiotic therapy. 92.6% of the Candiduria patients had an indwelling urinary catheter. Surgery was also a factor; 80.9% of the Candiduria patients had undergone 3 simultaneous invasive surgical procedures. Also, women were more likely than men, to have Candida in their urinary tract. The following chart was taken from the study and shows the various aspects of the 68 patients with Candiduria (called fungeria by the cart).
Another study, published in the Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation [19.3 (2008): 350], also reported on apparent risk factors for Candiduria. The study, was a review of literature, regarding Candida based urinary tract infections. The study cited 8 different sources to derive the following risk factors: diabetes mellitus, urinary tract instrumentation, immunosuppressive therapy, previous surgical procedures, advanced age, female sex, recent antibiotic therapy, and prolonged hospital stay. The study states the following about risk factors for Candiduria:
In a recent case-controlled study, it was shown that that the risk to develop candiduria was increased by 12-fold after urinary catheterization, six-fold each after the use of broad spectrum antibiotics and urinary tract abnormalities, four-fold following abdominal surgeries, two-fold in the presence of diabetes mellitus, and one-fold in association with corticosteroid administration… Use of antibiotics was a major risk factor to develop Candida urinary tract infection; it is likely to contribute to colonization by Candida spp. by suppressing endogenous bacterial flora (bacteria residing inside the body), primarily in the gut and lower genital tract and possibly in the superficial area adjacent to the urethral meatus (the external urethral orifice).Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation [19.3 (2008): 350]
Urinary Candida albicans and Candida glabrata
A study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases [41.Supplement 6 (2005): S371-S376], shows the frequency of Candida species urinary tract infection. The study reported, that Candida albicans, accounted for about 50% to 70% of urinary Candidiasis. Candida glabrata and Candida tropicalis are the next two most common sources of Candida in the urinary tract. Although Candida parapsilosis is more commonly known as the cause of Candidemia (yeast in the blood), it is not typically found in the urine of adults. Candida parapsilosis is more frequently found in the urine of babies.
Although Candida albicans is the most common cause of Candiduria, Candida glabrata may be present in the urine, if you have been using prescription antifungal drugs. Candida glabrata has an innate resistance to antifungal drugs; specifically azoles (Fidel, et al.; 1999). With the increasing use of immunosuppressive therapies, and broad-spectrum antifungal drugs, Candida glabrata infection is becoming more widespread.
Another study, comparing Candida albicans and Candida glabrata urinary tract infection, is also relevant to this discussion. The study was published in Clinical Infectious Diseases [29.4 (1999): 926-928]. The study found that women, diabetics, those who took any antibiotic drug, and people who were in the intensive care unit were all more likely to have Candiduria. The use of the antifungal drug fluconazole, was seen to be a factor in causing Candida glabrata infection of the urinary tract. The study was done on 40 patients positive for Candida glabrata Candiduria, and 289 patients who were positive for Candida albicans Candiduria.
Concerning these factors, the use of any kind of antibiotic had a strong effect on developing Candiduria; with an odds ratio of 10.64; slightly over 10 times as likely. Odds ratios greater than one, indicate the increased likelyhood of developing this condition; and, therefore, antibiotic drug use presented 10.64 times greater chance of developing this condition. The odds ratios (abbreviated ‘OR’), for the aforementioned factors in the study, are as follows:
- OR of 3.14: A person that has been in the intensive care unit.
- OR of 3.50: A person who is a diabetic.
- OR of 2.93: A person who is female.
- OR of 10.64: A person who used any type of antibiotic (antibiotics are not antifungals).
A quotation from this study is directly below. The quotation states the findings regarding the two different Candida species causing Candiduria:
For cases with C. glabrata candiduria, the mean age was 66 years, the mean length of hospitalization before candiduria was 16 days, and the mean number of comorbid (existing simultaneously with and usually independently of another medical condition) conditions was 3.5. In comparison, for cases with C. albicans, the mean age was 66 years, the mean length of hospitalization before candiduria was 15 days, and the mean number of comorbid conditions was 3.5.Clinical Infectious Diseases [29.4 (1999): 926-928]
Candiduria and Candidemia
If you are a person with a compromised immune system (due to the human immunodeficiency virus, currently have cancer, have a chronic illness, or are on immunosuppressant drugs) and you see yeast in your urine; or, have had your urine tested and Candida was found in it, you could have Candidemia. Candidemia is a yeast infection of the blood; and, can be a life threatening condition. A study, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases [52. suppl 6 (2011): S452-S456], reported that 80% of people who had Candidemia also had yeast colonizing their kidneys. Candiduria is also associated with yeast in the kidneys. So, if you do have a weak immune system, make sure you are being helped by a professional physician—as this could be a very dangerous health condition that you have.
Natural Remedies for Yeast in Urine
You can start by drinking a lot of blackcurrant juice and cranberry juice. Both of these juices will help to get rid of yeast in the body. You can also put a few drops of essential oil, such as lemongrass oil and oregano oil, in the juices to help get your bladder infection under control. Just make sure you do not use too much essential oil, as ingesting too much of these oils can be dangerous.
You can also take a vitamin C supplement to help acidify the urine. Candida doesn’t like acidic environments; so, anything that can lower the pH of the urine, is going to help prevent yeast from overgrowing. Taking strong doses of garlic and goldenseal will also help to cleanse the urine.
The renowned herbalist; the late Dr. James Duke, in his book The Green Pharmacy; recommended taking yogurt for urinary tract infections. Duke stated research indicates, that live bacterial cultures in yogurt, help to mitigate urinary tract infections and other types of yeast infections. He recommends only yogurt with actual live cultures; most yogurt is pasteurized; and, therefore, it is devoid of living bacteria. Make sure you check the labels of your yogurt to see if it contains live cultures!
A study published in the Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents [24.3 (2010): 317] showed that a plant chemical could successfully treat Candida in the urinary system. Any natural herb or essential oil that will make its way to the urine, that has antifungal efficacy, should be a great option for getting rid of yeast in the urine.
12 Hour Natural Yeast Infection Cure
One woman who struggled with an outrageous amount of vaginal yeast infections was Sarah Summer. Some women know what it's like to use a product or prescription drug to treat a vaginal Candida problem, only to see their infection come right back a month or two later. Sarah had been using products to treat her routine Candida outbreaks and did not try to escape this; until, one day it all changed. The day came that Sarah developed a particularly severe yeast infection. She quickly made an appointment with her physician to get a professional’s advice and hopefully a solution as well.
When Sarah’s doctor finished her examination, she was told that her yeast infection had become severe; and, it was not going to respond to treatment. Apparently, the yeast had developed long tendrils and had anchored itself into her body. Faced with having to deal with this problem indefinitely, Sarah decided to find what answers she could herself.
Together with the help of her husband Robert, Sarah began to pour through medical information relating to her condition. Sarah began to focus on the root causes that predisposed her to Candida in the first place. After trying many treatments, and doing a considerable amount of research, Sarah learned how to eliminate the underlying issues of yeast overgrowth. After trying her new natural treatment out, Sarah found she was rapidly delivered of her problem; and, the recurrence of her yeast infections which she had dealt with previously, was totally gone. Sarah had finally found the answer!
Sarah began to share her new treatment with others, and they would report back saying their Candida infections had cleared up in 12 hours time. To give others the same help, Sarah has since published a book that explains exactly how to get rid of a yeast infection in 12 hours, and keep them gone for good. Sarah’s publisher, a large U.S. firm that is a subsidiary of Keynetics Incorporated, handles all of her publishing. Sarah’s book is available as a downloadable PDF; so, if your decide to get it, you can have it almost immediately. Sarah also wants to assure her readers that her methods are legitimate; and, offers an 8 week, 100% money back guarantee on her book. You can even keep Sarah’s book if you get a refund!
For more information regarding Sarah, testimonies from others who have successfully used her book, or information regarding her comprehensive refund promise, you can find all the information at Sarah Summer’s website. It should be a real game changer that finally ends any struggles you may have had with your health due to Candida!
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