There are several possible symptoms of a bowel yeast infection, including depression, headaches and chronic fatigue. The infection might also cause bloating, gas and indigestion. Itching in the rectal area or vaginal yeast infections are common signs as well. Diarrhea or constipation can also indicate the presence of a yeast infection in the bowel.
Some of these symptoms can get worse after an individual does certain activities. For example, eating sugary or carbohydrate-rich foods might cause exhaustion or a disconnected feeling. If eating certain kinds of foods generally leads to gastrointestinal discomfort such as bloating or gas, it also might be a sign of a yeast overgrowth.
Many other conditions can develop as the result of a bowel yeast infection, such as athlete’s foot, vaginal or urinary infections, and impotence. It also can contribute to learning disorders, particularly in children. A typical patient will tend to be more sensitive to environmental factors, such as smoke and heavy scents, in addition to certain kinds of foods. Many patients are also less alert and more susceptible to illness.
One of the primary causes of this type of infection is a person's diet. Eating a lot of processed foods that contain sugar, fruit, and fruit juices all encourage the growth of yeast. Large amounts of carbohydrates may also contribute to the problem.
Another cause of bowel yeast infection is the excessive use of certain drugs. Overusing antibiotics can kill the bacteria in the intestines that balance out the growth of yeast. Some birth control products, such as patches and pills, can contribute to a copper imbalance, which also can lead to a yeast infection. Steroids and antacids can cause the growth of yeast as well.
Toxic metals can contribute as well, and excessive amounts of mercury, lead, and cadmium in the system are the most common culprits. A deficiency of selenium and zinc can make the problem worse.
The primary treatment for a bowel yeast infection is to detoxify the patient by finding the offending elements and removing them from the body. This might be as simple as having the patient eat a healthier, more balanced diet or discontinue the use of a problematic drug. Flushing toxic metals out the system can be more complex but might also be partially accomplished through the diet.