Candida And Seizures
The idea that there is a relationship between candida and seizures was practically unheard of. The unfortunate truth is that, thirty years ago, a candida infection meant something as simple as infant thrush or a vaginal yeast infection.
Today, the scope of candida infection has greatly broadened. Many conditions that were felt to be unrelated to a yeast Infection are now connected such as candida and seizures.
Medicine has flooded our environment with antibiotics given to people and to the animals grown for meat. This means that candida, which is resistant to antibiotics, has had a chance to take hold.
Candida strains have become more virulent. Potent antifungal medications given for mild yeast infections or to the increasing numbers of immune deficient individuals has resulted in more dangerous strains of candida to increase in numbers and replace candida albicans, a common and less dangerous form of yeast.
The more dangerous strains of candida have been found to cause infections more often than ever before and increasing the likelihood of candida and seizures.
Candida and seizures can be related in one of two ways. If someone at risk for a candida blood invasion, such as the immune-suppressed individual or in someone who is hospitalized for surgery or illness, gets a blood-borne infection with candida, the candida yeast can infect the brain and, in severe cases, can cause an abscess (a pocket of infection) in the brain.
Often seizures are the first sign of such an infection. While brain involvement with candida is not common in the average person, systemic yeast infections (that carry the potential for brain involvement) are some of the most common hospital-acquired infections. This is seriously more common than it was in the past.
The potential for seizures can also be a result of an infection that isn't involving the brain at all. If someone, often those at risk for any kind of candida infection, develops an overgrowth of candida in the colon, the colon becomes leaky and toxins from candida, the environment and colonic bacteria can enter the blood stream and can cause many toxin-related symptoms.
If any of these toxins is a neurotoxin (affecting the nervous system), candida and seizures can be one of the signs of toxic brain involvement.
These are both serious conditions and, while most candida and seizures are unrelated, the possibility of candida overgrowth or candida brain involvement must be considered. This is especially true for adults who develop seizures without any previous history of the problem.