A Brief Look at Klebsiella Pneumoniae and Candida

There are billions of bacteria in the gut and Klebsiella pneumoniae is one of them that is found in about half of humans and animals. It can be found in the intestines, skin and mouth and the most common disease it causes is Klebsiella pneumonia. The name Klebsiella being named after a German bacteriologist called Edwin Klebs who lived from 1834 to 1913. Usually Klebsiella infections occur in patients with weakened immune systems and those with improper diets such as alcoholics or diabetics who do not control their disease. Like candida it can be picked up when in hospital for other reasons, and it has a very high mortality rate.

Symptoms of Klebsiella pneumonia

  • high fever
  • chills
  • flu like symptoms
  • cough that produces a lot of mucous
  • mucous that is thick and tinged with blood
  • damage to the lungs
  • abscesses in the lungs
  • pus around the lung (empyema)
  • bronchitis or other respiratory problems
  • urinary tract infection
  • infection of the blood

Klebsiella pneumoniae and candida
Both Klebsiella pneumoniae and candida have several things in common. Firstly they both live in the same areas, the intestines, skin and mouth. They also are both becoming more resistant to treatment, with candida strains developing resistance to certain anti-fungal treatments and Klebsiella pneumoniae strains building resistance to antibiotic treatment. Both Klebsiella pneumoniae and candida are opportunistic pathogens and both are an increasing problem in being hospital-acquired infections. Klebsiella pneumoniae and candida both can adhere to devices such as catheters and cause infection in this manner.

There are also times when Klebsiella pneumoniae and candida can be mistaken for each other. Like candida Klebsiella pneumoniae likes carbohydrates and symptoms can look alike. Both release toxins in the intestines and can affect enzymes. The imbalance the bacteria causes can actually lead to candida overgrowth. Taking a supplement such as L-glutamine can help with both problems as it helps heal the intestines by nourishing the cells that line the small intestine.

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