Candida is a type of fungus infection which usually occurs in the oral cavity or genital region, and it is mostly seen in patients who have diabetes, a weak immune system, or those taking antibiotics for a long time, or those who have undergone organ transplant surgery. These patients are also more susceptible to getting other external bacterial infections as well. There is also evidence that a high sugar diet and even mental stress are linked with increased infections of Candida.
When the natural flora of the body is changed, this is when problems like dermatitis and eczema can come about, which together combine and forms the latter one i.e. Candida eczema. It was found that there is connection between Candida and eczema, as it is sometimes formed due to the excess overgrowth of Candida in the intestinal tract, which then starts to spread outwards to the skin causing eczema. There are a number of different issues that can be caused by Candida, such as vaginal thrush, cravings, bloating, eczema and the last one is considered to be the most uncomfortable of all.
Yeast infection of skin provides characteristic signs in the form of red flat rashes that come with sharp scalloped edges and may sometime leak fluids. Such rashes mostly occur in the skin folds where warm and humid conditions prevail. The red rashes also contain satellite rashes which are smaller patches occurring the area surrounding the primary rash. Moreover, pain and itching can also associate such rashes. Apart from the rashes, scabs can also appear at the affected patches of skin. All of these together constitute a sign of yeast infection affecting the skin.
Yeast infection caused by the Candida fungus is behind a significant number of diaper rashes to affect infants. The most common signs of this type of yeast infection include development of skin patches darkish red in color in the diaper regions, and in the skin folds in particular. Apart from that, other signs of yeast infection in the diaper area include presence of fluid filled spots, yellowish in color, which often tend to break and become flaky. However, yeast infections alone do not cause diaper rashes, and consulting a pediatrician is probably the best way to ascertain the cause with precision.
Yeast infection can also affect the nailbeds, which manifests itself in the form of abnormalities of the nail. In addition to that, addendum swellings may also occur in the nail folds. Moreover, irritation and itching can occur as well in the finger webs if the infection has spread to that area.
According to the National Health Service in UK, Candida eczema causes the skin to become itchy, dry, red, sore and cracked and it is considered to be one of the long term chronic conditions. Eczema is mostly caused due to allergic reasons, but it can sometime be caused due to Candida overgrowth as well, and the one which is caused by Candida is considered to be the worst one. Normally, Eczema is treated by creams given by the doctor as it helps to moisturize the skin. The patient is also asked to keep away from high sugar and processed foods, as these add to fuel the growth of Candida. Candida eczema is very simple to notice but it is difficult to diagnose. The skin sometimes becomes swollen and may flare up at the infected area. As Eczema caused by yeast infection is due to Candida so, just curing Eczema is a temporal solution, and only by treating the yeast infection, it can give the results which can make Eczema disappear.
A study carried out to evaluate the reactivity of allergens of Candida albicans in patients with atopic eczema and asthma in the year 2008. It stated that Candida albicans did produce allergic components that affected patients with atopic eczema and asthma. Through a ‘skin prick test’ positive Candida albicans results were seen in 52.6% patients with atopic eczema, 4.3% healthy individuals and 54.1% of the asthma patients. This clearly showed that Candida albicans did induce allergies in sensitized patients. The surprise findings of this study suggest that over half of the cases of atopic eczema contained Candida within the tests, so it is quite possible that Candida overgrowth can bring about eczema in people.
In 1993, the ‘Clinical & Experimental Allergy Journal’ published a study which aimed to find the relation between atopic dermatitis and Candida. 156 adults were selected to undergo this study. There were another 39 non-atopic subjects along with an extra 18 people with allergic rhinitis included in the study. It showed that there was a no co-relation between patients with atopic dermatitis and Candida albicans sensitization specific IgE, but only for those with saprophytic Candida albicans exposure. This study suggests that people with atopic dermatitis have a greater chance of contracting Candida on their skin when they are exposed to the Candida albicans fungus.
The above studies clearly indicate the candida albicans does have specific IgE which can induce allergies in patients with atopic eczema, asthma or dermatitis. But without the presence of any saprophytic growth the chances of Candida albicans giving rise to eczema is a highly rare event. The controlling of Candida albicans growth within the gut, can easily help with controlling and curing eczema to a large extent, and following an anti-Candida diet with no sugar should be the first step. Also, antifungal creams and tablets only work best when the diets are healthy.
According to various studies, the diet is also considered to be one of the important aspects of treatment, as it plays a very vital role in curing Candida Eczema. Doctor’s recommend diets which contain pure cranberry juice, probiotics, and unsweetened yogurt, as it helps to nourish the skin from inside.
There are foods which can be used to fight this infection and few of them are fruits, green vegetables, legumes, nuts and other fermented foods. Any refined food should be avoided at all costs, as when these foods are consumed; they can cause the infection to go out of control in the body. The main issue arises when the Candida overgrowth infects one part of the body, and then it breeds, mutates and relocates to other parts, which creates a more complex situation in treating the infection. It is found that antibiotics don’t help to treat Candida Eczema, instead doctors suggests that patients should take antifungal drugs, as it helps to reduce the growth of the fungus. Brussels, garlic, cloves, cinnamon are considered to be some of the antifungal sources which could be helpful to treat the disease. Patients taking antifungal drugs should be careful, as with strong antifungal agents there are various toxins that are released in the body, so patients are requested to limited amounts of antifungals to reduce the die-off side effects caused by the Candida Eczema.
The use of antifungal medications can prove to be helpful at first, but then the candida may start regrowing back again if changes are not made to your diet and lifestyle. In which case, you may want to opt for a natural solution/remedy to fully destroy the presence of any such yeast overgrowth in the long term. Check out the: Natural 12hr Candida Treatment.
Candida albicans allergens – Mycoses Journal – 2008 – By A. R. Khosravi, A. Naseri Bandghorai, & M. Moazzeni
Candida albicans & atopic dermatitis – Clinical & Experimental Allergy Journal – 1993 – By Savolainen J, Lammintausta K, Kalimo K & Viander M
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