Revealed – Dealing With Candida and Eczema
Scientists have revealed there is a link between candida and eczema. It’s just one of the many side effects of a yeast infection, but the good news is it can be treated through natural methods. Whilst there are medicines available from doctors, these substances may not keep your problem away in the long run. Read on to find out more about the candida yeast infection and its link with eczema.
What is a Yeast Infection?
A yeast infection is caused by an overgrowth of yeast, or candida as it’s known. The infection itself is listed in the medical world as candidiasis, which is also the most common type of infection. This form of the yeast infection is caused by a fungus known as Candida albicans . They are so common since they are able to live anywhere on the body. As long as there are warm and moist conditions, they can grow and multiply.
Once they grow and multiply, they can begin to cause serious problems in the body. When people think of a yeast infection, the first thing which springs to mind is vaginal thrush. Yet this isn’t a problem which is exclusive to women, men can suffer from the same problem too.
Candidiasis isn’t a life-threatening infection, but it can reduce the quality of life of the sufferer. It’s why it is imperative it’s treated quickly before it can grow out of control. The potential health issues associated with the infection are many, but a small list of these issues is given below:
• Abdominal gas. • Bloating. • Vaginal and penile thrush. • Headaches. • Cravings. • Eczema.
Out of the list presented above, eczema is definitely the most serious issue. According to the website of the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom the issue is categorised as: “Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. It is a long-term or, chronic, condition”
Most people associate eczema with the genetic condition, but it can arise from a yeast infection. The yeast infection will combine with the eczema to create a fungus which spreads over the dry skin. Patients often report eczema caused by a yeast infection is worse than eczema caused exclusively by the genetic condition.
Eczema is normally treated through a cream given by a doctor. It helps to moisturise the dry skin and to help the cracked skin remove itself from the body. Since an overgrowth of Candida albicans is mainly caused by the intake of processed products, such as white sugar, there’s hope for patients in the form of simply changing the way they eat.
Symptoms of Candidiasis
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, Chief Medical Editor, of emedicinehealth.com states the most common signs of candidiasis in women as: “a white discharge that is thick and often described as having a cottage cheese appearance. The infection typically causes itching and irritates the vagina,”
These symptoms don’t always appear, however. Since a yeast infection can manifest itself on any surface of the body, there are a wide variety of symptoms which can indicate a different form of the infection. Below are some of the symptoms associated with this infection:
• Painful tongue, difficulty swallowing, cracked skin around the mouth, and small white painful patches in the mouth, which can be wiped off. These are the symptoms or oral thrush. • Vaginal thrush is characterised by a white cottage cheese-like discharge, cracked skin, and irritation in and around the vagina. • Penile thrush is seen in the form of white discharge, a red penile head, soreness, pain during urination, and irritability when having sex.
The first thing anybody should be doing is making sure they see a doctor. Even if the symptoms are obvious and it looks like a certain type of yeast infection, go to the doctor. Yeast infections which spread to the blood stream can cause serious health implications if they aren’t spotted as early as possible.
Symptoms of Eczema
This disease is simple to notice through its symptoms, yet it’s incredibly difficult to diagnose. Again, go to a doctor if you notice any of these symptoms, or if any of these symptoms persist.
• The skin will be itchy, red, and swollen. • The infected pieces of skin appear in unlikely places, such as on the elbows or the back of the knees. • Any affected pieces of skin begin to weep during a flare-up. • Long term impact. Any of these symptoms could be a one-time occurrence and wouldn’t mean the disease is present. Wait a few days and watch the symptoms carefully.
Treatment of both Candida and Eczema
Treating both of these diseases can come in a number of different forms. If the doctor has diagnosed eczema as a problem caused by a yeast infection, the key should be to cure the Candida. Temporary relief can be used to protect against the damaged skin to ease the symptoms, but if the yeast infection is cured the problem is bound to disappear.
Diet is the main way to get rid of both problems. Long term sufferer, Kathleen Waterford, wrote a book on this subject entitled The Skin Cure Diet: Heal Eczema from Inside Out where a number of different treatment options are given. A diet rich in garlic is purported as the best way to heal the skin since the natural qualities needed to encourage the tissues of the skin to heal are all present in vast quantities.
Candidiasis should be cured through a natural diet, as well. Foods which are commonly used to combat yeast infections include; fruits, legumes, and nuts. The idea is to avoid refined foods as this is what causes the yeast infection in the first place. Yeast will always be present in the body, but when refined food stuffs come into contact with the body it causes them to grow out of control.
Overall, the best way to cure both skin problems and yeast infections is to eat well. Opt for a natural, vegan diet and the problems are going to go away. The root of the solution is the good bacteria and wealth of nutrients present in these foods.