Is Candida ear infection even possible? To all those who think it’s not, well it can happen to anyone who has Candida overgrowth in the body. Candida ear infection is a problem found in some people having itchy ears or even bacterial infection sometimes. Ear infections aren’t usually that common, but if it’s a recurrent ear infection, take a look if it is caused by Candida. Also known as otomycosis or swimmer’s ear, yeast infection primarily affects the ear canal causing swelling or inflammation and itchy sensation. This is caused by Candida or Aspergillus, both fungi by nature. Candida ear infection is also sometimes confused with other ear infections caused by bacteria, and they are given the wrong treatment which usually has no effect. It is very important to judge Candida in the first place, because initially Candida is not harmful, but Candida overgrowth can cause you a lot of trouble.
How to Recognize Candida Ear Infection:
If you are having recurrent ear infection and normal ear treatment is not working, it’s got to be a fungal Candida infection. The problem with fungal infection is that they do not respond to the regular medicines. They are only vulnerable to anti-fungal agents and hence you need to identify the fungus. Going to a doctor to discuss your symptoms would be a good idea.
If you are suffering from a long time and having symptoms such as: severe itchiness, swelling in your ear, or a whitish discharge, then you most likely have Candida infection.
Also check for ear discharge. Normal ear wax is not an issue, but if you find some kind of thick white smelly fluid inside the ears, then you must be having a Candida infection.
What Causes a Yeast Infection on Skin?
Candida yeast infection can also affect the skin in a major way because of the widespread prevalence of these organisms of the outer surface of the human body. Whenever any condition such as stress, medications, or disease disturbs the balance between different organisms residing on the human skin, yeast may emerge as an opportunistic pathogen, which can cause yeast infection. Yeast infection can also occur in the nailbeds (around and under the nail), which is often recurrent or chronic in nature and requires prolonged and persistent therapy to clear out. Yeast infection also commonly occurs under various skin folds including those under the breast or in the lower abdomen. It can also occur in babies in the form of diaper rash, and can pass onto mothers from their child or vice versa during breastfeeding.
Candida albicans occurs naturally on the human skin but it can still cause an outbreak of yeast infection if the conditions are right for its growth and proliferation. This condition is more common in obese people in areas of warmth and moisture. Skin yeast infection also occurs in people taking steroid or certain cancer medications that weaken the immune system, or prolonged use of antibiotics that kills the good bacteria present on the skin. Similarly, yeast infection can occur in the nails because of poorly done manicure, or when people have their hands in the water for long durations.
Studies on Candida Ear Infection:
A study in the ‘Mediterranean Journal of Hematology & Infectious Diseases’ in 2011, showcased the presence of fungal infections in subjects or hosts who were immune-compromised. It stated that the diagnosis as well as the treatment process for otomycosis (fungal infection of external ear, middle ear & the open mastoid cavity) is quite difficult in immune-compromised subjects and hematological tests play an important role here. It was also found that in comparison to immune-competent patients the ones that were immune-compromised had higher recurrence chances. It further revealed that the ones that had undergone mastoidectomy had to go through fungal treatment for a prolonged period than the ones that didn’t. It can hence clear from this study that Candida loves to thrive in immune-compromised subjects and these subjects have a chance of getting affected with Candida infections more easily in comparison to those with normal immunity. Immune-compromised patients are usually those who have been diagnosed with leukaemia, AIDs, marrow or organ transplant.
Candida specialist Dr. Eric Bakker, suggests that antibiotics are proved to be ineffective in treating Candida ear infection in infants. Children of the age one to two years, when get used to being treated with antibiotics from a young age, can face problems as they age, as their bodies can fail to maintain the good gut bacteria. It was also noted that children with more sugar cravings, erratic behavior and white tongue where also linked with having Candida responsible for their ear infection along with throat and nose. Dr. Eric Bakker’s views clearly suggest that antibiotics won’t treat Candida ear infections or any other Candida infection in the body, and that antifungals are the best drugs for treating Candida infections. As for the children it’s best to make sure that a certain diet is used to not let Candida overtake their system and cause ear infection. It hence goes without saying that Candida doesn’t have to be fatal or even a problem when identified and treated correctly.
Treating Candida Ear Infection
A good way to start treating Candida infections is by cleanliness. Try to keep your ears clean. Cleaning your ears every once in a while is very good, but never use a sharp pointed item. If it feels very uncomfortable, you must go to a doctor and ask for an ear canal cleaning. Doctor uses a suction device that thoroughly cleans your ears keep the ear Candida at bay.
Using drops such as Clotrimazole will help you keep Candida overgrowth under control, but it also has some side effects such as burning sensation and irritation. But it is recommended not to scratch under any circumstances. While you are treating the Candida ear infection, try to avoid antibiotics. Antibiotics cannot fight Candida fungi and can instead have an adverse effect on you. It may cause headache, nausea, abdominal pain and dizziness. Antibiotics kill the good bacteria giving chance for the fungi to grow. So during Candida infections, it’s not advisable to take any antibiotics.
Hydrogen peroxide can be useful in fighting Candida ear infection. Add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in your ear and wait for 5 to 10 minutes. Its alkaline nature softens and binds any hardened materials in your ear, and it also helps wash away any fungi present in there.
Few home techniques would be using of garlic drops in your ear. Garlic is a very strong anti-fungal agent and works perfectly. The use of olive oil is a very good measure. By cleaning your ears with olive oil it helps bind all the dirt in your ears, and it’s cleaning becomes easy.
Infections of Ear in Immunocompromised Hosts – Mediterranean Journal of Hematology & Infectious Diseases – 2011 – By Borlingegowda Viswanatha & Khaja Naseeruddin
Ear Infections And Candida – Video By Dr. Eric Bakker – Jan 2016
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