Candida Skin Infection

Overview of Candidiasis of Skin

Candidiasis is caused from a strain of the Candida fungus which is amongst 150 different species of fungi, Candida albicans species of fungus particularly causes the disease, which under normal condition is present on our skin but very few in numbers. Candida skin infection takes place when the amount of this fungus starts multiplying at an abnormally high rate and invariably causes the infection. In the earlier stages of this infection, it is not very much severe and home-made remedies are enough to get rid of it. However, in some severe conditions the infection can become fatal especially if the patient has a suppressed immune system. There are various remedies available to get cured from this disease which can prevent the fungus from spreading and therefore improve the conditions. We will look at the remedies later in this article.


Risk Factors and Causes of Candidiasis on Skin

Candida skin infection can take place on the skin at any part of our body, but in most cases it has been observed that the infection takes place in intertriginous parts of the skin which includes the skin folds, armpits, groin, the area between the fold of two fingers of legs and hands etc. These are basically those regions of the body that encounter friction continuously and help sweat accumulation. Hot humid and unhygienic weather causes the fungus to multiply after it has gained entry through any wound or cuts on the skin. Although the skin acts as a barrier to some extent, skin cuts and wounds can also cause the disease to spread internally through the body.

Intestinal Canidiasis happens to be a condition, triggered by the Candidia Albicans species of the yeast-like fungus. Usually, this species are present in the intestines, in addition to the vagina.
The level of this fungus in the gastrointestinal tract is kept at the right balance by the helpful bacteria that also resides in this tract. In some instances there can be imbalances due to a lack of healthy bacteria within the gut, and it paves the outburst of a condition described as yeast syndrome.
Discussing about the key factors that can trigger the yeast-borne skin infections, the following are key reasons that deserve a special mention:

  • Consumption of antibiotics to a regular extent, for a prolonged time span destroys the beneficial bacteria that naturally combats the yeasts, resulting in yeast overgrowth, paving the way towards the outburst of skin yeast infections.

  • Excessively high levels of blood sugar that arises due to the uncontrolled consumption of processed sugar and bad carbohydrates.

  • Obesity

  • Weaken immune system

  • Lack of hygiene and sleep

  • Hormonal imbalances, especially during the menstrual cycle.

  • In addition to the points stated above, recent researchers have found that stress and strain also triggers the outburst of these troubles.


Here is a list of situations that people become much more prone to Candida skin infection:

  • Pregnancy

  • Infants

  • People who work in damp and wet areas.

  • Obese people

  • People having a suppressed immune system.

  • Deficiency of iron and zinc inside the body.

  • People suffering from hypothyroidism.

  • People who are taking antibiotics for any other prevailing disease.

  • Those who are regularly consuming birth control pills.


Signs and symptoms of Candidiasis on Skin

Once the causes have been discussed, It will make sense to discuss about the most commonly observed symptoms that will enable you to identify the threats of the outburst of this trouble. In that regard, following are the key points:

  • Candida skin infection is accompanied by swelling and redness of the infected area which also becomes quite itchy in nature.

  • The infected area becomes red or purple in color and it alters.

  • White secretions are seen on the wounded area.

  • The skin is shredded off along with flakes.

  • Maceration or a soft white skin appears.

  • Oral thrush takes place.

  • Pimples grow on the skin which are filled with pus.

  • Cracks are observed in the skin and soreness occurs.

  • Excessive craving for sugar is one of the most commonly observed symptoms to identify an overgrowth of Candida within the body.

  • In the majority of the instances, it is observed that the victim is feeling exhausted and fatigued, even without doing significant physical works.

  • Extreme mood swings can be another common symptom for identifying the overgrowth of yeasts.

  • Drastic weight loss at a massive rate can be an outcome of the concentration of the colonization of the yeasts.

  • Appearance of allergies frequently as well as growing sensitivity towards certain chemicals can be another indicator to suggest the threats in this regard.

In the opinion of the health experts, hormonal imbalances are another commonly observed symptom to detect the outburst of these troubles. Keep in mind that symptoms can arise due to other factors as well and thus, the identification of Candida overgrowth from these symptoms, sometimes turns into a challenging task. Hence, the moment you find the outburst of these symptoms, you need to rush to your doctor to diagnose the infection early, and then start the right treatment.

Image Showing Candida Yeast Infection on Skin
Image Showing Candida Yeast Infection on Skin


Candida Skin Infection Treatment and Diagnosis

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.

One of the best things that can be done to achieve a Candidiasis free life is a one week liquids-only diet. One should look to consume healthy broths out of vegetables such as onions, celery, garlic, kale, water and some salt to taste. You just need the broth for cleansing the infectious fungus out of your system, therefore strain the vegetables and keep the broth in the refrigerator. Consume this at regular intervals for a week or two or whenever required.
Consumption of water should be high in order to remove all sorts of toxins frequently. Drink at least 72 ounces of clean drinking water every day.  Besides consumption of water and healthy broth, increase the intake of steamed vegetables in order to suffice for all the carbohydrate rich foods which you have to avoid during this course of time. Remember to cleanse your veggies thoroughly and then steam them. Avoid consuming carrots, potatoes, radishes, beet root etc.. which have lots of starch in them.  You must also look to in-cooperate the following veg into your diet: zucchini, squash, kidney beans, lentils, pumpkin and so on.

The diagnosis of Candida skin infection is done after thorough examination of the samples that are taken from the infected area of the skin. The samples include scrapings from the skin, nail clippings or the hair which is plucked from the infected area. The treatment is quite simple which includes drugs that are called azoles, which in most cases can have side effects.
A patient with Candida skin infection is always told to mainly wear cotton and loose fitting clothes. The infected area should be kept dry and clean. Health and hygiene should be maintained by taking regular bath and cleaning yourself. Maintaining a healthy diet, along with healthy exercise habits will definitely keep this fungus away from the body.


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