Candida Ear Infection

Candida Ear Infection

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.

 

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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.

 

References:

Infections of Ear in Immunocompromised Hosts – Mediterranean Journal of Hematology & Infectious Diseases – 2011 – By Borlingegowda Viswanatha & Khaja Naseeruddin
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3103236/

 

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Candida Eczema

Candida Eczema

What Causes Candida Eczema?

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.

 

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Signs of Skin & Nail Yeast Infection

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.

 

What Does Candida Eczema Look like?

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.

 

What is Known About Candida Eczema?

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.

 

Treatment for Candida Eczema

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.

 

References:

Candida albicans allergens – Mycoses Journal – 2008 – By A. R. Khosravi, A. Naseri Bandghorai, & M. Moazzeni
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1439-0507.2008.01599.x/full

 

Candida albicans & atopic dermatitis – Clinical & Experimental Allergy Journal – 1993 – By Savolainen J, Lammintausta K, Kalimo K & Viander M
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8319131

 

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