03 Aug Is Perioral Dermatitis Caused By Candida
Candida is an incredibly common problem and I often get asked if perioral dermatitis is a form of candida and a lot of my clients would of tried anti candida diets in the aim to heal perioral dermatitis. For some this will work, but for others it may not. The truth is often what is thought of as another symptom is actually more often than not linked to candida. However the reason the candida is thriving is the question you need to ask and not necessarily how to get rid of the symptom of candida. Instead we need to address the root cause if we really want to get rid of it once and for all. By just treating the candida is a bandaid approach and you will most likely continue to get flare ups because the root cause is still there.
If you havn’t already be sure to read my past posts skin health posts and find out what causes perioral dermatitis and how to heal it.
Is Perioral Dermatitis Caused By Candida
There are so many symptoms that candida can present with and being a functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner I tend to not look at symptoms and instead head to the root cause. You see we are a population of people taking pills, supplements and potions for symptoms, we spend a fortune on it and never really fix the actual under lying issue. Instead we need to address the real problem, that way you are then able to find healing opportunities for your body and bring it back into balance.
When you understand exactly what is going on in your body you can make clear decisions as to the path you need to take moving forward. Everyone has some amounts of candida and candida is something that thrives on junk food, sugar and an unhealthy host. So if you digestive system is unhealthy it creates a breeding ground for candida to thrive in. There are many symptoms that turn up due to an candida overgrowth and if you continue to treat that symptom and never heal the digestive system and return it back into balance, you will continue to experience candida/fungal overgrowth issues.
Here are some common candida related symptoms
Babies – colic, diaper rash and cradle cap
Cold hands or feet, low body temperature and cold like symptoms
Flu symptoms – mucus, sinus, sore nose and throat
Cravings and binge eating, plus addictions for sugar, bread or alcohol
Digestive issues – diarrhea, constipation, abdominal distention, bloating or pain, gas, mucus in the stools
Ears – itchiness, ringing in the ears, ear infections, dryness, pain, ear aches, discharges, abnormal wax build-up
Eyes – redness, dryness, itching, excessive tearing, inability to tear, watery eyes
Fatigue (chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenal fatigue) or a feeling of being drained of energy, lethargy, drowsiness.
Glands – swollen, sore, dryness in the mouth
Hair loss -dandruff, itchy scalp, scalp sores and dryness.
Headaches, migraines, brain fog, dizziness, etc.
Rashes, irritations or redness on skin
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
Irritability, nervousness, jitteriness and anxiousness
Male – Jock itch, loss of sex drive
Female – infertility, unusual odors, endometriosis (irregular or painful menstruation), cramps, menstrual irregularities, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), loss of sexual drive, persistent infections.
Fungal infections on the skin or nails.
Joint pain, stiffness or swelling (arthritis).
Kidney & bladder – urinary frequency or urgency, smelly urine, difficulty urinating, burning pain when urinating.
Lack of appetite or excessive appetite
Mind & Mood – anxiety attacks, crying spells, memory loss, feeling spaced out, depression, inability to concentrate, mood swings, irritability, etc.
Mouth sores or blisters, dryness, bad breath, and a white coating on the tongue (thrush).
Muscle aches and pain, numbness, burning or tingling, and lack of strength and coordination.
Nasal congestion, postnasal drip, itching, dryness.
Odour of the feet, hair or body not relieved by washing.
Respiratory – cough, recurrent bronchitis or pneumonia, pain or tightness in the chest, wheezing, shortness of breath, asthma.
Sick all over feeling.
Sinus inflammation, swelling and infections.
Skin – dryness, dry red patches, acne, pimples, hives, rashes, itching skin, eczema, psoriasis, seborrhoea, ringworm, contact dermatitis, perioral dermatitis
Stomach – heartburn, indigestion, belching, vomiting, burning, pains, needle-like pains
Sleep – insomnia, waking up frequently, nightmares, restless sleep, etc.
For me my body experienced many of these issues and I used to treat them all separately and just took it as my body being broken. It wasn’t until I had my rash on my face that I had had enough and I wanted to actually deal with the situation and really find real health.
Dr google provides us with lots of anti candida diets and in my experience they created more harm than good. Inside the online gym I go into more detail about the types of foods you should be eating, and how you can relieve symptoms of candida through getting your food right and address the root cause. Often what is thought of as the right foods to heal candida may not actually be right for you.
In fact one of the main foods that every one gets told to avoid when it comes to candida could actually help. It could also help lower cortisol, support adrenals, keep the white cells working, help to increase thyroid function and keeps the yeast from becoming invasive. An anti-candida diet may temporarily help the symptom of candida, but our body is a system of systems and unless you address the underlying cause and treat the body as a whole and as an individual you will never deal with the issue and continue to put up with it.
Find out how to detox your skin and improve perioral dermatitis on my next post.
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