Candida and Allergy

“Emotion always has its roots in the unconscious and manifests itself in the body.”

~ Irene Claremont de Castillejo

Prior to experiencing clear symptoms of chronic nasal allergy, I had a few episodes of yeast infection, also known as candidiasis. The problem followed the intake of antibiotics that was meant to treat my sinus and ear infections. It can be confusing to figure out what condition triggered or affected another but I am fairly sure candidiasis contributed to my immune system’s dysfunction and subsequent development of allergic rhinitis.

What Is Candidiasis?

It is an infection brought on by a yeast-like fungus, candida. The Candida albicans bacteria naturally exist in our body but when there is overgrowth for various reasons, uncomfortable symptoms surface, affecting anyone regardless of age or gender. The yeast overgrowth is common in the damp areas of the body, such as mouth, vagina, and stomach. Candidiasis is on the rise and it’s crucial to address the root causes of this condition before it leads to more serious diseases. There are three main categories to candidiasis: oral (thrush), vaginal (vaginitis), and invasive (deep organ infection). Click here to view candida in our body.

Is Candidiasis Related to Allergy?

Candidiasis contributes, if not directly causes, to the development of allergies. Studies have revealed that yeast overgrowth could lead to a weakened immune system. This, in turn, may further lead to other auto-immune diseases, such as asthma, food allergy, and chronic fatigue syndrome, among others.


Common Causes:

  • Prolonged stress
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Excessive use of antibiotics, corticosteroids
  • Bacterial infection
  • Compromised immune system
  • Other disorders (e.g., diabetes, psoriasis)
  • Hereditary
  • Chemotherapy
  • Diet high in sugar and carbohydrates
  • Pregnancy

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Rash, acne
  • Skin redness or inflammation
  • White coated tongue and inside of cheeks
  • Abdominal bloating and gas
  • Diarrhea
  • Inflamed sinuses
  • Sore throat
  • Anxiety and hyperactivity
  • Lack of concentration
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Itchy, burning vagina with white discharge
  • Severe chronic pain
  • Persistent irritability and fatigue
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections

Conventional Treatment:

  • Prescription medication like Nystatin, Diflucan or Nizoral may be prescribed by a physician. Beware of side effects.
  • Use over-the-counter antifungal creams or suppositories to treat vaginitis. These include Monistat, Gyne-Lotrimin, and Vagistat.
  • To treat thrush, use anti-fungal oral rinses and tablets (Nystatin, Fluconazole).
  • Apply low strength corticosteroids to relieve itching and inflammation.
  • In severe cases (invasive), intravenous medication, Amphotericin B may be used.

Natural Treatment/Home Remedy:

  • Keep the affected area clean and dry.
  • If taking antibiotics is necessary, take acidophilus along with them.
  • Change your diet. Eating foods high in sugar and carbohydrates is another big contributor to the condition. Adopt and strictly follow a candida diet in the beginning for about 3 to 6 weeks.
  • Take highly potent acidophilus daily to introduce good bacteria in your system. You can take it in pill form or by consuming yogurts and yogurt drinks like Kefir.
  • Cleanse your colons using plain water or mixed with Nystatin or acidophilus.
  • Take the following supplements/herbs: Probiotics, garlic tablets, shark liver oil, digestive enzymes, oregano oil, golden seal, anti-oxidants such as vitamins A, C, E and beta carotene, and thyme.
  • Keep in mind that while the yeast infection is treated, you will likely experience worsening of symptoms (known as ‘die-off‘) temporarily. This is a normal process of healing.

Prevention:

  • Practice good overall hygiene to reduce occurrence of yeast overgrowth.
  • Maintain healthy balance of gut microflora with regular intake of Probiotics.
  • Avoid feminine deodorants and douching.
  • Wear loose and 100% cotton undergarments that allow your skin to breathe to reduce moisture that could lead fungus to grow.
  • Avoid taking antibiotics or steroids unless you absolutely must.
  • Stay active and drink plenty of water to boost immunity and flush out toxins in your body.
  • We know emotional or physical stress is a major contributor to all kinds of disease, including candidiasis. So engage in any activity that you enjoy and works the best to provide calm and relaxation.

 

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