Healthcare 101: Skin Conditions Caused by Candida

Candida is a condition caused by excessive growth of Candida albicans, a normally harmless yeast-like organism that lives in every human's mouth, on his skin, and in the gastrointestinal tract. If something causes the Candida albicans to grow too abundantly it disturbs the delicate balance of the digestive system and can lead to a number of health problems. One of the most common effects is candida-induced skin conditions.

Types of Candida Related Skin Conditions

Skin conditions related to candida are considered fungal infections and fall under the umbrella term cutaneous candidiasis. The condition can affect skin on any part of the body but commonly occurs in areas that are moist, warm, or between folds of skin such as the armpits, groin, or under the breasts. Candida albicans flourish in these type environments. An infant's diaper rash is one example of this type of infection.

The rash adults develop can appear similar to diaper rash; bright red, bumps, inflammation, small lesions, and burning and itching may occur. This condition is known as Candida Intertrigo. People who are obese or have diabetes are most vulnerable to this type of infection.

Psoriasis, a disease of both the skin and the joints, is often fueled by candida. Psoriasis causes thick red scaly patches where skin cells are reproducing too quickly. The patches are often topped by silvery-white flaky scales. Some sufferers of this disease also develop psoriasis in their fingernails or toenails, causing them to become thick and yellowish. When the joints are also affected the condition is called psoriatic arthritis.

Eczema and dermatitis (dermatitis simply means inflammation of the skin) also have proven connections to candida. When candida develops into what is known as leaky gut syndrome toxins are allowed to slip into the bloodstream, weakening your body's immune system. Your defenses are down and you may become hypersensitive to many things. You may develop recurring rashes that have weepy red lesions and experience intense itching and burning. These rashes can occur on your limbs or torso and are uncomfortable and unsightly.

Some Methods of Treating Candida Related Skin Conditions

You may choose to apply topical antifungal treatments or take oral medications prescribed by a doctor. These methods will normally clear up the symptoms at least temporarily but for a more long term solution, consider treating the candida itself. This may involve some lifestyle changes, including following a candida diet that inhibits the excess growth of candida albicans. Keep in mind that skin problems are just one effect of candida and other candida related illnesses can be serious or even fatal. Find out more about candida and how to treat it today by visiting


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