Candidiasis of skin and nails is a common fungal infection that affect the skin and nails, caused by the candida yeast fungus. What makes candidiasis different than other skin and nails infections is that the source of the infection is usually a systemic candida and yeast overgrowth in the body, where the skin and nails infections are only symptoms of a much larger problem. This leads to many mistakes in the candidiasis of skin and nails treatment, where only the skin and nails symptoms are treated topically, without addressing the root cause of the candida overgrowth. As a result, the yeast infections symptoms of the skin and nails keep coming back and in many cases become worse.
In this experts guide, you will learn what causes candidiasis of skin and nails, and the proper way to cure these issues. Our experts cover the most effective and safe natural candidiasis of skin and nails treatments, so you get the most benefits out of these proven methods and avoid common critical mistakes that can irritate and even damage your skin and nails.
Table of Content
- 1 Candidiasis of skin and nails
- 2 Candidiasis of skin and nails symptoms
- 3 Candidiasis of skin and nails treatments
Candidiasis of Skin and Nails
- Candidiasis of skin and nails is usually caused by a systemic candida and yeast overgrowth in the body, also known as systemic candidiasis. Systemic candidiasis occurs when the balance between candida yeast and the good bacteria in the body is being disturbed. The good bacteria that typically limit candida from overgrowing can’t do its job for some reason, so you end up with excess yeast overgrowth in your body.
- When this happens, candida changes into a more aggressive fungal form that spreads and releases over 80 different toxins. These toxins can get anywhere in the body, suppress the immune system and cause a wide variety of health issues all over the body. Most candida overgrowth and yeast infections are caused by a strand of yeast called Candida Albicans.
Candidiasis of Skin and Nails Symptoms
One of the common symptoms of systemic candidiasis and yeast overgrowth are skin and nails issues.
Rash, eczema, dry itchy skin, breakouts, and various fungal infection are typical skin issues caused by candida overgrowth. Thick toenail or nails, discoloration, unusual shape, and unhealthy dull looking nails are common nails issues caused by the excess yeast.
Below is the complete list of Candidiasis of Skin and Nails Symptoms:
Cutaneous candidiasis – Candidiasis of skin
Common candidiasis of skin symptoms (Cutaneous candidiasis) may include:
- Fungal infections in the skin such as athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm
- Itchy skin
- White patches on skin
- Excessive dry skin
- Peeling skin
- Keratosis pilaris (KP or commonly known as “Chicken skin”)
- Water retention or edema
Candidiasis of Nails
Common candidiasis of nails symptoms may include:
(may affect the nails and/or the toenails)
- Thick toenails or fingernails
- Loose nails, separation of the nail from the nail bed (onycholysis), can be caused by the the thickened nail
- Crumbly brittle nails
- Fragile or cracked nails
- Ragged skin around the nail
- Toenail discoloration: yellow, white or black nails
- Unusual shape, changes in the shape of the nails
- Dry nails, dull, loss of shine
- Fungus infection of the skin around the nail
- Foul odor
Candidiasis of skin and nails treatments
The most important step before starting the candidiasis of skin and nails treatments is to identify what is causing the infections as the needed treatment can be completely different. This is where many mistakes are made, causing the symptoms to keep coming back and even becoming worse as the systemic candida overgrowth evolves when left untreated.
Special attention should be given in the following issues of candidiasis:
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You may have a healing crises from the dying candida and its released toxins. This means that the amount of toxins released by the dying candida is more than what your body can safely handle. Common symptoms of candida die off may include flu like symptoms often with fever, joint, muscle and body pain. The candida die off symptoms list is extensive, and can impact many different body systems.
In this case of systemic candidiasis in the body, the candida infection symptoms usually come back or become worse if the source of the problem (candida overgrowth) is not addressed.
Treatment for systemic candida and yeast overgrowth typically include:
- Candida diet – avoiding foods that overfeed candida or weaken your immune system; consuming foods & remedies that help your body to naturally balance the overgrowth
- Anti-candida supplements in order to balance the candida overgrowth in your body, along with key nutrients to help your body recover and heal
- Topical skin creams for candidiasis of skin to ease skin discomforts such as rash, eczema, skin irritation
- Topical nail creams for candidiasis of nails to help with the nail and toenail fungal infections
3: Common Candidiasis Issues that require special attention
These common candidiasis issues can appear on their own or with additional candidiasis symptoms. As a result, many mistakes are made in the diagnosis and treatment causing a lot of unnecessary discomfort and health complications that can be easily avoided. Becoming aware of these issues and whether they are related to your symptoms is one of the core steps for a successful treatment.
- Male candidiasis – the infection affects the penis
- Vaginal yeast infections – the infection affects the vagina area
- Oral Thrush – the infection affect the mouth, tongue or throat
Candidiasis of Nails Treatment & Nail Growth
Often overlooked, these factors below are essential to the health of your nails and toenails and should always be a part of the candidiasis of nails treatment:
Nail growth takes time
The average toenail growth rate is 1.62 mm (0.06 inch) a month, fingernails – 3.47 mm (0.1 inch) a month (study). This means that it may take several weeks before you notice improvements in your candidiasis of nails treatment, and several months for a complete cure. Specific nutrients can help the body in the repair process, some are essential for the healthy growth of nails and toenails. See next section.
Key nutrients for optimal nail growth
It is very important to make sure your diet provide your body all the nutrients required for healthy toenails and nails growth. Providing these key nutrients can help the body recover and correct the damage caused by the infection, and should always be a part of the treatment.
Some of these nutrients such as biotin are essential for the nail and toenail regeneration and growth process.
This is a critical point since many people lack these key nutrients which can impair the body’s ability to grow healthy nails and skin.
Creams for Candidiasis of Nails
Topical creams for candidiasis of nails can provide many benefits and help with the healing process of the nails when used correctly as a part of the treatment, but can also irritate or even damage the nails and surrounding skin.
The biggest problem with many of the creams and topical gels for candidiasis of nails, is that they contain harsh antifungal ingredients that can cause severe damage to the delicate tissue of the nail, toenail and surrounding skin.
Unfortunately this is quite common. We get a lot of reports from people who had painful unpleasant reaction which also made the recovery process much longer due to the damage caused by these aggressive products. Completely unnecessary suffering that can be easily avoided with the right knowledge!
Candidiasis of Skin Treatment – Common Critical Mistakes
Using Aggressive Antifungal creams
Candidiasis of skin treatment and cutaneous candidiasis treatment typically involve the use of topical antifungal creams. Using antifungal creams locally on the infection can provide some relief, especially for symptoms such as itchy skin and rash.
The concern and problem with many of the topical products for candidiasis of skin, is the same as the issue with the topicals for candidiasis of nails. Many of these products contain aggressive antifungal ingredients (natural or drugs) that can cause unpleasant side effects such as irritation, burning, and pain. In some cases, they can even make the skin infection become worse.
Many people that use natural home remedies for yeast infection of skin had irritation and other skin issues as a result of these remedies.
Using Harsh skin care products
Many soaps, moisturizers and other skin care products contain toxic chemicals, synthetic ingredients and allergens that can irritate your (already irritated) skin. It is best to avoid these when dealing with Candidiasis of skin and cutaneous candidiasis. In fact, you are likely to benefit by avoiding them in general.
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