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HEALTH Candida – an irritating problem

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Skin Specialist
Bernie Fahy

A candida infection reveals a lot about your general health and candida on the skin can be very distressing. Infection occurs where Candida Albicans, a yeast like organism, becomes rampant due to an overuse of antibiotics, birth control pills, soaps, low immune system and stress. The good news is that candida can be treated effectively.
The recognition of symptoms at an early stage can help you to deal with this condition effectively. As soon as you notice soreness and redness on your skin, you should immediately consult your doctor – before taking any medicines or trying home remedies. Other common symptoms may include flaky and itchy skin, especially around the hairline, nose and cheeks on facial skin. Red irritated, flaky, dry skin, that never seems to heal.
I have discovered treating the condition both internally and externally is of benefit to the sufferer. It is easy to identify skin yeast infections without undergoing tests. However, if the infection is affecting the whole body, then a number of different lab tests will need to be done. The number of treatment options is numerous and include home remedies as well.
Treatment and diet
Natural remedies such as olive oil, garlic, oregano, live yoghurt, boric acid and tea tree oil can be used to cure yeast infections. Including a good multivitamin, garlic tablets and/or acidophilus (beneficial bacteria) in your diet will help to support the immune system.
Some over-the-counter creams and ointments can also be quite effective. There are also prescription medicines which are strong and help to cure the major infections. However, the most important thing to remember here is to keep the affected areas of your skin dry and clean all the time. 
Eating a balanced diet containing yoghurt and green vegetables will boost your immunity and prevent the growth of yeast cells in your body. Also, have a look at your tongue: if you have a thick white coating, it could mean that your intestinal flora is out of balance. One final thing – using harsh skin products can disrupt the skin’s natural pH balance and cause skin irritation, leaving skin prone to infections. Avoid them if you can.

Bernie Fahy works in Ballinrobe, Westport and Galway. She can be contacted at 086 2220125 or For more information, visit