What is cutaneous candidiasis?
Our skin is home to thousands of micro-organisms. Most microorganisms that grow on our skin do not cause any problems. However, some microorganisms that live on our skin can cause infections, such as cutaneous candidiasis.
What are the causes of cutaneous candidiasis?
Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by Candida Albicans. When exposed to favorable temperatures, the candida fungus that resides on the mucous membrane of our skin begins to multiply rapidly. Overgrowth of candida fungus usually occurs in hot weather, improper drying of the skin, wearing tight or damp clothing, obesity, weak immune system, use of corticosteroids and antibiotics, infrequent changes of underwear, poor hygiene and taking medications our immune system.
Anyone can suffer from cutaneous candidiasis, including babies. Cutaneous candidiasis is not a contagious skin condition, but people with weak immune systems can develop this condition after coming into contact with infected people. This means that people with compromised immune systems, such as those with AIDS/HIV or diabetes or those taking corticosteroids, are at risk of developing this skin condition.
What are the sign and symptoms of cutaneous candidiasis?
As a result of the cutaneous candidiasis infection in the skin folds, you get itchy and red rashes that can spread to other parts of the body. The infection can cause the skin to crack or become sore and cause pimples and blisters.
Cutaneous candidiasis often occurs in the groin, under the chest, between the fingers and in the armpits. It can also develop in the corners of the mouth and on the edges of the nails.
How to deal with cutaneous candidiasis?
It is very important that cutaneous candidiasis is treated in a timely manner so that the infection does not spread to the other parts of the body. With simple home remedies and lifestyle changes, you can treat cutaneous candidiasis at home.
Home remedies to treat cutaneous candidiasis
Coconut oil to treat cutaneous candidiasis – Coconut oil is rich in caprylic acid and lauric acid, which gives it antifungal properties. This is why coconut oil is one of the best choices for fighting yeast infections. Apply warm coconut oil to the affected area and massage gently so that the oil penetrates deep into the skin. Repeat this several times a day.
Garlic to treat cutaneous candidiasis – Garlic contains sulfur-containing compounds that give it natural anti-fungal properties. Crush garlic, extract the juice and apply on the affected area. Wash off with water after 5 minutes. Repeat this at least two to three times a day.
* Garlic is a powerful home remedy. If it causes allergic contact dermatitis or irritation, it is best to avoid it.
You can also consume two to three cloves of raw garlic daily to boost your immune system.
Yogurt to treat cutaneous candidiasisYogurt contains good bacteria that fight the infection-causing microbes and limit the growth of candida fungus.
Rub a small amount of probiotic yogurt on the affected area. After 5 to 10 minutes rinse with water. Repeat this twice a day for a few days.
Also, add 2 cups of yogurt to your daily diet.
Apple cider vinegar to treat cutaneous candidiasis – Because it is naturally alkaline, apple cider vinegar maintains the normal pH of the skin. It is also consumed orally because it has blood sugar lowering properties and thus helps control diabetes. Since apple cider vinegar is rich in nutrients and minerals, it strengthens the immune system and fights infection.
Mix equal amounts of unfiltered apple cider vinegar with water. Apply the solution to the affected areas using a clean cotton ball. Leave it on for half an hour and then wash it off with water. Repeat this at least twice a day.
For oral use, add 2 tablespoons of unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a glass of water. Drink the solution 2 times a day.
Tea tree oil to treat cutaneous candidiasis – Tea tree is an old home remedy to treat many skin diseases. It is antibacterial and antifungal.
Since it is a potent tea tree oil, it should never be used on the skin without dilution. To a teaspoon of olive oil, add 2-3 drops of organic tea tree oil. You can also use almond oil or coconut oil as a carrier oil. Apply the mixture to the affected area and rub it gently. After 30 minutes, rinse it off with warm water. Repeat this at least 3 times a day.
The symptoms of cutaneous candidiasis are similar to other skin problems such as eczema, hives, psoriasis, ringworm, herpes, and dermatitis. Therefore, it is very important to get a correct diagnosis before starting any treatment for cutaneous candidiasis.
Home remedies and lifestyle changes resolve many cases of cutaneous candidiasis, but if there are sores or fissures on the affected area or in cases of recurrent infection, it is important to seek medical treatment. Also, see your doctor if you suffer from an underlying medical condition, such as a compromised immune system or diabetes.
dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta: Professional homeopathic physician and dietitian Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in a holistic approach to health and wellness.