Candida and Psoriasis

arm trace-01Is there a link between the two? History answers in the affirmative. As Dr. Jeffrey McCombs pointed out, as early as 1949, there has already been a report citing the link between Candida and psoriasis. The former is described in Dorland’s medical dictionary to be a yeast-like fungus which is present in regulated amount inside the human body. An overgrowth of such yeast-like fungus is what makes its presence wreak havoc to the body. Psoriasis, on the other hand, is described as a chronic albeit non-contagious disease that is primarily characterized by the appearance of inflamed lesions which are covered with silvery-white scabs of dead skin.

Psoriasis results when the body’s immune system gives out flawed signals that hastens the production cycle of skin cells. The faulty signals transmitted, as mentioned in the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s website attack and destroy the healthy tissue in the human body. This condition is common and it has been cited in the National Psoriasis Foundation website that 7.5 million Americans are suffering from it. This condition however is not contagious.

Stress, overexposure to the sun, injuries to the skin, and certain drugs can trigger such condition. These and many other factors can likewise make it more difficult to treat the problem. Although the condition is common, the people with weak immune systems find it harder to deal with it than their relatively healthier counterparts.

McCombs further noted that the presence of the yeast-like fungus is especially high in patients who are suffering from psoriasis. The link between the otherwise harmless yeast-like fungus and the disease in question is also stressed in the study made by Waldman et al. when the results supported their theory that candida albicans is one of the substances that triggers the persistence as well as aggravation of the disease. Psoriasis is not the only disease that Candida has a link to. Leaky gut, thyroid issues, and countless others.

The Symptoms

When it comes to the yeast-like fungus, it helps to remember that longer translates to more. To be more specific, as Dr. Whiting, an orthomolecular nutritionist notes, the longer the yeast-like organisms stay inside the body, the more symptoms are likely to manifest. So what could be those symptoms then? You may experience vaginal yeast infection for one. Such yeast infection may also recur. While you may also be constipated as a result of the overgrowth, the opposite can also happen. You may experience occurrences of diarrhea as well. In other cases, you may even experience both. Insomnia and excessive spelling occurrences are other signs of an overgrowth. The two can also happen to you one after the other. Furthermore, an overgrowth can also make you suffer from fatigue and headaches. A tingling sensation in the hands and feet is another symptom of an overgrowth of such yeast-like fungus.

In reference to the U.K.’s National Health Service website, the symptoms related to psoriasis include red patches in the skin that can either be itchy or not. When the nail is the one affected by such condition, it may crumble, loosen out, or separate from the nail bed. It is essential to note that there are many different types of psoriasis. For that reason, the condition can affect different parts of the body as well. Most cases occur in cycles and can last for weeks or even months.

There are many other symptoms that may warn you of the disruption of the normal functions in your body. It is also crucial to keep in mind that the symptoms vary from one individual to another. You should also bear in mind that there are instances wherein what appears to be a sign of yeast infection is a symptom of a totally different condition. So before you dismiss something as a warning from your body implying that you might have a yeast infection, it is best to establish what the real culprit is by seeking medical assistance.

Proper care

Although proper medical care is still our best ally, you and I can also do things which are in accordance to our ultimate goal of taking good care of our bodies. Proper hygiene for one can work to our advantage. Its value though usually overlooked is of significant importance. Being regularly exposed to a worsening condition of pollution, we owe it to ourselves to not add to the viruses and bacteria we can already get from our surroundings.

Also, we can find ways on how to manage our stress levels so that they will not get the better of us. In an increasingly demanding world, we normally find ourselves faced with several challenges we need to triumph over. It may help to consider them as opportunities to create better versions of ourselves than as struggles that do nothing more than make life even harder for us.

Lastly, we should also watch our diet. We have to make sure that the food we consume contributes to the betterment of our overall health.

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