Vitiligo is just one of the many possible associated disorders that a person can who has Candida overgrowth can suffer from. That is according to Dr. Priscilla Slagle who is a Nutritional/Functional Medicine and Psychiatry practitioner.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, vitiligo is a skin condition characterized by a loss of brown pigment from certain areas of the skin. Because of such loss, irregular white patches appear in their places. The patches however feel like normal skin despite their abnormal appearance. Additionally, the patches are usually there forever.
As the U.K. National Health Service points out, while vitiligo usually affects the parts of the skin which are exposed to the sun, it can nonetheless be found in other areas of the skin besides the hands, face, and neck. Furthermore, vitiligo can progress or not.
Dr. Carolyn DeMarco notes that vitiligo is believed to be an auto-immune disease. The condition, she points out is also believed by many nutritional doctors to have an apparent connection with Candida infections, food allergies, and paraside disorders. DeMarco further mentions that the treatment of Candida overgrowth is one of the approaches employed in addressing the concerns associated with vitiligo.
Dealing with the Overgrowth
Taking into consideration that candida overgrowth is linked to vitiligo, it helps to know what you and I can possibly do to address the overgrowth. If you happen to suspect that your body may be breeding the yeast-like fungus in numbers that exceed that which is regarded as normal, take comfort in knowing that you can submit yourself for some tests. From the results of the tests, doctors can better decide which treatment would work best in your case or mine.
The tests are of particular importance especially since there are symptoms of yeast infection that we normally regard as signs of overgrowth. At other occasions, we even result to self medication thinking that we can deal with what we believe to be a yeast infection without the seeing the doctor. This blog post by Sean is a great primer to get information on Candida overgrowth.
Coping with your Skin Discoloration
When it comes to vitiligo on the other hand, want can you and I possibly do to confirm or deny our suspicions? One way is by similarly taking some tests. Through examinations, the doctors can determine the reasons behind the pigment loss in the skin.
When to seek help
As for the overgrowth, there are remedies that may be brought to aid in self medication. However, the Oral Cancer Foundation warns about the negative effects of being your own doctor. Unless you are a doctor yourself who specializes in the treatment of such conditions, never assume that you have what it takes to effectively address your health-related concerns.
Trust your doctor and cooperate with him or her. Follow the advices given to you and religious take the medications prescribed. In addition, do not fail to show up during your scheduled appointments so that your doctor can better take note of any improvements in your case.
Be mindful of the time
The moment you suspect that there is something wrong with your body, find time to see a doctor as soon as possible. Although the discomforts you are experiencing are still tolerable, it does not mean that you can afford to postpone medical care. Do not wait until your daily activities are already compromised by your discomforts.
Other can help too
Being humans, it is normal for us to compare ourselves to others. However, there are times when we do this, we feel bad after noticing the differences. That is especially true when the differences represent abnormalities to the usual course of things.
Take vitiligo for instance. Its presence has physical manifestations. For other people, the condition may affect their confidence. The same is true with the problems associated with the overgrowth. There are those who may have certain reservations admitting that the matter concerns them for fear for being judged particularly since yeast infection may be sexually transmitted.
While no one can blame the people who find it hard to accept their health conditions, it is good to know that help is directed their way. Foundations, organizations, and other support groups are more than willing to act as their guide. The people behind these groups share their own experiences and offer expert assistance in the matters in question. Valuable information is also provided in their websites so that the people suffering from the aforesaid conditions would know about the ways on how they can better handle the situation.
The foundations, organizations, and support groups however do not just exist for the people who have to cope with such conditions themselves. These groups are likewise meant to help the families and friends of the patients by giving them helpful details to better grasp the condition of their loved ones. That way, the patients together with their family members and friends can go hand in hand in dealing with the challenges that the conditions bring.