Hair Loss: A Symptom of Candida

hair lossDuring a Candida infestation, hair loss is often a worrisome and emotional problem for both men and women. Over the years, I’ve received many messages and letters from Candida sufferers who were desperate for answers to their questions about losing their hair during their Candida infestation. Many of them have used statements such as, “This cannot possibly be a coincidence; losing my hair started right after I realized that I had a terrible health issue in my body, I just didn’t know what it was. Why is the Candida making my hair fall out?”

I remember one young lady in particular telling me, “Losing my hair is the worst part of this entire yeast problem! Please help me before it all falls out!”

If you’ve contracted a Candida infestation, and afterwards you began to suffer from premature hair loss or other scalp issues which can include dandruff, itching, or extremely oily scalp, these are likely being indirectly caused by the fact that you also have a Candida infestation in your body.

The Environment; Perfect
First, let’s look at why you have a Candida albicans overgrowth in your body. Chances are that your problems started after one or more rounds of antibiotics or perhaps many rounds over the past 10 to 20 years. Perhaps you were not even aware that a problem was developing, because an actual overgrowth of Candida will often take many years to reach the infestation stage.

Let’s say that someone has had a round of antibiotics every few years for the past 10 to 20 years. Then, a few weeks ago they had to take another round for whatever reason, and suddenly, for no apparent reason, they began to experience several symptoms of a Candida overgrowth. Of course, they had no idea what was causing these odd symptoms, and often it will take several months or even years longer to realize that the round of antibiotics and the symptoms are related; but unfortunately they are.

As you can see, one round of antibiotics was not the single cause of the fungal Candida infesting their body, but the infection actually took many, many years to develop before something triggered the yeast which then begin to turn into a fungal form causing physical signs of the building infestation to appear. In the end, there was probably a combination of situations which allowed the overgrowth of fungal Candida albicans.

The Environment
Before the population of Candida can reach the numbers of an infestation in the body, the environment of the intestines would need to be changed to a condition which favored the benign Candida yeast. This change would allow the fungal gene to be turned on and the benign Candida would turn into its fungal form.

By destroying billions of beneficial, acid-producing bacteria, several rounds of antibiotics would help tremendously in changing the normally acidic environment of the intestines into an alkaline pH environment suitable for the yeast. With fewer and fewer beneficial bacteria producing the acid needed to protect the intestines, the yeast can continue to easily change into their fungal form and began infesting the body. Specific foods would need to be supplied on a daily basis for the yeast, and foods that would feed the beneficial bacteria would be at a minimum.

What Food?
Foods that would feed the benign as well as the fungal form of yeast would be plentiful amounts of simple carbohydrates and foods which contain starch such as potatoes, corn, rice, carrots, pasta and all the other products which use these foods during their manufacturing process. Also foods containing sugar and wheat flour (cereal, bread, pizza, etc.) as well as the fruits containing fructose. These foods are the perfect diet for setting off a waiting population of benign yeast and establishing a fungal Candida albicans infestation in the human body.

Ready and Waiting
So now, with your sugar-filled, high carbohydrate diet, you’ve secured a safe environment for allowing the fungal form of Candida to infest your body. The last few doses of the antibiotic have been taken and the benign yeast are rapidly changing to their fungal form and multiplying in your intestines. And then you experience the first of many symptoms to come, and you’re wondering what on earth is wrong with you.

Candida and What Else?
When the environment is perfect for the Candida albicans to infest your body, it’s also perfect for other pathogens to make your body their home. One of the many pathogens that may be inhabiting your body at the same time as the Candida are called Malassezia which is a fungus that lives on the scalp of many healthy humans without resulting problems most of the time. However, if the circumstances are just right, the population of this fungus can grow out of control the same as the Candida can. The overgrowth can cause an irritation to the scalp therefore causing access skin cells to grow on the scalp. These access skin cells will die and clump together with oil from the scalp hair, and the results are nearly identical to Seborrheic Dermatitis which would usually cause severe itching of the scalp and dandruff.

Candida, Hormones, and your Hair
Candida overgrowth, when not immediately treated correctly will more times than not affect the body’s hormones, the result of which is usually hypothyroidism. The condition, hypothyroidism, causes a decrease in general circulation which will lead to damaging the follicles of the hair. If you have this problem, you can have your thyroid checked by a physician for the thyroid hormones, triiodothyronine (T 3) and thyroxine (T 4). Sometimes taking thyroid medication is necessary for a while during a Candida infestation.

Ending the Symptoms Including Hair Loss
Basically, the level of hormones will be corrected once you have sufficiently decreased the population of your Candida infestation. In order to do this, the correct diet and supplement protocol will have to be followed until the symptoms have disappeared.

If you’re looking for a diet and supplement protocol which works, this site has one which has been used with success by many people over the past few years.

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  1. Great article! I really have learned a lot from this post. How will you know that you are already suffering from a Candida Infection aside from hair loss? Does it also help in what shampoo or conditioner to use to ease up / control hair loss? thanks!

    • helperdude says

      Krishyl, you can try Nizoral.

      It’s marketed as an anti-dandruff shampoo, but it is specifically an anti-fungal agent.

      Working this into your routine, once you have a plan to eliminate your Candida, should help fix the environment for your hair!

  2. I hv been suffering frm candida infection for the past six years…i v taken al medication but to no avail,v lost all my hair line and i think its due to to this infection…this infection is really threatening me,what should i do? Pls help before i loose ma mind!

  3. I finally found an article that accurately described what I suffer from. I knew it was not seborrheic dermatitis, because my symptoms were just different. I had very greasy scalp with discusting oily dandruff. I started having this after being infected with candidiasis. When I stop eating sugar and simple carbs, the symptoms disappear after only one week, isn’t that weird? The problem is that the diet is very hard to follow, all you can eat when following the diet are vegetables, meat and eggs. I heard that water fasting is a great solution, but it’s also hard to follow. I’ve been looking for a solution for the past 5 years, but I just gave up eventually.

  4. Loosing my hair has not been cool during this process.I hope it grows back in the future :/

    • I feel your pain man. I’ve been losing mine for the past two years and it’s getting really thin. I try to hide it but it’s getting beyond that point. I’m on a sugar free and simple carb free diet. About to do a 3 day vegetable juice cleanse (no fruits) and am taking numerous vitamins such as efa (essential fatty acids) probiotics, enzymes, coconut oil, milk this ale and many others. Also trying garlic shampoo made by nutrine. I’ve been using it for about a month now and haven’t seen any results as if yet.

  5. I have had this for about 3 years with varied success. It has improved drastically, but is not gone. I eat primarily vegetables, plant based protein, eggs, meats, minimal friuts (low sugar) and rice, and honey and peanut butter. I have found solaray yeast cleanse to be helpful as well as pro biotics. I also put lemon in my water-turns alkaline and avoid dairy which is a big problem for me now that I have this. My skin can break down easily, but so far no real hair loss. My doctor gave me a steroid cream which helps when it flares. This was initially so bad, I am just grateful its avoit 75% better! Good luck, diet is key and is healthy anyway, so its a much needed lifestyle change for me. A previous sugar aholic!!

  6. Ive tried anti candita diets in the past, can never seem to make it past the 1 month mark due lifestyle factors. Bread bread everywhere. If i eat bread and drink beer OMG 10 million X itchy scalp house and clothes covered in white flakes and sam and large hairs everywhere. Almost have to start shaving my head ive lost so much hair. If i scratch it the psoriasis (dandruff ) is soooo thick that it literally undermines the remaining hair. Cuts into my scalp below the roots!!. The only sucess ive had is if i starve myself. permanant cleanse. Basically Cucumber and water, green salad, nothing else! I travel alot so this is almost impossible. Maybe I should just join a monestary and become a monk because it the only way i can stick to this diet. AAARRGG!!

  7. I had been following a paleo diet for a few years until I decided to change things for a few months and started eating fruits and chocolate and carbs, within just one month of changing my diet, I started seeing candida symptoms. As soon as I figured out it was candida, I been back on Paleo, drinking Aztec clay (1tbsp) with glass of water, oil pulling, taking candida support (by now), aged garlic capsules (5 a day), and taking Udos probiotics has brought much needed relief. The die off symptoms was a pain but the relief after about a week was amazing, I also found that taking a clay bath helps and Castrol oil as well.

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