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Eczema, psoriasis, Fungal infections, Chronic Rashes, and the connection to Candida Overgrowth

Candida overgrowth may lead to dysbiosis and leaky gut syndrome and the spread of candida and toxins through the body, this can suppress the offensive weapons of the body's immune system, inflammation will still be generated because when the immune system detects a foreign invader, and this will always cause inflammation.

The problem is that the foreign invader, the Candida, is not going away, because the immune system's offensive weapons are suppressed, the inflammation will remain and inflammation is painful and on the skin may lead to debilitating conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

The relationship between Candida on the skin and Candida overgrowth in the gut is not generally appreciated by western medicine.

 Cells which are fighting Candida in the gut can circulate and start fighting yeast wherever they can find it; one place is on the skin.

When the immune cells come into contact with Candida on the skin inflammation may occur.

If the inflammation occurs in the hair follicles, acne may result.

 If the inflammation is spread more generally, eczema may result.

When the inflammation becomes even worse, psoriasis may result. 


Candida overgrowth and the spread of itself and other toxins through the body may create inappropriate immune system responses as in psoriasis.

 Could psoriasis an auto immune disease be symptoms of the body's immune system fighting Candida on the skin and if the immune system is unable to win inflammation, a defensive weapon persists.

Research on psoriasis has shown that Candida overgrowth can cause all the changes in the skin characteristic of psoriasis.

When Candida is injected into the skin of an experimental animal, the skin lesions of psoriasis, including scaling and thickening, develop.

 Candida overgrowth is likely to be encouraged by the medications prescribed for psoriasis anti inflammatory and immunosuppressant drugs, so if candida is indicated a vicious circle can develop.

Eczema and Dermatitis

 Candida overgrowth has been connected with allergic skin dermatitis (eczema) it can cause histamine levels to increase therefore increasing symptoms.

With Seborrheic dermatitis oil glands are affected candida overgrowth can lead to an increase in toxins in these glands and along with increased histamine activity may lead to symptoms worsening.

 Studies have found that there may be a significant correlation between the body having antibodies to candida and symptoms of allergic dermatitis or eczema. 

Unexplained rashes that lasted for many years often clear up with antifungal treatment.  

Candida overgrowth may cause a generalized suppression of the immune system.

 In other words, once the yeast gets the upper hand, it sets up a cycle that further suppresses the body's defenses and serious skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema can result.

As with many conditions the western medicine prescribed for psoriasis and eczema  may increase candida overgrowth. 

Fungal skin infections

Various fungi live harmlessly on the skin and inside the body, however overgrowths of normally harmless types can cause the symptoms of a fungal infection.

 Candida overgrowth is the biggest culprit if it spreads through the body it can create small strongholds under a toenail Nail infections (onychomycosis), in the groin Jock itch (tinea cruris), small patches on the skin (Pityriasis versicolor), and between the toes Athlete's foot (tinea pedis). 


Where Acne is connected to toxins or hormonal changes Candida overgrowth must be addressed as a possiable culprit.

As Candida is controlled toxin levels may be reduced and hormonal levels may balance out allowing the skin to clear naturally reducing acne.

Medical treatments for Acne such as Antibiotics and Anti-inflamatorys may also lead to further Candida overgrowth.

Skin itching and Crawling

A common symptom of candida overgrowth is the itching or crawling sensation on the skin espically after a hot shower , a greesy feel is felt on  the skin and as Candida is controlled this greesy feel will disappear.

Controlling candida overgrowth may give long term answers to skin problems where as topical treatments may not and conventional treatments may contribute to further candida overgrowth. 

On a personal note I had persistent tinea between the toes for years before I found out about candida and have not had it since getting it under control, the skin may still split occasionally (I live in a sub tropical area) but there is no fungal infection so in heals in a few days.


Note in cases where there is a strong genetic link to skin conditions controlling candida overgrowth may still help but possibly to a lesser degree than where there is no genetic link.  In practice with skin conditions I would always treat for candida overgrowth if indicated it can only lead to improved symptoms and better general health.




Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder the cause of psoriasis is unknown, you cannot catch psoriasis; it is not contagious. There are many treatments for psoriasis but, to date, there is no cure. The most common form of psoriasis is called plaque psoriasis. It is characterized by raised, inflamed (red) lesions covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells, called scales. The technical name for plaque psoriasis is psoriasis vulgaris (vulgaris means common). There are other forms of psoriasis. They are pustular, guttate, inverse, and erythrodermic psoriasis.


Dyshidrosis, also termed Dyshidrotic Eczema, Pompholyx and Dyshidrotic Dermatitis, is a skin condition that is characterized by small blisters on the hands or feet. It is an acute, chronic, or recurrent dermatosis of the fingers, palms, and soles, characterized by a sudden onset of many deep-seated pruritic, clear vesicles; later, scaling, fissures and lichenification occur. Recurrence is common and for many can be chronic. This condition is not contagious to others, but due to its unsightly nature can cause significant distress in regards to social interactions with others.

 Fungal infections

The symptoms and appearances of a fungal skin infection depend on the type of fungus causing it and the part of the body affected. The rash may have a variety of appearances. Some are red, scaly and itchy, whereas others can produce a fine scale similar to dry skin. The site of infection may be just one area of the body, or there may be several infected areas. Fungal infections usually affect the skin because they live off keratin, a protein that makes up skin, hair and nails.


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