Candida or Monilia is a skin rash caused by a
yeast living on normal skin of 80% of all people. In most people,
the presence of this yeast on the skin is not visible. In some people,
for unknown reasons, the yeast grows more actively and causes a
red, itchy, scaling rash. The yeast likes warm moist areas and usually
grows in the skin folds under the breast, stomach, and arm pits.
Candida - CAUSE
Candida is caused by a yeast called Candida albicans.
Candida infection sometimes occurs as a result of antibiotic therapy.
People with diabetes are more prone to getting the rash of Candida,
but the rash can occur in anyone.
Candida - SIGNS
Red, itchy, scaling rash on skin, usually worse in the skin folds
under the breast, stomach, and arm pits.
This vaginal infection occurs predominantly in reproductive age
women. The main symptoms produced by a candida yeast vaginitis are
vaginal and/or vulvar itching (pruritus), or even a vulvar burning
sensation. There is a cheese-like (caseous) white to white yellow
discharge. Also there can be swelling of the perineum or a redness
(erythema) (1). The discharge is not watery and usually not odorous.
Symptoms build up over 1-3 days.
Candida - HOW
DIAGNOSIS IS DONE?
Gram stain showing yeast is an accurate method of diagnosis as
Candida, Yeast -
- Homeopathy Treatment & Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathy is very well known for its effectiveness in skin-disorders.
There are many homeopathic medicines which have been used clinically
against fungal diseases and candida. The following homeopathic medicines
may help in the treatment of Candida:
Sulphur, Sepia, Antim crud, Natrum mur, Natrum salicylicum, Petroleum,
Medorrhinum, Thuja etc.
Candida - CONVENTIONAL
A common treatment regimen is anti-yeast cream applied to the affected
area twice a day followed by hydrocortisone cream. Azole class of
drugs are also commonly used.
Candida - WHAT
ELSE CAN I DO?
If you have recurrent Candida infections you should have a glucose
tolerance test done to rule out diabetes mellitus.
If you are a diabetic and are frequently diagnosed with Candida
infections your blood glucose levels are probably not in the normal
range. You should contact your family doctor and have your treatment
Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 14th ed, McGraw-Hill
Davidson's Principles and Practise of Medicine, 17th ed, 1996,
New Manual of Homeopathic Materia Medica & Repertory, William
Boericke, 2nd revised ed., 2001, B. Jain