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Why Does Candida Itch?

August 15, 2019

Hi there, Eric Bakker, naturopath. The question
I get asked from people at times and emailed as well is an interesting one. And it’s a
question that you may have yourself. The question is why does Candida itch? Why
does my skin feel itchy when I have a yeast infection? Now that itch may be around the scalp. It
could be around the ears, inside the ears, around the neck, armpits, groin, vaginal;
it could be an anal itch, but the question remains the same. Why does my skin itch? Have
you ever wondered that? Well, there are many different opinions and
varied opinions on this particular question. Some of the more plausible ones are that Candida
can reside on the skin surface and particularly on the margins of the skin where the mucous
membranes are. It will sit there because it’s nice and moist and dark and warm, and it will
like those areas. A typical place I see people with yeast infections will be armpits and
under the breasts of some women, and in skin folds of larger people. So these areas really
provide the right kind of an environment for yeast infections to really proliferate. But when we look at the itching side, some
experts believe the itching comes about because when Candida changes, it mutates into a particular
form, a spore form. It has these small hooks called rhizoids which can grab into the skin
and latch into the skin, burrow into the skin. And this can create a sensation of itching.
And the longer you’ve had the yeast infection for, the more established the more so this
itch can really drive you crazy. It can burrow in there and create a major problem. Another theory is that the yeast cells actually
get affected by the immune system, so the immune system, in turn, in the skin will release
chemicals, particularly chemicals like histamines or various other chemicals, which will try
to attack the yeast and set up an inflammatory response, redness, itching, and heat. These
are typical things that we find with some people with yeast infections. So the other scenario is that yeast themselves
can actually release chemicals which can affect the skin. So, you know, we’ve got three particular
scenarios here, but I’m sure there are plenty more reasons why Candida can cause itching. The big thing with a yeast infection is get
it while it’s still recent. So if you’ve got a skin itch, and for males I see this a lot
around the groin or for women a vaginal yeast infection. If the itch is driving you crazy,
get onto it now. Don’t let it get in there and become a very chronic itch. And the reason
is is because it’s going to affect you psychologically and physically. (A) It’s going to drive you
crazy and literally crazy. You’ll develop anxiety around this and embarrassment and
fear like I used to have years ago when I had a jock itch infection. It drove me nuts.
And this can set up a fear where you don’t really want to be around a lot of other people
for fear of embarrassment. And (B), when the itch actually becomes chronic, it becomes
harder to get rid of. And you can actually scratch the skin all around the itch and create
a secondary infection requiring, you guessed it, antibiotics. And so the cycle continues. So you really want to get on top of the itch
as soon as possible. You’re going to find some great solutions in Candida Crusher, in
my book. I’ve written extensively on how you can help merely eradicate these acute and
chronic conditions in various chapters. So if you haven’t got a copy, grab a copy.
Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You’re going to get a lot more good videos your way. And
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  • Reply Health Reactor January 6, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Hey doc, in a week I would be finishing canxida remove but I've developed a major itching problem all over my body. At night when trying to sleep, this itch causes me insomnia because until I finish scratching one spot, another one annoys me! Is this some die off?

  • Reply Miles March 29, 2017 at 2:55 am

    I've been sugar and alcohol free for more than a month. Processed carb free for about 3 weeks. I went through a couple weeks of extreme fatigue and I'm starting to feel a lot more energy, so it's exciting! I've watched a ton of your videos and I guess I've been doing something similar to your diet for the past few weeks but I've really started to hone in on your recommendations the past week. .. my question relates to intching. The past few days I've started itching around my neck and sides and have developed some rashes. Not to bad but they are annoying the crap out of me. Is this normal? Am I doing something wrong? Is it withdrawal and the candida are reaching at anything to survive? Thanks! Love the videos!

  • Reply BJ G August 21, 2017 at 4:49 am

    Did he say "antibiotic"?

  • Reply Candida Crusher December 20, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Check my range of candida supplements here:

  • Reply Benjamin Graham March 30, 2018 at 1:47 am

    so, what supplements treat skin

  • Reply lisa smith June 18, 2018 at 6:39 am

    This is really driving me crazy right now, my immune system is already bad and I’m on diflucan for thrash and the yeast I have down there! It’s worse when I try to lay down.

  • Reply Nicole Angel December 8, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Wow…this guy really knows his stuff and all about candida overgrowth and the effects on the body! I've been experiencing all the issues he just mentioned, and yes, it's driving me crazy, and I'm having a very hard time getting rid of it! I've been taking Benadryl every single day for months, and it's got to the point where it isn't relieving the itching anymore. I've become immune to it I guess. What I'm looking into now is..I'm wondering if taking the Benadryl is maybe making it worse? Is that what I'm doing wrong and why I can't get rid of this stuff? I'm trying to find some answers.

  • Reply Ceca Markovic February 18, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Tnx for all…

  • Reply Abdullahi Amir March 23, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    What’s your opinion on Homeopathic treatment?

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