You may ask yourself: "Why is this post on this blog?" (cue the cringe factor)
Because the hip bone is connected to the ankle bone, my friend.
Allergies come from somewhere, and gut health is crucial to fending off the ever impending somewhere, especially for immune compromised individuals (hey, you with coeliac - that's YOU!)
And down the rabbit hole we go...
For those of you who have never found yourselves smearing vaginal thrush cream on your eyelids, face and neck in your life (so far), consider yourself lucky.
How did I arrive at this rather unfortunate happening?
A round of amoxycillin for a respiratory tract infection (the downsides of air travel, jet lag, stress, and close quarters contact with sick and coughing children when you have an autoimmune disorder).
The good: Antibiotics.
The bad: Antibiotics.
So good things sometimes go wrong.
This much we know.
This, however, was a first for me.
Yes, that's right. Candida on your face, neck, eyelids that flares up in hair follicules, causing a terrible red rash that itches like crazy mad (charming, I know).
When the overgrowth ("Yay, we're winning now!") of fungi normally found in the body is caused by upsetting the (apparently) rather delicate balance of bacteria to fungi ratios.
You see, antibiotics kill bacterias.
The good along with the bad.
If you have never before thought of yourself as an ecosystem, now is the time to start.
From the bacterial colonies that thrive in the gut to the fungi which cruise around with them to the little mites which live on our eye lashes. They need us. We need them. For everything from conferring immunity to helping with digestion.
Now, what the hell do you do about cutaneous candidiasis if you should find yourself the bearer of this nasty arse red face rash?
Internal? An anti-fungal like diflucan (fluconazole) (prescription necessary).
More internal? Balance that homeostasis as fast as possible!
Cut back the sugars and refined carbs. Load up on green leafy vegetables and proteins.
And get thee hence to a shop for:
PROBIOTICS - build up the healthy gut bacteria again
|Watch out for allergens. Find a brand that is made without gluten, etc.|
KEFIR - cultured dairy or coconut water which contains natural probiotics
YOGHURT - more edible probiotics, best eaten on prebiotics (the foods that the good bacteria love so that they make more of themselves)
External? Yup, you guessed it. Vaginal cream containing an antifungal like clotrimazole.
CREAM ARSENAL - turns out that fungi are adaptable bastards and you need to attack them from various directions. Also, vaginal cream isn't exactly a facial moisturiser now is it. So maintaining facial moisture levels while attacking a fungus which is attacking your skin is, how shall I put it, tricky. P.S. You may want to forego make-up during this process. Your vanity will scream NOOOO! Your skin, however, will thank you.
|Thyme Heal Anti-Fungal Cream|
|Naturally by Trisha's Fungus Salve|
So there you go. The fung-us among-us.
Corny, but oh so true.