If you know what it’s like to have psoriasis, you have probably tried a million different things to help, be it lotions, ointments, pills, injections, light therapy, diet changes, etc etc etc, and you may have heard about a zillion others. I know I have, and I’ve spend more time reading about psoriasis on the internet then just about everything else except food (I like to cook).
One thing that popped up repetitively through my searches was a link between psoriasis and candida.
To my understanding, candida is an overgrowth of yeast found in our digestive tracts. It is worsened by immune suppressants (which were used to help psoriasis), birth control pills (which I took for about 15 years), and simple carbohydrates and sugars (which I have been known to consume a lot of). I read this info. In a few locations, but it is all wrapped up here. I became a little concerned when I was put on erythromycin for a bacterial infection due to the use of EltaTar and phototherapy. If that makes candida worse, which in turn makes psoriasis worse, aren’t we trapped in a vicious little circle???
It made sense to me to get myself a probiotic. Even my dermatologist agreed it would be a good idea. The lady at the health food store commented that I chose a good one when I brought Ultimate Flora Critical Care to the counter. I had told her I thought I may have candida and I also have psoriasis but was taking and antibiotic. She recommended I take the probiotic for a full month, and then try a candida cleanse. I have a few other health friends, and they have mentioned liver cleanses. In one of my earlier sessions of research on psoriasis and homeopathic remedies often pointed to things like cutting out gluten (which I tried and didn’t stick to because I found it difficult and stressful, but it may have worked because I did clear up for several weeks thereafter), doing liver cleanses, colon cleanses, following or elimination diet. I need to look into whether one of these total body cleanses also caters to candida because then I wouldn’t have to buy 3 different cleanses, considering they are like $20-$30 a pop.
There’re so many symptoms of candida which is why I think it may be the underlying cause of my psoriasis. Trying to fix candida won’t hurt if it’s not the problem, but if it helps keep my psoriasis in check then it would seem a likely culprit. Here’re some of the many symptoms of candida I experience or have experienced in the last few years: concentration/focus problems, short term memory, extreme tightness in the neck and shoulders, unrefreshing sleep, sore throat, white coated tongue, depression, irritability, chills, sensitivity to heat/cold, painful gas/abdominal bloating, dryness of mouth and eyes, skin rashes, dry/flaking skin, dermatitis, skin discoloration/blotchiness, allergies, sensitivity to noise/sounds, sensitivity to chemicals, sensitivity to odors, anemia, lightheadedness, feeling in a fog, fainting, muscle twitching, low sex drive, psoriasis, headaches, depression.
Here are a few sites to explore symptoms:
I think I’ll try this spit test in the morning and see what comes of it.
I also really like this DermaHarmony website. All sorts of information on here. I’m thinking about ordering some of their products. I probably won’t though because I’m a bit broke from right box right now.
I did ask my dermatologist what his opinion and knowledge of gastro-intestinal issues and psoriasis was, and he said, “The jury is still out on that one.” But that doesn’t mean I don’t still have candida and that also doesn’t mean there could not be a connection. I learned in my nutrition class that scientific studies can often take a decade or more to hit practice in the medical community, there was a term for the lag but I don’t remember it. It’s worth a shot.
|Taken on 03.06.2012|
As far as an update on my psoriasis, my hands are terrible. They are discolored, with thick peels and cracks. They peel so often they look different every time I look at them. They feel odd too, like kind of leathery. They best way I can describe the sensation is it is similar to if you ever had a big blister on your hand that has drained and the skin is still all there. It’s dead, but it’s attached. The dried peels get stuck and caught on my clothes and the laundry. The other day it was cracking like chapped and dry lips in the winter. Gross, weird, sorry but it’s what I’m dealing with. I’ll be taking my week 5 photos tomorrow so I’ll try to post them soon.
I would also like to share that I have been featured on The Value of Openness blog on the Patients Like Me network I joined, the one I mentioned in a previous post. I was really flattered when I was approached to be interviewed! The site has really been a great help.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Time for some Rock Band on PS3!