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I am SO sorry you’ve had such a terrible time with this! I hope you’ll get more answers than just my own – they’re likely to be *very* different from one another, though, just to prepare you 🙂
I really don’t know, honestly. But I can make some guesses and brainstorm with you. I’m *not* a medical professional, btw. Okay, well, my first thoughts were that your die-off was too much too quickly and/or you’re reacting to having a lot more of some currently unknown culprit allergy. For instance, maybe you’ve been eating a lot of, say, eggs. Before the diet you ate far less, but know you’ve had a lot. Maybe your body is wigging out because of the excess egg (or whatever food).
What’s in your ginger kombocka (sp?). Is it fermented ginger? Even lactic fermentation is something I personally would stay away from for a while. Many people with candida react strongly to fermented foods of any kind. It may not be die-off afterall, but a surge in yeast caused by the high intake of fermented foods. Possibly.
Lastly, I’d say GO SLOWLY. Everyone wants their candida gone *yesterday* and they rush their bodies through a lot of change quickly and then freak out because they feel so horrible. It’s okay to go slowly. The main page of this diet http://www.thecandidadiet.com recommends making all of the dietary changes 2 weeks before treating the candida with antifungals or other alternative means so that some of the yeast can die from diet alone first. I really don’t think it’s good for anyone’s body to hit it super hard from the very outset – that’s a lot of yeast by-product in your system at once. You’re right – that will tax your liver, potentially your kidneys, your adrenals, and your immune system in general.
Now, the part that’s bound to be different depending on who chimes in 😉 Personally, if the ginger is fermented, I’d stop taking that stuff asap. That would be my first concern. I would then drink MASSIVE mounts of pure water *every day* – at the very least, 1 ounce per 2 pounds of body weight. At the least. If you’re notably overweight, half your body weight may not be realistic. You could aim for 1.5 gallons. I would try to find some quality info on herbal remedies for hives instead of the prescription and traditional OTC meds (steroids encourage yeast growth, and benadryl has sweeteners). An oatmeal bath might be soothing. Some salt baths might be good, but you’ll have to research this. You might try aloe vera, as it’s naturally antifungal. I’d not eat any of the foods on the Foods to Avoid list, but I would try to be very gentle with my body – resting a lot if possible, relaxing. I’ve had the all-over-body-itch-thing before and it’s miserable. You’re probably not resting very easily, or even sleeping, but just do what you can. They’re bound to settle down sometime. Just hang in there.
Please do let us know how you’re coming along. Remember, go easy, be gentle, let all the change take a little time if your body needs it to.
I really do hope you’re feeling much better soon!