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    AKG
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    Hello All

    Sorry, this is a long one:

    I’ve had a really rough time of it with this.

    Since April, I have had persistent red and inflamed skin on either side of my nose. It doesn’t really spread beyond this location.

    Back in March I had Throat/Chest/Sinus infection and ended up on Antibiotics. About a week after the antibiotics I ended up with genital thrush. I used Canestan, and it was gone in about 10 days.

    Then, I started getting very slight red and scaly skin in the corners of my nose. I thought this was also thrush, and tried canestan, but gave up after a week as it did no good.

    It would get worse, with itching, flaking, scaling, and would then improve somewhat, but only after me washing all the scaling/flakes off, as they seemed to inflame the situation. I even took time off work simply to be at home and NOT touch the scaling as I thought it was part of the healing process, but no. It was more like an overproduction of skin, or a formation of a film, which would then flake, and irritate the underlying skin.

    So, I end up living with this, on and off, never completely healing, but improving, and then worsening.

    Eventually my GP prescribes Daktacort. Now, this is the only thing that seems to have stopped the intense flaking and scaling. However, the redness remains. It just wont go away. I’ve noticed that I’ve even developed a spider-vein, and some of the underlying skin looks like it has been permanently damaged.

    I’m still waiting for the dermatologist to give me an appointment.

    I have no idea what this is, or what to try. I suspect the only reason the Daktacort works is because of the hydrocortisone, although I could be wrong.

    If this is a yeast infection, it doesn’t want to go away. I thought it may also have been rosacea, but apart from the redness, the symptoms seem atypical. I thought it could be dermatitis, and nizoral shampoo does help at times, but then at others, it literally burns my skin.

    I really don’t know what to do. When this gets bad, it gets really bad. Red raw skin, covered with scaling flaking skin. It looks awful, and I have specifically taken time off work, avoided meetings, stopped socialising etc because of it.

    My digestion has also been off, generally feeling unwell, and my skin/complexion overall has been very bad.

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    raster
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    I’d recommend getting a proper diagnosis. The best test we recommend is the candia5 test. In general when your body has skin problems (in my opinion) you likely have slight/minor liver issues. If your body isn’t properly detoxing via the liver, it will detox in alternative methods. One method is via the skin and the other method is via the lungs (asthma). So some people will develop asthma and some people will develop skin conditions or both. The question is what is causing the symptoms, and you need to figure that part out…

    Check out the candia5 test for diagnosis if you are interested.

    -raster

    #121148

    enid1
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    Hi, you sound the same as me. I have the same issue around my nose and a spot on the corner of my mouth/chin. It also spread across my cheeks a little on my face. When I use tea tree oil this cleans up quite a lot, but comes back when I stop using teatree. It doesnt come back as strong though so I think I might be getting somewhere.
    I’m about 3 weeks into the Ultimate Candida Diet, I went through die-off for a few days, but now I’m not sure if I’m getting better or not because my symptoms re-occur too (the skin around my nose gets better and worse).
    I think it is candida, or some kind of fungus over run, so that’s probably what you are dealing with. I’m only a few days in on anti-fungals (am on probiotics and the strict diet).
    Do you get atheletes foot or ring worm spots on your abdomen? I get these and am waiting to see what happens in the next few weeks.
    Doctors don’t tend to be so great at dealing with these issues, at least go to a naturopath 🙂 I am self diagnosed but still in teh grey zone so I can’t give you an definite info… but good luck and let us know how you go.

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    AKG
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    Yeah, I’m sure at the heart of this is an immune system issue.

    As I mentioned, this all kicked off once I was on antibiotics (well, after about 12 days use).

    Antibiotics generally make me unwell, and as we all know, they do a lot of damage to internal bacterial balance. I don’t think this is a co-incidence.

    Fortunately, the only location I have this is the sides of my nose. I do on occasion get what appears to be a little seb-derm type rash on my back – always at the same spot – but that tends to clear up easily with life-style changes i.e. diet, exercise, adequate sleep.

    I think it’s important going back to basics really. Get your diet right, exercise, sleep well, and generally live a healthy life i.e. reduce stress and anxiety. These all one way or another affect the liver.

    I’m pretty sure that the stress of the past year, poor diet, very poor sleep pattern have contributed, and the antibiotics were the final straw that allowed this to take over. I’ve never had anything like this before.

    To be fair, I the past three days I have 1) vastly eliminated carbs and sugars (except small portions of fruits such as berries as they are high in anti-oxidants), been supplementing with garlic, turmeric, cinnamon and milk-thistle – all of which support liver function and are anti-fungal/bacterial. I’ve also exercised intensely each day, drank lots of water, and ensured I’ve had a good night’s sleep.

    It’s too early to tell of course, but things are already looking better, although nowhere near cleared. I know how easily things go from OK to out of control in the space of one afternoon, so I tend not to get too excited. I’m just becoming a little skeptical of creams and ointments, as that’s all I’ve been given by my doctor so far.

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    raster
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    AKG;59670 wrote: Yeah, I’m sure at the heart of this is an immune system issue.

    As I mentioned, this all kicked off once I was on antibiotics (well, after about 12 days use).

    Antibiotics generally make me unwell, and as we all know, they do a lot of damage to internal bacterial balance. I don’t think this is a co-incidence.

    Fortunately, the only location I have this is the sides of my nose. I do on occasion get what appears to be a little seb-derm type rash on my back – always at the same spot – but that tends to clear up easily with life-style changes i.e. diet, exercise, adequate sleep.

    I think it’s important going back to basics really. Get your diet right, exercise, sleep well, and generally live a healthy life i.e. reduce stress and anxiety. These all one way or another affect the liver.

    I’m pretty sure that the stress of the past year, poor diet, very poor sleep pattern have contributed, and the antibiotics were the final straw that allowed this to take over. I’ve never had anything like this before.

    To be fair, I the past three days I have 1) vastly eliminated carbs and sugars (except small portions of fruits such as berries as they are high in anti-oxidants), been supplementing with garlic, turmeric, cinnamon and milk-thistle – all of which support liver function and are anti-fungal/bacterial. I’ve also exercised intensely each day, drank lots of water, and ensured I’ve had a good night’s sleep.

    It’s too early to tell of course, but things are already looking better, although nowhere near cleared. I know how easily things go from OK to out of control in the space of one afternoon, so I tend not to get too excited. I’m just becoming a little skeptical of creams and ointments, as that’s all I’ve been given by my doctor so far.

    Just to be clear this isn’t a no carb diet and you need carbs to be healthy. By limiting carbs, you could develop other health problems and not get better as quickly as possible.

    -raster

    #121239

    enid1
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    I found a fix for the skin either side of my nose and on my chin by using diluted tea tree oil every night on with a cotton swab.
    Nothing else, I read somewhere here on this forum that oil on your skin feeds the fungus (which is on your face causing the spot and rash and over production of skin cells). So using coconut oil was not for me – that’s where I went wrong. As coconut oil is an antifungal, however, only your face with this particular fungus issue, its actually feed them. You want to dry it out and kill them off, which is what tea tree does best – I have very sensitive skin and its ok for me (a few drops of teatree in a teaspoon of water) but some people can have a bad reaction to tea tree, its pretty strong so be careful.

    Only tea tree oil, cotton swab, every night. Would wake up with a lot of flaking as it came off. Resist the urge to moisturise, no matter how bad it seems.

    In the morning I use diluted Apple cider vingear (with the mother, good stuff – diluted 50/50 with water) just to keep killing the fungus but not making my face really flakey all day cos no one wants to walk around like that…then I would just wash my face with warm/hot water on a facecloth and be done with it. You kind of just have to let the flaking happen for a few days.

    About 3 days later, no rash, a bit of flaking but so much better! Not using ANYTHING to moisturise. What I am doing however is oil cleansing every night. This sounds weird but using oil to clean your face lifts out oils. I use 100% pure argan oil, rub it on my face, leave it for a minute or two, then use a super hot face cloth and steam my face, just holding it on, then do the steam with fresh hot water 2 more times to get all the argan oil off. I do this to get rid of my excess oil production, and to provide a bit of moisture back to my skin while it balances itself out as I heal. Its been said that hot water doesn’t agree with face fungal issues but its worked fine with me, been very helpful for lifting the oil with the Argan that the fungus feeds on. Not everyone has to do this every night but I do at the moment as my oil production was quite out of control.

    So, nearly fixed my face, and removed all my blackheads, and no more pimples reappearing, my skin has never been this good overall (along with my diet change to prevent it from returning!)

    I also swabbed with tea tree on the spots on my stomach, and they are nearly gone too, no sign of returning either which means my diet must be helping also – will update this if anything changes on that front. For athletes foot I use a superhot footbath with a few tablespoons of ACV in it for about 10mins, its super hot but you just grin and bear it, that’s working too and no sign of reappearing so far.

    Good luck!

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