The following is a guest post entry into our Survival & Preparedness Writing Contest.
Candida Yeast Infections by servantheart
The subject ain’t pretty…but you need to know this!
Skin fungus. We’d like to think we’d never have them. But, the truth is, I currently DO have one. I live in a part of the world that stays hot and humid more often than not. And post-IHTF, these nuisance skin conditions may very well become even more common, most likely in the form of foot fungus, i.e., athlete’s foot, etc. Why? Because people will be walking more; their footwear and socks will wear out and they may not have replacements; they won’t be able to do laundry as easily as they can today. So we will see more skin issues, of this I am quite certain.
And, of course, every athlete has to know about jock itch. O.K., let’s not go there at the moment. But, what if you had to walk long distances without a fresh pair of BVDs? Or maybe you had to borrow a pair that just don’t really fit well? Too tight, maybe? It could happen. (I know – I’m snickering, too!).
Have you ever heard of Intertrigo? I had not heard of it until recently. And I have it. It is a skin fungus that is common to women who live in warm, humid areas. The skin under the breasts rubs the skin of the rib area, and when the skin is warm and moist, it not only gets irritated – but a skin fungus develops. But it’s more than just chafed skin.
Intertrigo, like all skin fungus, is actually a result of candida, a yeast infection. The best way to deal with candida is to start with a cleanse. But, what’s the best way to do a cleanse? Well, we could spend more time on that another day, but, I like to keep things simple. It mostly comes down to diet changes, exercise, fresh air, and clean water. You can do all the funky stuff you want, but, this is the heart of the matter.
And the same is true of athlete’s foot or jock itch – both have as a root cause candida, a yeast infection. And all can be treated with the same OTC medications.
Why treat them? Why not just ignore them? Won’t they just go away on their own? No, they will not go away on their own; not only that, left untreated, they will become much more serious health issues. Secondary bacterial infections, cellulitis, and skin ulcerations can result from an untreated yeast infection, no matter where it begins on the body. And the itching, redness, swelling, scaling….oh, my! I think we’ll have enough to deal with post-IHTF, without such as this!
One of the first things all of us should do in treating candida or yeast infection is reduce or eliminate refined sugar; not only does sugar create inflammation in the joints, it feeds yeast (candida), helping it grow.
That does NOT mean artificial chemical sweeteners, either. Those will give you even bigger health problems. Go with naturally sweet foods, or, if you must sweeten, use Stevia in the Raw. It IS a developed taste, but, I’m learning to like it. I started with a blend of 30% Stevia to sugar; I’m up to 90% stevia to sugar; I’m getting there! And I admit – arthritis and joint pain are considerably less frequent and less intense since getting away from refined sugars. Just a side note there.
I have to believe that because I am doing markedly better with arthritis and joint issues, reducing sugar must be having a positive effect on the candida, as well.
Drinking plenty of good, clean water will help with any cleanse – eliminate sodas and juices, just clean water; that also eliminates municipal water, with added fluoride, nanoparticle drugs from other people, etc. Pure, clean spring water from a trusted source. Or, boil and/or filter your city water carefully before consuming, if you must use municipal water. And if you’re really lucky, you’ll drop a few pounds just from eliminating sugar…just sayin’….
There are plenty of websites out there telling us to do all kinds of strange things for “detoxification”. Most of them you might do well to ignore. Just do simple, common sense things and I think you’ll appreciate the difference in your body.
Now that we have eliminated sugars and started a daily cleanse regiment, we must treat the problem. How do I treat Intertrigo? The same way I would treat athlete’s foot, of course! (Or, a guy might treat…well, you know….) And therein, my friends, is the connection!
You can simply go to the stuff mart and add a tube of athlete’s foot antifungal medication to your DIY medication arsenal. This is a good time for the prepper’s mantra: 2 is 1 – 1 is none – and 3 makes me happy!
Use this cream on the affected areas once or twice a day until it is fully healed. I am currently using the generic brand of “Athlete’s Foot Clotrimazole USP 1% Antifungal Cream” which, “Kills all major types of athlete’s foot fungus”…and it is doing the job very well for Intertrigo; but if you read the side label, it is also recommended for treatment of ringworm.
Ever have a cat give you ringworm as a child? I did! Post-IHTF, animals will be turned out and neglected, and will be much sicker, as a result. I hate to say that, as an animal rescuer, but, we all know it is a highly likely scenario, when people can’t even feed themselves. Another very good reason to stock this stuff, and the more, the better!
Another OTC treatment you probably should add so you can be prepared to treat a skin infection is a powder such as Desenex, 2% Miconazole Nitrate, Antifungal powder. Once the infection is cleared up, use this daily after showering and towel drying thoroughly, and it won’t likely return. Without it, it may very well show up again.
A few other things you can do to win the war with skin yeast infections:
- Keep the affected area as clean and dry as possible;
- If at all possible, use a bath towel only once between washings;
- Change clothing (undergarments) more than once a day, if necessary, to keep clothing clean; candida/yeast infections CAN be spread by clothing contact;
- Never wear tight-fitting undergarments; loosely fitting allows airflow, and this is crucial for healthy skin;
- If you have diabetes, an impaired immune system, if you have eczema or psoriasis, you are in the high risk category for skin yeast infections, and you should take the threat very seriously; as long as a doctor is available, seek medical care should you get any type of skin yeast infection, if you are at high risk;
- In severe cases, oral antifungals may be necessary, as long as they are still available, but these can be dangerous, so, do your homework; antibiotics are not generally the place to start and may have little, if any, useful effect.
- Eat a well-balanced diet, and use supplements, as needed. I take turmeric and garlic with a bit of black pepper (makes both more efficacious) daily, which I just started – and I truly am feeling much better since beginning them. I simply bought the herbs in gelcaps.
- Use ice packs to reduce swelling during outbreak periods;
- Use antibacterial soaps on affected area to cleanse;
- Cornstarch is reported to be useful in helping with healing, if you don’t have an anti-fungal powder at your disposal.
OK, now you know. I trust you’ve added these items to your shopping list. Stay dry my friends, and stack it high!