Recently a radio show listener contacted me with a question about a rash caused by a yeast infection. She had tried pills and creams for the rash, but the rash was still spreading. As I was responding to her question, it occurred to me that this information could be useful to anyone suffering from external yeast infections. What I have found is that a yeast infection on the skin is most likely coming from inside the body, specifically the digestive system. What seems to be happening is that the good bacteria in your intestines are in constant battle with yeast, called Candida Albicans, that also lives in your intestines. If you are exposed to antibiotics, either from a prescription or from eating too much meat and dairy, (which are often times loaded with antibiotics), the good bacteria will begin to get killed off. The antibiotics do not affect the yeast. The yeast now has less competition for food in your intestine and begins to multiply. As the yeast population gets larger, they start to burrow holes in your intestine and get into your bloodstream. (These holes create a condition called “leaky gut syndrome,” and these holes are now a portal for large chunks of food, especially proteins, to have direct access into your blood system before they can be properly broken down in the digestive process. This often leads to your immune system having to attack to try to get rid of these proteins in the blood system. Often times, the proteins are excreted from the body through mucus membranes such as the sinuses, lungs, and vagina. We call this excretion of the proteins an allergic reaction. This is usually the reason an allergic reaction includes runny nose and mucus.) But I digress….. Once the yeast gets into your blood system, this is now called a systemic yeast infection. The yeast can set up shop in any part of your body that is conducive to allowing the yeast to grow. One common condition is Tinea Versicola. Changing your diet to avoid alcohol, meat, sugar, dairy, coffee, soda, and artificial sweetener is the first step. This will stop the poisoning of the body and allow it to start to heal. The second step would be to load your body up with food that you are designed to eat that will allow your body to return to normal function. This would include a limited amount of fruit, lots of vegetables, nuts, seeds, and certain grains such as quinoa and millet. There are about 120,000 foods that would be beneficial to you, so don’t think you are going to starve! There is a supplement protocol that I recommend for conditions like this and it works very well. I find it works best when I work on fixing the nerves in the spine that are being pinched, specifically the nerves that control the digestive organs. I do this by adjusting the bones in the spine that are out of place and are pinching the nerves along with adjusting the stomach and/or the intestines directly. Topical creams might help in the short term, but they are only treating the symptoms and not getting to the cause, if the cause is what we just described. If you also suffer from gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, or acid reflux, you have a digestive problem and it might benefit you to get the digestive problem fixed. This would help the body return to normal function and create an environment that is not conducive to allowing yeast to grow out of control. Thus we treat the cause, and not just cover up the symptoms. As always, it is vital to have, most importantly, a normally functioning nervous system. The nervous system controls everything and it needs to be working in order for any other therapy to work properly. Then you need a normally functioning digestive system and you need good nutrition. To set up an appointment please call my office at 770-427-7387 or you can send us a message in the live chat.