frightening but amazing what you go through with this stuff.
how do you get chronic candida and more importantly how do you get rid of it?
why can't your body rid itself of this? is your body/immune system permanently compromised?
i just don't understand much about how this can be chronic versus say a pathogen like lyme or babesia? i guess the same?
would a strong anti-fungal in the realm of what kills c-diff do the same here and permanently eradicate it or are you compromised somehow where you can ever fully rid yourself of it?
Ricky, I got skin candida in my early 20s. It was not chronic, just came and went away with topic creams.
Then some time later, it returned, then I knocked it down again easily.
Slowly, but surely, it kept coming back, I thought it was only skin, and knocked it fine. But it was getting harder every time.
Until no topic cream helped anymore. So I started foot baths with salt.
Years passed, and then my feet candida returned every winter, in coldest months.
People call that chill blains. I know mine are candida, and I'm sure chillblains are candida for many people, but they do not know.
It's very different from athlete's foot, because it does not come in between the toes, but outside.
Then I realized I had fatigue, brain fog.
I only used normal ways people use to get rid of skin candida. It took me many years, to discover that the origin of candida was in the gut, to see the relation between that and food allergies I was getting, etc.
Years passed and I started living my life with more candida (I could live 10 months a year with active candida), and only 2 months free of it. That was the bottom of candida for me. Waaay too bad.
I never enjoyed sugar my whole life, probably because of candida. I felt it did harm to me, even though I did not know it fed my gut candida.
In the last 20 years, I have it every year during cold months.
Now, the number of months I'm with active candida has lowered to about
2, 3 months.
I used Pleomorphic remedies in the last 15 years, and it did help.
Then did heavy metal chelation, of all sorts, and it helped (but it's slow!!).
I have used some anti parasitic treatment, but I'm not sure it helped.
Progress is very slow.
Lyme came, and went, but candida never went.
Lyme was chronic, but it was somewhat easier to make it dormant, in my case.
I have lived with candida too long, I suppose. For me, candida is MUCH harder, much more chronic that Borrelia ever was...
After lyme was gone, I only treated candida when it got active.
When lyme was gone, I was in my early 40s. I had no other problem than skin candida.
With the years, I started developing some joint pain. Nothing as bad as during lyme, but slowly, some joints started being painful. My tests showed candida.
In fact, when I attack candida, the joints do herx, and I get some benefit.
Like with kimchi: I do herx in my joints.
But I also herx with Candida parapsilosis nosodes. Sometimes with canidida albicans nosodes. Sometimes with the penicillum roquefortii nosode. But this one, usually in the gut.
It' is a long story. I'm glad to read in the paper above in German that doctors believe Candida parapsilosis appear not in extreme immuno compromised patients, as normally thought (like AIDS patients only...).
They believe that it can appear in people with stronger immune systems.
In my case, I'm hoping my nerves haven't been totally fried by it. I'm more than 50 though.
In my experience, strong treatments do not work for chronic candida.
They will make it fully into a sort of dormant form, and it will encourage them to return, even more aggressively.
That has been my experience of these last 30 years...
Never attack chronic candida frontally, but only side ways (like giving good probiotics but not too much at a time), or using foot baths / detox substances ( such as chelators, and binders)...
Candida is fully pleomorphic, so you can't really 'kill' it, in the sense of eradication.
It simply changes form.
Only homeostasis / milieu treatment can deal with candida, as the bad type of candida IS genetically the same good type of candida. The milieu encourages it to change the way it wants to.
In my case, sugar has nothing to do with activating candida. I rarely eat sugar and I even dislike added sugar.
It is cold weather that brings me candida. I just wait for colder days, and it's my ON button.
During hotter months, my immune system manages to keep it like almost dormant.