I'm on the anticandida diet, but I stopped taking antifungals every day for a few weeks because candida builds up resistance to them and I wanted to give it a rest for a bit.
Well, lemme say something. Every year, around either winter or summer, I get an itching between my 5th and 4th toes. And whether I scratch it or not, I get cellulitis, or a fungal infection. And naturally, my MD would give me a broad spectrum antibiotic to cure it (unless he decided I'd gotten a fungal infection instead, in which case I get some steroid antifungal).
Well, you know what prolonged antibiotic use does, and I don't doubt that's part of why I have candida today. Naturally, I want to avoid using this nonsense if I can.
So what can I take to kill the cellulitis or whatever it is this time that isn't a powerful antibiotic? Do I take garlic pills several times a day? Grapefruit seed extract? (I took 1 garlic pill and 2 GSE pills tonight just in case) Do I rub coconut oil all over the infected area? (I did that) What suggestions do you have for getting rid of this nonsense?
I'm back to eating coconut oil everyday - that did seem to stop the itching the last time I'd randomly get the "pre cellulitis" itching, so I'm hoping it helps. But I seem to already be getting the cellulitis or fungal infection - the bottom of my left foot (the one that keeps getting infected) is turning somewhat grayish, like it does when this stuff happens.
I am in the process of switching doctors and have already switched insurance, so I can't go back to my old MD just to get another prescription for another antibiotic right now, unless I want to pay through the nose for it. So, any help, please!!
Well, it seems to be receding quickly on its own. As of this writing, I don't see any indication I even have it anymore, though I'll still continue doing what I did just to make sure it's gone.
What I did was take 2 garlic tablets, 6 grapefruit seed extract tablets, rubbed coconut oil on it, and some oil of oregano. I don't know which of these was most effective or did what, but I didn't take chances.
Blah. I hate how when I get cellulitis, the bottoms of my feet turn grayish in a way that looks as if they're dirty, and yet, if they in fact GET dirty, it's hard to tell the difference. I thought the grayness on my feet that I got recently was the cellulitis coming back (and I get it in my left foot only, which was dirtier than my right), but after going down to the kitchen to drink some Colloidal Silver , the dirtiness was gone. Only to be back now, indicating that maybe it was actual dirt after all.
Well, another indicator of cellulitis is how my toes feel (as I always get it in the same spot), and they feel normal.
So, Iodine helps when applied to the infected area? Is it better than oil of oregano? I applied that as well, shortly before deciding to take Colloidal Silver as well.
Considering I also have candida, and had been staying off antifungals for a while as my "rest" period, I am not looking forward to the die-off that taking all of these will cause!
I'm also about to buy new probiotics soon, and try to see if a new brand or type will be more potent than the one I've been using. People say probiotics often die in shipment, or in the stomach, so a new type, lactobacillus sporogenes, which is said to survive stomach acid just fine, might help.
I was given antibiotics when I had cellulitis, they did not help, but made me sick from killing off the good bacteria.
I stopped taking them after a day, and switched to using iodine. As cellulitis is a bacterial infection, the Iodine killed it off within a few minutes, within a few hours the infection site was not inflamed, and the wound healed, and there was no scarring.
I have only ever had yeast infections after taking antibiotics in the past. I used probiotics to get rid of yeast overgrowth. Since I have not taken antibiotics for years now, I have never had another yeast infection.
If you have enough good flora in your system, and you feed them with good fibre sources, you will not have a problem with candida overgrowth.
Some info on Cellulitis, for those who are wondering what it is.
Iodine - is that something I can get from Whole Foods's whole body section? Or GNC? I just apply it to the infected area, right? Your results sound downright impressive - far better than the (admittedly effective) antibiotics I was given every time I got it. I definitely will have to try that.
It does seem to go away quickly when I take my stuff to kill it, but again, I'm not sure which component is doing the most work. Is it the oil of oregano? Or the garlic? At least you know that the one thing you took works.
Thanks for the info. I will have to look into that.
And I'm trying to replenish my good bacteria, day by day. I don't know how easily probiotics die in their container, but I am planning on getting a new type that is said to survive stomach acid and temperatures better. (lactobacillus sporogenes - I specifically had to order it!)
But I got it again less than a week ago. Same crap - itching, and I didn't scratch the itch either, but it showed up anyway in my left foot, originating between the toes.
I applied coconut oil and oil of oregano to the infected area, took 6g of vitamin C, and 2 garlic tablets. It got better day-by-day... then yesterday, I woke up and it wasn't visible, but I could feel it, so it seemed like it was on its last legs. Though later in the day, it was getting a bit reddish. I applied the oil of oregano and coconut oil again before I went to bed.
Well, today I woke up... and it's exactly the same as yesterday. It's like it stopped getting better? What could that be about? Isn't it supposed to be unable to build up a resistance of oil of oregano? Does it start healing more slowly? Or what?
I hate this condition. I am trying to rebuild my immune system, being that I took out my dental amalgams, am removing heavy metals (slowly), and I realized I'm low on calcium in my diet so I bought fortified vitamin C that contain calcium (and since I take 6g a day, I'll have 120% the calcium I need, which I haven't been getting). I want this infection gone and to stay gone.
My case is completely identical to yours, the only differences being the greyness - and mine's the right foot. Taking antibiotics for this several times over the years is the whole reason I got candida in the first place, I'm sure of it. Warmer days and work boots certainly don't help the cellulitis any, but I've got the GSE, oil of oregano and coconut oil and will now make and apply the mix for the first time, I really hope it works as the redness had appeared for the first time this year and I really don't want to have to take antibiotics again. Ever.
Thanks for your posts!
I have been using anti fungal nail ointment that I've been rubbing liberally over the entire area, toes and all. That seems to help, as do cold packs. Wash, and then wipe your foot/feet with antiseptic, regularly. That really seems to help too. Check you don't have any excess cuticle skin growing on your affected toenails, if you do just file it off regularly and keep clean.
I had beer yesterday for the first time in ages, today my foot is noticeably way worse, and really quite hot.
Also, keep your feet dry by dusting with antifungal foot powder. Avoid the sprays, they are crap.