I've been on the anti-Candida diet for 3 months. I haven't really added any 'major' anti-fungals until now. Reason being, I'm scared of die-off symptoms! When I first started just the diet only, I felt like complete and utter crap for the 1st month and 1/2! I had 0 energy, dropped pounds quickly even when keeping count of my calories, could barely stand up to even take a shower, broke out into hives, had a heavy coated tongue, under eye circles, hair fell out in the shower in clumps, aches and pains and popping, had to control my mood swings when I babysat (and I usually LOVE kids) etc. Basically, all of my existing symptoms amplified by a LOT. I felt like dying to say the least. I've gotten better, but I still have my ups and downs, I'm not expecting to feel 100% in 3 months (though it feels like it's been SO much longer) because I think I've been battling Candida for a few years now.
Anyway, I just recently incorporated Oil of Oregano capsules into my routine. At first I was rotating between low doses of garlic and raw coconut oil. I started out with only taking 1 capsule of Oil of Oregano before bed, and I'd always wake up with a strong taste of Oregano in my mouth, and a heavier coated tongue than usual. It was also making me constipated so I had to figure out ways to make myself go...
Well, for the past 2 days, I've been taking 2 capsules and in the middle of the day. My random rashes have flared up, but I have a new symptom... my arms feel like they're burning! I feel like I have a really bad sunburn, especially around my elbows. I also have a small sore at the point of each one. I don't know if this is a die-off symptom or something else. I haven't changed anything in my diet.
With all of these issues - especially with my skin and losing weight - I suspect that I have a parasite infestation, not just Candida. I do have a dog who goes in and out as he pleases, I live with 6 other people and they're not exactly the cleanest people (which results in living with roaches), I used to walk barefoot everywhere, used to not clean my food thoroughly, went swimming in the lake a lot last summer. That being said, I feel like I should be doing something more, but my body reacts strongly to small changes.
I just need some guidance and support, especially since I've been going through this alone. Any and all suggestions/advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
I know how you feel. I also was very slow to incorporate things like coconut oil, garlic, etc, and lost a bunch of weight (no appetite). My main symptom was burning sensation under the skin. Some days just a light burn, like a sunburn feeling and other days it felt like someone dumped shards of glass under my skin. Mostly affected my arms and legs, but did hit other areas as well at times. Seemed to be the worst when I was hitting it harder with the coconut oil, etc.
The first thing you need to ask yourself is if you've eaten oregano before without problems. If you have, then most likely is toxins building up. If that's the case, hang in there, I know how frustrating it is. I will say a prayer for you!
Candida_odie: Thanks for the reply, and a lot for the prayer! Are you any better now? :)
I'm glad the burning sensation isn't just me! To answer your question, I've never had anything with Oregano in it, so I'm not sure if I have an allergy to it or not. To be honest, I had never even heard of Oregano before I started doing Candida research.
Oregono oil is a great choice. It will address candida and parasites. It is one of the best choices for both issues. Think about going on a good parasite cleanse. Humaworm is really good. Also, Wild Oregono is better than the regular. It's more pricey as well but much stronger.
I recommend you do some detoxing while you are taking the oregano. My true regret now looking back is not detoxing earlier. When you use the antifungals the candida toxins are released on an already damaged body. As the years went by with me the toxins damaged my organ function. On top of that the harsh killing of the candida put more stress on my body creating a cycle. Then I started to take milk thistle two times daily along with vitamin c, b vitamin complex, dandelion, and chlorella. I bought a portable sauna into my home and started doing coffee enemas (I know this sounds repulsive, it did to me to but then I forced myself to do it b/c of how bad I felt). The sauna flushes out toxins through the sweat and the coffee enemas stimulate the liver and cleanse out your colon and latter part of your large intestine, leaving less stress on your body, so it has the needed functioning to recover. I cannot stress this enough. Your body has an amazing way of regenerating. You just must give it what it needs and take out what is harming it.
I have read your posts and your story definetely hits home with me. When you talked about your acne and scarring and the insecurity you felt from it I felt a deep connection. I have had the same problem and it has ruined my social life. I would avoid all social situations at all costs, because the pain of people looking at me was too much to bear (because I could just imagine what they were thinking). And I usually am very social and love interacting with people. I would avoid places where there were mirrors, because I know that if I would glance at one I would become severely obsessive and depressed and it would cause my anxiety to skyrocket, making all my health issues even worse. I would prefer dark places, and most of the time wear a hat. I didn't live a life anymore, I was just a walking, breathing individual who just avoided painful moments. Even if anything near the skin topic was brought up in a conversation, I would quickly change the subject to avoid someone mentioning something that would cause me anxiety. We all know those blunt people who have no regard to people's feelings and would tell you in your face how hideous you are. I had a friend who would see me and say "Wow why do you have so much acne, it's incredible. I never get it why do you?" And in front of people he would intentionally embarrass me and be harsh. I promised myself that when I would be healed I would either find him and punch him in the face or make him feel some sort of pain. There is never an excuse to be blatently obnoxious. Anyways it does suck to be left with the scarring. My acne has subsided substantially now and the scarring is slowly being less noticeable too. This is due to the healing my intestinal lining is undertaking, and the less stress my body is experiencing. Every single day I feel closer to me being fully cured, it's incredible. Soon when I am 100 percent I will post my full story and process of healing so everyone can possibly benefit. For now absolutely any questions you have you can ask me or message me I will be more than happy to help. Do not hesitate. Because it is always good to have someone there for you who knows what it feels like :)
The burning skin and hives symptoms that you mentioned sound similar to topical Steroid-Withdrawal symptoms. Have you used any steroid creams (ie: hydrocortisone) or oral steroids (ie: prednisone)in the past?