Cutaneous Candidiasis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

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If you are reading this article, you, or someone you know may be dealing with a skin condition called cutaneous candidiasis. You are in the right place! In this article, we will discuss cutaneous candidiasis, its symptoms, and treatment options, including remedies foe symptomatic relief.

What is cutaneous candidiasis?

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Cutaneous candidiasis is a type of fungal infection that can affect anyone. It is caused by a species of yeast called Candida, which is found on the skin and commonly lives in the mucous membranes of the body, like inside the mouth. The causes of cutaneous candidiasis can be many, but it is typically brought on by the overgrowth of Candida due to excessive sweating, antibiotics, and medications, and health conditions that weaken the immune system. Being exposed to warm weather, wearing tight clothing, poor hygiene, and obesity can also cause the overgrowth of Candida.

Cutaneous Candidiasis Symptoms

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The symptoms of cutaneous candidiasis can range from mild to severe. They may include a red, itchy rash, scaling, flaking, or cracking skin, and pain or discomfort. Cutaneous candidiasis symptoms may also include pus-filled bumps and the development of soft white skin. You’ll find these symptoms in warm moist areas of the body, specifically the skin folds. These symptoms are similar to those of other skin conditions, and they might be mistaken for ringworm, hives, contact dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis, among others.

If you suspect that you have cutaneous candidiasis, seek the help of a medical professional. Treatment for Cutaneous candidiasis usually involves antifungal medications like creams, ointments, or oral medications. This skin condition can also get better if those who are affected improve their hygiene practices.

Relieving Cutaneous Candidiasis Symptoms

Essential oils have shown promising effects in helping cutaneous candidiasis, thanks to their natural antifungal properties. Researchers have studied the effects of several essential oils against certain fungi that cause skin infections in humans. CANhaveTODAY went through extensive research to determine the best essential oils that can help with a variety of conditions, and we included excellent antifungal essential oils in our products Soothing Juggernaut, Waters Mist, and Healing Legends. Let’s take a deep dive into how the essential oils of frankincense, arnica, cypress, cinnamon, lemongrass, tea tree, bergamot, and myrrh can help in relieving symptoms of Cutaneous candidiasis.

Soothing Juggernaut: Superhero of relief

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Soothing Juggernaut is a salve formulated to target fungal infections and provide relief to pain and discomfort caused by inflammation. CANhaveTODAY is proud of this award-winning product, which we made with frankincense, arnica, and cypress essential oils.

Frankincense oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, as this study shows. Since inflammation and discomfort are common symptoms of Cutaneous candidiasis, frankincense can potentially bring relief. Furthermore, this study shows that frankincense essential oil is effective in fighting the fungus Candida albicans.

Arnica oil, according to this scientific paper, reduced pain in patients after surgery. This pain reduction property may be beneficial for those dealing with Cutaneous candidiasis. Arnica essential oil also inhibited C. albicans in an experiment in this scientific study.

Cypress essential oil, another potential remedy for cutaneous candidiasis, is also proven by this scientific paper to be an effective anti-inflammatory. This study also shows its ability to inhibit the growth of C. albicans and C. parapsilosis at a low concentration.

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Waters Mist: Nature’s touch of comfort

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Tea tree oil is widely recognized for its antifungal properties, which are proven by several scientific research. This study, in particular, shows that tea tree oil has the ability to inhibit the growth of several candida species.

Cinnamon essential oil has promising antifungal properties, as shown in this scientific paper. This study shows its potential to help mitigate Candida overgrowth on the skin.

Lemongrass essential oil is also known for its properties against microbes, including fungi, as shown in this research paper. This scientific study shows that lemongrass essential oil can reduce the biomass and viability of Candida albicansStaphylococcus aureus biofilms, which may potentially help in fighting Candida overgrowth on the skin.

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Healing Legends: Bringer of calm

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Healing Legends is another salve that we formulated with the essential oils of frankincense, myrrh, and bergamot. This salve lives up to its name, as it can help with assisting healing of damaged skin. Not only that! Healing Legends is also a great antimicrobial, thanks to its essential oils!

Myrrh essential oil, meanwhile, is known for being a potent anti-inflammatory, this study shows. It is also a strong antifungal against Candida albicans, as shown by this scientific paper.

Bergamot essential oil, known for its fresh, uplifting scent, also packs an antifungal punch. According to this research paper, bergamot oils are active against Candida spp., and this might suggest their potential role in topically treating Candida infections.

A quick note: These products contain Sodium borate. The government of Canada does not recommend the use of products containing Sodium borate on open wounds, cuts, or abrasions.

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Risk Factors and Prevention of Cutaneous Candidiasis

Some people are at a higher risk of having this skin infection than others. Specifically, Cutaneous candidiasis is more prevalent in those who have diabetes, inflammatory disorders, weak immune system, and hypothyroidism. Infants, pregnant women, and people who work in wet conditions also have higher chances of getting this infection.

Although the abovementioned are more at risk, they can reduce the likelihood of developing a Cutaneous candidiasis infection and stay healthy by taking a few simple measures. Practicing proper hygiene, keeping the skin clean and dry, and wearing breathable fabrics are all great steps.


What is cutaneous candidiasis?

Cutaneous candidiasis is a skin infection by the Candida yeast species, causing an itchy red rash.

Who are at risk of having cutaneous candidiasis?

People who sweat a lot, those who work under hot and wet conditions, and those who have a weakened immune system are at a higher risk of having cutaneous candidiasis.

Which CANhaveTODAY products help with candidiasis?

CANhaveTODAY’s Soothing Juggernaut, Waters Mist, and Healing Legends can help alleviate the symptoms of cutaneous candidiasis. Studies show their properties on fighting inflammation and the Candida fungi.

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