|Constant itching is an overwhelming annoyance, and a number of things can cause it. Allergies or irritants can cause reddening or dryness and subsequent itching. Itching can also be a sign of a fungal infection, such as jock itch or foot fungus.|
Dr. Lynn Jennings often says that if you have a fungal infection anywhere on or in the body, you likely have it in your gut. This is a condition known as dysbiosis, where pathogenic yeast gain a stronghold in your digestive tract. This can be caused by a number of things, including poor diet, antibiotics, alcohol and exposure to yeast or mycotoxins.
Many problems on the skin have their origins beneath the skin. Dysbyosis can cause problems on the skin; if your relentless itching isn’t responding to other methods of treatment, or if you’d just like to try something other than prednisone creams, there are a few things you can try.
Go on a Phase 1 diet. This is a diet that is designed to starve pathogenic yeast and fungi while simultaneously limiting exposure to mycotoxins. The diet eliminates all grain, sugar, starch, alcohol and antibiotics. Rotate internal anti-fungals, such as oregano oil, olive leaf extract and grapefruit seed extract. Follow this up with a loading dose of probiotics. All of this works towards rebalancing the internal flora in the gut, a critical first step towards vitality.
Topically, you have a few options. Tea tree oil is an excellent, all natural anti-microbial with powerful anti-fungal properties. It shouldn’t be used internally, but it is an excellent topical agent. Coconut oil is a soothing agent with anti-fungal properties as well. Mixing this with Shea butter will make a soothing lotion that will also help fight a fungal infection.
Keep any irritated areas dry. Dry all areas thoroughly following a shower. A hairdryer works well towards this end, but be careful to not burn any areas with hot air.
Constant itch can be a constant annoyance. But there are ways to combat this ailment without reaching for steroid laden creams. Try a Phase 1 protocol with some select topical agents and see if you don’t feel much better.