There are many different types of opportunistic skin infections, many of which may be what we call “self-limiting”, which means that the immune system knows what to do to combat the infection, or it may require some short-term treatment.
Common examples include;
- Oral candidiasis
- Nappy rash
- Vulvovaginal candidiasis
- Paronychia (nail fold infections)
- Seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff or scalp psoriasis)
- Malassezia folliculitis
- Cold sores
- Staph infections
Once a skin infection becomes recurrent and resistant to treatment, then you need to start asking other questions, especially about immune resistance and microbiome balance. Basically, work out why the immune system is not be able to deal adequately with the pathogen. Explanations might include;
- being run-down from other infections eg recurrent coughs and colds can tax or take the attention of the immune system, leaving less resources for dealing with the yeast or fungi
- inadequate nutrition
- imbalance of the microbiome internally and externally (dysbiosis)
- biofilms (sneaky covers that pathogens make to hide themselves from the immune system, a bit like Harry Potters invisibility cloak)
Having to use anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-protozoal, anti-viral creams and medications repeatedly is not normal. It’s a sign of a more global disturbance that needs attention.
The functional medicine approach assesses your individual situation and what’s creating your susceptibility, preventing future infections. How?
- Your situation will be thoroughly assessed, and a personalised 6-month treatment program will be designed specifically to address the reasons you have opportunistic infections.
- You will receive ongoing practical support through 1 on 1 health coaching
- Functional medicine testing to uncover hidden drivers will be recommended to advance your recovery.
Say goodbye to Proactiv and say hello to clear skin, without bleaching your bath towels.
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