Foods That Cause Skin Rash or Irritation

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There are a number of foods that can potentially cause a skin rash or irritation. People can react to foods in different ways. Many of these irritations are fungus infections that can affect all areas of the body, including the mouth. Most people who get these rashes usually have a compromised or weakened immune system.

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More than 12 million people suffer from food allergies, and skin rashes or irritations are a common symptom of this ailment. Many food-allergy sufferers are children. Typical foods that cause skin problems include allergens such as wheat, soy, milk, yeast, peanuts and eggs. People are often allergic to proteins in these foods. The problem is that unless a food allergy is diagnosed, skin rashes can keep recurring.

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Some of these skin irritations can actually become scaly or blistery, which is more indicative of a fungus infection (i.e., jock itch, athlete's foot). People who have food allergies can have an overgrowth of candida albicans in their system. An overuse of antibiotics, corticosteroids, birth control pills and stress can also spur this condition. Candida albicans is a fungus that lives in the colon, digestive tract and on the skin. Internal candida overgrowth is known to cause an overproduction of this fungus on the skin as well.

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Many commercial foods contain gluten, which is known to spur candida overgrowth. These include bread, pasta, cereal, milk, crackers and many other foods that have wheat or yeast in them. Wheat has the highest amount of gluten, which is a protein with a high glycemic index. The excess candida albicans in your system actually feed on and thrive on gluten. If you continue to eat foods that contain gluten, your skin rashes can potentially get worse.

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Consuming too much sugar from foods such as cookies, cold cereal, pastries and dairy products can also cause skin rash or irritation. The excess candida albicans also thrives on sugar and can worse any skin condition. Look at the ingredients on the foods you buy, and check the sugar content if you suffer from any skin condition. Also, look out for other sugar ingredients including glucose, sucrose, fructose, dextrose, sorghum and corn syrup.

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If you think you may be suffering from a food allergy, you can get tested by an allergy doctor. He will normally have you eliminate the foods that are causing your skin condition. If you think you may have a candida problem, which can be caused by a food allergy, you will need to eliminate gluten and sugar from your diet for awhile. Doctors often treat candida with the medicine nystatin. Eating or juicing with lots of vegetables can also help treat candida overgrowth, as can garlic cloves, virgin coconut oil and Paul D'Arco tea.

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