Candida Infections

Okay, remember a month ago, I talked about my staph infection on my finger? It turns out, that was wrong. Let me start at the beginning.

As I had said in the previous post, I had gone to the doctor because of this rash looking wound on my ring finger. The doctor said, oh, it’s a staph infection. Take some antibiotics and you’ll be like new.

So for ten days, I was on antibiotics. It took a long time, but it got better. Not completely, so she recommended hydrocortisone cream to help with the dryness. Then one day, it was gone! ALL GONE!

The next day it was back, and it was back hard. It itches, it hurts, and it’s weeping all over my hand. Here’s a lovely picture of my finger!

Erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica - Chris Byrnes, LLCPretty gross, right? It stretches around to the palm of my hand, too, but I think I’ve tortured you enough.

Well, my doctor had no idea, so I went to a dermatologist. Funny old, and he was great. He barely looked at it and immediately says, “Erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica, or Candida infection.” He was baffled at the idea that it could have been a staph infection. In fact, because I was on antibiotics it probably made the infection WORSE, as in, deep-seated in the skin instead of just on the skin.

Awesome. So for ten days, I take 100mg of Diflucan, then after that it’s 200mg twice a week for two months. Yeah. Two months.

So, what is Candida? Well, it’s a type of fungus, a yeast that is naturally occurring in our gut flora. There’s several species and most of them are harmless. It’s the same thing that causes oral thrush or a vaginal yeast infection in women. It’s only harmful if it turns systemic, which means it’s in your blood and your organs. But I don’t have that, it’s just on my skin, and a few layers down. So the next two months I will be enjoying healthy food with a side of Diflucan.

Hey, at least I know how to spell Candida now.

 

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