According to the vast amount of research on Candida infections of the skin and hair follicles, the relating of hair loss as a symptom of this condition is rare or possibly non-existent. There is little evidence available that suggests hair loss is related to Candida overgrowth alone. Yet, if you are having intense, repeat yeast infections; and, you started to loose your hair, you may have a genetic disorder. Chronic mucocutaneous Candidiasis is a genetic disorder in which the t-cells lack the ability to properly defend against specific pathogens--most commonly Candida. Some individuals with this genetic disorder, about half of them, also have an endocrine problem. This disruption in the hormone producing glands of the body leads to excessive alopecia (hair loss).
As research suggests, incidences where the hair follicles become infected with Candida do not seem to cause hair to fall out. Research in this area does seem to be lacking; so, it could be possible that you are truly losing hair due to the single influence of Candida. Yet, this is perhaps very rare; and, you likely have a genetic condition that is causing your endocrine system to perform abnormally. Also, as you will see, antifungal drugs can routinely cause hair loss; thus, it would appear that your yeast infection is the source of this problem--if you are taking these drugs. So, Candida causing hair loss by itself is perhaps extremely rare; if it even happens at all.
If you have a yeast infection of the hair follicle, it will look something like the picture below. Your case may be more severe or less severe; however, it does indicate what a fungal hair infection looks like.
Candida & Hair Loss Research
A 2014 study, published in the Journal of Correctional Health Care [20.2 (2014): 154-162], related the story of a prison that had around 35 male inmates suffering from Candida infections on their skin. Five of these affected men were brought into a clinic for evaluation. The study relates the story of these five inmates’ Candida problems. All of them had some form of folliculitis; 3 of the five likely had Malassezia folliculitis, while the other two were positive for Candida albicans induced folliculitis. In the cases of these men who had yeast infections of the skin and hair follicles, nothing was reported about hair loss. So this research suggests that hair loss is a very uncommon symptom of Candida overgrowth.
Another study, published in Mycoses [55.2 (2012): e20-e22], reported the case of a man who had Candida colonizing his beard. The affected man was diagnosed with Candida folliculitis. In the case report present in the study describing the man’s condition, nothing was mentioned about this man having a loss of facial hair due to the folliculitis attacking his beard. The man related that he had engaged in oral sexual activity right before he developed the infection around his mouth. The study stated that this sexual contact was a likely instigator of the Candida folliculitis infection--as Candida can readily pass from genitals or oral cavities colonized by the yeast. Therefore, this is another study that suggests that Candida, even when it colonizes hair follicles, does not usually cause hair loss. The following quotation was taken from the study and relates information regarding Candida folliculitis and the likely health maladies that can predispose someone to such an infection.
Candida folliculitis (CF) is predominantly limited to hair follicles of beard and moustache area in men, and less frequently to the scalp. In addition to abovementioned predisposing factors for Candida infections, Candida colonisation of the mouth, or the mouth of the partner, and an infected razor have been suggested for the development of CF. There are reports of CF occurring in patients with hypothyroidism, agranulocytosis, malignant tumours and immunode?ciency syndromes.
Another study, published in Mycoses [42.11?12 (1999): 683-685], relates the case of a man who had folliculitis barbae (an infection of hair follicles of the beard) due to Candida albicans. The researchers reported that the man had inflamed reddened skin around his mouth and nose, and the area was painful and filled with pus filled bumps. Yet, in all the discussion about the symptoms this man had, nothing was reported about hair loss. Thus, it is again seen that this study relating the case of a hair follicle Candida infection, does not suggest that the loss of hair is common to this condition.
In some rare instances, untreated Candida folliculitis may cause hair loss. Hair follicle infection known to cause hair loss is folliculitis decalvans (a rare inflammation of the scalp which commonly presents as painful hair follicles that also ooze pus). According to a study published in the International Journal of Trichology [2.1 (2010): 20], folliculitis decalvans can lead to hair loss. The cause of this condition is relatively elusive and unknown. There have been attempts to use antifungals to treat this condition. Consequently, some form of Candida may be responsible for such severe infection of the hair.
Antifungals and Hair Loss
A study, published in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy , relates the story of a 34 year old woman who noticed hair loss after she began taking anidulafungin at a dose of 100 mg per day. After being on this prescription antifungal for one month, the woman noticed significantly greater hair loss than usual. After 3 months of using the drug, the patient stopped taking the drug as she was noticing it was very easy to pull out her hair, had more hair loss, and began to develop alopecia plaques of 1 to 2 cm in size. After terminating the anidulafungin regimen, the hair loss stopped.
Other azole antifungal drugs have been known to cause hair loss as well. The study stated alopecia is a common side effect of voriconazole, a rare side effect of fluconazole and ketoconazole, and an uncommon side effect of itraconazole. Thus, given the wide breadth of azole drugs that can cause hair loss, your hair loss may be due to one of these drugs. The possible relation between your Candida infection and your hair loss would then be a spurious correlation--the true cause being the antifungal you're using.
Another more comprehensive study (in terms of higher individuals examined), that looked at hair loss caused by fluconazole, was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine [123.5 (1995): 354-357]. The study found that 17 of a group of 136 patients on fluconazole--about 12.5%--had hair loss. In another group of 40 patients on fluconazole, 8 (20%) had hair loss. Many of the patients in the study were on high doses of fluconazole; some received 400 mg daily for an average of about 7 months. Hair loss, on average, started after 3 months of the fluconazole treatment regimen. The scalp area was affected in all of those who had hair loss; one third of the patients also had hair loss on other areas of their bodies. The hair loss caused by this drug resolved within 6 months since discontinuation of fluconazole or reducing the dosage by a minimum of 50%. The concluding remarks of the researchers stated the following about alopecia induced by fluconazole:
In summary, substantial alopecia appears to be much more commonly associated with fluconazole than was previously recognized, particularly when the drug is given at larger doses (400 mg / day) and for prolonged periods (2 months). The pattern of hair loss almost always involves the scalp and may involve other sites. The alopecia reverses with discontinuation of fluconazole therapy or dose reduction. This adverse event does not appear to be linked to other toxicities, such as liver function abnormalities, impotence, or gastrointestinal disturbances.
One of the only studies that seems to be available relating the association between Candidal folliculitis and hair loss was published in Laboratory Animal Research [27.1 (2011): 63-65]. There is an important caveat however: the subject with the Candida problem was a dog! The dog had a skin infection, hair loss, and scaly skin. There were no parasites detected on the dog but Candida was successfully found in the dog’s lesions. The researchers concluded that Candida could be a cause of the alopecia in the dog! This study was published in 2011; and, the researchers said that as far as they knew, this was the first case of Candida causing these problems in dogs they were aware of.
Chronic Mucocutaneous Candidiasis
A study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine [89.1 (1978): 91-106], also reiterated the fact that hair loss can be due to a genetic disorder that leads to the condition chronic mucocutaneous Candidiasis. If you seem to always be plagued by chronic Candida infection of the skin, nails, hair, or mucous membranes (such as in the mouth or vagina), and your also noticing hair loss, it is possible you could have chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis.
Chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis is a genetic problem in which the T-cells do not function correctly and are unable to adequately protect the body from Candida. The sign of hair loss along with chronic yeast infections is a solid indicator you indeed have this genetic problem; as hair loss is not a normal side effect of Candida overgrowth, but does frequently occur in individuals with this genetic problem.
The study stated that in about half of all those with this genetic trait, endocrine abnormalities will occur. The endocrine system is comprised of various glands that create hormones; thus, hormonal problems can result from disruption of the endocrine system’s functions. Hypoparathyroidism, Addison's disease, and less commonly hypothyroidism and diabetes, will occur. Severe hair loss can start and continue to occur in those individuals that have this problem. Although some claim that the toxins created by Candida are responsible for thyroid dysfunction and hair loss; this may indeed a spurious association--the real cause being the genetic malfunction.
Natural, 12 Hour Cure for Candida Infections
One woman who experienced routine yeast infections and had her life turned upside down by them was Sarah Summer. Sarah, like many women, was a victim of products that merely treated the symptoms of a Candida problem and never fully cured it. This cycle of treating a yeast outbreak and having it come back a short while later went on for some time in Sarah’s life. Everything changed when she found she had a very severe vaginal yeast infection.
Sarah quickly made a visit to her physician and got herself checked out professionally. Sarah’s doctor informed her that she indeed had a very bad vaginal Candida problem. Sarah’s doctor told her that the yeast had developed into an entrenched mould in her vagina, and had grown long tendrils into her vagina. The doctor gave Sarah the bad news that this infection could not be fully cured, and she would likely have to deal with this problem for the foreseeable future. Instead of giving up, Sarah decided to see what she could learn herself about ending her Candida problem.
Together with her husband Robert, Sarah began to ardently research medical information and findings relating to Candidiasis. Sarah focused on what many doctors do not focus on much: natural medicine. Sarah also began to learn about the underlying physiological issues that predisposed her to yeast infections. Sarah relates that at this time, she practically “lived” in a medical library.
By learning extensively about natural therapies for Candida and understanding the root causes of the condition, Sarah did finally develop a powerful therapy. When Sarah tried her latest approach, she found she got rid of her yeast infection rapidly. And, as time went on, Sarah found that her yeast infections stopped coming back! Finally, the cycle of recurrent yeast infections was broken.
Sarah shared her all natural treatment plan with others; and, found that they would report back to her stating their yeast infections had cleared up in about half a day! Sarah soon decided to publish a book detailing exactly how to repeat her success. Since Sarah’s book was published, people from all over the world have been freed from the grip of Candida health problems.
Sarah’s book is published by a large digital publisher based in the United States--a subsidiary of Keynetics Incorporated. Sarah’s publisher provides her book as an instant digital download so you can have it instantly if you decide it's something you’d like to try. Sarah also wants to assure anyone who has not seen results from other books on Candida, and so offers an 8 week, 100% money back guarantee on her work. Sarah allows anyone who gets her book to get a refund of all their money for any reason. And, you can keep her book even if you get your money back. So, if you’re not better fast after trying her therapy, you have 8 whole weeks to get that refund.
If you’d like to learn more about Sarah’s personal story, read the stories of others who successfully used her therapy, or find out more about Sarah’s book, you can get more information at Sarah Summer’s website.
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