Candida does well in moist, warm, dark environments. Keeping that in mind, there are several risk factors for skin-based Candida infections:
1. Skin that is too moist: If your skin is not exposed enough to the sunlight and fresh air, Candida may thrive. If you are a larger person, try, if you can, to lose some weight. Skin folds are keys areas for Candida to colonize.
If you are a person who wears socks all the time, spend some more time going bare feet.
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There are benefits to walking bare feet (aka grounding). Walking bare feet has a fantastic effect on your immune system. Some people wear socks and shoes all the time – that’s crazy.
Allow fresh air and sunshine to get around the foot.
2. Lack of air circulation: If you have Candida of the ears, watch out for wearing earphones or earplugs all the time. This stops the air flow from getting into the area and drying out the ear.
If you have Candida in the groin, keep your pubic hair short. Use a hairdryer to gently dry the area to make up for the poor air circulation in that region of the body.
3. Unrelenting warmth: If you have a job that involves ongoing exposure to heat, like welding, find a way to keep cool.
Look at your habits. Do you regularly do things that keep your skin warm, moist, and dark? If you want to prevent or reduce cutaneous Candida, change the habits that are putting you at risk of that type of infection.