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Tinea versicolor, need to "carb up"

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 25, 2012 at 5:32 PM

So from reading a few threads on here it seems that my tinea versicolor, which happened when I started VLC Paleo, needs some carbs to subdue it.

This thread in particular made sense to me: http://paleohacks.com/questions/99098/fungal-skin-infections#axzz1yp28XFo1

What are my best options to get some carbs in my diet? Rice, sweet potatoes, fruits?

I'm not sure where to start. I IF multiple times during the week, usually going from dinner to dinner at least 2 times a week. Mostly, I don't need to eat lunch. I'm never hungry so I'm not sure how to best up my carbs with the lowest volume.

I am still trying to lose weight, however, so I'm worried upping the carbs will stall that. I'm down 28 lbs with a goal of 50, stalling now is not an option but neither is dealing with this patchiness that is taking over my whole body.

60af23519906aa54b742ffc17477c3d3

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on June 27, 2012
at 11:23 PM

I used it twice a day on the affected areas (usually my arms) and it went away more quickly. The only thing that keeps it at bay is avoiding gluten, and it's the first thing to come back when I have it by accident at a restaurant or family event.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on June 26, 2012
at 06:43 AM

Not pure, lol. Some of it is pure (maybe 70-100g), but most of it is from fruit.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

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on June 25, 2012
at 10:47 PM

400 grams of plain sugar...Damm, I couldn't even do that if I wanted too.

97c04f87a752ff0a5cf6be9d806c0334

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on June 25, 2012
at 09:56 PM

Wow, 400g of sugar. Do you work out? What do you eat every day?

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on June 25, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Just remember there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all when it comes to this stuff.

C8dd4c2254f4bbf597377e1e0c0b67ac

(55)

on June 25, 2012
at 06:08 PM

@Walcott- it's the selenium sulfide my GP told me was the active ingredient. I find it's making me even more itchy after using it.

C8dd4c2254f4bbf597377e1e0c0b67ac

(55)

on June 25, 2012
at 06:06 PM

Thanks for the recs! Glad to know I was in the right mode of thinking. After doing VLC for 3 months, adding carbs BACK to my diet seems like sacrilege!

C8dd4c2254f4bbf597377e1e0c0b67ac

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on June 25, 2012
at 06:05 PM

I just got tested for celiac on Friday, but I get a lot of neurological and pychological symptoms from it- so I'm sure it could be related. I've been doing the selsun blue application for a few weeks with no improvement. I also do coconut oil + tea tree oil as well as other topical antifungals. If anything, it's gotten worse and is spreading to more noticeable places like my hands.

97c04f87a752ff0a5cf6be9d806c0334

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on June 25, 2012
at 06:04 PM

What type of active ingredient do you look for in Selsun Blue? Zinc pyrithione or selenium sulfide? What's your regime like? I keep trying different things, no success yet! I'm hoping coconut oil will do the trick.

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5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on June 25, 2012
at 05:48 PM

I think you pretty much nailed it with the fruit, rice, and starchy tubers line. Just keep away from wheat and grains. You can also look at some literature that discusses higher carb options, such as chrisskresser.com, perfecthealthdiet.com, and dannyroddy.com

C8dd4c2254f4bbf597377e1e0c0b67ac

(55)

on June 25, 2012
at 06:06 PM

Thanks for the recs! Glad to know I was in the right mode of thinking. After doing VLC for 3 months, adding carbs BACK to my diet seems like sacrilege!

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on June 25, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Just remember there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all when it comes to this stuff.

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97c04f87a752ff0a5cf6be9d806c0334

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on June 25, 2012
at 06:06 PM

I read in an earlier post about Tinea on PH that ketosis (very low carb diet) actually worsens the condition. Tinea apparently thrives on ketones.

I'm basically doing keto-paleo right now, with my main goal to lose weight and repair my insulin sensitivity. When I think I've lost enough weight, I think I'll start incorporating paleo carbs. Hopefully that will solve my Tinea issues. Got to attack one problem at a time!

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on June 25, 2012
at 06:14 PM

This is soooo interesting! I got my one & only patch of tinea versicolor when I was vlc.

I thought that the Selsun Blue/coconut oil treatment worked for me (or was it raising the carbs?) but then I was only vlc for 6 weeks.

I raised my carbs to 50-100 gm/day and have had no problems since.

I eat rice crackers, 55% dark chocolate and some sugar in my tea, since I am dealing with FODMAPS-intolerance at the moment.

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97c04f87a752ff0a5cf6be9d806c0334

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on July 10, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Apparently low carb diets impair our immune system, which is a reason why fungus thrives in our bodies. But I recently came across this concept of being fat-adapted or keto-adapted. What I'm wondering is that if this adaptation applies to our immune systems as well? If after a year or so of low carbing, our bodies can fully adapt to a high fat, low carb diet, enough to fight back against the fungus?

Maybe some self experimentation is involved.

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B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on June 25, 2012
at 07:40 PM

I had severe tinea (all my legs were full of patches), most of them went away until I went VLC, then ZC, then it all came back. Eating sugar solved it, right now I have no patches anymore and I'm eating around 400g of sugar daily (no starch).

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on June 26, 2012
at 06:43 AM

Not pure, lol. Some of it is pure (maybe 70-100g), but most of it is from fruit.

97c04f87a752ff0a5cf6be9d806c0334

(888)

on June 25, 2012
at 09:56 PM

Wow, 400g of sugar. Do you work out? What do you eat every day?

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on June 25, 2012
at 10:47 PM

400 grams of plain sugar...Damm, I couldn't even do that if I wanted too.

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60af23519906aa54b742ffc17477c3d3

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on June 25, 2012
at 05:49 PM

I get Tinea when I eat gluten by mistake, have you looked into that?

Also, the best thing I have found (seems weird, but has always worked best) is Selsun Blue shampoo. Seriously. I've tried the prescription creams etc, and it has been easiest and cheapest.

C8dd4c2254f4bbf597377e1e0c0b67ac

(55)

on June 25, 2012
at 06:08 PM

@Walcott- it's the selenium sulfide my GP told me was the active ingredient. I find it's making me even more itchy after using it.

C8dd4c2254f4bbf597377e1e0c0b67ac

(55)

on June 25, 2012
at 06:05 PM

I just got tested for celiac on Friday, but I get a lot of neurological and pychological symptoms from it- so I'm sure it could be related. I've been doing the selsun blue application for a few weeks with no improvement. I also do coconut oil + tea tree oil as well as other topical antifungals. If anything, it's gotten worse and is spreading to more noticeable places like my hands.

97c04f87a752ff0a5cf6be9d806c0334

(888)

on June 25, 2012
at 06:04 PM

What type of active ingredient do you look for in Selsun Blue? Zinc pyrithione or selenium sulfide? What's your regime like? I keep trying different things, no success yet! I'm hoping coconut oil will do the trick.

60af23519906aa54b742ffc17477c3d3

(1186)

on June 27, 2012
at 11:23 PM

I used it twice a day on the affected areas (usually my arms) and it went away more quickly. The only thing that keeps it at bay is avoiding gluten, and it's the first thing to come back when I have it by accident at a restaurant or family event.

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