1

votes

I started probiotics and got itchy skin and a cold sore - huh?

Answered on October 17, 2015
Created February 24, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Hello -

I've been paleo for 2 months now. The first month was all withdrawal. The second month I experienced constipation. To alleviate the constipation, I started probiotics (daily pill of primadophilis) and drinking goat kefir (1-2 a week) and kombucha tea (3-4 a week). Well, I guess I hit it a little two hard. About 2 weeks into this routine the digestion was fine but my skin started to itch, especially my nostrils. I went off of probiotics for a week and it went away but I had cracks at the corners of my mouth. I've never ever ever had a cold sore, but it felt like I was getting one. Herpacin L got rid of the cracks.

Question: Can starting probiotics cause cold sores and itchy skin? I thought it was supposed to cure these things...

Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

9 Answers

1
5cb7bddf885ef3d8ba6540990213d474

on October 16, 2015
at 11:13 PM

the exact same thing happend to me. I started taking probiotics and I broke out with a bad cold sore and both sides of my mouth have small open sores on the edges. It hurts to eat. Then it spread to other parts of my lip and down the side of my face. 8 days later its still here and nothing is really helping that much. 

No doubt it was the probiotics because I havent had a cold sore since I was a little kid. 

 

1
7210c6f103ccb6767e972a0d084b29af

on October 11, 2012
at 06:55 AM

This could be histamine overload as well. All the fermented products are full of it. Be careful with it.

1
74d118edbbf72be8ae643ef95d06e1b4

on October 11, 2012
at 05:35 AM

i got a cold sore about 3 or 4 days after starting a probiotic drink, and i haven't had one in 17 years!

1
Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on February 24, 2012
at 03:41 PM

Only herpes and related types of virus cause actual cold sores. Don't worry about it -- unless breakouts are very bad for you and you know when and who-from you got it, you probably picked up a mild form from your parents and relatives - ala "hold/kiss the baby!" - when you were little.

One of the biggest triggers for a cold sore breakout is stress. You were constipated -- that can be horribly stressful.

The probiotic you got - "Primadophilis Bififus" http://www.naturesway.com/Products/Probiotics/6860-Primadophilus-Bifidus.aspx - seems decent. It has:

  • Bifidobacterium breve
  • Bifidobacterium longum
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus

... which is a pretty decent variety. It is, however, a "proprietary blend", so you really don't know if its 99.9% acidophilus, for example. Aim for variety, and like this one, the "gauranteed time release" types -- it actually has to make it all the way through your stomach!

Figure out the constipation and ease up on the megadoses of kefir and kombucha. Then, play it by ear.

0
80aef3883733ab600cc511f0abd7c902

on October 17, 2015
at 03:00 AM

It could be that you dried yourself from the inside out, for lack of better/technical language. Kombucha contains a high amount of acetic acid, so drinking that often can dehydrate the body. As for the probiotics - well, as with pretty much everything, you need to be drinking plenty of water. I recall reading that probiotics need fiber to "activate", so if you're not getting enough fiber whilst taking the probiotics then that could be causing some problems as well. There is a such thing as overdosing on probiotics. I did that once (took too many 100 billion CFU in one week), and all it did was cause a rebound of candida and gave me serious constipation. Another possibility is that your probiotics contain dairy (look for the lacto- prefix, although this doesn't always means dairy) and you may be severely lactose intolerant. Don't quote me on that one.

 

As for the sore on your lip, that could be a number of things. But a likely reason is that the bitterness/acidity of the kombucha irritated the skin around your mouth.

 

All that aside, I would suggest laying low on the probiotics or at least not being so dependent on them. Remember, the paleo diet is all about eating whole foods and only supplementing for what you absolutely can't get in your regular diet. Probiotics in pill form should be secondary to any fermented foods such as sauerkraut, yogurt, etc. I eventually stopped taking probiotic supplements all together because a) they're expensive and b) it's just not natural. I now just drink kombucha daily and try to eat as many fermented foods as I can. 

0
5cb7bddf885ef3d8ba6540990213d474

on October 16, 2015
at 10:57 PM

the exact same thing happend to me. I started taking probiotics and I broke out with a bad cold sore and both sides of my mouth have small open sores on the edges. It hurts to eat. Then it spread to other parts of my lip and down the side of my face. 8 days later its still here and nothing is really helping that much. 

No doubt it was the probiotics because I havent had a cold sore since I was a little kid. 

 

0
3d1ae01a679a3356fe5fcd796a47f563

on October 12, 2012
at 06:35 AM

Immediately now when I hear of cold sores or other alleged 'Herpes-caused' symptoms - zinc deficiency. If you can find an easily absorbed source of zinc that has a coating to protect from the stomach lining. The brand, without promoting a name, has 6,3mg of zinc available through each tablet, and 2x of these twice a day clear up cold sores immediately, in people who are otherwise healthy.

0
5249df0c1098a8ea4607cc305f0cbdcf

on October 12, 2012
at 05:18 AM

try something else

0
A2ab78c537dae21705d0af9e38f92ed6

on October 12, 2012
at 05:02 AM

hey, hi. what do you mean by histamine overload? i know that histamines have something to do with allergies, because i take an antihistamine when i get bad allergies, but how is a cold sore related to allergies? i'd like to understand this, thanks.

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!