Published: 11 years ago
Re: New sufferer
I would not put a lot of confidence in the spit test. It has generally been over-promoted by companies that sell anti-candida products. For instance, please see this site:
I had a naturopathic doctor test me for candida using a blood test and it came back negative. You may want to have a similar consult with a naturopath.
Back to your original post, I also think my battle with EC, which I think I am slowly winning by leaving my lips alone, started with the over-use of chapstick. At the time when it first started I was traveling weekly to and from my home and job on an airplane and was likely mildly dehydrated throughout this time, which led to dry lips. I of course treated the dry lips with excessive amounts of chapstick and other balms and thus the cycle began. I have not put anything on my lips for 7 months now and while the peeling has not stopped it is slowly getting better. My best guess is that the chpastick and balms did significant damage to the outer layers of the lips and it takes some time to reverse the damage. I think the peeling cycle is the bodies mechanism for repairing damage. It may take you a long time to completely heal, but it will be well worth it in the end. By the way, I had the same experience with the topical prescriptions my dermatologist and allergist prescribed in that they all made my condition worse. That tells me that the skin on the lips are sensitive to all foreign substances and they will react accordingly. I don't think getting the lips we t with water is all that much of a problem.
My other thought for you to consider (and this is just my opinion) is that the candida diet is extremely limiting and may not be the best thing for your body (including your lips) if you indeed do not have candida. I'd suggest you try a more moderate diet (like the Mediterranean
Diet)that will promote healing and overall health.
I hope this has provided you with some helpful perspective. Hang in there and have faith that things will get better.