I am asking on behalf of my mother, who is 61 years old.
Back in February, she developed what appears to be a fungal infection (for the first time). She was given medicine but changed nothing else (was not told to - so she kept eating sweets etc.), and it never got any better, if anything it got worse. Three months ago, she saw a nutritionist and went on a specialist diet that has cut out all sugar, carbs, etc. She's also on supplements and probiotics etc. It is very strict, so she's lost a lot of weight and being quite short, she went quickly from nearly overnight to nearly underweight (but is still currently healthy - lost 10kg).
She got tested for allergies in case it was that but over 20+ things turned out negative.
She did a fungal test on her lips recently which showed that the spores were 'rare' compared to having proliferated before, but that was the only place she tested. She was feeling better but said that last night, it all reappeared everywhere, all over her face, body, even tongue. It seems to come and go really quickly in that sense, including the itching. My mom says that usually at first it looks like bites and the skin looks white/yellow. Lighter than the normal skin colour.
It's all making her very stressed which obviously doesn't help - it also means she isn't sleeping well. I get emails at 4 am sometimes. I've suggested some herbal sleeping pills to help.
She has an antifungal cream (Butenafine) which seems to do nothing, and she also did a 10 day course of medicine (Itraconazole) a couple weeks ago and obviously that's done nothing as well. She did a couple courses of similar medicine a few months ago as well which obviously appear to not have done anything either. She's been to a couple allergists as well as several dermatologists. Early Sept will mark six months with no luck. She's coming to visit me in Oct and that's stressing her out even more as she is scared of giving this to me and it being complicated food-wise in restaurants and on the plane (overnight flight). Is it contagious?
She's going to travel to a different town to see yet another dermatologist on Tuesday to try to solve this.
What is she doing wrong that she can fix to clear this once and for all? Any ideas at all?
Thanks for the help!