Last summer, when Rylee was 2.5, we went to a doctor who confirmed my suspicion that Rylee was suffering from yeast overgrowth. This is not popular among medical doctors, so if you suspect it, I strongly urge you to find a doctor who will treat you for it. Ry was put on nystatin and diflucan and we saw a difference within days, the first time anything had ever worked so fast. He is still on both, now 7.5 months later, and hopefully we'll finally have it under control soon. We did also cut fruits and juice out of his diet because it was obvious they were only contributing to the yeast. We've since successfully brought them back in. Yeast loves sugar, so it is important to look at your diet if you're going on antifungals, cutting out a lot of sugar will help the yeast die off quicker.
There are a number of reasons why yeast overgrowth happens and I've read that 1/3 of the U.S. population has problems with yeast. There are a multitude of things that can happen from yeast, including eczema, allergies, asthma, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrom (IBS) and many, many more.
Yeast overgrowth results from a variety of things, including antibiotic use. When I was pregnant with Rylee, I was on antibiotics once for a bladder infection, then Rylee was on them at 9 months for an infection, and then again at 17 months, when he was hospitalized with a MRSA boil. About one month later, he was on antibiotics again for another staph infection. Following that, he was on them one more time, about a year later, as well as prednisone.
Predisone is a steroid and steroids also contribute to yeast. I don't know if all of this has contributed to his yeast or what role the yeast does play in his overall eczema and allergies, I try not to look back and dwell on the past too much because I know it won't help us move forward. I do have allergies and asthma and my mother-in-law does as well, so the genetic piece is definitely there! It just seems that Ry's eczema is so much worse than it should be; in a weird way, it was relieving for the doctors to (finally) say that he is one of the worst cases they've ever seen. It is definitely a daily battle and educating myself, as well as researching online for countless hours has definitely rewarded us!