Little Known Candida Symptoms, 1: Hair Loss

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If you’re dealing with candida, it’s likely you’ve got at least some of the most common symptoms. Foggy thinking, food cravings, or any kind of yeast/fungal infection is considered typical. (If you’re looking for more help, see the Candida Kick-Start).

But what about some of the lesser-known symptoms? Sometimes knowing about these can help diagnose and treat a candida infestation, too.

In today’s video, I talk about the little-known symptoms of hair loss as it relates to candida overgrowth. 

Question: Have you experienced hair loss because of candida? Did it grow back once your candida was under control? What did you do about it? Please share in the comments! 


  • How your hormones are affected by candida.
  • The one symptom that almost everyone with candida has.
  • A common symptom that might be the #1 reason you’re not getting better.
  • Which drugs can affect your hair when you have candida
  • What to do to reverse hair loss due to candida


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  1. Great video Ricki!

  2. Thank you for sharing Ricki, hair loss is so common amongst women, and you are right no one wants to talk about it!
    Excellent tips and thoughts you’ve shared in your video.
    And btw your hair looks amazing:)

  3. Hi Ricki. I had hair loss 3 months into the anti candida diet. I did not take any prescription drugs and only used some herbal remedies like oil of oregano, grapeseed extract etc. I went to see a naturopath who said my iron was low, even though my doctor said it was normal. I took iron supplements and increased my carbs (keeping to gluten free whole grains). I had dropped about 20 pounds and my weight was too low for me. It took 4 months but my hair finally stopped falling out. I feel I lost about 1/4 of my hair. It is growing back and I’m not worried about it any longer. I will say that I was very upset by the hair loss. I started to notice a lot of women with really thin hair. I should add for those who don’t know that it is important to not take iron without a doctor’s recommendation as it is dangerous to have too much iron. I think you look great. Thanks for the video.

    • Thanks so much for sharing, Darlene. I think that’s a really important reason to add to why we might experience hair loss. As I mentioned in the video, people with candida (and leaky gut) are often deficient in key nutrients, so it makes sense that iron might end up lower, too. So glad it worked out for you! 🙂

  4. Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂 Your hair really does look great! I haven’t experienced hair loss to such an extent although I have noticed I lose a lot more when my health is low. I am really glad to know that it is a possible symptom of Diflucan. I only took it for 2 weeks years ago, and I hope I can maintain my health without it, but if I do need to take it again some day this “heads up” will really help inform my decision and prepare me.

  5. Hi Ricki

    Have you heard of people getting numbness as a candida symptom.
    I’ve been dealing with candida issues since college, Which was 20 years ago and did the cleanse and thought it was gone for good, but as you said it’s come back and and comes back worse. The symptoms I’m experiencing now in addition to the usuals (fungal infections and skin issues) are way different. Numbesness, foggy brain, feeling hung over and anxiety.

    • Unfortunately, I can’t speak to your symptoms as I don’t diagnose candida (or anything else). However, I know that some people do experience many of the symptoms you list as part of the overall candida profile. I’d suggest speaking with a practitioner who is familiar with candida and can help, such as a naturopath, functional nutritionist or other health care practitioner.

  6. Cindy Nason says


    I’ve been on the anti-Candida diet for 3 months now plus a month of nystatin…getting ready to start another month of it. I’m feeling much better, down 23 pounds and a lot of my symptoms have gone away, with the exception of my hair loss. Still losing hair dramatically and feel like it is directly related to the candida. While I don’t see a rash on my scalp, it feels both oily in some places and dry in other spots with a little flaking. It also feels like I’m getting some monster pimples at the back of my scalp where I can’t see…ouch! Very itchy. Already using gluten-free organic shampoo and conditioner and massaging with castor oil occasionally, but not helping with hair loss or itching. Anything else I can do to help my scalp/hair while I try to heal my inside? I just read something on another site about rinsing scalp with ACV. Not sure if that would work but will try if it won’t further damage my poor hair. Thanks so much for your advice!

    • Sorry to hear that, Cindy! I hope that the ACV helps–can’t imagine that it would be harmful, but I’d check with your doctor first to be sure. Good luck with it!

  7. Zahida Farooqi says

    Hi Mam

    I have hair loss due to candida in my gut. What should I do please guide

    • Hi Zahida, I talk about various things people can do in the video, so please do take a look. Other than that, unfortunately, I couldn’t say what you specifically can do since I’m not a doctor, nor do I know anything about your situation. I’d suggest you seek out a functional medicine doctor or naturopathic doctor. They usually can help!

  8. Is it beneficial to take probiotics while fighting candida and doing a yeast elimination diet? Also, do you think diflucan could be the cause of my hair loss if I took about 6 pills in a 2 month period and am still experiencing hair loss 8 months later?

    • Hi Lyn,
      Unfortunately, this isn’t the kind of question I am qualified or even legally permitted to answer. You would need to speak with your own practitioner and see what they say. The answers are different depending on your current health, health history, environment, diet–so many factors! I talked about the factors that affected me in the video; you might find that relates to some of what you’re asking here. Hope that helps.

  9. Theesa Geiger says

    Systemic candidiasis kills people

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