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How Does Yeast Infections of the Skin Occur and How To Treat Them

Our body harbors many harmless bacteria and fungal organisms. However, there are some organisms that can hurt our health. If you notice some rash formation along the skin areas, you may consider that harmful organisms may be causing its occurrence. If the rash appears specifically on the skin fold, you might suspect that is caused by Candida Albicans, a type of fungus that is harmful, especially among individuals with a weak immune system. Rashes are just the typical symptom of the yeast infection called Candidiasis, but you may experience some bothersome symptoms that need to be treated right away to prevent the significant discomfort it can cause you.

What is a yeast infection of the skin?

A yeast infection of the skin is caused by the fungus called Candida Albicans. It is the most common type of fungus that lives in the skin and when present in more than the average amount, can cause skin infection called cutaneous Candidiasis or yeast infection of the skin. The yeast infection can affect any skin area, but is very common on the skin folds. The condition can occur in the groin, between fingers, the armpits and under the breast. The rashes will appear red or white and when they start peeling, they can cause pain and significant skin irritation. The rashes can be itchy and feel hot in some cases. As the infection continues to progress without treatment, it can form into blisters, cracked skin and soreness.

Types of yeast infection of the skin

Candida Albicans can appear on the various areas of the body and they are called differently based on the affected area. The most common types of Candida infection are the following:

  • Vaginal yeast infection “ a fungal yeast infection affecting the vaginal area characterized by inflammation and itching.
  • Thrush “ a yeast infection causing white patches to appear on the mouth and throat.
  • Congenital cutaneous Candidiasis “ a yeast infection acquired by an infant during its passage through the birth canal of an infected mother.
  • Erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica “ a Candida infection causing rashes to appear on the skin folds between the fingers.
  • Candida paronychia “ the yeast infection causes an inflammation and swelling on the nail folds.
  • Intertrigo “ yeast infection that commonly affect the skin folds that are warm and moist.

Who are at risk of yeast infection of the skin?

People with a weak immune system are highly susceptible to a yeast infection. Pregnancy and changes in the hormone activity can also trigger the infection, making pregnant women at risk to develop the infection. Individuals who are taking certain medications, such as antibiotics, birth control pills and steroids can develop susceptibility to Candidasis, too. Stress and obesity are also risk factors for the infection. Those who eat high sugar level must reduce their intake of sweets because these are sources of food for the yeast.

How is the infection diagnosed?

A laboratory test will suffice in diagnosing the presence of a fungal infection, but it does not necessarily diagnose the presence of Candida Albicans. This is usually accomplished by taking a swab on the affected area. A vaginal culture can determine the presence of a yeast infection, while a blood test may ordered to determine whether you have a condition that can make you susceptible to the infection (eg. diabetes).

Treating yeast infection of the skin

The skin infection is usually treated conservatively by home remedies or over-the-counter medicine or prescription drugs. Self medication must be avoided when you also have other health conditions that may complicate any treatment that you choose. Over-the-counter medications may take the form of topical products or suppositories for vaginal infections. Make sure to read the package instruction before using them. Observe proper hygiene and make sure to keep your immune system strong.

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References:

  1. Yeast Infection treatment
  2. Healthline
  3. WebMD