Skin Yeast Infections
Causes, Symptoms and
Skin yeast infections can be
bothersome. If you think you have a yeast infection on
your skin, keep on reading.
We'll discuss the causes, types, symptoms and treatment
options for that yeast skin rash. You'll find out how to cure
your infection once and for all.
We all have a yeast known as Candida Albicans living on our
skin and in various parts of our body quite happily and without
causing us any problems at all. However, sometimes this Candida
yeast can multiply and get out of control.
When this yeast has an overgrowth, it is known as a yeast
infection or candidiasis. (For a more detailed explanation, see
our page on that explains yeast
Since you are reading this article, it means you probably
have a skin yeast infection and you know that they can be
irritating and unsightly. So what can we do about it?
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Types and Symptoms of Yeast
Infection on Skin
Yeast infections, or Candidiasis, can affect the skin in the
- Baby yeast infection – Babies can suffer from oral
yeast infections on their tongue, in their mouths and
around their mouths, and also diaper yeast infections which
affect the diaper area, groin and lower tummy. See our
article on infant
thrush for more detail.
- Perl eche (cheilitis) – Soreness and cracking around
the mouth and lips.
- Oral thrush – White spots, a curd-like covering or red
sore patches on the tongue and mouth membranes which can
also affect around the mouth and down the throat. See our
article on oral
thrush for more detail.
- Intertrigo – A yeast infection in the folds of the skin
and warm, moist areas of the body like the groin, armpits,
under the breasts and in the skin folds of obese people.
Intertrigo looks like a red, shiny rash which tends to have
scaling at the edges. It can become itchy and sore and weep
Causes of Skin Yeast
Anyone can develop an intertrigo skin yeast affection,
whatever their age, gender, shape or size. However, they are
more common in people who participate in sporting activities
because they sweat. They also show up more in the summer time
when we all naturally sweat more.
This sweaty moist area causes the yeast on the skin to
multiply since it is a perfect breeding ground.
Obese people who have skin folds can also be prone to
outbreaks of intertrigo because the area of skin within the
folds makes a perfect breeding ground for Candida yeast because
it is warm and sweaty.
People who have diabetes or are taking antibiotics are also
more prone to infections. See our page on causes of yeast
infections for more detail.
Treatments for a Yeast Skin
There are plenty of over the counter treatments for this
type of yeast infection, with most of the medications
containing active ingredients like miconazole or
Medications in the "-azole" family (end with azole) are
antifungal medications. Yeast cell walls need ergosterol to
maintain itself and the -azole family of medications block the
production of ergosterol. This causes the yeast to die, and
with it, the yeast infection.
Creams, sprays and powders can all be effective at treating
intertrigo. Well-known brands include Canesten, Daktarin and
Daktacort. Always follow the directions and check with your
pharmacist if you are pregnant or have sensitive skin.
You should see a doctor if you are unsure whether you have a
yeast infection or your infection is particularly serious. Your
doctor will be able to prescribe the right course of
Preventing Yeast Infection of
Skin yeast infections occur when skin is warm
and moist so prevention is all about keeping the skin dry. Here
are some tips to keep skin yeast infections at bay:
- Wash regularly and make sure that you dry yourself
properly, paying particular attention to armpits, groin,
under the breast, back of the knees, between the toes and
any skin folds.
- Wear loose cotton clothing, particularly loose
underwear if you're prone to jock itch (a yeast infection
in the groin). Natural fibers, like cotton, will reduce
- If you are a sports lover, buy special sportswear that
takes moisture away from the body or that is
- If you are a woman, make sure that your bra fits
properly, so that it doesn't rub, and go for cotton
- Dress in layers so that you can remove items when you
- Use a fan in hot weather to keep you cool.
- Try to lose weight if you are obese.
- Change underwear regularly.
- Remove swim wear or damp clothing as soon as
Any measures you can take to prevent sweating will help to
prevent skin yeast infections.
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