If you have a yeast infection on your skin, people can also refer to it as Candidiasis. This infection is brought about by an over development of yeast on the skin of the body. Candida yeast is a natural component on the human body. The body’s immune system and the “good” bacteria prevent the yeast from growing or multiplying. Although there are some factors that cause the “bad” bacteria to cause yeast infection.
Candida yeast thrives in an environment that is moist and warm. Other causes may be poor hygiene, humid weather, tight clothes especially undergarments, a weak immune system caused by disease such as HIV, Aids and diabetes. Prolonged consumption of antibiotics may also lead to yeast infection as they not only kill bad bacteria in the body but also the good bacteria that help fight infections.
To identify a yeast infection on the skin you will notice red blotches or rashes on the skin that constantly needs scratching. Usually, there is some form of soreness, scaly or flaky skin and a burning sensation. In some cases, clear fluid would develop and sometime ooze out of the infected skin. Unusually soft and white skin that is moist all the time is another symptom of having skin yeast infection. Yeast infection on skin affects women as well men and infants.
Types of yeast infection on the skin
Angular cheilitis (perl eche) is an infection of the creases around the mouth which causes the skin to soften.
Thrush normally strikes people who are suffering from HIV, Aida and diabetes. It is the infection of the mouth and throat where white blotches develop in the mouth.
Intertrigo is probably the most common yeast infection known. It targets the folds of the skin or areas where skin brushes against skin. This is common in places like the genital area, armpits, under the breasts and on overlapping fat folds.
Candidal body rash is caused by excessive sweating and prolonged use of antibiotics. This is also common in diabetic patients.
Candidal diaper rash, as the name implies, infects baby’s bottom area where moisture is continually trapped.
Candidal paronychia targets the nail folds and causes swelling and irritation in that area. Pus may develop around the fingernails in some cases.
Treatment for yeast infection on the skin
The most popular method of treatment is the use of topical or anti-fungal creams containing ketoconazole, miconazole, hydrocortisone or other ingredients that treat fungi on skin. Creams can be purchased over the counter at your local drug store. The natural remedies include the consumption of apple cider vinegar, garlic on skin or orally, probiotics and boric acid.