Skin Yeast Infection – What is this term?
Skin yeast infection is a condition in which there is an overgrowth of yeast (candida) that normally lives on the skin. This condition usually occurs in areas of the skin that are constantly warm and moist, such as the armpits or the groin.
What are the causes?
This condition is caused by a change in the normal balance of the yeast and bacteria that live on the skin.
What increases the risk?
This condition is more likely to develop in:
- People who are obese.
- Pregnant women.
- Women who take birth control pills.
- People who have diabetes.
- People who take antibiotic medicines.
- People who take steroid medicines.
- People who are malnourished.
- People who have a weak defense (immune) system.
- People who are 65 years of age or older.
What are the signs or symptoms?
Symptoms of this condition include:
- A red, swollen area of the skin.
- Bumps on the skin.
How is this diagnosed?
This condition is diagnosed with a medical history and physical exam. Your health care provider may check for yeast by taking light scrapings of the skin to be viewed under a microscope.
How is this treated?
This condition is treated with medicine. Medicines may be prescribed or be available over-the-counter. The medicines may be:
- Taken by mouth (orally).
- Applied as a cream.
Follow these instructions at home:
- Take or apply over-the-counter and prescription medicines only as told by your health care provider.
- Eat more yogurt. This may help to keep your yeast infection from returning.
- Maintain a healthy weight. If you need help losing weight, talk with your health care provider.
- Keep your skin clean and dry.
- If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar under control.
Contact a health care provider if:
- Your symptoms go away and then return.
- Your symptoms do not get better with treatment.
- Your symptoms get worse.
- Your rash spreads.
- You have a fever or chills.
- You have new symptoms.
- You have new warmth or redness of your skin.