There are several types of skin yeast infections. As with all forms of yeast infection they are the result of the overgrowth of the fungus Candida Albicans, that lives naturally in small numbers on the body controlled by good bacteria.
Common types of skin yeast infection include:
- Perl èche (also known as angular cheilitis) where the skin softens and deep creases around the mouth develop.
- Intertrigo where the folds of skin get irritated. Since the fungus likes an environment that is warm and moist, under the folds of skin in obese people, underarms, the groin, and under breasts are also places that can get a skin yeast infection. If the skin is healthy it can block the infection but of there is chaffing, cuts and so on the skin may let the yeast penetrate.
- Candidal diaper rash which happens in babies and toddlers and is caused by the natural permanent dampness and warmth of that area.
- Candidal body rash can happen from a lot of sweating, antibiotics, or lack of movement which causes skin occlusion. It is more common in diabetics who have been hospitalized.
- Candidal paronychia is a chronic inflammation of the nail fold. It can cause discharge and pus in some cases, with the area around the nail being soft, swollen and watery.
- Erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica is a candidal infection that happens on the webs between fingers. There is redness and a softening of the skin. It is possibly caused by moisture trapped there be ring wearing. Diabetics are more prone to it as well as those that work with water such as plumbers, laundry workers, and those that work with strong chemicals.
- Chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis is a condition that results from a genetic defect and leaves sufferers with skin lesions that are horny and thick and nail dystrophy.
This article is mainly looking at intertrigo the more common of these skin yeast infections.
- Weather – hot and humid weather can be a factor.
- Tight clothing – the skin is unable to breathe and no air can circulate to keep the skin dry.
- Weak immunity – HIV or AIDS or diabetes can mean a person is more prone.
- Antibiotics – taken over a prolonged period as they kill the good bacteria as well as the bad.
- Stress – chemicals are released in the body when you are stressed upsetting the balance.
- Oozing clear fluids
- Raw and red looking macerations
- A main rash around which are island lesions
- Rash that has scaling edges and glistens
- Flaky skin
The area must be kept as dry as possible and you can wash with anti bacterial soap. There are anti-fungal powders and creams that can be used such as miconazole and clotrimazole, although more are turning to natural and holistic treatment approaches for a skin yeast infection. Possible options include cod or shark liver oil, yogurt, raw garlic, tea tree oil and boric acid (used with great care). To prevent a skin yeast infection wear loose clothing and underwear. If overweight exercise more and try to loose some weight and reduce the skin folds you have by eating a more healthy balanced diet that includes plenty of green leafy vegetables. Maintain excellent hygiene standards and do not hang around in wet clothing.