An Overview of Skin Yeast Infections
When most of us think of a yeast infection, we envision the classic infection that primarily occurs in the vaginal area and clears up quickly and effectively using over the counter medications or a select few home remedies.
However, the yeast that can create a yeast infection, known as Candida, can attack other areas of the body as well, leading to a skin yeast infection that look different from a vaginal infection but can be just as easy to treat.
Most skin yeast infections primarily affect the surface of the skin only, which means that many can be effectively treated with topical ointments.
Occasionally an oral medication will be prescribed as well, to ensure that the infection clears completely.
Where can a Skin Yeast Infection Occur?
There are many areas that you might see a skin yeast infection occur. The most common place will be an area of the skin that tends to stay on the moister side, like the armpits or genitals.
This is often a place where yeast resides, but when it grows in number, it can reach the level of an infection.
It is also possible that taking oral antibiotics will cut down on the number of good bacteria in the body that can help to fight infection. With less of these good cells to fight off the yeast, an infection can develop as well.
It is important to maintain a healthy balance of bacteria within your body by eating a daily serving of yogurt or taking a supplement of acidophilus that will boost the good bacteria in your body and help you to fight infection more effectively.
One common type of skin yeast infection that we see in infants is one that looks like a regular diaper rash. If your baby has a red, irritated bottom that does not get better from topical ointments or exposure to the air, talk to your doctor about the possibility of a skin yeast infection.
If this is the condition that is diagnosed, it can be easily treated through the use of a topical yeast infection treatment.
Another relatively common type of skin yeast infection is one that occurs in your nail bed, underneath your nail. If you suspect that you might have an infection under your nail, it is again wise to consult with your doctor about the best treatment options for you.
How is a Skin Yeast Infection Treated?
These skin yeast infections are often treated with a topical antifungal ointment. Some of these can be purchased over the counter and others need to be prescribed by your doctor.
It is also important to keep the infected area as clean and dry as possible. Some types of infections will also benefit from the application of a nystatin powder that will assist in keeping the area clean and dry as well.
If you think you might have a skin yeast infection, the most important step that you can take in your treatment is to make an appointment with your doctor. He will be able to give you a definite diagnosis of the type of skin yeast infection that you have, and recommend or prescribe the best treatment option for you.
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