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Skin Yeast Infection

The most common symptoms of yeast infection include formation of red patches and itchiness on the vagina or the penis.
Did you know that yeast occurs naturally in our body? Also, very few people are unaware that this fungus also lives on the skin. A yeast is a fungus that does not cause any harm, but when its presence increases beyond normal range, it can bring some unpleasant changes on the skin.

Symptoms

The symptoms of yeast infection, change the appearance of the skin. Also, the symptoms that appear may be different, depending upon the site that has been affected. It is explained below:
  • Yeast infection affecting the arms and legs typically causes occurrence of a set of small white patches on the skin. It is observed that the white spots in fair-skinned people are darker, hence can be distinctly visible. This is not the case with dark-skinned people, as the affected skin shows the presence of patches that are lighter than the dark skin. This is a superficial infection in which the white spots appear scaly.
  • A penile yeast infection that affects the penis does not show any white spots. Instead, a red rash is seen at the upper part of the penis that can be the source of discomfort, as it makes the skin itchy. To be more specific, the head of penis is affected, that causes a burning sensation. A penile yeast infection is often the result of unprotected sexual intercourse with a woman diagnosed with vaginal yeast infection.
  • When yeast invades warm moist areas of the body such as armpits and inner thighs, the condition is referred as intertrigo. A reddish-brown rash typically develops, which gives an itchy sensation. Intertrigo is an inflammatory condition that is commonly seen in underarms, where opposite skin surfaces scrape against each other. Excessive sweating under the arms can worsen this condition. People with diabetes or who are overweight are prone to intertrigo.
  • In case, the infection invades the vagina, it typically causes irritation and itching that worsens at night. The external vaginal area show signs of inflammation. Other symptoms include painful urination and white thick discharge.
  • Many times, the nail folds also fall prey to this fungal infection. A nail fold is the hard skin that acts as a protective covering for the sides and base of the nail. The condition referred to as candidal paronychia leads to inflammation of the edges of finger nails. In this type of infection the edges of the nails become red and in severe cases a pus is formed around the nail folds.
Treatment

A visit to a drug store will reveal an array of antifungal medications available to treat this type of infection. Application of antifungal creams such as Monistat or clotrimazole on the affected part of the skin can bring the desired result. Antifungal tablets such as diflucan or fluconazole are also useful to treat this infection.

A cold compress on the affected areas of the body is one of the best home remedies to alleviate the discomfort. Keeping the infected area dry, free from sweat, is a simple solution to speed up healing. Having a cup of plain yogurt (no sugar) as well as plenty of water and buttermilk, is beneficial to get rid of this infection at the earliest. Applying yogurt on the affected area can also help to manage this skin condition effectively. In case of paronychia (nail infection), soaking the affected nail in a solution containing 50% liquid antibacterial soap and 50% warm water for a period of 10-15 minutes. This procedure should be repeated 2 -3 times daily to get rid of the infection.

On the whole, a skin yeast infection is not a worrisome condition and can be easily treated. Even though the aforementioned treatment options can successfully eliminate the infection, several days or even weeks may be required to restore natural appearance of the skin.
By Nicks J
Last Updated: 9/20/2011
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