Candida is by far the most common type of yeast infection in human skin. More than 20 species of Candida exist. The most common type is Candida albicans. These fungi live on all surfaces of our bodies and only cause a yeast skin infection when too much yeast is present.
- There are various types of yeast infections that can occur on the skin. Some of the most common ones are listed below:
- Thrush – is a Candida infection of the mouth and throat. White patches appear in the mouth. Thrush occurs most commonly in the mouths of persons with chronic diseases including diabetes and AIDS.
- Intertrigo – an irritation of the folds of the skin. Candida infections commonly occur in warm moist body areas such as the underarms, in the groin, breasts, and under the folds of the skin of the abdomen in persons who are obese. Usually, skin effectively blocks yeast, but any breakdown or cuts in the skin may allow this organism to penetrate.
- Candida diaper rash – This sometimes affects buttocks and groin of infants and toddlers. It is caused by Candida infection but is aggravated by wet skin inside the diaper.
Candida skin infection can result from excessive sweating, antibiotic use, or lack of movement (such as in bedridden patients). It often occurs in people with diabetes.
Wearing artificial fingernails increases the change of getting yeast infection under the natural fingernails. Fungal infections start in the space between the artificial and natural nails, which become discolored. Treatments for these types of infections, as well as those that occur in skin folds (such as underarms or between toes) require different products, most of which are available only with a doctor’s prescription.
One of the most common skin yeast infections is athletes foot. One way to help prevent this type of yeast infection is to take a solution of 40% acetic acid and moisten a cotton tampon and put it in the toe of the shoe. Extract the insole and process it with the solution as well. The shoes with tampons inside should be put in a plastic bag and sealed. Leave the shoes inside the bag for at least 24 hours to help prevent athletes foot yeast infection.
When you are trying to cure an athletes’ foot yeast infection, make sure the shoes and boots that you wear are comfortable, not too narrow and not too hot. It is a good idea to immediately replace all of your socks. Pedicure instruments should be thoroughly disinfected before they come in contact with your nails or skin. Take Lamisil or another anti-yeast drug to help speed the healing of your skin yeast infection.
Lamisil: An antifungal drug taken by mouth to help cure yeast infections.