In order for you to understand how to recognize and treat a yeast infection, it is important to understand what a yeast infection looks like. Yeast infection in its early stages is fairly easy to diagnose and treat.
What sometimes appears to be a “rash” is often a yeast infection. Superficial Candia skin infections look like a red flat rash that has sharp scalloped edges. These infections can appear under the breasts, in the groin, in the mouth and on the genitals. They are often mistaken for other skin diseases and consequently are sometimes not treated properly.
Oral Candida yeast infection looks like thick white lacy patches on top of a red base on the tongue, palate or elsewhere inside the mouth. These patches sometimes look like milk curds but cannot be wiped away like milk can. If the white plagues are wiped away with a cotton swab, the underlying tissue may bleed. Oral yeast infection is called thrush and it can be painful and make eating difficult. Care should be taken to make sure a person with thrush does not become dehydrated. Oral thrush cannot be effectively treated at home and almost always requires medical treatment and a visit to the doctor. A breastfeeding baby with oral thrush can pass the infection to his mother while nursing. The result is a yeast infection on the nipple that looks like red patches and can be very painful.
Yeast infection in the genital area look like rashes and may be accompanied by pain or discharge. Many people with genital yeast infections experience discomfort during sex and when they urinate. Genital yeast infections can be passed back and forth to sexual partners during intercourse.
Candida diaper yeast infection looks like red patches on the baby’s buttocks and groin areas. Children in diapers are particularly susceptible to yeast infections because yeast thrives in a wet environment. If your child’s Candida yeast infection doesn’t show improvement after two days of treatment, you should consult your pediatrician.
Sometimes yeast infections that look like red scales appear on the webs of the hands and feet. These are particularly common in people whose jobs require that their hands be in water a lot, like food service workers or dental hygienists.
When discussing your condition with your doctor over the phone, make sure he has a clear understanding of what your yeast infection looks like. By knowing what your yeast infection looks like, your medical professional will be better able to prescribe an effective course of treatment.