Yeast Infection on Skin, Causes, Symptoms, Remedy, Treatment

Yeast infection on skin, also known as Skin Candidiasis, is a fungal infection that affects the skin. It is caused by a harmful fungi known as Candida albicans, hence the name Candidiasis. When yeast infection occur son the skin it is referred to as cutaneous candidiasis

What causes Candidiasis of the skin

Yeast infection on skin
Yeast infection on skin

There are families of microorganisms that coexist naturally on our skin in balanced states. They include good bacteria and fungi. If any external or internal factor causes and imbalance in the population of these microorganism, then a n infection occurs.

When the number of good bacteria reduces and the candida albicans multiply out of proportion then yeast infection on skin which is also known as Candidiasis occurs. There are several factors that trigger this imbalance.

1. Hot and Wet Weather

People who reside in Geographical regions that experience hot and wet weather are likely to get yeast infection because the fungi thrives under such a condition of warmth and moisture. Skin folds like under the breast, neck or armpits trap sweat and moisture hence increases the chances of getting yeast infection on skin.

2. Tight Garment

Clothes that are tight do not allow the skin to breathe freely. Sweat is trapped on the skin and it becomes damp. This creates a conducive environment for the overgrowth of yeast. Women are encouraged to not wear tight ill-fitting bras.

3. Poor hygiene

Poor hygiene encourages the growth of bad bacteria which out balances good bacteria. A drop in the number of good bacteria encourages the multiplication of Candida albicans that causes yeast infection on skin.

4. Obesity

Obesity is a condition of excessive body fat. People who are obsess have several folds on their skin that sweat a lot and are always damp. This is a conducive environment for yeast infection on skin.

5. Medication

Certain medication like antibacterial kill both good and bad yet good bacteria maintains the healthy amount of fungus on the skin by preventing overgrowth. Medication like corticosteroids are able to weaken the immune system and make it inefficient.

Symptoms

Yeast infection may have similarity with other skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. The following are the main symptoms of yeast infection on skin;

  1. Red rashes on the skin
  2. Itchy raised bumps or pimples cluttered in one area to form a rash
  3. Burning sensation on the skin
  4. Peeling and cracking of the skin

Difference between eczema on skin and yeast infection on skin

Eczema on skin behind ears, scaly, red skin behind ear lobe
Eczema on skin behind ears, scaly, red skin behind ear lobe

Eczema is atopic dermatitis that can last a life time. It is mostly inherited from parents or mainly affects people who have a history of allergies or asthma. There is no microorganism that causes eczema.

Eczema makes your skin red, itchy, scally or cracked. Eczema can occur on the skin as a side effect of yeast infection. Once the yeast infection is treated the eczema will also clear off. Eczema that is no caused by yeast infection can be treated using steroid creams and moisturizers.

Yeast infection has got similar symptoms like eczema the only major difference is that yeast infection is caused by microorganism knowns as Candida albicans while eczema is not caused by any pathogen. A dermatologist will be able to determine which

Difference between psoriasis and yeast infection on skin

Psoriasis is a skin condition that is caused by disorder in the immune system while yeast infection is caused by multiplication yeast on the skin. According to Mayo Clinic, “Psoriasis is a common skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells. It causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells form scales and red patches that are itchy and sometimes painful.”

Their symptoms are a bit similar and both caused redness of skin but there are some few features that can be used to distinguish between these two. Psoriasis blisters are scaly and have a silvery shinny look while yeast infection just causes redness of skin, keeps growing and has a definite shape.

Having psoriasis puts you at risk of developing serious life threatening conditions like obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, loss of vision among others.

Difference between yeast infection rash on inner thighs and STD

Yeast infection rash can occur on any part of the skin. It is mostly common on the inner thighs because of the damp, dark moist condition.

Most people sweat on the inner thighs especially if they wear very tight clothes that do not allow their skin to breathe freely and trap sweat. Such an environment is very conducive for the multiplication of the Candida albicans.

Yeast infection rash is characterised by very itchy, redness of the inner thigh, with skin that is chapped and scally. There are Sexually transmitted diseases that may have symptoms of rashes on the inner thighs that look like yeast infection rash. The following is a list of sexually transmitted diseases that causes rashes that look like yeast infection rash plus their related symptoms;

1. Herpes

Herpes is a sexually transmitted diseases caused by herpes simplex type-1 (HSV-1) and type-2 (HSV-2). It affects inner thighs and the anal area and causes a rash that looks like yeast infection but is very sore as compare to the Candida infection.

  1. Itchy skin
  2. A group of fluid filled blisters on the inner thighs
  3. Burning sensation on the skin
  4. Blisters that scab after drying up
  5. Headache
  6. Flu
  7. Swelling of the lymph gland

2. Genital Warts

Genital warts are caused by human papilloma virus. It can be distinguished from yeast infection using the following characteristics;

  1. Cauliflower-like mass that forms on the inner thighs and genital area
  2. Itchy rash on inner thighs

This disease may lead to cancer if left untreated. The good news is you one be vaccinated against HPV using vaccines lie of these vaccines are Gardasil, Gardasil-9 and Cervix.

3. Syphilis

This is a sexually transmitted diseases caused by a bacteria known as Treponema pallidum. This disease rolls out in four stages and becomes dormant in the third stage. The symptoms can become fatal if left untreated; the following are some of the symptoms in second and last stages of syphilis

  1. Headaches and fever
  2. swollen lymph glands
  3. weight and hair loss
  4. Lethargy
  5. Ache in the joints
  6. It can be treated using antibiotics.

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Yeast infection bumps

Yeast infection rash

Yeast rash on skin in children, toddlers or baby

Yeast infection on the skin of baby’s manifest itself inform of diaper/nappy rash. Babies are dependent on diapers or nappies that ideally should be changed often. Baby powder helps in keeping the baby dry down there in order to prevent diaper rash.

A diaper that is damp create a conducive environment for yeast infection on the inner thighs and buttocks of babies as well as the joint between the thigh and the pelvic bone. A baby, a toddler, or a child may also develop yeast infection on the skin that covers neck folds. The major symptoms of diaper rash caused by yeast infection include;

  1. Red raised bumps that may be itchy and sore
  2. Blisters that may be fluid filled or not. The fluid may turn into pus in some cases
  3. Scaly or white patches around the yeast infection rash
  4. Red skin that is irritated and may be painful causing the baby to cry when you touch the area

According to NHS,” If the rash doesn’t go away or your baby develops a persistent bright red, moist rash with white or red pimples that spreads into the folds of their skin, they may have an infection.” However, not all diapers rashes are caused by yeast infection.

The best way to diagnose red, itchy diaper rash on babies is to conduct a test for oral thrush on the tongue and mouth of the baby.

Treatment for yeast infection on skin of babies include use of antifungal creams that have been prescribed by a paediatrician. Avoid using wipes that contain strong chemicals to wipe areas affected by diaper rash.

Fungal infection on skin
Fungal infection on skin

Is yeast infection on skin contagious?

Yeast infection on skin is not contagious. It occurs on its own when there is an overgrowth of yeast on the skin. However, people who have a weak immune system may get yeast infection by coming into contact with an infected person. Immune system can be weakened by unhygienic practises that increase bad bacteria and hence reduce the number of good bacteria.

Home Remedies for Yeast infection on skin

You can get rid of Skin yeast infection fast by using natural antifungal agents since Candida albicans is a type of a fungus. Several natural home remedies are rich in antifungal agents. However pregnant mothers are advised not to use some of these remedies or even other antifungal medication.

1. Natural Yogurt

Natural yoghurt is rich in a friendly bacteria called Lactobacillus acidophilus .Good bacteria prevent the overgrowth of yeast hence protects you against spread of the infection.

Requirements

  1. Natural unsweetened yoghurt
  2. A Cotton Ball
  3. Honey

What to do

  1. Take a shower
  2. Mix half a cup of natural yoghurt with a table spoon of honey
  3. Soak a cotton ball with the mixture
  4. Apply the mixture on the infected part of the skin using the soaked cotton ball.
  5. Let it settle on the skin for 30 minutes and dry up
  6. Rinse it off and dry your skin using a clean piece of cloth. Remember that dampness attracts yeast infection.

2. Rosemary Leaves

Rosemary leaves are natural herbs and antifungal agents that are effective for killing the yeast infection on the skin.

Requirements

  1. Rosemary leaves
  2. Warm Water
  3. A bucket
  4. A sieve

What to do

  1. Boil water and pour it in a bucket
  2. Add rosemary leaves to  the water  and cover the bucket with a tight lid
  3. Let the leaves steep for 5 minutes
  4. Sieve off the rosemary leaves
  5. Let the water cool
  6. Use this water as a final rinse while showering.
  7. Dry your body completely with a towel
  8. Repeat this on a daily basis until you notice significant change.

3. Coconut Oil and Cinnamon

Coconut oil is a natural antifungal agent. Yeast is a type of fungus hence coconut oil will help in getting rid of the yeast infection. You can mix coconut oil with cinnamon powder for a more effective result.

Requirements

  1. Coconut oil
  2. A Cotton Ball
  3. Cinnamon powder
  4. A clean piece of cloth
  5. Clean water

What to do

  1. Take a shower before you go to bed or ensure that the affected area is clean and dry
  2. Mix coconut oil with cinnamon powder
  3. Soak a cotton ball with the mixture
  4. Apply the mixture on the affected area using the cotton ball
  5. Let it stay overnight on your skin so that it sinks in.
  6. Wash it off in the morning
  7. Repeat this process every night until you see a change

4. Calendula flowers

Calendula flowers are rich in both antifungal and anti-inflammatory agents. Pregnant women should not use this remedy.

Requirements

  1. Calendula flowers
  2. A Pestle & a mortar
  3. A knife
  4. A clean piece of cloth

What to do

  1. Wash the calendula flowers
  2. Cut them into big chunks with a knife
  3. Place them in the mortar
  4. Pound with a pestle to form a paste
  5. Ensure that the affected area is clean and dry
  6. Smear the paste on the yeast infection on skin
  7. Let it settle for 20 minutes and dry
  8. Rinse it off with warm water
  9. Pat dry your skin with a clean piece of cloth
  10. Repeat this procedure 3 times a day

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is both an anti-inflammatory and antifungal agent that is able to dry up yeast infection rash and get rid of it eventually.

Requirements

  1. Apple cider vinegar
  2. A Cotton Ball
  3. Clean water
  4. A clean piece of cloth

What to do

  1. Ensure your skin is clean an d dry
  2. Dilute 2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water
  3. Soak a cotton ball with the apple cedar vinegar water
  4. Apply apple cider vinegar water on the affected area using the cotton ball
  5. Let it settle for 20 minutes
  6. Wash it off with clean water and dry your skin with a clean piece of cloth
  7. Repeat this process 3 times a day
  8. Alternatively, mix a glass of water with 2 spoons of apple cider vinegar and drink.

6. Garlic

Garlic is an antifungal and antiseptic agent. Its main content is allicin, which is an antifungal agent that is capable of eliminating Candida that cause yeast infection on skin and prevent the infection from spreading to other part of the body.

Requirements

  1. Garlic cloves
  2. A Pestle & a mortar
  3. A Knife
  4. Clean water
  5. A clean piece of cloth

What to do

  1. Peel off the back cover of garlic cloves
  2. Dice them into cubes using a knife
  3. Place them in the mortar
  4. Pound with a pestle to form a paste
  5. Ensure that the affected area is clean and dry
  6. Apply the paste on your skin
  7. Let it settle for 20 minutes
  8. Rinse it off with warm water then do a final rinse with cold water
  9. Dry up the affected area with a clean piece of cloth.
  10. Repeat this process thrice a day until the infection heals completely.
  11. Alternatively boil the garlic in water and drink it or use it to wash your skin.
  12. It is also advisable to include garlic in your diet.

 7. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an antifungal agent hence it fights yeast fungus. However, this oil is harsh on the skin so you should mix it with essential oils like olive oil or jojoba oil to dilute its harshness on your skin. Pregnant women and babies should not use tea tree oil remedy.

Requirements

  1. Tea tree oil
  2. Jojoba Oil
  3. A Cotton Ball
  4. Clean water
  5. A clean piece of cloth

What to do

  1. Take a shower before you go to bed
  2. Wash the area affected area properly using clean running water and dry it with it a clean piece of cloth
  3. Pour a little amount of tea tree oil in a cup and mix it with jojoba oil to reduce its harshness on your skin.
  4. Soak a cotton ball with the mixture of tea tree oil and jojoba oil.
  5. Gently apply the oil mixture using the cotton ball on the area affected by yeast infection
  6. Let the oil mixture settle overnight
  7. Repeat this process every night before you go to sleep.

8. Cranberry Juice

Cranberries are rich in both antibacterial and antifungal agent’s. It is used alongside other home remedies in order to increase the healing process.

Requirements

  1. 1 liters of water
  2. 4 cups fresh cranberries
  3. 1-1/2 cups sugar
  4. 1/2 cup lemon juice
  5. 1/2 cup orange juice
  6. Sieve

What to do

  1. Add 4 cups of cranberries to a liter of water
  2. Boil the cranberries in the water
  3. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes until the cranberries pop
  4. Sieve the juice using a fine strainer
  5. Let it cool or chill it in the refrigerator
  6. Drink the unsweetened cranberry juice daily for a week

9. Olive oil

Olive oil is anti-inflammatory agent and an anti-oxidant that is capable of fighting yeast infection. It also soothes the skin.

Requirements

  1. Olive oil
  2. A Cotton Ball
  3. A clean piece of cloth
  4. Clean water

What to do

  1. Take a shower before you go to bed
  2. Concentrate on the affected area of your skin to ensure it is clean
  3. Ensure you dry the affected area properly using a clean piece of cloth
  4. Soak a cotton ball with olive oil
  5. Apply olive oil on the area affected by yeast infection using the cotton ball
  6. Let the oil stay on your skin over night
  7. Wash it off when you wake up in the morning.
  8. Dry your skin using a clean towel or a clean piece of cloth
  9. Repeat this process every night until you see a change

8. Boric Acid

Boric acid has antibacterial and antifungal properties are able to treat yeast infection on skin and soothe irritation of rashes on inner thighs. Pregnant women should not use boric acid remedy.

Requirements

  1. Medicinal grade Boric acid
  2. Distilled water
  3. A clean piece of cloth
  4. A cotton ball

What to do

  1. Mix a pinch of boric acid in a glass of distilled water
  2. Soak a cotton ball with the boric acid solution
  3. Apply the solution on the affected area using the cotton ball
  4. Let it settle on the skin and dry up
  5. Rinse off the acid using plenty of clean water
  6. Dry the skin using a clean piece of cloth

Treatment

Yeast infection can be confused by other skin conditions which may require different methods of treatment. It is important to consult your dermatologist first for diagnosis. Most people who have yeast infection their skin also are bound to get oral thrush. Therefore, medication will involve both creams and oral medication. The following is a list of common treatment methods for yeast infection.

  1. Topical antifungal creams or ointments. Your medical history will determine what kind of cream to use.
  2. Oral drugs like Diflucan are ideal for people who have sensitive skins that may be allergic to antifungal creams and ointments. On the skin with some of the cream chemical contents.
  3. Other drugs like Clotrimazole, butoconazole or miconazole.

Reference;

  1. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/fungal-infections-skin#1
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/psoriasis/psoriasis-vs-fungal-infection#4
  3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/psoriasis/symptoms-causes/syc-20355840
  4. https://byebyedoctor.com/inner-thigh-rash-pictures-std-causes-treatment/
  5. https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/yeast-infection-remedies/
  6. https://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/Pages/Nappy-rash.aspx

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