Yeast Infection Bumps on Genital Skin: Symptoms, Pictures & Treatment

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Yeast infection may cause itchy sore white or red bumps on the genital area, buttocks, around the mouth and other parts of the body. In children, yeast infection bumps may cause little small lumps or rash behind the ear and groin. This is also a major cause of itchy bumps on outer vag lips among women. In Male, It can cause white spots on penis head, shaft and balls sac that are filled with white pus discharge.

What do yeast infection bumps look like? Below are pictures to show you how they look like. We will also look at how to get rid of yeast infection sores, small lumps, pimples using home remedies and treatment

yeast infection bumps
yeast infection bumps

Symptoms of bumps, lumps or pimples caused by yeast infection may include itchy, sore areas on the skin, raised small pimples or even rashes. These bumps or rash may appear on or around the vaginal area, under breast or on men’s penis. They may be fluid filled and may not be itchy in some cases.

Yeast infection sores and bumps in most cases are filled with white fluid or pus and tend to be of the same color as the skin around them. Bumps from yeast infection may also just be raised small bumps that are red and inflamed. These bumps are usually confused with other sexually transmitted diseases STD’s like infections like herpes.

Yeast infections in babies may also appear on a babies skin due to the constant moist condition of a drooling baby or diapers as discussed below. In adults there are also several factors that may cause yeast infection on the vagina as well as male yeast infection.

While some bumps may be red, itchy or pus filled, some may not be itchy. They will just appear like pimples raised on the skin. Genital rash or small little raised bumps in some cases may be from poor hygiene. Remember, the genitals, and pubic area is always dark, warm and moist. it is easy for bacteria and fungi to thrive in such conditions.

Diagnosis

In some cases, yeast infection may only present white patches on the vaginal walls, white patches in the mouth or the tongue. On the penis, it may only cause swollen glands with no bumps. However, these bumps on the genitals may appear later after these early symptoms.

below are some basic quick symptoms that will point at the candida fungi as a causative factor of these bumps during diagnosis.

  1. White patches that coat or cover the vaginal walls
  2. Bumps that are filled with white fluid
  3. White patches on the tongue that may go away if scratched of but keep coming back
  4. White discharge from the vagina that contains cheese like coating
  5. Pain when urinating or a burning feeling when urinating
  6. White coating on the cheeks and on the roof of mouth
  7. White coating under the foreskin causing the patient to have a smelly penis

Vaginal yeast infection

Vaginal bumps may be caused by yeast infection. Vaginal yeast infection may also cause swelling of the labia minora and labia majora. The vaginal walls may also be red with white patches that keep coming back even after cleaning.

Vaginal yeast infection is common in women and can be treated.The most common and popular symptom of vaginal yeast infection is having an itchy vagina. In most cases the vulva will tend to itch leaving you with a sore vagina. Here is picture of how yeast infection red and white bumps on vagina look like,

Red, White, Yeast infection Bumps, Small Lumps, Rash
Red, White, Yeast infection Bumps, Small Lumps, Rash

You may also have the yeast infection sores and bumps that can turn ugly if left untreated with poor hygiene making them worse.Cutaneous yeast infection will cause bumps on the vagina once the candida fungi have invaded the vagina.

These bumps may erupt and in some cases may be itchy, red, inflamed and sore.Yeast infection is more popular among women than men. In most cases, vaginal yeast infection is normally diagnosed easily when the woman is on antibiotics.

Vaginal yeast infection has a tendency of spreading fast and easily around the genitals causing bumps around the vagina and might be worse if left untreated. Below are some symptoms that may point out to yeast infection on the vagina.

  1. Intense itchy vulva or having a sore vagina. You may see more here sore on vagina
  2. Bumps around the vagina that keep spreading
  3. Redness inside the vaginal walls
  4. White patches inside the vaginal walls that keep coming back
  5. The vulva may become swollen or inflamed causing panic. See a doctor in this case
  6. Some women may also notice a swollen labia or a sudden increase of the labia size

Oral thrush – Yeast Bumps Around The Mouth

When you have an oral yeast infection, the candida fungi will start inside the mouth but will not cause bumps in the mouth. These bumps will however tend to appear outside the mouth and lips since the fungi have a tendency of forming bumps on the skin around the infected area. Below are some symptoms that will points out to oral thrush

  1. There will be pustules around the mouth. Pustules are small raised bumps or pimples that have a whitehead.
  2. Bumps that are not fluid filled on the lips and around the mouth
  3. Red raised inflamed bumps around the mouth
  4. Yeast infection will also cause white patches on the tongue
  5. The candida fungi in the mouth may also cause white patches on the inside walls of the cheeks
  6. White spots on roof of mouth may also be as a result of yeast infection in the mouth
  7. In sexual partners, if one is having bumps around the mouth and the other one is having the same bumps on the penis or vagina

It is important to keep an eye on persistent symptoms like having white patches in the mouth and tongue since some of these may indicate early signs of oral cancer

According to allcancersigns.org, “White and red patches in the mouth are associated with development of malignant growth of cells in the mouth. The mouth cancer appears in different forms and can affect all parts of the mouth. White patches that rub off could be a sign of mouth cancer”

Male Yeast Infection Bumps on Penis Head, Shaft, Balls Sac

While yeast infection is popular among women, it can also attack the penis with a severe symptom that may leave you with swollen and painful glans or the penile head.

Another common way of men getting the infections is when you have sex with a lady who has a candida infested vagina. Below are some of the symptoms of yeast infection in men.

  1. Swollen penile head a condition known as balanitis
  2. Pain while having sex due to a sore on the glans
  3. Sore fore skin that may be painful especially when trying to pull the foreskin back to expose the head
  4. Yeast infection sore at the tip of the penis causing pain urinating and during sex or masturbation
  5. Bumps or small pimples that may be pus filled on the foreskin. See more on Sore foreskin
  6. In some case, these bumps may not be pus filled

It has also been noted that yeast infection is more popular among males that are not circumcised compared to these that are circumcised. This is due to the fact that the foreskin provides a moist warm dark environment that is perfect for the candida fungi to thrive in.

Diabetes is also noted to be a major causative factor of male yeast infection. Chronic conditions may point to these factors. Here is a picture of how yeast infection bumps look like white spots on penis head

Male yeast infection cause white spots on penis
Male yeast infection cause white spots on penis

Diaper rash and yeast infection sores 

Can babies, toddlers or children have yeast infection bumps? Well, yeast infection may appear on the baby’s inner thighs, buttocks and genitals due to the warm constant moist environment that is provided by dump diapers. Symptoms that characterize diaper rash in relation to yeast bumps include;

  1. Red raised bumps that may be itchy and sore
  2. Blisters that may be fluid filled
  3. Scaly or white patches around the yeast infection sores and bumps
  4. Red skin that is irritated and may be painful causing the baby to cry when you touch the area

According to medicinenet, “Sometimes it can be caused by yeast infections, bacterial infections, or even due to an allergy to diaper material. Diaper rash may become secondarily infected by bacteria or yeast normally present on the skin. In this case, topical antibiotic ointments provide a rapid and effective therapy”

When treating diaper rash at home, avoid using any wipes that contain strong chemical agents like alcohol. Seek medical advice in case of severe conditions.

According to American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, “diaper rash due to Candida can also cause bumps to form.  Usually the Candidal diaper rash will form around the anus and cause patches of red, inflamed skin to appear.  Eventually, small bumps can appear on the skin as well; these bumps can be filled with pus or have no pus in them”

Yeast infection under breast

It is important to note that the candida fungus that causes yeast infection sores and bumps live in the body with other bacteria. They are regulated by the body’s immune system and when they overgrow, they cause infections on the skin.

The area under the breast provides a warm dark environment that is always moist. This environment provides a good habitat for the yeast and other bacteria to multiply easily thus causing infections. Yeast infection may also cause pimples between the breast.

Bumps under the breast or between breast that resemble pimples and may be red or simply take up the color of the skin around them may indicate yeast infection. In some cases, they may be filled with white fluid or pus.

Avoid scratching on these bumps or try not to pop them since they may easily spread to other areas that are not infected. Try treating them with some of the skin care and home remedies listed below and be observant. If they persist or keep spreading, see your doctor for immediate medication.

Yeast infection cause bumps and blisters on buttocks

Yeast infection may also cause bumps that look like blisters on buttocks or butt-crack. This can also look like little pimples or Rash. This may also spread near the bum hole and cause itchy anus even in public. The butt crack also offers a good warm, dark and moist area for the candida fungi to thrive in thus causing yeast infection.

Simply look out for red bumps and sores on the butt that are itchy. They may tend to worsen especially when you are sweating, during exercises or when you are walking. Try using home remedies may get rid of them but if the persist, seek medical advice.

People with bushy buts may also consider shaving their butts to help in improving the hygiene and aeration of these areas. Also consider putting on clean panties during treatment.

Herpes Bumps may look like yeast infection small lumps and bumps

Herpes is majorly characterized by small bumps that are red either on the genital area, pubic area or the anal area as bumps between legs. These may also appear like pimples and in most cases they tend to be very sore and painful.

  • The difference between yeast infection bumps and Herpes is that in most cases, bumps from yeast infection are not very sore. Even if they become sore, it will be upon scratching or when you try to pop them.

When pimples on vagina or bumps on penis, are caused by herpes, they tend to develop into blisters in a short time. This blisters tend to burst leaving you with oozing sores that may even bleed. This will tend to be painful at this stage.

  • In some cases, especially when it’s the first time one is infected, they may not be painful and some patients may even heal without feeling the pain. Scabs will eventually form over the sores and they may heal depending on your immune system.

Just like yeast infection bumps, herpes will also cause itchiness but the difference is that bumps caused by herpes will tend to include a tingling effect before they erupt.

With herpes, these pimples like bumps may appear with other symptoms may include headache, flu and some patients may also experience swelling of their lymph glands.

  • Genital herpes may be tricky to diagnose in case one has suffered yeast infection before. There have been reported cases of doctor’s miss-diagnosing this especially if you choose to visit over the counter pharmacist.

It is therefore advisable to be open with your doctor and give him/her your past infection history so that they can ascertain and give proper treatment.

Causes of yeast bumps

As discussed above, the major cause of these bumps in this case is the candida fungi which thrives in the skin especially in warm areas and folds.

  1. However, the are other factors that may help the spreading and thriving of the candida fungi. Below are some other factors that may cause yeast infection bumps in the skin.
  2. Obesity may cause higher chances of contacting yeast infection sores and bumps since the increased levels of body folds will create room for the fungi and other bacteria to multiply.
  3. Individuals who have diabetes are also likely to suffer frequent episodes of yeast sores and bumps. Diabetes reduces the body’s ability to fight foreign infections.
  4. Poor hygiene will also help in accumulation of these fungi and other bacteria that will make the skin to be easily infected
  5. Oral contraceptives may also put a woman at risk of getting yeast infection bumps on the vagina due to the fact that they will interfere with the vaginal flora.
  6. Overuse of antibiotics has also been observed to cause yeast infection or increase the rate at which they spread. It is always advisable to avoid overusing over-the-counter antibiotics.
  7. A weak immune system that cannot fight the spread of the fungi on the skin. In this cases even stress can cause the multiplication of these fungi and bacterial infections.
  8. Male yeast infections can also be caused when a man has unprotected sex with an infected partner. Though this are rare cases and that is why yeast infection sores pimples and bumps are not medically classified under sexually transmitted diseases.

How to get rid of yeast infection bumps

Most of the home remedies below are aimed at having properties that will eliminate fungi and they provide a solution on how to get rid of yeast infection naturally at home.

Some of this bumps may be cleared by simple home remedies but in some cases, you may have bumps that won’t go away or keep coming back even after treatment.

1. Hygiene

One of the first basic treatment is hygiene. Ensure u bathe with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial soaps to disinfect the skin and keep it from any further infection.

Always pat dry the skin folds after taking a shower. During treatment, avoid overstaying in the shower or swimming at least until the bumps are gone.

In case of oral thrush, try and brush the teeth and keep the mouth disinfected as possible by using recommended mouth wash. This will help in keeping away the multiplication of the fungi that cause yeast infection bumps around the mouth.

2. Yogurt

Yogurt is a popular home remedy for yeast infection due to the fact that it will help in balancing the yeast levels naturally.

  1. For vaginal infections, use the following steps at home;
  2. Refrigerate some yogurt to cool it but do not freeze it
  3. Insert a tampon in the cool yogurt
  4. Put this tampon in the vagina for a few minutes 5-10
  5. You may repeat this two times in a day for better results

Taking yogurt frequently can also help in avoiding yeast infection pimples, bumps and sores from coming back after treatment.

3. Diet

Try and take a balanced diet for a nutritionist. This will help you in having a strong immune system that will help in fighting of mild fungal and bacterial infections.

Consider increasing the intake of fruits and fresh vegetables that are prepared with less fats. Regulate your sugar intake and foods that contain extra-refined flour.

During treatment, you may also consider reducing alcohol intake since it dehydrates the skin causing more sore and bumps to easily spread.

4. Loose clothes

Try putting on clean loose clothes around the infected areas. Keep these clothes and under garments clean and dry. You may also avoid sharing of personal effects like towels or bathing towels.

5. Boric Acid

Boric acid is a widely known treatment for yeast infection and studies have shown that it’s strong antifungal and antiviral properties can help a great deal in treating and clearing even chronic yeast infections. It is widely used in treating vaginal yeast infection.

  1. Get new gelatin caps and add some boric acid in them
  2. Insert in the vagina before bed
  3. Repeat this for up to a week and you should be able to see results by them
  4. Remember to be observant in case of any side effects like irritation, you should stop.

6. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is popular for its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It will also help in disinfecting the yeast infection bumps thus reducing their spread. Below is how to use it at home;

  1. Add some apple cider vinegar on a clean cotton ball
  2. Dub it or apply it directly on the bumps
  3. It may sting when applying but this is fine since it is only doing its disinfection job
  4. Repeat at least after every shower and these bumps and sores will heal before you know it

7. Garlic Cloves

Fresh garlic is rich in Allicin. Allicin is a compound that contains Sulphur and is very rich in anti-bacterial and antifungal properties. When yeast infection is noticed in its early stages, garlic can easily and completely clear the fungal infection even in latter stage. Below is how you can use garlic on yeast infection bumps;

  1. Peel of the natural cover on the garlic and crush it to get its extracts
  2. You may add a few drops of water to help in getting its fine extracts
  3. Use a clean piece of cotton wool to apply the extract in the bumps
  4. Let it settle for some time before you clean it off.

Below is how to use it at home on vaginal yeast infection;

  1. Peel of the natural cover and to leave the clove fresh and clean
  2. Insert the clove in the vagina before bed and leave it overnight, ensure you insert it in a way that you can easily remove it just like you do with tampons or other vaginal medications
  3. In the morning you will notice a clean or whitish discharge from the vagina. This is just a sign that it was cleaning the vagina and getting read of yeast in it
  4. Remove the clove and dispose it. Clean the vagina and continue with your normal routine
  5. Repeat for two days each night for better results in case of severe yeast infection in the vagina

10. Tea tree oil

One of the best ways to clear yeast infection bumps fast and naturally is to use Tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is known for its antifungal, antibacterial and its ability to rabidly reduce inflamed bumps.

To get rid of yeast bumps and sores quick at home with tea tree oil, you will need the following; Baking soda, water and tea tree oil

Here is how to use it at home;

  1. Put ONE teaspoon of baking soda in a clean container
  2. Add FOUR drops of tea tree oil in the container
  3. Add 8-10 drops of water to the mixture and mix properly to form a paste
  4. Use a clean piece of cotton wool to ably this mixture on the bumps
  5. Let it settle for about 10-15 minutes before you clean with cool water
  6. You may repeat this at least TWO times a day until the bumps clear

Bumps from yeast infection is common cause of white patches on tongue in children. Here is a picture of how yeast infection around the mouth and the tongue look like,

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Yeast bumps treatment

Never go to the pharmacy, describe your symptoms in minutes and walk away with medications in such a condition. See your doctor for a proper diagnosis incase those home remedies are not doing you any good and the bumps are persistent.

  1. To help clear and treat yeast infection bumps in most cases, the doctor will prescribe topical creams or ointments depending on how worse the condition is.
  2. Pills may also be prescribed especially in cases that patients have a history of sensitive skin or allergic reactions on the skin with some of the cream chemical contents.
  3. Oral treatment
  4. In some cases, after taking tests and certifying that candida is the causative factor of these bumps, the doctor may prescribe drugs like Clotrimazole, butoconazole or miconazole.
  5. Oral pills like Diflucan may also prescribed when the doctor feels that creams will not work especially when you have open sores or one is allergic to certain creams.

According to the American Family Physician, “ketoconazole (Nizoral) administered orally once a day, clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin) administered intravaginally twice weekly, terconazole administered intravaginally once a week, and fluconazole (Diflucan) or itraconazole (Sporanox) administered orally once a month have been relatively effective in reducing the recurrence rate for vulvovaginal candidiasis”

General Symptoms of yeast infection on the skin

Can yeast infection cause bumps? Well, the answer is yes. The candida virus will always cause bumps around the area of infection especially on the skin. Bumps on the skin or genital area may be caused by several conditions ranging from allergic reactions to underlying health conditions.

Having a bump on the skin or genitals does not directly point to sexually transmitted diseases. Below are some symptoms that point to yeast infection on the skin.

  1. Having an itchy skin that may be intense with an urge to scratch all the time
  2. Red irritated pimples or small bumps on the skin
  3. Little bumps that keep on spreading to other parts of the skin
  4. Inflamed sore patches on the skin that are most likely to turn red
  5. Itchy raised bumps or pimples cluttered in one area. itching may be very intense.
  6. Bumps or pimples tend to form a circle at the opening of the infected area
  7. Little bumps that start on one area and may continue spreading on other areas
  8. Swollen lumps that may be fluid filled
  9. Bumps with colored discharge in most cases the color of the discharge is white
  10. Patches on the skin that are red, sore and inflamed

Misconceptions 

There are major infections that are always confused with bumps caused by the candida fungi. These will always have the same symptoms.

  • This is a good example why it is good to avoid using over the counter medications since you may end up with a worsening the condition.

In some cases, some viral infections and bacterial infections may be causing these bumps. Seek medical advice in case you have any doubts.

Below are some of the common infections that are normally confused with yeast infection bumps;

1. Jock itch

Unlike yeast infection which may be even oral in some cases, jock itch is more confined to men and is also a fungal infection that affects the groin area. The groin area, buttocks and inner thighs provide a warm condition that is a good environment for these fungus to survive in.

About jock itch – According to webmd, “Ringworm of the skin appears as a rash with patches that may be red or peeling or that have bumps on the edges that look like blisters. The skin often is itchy, and the rash can spread quickly”

  1. Symptoms that directly point to jock itch include;
  2. Itching on the affected area that may be sore and painful
  3. Rash that may be noticed around the penis but not on the penis.
  4. These little bumps that may also appear on the bum-hole, but-crack and on the inner thig
  5. The sore area tends to form a circle and at the edge there might be blister like bumps or pimples

You can prevent this condition by keeping the groin clean. Ensure you pat these areas dry after shower and keep clean undergarments and beddings. Use clean towels and avoid sharing personal effects like basins, towels or pants.

2. Molluscum contagiosum

Malluscum contagiosum is a skin condition that is caused by a the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV). When compared to yeast infection bumps and sores, the MCV causes bumps that are not painful in most cases. In some cases, they may go away on their own while in other, they may even last for years.

In most cases, surgery treatments will do for those bumps that won’t go away since in most cases they tend to disappear on their own. These bumps will always appear to have a dent like depression at the center.

Yeast bumps may also appear like white or red little non itchy rash on babies genitals if hygiene levels are not observed.

Other conditions that may look like bumps from yeast infection

There are several other infections on the skin and genitals that may cause bumps that may be similar to yeast infection bumps. It is therefore advisable to avoid continued use of home remedies in such cases and seek medical advice.

This is also another reason why never use over the counter medication or self-diagnosis since you may think you are treating yeast infections yet other infections are building up in the body.

This include,

  1. Genital warts
  2. Genital herpes
  3. Pubic lice
  4. Acne

When these bumps are infected, the may become sore and painful especially when scratched. you should visit a doctor for a proper diagnosis in such cases.

Reference;

  1. http://www.webmd.com/men/tc/jock-itch-topic-overview#1
  2. http://www.medicinenet.com/diaper_rash/article.htm
  3. http://www.allcancersigns.org/symptoms/oral-cancer-symptoms-early-signs-of-mouth-cancer/#1_White_and_red_patches_in_mouth
  4. http://www.healthline.com/health/rash-on-genitals#2
  5. http://goaskalice.columbia.edu/answered-questions/boric-acid-safe-chronic-yeast-infections
  6. http://www.aafp.org/afp/2000/0601/p3306.html
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