Fungal and Yeast Skin Infections

There are many different skin infections that are caused by either fungi or yeast.

Fungal infections usually appear in moist areas of the body such as skin folds, between toes, in the genitals and also under the breasts. Obese individuals are more prone to fungal infections because of the extra folds of skin that they have. Individuals with diabetes also tend to get more fungal infections than those who do not have the disease.

Fungal infections are common on feet, and also nails. You are 7 times more likely to get a fungal infection in a toenail than in your fingernails. The reason can be found in the constant warm environment of socks and shoes.

Preventing foot infection is as easy as wearing cotton or absorbent socks, making sure that you change your socks every day and keep your feet dry.

Penlac can be lacquered on your toenail to treat infections that are mild and loprox or lamisil creams can be used for foot infections.

Rashes caused by allergic reactions can appear on other parts of the body that are a reaction to the fungal infection.

Antifungal Drugs

Some common antifungal drugs used in treatment of these skin infections are: clotrimazole, ciclopirox, ketoconazole, terbinafine hydrochloride and itraconazole.

Candidiasis is a common yeast skin infection, which is normally found in the mouth, digestive tract or in the vagina. Candida can be found in mucous membranes and moist areas of the body. Individuals may have these infections in the mouth, vagina, anus, armpits, under the breast and in skin folds of the stomach.

These infections are common in hot, humid weather conditions, in individuals with inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis or individuals who have excessive folds of skin. Individuals who are taking antibiotics may also develop candidiasis as a result of the antibiotic killing the bacteria that are normally on the body that controls candida. Since the antibiotic has killed off the bacteria the candida grows unchecked by bacteria.

Babies will often develop a candida rash in their diaper area.

Vaginal candidiasis is also a yeast infection and is common in women who are pregnant or have diabetes. White or yellow discharge coming from the vagina, burning, itchiness and redness are all symptoms that may be experienced with vaginal candidiasis.

Yeast infections of the mouth include thrush, usually seen in children, and Perlèche, which appears, as cracks and tiny cuts at the corners of the mouth. Perlèche is usually caused by anything that causes moisture at the sides of the mouth (saliva) that can happen because of ill-fitting dentures, thumb sucking, or lip licking.

Yeast infections can be treated with creams that contain miconazole, clotrimazole, oxiconazole, ketoconazole, econazole, ciclopirox and the popular nystatin. Doctors may also prescribe corticosteroid creams to use along wtih the antifungal creams to help with any itching or pain involved.

Different treatments will be given for infections that involve the vagina, nail areas or for thrush.

Prevention of these types of skin infections usually require individuals to keep skin dry and cool. Talcum powder can be used on the skin surface to help prevent recurrence of the infection.