Spotting and Treating a Yeast Skin Infection

A skin yeast infection is extremely common and can happen on any part of your body, though there are particular areas that are more prone. While you could develop a yeast skin infection on your arm or leg, you are more likely to get one in an area in which skin rubs on skin or where there is moisture. Understanding how a yeast infection works will make it easier to manage and prevent a yeast skin infection.

We all have the fungi Candida albicans present in our bodies and our skin is made to block or fight off yeast, but when the skins surfaced becomes damaged, it allows the fungus to get in and possibly grow and cause infection. Areas which rub or allow for excessive moisture are more likely to breakdown and allow an entry point for the Candida.

The areas most at risk for a yeast skin infection are: skin folds, arm pits, the navel, under the breasts and the upper thighs around the groin area. These tend to rub, chafe and produce excessive moisture which wears down the skin, making it more susceptible to infection.

There are common signs with a skin yeast infection that will help you to determine that is indeed what you have. A skin yeast infection will cause a local rash with redness, swelling with a sharp border making it well defined against the rest of the skins surface. Often times it will be itchy and have a clear discharge.

Treating a skin yeast infection starts with keeping the area clean and dry which is easily accomplished with a mild soap and unscented talc. Natural remedies include: Tea tree oil or garlic, both of which can be applied twice daily for a week. As well, there are over the counter anti-fungal creams available in drugstores.

You can prevent a yeast skin infection by being diligent about keeping these sensitive areas clean and dry and wearing loose clothing which allows the skin to breathe. Avoiding wet clothing is also important. If excessive perspiration is a problem, you should use a non-irritating antiperspirant on the area.

You can also reduce your risk of yeast infection by taking an acidophilus supplement or eating yogurt with live cultures. What this does is increase your amount of "good bacteria" which helps to balance and fight off yeast in your body. Yogurt can also be used on the skin to help soothe and cure your yeast skin infection.

And finally, should you have a skin yeast infection; resist the urge to scratch no matter how much it may itch. Not only do you want to keep from irritating it further, but you don’t want to inadvertently spread it to any other parts of the body by touching it and then touching yourself anywhere else.

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