Candida and Rash
Candida is usually a harmless, normal resident of the mouth, digestive tract and vagina. Candida can affect certain areas of the mucous membranes and the moist areas of the skin under certain conditions leading to rash on the skin. Many areas can be infected. The most typical areas are the lining of the mouth and the vagina, armpits, the genital area and anus, skin under the breast in women and skinfolds on the stomach.
Conditions that Enable Candida to Infect the Skin:
· Hot, humid weather
· Tight synthetic underclothes
· Poor hygiene
· Skin inflammatory diseases occurring in skinfolds such as psoriasis
People Most Likely to be Infected with Candida:
· People taking antibiotics
· People with asthma using inhaled corticosteroids
· People on corticosteroids or immunosuppressive therapy after organ transplant
· People who are pregnant
· People with diabetes
· People who are obese
· People with a weakened immune system
Six symptoms of Rash
1. Infections In skinfolds. Infections in the skinfolds or around the navel will usually appear as a bright red rash. The skin will sometimes soften and breakdown. Small round raised areas of inflamed skin filled with pus called pustules may appear around the edges of the rash and it may be itchy or burn intensely. If the Candida rash is near the anus it may be raw, white or red and itchy. Babies could get a Candida rash in the diaper area.
2. Vaginal Candidacies. Vaginal Candidacies are commonly known as yeast infections. Women who are pregnant, have diabetes, or are taking antibiotics are at a higher risk for getting yeast infections. Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria. The good bacteria help regulate the balance of Candida yeast growth. These infections have symptoms like a cheesecake or ricotta cheese like discharge which color can range from white to yellow. It is also accompanied by itching, burning, redness and overall irritation of both the interior and exterior of the vaginal walls.
3. Penile Candidacies. Penile Candidacies most often occurs with men who are uncircumcised, have diabetes, or men whose female sexual partner has a yeast infection. While the infection may not show any symptoms many time the head of the penis or the scrotum will have a raw painful rash.
4. Thrush. This symptom occurs in the mouth. Creamy, white patches stick to the top of the mouth and inside of the cheek. These could be painful and can not be scraped off. Generally healthy children may get thrush from time to time. In adult thrush is possibly a sign of a weakened immune system. Many AIDS patients or diabetics have thrush because they use antibiotics which kill the bacteria that prevent getting it.
5. Perlèche. This symptom is candidacies at the corners of the mouth. This creates tiny cracks and cuts. These cracks may come from constant lip licking, thumb sucking, or poor fitting dentures. Any activity that leaves the corners of the mouth moist allowing yeast to grow will create perlèche.
6. Candidal paronychia. This symptom is candidacies of the nail beds. The nail beds will become red and swell. Nails will turn white or yellow and possibly rip from the nail beds. People who are diabetic, or have weakened immune system are affected by this. Healthy people who are constantly washing or wetting their hands are also open to getting this symptom.
How do I know if I have a Candida Infection?
Knowing the type of infection is very important so that the ailment will not be mistreated. Go to a doctor and they will likely scrape a small sample of the infection and test it. It usually will be a thick, white pasty residue or a distinctive rash for the doctor to identify.
What is the cure for a Candida Infection?
Most of the time a rash created by Candida Infection can be cured with creams like nystatin. It is taken for 7-10 days and the symptoms should go away. Gentian Violet is stronger medicine if the creams do not work. Keeping skin dry and clean will help prevent the infection from reoccurring