Skin Yeast Infections
Penile & Vaginal Yeast Infections
- Genital yeast infections affect men and women. Men usually get itching and small reddish bumps or blisters on their scrotum and penis. This type of infection also causes dry and cracked skin, especially with an erection. Men who drink beer are susceptible to this condition. Also, men and women with diabetes tend to have problems with yeast because of their high glucose levels. Vaginal yeast infections in women can cause itching, burning and aching. Sometimes, they can get a thick discharge that looks like cottage cheese. This discharge often has a starchy odor. Doctors often prescribe nystatin creams to kill the yeast.
- Ringworm is caused by a yeast infection. It usually causes a lot of itching and can appear in red, elevated and scaly patches. Ringworm can be occur in the groin area as well as on the buttocks, feet and scalp. Kids are prone to this infection if they sit in moist sandboxes or near pools in wet bathing suits. Adults can get it in public places or from wearing damp or unwashed clothing. Pets can also spread it to people. To prevent ringworm, it is best to keep the skin and feet clean and dry. Also, you should always wash your hair after getting a haircut.
- Men, boys and women can get jock itch. It is often caused from wearing damp clothing but can be spurred by intestinal yeast as well. People who take too many corticosteroids or antibiotics are susceptible to jock itch, as are women who use birth control pills. People with diabetes are also prone to this infection. Jock itch normally occurs in the creases of the groin and on the inside of the upper thighs. It can also spread to the buttocks and abdomen. A common characteristics of this condition is a reddish-brown, scaly rash that can blister at the edges.
- Athlete's foot is also known as tinea pedis. As with other skin yeast infections, athlete's foot can be caused by systemic yeast overgrowth or warm and moist conditions. Athlete's foot causes scaling, flaking and itching on the toes and feet. Sometimes the skin cracks and even blisters. People can get athlete's foot from public showers as well as from prolonged exposure to wet or sweaty socks. Antifungal creams are often used for this condition, though oral antibiotics might be needed for more severe problems.
- Thrush is a skin yeast infection that damages the mucus membranes of the mouth. People suffering from thrush usually have white, cream-colored or yellow spots on their tongue, in the cheek area or on the roofs of their mouths. The spots do not necessarily cause pain, but they can bleed, especially if someone attempts to scrape them off. People with cancer and diabetes can get thrush. It can also be caused by poor diet, which is a culprit of systemic yeast as well. Doctors normally administer oral anti-fungal suspensions, lozenges or tablets to treat this condition.