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Cutaneous candidiasis

Cutaneous candidiasis is a fungal infection of the skin caused by the Candida yeast. Most people have Candida living on their skin it’s just when something else in or on your body is compromised that the usually harmless Candida is allowed to mutate into it’s fungal form.

This form of yeast infection can effect any part of your body but will normally effect warm moist areas. These areas include…

  • The armpits
  • Groin area
  • Under the breasts
  • Under folds of skin

People at risk of cutaneous candidiasis

Cutaneous candidiasis is a fairly common form of yeast infection. People who have taken a course of antibiotics are probably most at risk because the antibiotics kills the first form of defense against the Candida which is your friendly bacteria. Our modern diet that contains lots of sugar helps the Candida repopulate the body faster after the course of antibiotics has finished.

Other people at risk of a yeast infection of the skin are those who have taken contraceptive pills. These change hormone levels which play havoc with your immune system, and the bodies natural sugar levels.

People with diabetes are at risk of getting Cutaneous candidiasis as their hormone and sugar levels can be all over the place. If you find you’re getting yeast infections regularly then you could speak to your doctor about the medication you are on. Keeping an eye on your own sugar levels regularly will help you as well.

Individuals who are overweight carry more risk of yeast infections especially those who are considered obese. They have more folds of skin for the candida yeast to start populating and mutating. People who are overweight also have more chance of being diabetic which will lead to sugar levels and hormone levels changing. Washing with unscented soaps and keeping your skin drier will help in this situation.

Symptoms of cutaneous candidiasis

Symptoms of cutaneous candidiasis include…

  • Itching that can get intense
  • Skin lesion or rash
  • Macule ( area of skin less than 10mm in diameter with no change in texture or thickness )
  • Papule ( small solid raised bump less than 10mm in diameter )
  • Rash on skin folds, genitals, buttocks, under the breasts, or on other skin areas
  • Infection of the hair follicles that may have a pimple like appearance
  • If you do suspect you are suffering from cutaneous candidiasis always see your doctor or health care provider first before attempting any self diagnoses or cure. Add to Onlywire

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