Although the most common place for yeast infection is the vagina, it can also appear in areas of the skin, particularly those where there are creases and where there is a lot of moisture. For example, in the armpit, in folds of the skin, in the groin area, or between the toes. The reason for it occurring like this is due to the small amounts of Candida Albicans organisms normally present, which can proliferate when the skin bacteria natural balance becomes upset.
The yeast infection of folds of skin is called Intertrigo. If there is a rash with a scale-like pattern at its edge, it is likely to be Itertrigo. Babies can develop Candidal diaper rash, which can appear as a red rash but also exhibit fluid filled pustules. There are creams to stop this type of diaper rash from spreading, which normally work well. To prevent this kind of diaper rash recurring, it will help to apply some Vaseline to the area after bathing the baby.
People who work in moist environments often get a yeast infection between the fingers. The name for this is Erosio Interdigitalsis Blastomycetica. There is a softness in the skin, which develops in the web of the fingers and they turn red. It is more likely to happen to diabetic people. A swelling and watery discharge in the skin around the nails may also be a sign of yeast infection there.
Treating yeast infection of the skin is normally not problematic and is fast. Take care to be gentle on the area when washing and use mild soap only. Do not apply any chemicals, which irritate the rash and don’t scratch it. Tight-fitting clothing is better avoided so as to keep the infected area dry. Apply only an anti-perspirant, which does not irritate. The natural soothing action of tea tree oil or garlic can help. An acidophilus supplement can help as well as yogurt with live cultures. For infections on the feet, wearing sandals can be beneficial, so too can regularly changing socks. Drying the area after bathing, pat it dry so as to avoid irritation.