Yeast Infection Skin Rash (cont.)
What Are Symptoms and Signs of a Yeast Infection Skin Rash?
Signs and symptoms of a candidal infection can vary depending on the location of the infection.
- In women, signs and symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are a white cottage cheese-like discharge that typically itches and irritates the vagina and surrounding outer tissues. Occasionally, pain may occur with sexual intercourse or burning may occur with urination. This same type of yeast infection in men can cause redness, a red rash with white spots, soreness, discharge, and peeling of the skin of the penis. Blisters are not usually associated with vaginal yeast infections and may be a sign of another type of infection such as herpes.
- In infants and adults, a candidal infection can appear many different ways.
- Oral candidiasis (thrush) causes thick, white, lacy patches on top of a red base on the tongue, palate, or elsewhere inside the mouth. These patches sometimes look like milk curds but cannot be wiped away as easily as milk can. If the white plaques are wiped away with a cotton swab, the underlying tissue may bleed. This health infection may make the tongue look red without the white coating. Thrush can be painful and make eating difficult.
- Candidal organisms naturally live on the skin, but a breakdown of the outer layers of skin promotes the yeast's overgrowth. This typically occurs when the environment is warm and moist, such as in diaper areas and skin folds. Superficial candidal skin infections appear as a red flat rash with sharp, scalloped edges. Smaller patches of similar-appearing rash, known as "satellite lesions" or "satellite pustules," are usually nearby. These rashes may be hot, itchy, or painful.
- Intertrigo appears as softened red skin in body fold areas.
- Candidal paronychia appears as nail fold swelling.
- Mucocutaneous candidiasis appears with nail abnormalities.
- Erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica occurs in the finger webs.
- Oral thrush requires medical treatment and a visit to a health care professional. If children take no fluids for longer than 12 hours, contact the child's doctor. Any fever or prolonged problems with feeding or a significant decrease or absence of urine production are health problems that warrant a visit to a doctor or the emergency department.
- Diaper rash or other candidal infections on the skin can be treated with antifungal creams and lotions such as clotrimazole.
- If the rash worsens at any time or if the lesions do not clear up in one to two weeks, call a doctor.
- Fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, or the rash spreading to other parts of the body may be a sign of a more serious illness.
Ringworm is another type of fungal infection that is different from a yeast infection. Ringworm is caused by a type of fungus called a dermatophyte, and symptoms include rashes or scaly patches that may be ring-shaped. Ringworm can cause athlete's foot, jock itch, scalp infections, and infections of the nails and in skin folds.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/25/2017
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