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Fungal Skin Infections

Picture of Candidiasis (Moniliasis)

Picture of Candidiasis (Moniliasis)

Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by an overgrowth of Candida yeasts, most commonly Candida albicans. Yeasts and bacteria like Streptococci and Staphylococci occur normally on the skin; overgrowth of any of these organisms can be a problem. The skin infection of the lips (perlèche) is often due to a mix of organisms including C. albicans and bacteria. For these reasons, combination treatment with nystatin and a topical antibiotic is often warranted. Candidiasis is more difficult to treat in people who have compromised immune systems.

Image Source: Color Atlas of Pediatric Dermatology Samuel Weinberg, Neil S. Prose, Leonard Kristal Copyright 2008, 1998, 1990, 1975, by the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Text Reference: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Candidiasis”