Doctor's Notes on Yeast Infection Skin Rash
Yeast infection of the skin is most commonly caused by Candida yeast. This condition is referred to as cutaneous candidiasis. Areas of skin breakdown, cuts, or cracks in the skin may allow the yeast infection ot take hold and grow. Candida infection may cause diaper rash in infants. In other cases, it causes infections in warm, moist body areas, like the underarms, the folds of the groin, under the breasts, between the legs, and under the folds of the skin of the abdomen of people who are obese.
Symptoms of yeast infection of the skin include a flat, red skin with sharp, scalloped edges. Smaller patches of the same type of rash are frequent around the involved area. Other associated symptoms can include warmth of the skin, tenderness or pain, or itchiness of the skin. Softened, red skin in areas of skin folds anywhere on the body are another sign of yeast infection of the skin.
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