Symptoms and Signs of Yeast Infection Skin Rash

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Medically Reviewed on 8/5/2022

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 to take hold and grow. Candida infection may cause diaper rash in infants. In other cases, it causes infections in warm, moist areas of the body, such as:

  • underarms, 
  • 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:

  • flat, red skin with sharp, scalloped edges
  • skin that is warm to the touch;
  • tenderness or pain;
  • itchiness; and
  • softened red skin in areas of skin folds anywhere on the body.

What Is the Treatment for Yeast Infection Skin Rash?

Treatment for yeast infection of the skin involves keeping the affected area clean and dry. 

The mainstay of treatment for fungal skin infections is the use of antifungal products including creams and lotions. These are available in both over-the-counter and prescription forms. 

Intertrigo, a rash between folds of the skin, can be treated with antifungal (nystatin) powder.

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