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Yeast Infection of the Skin and Mucous Membranes

Alternate Names : Cutaneous Candidiasis

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

A yeast infection of the skin and mucous membranes is caused by Candida albicans.

What is going on in the body?

A yeast called Candida albicans is a common and normal inhabitant of the mucosal tissues, such as in the mouth and vagina. Sometimes the yeast can overgrow and produce an inflamed rash on skin surfaces such as the diaper area, genital region, under the breasts, or underarms. Candidiasis of the mouth is also called oral thrush.

What are the causes and risks of the infection?

Yeast infections are more common with:

  • use of oral antibiotics
  • use of steroid medications, such as prednisone
  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • malnutrition
  • excessive sweating
  • crowded or unsanitary living conditions
  • use of oral contraceptives
  • poor immune function, such as in people with HIV or chemotherapy


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    Yeast Infection of the Skin and Mucous Membranes: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Lynn West, MD
    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Date Reviewed: 08/01/01

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