Yeast Infection of the Skin and Mucous Membranes
Alternate Names : Cutaneous Candidiasis
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
crowded or unsanitary living conditions
use of oral contraceptives
poor immune function, such as in people with HIV or chemotherapy