Yeast Infections on the Skin – Common Symptoms

A fungal skin infection caused by Candida is called cutaneous candidiasis.

You can get a rash caused by yeast almost anywhere, but the more common areas for a rash are folded areas like the armpit, in the crotch, under the foreskin, and under the breasts. When a skin infection occurs in the genital area of men, it’s called called a male yeast infection. Obesity can create folds and crevices that form a perfect environment for Candida, as can hot, humid weather and tight clothing. (more…)

Common Symptoms of Male Yeast Infections

A male yeast infectionis caused by the same organism that causes vaginal yeast infections in women, oral thrush, and diaper rash – Candida albicans.

A male yeast infection shows up as an itching, red rash on the penis.

A Candida rash looks red and flat, with sharp scalloped edges. You may see small pustules around the edges of the rash, the area may itch or burn, and it may be painful. There are usually smaller patches nearby. A rash around the anus may be white or red, and will itch. (more…)

Symptoms of Bacterial Infections that Mimic Vaginal Yeast Infections

Many of the bacterial infections that mimic Candida infections are much more serious than a yeast infection, and common anti-fungal medications won’t help.

It is not possible to self-diagnose a vaginal infection by the symptoms alone. Yet studies have shown that the majority of women who buy over-the-counter fungicides are trying to treat a yeast infection, when they actually have one of the bacterial infections.

In some instances, especially during pregnancy, this can be a dangerous mistake.

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How a Sugar-Free Diet Can Help Prevent Yeast Infections

If you seem to get yeast infections way more often than you would like, (and even one seems like too many!), a sugar-free diet may be exactly what you need to keep the yeast infections away.

Research studies have shown that the yeast population in mice will skyrocket (and become infectious), if the mice are fed a high-sugar diet.

Exactly the same thing happens in humans. Unfortunately, most of us in the Western world do eat a diet that is high in refined sugar and simple carbohydrates, which creates the perfect environment for a yeast infection. (more…)

Do You Need a Special “Candida diet?”

Many authors claim you need a special Candida diet to prevent chronic yeast infections, but this may not be true.

That is, of course, as long as you use common sense and eat a healthy diet. Sugar and white flour should be avoided if you have chronic yeast infections, but no other changes appear to be necessary – although the importance of eating lots of green veggies and cutting back on your portion always applies, whether you get yeast infections or not. (more…)

Yeast Infections and Obesity

Hormone changes are one of the major causes of yeast infections, and extra fat cells can change our hormone balance.

This is why so many overweight women suffer from chronic vaginal yeast infections.

Obesity can cause insulin resistance, which means that the body needs to produce more and more of this hormone to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. The hormone changes caused by obesity is a significant risk factor for the development of adult onset diabetes, and that’s why chronic yeast infections are often one of the first signs of diabetes. (more…)