Yeast is a fungus normally found on your skin. It’s also found in your digestive system. If you’re a woman, you also have yeast in your vaginal area. When too much yeast grows on your skin or other areas, it can cause an infection. This infection is also called candidiasis.
A yeast infection can happen if your skin gets damaged. Yeast can also “overgrow” in warm or humid conditions. An infection can also happen if you have a weak immune system. Taking antibiotics can also cause an overgrowth of yeast. That’s because antibiotics kill the healthy bacteria in your body that normally keep the yeast in balance.
Anyone can get a yeast infection. Those at higher risk for it include:
The symptoms of a yeast infection depend on where it is located in the body. The chart below shows the most common symptoms of a yeast infection. But yours may be slightly different.
Skin folds or navel
Corners of the mouth (angular cheilitis)
*The symptoms of a yeast infection may look like other skin conditions. Always see your physician for a diagnosis.
Your physician will ask about your symptoms and medical history and will also give you a physical exam. A bit of skin may be scraped or removed to be examined to confirm the diagnosis.
Your healthcare provider will consider your age, overall health, how widespread the infection is and other factors to determine your treatment.
Yeast infections can be easily treated with ointments or other anti-yeast (antifungal) creams.
You can prevent some yeast infections by doing these things: