Yeast Infection Skin
Yeasts need moisture to grow. People who live in warm, humid climates are at greater risk.
Other risk factors include:
- Having a weakened immune system
- Taking certain medications, such as antibiotics—can kill off good bacteria that helps manage yeast numbers
- Uncontrolled diabetes
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Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Most yeast infections can be taken care of with medication and good skin hygiene.
Good skin hygiene will include keeping the area dry and clean. A drying agent may be recommended for areas that are difficult to keep dry.
Antifungal medication will be prescribed as an ointment, lotion, or pill depending on the extent of the infection. Sometimes, the antifungal medication is combined with a steroid as an ointment or lotion.
Proper skin care can help reduce your chance of getting a yeast infection:
- Keep your skin clean and dry.
- Wear loose fitting clothing to minimize friction in skin folds.
- Avoid wearing synthetic fibers.
- Change out of wet clothing as soon as possible.
- Talk to your doctor about whether you should use drying powders.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Control health conditions, such as diabetes.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
Edits to original content made by Denver Health.
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