Candidiasis is a yeast infection that manifests on the skin. This basically happens when the fungi multiplies on the skin. The name of the fungus that causes this infection is called Candida. It usually makes the skin look red and creates a rash and severe itchiness. Other symptoms include sores and blisters as well as cracked skin.
HOW IS CANDIDIASIS DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of candidiasis is done by a dermatologist or a skin specialist. The doctor will perform a physical examination to inspect the location of the rash and the appearance of the skin. The doctor may recommend a skin culture and use a cotton ball to swab the affected area and collect a skin sample to send to the laboratory for checking the presence of Candida.
HOW IS CANDIDIASIS TREATED?
Home remedies are very effective in treating candidiasis. Proper hygiene and regular washing of skin helps in keeping infections away. Maintaining normal blood sugar levels is also effective in relieving symptoms of candidiasis. For severe infections, antifungal powders or creams may be used.
DID YOU KNOW?
Candida infections are life threatening in people undergoing chemotherapy and those infected with HIV.