Yeast infections, thrush, and fungal diaper rash—what do these three seemingly unrelated ailments have in common? They are all fungal infections caused by the fungus candida, a type of yeast. Fortunately, candida infections are treatable and even preventable. Check out these tips and prevention techniques for properly treating candida infections.
Both men and women can get yeast infections. Yeast infections present the following symptoms: itching and soreness around the genitals, redness, a burning sensation when urinating, and a clumpy, white discharge (for women).
To treat yeast infections, an over-the-counter anti-fungal medicine may be used. Follow the directions exactly, including the duration that you should use the medicine. More severe cases may require a prescription anti-fungal medicine.
Prevent yeast infections by wearing cotton underwear and avoiding tight clothing. Never douche the genital area, as this disturbs the region's optimal amount of healthy bacteria, contributing to a yeast infection.
Thrush is an ailment that can affect people of all ages. Common signs of thrush include white, raised areas inside of the mouth, pain when eating or drinking, and fever (in more advanced cases that have spread to the bloodstream).
In order to treat thrush, a visit to the doctor is recommended. Your doctor can prescribe an anti-fungal medication that is safe for consumption. The medication comes in several forms, such as a pill or lozenge.
One of the contributing factors to thrush in adults is high stress levels. Minimize or manage your stress levels to decrease your chance of another infection. It is also important to practice proper oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing twice a day. Avoid foods that contribute to the growth of yeast, such as beer, wine, and bread.
Fungal Diaper Rash
If your baby has a diaper rash that isn't responding to traditional diaper rash creams, your baby may have a fungal diaper rash. Fungal diaper rashes are slightly raised, well defined, and a dark red color. Both baby boys and baby girls can get these rashes. Children who have recently taken antibiotics are susceptible to fungal diaper rashes, as the antibiotics also kill healthy bacteria.
Most cases of fungal diaper rash do not require a trip to the doctor. Instead, apply an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream to the area. It should clear up in a few days.
To prevent fungal diaper rash, change wet and soiled diapers as soon as possible. Make sure your child is completely dry before putting a new diaper on. Ensure that diapers fit properly, as diapers that are too tight contribute to the growth of yeast.