Optimal conditions required for development of any kind of skin funguses as well as yeast infections are heat and moisture. Due to this characteristic, you’ll find yeast infections to be most common under covered parts of the body as well as overhangs or skin wrinkles. Yeast infections of the skin are fairly common nowadays. These aren’t dangerous in any way but are considered to be quite annoying as their treatment lasts for a long time, with a lot of recurrences.
How does one acquire a yeast infection?
There are two basic ways for one to acquire this infection.
1. Bathing in badly disinfected pools, visits to the sauna and all other similar places which are visited by a lot of people and have both condition factors (humidity and moisture) present, ensuring a good growth and expansion of the fungus.
2. It is also possible to acquire this infection indirectly, acquiring it from other people or animals even.
As it has already been told, optimal conditions required for development of these yeast infections are humidity (sweat) and body heat. These infections are most common in body parts such as feet, between foot fingers, as well as the area under breast with older or obese women (most commonly). Men may acquire this infection in the armpit area, groin, chin or scalp. Of course, the same applies to both genders looking from a grand perspective, but these cases are considered to be most common.
Improper antibiotic treatment can also cause infections
You may be surprised by this, but after a specific antibiotic treatment you may develop a yeast infection somewhere on your skin. This is because antibiotics will destroy pathogen as well as useful bacteria which are beneficial for your skin and its condition. With this layer of protection removed, yeast infections can occur without too much problem as there is no resistance.
Generally speaking, yeast related skin conditions can be divided into two major groups:
1. Saprophytic – in this case, the causer will remain silent on the surface of the skin and it won’t penetrate into it.
2. Dermatophytes – these are considered to be most common – they have a characteristic of living in the horny part of the skin as well as hair or nails.
Within this group there are many causers to mention, with microspores being most common. These are known to attack scalp, area under the breast and other overlapped skin areas.
Yeast infections have become a major problem about 50 years ago, as a consequence of a wide usage of drugs which were actually motivating and supporting yeast growth. Antibiotics, steroids, contraception pills are just a couple of these. If something disturbs the overall balance of the bacteria (drugs, stress, bad diet, other diseases), the fungus may begin to grow, manifesting itself as a yeast infection.
How to recognize a yeast infection?
Even though you may notice some typical yeast infection symptoms on your skin, such as rash, redness etc. diagnosis needs to be left for the doctor to make. After establishing the diagnosis, the doctor will be able to prescribe an appropriate treatment in form of pills, creams, some types of dissolvers or other surface applying medicaments which need to be applied with a lot of discipline and order.
The biggest problem about yeast infections is that they occur rather easily and keep coming back. In order to prevent this from happening, you might want to follow some of the advices I’m about to give you, as these have been proven to have a real effect for prevention.
To begin with, always wash your skin with a pH neutral shampoos which won’t damage your skin’s natural layer of protection. Aggressive shampoos carrying a high percentage of acids may be helpful in short term, but looking at long term your skin will be damaged, making it less resistant against future yeast infections.
Once you’re done with your bathing, make sure to thoroughly dry your skin up, taking special care to not leave any moisture in the overlaps such as the area under your breast, under the armpits etc. Also, make sure to thoroughly dry up the area between your feet fingers.
Make sure that your clothes are clean. Wash your socks and other laundry on high temperatures (above 60°C), which will eliminate any leftover bacteria.
If possible, wear cotton socks and leather shoes at all times so that your skin can breathe, giving it less reason to sweat up. With this in mind, you’ll be eliminating one environmental requirement for yeast infections to occur – humidity.
Avoid bathing in swimming pools and saunas of doubtful hygienic level. One of the most common mistakes done here, as well as in gyms is walking barefoot over tiles in the shower room. These are usually considered to be packed with all kinds of bacteria which you can easily acquire by walking over them.
Therapeutic supplements need to be applied precisely according to directions of usage, never missing an application and stopping the treatment on your own initiative. The treatment needs to last for at least two weeks after the symptoms have gone away. If you do not do this, there are high chances of your yeast infection recurring back quickly after.
Long term prevention includes major changes done to your diet routine as well as overall physical activity, making sure that your life is balanced. Fungus infections themselves are caused by imbalances, so the best way to ensure you doesn’t get any more yeast infections is to establish a new type of balance in your life.
Some people may develop yeast infections after excessive sugar intake (ice cream, chocolates), while some others may get the same symptom after consuming canned food. This is where you need to be very careful, checking out all of the possible causes you’re doing, as you may just do enough to prevent yeast infections from happening in the near future.
All of these steps and advices can be used by every person suffering from yeast infections, including men and children.