Candidiasis usually produces a relatively mild infection, when it involves the skin. It tends to occur in moist areas, such as skin folds of the groin or under the breasts. Other areas affected are the skin of the scrotum, vagina and vaginal lips. the spaces between the fingers and toes, the inner thighs and the armpit are also involved.
Causes of Candidiasis Of Skin
The Candida albicans fungus causes yeast infections. The spore form of this fungus is usually found growing in the intestinal tract and the vagina. When yeast infections occur on the skin, signs do not appear until the yeast spore changes to another growth phase, the mycelial phase. The infection is more likely to develop in individuals who have some impairment of the immune system. This can be the result of cancer, chronic infection, or the use of immunosuppressant drugs. Damaged skin, particularly areas that become warm and moist, may allow the fungus to grow.
Signs and Symptoms of Candidiasis Of Skin
Involvement of the skin with Candidiasis produces abnormal patches of skin, or plaques. They appear as bright red patches with poorly defined borders. commonly, they can range from 6 to 12 cm in size, sometimes larger. Crusts may form on these plaques and they ooze or weep. Frequently, they produce severe itching. Smaller plaques, less than 1 mm in size, may sometimes surround larger plaques. Occasionally, small pustules develop.
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