The most common symptoms of a yeast skin infection are:
Red, scaly, moist patches on the skin.
Itching or burning.
Irritation or tenderness.
How is a yeast skin infection diagnosed?
A yeast skin infection can often be diagnosed based on how it looks and feels. Sometimes a KOH test or culture is done to be sure that yeast is the cause.
How is it treated?
A yeast skin infection is treated with an antifungal medicine. Your doctor may give you a prescription for the cream or ointment. Or you may be able to buy it over the counter at a drugstore. Examples of these medicines are miconazole and clotrimazole.
If the infection is severe, your doctor may prescribe antifungal pills.
A yeast infection usually goes away after about a week of treatment. But it's important to use the medicine for as long as your doctor tells you to.
To help keep yeast growth under control, keep your skin clean and dry. Wear loose clothing. Your doctor may suggest a powder that contains an antifungal medicine. You only need to apply it in problem areas, such as skin folds.
Current as of: July 2, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine