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Cutaneous Candidiasis - Causes and Remedies for Cutaneous Candidiasis

Cutaneous candidiasis is caused by the yeast-like fungus known as Candida albicans and is a common infection of the skin that affects a host of people across the world. The fungus infects almost any area of skin on the body and has a special preference for mucus membranes and damp moist places or crevices. This form of skin infection is highly contagious particularly the variances that are detected in the mucous membranes or the genitals. The infections are spread through direct contact with another individual in the forms of sexual contact. Indirect transmissions also occur if the infected individual shares clothing or towels that have been contaminated with Candida albicans.

The infection usually takes place in skin folds, namely under the breasts in women, the groin area, and the area surrounding the anal regions. When the infection strikes, there are itchy discolored patches which appear purple in color and resembles that of dermatitis is the sign of cutaneous candidiasis. The itchiness is the highest in those purple patches. There is a tiny amount of scaling observed in the area of the itchiness. Sometimes blisters are also formed that resemble spots, these can be found in the area of the patches that are itchy.

Cutaneous Candidiasis - Risk Factors and Treatment for Candidiasis

Babies stand a high risk of developing cutaneous candidiasis because of nappy rash and the dampness that they are subject to because of wet diapers. Individuals who are diabetic also stand a big chance of contracting the skin infection. Individuals who are overweight, pregnant women and those who take oral contraceptive pills, those who work in damp areas without proper ventilation, those who are HIV positive and those who have compromised immune system and categories of people who stand a high risk of contracting cutaneous candidiasis.

It is necessary to exercise a great deal of caution and hygiene in order to prevent Cutaneous candidiasis. The skin infection mostly affects those who already have a history of skin disease fungal infection on the skin and hence due to immunodeficiency, cutaneous candidiasis has a higher chance of survival.

It is important that the infected individual thoroughly dries out all parts of the body after a good wash with medicated soap and water, Clothing items that are used on the body must be made of a natural fabric and such items must not be shared with other healthy people. to treat the disease, doctors prescribe antifungal applications or oral medications to treat cutaneous candidiasis.

If the infection is left untreated the fungus may spread to other parts of the body and this is observed when the nails start to crumble away. In those who have a highly weak immune system, the fungus is likely to spread out throughout the body leading to a grave and life threatening skin disorder known as generalized mucocutaneous candidiasis.