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Cutaneous candidiasis

  • Alternative Names

    Skin infection - fungal; Fungal infection - skin; Skin infection - yeast; Yeast infection - skin; Intertriginous candidiasis


    General hygiene is vital to the treatment of cutaneous candidiasis. Keeping the skin dry and exposed to air is helpful. Weight loss may eliminate the problem in obese people. Proper blood sugar control may also be helpful to those with diabetes.

    Antifungal skin creams or ointments may be used to treat infection of the skin, mouth, or vagina. Antifungal medications taken by mouth may be necessary for folliculitis, nail infection, or severe candida infections involving the mouth, throat, or vagina.

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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Cutaneous candidiasis usually goes away with treatment. Repeat infections are common.

    • Infection of nails may cause nails to become oddly shaped and may cause infection around the nail
    • Recurrence (repeat episodes) of candida skin infection
    • Widespread (disseminated) candidiasis may occur in immunocompromised individuals

    Calling your health care provider

    Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you develop symptoms of cutaneous candidiasis.