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Candidiasis (Yeast Infection)

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Diaper Rash

Some, but not all, diaper rashes can be caused by yeast. Babies with a yeast-related diaper rash may have:

  • Dark red patches of skin in the diaper area, especially in the folds of skin near the thighs.
  • Yellow, fluid-filled spots that can break open and become flaky.

Call your pediatrician if your baby has a diaper rash that gets worse or concerns you. It is important to find out what is causing the diaper rash.

If yeast is the cause, your doctor will recommend antifungal medicine to place on the sore, irritated skin. This medicine comes in cream, ointment, or powder form.

Do not use any over-the-counter yeast infection products before talking to your child's doctor.

Invasive Yeast Infection

If Candida yeast gets into your bloodstream, it can spread to other parts of the body. This type of infection is also called candidemia.

This infection may happen if you have a weakened immune system and a yeast infection goes untreated. Or it may occur if you come in contact with medical equipment contaminated by the fungus.

Symptoms of an invasive yeast infection can be vague and depend on which part of the body is affected. Common symptoms include fever and chills that continue after you have taken antibiotics.

This type of infection is more often seen in people who are or have been in the hospital. It is a leading cause of bloodstream infections and death in hospitalized patients.

You are more likely to get this type of infection if you:

  • Are in the hospital's intensive care unit (ICU).
  • Have had recent surgery.
  • Have a central line (catheter).
  • Have a weakened immune system.

Very low-birth-weight infants also have a higher risk for this type of infection.

Invasive candidiasis is a very serious condition that requires prompt treatment. You will be given antifungal medicine by mouth or through an IV for several weeks.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD on October 29, 2014

Sources

SOURCES:

CDC web site: "Candidiasis," "Oral Candidiasis," "Oral Candidiasis: Risk and Prevention," "Oral Candidiasis: Symptoms," "Treatment and Outcomes of Oral Candidiasis," "Treatment and Outcomes of Genital/Vulvovaginal Candidiasis," "Invasive Candidiadis."

FDA web site: "Amphotericin B."

Pappas, P. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2009.

Women'sHealth.gov: "Vaginal Yeast Infections Fact Sheet."

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene web site: "Yeast Infection."

Up to Date web site: "Diaper Rash Overview."

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