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Yeast normally lives on your skin. Sometimes too much yeast can overgrow in certain areas of the skin and cause an infection. The infection causes red, scaly, moist patches on your skin that may itch.
Common areas for skin yeast infections are skin folds under the breasts or belly area. The warm and moist areas in the skin folds can make it easier for yeast to overgrow. Yeast infections also can be found on other parts of the body such as the groin or armpits.
You will probably get a cream or ointment that contains an antifungal medicine. Examples of these medicines are miconazole and clotrimazole. You put it on your skin to treat the infection. Your doctor may give you a prescription for the cream or ointment. Or you may be able to buy it without a prescription at most drugstores.
If the infection is severe, the 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.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: November 15, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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