What are Yeast Infections?

Yeast infections are among the most common medical annoyances. Luckily, most can be cured or controlled with clean habits and OTC (over-the-counter) drugs.

The 3 most common are:

  • Jock itch: a red rash that spreads from the penis out over the inner thighs, anal area and buttocks
  • Vaginal yeast infections: often happen in women 20 to 40 years old, and are often linked to the use of antibiotics or birth control. Hormonal changes from your period, pregnancy or high blood sugar can also add to your risk
  • Penile inflammation (balanitis): involves swelling and redness of the head of the penis. It is not easy to control and often comes back in uncircumcised males

Infants and children can also get yeast infections. Common diaper rash in infants and toddlers is most often a superficial infection caused by the same fungi as other yeast infections in moist parts of the body. The rash can be controlled by frequent changing and, if needed, medicated powders.