Pediatric Yeast Infection

Pediatric Yeast Infection

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Summary

Pediatric yeast infection is a general term that describes when a naturally occurring fungus grows in excess and causes irritation.

Expanded overview

Everyone has a fungus called candida, which is typically found in the intestines, mouth, skin and the tissues around the genital areas. When, candida grows out of control, it causes a yeast infection. Candida flourishes in warm, dark areas, such as the vagina or armpit.

Causes

The candida fungus can grow due to:

  • Antibiotic medications
  • Conditions like diabetes or auto-immune issues
  • Douches or vaginal sprays, which upset the vaginal balance
  • High hormone levels
  • Stress
  • Sexual contact
  • Underwear that’s too tight or made from materials that trap heat and moisture
  • Weakened immune system due to HIV/AIDS, immune-suppressing medications (organ transplants) or other reasons

Types

There are three main types of yeast infections:

  • Male yeast infection – This type is rare and is transmitted during unprotected sex with a woman who has a vaginal yeast infection. Men who aren’t circumcised are at a greater risk to contract the disease.
  • Toddler (1 to 3 years*) yeast infection – This infection creates a rash in the armpit, diaper area, mouth and neck.
  • Vaginal yeast infection – This is the most common type of yeast infection. Approximately 75 percent of all women will have at least one during her lifetime.

Symptoms

Symptoms of a yeast infection include the following:

  • Itching and irritation
  • Pain during urination
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Rashes
  • Vaginal swelling
  • White spots or rash on the penis
  • White, thick coating on tongue
  • Discharge from the vagina or penis that can have an odor

*Age of toddlers as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

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