Pediatric yeast infection is a general term that describes when a naturally occurring fungus grows in excess and causes irritation.
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.
The candida fungus can grow due to:
Conditions like diabetes or auto-immune issues
Douches or vaginal sprays, which upset the vaginal balance
High hormone levels
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
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 of a yeast infection include the following:
Itching and irritation
Pain during urination
Pain during intercourse
White spots or rash on the penis
White, thick coating on tongue
Discharge from the vagina or penis that can have an odor