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Fungal infection

Fungal infection in skin folds

Developing a fungal infection in one of the body’s larger skin folds is a serious problem. It is particularly common in people who are overweight or with heavy breasts, and is caused by the yeast fungus Candida albicans. This fungus is normally present in skin folds, the intestines and mucous membrane (genitals and mouth). Skin problems can arise if you are generally in bad health or if you have a compromised immune system. This could be the case if you are suffering from a serious disease or diabetes, or if you are on antibiotics. Fungal infections can be extremely unpleasant and the affected areas could be difficult to treat. Sorbact® Fungi has been produced specifically for the treatment of fungal infections in skin folds.

Background and symptoms

Fungal infections in skin folds generally affect people who are overweight, people with compromised immune systems (in the case of diabetes for example) and women with large breasts. The infection is also known as Candida infection and is more likely to appear in warm, humid environments. As a result, infants and people working in warm, humid conditions could also be affected.

The most common symptoms are itching, blistering or cracks in the skin. The symptoms occur in large skin folds, in female genitals, and under the breasts. It is not uncommon for the infection to have the appearance of eczema with flaking skin. There may also be an unpleasant smell in the infected area.

The most common symptoms

  • Itching
  • Red rash
  • Eczema-like skin changes
  • Unpleasant smell

Cause

Fungi in skin folds are caused by the yeast fungus Candida albicans, which occurs naturally in the intestines and mucous membrane of all humans. In areas of skin that are particularly warm and moist, the fungus can spread and cause itchy, stinging rashes, blisters and cracked skin.

The fungus often attacks areas where the skin comes into contact with other skin. Common areas are under suspended breasts, in abdominal folds, and in the armpits or groin. Fungal infections can be extremely unpleasant and give off an unpleasant smell. The affected areas could be difficult to treat.

Is it a Candida infection?

  • A yeast infection causes a rash with a very distinctive appearance.
  • If you are not sure, you should allow a healthcare professional to make a diagnosis.

Treatment

Preventive treatment

There are several ways to prevent fungal infections. Good hygiene and washing regularly are basic. It is important to dry all skin folds. If you are frequently in a humid environment or work in a warm, humid place, you should wear clothes and shoes that help to transport moisture away from the skin.

Sorbact® Fungi for treatment of fungal outbreaks

Sorbact® Fungi is an effective and well-documented method for treating bacterial and fungal outbreaks in skin folds. The method is based on a natural process where the fungi bind to the surface of the dressing.

Instructions for use

Wash the area with soap and water and dry thoroughly. Attach an appropriate length of the dressing to the skin fold and keep it in place using underwear or skin-friendly tape attached to the short side of the dressing. Placing the dressing on healthy skin is not a problem. Change the dressing daily. Always wash the skin before applying a new dressing. The treatment period is usually 5-10 days. Continue for a couple of days after the redness has subsided and the skin looks normal again.

 

Prevent fungal infection

  • Avoid warm, humid environments
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes and shoes, ideally made of material that transports the moisture away from the body.
  • Maintain good general hygiene.


 

Webpage examined by Margareta Grauers, dermatology nurse, 29-06-2017

Recommended products

Sorbact® Fungi

Treating fungal infections in skin folds

Fungi bind to the Sorbact® surface and are removed when the dressing is changed. For use in skin folds, such as abdominal folds, under the breasts and in the groin.

Available in pharmacies in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland