Signs & Symptoms of Yeast Infection in Children

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Genital/volvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), most commonly referred to as a yeast infection, is caused by too much Candida fungus in the vagina or genital area. A yeast infection can occur in both adults and children, and symptoms and treatment are similar for both groups.

Candida

  • The fungus Candida is found all over the human body in very small amounts. Candida only causes a problem when it becomes overabundant.

Rash

  • A red, itchy rash and a burning sensation are sure signs of a yeast infection in girls and boys. In girls, it may appear on the vulva and buttocks, and in boys, it may appear on the penis and buttocks.

Discharge

  • With girls, the rash may also be accompanied by a chunky, white discharge from the vagina. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describe the discharge as looking similar to cottage cheese.

Antibiotics

  • The use of antibiotics to fight bacterial infections can alter the amount of Candida by destroying the good bacteria that normally controls the growth of Candida, resulting in a yeast infection.

Treatment

  • Yeast infections in children are treated with either an oral antifungal medicine, such as Diflucan, or a topical ointment, such as Monistat, depending upon the severity of the infection.

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