Candida Albicans and Diabetes - What Is It?
People with type 2 diabetes
are at higher risk for further health complications
One of the more common complications are skin problems. One of these skin problems can
be caused by Candida albicans
organism that is actually already present on our bodies but that can
also lead to infections of the skin. A problem occurs when there
are changes in our bodies that allow it to grow or spread out of control.
Candida albicans and diabetes
is an issue due to persistent, elevated blood sugar levels that can allow
the fungus to spread.
Parts of the Body Affected by Candida Albicans
An infection due to candida albicans usually occurs in these areas
of the body:
- In the groin area. A
vaginal yeast infection
is one example. A vaginal yeast infection can cause intense itching and irritation, both
inside the vagina and outside of it; a burning sensation when urinating;
pain during sexual intercourse; and a white discharge that's often
described as having the texture of cottage cheese.
- In warm, moist areas like the underarms, under the breasts,
in skin folds, and in between the fingers and toes. In babies, "diaper
rash" is common.
- In the mouth. This type of infection is called thrush.
Thrush produces painful, white patches on the inside of the mouth,
including on the tongue. It can be very painful and makes eating difficult.
- In nailbeds. This can cause itchiness, pain, and swelling,
and sometimes even cause the nail to separate from the nailbed.
Seeking Medical Care
If you are diabetic, you should consult with a doctor if a skin infection
is present, no matter how minor it may seem. Medication may be needed to clear
up the infection, and a home care regimen may be prescribed to help it clear
up more quickly.
Candida albicans and diabetes is not an uncommon combination. However,
you can minimize the risk of skin infections (or recurring infections)
by practicing good
diabetes skin care.
Keeping blood sugar levels consistently within the target ranges
determined by your doctor will also go a long way towards preventing
skin problems and other complications of diabetes.
Prevention, where possible, is preferable to treatment.
The information on this website is based on our own research and personal experience,
and is not a substitute for medical advice. Questions about your health and individual
situation should be directed to your doctor.