|I have to say, I just had the funniest image of dh standing in the kitchen with his junk in a cup of yogurt
Originally Posted by perspective
Yeast? really? Isn't it more likely to just be dry skin? Which do you think would be more likely connected with my original abrasion?
If it is yeast, how would I have gotten that? And how do you treat it?
Well, it depends on if you know how you got the origional abrasion-- if it was an outside trauma, like smashing into something, then it very well could be just dry skin where it is healing
If you just woke up with it one day, yeast.
Yeast is present in your body at all times. Usually, it helps you, it's when there is an overgrowth of specific types of yeast that there can be a problem. So, if you put triple-antibiotic ointment or neosporin on a genital cut, even once, that is enough to knock out your body's natural fungus fighting bacteria. (or if you put some on a cut on your elbow, then scratched your "self" without washing all of it off your hands, you can introduce antibiotics that way, too)... If you eat lots of sugars/carbs it can give the yeast in your body an overabundance of food and make the colonies grow bigger than your body's bacteria can handle.
And like asunlitrose said:
|in fact, yeast infections can cause small cuts because of the inflammation causing the skin to break apart.
and that can give the appearance
of dry skin or a red rash, when it's really little tears in the skin from the swelling of the infection. It can also cause pretty big tears or cuts, especially if it's on scar tissue (less elastic). And yes, it can be localized into tiny little areas, on any part of the body. Just usually genitals because of the moisture and temperature (some armpit rashes are yeast-based)... Babies usually get a red bum rash, or thrush in the mouth. Women usually get the internal curd-type (same as mouth trush) and intact guys can get that, too, but it is much less common. Women can also get the dry-skin type and it can go undetected as yeast because, well, it's not the "normal" type for women.
Guys (especially circ'ed guys) usually get dry skin and call it jock itch and there are a few man-specific anti-fungals. No-brand monistat is much less expensive and the same thing, though, if you want to go the medication route. Just rub it on 3-4 times a day for a week, and it won't cause any harm if it's not a yeast infection.
Or you can do the natural route: yogurt and probiotics (good bacteria to eat the internal yeast- I take them allthe time because my immune system is screwy. topically, yogurt eats the yeast on site) and/or apple cider vinegar (the pH kills the yeast- I add it to my and DD's bathwater when we are dealing with it). Women can also do garlic inserts, but I just don't think that would work for a guy
TMI- Part of the reason I know so much about this, because after I had a massive episiotomy that took a while to heal, and really thought the scar tissue was pulling apart. I was at the gyno for my "yearly" and she asked how I was healing-- It old her about the pain, how it all felt "wrong" (no itching or usual symptoms of yeast) and I kept getting small tears from wiping, sex, everything. She did 2 yeast swabs- one internal, one external-- and it was external yeast. She told me how it was uncommon for women and on to the asymptomatic men... and I researched from there. She gave me a script for Difucan (it's a pill) and Dh used monistat, it was gone within a week.