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yeast infection in children
Posted by: Spring
Date: November 7, 2001 10:55 PM

My boyfriend has a 7 year old boy, who has a yeast infection on his skin (his bum). I am just curious if you know of anything that would prevent this, as I was under the impression that this was primarily something that women got if they took antibiotics regularly.

RE: yeast infection in children
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: November 8, 2001 3:07 AM

Antibiotics and diabetes are predisposing factors. Antibiotics suppress competing organisms and sugar is a food orgy for yeast. The organism (Candida albicans) is a natural inhabitant on the skin so it is not something a person "catches." A high sugar or refined carbohydrate intake is also a predisposing factor and it usually shows up at intertriginous zones (where skin is opposed by skin).

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