Yes, a yeast infection can cause sores to form. The term “sore” is a rather broad term; and, many people may call a wide array of skin anomalies sores. To further operationalize the term sore, we will classify excoriations (raw irritated lesion; which can be a patch of worn off skin), fissures (tears in the skin—long cuts), white lesions, pustules (inflamed bumps with pus), and papules (inflamed bumps without pus) as sores. Candida can causes fissures, which are breaks in the skin, and they may appear as a sore. Excoriations, which are small sore areas where the skin has been eroded, can also be caused by a yeast infection. Also, if you have inflamed bumps on the skin, these also can be caused by Candida. And very frequently, a yeast infection will cause a patch of skin to become red and inflamed. So, yes, if you have one of these symptoms, and consider it to be a sore, it can be caused by Candida. There is a lot of research supporting the fact that a yeast infection causes sores. So let’s take a look at some of the studies that verify these facts!
Research on Candida Sores
The first study relating to this discussion, was published in Obstetrics & Gynecology [92.5 (1998): 757-765]. The study analyzed a large group of females; in total there were 774 females were examined for this study. 588 females of this group were found not to have Candida infections; the remaining 186 women were positive for Candida. The primary symptoms that were indicative of a yeast infection included vulvar itching and vulvar burning. The researchers also found that fissures, vaginal redness, and excoriations; when present, were very strong indicators of a yeast infection. 72% of the Candida positive women had reddened skin in the vaginal or vulvar area. 17% of the Candida positive women had vulvar fissures, while 4% had excoriations. Thus, you may consider fissures, excoriations, and red spots to be sores. Thus, these sores are a very good indicator that your problems are indeed related to Candida overgrowth.
Another published research study, also concurs that sores are a symptom of yeast infections. The study was published in the journal Critical Reviews in Microbiology [37.3 (2011): 250-261]. The study stated that excoriations and fissures typically occur on the external genitalia of women in 1 of 4 cases of vaginal Candidiasis. The study reported that two other common causes of vaginitis—bacterial vaginosis and Trichomoniasis—are much less likely to create such sores. The study also relates, that inflammation and reddening of the labia and vulva, are symptoms of Candida. Frequently, vaginal Candidiasis will causes pus filled pimples or bumps, and inflamed bumps without pus, to form around the edges of the inflamed skin. So, if you're calling red bumps without pus, thin cuts (fissures), or pus filled bumps that have broken open due to contact; sores, these are all things a yeast infection can cause. Excoriations, as mentioned, will likely fit the classic criteria of a “sore;” and, of course, yeast infections can cause excoriations. Concerning the general symptoms of vaginal Candidiasis (denoted by ‘VVC’ by the authors), the authors stated the following:
The symptoms of VVC and BV are itch and odor, respectively,with almost no overlap between the two. Vulvar Pruritus and burning are hallmark symptoms in most women with VVC, and they are frequently accompanied by soreness and irritation that lead to dyspareunia [pain during sex] and dysuria [trouble urinating]... Symptoms and signs vary considerably in intensity from mild to severely incapacitating. Vaginal discharge is not invariably present and is frequently minimal. Although it has been described as “cottage cheese-like” in character, the discharge may vary from being watery to homogeneously thick. Odor, if present, is minimal and non-offensive.
Another study, published in Clinical Inquiries [2011 (MU) (2011)], also indicates sores are caused by yeast infections. The study determined the severity of yeast infections during a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 343 women. The symptoms that indicated severity, included: excoriation formations, fissure formations, itching skin, vulvar or vaginal skin inflammation and redness, and edema. Therefore, the degree you have sores; e.g., fissures and excoriations; is a capable indicator of the severity of your infection.
Another study, published in Reproductive Endocrinology [24 (2015): 51-56], also states that yeast infections can cause sores. The study reports that vulvar edema (tissue taking on too much water), fissures, excoriations (most likely what would be deemed a ‘sore’), and a cottage cheese like vaginal discharge are all signs of a yeast infection. The study states that these sores can become increasingly severe as the Candida infection develops. The article also stated, the human papillomavirus (HPV), can also cause lesions you may describe as sores. And, the study also states, that genital lesions or ulcers—which can be thought of as sores—are also signs of an STD. So, if you have a history of frequent sexual activity, with partners who could be positive for an STD, your sores may indicate you acquired the STD as well. For more information on Candida and how it compares to STD’s, you can find out more here: Sex and Yeast Infection.
Diaper Rash and Sores
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology [6.5 (2005): 273-281], shows that sores can be an indicator of diaper rash. Diaper rash primarily presents itself as inflamed, reddened skin and mild scaling. Yet, diaper rash can also causes sores to break out on the skin as well. The study states that Granuloma gluteale infantum can occur directly due to diaper rash. Granuloma gluteale infantum causes inflammation of the skin, and induces the loss of the outer layer of the skin that can be purple in color. The lesions are usually 0.5 to 4 cm in diameter, and occur on the groin, buttocks, abdomen, and even the neck.
The study stated, that when Candida is responsible for diaper rash, it usually causes damage to the skin on and around the anus. Later, the Candidal diaper rash will causes patches of inflamed, reddened skin. Small bumps can also form on the skin that are usually inflamed. Such bumps can have no pus or be filled with pus. If you notice these bumps outside and around the primary infection zone, and they are pus filled, it is a good indicator that Candida is causing the rash and not some other infectious agent. Thus, all of the aforementioned conditions, cited by this study, could be classified as “sores.” So, diaper rash caused by Candida, can cause a variety of skin maladies.
Symptoms of Candida
There is some degree of overlap in the symptoms Candida will cause with the symptoms caused by other infections (such as BV, trichomoniasis, and chlamydia). The common symptoms of vaginal yeast infections are listed below. Following this are pictures of skin that is infected with Candida. You can get a good idea of what these types of skin rashes look like by viewing these images. One image, shows a cut in the skin that appears to have been caused by Candida growing in this area. If you have sores, and a few other symptoms of a yeast infection, Candida is suspect as the cause of your problems.
- White, cottage cheese like discharge
- Inflamed, reddened skin
- Itching skin (pruritis)
- White lesions on the skin or mucous membranes
- Raised, inflamed bumps with and without pus
- Edema in the area
- Fissures (tears in the skin)
- Excoriations on the skin (skin that has been worn off or a raw irritated lesion; typical “sore”)
All Natural, 12 Hour Cure for Yeast Infections
One somewhat famous women who dealt with recurrent vaginal yeast infections for a horribly long duration is Sarah Summer. Summer was one of the unfortunate people who frequently developed Candida infections. Sarah would use one product after another to clear up an infection. But, it was only a short time after the initial infection went away that another episode of Candidiasis would occur. Sarah was caught in the system of being a consumer of products that only dealt with surface level symptoms; thus, the underlying issues predisposing her to Candida would inevitably bring the problem right back again.
The cycle of product use and recurrence would go on for some time in Sarah’s life; until, Sarah found herself attacked by a very severe yeast infection. Sarah decided to get her physician to check her out right away. Hopefully, Sarah’s doctor could get this problem under control and gone without too much hassle. After being checked over by her doctor, Sarah was told that her infection was indeed severe; and, it wasn’t going to be able to be totally cured. Apparently Sarah’s doctor discovered the yeast in her vagina had become an entrenched mould and had sent many deep tendrils into her skin. With the prospect of having to deal indefinitely with this entrenched Candida, Sarah decided to start looking for answers on her own.
Sarah’s husband Robert also worked alongside her and the two began to ardently study medical information on Candida. According to Sarah, during this time she practically “lived” in a medical library. Sarah had decided to focus on the underlying issues of her problem and also evaluate natural medicines (such antifungal plants). Sarah and Robert bought many products and remedies; all the while looking for a solution.
The day did come when Sarah developed a very effective answer to her health issues. Using natural medicine and a new approach, Sarah found her latest treatment worked! Finally, Sarah and Robert were rewarded for their efforts. As time went on, Sarah also stayed yeast free—no more recurrent yeast infections were happening. As she gave others her new system, they would report back stating their yeast infection was cured in about 12 hours. Since that time many people from all over the world have gained their freedom from Candida following Sarah’s advice.
Sarah also has published a book outlining her entire system for naturally getting rid of Candida. Her book is available only from a large digital publisher; a subsidiary of Keynetics Incorporated. Sarah’s book is available as an ebook, and can be downloaded after purchase. Sarah also provides a generous 100% money back guarantee on her book to reduce any doubts some may have about her claims. You will have a full 8 weeks after purchase to request your money back; and, you can ask for a refund for any reason. Purchases and refunds are all handled by Sarah’s publisher.
If you’d like to get some more information on the 12 hour Candida cure developed by Sarah, see testimonials of others who tried her book, or learn more about Sarah’s personal life story, you can find more information at Sarah Summer's website.
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