Seborrheic Dermatitis or Cradle Cap in babies, is a type of eczema that affects the head area but can affect the chest, underarms, thighs in more severe cases. It is one of the most common types of yeast skin infection that affects all ages and its course is characterized by spontaneous remissions and exacerbations.
Latest research shows that Malassezia Yeast plays a major role in this condition. it seems that many patients with seborrheic dermatitis have enormous growth of a normal skin yeast called as (Pityrosporum or Malassezia) in the affected areas. Whether one causes the other or vice versa is just a secondary phenomenon remains to be determined.
What is Malassezia yeast?
Malassezia yeast is commonly found in deep sea vents, human dandruff, skin of animals, humans and almost everywhere. The main species found on the scalp are Malassezia globosa, Malassezia furfur and Malassezia restricta. These yeasts are responsible for the hydrolysis of human sebum, releasing a mixture of unsaturated and saturated fatty acids. They leave unsaturated fatty acids and take up saturated ones as a result these unsaturated fatty acids gradually penetrate into the outer layer of the skin called as the epidermis (stratum corneum). This in return induces a yeast infection on the skin leading to dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.
What are the causes and symptoms of Yeast infection on the skin?
Skin acts as a natural and effective barrier against microbes, infections, and allergens. However, any breakdown or even a small cut in the skin may allow the fungus/yeast to penetrate and cause skin rashes or skin infection that may further worsen the condition. Yeast infection in babies is mostly linked to the wet diaper area. The symptoms of yeast infection on the skin includes:
Itching or Burning Sensation
Fluid filled patches
Shedding or scaling of skin
5 Natural/Home Remedies for Yeast/fungal Infections:
Yeast Infections can be treated naturally. Below are the 5 natural/home remedies that can help you get rid of the condition:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Calm your skin by Apple Cider Vinegar Spray. Take 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and mix with 1 quarter of water. Add the mixture in the spray bottle and you are ready to use this effective solution.
Cranberries are used for bladder infections and yeast/fungal infections. Drink organic juice to boost up pH balance and cease the fungal overgrowth.
3. Tea Tree Oil:
It is considered as a natural fungal cleanser. Take 2-3 drops of tea tree oil in a cloth and apply it on the affected part to relieve the symptoms of eczema.
Yogurt can be used to treat yeast infection. Take 2 tbsp of yogurt and apply on the affected area.
Eat fresh garlic daily to reduce the symptoms of skin infection. Garlic possesses natural anti-fungal properties and can balance harmful bacteria.
The fact that topical antifungal medications are effective in controlling this disease lead researchers to believe that this yeast may have a causative effect in eczema.