While most people associated yeast infections with lady parts, there are actually many varieties of yeast infection and one of them can show up in our armpits.
These superficial armpit infections are caused by fungus that's not supposed to be there. It usually shows up as a condition called intertrigo - an inflammation of both yeast and bacteria between skin folds.
So, men and women are both susceptible to underarm yeast infections. In an interview with Huffington Post, Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai, explained more about the differences between yeast infections.
“Yeast is a type of fungus. Candida is a type of yeast that commonly causes conditions like intertrigo, while other types of fungus cause conditions like ring worm,” he explained.
"Sometimes, when you have an overgrowth of yeast on the skin, that can cause very different types of rashes.”
While vaginal yeast infections are most commonly talked about in regards to Candida infections, the fungus can also show up as athlete's foot, oral thrush, nail fungus, jock itch and diaper rash.
Find out how to treat and prevent an armpit yeast infection on the next page!