What is sweat rash?

Sweat rash is extremely common. Unfortunately it can affect anyone at any time but there is no reason why it should cause long-lasting discomfort. This irritating condition is caused by candida, a yeast that occurs naturally on your skin. Trapped perspiration can sometimes upset the natural balance of the skin allowing candida to cause an irritating, itchy and often unsightly red rash. It's difficult to know when it might strike as everyday things such as sweating it out at the gym could potentially lead to this common fungal skin infection. Common areas where sweat rash tends to appear are where the skin rubs together: under the arms, backs of the knees, groin and under the breasts.


Who gets sweat rash?

Anyone could get sweat rash at anytime. It is often caused by candida (a yeast that lives naturally on your skin). Things such as rushing for the bus, working out at the gym and even wearing tight fitting clothing can all upset the natural balance of candida on the skin. This can result in a red, sore, itchy rash that can drive you to distraction.

People who sweat more are more likely to suffer - candidal sweat rash is therefore more common in sporty people, the overweight or the immobile but as candida lives naturally on the skin it could be experienced by anyone especially during the summertime.



How does the infection occur?

Candidal sweat rash is caused by an overgrowth of candida. Candida may overgrow and cause a problem when the condition of the skin changes i.e. the area becomes warmer or more moist than normal.

A key cause of a candidal overgrowth is sweating which is why it is more common in the summer months or amongst sporty people.

What are the symptoms of sweat rash?

The common signs and symptoms of
sweat rash are:

  • a sore red rash
  • inflamed skin
  • itching skin
  • burning discomfort
  • the skin could also be broken and may be moist

Sweat rash is usually found in skin folds or in areas where skin rubs together, therefore you are more likely to experience this condition in areas such as:

  • groin
  • under arms
  • between and under breasts
  • back of knees
  • elbows

If it is left untreated in these
areas it can spread