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While uncommon, you can get yeast infection sores. But genital sores can also occur with health conditions like genital herpes. Thrush, a yeast infection that affects the mouth and tongue, also causes sores.
If you have sores or blisters, you should see your doctor to make sure they’re not caused by a more serious condition such as herpes.
Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of Candida. Candida is a family of yeast that occurs naturally within your body. When there’s an imbalance of yeast versus good bacteria, the yeast takes over in the form of a fungal infection called candidiasis.
Symptoms of genital yeast infections include:
- pain while urinating
- itching of the genitals
- redness around the genitals
- pain with intercourse
- thick white discharge
Symptoms of yeast infections on the skin include:
Blisters and sores are both possible symptoms of a yeast infection. A sore is defined as a raw or painful spot. A blister is defined as small bubble of skin that’s filled with either fluid or air. You can determine which you have by examining the area closely.
Yeast infection sores can look extremely similar to sores from other conditions such as herpes. A yeast infection sore is usually accompanied by a rash and redness of your skin. These sores may appear anywhere.
If the sores are only located in the genital area, you should consult a doctor to check if you may have a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Yeast sores can occur over time due to other skin conditions triggered by the yeast infection. A rash can occur from the yeast infection that can then form sores or blisters.
If you’ve developed sores from a rash attributable to your yeast infection, you should contact your doctor for treatment. If you’re already undergoing treatment, this could mean that you’re having a reaction to the treatment and should review alternative options with your doctor.
General treatment of yeast infections should treat sores caused by a yeast infection. If your yeast sores are itchy, you can apply an anti-itch cream such as hydrocortisone.
The anti-itch cream should be used in combination with an antifungal cream or natural remedy, as the anti-itch cream won’t cure a yeast infection alone. The hydrocortisone should only be used until symptoms are controlled and no longer than
Other treatments and home remedies include:
- antifungal pills, such as fluconazole (Diflucan)
- antifungal cream, such as clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin) or miconazole (Monistat)
- tea tree oil, which has
- coconut oil, which
may be effectiveagainst Candida albicans
- yogurt, a natural probiotic
While blisters or sores aren’t very common symptoms of a yeast infection, they’re extremely common symptoms of genital herpes.
If you’re experiencing white, thick discharge along with the sores, a genital yeast infection is more likely than genital herpes.
Yeast sores can appear on your face, armpit, genitals, nipples, or in any skin areas that could foster yeast growth. If you have sores appearing in areas other than the genital or mouth area, these sores are most likely not caused by herpes.
Genital herpes symptoms can include:
If you believe you may have genital herpes, you should make an appointment with your doctor and refrain from unprotected sexual contact until you’re sure of your diagnosis.
Oral thrush is a type of yeast infection that affects the mouth and tongue area. Thrush is common in young children, elderly people, and those who take antibiotics or steroids.
Thrush sores typically appear as velvety white sores in the mouth and on the tongue. These sores can be treated by antifungal medicines prescribed by a medical professional. If the thrush is mild, natural healers suggest coconut oil or yogurt to improve symptoms.
While sores or blisters from a yeast infection are uncommon, they can occur. Your sores should go away with the treatment of your yeast infection. However, you should make sure that your sores are not from an underlying STI or other skin issue.
If your condition doesn’t improve or if it worsens, be sure to contact your doctor for treatment.