Yeast is a fungus, and it is always present on pets as part of the normal flora of the body, both internally and externally. As long as the body is in balance, all is well. But when the immune system becomes depressed, or when the dog is given antibiotics, or is shaved, or scratches himself, yeast can invade the skin and go underground where it thrives in the hair follicles and throughout the body.
On some dogs you can observe the very earliest signs of yeast when it manifests as little black or brownish specs on the underbelly, around the genitals, or where the legs join the body. These often go unnoticed, being mistaken for dirt, flea specks or simply part of the ageing process. By the time you see this, the yeast infection is systemic throughout the body, similar to seeing a mushroom pop up on the forest floor. By this time the rhizomes (or roots) of the fungus have already covered acres underground. Yeast is the same. And similarly, it comes and goes in a typical annual cycle, waxing and waning with the seasons but it never goes away on its own.
Symptoms of a Yeast infection: Any one of these is a very strong indicator, regardless of how it got started. If there are two or more of these symptoms, its pretty much a given that the dog is systemically infected with yeast.
So, how do I know if its a yeast infection or an allergy? Or something else?
Well, you dont know for sure at first. But if the condition responds well to a natural topical antifungal, the hair grows back, the black skin disappears, the itching and licking stop, and the underbelly returns to a normal pinkish white, that should tell you something. All these symptoms respond to antifungals, especially to DERMagic Skin Rescue Lotion or Hot Spot Salve. It could well have been an allergic reaction to something that started all this, like a bug or flea bite or a bad reaction to grain in food, for example. But what then happens is that the local immune system doesn't function properly and this allows the yeast to bloom and invade. This is what many veterinarians can miss.
So how do I fix this problem? It's simple: DERMagic Skin Rescue Lotion and Skin Rescue Shampoo Bar. Just follow the instructions, take lots of before, during and after photos, and keep us posted on how things progress. Remember that patience and persistence are the keys to success!