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  • Candidiasis: When should one seek medical advice?

    Candidiasis: When should one seek medical advice?

    Candida is a common type of yeast infection, which can occur both in healthy people (children and adults) and people with weak immune systems. Candida infection commonly causes vaginal infection, oral thrush and diaper rash. A person with oral thrush (or oral candidiasis), should consult the doctor for treatment. Individuals with vaginal infection, rash or diaper rash should visit the doctor if the condition worsens when using over-the-counter medications or the lesions do not clear in 1-2 weeks. In people with weak immune system, candida can cause systemic infection. Any form of candidiasis in a person with weak immune system needs a visit to the doctor.

  • Duration of Candidiasis

    Duration of Candidiasis

    Candidiasis is a type of fungal infection caused by yeast like fungus called candida. In most healthy people superficial infections such as vaginal yeast infection, oral thrush and skin and diaper rash respond well to treatment (sometimes a single dose) and are cured within a few days. Nail bed infection needs long term treatment for cure. People with weak immune system may experience recurrent candida infection. Prompt and aggressive treatment is needed to control the infection in these people. If the infection has spread to blood or internal organs (such as gastrointestinal tract, oesophagus, brain) IV medications (such as amphotericin) are given at the hospital. The response to treatment, however, cannot be predicted as some people may need long term treatment to cure the infection and some may still develop complications or die.

  • What is Candidiasis?

    What is Candidiasis?

    Candidiasis is an infection caused by a group of microscopic yeast-like fungi called candida.Candida albicans is the most common type of candida, which causes infection in human beings. The fungi are normal inhabitants on all surfaces of our body. Superficial infection such as vaginal yeast infection, oral thrush, diaper rash, skin rash and nail bed infections are few common types of infection in healthy people. Recurrent yeast infection may be suggestive of more serious diseases such as diabetes, leukaemia or AIDS. In people with a weak immune system apart from the superficial infections, systemic infection or infections of various internal organs can occur. Candida infection responds well to treatment in healthy people, but the infections in immune-compromised people can progress rapidly and cause serious infections.

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