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Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
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Candidiasis (Overview)

Candidiasis is an infection caused by a specific group of fungi or yeast that usually occur in warm, moist parts of the body. Common symptoms include redness, itching, and discomfort.


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Is oral candidiasis (thrush) contagious?

Is oral candidiasis (thrush) contagious?

No: This is not contagious, everyone harbours this fungus, but it only manifests itself when your immune system is decreased or if you are on antibiotics that throws off your oral cavities bacteria equillibrium. ...Read more

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Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
1,411 doctors shared insights

Candidiasis (Overview)

Candidiasis is an infection caused by a specific group of fungi or yeast that usually occur in warm, moist parts of the body. Common symptoms include redness, itching, and discomfort.


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How do you define candidiasis?

How do you define candidiasis?

A fungal infection.: Candidiasis is an infection with one of the yeast-like fungi in the genus candida, usually candida albicans.Candida fungi are very common and are the most common cause of fungal infections in humans. ...Read more

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What is candida yeast?

What is candida yeast?

Type of yeast: Candida is the scientific name for a group of yeasts. There are sub types like albicans, glabrata and more. Yeasts are a type of fungus. So in other words, candida is a type of fungus as opposed to bacteria/viruses.Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What is candida albicans?

What is candida  albicans?

It is a type of : fungus/yeast,that causes mostly skin and vaginal yeast infections in people.Under certain conditions ,it can become invasive . ...Read more

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What are thrush, candida, cystitis and yeast infection?

What are thrush, candida, cystitis and yeast infection?

Thrush: Thrush is a yeast infection in the mouth. Candida is the name of the yeast. Cystitis is a bladder infection, which could be a viral infection, bacterial infection or a yeast infection. Yeast infection just means that you have an infection from yeast and it could be just about anywhere. Vaginal yeast infections and oral (mouth) yeast infections do tend to be the most common, but skin occurs too. ...Read more

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I will like to know the symptoms of candidiasis in men's penises?

I will like to know the symptoms of candidiasis in men's penises?

Itching: The most common symptom is usually itching of the penis. There may also be redness to this area but no discharge. ...Read more

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Do candida albicans (thrush) cause tonsil stones?

No: Tonsil stones are usually an amalgamation of trapped food, discarded cells and debris from the tonsil, and the bacteria that live naturally in our mouth. They are not indicative of an infection and don't have a relationship with candida. ...Read more

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Can a yeast infection cause Oral hairy Leukoplakia?

Not likely: It may resemble thrush, but the patches are usually softer than leukoplakia patches. If a patch looks suspicious, your dentist will do a biopsy for definitive diagnosis. Hairy leukoplakia can appear in people whose immune system is not working well. ...Read more

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I've intestinal candidiasis diagnosis wth stool culture, and my doc told me to take fluconazole (50mg 7 days) and metronidazole should I take this?

I've intestinal candidiasis diagnosis wth stool culture, and my doc told me to take fluconazole (50mg 7 days) and metronidazole should I take this?

Depends..: Intestinal candidiasis means you have candida in the intestinal tract. Whether this causes any problems is unclear. Will it hurt to treat it? No, only your pocket book. Will it make you feel better? Probably not. ...Read more

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Can the doctor diagnose candidiasis with a colonoscopy, or blood tests?

Can the doctor diagnose candidiasis with a colonoscopy, or blood tests?

No: Upper endoscopy will disclose candida of the mouth and esophagus. Candida almost never infects the colon. Of course you can have genital yeast infections which are different. ...Read more

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What is oral candidiasis?

What is oral candidiasis?

Fungus in the mouth: The layman term is yeast-infection or thrush. It is a fungal infection (candida albicans) which is quite common infants and can be easily treated by med such as nystatin. In adult, this can happen following antibiotic treatment, oral steroid use as in those for asthma/copd etc...But should be considering immunocompromised states such as hiv/cancer etc..As risk factors. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Medication for vaginal candidiasis?

Medication for vaginal candidiasis?

Antifungal: Some common vaginal antifungals are: miconazole, clotrimazoloe, butocanazole, terconazole, fluconazole. Strengths of these medications vary. I typically recommend a 5 or 7 day course of vaginal suppositories. Ask pharmacist in your community if they have that type of medication. ...Read more

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Will nystatin oral tablet cure a vaginal yeast infection?

Will nystatin oral tablet cure a vaginal yeast infection?

Yes : It is an antifungal although not often used for this. Over the counter creams will work too. ...Read more

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Is there a home test for oral candidiasis?

It's usually a: Clinical look for white cheesey clumps on the tongue tonsils and throat...We don't culture it. The treatment is a script, ketoconazole or monistat. ...Read more

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How accurate are blood tests in determining invasive candidiasis? Would it be recommended to have more than one test to be sure?

How accurate are blood tests in determining invasive candidiasis? Would it be recommended to have more than one test to be sure?

It's legitimate!: ANY blood culture with Candida growing in it, should be considered real and needs to be treated, with the source of the infection removed (sources includes: central line, GI source, infected prosthetic device, presence of an abscess). Candidemia should not be interpreted as a contaminant. For additional guidance, an Infectious Disease Consult is recommended. ...Read more

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