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Can Candidiasis Be Contagious
Kind of...: ...Though it's pretty ubiquitous; most people carry a small amount of Candida Albicans on their skin and mucous surfaces without becoming sick; candida tends to flare up on injured surfaces, or after bacteria are suppressed with antibiotics, or in an immunosuppressed host, or in an embedded foreign body. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes it can be: Candida normally inhabits the whole intestinal system, including the oral cavity but your immune system keeps the levels low. When the immune system cannot suppress the growth of candida it overgrows. I think there must be strains of candida that are more aggressive and can lead to overgrowth more and yes you could get this from someone else. I have had cases where patients developed thrush. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on cause: Candidiasis usually does not occur in normal individuals and may be a signal of immune deficiency. It also depends on where the candida infection is in the body. There different implication for candida in the vagina vs. Esophagus. Treatment will depend on the underlying disorder and location. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yeast infection: Vaginal candidiasis usually presents with clumpy white vaginal discharge and extreme vaginal itching. It is also associated with painful intercourse. A vaginal yeast infection can occur with no particular reason, but does frequently show up after taking antibiotics for an unrelated infection. ...Read more
Try using...: You can safely treat a yeast infection during pregnancy with various over-the-counter anti fungal creams or suppositories, including: Miconazole (monistat), Clotrimazole (gyne-lotrimin). These products can be used at any point during pregnancy and don't pose a risk of birth defects or other pregnancy complications. For best results, choose a seven-day formula. ...Read more
Blood culture: If you read the reports a few decades ago that multiple diseases could be caused by candidiasis, there is not such a test or such an entity. But if you have an impaired immune system. You may be susceptible to candida infection including a systemic one in which candida can be cultured from the blood. You will be likely very ill when and if this indeed happens. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A range: The recommended range on prescription starts at 100mg and caps out at 400mg, doctors can believe you need something in between, a little bit more or a little bit less, in any case it's recommended to be taken for at least 3 weeks and for at least 2 weeks after your symptoms get better. ...Read more
More info: Can you provide more information, as it's unclear what type of candidal infection you have. Does it involve your mouth/throat, areas of your skin, your genital area or somewhere else (possibly even multiple areas). Also what treatment (s) have you undergone and evaluation have you had so far? The answers to these questions will better clarify any possible guidance for you. ...Read more
Re-occurring balanitis: what tests can be done to find exactly what possible type of candidiasis this is? What are all the possibilities it could be?
Balanitis: The question isn't really subtyping the fungal organisms as most are sensitive to topical antifungal such as nystatin. The real issue is why you particularly are getting recurring fungal infections. Diabetics, particularly the uncircumcised, tend to get recurring fungal balanoposthitis. Perhaps a circumcision is in order if you are uncircumcised. See your physician for diabetes testing as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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