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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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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.

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Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
1,393 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is there a home test for oral candidiasis?

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.

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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.

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By which means is candidiasis transmitted?

By which means is candidiasis transmitted?

Present everywhere: Candida is present in the environment. It is not usually transmitted from one person to another.

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How do integrative doctors treat candidiasis?

How do integrative doctors treat candidiasis?

Fungus Infection: It depends on location again. For babies you give oral Nystatin solution. If located in the skin give Nystatin cream.

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How is skin candidiasis treated?

How is skin candidiasis treated?

Anti fungal cream: If the infection is too bad to treat with a cream or powder, you may need to take an oral medication.

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Treatment for candidiasis on the face?

Treatment for candidiasis on the face?

Topical anti fungal: A topical antifungal cream prescribed by a physician may be helpful. Try to avoid one of the combination products with steroids as this may mask the infection.

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for candidiasis?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for candidiasis?

Candidiasis: I presume you are pertaining to vaginal candidiasis. If it is, there are oral and topical medications that can be used for the condition. Oral medications are usually single dose treatments. They are however, metabolized in the liver. One of its side effects may be liver toxicity. Absorption is also a factor which may limit its effectivity. Vaginal creams can be messy to some people.

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Can ciprofloxacin cure candidiasis?

No: Ciprofloxacin is an antibacterial. Candidiasis is caused by a fungus and needs an antifungal such as Miconazol. For a vaginal infection, a vaginal preparation is needed, not one for Athlete's foot. There are several over the counter preparations for this

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How do I get rid of candidiasis (thrush)?

How do I get rid of candidiasis (thrush)?

Antifungals: Antifungal topical treatment such as nystatin (mycostatin) liquid suspension swish and swallow or Clotrimazole troches dissolve in mouth are the initial treatment. If this fails oral systemic treatment with fluconazole (diflucan) 100-200mg./day will usually be curative. Disease in aids patients can be more refractory.

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My gf has had more than 10 urinary infections per year for 11 years. After each treatment, she gets candidiasis. What could be causing the infections?

From antibiotics: She should see a urologist to look at ways to see why she has such frequent uti. It could be from bladder stones, from bladder diverticulum, from sex, or other reasons. More than likely the fungal infection (candidiasis) is due to the effect of the antibiotics she is taking for UTI on the bacterial flora of the vagina, allowing overgrowth of yeast. She might try taking a different antibiotics.

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How can candidiasis be prevented and controlled?

Meds and life style: Hi, first you need to irradicate fungus from your system, which could be not as easy as taking meds for it. Second, you need to be on sugar/simple carbs free diet for at least 6-12 months. Thrid, you need to restore healthy gastro-intestinal flora.

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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.

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