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Doctor insights on: Chronic Fungal Candida Infection

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Does a candida infection look like herpes?

Does a candida infection look like herpes?

No: Not generally. Herpes infections are quite painful and produce ulcers, whereas candidal vaginitis produces a white discharge, itching and potentially a rash across the perineum which can be discomforting. ...Read more

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Do you know if thrush a candida infection?

Yes: Thrush is candida on a mucosal surface. It appears as uncomfortable white spots; the white can be rubbed off. ...Read more

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How can doctors diagnose a candida infection?

How can doctors diagnose a candida infection?

Visual assessment: Most physicians recognize the attributes of a candida infection as it appears within the mouth or on the outer skin surface. A scraping µscopic examination of the debris could be done but would be more an academic endeavor to teach medical students that a step required for diagnosis. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to diagnose a candida infection?

Dx: To diagnose a yeast infection the physician may obtain a medical history, perform a pelvic examination, & take a sample of vaginal secretions which can be examined microscopically at the office or may undergo further laboratory tests. ...Read more

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Can you recommend an OTC medication for a candida infection?

Any drug store: Any of the OTC meds available at most drug stores like Monistat. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have Candida infection in your chest?

Wrong question: Are there specific symptoms? Candida is not an infection the way tuberculosis or malaria might be. The yeast is already present when something happens to facilitate overgrowth. This may be an antibiotic, diabetes, impaired immunity. Why inquire about candida? ...Read more

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Can the at home saliva test accurately diagnose a candida infection?

Can the at home saliva test accurately diagnose a candida infection?

Yes: When you wake up. Before you put anything in your mouth get a clear glass of water. Work up a generous amount of saliva and spit in the glass. Check every 15 min for the next hour .If you have candida you will see strings traveling down the water from the saliva floating on the top or could saliva which will sink to the bottom of the glass. I usuallyhave my patients tested by a lab. ...Read more

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Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable ...Read more


Candida (Definition)

Is a type of fungus which normally lives in small amounts on mucus membranes. An overgrowth of candida in the mouth produces a condition called 'thrush'. This is often triggered ...Read more