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What exactly is candida infection.?

What exactly is candida infection.?

Candida: This yeast which is present in the normal GI tract can produce a variety of infections when the predisposing factors are present. Among these are thrush (mouth overgrowth) in children, immune suppressed individuals, and diabetics and patients getting antibiotics. Can also cause vaginal infections and skin eruptions and rarely becomes systemic. ...Read more

Dr. Sewa Legha
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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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How is a candida infection treated?

Depends on location: Invasive candida infections and candidemia are treated with antifungal medications such as fluconazole, micafungin and others. Candida esophagitis is usually treated with oral fluconazole. Thrush or oral candidiasis is usually treated with topical Mycostatin (nystatin) or clotrimazole. Candida rashes of the skin are usually treated with a variety of topical antifungal creams or powder. ...Read more

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What's to be done about candida infection permanently?

What's to be done about candida infection permanently?

Not so simple: Begin with understanding of why it happened. It is not so much an infection as an altered ecology of the microscopic life on & in your body. Your dr can help you understand why you had this & what you can do about it. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get ride of candida infection?

There are multiple: The best way to get rid of a candidal infection depends upon the age of the person who has it, what caused them to get the infection, and where the infection is. You will not treat candida in a 40 year old chemotherapy patient the same way as you will treat a fungal diaper rash. ...Read more

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What is an example of a probitic dat can be used to fight candida infection.

What is an example of a probitic dat can be used to fight candida infection.

Probiotics: The most common is Lactobacillus acidophilus and can be found in yogurt, a cup or more a day will change the flora in your bowels and hopefully limit the number of Candida present. ...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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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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I'm not allowed to have sugar cause of recurring candida infection but my is sugar to low . So how can I not have sugar?? What's the best advice

Diabetes: Do you have a diagnosis of diabetes? Patient with diabetes and high sugar levels in the blood are at an increased risk for recurrent yeast infections. If you are a diabetic try to stay away from high carbohydrate/sugar containing foods. If your sugars are well controlled then don`t worry! ...Read more

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Could a candida infection spread to your stomach?

Could a candida infection spread to your stomach?

Benign inside gut: The yeast involved with the candida infection is around us in nature, in the dust & we contaminate our gut with it routinely.It actually constitutes at least 5% of our poo. That it passes thru the stomach to get there is obvious. The gut lining is different that the outer skin & not susceptible to the same kind of surface infection. ...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 serious is a vaginal candida infection?

Not serious: Not serious. Just take oral or topical medications for a few days. ...Read more

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What is the best home remedy for candida infection?

What is the best home remedy for candida infection?

Low sugar/starch: Diet is also strongly recommended if you're worried about candida related complex infection which can affect your bowels and skin. Yeast loves sugar, so avoiding processed sugar, sweet fruit and processed/white starch will significantly improve chronic candida infection symptoms and prevents future infections. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get rid of a candida infection?

Yeast infection: A yeast infection usually resolves in one to two weeks with appropriate treatment. It may take longer for those who are immunocompromised. ...Read more

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