Candida is a type of fungus that normally lives on the skin and in the body, without causing any problems.
However, if the balance of bacteria and yeast in the body is disrupted, candida can grow out of control and cause an infection.
Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by a yeast called Candida. There are many different types of candidiasis, each with its own set of symptoms.
Candidiasis can affect any part of the body, but it is most common in the mouth, vagina, and skin.
Signs and symptoms of candidiasis
The symptoms of candidiasis vary depending on the location of the infection.
⦁ White patches on the tongue or inner cheeks.
⦁ Redness and soreness of the mouth.
⦁ Pain when swallowing.
⦁ Itching and burning.
⦁ Thick, white discharge.
⦁ Pain during sex.
⦁ Pain or discomfort when urinating.
⦁ Red, itchy rash.
⦁ Painful cracks in the skin.
After treatment and you have recurrent candidiasis, you may need to see a doctor to find out what is causing the infections and how to prevent them permanently.
Types of candidiasis include:
This is a white, cottage cheese-like substance that can form on the tongue, inner cheeks, and roof of the mouth.
This is a serious infection that can spread to other parts of the body, such as the heart, brain, and kidneys.
This is a common infection that causes itching, burning, and discharge in the vagina.
This can cause a red, itchy rash on the skin, especially in areas where the skin is warm and moist, such as the groin, armpits, and folds of the skin.
This can cause the nails to become thick, discolored, and brittle.
This is a red, irritated rash that can develop in the diaper area of babies.
This is a type of rash that can develop in skin folds, such as the groin, armpits, and under the breasts.
This is a type of skin infection that can cause red, itchy, and sometimes painful sores.
This is a serious infection that can spread to the bloodstream, organs, and other parts of the body.
What causes Candidiasis and possible factors:
Excessive use of antibiotics can kill the good bacteria in the body, which can allow Candida to grow out of control.
Diabetes can make it difficult for the body to fight off infections, including candidiasis.
Pregnancy can cause changes in the body that make it more likely to develop candidiasis.
A weakened immune system, such as in people with HIV/AIDS or cancer, can make it more likely to develop candidiasis.
How to prevent candidiasis permanently?
⦁ Wear loose-fitting clothing.
⦁ Keep the area clean and dry (practice good hygiene).
⦁ Avoid wearing synthetic fabrics.
⦁ Avoid using scented soaps and detergents.
⦁ If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar levels under control.
⦁ If you are taking antibiotics, take them as prescribed and finish the entire course of medication.
⦁ If you have a weakened immune system, talk to your doctor about ways to boost your immune system.
What is the best treatment for candidiasis?
Candidiasis is usually treated with antifungal medications. The type of medication and how long it is taken will depend on the type of candidiasis and the severity of the infection.