Infection with the organism Candida

Symptoms of Candidiasis

The following features are indicative of Candidiasis:
  • vaginal itching
  • vaginal irritation
  • burning sensation, especially during intercourse or while urinating
  • redness and swelling of the vulva
  • vaginal pain and soreness
  • vaginal rash
  • watery vaginal discharge
  • thick, white, or odor-free vaginal discharge

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Common Causes of Candidiasis

The following are the most common causes of Candidiasis:
  • antibiotic use
  • pregnancy
  • uncontrolled diabetes
  • impaired immune system
  • oral contraceptives
  • hormone therapy

Risk Factors for Candidiasis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Candidiasis:
  • antibiotic use
  • increased estrogen levels
  • uncontrolled diabetes
  • impaired immune system
  • sexual activity

Prevention of Candidiasis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Candidiasis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting pants or skirts
  • immediately change out of wet clothes
  • avoid hot tubs and hot baths
  • avoid unnecessary antibiotic use

Occurrence of Candidiasis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Candidiasis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Common between 1 - 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Candidiasis can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Candidiasis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Candidiasis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Candidiasis:
  • Endoscopy: To diagnose respiratory, gastrointestinal, and esophageal candidiasis
  • Microscopic examination or culturing: To detect yeast infection via culturing

Doctor for Diagnosis of Candidiasis

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Candidiasis:
  • Infectious disease specialist

Complications of Candidiasis if untreated

Yes, Candidiasis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Candidiasis is left untreated:
  • extensive redness
  • swelling
  • itching
  • uncontrolled diabetes
  • weak immune system

Self-care for Candidiasis

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Candidiasis:
  • Avoid irritants: Helps to prevent irritation
  • Don't douche: Helps decreasing the risk of vaginal infection
  • Use a latex condom: Helps avoiding infections spread by sexual contact
  • Wear cotton underwear: Helps to prevent yeast infections

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Candidiasis

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Candidiasis:
  • Boric acid: Helps in treating chronic, less common strains of candida and candida that are resistant to azole medications
  • Yogurt: Helps providing relief from yeast infection symptoms

Is Candidiasis Infectious?

Yes, Candidiasis is known to be infectious. It can spread across people via the following means:
  • sexual contact

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Candidiasis.
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