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What is candidiasis?
Candidiasis is a common fungal infection that typically affects the mouth and throat or, in women, the vagina. It is caused by a micro-organism called Candida albicans. Candidiasis is not usually very serious. It can be effectively treated with anti-fungal creams or …
What is oral candidiasis?
Oral candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by an organism called Candida albicans that can infect the mouth and throat. It can cause white sores or patches on the mouth or tongue and difficulty swallowing.
What is vaginal candidiasis?
Vaginal candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by an organism called Candida albicans. The infection causes itching, irritation and swelling around the vagina, a thick white discharge from the vagina and pain when passing urine and during sex. Men can also …
Can I have sex when I have candidiasis?
Sex during a candidiasis infection may be painful or uncomfortable. It is important to remember that candidiasis is infectious, so it is important to use protection.
How is candidiasis diagnosed?
Candidiasis can usually be diagnosed by a visual examination of the affected area by a doctor. A doctor may also take a swab from the affected area and examine it under a microscope.
Can candidiasis be prevented?
The chance of developing oral candidiasis can be reduced by rinsing your mouth after eating, practicing good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly and having regular dental check-ups. You may be able to reduce your chance of …
How is vaginal candidiasis treated?
Vaginal candidiasis can be treated with antifungal medications, which can be applied to the affected area as a cream or taken as a tablet. Wearing loose-fitting cotton pants and underwear, avoiding sex and bathing the affected area may also help to …
What is the treatment for oral candidiasis?
Oral candidiasis can be prevented with antifungal medications such as the nystatin mouthwash or miconazole gel, which is applied to the affected area. In some cases a doctor may prescribe an oral medication such as fluconazole.
About this article
Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 25 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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