What is candidiasis? Types, causes, signs, treatment.

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Candidiasis is a fungal infection that is caused by yeast known as candida. Therefore, it is also known as yeast infection. Ablicans is the most common type of candida. However, candida is a normal flora of the skin, in the mouth, throat, and vagina. It only causes infection when its growth is out of control.


Genital candidiasis

It occurs when there is an overgrowth of yeast in the vagina. Occurs when the balance in the vagina changes. However, it is more common in women than men. It can be transmitted through sex. These changes can be caused by:

a. Pregnancy.

b. Diabetes.

c. Wearing wet or poorly dried undergarments.

d. Weak immune system.

e. Some medications e.g antibiotics and birth control.

f . Use of some vaginal sprays and lubricants.


  • So, a creamy-like discharge that is whitish-yellowish is observed.
  • Burning sensation while passing urine.
  • Discomfort during intercourse.
  • Redness and swelling of the vagina and vulva.
  • Itchiness of the vagina.
  • Males with yeast infection may experience an itchy rash on the penis.


Anti-fungal suppository tablet or cream.

Prevented by:

  • Avoid overusing vaginal lubricants.
  • proper drying of undergarments.
  • Use of condoms to prevent sexual transmission.
  • Regular intake of a product like yogurt helps control yeast infection.

2. Thrush candidiasis

– it affects the throat, mouth, and esophagus causing oral thrush. Common in;


  • Whitish or yellow patches on the tongue, lips, gums, and inner cheeks.
  • Redness in the mouth and the throat.
  • Pain when swallowing.
Types of Candidiasis


  • Maintaining good oral hygiene.
  • Use of mouthwash.
  • Use of anti-fungal medicines e.g nystatin and fluconazole.

3. Diaper rash

It is caused by the prolonged use of wet or soiled diapers. It makes the baby’s bottom red and sensitive.

Treated by use of anti-fungal cream.

Prevented by keeping the baby’s bottom clean and dry.

4. Invasive candidiasis

However, this type occurs when yeast enters the bloodstream, it can travel to the heart, brain, and eyes. It can be through medical equipment and can cause a serious life-threatening infection if not treated. This can occur to;

  • People who had recently been admitted.
  • People with kidney failure.
  • Those on antibiotics.
  • Weak immune system.

Symptoms -Fever and chills.

Treatment- Oral or intravenous dose of anti-fungal medication.

5. Cutaneous candidiasis

This affects the nails and skin areas that are exposed to moisture for a long period of time.

Symptoms – Red rash. Commonly affected areas are; skin between the fingers and toes, fingernails, groins, and toenails.

Treatment – Application of anti-fungal on the affected areas.

Keeping the skin dry.

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