Candidiasis: What Men and Women Need to Know

Candidiasis is a yeast infection, thrush, diaper rash or fungal infection. It's a condition that affects both men and women. Symptoms really depend on the state of the infection. It could include a light discharge from the vagina, whitish patches in the mouth or present on the tongue. Patients also experience cracking at corners of the mouth, pain when swallowing, skin rashes with scalloped edges, itching and burning in the genitals as well as thickened and discolored toenails or fingernails. 



These yeast infections can occur anywhere on the body. They are caused by an overgrowth of yeast which stem from yeast organisms which are naturally present in the body. What happens if these yeast organisms can multiply beyond their normal numbers causing the symptoms we spoke about. 

For treatment, anti fungal medications are usually enough to cure yeast infections but patients with a weakened immune system, candidiasis can spread through the body and become a serious health threat. If properly treatment, they will go away on their own. Vaginal yeast infections, thrush and diaper rashes can usually clear up in 1-2 weeks. If the infection spreads in the body it can be fatal. 

Candida is found in 30% to 55% of healthy young adults. Many people don't know that most of these yeast infections can be treated at home with over-the-counter anti-fungals. Symptoms can be exaggerated from hot weather, tight clothing, poor hygiene, and not changing underwear or diapers enough. 

Those who experience a yeast infection for the first time should consult with their doctor to understand the root of their condition. Those who have symptoms of fever, chills or nausea, should seek medical care immediately. A simple physical examination by your doctor can diagnose this. 

Those who are older, with a weakened immune system, diabetes, pregnancy, menstruation, menopause, taking anti-cancer drugs or steroid medications are at an increased risk for yeast infections.