Candidiasis or candida is a disease which occurs caused by some fungus-alike named Candida albicans. Candida infections can occur in different parts of the body, including the mouth, the vagina, the esophagus, the skin and the bloodstream. If the fungus is allowed to multiply and treatment is not taken, complications may arise. Here are several complicatiosn you might get once you infected this disease on you.
Difficulties With Swallowing
Oral thrush is a condition in which the Candida infection occurs in the mouth. In this case, the individual tends to develop white lesions on the tongue, on the inside of the cheeks, the top section of the mouth, the gums and the tonsils. These lesions can be painful and may bleed if they are scraped. When these symptoms become severe, especially in the mouth or the esophagus, it becomes painful and difficult for the individual to eat.
Affects Organ Functioning
Candida may have a negative effect on certain organs. If it spreads to the intestines, the individual may not get sufficient nutrition. The infection is more likely to spread from the mouth to the other organs if the immune system is compromised due to cancer or other medical conditions. The digestive tract, lungs and liver are the main organs likely to be affected in such a case.
Damage to the Esophagus
Candida esophagitis is a condition in which the yeast affects the esophagus. According to MedlinePlus, if this condition is not treated, complications may occur. In such a case, the individual may develop holes in the esophagus. There is also the danger of the infection recurring and spreading to other parts of the body.
Candida can cause complications in women who have the infection in the vaginal area. This condition is called vaginal yeast infection, and if not treated properly, chronic or recurrent infections may occur. Women with this infection are also likely to get the infection again, especially if they have an underlying medical condition. Vaginal yeast infections may also cause a secondary infection. If the scratching is continued for a long period of time or intensely, the skin of the vulva may get cracked and raw. This increases the chances of the infection recurring. Candida may also spread to other parts of the body and cause meningitis, endocarditis, arthritis and endophthalmitis.