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Sign and Symptoms of Candidiasis

Candidiasis is an infection caused by a yeast-like fungus called candida (Candida albicans). It attacks some parts of your body including your skin, stomach, or mouth. The symptoms of this disease are mainly same, but it depends where you get the disease on your body.

Symptoms of candidiasis may include:

* Creamy white patches in the mouth or on the throat (oral thrush)
* Painful cracks at the corners of the mouth (oral thrush)
* Skin rashes, patches, and blisters found most commonly in the groin, between fingers and toes, and under the breasts
* Vaginal itching and irritation with a white discharge resembling cottage cheese (vaginal yeast infection)

Many women know when they have a vaginal yeast infection, but if you are not sure or if you have never had one before, you should have your doctor make the diagnosis. Your doctor may take samples for testing (for example, a vaginal wet smear) and do other tests (such as a CT scan or test of your stool) if your doctor suspects the infection has spread. Your doctor may prescribe antifungal medication and recommend that you change your diet. These treatments usually cure candidiasis. If you have recurrent bouts of candidiasis, your doctor may test you for an immune deficiency or some other disease.

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