Candidiasis - • Dysphagia may present due to oesophageal...

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Candidiasis Candidiasis is a fungal infection that can infect the mouth, GI tract, skin, vulva, vagina, groin and anus. It can occur in infants and adults which symptoms relating to the area involved. Candida organisms are part of our normal skin and mouth flora, they cause disease however when they proliferate in a susceptible individual. Symptoms Skin symptoms Red, itchy, plaque like lesions with well demarcated boarders Typically occur in warm, moist areas of skin i.e. skin folds, axilla, groin and natal cleft Oral symptoms Pain/Soreness White plaques that often look like cotton wool Underlying mucosal surface is often red Cracks (Angular chelitis) may be present on the lips or corners of the mouth
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Unformatted text preview: • Dysphagia may present due to oesophageal infection or due to pain caused orally Genital symptoms • Vaginitis can occur is Candia colonises the vagina o Thick white curd like discharge o Intense itching and soreness o Swelling Causes Candidiasis is caused by the fungal species Candida albicans. The different species of Candida invade the mucosal lining using hyphae creating the superficial infection. The infection may have an iatrogenic cause (following taking a course of antibiotics) but can indicate other problems such as reduced immunity (HIV) or endocrine dysfunction (Diabetes, Addison’s and Hypoparathyroidism)....
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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