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Candidiasis (Yeast Infection)

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Yeast Infection of the Genitals continued...

If this is the first time you have had a vaginal yeast infection, or you do not get them very often, your doctor may recommend a single, 150-milligram dose of Diflucan (fluconazole).

Always make sure you are properly diagnosed before trying to treat yourself at home.

If the infection continues or returns often, you may need anti-fungal medicine every day for 10 to 14 days, and then once a week for six months.

Boric acid capsules may also be recommended for up to two weeks.

If you get frequent yeast infections, your doctor may need to investigate why you are having them. The doctor may suggest probiotics to prevent future infections. Probiotics are healthy bacteria similar to those that naturally occur in the intestines. They may be found in supplements, yogurts, and some other foods.

Diaper Rash

Some, but not all, diaper rashes can be caused by yeast. Babies with a yeast-related diaper rash may have:

  • Dark red patches of skin in the diaper area, especially in the folds of skin near the thighs.
  • Yellow, fluid-filled spots that can break open and become flaky.

Call your pediatrician if your baby has a diaper rash that gets worse or concerns you. It is important to find out what is causing the diaper rash.

If yeast is the cause, your doctor will recommend antifungal medicine to place on the sore, irritated skin. This medicine comes in cream, ointment, or powder form.

Do not use any over-the-counter yeast infection products before talking to your child's doctor.

Invasive Yeast Infection

If Candida yeast gets into your bloodstream, it can spread to other parts of the body. This type of infection is also called candidemia.

This infection may happen if you have a weakened immune system and a yeast infection goes untreated. Or it may occur if you come in contact with medical equipment contaminated by the fungus.

Symptoms of an invasive yeast infection can be vague and depend on which part of the body is affected. Common symptoms include fever and chills that continue after you have taken antibiotics.

This type of infection is more often seen in people who are or have been in the hospital. It is a leading cause of bloodstream infections and death in hospitalized patients.

You are more likely to get this type of infection if you:

  • Are in the hospital's intensive care unit (ICU)
  • Have had recent surgery
  • Have a central line (catheter)
  • Have a weakened immune system

Very low-birth-weight infants also have a higher risk for this type of infection.

Invasive candidiasis is a very serious condition that requires prompt treatment. You will be given antifungal medicine by mouth or through an IV for several weeks.

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Reviewed by Kimball Johnson, MD on November 12, 2012
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