Unlike candida infections in the mouth and throat or vaginal “yeast infections,” invasive candidiasis is a serious infection that can affect the blood, heart, brain, eyes, bones, and other parts of the body.
“Thus, when it is invasive into the tissues, it could cause higher mortality anywhere between 20 to 50 percent in critically ill patients,” Dr Ray said.
According to the CDC, candidiasis in the mouth, throat, or esophagus is usually treated with antifungal medicine.
The treatment for candidiasis in the esophagus is usually fluconazole. Other types of prescription for antifungal medicines can also be used for people who can’t take fluconazole or who don’t get better after taking fluconazole, CDC says.
For invasive candidiasis, the medication usually depends on the patient’s age, immune status, and location and severity of the infection.
“We have been dealing with it for decades and there are medicines for it. But like all severe infections, secondary infections, there will be some who will succumb to it in spite of the medicines being available,” Dr Ray said.
(This story was first published in FIT and has been republished with permission.)
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