Candidiasis (Yeast Infection)
What is candidiasis?Candidiasis, sometimes called moniliasis or a yeast infection, is an infection caused by yeast on the skin and/or mucous membranes. Although yeast is normally a harmless inhabitant of the digestive system and vaginal area, it may cause an infection when the skin is damaged or when conditions are warm and humid, or when a child has a depressed immune system. Antibiotics can also cause yeast to grow, because the normal bacteria in tissues are killed, letting the yeast grow unhampered.
What are the symptoms of candidiasis?The symptoms of candidiasis vary depending on the location of the infection. The following are the most common symptoms of a yeast infection. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
|Location||Symptoms / Signs|
|skin folds or navel||
|corners of the mouth (perlèche)||
The symptoms of candidiasis may resemble other skin conditions. Always consult your child's physician for a diagnosis.
How is candidiasis diagnosed?In addition to a medical history and physical examination of your child, your child's physician may scrape off a skin sample to confirm the diagnosis with a microscope or a culture.
Treatment for candidiasis:Candidiasis is highly treatable with medicated ointments. Yeast infections in the vagina or anus can be treated with medicated suppositories. Thrush may be treated with a medicated mouthwash or lozenges that dissolve in the mouth. Severe infection or infections in an immunocompromised child may be treated with oral anti-yeast medications.
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