Candida albicans

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Candidiasis is caused by overgrowth of the fungus. The yeast is usually found in many areas of the body and is not considered to be sexually transmitted. The following reasons can put you at risk for developing a Candida infection:

  1. A course of antibiotics

  2. Insertion of medical device, like urinary catheter

  3. Diabetes

  4. Week immune system

  5. Pregnant women

Transmission

Transmission

Physicians can usually tell if a person has candidiasis by examining the person. In some cases, the physician orders some laboratory testing to confirm the diagnosis. Infectolab Americas Candida albicans Spot helps in the monitoring of antigen specific T-cells. These cells are part of the adaptive immune system; tracking their immune response clearly indicates the stage of the disease and provides a necessary tool with which to assess the success of any treatment.

Testing

Testing

Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by a fungus called candida. Candida albicans is part of our microflora that commonly reside in or on our bodies. They are found in the GI tract, the mouth, and the vagina. Most of them are harmless and causes no issues, but infection might occur if there is an overgrowth.

There are different type of Candida albicans infections:

  1. Urinary yeast infection

  2. Genital yeast infection

  3. Oral thrush

  4. Mucocutaneous candidiasis

The common symptoms for Urinary yeast infection are:

  1. An increased need to urinate

  2. Painful or burning sensation while urinating

  3. Abdominal pain

  4. Blood in the urine

The common symptoms for Genital yeast infection are:

  1. Burning sensation while having sex

  2. Itchy or pain in or around the genitals

  3. Rashes in and around the genitals

  4. Abnormal discharge that can be watery or thick and white in color

The common symptoms for Oral thrush are:

  1. Burning or painful sensation in the mouth

  2. Redness inside or on the corners of the mouth

  3. Loss of taste

  4. Difficulty while eating or swallowing

  5. White spots in the mouth that appears like cottage cheese

The common symptoms for Mucocutaneous candidiasis are red rashes that are found in the affected area. In some case you can see blister formation, the skin may become thick or can produce white fluid.

Symptoms

Symptoms

Antifungal creams are usually prescribed to clear the skin infection. In cases where the infection is severe and widespread oral fluconazole pills may be prescribed.

Treatment

Treatment

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Available Test for Candida

Candida albicans  ELISPOT

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