Thrush

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Definition

Candidiasis, commonly known as yeast infection or thrush, is a fungal infection (mycosis) of any of the Candida species, of which Candida albicans is the most common.

Diagnosis

For the microscope method, a sample or swab of the affected area is placed on a microscope slide. A single drop of 10% potassium hydroxide (KOH) solution is then placed on the slide. The KOH dissolves the skin cells but leaves the Candida untouched, so that when the slide is viewed under a microscope, the hyphae and pseudo spores of Candida can be seen.

Treatment

While home remedies may provide relief in minor cases of infection, seeking medical attention may be necessary, especially if the extent of the infection cannot be judged accurately by the patient.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms include severe itching, burning, and soreness, irritation of the vagina and/or vulva, and a whitish or whitish-gray discharge, usually with a curd-like appearance.

Causes

Candida yeasts are typically present in most people, but uncontrolled multiplication resulting in disease symptoms is kept in check by other naturally occurring microorganisms, e.g., bacteria co-existing with the yeasts in the same locations, and by the human immune system.

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