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Dec 25, 2001

Can candidiasis present itself initially on the tonsils in HIV infection? Are white plaques located only within the tonsilar crypts a cause for alarm? Thank you.

Response from Dr. Feinberg

While candidiasis can be limited to any area in the mouth and throat (and so could be limited to the tonsils), what you are describing is classical for ordinary tonsillitis. The plaques in the tonsillar crypts are pus, and the causative agent is in this situation is usually strep, not candida.

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See MD for sinus infestion?

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