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How Long Can Thrush Go Untreated Before It Gets Serious

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Candidiasis (Thrush)

The Bottom Line Candidiasis is a very common yeast (fungal) infection. The fungus normally lives in the body. It cannot be eliminated. The best way to avoid an outbreak of candidiasis is to strengthen your immune system by taking antiretroviral medications (ARVs). Most candida infections are easily treated with local therapies. In people with weakened immune systems, these infections become more persistent. Systemic anti-fungal drugs can be...
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Best treatment for thrush

I just moved to a new city and had to change doctors. My old doctor had me on Diflucan because I'd had oral thrush severaltimes. My new doc wants to take me off and make me suck on those lozenges all the time. I don't see why I have to...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
Sorry, but I have to agree with your new doctor. I'll admit that fluconazole (Diflucan) is a very convenient and effective drug for treating thrush. But it's a little like trying to put out candle with a fire extinguisher. You're... Read more »

CMV, Thrush and CD4 of 60

Hi I know this is kind of long but there is a lot going on and we are really worried. I wrote in 9 months ago about my sister when she had toxoplasmosis. Six months prior to that she was hospitalized with pneumonia. Prior to the pneumonia she had...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,I'm sorry to hear that your sister is having such a difficult time. Her condition is no doubt critical. Brain lesions of whatever cause (CMV, toxo, etc.) often cause severe neurological damage. Your sister's profound immunodeficiency... Read more »

THRUSH

Will oral thrush clear up without treatment? Will it spread or worsen if left untreated? How long does it typically last?...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
With HIV infection, it depends on the degree of immune suppression. It usually does not go away on it's own. The lower the CD4 count, the higher the likelihood it can spread. It can last for days to weeks.... Read more »

Thrush...

Doc. Holodniy,Can you please help understand thrush and its symptoms? I have had a coating mainly on the back of my tongue, I would say the back half or one-third of my tonque. (1) I have read and seen medical pics. of thrush and my understanding is...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
Thrush can have many appearances and it is hard to diagnose it without laying eyes on it. What you describe could be thrush, or it could be something else. The best thing for you to do is visit a doctor and get a thorough evaluation. Asking a... Read more »
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THRUSH

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Hi
I have been with my partner for five and a half years now and during my pregnancy 3 years ago was given the routine HIV test which was negative. My question is that I have been reading through the sites about vaginal thrush and it says it can... Read more »

Thrush

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Has anyone here had this? I have a white area on the back of my tounge. It looks fluffy like and feels sort of rough. I have not tested yet, but I may have been exposed to HIV 5 years ago. I really don't have any symptoms. I'm not really ever sick... Read more »

Untreated PCP

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi,

I have a friend who has made it known that he is refusing any further medical treatment. He has recently been diagnosed with PCP. Knowing that untreated PCP is a one way street, can anyone tell me what to expect, or even tell me what to tell... Read more »

Need serious relationship advice/coping skills

Posted by Dizengoff, 10 Replies
Maybe others have had this problem. I hate to bare my soul on here, but I need help.
I am positive and in my late 20's... All I want in this life is a partner. I don't want a one night stand. I want someone who will be with me through bad and good,... Read more »