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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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How serious is intestinal candidasis?

I was recently diagnosed as having anal candidiasis, and it was accompanied by a severe case of so-called "jock-itch" with severe redness, lesions and peeling skin. I was prescribed an anti-fungal cream and Diflucan 200mg/1x daily. I have...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

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

Harvard Medical School
Intestinal candidiasis is not a disease that most infectious disease specialists believe exists. HIV-infected patients can occassionally have Canida around the anus, but it doesn't usually cause problems. If it causes itching, you can apply... Read more »

Oral Thrush but DNA Neg at 3 weeks

I recently came in contact with an HIV+ person 8 weeks ago but infection may have occured 4 weeks ago. I had all the symptoms of mono including floaters and swollen eyelids but also had oral burning on tongue and raised areas on sides of tongue. I...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your question.Indeed, EBV infection or other serious illnesses can cause cases of thrush (particularly among women). If you had a high risk HIV exposure, though, given the other symptoms that you have, it would certainly be worth follow... Read more »

Thrush..Blood?

My husband has had full blown since, 97. He's been taking, Diflcan, 200 mg 2x day. He's stopped for a short time for a couple weeks, bout a year ago. With Doc's ok. But it came right back. So he went back on it. He's on...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Without knowing his most recent CD4 count and past history it is tough to comment. Usually Diflucan at that dose is only given for serious Candida/yeast infections. Coughing up blood can mean anything from a mild respiratory tract irritation to... Read more »

Oral thrush (yeast infection) cured by salt water???

My boyfriend had a cold the past week. He did not use any steroid based nasal sprays, but he did use a cold remedy which contains zinc. About two days ago, he had a white patch right next to his tonsil. He started to gargle with salt water and it...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
Thrush is a yeast infection which often affects the mouth, as well as many other portions of one's body (e.g. the vagina). It is pretty common and does not necessarily mean that something more serious is going on. Women often get these... Read more »
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Please don't think I'm nuts or stupid. I would like serious answers, please

Posted by Kay86, 2 Replies
Hi. I was just wondering if anyone else as recurring oral thrush on gums, night sweats and headaches, but has consistently tested positive? I've tested negative on the HIV-1 DNA PCR, EIA 1/2 including or, and 2 oraquick HIV 1/2 tests. My exposure... Read more »

oral thrush question

Posted by rock_on, 1 Reply
im not sure if this is an early sign of hiv infection but from what ive heard and read it occurs in late hiv infection. is this true? and is it most common on the back on the tongue near the throat???? Read more »

Serious Question about a stupid incident

Posted by Gator, 1 Reply
I have a very stupid sounding question. First of all I am not gay, I might have been a little kinky back a few years ago but this is a serious question to anyone on this board or the doctors who periodically check it out.
My ex wife had told me... Read more »

thrush

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
does anyone know a website that shows a picture of what thrush looks like?

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