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Common Types of Candida Overgrowth

If you have developed severe candida symptoms near New York, NY, you should visit a candida specialist as soon as possible. Candida is a type of yeast that naturally occurs in the body; however, yeast overgrowth can result in a serious yeast infection that requires candida treatment. Here is a look at some of the most common types of yeast overgrowth and yeast infections that can occur.

Yeast Infections

The most common type of yeast overgrowth occurs in the genital area of both men and women and is referred to as a yeast infection. Vaginal yeast infections may cause itching, soreness, and redness around the vulva or inside the vagina. Women may develop a white, clumpy vaginal discharge that smells foul. Genital yeast infections in men cause a red rash on the penis, as well as itching and burning. Your candida doctor can recommend the yeast infection treatment that will be most effective based upon your symptoms. Over-the-counter yeast infection treatments can be effective as long as you don’t have severe candida symptoms.

Oral Thrush

It is very rare for a healthy adult to develop a yeast overgrowth in the mouth or throat. Oral candidiasis, also called thrush, is most common in infants, the elderly, people going through chemotherapy, and people with AIDS or other conditions that weaken the immune system. The most common symptoms of thrush are white spots on the mouth and tongue, redness or discomfort in the mouth, a sore throat, and cracking of the skin around the mouth. The most common yeast infection treatments for thrush are an antifungal mouthwash or pill. If you have severe candida symptoms, you may be given an antifungal intravenously.

Invasive Candidiasis

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In rare circumstances, yeast overgrowth can invade the bloodstream. This condition is called invasive candidiasis. This can occur if a genital yeast infection or oral yeast infection goes untreated, or if you come into contact with an object that is contaminated with the fungus. The most common symptoms are fever and chills, but other symptoms will be present depending upon the part of the body that is infected. Invasive candidiasis treatment includes intravenous or oral antifungal treatment over several weeks.

– Dr. Dean Mitchell, M.D.
Mitchell Medical Group in NYC & Long Island

About the Author – Dr. Dean Mitchell, M.D.

The Smartest Doctor in the Room podcast

Dr. Dean Mitchell, M.D. is a Board Certified Allergist and Immunologist based out of NYC. He graduated from the Sackler School of Medicine and completed training at the Robert Cooke Allergy Institute in New York City. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and the author of Dr. Dean Mitchell’s Allergy and Asthma Solution: The Ultimate Program for Reversing Your Symptoms One Drop at a Time. Dr. Dean Mitchell, M.D. has also been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Fitness Magazine, Dr. Oz and News NY 1. Dr. Mitchell also hosts the podcast The Smartest Doctor in the Room – a combination of a lively, personal and in-depth interview with top healthcare specialists.