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Symptoms

Candidiasis causes different symptoms, depending on the site of infection.

  • Thrush Thrush causes curd-like white patches inside the mouth, especially on the tongue and palate and around the lips. If you try to scrape off this whitish surface, you will usually find a red, inflamed area, which may bleed slightly. There may be cracked, red, moist areas of skin at the corners of the mouth. Sometimes thrush patches are painful, but often they are not.

  • Esophagitis Candida esophagitis may make swallowing difficult or painful, and it may cause chest pain behind the breastbone (sternum).

  • Cutaneous candidiasis Cutaneous candidiasis causes patches of red, moist, weepy skin, sometimes with small pustules nearby.

  • Vaginal yeast infections Vaginal yeast infections may cause the following symptoms: vaginal itch and/or soreness; a thick vaginal discharge with a texture like soft or cottage cheese; a burning discomfort around the vaginal opening, especially if urine touches the area; and pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse.

  • Deep candidiasis When Candida spreads to the bloodstream, it may cause a wide range of symptoms, from unexplained fever to shock and multiple organ failure.

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