Nursing: work on Candidiasis Candidiasis Candidiasis is also known as thrush and is a yeast infection. This usually results from candida albicans an organism which usually, quietly makes home on our skin and does not trouble anyone. Everyone carries this organism on their mouth, skin, gastrointestinal tract and for the women, vagina. From time to time, the yeast normally multiplies uncontrollably in the process causing inflammation and pain. Candidiasis may therefore affect an individual’s skin. Normally the affected skin may include the outer surface skin as well the skin covering the mouth, penis and vagina.
Candidiasis may also at times infect internal organs like the spleen or liver as well as the blood. However, the most widespread infections are those of mouth, vagina and skin (Calderone, 2002). People do not catch candidiasis since the yeast is always there on their skins. However various factors can lead to increased chances of the yeast multiplying beyond control. One of the leading causes is overusing antibiotics. After taking antibiotics to eliminate harmful bacteria, the harmless bacteria naturally present in the intestine, mouth, vagina and numerous other parts are killed as well.
Normally yeast is not affected by antibiotics and it therefore moves and occupies the empty spots that bacteria once had occupied. Yeast then begins to multiply and grow. Cancer medications and steroids also weaken the body’s immune system, allowing yeast to thrive. Oral thrush which is a mouth infection develops in individuals with AIDS and cancer. They also develop for the diabetics or individuals having long-term irritation as a result of dentures. Birth control pills also increase chances of vaginal candidiasis as well as wearing tight clothing and hot weather both of which are ideal conditions for candida to thrive (Calderone, 2002).
Candidiasis skin infection can be treated by use of antifungal pill, powder or cream whereas vaginal infections can be treated by use of antifungal medications, administered directly inside the vagina as creams, tablets, suppositories or ointments, or antifungal suspension for oral thrush which can be whooshed in the mouth and then swallowed. At times, the doctor requires the patient to dissolve antifungal lozenges inside the mouth (Boroch, 2013). ReferencesAnn, B. (2013). The Candida Cure: The 90-Day Program to Beat Candida and Restore Vibrant Health.
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