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Candidiasis Overview

What is candidiasis?
A person with candidiasis has an infection of the skin caused by the fungus, Candida albicans. Candidal infections are also called yeast infections. Candida is the fungus most commonly responsible for vaginal yeast infections as well as infections of the fingernails and toenails.

What are the symptoms of candidiasis?
Depending on the type of infection, symptoms of candidiasis may include a red rash that may form blisters and itch. Other findings with candidiasis include disfigured fingernails and patch hair loss.

How does the doctor treat candidiasis?
Treatment for candidiasis includes topical and oral antifungal medications.

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Last Updated: Oct 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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