Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Esophageal Fungus Treatment

Treatment for candidal esophagitis requires oral antifungal medications. The most commonly prescribed medication is fluconazole. Severe cases of candidal esophagitis may include admission to the hospital for intravenous (IV) antifungal medication. Treatment may be required for more than 3 weeks.

Antifungal medications for the treatment of candidal esophagitis include:

Esophageal Fungus Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of candidal esophagitis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • Am I contagious?
    • For how long?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Esophageal Fungus Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat candidal esophagitis:

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Last Updated: Jun 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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