Although most cases of candidiasis can be treated quickly in a small amount of time, those with weakened immune systems are at risk of further complications from the infection. A weaker immune system than most means that there is a risk that the candida fungus could spread into the blood and affect large parts of the body. When this happens, it is referred to as invasive candidiasis. People who have weaker immune systems include those living with diabetes or HIV. High-dose chemotherapy patients are at risk, too, as are dialysis patients. Candidiasis patients who start to experience symptoms like high temperatures, nausea, and headaches should seek medical attention immediately to rule out, or if needed, treat invasive candidiasis.
Invasive candidiasis is a severe condition that requires immediate hospitalization. Often, those who are deemed high-risk candidiasis patients are hospitalized, even without invasive candidiasis, as a precautionary measure. The fevers and chills that come with invasive candidiasis do not cease when antibiotics are taken. Candidiasis must be treated at an early stage to prevent it from developing into invasive candidiasis as fatalities can arise from non-treatment.
Other people that may be deemed high-risk candidiasis patients include people on immunosuppressants, which are used to help the body accept donated organs, and people who have been fitted with a central venous catheter. Such a catheter is provided to administer medication as an alternative to injections. If a person is hospitalized with invasive candidiasis, they will be admitted to an intensive care unit to ensure that the body can function appropriately in the background while the infection is treated.
While the condition can be life-threatening in some cases, it is recommended that those are suspecting it has developed calm and consult a medical professional right away. If you are particularly high-risk, chances are you would have been hospitalized in any case. However, this is not to say that invasive candidiasis can only affect those outlined above. This is why it is crucial to see that candidiasis is treated at the earliest opportunity.
Hard to swallow
Sometimes if candidiasis is not treated other, less severe, but undoubtedly important, issues to consider can arise. When the candida infection occurs in the mouth, lesions can form within it, making swallowing particularly tricky. If such a disease affects the intestines, the body’s nutritional state can be adversely compromised, in turn meaning that the immune system is threatened. This can say that the infection is free to travel to other areas of the body, such as the lungs, liver, and digestive tract. Candida can also damage the esophagus, leaving holes in it.
For women, if a candida infection occurs in the vagina (also known as a vaginal yeast infection, or more commonly, thrush), leaving such a condition untreated can mean that even when it does clear up, it can reoccur regularly. It can also leave a secondary infection due to any scratching that may occur as a result. Candida that is not kept under control can lead to other serious health problems too such as meningitis.