Although most cases of candidiasis can be treated easily in a small amount of time, those with weakened immune systems are at risk from 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 vast 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 very serious condition which requires immediate hospitalisation. 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. It is important that candidiasis is treated at an early stage to prevent it 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 fit in order to administer medication, as an alternative to injections. If a person is hospitalised with invasive candidiasis, they will be admitted to an intensive care unit to ensure that the body can function properly in the background whilst the infection is treated.
Whilst the condition can be life-threatening in some cases, it is recommended that those suspecting it has developed remain calm and consult a medical profession right away. If you are particularly high-risk chances are you would have been hospitalised in any case, though this is not to say that invasive candidiasis can only affected those outlined above. This is why it is important to see that candidiasis is treated at the earliest opportunity.
Hard to swallow
Sometimes if candidiasis is not treated other, less serious but certainly important, issues to consider can arise. When the candida infection occurs in the mouth, lesions can form within it, making swallowing particularly difficult. If such an infection affects the intestines, the body’s nutritional state can be adversely compromised, in turn meaning that the immune system too is threatened. This can mean 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 oesophagus, 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.
Written by Kat Kraetzer, an experienced blogger working in the health-care industry for many years.