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Candidiasis
Itchy palms could be a sign of good fortune
Or Candidiasis.

Also known as Thrush, it's a chronic yeast infection caused by a species of candida. Usually, it affects the skin and mucous membranes. Systemic candidiasis could also involve the lungs, kidneys ans liver.

Candida Albicans, the most common causative agent, is a yeast like fungus normally found in our body; it turns harmful when our defenses are lowered. Specifically at risk are diabetics, the obese, immuno-compromised patients and those under prolonged antibiotic treatment.

Also at risk are tea tasters, bartenders, housemaids and sugarcane juice workers. Oral thrush is found in infants who are bottle fed. Vaginal candidiasis is common among pregnant women, and those on sterodial oral contraceptives.

Symptoms ::
Painful and reddened nail folds that swell up. Erosion, cracks, burning and itching sensations between toes, behind the knee, or elbows. Curdy white discharge in vaginal infection Bronchial Candidiasis results in distressing cough.

Treatment of underlying conditions like diabetes, obesity or anemia is essential. Fungal infections need anti-fungal drugs. Keep affected area dry and clean. Clip nails short. Avoid tight-fitting undergarments. Don't use plastic nappies for children.

These infections could recur, and a physician should be consulted.


 
 
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