Most cases of
candidiasis do not have to be treated in the hospital. People with weakened immune systems may have more serious infections, however, and may need to be hospitalized.
Women should go to the hospital when fever
, chills, nausea and vomiting, or
pain accompanies vaginal discharg. These symptoms can indicate a more serious problem such as kidney
infections, appendicitis, or pelvic inflammatory disease. These potential conditions need to be promptly investigated.
If thrush interferes with drinking liquids or eating for long periods of time, people may need to be hospitalized to receive more aggressive
medications and to reestablish body fluids.
Candidal skin infections rarely require hospital treatment.
People with weak
immune systems run the risk of the candidal organisms growing in their blood or internal organs, which can cause life-threatening illness. IV
medication may be necessary to combat this systemic illness. Your doctor should promptly investigate symptoms of illness or general feelings of unwellness.
Most candidal infections can be treated at home with over-the-counter or prescription
medication and can clear up within a week. If some other disease has weakened a person's
immune system, the person should consult a doctor about any new symptoms before attempting self-treatment because of the risk of infection.
Vaginal yeast infections
Fungal infections thrive in moist, enclosed areas. The following instructions are important to prevent and treat skin and vaginal fungal infections.
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