When Does Yeast Infection Become Dangerous?
Candida yeast is a cause of fungal infections in men, mouth ulcers, vaginal yeast infections, and skin rashes.
Yeast can mutate rapidly in the presence of an anti-fungal drug because bacteria can mutate to become resistant to antibiotics. Candida’s yeast’s ability to adapt and grow drug resistant has caused a lot of anxiety among the medical profession, and some fungal infections can be dangerous. Candida diseases kill up to 10,000 people in the United States every year.
For patients with weakened immune systems, fungal infections can be dangerous, or even life-threatening. Yeast infections that are prevalent in AIDS patients called esophagitis can form in the upper digestive tract. This is an infection that is very similar to canker sores but extends from the mouth to the esophagus and stomach.
This kind of infection can cause painful ulcers that make it too painful to swallow food and fluids, so there is a danger of becoming dangerous dehydration. Infection that spreads to the intestine can cause malabsorption of nutrients from food.
Blood-borne Candida infections can also occur in patients with immune system deficiencies, and this infection can spread to the brain, causing changes in behavior or mental function. This systemic infection may need hospitalization and treatment with IV antibiotics. Unluckily, the mortality rate is very high in patients with low immunity.
All patients with Candida infection with a compromised immune system, including yeast and oral infections, must be treated quickly. Women undergoing chemotherapy treatment must be careful in trying to treat fungal infections with over-the-counter drugs – a visit to the doctor is a much wiser choice.
Drug-resistant yeast is found in some hospitals, where yeast organisms have adapted to the use of disinfectants and strong antifungal drugs. This invasive yeast strain can attack postoperative patients and must be dealt with aggressively.
This risk is widespread in several third world hospitals, but this has led to increased concern in the United States and other developed countries.
Some scientists are also concerned that increasing use of anti-fungal drugs for common conditions such as nail fungus can make drug-resistant yeast strains.
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One recent study in Italy has found a possible vaccine for Candida infection, and they hope to start testing in humans soon.
Other studies have discovered anti-fungal compounds found in sea sponges that live in the Indian Ocean. They expect this discovery will lead to new treatments for fungal infections that threaten people with AIDS and cancer.
Scientists at Johns Hopkins University have found that drugs commonly used to treat heart problems can also help fight chronic fungal infections.
A lot of research must be done. Till then, anyone with a vulnerable immune system, due to AIDS, chemotherapy, or some types of cancer, should seek medical treatment quickly if they have symptoms of a fungal infection.