Moniliasis is a fungal infection caused by yeast and can affect the skin and mucous membranes including the mouth. When the yeast infection affects the mouth, it is also known as oral thrush. Yeast organisms are normally found in many parts of the body but they normally do not cause any symptoms. Certain antibiotics may cause a disturbance in their number leading to infections. Moniliasis of the skin causes red, itchy patches on the skin and this is usually visible in areas such as groin, folds of buttocks, breasts, toes, finger or navel. A vaginal infection may cause whitish, thick discharge and pain while intercourse. Oral thrush causes curd-like white patches inside the mouth, on the tongue and around the lips.
HOW IS MONILIASIS DIAGNOSED?
In order to diagnose the condition, your general physician will ask you about your diet and if there was any recent use of antibiotics. The condition is easy to diagnose by a physical examination.
HOW IS MONILIASIS TREATED?
Moniliasis isn't normally a dangerous disease except in rare cases when it enters the blood and spreads to vital organs of people with weakened immune systems. For infection of the skin, the doctor can give an antifungal cream or powder or prescribe an antifungal pill. For vaginal yeast infections, treatment consists of antifungal medications that are administered directly into the vagina as tablets, creams, ointments, or suppositories, or administered by mouth. For oral thrush, a suspension of antifungal medication can be swished in the mouth and swallowed, or sometimes the doctor will dissolve an antifungal lozenge in the mouth.
DID YOU KNOW?
Wearing loose fitting clothing helps prevent worsening of Moniliasis