What Are the Symptoms of Candidiasis?

Symptoms of candidiasis vary depending on where the infection develops and may include fever and chills, itching and redness, advises WebMD. Symptoms of genital or vulvovaginal candidiasis, more commonly called a yeast infection, include itching, soreness and redness in the vaginal area, painful intercourse and clumpy, white vaginal discharge.

Men can also get yeast infections in the genital area and experience a red rash, itching or burning on the penis, states WebMD.

Candidiasis may also affect the mouth and is called oropharyngeal or esophageal candidiasis or thrush, advises the Centers for Disease Control. Symptoms include redness in the mouth area, white spots on the tongue and inside of the mouth, cracking at the corners of the mouth, difficulty swallowing and sore throat.

Invasive candidiasis, or candidemia, occurs when the yeast infection spreads throughout the body through the bloodstream, states WebMD. Fever and chills that do not improve after taking antibiotics are the most common symptoms of this type of infection. Invasive candidiasis usually occurs in individuals with weakened immune systems or who have recently had surgery or spent time in the hospital.

Diaper rash is also a form of candidiasis, and symptoms include red patches of skin around the diaper area and fluid-filled yellow spots on the skin, states WebMD.

The condition is easy to diagnose through a patient's medical history and pelvic exam, reports Healthline. Treatment includes a dose of anti-fungal medication for up to three days for simple infections and a two-week dosage of suppository or tablet medication for complicated infections that are harder to treat. Natural remedies such as vinegar douches and boric acid vaginal suppositories are also effective.