Common "Candidiasis" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Candidiasis is a type of fungal infection caused by the yeast Candida, more specifically Candida albicans. It typically results in white lesions on the tongue, throat, mouth, vagina, and gut. Sometimes, this fungal infection can get severe, resulting in the yeast to enter the blood and vital organs like the heart, brain, and kidney.

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I have been a regular smoker. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31 year old male. I have attached a picture of my mouth's inside. I wish to know if this is oral candidiasis or not, please? If yes, what may be the likely causes? If not, what could this be and what may be the likely causes? I have been a regular smoker for the past 12 years, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In the attached picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), there is no indication of candidiasis anywhere including tonsillar area. There is a lot of nicotine staining of teeth as well as the mucosal membrane. There is slightest whitish tinge near the...  Read Full »

What leads to urine with a strong odor and high acidity?

Query: Hello doctor, The right side of my back is painful, and I had pneumonia two weeks ago, for which I took antibiotics. Additionally, my urine is very acidic with a strong odor. I also have a milky discharge, and it burns when I urinate. Furthermore, I have been diabetic for 26 years. Kindly advise. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. If the back pain is in the upper back, it could simply be a result of the pain following pneumonia. This pain tends to intensify towards the end of a deep breath. After completing the course of antibiotics, it should resolve on its own, ...  Read Full »

Why am I having enlargement in my urethra without discharge or odor?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 years old. The area surrounding my urethra is enlarged. It is whitish, and it has a cottage cheese-like texture. There is no discharge or odor. I do not know what to do. I am embarrassed. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It can be a pelvic or sexually transmitted infection or candidiasis. Have strict hygiene. Use soft, comfortable, and cotton undergarments. Use condoms while having sex to avoid having sexually transmitted disease. Have high, low vaginal and urethral swab. After collecti...  Read Full »

My vaginal opening is white with tiny lifted or pointy spots. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 years old and a virgin. My opening of the vagina is completely white with some tiny lifted or pointy spots around it. I am noticing it for the past couple of years. I do not have any other problem like itching, bleeding or smell. So I have never consulted a doctor for this proble...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please send a picture of it. As you are still virgin, you can have an intact hymen (small skin tag at the entrance of the vagina). White dry appearance occurs due to candidiasis with vaginal secretions. It gives you the presentation as you explained. Check your hemoglob...  Read Full »

My periods are delayed and I have increased white discharge. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,My periods are late. I noticed a little spotting, and I have a lot of white discharge. I had a similar experience earlier but got my period 40 days later. I had unprotected sex 10 days before my expected date and found the spotting 11 to 12 days later. Please help.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Ighodalo Nathan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. A whitish vaginal discharge is usually a sign of a yeast infection (otherwise known as vulvovaginal candidiasis). It can be acquired through sex though not always. It can also be acquired through douching or washing the vagina with soap as th...  Read Full »

I had tear and itching after foreskin retraction. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had itching in the penis and tear when I retracted my foreskin. This is happening for the past two to three times when I participate in intercourse and use condoms. I did not know what to do. Recently, I went to a doctor who told me that it is balanoposthitis and gave Lobate GM cream...  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Firstly, I suggest stopping all the medications you are taking. I suggest you start with applying Onabet (Sertaconazole) cream twice a day for five days. Please send photos after five days. This looks like candidiasis, but as you have applied steroid cream, it is dif...  Read Full »

My tongue is milky white in color. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a milky like white color on my tongue that is more noticeable in the back my tongue should I be worried? I am a non-drinker and smoker.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Menon

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The condition that you mentioned can arise due to a variety of causes. You have not suggested whether it is associated with pain, burning sensation or itching. Let me name a few conditions where the milky white appearance on the tongue is generally seen. 1. Candidia...  Read Full »

Could CMV and Epstein Barr virus cause genital ulcers?

Query: Hello doctor, I have three questions. 1) Can cytomegalovirus and Epstein Barr virus cause genital ulcers? 2) My immunoglobulins were low for IgM at 25 and high for IgE at 151. Could there be anything to worry? 3) I am sending a picture of something that appeared in my mouth. Could that be candidi...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity). With your descriptions and the picture attached, it seems you have candidiasis or oral lichen planus. The CMV (cytomegalovirus) and EBV (Epstein-Barr virus) both do not cause genita...  Read Full »

I have a recurring yeast infection. Should I go to a doctor?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been treated with for a yeast infection and given antibiotics last month end and then last week had another infection (milky like discharge no smell). Is it advisable to wait for one month to be seen by my gynecologist or go to an urgent care right away?  Read Full »

Dr. Tara Devi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you had a yeast infection, you would have been treated with antifungals and not antibiotics. As you have a recurrence after being cured with the first treatment, you should be examined to see if it is similar or different infection now and treated accordingly. It cou...  Read Full »

Why do I have rashes near and inside the vulva?

Query: Hello doctor, I have rashes near the vulva and inside the vulva. It causes a burning and itching sensation.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not worry; I will help you with your concern. From history, this itching and burning could be due to fungal infection or trichomoniasis. I need to ask you a few questions. Since when do you have this? Do you have any discharge from the vagina? If yes, is it whitis...  Read Full »

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