Candida esophagitis is a yeast infection of the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach.
Candida esophagitis is caused by the yeast Candida. It occurs when the yeast spreads from the mouth down the esophagus.
The condition is often a sign of a weakened immune system. The following raise your risk for Candida infections:
If you have a weakened immune system, thrush in the mouth (oral thrush) makes you more likely to get Candida esophagitis.
Tests that show Candida include:
In most people, antifungal medicines such as fluconazole (taken by mouth) or amphotericin (given by injection) can control the infection. Some people also need pain medicine. Many patients need other, long-term medicines to suppress the fungus and prevent another episode.
Esophagitis can usually be treated effectively. The outcome depends on the immune system problem that makes the person develop the infection.
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you develop symptoms of esophagitis, especially if you know that you are immunosuppressed.
Preventing HIV/AIDS lowers your risk for infections such as Candida. Good oral hygiene can reduce the risk of infection.
Candida infection - esophagus; Yeast infection - esophagus