candidosis (candidiasis) (kan-di-doh-sis) n. a common yeast infection of moist areas of the body, usually caused by Candida albicans. It is common in the vagina, where it is known as thrush, but is also found in the mouth and skin folds. On the skin the lesions are bright red with small satellite pustules, while in the mouth candidosis appears as white patches on the tongue or inside the cheeks. In the vagina it produces itching and sometimes a thick white discharge. Topical, intravaginal, or oral therapy with imidazoles is effective; nystatin, administered by mouth, helps to reduce candidal infection of the bowel.
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