Candida Infection


Sister Susan recounts, “When I was working in the antenatal clinic in Oman, I met a mother who brought her baby in for a review by the pediatrician (the baby clinic is annexed to the antenatal clinic). When I examined the baby before the pediatrician's review, I discovered that the baby's oral cavity had been painted blue. I was horrified, and with the help of a translator, the mother explained that she had applied Gentian Violet to the baby's mouth because of oral Thrush (transmitted from mother to baby), and she had used this treatment for all of her children. She claimed that it was effective."

Throughout history, Gentian Violet has been used to fight fungal infections. While it causes significant staining, it may be applied to the baby's tongue and mouth areas affected by thrush. More research is required to determine its safety and efficacy. A pediatrician should be consulted prior to its use.

Candida infection of the breast is caused by the Candida albicans fungus, which is a yeast. Candida thrives in humid and warm environments. Moisture trapped between two skin folds can cause intertrigo, a skin condition in which Candida on skin surfaces overgrows, resulting in a yeast infection under your breasts. Other factors include:

  • Having a large breast size.

  • Wearing tight undergarments or clothing.

  • Not frequently changing undergarments.

  • Not carefully drying the area under your breasts.

  • Breastfeeding

  • Using breast pads.

  • Previous vaginal yeast infection.

  • Hot, humid climates.

  • Excessive sweating


Symptoms:

Nipple pain is characterized by a burning, itching, or stinging sensation. It can range from mild to severe. Nipples may be tender to touch, and even light clothing will cause pain.

Breast thrush pain is characterized by a stabbing or shooting pain, a deep ache, or a burning sensation that radiates from the breast. Either in one or both breasts.

Management:

Anti-fungal cream or ointment for the breasts, anti-fungal gel or drops for the baby’s oral thrush.

Keep your breasts dry, change your breast pads infection, and change your bra when it gets wet.

Wash hands thoroughly after changing diapers