Candida Esophagitis

Candida esophagitis is a yeast infection of the esophagus, caused by the same culprit that causes vaginal yeast infection and oral thrush.

Symptoms of Candida Esophagitis

The symptoms of candida esophagitis are:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pain during swallowing
  • The feeling of food stuck in the throat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea


Your doctor will look for the following signs of candida infection:

  • Oral thrush
    A yeast infection of the throat.

  • Candida plaques
    White, cheesy patches in the esophagus

The following are tests that your doctor may conduct:

  • Visual examination of the mouth and throat
  • Endoscopy to visually inspect the esophagus
  • Biopsy of the esophageal lining.

Cause of Candida Esophagitis

Candida esophagitis is an opportunistic infection caused by the yeast Candida. It is called an opportunistic infection because it develops only when the body’s immune system is weakened by other diseases, such as:

  • AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome)
  • Immune system disorder
  • Cancer
  • Chemotherapy to treat the cancer
  • Malnutrition
  • Diabetes
  • Drugs or alcohol abuse

Treatments for Candida Esophagitis

The treatments for candida esophagitis are:

  • Antifungal medications, such as nystatin and clotrimazole in pills or liquid forms.
  • Intravenous antifungal medications, such as amphotericin B

Unless the underlying conditions are treated, however, the candida infection may recur.

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