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Candida Albicans

Dimorphic fungus that causes opportunistic genital and oral infections; it is responsible for the "white" layer lining the oral cavity in thrush

  • Pseudohypha and budding yeast at 20 degrees and germ tubes at 37 degrees
  • Normally live on skin and mucous membranes without producing any symptoms but overgrowth causes problems
  • Most common cause of diaper rash

  • MedyQuestion
    • A 21-year-old female presents to the doctor’s office with a 3-day history of sore throat. She is currently taking an inhaled corticosteroid for her asthma. Her temperature is 99.4°F. A KOD prep taken from a sample of one of the plaques shows budding year. An illustration of her tongue is shown. Which is the most likely course of pharmacotherapy that the doctor will prescribe for this patient.

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