Fortnightly Review: Management of genital candidiasisBMJ 1995; 310 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6989.1241 (Published 13 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1241
- D W Denning
- Correspondence to: Dr D W Denning, Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine (Monsall Unit), North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester M8 5RB.
Vaginal candidiasis affects about 75% of women, 40-50% having recurrent episodes
Pruritus vulvae and vaginal discharge are the cardinal symptoms
Candida albicans accounts for about 90% of infections and C glabrata for 5%
C glabrata infections are often resistant to azoles
Recurrent episodes require clinical examination, culture of swabs, and consideration of underlying disease
Male partners who do not have symptoms need not be examined, have swabs taken for culture, or be treated
Reduction of intestinal colonisation is of no value in preventing recurrence
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