Oropharyngeal Candidiasis Associated with Use of Steroid Inhaler in a Chronic Asthmatic Patient: Case Report

Pramod John, Jayasree VM


Candidiasis or oral thrush is a fungal infection caused by any of the Candida species, of which Candida albicans is the most common etiological agent. The infection caused by Candida albicans is called as candidiasis. Candidiasis is often dubbed as the ‘disease of the diseased’ as it sets in when the immunity of the host or the host defense is suppressed or compromised. One of the complications that may be associated with long-term use of steroid inhalers may be the occurrence of nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal candidiasis. Whenever an asthmatic patient who is on steroid inhalers reports with oral mucosal lesion, steroid-induced oropharyngeal candidiasis must be suspected. This is a case report of a 55-year old male patient who was on steroid inhaler and presented with oropharyngeal candidiasis. 


Candida Albicans; Candidiasis; Immunosuppression; Bronchial Asthma;

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