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If you have a weakened immune system, there is a risk that the candida fungus will spread into your blood.
This is known as invasive candidiasis.
The infection can then spread quickly throughout your body, affecting many of your organs. Known risk factors for invasive candidiasis include:
Symptoms of invasive candidiasis can be wide-ranging, depending on what part of the body is affected by infection. However, initial symptoms can include:
Get medical help immediately if you have thrush and any of the risk factors listed above, or you develop any of the above symptoms over a short period of time.
Invasive candidiasis is a medical emergency that requires immediate admission to an intensive care unit (ICU). In an ICU, functions of the body can be supported while the underlying infection is treated with anti-fungal medications.
If you are thought to be particularly vulnerable to invasive candidiasis – for example, you have diabetes and are on dialysis, your GP may recommend that you are admitted to hospital as a precaution if you develop a thrush infection.