Infection/inflammation of the surface tissue, or mucosa, of the vocal folds caused by overgrowth of the [intlink id=”105″ type=”post”]commensal[/intlink] organism [intlink id=”80″ type=”post”]candida albicans[/intlink]. Overgrowth of the organism is potentiated by use of steroid inhalers, as for asthma; by use of broad-spectrum antibiotics; by diabetes or other mechanisms of immunosuppression on the part of the patient; or by some combination of these factors. Treatment may consist of reducing or withdrawing listed potentiators, or through use of an antifungal agent such as fluconazole. See also [intlink id=”84″ type=”post”]candidiasis[/intlink].
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