By Gary M. White, MD

Neonatal candidiasis results from passage of the fetus through an infected birth canal with swallowing of organisms into the GIT. The mouth and diaper area can then become infected. In contrast, congenital candidiasis represents infection of the fetus by Candida which occurred in utero via ascending infection through the maternal vagina through intact membranes. Lesions are not present at birth. They typically appear after 7 days of life.

Differential Diagnosis

See pustules.


Topical or intraoral antifungal agents (e.g. nystatin) are usually effective.


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