Skin Care

What is Candida?

Candida is a type of common yeast that is known for living on human skin, and in the gastrointestinal tracts, but do not cause disease under normal conditions. Although they are mostly harmless, at times they can cause a fungal infection called candidiasis. Overuse of antibiotics, or a weakened immune system can make a systemic infection more likely.

What is Candida?

Candida yeasts are present on the human skin, and inside the body. Under normal conditions, the immune system keeps the numbers of yeasts under control, and yeasts are also limited by the presence of other bacteria in the body. Although Candida regularly lives on our skin and in our bodies, if it overgrows, it can cause infection called candidiasis.

What is Candidiasis?

Commonly known as thrush, or simply as a yeast infection, it refers to any infection that is caused by the Candida species of fungus. The most common infections are superficial infections that cause inflammation in the affected area. An example of this is oral thrush, or vaginitis, both of which are very common infections.

Rare, but more dangerous are systemic infections that can result in individuals with a weakened immune system from cancer, AIDS, or other illness that weakens the immune system. This site will focus on the more common local infections. Systemic infections will require emergency treatment.

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