Candida is a common infectious fungus that usually live in harmony with human beings. Strains such as C. albicans live in over 80% of the population. It is a stolid member of the community of microorganisms normally found on the skin and in the mucous membranes and gastrointestinal tract.
C. albicans is a more passive strain of the fungus. It can develop territorial ambitions.
The result is candidiasis, commonly manifested as oral thrush, inflamed skin (such as observed in diaper rashes or compromised fingernails), or a genital yeast infection.
C. albicans infections can be provoked by such factors as a compromised immune system (whether from illness or stress), dietary changes, medical treatments or even alterations in hygienic routines that disrupt the normal balance of microorganisms.
These infections exhibit a distinctive whitish color. (Indeed, the name Candida albicans redundantly means “white white,” as candida derives from the Roman custom of “candidates” for political office wearing white to demonstrate their purity, and albicans “to be whitish.”). Except in extreme cases, such as found in bloodstream-impacting systemic candidal disease, C. albicans infections are not dangerous and often self-resolve.
Candida is not usually dangerous, but it can wreak havoc and should not be underestimated.
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