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Candida

Candida is the name for a group of yeasts (a type of fungus) that commonly infect the skin. The name ‘candida’ refers to the white colour of the organisms in culture. Candidal infection is known as ‘candidiasis’, ‘candidosis’ or ‘moniliasis’ (monilia is also a genus of ascomycete fungi).

Candida depends on a living host for survival. It is a normal inhabitant of the human digestive tract from early infancy, where it lives without causing any disease most of the time. However, if the host's defences are lowered, the organism can cause infection of the mucosa (the lining of the mouth, anus and genitals), the skin, and rarely, deep-seated infection.

The most common Candida (C) species to result in candidiasis is C. albicans. Other species are:

Candidal skin infections include

Candidal nail infection
Candidal nail infection
Candida infection
Superficial peeling from candida infection
Candida infection
Erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica
Candida infection
Intertrigo
Candida infection
Inflammatory candida causing pustules
Candida infection
Close-up of rash caused by candida
Candida skin problems

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Predisposing factors for candida infection

Diagnosis

Microscopy and culture of skin swabs and scrapings aid in the diagnosis of candidal infections. However, candida can live on a mucosal surface quite harmlessly. It may also secondarily infect an underlying skin disorder such as psoriasis.

If you have a candida infection, consult your doctor or dermatologist for an examination and advice.

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