What Is Candida Albicans?
Candidiasis, also known as a yeast infection
, is a common fungal infection that occurs when there is an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans
. Candida albicans
is always present in the body in small amounts. However, when an imbalance occurs, such as when the normal acidity of the vagina changes or when a person's hormonal balance changes, Candida albicans
can multiply. When this happens, symptoms of candidiasis appear.
Symptoms of Candida Albicans
Women with Candida albicans infections usually experience genital itching or burning, with or without a cottage cheese-like vaginal discharge. Males with genital candidiasis may experience an itchy rash on the penis.
Statistics on Candida Albicans
Nearly 75 percent of all adult women will have at least one genital yeast infection
in their lifetime. On rare occasions, men may also experience genital candidiasis. Candida albicans
infections occur more frequently and more severely in people with weakened immune systems.
There are some other conditions that may put a woman at risk for genital candidiasis, including:
- Diabetes mellitus
- Use of broad-spectrum antibiotics
- Use of corticosteroid medications.