Candidiasis is an infection caused by the Candida yeast, which is a type of fungus.
Candidiasis can occur:
Candidiasis on the surface of your body can affect anyone. It usually occurs on warm, moist areas such as your:
Invasive candidiasis usually happens to people who have a weak immune system or are in the hospital with a serious disease. It can run through your bloodstream and affect many organs, including your:
For both kinds of candidiasis, doctors give antifungal medicine.
Candida is normally present on your skin, in your intestines, and if you’re a woman, in your genital area. Usually, it doesn’t cause problems.
Candida infections on the surface of your body are more likely if you:
Widespread, invasive candidiasis happens mainly if you:
Symptoms depend on the type of candidiasis you have.
With candidiasis of the skin you may have a red, itchy rash that may look scaly. Some types of diaper rash are caused by Candida.
With candidiasis of your mouth, symptoms include:
With candidiasis of your vagina, you may have:
With systemic candidiasis, your symptoms depend on what part of your body is affected. It can be hard for doctors to tell which symptoms are caused by the candidiasis and which are caused by other medical problems you may have.