a common fungal infection caused by yeast (genus Candida, esp. C. albicans) that thrives on any moist, cutaneous area of the body, esp. on mucous membranes, between toes, under diapers, etc.: can develop into serious internal and chronic conditions
Origin of candidiasis
from Modern Latin Candida ( from Classical Latin candidus, white) + -iasis
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Infection with a fungus of the genus Candida, especially C. albicans, that usually occurs in the skin and mucous membranes of the mouth, respiratory tract, or vagina but may invade the bloodstream, especially in immunocompromised individuals. Also called candidosis . Also called moniliasis .
The risk of diaper rash complicated with candidiasis can be reduced by preventing irritating dermatitis through the use of absorbent diapers and prevention of excessive exposure to urine or feces through frequent changing of diapers.
Intense itching in the external genitalia in women (pruritus vulvae) may be due to candidiasis (yeast), hormonal changes, or the use of certain spermicides or vaginal suppositories, ointments, or deodorants.
Diabetics are especially susceptible to candidiasis, as they have high levels of sugar in their blood and urine and a low resistance to infection, both of which are conditions that favor the growth of yeast.
In most cases, vaginal candidiasis can be treated successfully with a variety of over-the-counter antifungal creams or suppositories, including Monistat, Gyne-Lotrimin, and Mycelex.
Also known as invasive candidiasis, deep organ candidiasis is a serious systemic infection that can affect the esophagus, heart, blood, liver, spleen, kidneys, eyes, and skin.