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Have you ever heard of opportunistic infections (OIs)? They are caused by germs that cannot cause problems if your immune system works properly. However, these germs can cause serious health problems in people whose immune systems are weak.
Candidiasis is an opportunistic infection caused by Candida albicans. Candida albicans is a fungus that usually lives harmlessly in the digestive tract. When conditions become favorable, the fungus grows out of control and causes infections.
Globally, candida infection is a public health problem. In the United States of America alone, candidiasis affects 55 million people.
Candidiasis is a common fungal infection caused by the overgrowth of candida species in the body. There are three main types of candidiasis: oral, vaginal, and cutaneous. These types of candidiasis have similar symptoms but require different treatments. Remember that candidiasis is not contagious; it does not spread from person to person.