A fungal infection caused by a yeast infestation that belong to the genus Candida. There are over 20 species of Candida yeasts that can cause infection in humans, the most common of which is Candida albicans. Candida yeasts normally live on the skin and mucous membranes without causing infection; however, overgrowth of these organisms can cause symptoms to develop. Symptoms of candidiasis vary depending on the area of the body that is infected. There are many factors that lead to overgrowth of Candida such as; overuse of antibiotics that kill bacteria, both good and bad, wiping out the intestinal flora, diets high in processed food and refined sugars, chronic stress and many more.
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