What are yeast infections?

Also known as: Candidiasis, thrush, oral candidiasis

Candidiasis is the scientific term for an infection caused by the yeast-like fungus Candida albicans. Normally it lives on/in the body and is harmless; often being found on the skin, vaginal area, and gastrointestinal tract. When it overgrows (for a number of reasons) it can cause an infection of the skin, vagina, stomach, urinary tract or mouth with a variety of symptoms.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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