Many people have heard about the Candida albicans fungus, the one that is responsible for yeast infections. But what about Candidiasis? This is a broader context of the fungus that causes yeast infections, but people nevertheless should be made aware of because it can spread and cause problems in other parts of the body.
A Wide Presence
The Candida albican fungus can overgrow in many places in and on your body. People who have compromised immune systems, such as HIV/AIDS patients are very susceptible to Candida overgrowths. About 90 percent of all HIV/AIDS patients will end up with some type of overgrowth and 75 percent of all women will experience a yeast infection at some point in their lives.
Overgrowth can occur in the mouth and skin externally, or in the stomach and urinary tract internally. Candidiasis is a medical term that covers the many sources and locations of Candida overgrowth.
A Cure or Another Problem?
What is difficult in dealing with Canduida albicans is, besides the fact it is a fungus that is resistant to many standard treatments, certain types of drugs actually cause the overgrowth. This means that what is supposed to be good for your health now is the cause of yet another problem. When specific treatments are supplied by your doctor, it is essential that you follow the doctor’s instructions, particularly in regard to continuing the treatment for the length of time prescribed. Like antibiotics, when a patient stops taking the medication earlier than recommended the fungus can return within a few weeks regardless if it is a cream or an oral medication.
Candidiasis is a term that should be paid close attention to, even if your primary concern is a yeast infection. The presence of an overgrowth on any part of the body opens the door for it to be spread to other parts of the body. The key to any Candida growth is to be constantly aware of any possible overgrowth before it really gets out of control.