The Yeast Connection
Candida albicans is a fungus that is normally present on the skin, and in the mouth, vagina and bowel. For most people, it is completely harmless, but under certain conditions, it may multiply and invade the skin and mucous membranes causing itching and inflammation. It is most common in the vagina, where it may be recognised as adherent white plaques or patches.
This is known as ‘thrush’ or candidiasis and may also occur when the bacteria which maintain a low vaginal pH are discouraged by douches or antibiotics or when the vagina is unusually dry. Candidiasis in other parts of the body is uncommon and only occurs when a person’s immunity has been weakened by serious illness, treatment with steroids or chemotherapy.