What is Candida?Candida is a yeast-like fungus that causes superficial infections of the mucus membranes, such as vaginal yeast infections. It can cause more serious, systemic infection when a person's immune system is compromised by diseases such as cancer and AIDS. Candida infection is more common following antibiotic use, which can kill off the bacteria that normally live on mucus membranes, and otherwise inhibit overgrowth by candida. Candida albicans is the candida species most likely to cause candida infection.
Candida a normal resident of the human gastrointestinal(GI) tract, present in small numbers with no negative health effects.