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Candida is a negative yeast infection affecting both men and women and can appear in any part of the body such as the underarms, the nails, the mouth, the genitals (including the vagina and the penis) and between the toes. The Candida pictures in our image gallery show you examples of Candida photos in all these different areas of the body. Mouth thrush is where small lesions appear inside the mouth and on the tongue. White patches or cottage-cheese-like lumps appear on the tongue. Mouth thrush is often caused by a weakened immune system so the young and the elderly are at risk. Other variations include nail fungus, penile yeast infections and the most common vaginal yeast infections. 50 to 75% of all women will have a vaginal yeast infection (often called thrush) during their lifetime. If the level of acidity in the vagina decreases, then too much yeast growth can be the cause.
Small amounts of Candida in the form of minute organisms are normally present in our bodies all the time, but we usually have the right balance of bacteria to prevent them from multiplying too much. Sometimes these yeast-like fungi do start to grow and this can cause an infection. Anyone living with HIV and AIDS is particularly susceptible to yeast infections.
If you suspect that you are suffering from a Candida yeast infection on whatever part of your body, check your appearance against our Candida images in the gallery. Once you have confirmed the condition (with your medical practitioner) and decided upon a course of treatment, it is important to start such treatment as quickly as possible to prevent the Candida, and bacteria associated with it, finding its way via the blood stream to other parts of the body and possibly causing additional medical problems.
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