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Candida Albicans: Main Microorganism Causing Candidiasis
Candidiasis is a fungal disease that can affect both skin and mucous membranes. Depending on the affected region it may be classified as oral, intertrigo, vaginal, onychomycosis or paronychia candidiasis.
This disease is caused by the microorganisms Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis and other types of Candida. When presented vaginally, it most often affects women living in warm and humid regions.
In the oral form, which is the most common, it has as its main feature removable white plaques (thrush), or even red and smooth plaques in the palate region.
In its intertrigo form, it most commonly affects the regions of the skin folds such as the armpits, groin and nape.
When spread throughout the body or systemic, especially in hosts with compromised immune systems, it is perfectly capable of reaching any organ and even generating complications that can lead to death. Its main complications are esophagitis, endocarditis, or systemic infection (more frequent in immunosuppressed patients).
Its transmission occurs through contact with the injured mucosa or through contact with skin secretion of its carriers.
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