Candidiasis Singapore

Candidiasis in Singapore: Candidiasis, also called a “yeast infection,” can mimic other sexually transmitted infections. It’s uncomfortable, but easily treated with medication.

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Definition/Causes/Risk Factors

Candidiasis is commonly called a “yeast infection.” It’s caused by a single-celled organism known as Candida. There are many types of Candida, and at least 20 different types are all known to cause candidiasis, though the most common is called Candida albicans. The organism most commonly infects the mouth or vagina, although other body parts can also be affected, including the penis, nails, and skin.

Candida is actually present in small amounts in normal, healthy people. Other organisms, including the normal bacteria that are present in everyone, are able to keep it in check. When it grows out of control, then candidiasis results.

At least 75% of women have a vaginal yeast infection at least once in their lives. It’s more common to get a yeast infection during pregnancy, after using antibiotics (for another infection), or when the immune system is suppressed (such as during chemotherapy or in those with advanced HIV). In Singapore, candidiasis has been increasingly common in recent years. It’s not always a sexually transmitted infection, but it can be passed from one sexual partner to another. It also causes symptoms that are similar to those of other sexually transmitted infections.