|Description:||Under a magnification of 500X, this Gömöri-stained photomicrograph of human heart tissue, reveals the presence of Candida albicans fungal organisms, which had invaded this patient’s tissue. C. albicans can infect the heart muscle, i.e. myocarditis, the interior lining, or endocardium, i.e., endocarditis, and the sac that surrounds the heart, or pericardium, i.e., pericarditis.|
Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by yeasts that belong to the genus Candida. There are over 20 species of Candida yeasts that can cause infection in humans, the most common of which is Candida albicans. Candida yeasts normally live on the skin and mucous membranes without causing infection; however, overgrowth of these organisms can cause symptoms to develop. Symptoms of candidiasis vary depending on the area of the body that is infected.
Candidiasis that develops in the mouth or throat is called “thrush” or oropharyngeal candidiasis. Candidiasis in the vagina is commonly referred to as a “yeast infection.” Invasive candidiasis occurs when Candida species enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. Click the links below for more information on the different types of Candida infections.