|Description:||The hands displayed here revealed the pathologic changes in the patients nailbeds due to what was determined to be a fungal infection, which had been caused by the organism of the genus, Candida, and is known as candidiasis. Note the darkened coloration, and malformed condition of the nails.|
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.