|Description:||This female patient presented to a clinical setting with what was determined to be a cutaneous fungal infection known as candidiasis, caused by the fungal organism of the genus, Candida. In this case, the intertriginous areas of overlying belly fat due to obese condition, harbored the organisms, allowing them to become prevalent enough to prove pathogenic, causing irritation, inflammation, and areas of cutaneous ulceration.|
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.