National Institutes of Health
- The primary NIH organization for research on Yeast Infections is the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Candida is the scientific name for yeast. It is a fungus that lives almost everywhere, including in your body. Usually, your immune system keeps yeast under control. If you are sick or taking antibiotics, it can multiply and cause an infection.
Yeast infections affect different parts of the body in different ways:
Antifungal medicines get rid of yeast infections in most people. If you have a weak immune system, treatment might be more difficult.
References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)