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Candida                   Print PDF

Natural Habitat

  • Normal inhabitant of the skin, mouth, and vagina
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Soil
  • Water

Suitable Substrates in the Indoor Environment

  • Unknown

Water Activity

  • Unknown

Mode of Dissemination

  • Can be passed from newborns from their mothers
  • It is also sometimes passed from catheters or prosthetic devices to patients

Allergenic Potential

  • Candida has been reported as an allergen

Potential Opportunist or Pathogen

  • Candidiasis (infections cased by Candida spp.), typically occurs in people with some predisposing factor such as pregnancy, disease (diabetes, AIDS, cancer)
  • Occurs often in patients taking drugs such as oral contraceptives and antibiotics