See also Overview of Fungal Skin Infections. Candida yeast is a normal resident of the mouth, digestive tract, and vagina that usually causes no harm. Under certain conditions, however, Candida can overgrow on mucous membranes and moist areas of the skin. Typical areas affected are the lining of the mouth, the groin, the armpits, the spaces between fingers and toes, on an uncircumcised penis, the skinfold under the breasts, the nails, and the skinfolds of the stomach. Yeast is a type of fungus.
Oral thrush is a fungal infection of the mouth. It is not contagious and is usually successfully treated with antifungal medication. It is also called oral candidosis or candiasis because it is caused by a group of yeasts called Candida. Speak to your GP if you develop symptoms of oral thrush.
Thrush is an infection of the mouth caused by the Candida fungus, also known as yeast. Candida infection can occur in other parts of the body as well, causing diaper rash in infants or vaginal yeast infections in women. Small amounts of the Candida fungus are present in the mouth, digestive tract, and skin of most healthy people. They are normally kept in check by other bacteria and microorganisms in the body.
Special Offers. Yeast is all around you. For the most part, the tiny fungus does more good than harm.