Candidiasis is caused by the overgrowth of a type of yeast called Candida, usually Candida albicans.

This yeast is normally found in small amounts in the human body, however certain medicines and health problems can cause more yeast to grow, particularly in warm, moist body areas. This can cause uncomfortable and vaginal yeast infections are common in women. Common symptoms include:

  • Extreme itching in the vaginal area
  • Soreness and redness in the vaginal area
  • White, clumpy vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese
  • Painful intercourse

Men can also get a yeast infection - this is more likely in men who are not circumcised.

The most common supplement used for the prevention and the treatment of candida is a specific probiotic which help reduce the growth of yeast in the specific area.