Candidiasis, also called moniliasis or a yeast infection, is an infection of the skin and/or mucous membranes caused by the common yeast species Candida, most commonly Candida albicans. Although yeast is normally found on the skin, digestive system and vaginal area, it may cause an infection under certain conditions:

  • When the skin is damaged or subject to prolonged warmth and moisture
  • When the body’s normal bacteria and yeast have been altered, such as when you take antibiotics
  • When a child has a depressed immune system