Medical glossary


Yeasts are fungal microorganisms.

Some yeast strains, like Candida Albicans, are commensal fungi often present in small numbers in the human body. They thrive in the humid environment of mucous membranes and can easily become opportunistic pathogens, causing gastrointestinal or vaginal infections. Symptoms typically include swelling, sense of heaviness and localised itching. Other non-specific signs and symptoms may include migraine, tiredness, nausea, skin disorders and joint pain. A weakened immune system, imbalances in bacterial flora and metabolic acidosis are predisposing factors of yeast infection.