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Does the candida albicans organism causes yeast infections

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I heard that candida and yeast infection are the same, but then I hear that the candida albicans organism causes yeast infection. I'm just not sure what is what.
asked Sep 4, 2013 in Causes by Saura

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This is partially true, but now 100%. The Candida albicans organism is just one of many (over 250, though the CDC acknowledges about 20 strains of Candida) different strains of Candida yeast. Other existing strains include Candida parapsilosis, Candida tropicalis, Candida krusei, and Candida glabrata. Approximately 90% of yeast infections come from a strain of Candida (but there are other yeast organisms out there); and approximately 70% of those are from the Candida albicans strain. To be sure of the cause of your yeast infection, your doctor may need to send a culture to a lab, but to me the most important thing is getting rid of it.

answered Sep 4, 2013 by AdrianDole Trusted Candida Expert (8,120 points)
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