Chronic candidiasis - Definition

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Candidiasis is an infection of the mucous membrane caused by the candida fungus. This yeast is localized mainly in the mouth, digestive tract, skin, or the genital organs, especially in women. Often isolated, candidiasis can become chronic, mainly in the immunocompromised population whose immune reactions grow less effective against this fungus. Most chronic candidiases are identified in the mouth or digestive tract and HIV patients are often carriers.